Hike the defense budget

Hike the defense budget

April 23, 2015

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The IDF must be ready for unrelenting combat over the coming decade, and this costs plenty. Israel dare not skimp in this regard. Its independence depends on robust defense readiness.

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A Tribute to Rav Aharon Lichtenstein zt”l

A Tribute to Rav Aharon Lichtenstein zt”l

April 20, 2015

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Accompanied by tens of thousands of his students, Rabbi Dr. Aharon Lichtenstein zt”l, Rosh Yeshivat Har Etzion, will today be interned in the Jerusalem mountains. Here is my tribute to him, as published this morning in The Jerusalem Post.

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No to a “national unity” government

Apr 17, 2015

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No to a “national unity” government

A so-called “national unity government” would be anything but effective. It would be a recipe for national paralysis in every policy realm. Nothing would get done, because Likud and Labor would be tugging in different directions on national, constitutional, legal and economic policy matters.

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Snapback

Apr 9, 2015

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Snapback

The notion that if Iran violates the nuclear accord all sanctions could be swiftly re-imposed is claptrap that insults the intelligence of any observer.

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On diplomatic freedom and fortitude

Apr 2, 2015

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On diplomatic freedom and fortitude

Passover Eve reflections on global failings and Israel’s autonomy, with a modern prayer for the seder: Protect Israel, oh Lord, from untrustworthy statesmen and back-stabbing superpowers. And if and when necessary, give us the grit to go it alone.

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Preventing runaway Palestinian statehood

Mar 27, 2015

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Preventing runaway Palestinian statehood

Netanyahu is completely within the consensual tradition of all Israeli leaders in insisting on a performance-based peace process, where Palestinian statehood is a contingent, not definite, result.

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Rethinking the Peace Process

Mar 20, 2015

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Rethinking the Peace Process

Netanyahu should capitalize on his sweeping victory to reset the diplomatic table by outlining a pragmatic process that Israel can participate in, and to draw clear Israeli red lines as to acceptable contours of a solution. Doing so is especially urgent since Israel is already facing a renewed international campaign for West Bank withdrawals.

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Hyperbolically blaming Bibi

Mar 12, 2015

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Hyperbolically blaming Bibi

It’s been a silly and nasty election season. Netanyahu’s opponents have taken to ridiculously faulting him for the most far-fetched ills of this world, instead of accurately and intellectually critiquing him, in proportionate fashion, for his many mistakes and weaknesses.

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The Israeli wine awakening

Mar 6, 2015

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The Israeli wine awakening

For Shushan Purim, I review 20 fantastic Israeli wines, from different geographical areas of the country – each with its unique terroir. Pour some biblically-evocative, Zionist, kosher wine this Purim weekend, in celebration of Israel’s strength, creativity and spirituality.

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Epistle to Congress

Feb 26, 2015

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Epistle to Congress

Here is my suggestion for the speech that Netanyahu is to give in Washington on March 3 – on fortitude, fate and a binary moment of clarity. “Is America is ready to legitimize a seismic shift in the global balance of power through an irresolute and debilitating bargain with the Ayatollahs of Iran? I pray not.”

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What explains Obama’s zeal for a deal with Iran?

Feb 19, 2015

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What explains Obama’s zeal for a deal with Iran?

It’s ardor for Islam and sympathy for Islamic ambitions of global leadership, not just distaste for American overreach, that apparently fuels Obama’s secretive dash towards a deal with Iran. There is no other plausible explanation for his willingness to overlook Iran’s emerging Islamic empire.

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A Salute to John Baird

Feb 6, 2015

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A Salute to John Baird

The bold Canadian Foreign Minister demonstrated that you can do moral diplomacy in a cynical world. He set a principled, pro-Israel precedent. Perhaps his clarity will yet prove universally contagious.

