Eight whole years of a peace-seeking president, one who feels the Palestinians pain and worries about Israelis future, didnt produce real achievement. How can Obama leave behind such a resounding failure?
Ari Shavit is a senior correspondent at Haaretz Newspaper and a member of its editorial board.
The question that Jews in Israel and in the Diaspora should ask themselves today is where they stand in the face of the darkness.
After defeating the anti-Semites, the Nazis, the Arabs and the Palestinians — we are losing to the Israelis.
Two speeches by the U.S. president were more precise, on-point and moving than anything said by any center-left Israeli leader of the past generation.
Unlike other Jews who succeeded him in power, Peres always knew that to be a Jew also meant to be universal and moral; to be on the correct, enlightened side of history.
The current strategic reality is the best Israel has ever experienced, but there are questions marks on the horizon - particularly as regards the Palestinians - that need to be answered.
Unless Israel makes a U-turn, it will be too late to divide the land. There's a third way that could save it: It's a long, gradual process of dividing the land, one that isnt based on comprehensive agreements but on partial understandings, and of building the nation.
In a state that is still a democracy, the only way to fight is to communicate with its people. Not to loathe its people or patronize them, but to respect them, listen to them and talk to them. Persuade them.
With the left's approach so unilateral, ahistoric and disconnected from reality, it will never be possible to effect political change in Israel.
On June 11, 2009, I published a piece here in which I suggested a formula: A demilitarized Palestinian state alongside the Jewish State of Israel. Three days later it was the thrust of Netanyahus Bar-Ilan speech.