Ted Belman

Israeli Negotiation Positions are Greatly Compromised

Diplomacy? It's a done deal unless Netanyahu insists on his terms., 6/20/2013, 4:08 PM

B'Tselem Can't Be Trusted to Tell the Truth

The NGO's latest report sees Area C as already part of a PA state by rights. All the Jewish communities are in Area C and Naftali Bennett has suggested annexing it and giving its Arab residents Israeli citizenship., 6/13/2013, 8:13 AM

There Are Many Reasons to Expect a War this Summer

It seems the best time for Israel., 6/2/2013, 12:01 AM

Pursuing the "Two-State Solution" is Pursuing a Mirage

What are the peace plans up to? Conferences and speakers., 5/28/2013, 1:20 PM

All About Peace Now

Israel is a democratic country, so public opinion matters - and an overwhelming majority of Israelis are against Peace Now. They are a fringe group in Israel, but they do a lot of damage out of it., 5/24/2013, 4:44 PM

Netanyahu’s Negotiating Tactics Need Revision

Netanyahu says that the Arab-Israeli conflict is not a territorial dispute. To be sure, it is an existential dispute, but it is also very much a territorial dispute. , 5/12/2013, 6:28 AM

So Bibi Wants to Trade Land for Peace

If that is the case, the Prime Minister is making a fatal mistake. Been there, done that., 5/3/2013, 6:23 PM

Israel's Choices: Hanged for a Pound or a Penny?

If Israel is going to make a move which upsets the world - and everything she does upsets the world - better to make it a worthwhile move. , 4/14/2013, 10:51 PM

Obama and Kerry Demand a Map, Not a Freeze

Israelis do not want a bi-national state. Nor do they want to give things away now and cry later., 4/11/2013, 11:01 PM

Don't Settle for Security Only

Security is not a basis for decisions on Israel. This land belongs to us., 3/23/2013, 10:34 PM

PM Netanyahu Has a Problem

The writer laces into Netanyahu, believing that the Prime Minister wants to govern with a broad coalition so he doesn’t have to govern from the right., 3/4/2013, 10:05 PM

The Holocaust was Caused by the Church, not Just Hitler

The Christians were against the practise of Judaism and tried to convert the Jews. In secular Europe, the Jews themselves were rejected as a race. Hitler's foundations were laid in the 4th century, and still stand., 2/21/2013, 7:12 AM

Report: Comparative Study of PA and Israeli Textbooks

The writer says that In times of war, textbooks should promote nationalism rather than peace., 2/8/2013, 2:23 PM

Yes to Habayit Hayehudi

The writer responds to an article by well-known Zionist activist Isi Leibler that questioned and criticized the policies of Habayit Hayehudi., 1/2/2013, 11:57 PM

Stay Tuned - Construction, Levy Report et al

Something seems to have happened behind the scenes vis a vis construction and the Levy Report., 12/30/2012, 9:30 PM

In Praise of Bennett's Partial Annexation Plan

All the Jewish communities are in Area C of Judea and Samaria and only 4% of PA Arabs. Annexing it makes the Jews subject to Israeli instead of martial law. Granting Arabs who remain citizenship has only a minor effect on the balance of population., 12/22/2012, 11:15 PM

E-1 is Israel’s for the Keeping

"Negotiations” implies and requires freedom to accept or reject offers. Israel has no obligation to accept offers or diktats she does not like. But that is in a fair world., 12/7/2012, 3:45 PM

Have Israel and Islamists Joined Forces Against Iran?

The claim in this article seems rather questionable, as Claire Lopez of the Center for Security Policy writes the author, but then this is the Middle East..., 12/1/2012, 6:06 PM

Anti-Semitic Qatar Casts a Giant Shadow.

