"The most disquieting aspect of this exchange, though, was not the lame answers I got, but the fact that this person is intelligent and has had at least a basic education in the Middle East. He is not your typical hasbarat from whom one would expect anodyne clichés and cognitive denials."
"While the fundamentals remain the same —people will want jobs, the ability to raise and provide for their families, be educated and have the chance to advance, and receive health care when they need it —there can be no doubt that the “Arab Spring” has introduced a new vocabulary and new concerns into the Arab political discourse. How governments respond to these new concerns in the years to come will be important to watch."
"...let’s put aside the criticism at least until families are reunited with their loved ones. In any case, it is good to believe that nothing is forever. Today, Israel has dictated that some of our men and women cannot go home. Tomorrow, when Palestine is free, they will be welcomed back with open arms....The swap is not perfect. But no political deal ever was. At the simplest, most human level, it is enough to rejoice that so many of our prisoners will be free from Israeli captivity. That in itself is enough to be thankful for."