Confronting the con artists of Iran

Confronting the con artists of Iran

November 24, 2017

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Iran is on the march, presenting a significant security challenge to Israel, to moderate Sunni countries, and to the West. No duplicitous decrees by supreme or smiling ayatollahs should deflect our attentions.

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Cleaning-up and sewing-up eastern Jerusalem

Cleaning-up and sewing-up eastern Jerusalem

November 16, 2017

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The application of de facto sovereignty and governance on the ground is the core of political action that can keep Jerusalem whole. The struggle for sovereignty in Jerusalem has transitioned from ‘Jerusalem on High’ – high-powered political summits, to ‘Jerusalem of Below’ – decent daily life in the city for Arabs and Jews alike.

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On settlements, anti-Semitism, Arab democracy, and more

Nov 9, 2017

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On settlements, anti-Semitism, Arab democracy, and more

My fall reading recommendations, with essays and books on democracy in the Arab world, the industry of lies against Israel, Zionism, anti-Semitism, settlements, and Haredi army service.

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Fighting a worthy intellectual battle

Oct 27, 2017

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Fighting a worthy intellectual battle

The Jerusalem Institute for Strategic Studies – Israel’s new, conservative security think tank – will counter debilitating currents in Israeli defense and diplomatic discourse, and recapture the mainstream in Zionist security thinking.

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Mind-blowing European Union chutzpa

Oct 20, 2017

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Mind-blowing European Union chutzpa

Israel shouldn’t pay the EU one red cent of “compensation” for dismantling illegally-built EU settlements in Area C. And if our government idiotically dares to settle with the EU, and shells out a single shekel, I am going to withhold paying my taxes in protest.

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Western Wall unity

Oct 12, 2017

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Western Wall unity

Despite Palestinian terrorism and Orthodox “control” of the site, more than one million Jewish pilgrims flocked to Jerusalem’s Western Wall during the High Holiday period. So let’s keep Kotel “crises” in perspective.

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Stepping forward, or backward, in Jerusalem?

Oct 5, 2017

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Stepping forward, or backward, in Jerusalem?

Cutting Arab neighborhoods in the east and north out of Jerusalem’s municipal jurisdiction is a bad idea; a slippery slope towards a full-scale political division of the city. Either Israel rules effectively, generously and fully in greater Jerusalem, for all residents, or it doesn’t.

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The most interesting Jews of 5778

Sep 29, 2017

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The most interesting Jews of 5778

Profound, provocative and intellectually significant Jews to follow over the coming year: Ayelet Shaked, Boaz Bismuth, Dani Dayan, Doron Almog, Evelyn Gordon, Gideon Saar, Gideon Samuel, Henry Kissinger, Irwin Cotler, Nir Barkat, Sheryl Sandberg, Shlomo Riskin, Yehoshua Pfeffer, Yishai Fraenkel, and Zeev Rotstein.

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Abbas at the UN again: Who cares?

Sep 15, 2017

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Abbas at the UN again: Who cares?

Once again, an American administration is begging Abbas to put on his “moderate” mask, and not to “exacerbate” the situation with an inflammatory speech or with extreme moves against Israel. what difference does it make whether Abbas gives a “moderate” speech at the UN next week? His obstructionism is constant.

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Repentance through wine

Sep 8, 2017

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Repentance through wine

My semi-annual guide to good drinking of current kosher Israeli wines. I comment on wines from Gross, La Citadelle de Diamant, Eshet Lot, Covenant, Galil Mountain, Livni, Teperberg, Montefiore, Tura, Carmel, Yatir and Flam wineries. To all readers who haven’t yet learned to appreciate the fine wines of Israel, I say that it’s time for you to do teshuva, to repent!

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Fund the Temple Mount Sifting Project Now

Aug 25, 2017

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Fund the Temple Mount Sifting Project Now

The project has turned the Wakf’s criminal dump of the most sensitive and valuable archaeological dirt on the globe – a national disgrace – into a national treasure. Funding the project is the least the government can do as penance for its long-standing malfeasance in countering Palestinian-Islamic aggression against Jewish history in Jerusalem.

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Big problems, substantial essays

Aug 18, 2017

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Big problems, substantial essays

A roundup of recent deep-think journal articles on a range of issues: superpower competition, US civil strife, EU collapse, the deconstruction of the West, liberal and conservative biases, and Trump’s female supporters.

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Netanyahu’s strategic achievements

Aug 11, 2017

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Netanyahu’s strategic achievements

Netanyahu has not been “just playing petty politics in order to survive,” nor has he mainly spent his time monkeying with the media or smoking cigars and drinking champagne. He has driven Israel forward on the basis of a coherent strategic worldview and improved Israel’s fortunes.

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Ya think?

Aug 4, 2017

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Ya think?

Jared Kushner has discovered that Israeli-Palestinian peace isn’t happening soon. Kushner’s caution and realism is actually refreshing. It apparently comes from the realization that there is an enormous gap between Israelis and Palestinians in their readiness for peace.

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Countering contemptuous Palestinians

Jul 27, 2017

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Countering contemptuous Palestinians

Israel must flex some muscle to disabuse Abbas of the delusion that he can bully Israel into retreat. Tactical Israeli restraint, like the decision to retreat from justified security measures at the Temple Mount, comes-off as capitulation to Palestinian terrorism. It reinforces the rejectionist and triumphalist Palestinian narrative.

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What status quo?

Jul 20, 2017

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What status quo?

The so-called “status quo” on the Temple Mount is dead. Israel cannot redress the situation by just attempting to “restore calm.” Israel should put on the table a plan to bring justice to administration of Har HaBayit, including Jewish prayer on the Mount.

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Rescuing Hadassah

Jul 13, 2017

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Rescuing Hadassah

The debt-ridden medical center is on the road to financial recovery and renewed medical excellence under the leadership of Prof. Zeev Rotstein. For all his rough edges, he is the right man at the right time.

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