Martin Sherman

Into the Fray: Trump – “Can Israel seize the moment?”

Will the Israeli leadership remain captive to old molds of thought—thus proving a constraint rather than a catalyst, impeding rather than inducing, the opportunities the Trump administration may  afford?  There is a tide in the affairs of men, Which taken at the flood, leads on to fortune. Omitted, all the …

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Into the Fray: Generals, gimmicks and gobbledygook.

Are “Commanders for Israel” aware of the deadly defects in their ill-conceived program, but persist in promoting it anyway; or they are unaware of them, and are promoting it out of sheer ignorance?  [After Gamal Abdel Nasser’s death] the ability of the Arabs to coordinate their political and military activities …

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Into the fray: “Palestine” – The perils in pictures.

As the coming Paris conference looms closer, avid two-state proponents should understand what the prescription they advocate really means: Israel through the binoculars of a Palestinian “intelligence officer” If a Palestinian state is established, it will be armed to the teeth. Within it there will be bases of the most …

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INTO THE FRAY: Two-statism gone mad-Touting a giant South Lebanon on fringes of Tel Aviv

As their vision of two-states descends into irrelevance, two staters wax increasingly desperate &  delusional, and their policy proposals, increasingly unhinged & unethical …we need a clear map showing Israel’s eastern border and the limits of its territorial demands. .. The eastern border must be based on the required minimum …

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Into the fray: UN & Obama-The Blame Bibi bears (revisited)

Despite being in power continuously for over a half- decade, Netanyahu has done virtually nothing to install effective mechanisms to contain and counter the pernicious effects of the White House’s predilections.  “If the aim of the Israeli government is to prevent a peace deal with the Palestinians, now or in …

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Into the Fray: Amona-A strategic defeat for Zionism.

  The impending destruction of the Jewish community of Amona reflect failure of political will and ideo-intellectual bankruptcy of the elected government rather, than the inevitable culmination of a legal battle.  To lose our country by a scrupulous adherence to the written law, would be to lose the law itself, …

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Into the Fray: An inane, insane initiative

Once you utter the “magic password,” endorsing the two-state principle, you are immediately welcomed into ‘polite society’, invited to participate in prestigious events & expound on your “progressive perspectives” – no matter how detached from reality they may be.  While there is, at best, only a slim chance for a …

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Into the Fray: John Kerry at 2016 Saban Forum-Misrepresenting Two-Statism

Oslo failed not because Israelis built crèches, kindergartens and schools across pre-1967 lines, but because Palestinian-Arabs blew up Israeli cafes, buses and malls inside those lines. Raise your hands… how many of you believe in a two-state solution, believe two states is critical? …Okay, it’s the vast majority of people …

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Into the Fray: The forgotten fire?

Last week’s fires did little to illuminate much of the unknown still shrouding another conflagration that flared up, almost a year and a half ago.  I feel a sense of shame, and even more, a sense of pain…at the murder of a small baby. Pain that from my people, there …

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Into the Fray: Bibi vs BG.

Benjamin Netanyahu – A synopsis: The good the bad…and the remarkable When you compare his [Netanyahu’s] lack of actual achievements compared to Ben-Gurion, whose record he’s eclipsed, it’s embarrassing – Jeff Barak, An empty record, Jerusalem Post, November 20, 2016 Last Tuesday Benjamin Netanyahu chalked up an unbroken stint of …

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Into the Fray: Obama unplugged: What to do?.

Israel must credibly convey that support for unilateral Palestinian statehood will not be a cost-free decision for whoever acts to effect it – or fails to foil it Obama’s final months in power are a unique opportunity to correct the record, and, more important, score an achievement that his successors …

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Into the Fray: For America: Respite – not redemption.

  For America, and everything that made it America, the results of Tuesday’s election are a welcome and necessary  respite – but are far from being a lasting redemption  [Our] elections model suggests that Hillary Clinton is favored to win the presidency, based on the latest state and national polls. A …

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Into the Fray: The elections are for President—not Pope

Sadly the most consequential elections in modern history may well be decided because of the most inconsequential reasons  You knooow…C’mon Who do you think is out of touch? – Barack Obama, commenting derisively on Hillary Clinton, 2008 “Hillary Clinton, she’ll say anything and change nothing” – I am Barack Obama…and …

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Into the Fray: Condell on Clinton.

By presenting the divide between Trump & the post-Obama surrogate, Clinton, as an “America vs Europe” one, Condell understates the true nature of the dichotomy. It is unusual for American voters to get a real choice in a presidential election but this is a genuine fork in the road for …

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Into the Fray: B’tselem at the UN.

Posted originally as “B’tselem at the UN: Has Israel become so “open-minded” that its collective brains have fallen out?” B’tselem is not a human rights organization but a politically partisan group for which “human rights” are a pretext for advancing its radical political agenda—Israeli withdrawal  Those whom the gods wish …

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Into the Fray: Obama:The Blame Bibi bears.

If one knows a storm is brewing, but takes no measures to prepare for it, when the storm hits, who is to blame for the damage? The storm… or those who did not prepare for it?  “If the aim of the Israeli government is to prevent a peace deal with …

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Into the Fray: Israel in Wonderland

The demise of Shimon Peres unleashed a tidal wave of mendacity & hypocrisy that underscores the dominance the delusional dictates of political correctness have over political discourse in  (and on) Israel     …on Friday, the world proved that what it really wants is to embrace Israel. Oslo, the disengagementand Peres …

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Into the Fray: Shimon Peres (1923-1985; 1986-2016)

Paradoxically, it was not Peres’s successes – but his failures – that catapulted him to international stardom; it was not his impressive accomplishments that made him a global celebrity but the disastrous fiascoes in pursuit of his wildly unrealistic illusions   Ambition drove many men to become false; to have …

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Into the Fray: Obama at the UN – Why he was right…almost

Obama’s UN address was an eloquent concoction of soaring rhetoric & banal platitudes, of statements of the obvious & of the obviously false, delivered with impeccable polish and panache.  …a nation ringed by walls would only imprison itself…Israelis and Palestinians will be better off if Palestinians reject incitement and recognize …

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Into the fray: Ethnic Cleansing. Why Bibi was quite right & dangerously wrong.

Netanyahu is right to excoriate Palestinians demand to purge Jews as ethnic cleansing, but what are the perils entailed in them dropping that demand?  …the Palestinian leadership actually demands a Palestinian state with one precondition: no Jews! There’s a phrase for that. It’s called ethnic cleansing. And this demand is …

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