There are crises where the end point can be seen and generally agreed by both sides but the path to that point seems difficult, perhaps impossible. And then there are crises with no agreed end point or route to resolution. These are the most dangerous crises.
The majority of Israelis and Palestinians want to see a two-state solution between their two peoples. And with the United States energized to lead, now is the time for Americans to support John Kerry's fresh approach.
We must love our fellow Jews as brothers and sisters in a historic, unique collective family, and we must treat the non-Jew with the same dignity that we would wish and envision for ourselves. This is the real meaning of what it means to be "holy" in the "Holy Land" today.
As usual, it seems, public discourse about the Palestinian situation tends to be much more vivid and vigorous in Israel itself than it ever seems allowed to become in the United States.
Sixty-five years ago the State of Israel was born. Yom Ha'atzmaut commemorates the Israeli Declaration of Independence in 1948. The root letters of the word atzmaut can be translated as "essence." This poem is my attempt to share and celebrate a small slice of Israel's essence.
Though Lipman no longer holds an American passport, he says the values he learned in the U.S., such as "tolerance" and being able to "live at peace even if we disagree," have contributed to who he is today.
Simply put, Israel is exceptional and Her exceptionality needs to be celebrated, not condemned, which is exactly what we should do this Yom Ha'Atazmaut, Israel Independence Day.
On its 65th anniversary, I am mindful of how far we have strayed from our original ideals and how much needs to be done in the years ahead to make these ideals a reality in this country.
The UC senate voted overwhelmingly to rescind the SJP standard-form-like divestment resolution that it had adopted. The senators committed instead to working on Riverside-specific resolutions that foster dialogue rather than division.
The good news is that Netanyahu has made everything so clear. He has no interest in peace, negotiations, any kind of territorial withdrawal or even freezing settlements. The only question left is what the Obama administration will do in response.
It is clear that if the Israelis and the Palestinians hold fast to their positions, it will be nearly impossible to allay distrust, leading to a continuing deadlock because distrust cannot be negotiated by simply agreeing to establish a new trusting relationship.
It's way too early to get excited, but Secretary of State John Kerry has made solid beginning in his Middle East diplomacy. He is unequivocally willing to invest his time and political capital in yet another effort to make peace between Israel and the Palestinians.
"The Palestinian people's right to self-determination and justice must be recognized. Put yourself in their shoes - look at the world through their eyes". This declaration seems very simple and even obvious, but coming from an American president, it has the potential to be game-changer.
But the primary organizing event on Yom HaShoah is the sounding of a nationwide siren. The siren perpetuates a consciousness of tragedy and paranoia. And this feeling seeps into the national identity in ways that create a template for Israel's policies and politics -- with devastating effect.
If Obama's observations in his Jerusalem speech are correct, then not only the Israeli public needs to heed his injunction "to see the world through their [Palestinian] eyes." U.S. policymakers need to do the same. This is especially important as Secretary of State John Kerry visits the region in a renewed effort at peacemaking.
Today, there are approximately 7 million Palestinian refugees and they have largely been forgotten in the peace process. Yet, without addressing the refugees' right to restitution, there can be no just peace.