This conviction is what spurred me, as an Egyptian, to climb down from the ivory tower of the outside spectator and to engage directly with Palestinians and Israelis, despite the mainstream hostility towards such encounters in the Arab world and Israel alike.
People have noticed the silence of former Secretary of State and widely presumed 2016 Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton on the Iran nuclear deal negotiated by President Obama and Secretary of State Kerry. Where does she stand?
Many publications have advice columnists, but none has our old friend Colonel Manners (ret.), whose experience in military and surveillance matters is evident from his impressive CV (unfortunately, a classified document).
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu wants negotiations with the Palestinians to continue for decades to come. But the Palestinian leadership would be foolish to go along with this charade.
The deal that was struck in Geneva between Iran and the P5+ 1 represents an important first step in curbing Iran's nuclear program. Regardless of the multiple flaws it contains, it offers a chance to end Iran's nuclear impasse peacefully.
While the deal may still be unproven in curbing an Iranian nuclear bomb, will it prove more effective in bringing closer a new Iranian revolution or at least evolution?
No one really expected the Warsaw negotiations to include landmark political or legal decisions. But there is a lot of work to do in the next two years before finalizing a climate treaty in Paris.
The profound symbolism of the moment more than outweighs the lighter substantive elements of the temporary agreement. The United States and its partners appeared tough and got very little. Iran appeared tough and gave up very little. Both sides saved face.
With the deal that was signed in the early morning hours in Geneva on Sunday, the two sides managed to change course from the path to a disastrous war and put us on a road that ends with concrete assurance that Iran will never obtain nuclear weapons. Though it is just an interim agreement, after thirty years of non-relations, the deal is historic.
A nuclear accord with Teheran would help secure Israel. An accord with Iran might drive the Saudis and others in the Gulf to reconsider the peace process and their willingness to stake an Israeli-Palestinian settlement.
Perhaps, Hillary Clinton, as crafty as Jael, will swoop in after 2016 and rescue Israel and the U.S. from the questionable leadership we are seeing now. In the meantime, she too, like Iran, will have to wait it out.
One can only hope that a moral voice like Samantha Power's will not join Kerry's misguided appeal on Iran.
Did you hear the one about Obama and Kerry in a Middle East casino? They start off with lots of chips. They're playing craps, making a couple of large bets which they lose. So they take their remaining chips and head to the blackjack table.
The struggles over values and religious beliefs need to be part of the analysis about the way forward. This is as true for Afghanistan as it is for anywhere else where religion is an element in conflict (that is, pretty much everywhere).
How can we call for more women to represent us if we don't even know who is already sitting there? We know about Tzipi Livni and we know about Yitzhak Molcho, who are leading the talks for the Israeli side, but that is pretty much it.
November 10 will not go down as a stellar day for U.S. diplomacy. The premature faux hoopla over the scuttled first-stage nuclear agreement with Iran yielded little more than a legacy of miscues and a dozen eggs on Uncle Sam's face.