Category: The Jerusalem Post

A solution to the Haredi draft problem

Feb 8, 2013

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“Giyus bein hazmanim” – vacation draft – will allow Haredi men to continue learning Torah uninterrupted, while serving military or national service only during their yeshiva semester breaks, which last ten weeks a year.

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Making Conservative Choices

Jan 21, 2013

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The Israeli public overwhelmingly does not buy the well-worn argument, advanced obstinately by the Left and the international community, that the peace process is stuck because of settlements or lack of Israeli diplomatic flexibility.

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My Crystal Ball on 2012

Jan 1, 2013

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My predictions of what would be in 2012 with Netanyahu, Yachimovich, Deri, Lieberman, Abbas, Ahmadinejad, and Assad were bang on! I even correctly estimated the percentage of American Jews who would vote for Obama. I got only Egypt wrong (but so did everybody).

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Bennett’s benefit

Dec 23, 2012

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Pundits have got the Naftali Bennett story wrong. The rise of HaBayit Hayehudi is not really about nationalist politics. It is more a social-communal awakening, a re-emergence of the Religious Zionist tribe, with a younger a more self-confident voice.

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Bubbles Bursting in Air II

Nov 28, 2012

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A list of five political myths usefully shredded by the recent Israel-Hamas skirmish, and one very big myth that is dangerously taking root. Beware the inane argument that jihadists can be massaged into pragmatists; that Hamas can be co-opted into peace by giving it power.

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R.I.P. Syria?

Nov 16, 2012

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Ten experts at the Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic Studies debate the implications of the Syrian civil war. They say: Israel should stay out of the conflict, but prepare for continued instability as Syria breaks up. A 10,000-word Jerusalem Post Magazine story written by me.

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Proving the Bible’s Popularity and Relevance

Jul 31, 2012

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The annual Herzog College Bible study seminar at Yeshivat Har Etzion in Alon Shvut – in which over 6,000 Israelis participated last week – is a magnificent enterprise, an intellectual treat, and an exhilarating spiritual experience. Too bad it gets no media coverage.

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In Defense of Plesner

Jul 5, 2012

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The Plesner Committee for equalization of the burden of national service, which published its recommendations yesterday, succumbed neither to populism nor to militancy. It wisely constructed a calibrated and compassionate path towards greater Ultra-Orthodox participation in the Israeli workforce and the military.

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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 crystal ball on 2012

Jan 2, 2012

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The world will continue to coddle Abbas, even as he assaults Israel. Syria will be sundered into five states. Lieberman won’t be indicted. Netanyahu won’t call elections. And Obama will get “only” 68 percent of the Jewish vote.

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