P. David Hornik

 A. B. Yeshoshua's Hollow Nationalism

A. B. Yeshoshua's Hollow Nationalism

Toward A. B. Yehoshua's forcefully Zionist speech to the American Jewish Committee, I feel mostly negative. Yet, toward the announcement that Israel's Jewish population has overtaken the American one and is now the largest in the world, I feel very positive, almost ecstatic., 29/05/2006 22:37
 Post-Election Blues

Post-Election Blues

Kassams on Ashkelon, S'derot and even on the kibbutzim nearby, did not interest most Tel Avivians - or, apparently, Israelis in general - at all. Thirty-eight percent of Israelis didn't see this or any other issue as even worth going to the polls over., 16/04/2006 15:07
 Caution, Drunk Pilot

Caution, Drunk Pilot

Peres' tenure as copilot coincided with two years in which the carnage that got started under Barak turned into a maelstrom. , 10/11/2005 01:01
 Questions for Sharon and Mofaz

Questions for Sharon and Mofaz

What changed? Why was danger to the lives of children in S'derot acceptable a couple of months ago, but is unacceptable now?, 10/10/2005 21:24
 Confessions of a Pragmatic Disengagement Opponent

Confessions of a Pragmatic Disengagement Opponent

This is not necessarily a "religious-secular" dichotomy: one could oppose the disengagement mainly for religious reasons while still understanding the validity of some of the proponents' arguments, and not tarring these people as weak, bad, incomprehensibly myopic and so on., 19/08/2005 00:42
 How I Move On

How I Move On

The televised spectacle of the war aroused great enthusiasm in the Arab and Muslim worlds, and in Western Europe. , 16/06/2005 22:09
 The Wages of Appeasement

The Wages of Appeasement

Why are the wages of appeasement so dire? Why does this seem to be one act that history does not ultimately tolerate or forgive, exacting a terrible price? , 13/01/2005 22:45
 A Time to Resist, Soberly - Part II

A Time to Resist, Soberly - Part II

If a majority of Israelis believe disengagement constitutes <I>pikuach nefesh</I> (saving lives) and is in our interest, then the government has a right to implement it. But we don't know if a majority of Israelis believe that; all we have are polls that say so., 05/01/2005 22:05
 A Time to Resist, Soberly - Part I

A Time to Resist, Soberly - Part I

What set apart 2001-2003 was that despite a relentless terror assault against Israeli civilians and soldiers, Israel essentially did not fight back, even though it had a Likud prime minister with a reputation as a hawk and an army that was capable of defeating the terror at any time., 04/01/2005 22:04
 Sharanksy's Push for Democracy

Sharanksy's Push for Democracy

To be sure, democracy has made great strides over the past century and has spread to places and cultures once deemed impenetrable by it. Still, a glance at the world warrants a "half-empty, half-full" caution more than it does a strident optimism., 26/12/2004 20:03
 Sharon vs. Israel

Sharon vs. Israel

I used to try to understand things, but not anymore, or not much. Instead I shuffle, dazed, from one jolt to the next - maybe reacting, not trying to look into the obscure depths., 06/12/2004 18:45
 Stop Sharon

Stop Sharon

I hear the sound of months of hard, effective fighting by the IDF going to waste. I hear the areas where the enemy has been contained, harassed, not beaten, but seriously weakened, being handed back to the enemy lock, stock and barrel. I hear the sound of the enemy recovering, regrouping, preparing for a new wave of attacks., 18/08/2004 23:52
 Israel Inside the Box

Israel Inside the Box

"Egyptian military exercises are ominously geared toward an Israeli enemy." , 07/07/2004 19:54
 Zionism Against Itself

Zionism Against Itself

What has changed since the time of my <I>aliyah</I>, those heady days of Zionist harangues and Israel-Diaspora polemics, is that hardly anyone notices that the situation in France and Europe generally is a breathtaking vindication of Zionist doctrine. That doctrine maintained that Jews could not truly be at home outside of Israel and anti-Semitism would always catch up with them., 29/06/2004 22:33
 Warning: Dangerous Peaceniks

Warning: Dangerous Peaceniks

Looks as if Labor is lethal. , 21/06/2004 17:35
 An Audience With The King

An Audience With The King

"Why do I feel now," Everyman said, "like I knew it was going to happen?" , 07/05/2004 01:22
 Questions for Ariel Sharon

Questions for Ariel Sharon

So, Mr. Sharon, does this mean Israel is returning to its old self, knocking out two grisly child-murderers in the space of three weeks, with promises of more to come? The Israel that used to be admired as tough and proactive, declaring that Jewish blood was no longer cheap and those who shed it would be pursued and punished?, 21/04/2004 18:49
 Mistaken Random Terror in Jerusalem

