Both Israel and the United States seek to quash expectations that the visit will jump-start the Israeli-Palestinian peace process.
Israel is clearly taking advantage of a severely weakened Syrian regime, correctly predicting that the Syrians are not in a position to retaliate.
Two recent polls find that Palestinians are drifting towards Hamas and are more willing to engage in violent resistance to free themselves of occupation.
While Israel moved away from the far right in last month's elections, the new coalition is unlikely to alter the occupation.
No matter how you feel about their Super Bowl commercials, don't buy from SodaStream, a company headquartered in an Israeli settlement in the Palestinian West Bank.
Gerald Scarfe's cartoon may not have been anti-Semitic, but running it on Holocaust Memorial Day only added fuel to the fire.
Amidst the Middle East's ongoing conflicts and turmoil, the Kurds of northern Iraq may come out on top with an independent state.
It is disappointing to see HRW's unwillingness to stand with those who are working to promote and defend human rights.
President Obama's selection of John Kerry as the next secretary of state sends the wrong signal to America's allies and adversaries alike.
The burden is on those of us who advocate gun control to prove that deterrence doesn't work with firearms.