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Prof. Steven Plaut

A Program for Israeli Self-Annihilation

The "Geneva Agreement" that Israel's Far Left has cooked up with the PLO is such a long-winded and complex manuscript that very few can really work their way through all the prose and technicalities, and even fewer can understand the implications of the intentional confusions and duplicitous obfuscation in the text. , 12/8/2003, 6:53 PM

Increasingly Selective Democracy

In a surprise development, it has just been learned that Israeli police, tipped off by the Mossad, have arrested controversial author Salman Rushdie. The exiled Iranian writer had been on a private visit to Israel. , 11/30/2003, 3:22 PM

The PC Assault on Israel

In November, 1994, I was invited to participate in a panel discussion on the subject of affirmative action held at Tel Aviv University, sponsored by the Department of Policy Studies. Attendance at the afternoon seminar was mandatory for students in the department. I presumed that the discussion was to be high-level and academic, and that my role - as the only economist participating - would be to , 11/25/2003, 5:53 PM

Fundamentalist Leftist Spooks

Future historians are going to have a great deal of difficulty in explaining how Israel could possibly have been overcome with mass stupidity to the extent that it has been, or how Israel could still have been pursuing accords and deals with the PLO ten years after Oslo. , 11/19/2003, 10:02 PM

Selective Free Speech

The timing could not be more amusing. On the very day when the British courts were preventing overseas papers from being distributed in the UK because they might carry a story the court censor regards as inflammatory and libelous, Israel?s Supreme Court handed down its ruling in favor of free speech absolutism for Arab fascists and leftist traitors (only)., 11/13/2003, 9:33 PM

The Day Israel Abandoned Appeasement

The new head of state in Israel took office some time after his earlier mentor was assassinated. He initiated at once a policy of appeasement. Appeasement was openly advocated and declared, especially regarding the brutal dictator in Syria. The Israeli head of state offered the Syrian dictator everything imaginable and then some. When he was criticized by people opposed to his policies, he had the, 11/11/2003, 4:57 PM

Rabin: A Bludgeon Against Free Speech

Today is the eight anniversary of the assassination of Yitzhak Rabin, according to the Jewish calendar. And while it is hardly Rabin's fault, that assassination will be eternally linked in my mind - and I presume in many others - with the ferocious campaign against free speech launched by Rabin's followers after the murder., 11/2/2003, 4:40 PM

"Painful" Concessions

In recent years, one of the mantras heard so often in Israel is the insistence that Israel must make painful concessions for peace. Naturally, in all cases, those demanding the painful concessions have been incapable of delivering any peace., 10/31/2003, 12:27 AM

Totalitarian Purity is Restored

Yet another nail was banged this week into the coffin of Israeli democracy. On Monday, the McCarthyist Left succeeded, at long last, in shutting down Arutz-7, the main voice of non-leftist dissidence in Israel. This under a government headed by Ariel Sharon., 10/22/2003, 5:47 PM

The Geneva Misunderstandings

The Israeli Left continues to promote the "Geneva Understandings", the document produced by Yossi Beilin, the Mother Hen of the Oslo Massacres, together with a PLO terrorist leader and two numbskull Swiss professors whose ability to tie their shoes is in doubt. , 10/19/2003, 6:26 PM

How Do You Know Until You Try?

Since the beginning of the Oslo war process, the mantra of the Oslo Left has always been, "But how do we really know until we try?", 10/13/2003, 12:54 PM

Achan's Legacy and the Yom Kippur War

It is 30 years since the Labor Party debacle of the Yom Kippur War. Ever since that horrid day in 1973, I have been unable to get through a Yom Kippur without thinking of those traumas. And ever since 1973, I have associated the Yom Kippur War with the Biblical character of Achan., 10/5/2003, 11:27 AM

Anti-Semites? Who, Us?

