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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,...

A Strategic Imperative: Maintaining Israel’s Pax Atomica In The Islamic Middle East (Part I)

1 Tevet 5771 – December 8, 2010
Si vis pacem, para bellum atomicum. "If you want peace, prepare for atomic war." However reluctantly, this must be Israel's overriding strategic mantra in the years ahead. This is not because a nuclear war is especially likely, but rather because Israel's nuclear deterrent will remain indispensable for the prevention of large-scale conventional conflict.

Hating The Israelis As Jews: Why Territorial Surrenders Can Never Bring Peace To Israel

27 Elul 5769 – September 16, 2009
The following article was originally published in The Jewish Press in February 2000. It is being reprinted here now because over the past ten years, nothing has been learned about the central impediment to real peace in the Middle East. The core problem was, and still is, the far-reaching Islamic hatred of Jews. Doctrinally, Israel will never be accepted in the Islamic Middle East because it is a Jewish state. As with the Oslo process discussed in this 2000 article, no "Road Map" or other currently favored form of twisted cartography can hold any plausible promise for Israel. Today, as in the case of Oslo, the Road Map simply requires Israel to exchange land for nothing. President Barack Obama, please take note.

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.

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.

On Quashing Anti-Government Dissent In West Bank Communities: Perspectives Of National Law, International...

6 Kislev 5769 – December 3, 2008
Jewish Law is democratic in the sense that it belongs to all of the people, a principle reflected in the Talmudic position that each individual can approach G-d in prayer without priestly intercessions.

On Quashing Anti-Government Dissent In West Bank Communities: Perspectives Of National Law, International...

28 Heshvan 5769 – November 26, 2008
In the Jewish tradition, the principle of a Higher Law is not only well established; it is the very foundation of all legal order.

Can Israel Slay Clocks? Understanding Chronology Of War And Terror In The Middle East...

4 Nisan 5768 – April 9, 2008
Over the years, regular readers of my column in The Jewish Press may have noticed a continuing regard for the concept of time.

Living Amid Absurdity: Israel As Tragic Hero (Conclusion)

23 Shevat 5768 – January 30, 2008
For Jews, free will must always be oriented toward life, to the blessing, not to the curse. Our binding charge is to strive in this obligatory direction of individual and collective self-preservation by using our intelligence and by exercising our essentially disciplined acts of will. In circumstances where such striving is consciously rejected, the outcome - however catastrophic - can never rise to the dignified level of tragedy.

A Cartography Of Lunacy: Bush, Olmert And The Winding ‘Road Map’ To Nuclear War...

18 Kislev 5768 – November 28, 2007
Back in August 2007, the Palestinian Authority (PA), Prime Minister Olmert's "partner in peace," named a soccer tournament after Ziyad Da'as, a Fatah-Tanzim terrorist who had been eliminated by Israel exactly five years earlier. The Palestinian Da'as was responsible for the heroic January 2002 attack in which gunmen opened fire with an M-16 at a Bat Mitzvah in Hadera, murdering six and seriously wounding thirty. With equal courage, he had also planned the kidnapping and murder of two Israeli civilians in Tulkarem in 2001.

On IDF Refusals To Follow Orders: The Interlocking Perspectives Of National Law, International Law...

7 Tishri 5768 – September 19, 2007
Can the current government of Israel protect its citizens? Clearly, Israelis have already experienced the Oslo and Road Map "peace process," as a Terror Process. If Judea/Samaria are soon transformed into "Palestine," the peace process will once again become a war and terror process.

Facing Enemies Who Prefer War To Peace: The Endless Futility Of Israeli Diplomacy

15 Elul 5767 – August 29, 2007
Already from its imperiled beginnings in May 1948 - indeed, even before statehood - Israel has sought desperately to negotiate with its enemies. Always, always - it has preferred peace to war. Nonetheless, challenged by interminable Arab aggression and subversion, diplomacy has almost always failed Israel.

Israel’s Security After The Oslo Agreement (First of Two Parts)

24 Av 5767 – August 8, 2007
The following is the original text of an important lecture delivered by Professor Louis Rene Beres to the Dayan Forum, Israel, on March 11, 1994 (Ambassador Zalman Shoval, presiding). It remains entirely relevant today, especially with Israeli Prime Minister Olmert's: (1) recent release of Palestinian terrorists as a "goodwill gesture;" (2) the Prime Minister's equally incomprehensible support of one murderous terrorist faction (Fatah) against another (Hamas); and his corollary commitment to the altogether twisted cartography of a markedly one-sided "Road Map."

Facing The Next War: Israel’s Still Emerging Nuclear Strategy

12 Shevat 5767 – January 31, 2007
Jews and justice can never be uttered in the same breath. So it is too for the Jewish State, always the individual Jew in macrocosm. Whether it wishes to acknowledge the existential danger or not, Israel's only hope for survival now lies in a well-reasoned and coherent nuclear strategy for dealing with nuclearizing enemies.

Jimmy Carter’s Disingenuous Diplomacy

1 Kislev 5767 – November 22, 2006
Jimmy Carter's new book - Palestine Peace Not Apartheid - should, by all rights, be headed for the remainder bin. Martin Peretz, editor-in-chief of The New Republic, calls it a "tendentious, dishonest and stupid book."

Whither Israel: After Lebanon And Gaza? Finally, Time To Reject A Suicidal ‘Peace Process’...

13 Elul 5766 – September 6, 2006
The poet Auden understood many things. He understood truly important things as only the poets can. He understood that humankind can always be found in pretty much the same imperiled condition.

Israel As Tragic Hero: Enduring Sacred Tribulations In An Absurd World Order

29 Av 5766 – August 23, 2006
In an ancient myth, the Greek gods condemn Sisyphus to roll a great rock to the top of a mountain, whence the stone will inevitably fall back of its own weight. By imposing this terrible judgment the gods had prescribed the dreadful punishment of interminable labor. But they also revealed something vastly more difficult to understand, namely, that even such useless labor need not be altogether futile. Such labor, they knew, could also be heroic.

On “Disengagement,” Civil Disobedience, And IDF Military Refusals (First of Two Parts)

30 Shevat 5765 – February 9, 2005
A dear friend of mine in Israel, a hard-fighting veteran of all too many wars, was asked to summarize his view of the "disengagement." "What," I inquired, "do you think of the forcible deportation of Jews from Jewish lands in Gaza and parts of Samaria by the government in Jerusalem?"

Avoiding The ‘Road Map’ After Arafat

3 Tevet 5765 – December 15, 2004
Arafat is gone, but the "Road Map" remains. Indeed, regarding Israel's continuance in the Middle East, absolutely nothing has changed in the Palestinian Authority or in the Arab world generally. Notwithstanding President Bush's explicit plea for a "Two State Solution," the PA and its allies still see only one state. This State of Palestine would include all of Judea, Samaria and Gaza, and ALL of the rest of Israel.

After Arafat – Distinguishing Power From Weakness In The Middle East

18 Kislev 5765 – December 1, 2004
Even now - after Arafat, after thousands of Israeli men, women and children have been systematically dismembered, burned and mutilated by the most barbaric terrorist movement in recent memory - much of the world remains willfully impervious to geopolitical truth.

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