The Two-State Solution Still the Only Game in Town

The Arab taxi driver who brought me to Ramallah had no trouble with the Israeli border posts. He just evaded them. Saves a lot of trouble. I was invited by Mahmood Abbas, the President of the Palestinian National Authority (as well as of the PLO and the Fatah movement) to take part in joint Palestinian-Israeli … Continue reading “The Two-State Solution Still the Only Game in Town”

It’s Not Too Late for Two States in Palestine

During World War II, when German bombers terrorized Britain, a small group of gallant airmen faced them every day. Their life expectancy was numbered in days. Once, a genius at the propaganda ministry devised a poster: "Who is afraid of the German Luftwaffe?" When it was posted at one of the Royal Air Force bases, … Continue reading “It’s Not Too Late for Two States in Palestine”

The Call of the Mu’ezzin

The first mu`ezzin stood on the roof of the prophet Muhammad’s home in Medina, during his exile from Mecca, and called the believers to prayer. He also walked along the streets, doing the same. When Islam became the established religion, minarets were built. Their original purpose was to ventilate the mosque, letting the hot air … Continue reading “The Call of the Mu’ezzin”

How Kissinger Won the Middle East for America

I am writing this (may God forgive me) on Yom Kippur. Exactly 43 years ago, at this exact moment, the sirens sounded. We were sitting in the living room, looking out on one of Tel Aviv’s main streets. The city was completely silent. No cars. No traffic of any kind. A few children were riding … Continue reading “How Kissinger Won the Middle East for America”