Of friends and foes

Of friends and foes

July 24, 2014

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In wartime, Israel has (re)discovered both friend and foe, and those who skulk in a morally-dubious middle ground.

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Mowing the grass in Gaza, and beyond

Mowing the grass in Gaza, and beyond

July 18, 2014

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While warring with Hamas, Netanyahu has updated the country’s strategic policies: Israel will ensure the non-militarization of Palestinian areas with its own forces, permanently. Full-fledged Palestinian statehood is off the boards. Get used to it.

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A Gaza Ceasefire Now Would Be a Strategic Miss

Jul 15, 2014

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A Gaza Ceasefire Now Would Be a Strategic Miss

Should the Egyptian-proposed ceasefire hold, Israelis will breathe a sigh of relief and then have to prepare for the next round of fighting. Israel didn’t effect a significant change in the security balance versus Hamas in the Gaza Strip. A draw with Hamas is strategically unsatisfactory.

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Apologies overdue and overdone

Jul 11, 2014

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Apologies overdue and overdone

Labor Party leaders owe Prime Minister Netanyahu Brobdingnagian measures of remorse for mocking Likud’s warnings twenty years ago that the Oslo accords would lead to rockets from Gaza.

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No moral symmetry

Jul 7, 2014

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No moral symmetry

You judge a society not the by crimes of a few, but on the basis of the way that society deals with its criminals and who it celebrates as its heroes. In such a tally, there is no moral symmetry whatsoever between Israeli and Palestinian societies.

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Five minutes

Jul 4, 2014

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Five minutes

Global double standards, callousness and hypocrisy regarding Israel were on full display this week. It took less than five minutes to issue fierce condemnations following the unsolved murder in Jerusalem, but few found five minutes time to truly relate to the political and moral implications of the terrorist murder of the three Israeli youth.

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Modeling faith and love

Jul 1, 2014

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Modeling faith and love

The Fraenkel, Shaer and Yifrach families modeled for us a path of spiritual strength and brotherly love.

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Plan B means balagan

Jun 30, 2014

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Plan B means balagan

Amos Yadlin’s plan for unilateral withdrawal from Judea and Samaria will lead to a dangerous security vacuum, and won’t buy Israel any legitimacy for its self-declared and re-jiggered borders.

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A believing nation

Jun 26, 2014

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A believing nation

Israel is a nation of believers, as shown by the massive outpouring of prayer for the kidnapped boys. But the Israeli secular Left is scared of losing the country to Jewish tradition. It thinks that prayer and faith is “polluting” the public discourse and a threat to “Israeliness.” Oy!

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Natan Sharansky for President

Jun 8, 2014

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Natan Sharansky for President

Is it wrong to hanker for someone a bit more stirring as President of the re-born, modern State of Israel? Someone with deep Jewish and Zionist credentials, proven grit, intellectual heft, and international stature?

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The big chill sets in

Jun 6, 2014

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The big chill sets in

Obama’s rapid embrace of the Hamas-Fatah government is a watershed moment, and it portends worse things to come.

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Bad apples in the negotiating room

May 29, 2014

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Bad apples in the negotiating room

No progress can be made in Israeli-Palestinian relations with Indyk, Erekat and Livni at the helm. With them at the table, only rancor and rupture result. It’s time to make room for more equitable, reasonable and composed negotiators.

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Israel Hayom’s Zionist Spring

May 27, 2014

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Israel Hayom’s Zionist Spring

Israel Hayom neither “endangers Israeli democracy” nor “threatens the integrity” of Israeli media.” Just the opposite: It brings much needed heterogeneity to the Israeli press. In the paper, Israel and Netanyahu get the benefit of the doubt, while Israel’s enemies are treated with a bit more suspicion.

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Welcoming the Pope

May 23, 2014

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Welcoming the Pope

Jews no longer need to scorn the Church, and Pope Francis should be warmly welcomed to Israel. But when he visits next week, the Pope ought to speak ever more forthrightly about recognition and security for Israel. I’ve penned some language for him to use…

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Invest in and Secure the Jordan Valley

May 15, 2014

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Invest in and Secure the Jordan Valley

With the Kerry process dead-ended, Israel should move to reinforce its presence in areas well within national consensus – such as the Jordan Valley and the E-1 corridor.

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Israel’s Plan B

May 9, 2014

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Israel’s Plan B

Alarmingly, I sense an undercurrent of growing support for the misguided and dangerous left-wing withdrawal plan nonsensically called “constructive unilateralism.” Netanyahu should reject this risible, risky and irresponsible plan.

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Is America blaming Israel? Not so fast…

May 7, 2014

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Is America blaming Israel? Not so fast…

A responsible overall assessment of this past year’s negotiating effort would be far more balanced than Martin Indyk’s jaundiced attack on Netanyahu.

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