Entries by Dr. Martin Sherman

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“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, […]

Conspicuous By Their Presence

The Palestinian flags, on unabashed and unhindered display at recent demonstrations against the proposed reform of Israel’s legal system, tear off the façade of hypocrisy that masks what really motivates them. We need to understand that the High Court of Justice is one family. Even if there are different opinions, it is to the benefit […]

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 […]

Palestine: The Perverse—and Perplexing—Paradox

Why do professed liberals persist in support for an entity that would comprise the utter negation of all the values they allegedly cherish? “We can’t solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them.”—widely attributed to Albert Einstein Recently, the idea of a Palestinian state has—much like a ghoulish […]

‘Palestine’—Two Countervailing Hypotheses

Do the Palestinian-Arabs genuinely wish to establish a state for themselves?  Or do they really wish to dismantle the state of the Jews? To this day, I cannot understand why the Palestinian leadership did not accept the far-reaching and unprecedented proposal I offered them. My proposal included a solution to all outstanding issues: territorial compromise, […]

A Tale of Two Narratives

Since the Zionist narrative has demonstrable validity over the irreconcilable, mutually-exclusive counter-narrative of the Palestinian-Arabs, it is the Zionist narrative that must prevail. At the heart of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict lies a clash of two narratives. On the one hand the stirring, fact-based Zionist narrative, on the other, the openly conceded fabricated “Palestinian” narrative—which as […]

The Perils of Palestine: A Multi-Dimensional Menace to Israel

Little analytical acumen is needed to grasp that a Palestinian state will comprise a multi-dimensional threat to Israel. Whether one considers height, width, length, or depth, such a state would entail existential dangers for Israel. “It is difficult to imagine any other issue for which the international media have been so successfully exploited—from the point […]

Israel’s Pernicious Paradox: Tactical Brilliance vs Strategic Imbecility

Israel must forgo the forlorn hope of winning Arab amitié and pursue different strategic goals. The most it can hope for is to be grudgingly accepted; the least it must achieve is to be greatly feared. The IDF looks for every possible way to maintain peace even if the very heavy cost is the complete loss […]

No One Will Come

International agreements involving the abdication of strategic assets in exchange for vague ‘assurances’ of future support are not worth the paper they are written on. We have no eternal allies, and we have no perpetual enemies. Our interests are eternal and perpetual, and those interests it is our duty to follow – Lord Palmerston in the […]

The Fatal Flaw in Israeli Strategic Thinking

One of the reasons that the conflict with the Palestinian-Arabs has dragged on for years, is that Israel has failed to conceptualize the conflict correctly. Failed comprehension has brought failed policy. Poll: 23% of Arab Israelis would support Arab invasion in Israel– i24NEWS Headline, May 15, 2022. Paradoxically, perhaps an incident that most vividly illustrates […]

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 […]

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 […]