Martin Sherman

Into the Fray: Bennett and Bibi’s election boo-boo?

Given the emerging realities in Israel’s political landscape, the danger to Right-wing incumbency entailed in early elections might well be considerably less than those entailed in postponing them.  The best-laid plans of mice and men often go awry – Robert Burns (1759 – 1796). The “received wisdom”, as reflected in …

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Killing Children!

On International Children’s Day Nov.20, the British-based group, Campaign4Truth   held an event at Golders Green,  commemorating the Israeli children murdered or maimed by Arab terror since 1920.  I was asked by the organizers to compose a short message for the event.  This is what I wrote: Terrorism is always heinous—but …

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Into the Fray: Defending Israel—Civilian casualties and common sense.

Jewish victory over the adversarial Arab collective must be Israel’s overriding moral & operational concern. Facilitating its achievement should be the overriding challenge for Israel’s legal establishment. Naftali Bennett’s recriminations against what many in the Israeli public considered the IDF’s feeble response to Hamas’s terrorist aggression along, and across, the …

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Into The Fray: Israel’s stark option: Arabs in Gaza or Jews in the Negev.

The problem in Gaza is not operational. It is conceptual!  If the Israeli leadership persists with its perception of the Palestinian-Arabs in general, and the Gazans in particular, as potential partners in some future peace arrangement, rather than perceiving them as they perceive themselves–as implacable enemies, whose enmity towards the …

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Israel needs a new policy in Gaza.

The escalation in the violence emanating from Gaza on the very day after Israel permitted the transfer of millions of Qatari-sourced dollars into the coastal enclave underscores the futility of persisting with conventional wisdom. The escalation in the violence emanating from Gaza on the very day after Israel permitted the …

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Into the fray: Trump, Pittsburgh and US Jewry – A view from Israel.

Trump is the creation of Obama. The divisions in American society he is accused of exacerbating are ones largely precipitated by his predecessor’s policies and prejudices.  Why does it seem to a growing number of people that an [Obama] administration professing…to understand Jewish anxieties about the consequences of antisemitism in the Middle …

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Into the Fray:Imbecility squared – Israel’s incomprehensible policy of sustaining the enemy in Gaza.

The policy of trying to placate Hamas with enhanced humanitarian aid is sadly no less farcical than trying to convert a man-eating tiger into a cuddly bunny-rabbit by offering it a diet of premium carrots Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman ordered…[the] reopen[ing of] the Kerem Shalom and Erez border crossings in …

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Into The Fray: INSS’s puerile, preposterous proposal.

 The cynically minded may be forgiven for suspecting that the prime goal of INSS’s newly launched plan is the demolition of Jewish communities, rather than the future resolution of conflict or enhanced Israeli security.  You have to quit confusing a madness with a mission. –  Flannery O’Connor.  Fanaticism consists of …

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Into the Fray: Obsessing over Oslo – Einat Wilf in “The Atlantic”.

 Wilf seems oblivious to “pesky details” such as the murderous terror unleashed by the Palestinians, their Judaeophobic indoctrination and Judaeocidal incitement, as “grand obstacles to peace”  Hear this, O foolish and senseless people, who have eyes, but see not, who have ears, but hear not – Jeremiah 5:21 There Are …

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Into the Fray:The rumored “ultimate deal”: Potential payoffs & possible pitfalls.

The potential impermanence of the positive measures already undertaken by the Trump team should not be the only reason for Israeli concern over the brewing “ultimate deal”  …we will not put forth a plan or endorse a plan that doesn’t meet all of Israel’s security issues because they are of …

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Into the Fray : Israel’s Left as a jilted lover.

The Left in Israel is behaving like a person who cannot accept that the object of his love has chosen another in his stead …unrequited love does not die; it’s only beaten down to a secret place where it hides, curled and wounded… [and] turns bitter and mean…― Elle Newmark, The Book …

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Into the Fray:New Year Appeal to Caroline Glick – Rethink “The Israeli Solution”.

Glick’s prescription  for a “A One-State Plan for Peace in the Middle East” will jeopardize the Zionist enterprise no less than the two-state paradigm, which she rightly repudiates with great force and eloquence.  As far as we are concerned, Ahmad is a hero and a martyr – Ali Mahameed at …

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Into the Fray: Haaretz vs. IISS-The anatomy of “Fake News”

Had Haaretz wanted to give a fair portrayal of my policy proposal, instead of alluding to “Transfer, the headline would have read “Evacuation-compensation for Arabs: An answer to Israel’s geographic and demographic imperatives?”.  Martin Sherman, the founder and CEO of the Israel Institute for Strategic Studies, is probably the most …

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Into The Fray: Gaza – Déjà vu…again?

From recent reports on planned Israeli responses to events in Gaza, one might be excused for thinking that the late Shimon Peres had returned from the hereafter, reincarnated in the form of the allegedly hawkish Avigdor Liberman. An overwhelming majority [of the Palestinian public] demands the immediate halt to all …

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INTO THE FRAY: Gaza – Liberman gets an “F”

Liberman’s appointment as Defense Minister ignited expectations of a qualitatively different approach to that of his predecessor—one discernibly more robust and resolute… Sadly, this was not to be  Shortly after Avigdor Liberman was appointed Defense Minister, two Palestinian-Arab terrorists cut down almost a dozen customers at a well-known coffee shop …

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INTO THE FRAY: Dangerously disloyal opposition?

If critics of the Nationality Bill have real concerns for the rights of non-Jewish minorities, the patriotic way to address them would be via a new Basic Law to protect them, not raucously denouncing the bill as “racist” The last week was one of immense sadness for me. It was …

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Israel: Identifying the enemy as the enemy is not “racism”.

Israeli security policy is driven by Arab enmity–not Arab ethnicity  One of the most mendacious and widely propagated myths regarding the Middle East conflict is that Israel’s defensive actions against hostile Arab initiatives, whose sole aim is to murder or maim Jews, simply because they are Jews—constitute “racism”. The apparent …

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Into the Fray – The Nationality Law brouhaha – The failing of Jewish national will?

Israel will only be democratic if it is Jewish—and it will only be Jewish if it is Zionist. Therefore, it will only be democratic if it is Zionist i.e. if it is the nation state of the Jewish people. [A] nation is the culmination of a long past of endeavors, …

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Into the Fray: The “pussification” of the Israeli right.

Astonishingly, having been proved entirely justified in its condemnation of the dangerous defects of the “Left’s” political credo, the “Right” proceeded to embrace it. Pussification: The act or process of pussifying… Pussify: To make weak and effeminate – Collins online dictionary In the day-to-day political discourse, the current Netanyahu-led coalition …

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Into the Fray: Israel Victory Initiative – Quo vadis?

It is unrealistic to expect that the ‘Palestinians’ will experience a sudden “aha moment”, slap their forehead in epiphanic realization of the futility of their Judaeocidal endeavors—and, of their own volition, docilely declare defeat. “… what is our aim? I can answer in one word: Victory. Victory at all costs—Victory …

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