Since last week's fatal shooting of four settlers from the settlement of Beit Haggai, Palestinians in the area have been subjected to what the settlers call "price tag" reprisal attacks and repeated Israeli army incursions.
If they're serious about making peace, this would be a good time for the leaders start talking quietly. In the past, nearly all significant progress in Mideast peace talks has been accomplished in private.
For those yearning to see an end to the seven decade Jewish-Palestinian conflict, to see security and tranquility for Israel, and justice for Palestinians, last week's so-called "peace talks" in Washington were a painful farce.
It's time to move forward and demonstrate that peace, while difficult to achieve, is not a fantasy and that a mainstream Jewish and Palestinian coalition can fill the public square with messages of hope and support.
The Occupied Palestinian territories remain a toxic political environment. And unfortunately the few non-party affiliated Palestinians leaders who seem to be popular with activists and academics are weak and largely absent in every day news.
There is a tendency at the opening of each new round of Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations for the parties to begin at the point where the previous negotiations concluded. That should be avoided this time.
"The attitude towards Israel on the part of the intellectual community changed very sharply in 1967, from either lack of interest or sometimes even disdain, to almost passionate support. So what happened?"
Direct talks between Palestinian and Israeli leaders are the most obvious way to achieve peace in the Middle East conflict. But history has shown time and again that a high-profile peace process alone is no recipe for success.
Ron Jager looks the part of the diehard Zionist from the Bronx, where, in fact, he grew up. So how did this tough guy turn out to be a "kumbaya" promoter of Jewish-Palestinian cooperation in, of all places, the West Bank?
Once again the summer heat is upon us. And once again, people's anguish, and appeals at the overcrowded King Hussein Bridge are melting as quickly as an ice cream cone in the Jordan Valley's high temperatures.