Do Israelis and Palestinians belong to one divided society, or to two separate societies in a situation of forced proximity as a result of a temporary occupation?
If the two-state option melts away, the burden of coping with a binational reality will fall on all of us.
Apparently a special form Jerusalem Syndrome has been experienced by mayors of Jerusalem over the generations, making them believe that they have been charged with a messianic task.
Perhaps Palestinians have genuinely grown tired of the violence that led them to disaster and they are adopting the strategy of the Israeli Arabs, which forces the Israelis to relate to their non-violent struggle and to their community's accumulation of economic strength.
Despite the revulsion from the operation, one cannot ignore the fact that Israel scored a victory and demonstrated the futility of continuing the Palestinian resistance.
The House of Peace in Hebron, as the instigators call it, is part of a real estate project that purports to help secure the route to the Cave of the Patriarchs - but its true purpose is to expand the residential area of Kiryat Arba.
The shelves are overloaded with reports and studies, every generation discovers anew the sensational facts about the system of robbery of lands and the expansion of settlements - but everything goes on as usual.
The marking of the 10th anniversary of the Peres Center for Peace was a glittering event.
Acre Mayor Shimon Lankri can cry out that "this is no time for celebrations," but the daytrippers and culture functionaries claim to know better.
For those who insist that Aryeh Deri is forever disqualified from participating in upcoming Jerusalem elections, what about the principle that a person who has done his time has already paid his debt to society?