It is January 11, 2015 at the time of this writing and world leaders from over 40 countries gathered in Paris, linked arm to arm to march in peace for unity.
Given the dramatically changing political dynamic between them in recent days, the Israelis and Palestinians have now, as in the past, only one choice to make -- they must coexist.
My time with future leaders of Israel and Palestine leaves me with a somewhat pessimistic outlook, but there is reason for hope.
The U.S. has been at the center of the Israeli-Palestinian peace process for decades. However, some Palestinians I spoke with said that the U.S. is not the right party to mediate a two-state solution whereas Israelis has said it is.
If the United States is frustrated by the Palestinian turn toward the ICC, then it has only itself to blame for its unwillingness to halt Israel's colonization and occupation of Palestinian land.
On December 17, 2014, representatives of 126 countries who had endorsed the Fourth Geneva Convention Relative to the Protection of Civilian Persons in Time of War (Convention) met at the invitation of the Swiss government and, by consensus, passed a 10 point Declaration.
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Palestine has set a new benchmark for nations like the Kurds and the Kosovars who see soccer as a key part of their toolbox to achieve statehood with its qualification for this month's Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Asian Cup even if the Palestinian road to statehood is increasingly pockmarked by seemingly insurmountable barriers.
Membership in the ICC would give Abbas another tacit endorsement of statehood and the ability to wage powerful lawfare. But will this really get Abbas what he ultimately wants? Or better, what does he want?
Antisemitism presents a serious challenge for the global community today. The last decade has seen a shocking growth in antisemitic rhetoric and agitation, and routine acts of violence against Jews have returned to European cities 70 years after the Holocaust.
There can only be peace between the Israelis and Palestinians when both sides take stock of their hard feelings about diversity. There has to be a softening, one that leads toward a prudent path for reconciliation, because the alternative of pushing for surrender is too costly.
Netanyahu may or may not like it (probably the former is the answer) but what happened yesterday proves that while Israel is cementing good relationships with countries like India, not a marginal world power, there is no substitute to the alliance with the US.
A Saudi-led proxy war against Iran playing out in Syria and Iraq has expanded onto the soccer pitch with a last minute decision by the Palestinian national team to cancel a friendly against Iran.
Not only have Netanyahu and his cohorts systematically been engaged in rancorous public narratives against the Palestinians, but they have taken action that could only attest to his unwavering commitment to expand the settlements and prevent the establishment of a Palestinian state.
During a talk dubbed "Jerusalem: Flashpoint for Regional & Global Conflict," Robert Wright, the veteran author and creator of Bloggingheads, and Daniel Seidemann, the renowned Israeli attorney, talked about what may or may not be the third intifada and its thorny roots.
It is time is for the Palestinians to reexamine the shifting political landscape in Israel and among themselves and change course now, however incongruous that may be, because it is indispensable to their overall objective.