"We know the battle ahead will be long. But always remember that, no matter what obstacles stand in our way, nothing can stand in the way of the power of millions of voices calling for change." -- Barack Obama

While people in America want change, I believe people in Israel need change.

"He (Barack Obama) is an impressive man, who makes a great first impression. But he hasn't been willing to make the tough calls; to challenge his party; to risk criticism from his supporters to bring real change to Washington. I have." -- John McCain

Change is what it is all about in the United States election this year. And why would it not be? The economy is going through its worse crisis since the Great Depression, the President's approval rating is low. People want change.

While people in America want change, I believe people in Israel need change.

Sixty years after the creation of the State of Israel, we are going through one of our most significant challenges:

This challenge is first and foremost a challenge of leadership. As much as the population is crying for a new, more effective leadership, all the people running for leadership are old school politicians sure to only bring more of the same. Where is the leadership of the State of Israel which used to be the most powerful leadership in the world? Where is the leadership, from all sides of the political spectrum, which would inspire the entire nation? Where are the David Ben-Gurions, the Menachem Begins, and all those other historical figures, who, whether we agreed with them or not, were clearly gifted leaders? Where are the leaders who would put the success of the nation before their own personal success and therefore be immune to the threat of corruption?

This challenge is also a challenge of unity. Our nation's divisions have never been this apparent. Right-wing and left-wing have never been so repulsed by each other, especially after the Disengagement. Religious and secular have never been this divided - this can clearly be seen in the current mayoral election in Jerusalem, which is being portrayed as nothing less than an electoral war between Hareidim and "the rest of us."

At its most basic level, I think this challenge is also a challenge of hope. With around 300,000 Israelis who have now made Yerida (left Israel), some in Israel feel like the enterprise of Zionism is over and that it is time to move on. Thankfully, this is not a feeling felt by the majority, but every day, in Israel, this feeling is gaining ground with many looking for opportunities outside of Israel.

All of the other problems we have in Israel, be they economical, linked to our security, or educational, are all offshoots of three main problems: a lack of leadership; a lack of unity; and a lack of hope. If those problems were solved, I truly believe that the great spirit of the Jewish nation could easily grapple with other problems and find appropriate solutions.

Yes, this situation is very tough. And yes, we need change. Still, there is a little bit of good news.

All we need in order to fix those three serious challenges is inspiration. We need to reawaken the Jewish spirit which was awakened by Zionism over 100 years ago and has since then accomplished so much. In order to do so, we need a leadership who not only has good ideas of where to bring the Jewish State, but who can also raise us to a level where we, the Jewish Nation, can bring ourselves forward. What we need is a leadership which tells us (as in the slogan from Barack Obama's campaign): "Yes We Can!"

Yes, we can grapple with the security problems in Israel and create a secure home for the Jewish Nation by standing tall as Jews and not bowing down to international pressure.

Yes, we can improve the educational system in Israel drastically so that the People of the Book will once again be a leader in education, rather than rate embarrassingly low.

Yes, we can create such a dynamic economy in Israel that we will no longer be dependent on other people, be they Jews from outside of Israel or other countries that provide financial assistance to Israel.

This challenge is also a challenge of unity.

Yes, we can ensure that poverty lowers itself to a negligible number so that the nation who has brought so many moral values to this world can run a state morally, without ignoring the suffering of the less fortunate.

Yes, we can do all these things and so much more! What we need is a leader who can unite us to bring back hope to the nation whose national anthem is "Hope". I know that the Jewish nation is ready and demanding such a leadership. The question is whether such a leadership will finally come to us. Will the next election in Israel, whenever it is, be only centered around the fear of terrorism (which is a very real and important fear, but it is not the only issue), or will it also deal with the much more important, underlying issues Israeli society is currently facing?

Barack Obama and John McCain are working hard to prove that they can bring change to America. They both understand the need for a fundamental change in America to solve its serious problems. Who will be able to bring change to the State of Israel?

With the right leadership, which helps us find the power within each of us, the Jewish nation can truly accomplish anything.