Long holiday reads

Long holiday reads

October 11, 2019

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A roundup of deep-think articles on America’s long goodbye from global involvement, the coming Mideast wars, Israel and the liberal order, protecting and preserving Area C, why Arabs hate Palestinians, anti-Semitism in the Democratic Party, American Jews’ failure of imagination, and life choices.

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Political instability equals strategic danger

Political instability equals strategic danger

October 4, 2019

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Prolonged political uncertainty poses two different dangers: that Israel’s enemies will be tempted to take advantage of Israel’s infirmity, and that Israel will be unable to take advantage of emerging grand diplomatic opportunities.

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Multiple choices for 5780

Sep 27, 2019

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Multiple choices for 5780

A pre-Rosh Hashana political quiz: Calculate what Israeli and Jewish future you need to be prepared for in 5780…

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Revenge is wrong

Sep 20, 2019

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Revenge is wrong

The diplomatic, security, societal and economic challenges ahead necessitate a national unity coalition in Israel. Ten commandments for forming and running Israel’s next government.

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An ‘enlightened’ secular democratic state of the Jews

Sep 13, 2019

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An ‘enlightened’ secular democratic state of the Jews

Freedom of and from religion is what we’ll get if a defiantly secular, left-of-center Israeli government is formed later this fall, comprising Blue & White, Israel Beytenu, Labor-Gesher, the Democratic Union and the United Arab List. Just imagine…

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Snub the anti-religious scallywags

Sep 6, 2019

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Snub the anti-religious scallywags

Incitement against religious Jews and religious parties disfigures this election campaign. It’s hunting season on Jewish tradition, the traditional Jewish family, Jewish scholarship, displays of religious belief, the Rabbinate, rabbinical courts, Shabbat legislation, even religious cultural events.

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Election fibs and frauds

Aug 30, 2019

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Election fibs and frauds

With 18 days to go, I say that Israelis deserve better than the empty invective and detached sloganeering served-up by its politicians in this election campaign.

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Democracy in Israel: Alive and well

Aug 16, 2019

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Democracy in Israel: Alive and well

Israeli democracy is not “shattering” nor are we facing the “darkest days Israel has known.” These are venal, absurd claims – spewed from the mouths of desperate politicos on the extremist fringe.

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Let Zion lament

Aug 9, 2019

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Let Zion lament

For Tisha Be’Av: Isn’t it time to re-energize our national spirit with a measure of historical perspective, and our societal morals with some fine-tuned lessons from Jewish tradition?

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Can you hear the music?

Aug 2, 2019

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Can you hear the music?

Danger ahead: There are signs that President Trump is getting ready to ease the pressures on Iran and bargain for a new nuclear deal: A US-Iran “deal of the century.” This could be knottier and more nebulous than valuable. My fear is twofold: that Trump’s “maximum pressure” campaign will be cut short before Iran’s leaders truly have no choice but to capitulate to Western demands…

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Israel’s strategic advantage in winemaking

Jul 26, 2019

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Israel’s strategic advantage in winemaking

My summertime review of reds from several boutique Israeli wineries: Dadah, Drimia, Five Stones, Flam, Gros, Lueria, Matar, Maresha, Midbar, Oryah, Ramot Naftaly, Tura and Vitkin.

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In defense of Henry Kissinger

Jul 19, 2019

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In defense of Henry Kissinger

Dr. Henry Kissinger remains one of the greatest practitioners of modern foreign policy and strategic affairs; a towering intellectual thinker; an architect of global stability and Mideast peacemaking; and yes – he was friend of Israel when in office and he is today too. (He did NOT purposefully delay US resupply of Israel with arms during the Yom Kippur war).

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Ehud Barak’s bluster and plunder

Jul 12, 2019

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Ehud Barak’s bluster and plunder

His violent discourse disqualifies him from leading this country again, not to mention his pillaging of Jerusalem.

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Redrawing borders creatively

Jul 9, 2019

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Redrawing borders creatively

At the core of the Trump peace initiatives is creative chaos; replacing hoary assumptions with new bridges and highways – literally and figuratively

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Blame those settlements!

Jun 14, 2019

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Blame those settlements!

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

Jun 7, 2019

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Make Jerusalem a priority

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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