Entries by Martin Sherman

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 […]

When Generals Stray Into Politics…

This week–despite the resounding failure of the “land-for-peace” formula—3 former IDF generals penned an Op-Ed, urging the Biden administration to “keep open a path to an eventual two-state solution.” “La guerre! C’est une chose trop grave pour la confier à des militaires”— George Clemenceau, commonly paraphrased as “War is too important to be left to […]

When did Palestine become Palestine?

The Palestinian-Arabs’ claim for sovereignty over what they now insist is their long yearned-for homeland arose only after 1967—i.e. when it came under Jewish administration. The Arabs didn’t provoke war with Israel in 1967 to achieve Palestinian independence…Arab rulers could have established a Palestinian state in those territories whenever they chose to do so. But […]

Jordan’s ‘House of Cards’–The implications for Israel

Israel could face a situation, where along its lengthiest border, there would no longer be a conservative, pro-Western monarchy, but an extreme Muslim regime, with incandescent hostility towards the Jewish state There is nothing certain, but the uncertain. ~ Traditional Proverb. Incoming media reports from Jordan indicate that the clash within the royal family earlier […]

Targeted Killings: The Legality vs. The Morality

Arguably, the most galling reaction to the targeted killing of Iranian nuclear scientist, Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, came from John Brennan, Director of the CIA under the Obama administration. Startling evidence that members of the former Obama administration simply inhabit a parallel universe over Iran has been revealed in their reaction to the assassination last Friday of […]

The GOP—Still Bringing a Knife to a Gunfight

Republicans need to urgently hone their skills in waging political warfare—especially with the upcoming runoffs in Georgia that will determine which party controls the U.S. Senate I’ve been active in the Republican party for a very long time. So I think I can say with some knowledge: Republicans play badminton; Democrats play pro football—Former Speaker […]

U.S. and Israeli Jews Deeply Divided on Life and Death Issues

The policy preferences of much of US Jewy seem even more paradoxically perverse—as they are undeniably lending support to political regimes that comprise the diametric opposite of the enlightened liberal values the purport to cherish. The dichotomy over the US elections between Jews in America and Jews in Israel is stark and startling. While over […]

Indicting Netanyahu—The unintended consequences

The recent release of taped telephone conversations underscores the bitter irony that the politically motivated initiative to indict Netanyahu on contrived charges will end up by undermining precisely those who launched it & were complicit in conducting it.  There is something sick in the State Prosecutor’s Office; Shai Nitzan is not fit to be the […]

Why the “Right” Insists on Bringing Knives to Gunfights

Although it has ostensibly been in power for much of the post Oslowian era, it is clear that the “Right” has not internalized the exigencies of political warfare. To bring a knife to a gunfight: To enter into a confrontation…without being adequately equipped or prepared. — Phrases.com One of the most perplexing conundrums in Israeli […]