Viewpoint: May the New Year restore hope in Ukraine and the Middle East

By Arnie Fielkow, guest columnist

As 2023 comes to an end, we all look forward to a New Year filled with much happiness, good health and fulfillment for ourselves and our family. Yet, while we in New Orleans  have largely enjoyed a year of peace, the same cannot be said for the citizens of our allied nations of Ukraine and Israel. Since February 2022 in Ukraine and Oct. 7 in Gaza, lives have been uprooted and terrible acts have been committed against innocent citizens. The atrocities committed by Palestinian terrorists against Israel on Oct.