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INTO THE FRAY: Naftali Goldfarb or Gonen Bennett?

By Martin Sherman 

In a single act of rash duplicity and deceit, Naftali Bennett provided the left with a plumb prize, from which it has been precluded for years: Broad access to positions of governmental control and influence. 

Bogey Ya’alon, Benny Gantz and Yvette Lieberman are knowingly endangering the security of Israeli citizens… As Israel’s Defense Minister, I declare: An Israeli government that is dependent on the support of the Joint Arab Party and is extorted by supporters of terrorism, is tangibly and immediately placing the lives of Israeli citizens and IDF soldiers in peril- Naftali Bennett, Twitter, 5-3-2020.

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June 17, 2021 | 3 Comments » | 220 views

INTO THE FRAY: Escalating antisemitism – The Blame Israel bears

By Martin Sherman

There is a symbiotic link between the abysmal (mis)conduct of Israel’s public diplomacy and the building crescendo of Judeophobic frenzy across the globe.

Israel is losing the war for international opinion because – in the final analysis – she does not really want to win it! Or at least the official organs charged with administering this war do not– Entire world is not against us, March 28, 2007.

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June 4, 2021 | 5 Comments » | 321 views

INTO THE FRAY: Gaza-Déjà vu…Again?

T. Belman.  Martin writes, “The only durable solution requires dismantling Gaza, humanitarian relocation of the non-belligerent Arab population, and extension of Israeli sovereignty over the region.”

Both he and I have been advocating this for years.

By Martin Sherman

The problem of Gaza was created by the belief that land could be transferred to the Palestinian Arabs to provide them a viable opportunity for self-governance. 

We cannot solve our problems with the same level of thinking that created themA maxim attributed to Albert Einstein. 

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May 23, 2021 | 1 Comments » | 238 views

Et tu, Ahmad—The illusion of Arab loyalty

The situation that has arisen can no longer be seen as one centering on the question of individual rights but of collective survival—and it must be treated as such.Op-ed.

By Dr. Martin Sherman ,  INN     May 14 , 2021 4:00 PM

Lod: Jew wounded by Arab gunfire

Lod: Jew wounded by Arab gunfire

… A person who, with intent to assist an enemy in war against Israel, commits an act calculated to assist [that enemy] is liable to the death penalty or to imprisonment for life—Clause 99(a), Israel’s Penal Code, on Treason.

I admit. I was totally mistaken.

Although I have long been skeptical as to the much-vaunted “loyalty” of Israel’s Arab citizens to the Jewish state, believing that, by and large, they harbored a latent yet smoldering disloyalty, that one day would erupt, I recently have been on the cusp of changing my mind.

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May 16, 2021 | 1 Comments » | 396 views

Into the fray: Why Gaza must go

The only durable solution requires dismantling Gaza, humanitarian relocation of the non-belligerent Arab population, and extension of Israeli sovereignty over the region.

JULY 24, 2014 23:37

Givati brigade in Gaza (photo credit: IDF SPOKESMAN'S OFFICE)

Givati brigade in Gaza- (photo credit: IDF SPOKESMAN’S OFFICE)

We have before us an ordeal of the most grievous kind…. You ask, what is our policy? I will say: It is to wage war, by sea, land and air, with all our might and with all the strength that God can give us; to wage war against a monstrous tyranny… That is our policy. You ask, what is our aim? I can answer in one word: victory; victory at all costs, victory in spite of all terror, victory, however long and hard the road may be; for without victory, there is no survival.  – Winston Churchill, May 13, 1940

We cannot solve our problems with the same level of thinking that created them. 
– Albert Einstein

At the time of writing this column, ground operations in Gaza were still going on and reports of increasing casualties were coming in with depressing frequency. This should, therefore, be a time for national cohesion and solidarity, with unity and support for the war effort, and criticism of the government suspended.

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May 14, 2021 | 4 Comments » | 425 views

WOEFULLY IGNORANT OR WILLFULLY MISLEADING?

Peter Beinart’s warped understanding of Israel.

