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.
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.