Egypt's political chasm continues to widen following the military's ouster of former President Mohamed Morsi, who, despite his many flaws and blunders, was the only democratically elected president in the country's history.
The body language evident in two recent pictures of American, Israeli and Palestinian officials speaks volumes. The first was of Palestinian President...
If there is even a small chance of success in the Israeli-Palestinian negotiations, trust must be cultivated between Israelis and Palestinians through people-to-people interactions.
Netanyahu deserves (and will reap) credit for taking the difficult decisions and braving political hellfire within his own coalition, to bring Israel and the Palestinians back to the table. But Abbas needs some credit.
Benjamin Netanyahu may believe that releasing prisoners so that the Palestinian Authority will come to the negotiating table is in the strategic interest of his country but the human truth is that it is unjust and dangerous.
I am not entirely sanguine that either the Palestinian Authority's Mahmoud Abbas or Israel's Netanyahu are ready, willing or able to make peace. Netanyahu is an ideologue who does not really believe in a two-state solution. Conversely, Abbas is politically weak.
The apparent conflict between Israel's security needs and the Palestinians' aspirations for a "real" state calls for thinking outside the box. Treating the two states as members of one commonwealth, may move the deliberations in a constructive direction.
Conventional wisdom says this is not the time to forge a peace agreement between Israel and the Palestinians. Conventional wisdom also says we have passed midnight for a two state solution; unconventional wisdom says clocks can be pushed back.
With that in mind, we can see that there is some incentive for both sides to open talks, a welcome development by all accounts, but the process requires much more than that in order to come to a successful conclusion. The set of circumstances which will make it possible is still not around.
Two events jolted the Israeli/Palestinian arena this past week. There will be difficult days ahead. Getting the parties to "Go" is just the start, since, as Secretary Kerry has noted, the hard work has just begun.
For some, there will never be a good time to make peace and always be a thousand reasons not to. Among some of my fellow American Jews, the upheaval in Egypt is the latest excuse.
A detailed offer from Secretary Kerry now will compel the Israeli public to decide whether or not they want an agreement with the Palestinians, a clear choice they have not been given since May 1992, when Yitzhak Rabin ran against Likud leader Yitzhak Shamir.
One way of changing the present dynamic of conflict is to realize that the point of departure in Muslim-Jewish engagement should not be the modern-day Israeli-Palestinian conflict, but rather Abraham/Ibrahim, our common forefather and the source of our shared commitment to ethical monotheism.
I think the shakeup at the Western Wall is one of the best things to happen to Israel in decades. It's a popular uprising for change, for real democracy.
As Secretary John Kerry returns to the Middle East for another round of shuttle diplomacy and meets with President Abbas, current realities on the ground and recent events seem to suggest that talks will center on a greater Jordanian involvement in Palestinian affairs.
Is it possible that Islam is being reformed? And in Israel! The answer is yes, as I discovered when I attended a fascinating research seminar yesterday at Tel Aviv University on "Contemporary Islamic Thought in Israel".