70 years of Israeli strategic success

70 years of Israeli strategic success

April 20, 2018

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Despite military threats and other challenges, the State of Israel is winning on all fronts. Israel is stronger and healthier than all its enemies combined. At Israel’s 70th, it is important to emphasize and re-emphasize this perspective: The Heavens are shining, not collapsing, upon Israel.

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Defiance

Defiance

April 13, 2018

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Nobody in the world has the right to criticize Israel’s defensive actions on the Gaza border, even if Israel had used significant force against the Hamas mobs – which it didn’t.

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Four political sons

Mar 30, 2018

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Four political sons

The Haggadah’s four architypes of “sons” uncannily correspond to models of political engagement with Israel today. One is wise, one is wicked, one is simple, and one does not even know how to become part of the conversation…

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A profligate potpourri of anti-Semitic problems

Mar 23, 2018

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A profligate potpourri of anti-Semitic problems

I offer here a historical review of Israeli government attitudes towards the phenomena of anti-Semitism, and take a critical look at this week’s meeting of the Global Forum for Combating Antisemitism, held in Jerusalem. The Forum needs focus.

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Pick your Palestinian state

Mar 16, 2018

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Pick your Palestinian state

Are any of Israel’s critics daring to ask what type of Palestinian state they are seeking to create? Might the PA be pressed-upon to return to the path of diplomacy with Israel, instead of intensifying its campaign to criminalize Israel – before it is coddled with more cash?

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Hoping for regime change in Iran

Mar 8, 2018

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Hoping for regime change in Iran

Might more be done to advance an Iranian counter-revolution? Israeli diplomat Uri Lubrani certainly thought so, and he was not naive. Pushback against Tehran’s gains in Syria would help, as would a tidal wave of sanctions against the Revolutionary Guards.

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Kosher wines for Shushan Purim

Mar 2, 2018

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Kosher wines for Shushan Purim

To mark Purim in Jerusalem today, I offer my semi-annual guide to good drinking of current kosher Israeli wines. Read about some great/favorite Israeli wines from Arza, Teperberg, Tabor, Covenant, Tura, Bat Shlomo, Shilo, Gvaot, Netofa, Psagot, Binyamina, and Castel. Also: Tzafona icewine from Canada!

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Felling vanities and empires on Purim

Feb 23, 2018

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Felling vanities and empires on Purim

Recent political scandals, terrorist murders, and hostile military moves against Israel – juxtaposed this coming week with Purim – have me reflecting on existential realities: The capriciousness of life should teach us humility. The ephemerality of power should give us strength.

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Waking up to the Iranian threat

Feb 16, 2018

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Waking up to the Iranian threat

With the weakening of ISIS, the growing strength of Russia in Syria, and the continuing retraction of American involvement in the region – Iran apparently feels emboldened enough to escalate its confrontation with Israel.

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Israel must rule generously in Jerusalem

Feb 8, 2018

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Israel must rule generously in Jerusalem

Investment in eastern Jerusalem is the core of sovereign political action that will keep Jerusalem whole and make it prosperous for all.

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A tale of two speeches

Jan 26, 2018

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A tale of two speeches

Two momentous speeches in the Knesset plenum – by the Canadian prime minister four years ago and the US vice president this week  – may have transformed the course of history. Harper and Pence offer moral and spiritual leadership for the world.

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Israel is worthy and winning

Jan 19, 2018

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Israel is worthy and winning

There are between competing narratives about Israel: that it is flying-high, or that it is heading towards disaster. Wise and important actors around the world are coming to the conclusion that the first assertion is true. Israel is an anchor of sanity and a source of ingenuity in an unruly world. Israel’s strategy of vigilance, patience, and looking over the horizon for new partnerships is working.

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Harnessing anger for smart policy

Jan 12, 2018

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Harnessing anger for smart policy

It is no longer acceptable just to sit back and sigh that “Israel’s hands are tied” in response to terrorism and lawfare. Israel should build massively in strategic consensus settlement zones.

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A crystal ball on 2018

Jan 5, 2018

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A crystal ball on 2018

A diplomatic and political forecast for the year: No war, no elections, no division of Jerusalem, no European support for the protesters in Iran. Perhaps a real Arab-Israeli peace process, with Saudi women driving… to Israel.

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Is the IDF ready for our next war?

Dec 29, 2017

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Is the IDF ready for our next war?

Is this country’s leadership hardening the home front for the resilience needed going into our next confrontations? Is the fighting spirit of the IDF all that it needs to be? Not so much, according to experts I heard from this week.

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Identifying the enemy

Dec 22, 2017

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Identifying the enemy

Trump’s new US national security document is a robust statement of American strategic realism; a necessary corrective to Obama-era enfeeblement and self-flagellation. There are enemies out there and the US has to lead in confronting them.

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Greeting Vice President Pence

Dec 15, 2017

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Greeting Vice President Pence

After recognizing Jerusalem, America’s next move should be banishing the EU from regional diplomacy.

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