I have a complex relationship with israel. On the one hand, I am on the barricades, enraged at the wilful strangling of palestinian life that builds up so much hatred and future destruction, that kills, that maims and that sucks away any possibility of hope for a better life, the only thing that can ever bring peace. On the other hand, I come from a jewish background, strongly supportive of the state, have worked in the country, and have both friends and relatives there who are part of what in many ways is a wonderful society. What to do?

The purpose of this page is to answer that question.

how we made the fatal mistake of not talking to hamas

Making hamas an international pariah after it won the indisputably free and fair palestinian elections of january 2006 was understandable for israel, but unforgiveable for america and europe, who laid the foundation of the conflict that later unfolded in gaza and still smoulders today. This article, written during the 2006 lebanon conflict, traces the way that decision was taken, and how the dynamics of america, europe and israel continue to play out.