Arab leaders and Islamic groups are filling the vacuum left by the defeated and withering Palestinian national movement, and the PLO and its institutions are becoming obsolete. A movement in crisis.
After 60 years, the State of Israel is strong enough to desist from appealing the right of return at a time when it is clear that actual return is impossible.
A world of ornate language culled from Jewish scripture unfolds before the passerby in Mea She'arim.
A walk through Mea She'arim reveals a highly developed form of prose, unique to the Haredi community - flowery death announcements that compare the deceased to prophets, lions and the sages of yore.
In the IDF struggle against terrorism, victory is part of failure. It is impossible to win because every raid, assassination, arrest and roadblock stir rage and hatred and broaden the pool of conscripts for terrorist cells.
The reason for the latest disruption in Hamas' relations with Fatah can be found in a brief video clip aired by an Israeli television station on Rosh Hashanah eve.
You can pressure Abu Mazen and his associates, and persuade them to make concessions and compromise, but it won't advance a thing. What you have to do is persuade the people, and that can only be done through the economy.
In view of the existing reality in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip, all the talk about declarations, conferences and principles isn't worth much.