Martin Sherman

Into the Fray:The Smotrich Plan – A step in the right direction, but….

Several flaws in MK Smotrich’s otherwise bold proposal will prevent it from achieving its long-term strategic goal: Sustainable Jewish sovereignty over the entire Land of Israel    … I am not talking here about cruel expulsion or the flooding of countries with penniless refugees. The emigration we are talking about …

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INTO THE FRAY: “Conflict management”: The collapse of a concept.

While Israel has been “managing the conflict”, its non-state adversaries have been enhancing  their capabilities so dramatically that they now a grave strategic threat.  …to remain at peace when you should be going to war may be often very dangerous. .. –Thucydides, The History of the Peloponnesian War, 431 BCE …

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Into the Fray:The Taylor Force Act – Putting “Palestine” in perspective

The Palestinian population is not some hapless victim of the terror groups, but the very crucible from which they emerged Congress is finally considering legislation to stop the Palestinian Authority from incentivizing violence…This has to stop, and the Taylor Force Act…attempts to do that. As it currently stands, the act …

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INTO THE FRAY: Touting Jewish ghettos – Moronic or malevolent?

Given the resistance to removing hundreds of thousands of Jews from their ancient homeland in Judaea-Samaria, an egregious idea is emerging: Instead of evacuation, abandonment The settlements would remain Israeli enclaves inside a Palestinian state. This will enable the establishment of an independent Palestinian state without dismantling Israeli settlements and …

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INTO THE FRAY: Neo-unilateralism – Futile, fatal folly.

New calls for unilateral withdrawal are both pernicious—because of the calamitous consequences it will precipitate—and puerile—because of the naïve hope that it will not. I can even pin dates on it. In 2007 or 2008 we will have another major disengagement in the West Bank. And within a decade, we …

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INTO THE FRAY: The Humanitarian Paradigm-Hobson’s Choice for Israel.Part 2.

By rigorous process of elimination, we are left with the Humanitarian Paradigm, as the only possible policy prescription able to adequately address the imperatives needed to preserve Israel as the nation state of Jews. O, who can hold a fire in his hand; By thinking on the frosty Caucasus? Or …

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INTO THE FRAY: The Humanitarian Paradigm- Hobson’s Choice for Israel (Part I)

Only one policy paradigm can sustain Israel as the nation-state of the Jews and prevent it becoming untenable either geographically or demographically—or both.  …when you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth, – Sherlock Holmes in “The Sign of the Four” Hobson’s Choice: a situation in which it seems that …

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Into the fray-The Temple Mount: No longer in our hands?

As a non-observant Jew I was always skeptical towards the claim of my more devout kin-folk that the Temple Mount was the key to the maintenance of Jewish sovereignty over Israel.  I was wrong!  It is extremely important that a solution to the current crisis be found by Friday this …

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INTO THE FRAY: Temple Mount attack & the demise of the “one-state” theory.

Even after seven decades living under Israeli sovereignty, and over half a century after military rule over the Arab population was abolished, anti-Israel enmity is alive and kicking among Israeli Arabs Extending Israeli sovereignty over Judea-Samaria (and eventually over the Gaza Strip) is indeed a necessary condition for ensuring the …

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Into the Fray – A Port in Gaza: Preposterous & Perilous Proposal.

Hamas are not burrowing tunnels because Gaza has no port. They are burrowing them despite the fact it does not have one.  Israel’s intelligence and transport minister has long pushed the idea of an artificial island off the coast of the Gaza Strip, with plans for a port, cargo terminal …

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INTO THE FRAY – Modi in Israel: Bonding the biggest & most beleaguered democracies.

Clearly reflecting the impact of the change in Indian policy towards Israel was the chagrin expressed by the Palestinian envoy to New Delhi: “We were shocked…”  A curious Indian stops a passing Israeli backpacker on a New Delhi street. “Tell me,” he asks, “how many Israelis are there?” “I’m not …

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Into the Fray: Israel’s disloyal—and dishonest—opposition.

It is time for representatives of the Israeli Left to come to terms with the existence of “The Other”, and the idea that people who think differently to them are just as legitimate as those who look different to them.  We are undergoing a process of fascistization of Israeli politics. …

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Into the fray.- Gaza: The ultimate indictment of “two-statism”

The real humanitarian solution to the plight of Gaza lies not in its reconstruction, but in its deconstruction …the prospective Palestinian state is bound to be a failed and repressive entity, and a permanent danger to its Israeli and Jordanian neighbors.   Elliott Abrams, in a briefing to the Middle …

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Into the Fray: Bennett’s academic code: Right sentiment, wrong strategy.

In-depth 2013 study: “Israeli academics have been free to engage in ‘nazification’ of Israel”  Had such professional misconduct occurred in the natural or physical sciences there would have doubtless been serious consequences: e.g. the collapse of a bridge following phony engineering calculations…Yet it would seem that when it comes to …

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Into the Fray: The Humanitarian Paradigm – Answering FAQs (Part 2)

Sequel to the dispelling of  doubts regarding the feasibility – and morality – of largescale, financially incentivized emigration as the only non-kinetic approach for resolution of the Israel-Palestinian impasse.  The pessimist sees difficulty in every opportunity. The optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty. – widely attributed to Winston Churchill …

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Into the Fray: The Humanitarian Paradigm – Answering FAQs (Part 1)

Dispelling doubts as to the feasibility (and morality) of large scale, financially incentivized emigration as the only non-kinetic approach to resolve the Israel-Palestinian impasse.  Consideration should be given even to the heroic remedy of transfer of populations…the hardship of moving is great, but it is less than the constant suffering …

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INTO THE FRAY: Why Palestinian Statehood obviates Israeli Victory – Responding to Daniel Pipes

For fruits of Israeli victory to endure, any post-victory reality must preclude a self-governing Palestinian entity, which would always be subjected to external incitement to fight the Jewish “intruders”  Of all the nations at the UN the Palestinian state would be the only one which has limits imposed on its …

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Into the Fray: Imperative precursor for victory-A diplomatic “Iron-Dome”

Israel requires a massive strategic public diplomacy offensive to generate the freedom of action required for victory-oriented policy  Wars usually end when failure causes one side to despair when that side has…accepted defeat, and when that defeat has exhausted its will to fight – Daniel Pipes, A New Strategy for Israeli …

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Into the Fray: Israel victory caucus-Assessing actionable alternatives.

The Humanitarian Paradigm, advocating funded emigration of Palestinian-Arabs  appears the most plausible method for achieving the goals of the Israel Victory Caucus The major issue is not [attaining] an agreement, but ensuring the actual implementation of the agreement in practice.  The number of agreements which the Arabs have violated is …

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Into the Fray: The Israel Victory Caucus – Kudos and Caveats

The launch of Israel Victory Caucus is an initiative that has the potential to be a positive paradigmatic game-changer in the discourse on  the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Palestinians will have to pass through the bitter crucible of defeat, with all its deprivation, destruction, and despair as they repudiate the filthy legacy …

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