Entries by Martin Sherman

2020 IN RETROSPECT: Not entirely impossible, but extremely implausible

As the Biden administration continues to bring executive incompetence to yet unplumbed depths, any fair-minded person must feel increasingly compelled to question the authenticity of the 2020 poll. “Man can believe the impossible, but man can never believe the improbable.” – Oscar Wilde, “Intentions”, 1891. As the Biden incumbency drags excruciatingly on, one thing is […]

Conflict on the Nile -The implications for Israel

The simmering conflict between Egypt and Ethiopia over the construction of a massive dam on the Blue Nile could have grave ramifications for Israel. …no one can take a drop from Egypt’s water, and if it happens, there will be inconceivable instability in the region. – Egyptian President, Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, Aljazeera, March 30, 2021. …we […]

Law Enforcement in Israel — Something to Worry About.

Legal proceedings are being carried out with scant regard for the law. In some cases, the law is blatantly disregarded; in others, factual evidence is ignored; in yet others, infractions are invented to fabricate charges. All cases have been approved by the courts. Confidence in Israel’s justice system, once so high, has slumped, and the […]

Liberman—Clueless Clutz or Cosa Nostra Capo?

There are only two possibilities regarding Finance Minister Liberman’s involvement in what has become known as the “Yisrael Beiteinu affair”; neither bodes well for Israel. Power doesn’t corrupt people; people corrupt power.” – William Gaddis (1922-1998). Much has been aired about the glaring defects of the current Israeli government—about how it rewards deceit, how it […]

You couldn’t make this up!

There may well be things more depraved than an Israeli government minister soliciting funds for a self-declared mortal foe, but none come readily to mind “Those whom the gods wish to destroy, they first make mad.” —Anonymous ancient dictum—misattributed to Euripides. Israel is a country of many paradoxes and colliding opposites—many of which make it […]

Arab Violence – Root Causes and Red Herrings

If difficult socioeconomic conditions in the ultra-Orthodox community have not produced the rampant crime that afflicts Arab society, why should this be assumed to be the case among Israeli Arabs? The homicide rate in Israel generally is low by international standards, but what has emerged in Israel’s Arab streets is an alternate universe of lawlessness, […]

Tyrants, Tax-Havens and Territory

Israel must prepare for a daunting situation, in which, along its eastern frontier, it could face a huge expanse of hostile territory, controlled by radical Islamist warlords, stretching from the fringes of Greater Tel Aviv to the border of Iraq — and beyond.  “…the only certainty is that there is nothing certain”.–Gaius Plinius Secundus (“Pliny the […]

Lapid On Gaza – Stupid Is As Stupid Does

Lapid’s recent Gaza policy proposal is just one more display in an appalling catalogue of his imbecility-cum-ignorance, which, in light of his electoral success, is—in itself—a grave indictment of the Israeli voter Two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity; and I’m not sure about the universe—attributed to Albert Einstein. I used to have […]

Naftali Goldfarb or Gonen Bennett?

In a single act of rash duplicity and deceit, Naftali Bennett provided the left with a prize plum 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 […]

Gaza-Déjà vu … Again?

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 them— A maxim attributed to Albert Einstein. Insanity is doing the same thing over and over and […]

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. … 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 […]

Something to Worry About…Israel’s Legal System

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. 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 […]