The people who speak about a halachic state don’t know what they’re talking about.
One does not make deals about one’s homeland
“The Palestinians are still angry at the State of Israel, but they’re also looking at Gaza; they see the conditions there, and they do not want to reach that. They fear closures and disorder disrupting their lives,”
The Trump plan focuses entirely on behavior. It rejects the notion of a Palestinian state as a matter of right, entitlement, or justice. It says that if the Arabs living under Israeli control change course, accept the largesse they’ve been offered, focus on their own internal development, and make peace with Israel, they will have earned self-governance.
Minister Bezalel Smotrich sees an historic opportunity in the Deal of the Century, but (only) the good parts of the plan must be grabbed and implemented.
One does not make deals about one’s homeland.
Visceral hatred of Israel is common even in countries with which it has peace treaties. Not only does this hinder peacemaking, but it creates a real risk that treaties won’t survive an autocrat’s fall.
The Jordan Valley, in its full scope and broadest definition, is essential to Israel’s national security. Its retention by Israel requires not only military deployment but a comprehensive development plan—i.e., the construction of housing, roads, and infrastructure—that will establish this territory as Israel’s eastern wing.
Limiting the definition of antisemitism narrowly to the Holocaust and Israel ties the two together in a false narrative that the world gave Israel to the Jews as penance for European crimes of antisemitism, which in turn produces more antisemitism
On January 3, 2020, an American drone killed Iran’s roving fixer in the Middle East, Quds commander Qassem Soleimani, sparking intense, but largely partisan, reactions in the US. While Republicans lauded President Trump, many Democrats worried that the action might spark a war with Iran. But while it is easy to criticize Trump for stirring up conflict in the Middle East, Iran has helped to create the conditions of this current conflict.
Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah, chief of Tehran’s Lebanese proxy terror group Hezbollah, made a speech earlier this month encouraging the killing of every American soldier and officer in the Middle East. It is not every day that a terrorist leader expressly calls for the mass killing of Americans. Will Trump respond?
It's no surprise then that the hatred of Jews is not diminishing, but increasing at alarming rates. And while there is no single reason, a large part of it comes from leaders of countries who continue in their campaign to demonize the Jewish state and doing their best to paint them as the ones who somehow have to give into appeasement and into the barbarians surrounding them to somehow secure peace. This is exactly what they did with Hitler and exactly why World War 2 started in the first place.
"In France, perpetrators of anti-Semitic attacks claim insanity to elude justice. The mental illness defense has become more prevalent when it comes to hate crimes in France. And it seems to be working." — Shirli Sitbon, Haaretz.
Israel possesses assets and innovations that can solve many of the problems that plague its Arab neighbors. If peace can possibly be achieved between Israel and the Arab world, the potential for mutually beneficial practical and economic relationships is astronomical.
It’s not clear whether it will bail out Bibi or hurt Gantz, but imagining a future Middle East that accepts most of these terms is actually a practical idea.
My wife’s learning has not transformed us into rabid feminists. Quite the contrary. Over the past 15 years, our home has become a place filled with Torah learning and discussion day and night. The more my wife learns, the more she – like most of the other 25 women in her Daf Yomi class – comes to humbly appreciate and venerate the giant stature of our rabbis down through the ages.
In June 2015, a survey carried out by the PA-based Palestinian Center for Public Opinion found that 52 percent of Arabs living in eastern Jerusalem said they would prefer to be citizens of Israel. Note that this counts only those who weren’t afraid to reply to the pollster.
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The diplomatic campaign Mahmoud Abbas has been waging for a decade and a half is no less dangerous to Israel than the “armed struggle” led by Hamas and Islamic Jihad in the Gaza Strip. With the growing influence of Iran and the advent of a new array of threats on Israel’s borders to the north and south, renewing negotiations with Abbas on the basis of the Barak-Olmert framework would entail an existential threat to Israel.