Palestine’s Nelson Mandela

I have a confession to make: I like Marwan Barghouti. I have visited him at his modest Ramallah home several times. During our conversations, we discussed Israeli-Palestinian peace. Our ideas were the same: to create the State of Palestine next to the State of Israel, and to establish peace between the two states, based on … Continue reading “Palestine’s Nelson Mandela”

The Syria ‘Chemical Attack’: Cui Bono?

Cui bono – "who benefits" – is the first question an experienced detective asks when investigating a crime. Since I was a detective myself for a short time in my youth, I know the meaning. Often, the first and obvious suspicion is false. You ask yourself "cui bono", and another suspect, who you did not … Continue reading “The Syria ‘Chemical Attack’: Cui Bono?”

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”