It is not news that there is no love lost between President Obama and Prime Minister Netanyahu. However, not enough has been said about the deeper tear in U.S. - Israeli relations; a tear that goes deeper than the two Heads of States personalities'.
Besides all of the drama created by dissolving the Knesset and calling for early elections, what was the point if it more or less leads to the same political situation as before?
Netanyahu's position directly opposes the American policy in favor of a two-state solution that has been in place since the Six-Day War of 1967.
Why did the progressive peace voice have so little impact in Israel? The answer to this is startling: it didn't have much electoral impact because it was almost totally absent from the discourse of the supposedly left former Labor Party which now calls itself "The Zionist Union."
Welcome to Israel, where the voting patterns do not resemble those in the west, and cultural, national security considerations are uppermost on the minds of voters when the impression of a siege is in place.
Should the next government end up being led by Netanyahu, every Israeli will live to mourn the demise of Israel as a democratic and Jewish state and the home of brave pioneers who made a millennium-long dream a reality.
Discontinuing security collaboration and reinventing the duties of the PA as a self-governing body of the Palestinians in West Bank and Gaza are crucial to addressing the power imbalances between the occupied and the occupier.
Do Americans support their government's policy toward Israel, and have their feelings changed over the years? From the Roper Center for Public Opinion Research archive...
As of this writing, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is in the fight of his political life. Having been at the top of the Israeli political lexicon for the past six years, Netanyahu is trying to make history on Tuesday, March 17.
At a time when the Middle East is a minefield of socio-religious tensions, such interactions between disparate communities seem especially rare. But when they happen, they can be transformative.
The development of Gaza Marine would undoubtedly be a positive step. However, the exploration of Palestinian gas reserves must not be permitted solely in return for Israel securing gas purchase agreements with neighboring countries. Such hijacking of the Palestinian gas reserves merely reinforces Israel's control of Palestinian resources.
During the past few weeks, as the elections approach, right-wing parties repeat time and again that "there is no partner" on the Palestinian side, but we have shown that this is just an excuse used by nationalists who don't want there to be a partner.
This last week before the Israeli elections has been a roller coaster of hope laced with a good dose of despair.
I heard a sigh from DD, the imaginary Israeli Defense Dove. It had taken a little longer to get back to me this time.
DD, the imaginary Israeli Defense Dove had by now outlined for me the first three steps of her "Step by Step" approach to breaking up the Middle East iceberg.
The only possible solution to the problem of Israel and Palestine, it is generally assumed, is to recognize the two peoples and divide the land between them. The only question, it appears, is where to draw the line and what happens to people who end up on the wrong side.