Dr. Martin Sherman

INTO THE FRAY: Edelstein draws a line in the sand

Edelstein drew a much-needed line in the sand against judicial intrusion into the sphere of the legislature and thwarted yet another attempt at the usurpation of both its autonomy and authority., 4/2/2020, 11:44 PM

INTO THE FRAY: Back from the brink!

The false façade of the Blue & White party was even more friable and fragile than anyone imagined; under the assault of recalcitrant reality, even the fast-drying Bibiphobic glue proved unable to hold things together., 3/29/2020, 12:26 AM

INTO THE FRAY: Why Netanyahu must not step down

In stark contrast to Netanyahu, Ehud Olmert was indicted on existing interpretation of the law, no “creative” precedents were needed to prosecute him, there were no claims of selective prosecution, or allegations of police investigatory misconduct., 3/20/2020, 9:59 AM

INTO THE FRAY: No! Not all votes are equal!

There is—and should be--a qualitative difference (i.e. a structural inequality) between votes cast for parties that wish to undermine the Jewish nation-state and those who wish to protect and preserve it , 3/13/2020, 4:00 PM

Fickle, faithless - and feckless

In a breathtaking display of unprincipled cynicism, Blue & White's leadership, which comprises three former commanders of the IDF, appears poised to renege on its explicit campaign pledges. The harm to Israel is even worse than the lie., 3/11/2020, 11:00 AM

INTO THE FRAY: Time to bar the entire Joint List

The Supreme Court overthrew the Knesset Election Committee decision to bar Heba Yazbak from running on the Joint List, but the tenets of “defensive democracy” require Israel to act against those who use its democracy to undermine its foundations., 2/10/2020, 7:54 AM

Talking territory

Does territorial depth matter anymore in the 21st century when missiles can cross vast distances in seconds?, 2/7/2020, 11:34 AM

The Trump plan: The good, the bad, the unknown and the untenable

INTO THE FRAY: Assessing the overall long-term merits of the “Deal of the Century” is a little like trying to hit a rapidly moving target. , 2/2/2020, 6:20 AM

Terminating terrorists and assessing  assassination

Whatever the operational efficacy of targeted assassinations may be—or not be—the conscience of every decent individual should rebel at the thought that arch-purveyors of terror should be permitted to pursue their deadly profession with impunity  , 1/11/2020, 6:51 PM

INTO THE FRAY: Iniquitous indictments for invented infractions

Despite his remarkable success, Netanyahu has been ceaselessly assailed by his political adversaries. Indeed, it is perhaps his very success that has generated such raw rancor against him., 1/4/2020, 7:51 PM

Well-planned coups with the law as a prop - in Israel and the USA

Despite the dramatic physical, societal and political differences between Israel and the US, in both countries a very similar—and disturbing—assault on the fabric of democracy is taking place. , 12/30/2019, 8:55 PM

INTO THE FRAY: Israel’s dysfunctional electorate?

Despite its many undoubted merits, democracy has one glaring detriment. There is never a dictator to blame for the fate that befalls the people. They alone are responsible for whatever befalls them. , 12/13/2019, 12:34 PM

INTO THE FRAY: Israel's legal establishment - merited mistrust? 

To “anyone but a rabid “Bibiphobe”, the Netanyahu indictments appear transparently contrived, indeed, a thinly veiled attempt at a legalistic coup, creating a sense of unease that Israel’s legal establishment is being exploited for political ends. , 12/1/2019, 7:56 AM

INTO THE FRAY: A 660 lbs. war crime

Every time the Burkan rocket is deployed against civilian targets in the South, it is in effect a 660 lbs. war crime—and should be treated as such., 11/22/2019, 12:05 PM

INTO THE FRAY - Gaza: Delaying the inevitable…again

Delaying the inevitable does not make it less inevitable—only more costly., 11/15/2019, 6:07 AM

INTO THE FRAY- Gaza: Gratuitous gobbledygook

The obdurate resistance of Gaza to any type of resolution has led to such overriding exasperation that it has begun to undermine the quality of the public debate on the issue.  , 11/8/2019, 2:59 PM

INTO THE FRAY: Democracy devoid of the demos?

Former Justice Minister, the late ‘Tommy’ Lapid: “…the legal system in Israel is being undermined by an over-zealous State Prosecutor’s Office, that is losing esteem and credibility with each additional trial…”, 11/1/2019, 7:52 AM

INTO THE FRAY:Gaza 2040 - If not incentivized emigration, what?

The current situation in Gaza—and the accompanying misery—are the direct result of the misguided attempt to foist statehood on the Palestinian-Arabs., 10/25/2019, 12:50 PM

INTO THE FRAY: The history of 'Land for peace'

The land-for-peace principle from a historical perspective., 10/18/2019, 12:59 PM

INTO THE FRAY: Dopey doves

Illusory dreams of peace, when allowed to set the subject of public discourse and guide government decisions, sow the seeds of the next conflict. , 10/11/2019, 3:02 PM

INTO THE FRAY: Alternative Jordans?

