Israel has the right to defend its citizens against a continuous rain of missiles. But there is no purely military solution to this conflict. There is only a political one, which will require a strong, prosperous, democratic Palestinian state in the West Bank as a counter to the Gaza of Hamas.
In 1965, Singapore's first prime-minister Lee Kuan Yew asked Israel to design, set up, and supervise its military machine. Israel did precisely that. How successfully? Just this month, Israel was ranked the world's most militarized nation -- and Singapore the second-most.
Israel has quickly become an entertainment powerhouse that has given us In Treatment and the original Homeland, along with the two marvelous films that made the NYFF. We eagerly await the latest from Ari Folman. His Waltz with Bashir was also distributed by Sony Pictures Classics.
Yale University sustained such a college for more than 300 years and, through it, the American republic, and for much of the time the republic led the world, but now Yale's captains have bound it contractually to an authoritarian corporate city state.
How many world leaders can say that they have killed terrorist masterminds at point-blank range on a mission inside an enemy's capital? Barak has. How many world leaders have stormed a hijacked aircraft to rescue terrified passengers? Netanyahu has.
Although the two-state solution was far from perfect, at least it gave answers to these basic questions of governance and civic rights. But Israel's citizens and its government have decided. It will not be.
The hysteria on display in Washington over UNESCO's vote to include Palestine as a member of the world body, though largely a manufactured effort, was, nevertheless, irritating and a sad commentary on the dysfunctional nature of U.S. politics.
Settlement has long been, and remains, the fuel for the fire of de-legitimization of Israel, the basis of charges of apartheid and ethnic cleansing. It undermines the foundation of the idea of a Jewish state.
"The attitude towards Israel on the part of the intellectual community changed very sharply in 1967, from either lack of interest or sometimes even disdain, to almost passionate support. So what happened?"