Martin Sherman

Into the fray: The TBS of the TSS – A chronicle of irrational fanaticism

  The recent round of fighting in Gaza should have driven home to anyone with a smidgen of common sense that conceding territory to Arab control is futile and fatal. Fanaticism consists of redoubling your efforts when you have forgotten your aim – George Santayana in Life of Reason: Reason …

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Into The Fray: The war in Gaza: Canards (continued)

Unless we extricate our policy-making mechanisms from the destructive influence of these corrosive canards, our goose may be well and truly cooked. Senior diplomatic official says Israel has detected Hamas smuggling weapons into the Gaza Strip just two weeks after the end of Operation Protective Edge – Herb Keinon, The …

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Into the Fray: Protective Edge: Catalogue of common canards.

Given the unflattering outcomes of “Protective Edge”, govt spokespersons & unofficial apologists tried to put a brave face on things, to assure us that what we got was the best we could get. Canard: false or unfounded report or story… a groundless rumor or belief – Merriam-Webster Dictionary Upon the …

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Into the fray: Incredible!

Binyamin Netanyahu is a man of great talent and considerable achievement who hesitated, and missed the moment. I am convinced that the residents of the Gaza-border communities can return to their homes… to a good and quality life here   – IDF Chief of Staff Lt.-Gen. Benny Gantz, August 6 …

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INTO THE FRAY: Unfit to govern?

It is possible Operation Protective Shield could have been conducted with greater ineptitude. But it is not easy to see how. Israel has no foreign policy, only domestic policy.  – Henry Kissinger He who becomes compassionate to the cruel will ultimately become cruel to the compassionate. – Midrash Rabba, Ecclesiastes …

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Into the Fray: Have we all gone completely mad???!!!!

When all you seek is calm, while your adversary is committed to your total annihilation, what is a reasonable compromise? That he only annihilate half of you? Those whom the gods wish to destroy they first make mad.  – Ancient proverb, misattributed to Euripides Q: What is the difference between …

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INTO THE FRAY: Israel’s Left: Ludicrous, loathsome and lethal.

In reality, the Left has no genuine concern for humanitarian values . All it truly desires is dominance over the political system. The Fascists of the future will be the anti-fascists. – A dictum of disputed origins, sometimes (mis)attributed to Winston Churchill Thy destroyers and thy demolishers shall emerge from …

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Into the fray: Far too little, much too late .

To prevent an even more brutal and extreme successor from taking over, Gaza must be dismantled and the non-belligerent population relocated. Our neighbors want to see us dead. This is not a question that leaves much room for compromise. – Golda Meir, cited in The New York Times, December 9, …

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Into the fray: Why Gaza must go.

The only durable solution requires dismantling Gaza, humanitarian relocation of the non-belligerent Arab population, and extension of Israeli sovereignty over the region. We have before us an ordeal of the most grievous kind…. You ask, what is our policy? I will say: It is to wage war, by sea, land …

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Into the Fray: The ruinous results of restraint

Israel can no longer enable its citizens to “live normal lives” without retaking Gaza. “Restraint” and “proportionality” have so degraded its deterrence that it can no longer dissuade enemies from attacking almost at will. The ultimate test of this agreement will be a test of blood. If it becomes clear …

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Into the Fray: ‘Cry “Havoc!” and let slip the dogs of war’

By adhering to a policy of avoiding confrontations which Israel can win, the government risks leading it into one in which it might lose. It is time for a bold new offensive – before we are overtaken by events. To remain at peace when you should be going to war …

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Into the fray: Religion of retreat .

Continued adherence to a quasi-religious belief in the efficacy of retreat threatens survival of the nation. The fixation of Israeli governments on “land for peace”, a policy that has resulted in the murder and maiming of more than 10,000 Jews, puzzles the pundits. They puzzle over the fact that regardless …

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Into the fray: Israel’s loony, lethal Left.

Since signing the Oslo agreement in 1993, Israel has made a series of astounding concessions, which did nothing but produce further Palestinian demands for even more far-reaching concessions.   If the Left cannot even admit to the theoretical possibility that its position might be refuted, that position is no longer …

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Into the Fray: Parade of the pretentious, the preposterous and the puerile

The current leadership seems totally incapable of recognizing the Palestinians for what they are, and what they declare themselves to be – an implacable enemy.   ‘What happened yesterday, when four senior ministers gave public addresses one after the other with each proposing a different political solution, was a grotesque …

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Into the fray: The wages of indolence, impotence and incompetence.

As disappointing as the response of the West to the Hamas-backed PA government is, Israel bears much of the blame for the situation. Palestine, with the boundaries it had during the British Mandate, is an indivisible territorial unit… The partition of Palestine in 1947, and the establishment of the State …

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Into the Fray: The rout of the Right.

The Israeli leadership would do well to bear in mind that commitment to the principle of democratic governance is not a suicide pact. Incredibly, today, except for detail in nuance and tone, the formal positions of the major “right-wing” faction, the Likud, has become indistinguishable from positions expounded by the …

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Into the Fray: Earth to Bennett; Earth to Bennett…

  It is difficult to know what is more disturbing: Whether Bayit Yehudi chairman Naftali Bennett really believes the delusional drivel he wrote in his op-ed this week, or whether he doesn’t, but wrote it anyway.   Israel must allow Palestinians complete freedom of movement, which requires removing all roadblocks …

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Into the fray: My JNF address (Part I): The ‘peace process’ – failure foretold.

Between the River and the Sea there will exist either exclusive Jewish sovereignty or exclusive Arab sovereignty. This is not right-wing extremism or religious fanaticism, merely sound political science.   Following my participation in The Jerusalem Post Conference in New York last month, I received an invitation from Russell Robinson, …

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Into the fray: Mainstreaming treason?

  How long will we, as a society, tolerate the proactive propagation of harebrained, hazardous hallucinations-irrespective of how demonstratively detrimental they are to the security of the state & safety of its citizens? The real question is not whether the Palestinians are willing to accept some semantic formula having to …

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Into the fray: The Jerusalem Post Conference, my retrospective perspective

  If the 2014 Conference can spur public brisk discussion on how to remedy the some of the policy deficiencies it exposed it will have made an enormous contribution to the long-term strategic well-being of the nation. Dear Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman and the entire Netanyahu government, I asked you, …

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