Jerusalem MisconceptionsWhat has actually been happening in Jerusalem over the forty three years since its reunification?
Iran Q&AWe are in sight of Iranian nuclear weapons.
The Effort to Delegitimize IsraelThe Holocaust Conference in Teheran this week is one step in an effort to prepare for an attack on Israel that would bring about its destruction.
The Islamic World Owes an ApologyOne remark from the Pope brought forth an orgy of verbal violence and threat from the Islamic world. But the Pope's scholarly discourse, however insulting it may have been interpreted to be by Muslims, pales in comparison with the kind, scope and frequency of the verbal violence that are heaped each day upon Jews and Israel in the Islamic world.
The Successes of Secular ZionismOne of the most frequently repeated mantras of a number of important religious teachers in Israel is that secular Zionism has failed. The implication, of course, though no one states it so bluntly, is that the people of Israel need to do <I>tshuvah</I> (repent) in order to survive.
A Great Loser of the War in LebanonOne of the relatively unnoticed consequences of the thirty- five day war in Lebanon is that the Palestinian Arabs are among its biggest losers.
Not By Words AloneDespite thousands of articles and studies, more of which appear every day, no one seems to know for certain the status of the Iranian nuclear program.
Why You Might Want to Be JewishMany Jewish leaders tell us that we are in a new age, one in which one can no longer suppose that religious identity is supplied to us primarily by ancestry and tradition.
Iran Off the Hook; Israel OnWe have an Israeli prime minister who seems convinced that everything is alright so long as the US does not declare out loud that it is no longer the friend of Israel.
The Biggest Deception of All? Does Iran Already Have Nuclear Weapons?That Iran has most likely deceived the world again is no surprise. They after all had a hidden nuclear program for twenty years before an Iranian opposition group revealed this to the IAEA...They too reportedly now have a parallel secret uranium enrichment program. The IAEA has never been allowed access at a number of Iranian installations...
Money Time?There is an American sports concept called 'money time'. It relates to the last few minutes of the game when the outcome will be truly determined, when the playing becomes most serious. There are those who think that we are now entering 'money time' in relation to the Iranian nuclear threat issue.
Deterring IranIsraeli deterrence of Iran depends upon an ironclad promise that the attempted destruction of Israel will lead to the assured destruction of Iran.
Consequences of 'Instant Democracy'The recent unprecedented Iraqi democratic elections were not only a reason for cheer in Washington and Baghdad; there was another capital that hailed the results.
Russian Infamy and US Verbal Support for IsraelIsraeli Foreign Minister Silvan Shalom has said that Iran will have a nuclear capability sometime late in 2005. This estimate, however, was given without any accompanying evidence. It can be added to a long list of estimates of when Iran would go nuclear.
Self-Hating IsraelisThere has been much written and said about the 'self-hating Jew'. But little has been written and said about one particular kind of self-hating Jew, one unfortunately increasingly important and disturbing: the self-hating Israeli.
American Action and Its ImplicationsThe US might be able to take Iranian boasting and threats in stride, but for Israel, which Iran has totally demonized, the matter is more problematic. Israel would probably be the first target of any Iranian retaliation.
The Sense of Impending DisasterTo anyone who cares for the Jews and has seen the pattern of destruction so repeated in our history, there cannot but be a constant sense of impending danger, a constant alertness to the question of where the next great danger may be coming from.
Iran Deceives the World AgainToday, November 22, there has been a report that Iran has suspended its enrichment of nuclear fuel. This is clearly a propaganda step aimed at thwarting any US-initiated action against Iran in the Security Council.
Soothing Words From ExpertsIn the first presidential debate, both President George Bush and Senator John Kerry spoke of a nuclear Iran as a danger, but neither indicated very clearly how that danger would be addressed.
Israel on the Sidelines, for NowIran, for its part, has insisted that it will not comply with anyone's <I>diktat</I>. It declares openly that it will defy the UN if the matter is brought to the Security Council and go ahead with its nuclear development. It already claims it has achieved the full nuclear fuel cycle. And many experts thus believe Iran is very close to having nuclear weapons.
More Alone, More Endangered?The Iranians continue their bold policy of openly pursuing nuclear weapons, partially disclosing what they are doing while denying they are doing it for purposes of attaining nuclear weapons.
Buying TimeIf Steinitz is correct, then it would appear that the Iranians have been bluffing and exaggerating. When, in early August, Shamkhani, the Iranian defense minister, claimed that their Shihab-3 missile had reached a new level of performance, an accuracy that would enable it in effect to destroy Israel's missile bases, he apparently was 'stretching it' quite a bit.
An Update on the Iranian Nuclear QuestionThe Iranians now boast that they can hit every place in Israel, including all places that Israel has missiles and also the nuclear reactor at Dimona. Their continuing development of nuclear capabilities combined with their ideological fervor, their hatred of Israel, makes them the most dangerous existential threat now facing Israel.
