Next week marks the 30th anniversary of the signing of the Oslo Accords, one of the most colossal strategic errors in modern Israel's history.
Three decades after prime minister Yitzhak Rabin and PLO terrorist-in-chief Yasser Arafat shook hands as a beaming US president Bill Clinton looked on, the smiles have long ago been erased thanks to the disaster wrought by the agreement.
And since the legacy of that catastrophic capitulation by the Jewish state is still very much with us, it is worth gazing back, however briefly, at the folly of that regrettable attempt to appease terror with territory.
Earlier this week, in less than 48 hours, two Jewish families were shattered forever by Palestinian terrorist gunfire.
On Saturday, Shai Nigreker, 60, and his son Aviad Nir, 28, were shot dead when they stopped at a Palestinian-owned car wash in Huwara, south of Nablus.
Then, on Monday, another one of our ostensible peace partners opened fire on an Israeli vehicle near Hebron, murdering Batsheva Nigri, a 42-year-old mother of three, in front of her 12-year-old daughter who was sitting in the back seat. The driver, Aryeh Gottlieb, a father of six, was seriously wounded.
Thirty-three years ago, I stood amid the ivy-covered architecture on the campus of Princeton University and proudly tossed my cap in the air along with my fellow graduating students.
The feeling of elation upon completion of our studies at the august institution, which was founded in 1746 and was the site of a famous battle in 1777 during the American Revolution, was hard to contain. We all felt a sense of accomplishment, and I was proud to call myself a Princetonian.
But in recent years, amid rising antisemitism at my alma mater, as well as other Ivy League colleges, I am sorry to say that my youthful sense of school pride has unfortunately withered.
For a president who often seems befuddled, Joe Biden sure seems to find his footing when it comes to meddling in Israel's internal affairs.
Both before and after the Knesset voted earlier this week on the first stage of the government's judicial reform program, Biden took the unusual step of criticizing the domestic legislation as though Israel were akin to America's 51st state.
Acting more like a political commentator than a president, Biden has repeatedly offered unsolicited public advice to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Subsequently, he bemoaned the passage, earlier this week, of the Law to Cancel the Reasonableness Standard, by Israel's parliament.
Amid the domestic strife over the government's proposed judicial reform, Israelis received a stark reminder this week of the danger that a Palestinian state would pose to Israel's existence.
In a frightening development, Palestinian terrorists near Jenin in northern Samaria fired two rockets at the nearby Jewish community of Shaked. Fortunately, no one was injured, but that in no way diminishes the importance and severity of the incident, which demands an immediate Israeli military response.