In the West, policymakers traditionally have not viewed such multi-government bodies in the region to be particularly helpful. But this year, there are grounds for hope that the Al-Quds Committee will make a meaningful contribution to peace efforts in the Holy Land.
Partnering up with an American Christian charity, Operation Blessing, and Israel's Reut Institute, Hand in Hand has been raising funds, sending and distributing humanitarian aid to Jordan's Syrian refugees throughout the past year.
It is not yet clear whether the Russian plan is the end of the beginning or the beginning of the end of chemical weapons in Syria, but one way or the other, mass murder by chemical weapons, a crime against humanity, must not be tolerated.
I was hoping (but not holding my breath) that President Obama would come with a message to the Israelis that the world's superpower is now going to fill the process with accountability. That did not happen, and will not, until average Americans say, "Enough is enough."
Through his Zionism and his love of helping people discover that same beauty and inspiration that he found in Israel 30 years ago, Larry Ritter is doing his part to keep Israel's tourism industry vibrant and strong.
Netanyahu's goal is not a lasting peace based on two states. It appears that he has never surrendered the Revisionist Zionist goal of a Greater Israel, with an autonomous and pacified Palestinian population that submits to Israel's diktat. And, in his way of thinking, he's almost there.
When it comes to Israel and the Palestinians, we need a miracle. There will be no political solution until an opening of the heart occurs that simply doesn't exist en masse as yet. It's very difficult to get whole nations to forgive. Yet nothing short of forgiveness will sort this out.
I don't recall "The Jewish Vote" ever being such a widely discussed topic during a presidential election in my lifetime. Not only is there speculation about how American Jews will vote today, but opinion polling of Israelis is making world news as well.
Palestinians living in East Jerusalem are experiencing perhaps their worst times. With the continuation of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict and the uncertainty of the future of Jerusalem, the 360,000 residents of East Jerusalem are political orphans.
Literacy has all kinds of benefits that we might not associate immediately with reading and writing. The stories we read and write and share have the power to transcend physical borders as well as boundaries of race and religion.
Whoever agrees that the preferred solution to the conflict are two-states-for-two-peoples needs to realize that this possibility to implement is gradually slipping away while no progress, however small or incremental, is being made.