Entries by Martin Sherman

ISRAEL: Comparing Coalitions

While the current coalition is far from unblemished, things could be worse—and have been, recently. The current Netanyahu-led coalition has been lambasted, almost without respite, from the moment it was formed—arguably even before that, while it was still being assembled. Unprecedented breach of the basics of democratic governance It has been accused—usually with only flimsy […]

Incredible Imbecility

“Quos Deus vult perdere, prius dementat –Those whom the gods would destroy, they first make mad.” —Euripides, a man of letters in ancient Greece (c. 480 – c. 406 BC) “Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I’m not sure about the universe.” — attributed to Albert Einstein The historical record bodes ill for initiatives […]

Gaza — A Gigantic Shift in the Overton Window

What once was unthinkable is now moving to the center of mainstream thought. Consideration should be given even to the heroic remedy of transfer of populations…the hardship of moving is great, but it is [still] less than the constant suffering of minorities and the constant recurrence of war.” — Former US President Herbert Hoover, “Great […]

GAZA: Mis-Conceptualizing the Conflict, Miscomprehending the Enemy

One of the reasons that the conflict with the Palestinian-Arabs in general and Gazan Arabs in particular, has dragged on for years, is that Israel has failed to conceptualize the conflict correctly. There is a prevailing myth that the general population in Gaza is the hapless victim of its radical leadership. This is demonstrably false. […]

Gaza—The Collapse of Conventional Wisdom

The political rationale of the Gaza conflict can be mirrored in the inexorable logic of an almost mathematical algorithm—studiously ignored by Israel’s policy-making echelons  “The enemy of …conventional wisdom is not ideas but the march of events” — John Kenneth Galbraith Saturday 7th of October marked the demise of conventional wisdom and of “respectable” Establishment […]

A Sense of Betrayal

Past deeds of heroism are no justification for present acts of subversion. Thy destroyers and thy demolishers shall emerge from within thee. – Isaiah 49:17 A situation has been created with centers of power with authority without responsibility…this is not democratic…the Supreme Court is one of those centers— Lt-Gen (res.) Moshe “Bogey” Yaalon, in an address […]

Distorting Israel’s Declaration of Independence

The focus of Israel’s Declaration of Independence is overwhelmingly on Jewish sovereignty and political independence in the ancestral Jewish homeland—not on liberal democratic governance.  “As embodied in the Declaration of Independence, the essence of the State of Israel is to be a Jewish and democratic state.“  Colonel (res.) Adv. Pnina Sharvit Baruch, the Institute for […]

D-Y-S-T-O-P-I-A!

The opponents of the proposed judicial reform are not defending liberal democracy, but promoting Orwellian dystopia. “Deceivers are the most dangerous members of society. They trifle with the best affections of our nature, and violate the most sacred obligations.” — George Crabbe, English poet, surgeon & clergyman (1754-1832). “When one with honeyed words but evil […]

Mika – Malicious, Mendacious, and Misleading

Typical of the deluge of the Orwellian gobbledygook opposing the proposed judicial reform is a recent video by virulent anti-Netanyahu activist, Mika Almog, granddaughter of the late Shimon Peres. The greatest danger to Israeli democracy emanates from those masquerading as its champions—Distorting Democracy, July 28, 2011. Thy destroyers and thy demolishers shall emerge from within […]

ISRAEL: Obviating Elections

If the so-called “champions of democracy” succeed in obstructing the judicial reforms, democratic rule will be replaced by mob rule—and Israel will be teetering on the brink of an Orwellian dystopia. The starkest indicators [of erosion of democracy] which presumably underlie the country’s downgrading in international democracy ratings, involve elite decisions about rejecting election results […]

Au Contraire

“It would be so nice if something would make sense for a change” – Alice in Wonderland “Fama, malum qua non aliud velocius ullum. [There is no evil faster than rumor]” —Virgil, Roman poet (70 BCE-19 BCE), in “Aeneid“. “Falsehood flies, and truth comes limping after it, so that when men come to be undeceived, […]

Death—Courtesy of the Israeli Supreme Court

The initiative by the newly elected government to enact a far-reaching reform of the legal system is an inevitable result of the ongoing process of erosion of public trust. According to the University of Haifa’s annual index for public sector performance, the public’s level of trust in the Israeli judicial system is at the lowest […]