Martin Sherman

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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Into the Fray: The perils of the one-state proposal.

Annexation of Judaea and Samaria together with its Arab population, will culminate in Lebanonization of Israel and the end of the Zionist dream—as surely as the two-state paradigm it was meant to replace The road to hell is paved with good intentions – An ancient English dictum of disputed origin …

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INTO THE FRAY: “The only relevant question…”

“The day is fast approaching when the Palestinian Authority we have known for the past 22 years will cease to exist”.  Israel must be prepared   16 years after the failed Camp David summit, the fiction of the two-state solution is about to be shattered once and for all. The only …

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Into the Fray: “Mowing the lawn” won’t cut it – My challenge to BESA.

 By avoiding confrontations in which Israel can win, Israeli governments risk backing the country into a confrontation which it cannot win. Israelis have gradually come to realize that at present the Palestinians are neither a partner for comprehensive peace nor capable of establishing a viable state…The Palestinian Authority has no …

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Into the Fray: to: “Bogy” Yaalon;cc: Dore Gold;re: Israel’s security imperatives.

What are the political ramifications of the security prescription authored by the former Defense Minister and the current Director-General of the Foreign Ministry? Israel’s security depends on its retaining defensible borders. This means maintaining control over key areas of Judaea and Samaria and certainly over an undivided Jerusalem…This is also …

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Into the Fray:New “nuts”:Jeffrey Goldberg,the JPost & the question of sanity.

Allow me to refer to an article, “Why we can’t dump Gaza”, written in the Jerusalem Post, almost a quarter century ago-by one, Martin Sherman  I think I’m getting ready to leave Ha’aretz … [its] cartoonish anti-Israelism and anti-Semitism can be grating. I find the @TimesofIsrael to be very reliable. Ha’aretz …

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Into the Fray: What!!!???????

There is every reason, both “concretely & in principle”, why Jews living in a Palestinian-Arab state, under Palestinian-Arab sovereignty is unacceptable    “There is no reason, concretely and in principle, why Jews should not be able to live in a future Palestinian state” –  Ron Dermer, Israel’s Ambassador to the United …

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INTO THE FRAY: Duma-one year (and three arson attacks) later.

With continuing unsolved arson attacks in Duma, seven months after a coerced confession & an indictment wildly at odds with eyewitness accounts, troubling questions must be raised   “I saw Sa’ad and Reham burning on the ground. Next to them were TWO masked men, one beside each of them. They were …

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Into the Fray:What if the GOP wins?–Potential payoffs & pitfalls for Israel.

 The changes in the Republican platform are a welcome development, but they create new challenges for Israel & much depends on how it meets them   Rejecting decades-old policy, the Republican Party approved on July 12 a [2016] platform that does not include a call for a two-state solution to the …

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Into the Fray: Israel & American liberal Jewry: Real reasons for the rift.

Incredibly, according to Israel’s “liberal” detractors,  the only remedy for Israel’s “democracy deficit” is to establish yet another Muslim-majority tyranny.  Israel’s accomplishments have been remarkable.  Israel has created a thriving economy, and has been a refuge for hundreds of thousands of the displaced and the needy. Israel has generated a …

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INTO THE FRAY: Utterly unconscionable

The real reason for the rupture of relations with Turkey is not because of anything Israel has (or has not) done. It is a result of what Turkey has become.  Israelis have no conscience, no honor, no pride. Those who condemn Hitler day and night have surpassed Hitler in barbarism. – Turkish …

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Into the Fray: Egregious Ehud Barak.

 Rather than an indictment of the ruling coalition, the recent “fire and brimstone” address by Ehud Barak’s was a harsh condemnation of the Israeli electorate for its infuriatingly stubborn refusal to disregard past experience  People who live in glass houses should not throw stones –A proverb on prudence (or the …

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Into the Fray: Imbecility squared – Part 2

With changing patterns of Arab enmity, the major challenge to Israel’s existence as the Jewish nation-state is no longer repulsing invasion, but resisting attrition  A comprehensive Israeli policy declaration [a]ccepting, in principle, the Arab Peace Initiative (API), with requisite adjustments to accommodate Israel’s security and demographic needs, as a basis …

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Into the Fray: Imbecility squared – Part 1.

“Commanders for Israel’s Security” are a group I would much rather respect than ridicule, but drivel is drivel, even when it comes from men with an illustrious past and an accumulated 6000 years of security experience  One does not have to be a military expert to easily identify the critical …

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Into the Fray:Like manna from heaven-for Israel’s detractors.

Any allusion that Israel is somehow comparable to Nazi Germany is not criticism. It is a blood libel  Israel has been infected by the seeds of fascism …There are no serious leaders left in the world who believe the Israeli government – Former PM, Ehud Barak, Channel 10, May 20 …

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Into the Fray: Gaza: A port is no panacea for poverty

Gaza from the sea. Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I’m not sure about the former.– Attributed to Albert Einstein Just when you thought that you could not possibly hear anything more preposterous on how to help resolve the conflict with the Palestinians, somehow someone …

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‘Peace’: A Deceptive and Dictatorial Word

After a long absence, “Peace” is back in the headlines – due, in large measure, to this week’s visit by the French foreign minister Jean-Marc Ayrault, trying to promote a new French initiative to somehow — by as yet unspecified means — resuscitate the moribund “peace process”.  Much-needed clarification Perversely planned …

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