On Pesach, peoplehood and pursuit of the enemy

On Pesach, peoplehood and pursuit of the enemy

April 22, 2016

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Israelis posses the sense of righteousness, purpose and resolve so desperately needed by the West. Seder night rituals reinforce this. Fighting off global Islamic jihadist attacks will similarly require a renewal of Western resolve that can only come from profound intellectual and moral rearmament.

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Remembering Rabbi Pechman

Remembering Rabbi Pechman

April 15, 2016

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A tribute to Rabbi Irwin Pechman, the builder of modern-day Jewish Hebron, who passed away this week – my father-in-law. He was an unabashed advocate for the Land, People and Torah of Israel. It is no surprise that he lived to see all his children and grandchildren grow up well-grounded in Jewish tradition and settle in the Land of Israel.

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The Donald’s foreign policy

Apr 8, 2016

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The Donald’s foreign policy

Beyond the bullying rhetoric, bigoted swagger and chauvinist bravado, does Donald Trump have a strategic worldview? A new adviser says so: Trump will work with Russia to check China and radical Islam; and he will maintain Israel’s qualitative military edge. Interesting… but I remain skeptical.

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Yediot Ahronot’s boycott festival

Mar 29, 2016

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Yediot Ahronot’s boycott festival

Cynical and hysterical hand-wringing about a BDS “threat” lends undeserved profile to a movement that thrives on such attention.

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Natural gas follies

Mar 28, 2016

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Natural gas follies

If Israel’s natural gas bonanza is botched because of extreme over-regulation and court interference, the long-term cost to this country will dwarf the damage of ten thousand BDS campaigns.

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Wine-making wizards

Mar 25, 2016

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Wine-making wizards

For Shushan Purim, meet ten top Israeli winemakers: Shiki Rauchberger of Teperberg, Dr. Shivi Drori of Gvaot, Vered and Erez Ben-Saadon of Tura, Pierre Miodownick of Domaine Netofa, Jacques Capsouto of Capsouto, Eran Goldwasser and Ya’acov Ben Dor of Yatir, Eli Ben-Zaken of Domaine du Castel, Yisrael Flam of Flam, Ya’acov Berg of Psagot, and Sam Soroka of Jerusalem Winery.

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Molesting Jerusalem

Mar 18, 2016

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Molesting Jerusalem

Don’t let Haim Ramon ruin Israel’s capital city with his reckless, violent, unilateral partition plan. The belligerent shearing of Jerusalem into Arab and Jewish sovereignties will turn it into the bull’s eye of Mideast battle.

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The scuttlebutt on settlements

Mar 4, 2016

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The scuttlebutt on settlements

Pray that US Vice President Biden doesn’t use his upcoming visit to Israel to pour more fuel on false fires regarding settlements. The administration has time and again perfidiously blamed “rampant” settlement construction – fictional epidemic construction – for the failures of its peace process diplomacy.

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Humpty Dumpty is no more

Feb 26, 2016

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Humpty Dumpty is no more

Syria is dead. Its disintegration justifies international recognition of Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights. In the interests of regional stabilization.

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Embracing it all

Feb 19, 2016

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Embracing it all

Another son of mine was drafted into the IDF this week. In this column I discuss his “conflict” between Torah study and army service, and the ideological choice he made in navigating commitments to both.

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Israeli strategic ascendancy; American strategic decline

Feb 12, 2016

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Israeli strategic ascendancy; American strategic decline

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

Feb 4, 2016

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Navigating the tumultuous Mideast

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

Jan 28, 2016

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For and against Palestinian statehood, simultaneously

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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Ratcheting up the pressure on Israel

Jan 22, 2016

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Ratcheting up the pressure on Israel

Sadly, the Obama administration seems to have signed-on to Abbas’ game plan: Dodge true talks where the Palestinians would have to compromise with Israel, and instead compel unilateral Israeli concessions via international pressure.

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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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A crystal ball on 2016

Jan 1, 2016

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A crystal ball on 2016

In my political forecast for the year ahead, I see an Olmert pardon, Abbas resignation, Rubio victory, Netanyahu-Putin partnership, and more trouble from Obama.

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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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