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The Obama Plan: Raising “Palestine” Upon The Corpse Of Israel (Part I)

24 Heshvan 5770 – November 11, 2009
However unwittingly, President Obama is now setting the stage for Israel's dismemberment. Almost certainly, his fixed and unwavering commitment to a Palestinian state stems from the purest and most sensible of motives. Surely this principled commitment is drawn from some deeply personal and historic sense of justice and fairness, and not from any sort of insidious anti-Israel bias. The problem, however, is that this seemingly well-intentioned presidential interest in fair play is starkly at odds with an asymmetrically brutal geopolitical reality in the Middle East.

Deceptions Of A “Nuclear Weapons-Free World”: Why President Obama’s Good Intentions Could Bring Genocidal...

22 Av 5769 – August 12, 2009
We have seen that Israel could conceivably need nuclear weapons, among several other essential purposes, for nuclear war fighting. Should nuclear deterrence options and/or preemption options fail altogether, Israel's "hard target" capabilities could be critical to national survival. These capabilities could depend, in part, upon nuclear weapons.

Deceptions Of A “Nuclear Weapons Free World”: Why President Obama’s Good Intentions Could Bring...

8 Av 5769 – July 29, 2009
As we asked last week, why then must Israel remain a nuclear power? We continue with the detailed and complete answer that Prime Minister Netanyahu should prepare to transmit to President Obama.

Vice President Biden On Israel And Iran U.S. Finally Acknowledging The Limits Of Diplomacy...

23 Tammuz 5769 – July 15, 2009
Finally, Vice President Biden has acknowledged what has been argued in this column and elsewhere for several years. Speaking for the president, to be sure, Biden asserted that Israel, as a "sovereign nation," has every right to protect itself against a nuclearizing Iran. Understood in terms of international law, the precise preemptive action that Mr. Biden has in mind is called "anticipatory self-defense." Today, however, the real problem is less a matter of law than of operational cost and complexity. Although the vice president is correct about Israel's legal right to stay alive, it is already very late in the game to make preemption work.

History And Strategy Israel, “Palestine,” And The Samson Option

9 Tammuz 5769 – July 1, 2009
In 1882, Leo Pinsker, a Jewish physician of Odessa, horrified by the pogroms of 1881, concluded (quite reasonably, to be sure) that anti-Semitism is an incurable psychosis. The remedy, he then adduced, must be for all Jews to accept the imperatives of self-help and self-liberation. Later, Theodore Herzl, having witnessed the spectacle of Alfred Dreyfus in France, wrote The Jewish State.

Israel’s Still Blighted Cartography: Searching for New Directions in Jerusalem and Washington

5 Iyyar 5769 – April 29, 2009
From an existential standpoint, Israel must quickly change its strategic and diplomatic course, or prepare to disappear in increments. More specifically, with a new prime minister in place, Israel will soon need to reassess its presumed faith in the so-called Road Map to Peace in the Middle East.

Clocks Redux: True Meanings Of Time For The Imperiled Jewish State

28 Nisan 5769 – April 22, 2009
Over these many years, as my faithful readers will recall, I have occasionally referenced the idea and concept of time in my Jewish Press columns. For the most part, these column references to chronology have pertained very precisely to very particular Israeli issues. This week, however, expanding my ambit of concern, I would like to center an entire argument concerning Israel's survival on time.

Bibi And The Iranian Bomb: Reconsidering Israel’s Policy Of Nuclear Ambiguity

23 Nisan 5769 – April 17, 2009
Until now, the strategic issue of Israel's nuclear ambiguity - the so-called "bomb in the basement" - has been kept squarely on the back burner. Today, however, time is quickly running out for the Jewish State, and Israel's new/old prime minister absolutely must reconsider this burning issue. From the standpoint of urgency, of course, the immediate problem is Iran.

‘Are You Meshuga?’: Jewish Survival In A Crazy World (Part II)

13 Nisan 5769 – April 7, 2009
Credo quia absurdum. "I believe because it is absurd." How, then, shall we Jews survive in such a distorted and meshugana world, both as individuals, and as the always-fragile Jewish State? In our collective form, shall we truly "Seek peace, and pursue it," when our enemies' brand of "sanity" lies relentlessly in genocide and war? Or should we just reluctantly resign ourselves to ceaseless conflict as the unavoidable expression of sanity in an undeniably insane world?

‘Are You Meshuga?’: Jewish Survival In A Crazy World (A Column in Two...

7 Nisan 5769 – April 1, 2009
Credo quia absurdum. "I believe because it is absurd." Here is a brief story to suitably "set our stage." During World War I, a Jew loses his way along the Austro-Hungarian frontier. Wandering through the woods late at night, he is abruptly stopped in his tracks by the screaming challenge of a nervous border-guard: "Halt, or I'll shoot." The Jew blinks uncomfortably into the beam of the searchlight and retorts with obvious annoyance: "What's the matter with you? Are you meshuga? Can't you see that this is a flesh-and-blood human being?"

The Oslo Accords/Road Map Were Always A Deathtrap For Israel (Conclusion)

27 Kislev 5769 – December 24, 2008
Regarding the Oslo accords and Israel's vulnerability to war, Israeli security has become increasingly dependent upon nuclear weapons and strategy.

Waiting For Apocalypse: The ‘End Times’ Factor In Nuclear War Between Israel And Iran...

30 Tishri 5769 – October 29, 2008
After absorbing any enemy nuclear aggression, Israel would certainly respond with a nuclear retaliatory strike.

Waiting For Apocalypse: The ‘End Times’ Factor In Nuclear War Between Israel And Iran...

23 Tishri 5769 – October 22, 2008
To be sure, it's a subject on which I have written here before, but an additional and generally unrecognized observation now deserves important mention.

Five Years After Project Daniel… Our Strategic Recommendations to Israel Remain Valid (Part VI)

24 Elul 5768 – September 24, 2008
Looking back over the original recommendations of Project Daniel, The Group concerned itself with, inter alia, the need for an expanded policy of preemption; an ongoing re-evaluation of "nuclear ambiguity";

Five Years After Project Daniel… Our Strategic Recommendations To Israel Remain Valid (Part V)

17 Elul 5768 – September 17, 2008
The Project Daniel 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.

Five Years After Project Daniel… Our Strategic Recommendations To Israel Remain Valid (Part...

3 Elul 5768 – September 3, 2008
Project Daniel examined some of the precise ways in which a nuclear war might actually begin between Israel and its enemies.

Five Years After Project Daniel… Our Strategic Recommendations to Israel Remain Valid (Part II)

26 Av 5768 – August 27, 2008
Israel remains the openly declared national and religious object of Arab/Islamic genocide.

Five Years After Project Daniel… Our Strategic Recommendations to Israel Remain Valid (Part I)

19 Av 5768 – August 20, 2008
The views expressed in these six columns are those of Professor Louis René Beres, and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of any other members of Project Daniel, or of any government.

The True Human Meanings Of A Nuclear Iran

12 Av 5768 – August 13, 2008
For many years, any talk of preemption against a nuclearizing Iran was certain to elicit primarily harsh and uniform condemnation.

Annapolis And Annihilation: Avoiding A Requiem For Israel

2 Shevat 5768 – January 9, 2008
The more things change, the more they remain the same. For anyone who can still think clearly, the Annapolis "Peace Conference" in November was merely the latest hallucinatory rendition of a very troubled sleep. It's not that this carefully scripted assembly actually confirmed a catastrophic outcome for Israel. Rather, it underscored America's perilous and persistent preoccupation with a determinably wrongheaded foreign policy.

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