Israel Is Neither Good nor Bad, It Just Is

Can Israeli-Palestinian conflict stakeholders move beyond hardened binaries to come up with creative solutions that respect the needs, fears and dreams of both sides?

Is Israel good or bad? A silly question, perhaps, but this is what some of the cleverest minds around Israel and Palestine have devolved into discussing of late. A recent piece by New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman -- himself long a target of derision by those who despise middle-of-the-road conclusions -- suggested that Israel should be judged on more than its occupation of the West Bank.