Americans weren't ready for a reversal after four years. Will Egyptians be ready to cast down Morsi after a much shorter period?
Steadily, Israel is strengthening its plans for ballistic missile defense, most visibly on the Arrow system and also on Iron Dome, a lower-altitude interceptor that is designed to guard against shorter-range rocket attacks from Lebanon and Gaza.
As one Hamas official put it, "In the next war with Israel, Israelis will be forced to flee not only their homes, but the whole country."
Forget the cluster bomb and the mine, the poison gas shell and even tailored viruses.
To the Muslim world, democracy did not mean individualism, it meant majority rule.
They did not celebrate out of support for the two-state solution peace with Israel.
The government middle class is the most hopeless middle class in all of history. It aspires to nothing and it dreams of nothing.
The government class is being led by liars and fools who see it as a lever for upending and taking over a working class society.
Israel has a simple option: Immediate withdrawal from the United Nations.
After the Pillar of Defense cease-fire, many now understand what we understood after the Zo Artzeinu demonstrations: The Israeli crisis is not on the continuum between Right and Left. It is on the continuum between Israelis and their Jewish identity.
As I write this, Defense Minister Ehud Barak has just announced, during a televised press conference, his decision not to run in the coming elections and to leave politics.
Abbas was one of the first Arab leaders to congratulate Hamas on its "victory" over Israel during the recent eight-day confrontation.
America needs a foreign policy that is bigger than its defensive needs but smaller than progressive ambitions of global citizenship.
Israel's final decision concerning what to do about a nuclear Iran will depend on answers to certain core psychological questions. Is the Iranian adversary rational, valuing national survival more highly than any other preference, or combination of preferences? Or, on even a single occasion, is this enemy more apt to prove itself irrational, thereby choosing to value certain preferences more highly than the country's indispensable physical security?
Without the individual, the ballot box is only a tool for collectivist impulses and identities.
Is Hamas really on its way to moderation and pragmatism, as some Western political analysts and diplomats have come to believe?
Only by resisting the noose, can Israel survive. Only by fighting to free its hands, can it resist.
When Jacob is fooled into marrying Leah, he accepts her as a partner and eventually the mother of his children. But his yearning is for Rachel.
The difference between victory and defeat often comes down to morale.
When my daughter first made aliyah she was a student at Hebrew University. After a year she called me and told me she was enlisting.
If the targeting of innocent civilians by terrorist organizations is not wrong, then morality has no meaning.
Hamas is not interested in being engaged. Its goal is the destruction of Israel.
Unless the U.S. clarifies its position regarding King Abdullah and reiterates its full backing for his regime, the Muslim fundamentalists are likely to step up their efforts to create anarchy and lawlessness in the kingdom.