Monthly Archives : January 2014

Photo by Chen Galili Jerusalem Post

Trying to scare us


    Finance Minister Yair Lapid delivered a scary speech on Wednesday. At the Institute of National Security Studies conference, Lapid warned that if we don’t accept US Secretary of State John Kerry’s framework for negotiations, the Europeans are going to take away our money.   Lapid claimed that Israel’s economic future is dependent on surrendering Jerusalem, Judea and Samaria…

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International Holocaust Memorial Day’s Fatal Flaw


    On the surface, it is very moving to see half of the members of Knesset at Auschwitz marking International Holocaust Remembrance Day.   But in a larger sense, it is not at all clear why this is necessary.   The Jewish people have Yom HaShoah V’Hagevura, our own national day of mourning for the genocide of our people…

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Canada takes its place at the table


    During a press conference with Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu on Tuesday, an Israeli reporter asked visiting Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, “Is Canada paying a price for being so supportive of Israel? Is it possible to support Israel and still have ties to the Arab world?”       This question goes to the heart of what is…

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The truth hurts


    To hear it from the White House, and from Israel’s leftist media, Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon is a major liability. As half the planet now knows, Ya’alon is harshly critical of US Secretary of State John Kerry’s persistent efforts to force Israel to surrender its land and ability to defend itself to the PLO.   In a private…

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Sharon’s final road


      During his long career, Ariel Sharon built a lot of roads. As housing minister in the early 1990s and as national infrastructures minister in the late 1990s, Sharon played a key role in building everything from the Trans-Israel Highway to access roads to isolated communities.     Since he passed away on Saturday, his role in building…

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Interview with Sharon, Sept, 25, 2002, Ariel Jerozolimski

Ariel Sharon, Larger than life


    Ariel Sharon, who died Saturday at age 85, after being suspended comatose, between life and death for the past eight years, was the final Israeli prime minister from the generation that fought in the 1948 War of Independence.     And as with others of his generation, the growth and development of the country were reflected in his…

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Father Gabriel Nadaf and Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, Aug. 5, 2013

Israel and the death of pan-Arabism


    The so-called Arab Spring unleashed forces that have been dormant for a century. Like their counterparts throughout the region, Israel’s Arabic-speaking minorities are changing in profound ways. But our leaders fail to grasp the implications of what is happening.     Consider the Christian community.     Father Gabriel Nadaf, a Greek Orthodox priest from Nazareth, has become…

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Kerry and the long-term cost of releasing terrorists


  On Sunday, Issa Karaka, the Palestinian Authority’s minister for jailed terrorists, announced that in the next round of terrorist releases, Israel will release not only Palestinian terrorist murderers, but Israeli Arabs who murdered Israeli Jews in terrorist attacks.   As late as last week, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu was said to have completely rejected the Palestinian demand. But in…

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The New York Times destroys Obama


  The New York Times just delivered a mortal blow to the Obama administration and its Middle East policy. Call it fratricide. It was clearly unintentional. Indeed, is far from clear that the paper realizes what it has done.     Last Saturday the Times published an 8,000-word account by David Kirkpatrick detailing the terrorist strike against the US Consulate and the…

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