INTO THE FRAY: The Israel Victory Caucus Kudos and CaveatsThe launch of Israel Victory Caucus is an initiative that has the potential to be a positive paradigmatic game-changer in the discourse on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
INTO THE FRAY: Gaza: Let their people go!Instead of pouring millions into inoperative desalination plants & rusting sewage treatment works, humanitarian aid should be generous relocation grants to help Gazans find safer, more secure lives elsewhere.
INTO THE FRAY: Middle East meltdownWith the Mid-East on the cusp of melt-down, imagine what Isaiah (5:20) would say of proponents of ‘regional integration’: “Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness…”
INTO THE FRAY: The horrors at handJust as Hezbollah or ISIS/A-Qaeda affiliates may well have deployed in the Golan, had Israel withdrawn; so Hamas or other Jihadi elements may deploy on the highlands of Judea-Samaria if Israel withdraws.
INTO THE FRAY: AIPAC - Touting tyranny in pursuit of bipartisanshipInstead of trying to resurrect the decrepit zombie of two-statism in pursuit of bipartisanship, AIPAC would do better to assist in promoting Zionist-compliant alternatives.
INTO THE FRAY: Israel- Lost without a map?It is difficult to know what is more disturbing-whether some ministers actually believe in the policy proposals they promote – or whether they don’t—but promote them anyway.
INTO THE FRAY: Liberman-A dove in hawk’s feathers?The perception of Liberman as an abrasive hardliner is due more to his blunt statements regarding the loyalty of Israeli-Arabs, rather than to any territorial intransigence regarding the Palestinian question.
INTO THE FRAY: “Palestine”: Who has moral high ground?The “Humanitarian Paradigm”, advocating funded emigration for the resolution of the “Palestinian problem”, will be the most humane of all options if it succeeds, and the least inhumane if it does not.
INTO THE FRAY: Rift on the Right—over Sovereignty (cont.)A rift is emerging among opponents of the two-state idea, between those who believe Israel can endure as the Jewish nation-state with a large permanent Arab population west of Jordan River, and those who believe it can’t.
INTO THE FRAY: Martin Sherman vs Caroline Glick – on SovereigntyAny initiative to apply Jewish sovereignty to Judea-Samaria without a clear plan for dramatic reduction of its Arab population will imperil Jewish sovereignty over all territory west of the Jordan
INTO THE FRAY: Trump’s immigration edict-Obscuring the larger issueFor anyone who believes that the US Constitution is not a Sharia-compliant document, the issue of largescale Muslim immigration to the US is a grave problem.
INTO THE FRAY: Trump: Can Israel seize the moment?Will the Israeli leadership remain captive to old molds of thought—thus proving a constraint rather than a catalyst, impeding rather than inducing, the opportunities the Trump administration may afford?
INTO THE FRAY: Generals, gimmicks and gobbledygookAre “Commanders for Israel” aware of the deadly defects in their ill-conceived program, but persist in promoting it anyway; or they are unaware of them, and are promoting it out of sheer ignorance?
INTO THE FRAY: A MUST READ:“Palestine” - The perils in picturesAs the coming Paris conference looms close, avid two-state proponents should understand what the prescription they advocate really means: Israel through the binoculars of a Palestinian “intelligence officer.”
INTO THE FRAY: Two-statism gone mad-a giant S. Lebanon near Tel AvivAs their vision of two-states descends into irrelevance, two staters wax increasingly desperate & delusional, and their policy proposals, increasingly unhinged & unethical.
INTO THE FRAY: UN & Obama-The Blame Bibi bears (revisited)Despite being in power continuously for over a half- decade, Netanyahu has done virtually nothing to install effective mechanisms to contain and counter the pernicious effects of the White House’s predilections
INTO THE FRAY: Amona-A strategic defeat for ZionismThe impending destruction of the Jewish community of Amona reflects failure of political will and ideo-intellectual bankruptcy of the elected government rather than the inevitable culmination of a legal battle.
INTO THE FRAY: An inane, insane initiativeUtter the “magic password” endorsing the two-state principle, and you are immediately welcomed into ‘polite society’, invited to prestigious events to expound on your “progressive perspectives” – no matter how detached from reality they may be.
INTO THE FRAY: John Kerry at Saban Forum—Misrepresenting Two-StatismOslo failed not because Israelis built crèches, kindergartens and schools across pre-1967 lines, but because Palestinian-Arabs blew up Israeli cafes, buses and malls inside those lines
INTO THE FRAY: The forgotten fire?Last week’s fires did little to illuminate much of the unknown still shrouding another conflagration that flared up, almost a year and a half ago.
INTO THE FRAY: Bibi vs BGBenjamin Netanyahu – A synopsis: The good the bad…and the remarkable.
INTO THE FRAY: Obama unplugged: What to do?Israel must credibly convey that support for unilateral Palestinian statehood will not be a cost-free decision for whoever acts to effect it – or fails to foil it.
INTO THE FRAY: The elections: Respite - not redemptionFor America, and everything that made it America, the results of Tuesday’s election are a welcome and necessary respite - but are far from being a lasting redemption.
