The formula for Israel’s triumph

The formula for Israel’s triumph

December 2, 2016

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The Biblical story of Isaac – specifically, how Isaac’s detractors first detested him, then came around to embrace him – is a tale pregnant with deep policy relevance for the modern State of Israel. Faith, fortune and power are the ingredients that guarantee Israel success against its adversaries.

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Beware the pyromaniacs

Beware the pyromaniacs

November 24, 2016

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I believe in the viability of a strong Israel-Diaspora partnership. We need not force tensions to the divorce stage by embracing confrontational campaigns. Yet radical activists are threatening to burn down the edifice of Israel-Diaspora relations.

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Build, baby, build

Nov 18, 2016

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Build, baby, build

This is the time to reach understandings with the new US administration to buttress Israel’s hold on the Jerusalem envelope through significant renewal of home construction.

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Beware the revenge of Obama

Nov 11, 2016

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Beware the revenge of Obama

Rejection leads to projection. In his final days, Obama will act to unilaterally move the markers where he still can, including a drive towards Palestinian statehood. Israel should make it clear, both as a threat and as a policy principle to be put into action, that unilateral action will beget unilateral Israeli action in response.

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The ultimate slap down of Obama

Nov 9, 2016

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The ultimate slap down of Obama

Americans weren’t interested in sustaining Obama’s policies through Hillary Clinton. Today’s real headline is “Trump thrashes Obama.”

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Israel is the sane, stable democracy

Nov 4, 2016

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Israel is the sane, stable democracy

Consider the situation in America to the situation in Israel on almost any foreign or domestic issue, and you’re forced to admit that, heck, Israel is in a better place….A lament for America, sullied by a loutish election campaign; and a comparative salute to Israel.

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Trump’s concession speech

Oct 28, 2016

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Trump’s concession speech

This is the concession speech that Donald Trump might give on US election night 11 days from now, if he can restrain himself just a bit. “I swear by the palms of my very hands – look, I truly have such excellent big hands – that my people won’t let Hillary get away with a rehash of Obama’s extremist agenda.”

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Not a peep from the Pope

Oct 21, 2016

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Not a peep from the Pope

You would think that both the Catholic Pope and mainline Protestant leaders would rise-up in protest against Arab-Islamic negation of Judeo-Christian history and legitimacy. Alas, the hypocrisy of the nations is a constant in Israel’s foreign relations.

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The most interesting Jews of 5777

Oct 14, 2016

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The most interesting Jews of 5777

My list of 20 profound and provocative Jews to follow over the coming year, including R. Alsheich, N. Baudot-Trajtenberg, Y. Cherlow, B. Corn, A. Dichter, Y. Edelstein. S. Fogel, R. Gavison and Y. Medan, J. Gitler, G. Hacohen, E. Inbar, M. Koppel, C. Ozick, E. Rosenfeld, K. Rothschild, J. Sacks, A. Shaked, C. Sukenik and A. Weiss.

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Clubbing us with the ‘Peres legacy’

Oct 7, 2016

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Clubbing us with the ‘Peres legacy’

Obama plans to dish out tough love to Israel while citing Peres as cover; brandishing Peres’ peace bequest as a battering ram.

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Dear world leaders: Thank you, but…

Sep 30, 2016

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Dear world leaders: Thank you, but…

An open letter to the scores of world leaders who came to Israel today for the funeral of Shimon Peres. Alas, the love expressed for Peres is largely a love for the Israel of Oslo, the Israel that makes broad concessions and takes risks for peace, etc; almost as if Israel can be loved only if it follows in Peres’ footsteps.

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Obama the preacher, exit left

Sep 22, 2016

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Obama the preacher, exit left

Reading Obama’s last UN speech: He ostentatiously believes in the potency of his own whimsical, wayward worldview, despite a global security collapse. The one main thing missing from the address; indeed from his entire presidency: A willingness to project power and confront adversaries.

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Summer wine windfall

Sep 9, 2016

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Summer wine windfall

Israel’s rising and rousing wine industry is a grand strategic asset! This week, one of the world’s top wine journals, Wine Spectator, devoted its cover story to Israeli wines with the headline “Surprising quality from an emerging region.” And the world’s most influential wine critic, Robert Parker, similarly just ranked a few Israeli wines as world class. Here are some of their picks, and mine.

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Shooting ourselves in the head, in Hebron

Sep 1, 2016

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Shooting ourselves in the head, in Hebron

The Elor Azaria trial should be plea-bargained to a quick end, cutting-short ugly attempts to indict half the country for fanaticism.

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Reverberations of Sinai

Aug 26, 2016

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Reverberations of Sinai

Rabbi Ari Kahn’s unique biblical commentary is based on the mystical rabbinic premise that the actions of our Biblical forefathers created spiritual patterning that impact on our lives in the present.

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Israeli West Bank policy – whereto?

Aug 19, 2016

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Israeli West Bank policy – whereto?

Yaakov Amidror, Hillel Frisch, Gershon Hacohen, Efraim Inbar, Eran Lerman and Max Singer discuss Israel’s policies on the Palestinian issue, in a post-Obama and post-Abbas era. The upshot of their debate: “Don’t do stupid things.” It is wiser for Israel to defer action than to take steps that threaten to make a bad situation worse.

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Should ISIS be wiped out?

Aug 11, 2016

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Should ISIS be wiped out?

The Iranians watch with amusement as Israeli and American experts debate Western strategic options in fighting the radical Islamists.

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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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