Martin Sherman

Into the fray: 2019 Intelligence Assessment: The policy implications for Gaza.

It would seem futile to conduct yet another indecisive round of fighting, only to return to yet another tense and sporadically violent interbellum for several years—until the next major flare-up of fighting…  Military assessment warns of high risk of war with Gaza – The Times of Israel, Feb. 13. 2019. …

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Into the fray: Unilateral concessions: The latent agenda for the April elections.

Despite claims to the contrary, the Palestinian-Arabs, territory and the fate of the Jewish settlements will permeate the agenda of the April elections, lurking below and hovering above all other issues.    Almost inevitably, elections in Israel revolve—one way or another—around one issue…even when everyone insists they don’t. This is …

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Will Trump’s Middle East deal naturalise Palestinians in Arab countries?

In recent weeks, rumours have been swirling as to the substance of the much anticipated “deal of the century”, billed by the Trump administration as a compelling blueprint for resolving the seemingly intractable Israeli-Palestinian conflict that has plagued the region for decades.  Shrouded in secrecy, it has long been held …

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Into the fray: Benny Morris – An unlikely proponent of incentivized Arab emigration?

If, as Morris maintains, a peaceable two-state outcome is unattainable, and a one-state outcome will lead to a Muslim-majority tyranny, then a large-scale initiative for incentivized Arab emigration is the only policy that can preserve the Jewish nation-state. As readers will recall, I have, for years, been urging the initiation …

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Into the fray:The imperative for incentivized Arab migration & the emerging inevitability of the Humanitarian Paradigm.

Once inconceivable, the dismantling of UNRWA; the naturalization of stateless Palestinian residents in Arab countries; and the emigration of Palestinians from Judaea-Samaria & Gaza are slowly emerging as realistic outcomes  Once you eliminate the impossible, whatever remains, no matter how improbable, must be the truth – Sherlock Holmes, in “The …

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Into the Fray.: Generals in Israeli politics: The pinnacle of perversity?

As a rule, on entering Israeli politics, senior military and security figures have played a troubling role, which has—almost uniformly—proved disastrous, both for the country and/or for themselves. Little could have reflected the perversity of politics in Israel more than the ten minute prime-time interview with former Prime Minister and …

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Into the Fray: Will the “New Right” get it right?

If the “New Right” is to really advance “Right wing” causes, it must abandon schemes that lead to the Lebanonization or Balkanization of Israeli society & work towards legitimizing the idea of incentivized emigration of the Arab population of Judaea-Samaria Last week, Education Minister, Naftali Bennett, and Justice Minister, Ayalet …

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Into the Fray: “Terror”, tigers and tabby cats…

One cannot but think that if another country treated Jews, wearing “kippot” and “peyote”, the way Jewish minors, accused of “terror” are treated in Israel, it would surely be engulfed in a wave of outrage and condemned for blatant antisemitism. This was a week, in which there was much for …

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Into the fray: Palestine: What if the Six-Day War never took place?

If the “West Bank” was part of the “Hashemite Kingdom” up to 1967, how did it suddenly become the Palestinians’ long-yearned-for homeland which, up until then, they were submissively willing to cede to an alien potentate? As the new elections approach, the “Palestinian problem” is once again likely to dominate …

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Into the fray: Commanders for Israel’s (In)security: Taking the name of security in vain.

There is no greater irony than 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.   I used these very excerpts in an article I wrote some thirty months ago, entitled “Imbecility squared”, addressing …

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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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