It is bad enough that a small country like Israel has to contend with the likes of Qatar and their fellow travelers in the Arab world, but to have them embraced by the ruling elites in the US and Europe increases the danger to Israel exponentially., 11/27/2012, 2:01 PM

The Ceasefire Agreement is no Agreement

A close look at the wording of the agreement and what it implies - and doesn't imply., 11/24/2012, 7:15 PM

What Constitutes Self Defense - What Limits It

Whenever the Arabs want a ceasefire due to the fact that they are losing the war, they simply ask the SC for a ceasefire resolution and once obtained, Israel must stop fighting - but what can Israel do despite that?, 11/22/2012, 8:20 PM

What Should America Have Done After 9/11?

A recent book sheds light on the process of decision-making after 9/11., 10/28/2012, 10:33 PM

If I Ran the Zoo

The Circus McGurkus might be a better choice of Seussian name for the United Nations and United States, but this writer prefers likening them to the zoo., 9/28/2012, 12:39 PM

Oslo is a Double Edged Sword

Is Oslo good for the Jews or bad for the Jews? Read this and send us your opinions. We will post them., 9/20/2012, 7:31 PM

New Study: 'Preparing for a Post Israel Middle East'

The paper with the above title concludes that Israel is a strategic liability for the United States, continuing an insidious and well-planned erosion of US support for the Zionist state., 9/9/2012, 12:23 PM

Haaretz Newspaper's Wishful Thinking

Arutz Sheva reported Haaretz' headline claiming that Netanyahu will not endorse the Levy Report on the status of the lands in Judea and Samaria. The writer checked., 8/15/2012, 9:17 PM

Romney: "Jerusalem, the Capital of Israel"

Romney took a stand on Jerusalem. The 1947 UN resolution on Jerusalem says that at the end of 10 years "the residents of the City shall be then free to express by means of a referendum their wishes as to possible modifications of regime of the City.", 8/1/2012, 1:58 PM

Danny Dayan is Right-A Two State Solution is not Doable

A definitive answer to Seth Mandel's recent Commentary article against Danny Dayan's op-ed in the New York Times., 7/28/2012, 11:54 PM

Understanding the Levy Report: US Protests, but Agrees

Read to understand the report, reactions to it and the nuances in what the US reaction did not say. Read also the writer's predictions on the effect of the report., 7/11/2012, 10:40 PM

National Union+Jewish Home: Party of the Future

Both parties are idealistic and nationalist, secular friendly, have young faces running for party slots. If they get together, wow!, 7/5/2012, 4:37 PM

Annexing Area C in Judea and Samaria

Judea and Samaria are divided into areas A,B,C by the Oslo Accrods. Area C has all the Jews and only 4% of the PA Arabs. Annexing it would place all the 'settlements' in Israel. Naftali Benett raised the idea at the President's Conference this week., 6/22/2012, 12:35 PM

Israel's 10 Year Plan - a Response to Dennis Ross

No one wants a deal that will put them in a worse position than they are now, Mr. Ross., 6/21/2012, 3:37 PM

Can Israel Defy the World?

America has always limited Israel's sovereignty, but something else is going on. In the last three years, the EU has encouraged and financed the Palestinian’s efforts to take over “Area C” by planting or building. , 6/14/2012, 12:53 AM

UNRWA was Created to Punish Israel

How did this become a final status issue in the first place? The international community has never forced the repatriation of refugees to their former country following a war nor spearheaded their claims for compensation., 6/6/2012, 7:59 PM

Demolition Debate Obscures More than it Elucidates

Just a few questions whose anwers might explain the untenable situation the government and Supreme Court have put us in. Untenable nationally, but tragic on a historic and personal level., 6/5/2012, 8:50 AM

If Only the Left Would Abandon Israel

The writer believes, like the left, in the rights of the oppressed, he just sees the Jews as the oppressed., 5/29/2012, 8:27 PM

The EU is Putting "Area C" in Play

The EU is taking steps to assure the PA gets control of Area C, which even the Oslo Accords put under Israeli jurisdiction and which contains all Jewish settlement in Judea and Samaria., 5/16/2012, 6:43 AM

Israel, Against All Odds

This is a good day, one on which Israelis woke up to a surprise unity government, to remind ourselves of what a miracle it is to have a Jewish country., 5/8/2012, 8:39 AM

