You know I've been doing small bits of philanthropy regarding eye clinics in Jerusalem, and that ain't bad, but the big deal is yesterday's election. Mahmoud Abbas got a landslide victory, and as a moderate, this could lead to serious peace talks.
I'm working with the folks at onevoicemovement.org, who are the folks who surveyed Palestinians and Israelis to find out what they really want. Mostly, everyone wants peace, and a reasonable deal, but are convinced the other guys don't want this. OneVoice is doing a great job.
Hopefully, this election marks a big change in perception, which might be the biggest single issue.
(Aside from this, I'm in NY, about to pontificate the influence we at craigslist have on real estate here.)