The bony finger of war is clearly marking an ancient route to the players. It is difficult to know what to say or write that might chart a path to a more wholesome future.
Making my way through a group of students in the hallway, I hear talk of a new "must have" item on the school supply list. Along with book bags and cellphones, these days the students won't leave home without pepper spray.
Gamal Abdel Nasser was one of the most influential modern-day leaders in the Middle East. He took a hard-line approach towards Western domination of Egypt and the rest of the Arab world.
For many years, a two-state solution has been the default response to this wicked problem. But the spread of settlements, the disagreements over the status of Jerusalem, and the right of return for Palestinian refugees have all made a two-state solution a very unwieldy enterprise.
Whether the clashes in Jerusalem and the West Bank are the long-awaited "Third Intifada" is the question being asked by virtually every journalist covering the Middle East.
The UK and Israel make for excellent partners in research and innovation, business and trade - and though the U.S. is considered Israel's greatest ally, Israel is increasingly looking to work with the "young and energetic" London's tech industry as opposed to Silicon Valley.
Having practiced Judaism for nearly thirty years, I have performed the intricate tap dance of being a black person in the majority Jewish country, and I am reminded of my experiences as a black soldier in the Israel Defense Forces (IDF).
What will happen if at the end of the day these sea lions disappear? I think the world will be significantly poorer.
As we approach the 2016 election it is hard not to get a sense that one party, the Republicans, love Israel, but are not so crazy about Jews, while the other likes Jews, but is not so crazy about Israel.
In 1977, I made my first trip to Israel. Like most young American Jews, it was a kind of pilgrimage. I had a backpack. I did all the things I was expected to do: I picked grapefruit on a kibbutz, I visited Masada, I went to the Dead Sea.
My situation is not unique. People coming from the Gulf and Europe to visit their families in Gaza lose their jobs, scholarships, or miss their classes -- all for wanting to see a sick parent or meet a new family member.
The adults, it nearly seems, have all gone from the Capitol building in Washington, D.C., leaving behind a playpen teeming with delinquents. One wise, early escapee, former-Senate Majority Leader George Mitchell, came to Chartwell Booksellers to talk about his new book, The Negotiator.
Perhaps there are practical reasons playing their part behind the scenes, but when viewed from a broader perspective that is based on Israel's ancient sources, the terror unfolding in the state of Israel is a direct result of neglecting the relationships between us--the people of Israel.
TEL AVIV -- Foreign analysts have been quick to claim that recent events are about Al Aqsa, and they've been even quicker to argue about whether or not this is a third intifada. But both discussions miss the point.
If Jerusalem cannot provide the microcosm of Israeli-Palestinian peaceful coexistence, there will never be peace between the two sides.
Yehuda Avner was the first author I dared write to, just to tell him I was a fan of his. It would have been in 2000 or so, which is when we got our first personal computer and discovered email.