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.
When the strongest UN member state asks the weakest not-yet-state to do something, coercion is a good word to describe it -- particularly as the Ramallah-based Palestinian Authority depends on U.S. aid for its existence.
The fact that the freest Arabs in the Middle East live in Israel is a truth that Israel's enemies cannot bear. In the post-Tahrir era, more and more Arabs will come to see that Israel was never the enemy.
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.