Obama, McCain and Israel's National Security

http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3602766,00.html, September 26, 2008

The policy of US presidents, toward Israel, is a derivative of their worldview, and not of their campaign statements and position papers.

 

A worldview shapes presidential attitude toward Israel as a strategic asset or a liability and toward Jerusalem, Judea & Samaria and the Golan Heights.  A presidential worldview determines the scope of the US posture of deterrence in face of Middle East and global threats, which directly impacts Israel's national security.

Jewish Impact on US Democracy

http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3593937,00.html, September 05, 2008

Intense Jewish participation in US elections has been nurtured by home-court conditions: The US considers Judaism a key factor in the foundation of its cultural, ideological, legal and political systems. The trilateral covenant among the US, the Jewish People and the Jewish State was established by the Puritans during the 17th century, expanded by the Founding Fathers and sustained until today.

 

 

Demographic Optimism, Not Pessimism

The Washington Jewish Week, July 25, 2008

According to Israel’s Central Bureau of Statistics, the annual number of Jewish births has increased by 40% between 1995 (80,400) and 2007 (112,543), while the annual number of “Green Line” Arab births has stabilized around 39,000 during the same period.  

Obama’s Advisors – A Source for Concern

Ynet (Hebrew edition), July 23, 2008

Senator Barack Obama, the Democratic presidential candidate, is not a key member of the Senate Committees on Foreign Relations, Armed Services of Intelligence.  He has not initiated/led any significant legislation and has not devoted himself to national security issues. He surged into the Senate and the presidential race from the Illinois local-political-social arena.  Obama relies on a battery of experienced advisors, who influence/shape his world view and maybe even US policy and US-Israel relations for the next 4-8 years.  However, the record of his advisors – most of them served in the Carter and Clinton Administrations – constitutes a source for concern.

Obama’s Unprecedented Test

http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3553662,00.html, June 10, 2008

The current indicators of the presidential race bode well for Barak Obama, provided that he deduces the proper lessons from previous campaigns.

Israel's 60 Years of Breakthrough Economy - Wall Street Overpowers Gaza Strip

The Jewish World, Albany, NY, May 08, 2008

The 1948-2008 series of Arab-Israeli wars, coupled with Palestinian terrorism, have been bumps on the path of unprecedented Israeli economic growth: From a $1.2 billion GDP in 1948 to a $170 billion GDP in 2007! From a labor and land-intensive import-based economy, which is vulnerable to security and political uncertainty, to an increasingly know-how intensive export-driven economy, which is less vulnerable to wars and terrorism.

 

IT'S AMERICAN INTERESTS, STUPID!

http://www.jewishpress.com/pageroute.do/31597, May 07, 2008

Recent congressional hearings about the destruction, by Israel's air force, of a Syrian-North Korean nuclear facility, has shed light on the mutually-beneficial nature of US-Israel relations. The September 2007 Israeli military operation in Syria has dealt a setback to the Syria-North Korea-Iran-Hizballah axis, while advancing US and Israeli interests. It has bolstered US posture of deterrence, has extended US' strategic arm and has provided the US with vital information to penetrate Russian air defense systems, which are also employed by Iran. It has refuted the claim that US-Israel relations have been shaped by political expediency.

Israel Central Bureau of Panic

http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3525885,00.html, March 26, 2008

Since 1948, many demographic doomsday projections have been crashed against the rocks of reality, due to erroneous demographic assumptions.

The Palestinian Census - Smoke & Mirrors

Ynet (Hebrew edition only), February 10, 2008

In contrast with the 2007 Palestinian census, the accurate number of Judea & Samaria Arabs is 1.5MN, and not 2.3MN, and the number of Gaza Arabs is 1.1MN, and not 1.5MN.

 

 

President Bush’s Visit – A Fumbled Opportunity

, January 07, 2008

President Bush visits Jerusalem, in order to advance Israeli-Palestinian negotiation, while the US economy is shaky, the 2008 election shifts to a higher gear, the GOP is in disarray and the international arena is boiling.  Unfortunately, President Bush will not focus on the US-Israel strategic cooperation in face of mutual, clear and imminent threats such as Iran, Islamic terrorism, rogue regimes, ballistic missiles and the growing destabilizing Russian intervention in the Middle East.

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