Given the tendency of international media and governments to jump on Israel at any opportunity, and given Israel's need for allies at this precarious time, might it have been better to just let this ship pass?
The so-called smart money is on Harman in next Tuesday's primary, but the incumbent -- like the Israeli government -- has reason to worry. Sometimes, moral revulsion can topple defenders of the indefensible.
The implicit assumption is that it is anti-Semitism and religious fanaticism -- practically by definition immutable and unrelated to Israeli behavior -- that drives Palestinian resistance, whether terrorist or not.
Should the US continue trying to convince Israelis and Palestinians to permit a politically negotiated solution that circumvents historic complexities, or should it instead lead an interfaith effort of historic proportions?
In a response to a totally nonviolent protest by Palestinian Christians and Muslims demanding their freedom of movement the Israeli army has effectively banned entry of Christian pilgrims and tourists from visiting the birth place of Christ.
The Middle East is a complicated place, but some things are not complicated. It is not complicated to understand that many young people care not for politics, but only want a just life and a decent job.
The Middle East is a minefield capable of instantly exploding any expectations, so I come away from a short visit to Israel slightly more knowledgeable but still wary of my inevitably superficial conclusions.