The World and Israel: AsymmetryThe Jewish people and the state of Israel never respond in kind. Though Israel ostensibly has the power to make rubble of revolutionary Iran, Israel and the Jewish people do not make such threats.
Time is Not on the World's Side: The Iranian ThreatOn August 4, 2004, the <I>New York Times</I> published a lead editorial on the Iran question in which it rightly understood that a nuclear Iran presents a danger to the world. It also understood that European negotiations with Iran will probably not move Iran at all. And so it recommended that the US move to have the question taken up by the Security Council.
Reflections After Tisha B'Av 5764Only a small minority devote the day to both a study of Jewish history, and a consideration of the situation of the Jewish people now. And this, with the aim in mind of preventing our people?s suffering yet another great disaster.
The Defeat of the Suicide BombersAs usual, Israel has done less than it might to explain and make the world take notice of this 'victory'. In contrast, the Palestinians, at the height of their success in these murders, were proclaiming over and over again how they had weak, tired Israel on the point of total collapse and defeat.
Nobel Prize Winners Condemn Pigs and ApesBut there is another more minor point that Jews, perhaps out of consideration and desire not to insult, have been reticent about. And that is that the vast Islamic world of one billion souls contributes close to zero to the scientific and technical progress of mankind, while in contrast, the less than three-tenths of one percent of mankind that is Jewish contributes very, very considerably to that
Iran's Nukes: For Peaceful PurposesIn response to these clear violations of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty and in response to the broken promises of Iran, the best IAEA director Mohammed El-Baradei could muster was that he was not certain whether Iran was in fact developing a nuclear weapons program. Iranian President Mohammed Khatemi had assured him that their nuclear program was for "peaceful purposes".
US Failure in Iraq is a Danger to IsraelIn any case, the option of a great American victory is gone. And with it is gone Israel's hope that the whole region would be transformed into democracies that would then make peace with it.
Israel Is Winning The WarThe recent rejection by the Likud party members of Ariel Sharon's Gaza withdrawal plan showed that in this area, too, the Palestinians are far from having forwarded, much less realized, their goals. Not only are the Palestinians now not being offered eastern Jerusalem and all of Judea, Samaria and Gaza (as Barak offered them), they are being told that they are not 'partners' for negotiation.
Does the Number Really Matter?In a democracy, voting is done at the ballot box. The demonstration, however large and impressive, does not really determine, nor should it determine, what this government will or will not do. This does not mean the demonstration is not significant, however, and the champions of Oslo are already hailing at is the revival of the movement toward total withdrawal from Judea, Samaria and Gaza.
A Particularly Cruel and Evil PeopleThe Palestinians, in their unending terror campaign, do not simply regularly target civilians, women and children, but they do so in ways that will cause the maximum damage and pain. In their suicide-bomb packages, they add poisons designed to add to the torment and pain of the victims.
Israel's AccomplishmentsThe word accomplishment is too small to really pay tribute to those many, often publicly unknown heroes who dedicated and sacrificed so much to keep Israel alive.
Thoughts Toward <I>Yom HaShoah</I>If I do have something to say, it is not so much because of my personal close connection to family and individuals I knew who were there, but rather because as a Jew , any Jew, the <I>Shoah</I> is part of my history, legacy and identity. I, too, like all living Jews, am one of those who 'remain' - one of those who somehow bear some great burden we cannot really fathom or bear.
I Will Never Leave HereI have lived in Israel for close to thirty years now. My children were born and raised here. I was in the army here and served for twelve years in the reserves. I learned Hebrew here, in a good way. I became religious in Israel. I believed in the idea of a Jewish state when I came here, and all through the years, I continued to believe. I believe now. But I, too, am worried.
The <i>Haaretz</i> Fifth Columnists At It AgainAny one of the terror victims murdered this past month in Jerusalem is, in my opinion, worth more than the whole Palestinian army of immortal terrorists taken together (including Israeli Knesset members, Tibi, Barakeh and Bishara; ah, the hypocrisy of it all). I would remind Marcus that more than eighty percent of the Palestinian Arabs support suicide-bombings. The wonderful, humane Palestinians w
Terms of the ConflictIt would seem that the Palestinians have by their actions in the past three years truly won the right to be called "the suicide-bomber people". This defines them in terms of their most distinctive contribution to civilization, and thus would seem to have a special kind of fairness and justice in it.
Sucker State: Why Tibi Prefers IsraelWhen Israeli Prime Minister Sharon suggested that in any future peace negotiations certain areas of Israel heavily populated by Arabs may be transmitted to a an Arab sovereignty, there were no great cries of joy at their liberation by Arabs in Israel.