Martin Sherman

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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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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