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?
The Palestinian demand for Israel to annex the territories and extend citizenship rights to their inhabitants is considered more of a threat to Israel than the demand for an independent state.
An oppressive sense of wretchedness accompanied both the flight of dozens of Fatah members from Gaza and their subsequent treatment.
The majority agree that the separation wall symbolizes Jerusalem more than the Strings Bridge. Should a neglected, filthy city with a impoverished population waste a quarter of a billion shekels to establish a 'myth' that no one believes in anymore?
But even more than 1,400 years of Arab presence in the Holy Land is swallowed up in the archaeological definitions of conquerors.
A cease-fire in Gaza is part of the system of divide and conquer that will enable Israeli control over the long term.
The "settlements" and the "consensus for two nation states" continue to feed the public discourse, but their relevance has become nostalgic and anachronistic.
The occupation?s goal is to prevent the Palestinians from consolidating economic power that will ?steal? environmental resources from Israelis.
The experience of recent weeks shows that divide and conquer can serve as a means of control only when the ruler is careful not to shed blood as it was shed in Gaza.
The number of Jews and Arabs living between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean is close to parity.
Olmert is wringing every last drop out of people?s desire for peace and will unashamedly exploit the weakness of the Palestinians, who are having to conduct peace negotiations, ostensibly, while scores of them are being killed by the Israeli army.
If they would only extricate themselves from the sackcloth of the Nakba, Palestinian-Israelis could celebrate their impressive accomplishments on the 60th anniversary of the state.
On the eve of the celebrations of the 60th anniversary of the establishment of the state, a master plan for the Tel Aviv area has finally been approved.
It is difficult to decide what is more unprofessional and foolish - the way the borders of Jerusalem were drawn 40 years ago or the talk about changing them today.
It is not the "problem" that we have broken down into fragments, but rather the Palestinian people.
It's not Barak who has changed, and it's not the situation that has changed. Only the pundits have changed.
After years of bloodshed that has brought the Palestinians only terrible disaster, Prime Minister Salam Fayad is returning to the formulas that his teacher and spiritual mentor Yasser Arafat declaimed when he was on the skids after the first Gulf War and was in desperate need of American aid.
The Israeli-Palestinian conflict cannot tolerate another shattered illusion, and those who are engaging in diplomatic activity during the July-August vacation should be aware of the responsibility they are assuming.
Israel had to cook up a convincing reason to justify arbitrarily preventing some 200 people from crossing from the Gaza Strip to the West Bank.
An Israeli browsing through the 'This Week in Palestine' magazine is puzzled: He is accustomed only to reports of violence, roadblocks, settlers and operations by the Israel Defense Forces.
The distinction between voluntary purchases from Arab owners during the period of the Mandate and 'the redemption of lands' from the hands of the Israeli government was blurred, and the lands of the uprooted Arabs became the lands of the Jewish people.