By Dr. Martin Sherman, FPM       Mon Jul 19, 2010

In a polemic published last month in the New York Review of Books, “The Failure of the American Jewish Establishment,” the left-wing journalist Peter Beinart argued that American Jews, especially the younger generation, are turning their backs on Israel. In Beinart’s estimation, this is a most understandable and inevitable development. Beinart expounded on the points of his original essay during a recent lecture at Los Angeles’s Temple Beth. Just as in the original article, Beinart’s argument was profoundly flawed.

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May 13, 2021 | 0 Comments » | 412 views

INTO THE FRAY: Something to worry about…

The debilitating deadlock, in which Israel’s political system is mired, is in large measure the result of judicial disregard—or at least distortion—of the law.

By Dr. Martin Sherman, INN  May 07 , 2021 12:28 AM

Supreme Court
Supreme Court

Over the past decade, the public image of the Supreme Court as an autonomous and impartial arbiter has been increasingly eroded… [T]he court and its judges are increasingly viewed by a considerable portion of the Israeli public as pushing forward their own political agenda… – Prof. Ran Hirschl, Towards Juristocracy, Harvard University Press, 2004.

The public is further losing its faith in…the legal system, with only 36 percent of the Jewish public expressing confidence in the courts...–“Public’s faith in Israel’s justice system continues to plummet”, Ha’aretz , August 15, 2013.

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May 7, 2021 | 7 Comments » | 347 views

INTO THE FRAY: When did Palestine become Palestine?

By MARTIN SHERMAN

The Palestinian-Arabs’ claim for sovereignty over what they now insist is their long yearned-for homeland arose only after 1967—i.e. when it came under Jewish administration

The Arabs didn’t provoke war with Israel in 1967 to achieve Palestinian independence…Arab rulers could have established a Palestinian state in those territories whenever they chose to do so. But Palestinian statehood was of no interest to them.- Jeff Jacoby, The Boston Globe, June 7, 2017.

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April 18, 2021 | 2 Comments » | 471 views

INTO THE FRAY: Jordan’s “House of Cards”–The implications for Israel

T. Belman.  Sherman is right of course in advocating for Israel’s continued ownership of Judea and Samaria but is wrong to suggest that Jordan is a “conservative pro-Western” monarchy. Currently Jordan is aligned with the Muslim Brotherhood who have their Head Office there. They are also aligned with Turkey, Qatar and Iran even though it is subsidized by Saudi Arabia and the United States. Thus it is likely that if the King falls, it will be Iran that takes over.  Unfortunately that aligns Jordan with the Biden administration which is looking to follow in Obama’s footsteps.  The Hashemites depend on the two state solution so that Jordan doesn’t become the Palestinian state.

Mudar Zahran is advocating the Jordan become the Palestinian state. And he would be very pro-Western and pro Abrahamic Accords.

By MARTIN SHERMAN

Israel could face a situation, where along its lengthiest border, there would no longer be a conservative, pro-Western monarchy, but an extreme Muslim regime, with incandescent hostility towards the Jewish state

There is nothing certain, but the uncertain. ~ Traditional Proverb.

Incoming media reports from Jordan indicate that the clash within the royal family earlier this week has now been resolved…or quashed.

Swirling shrouds of suspicion & uncertainty

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April 9, 2021 | 5 Comments » | 319 views

INTO THE FRAY: Because of Biden…Bibi

By MARTIN SHERMAN

Dispassionate analysis of the political deadlock in Israel will reveal that this state of suspended political animation is the result of nothing more than what the Jewish sages designated as “baseless hatred” among Jews.

…take for example the vaccinations. Today he [Netanyahu] holds a press conference and declares there are vaccines. 27 countries, in Europe alone, signed with Pfizer, and there are other countries like Australia—we are in 35th place [but] he holds a press conference and deceives the public. He [Netanyahu] claims that they will arrive in January. Maybe a box of 5 vaccines, at most, will arrive—the rest will arrive after all the other countries receive them…This is how to lose public trust by lying to the public on matters of life and deathYair Lapid in How Yair Lapid become the Best PR for the Likud (Hebrew), Channel 12, November 13, 2020.

