Category: Israeli diplomacy

Natan Sharansky: “Maybe this is the moment to put our trust in freedom”

Feb 11, 2011

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Natan Sharansky says pact can be built if free world helps Arab masses who are bidding to be rid of their autocratic leaders.

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Snippets from the 2011 Herzliya Conference

Feb 10, 2011

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Should Israel embark on a new diplomatic initiative? Is Israeli-Palestinian peace within reach? Democracy or dictatorship in the Arab world: Which is safer? Does the Obama Administration know what it’s doing? Snippets from this year’s Herzliya Conference on the Balance of Israel’s National Security, which ended yesterday.

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Believe It or Not: Israel is the 31st Highest Dues-Paying Country at the UN

Oct 2, 2010

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Here is a hard-to-believe and ludicrous revelation: Tiny and much-besmirched Israel is the 31st highest dues-paying country — out of 192 member countries — at the UN! Israel remits over $40 million annually, which is more than 160 other nations pay. Reasonable or absurd?

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Whither US-Israel Relations?

Sep 28, 2010

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The October 2010 news bulletin of the Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic Studies has a fascinating and sobering roundtable discussion with professors Gilboa, Inbar, Rynhold, Singer and Steinberg on the future of US-Israel relations, beyond the current round of peace diplomacy. It also has articles on Israeli responses to the threat of nuclear terrorism, IDF reforms post Lebanon and Gaza wars, 20 new BESA Center publications, and more. Edited by yours truly. Read excerpts here and online at www.besacenter.org

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What would be if Israel Relinquished Control of Jerusalem’s Old City?

Sep 12, 2010

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Watch the important short documentary, just released, called Echoes of a Shofar, which tells the story of the brave Israeli teenagers who defiantly blew shofar at the Western Wall at Yom Kippur’s end – during the British Mandate years, when it was illegal to do so. A reminder why Israel should never relinquish control of Jerusalem’s Old City.

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What to do with the Terrorist Trawler

Jun 25, 2010

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The Mavi Marmara still docks in Ashdod, and other ships are on the way from Iran and Lebanon to similarly challenge Israel. Israel may yet end up with a flotilla of “humanitarian attack” craft. What are we going to do with all these boats? Here are ten things Israel could usefully do with the first, trailblazing terrorist trawler.

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A Low Sofa for Erdogan

Jan 19, 2010

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Erdogan has accused Israel of war crimes, walked out on its president, and backed Israel’s sworn enemies. So Israel hazed his ambassador a bit by giving him a cheap seat. Shocking!

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On International Delegitimization and the Resilience of Israel

Sep 17, 2009

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This Shabbat sermon, delivered on the eve of Rosh Hashana, dwells on the growing campaign to criminalize Israel through “lawfare” and its meaning for Israel and world Jewry.

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Making Nice to Mubarak

Aug 17, 2009

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Is it any wonder that Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak visited Washington davka when Congress was out of session?

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Saudi Sanctimony

Jul 8, 2009

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If His Royal Solicitude, King Abdullah, really wanted to lead the Arab world towards peace with Israel, he could find a way or two to express his “moderation” more clearly and make things happen. But no. The sang-froid Saudis always seem to hew to a self-serving p.r. minimum.

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