Hold the heated rhetoric, please

Hold the heated rhetoric, please

August 3, 2018

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Israeli democracy has strong institutions and foundations, and there are reasonable points of view on all sides of the current debates. Don’t paint every political issue as an apocalyptic turning point.

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Secure the Temple Mount now

Secure the Temple Mount now

July 26, 2018

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Had a 100-kilogram rampart stone fallen into the Mount where Moslems gather or pray – Israel would be excoriated, even though Wakf digging may be to blame.

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The Bible is our mandate

Jul 20, 2018

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The Bible is our mandate

The drive to pass the Jewish nation-state law and the growing appeal of sophisticated Bible study stem from a similar profound place: a desire to entrench our roots in this land.

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Hypocrisy and hysteria regarding the Jewish nation-state law

Jul 13, 2018

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Hypocrisy and hysteria regarding the Jewish nation-state law

The delicate balance between Israel’s Jewish and democratic characters has been upset over the past 25 years by the Israeli Supreme Court. Former Chief Justice Aharon Barak and his ultra-liberal successors have dramatically diluted the Jewish dimension of the Jewish-and-democratic equilibrium. That is why the Jewish nation-state bill is reasonable and required.

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Thwart Turkey’s Jerusalem incursion

Jul 6, 2018

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Thwart Turkey’s Jerusalem incursion

Erdogan’s Turkey needs to be cut down to size. Israel should be defending itself against Erdogan by blocking his Jerusalem incursion, and taking the offensive against Erdogan by impeding his military build-up.

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Moving the markers

Jun 29, 2018

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Moving the markers

The Clinton-Obama parameters haven’t worked – not for 25 years of peacemaking efforts since Oslo. They have lead to deadlock and much suffering. Let’s give the Trump team credit for taking a fresh look at what is safe, wise, fair and realistic in today’s Israeli-Palestinian reality.

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A tribute to Charles Krauthammer

Jun 22, 2018

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A tribute to Charles Krauthammer

A final conversation with the greatest columnist of this generation, who passed away last night – about Zionist belief and the eternity of Israel.

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Tallit and tefillin, Shabbat and kashrut

Jun 15, 2018

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Tallit and tefillin, Shabbat and kashrut

On Israel-Diaspora “distancing”: Nothing short of a deep commitment to traditional Jewish ritual practice is likely to lead to a revitalization of Jewish life in America and subsequently create a solid basis for recovery in Diaspora-Israel relations.

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Winning hasbara strategies

Jun 8, 2018

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Winning hasbara strategies

The deep “psychological asymmetry” employed by Hamas and Fatah as a strategic weapon against Israel is working. How to handle this? Here are five strategies, including this: Don’t be embarrassed by Israel’s strength. Admit to it. Flaunt it. Better shock-and-awe than shrink-and-whimper.

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The diplomatic day after Abbas

May 25, 2018

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The diplomatic day after Abbas

It is time to stop defending the lame “status quo” in Jerusalem. Primarily, this means three controversial things: Israel should give full citizenship to all 300,000 Jerusalemite Arabs; it must embark on a grand-scale home building campaign in the Jerusalem environs; and it should insist upon Jewish prayer rights on “Har HaBayit,” the Temple Mount…

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Gaza prejudice and perfidy

May 18, 2018

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Gaza prejudice and perfidy

It is unmitigatedly maddening to see Western leaders and media succumb with equanimity to Hamas’ obvious criminal stuntsmanship on the Gaza border. What is Western support for “Israel’s right to exist within secure and recognized borders” worth if those borders cannot be defended?

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Trump changes the discourse

May 11, 2018

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Trump changes the discourse

President Trump is acting to restore America’s credibility as a world power after eight years of diffident presidential leadership. He is not frightened by the mobs of the Arab or Persian world or by their effete champions in the West. He doesn’t quake in his boots at the possibility of upsetting Mahmoud Abbas or Ali Khamenei….

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Nobody knew

May 4, 2018

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Nobody knew

The JCPOA was based on Western charity for Iranian lies. After Israel’s intelligence coup, the question becomes this: Will JCPOA boosters continue to deny reality and accuse Israel of being alarmist? Will they continue to pretend they didn’t know, and to accept Iran’s naked denials? Can they possibly continue to defend the weak verification regimes and early sunsets of this inadequate accord?

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Abandoning the Jewish state

Apr 27, 2018

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Abandoning the Jewish state

An ideologically bankrupt A.B. Yehoshua wants to replace the Jewish state with an Israeli-Palestinian federation of some sort. This is the inevitable end result of a long process of loss of Jewish-Zionist identity that afflicts the hard Left. Having despaired of the “two-state solution,” Yehoshua is now dumping the idea of Israel all-together. Ugh!

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70 years of Israeli strategic success

Apr 20, 2018

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70 years of Israeli strategic success

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

Apr 13, 2018

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Defiance

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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