Anti-Semitism is the hatred of Jews. Anti-Zionism is opposition to Zionism and Israeli policies. The two have nothing to do with one another. Venus and Mars. Night and day. Trust us., 9/23/2003, 4:04 PM

The Hero

Ron ordered his troops to face down the thugs and hooligans. To keep things under control, he ordered snipers to take positions, just in case. Just in case happened. The hordes attacked his police with Molotovs and rocks, while threatening more lynchings. The snipers opened fire. They killed 12 Israeli Arabs and one Palestinian. The pogroms stopped cold. , 9/12/2003, 10:07 AM

On Jewish Self-Criticism

When Leftists call for moral self-criticism, they mean they want to criticize and condemn <i>you</i>. They never think that they themselves ought to be the focus of criticism, because they can never err. The Pope may be seen by Catholics as infallible, but only in matters of theology; Leftists are infallible in everything. , 9/7/2003, 6:17 PM

Orr for the <i>Goyim</I>

As background to all this, let us recall what actually happened in the fall of 2000. After Ehud Barak presented Yasser Arafat with Israel's program for self-annihilation at Camp David II, which Arafat rejected because it destroyed Israel too slowly, Arafat ordered his hordes to attack the Jews and murder them everywhere. Those riots began around Rosh Hashana, the Jewish New Year. While they have s, 9/3/2003, 4:40 PM

Peres? Letter to the Indian PM

The attacks on Bombay came because you have been insufficiently sensitive in understanding the needs of Moslem fundamentalists. You took their rhetoric at face value, whereas <i>we</I> in Israel know that all this rhetoric is empty and in fact these people simply want peace. Sure, they praise Hitler and celebrate atrocities, but what is it that they <i>really</i> want? You must negotiate even whil, 8/27/2003, 6:58 PM

All the Middle East?s a Stage

Shakespeare said that ?all the world?s a stage?, but in fact it is mainly the Middle East that is a stage. It is a performance theater in which everyone is pretending and posturing and acting out parts in skits, prancing across the stage in costume and ballet tutu., 8/25/2003, 6:18 PM

The Moloch Peace Process

The Oslo Appease Process is misnamed. So is the Road Map. They are nothing new. Indeed, the correct name for them is the Cult of Moloch. Anyone with any doubts should just look at this evening?s news and the latest mass murder for peace. The Cult of Moloch has ruled Israel since 1993, under both Labor and Likud governments. , 8/20/2003, 9:26 PM

Joshua's Missing Chapters

In the coming days, the Canaanites escalate their conflict. They start sending epistle bombs, consisting of parchment wrapped around explosives, to homes of the Israelites. They invade several villages of Israelites and burn down their homes. They fire catapults randomly into Israelite civilian tents and homes. , 8/10/2003, 1:17 PM

King Sweeney Meets Bin Laden

The entire Oslo "peace process" and the "Road Map" are based on the naive American civic dogma, adopted by Israeli politicians, holding that the vast majority of Palestinians must want peace with Israel. , 7/30/2003, 11:14 PM

The Greek Way to a More Democratic Israel

This reform would act as an enormous deterrent to the advocacy of foolhardy and poorly thought-through policy to begin with. It would force Knesset members to do homework and actually think through policy problems. The more cautious might even do a bit of reading, including of policy analysis. , 7/16/2003, 10:09 PM

Israel's <i>Hudna</i> Capitulation

The New "Road Map" is, in many ways, worse than the original Oslo fiasco. Ariel Sharon is increasingly likely to go down in history as even a more destructive and foolish leader than the original Oslo junta. , 7/7/2003, 9:01 PM

July 4: Patriots, Refugees and the Right of Return

When the War of Independence began, it quickly assumed the nature of a civil war. Those opposing the declaration of statehood fought alongside the organized armies of their kinsmen that invaded the territory of the infant state from all directions. The fighting was bloody, and the opponents of independence used terrorism against the population defending statehood. The country was partitioned betwe, 7/4/2003, 12:00 AM

Blood Libel at <i>Haaretz</I>?