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April 5, 2021 | 5 Comments » | 401 views

INTO THE FRAY: Biden—The first frightful month

By Martin Sherman

The apparent inability of the US electorate to distinguish between policy and personality risks driving America to the cusp of third world status and imperils the very Union, which it comprises 

Freedom is a fragile thing and it’s never more than one generation away from extinction. It is not ours by way of inheritance; it must be fought for and defended constantly by each generation, for it comes only once to a people. Governor Ronald Reagan, January 5, 1967.

Elections have consequences, and at the end of the day, I won. – President Obama to House Republican Whip Eric Cantor, January 23, 2009.

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March 1, 2021 | 3 Comments » | 254 views

INTO THE FRAY: Has the Democrats’ push to depose Biden begun?

By MARTIN SHERMAN

The contour lines of an approaching scenario in which Biden, exposed as both frail and mendacious, is forced to step down & concede the presidency to his radical Vice President, are gradually coming into focus. 

 A significant portion of the public does not believe that the November 3, 2020, presidential election was fairly conducted…Once again, four justices on this court cannot be bothered with addressing what the statutes require to assure that absentee ballots are lawfully cast Patience D. Roggensack, Chief Justice of the Wisconsin Supreme Court, December 14, 2020. 

…a majority of this court unconstitutionally converts the…Elections Commission’s mere advice into governing “law,” thereby supplanting the actual election laws enacted by the people’s elected representatives in the legislature and defying the will of [the state’s]citizens. When the state’s highest court refuses to uphold the law, and stands by while an unelected body of six commissioners rewrites it, our system of representative government is subverted—Justice Rebecca Grassl Bradley, December 14, 2020.  

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December 25, 2020 | 4 Comments » | 596 views

INTO THE FRAY: Targeted killings: The legality vs. the morality

By MARTIN SHERMAN

Arguably, the most galling reaction to the targeted killing of Iranian nuclear scientist, Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, came from John Brennan, Director of the CIA under the Obama administration

Startling evidence that members of the former Obama administration simply inhabit a parallel universe over Iran has been revealed in their reaction to the assassination last Friday of the mastermind of the Iranian nuclear weapons programme, Mohsen Fakhrizadeh.—Melanie Phillips, The warped reaction to the Fakhrizadeh assassination, December 1, 2020.

It has been over a week since the lynchpin of the Iranian nuclear project, Mohsen Fakhridazeh was killed in what appears to be an immaculately planned and flawlessly executed strike by elusive and yet to be identified assailants. Nonetheless, analysis of what took place and speculation of what might take place as a result, are still at the focus of considerable media attention.

The prime suspect…?

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December 7, 2020 | 2 Comments » | 303 views

INTO THE FRAY: The GOP—Still bringing a knife to a gunfight

By MARTIN SHERMAN

Republicans need to urgently hone their skills in waging political warfare—especially with the upcoming runoffs in Georgia that will determine which party controls the U.S. Senate

I’ve been active in the Republican party for a very long time. So I think I can say with some knowledge: Republicans play badminton; Democrats play pro football—Former Speaker of the House, Newt Gingrich, FoxNews, Nov 15, 2020.

Something is rotten in the State of DenmarkA phrase from Shakespeare’s “Hamlet, used to describe corruption or a situation in which something is wrong.

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November 23, 2020 | 2 Comments » | 583 views

INTO THE FRAY: Indicting Netanyahu—The unintended consequences

By MARTIN SHERMAN

The recent release of taped telephone conversations underscores the bitter irony that the politically motivated initiative to indict Netanyahu on contrived charges will end up by undermining precisely those who launched it & were complicit in conducting it.

 There is something sick in the State Prosecutor’s Office; Shai Nitzan is not fit to be the State Prosecutor – Judge Hila Gerstel, former Commissioner for Prosecutorial Oversight.