Mistaken Random Terror in Jerusalem

While I was spending Friday evening pleasantly with a few guests, something not so pleasant happened just down the street from me. George Khoury, a twenty-year-old student of economics and international relations at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, who was out jogging, was shot dead by terrorists from a passing car. The terrorists were from the Al-Aksa Martyrs Brigades, part of Yasser Arafat's , 21/03/2004 23:05
 The Strange Case of Bethlehem

The Strange Case of Bethlehem

At a time when a film about Jesus is taking America by storm, the fact that the town of his birth, Bethlehem, has become predominantly Muslim rather than Christian is not exactly a hot item. Just half a century ago, Bethlehem was 80% Christian; today, it's down to 20% and constantly dwindling. , 02/03/2004 16:54
 The War on the War on Terror

The War on the War on Terror

I turn on CNN, and I see people being grilled ? George Bush and Tony Blair. What did you know, and when did you know it? If you had known then what you know now, would you have done what you did? Or did you already know it, and pull a big hoax on all of us?, 11/02/2004 22:17
 The View From <i>Haaretz</i>

The View From <i>Haaretz</i>

The main theme of the left-wing columnists was, as always, that peace with the Palestinians and the Arabs is there for the taking and it is only Israel's pig-headedness that keeps the conflict going. Special targets of these pundits' spleen were the separation fence, Ariel Sharon and Israeli society itself. , 28/01/2004 17:44
 The Routinization of Terror

The Routinization of Terror

Why stir up scary visions of catastrophes and mass casualties when terror victims are down to 200 per year and everyone (except the ones who don?t live) seems to live with it? Why get apocalyptic just because post-hawk Arik Sharon now treats terror as a problem like unemployment or inflation, to be gradually reduced and kept at ?acceptable levels??, 14/01/2004 18:00
 Don?t Talk With Assad

Don?t Talk With Assad

A few days later Assad?s defense minister, Mustafa Tlas, was even less inhibited. He said on Lebanese TV: ?We live in a tradition of martyrdom. When I see a Jew before me, I kill him. If every Arab did this, it would be the end of the Jews.?, 01/01/2004 01:21
 Geneva Blues

Geneva Blues

Peace always beckons to ears so very attuned to it. And the fact that nine months ago the Israeli voters consigned people like Yossi Beilin and his comrades Avraham Burg, Amram Mitzna and Amnon Lipkin-Shahak to a political Outer Mongolia ? why should you let that stop you, either? , 01/12/2003 17:38
 Words of Terror

Words of Terror

They make an ecumenical, diverse trio ? Muslim, Christian, Jew; Malaysian statesman, Greek composer, Israeli legislator-pundit. They show that people of different civilizational backgrounds can come together after all, united, across continents and disparate lives, by hatred and slander of Jews and Israel., 23/11/2003 16:43
 ?We?: The Mental Block of the Left

?We?: The Mental Block of the Left

?We are being attacked.? On the face of it, there?s nothing so notable about that statement; it?s a well-known human phenomenon. Yet, particularly in Israel, where the Left-Right divide refers mainly to security issues, it?s the one thing the Left is unable to say, and that inability defines its leftism more than anything else., 31/10/2003 00:23
 Peace, Pain, Sukkot

Peace, Pain, Sukkot

Another prisoner exchange is afoot, to the tune, apparently, of 400 imprisoned Arab terrorists and criminals for one kidnapped Israeli civilian and the bodies of three kidnapped Israeli soldiers. Only about a week ago, I angered someone, and was accused of a lack of compassion, by arguing that such an exchange is outrageous and indefensible, exposes us as weak and desperate, and invites further ki, 17/10/2003 13:12
 The Indispensable Arafat

The Indispensable Arafat

As I write this in Jerusalem, the terror-master Yasser Arafat still sits a few miles north of me in his compound, still waging his terror war, his life and freedom of action still considered sacred by world opinion. I think ahead to next year?s Holocaust Day in April. What will Arafat?s fate be by then ? still the Ramallah terror master? , 19/09/2003 17:35
 Calculus of Death

Calculus of Death

In the last three years, during what is known as the <i>al-Aqsa Intifada</i>, the death-credit syndrome has come back to haunt Israel with special intensity. The numbers, of course, are much more modest ? in the dozens or hundreds rather than millions. Compared to the German fascists, the Islamofascists have harder work to do, because the Jewish community they are trying to annihilate is armed. , 12/09/2003 11:54
 Egypt's Helping Hand For Terror

Egypt's Helping Hand For Terror

Looking honestly at Egypt's role in the ten-year Oslo terror war would mean confronting the fact that it isn't really an "Israeli-Palestinian" conflict at all, but a continuation of what was once known as the Arab-Israeli conflict through fouler means than conventional military attack. , 07/09/2003 18:13