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Experience versus Experiment

Jan 30, 2015

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Experience versus Experiment

Israelis want the vigilance of Binyamin Netanyahu and Bogie Yaalon, not the unpredictability and inexperience of Tzipi Livni, Stav Shafir, Bougie Herzog and Amir Peretz, in government. Labor’s risky, unilateral withdrawal plan would lead to a dangerous security vacuum filled by radical Islamic actors.

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Halting Obama’s Iran Surrender

Jan 23, 2015

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Halting Obama’s Iran Surrender

Netanyahu believes with every bone in his body that the contours of Obama’s emerging deal with Iran are dangerous for the world and existentially disastrous for Israel. He should be applauded for the initiative to speak forthrightly on the Iranian threat in Congress next month. It’s called leadership.

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J’accuse la France

Jan 16, 2015

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J’accuse la France

France’s unbalanced approach to the Arab-Israeli conflict has created a much-too-comfortable environment for the resurgence of anti-Semitic violence in France. The bias against Israel in French Mideast policy is a benchmark for the (im)morality of France, and, alas, a trigger for attacks in France against Jews.

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Countering punch-drunk Palestinians

Jan 8, 2015

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Countering punch-drunk Palestinians

Israel must flex some muscle to disabuse Abbas of the notions that he can demand the sky and coerce Israel by appealing to international courts.

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A crystal ball on 2015

Jan 1, 2015

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A crystal ball on 2015

In my political forecast for the year ahead, I see an Israeli unity government forming, Obama further appeasing Iran, and Abbas in the dock for war crimes.

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Recommended Reading: Recent articles (April-September 2014), selected by David M. Weinberg.

The Middle East War on Christians
Ron Prosor, Wall Street Journal

No peace without recognition
Israel Harel, Jerusalem Report

Palestinians Need More Than Borders
Tom Wilson, Commentary

Foreign Policy: From Bad to None
Victor Davis Hanson, National Review

The Persistent Survival of Anti-Semitism
Robert Wistrich, Mosaic

He’s Made It Worse: Obama’s Middle East
Abe Greenwald, Commentary

Israeli-Palestinian Dispute No Longer Occupies Center Stage
Richard N. Haas, Wall Street Journal

Who Is Aharon Lichtenstein?
Elli Fischer, Mosaic Magazine

America the Shrunken
Frank Bruni, NYTimes

The Deep UN: Inside the Secret Infrastructure of Hate
Ben Cohen, Tower

The Real Palestinian Refugee Crisis
Asaf Romirowsky, Tower

Kerry’s Mideast ‘Failure’ Was a Success
Shmuel Rosner, NYTimes

Martin’s Myths
Elliott Abrams, Weekly Standard

The Mideast Peace Gap
Aaron David Miller, LA Times

Israel: Worth Imitating
Evelyn Gordon, Commentary

A Selfie-Taking, Hashtagging Teenage Administration
Eliot A. Cohen, Wall Street Journal

Olmert Isn’t Alone in Corruption
Daniel Doron, Israel Hayom

Jews Against Themselves: The BDS Movement and Modern Apostasy
Edward Alexander, Algemeiner

Palestinian Magical Thinking
Jonathan Spyer, PJ Media

Why the Peace Process Will Continue
Michael Doran, Mosaic Magazine

‘A’ Jewish State vs. ‘The’ Jewish State
David Rothkopf and Michael Oren, Foreign Policy Magazine

Britain, Lawfare and the ICC
Richard Kemp, Gatestone Institute

The inconvenient truth about Jews from Arab lands
Adi Schwartz, Haaretz

Mizrahi Nation
Matti Friedman, Mosaic Magazine

Groping for a Reset
Walter Russell Mead, American Interest

‘Jesus Was a Palestinian': The Return of Christian Anti-Semitism
Melanie Phillips, Commentary

We never forgot Jerusalem
Jonathan Sacks, Jerusalem Post

Why interfaith marriage is on the rise in Israel – and why it’s a problem
Judy Maltz, Haaretz