INTO THE FRAY:The elections are for President—not PopeSadly the most consequential elections in modern history may well be decided because of the most inconsequential reasons.
INTO THE FRAY: Condell on ClintonBy presenting the divide between Trump & the post-Obama surrogate, Clinton, as an “America vs Europe” one, Condell understates the true nature of the dichotomy.
INTO THE FRAY: B’tselem at the UN - Where are Israel's brains?Has Israel become so “open-minded" that its collective brains have fallen out? B’tselem is not a human rights organization but a politically partisan group for which “human rights” are a pretext for advancing its agenda - Israeli withdrawal.
INTO THE FRAY- Obama:The blame Bibi bearsIf one knows a storm is brewing, but takes no measures to prepare for it, when the storm hits, who is to blame for the damage? The storm... or those who did not prepare for it?
INTO THE FRAY: Israel in WonderlandThe demise of Shimon Peres unleashed a tidal wave of mendacity & hypocrisy that underscores the dominance the delusional dictates of political correctness have over political discourse in (and on) Israel.
INTO THE FRAY: Shimon Peres (1923-1985; 1986-2016)Paradoxically, it was not Peres’s successes – but his failures – that catapulted him to international stardom; not his impressive accomplishments, but the disastrous fiascoes in pursuit of his wildly unrealistic illusions.
Imminent and ominous: The Facebook-Jihadi nexusTracing the growing confluence between the world’s largest and most influential public forum, the social network giant, Facebook, and the world’s most menacing purveyor of global terror – militant Jihadist Islam.
INTO THE FRAY: Obama at the UN - Why he was right…almostObama’s UN address was an eloquent concoction of soaring rhetoric & banal platitudes, of statements of the obvious & of the obviously false, delivered with impeccable polish and panache.
INTO THE FRAY: Why Bibi was quite right...and dangerously wrongNetanyahu is right to excoriate Palestinians demand to purge Jews as ethnic cleansing, but what are the perils entailed in them dropping that demand?
INTO THE FRAY: The perils of the one-state proposalThe one state formula is as hopeless as the two-state one.
INTO THE FRAY: “The only relevant question…”What next, now that the two-state solution is dead?
INTO THE FRAY: “Mowing the lawn” won’t cut it—my challenge to BESABy avoiding confrontations in which Israel can win, Israeli governments risk backing the country into a confrontation which it cannot win.
INTO THE FRAY: To B. Yaalon; cc: Dore Gold; Re: Security imperativesWhat are the political ramifications of the security prescription authored by the former Defense Minister and the current Director-General of the Foreign Ministry?
INTO THE FRAY: The new “nuts”-Jeffrey Goldberg, the JPost and sanityAllow me to refer to an article, “Why we can’t dump Gaza”, written in the Jerusalem Post, almost a quarter century ago-by one Martin Sherman.
INTO THE FRAY: What!!!???????There is every reason, both “concretely & in principle”, why the idea of Jews living in a Palestinian-Arab state, under Palestinian-Arab sovereignty, is unacceptable.
INTO THE FRAY: Duma-one year (and three arson attacks) laterWith continuing unsolved arson attacks in Duma, seven months after a coerced confession & an indictment wildly at odds with eyewitness accounts, troubling questions must be raised.
INTO THE FRAY:What if the GOP wins?Potential payoffs and pitfalls for Israel, as although changes in the Republican platform are a welcome development, they create new challenges for Israel & much depends on how it meets them.
INTO THE FRAY: Israel and US liberal JewsThe real reasons for the rift: Incredibly, according to Israel’s “liberal” detractors, the only remedy for Israel’s “democracy deficit” is to establish yet another Muslim-majority tyranny.
Food for thoughtThe author has an alternative paradigm for the middle east conflict. It does not include another failed Arab state.
INTO THE FRAY: Utterly unconscionableThe real reason for the rupture of relations with Turkey is not because of anything Israel has (or has not) done. It is a result of what Turkey has become.
INTO THE FRAY: Egregious EhudRather than an indictment of the ruling coalition, Barak’s recent “fire and brimstone” address was a harsh condemnation of the Israeli electorate for its infuriatingly stubborn refusal to disregard past experience.
INTO THE FRAY: Imbecility squared – Part 2With changing patterns of Arab enmity, the major challenge to Israel’s existence as the Jewish nation-state is no longer repulsing invasion, but resisting attrition.
INTO THE FRAY: Imbecility squared – Part 1“Commanders for Israel’s Security” are a group I would much rather respect than ridicule, but drivel is drivel, even when it comes from men with an illustrious past and an accumulated 6000 years of security experience.
INTO THE FRAY: Like manna from heaven - for Israel's detractorsAny allusion that Israel is somehow comparable to Nazi Germany is not criticism. It is a blood libel.
INTO THE FRAY: Gaza: A port is no panacea for povertyHamas are not burrowing tunnels because Gaza has no port. They are burrowing them despite the fact it does not have one.