Obama is sending us the substance of a complete peace plan, a plan that would save Israel.
Gideon Levy is a Haaretz columnist and a member of the newspaper's editorial board.
Levy joined Haaretz in 1982, and spent four years as the newspaper's deputy editor. He is the author of the weekly Twilight Zone feature, which covers the Israeli occupation in the West Bank and Gaza over the last 25 years, as well as the writer of political editorials for the newspaper.
Levy was the recipient of the Euro-Med Journalist Prize for 2008; the Leipzig Freedom Prize in 2001; the Israeli Journalists’ Union Prize in 1997; and The Association of Human Rights in Israel Award for 1996.
His new book, The Punishment of Gaza, has just been published by Verso Publishing House in London and New York.
Obama is the final hope: Only if he throws his entire weight into the process will anything in the Middle East start moving.
A handful of ultra-Orthodox Jews unleashed a wave of racism when they set foot in Ramat Aviv.
But let's assume Amnesty is lying, Human Rights Watch is fabricating, B'Tselem is embellishing, the UN is anti-Israel and the media is full of hatred against us - isn't there enough in the IDF's own figures to shake us to the core?
Peres hasn't forgotten the hollow old slogans about Israel's yearning for peace, slogans for which one might still find dubious buyers only occasionally in America.
Locking up three and a half million Palestinians in the occupied territories and denying them basic human rights has already undermined Israel's pretentions of democracy, but now dangerous cracks are appearing in our Jews-only democracy.
Israel, one nation? That's a far cry from reality.
Once again the diplomatic arena has become a playground of words. This will be said and that will be declared and the other will be proclaimed. This is a guarantee of another foregone failure.
Calling the occupation a manifestation of Nazism is incorrect, horrifically infuriating and harmful to the just Palestinian cause.