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The Fire of Kabbalah & A Political Firestorm
 
Israel’s Unions, Employers, Clash over Shorter Work Week

May 27, 2016 - 11:37 AM
 
New Defense Minister Facing Challenges Within and Without

May 27, 2016 - 9:58 AM
 
Israelis Are ‘Like a Rash,’ Says Irish Member of European Parliament

May 27, 2016 - 8:20 AM
 
Israel Rocked by Anti-Semitic Rape of Mentally-Handicapped Woman and Police Coverup

May 27, 2016 - 8:14 AM
 
MK Glick’s First Act Is Complaint About… You Guessed It

May 26, 2016 - 9:25 PM
 
Trump the Republican Nominee with 1,237 Delegates

May 26, 2016 - 9:03 PM
 
Haifa U Study: Educators Should Watch for High-Functioning Autistic Children with Handwriting Difficulties

May 26, 2016 - 6:08 PM
 
New Report: 22 Israeli Academics in the Service of BDS

May 26, 2016 - 5:30 PM
 
State Dept. Says Liberman Appointment ‘Raises Legitimate Questions’ About Direction of Israeli Govt

May 26, 2016 - 3:57 PM
 
More Competition for Israel’s El Al Airlines

May 26, 2016 - 3:20 PM
 
Analysis: Jews Vs. Arabs May Yet Blow Up the DNC Convention this Summer

May 26, 2016 - 3:15 PM
 
Rabbi Yisrael Rosen: No More Ethiopian Immigrants

May 26, 2016 - 1:14 PM
 
Tens of Thousands Rejoice in Lag B’Omer Celebration at Rashbi’s Tomb on Mt. Meron [video]

May 26, 2016 - 12:44 PM
 
Smuggled Rocket/Mortar Parts Shipment From Hebron to Gaza Foiled

May 26, 2016 - 11:30 AM
 
Female Border Guard Police Wounded in Jerusalem Night Terror

May 26, 2016 - 10:21 AM
 
Israeli Air Force Strikes Gaza After Midnight Rocket Attack

May 26, 2016 - 10:04 AM
 
Family of Bezeq Terrorist’s Victim Suing Company [video]

May 26, 2016 - 8:41 AM
 
Lag B’Omer Rocket Attack on Southern Israel

May 26, 2016 - 12:46 AM
 
Supreme Court Wants Interior Ministry to Explain Why Reform Converts Aren’t Recognized by the State

May 25, 2016 - 9:09 PM
 
Israelis to Get ‘Happy’ at Pharrell Williams Concert in Rishon Lezion

May 25, 2016 - 8:59 PM
 
36 Advocacy Groups Demand Action at UC Irvine after Anti-Semitic Protest

May 25, 2016 - 6:32 PM
 
2 Israeli Companies Bioprint Stem Cell-Derived Tissues

May 25, 2016 - 6:14 PM
 
New York Man Arrested for Trying to Support ISIS, Said Beheading Videos ‘Kept Him Motivated’

May 25, 2016 - 4:40 PM
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Posted on: October 13th, 2004

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Zalman Shoval served two terms as Israel's Ambassador to the United States. Although I had made his personal acquaintance only briefly during his first term in Washington (1990-1993), it was immediately apparent that Ambassador Shoval was bringing a markedly favorable presence to Israel's embassy.

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Posted on: October 6th, 2004

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Modern civilization has a terrible momentum, a frighteningly breathless rhythm that prods us all to forget what is genuinely important. "The end of all this delirium," wrote the philosopher Jacques Maritain, "is to prevent man from remembering G-d." An important new book by Israeli thinker Asher Keren, "A Time For Change," reflects similar concerns.

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Posted on: October 1st, 2004

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"The mass," said the Spanish philosopher Jose Ortega y Gasset in 1930, "crushes beneath it everything that is different, everything that is excellent, individual, qualified and select." Today, in deference to the Many, the intellectually and culturally unambitious mass not only celebrates the commonplace (which it has been taught to do), it openly proclaims and spreads our American epoch of engineered mediocrity as an enviable form of democracy.

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Posted on: September 22nd, 2004

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Ravaged by excess - of consumption and commodities rather than of understanding - America now lives anxiously in crowds. This is naturally pleasing to politicians of all persuasions, for whom herding the people together where they cannot think is always "good."

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Posted on: September 15th, 2004

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Speaking recently to Yediot Aharonot, an Israeli newspaper, Israel's Chief of General Staff commented that withdrawal from the Golan Heights would not endanger Israel's security. According to Lt. Gen. Moshe Yaalon, the Israel Defense Force (IDF) could defend the country's borders even if a political decision were taken to leave the 620-square mile strategic plateau.