<i>Haaretz</i> is Israel?s most radically Far Left and Post-Zionist newspaper.... It features among its stable of Near-Solid-Pink commentators such <i>illuminati</i> as Amira Hass and Gideon Levy, people who have never heard of any Palestinian atrocities committed against Jews worth denouncing, or that were not the understandable response to ?occupation?.... Its editorials are generally more pro-A, 6/24/2003, 8:36 PM

The Oslo Ratchet

It is one of those glaring, obvious points that are so seldom mentioned in polite circles. The simple fact of the matter is that the level of violence that Israel needs to use to suppress Palestinian savagery is constantly being ratcheted up because of Israeli niceness and restraint., 6/23/2003, 6:35 PM

The Road Map of the Harlot

[S]he is best known to us as Delilah, the harlot of Gaza. It was then that Samson went to her and lay with her. Reveal to me your true vulnerability, she insisted. I will not use it against you. Trust me. We will dwell together in peace., 6/12/2003, 10:52 AM

Another Attack on Free Speech

Free speech in Israel suffered yet another defeat this week. Left-wing McCarthyism enjoyed yet another victory. , 6/4/2003, 7:00 PM

Not Harmless Posturing

For the past decade, Israel has been fundamentally anti-democratic in one crucial sense. Every single government except for that of Ehud Barak was headed by people who ran on one political platform and then did the exact opposite. Only Barak did what he stated he would do., 5/27/2003, 8:14 PM

Israel?s Caring Left

I have long believed that the one time the Left is even more dangerous than when it is pursuing "peace" is when the Left suddenly gets all caring-pooh about the underprivileged. When Leftists decide to go on a jihad against inequality, the time has come to hide your wallet and take a long sabbatical in New Zealand., 5/22/2003, 7:32 PM

Some Minor Modifications

Well, US Secretary of State Colin Powell and President George W. Bush now want Israel to sign on to the ?Road Map?, but have left open the door for Israel to add a few minor corrections and amendments to the plan. , 5/18/2003, 6:54 PM

The End of the Road Map

The morning after the Palestine Independence celebrations, the message arrived in the Israeli parliament, brought in by special messenger. The newly formed government of Palestine had only a small number of issues it would like to discuss with Israel. It proposed that peaceful relations be officially consummated as soon as Israel turned over to Palestine the Galilee and the Negev regions., 5/13/2003, 6:40 PM

Oslo Revisionism

Of all the developments in Israel over the past couple of years, I find the very scariest and most dangerous to be the emergence of a new form of historic revisionism that should be called ?Oslo Revisionism?. Like Holocaust revisionism, the fashionable term for Holocaust Denial, this is a nefarious attempt to rewrite history and invent a false narrative regarding the history of the Oslo peace proc, 5/9/2003, 12:12 PM

Following the American Example

Israel needs to accept the US role model, since the US is the world?s superpower and a great democracy. Israel needs to do some Americanized homework, and adopt some American ways. It needs to take some lessons from the great cradle of liberty., 4/25/2003, 10:43 AM

Why is This Passover Different?

This year?s Passover is different in one important matter. Throughout Jewish history the rising up of anti-Semites seeking the annihilation of the Jews was matter-of-fact, mundane, expected, routine. There was never a time in which anti-Semitic savages were not seeking the destruction of the Jews. , 4/20/2003, 11:23 AM

The PC Make-Over of Passover

No doubt, this year will see Defend Iraq and Saddam <i>Haggadot</i> or No War for Oil ones. "Multicultural" Passover seders became fashionable in some circles, in which the seder became a mixture of acclamations for human rights and freedom, taken from a wide variety of non-Jewish sources. , 4/15/2003, 8:59 PM

Israelis are Confused About Peter Arnett

Israel's leading journalists are totally confused. They simply do not understand this business about the canning of CNN's Peter Arnett. After all, all that Arnett did was appear on TV and condemn his own country and openly, publicly support the enemy in time of war. That is <i>all</i>!, 4/11/2003, 2:40 AM

The Politically Correct <i>Megilla</i>

[At] the instigation of Yossi Sarid, Amram Mitzna and Shulamit Aloni, I have undertaken a politically correct rewrite. Shimon Peres expects you all to use the Politically Correct Scroll of Esther this Purim. "Renewal Rabbi" Arthur Waskow says he likes it even better than the Black Liberation Passover <i>Haggadah</i> he published. , 3/18/2003, 1:16 AM