I am far from being a sentimental old fool, yet every stroll through this part of Manhattan brings to mind images of Jews, Italians and others packed into tiny apartments in six-story buildings with no elevators.
These leaders must not only renounce terrorism, but eradicate it. They must acknowledge Israel's right to exist, secure in its borders, for all time. And they must work to ensure their neighbors in the Arab community do the same.
If it became clear that the Arab refugees and their children who crossed over to Jordan in 1948 did not enter a 'host country' but rather the Arab part of their own country, would it not make a difference?
Now that there is supposed to be a cease-fire and true Middle East reciprocity, every single act of savagery and violence by the Palestinians must be met with massive Israeli retaliation, firepower and reprisals.
The virulent propaganda that Abbas has espoused (including equating Zionism with Nazism and denying the Holocaust) is now the hallmark of the Arab world and a primary tool in the global campaign to discredit Israel.