Jewish liberals -- in Israel and the Diaspora -- need to realize that the time has come to stop mourning Israel's idealized image.
What have Israel and Gaza's populations achieved after over a month of death, injury, fear, and utter chaos?
What we need now, what we have always needed, are those in Israel, Gaza, the West Bank, Europe, and the United States to stand up, be brave, and find ways for those divided to come together. This is not some idealistic wish-thinking -- I have seen it happen; I have seen it change lives.
Because we still have the world's biggest economy, and because we still have the world's greatest military might, we're constantly faced with the question and the choice of what responsibility comes with that power.
While many questions will be asked in the pursuit of accountability for the violations of international law committed, Israeli society has an additional question to ask itself. Ben Franklin is often quoted as saying that those who sacrifice liberty for security deserve neither. What of those who sacrifice their sense of humanity?
Returning Gaza to the Stone Age has not stopped Hamas, the Islamist militia in control of the territory, from inflicting significant political and psychological damage on Israel.
With over 2,000 dead, and a political funeral beckoning for Hamas should it return to a besieged Gaza Strip, the Israelis and Egyptians may have underestimated Hamas' determination to fight it out to achieve what it needs: an end to the siege.
It used to be that "end times," apocalyptic thinking was solely the purview of the crazies. You know, the fundamentalists, the recluses, the paranoid, the kooky guy holding a "The End is Near!" sign on the street corner.
Given the amount of news print, UN resolutions, radio and television air time spent commenting, discussing, attacking, challenging and reviling Israel...
By calling his enemies "savages," Netanyahu reveals that he is unwilling to view the Palestinians for what they are: a people of several million strong who dwell in the same land between the river and the sea, and who are as unwilling as Israel is to leave.
Should they now begin to contemplate taking bold steps and change direction, which appears to be inconceivable at this juncture? I believe that in the long run they will have no other choice. Yet, however incongruous this may seem, it is better to be a fool who tries than a wise man who never dares.
Wars inevitably spark change. That is no truer than in the war in Gaza, no matter what Hamas and Israel say.
To be an Israeli mom is to know about the situation no less than the staff sergeant, the commanding officer, and even the Chief of Staff. And if you meet them, to also let them know what YOU think should be done.
We create these narratives of good and evil because they are easier. They allow us to look at an issue and demand one side's acknowledgement of wrongdoing. They create a false complexity, when the natural complexities presented are difficult enough.
By continuing to operate in and nearby health care infrastructure, Hamas has made a calculated decision that its own civilians' lives are less important than the condemnation Israel receives from damaging a health care facility, either intentionally or incidentally.
My family and many others pay what I've dubbed the "Jew Tax;" that is, the portion of our suburban Chicago synagogue dues that goes for surveillance cameras, alarms and a security guard on duty during services and when kids are in Hebrew school.