It is easy to be pessimistic, or even apathetic, about the latest round of Palestinian-Israeli peace talks. Nevertheless, a breakthrough is possible this time -- thanks to the unshakable Palestinian peace strategy.
Memo to peacemakers in Washington, Jerusalem and Ramallah: Embrace those who link to a common humanity. Among them, you may be able to hammer out a negotiated agreement. All others will reap the whirlwind.
All Americans, especially Jews, who want to see a secure Israel, a viable Palestinian state alongside it, a stable Middle East and a respected United States should support Obama's policies regarding Israel.
President Barack Obama is continuing to reorient U.S. foreign policy in general, and in the Middle East in particular, along the lines of the internationalist/neo-realist approach pursued in the pre-9/11 years
The Obama administration is turning its alchemic powers toward Palestine. It is aiming to fashion a 'success' out of the shambles created by its lame failure to stand up to the Israeli government of Bibi Netanyahu.
Unless the threats posed by Iran and its surrogates, Hezbollah and Hamas, can be neutralized in Israeli-Palestinian negotiations, the best that can be expected is what the Bible described as "peace, peace and there is no peace."
The White House is launching direct talks with tools that previous administrations did not have or were unwilling to employ in past negotiation efforts. There are indeed reasons to be hopeful without being naïve.
It is time that leaders on both sides -- with the assistance of the U.S. -- begin to challenge those who purport to seek God's will to consider that Jews and Muslims may be intended to share the land after all.
After spending a month in Palestine visiting the government sector, the private sector, and the NGO sector, I am convinced of the following: Palestinian women are the biggest hope left for the future of Palestine.
I'm pretty sure that nobody in the Obama administration believes something will come of these talks. I'm hoping that the White House staff has already prepared a plan for precisely that day when Netanyahu's bluff is called.