The Herzliya Conference was compelling for its lists of problems but short on solutions. Lots of experts and consistency in suggestions of what has to happen, but, at the end of the day, offered very little concrete advice.
With hints the U.S. may accommodate Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood, the Muslim Brotherhood has likewise been signaling to the U.S. that it is seeking to cooperate. This is a potentially game-changing political development in the region.
Palestinians hope to build upon the wave of nations recognizing a Palestinian state based on 1967 borders. There is a strong and ever-growing peace movement that is joined from within Israeli society and the international community.
Understanding the Israeli-Palestinian conflict requires not only a grasp of cold facts and statistics, but an understanding of the daily experience of the real people who live on each side. I spoke to Palestinians on a recent trip.
If America joins the rest of the world in politically isolating Israel because of its refusal to adhere to international law, this will have a snowball effect that will most certainly lead to change in the Israeli political scene.