Category: Israeli diplomacy

Slick and Threatening

Jan 16, 2013

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By positing that Israel is at an apocalyptic crossroads, and that Israel is pigheadedly making wrong and dangerous choices, the Left is setting the stage for “wiser” actors to intervene “to save Israel in spite of itself.”

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Israel: Wary, not Bullheaded

Jan 11, 2013

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Israelis are wary of Palestinian statehood (for good reason), but they are not bullheaded or callously defiant. They are hawkish and realistic, not wildly “annexationist.” They want Binyamin Netanyahu, not Tzipi Livni or Shimon Peres, to lead the country because caution, not hollow and unsubstantiated hope, is the prevailing watchword.

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Predictions for 2013

Jan 7, 2013

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Looking into my crystal ball for the year ahead, what I see is a new, broad Israeli government that doesn’t last long, another futile settlement freeze, exacerbated Peres-Netanyahu tensions, continued stalemate with Iran, trouble on the Golan, and despite it all – life in Israel will remain great.

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The Magical Peres Pill

Jan 1, 2013

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The Peres pill is a powerful drug invented by Israel’s elder statesman which induces hallucination and wishful thinking. It magically allows you to imagine a “New Middle East” and assert that peace with Abbas is possible.

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The Consummate Public Diplomat

Nov 23, 2012

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Israel’s Minister of Public Diplomacy, Yuli Edelstein, is one of Israel’s secret weapons. In drawing-up a balance sheet of Israel’s gains and losses over the course of Operation Pillar of Defense, and in calculating the ballots in Sunday’s Likud primary vote, Edelstein should get a lot of credit.

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Beware of Beinart

Nov 21, 2012

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Peter Beinart has gone over to the dark side. An abode where Hamas are the good guys, and Israel the bad guy. Perhaps there’s more fame and money to be made in that wicked world.

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On Yitzhak Shamir, Settlements, and U.S. Policy Restraints

Jul 2, 2012

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The reflections of the late, great Yitzhak Shamir on the nexus between Iraq, Israeli settlement policy and relations with President George H.W. Bush are fascinating in the context of current Prime Minister Netanyahu’s policy dilemmas regarding Iran, settlements, and relations with President Obama.

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A spiritual calculus for Israel Independence Day

Apr 25, 2012

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Israel is guided by an astral calculus that is not always perceptible. This explains why we sometimes stubbornly refuse to recognize the rational calculations of diplomatic cost and benefit – calculations politely impressed on us by well-meaning allies.

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Palestinian obstructionism

Apr 17, 2012

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Today’s Palestinian letter to Israel mixes fact with fiction, is maximalist and threatening, and indicates no real desire to negotiate – only to place Israel in the international dock of criminality.

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Egypt-Israel Peace: Whereto?

Mar 29, 2012

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The cold peace gets even colder. And the Mediterranean basin is in danger of becoming an Islamic sea. Time to rebuild Israel’s defenses in the south.

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