Arabs and Jews have lived together for thousands of years. Our languages have cross-pollinated and we have developed a united mythology and set of traditions.This was all on display with the West-Coast premiere of Poems and Prayers, my third symphony.
Some readers made disparaging remarks about the Palestinian leader -- the kindest of which was to point out the obvious fact that "Arafat was no Mandela." While that statement was, of course, true, it missed the point.
It's more than a month now that most Gazans have had no or little electricity to pump clean drinking water into their homes, do the family laundry, heat their homes as the cold of winter sets in. What's sad about this fact is it is not the first time.
More than ever, Israel is isolated from world opinion and the squishy entity known as "the international community." The Israeli government keeps condemning the Iran nuclear deal, by any rational standard a positive step away from the threat of catastrophic war.
The Israelis and the Palestinians view the settlements enterprise from a completely different perspective that defines their strategic objectives and is becoming increasingly irreconcilable every time Israel announces the building of new housing units.
Israel's fixation on "security" and the harsh measures it employs, presumably to achieve an impregnable national security condition, is making the Palestinians increasingly vulnerable, fostering deeper animosity and militant resistance.
The absorption of the Jewish refugees into Israeli society should be held up as a model for the assimilation of Palestinian refugees in their host countries. The Jews are no longer refugees, Israel having granted them full civil rights.
Establishing diplomatic ties with China was almost by definition a diplomatic betrayal of America's traditional ally, Taiwan, and a major shock to other partners in East Asia, including Japan and South Korea
Each September, Mahmoud Abbas stands before the UN General Assembly and in fiery, confrontational language, gives a speech almost fully comprised of allegations of Israel's crimes and misdeeds against the Palestinian people.