Waking up to the Iranian threat

Waking up to the Iranian threat

February 16, 2018

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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

Israel must rule generously in Jerusalem

February 8, 2018

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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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Trump’s commendable defiance on Jerusalem

Dec 8, 2017

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Trump’s commendable defiance on Jerusalem

The Palestinians and the Europeans brought Trump’s Jerusalem declaration on themselves by running an ugly campaign of denialism and denigration against Israel. Their brazen persistence in delegitimizing the Jewish People’s historic roots and rights in Jerusalem led to this defiant and ultimately honorable result: a re-assertion of reality.

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Skeptical of the Saudis

Dec 1, 2017

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Skeptical of the Saudis

Israel should not bear-hug the problematic Saudis, nor fall prey to over-enthusiastic fantasies. Don’t assume that MBS is the answer to Israel’s prayers in facing-down Iran. Don’t expect overt Saudi peace overtures to Israel, and beware inevitable demands for down-payments to the Palestinians as the up-front price for lukewarm Saudi openness to Israel.

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Confronting the con artists of Iran

Nov 24, 2017

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Confronting the con artists of Iran

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

Nov 16, 2017

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Cleaning-up and sewing-up eastern Jerusalem

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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