Perhaps the biggest disaster is the inability of the Arab world to see the Jewish state as anything but a cursed presence. Call me a cynic, but I don't think peace has a chance when Arabs still see the birth of Israel as a Nakba.
A year ago, activists tried to break the blockade of Gaza with an international flotilla of ships. They failed. Now an even larger flotilla is preparing to set sail in June. And when the Audacity of Hope sets sail, I will be on it.
One path for the Palestinians leads to a serious opportunity to create a successful state for the Palestinian people. The other path leads to destroying any present hope for a viable Palestinian state. The choice lies in their hands.
The strong disagreement over settlement doesn't excuse the brutal killings of the family of five in Itamar. If anything this senseless murder should cause genuine commitment from all sides to find an end to the 44 year old occupation in a peaceful way.
If the goal is to bring together Israel and Palestine, isn't it important to scrutinize both sides? J Street's relentless focus on pressuring Israel isn't only unfair, it's also remarkably ineffective.