Has the “bear hug” already squeezed the freedom and sovereignty out of Israel?
What is the greatest danger facing Israel today? You may be very, very surprised...
The generals and the politicians forgot that we are not a large Western democracy, but rather a small country in the Middle East. They forgot that our enemies are not stupid. They forgot that honor and deterrence go together. They forgot that the more complicated a system, the more weak points it has, and that technology can fail.
We have a message to send to Hamas and to all our enemies: we can and will fight as brutally as necessary.
his is our last chance, after the disasters of Oslo, the withdrawal from Gaza, the Second Lebanon War, the Shalit trade, the ongoing loss of Area C, and countless other losses and humiliations, to end our slide to destruction.
There are ad hoc groups of former security officials, etc.--and then there is Ehud Barak.
Palestinianism as an ideology is in a certain way like Marxism or Scientology. When Palestinianists are confronted with clear-cut facts, they nevertheless find it possible to deny or ignore them
Our conflict is a struggle between peoples for territorial dominance. Although we find it tremendously difficult to face the fact, it is a zero-sum game. One side will win, and the other will disappear from the region.
If we draw Venn diagrams of the minimum demands made by the PA and the maximum concessions that Israel could afford to make (and vice versa), the intersections will be empty. There is no “creative” way to solve this problem.
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I welcome the idea that Israel will be able to help the Europeans in their time of need... So I have prepared a draft of a letter that our government COULD send to the EU in order to get the ball rolling.
Her blood is on the hands of the terrorists, along with that of the Israelis they murdered.
Israel cannot endure as a satellite of a country whose regime opposes our survival as a Jewish state. Biden’s policies are no different than those we struggled against during the Obama presidency.
Along with the heat and the haze come incitement and terrorism, which will very likely develop – as it did last year at this time – into war and insurrection.
After the recent terrorist attack in Beer Sheva that took four lives, I (rhetorically) asked our leadership if they had a plan to deal...
I have a question for the Prime Minister, Naftali Bennett, his cabinet, and indeed every member of the Knesset: What is your long-range plan to deal with Palestinian Arab terrorism, both by Palestinians from the territories and Israeli Arabs?
What the US gets out of an agreement with Iran is not certain. Biden can declare “peace in our time” while waving the new, even worse, version of Obama’s JCPOA. But I think that the main motivation is to continue a policy, going back to the 1970s, to reverse the outcome of the 1967 war.
Israel is no. 100 on the list of countries by population. Following it are Switzerland, Togo, Sierra Leone, Hong Kong, and Laos. I haven’t noticed pressure on these countries to take tens of thousands of Ukrainian refugees.
It’s clear that we are back in Obamastan now, where the aspirations of the Palestinians have equal or greater weight than the security of the Jewish state; and where Israel must pay the price for the failures of the Arab leadership.
The Biden Admin. is Obama’s third term. Its foreign policy team, and especially those responsible for negotiations with Iran, are made up almost entirely of former Obama Administration people. Although I can’t prove it, I believe that Obama, Ben Rhodes, Susan Rice, and others are pulling the strings.
The ordinary Israeli sees Reform Judaism for what it is, a politically left-leaning, spiritually vacuous, non-Jewish religion. But it is the 800-pound gorilla of the non-Orthodox world, with money, clout, and people that it uses to project its influence here in Israel, where, in my opinion, it does not belong.
This morning’s paper discusses the plans being made for the possible aliya of the roughly 250,000 Ukrainians who are eligible for Israeli citizenship under...
I want to be more specific about the meaning of Zionism today: I say it is the belief that the State of Israel is the state of and for the Jewish people, and not a “state of its citizens.”
Why does Israel permit her enemies to support a subversive fifth column inside the state? I don’t know. Big money corrupts. Maybe enough Israeli politicians have personal connections to these NGOs, and they or friends and family benefit from them, and that’s why the laws that have been passed to regulate foreign money are weak and toothless.
Whether or not it is true that more Americans hold antisemitic views than in the past, my guess is that American Jews are right to be concerned, because the fragmentation and disintegration of American society that is occurring now has released numerous demons, including antisemitic ones – and the demons are increasingly violent
So what’s my problem? Why do I insist that the state is in as much danger now as it was in 1948, 1967, or 1973?
The Israeli government does sometimes take action, often when prodded by Regavim, but equally often the thefts of land are simply ignored. I think this is because many Israeli officials, even ones that are supposedly “right-wing,” have internalized the idea that a Palestinian state of some kind is both benign and inevitable. It had better not be inevitable, because nothing about it is benign
Unfortunately, many Israeli politicians seem to have internalized the mindset that is promoted by the psywar campaign
I see a version of history being taught in which the US and the West in general are presented as the greatest of evils. Young people are learning to despise their own country and to want to destroy it, rather than to identify with it and improve it.
If we want to survive here, we need to regain the respect that we have lost as a result of our spiritual weakness. How do we do that? A step at a time. Start with executing terrorist murderers, then punish their families, their clans, their hometowns. Make terrorism more painful for them than for us