The feasibility of Trump’s “Deal of the Century” will be dramatically impacted by the nature of the regime east of the Jordan River and its prospective stability., 10/3/2019, 11:59 PM

BDS (Bibi-derangement syndrome) & the myth of Israel theocracy

From the rabid rants of the myriad of “Bibiphobes”, the uninformed observer would be led to believe that Netanyahu is to blame for every misfortune and every malfeasance on the face of the globe… , 9/27/2019, 5:48 PM

INTO THE FRAY: A strange thing happened on the way to the voting booth

Arguably, Netanyahu’s gravest strategic miscalculation was not to call elections in May 2016 rather than capitulate to Liberman’s demand to be given the Defense portfolio., 9/21/2019, 9:50 PM

INTO THE FRAY: On domes and drones

Will the growing use of drones by the Gaza-based terror groups make the billion dollar Iron Dome and anti-tunnel barrier useless—or at least irrelevant? , 9/13/2019, 9:46 AM

Sept. 17: Will the Right snatch defeat from the jaws of victory-again?

The continued existence of the Left as a viable force in Israeli politics, despite the manifest failure of its political credo, is the gravest indictment of the Israeli Right. , 9/6/2019, 4:08 AM

INTO THE FRAY: Incentivized Emigration: An idea whose time has come?

Of all the policy paradigms for the resolution of the conflict between Israel and the Palestinian-Arabs, incentivized Arab emigration is the most humane if it succeeds and least inhumane if it does not. , 8/30/2019, 11:24 AM

INTO THE FRAY: The Omar-Tlaib affair: Tough questions for AIPAC

Notwithstanding AIPAC’s discomfort over the Omar-Tlaib case, there is more than a hint of hypocrisy in its joining the general assault on Israel., 8/22/2019, 7:37 AM

INTO THE FRAY: The deadly detriments of a doctrine of defense

Israel continually backs away from conflicts that it can win and by doing so, backs itself into a conflict that it cannot win or win only at ruinous cost. , 6/18/2019, 9:13 AM

INTO THE FRAY: The Bahrain Conference: Failure foretold

The endeavor to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict by economic means not only shows a grave defect in understanding its underlying causes, but inverts the causal relationship that generates and sustains it., 5/31/2019, 3:03 PM

INTO THE FRAY: Cracks in the Dome?

The huge investments made in defensive systems are slowly emerging as an exorbitant and costly failure—or at best a very partial and temporary success. The time has come to rethink Israel’s strategic paradigm. , 5/23/2019, 8:30 PM

INTO THE FRAY: Let the PA collapse

Despite possible short term difficulties, Israel should seize on the impending collapse of the Palestinian Authority as an opportunity to extricate itself from the deadly cul-de-sac, into which the Oslo process has lured it., 5/3/2019, 9:54 AM

INTO THE FRAY: Restoring Jewish Sovereignty

Intensive investment must be made in civil society frameworks that can not only draw the idea of extended Israeli sovereignty into the main-stream discourse as a legitimate political objective, but as one that can dominate that discourse. , 4/12/2019, 2:30 PM

INTO THE FRAY: Gaza - Disaster foretold

What has unfolded in Gaza should not really surprise anyone willing to face up to the inclement realities. After all, it was not only entirely foreseeable, but easily foreseen., 3/29/2019, 8:41 AM

INTO THE FRAY: Israel’s High Court-When legality loses its legitimacy

​​​​​​​In overturning a previous decision of the Knesset’s Central Elections Committee, the High Court took another giant step towards further undermining the already dwindling public confidence in the Israeli judiciary., 3/24/2019, 4:36 PM

INTO THE FRAY: “Palestine” - Time to say “No!”

The two-state paradigm’s deadly detriments are now so glaringly apparent that it is becoming increasingly difficult to reconcile calls for Palestinian statehood with genuine concern for the well-being of the Jewish nation-state., 3/8/2019, 1:13 AM

INTO THE FRAY: Will the “Deep-State” destroy democracy?

The unrelenting drive to bring an indictment—any indictment—against Netanyahu has long exceeded the bounds of reasonable law enforcement, 3/5/2019, 1:04 AM

INTO THE FRAY: Gantz-Lapid’s directionless ad hoc political concoction

The purported electoral appeal of the Blue & White party is that it includes 3 former IDF Chiefs-of-Staff, yet when top military figures depart from their field of expertise (security) & venture into one where they have none, it has been disaster. , 2/22/2019, 2:51 PM

INTO THE FRAY: 2019 Intelligence Assessment- implications for Gaza

It would seem futile to conduct yet another indecisive round of fighting, only to return to yet another tense and sporadically violent interbellum for several years—until the next major flare-up of fighting…, 2/15/2019, 1:47 AM

Unilateral concessions: The latent agenda for the April elections

Despite claims to the contrary, the Palestinian-Arabs, territory and the fate of the Jewish 'settlements' will permeate the elections agenda, lurking below and hovering above all other issues. , 2/10/2019, 1:31 PM

INTO THE FRAY: Benny Morris, an unlikely proponent of Arab emigration?

