Israeli strategic ascendancy; American strategic decline

Israeli strategic ascendancy; American strategic decline

February 12, 2016

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The collapse into insanity that characterizes the 2016 US presidential primaries is also a function of Obama’s global retreat.

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Navigating the tumultuous Mideast

Navigating the tumultuous Mideast

February 4, 2016

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Eran Lerman’s agile mind is steering Israel towards new strategic thinking. He says that is blessed with exciting new alliance possibilities in both the eastern Mediterranean and the Arab world; but must have the wherewithal to withstand a long struggle with rejectionist and reactionary Palestinian leaders.

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For and against Palestinian statehood, simultaneously

For and against Palestinian statehood, simultaneously

January 28, 2016

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Is it possible to oppose a two-state solution under the current circumstances but to be for it in principle? The answer is yes, and that is the new Israeli consensus. Time to calibrate realistic diplomacy to meet this.

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America held hostage

Jan 15, 2016

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America held hostage

The Ayatollahs see Obama as a supplicant, not a superpower. They understand this, alas correctly, as license to run wild. The “zhobour” meted out to American seamen reflects rising Iranian imperial cockiness.

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The Know Comment Awards for best commentary

Jan 7, 2016

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The Know Comment Awards for best commentary

My selection of the best essays of the past year on Israel, the Mideast, Obama and Iran, the conflict with the Palestinians, Jewish life, and anti-Semitism.

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Obama in concert with Islam

Dec 11, 2015

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Obama in concert with Islam

I sense that Barack Hussein Obama holds a deep-seated ideological belief that Islam has a rightful leadership place in the world, and he is in fact midwifing a resurgence of Islamic influence. What animates the President is not (merely) a fear of Mideast quicksand, a distaste for American overreach, or the search for some new grand Kissingerian geopolitical architecture.

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Indigenous in Jerusalem

Dec 4, 2015

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Indigenous in Jerusalem

The latest archaeological finds – including King Hezekiah’s royal seal impression – broadcast the rootedness of the Jewish People in the Land of Israel. The pedigree of the Jewish People in Jerusalem and the Land of Israel is rock solid and well-embedded. No number of Palestinians wielding kitchen knives – or any other weapon – will succeed in severing Jews from Jerusalem.

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Needed: Revolutionary struggle

Nov 27, 2015

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Needed: Revolutionary struggle

A plaint for fresh security and diplomatic thinking, profiling the revolutionary thinking of Maj. Gen. (res.) Gershon Hacohen. Israel needs to re-shape and shake-up its strategic environment by building in Jerusalem and Judea and Samaria. Israel must meet Palestinian terrorism with ideological drive and defiant expansion.

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Intellectual rearmament of the West

Nov 19, 2015

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Intellectual rearmament of the West

Defeating Islamofacism will require a renewed Western resolve that can only come from profound intellectual and moral rearmament in the West. The West must re-ground itself in core values and identity commitments that stem from the Judeo-Christian religious and democratic traditions.

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Return of the yellow star

Nov 13, 2015

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Return of the yellow star

Old habits die hard. Europeans are actually quite experienced at banning Jews from schools and universities, depriving Jews of scholarships, boycotting their businesses, restricting Jews to specific pales of settlement, and placing yellow stars on their arms. Now they are going place yellow labels on Israeli “settlement” products…

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Remembering Rabin and Shamir, correctly

Nov 6, 2015

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Remembering Rabin and Shamir, correctly

The use of Yitzhak Rabin’s name to support a galloping-forward two-state-solution peace process – is left-wing historical revisionism. Netanyahu should stick to his policy principles, and not be wedged off-course in search of ersatz, temporary relief from Obama’s pressures.

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“Candid Camera” to the rescue

Oct 30, 2015

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“Candid Camera” to the rescue

It’s a short hop from international monitoring cameras to global cops in Jerusalem. Thus the Temple Mount camera scheme is a trap. You just know that the cameras will be exploited in one-sided fashion to indict and criminalize Israel, and to further internationalize the conflict.

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Killing us with lies

Oct 23, 2015

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Killing us with lies

What do you do when the whole world is swallowing the grossest Palestinian untruths? Hang tough, stick to your principles, give no ground, and maneuver carefully. And know that Israel will win out!

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Kerry, stay home!

Oct 16, 2015

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Kerry, stay home!

John Kerry carries a badly broken American moral compass. There is no need for him to fly here with admonitions for Israel or rewards for Palestinian extremism.

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How not to respond to Palestinian violence

Oct 9, 2015

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How not to respond to Palestinian violence

Don’t whitewash Abbas’ responsibility; don’t say that restraint is power; don’t ban Temple Mount visits; don’t attempt to buy diplomatic cover at the expense of Israeli lives.

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A Succot scorecard of Israel’s successes

Oct 2, 2015

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A Succot scorecard of Israel’s successes

Any way you choose to calculate, Israel has the strategic and moral upper hand. Life in Israel is full of meaning – adorned by sacrifice, commitment, achievement and joy – all the components that make life satisfying and exciting, and uniquely so for Jews who have long awaited a national return to Zion.

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Responding to Temple Mount terrorism

Sep 18, 2015

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Responding to Temple Mount terrorism

Israel must parry Palestinian and Islamic incitement in Jerusalem and lay out a new diplomatic initiative to solidify Israel’s rights on Har HaBayit

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Refugee ruminations

Sep 11, 2015

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Refugee ruminations

Reflections on the perils of American infirmity, Iranian hegemony, Syrian misery, Arab hypocrisy, and Tikkun Olam orthodoxy.

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Recommended reading: Best essays of the past year (2015), selected by David M. Weinberg.

 

Understanding Terror

Cynthia Ozick

 

Islamist Tantrum

Bret Stephens

 

Israel Alone

Bret Stephens

 

Paris and the fall of Rome

Niall Ferguson

 

The 36-Year Project to Whitewash Iran

Sohrab Ahmari

 

The End of the Arab Spring Dream

Sohrab Ahmari

 

The Middle East Diaspora Descending on Europe

Sohrab Ahmari

 

Obama’s Secret Iran Strategy

Michael Doran

 

A Letter to My Liberal Jewish Friends

Michael Doran

 

Our Man in Moscow

Michael Doran

 

Strategic Impact of the Iran Deal

Walter Russell Mead

 

Iran Deal: Anatomy of a Disaster

Charles Krauthammer

 

Does Iran’s anti-Semitism run too deep for deterrence?

George Will

 

Israel’s Role in the Struggle over the Iranian Nuclear Project

Brig. Gen. (res.) Yossi Kuperwasser

 

Obama’s Distorted Views on Israel

Peter Berkowitz

 

Why Palestinians Cannot Make Peace with Israel

Khaled Abu Toameh

 

The Lies of Saeb Erekat

Col. (res.) Dr. Eran Lerman

 

What Do Palestinians Want?

Daniel Polisar

 

Israel’s Diminishing Returns

Evelyn Gordon

 

Perfect Storm

Maj. Gen. (res.) Yaakov Amidror

 

The Spirit of Jewish Conservatism

Eric Cohen

 

The Amoral Revolution in Western Values

Col. Richard Kemp

 

Is It Time for the Jews to Leave Europe?

Jeffrey Goldberg

 

Why I Changed My Mind about Anti-Semitism and Anti-Israelism

Joshua Muravchik

 

Anti-Semitism and Jewish destiny

Robert Wistrich

 

 

Go to my Hasbara Resources page for more recommended reading links.


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