Most of Israel's public is willing for such moves. For most Israelis, it is very clear who is threatening Israel's security (Hamas) and who may be a reputable partner for peace (Abbas). The young generation in particular, is keen to steps toward peace.
From here on in, you can assume that, in the Israeli media's view, violence against Israel is the result of American fumbling.'
What might cause Hamas to consent to a ceasefire? There is another question in the Israeli public discourse, no less important -- what might deter Hamas from renewing the cycle of violence in the long term?
Peanut gallery criticism, which is what most of us offer, including at the moment Hillary Clinton, is disingenuous and counter-productive. It also sends a bad signal to the world that we don't know what we are doing, which is not true.
Has the evolution of those boring slide shows that grandparents used to relish turned into something more -- more human, perhaps?
Writing in The New York Times, columnist Shmuel Rosner labeled non-Israeli liberal Jews who are becoming more estranged from modern-day Israel as "fair-weather fans" whom Israel both can and should ignore. He is dead-wrong on both counts.
We arrived in Israel on Thursday morning July 24th. The airport was almost empty. I noticed just one other ELAL plane on the tarmac besides our British Airways flight.
While criticizing Israel certainly isn't anti-Semitic, it is important to note there is a fine line to cross when some begin equating Zionism with Judaism in an effort to show support for Palestine during this politically charged time.
The Palestine Monetary Authority has kept cash flowing to a besieged population struggling to survive in a devastated economy. Gaza's 45 bank branches have been mostly closed during the nearly month-long conflict, with working ATMs depending on the availability of generator fuel and the daring of bank staff to maintain them.
With or without an infusion of massive amounts of international aid, clearing away the mess of this war will take years. Streets can be cleaned, but the wounds, both physical and mental, will not soon heal, nor will the survivors easily erase the feelings of helplessness, despair and anger with which they have been left.
This conflict has devastated the lives of hundreds of thousands of civilians, and readers of the Times require clear and accurate comparisons of data.
I am trying very hard not to choose sides in this conflict and I can see the issue from both sides, although I do not think we truly understand what is going on in the Middle East and I do not think we ever will.
All three groups have been dehumanized as the "other," the bogeymen that will destroy if they are not destroyed. And all of us know what it is like to be trapped in the ghetto and have the walls close in on them, and all know how it feels when the lynch mob comes.
Despite the ability we now possess to destroy ourselves and most life on this planet, we have barely begun to question our reflexive violence. Doing so requires looking courageously inward.
I wake up each day to depressing news of what's happening in Israel and Gaza. The question is: how can we collectively reach an unsatisfactory conclusion and come out as honorable people?