Douglas Altabef

The Alternative Universe of Palestinian “Sovereignty”

There are alternative narratives and then there are alternative universes. The first might employ fabricated ideas and “facts,” but the latter is a complete departure from anything like reality. Welcome to the alternative universe of Palestinian “sovereignty.” There have been many stories on the recent Jerusalem Day festivities, in particular …

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Israel is breaking its own windows

The Israeli government must reassert its sovereignty and control, starting with the Temple Mount. The columnist Melanie Phillips has suggested that governments should fight anti-Israel hate and antisemitism through the adoption of the successful though controversial law enforcement strategy known as Broken Windows Policing (BWP). BWP holds that the police …

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The Nakba continues. Op ed.

If being an Arab in Israel is a catastrophe, one is hard pressed to imagine what a success would look like.   May 15 is marked by Palestinian Arabs and probably a substantial percentage of Israeli Arabs as Nakba Day, the day of catastrophe.The catastrophe in this telling is the …

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Deactivating Palestinian dog whistles

Israel should counter fictitious Palestinian narratives, like the “threat” to Al-Aqsa, by ceaselessly telling the truth to the world In a geopolitical version of the movie “Groundhog Day,” the Palestinians have continually employed a series of dog whistles that are intended both to rally the faithful and gain the sympathy …

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Hell hath no fury like a leftist constrained

“Haaretz” has a nervous breakdown over the removal of the Hamas flag. Sometimes seemingly insignificant events open up a world of understanding to the true state of things. This is the story of one of those events and its aftermath. Recently, the art department at Sapir College in Sderot, the …

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It is our duty to be provocative

Not exercising control in situations has larger implications than the matter at hand. Seen as weakness, it can be exploited. Op-ed. Increasingly, we are warned by various leaders or influencers that we Israelis need to restrain ourselves, that we are doing things that will be seen to be provocative. And …

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Op Ed – When elites betray us.

Israelis Yair Golan and Oded Goldreich represent object lessons in moral failure. One of the great maladies afflicting Western democracies today is the decoupling of national elites from their own people. This was the background story to Brexit in the United Kingdom and also to the rise of Donald Trump …

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We must reclaim our Zionist resolve in 2022.

In the secular world, New Year’s Day bears striking similarities to Rosh Hashanah in that both are times of new resolutions, of a determination to make beneficial changes in our lives. In that spirit, let me offer a much-needed resolution for us as a society: we need to rediscover, reconnect, …

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Israel’s leaders need to listen to the music of the latest US election results

Israel’s new something-for-everyone coalition government prides itself on its emphasis on restoring bilateral political support for Israel in the United States. Of course, this is a not-so-subtle slap at former Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, whom they perceive to have unduly favored the Republicans—meaning former U.S. President Donald Trump—thereby “endangering” longstanding …

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American Jews are signalling their own dire straits

American Jews are decoupling, not only from their brethren and the idea of a coherent Jewish people, but also from reality itself Anyone looking for conclusive evidence that the American Jewish community is in a dangerous tailspin might just have found his smoking gun. A recently released survey by the …

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Evyatar, the window into the new government.

Given that the government is trying to show unity, why is the Evyatar outpost being tackled so soon, if at all? The new government is trying to show its unity, not courting controversy, though there will inevitably be controversies thrust upon it. Given this orientation, it seems strange that Evyatar, …

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One law for all constituents.

Israeli Arab willingness to riot was not due to desperation, but brazenness, a brazenness born out of coddling and accommodation.Op-ed. A friend who runs a very impactful Zionist NGO made an astute comment the other day: do you know when the seed of the Lod riots was planted, he asked? …

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