If, as Morris says, a peaceable 2-state outcome is unattainable, and a 1-state outcome will lead to a Muslim-majority tyranny, then a large initiative for incentivized Arab emigration is the only policy that can preserve the Jewish nation-state. , 2/1/2019, 11:59 AM

 INTO THE FRAY: The imperative for incentivized Arab migration

Once inconceivable, the dismantling of UNRWA; the naturalization of stateless Palestinian residents in Arab countries; and the emigration of Palestinians from Judea-Samaria & Gaza are slowly emerging as realistic outcomes., 1/25/2019, 3:41 PM

INTO THE FRAY: Generals in Israeli politics

As a rule, on entering Israeli politics, senior military and security figures have played a troubling role, which has—almost uniformly—proved disastrous, both for the country and/or for themselves. , 1/18/2019, 12:33 PM

INTO THE FRAY: Will the “New Right” get it right?

If the “New Right” is to advance “Right wing” causes, it must abandon schemes that lead to Lebanonization or Balkanization of Israeli society and work towards legitimizing the idea of incentivized emigration of the Arab population of Judea-Samaria, 1/11/2019, 7:47 AM

 INTO THE FRAY: “Terror”, tigers and tabby cats…

One cannot but think that if another country treated Jews, wearing kippot and peyot, the way Jewish minors accused of “terror” are treated in Israel, it would surely be engulfed in a wave of outrage and condemned for blatant anti-Semitism, 1/4/2019, 2:27 PM

INTO THE FRAY Palestine: What if the Six-Day War never took place?

Within the pre-1967 lines, long before today’s alleged “root causes of the conflict” (.i.e. “occupation” and “settlements”) were part of the discourse, much less facts on the ground, Israel was condemned as a colonial, fascist, expansionist power., 12/28/2018, 12:26 PM

INTO THE FRAY: Commanders taking the name of Israel's security in vain

There is no greater irony than the spectacle of scores of ex-senior security officials, who spent their adult life defending Israel, now promoting - as if they are geo-stratetic experts - a political initiative that will make it indefensible. , 12/24/2018, 12:50 PM

NTO THE FRAY: Bennett and Bibi’s election error?

Given the emerging realities in Israel’s political landscape, the danger to Right-wing incumbency entailed in early elections might well be considerably less than those entailed in postponing them. , 11/30/2018, 12:15 PM

Killing kids

This is the true face of the soulless inhumanity which Israelis, of all ages—including the youngest of infants—face every day., 11/27/2018, 12:05 PM

INTO THE FRAY: Defending Israel—Civilian casualties and common sense

Jewish victory over the adversarial Arab collective must be Israel’s overriding moral and operational concern. Facilitating its achievement should be the overriding challenge for Israel’s legal establishment., 11/23/2018, 2:50 PM

INTO THE FRAY: Israel’s stark option: Arabs in Gaza or Jews in Negev

The problem in Gaza is not operational. It is conceptual. The failed formula of self-rule for Gaza must be set aside., 11/16/2018, 7:43 AM

INTO THE FRAY:Trump, Pittsburgh and US Jewry - A view from Israel

Trump is the creation of Obama. The divisions in American society he is accused of exacerbating are ones largely precipitated by his predecessor’s policies and prejudices , 11/2/2018, 12:44 AM

INTO THE FRAY: Israel’s policy of sustaining the enemy in Gaza

The policy of trying to placate Hamas with enhanced humanitarian aid is sadly no less farcical than trying to convert a man-eating tiger into a cuddly bunny-rabbit by offering it a diet of premium carrots , 10/26/2018, 5:19 AM

INTO THE FRAY: INSS’ preposterous proposal

The cynically minded may be forgiven for suspecting that the prime goal of INSS’s newly launched plan is the demolition of Jewish communities, rather than the future resolution of conflict or enhanced Israeli security., 10/19/2018, 12:40 PM

INTO THE FRAY: Obsessing over Oslo – Einat Wilf in “The Atlantic"

Wilf seems oblivious to “pesky details” such as the murderous terror unleashed by the Palestinians, their Judeophobic indoctrination and Judeocidal incitement, as “grand obstacles to peace.”, 10/5/2018, 3:04 PM

The rumored “ultimate deal”: Potential payoffs and possible pitfalls

The potential impermanence of the positive measures already undertaken by the Trump team should not be the only reason for Israeli concern over the brewing “ultimate deal.” , 9/22/2018, 9:53 PM

My New Year Appeal to Caroline Glick – Rethink 'The Israeli Solution'

​​​​​​​Glick’s prescription  for a “A One-State Plan for Peace in the Middle East” will jeopardize the Zionist enterprise no less than the two-state paradigm, which she rightly repudiates with great force and eloquence., 9/13/2018, 11:30 PM

INTO THE FRAY: Haaretz vs. IISS-The anatomy of “Fake News”

Had Haaretz wanted to give a fair portrayal of my policy proposal, instead of alluding to 'Transfer,' the headline would have read 'Evacuation-compensation for Arabs: An answer to Israel’s geographic and demographic imperatives?' , 8/25/2018, 11:15 PM