November 2004: The USA Turns Rightward

Ynet Hebrew Edition, November 04, 2004

Has Israel studied the lessons of the 2004 presidential and congressional election?  The US electorate has accorded President Bush, and the Republican party, a victory with unexpected proportion.  For the first time since 1988, an-elected president has received a majority of the electorate, winning the largest ever number of votes, 59 million, achieving and expanding majority in the House of Representatives and in the Senate.  The Republican party has widened its majority – which has been retained since 1994 - in the Senate to 55 (out of 100) senators and in the House to 233 (out of 435) Representatives.

Land-for-Peace: Punishing Victims, Rewarding Terrorists

Ynet Hebrew Edition, October 20, 2004

The proposed Disengagement is a hybrid of the Oslo Process and the Land-For-Peace mentality, which have been flawed logically, strategically and morally.

SIX ANNOTATIONS ON SETTLEMENTS

Ynet Hebrew Edition, September 23, 2004

1.  Are settlements a major cause for the Arab/Palestinian-Israeli conflict?

 

Sharon Erring and Misleading

Ynet Hebrew Edition, August 18, 2004

The proposed Disengagement (from Gaza and N. Samaria) will not be on the agenda of the Democratic or Republican conventions.  It does not gain the attention of the US electorate, US legislators, the US Presidents or the democratic challenger, unless the Israeli prime minister raises the issue. Prime Minister Sharon conceived the idea of disengagement and forced it upon the US during four months of lobbying.

Reagan, the Pioneer of Global War on Terrorism

Ynet Hebrew Edition, June 07, 2004

President Reagan led the US battle on state-sponsored terrorism, vanquished the USSR and significantly enhanced US strategic ties with the Jewish State.

The Impact of the Likud Referendum on US-Israel Ties

Ynet Hebrew Edition, April 30, 2004

In 1973, President Nixon accorded a top priority to Israel's retreat from certain areas in Sinai and to the lifting of the siege over Egypt's Third Brigade. Therefore, he did not limit himself to the recycling of very friendly, yet ambiguous and non-binding declarations, but increased the military grant to Israel three folds ($983MN) and extended a $4.15BN loan.

Wanted, Leadership in Jerusalem!

Makor Rishon Weekly , March 26, 2004

In 1967, the Israeli society was panicked by the deadly threat posed by the May 30 Egypt-Syria-Jordan anti-Israel military pact, by the brutal pressure of the US, France, Britain and the international community to refrain from a preemptive operation, by the deepening (20%) unemployment, and by escalating pessimism within the political and military leadership.

 

Prime Minister Levy Eshkol exercised leadership.  He was not swept by the weakness of the people, and he did not allow a transient somber reality to erode long term national strategic goals.  Instead, he leveraged the crisis as a springboard for a strategic upgrade.  He defied US and international pressure, launched the preemptive Six Day War, destroyed the infrastructure of the threatening enemy, rescuing the Jewish State from pending oblivion.  Eshkol, therefore, enhanced strategic appreciation of Israel, transforming the Jewish State from a "historical accident" to a factor of regional deterrence and a unique strategic ally of the USA.

Talk Hebrew, But Fight in Texanese

Makor Rishon Weekly, June 20, 2003

Senator Phil Gramm, The Texas Aggie, who was a powerful Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee and a presidential candidate, was astounded to hear from a prominent Hebrew University professor, that Israeli concessions could moderate the PLO.  "Professor", he responded, "I'm not a Mideast scientist.  But, I was told at Texas A&M, where I taught economics, that if your kids are threatened by a poison ivy, you don't water and fertilize it.  The only way to de-poison ivy is by uprooting it!"

President Bush's Ten Commandments

Makor Rishon Weekly, May 09, 2003

President George W. Bush considers Moses to be a role-model for a conviction-driven leadership, driven by the principles of justice (vs. the Axis of Evil), strategic thinking (vs. tactical cynicism) and tenacity (vs. hesitancy and vacillation).  President Bush and most of the American public and US Congress, viewe the Exodus from Egypt and the Ten Commandments as critical elements of the American culture, guiding George Washington, John Adams and Thomas Jefferson in the 1976 Revolution and in the formulation of the US Constitution.

 

The President has presented his own Ten Commandments, in the combat against terrorist regimes, during his wars on Afghanistan and Iraq, which have been driven by values and strategic interests:

The Iraqi Die Was Cast

Makor Rishon Weekly, September 27, 2002

The die was cast, and the US war on Saddam's regime has been set in motion.  The transfer of the Central Command from Florida to the Gulf area, the completion of US military installations in Qatar and Northern Iraq (no-fly zone) suggest determination rather than indecisiveness. The lease, by the Pentagon, of Danish boats, specializing in the transport of tanks and armed personnel carriers indicate intent to employ ground forces, rather than just air force and navy bombings.  Accompanied by joint exercises between the US Marines and the Jordanian military not far from the Iraqi border, such developments send a lucid signal of purpose to destroy the Saddam regime.

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