Public trust in the police – the lowest in the West…only 22% of Israelis believe that judges don’t take bribes – Haaretz, Oct. 31, 2011.

Public approval of the police [is] at all time low – below all other public services – Haaretz, July 7, 2013.

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October 30, 2020 | 1 Comments » | 316 views

INTO THE FRAY: Replacing RBG – Delinquent Democrats deserve no quarter

By MARTIN SHERMAN 

There is a bitter & infuriating irony in the fact that it was the Democrats themselves, who committed the very transgressions they endeavored to attribute to their Republican adversaries  

… it is necessary for a prince, wishing to hold his own, to know how to do wrong…he need not make himself uneasy at incurring a reproach for those vices without which the state can only be saved with difficulty, for if everything is considered carefully, it will be found that something which looks like virtue, if followed, would be his ruin; whilst something else, which looks like vice, yet followed brings him security and prosperity –Nicolo Machiavelli (1469-1527), The Prince, Ch. XV.

Politics is the art of the possibleA statesman…must wait until he hears the steps of God sounding through events; then leap up and grasp the hem of his garment.–Otto von Bismarck (1815–1898).

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October 12, 2020 | 0 Comments » | 424 views

INTO THE FRAY: Oslo as political Kryptonite

By MARTIN SHERMAN

For the Labor Party, the fall from the heights of political hegemony to the depth of political oblivion is a fitting fate for the perpetration of the Oslo Accords, which ran counter to every prevailing Zionist norm of the time

Kryptonite: Something that can seriously weaken or harm a particular person or thingOxford Dictionary.

Those whom the gods wish to destroy, they first make mad. An ancient proverb, mis-attributed to Euripides

More Israelis have been killed by Palestinian terrorists in the 5 years since the first Oslo agreement was signed in September 1993 than in the 15 preceding years…Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs, January 10, 1998. 

Today there is no Palestinian state, no peace — and no sign there ever will be either. Since Oslo, about 10,000 Palestinians have been killed by Israel…, and more than 1,500 Israelis have been killed by Palestinians.Jon Schwarz & Alice Speri, No One Will Be Celebrating the 25th Anniversary of the Oslo Accords, The Intercept, Sept 13, 2018.

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September 17, 2020 | 0 Comments » | 377 views

INTO THE FRAY: Israel’s national imperative: “Keep your powder dry.”

By Martin Sherman

While the normalization with the UAE could definitely entail significant benefits for Israel it is still somewhat premature to celebrate the onset of lasting amity—rather than enmity—in the region.

Put your trust in God, my boys, but mind to keep your powder dryattributed to Oliver Cromwell, prior to the opening engagement of the English civil war at the Battle of Edgehill in 1642. 

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September 4, 2020 | 0 Comments » | 409 views

INTO THE FRAY: Why the “Right” insists on bringing knives to gunfights

By MARTIN SHERMAN

Although it has ostensibly been in power for much of the post Oslowian era, it is clear that the “Right” has not internalized the exigencies of political warfare.

To bring a knife to a gunfight: To enter into a confrontation…without being adequately equipped or prepared.Phrases.com

One of the most perplexing conundrums in Israeli politics is the lingering longevity of the political “Left” in Israel.

The real rift – Hawks vs doves

Decades from today, future historians will be at a loss to understand the processes that shaped the seminal political developments in Israel.

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August 28, 2020 | 4 Comments » | 379 views

INTO THE FRAY: The Israel-UAE pact: Sacrificing substance for ceremony?

By MARTIN SHERMAN, IISS

Despite all the potential payoffs Israel-UAE normalization may entail, the agreement is really a prop in the choreography for a much bigger drama.

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 no less than number which they have kept—Shimon Peres, Tomorrow is Now, Keter: Jerusalem p. 255.

Poor Menachem…After all, I got back … the Sinai and the Alma oil fields, and what has Menachem got? A piece of paper—Anwar Sadat, quoted in the New York Times, Oct. 19, 1980.

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August 21, 2020 | 4 Comments » | 468 views