Israel is often dubbed the "Start-up Nation" due to our technological prowess, but looking back at the status of the Israeli-Palestinian track over the past twenty years, as far as our diplomatic achievements are concerned, we are not a "Start-up Nation," we are a "Stagnant Nation."
President Obama's upcoming trip to Israel prompts us to note the death from cancer last week of a fascinating and prophetic religious figure in the West Bank -- Chief Rabbi Menachem Froman of the Takoa settlement, a few miles from the Dead Sea.
Obama's key challenge will be to get Netanyahu to adopt a more constructive approach, one that is conducive to finalizing a peace deal. This is hardly an easy task. At the same time, however, Netanyahu is legendary for being susceptible to pressure.
To know why the Israeli-Palestinian conflict has proved so intractable, it's worth reading the two op-eds published by the New York Times on March 13, in advance of President Obama's much-anticipated visit to the region.
We, the Jews of the United States, the most influential Jewish community of the diaspora, cannot afford to lose our objectivity in our great desire for peace in the Middle East and our hopes for the future of our Jewish homeland.
The United States has the power, responsibility, and certainly the strategic interests to put an end to this self-consuming conflict in a region where the stakes for all concerned cannot be overestimated.
The Israeli-Palestinian political process has been stalled for too long. It could soon be replaced by a third Intifada or a Palestinian version of the Arab Spring.
If BDS 'activists' are true to their word and want to boycott all things Israeli, then they better become hermits, give up technology and pray to God they never get sick.
As soon as these rockets are fired from crowded civilian areas, the terrorist scurry into below-ground shelters, leaving babies, women and other civilians in the path of Israeli rockets that target the rocket launchers.
For supporters of political reform in the Middle East, the contradictory postures of Samira Ibrahim -- the Egyptian feminist activist who publicly shared her hostile views of America, Jews and Israel -- is an opportunity to address prevalent hatreds and intolerance that endure in the "new" Egypt.
The most puzzling aspect of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict may be that after 65 years of violence, enmity and suffering, it remains unresolved when coexistence is inevitable and a two-state solution remains the only viable option.
The expectation that President Obama will visit Israel and the West Bank around March 20th has generated renewed focus on how he should approach the Israel-Palestinian issues.
Gradually, women in Palestine are finding their own path to freedom and prosperity. However, there is still a lot of work to be done, especially in the fields of violence against women and job creation programs that advise and assist women in achieving career success.
Just in time for President Obama's long-awaited trip to Israel, perennial Israeli-Palestinian policy strategist Dennis Ross has published his 14-point plan to achieve Middle East peace.
Israeli Orthodox rabbi, settler, poet and peace activist, Rabbi Menachem Froman passed away on March 4. Rabbi Froman, with his white beard and white garb, was a beloved figure for people across the political spectrum in Israel.
If it even makes sense to compare bad Arab political situations, things are worse still in Syria, where the horrific toll of life since the civil war to remove Assad started is rivaled only by the uncertainties of what kind of government, if any, will be able to rule that country after the dictator is gone.