Poof goes the big enchilada

Poof goes the big enchilada

August 28, 2015

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Obama’s nuclear agreement with Iran is meant to redirect the entire vector of American Middle East policy: To retreat from Pax Americana and allow Iran to take its place as a major regional power. That’s why Netanyahu won’t scale back his opposition. Obama’s retreat must be stopped, and the Iran deal must be made politically toxic.

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Israel’s wine redemption

Israel’s wine redemption

August 21, 2015

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It turns out that Israel is blessed with natural resources after all – gas, water and wine! As for wine: This is a wonderful time for Israel Chardonnay, Petite Sirah, Syrah, and Mediterranean blend wines.

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Convert the Chief Rabbinate

Aug 14, 2015

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Convert the Chief Rabbinate

Religious Zionist yeshiva deans this week established an independent, conversion court, without Chief Rabbinate imprimatur. The ossified and extremist Rabbinate bureaucracy made this necessary, sadly. Unless the Rabbinate wakes up and “converts” itself into a more compassionate halachic religious services provider, it will be bypassed and wither away.

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American-Iranian fairytales

Jul 31, 2015

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American-Iranian fairytales

In defense of its concordat with Iran, the Obama administration is peddling a growing list of misrepresentations: That Iran will be motivated to keep the agreement; that America can snapback sanctions; that the deal it will moderate or contain Iran’s aggressive ambitions; and that there was no better deal, and the alternative is war.

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The malice of Gaza disengagement

Jul 23, 2015

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The malice of Gaza disengagement

The wrecking of Gush Katif wasn’t really about peace with the Palestinians, but about the crushing of Religious Zionism. The expulsion was a trenchant exhibition of bleak and vengeful impulses that course through Israeli politics.

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Iran deal fibs and feints

Jul 20, 2015

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Iran deal fibs and feints

The list of fundamental falsehoods about Iran that undergird the P5+1 accord with Iran keeps on growing. It is frustrating and infuriating. Here are nine of Washington’s fibs and feints.

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Natural gas fracas: A strategic threat

Jul 17, 2015

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Natural gas fracas: A strategic threat

If handled correctly, Israel’s natural gas riches can be an exceedingly valuable tool of Israeli foreign and defense policy. If Israel botches the natural gas bonanza because of extreme over-regulation and confused policymaking, the long-term cost to Israel will dwarf the damage that ten thousand BDS campaigns could inflict.

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Nowhere, no-time supervision of Iran

Jul 14, 2015

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Nowhere, no-time supervision of Iran

The root corruption of today’s accord is that Iran gets to keep its nuclear facilities, and there will be no truly intrusive international supervision of what goes on deep inside them. Anywhere-anytime access was the minimum prerequisite for a verifiable deal – and Obama has abandoned this.

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Sham smiles all around

Jul 10, 2015

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Sham smiles all around

With four deadlines come and gone, it’s probably safe to predict that there won’t be a grand package deal with Teheran this weekend, or at all. Instead, we’ll get a lot of smiles, and agreement to continue talking indefinitely, without closure on Iran’s nuclear weapons drive. Obama will proceed to sell sham narratives about Iran, even as Khameini rebuffs and humiliates America.

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Triumphant over Titus

Jul 3, 2015

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Triumphant over Titus

Reflections while cruising through Europe: Titus is long gone. The People of Israel, however, live on, live well, till the Land of Israel once again, and make enormous contributions to global arts, culture, ethics, morality, science, medicine and more. Excuse me for feeling triumphant.

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Perfect Storms, Penetrating Analysis

Jun 12, 2015

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Perfect Storms, Penetrating Analysis

New studies by generals Amidror and Kuperwasser, and incisive analysis by Michael Doran, suggest that the recipe for security in the crumbling Middle East and for renewal in the troubled US-Israel relationship is patience, vigilance and steadfastness.

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Hyperbolically boosting BDS

Jun 4, 2015

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Hyperbolically boosting BDS

The BDS threat is minuscule and there are quiet, smart ways to deal with it. Yet Israeli politicians are feeding the monster, and creating self-fulfilling prophesies about Israel’s “isolation.” Cynical and hysterical hand-wringing about the BDS “threat” lends undeserved profile to a marginal movement.

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Rabbi Obama’s tough love

Jun 4, 2015

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Rabbi Obama’s tough love

The moralizing American president is going to muscle Israel back to the “true” moral values of Judaism and Zionism on which he is so expert. And if not, at least he will have driven a wedge between American Jews and Israel.

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The Rabbinate is digging its own grave

May 26, 2015

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The Rabbinate is digging its own grave

The Israeli Chief Rabbinate’s attempt to oust Rabbi Riskin will be its own death knell. A nasty and radical ‘rabbinocracy’ that humiliates Riskin will lose its legitimacy.

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Col. Kemp: Countering the sinah of Sinai

May 22, 2015

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Col. Kemp: Countering the sinah of Sinai

The courageous British commander, Richard Kemp, fights Western moral collapse, and provides hope that that the tide against Israel can be turned back. An uplifting message for Shavuot.

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Re-liberating Jerusalem

May 15, 2015

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Re-liberating Jerusalem

The new Netanyahu government will enjoy widespread public backing for determined action to shore-up Israel’s stake in the holy city. Time to reestablish Zionist momentum in Jerusalem, in the face of multiple diplomatic and security threats.

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Join me on a Mediterranean Kosher Cruise

May 8, 2015

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Join me on a Mediterranean Kosher Cruise

I’ll be scholar-in-residence on this deluxe Western Mediterranean Kosher Cruise to Spain, Italy and France during the last week of June. Join Bonnie and me. Book now!

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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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