Israel between the symphony and the jungle
Daniel Gordis, Jerusalem Post

Superpowers don’t get to retire
Robert Kagan, New Republic

Minding the Israel-Diaspora gap
Haviv Rettig Gur, Times of Israel

Understanding the Mind of Jihad
Clifford D. May, Washington Times

Pollard’s Release Is a Matter of Justice
Alan Dershowitz and Irwin Cotler, Jerusalem Post

Where are the Palestinian Mothers?
Bret Stephens, Wall Street Journal

How Abbas Fooled the Americans
Khaled Abu Toameh, Gatestone Institute

Israel’s present and future security challenges in the field of counter-terrorism
Boaz Ganor, JPost

The New Middle East War: A Single Conflict from Baghdad to Beirut
Michael Doran, Mosaic

What You Don’t Know About the Ultra-Orthodox
Jack Wertheimer, Commentary Magazine

The Abyss Between Two Heinous Episodes
Ruth R. Wisse, Wall Street Journal

The Palestinian Blessing
Bret Stephens, Wall Street Journal

What the West Can Learn from Israel’s Tactics Against Hamas
Ed Fitch, Vancouver Sun

Forty questions for the international media in Gaza
David Bernstein, Washington Post

In Defense of Zionism
Michael Oren, Wall Street Journal

When will Europe stand up for the Jews?
Abraham Cooper, National Post (Canada)

America’s “Allies” – Qatar and Turkey – Are Accessories to Hamas’ War Crimes
Alan Dershowitz, Gatestone Institute

No to economic aid to Gaza
Efraim Inbar, Jerusalem Post

Palestinian Suffering Used to Demonize Israel
Efraim Karsh, BESA Center

Was it a Mistake to Downsize and Deemphasize Israel’s Ground Forces?
Eitan Shamir and Eado Hecht, BESA Center

Mowing the Grass in Gaza
Efraim Inbar and Eitan Shamir, BESA Center

The Myth of Palestinian Centrality
Efraim Karsh, BESA Center

Running Away from Statehood, Again
Efraim Karsh, BESA Center

We must defeat Hamas – next time
Benny Morris, Haaretz

Palestine and Double Standards
Bret Stephens, Wall Street Journal

Jerusalem in flames
Nadav Shragai, Israel Hayom

How the UN Was Perverted into a Weapon Against Israel
Joshua Muravchik, NY Post

Number of Civilian Casualties Says Nothing about Proportionality
Laurie R. Blank, The Hill

Dear Liberal Jews: Not Everything is About You
Seth Frantzman, Mida

It’s anti-Semitism, stupid
Efraim Karsh, Jerusalem Post

Condemnation of Israel Prevents Peace
Hilik Bar, Forbes

No Iran Deal Is Better Than Any (Feasible) Deal
James F. Jeffrey, Washington Institute for Near East Policy

The U.N.: Clueless or Complicit in Gaza?
Claudia Rosett, National Review

The IDF’s Ethics
Asa Kasher, Jewish Review of Books

Turkey: Where the Shadiest Players Find a Home
Jonathan Schanzer, Tower

Hamas: Give Us West Bank So We Can Destroy Israel
Khaled Abu Toameh, Gatestone Institute

The problem with UNRWA
Tal Bashan, Jerusalem Post

Why reporters get Israel so wrong, and why it matters
Matti Friedman, Tablet

Why Billions to Rebuild Gaza Will Go to Waste Yet Again
Evelyn Gordon, Commentary

What Now for Israel?
Elliott Abrams, Mosaic

Shelving the Two-State Solution: Can the Unsustainable Be Sustained?
Haviv Rettig Gur, Tablet

The Media Intifada: Bad Math, Ugly Truths About New York Times In Israel-Hamas War
Richard Behar, Forbes

The US Foreign Policy Meltdown
Bret Stephens, Commentary

Islamists Are Not Our Friends
Dennis B. Ross, New York Times

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


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