Dicey Diplomacy with Israel’s Gulf Allies

I told interlocutors in the Arabian Gulf last weekend that Israel firmly will assert its sovereignty and governance in the face of Israeli Arab and Palestinian lawlessness. That is what most Israelis expect of their new government! At the same time, I assured Israel’s Emirati and Bahraini allies that Israel will do so without racist incitement and delegitimizing rhetoric, and without crude demonstrations of its power, but rather with finely calibrated tools and from an approach of maximum willingness to dialogue. (I hope that I am right….)

Sacks, Carlebach, and Kahane

Remembering 3 Remarkable and Relevant Rabbis

Radicals with “Ben-Gvir-Phobia” Committed to Crashing Israel’s Diplomatic Relations

I'm less concerned about the direction of the emerging direction of the new government than I am about the hysterical reactions to it from foreign governments and hard-left observers.

Ten Tips for Netanyahu

Israel must reject the hypocrisy of foreign leaders from Washington to Paris who threaten to downgrade their ties with Israel if Ben-Gvir gets a seat in cabinet.

Nobody to Vote For?

Consider one of the lesser-known parties running for election to Knesset. They serve as an antidote to widespread cynicism about Israel’s political system.

Vote your Conscience


Multiple Political Choices for 5783: A Quiz

Which of the following political, security, and domestic events can be expected in Israel, the Mideast, and around the world this coming year? Take this quiz and calculate the 5783 political future you need to be prepared for. (My answers are at the bottom of the article.)

Imagine: Israel-The Role Model for Arab Countries

On their second anniversary, it can be said that the Abraham Accords constitute an ideological breakthrough of Biblical magnitude.

Butt OUT!

Washington and Brussels have no business second-guessing Israel’s security operations.

Brave and Brazen EU 20

On Europe’s insolence towards Israel and its willfully blind reverence for the Palestinians.

The War between the Wars

Israel’s necessary strategic posture is ferocious, in addition to peace-seeking. Get used to it.

Reflections for Tisha Be’Av 5782

Tisha Be’Av, the mournful commemoration of Jewish national destruction and self-destruction which falls this weekend, hasn’t quite reached the status of Yom Kippur as a day of reflection and repentance. But it should.

Beware: Future Israeli Arab Riots


Good Morning, President Biden

Wakey, wakey! Time for a course reversal. Consider the grand drama of Israel reborn, and don’t go weak-kneed on Iran.

9 Landfills for Lapid

Which policies will Yair Lapid choose to adopt during his time as PM? Here are my nine “landfills” — policy suggestions for the period in which Lapid fills-in for Bennett.

Israel’s Democratic and Jewish Soul is NOT at Risk

Beware false election narratives from both the left and right. Do not let radical electioneering disfigure a noble reality. Israel continues to be a free, enlightened, creative and exciting place.

Abdullah Attacks Abraham Accords

Jordan seeks to influence the Biden administration to ice the Abraham Accords in favor of the Palestinians. That would be a mistake. Expansion of the accords can only improve, rather than impede, prospects for an Israeli-Palestinian peace agreement. The accords need not “sideline” the Palestinians if the Palestinians don’t sideline themselves.

Why Bother?

President Biden should not come to the Mideast without a useful agenda that includes truly confronting Iran.

When the Going Gets Tough…

… the tough get going. When this country is under attack, Israel’s friends need to be more determined than ever to defend it.

Erase Jordan’s False Claims in Jerusalem

Israel has good reason to fear that Abdullah and Biden are cooking-up an attempt to impose new pro-Arab “arrangements” on the Temple Mount, with Biden coming to Israel in late June to ride herd on this issue. Note: King Abdullah has no claim to “custodianship” over Muslim and Christian holy sites in Jerusalem.

Hippocratic Israel Magnifies Kevod Shamayim in a Hypocritical World

The world knows only how to criticize and demonize Israel. What a shame. But at least Jews should know and appreciate Israel’s humanity. On Yom Haatzmaut, we can all add this to our calculations of kevod shamayim and kiddush Hashem (the glorification of G-d’s name in the world) that has been wrought by the State of Israel.

Plenty to Give Thanks For–Dayenu!

In grand perspective, see how many benefits and blessings the Heavens have showered upon Israel! It enjoys a strong economy, coronavirus and political stability (at least for the past year), diplomatic and security heft, renewed Aliyah, national resilience that stems from faith, and global Jewish support.

 Embrace the Abraham Accords Already! 

Western progressives are dissing rather than embracing the Abraham Accords. This is a tragedy

Save the Bennett Government!

The Bennett-Lapid government answered the desire of many Israelis for leadership that is neither radical left nor radical right. And it has real achievements.

Israel: A Tale of 2 Parallel Universes

Israel seems to exist in two parallel, contradictory worlds. One is a false, hackneyed, out-of-date, and threatening universe where recalcitrant and violent Palestinian leaders are venerated, and admirable Israeli leaders are criminalized. The other universe is real, promising, forward looking, and stabilizing, and is marked by a peace dynamic that runs from Jerusalem to Dubai, Manama, Rabat, Cairo and Amman; and from Jerusalem to the most important leaders in the world.

Beware Turkish Wolves in Sheep’s Clothing

Erdogan needs to be handled cautiously and, yes, respectfully. He also needs to be cut down to size.

Arab Israelis: Opportunity or Threat?

Two new studies warn of radicalization among Arab Israelis and urge robust government action.


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