Jewish Leadership Fails Us Again

American Jews maintain their support of Obama because of the way Israel's government presents itself. This is history repeating itself, sadly enough., 5/4/2012, 5:23 PM

PM Netanyahu is Playing it Safe

The writer explains why, despite his recent decision to legalize 3 communities in Judea and Samaria and contrary to the right's expectations, Bibi is focused on not making waves, rather than on asserting Israel's rights., 5/1/2012, 7:52 PM

The UN Violates International Law, Claims to Uphold It

The Council of Judea and Samaria suggested that Israel annex Area C which has only 4% of the Palestinian Arabs. Here is the rationale. , 4/1/2012, 3:33 PM

Zev Jabotinsky and Sarah Palin, in Tune

The common denominator for both of them is that they both took on the permanent political class, the establishment or the intellectual elite, whatever you want to call them - and suffered for it., 3/18/2012, 9:01 AM

Israel Fiddles While Syria Burns

Perhaps it is time for Israel to get off the fence, meet with the SDC and determine the bona fides of the group and the extent of its support, outreach to Saudi Arabia and see how to work on a common cause for a common outcome. , 3/5/2012, 11:57 AM

Obama and the Muslim Brotherhood: Strange Bedfellows?

The alliance between the Obama administration and the Muslim Brotherhood is the cornerstone of Obama’s New Middle East policy. His friendship with Erdogan is part of this policy., 2/27/2012, 7:45 AM

Things Are Turning Ugly in Jordan

The Government of Jordan is accused of a vicious attack on a beautiful Palestinian activist. , 2/22/2012, 11:39 PM

The Poor Palestinians

The Arab League has instructed its members to deny citizenship to Palestinian Arab refugees (or their descendants) “to... protect their right to return to their homeland”. Read how they are treated by their brothers. , 2/13/2012, 9:05 AM

Hamas Denounces Jordan as Palestinian Homeland

There is nothing new in that both Hamas and Abdullah don't want Jordan to be Palestine, a development that would endanger both. But the present situation is volatile, Mudar Zahran's plan is getting publicity, and Israel - well, what about Israel?, 1/31/2012, 8:11 AM

Want Peace? Democratize Jordan, Says Mudar Zahran

The writer has received a letter from an exiled Jordanian leader which, he feels, puts a new face on Palestinian aspirations. Belman's article is followed by the letter., 1/23/2012, 12:21 PM

To Haaretz: Israel has the Right to Build in Yesha

The complaint published in the Haaretz daily notwithstanding, Israel has the right to expropriate, build and subsidize in Judea and Samaria. , 1/11/2012, 2:17 PM

Re The Atlantic's "Myth of Undivided Jerusalem"- Part I

A little bit of history is in order so we get the facts straight. A little bit of accuracy on today's situation might help as well., 1/6/2012, 10:07 AM

Re The Atlantic's "Myth of Undivided Jerusalem"-Part II

What Israel is doing in Jerusalem and planning for its future is what will make it a city where Jews nd Arabs can live., 1/6/2012, 10:03 AM

Jews, Communists and the Democratic Party

The writer explains that it is no wonder that 78% of the Jews voted for Barack Obama in ’08 notwithstanding his pro-Palestinian and anti-American running dogs. And they may do so again., 12/25/2011, 2:30 PM

Human Rights for Israelis?

Sunday In Israeli Knesset's legislative committee they postponed a vote on the outposts. This Sunday is when you can make a difference. Read on., 12/15/2011, 12:31 PM

Much Needed: Checks and Balances in Israel's Government

The current Supreme Court is notorious for creating law rather than enforcing law as it was written. The bill Netanyahu scuttled would finally balance the court, not perpetuate itself., 11/21/2011, 11:45 AM

The NGO Bill: Who is Being Undemocratic?

This bill doesn’t prevent the NGO’s from doing what they are doing. It simply aims to prevent them from being funded by outside bodies who are doing so not because they want to advance human rights but because they want to thwart Israeli policies. , 11/14/2011, 11:28 AM