The election-inauguration window only happens once for every president. Reagan used it to recognize the PLO in 1988, and Clinton for his parameters for peace in 2000. Will Obama follow suit?
Dr Yossi Beilin served as Israel's Minister of Justice and is known as the architect of the Oslo Agreement, The Geneva Accords and Taglit Birthright Project. He is the founder and president of Beilink International Affairs, Ltd.
Travelling in secret to Morocco with Shimon Peres in 1981, I discovered the secret of his political longevity.
You more than anyone else can kick-start the process of finding a solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
We must change the Law of Return to state that a person who honestly declares himself part of the Jewish people should have his Jewishness recognized by the state.
The consequences of the Oslo Accords, which gave Israel a Palestinian partner for negotiations, reduced its isolation, and confirmed a two-state solution, will be wiped out if the current talks process fail.
The fact that Sheldon Adelson - who is as far apart from me ideologically as east is from west - donates so much to the project does not make Birthright a radical right-wing idea.
A practical way to get out of the current Israeli-Palestinian deadlock is to plan an international conference marking the 20th anniversary of the Madrid Conference.
I am not disillusioned. I think the unilateral withdrawal from Gaza was foolish and that an interim agreement is also undesirable. If it were up to me, I would undoubtedly prefer to reach a full peace agreement now.
At the same time the author was involved in negotiations with the Palestinians, he also began the talks with the Vatican that eventually resulted in diplomatic relations between it and Israel.
Livni can say there is no left and there is no right, and the right can claim victory over the left. But there is a left and a right, and to us it is very clear who the victor is.
January 20 approaches and President Bush stands to end his tenure with nothing to show for it, despite his promises and his demonstration of infinite optimism.
The biggest idiot in Islamic Jihad understands that Israel can wipe Gaza off the face of the earth. This realization does not require a military operation in which victory will be, at best, imperfect.
Prime Minister Ehud Olmert has improved greatly over the past year. He is more level-headed and less arrogant.
If all Bush intends to do is utter his usual platitudes about the hard work that needs to be done and the courage he sees in the Israeli and Palestinian leaderships, he might as well save the American taxpayers the airfare.
The absence of a discussion at Annapolis of the core issues will leave us stuck in the intersection, exposed to extremists on both sides.
In the best case, we will reach a historic agreement with the PLO. In the worst case, the Israeli-Palestinian peace agreement will be a kind of unilateral Israeli withdrawal.
The joint Israeli-American world view seems to be that it is preferable not to give up anything and to keep what there is, to fortify ourselves for the upcoming Armageddon, and to steal from welfare and education and health so that we can arm ourselves to the teeth.
The initiators of the Safdie Plan hope that the residents will come from all over the country, but experience teaches us otherwise, and in the end, Jerusalem will lose out.
On the "morning after," there will be a state inquiry established to examine the war's management and maybe other questions, like, for example, whether it was possible to prevent the arming of Hezbollah over the last six years through political or military means.
There are those who expect the Zionist left to join in the revelry of war, in the pathetic slogans such as "We will win" and in the fiery comments such as "Nasrallah will remember who Amir Peretz is."
In terms of direct influence on the ground, there has been absolute American silence on the current Gaza crisis.
Yehoshua's contribution - whether or not we agree with it - has raised the subject of Jewish continuity from its slumber, and for this he deserves thanks.
The supreme goal in the next Knesset's term is partition of the land and an end to the occupation.
Only if it becomes obvious that there is no representative Palestinian partner for peace negotiations, or it is impossible to reach agreements, Israel will decide on a large one-time unilateral withdrawal.
Those who want to advance the peace process and know - unlike Sharon - that time is working against the sane in this region, must understand that there is no chance for a Pax Americana. The only formula for a solution is "do it yourself."
For two thirds of my life, I have been trying to return to the Israel that was stolen from me in June 1967. I do not plan to give up, and not because of nostalgia. We have less than a decade left to cut the Gordian knot between the territories and ourselves.
The only question is how serious Bush takes the commitment he took upon himself - to assist in bringing the Israeli-Palestinian conflict to an end.
It was with great disappointment that we followed the Israeli cabinet debate and vote last week, just 12 days after the Sharm Summit, authorizing the "improved route" of the separation barrier.
I believe that it would be more appropriate to set up a kind of Jewish "assembly" which would be composed, primarily, of Jewish elected officials from the various parliaments around the world and Israel and would be convened once or twice a year.