Quo Vadis Annapolis?!

Ynet (Hebrew edition only), November 13, 2007

US and Israeli policy makers are premising the Annapolis Conference on foundations that have led to a series of bloody collapses in Oslo, Cairo, Hebron, Wye, Sharm el-Sheikh, Camp David 2 and the “Disengagement.” They assume that Abu Mazen has adopted a mentality of peace, thus granting yet another victory to the simplistic world of delusions over Mideast’s complex reality.

The late Professor Majid Khadduri, from Johns Hopkins University’, considered the world’s leading authority on Arab definitions of peace and war, noted that Arabs view peace as a tactical means for achieving their strategic objective – defeating the enemy. Peace constitutes a necessary, but temporary, break in the ongoing war against the enemy and/or infidel.

The Jerusalem Roadmap: Expand, do not Shrink!

Ynet Hebrew edition, October 15, 2007

The willingness, of some Israeli politicians, to disengage from some Arab neighborhoods, in order to - supposedly - secure a Jewish majority in Jerusalem, reflects weakness of the mind and the spine.  At a time of robust demographic Jewish momentum, disengagement would wreck the 66% Jewish majority, would severely undermine the personal security of Jerusalem's Jewish population and would doom the Jewish capital to a deepening crisis.

How to Deal with the General Strike Phenomenon?

Ynet Hebrew edition, July 31, 2007

The conclusion of the most recent Histadrut -led general strike reflects a severe Israeli disease: Short-term solutions at the expense of long-term national interests. These short-term solutions have not solved labor disputes, which threaten Israel on a daily basis; they have papered-over the disputes, thus fueling numerous strikes, looming ahead. 

Reproduction (“Proo Urvoo”) Is Good For Israel’s Economy

Ynet Hebrew edition, February 06, 2007

The argument that reducing Israel’s Jewish fertility rate (2.7.children per woman) would upgrade Israel’s economy is symptomatic of a short-term economic perception that jeopardizes long-term growth.

America Be Wary, Baker-The-Deal-Maker is Back

http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3337759,00.html, December 07, 2006

Jim Baker's abysmal track record in diplomacy – in contrast to his impressive business and political track record – suggests that the implementation of his "Iraq Study Group" recommendations would benefit anti-US rogue regimes and harm pro-US moderate elements, while undermining vital US interests.

The Multi-National Force in Southern Lebanon – Asset or Liability?

, October 30, 2006

The stationing of a Multi-National Force (MNF) in Southern Lebanon constitutes a liability, and not an asset.  It has been demonstrated by a recent confrontation between Israel's air force and a German battleship off the coast of Lebanon, by the French threat to hit Israeli aircraft on intelligence missions over Lebanon, and by UNIFIL's refusal to disarm Hizballah.

 

The MNF would create a short-term false sense of stability, while weakening Israel's long-term national security. It is destined to fail, to undermine Israel's war on terrorism, to strain Israel's ties with member nations and to erode Israel's strategic and deterrence posture in the US and in the Mideast.

A WAKEUP CALL: THE COST OF INDECISIVENESS

Ynet Hebrew edition, August 06, 2006

Washington has urged Jerusalem to accelerate to 150 miles per hour on the road to destroying the capabilities of Hizballah, the Syria-Iran proxy, which murdered 300 Americans in Beirut in 1983 and is involved in anti-US terrorism in Iraq in 2006.  However, Jerusalem does not press the pedal to the metal, and does not exceed 80 miles per hour. The pro-Israel Wall Street Journal, which generally reflects the Bush-Cheney world view, has expressed the US disappointment: "Israel has pledged not to stop without disarming Hezbollah; a defeat for Israel will mean more danger and far more casualties down the road… President Bush's entire vision for the Middle East would suffer a severe setback if the current fighting ends with Hezbollah still a credible military force…" (August 1, 2006).

Why Ground Offensive?!

Ynet Hebrew edition, July 18, 2006

A comprehensive, decisive and disproportionate ground offensive is a prerequisite for denying Hizballah and Palestinian terrorism the capabilities to bomb the center of Israel, to whack the psyche of civilians in northern and southern Israel, and to hit sensitive Israeli defense and civilian installations. 

 

KEEP TERRORISTS CLOSE TO THEIR END ZONE

Ynet Hebrew edition, July 10, 2006

"A cardinal rule in US football: Keep the other team as far as possible from your End Zone. The closer they are to their End Zone, the slimmer the chance that they will score a touchdown", taught me Jim Schoff, a fan of the Cleveland Browns. The rule applies to soccer as well: A team which foregoes the winning option and vies for a tie, adopts defense and relies on sporadic and limited offense, waives initiative.  Such a tactic erodes the confidence of its own players, bolsters the boldness of the rival team, improves the maneuverability of the rival team, which seizes initiative, scores goals and could win the game.

THE CASE AGAINST DEMOGRAPHOBIA

http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3264702,00.html, June 19, 2006

Prime Minister Olmert's visit to West Europe has reaffirmed the central role of Demographobia – the irrational fear of Palestinian demography - in determining Israel's permanent boundaries. 

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