Blame those settlements!

Blame those settlements!

June 14, 2019

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Keep the settlement issue in proportion. Settlements are not the bane of local or world peace nor necessarily an obstacle to peace. They neither explain Palestinian unwillingness to make peace with Israel nor are they the cause of traffic jams in Tel Aviv.

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Make Jerusalem a priority

Make Jerusalem a priority

June 7, 2019

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Even an interim Israeli government can clean-up the city, stop dithering on construction, rebuff deleterious foreign pressures, and invest in all sectors of Israel’s national capital. It can reestablish forward Zionist momentum – for the greater good of both Arab and Jewish residents, and to secure the national goal of a united, livable and luminous Jerusalem.

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Say nyet to Yvette

May 31, 2019

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Say nyet to Yvette

Avigdor Liberman cynical use of the haredi draft issue to torment Netanyahu has nauseatingly forced Israel into another utterly unnecessary election campaign; a campaign that means months more of deadlock in government policymaking and tons of hateful election rhetoric and divisiveness.

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No Illusions, No Despair

May 24, 2019

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No Illusions, No Despair

A new national security plan for the Israeli government by fellows of the Jerusalem Institute for Strategy and Security (JISS) says: Avoid risky diplomatic escapades and prepare for war.

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Celebrating Torah culture

May 16, 2019

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Celebrating Torah culture

The legacies of Rabbis Yeshayahu Hadari and Aharon Lichtenstein serve as a cultural counterpoint to the doltish Eurovision festivities.

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Halt the delegitimization of Netanyahu

May 10, 2019

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Halt the delegitimization of Netanyahu

Reasonable disagreements are degenerating into demonization and double standards applied to the prime minister.

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Abbas’s Waterloo

May 3, 2019

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Abbas’s Waterloo

He has cornered himself into a situation where he has zero credibility and zero leverage on Israel, the US, the international community, and even the Sunni Arab world. He and the so-called Palestinian “Authority” in the West Bank are obstructionist and kleptocratic in every way.

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The big bugaboo returns

Apr 18, 2019

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The big bugaboo returns

The drafting or exemption of haredi men from military service is back as the super-stumbling block before Netanyahu’s new government. Here are two possible solutions.

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Post-election-itis

Apr 12, 2019

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Post-election-itis

The core cause behind Netanyahu’s fifth electoral win is contempt for the failed Oslo Accords and the disastrous Gaza disengagement.

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Good riddance to this dreadful election campaign

Apr 5, 2019

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Good riddance to this dreadful election campaign

Campaign mistakes and takeaways, and my suggested line-up of 20 ministerial postings for a possible unity government.

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Trump’s law of diminishing returns

Mar 29, 2019

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Trump’s law of diminishing returns

Trump’s landmark Golan decision asserts the law of diminishing returns: Arabs who refuse to make peace with Israel lose rights and assets as time goes forward. Mahmoud Abbas: Take notice.

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The progressive assault on Israel

Mar 22, 2019

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The progressive assault on Israel

A look at the dangerous intellectual trends in America that have catapulted Ilhan Omar and “American Corbynism” to prominence.

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Ten comments on our crazy election campaign

Mar 15, 2019

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Ten comments on our crazy election campaign

The unpredictability, exaggerations and enigmas of this Israeli election campaign…. and some predictions too.

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Protect and preserve Area C

Mar 8, 2019

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Protect and preserve Area C

Israel must administer Area C effectively and with much more authority, whether it wishes to either hold the territory as an effective card for future bargaining or it intends to annex the lands to Israel.

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Fear not the Trump plan

Mar 1, 2019

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Fear not the Trump plan

Any movement away from antiquated formulas, obsolete paradigms, and hoary solutions – most of which have been based in maximalist Palestinian demands deemed “holy” by the so-called international community – would be a huge achievement.

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Fight foreign subversion in eastern Jerusalem

Feb 15, 2019

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Fight foreign subversion in eastern Jerusalem

Radical Islamic groups, foreign actors, and Palestinian authorities have stepped-up their subversion of Israeli sovereignty in eastern Jerusalem. These assaults on Israeli sovereignty in united Jerusalem must be met by an Israeli counter-assault.

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Et tu, Benny?

Feb 8, 2019

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Et tu, Benny?

Lt. Gen. Gatz seems to be suggesting unilateral Israeli withdrawals and another disengagement. This is both frightening and clarifying.

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