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Disproportionate Response Pays

29 Kislev 5773 – December 13, 2012
There is no way the Jewish state (or for that matter, the Jewish people) will ever generate feelings of love or even liking in the world.

US Media and the E1 Controversy

26 Kislev 5773 – December 9, 2012
Folks, look at a map. Do you see the “West Bank” cut in two? I don’t either.

Who Killed the Peace Process?

22 Kislev 5773 – December 5, 2012
The diplomatic "peace process," worthless though it may have been, died on November 29, 2012 at the hands of Mahmoud Abbas.

The Historical Fantasies of Mahmoud Abbas

21 Kislev 5773 – December 4, 2012
At the UN, Abbas rewrote the history of the birth of the State of Israel and Arab aggression against it.

UN Palestine Resolution Killed Oslo

20 Kislev 5773 – December 3, 2012
Peace is not at hand — maybe it will never be, but that doesn’t mean that Israel can’t continue to survive and thrive.

Yasser Arafat, Pallywood Zombie

16 Kislev 5773 – November 29, 2012
It is business as usual for Arab media to find murderous conspiracies that can be blamed on Jews or Israel.

Israel Suffers Psychologically From Imposed Restraint

15 Kislev 5773 – November 28, 2012
The imposed cease-fire — and it was imposed, by Barack Obama and his ally Mohammed Morsi — is not a victory.

Who Killed Jihad Masharawi’s Son, Omar?

14 Kislev 5773 – November 27, 2012
Although it was widely claimed in the press that this child died in an Israeli strike, none appears to have taken place at the time of his death.

Ceasefire a Poor Outcome for Israel

9 Kislev 5773 – November 22, 2012
Today, the IDF announced that it had “accomplished its pre-determined objectives for Operation Pillar of Defense, and has inflicted severe damage to Hamas and its military capabilities.” It is embarrassing to read this statement.

US Doesn’t Want to See Hamas Crushed

7 Kislev 5773 – November 21, 2012
Israel’s leaders know that there isn’t a diplomatic solution. But what can they do? Over the years, Israel has become so dependent on the U.S. — for advanced weapons, spare parts, etc. — that it is almost impossible to say no to US demands.

Gaza Op Likely to Continue for Weeks, not Days

4 Kislev 5773 – November 18, 2012
I can’t see any way to complete the operation against Hamas without a ground invasion.

Don’t Kick the Can of Violence Down the Road

2 Kislev 5773 – November 15, 2012
The only thing that can prevent Israel from winning this mini-war and neutering Hamas is outside intervention.

Life with Rockets

28 Heshvan 5773 – November 12, 2012
When something outrageous goes on for a long time, people stop being outraged. It is boring to hear or read about things like genocidal wars in Africa, Europe’s collapse into poverty, or the complaints of Israelis about being the targets of thousands of rockets, day in and day out. I’m in Israel now, so a few words about the rockets. Everyone I talk to says the same thing: how can this be allowed to continue?

A Particularly Dangerous Form of Weather

27 Heshvan 5773 – November 11, 2012
On Tuesday, three IDF soldiers were wounded by a bomb planted near the border fence between Israel and the Gaza strip. On Thursday when soldiers were trying to repair the fence, a huge explosion occurred when a tunnel packed with explosives was detonated. Luckily only one soldier was lightly injured, but it could have been catastrophic. Then last night an IDF jeep in the area was struck by an antitank missile. Four soldiers were wounded, at least two seriously (reports vary), and Hamas claimed responsibility for the attack.

The Ant-Churchill Tries to Rise Again

24 Heshvan 5773 – November 9, 2012
Could there be an Israeli politician more cynical than Ehud Olmert? Yesterday he accused PM Netanyahu of alienating President Obama — as if Obama could dislike him more — by ‘intervening’ in the US election.

Jewish Support for Obama Not Mystifying

24 Heshvan 5773 – November 8, 2012
Somewhere between 68 and 70% of American Jewish voters went for Obama, depending on whose exit poll you believe. Israelis that I talk to are mystified. “Are they crazy? What were they thinking?” they ask. It’s not really mystifying. Here are some general facts about non-Orthodox and secular (the large majority) American Jews.

So Now What?

23 Heshvan 5773 – November 7, 2012
There it is: four more years of Barack Obama. What does it mean for Israel? The bilateral talks with Iran run by Valerie Jarrett will continue. One can hope for the best, but it is very unlikely that an agreement will be reached that will include the effective dismantling of Iran’s bomb-building capability. It’s not at all comforting to think that Israel’s security will be in the hands of Jarrett, Obama’s Chicago fixer. One can speculate what Romney might have done differently, but that is not an option now.

Barak and Barack

20 Heshvan 5773 – November 4, 2012
An interview with Israel’s Defense Minister Ehud Barak — thinly disguised as “the decision-maker” created a sensation in early August, when he suggested that an Israeli attack on Iranian nuclear facilities was imminent. Barak explained that Israel could not depend on an American commitment to destroy the program in the future, even if it were made today. Suddenly, last week, Barak began to sing a different tune.

Why Some US Jews Don’t Get Israel

15 Heshvan 5773 – October 31, 2012
Part of my job — not my paying job, the one I do for the sake of shamayim — is to talk to my Jewish friends and try to explain why the existence of a Jewish state is essential for all Jews, wherever they live, why a good relationship with the US is essential for Israel, and why the support of American Jews is in turn essential for such a relationship. I meet a lot of resistance, which is unsurprising when you consider that if you leave aside Arabs and other Muslims, the worldwide movement to end the Jewish state is disproportionately led by people of Jewish descent.

The European Problem with Zionism

13 Heshvan 5773 – October 29, 2012
Yes, Israel affords civil rights and freedom of worship to its many minorities; but it makes no attempt to deny that there is one specific people, one particular narrative, one religion to which is it most centrally committed. The State of Israel is, to paraphrase Lincoln, “by the Jews, of the Jews and for the Jews.” How could those who labored to create the European Union not consider the very idea of a Jewish state anathema?

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