There are mounting concerns over a possible pre-emptive Israeli military strike against Iran's nuclear facilities, and growing speculation they could do so without a green light from the Obama Administration. If you believe that, I've got a nuclear reactor in Dimona to sell you.
Friends of Israel, countries and individuals that sincerely wish Israelis well, should send a message this week: Mr. Netanyahu, Mr. Barak, for your sake, for Israel's sake, let the flotilla sail to Gaza.
As long as Barak remains in this government, he serves as a fig-leaf for a dead-end, right-wing coalition that ideologically opposes making the kind of far-reaching compromises necessary to reach a peace agreement.
As I read reports of the U.S. offering massive incentives to Israel in an effort to secure a three month settlement freeze, I've wanted to give the U.S. peace negotiators the benefit of the doubt. But I'm having trouble understanding the logic behind all of this.
The current Israeli-Palestinian talks could mark the last serious attempt by a U.S. president to invest his (or her) own political capital and American diplomatic prestige in resolving the conflict based on a two-state solution.
Ban Ki-moon denied the Israeli military was off limits in a U.N. inquiry into the deadly Israeli commando raid on a Turkish-led aid flotilla heading for Gaza. Israel disputes this and no one is sure what the panel's job description is.