Seconds often make the difference between life and death and new technology makes the difference…
Posted on: December 27th, 2006InDepth → Columns → Louis Rene Beres
Israel's policy of opacity or deliberate ambiguity on nuclear weapons had already been breached long before Prime Minister Olmert's public statement on December 11th. And it was also breached at the prime-ministerial level, no less. More than 10 years ago, Shimon Peres explicitly undermined Israel's longstanding commitment to keep the bomb in the "basement."
Posted on: December 20th, 2006InDepth → Columns → Louis Rene Beres
Blessed by newly anticipated changes in American foreign policy, certain of Israel's adversaries could soon attempt to bring the Jewish State into the eternal darkness, into fire, into ice. It is therefore essential for Israel's leadership to take immediate steps to ensure that a Baker-Hamilton [Iraq Study Group heads] engendered failure of Israeli deterrence will not occasion a regional nuclear war. Israel must continue to plan around the sound understanding that nuclear deterrence and conventional deterrence remain critically interrelated.
Posted on: December 20th, 2006InDepth → Columns
We recently returned to Israel after a short visit to the United States.
Posted on: December 20th, 2006Sections → Magazine → Archives
The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum opened an exhibit last week remembering the children of the Lodz Ghetto.
Posted on: December 13th, 2006InDepth → Columns → Louis Rene Beres
We Jews have had to grow accustomed to perverse celebrations of death by large segments of the Islamic world. Sadly, such familiarity is now compelled by the rationale of Islamic terrorists in justifying their wanton murder of Israelis. For these terrorists, the Jewish worship of life is a sign of weakness and an expression of shaky faith.
Posted on: December 13th, 2006Sections → Magazine → Archives
Recently the Jewish cemetery at Wysokie Mazowiecie held a ceremony marking the first stage of its restoration project.
Posted on: December 6th, 2006InDepth → Columns → Louis Rene Beres
One of the most basic facts about our current Clash of Civilizations remains unrecognized. The true rationale of Arab/Islamic suicide bombing terrorism does not lie in politics. It is, more than anything, an example of religiously based blood sacrifice, a primal ritual designed to enlist divine assistance in Jihad.
Posted on: December 6th, 2006InDepth → Columns
A visit to the United States, while pleasant, often restores for us the excitement of living in Israel and reminds us of why we went to live there in the first place - especially around this time of year.
Posted on: November 29th, 2006Sections → Magazine → Archives
It is a little known fact in the Jewish world that Poland is famous for its artistic posters.
Posted on: November 22nd, 2006InDepth → Columns → Louis Rene Beres
We Americans now live with an entirely reasonable fear of war and terror. Indeed, there is precious little doubt that our country will become a recurrent victim of new attacks by those who openly seek the genocidal destruction of "infidels."
Posted on: November 15th, 2006InDepth → Columns → Louis Rene Beres
It is easy to feel sorry for the Palestinians in Gaza. Televised and print images of their apparently unrelieved misery would appear to suggest Israeli cruelty in the use of armed force. Exactly the opposite is true. By deliberately placing elderly women and young children in areas from which lethal rockets are launched into Israeli homes and schools, it is only the Palestinian leaders who openly violate the law of war.
Posted on: November 15th, 2006Sections → Magazine → Archives
The cemetery in Lodz is said to be one of the largest Jewish cemeteries in Europe, with about 230,000 graves.
Posted on: November 8th, 2006InDepth → Columns → Louis Rene Beres
Concluded in mid-September, the sixth annual International Conference on Global Terrorism in Herzliya, Israel, underscored the growing threat of mega-terror. To a large extent, this existential threat to Israel is made worse by the always-deliberate insertion of terrorist personnel and assets in the midst of civilian populations.
Posted on: November 8th, 2006InDepth → Columns
I am often amazed by the reaction of world governments to the bullying tactics of the Muslim world.
Posted on: November 8th, 2006Sections → Magazine → Archives
The name Radegast Station might not be familiar to most people.
Posted on: November 1st, 2006InDepth → Columns → Louis Rene Beres
U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice has reportedly asked Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert to free imprisoned terrorist Marwan Barghouti. Her argument, it would appear, is that the Tanzim leader remains very popular among the Palestinians, and that he is the only Fatah representative who could successfully supplant the Hamas-led government.
Posted on: October 25th, 2006InDepth → Columns → Louis Rene Beres
We Jews have experienced so much pain in our long and arduous history that the pain of Islamic terrorism seems to be just another episode of indescribable suffering. To an extent, this is certainly true. For the moment, we must endure, and - in the end - we shall prevail. So it has been before; so it will be again.
Posted on: October 25th, 2006Sections → Magazine → Archives
An exhibit commemorating the Jewish community of Czestochowa, which has been traveling the world for the past two years, culminated in the gathering of more than 200 people who went there for a special reunion during Sukkot. These remnants and descendants of a community of more than 30,000 came from the U.S., Israel, South America, Australia and Europe.
Posted on: October 18th, 2006InDepth → Columns → Louis Rene Beres
There is no easy answer to the question of ongoing Iranian nuclearization. All options are unappealing, and all will have very substantial costs. For the moment, diplomacy still seems to be the preferred path to crisis remediation, but only because polite conversation and empty threats protect all parties from taking easily identifiable risks.
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