Martin Sherman

The alchemy of Palestinian nationhood

“Alchemy: a seemingly magical process of transformation, creation” (The Oxford Dictionary). “I do not think there is a Palestinian nation at all. I think there is an Arab nation. I think it’s a colonialist invention — a Palestinian nation. When were there any Palestinians? Where did they come from? I …

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The problem with Israeli politics

Consider the following remarkable facts regarding Israel’s parliamentary history: 1) For 20 of the 28 years between 1977 (when Likud first won the elections on a platform of “Greater Israel”) and 2005 (when a Likud government withdrew unilaterally from Gaza in stark contradiction to its electoral pledges), the Israeli government …

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Into The Fray: A very simple conflict.

The intractability of the 100-year dispute between Jew and Arab over the Land of Israel is rooted not in its complexity, but its brutal simplicity. Until 1967, Israel did not hold an inch of the Sinai Peninsula and the West Bank, the Gaza Strip or the Golan Heights. Israel held …

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Root causes and red herrings

settler-colonial country

More than two years before any Israeli presence in what are now the “occupied territories,” Egyptian President Gamal Abdel Nasser issued a public message: “We shall not enter Palestine with its soil covered in sand, we shall enter it with its soil saturated in blood” (March 8, 1965). This chilling …

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Into the Fray: Staggering stupidity .

By accepting the principle of two-states, successive Israeli leaders have impaled the nation on the horns of an irresolvable dilemma. We cannot solve our problems with the same level of thinking that created them. – Albert Einstein One does not have to be an Einstein to grasp that Israel cannot …

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A doctrine of the liberal hawk.

Several years ago, in an insightful and forceful interview on Israel’s Channel 1, the ever-incisive Melanie Phillips made the following astute diagnosis as to the fate of anyone daring enough to face up to the tyrannical dictates of political correctness: [Dissenting] intellectuals tend to be scorned and abused and vilified …

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Into the Fray:To the Australian Jewish Establishment

Originally posted as: ” By submitting to fashionable untruths of political correctness, Australia’s Jewish Establishment is doing a grave disservice to its mission and values.” Sir Winston Leonard Spencer-Churchill How dreadful are the curses which Mohammedanism lays on its votaries!… Individual Moslems may show splendid qualities… but the influence of …

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Into the Fray: Back to the ghetto? Waxing insane

Herzog’s new policy proposal amounts to little more than an “aggressive retreat” behind higher & more extensive walls—and the ghetto mentality they symbolize. Those whom the gods wish to destroy they first make mad – ancient proverb, misattributed to Euripides. Q: What is the difference between the State of Israel …

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Into the Fray: Israel’s crybullies .

The Left’s whiny war on free speech, and the Israeli Right’s inept, and often cowed, response. You [Im Tirzu] are the cancer in our society. You are the real foreign agents…. A few days ago you gave license for the killing of my grandfather and others. People who have different …

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