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Why Israel Should Recognize the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus

14 Adar 5773 – February 24, 2013
Israel must respond to its Western neighbor's recognition of Palestinian statehood.

Is Turkey Leaving the West?

2 Adar 5773 – February 12, 2013
Erdoğan's Turkey is no longer a trustworthy partner for the West but more like a mole in its inner sanctum.

The Way It Really Was: George W. Bush Pushed For A Palestinian State

26 Tishri 5773 – October 11, 2012
Today, conventional wisdom maintains that the George W. Bush administration had been a good friend to Israel and, unlike the Obama administration, had fought mightily against the creation of a Palestinian state. With this “wisdom” in mind, I ask readers to consider the following column of mine that originally appeared in The Jewish Press in August 2007.

What If Israel’s ‘Peace Partners’ Actually Prefer War?

5 Tishri 5773 – September 21, 2012
At this point in Israel’s problematic diplomatic agenda, there is really only one overriding policy question: Can any form of negotiation with the Palestinians,...

Steps to Disempower Iran

27 Elul 5772 – September 13, 2012
Despite the news of Canada's decision and Baird's justification for breaking diplomatic ties with Iran, much more action needs to be taken by Western nations. For example putting Hizbollah on the EU's terror list.

‘Slaughter The Jews’: Israel, Anti-Semitism, And International Law (Third of Three Parts)

8 Tammuz 5772 – June 27, 2012
The Genocide Convention criminalizes not only various acts of genocide, but also (Article III) conspiracy to commit genocide and direct and public incitement to commit genocide. Articles II, III and IV of the Genocide Convention are fully applicable in all cases of direct and public incitement to commit genocide. For the Convention to be invoked, it is sufficient that any one of the state parties call for a meeting, through the United Nations, of all the state parties (Article VIII).

‘Slaughter The Jews’: Israel, Anti-Semitism, And International Law (First of Three Parts)

25 Sivan 5772 – June 14, 2012
Over the past several months President Obama has generally focused his attention away from the Middle East “peace process.” It is fair to ask, therefore, whether his core preferences for a settlement – carving a Palestinian state out of the still-living body of Israel and “a world free of nuclear weapons” (a world in which Israel would no longer be able to deter certain existential attacks) – still remain a matter of reasonable concern.

A Psychological Look Behind Jihadist Terror

17 Sivan 5772 – June 6, 2012
Sculptor Alberto Giacometti's “Man Pointing” gesticulates ominously. Emaciated, skeletal, and tormented, the iconic sculpture is an artistic expression of humankind's stalwart march toward suffering and recurring annihilation. Resembling the Swiss creator’s gaunt and unnaturally elongated figure, each of us has now become both a potential observer and a prospective casualty.

Israeli Security, Enemy Rationality, And Coming Global Chaos (Second of Two Parts)

3 Sivan 5772 – May 23, 2012
“The blood-dimmed tide is loosed,” wrote the poet W.B. Yeats, “and everywhere the ceremony of innocence is drowned.” Now, assembled in almost two hundred armed tribal camps politely called nation-states, all peoples – not only the people of Israel – coexist insecurely on a plainly anarchic planet. The core origins of this anarchy lie in the Peace of Westphalia (1648), which put a codified end to the Thirty Years War.

Israeli Security, Enemy Rationality, And Coming Global Chaos (First of Two Parts)

25 Iyyar 5772 – May 16, 2012
In the past few years, on these pages of The Jewish Press, I have written several times about critical strategic implications of “chaos” and also of “irrationality” and “madness.” Still, I have never written about the fusion or juxtaposition of these seemingly distinct issues. However, because there are increasingly obvious and important potential interactions between them (military strategists would call such interactions “synergies,” or sometimes “force-multipliers”), I shall now examine these utterly core security matters with a view toward acknowledging their possible ways of coming together.

Rationality, Irrationality, And Madness: Core Enemy Differences For Israeli Nuclear Deterrence (Second of Three...

12 Iyyar 5772 – May 3, 2012
A "bolt-from-the-blue" CBN (chemical, biological or even nuclear) attack on Israel launched with the expectation of city-busting reprisals might not necessarily exhibit irrationality or madness. Within such an attacking state's particular ordering of preferences, any presumed religious obligation to annihilate the "Zionist Entity" could represent the overriding value.

War, Truth, And The Shadows Of Meaning

27 Nisan 5772 – April 18, 2012
It is time to look behind the news. Operation Iraqi Freedom is officially concluded; U.S. operations in Afghanistan are reportedly moving in a similar direction. More generically, however, debate about combat operations, strategy and tactics remains ongoing.

The Pianist And ‘Palestine’ (Second of Two Parts)

21 Nisan 5772 – April 12, 2012
In strategy and law, war, terrorism and genocide are not mutually exclusive. Now, following the “Arab Spring,” even as the usual suspects maintain their explicitly genocidal threats against Israel, certain “progressive” Jews proudly lead various rallies and publications for "peace” and “democracy” in the Middle East. Such “progress,” we might learn from Roman Polanski’s film “The Pianist,” could only be fashioned upon yet another generation of Jewish corpses.

The Pianist And ‘Palestine’ (First of Two Parts)

14 Nisan 5772 – April 5, 2012
On the surface, “The Pianist” is “merely” the true tale of a talented Jewish musician, Wladyslaw Szpilman, caught up in the unfathomable depths of Nazi occupation and terror. More profoundly, of course, it is a disturbing visual microcosm of the generic human struggle between good and evil, a titanic contest that is sometimes utterly clear but at other times distressingly “gray."

Obama’s ‘Nuclear Weapons-Free World’: Some Implications For Israel

6 Nisan 5772 – March 28, 2012
President Obama continues to favor the creation of a "nuclear weapons-free world." This explicit preference is more than naive; it is also undesirable in principle. For Israel, in particular, Obama's solution could likely open the doors to unendurable enemy aggressions. However unintended, therefore, it could become an utterly Final Solution.

Global Denuclearization And Israel’s Survival (Fourth of Four Parts)

29 Adar 5772 – March 22, 2012
It would be unreasonable for Israel to draw any comfort from an argument that Iranian intentions are effectively harmless. Rather, such intentions could impact capabilities decisively over time. Backed by appropriate nuclear weapons, preemption options must somehow remain open and viable to Israel, augmented, of course, by appropriate and complementary plans for cyber-defense and cyber-warfare.

Global Denuclearization And Israel’s Survival (Third of Four Parts)

21 Adar 5772 – March 14, 2012
For forty years I have studied the stunningly complex problem of enemy rationality, especially in certain earlier published writings concerning the particular nuclear threat from Iran.

Global Denuclearization And Israel’s Survival (Second of Four Parts)

14 Adar 5772 – March 7, 2012
As only a distinctly last resort, Israel needs nuclear weapons for nuclear war fighting.

Thinking The Worst: Israel’s Best Path To Survival

16 Shevat 5772 – February 8, 2012
Jorge Luis Borges, the very special Argentine writer and philosopher, sometimes identified himself as a Jew. Although lacking any apparent basis in halacha, he clearly felt himself to be a kindred spirit: “Many a time I think of myself as a Jew,” he is quoted in Willis Barnstone’s, Borges at Eighty: Conversations (1982), “but I wonder whether I have the right to think so. It may be wishful thinking.”

After Bin Laden: Assassination, Terrorism, War and International Law (Second of Two Parts)

10 Shevat 5772 – February 2, 2012
“Everything in this world exudes crime,” says Baudelaire, “the newspapers, the walls, and the face of man.” But this “face” does not belong solely to what classic seventeenth-century international law scholar Hugo Grotius called “men of deplorable wickedness.”

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