Martin Sherman

Into the Fray: Coup d’état?

Netanyahu was elected as the Prime Minster, not as the Pope.  Accordingly, he should be judged primarily on the basis of his political and strategic accomplishments, not his personal morality. What we are witnessing is, in effect, little less than an attempt at a bloodless coup d’état – conducted, not …

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Into the Fray: The Enemy – What the “Right” seems unable to grasp.

The time has come for the “Right” to “bite the bullet” & give up trying to advance convoluted political prescriptions in lieu of the two-state formula. It is time to identify the Palestinian-Arabs as the enemy.     The goal of our struggle is the end of Israel, and there …

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Into the Fray: Identifying the enemy as…the enemy.

The entire issue of “Palestinian national identity” is a giant hoax, intended to be no more than a temporary ruse, until the Jewish hold on sovereignty in the Holy Land — any part of the Holy Land — is prised loose. We do not have a “dispute,” but a war—and …

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Into the Fray: An appeal to Alan Dershowitz – Renounce two-statism!

The jury is no longer out on the two-state paradigm. Given the accumulating evidence, unequivocally demonstrating its folly and futility, Dershowitz must accept the unavoidable verdict of its failure   The idea of a two-state solution should be dead today, because unfortunately a Palestinian state in Judaea and Samaria would …

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Into the Fray: The anti-BDS effort – Targeting the symptoms, not the sickness.

BDS is not an attempt to delegitimize Israel, but rather a product of Israel’s delegitimization; it is thus a consequence, rather than a cause, of that delegitimization. The Palestinian narrative claims that the Jews of Israel are colonialist interlopers who stole the land from the Palestinians, its rightful owners.  The …

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Into the Fray: – Iran: Are the wheels falling off Obama’s “signature” foreign policy endeavor?

The ongoing turmoil in Iran highlights both the duplicity to which the Obama administration resorted & the missed opportunity for a better deal. The alternative is a region wide explosion with totally unpredictable consequences….Just think how that would work out in the end… I think that is a policy of …

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Into the Fray: The UN vote on Jerusalem: A disturbing diplomatic debacle.

When India supports an anti-Israel resolution, while Croatia, Romania, and Ukraine do not—invoking ingrained antisemitism rings somewhat hollow, and alternative explanations are called for..  The General Assembly …[a]ffirms that any decisions and actions which purport to have altered the character, status or demographic composition of the Holy City of Jerusalem …

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INTO THE FRAY- Obama: Worse than Chamberlain?

“Iran will become a nuclear power. The only mystery over how that will happen is whether Obama was inept or whether he deliberately sought to make the theocracy…strategic power.” – Victor Davis Hanson   In its determination to secure a nuclear deal with Iran, the Obama administration derailed an ambitious …

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INTO THE FRAY: A Palestinian State? What could possibly go wrong?

There is precious little reason to believe that any Palestinian state established in areas evacuated by Israel would not swiftly degenerate into a mega-Gaza overlooking greater Tel Aviv. The nightmare stories of the Likud are well known. After all, they promised rockets from Gaza as well. For a year, Gaza …

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Into the Fray: Sinai – The descent into depravity.

Ironically, the case of Sinai, once held up as the crowning vindication of the land-for-peace principle is likely to turn out to be its one of its most tragic and traumatic failures.  Militants detonated a bomb inside a crowded mosque in the Sinai Peninsula on Friday and then sprayed gunfire …

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INTO THE FRAY: But for the grace of God- Iran in Syria & the lessons for Israel.

Only by resisting territorial concessions on the Golan, Israel prevented deployment of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards on the fringes of the Galilee; only by resisting territorial concessions in the “West Bank” can Israel prevent them from deploying on the fringes of Greater Tel Aviv.  Israel has a strategic interest in …

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INTO THE FRAY: Israel’s ruinous right.

Perhaps the gravest threat facing the nation today is the twin perils of a dangerous, delusional “Left” and an impotent, incompetent “Right”, unable to decisively and definitively discredit it.  The road to hell is paved with good intentions – attributed to Saint Bernard of Clairvaux, circa. 1150  It is neither …

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INTO THE FRAY: The ruinous results of “conflict management”.

“Conflict management has not countered successful Palestinian efforts…to change crucial strategic facts on the ground with deleterious long-term implications on Israel’s security”.  Israel’s present conflict management approach, which has succeeded in reducing Palestinian terrorism to manageable proportions, is an insufficient response to the dangers of Palestinian territorial expansionism…[M]anaging the conflict …

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INTO THE FRAY: Liberman’s new home demolition initiative: The point & pointlessness

For its long term survival and security Israel needs strategic coherence, not haphazard tactical machoism.  There is no difference between an attack that ends in murder and an attack that ends with serious injury. In both cases the homes of the terrorists must be destroyed – Defense Minister Avidgor Liberman, …

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Into the Fray: Decertifying Iran- A moral imperative. But now what?

As the experience of 2003 shows, Iran will only abandon its nuclear program if confronted by what it perceives to be a tangible military threat  In a large country with multiple facilities and ample experience in nuclear concealment, violations will be inherently difficult to detect. Devising theoretical models of inspection …

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Into the Fray: The “Jordan-is-Palestine” Conference-Why I agreed to participate

Of all the “Right-wing” alternatives for the two-state formula, the “Jordan-is-Palestine” concept is the only not one inconsistent with the underlying principles of the “Humanitarian Paradigm”  Palestine and Transjordan are one, for Palestine is the coastline and Transjordan is the hinterland of the same country –King Abdullah, Cairo, April 12, …

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Into the Fray: Oslo at twenty-four – Failing the “crystal ball” test.

If Rabin had a crystal ball that allowed him to foresee the terrible trauma and tragedy the Oslo Agreements would cause, there is little doubt that he would have never agreed to its signature.  We have come to try and put an end to the hostilities, so that our children, …

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Into the Fray:The Smotrich Plan – A step in the right direction, but….

Several flaws in MK Smotrich’s otherwise bold proposal will prevent it from achieving its long-term strategic goal: Sustainable Jewish sovereignty over the entire Land of Israel    … I am not talking here about cruel expulsion or the flooding of countries with penniless refugees. The emigration we are talking about …

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INTO THE FRAY: “Conflict management”: The collapse of a concept.

While Israel has been “managing the conflict”, its non-state adversaries have been enhancing  their capabilities so dramatically that they now a grave strategic threat.  …to remain at peace when you should be going to war may be often very dangerous. .. –Thucydides, The History of the Peloponnesian War, 431 BCE …

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Into the Fray:The Taylor Force Act – Putting “Palestine” in perspective

The Palestinian population is not some hapless victim of the terror groups, but the very crucible from which they emerged Congress is finally considering legislation to stop the Palestinian Authority from incentivizing violence…This has to stop, and the Taylor Force Act…attempts to do that. As it currently stands, the act …

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