Many of Israel's staunchest supporters are baffled by what's happening in the small Mediterranean state. Regrettably, they fail to understand that Israel is following the natural evolution of a country founded on a race-exclusive basis.
In discussing Israeli-Palestinian proximity talks, Ashrawi warned that moving to direct talks when no progress has been made will lead to the Palestinian national leadership's loss of credibility with its own constituents.
A recent Jewish extremist rally in Manhattan took on a distinctively Tea Party-flavor, including demonstrators assailing Obama as a secret Muslim with no legitimate right to serve as President of the United States.
The Arab World is once again waiting. They are wasting precious time and an opportunity to define their concerns and a political path forward. Worse still, if the past provides a clue to the future, waiting will only lead to disappointment.
Obama has not yet mastered the matrix of interactions that tie causes to diverse effects in the complex Mideast system. We wish that the Harvard Law School taught courses in logic and military history.
Occupation is an ugly word. That is why people who support the idea of a Jewish state should use the term. Because, on this, Israel's 62nd independence day, the Occupation has to be identified for what it has become: Israel's worst enemy.