The Balfour Declaration of November 2, 1917 was a recognition by the British Government that a national home for the Jews should be created in Palestine. But Palestine was never defined in the declaration. It was only a concept at the time.
Over the last year or so, I have felt myself hardening, growing increasingly jaded about the day to day happenings of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. If I'm honest, feelings of anger, frustration and alarm have been absent for some time. All that changed today.
U.S. presidents have been right all along to believe that the better way of ending this deadlock is to have two free countries living side by side in lasting peace. This outcome has many virtues, including that it is democratic.
FIFA president Sepp Blatter alongside FIFpro, the global organization of professional soccer players, footballer Eric Cantona and Noam Chomsky have denounced Israel's detention of Palestinian athletes including Mahmoud Sarsak, who has been on hunger strike in Israeli prison for 86 days.
At this point, the most viable solution may be, as the former head of Israel's Navy and internal security, Ami Ayalon, says, "Instead of building trust and then agreements, we make the agreements now."
If Zionism has been based on a set of values -- any values -- that "override whatever injustices statehood has brought," then it has taken us as far as one can get from the set of values that undergird liberal democracy.
The majority of Palestinian Muslims and Christians have chosen peaceful resistance. To say that Hamas is the cause of the declining Christian population in the occupied Palestinian territories is standing the truth on its head.