Martin Sherman

Into the Fray: Israel’s urgent imperative – A doctrine of the liberal hawks.

Re-defining the political divide in Israel as “Doves vs Hawks” rather than “Left vs Right” is a matter of far-reaching substantive significance, well beyond mere semantics. … [dissenting] intellectuals tend to be scorned and abused and vilified as “the Right”; “right-wing” – that all-purpose, nonsensical, infantile insult which is designed …

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Into the Fray: Back to the ghetto? Waxing insane

Herzog’s new policy proposal amounts to little more than an “aggressive retreat” behind higher & more extensive walls—and the ghetto mentality they symbolize. Those whom the gods wish to destroy they first make mad – ancient proverb, misattributed to Euripides. Q: What is the difference between the State of Israel …

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Into the Fray: Israel’s crybullies .

The Left’s whiny war on free speech, and the Israeli Right’s inept, and often cowed, response. You [Im Tirzu] are the cancer in our society. You are the real foreign agents…. A few days ago you gave license for the killing of my grandfather and others. People who have different …

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Into the Fray: The bitter fruits of Israeli self-flagellation.

Moralistic self-recrimination plays into the hands of Israel’s worse detractors, and the bitter fruits of Israeli self-flagellation are beginning to ripen. There is no[t] any difference between ISIS and this Jewish group that was lately arrested. They are exactly com[ing] with the same agenda, with the same beliefs. The only …

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Into the Fray:All due respect, Mr. Ambassador: A letter to Dan Shapiro

Name a single country, faced with threats comparable to those faced by Israel, with a better record in human rights and compliance with the rule of law. – Prof. Alan Dershowitz. … we believe that Israel must develop stronger and more credible responses to questions about the rule of law …

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Into the Fray: Jewish ‘terror’ – A guide for the perplexed .

A tart retort to some misguided critics and misleading critiques of my two recent columns I’ve avoided reading Martin Sherman’s articles for years, knowing what to expect… – Mark Lavie, The Jerusalem Post, January 1 The unfortunate reaction of some Israelis to the suspected involvement of Jewish youth in the …

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Into the fray: Presumption of guilt.

The attempt to equate Arab terrorism against Jews with Jewish “terror” against Arabs is playing right into the hands of Israel’s most vehement detractors. The cumulative feeling left by this [Duma] case is… something that ought to worry every Israeli citizen. – Haaretz, January 5 The house had been set …

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Into the fray: Duma, ‘dirty dancing’ & deeply disturbing detention

To draw any equivalence between Arab, Jewish “terror” is like claiming that a nuclear-powered aircraft carrier and a rubber dinghy are equivalent because they can both be classed “sailing vessels.” The houses burned [in Duma] aren’t in the outskirts of the town where it is easy to make a getaway. …

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Into the Fray: Entente with Turkey – like lipstick on a pig?

The smart thing for Israel to do is to let Turkey’s Islamist president stew in his own juices and suffer the consequences of his own hubris Once the Russian threat has passed, Turkish Islamists… will resume their old ways, including the bitterly anti-Israel dimension. – Daniel Pipes, National Review, December …

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Into the Fray: A challenge to a French philosopher .

“Bernard- Henri Lévy is precisely the kind of target that Israeli public diplomacy efforts should be focused on – far more so than any incumbent politician, especially outside the USA.” You fight against jihad, yes. But do you have to add to the fight against jihad the fight with the …

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Into the Fray: Folly at the Forum.

It is perhaps possible to imagine proclamations more moronic than some made at the recent Saban Forum – but that definitely would not be easy. There are no easy answers, but we can’t stop trying to find solutions that move us closer to peace… [T]hat is why President Obama has …

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Into the Fray:Into the Fray:Dear Defense Minister:I respectfully–but firmly–disagree

Moshe Ya’alon is a man of intellect, integrity and courage. As such, I hope he will address the troubling questions this column raises. A brief prologue: I would consider myself remiss if, before broaching the topic of this week’s column, I did not pause to pay tribute to my friend …

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Into the Fray: Immoral!

It is becoming increasingly egregious to persist with the shabby charade that any consensual resolution to the “Israeli-Palestinian conflict” is possible. After years of counterproductive concessions and compromise, it is unlikely that the situation is still retrievable by consensual means… remedial measures will require coercive action on a wide scale… …

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Into the Fray:Preserving the Jewish state – Post-Paris imperatives?

“If Israel is to survive as the nation-state of the Jewish people, it will have to contend adequately with two fundamental imperatives: the geographic imperative and the demographic imperative.”  Plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose – attributed to Jean-Baptiste Alphonse Karr, (1808 –1890, editor of Le Figaro). Translated …

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Into the Fray-The imperative for a political ‘Iron Dome’

There can be little dispute over the strategic imperative for a political ‘Iron Dome’ to intercept incoming barrages of demonization & delegitimization launched daily at Israel. Austria… undertook after the Second World War a sophisticated campaign to minimize the then-prevalent impression in the Allied world that the Austrians, having welcomed …

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Preserving Israel as the Jewish Nation-State.

The predominance of Israel’s military prowess has little or no bearing on many of the emerging threats menacing the Jewish state today. The predominance of Israel’s military prowess has little or no bearing on many of the emerging threats menacing the Jewish state today. To question the Jewish people’s right …

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Into The Fray: What now?

Persisting with its declared willingness to establish a Palestinian state while being unable to make the perilous concessions this calls for, makes Israel looks disingenuous and devious. Al-Aksa [Mosque on the Temple Mount] is ours… they [the Jews] have no right to defile it with their filthy feet. We will …

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Into the Fray: Yair Lapid – Responding to Readers.

For MK Yair Lapid: Don’t wag your head when making a point. It makes you look even more arrogant than you are. – Lawrence Rifkin, Senior Editor, The Jerusalem Post. Full disclosure: This was not the topic I had in mind for this week. In fact, by late yesterday afternoon …

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Into the Fray: Into the fray: Loopy, loopier… Lapid

There is little that infuriates me more that the arrogance and ignorance of Yair Lapid, head of the Yesh Atid party, and the shameful myopia and shameless mendacity he exhibits. The greatest tragedy of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is that everyone knows how it will end. We will divide up the …

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Into the Fray: POTUS vs US.

It is becoming increasingly difficult to accept that the Obama administration conducted negotiations with Iran in good faith. The Security Council [d]emands… that Iran shall suspend all enrichment-related and reprocessing activities, including research and development, to be verified by the IAEA – Security Council Resolution 1696, July 31, 2006 Iran …

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