Martin Sherman

Into the fray: Bibi – Vindicated, validated, not yet victorious.

It would be mean-spirited and small-minded not to credit the recent assertive and muscular attitude of US lawmakers toward the administration, to the impact of Netanyahu’s address to Congress. I trust the Obama administration to get a good deal. – Isaac “Buji” Herzog to Jeffrey Goldberg, Saban Forum, December 2014 …

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Into the Fray: Islamizing Israel – When the radical Left & hard Right concur

The almost unavoidable result of annexing the territories & enfranchising their Arab population would be to eventually create a Muslim-majority tyranny. None so deaf as those that will not hear. None so blind as those that will not see. – Matthew Henry (1662–1714) The road to hell is paved with …

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Into the Fray: It’s Arab enmity – not Arab ethnicity

Netanyahu’s remark that Arabs were being bused ‘in droves’ to polls by foreign-funded NGOs may have been abrasive and inelegant, but is was neither racist nor invalid. Zionism is nothing more – but also nothing less – than the Jewish people’s sense of origin and destination in the land linked …

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Into the Fray: Whew! But…

The unthinkable has been avoided – narrowly. The greatest challenge now will be to deal with a detrimental, dysfunctional and, not infrequently, disloyal opposition. With respect to the people’s choice, if this is in fact its choice, I do not accept it … If that is the choice of the …

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Into the Fray: My (initial) challenge to the generals – all 200 of them

The bitterest irony is the spectacle of scores of ex-senior security officials who spent their adult life defending Israel, now promoting a political initiative that will make it indefensible. One does not have to be a military expert to easily identify the critical defects of the armistice lines that existed …

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Into the Fray:Saddest column ever-Selling surrender as strategy

I find myself compelled to take strong public issue with a man I have known, respected, even admired, for almost four decades: Shabtai Shavit, the former director of the Mossad. No previous column of mine has ever been preceded by such searing soul-searching, or written with such a heavy sense …

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Into the Fray: The Chamberlainization of Israeli politics.

Through ongoing attrition by the Arabs and capitulation by the Jews, what once were unthinkable concessions have become perceived policy imperatives. We regard the agreement signed last night… as symbolic of the desire of our two peoples never to go to war with one another again… a British prime minister …

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Into the fray: Coup d’état?

What we are witnessing today is little less than an attempt at a bloodless coup d’ etat – conducted not by the military but the mainstream media. Fifty-one percent of the respondents polled in the survey indicated that Binyamin Netanyahu was the candidate most suited to be prime minister. 28% …

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Into the Fray: Bibi , Boehner & Barack – and, oh yes, the bomb

Concern over Tehran nuclear ambitions, and the danger it poses to the survival of the nation should be common to all shades of political opinion in Israel.  Iran has exploited… turmoil to pursue positions of power within other countries beyond the control of national authorities, such as in Lebanon and …

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Into The Fray: Goofy generals galore

Virtually every time top military figures have departed from their field of expertise & ventured into one where they have none (politics), they have–almost invariably—been disastrously wrong. [Israeli] security experts didn’t anticipate one major event in the Middle East in the past 50 years. – Economy Minister Naftali Bennett, Saban …

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Into the fray: The demise of Israeli patriotism?

The Israeli political discourse has been afflicted by pronouncements that could have easily been drawn from the Orwellian lexicons of 1984. The term “Jewish State” is totally misguided – Isaac Herzog, April 2014 We, members of the People’s Council, representatives of the Jewish community of Eretz-Israel and of the Zionist …

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Into the Fray: Sisi or ISIS?

It’s difficult to overstate the potential importance of the Egyptian president’s New Year speech on Islam – and equally important to avoid overly optimistic expectations as to its practical impact.  “Is it possible that 1.6 billion people [Muslims] should want to kill the rest of the world’s inhabitants – that …

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Into the fray: It’s Islam, stupid!

Islam is to terror as rainfall is to flooding. With these words, Sami Abu Shehadeh, of the anti-Zionist Arab party Balad, commenced a debate with me on “The rise of anti-Muslim sentiment in the West,” which took place in the i24 News studios last month. Clearly, the events in Paris …

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Delusional, destructive Left vs incompetent, impotent Right .

Israel faces a twin peril, far more menacing to its survival as the nation-state of the Jewish people than the Iranian nuclear program or a Palestinian state. The minute we leave South Lebanon we will have to erase the word Hezbollah from our vocabulary, because the whole idea of the …

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Into the fray: Israel’s only option .

The Jewish state must respond to Palestinian unilateralism with unilateralism of its own. À la guerre comme à la guerre (In war, as in war) – A French maxim The dispute between the Arabs and Jews is an “agrarian dispute,” over the question of who puts who in the ground …

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Something rotten in the state of Denmark?

It is that not Israel is being judged by criteria different to those applied to the region’s gory tyrannies, but that it is being judged by standards different to those that the EU judges itself. Something is rotten in the state of Denmark. – William Shakespeare, Hamlet, Act 1, Scene …

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Into the Fray: Bennett at Saban:What he should & shouldn’t have said

Naftali Bennett gave a spirited performance at the recent Saban Forum, but was far more convincing on what should not be done, than on what should be done.  You know, I just think you live in another reality. It’s what Steve Jobs called distorted reality thinking. – Martin Indyk to …

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Into the fray: The Arabs’ war against the Jews (cont.):

Originally posted as: Into the fray: The Arabs’ war against the Jews (cont.): Root causes & red herrings. If the Jews are to prevail in the Arabs’ war against them it is essential that they accurately differentiate misleading red herrings from real root causes. Our forces are now entirely ready …

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Into the Fray: The Arabs’ war against the Jews and what must be done

As long as Israel acknowledges that the Palestinian Arabs’ national claims to statehood in Judea-Samaria are authentic and legitimate, Israel can never be secure externally, or internally. The Arabs… will not flinch from the war of liberation… This is a fight for the homeland – it is either us or …

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Into the Fray: On the cusp of carnage?

A perfect storm is brewing for Israel. After years of counterproductive concessions, if the Jews wish to preserve their sovereignty, what is required is ruthless resolve, not reticent restraint. This is not an article for those of weak stomach. It is not for those who wish to be reassured that, …

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