Martin Sherman

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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The alchemy of Palestinian nationhood

“Alchemy: a seemingly magical process of transformation, creation” (The Oxford Dictionary). “I do not think there is a Palestinian nation at all. I think there is an Arab nation. I think it’s a colonialist invention — a Palestinian nation. When were there any Palestinians? Where did they come from? I …

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Into the Fray: Five mendacious myths make one false narrative.

Given the lies and distortions of Palestinian claims, what seems more credible: An offer to buy the Brooklyn Bridge or the Palestinian narrative? Of all the Palestinian lies there is no lie greater or more crushing than that which calls for the establishment of a separate Palestinian state in the …

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Into the Fray: The political algorithms of the Arab-Israeli conflict .

By its acceptance of the legitimacy of Palestinian national claims, Israel has, perversely, laid the foundations for the assault on its own legitimacy. Algorithm: A detailed sequence of actions to perform to accomplish some task…; a precise rule (or set of rules) specifying how to solve some problem – Webster’s …

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The problem with Israeli politics

Consider the following remarkable facts regarding Israel’s parliamentary history: 1) For 20 of the 28 years between 1977 (when Likud first won the elections on a platform of “Greater Israel”) and 2005 (when a Likud government withdrew unilaterally from Gaza in stark contradiction to its electoral pledges), the Israeli government …

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Into The Fray: A very simple conflict.

The intractability of the 100-year dispute between Jew and Arab over the Land of Israel is rooted not in its complexity, but its brutal simplicity. Until 1967, Israel did not hold an inch of the Sinai Peninsula and the West Bank, the Gaza Strip or the Golan Heights. Israel held …

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Root causes and red herrings

More than two years before any Israeli presence in what are now the “occupied territories,” Egyptian President Gamal Abdel Nasser issued a public message: “We shall not enter Palestine with its soil covered in sand, we shall enter it with its soil saturated in blood” (March 8, 1965). This chilling …

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