George Orwell wrote in his masterpiece 1984 that "the object of waging a war is always to be in a better position in which to wage another war." Rarely has this been as true as in Operation Pillar of Defense.
The Zionist experiment has emerged -- quietly and vibrantly -- as a clear demonstration of the power of progressive values. Let's stand with those who continue to uphold our deepest principles, even in the face of the most belligerent anti-liberal provocations.
I believe that those who desire peace for all Israelis and all Palestinians are in the majority--but they have to speak up. They can no longer remain a silent and ineffective majority and continue to let their crazies dominate the conversation and run the show.
It didn't take more than 18 hours after the latest conflict between Israel and Hamas escalated when the usual Facebook and Twitter updates were replaced with status updates ranging from exclamations of "Sending peace to the Middle East!" to updates of a distinctly different kind.
I feel sad for the innocent sufferers on both sides of this battle. I want this to end and want the Gazan Palestinians and the Israelis to know calm and security, even if the region is not yet ready for a total peace.
How can Israel continue to stand in the way of transparency and justice for an innocent young American killed in their jurisdiction but request clemency for Jonathan Pollard -- who willingly admitted to his seditious crimes against his own country?
So long as the Israelis and Palestinians of this city remain guilty of indifference and fail to seek understanding beyond their walls, Hebron's future, like its past, will remain mired in constant struggle.
I know Israel acts very improperly sometimes, but make up your mind already. Either it's the worst of humanity or the fog of war. Don't you understand that discourse about this conflict has no place for nuance and reappraisal?
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.
Palestinians in Gaza don't need those shipments any more than Iran and Turkey do. The aid the Palestinians actually need from the outside in order to effect long-term change is guidance and help to change their political plight.
The Israeli government's easing of the siege on Gaza was approve on Sunday days after Jerusalem had issued a non-binding declaration supporting such a move last week; whether the siege itself will end is another question.
Although Prime Minister Netanyahu continues to extol the efficacy of coercion and reprisal, he is straining Tel Aviv's relationship with Washington, and leading Israel toward failure and international isolation.