"Spoke to several senior officers in IDF Intelligence. They can't understand why we are neglecting the Syria-Israel negotiating track in favor of an obviously failed Israeli-Palestinian process. Exploring Syria's readiness to distance itself from Iran and Hizballah in exchange for the Golan is the only possible means for striking a blow at Iran's aims in the Levant diplomatically, thereby avoiding eventual need to fall back on military means. Officers have repeatedly made this case to their government, to no avail. But, they ask, why are we dragging our tails and setting unobtainable conditions for engaging Syria on this? Wasn't Obama supposed to be different from Bush?"
"Most Americans, it turns out, don’t even know where Bethlehem is. Six in ten thought it was an Israeli city. The same number believed it was either a Jewish or a mixed Jewish-Muslim city. Only 15% correctly identified Bethlehem as a mixed Christian-Muslim city in the West Bank."
"The world is not as different as is painted by the propagandists in delusional colors. Contrived collision of “us and them” has happened many times before. To fodder the flames of hatred our designated enemies are presented as caricatures. It is time to erase that fake line between them and us; it is an opportunity to face the outside world with strength, yes; but more importantly with understanding and compassion. Strength without understanding is always misdirected."