Entries by Martin Sherman

[a] The Imperative to Annex; [b] The Irrelevance of Innocence

Preamble: The somewhat misleading headline This week (May 17-23) provided a particularly rich array of fresh newsworthy topics on which to focus: The opening of PM Netanyahu’s unashamedly choreographed trial, the disruptive cyber-attack on the southern Iranian port, Shahid Rajaee, widely attributed to Israel; the formation of the outsized and grotesquely hybridized government that the […]

Pipes vs. Pipes in the New York Times

In the past, Daniel Pipes has been scrupulously strict in being “policy agnostic”, avoiding any action-oriented prescriptions to achieve his prescribed “Israeli Victory”; yet in his NYT piece, he robustly negates specific measures—such as annexation—to achieve precisely that goal   A week ago, as per the Cabinet’s proposal, the Knesset passed by a decisive two-thirds […]

Judicial overreach — Are the chickens coming home to roost?

There is a growing sense that the aura of infallibility accorded the Supreme Court, that forms the basis of its almost limitless power, so assiduously (some might say insidiously) cultivated by Chief Justice Aharon Barak, is beginning to dim. In Israel, the negative impact of the judicialization of politics on the Supreme Court’s legitimacy is […]

ISRAEL: Imbecilic, Iniquitous, Inimical . . .

By its unflagging support of the establishment of a homophobic, misogynistic Muslim-majority tyranny (a.k.a. a Palestinian state), America’s allegedly “progressive” Jewry reveals that it is, in fact, profoundly regressive Benjamin Netanyahu is a failed leader. He has led the State of Israel, once a proud example of a tenacious and highly developed democracy, to the […]

Netanyahu and the “Art of the Possible”

Otto von Bismarck, (1815-1898) the German statesman, credited with the unification of Germany (1871,) and who served as its first Chancellor until 1890, famously defined “politics” as “the art of the possible” This is certainly true in the dizzyingly volatile kaleidoscope realities of Israeli politics. Indeed, only few days ago, Israeli PM, Benjamin Netanyahu, was […]

Israeli Politics: Fickle, Faithless and Feckless

This week, Israeli politics plumbed appalling new lows with reports that, Blue& White, which, as the major rival to PM Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud, emerged as the second largest party in last week’s Knesset elections, was actively planning to violate its solemn pledges to the voters, made only days previously. In a breathtaking display of unprincipled […]

Time to bar the Joint List

The tenets of “defensive democracy” require Israel to act against those who would use its democracy to undermine the very foundations on which it is founded. Clause 7A of Basic Law: Knesset: A candidates’ list shall not participate in elections to the Knesset, and a person shall not be a candidate for election to the […]

Terminating Terrorists and Assessing Assassinations

Whatever the operational efficacy of targeted assassinations may be—or not be—the conscience of every decent individual should rebel at the thought that arch-purveyors of terror should be permitted to pursue their deadly profession with impunity “Destroy the seed of evil, or it will grow up to your ruin” – attributed to Aesop, Greek fabulist (circa […]

Iniquitous Indictments for Invented Infractions

Despite his remarkable success, Netanyahu has been ceaselessly assailed by his political adversaries. Indeed, it is perhaps his very success that has generated such raw rancor against him. Israel – “a land that devours its inhabitants.” Numbers 13:32. I would have preferred to have devoted this week’s column to some other topic—such as the ascendance of […]

In Israel and America — Choreographed Coups with the Law as a Prop

Despite the dramatic physical, societal and political differences between Israel and the US, in both countries a very similar—and disturbing—assault on the fabric of democracy is taking place We cannot rely on an election to solve our problems. – Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-NY), House Judiciary Committee Chairman, Dec. 11, 2019, on the need to impeach President […]

Israel’s dysfunctional electorate?

Despite its many undoubted merits, democracy has one glaring detriment. There is never a dictator to blame for the fate that befalls the people. They alone are responsible for whatever befalls them. “Nec audiendi qui solent dicere, Vox populi, vox Dei, quum tumultuositas vulgi semper insaniae proxima sit (And those people should not be listened […]

Merited mistrust?

“There is something sick in the State Prosecutor’s Office; Shai Nitzan is not fit to be the State Prosecutor” – Judge Hila Gerstel, former Commissioner for Prosecutorial Oversight Sed quis custodiet ipsos custodes? (But who will guard the guardians themselves?) Juvenal, a Roman poet (circa 55 CE- circa 127 CE), Satire VI, line 347. Public trust […]