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INTO THE FRAY: Dopey Doves

He who comes to kill you, rise up early and kill him first – The Talmud

INTO THE FRAY: Land-for-Peace: An Historical Perspective

“…a military defeat of Israel would mean the physical extinction of a large part of its population and the political elimination of the Jewish state. To lose a single war is to lose everything” – Yigal Allon, 1976.

INTO THE FRAY: Alternative Jordans?

The feasibility of Trump’s “Deal of the Century” will be dramatically impacted by the nature of the regime east of the Jordan River and its prospective stability

INTO THE FRAY: BDS (Bibi-derangement syndrome) & the myth of Israel theocracy

From the rabid rants of the myriad of “Bibiphobes”, the uninformed observer would be led to believe that Netanyahu is to blame for every misfortune and every malfeasance on the face of the globe…

INTO THE FRAY: A Strange thing Happened on the Way to the Polling Booth

Arguably, Netanyahu’s gravest strategic miscalculation was not to call elections in May 2016 rather than capitulate to Liberman’s demand to be given the Defense portfolio.

INTO THE FRAY: Domes and Drones

Will the growing use of drones by the Gaza-based terror groups make the billion dollar Iron Dome and anti-tunnel barrier useless—or at least irrelevant?

Into the Fray: Will the ‘Right’ Snatch Defeat from the Jaws of Victory …...

It’s not enough to point out the flaws, however fatal, of the “left.” Rather, the “right” must present the public with a plausible and persuasive alternative that does not merely replace a geographic peril with a demographic one.

INTO THE FRAY: Incentivized Emigration: An idea whose time has come?

Of all the policy paradigms for the resolution of the conflict between Israel and the Palestinian-Arabs, incentivized Arab emigration is the most humane if it succeeds and least inhumane if it does not

INTO THE FRAY: Defense Doctrine Deadly Detriments

“Every round of violence, in which the results are not a clear-cut IDF victory is, in the eyes of Israel’s enemies, another nail in the coffin of the Zionist entity.” - Veteran war correspondent, Ron Ben Yishai, June 1, 2019.

INTO THE FRAY: The Bahrain Conference: Failure Foretold

The endeavor to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict by economic means not only shows a grave defect in understanding its underlying causes, but inverts the causal relationship that generates & sustains it.

INTO THE FRAY: Cracks in the Dome?

The huge investments made in defensive systems are slowly emerging as an exorbitant and costly failure—or at best a very partial and temporary success. The time has come to rethink Israel’s strategic paradigm.

INTO THE FRAY: Gaza – Disaster Foretold

What has unfolded in Gaza should not really surprise anyone willing to face up to the inclement realities. After all, it was not only entirely foreseeable, but easily foreseen

INTO THE FRAY: Let the PA Collapse

Despite possible short term difficulties, Israel should seize on the impending collapse of the Palestinian Authority as an opportunity to extricate itself from the deadly cul-de-sac, into which the Oslo process has lured it

INTO THE FRAY: Restoring Jewish Sovereignty

Intensive investment must be made in civil society frameworks that can not only draw the idea of extended Israeli sovereignty into the main-stream discourse as a legitimate political objective, but as one that can dominate that discourse

Into the Fray: Trump’s Presidential Decree on the Golan – A Moral and Practical...

In issuing his recent presidential decree, recognizing Israel’s sovereignty over the Golan Heights, President Donald followed the commendable policy pattern he has set...of not following the policy patterns set by his predecessors.
Changes Needed at Israel's High Court

INTO THE FRAY: Israel’s High Court-When Legality Loses Legitimacy

In overturning a previous decision of the Knesset’s Central Elections Committee, the High Court took another giant step towards further undermining the already dwindling public confidence in the Israeli judiciary.

INTO THE FRAY: “Palestine” – Time to say “No!”

The two-state paradigm’s deadly detriments are now so glaringly apparent that it is becoming increasingly difficult to reconcile calls for Palestinian statehood with genuine concern for the well-being of the Jewish nation-state.

INTO THE FRAY: Will the “Deep-State” Destroy Democracy

The unrelenting drive to bring an indictment—any indictment—against Netanyahu has long exceeded the bounds of reasonable law enforcement.

INTO THE FRAY: Gantz & Lapid’s “Blue and White” – A Fragile, Directionless, ad...

The purported electoral appeal of the Blue & White line-up is that it includes 3 former IDF Chiefs-of-Staff, yet virtually invariably when top military figures have departed from their field of expertise (security) & ventured into one where they have none (politics), they have been disastrously wrong.

INTO THE FRAY: The 2019 Intelligence Assessment: Policy Implications for Gaza

It would seem futile to conduct yet another indecisive round of fighting, only to return to yet another tense and sporadically violent interbellum for several years—until the next major flare-up of fighting…

INTO THE FRAY: Unilateral Concessions: The Latent Agenda for April’s Elections

Despite claims to the contrary, the Palestinian-Arabs, territory and the fate of the Jewish settlements will permeate the agenda of the April agenda, lurking below and hovering above all other issues.

INTO THE FRAY: Benny Morris – Unlikely Proponent of Incentivized Arab Emigration?

If, as Morris maintains, a peaceable two-state outcome is unattainable, and a one-state outcome will lead to a Muslim-majority tyranny, then a large-scale initiative for incentivized Arab emigration is the only policy that can preserve the Jewish nation-state

INTO THE FRAY: The Imperative for Incentivized Arab Migration & the Emerging Inevitability of...

Once inconceivable, the dismantling of UNRWA; the naturalization of stateless Palestinian residents in Arab countries; and the emigration of Palestinians from Judea-Samaria & Gaza are slowly emerging as realistic outcomes

INTO THE FRAY: Generals in Israeli Politics: Pinnacle of Perversity?

As a rule, on entering Israeli politics, senior military and security figures have played a troubling role, which has—almost uniformly—proved disastrous, both for the country and/or for themselves.

INTO THE FRAY: Will the “New Right” get it Right?

If the “New Right” is to really advance “Right wing” causes, it must abandon schemes that lead to the Lebanonization or Balkanization of Israeli society & work towards legitimizing the idea of incentivized emigration of the Arab population of Judea-Samaria

INTO THE FRAY: “Terror”, tigers and tabby cats…

One cannot but think that if another country treated Jews, wearing “kippot” and “peyote”, the way Jewish minors, accused of “terror” are treated in Israel, it would surely be engulfed in a wave of outrage and condemned for blatant anti-Semitism

INTO THE FRAY Palestine: What if the Six-Day War Never Occurred?

If the “West Bank” was part of the “Hashemite Kingdom” up to 1967, how did it suddenly become the Palestinians’ long-yearned-for homeland which, up until then, they were submissively willing to cede to an alien potentate?

INTO THE FRAY: Commanders for Israel’s (In)Security: Taking the Name of Security in Vain

There is no greater irony than the spectacle of scores of ex-senior security officials, who spent their adult life defending Israel, now promoting a political initiative that will make it indefensible.

INTO THE FRAY: Defending Israel—Civilian Casualties and Common Sense

Jewish victory over the adversarial Arab collective must be Israel’s overriding moral & operational concern. Facilitating its achievement should be the overriding challenge for Israel’s legal establishment

INTO THE FRAY: Israel’s Stark Option: Arabs in Gaza or Jews in the Negev

the failed formula of self-rule for Gaza must be set aside—since any obstinate insistence on it will only continue to exacerbate the current situation and extend the misery it precipitates—for Arab and Jew alike.

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