The whole experience was a reminder that everyone is part of the problem -- not only the so-called politicians whom we too often blame for their lack of leadership. The roadblocks and the bridges lie in people's hearts, minds, and the stories that we tell.
Israeli leaders have condemned the firebombing as an act of terrorism and are keen to stop elements of the underground from threatening the fabric of Israeli society by escalating Israeli-Palestinian tensions.
I am ashamed. And I am not alone. The vast majority of Israeli society stood shoulder to shoulder this past weekend, wholeheartedly condemning the barbaric violence, from right to left, from political leadership to the common people.
The phrase "No good crisis should be wasted" is by now a cliché, but it is very much applicable to the current situation, following the Iran nuclear agreement signed in Vienna on July 14.
After 47 years of occupation, the time has come for all decent Israelis to think about the future of their country. Where is Israel heading, and for how much longer can the occupation and the injustices continue without jeopardizing Israel's very existence?
At this year's Jerusalem Film Festival, I was pleased to see a new development in Israeli cinematic language. Three films stood out as using groundbreaking methods of presentation, taking the innovation of Israeli movies to a new level
After a century of failed attempts at Arab-Israeli peace, the Obama Administration may have accidentally just produced the key breakthrough to success. Whether you like the Iran deal or not, it realigns the Middle East in a manner that potentially serves its people better.
If Iran poses an "existential" threat to Israel and to the Arab-Sunnis, perhaps the time has come for them to reach a deal on the Palestinian issue? The Iran deal may be the first step in a process that would allow Middle Easterners to finally start writing their own histories instead of expecting Washington to.
Does a "sleep-in" have the power to make a difference in the Middle East? One group of Israelis think so. This week, Israeli peace activists began a sleep-in protest in the Palestinian village of Khirbet Susiya to prevent the Israeli army from demolishing it, as reported by The Independent.
Linked together by a shared mission and common political targets, conservative NGOs from numerous countries have created a united front and a network that increasingly challenges liberal human rights NGOs such as Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch.
A violent display of racism by extreme nationalist supporters of storied Israeli football club Beitar Jerusalem coupled with recent Ethiopian Israeli protests against discrimination and the government's handling of the capture of two Israelis by Hamas has moved racist attitudes towards dark-skinned Jews and Israeli Palestinian up the government's agenda.
In eighteen months the stone carver will engrave the final dates of the two-state solution idea, and we will head towards unilateral actions that will create two states or back into a one-state entity. Neither will be a solution and will only create different dynamics for the conflict to continue.
Three years ago, the United Nations issued a report predicting that the Gaza Strip would be uninhabitable by 2020. Thanks to Israel's recent attack, this warning appears to have arrived sooner than expected.
The current young generation of Israelis and Palestinians need to see each other through a different lens and adjust psychologically to accept that coexistence is irrevocable, and they must choose to either live in constant violent hostility, or in peace.
If, and only if, the U.S. can pivot from a completed deal to a broader regional peace will it be possible to judge the outcome a success. Otherwise it's "off to the races", since a deal without a determined follow-up program may be just a bad as (and maybe worse than) no deal at all.
Presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton's position on the Israeli occupation of the West Bank in a recently-released letter does not bode well for her future foreign policy.