Martin Sherman

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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INTO THE FRAY: Touting Jewish ghettos – Moronic or malevolent?

Given the resistance to removing hundreds of thousands of Jews from their ancient homeland in Judaea-Samaria, an egregious idea is emerging: Instead of evacuation, abandonment The settlements would remain Israeli enclaves inside a Palestinian state. This will enable the establishment of an independent Palestinian state without dismantling Israeli settlements and …

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INTO THE FRAY: Neo-unilateralism – Futile, fatal folly.

New calls for unilateral withdrawal are both pernicious—because of the calamitous consequences it will precipitate—and puerile—because of the naïve hope that it will not. I can even pin dates on it. In 2007 or 2008 we will have another major disengagement in the West Bank. And within a decade, we …

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INTO THE FRAY: The Humanitarian Paradigm-Hobson’s Choice for Israel.Part 2.

By rigorous process of elimination, we are left with the Humanitarian Paradigm, as the only possible policy prescription able to adequately address the imperatives needed to preserve Israel as the nation state of Jews. O, who can hold a fire in his hand; By thinking on the frosty Caucasus? Or …

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INTO THE FRAY: The Humanitarian Paradigm- Hobson’s Choice for Israel (Part I)

Only one policy paradigm can sustain Israel as the nation-state of the Jews and prevent it becoming untenable either geographically or demographically—or both.  …when you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth, – Sherlock Holmes in “The Sign of the Four” Hobson’s Choice: a situation in which it seems that …

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