For some reason the passing of Ariel Sharon after the withdrawal from Gaza and the long years in a coma have taken away some of the bitterness that many felt about Ariel Sharon.
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What does it take to make a difference? Who knows what anyone can do with a love of cars or the ability to make a delicious chicken sandwich, twist dough into pretzels or simply raise an eyebrow.
While Newt Gingrich's comments to a Jewish media outlet that Palestinians are an invented people was pretty bad, what was worse is what happened (or didn't happen) afterwards.
If we have learned anything in this past bloody decade in Palestine and Israel, it is that violence only begets violence. Non-violent solutions require empathy and sympathy as well as justice and fairness.
The Nobel being awarded to Obama is the world saying loud and clear that the right wing zealots in the United States are out-of-line with everybody else on the planet.
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