Pointing beyond ourselves

Pointing beyond ourselves

February 10, 2017

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Israel must celebrate more than its material achievements, and bear witness to something grander than the natural order.

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Israeli democracy is not at risk

Israeli democracy is not at risk

February 2, 2017

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Beware a doomsday discourse about depredations in Israel’s democratic moorings. Israel is far more hale and hearty than some of its detractors would have you believe.

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Re-isolate Iran now

Jan 26, 2017

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Re-isolate Iran now

Trump and Netanyahu must together craft a strategy to combat the malign influence and hegemonic ambitions of the mullahs.

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But at least he won the Nobel Peace Prize

Jan 19, 2017

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But at least he won the Nobel Peace Prize

The final, dismal scorecard that Obama is turning in today wouldn’t win him a local cookie-baking award from the Girl Scouts of America, never mind a global peace prize.

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Will Trump take on Tehran?

Jan 12, 2017

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Will Trump take on Tehran?

How will he enforce or renegotiate the nuclear deal, confront Iran’s expansionism, and work with Russia simultaneously?

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Go easy on Azaria

Jan 6, 2017

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No-one should demonize the military court, or the poor soldier, or Israelis calling for Azaria to be pardoned. The only devils in this story are the two terrorists who started it all. Now it is time to express regret for the wrinkle in operational conduct, and then act with sympathy towards Azaria.

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A crystal ball on 2017

Dec 29, 2016

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Alas, my crystal ball has been working well in recent years, accurately anticipating the troubles before Israel. In the year ahead, Obama will continue to prick at Israel, Trump will re-affirm the Bush letter, Putin may peel away from Iran, Netanyahu will prevail, and Shaked will ride herd on the Supreme Court.

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Assert Israel’s core interests

Dec 25, 2016

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It is time to act unilaterally to assert Israel’s core national interests by massive building in the greater Jerusalem envelope.

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Hypocrisy has no shame

Dec 23, 2016

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Global callousness and double-standards, from Aleppo to Jerusalem: The UN has no time to investigate the bad things happening in Syria. It’s busy with more important stuff, like yesterday’s (aborted) UN Security Council session which was to tackle, once again, those dastardly Israeli settlements – the real impediments to peace and security in the Middle East (sic)!

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Those who take pleasure in pummeling Amona

Dec 16, 2016

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Left-wing ideological hatred for settlers and settlements was in full view this week. For hard-core combatants of the left, Amona is opportunity to tar the entire settlement enterprise as criminal.

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Truths for Trump

Dec 8, 2016

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Trumpian truth-telling about Iran, Syria and the Palestinians can improve the strategic environment, gut the Palestinian strategy of delegitimizing Israel, and improve the moral tone of American foreign policy. Rehabilitative discourse is critical for the Middle East.

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The formula for Israel’s triumph

Dec 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

Nov 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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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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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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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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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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Elsewhere on the Web

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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