Because I am a Christian, many people assume it is my religious faith that is the primary motivation for my advocacy for Israel. But that is not the case. Like all true Zionists, my strongest motives are more visceral, more mysterious than any creed or pledge.
Beloved in Israel as a founding father, Shimon Peres's life was characterized by resilience, optimism and perseverance. The belief that informed his visions for peace was humanistic Judaism. It is a world view from which he constructed the Oslo Accords. And it was the basis for the swan song of his life: the dream to establish a United Nations of Religions.
The deadly spread of melanoma skin cancer from the skin into the body is causing the death of someone every 52 minutes. It appears that researchers at Israel's TAU have found a way to stop the killer.
Hamas has opened its own version of 'Disneyland' in Gaza. Visit a tunnel! Look at the weapons! Meet real terrorists! Admission is free!
I wake up to the sound of laughing children, stare out the window at the blanket of clouds covering the valley below, and think of nothing. Finally, nothing.