Martin Sherman

Into the Fray: The depraved indifference of ‘two-statism’

It is becoming increasingly difficult to reconcile calls for a Palestinian state with concern for the well-being of the Jewish nation-state. One of the false presumptions of our time is that people on the political Left are motivated by good intentions even when they do bad things, while people on …

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Into the Fray:Delegitimisation, antisemitism & BDS:Sharansky’s misdirected lament.

In his recent Jerusalem Post article the Jewish Agency Chairman, was spot on in his diagnosis; but totally off target with his prescription for dealing with anti-Israel defamation on US campuses. I shoot the Hippopotamus with bullets made of platinum; Because if I use leaden ones his hide is sure …

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Into the fray: ISIS – Two-staters excuse du jour.

For two-staters the prevailing conditions—no matter what they are—are always favorable for implementing the land-for-peace doctrine and establishing a Palestinian state. There are two ways to be fooled. One is to believe what isn’t true; the other is to refuse to believe what is true. – Søren Kierkegaard, Danish philosopher …

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Into the fray: The immorality of the two-state principle

It is the opponents of the establishment of an additional Muslim-majority tyranny who hold the moral high ground The United States remains committed to a two-state solution… that can bring lasting peace and stability to both peoples. A two-state solution is the only way for Israel to ensure its future …

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Into the Fray: Parading past predictions.

This week: Some of my writings, and the predictions/prescriptions made in them. The past week has been particularly hectic, leaving little time to devote to writing. Accordingly, I thought I might cut a few corners – and myself some slack – by laying back, and at the same time, showing …

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Into the fray: Washington-Lausanne-Munich?

The gravest aspect of the emerging Iran deal is less its substance and more the professed rationale it is based on. Today, the United States… has reached a historic understanding with Iran… I am convinced that… it will make our country, our allies, and our world safer. This has been …

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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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