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Posted on: September 8th, 2004

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We in Israel need Nefesh B'Nefesh. Every time this organization brings in another planeload of olim, the welcome is so uplifting, the arrival is so exciting, the emotional high is so stimulating, that several old-timers go to the airport ceremonies just to be reminded how important American and Canadian aliyah is.

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Posted on: September 8th, 2004

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Medieval maps typically portrayed Jerusalem at the center of the world. From the standpoint of nuclear strategy and world peace, such a portrayal has exceptional validity today. Confronted with relentlessly genocidal state and non-state enemies, some of which energetically seek weapons of mass destruction, Israel must now quickly fashion a coherent and pragmatic strategic doctrine. Recognizing this urgent requirement, the Project Daniel Group undertook to prepare its unprecedented Final Report to the Prime Minister.

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Posted on: September 6th, 2004

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Last week, we considered Project Daniel's recommendations concerning Israel's preemption and nuclear warfighting doctrines. The Group strongly endorsed the Prime Minister's acceptance of a broad concept of defensive first-strikes, but just as strongly advised against using his undisclosed nuclear arsenal for anything but essential deterrence.

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Posted on: August 25th, 2004

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My prior column in this special series dealt with the existential threat to Israel. To best deal with this multifaceted threat, Project Daniel recommended to Prime Minister Sharon that Israel do everything possible to prevent a coalition of enemy states from coming into possession of mass destruction weapons, and that this effort be undertaken while Israel continues with its longstanding policy of nuclear ambiguity.

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Posted on: August 25th, 2004

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Two events that seemed to fit the days before Tisha B'Av happened recently.

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Posted on: August 18th, 2004

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My previous column in the Project Daniel series dealt with Israel's survival problem in a world of increasing chaos and anarchy. Recalling apt images of the Irish poet Yeats, of a world wherein "the blood-dimmed tide is loosed," and where "the ceremony of innocence is drowned," we must now quickly acknowledge that certain current threats to Israel are profoundly existential.

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Posted on: August 11th, 2004

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In the concluding paragraphs of our Project Daniel Final Report, Israel's Strategic Future, we identify a number of critical policy issues that need substantial further study. The first of these issues is described as "the growing anarchy in world affairs." What does it mean to live amidst such anarchy? What are the expected implications for secure and predictable international relations?

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Posted on: August 4th, 2004

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My prior column dealt with some of the precise ways in which a nuclear war might actually begin between Israel and its enemies. From the standpoint of preventing such a war, it is essential that Israel now protect itself with suitable policies of preemption, defense and deterrence.

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Posted on: July 28th, 2004

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Israel's survival problem is basically as follows: A small state, indeed a microstate that is less than half the size of Lake Michigan, is surrounded by several openly-genocidal enemy states - some of which still seek biological and/or nuclear weapons of mass destruction.

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Posted on: July 21st, 2004

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My previous column on Project Daniel considered the dire consequences of a nuclear war in the Middle East, an almost unimaginable scenario of devastation and suffering that Israel must carefully avoid. It was the spectre of precisely such a scenario that first gave rise to Project Daniel.

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Posted on: July 14th, 2004

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Israel holds nuclear weapons for only one purpose: To prevent catastrophic destruction of the Jewish state by enemy state aggression. It is altogether inconceivable that Israel would ever resort to such weapons as an initial move of war

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Posted on: July 14th, 2004

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I live in a settlement. I wonder when my turn to be expelled will come. The Israeli government encouraged me to move here.

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Posted on: July 12th, 2004

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Some years ago, in conversations with then Israeli Ambassador Zalman Shoval, I urged the creation of a special "brain trust" to examine Israel's increas­ingly precarious security situation. The main objective, related to Ambassador Shoval, would be to assemble a uniquely capable cadre of strategic thinkers who would be free from the various constraints that normally burden both academic and military planners. The Ambassador agreed fully, but for one reason or another, the idea never got off the ground at that time.

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Posted on: June 30th, 2004

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Televised images of Israel's recent defensive operation in Gaza suggest cruelty and indiscriminacy. In fact, exactly the opposite is true. By deliberately placing young Arab children in the front lines of armed mobs that march with lethal intent upon Israeli soldiers, it is Palestinian leaders who openly commit violations of the law of war.

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Posted on: June 23rd, 2004

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What sort of "freedom fighters" applaud the close-range murder of a pregnant Israeli woman and her four young daughters? There is only one correct answer: Palestinian terrorists. There is, in fact, no other insurgent movement on this persistently bleeding planet that can begin to compare with Arab/Islamic terror. From the standpoint of sheer barbarism, of a primal evil that mocks any human pretension to being a civilized "resistance," no other movement even comes close.

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