Monthly Archives: November 2010

J Street’s Call to End Oslo

My colleague, Micky Boyden wrote an excellent piece for We Are For Israel in response to J Street’s misguided plea for people to contact the Obama Administration urging it to move forward in settling borders and security, but he did … Continue reading

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Borders and Security First

J Street is asking its supporters to sign yet another petition, this time urging President Obama “to take the next step toward realizing the goal (of a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict) by focusing on ‘Borders and Security First’.” … Continue reading

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Poor Timing

The Knesset approved legislation yesterday that would require a referendum to take place before Israel relinquished sovereignty on any territory currently under her jurisdiction. Such a referendum would be held follow the approval of any proposal by the Knesset. The intention … Continue reading

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Whose Kotel?

The Kotel, or Western Wall, is recognized by Jews the world over as all that remains of the retaining wall of the mount on which the Second Temple stood. Erected by King Herod, the site has been a focal point … Continue reading

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The Palestinian End Game

Whereas most Israelis hope for the day when a Palestinian state will be established living in peace alongside a Jewish state with mutual recognition and respect for our respective national aspirations, a newly published survey would suggest that most Palestinians … Continue reading

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Has America’s Middle East Diplomacy Failed?

Just last week, Israeli newspapers were carrying the headline that Prime Minister Netanyahu had struck a deal with Secretary of State Clinton for a 3-month extension on the moratorium on construction. Netanyahu, who had previously stated publicly that he would … Continue reading

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Palestinian Leverage

An article in Haaretz today describes the problems that the Palestinians have with the current moratorium extension proposal. The article quotes an unnamed Israeli official as saying: The political benefits that Israel would receive as part of the package of … Continue reading

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The Legacy of Gush Katif

As Israel faces the prospect of renewed negotiations with the Palestinian Authority, including discussions on final border issues, the trauma of the forced evacuation from Gush Katif still remains an open sore. No less than seventeen settlements were abandoned in … Continue reading

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A Further Moratorium

Political commentators in Israel anticipate that, when Prime Minister Netanyahu brings the issue of a further 3-month moratorium on construction to the vote in his cabinet, it will scrape through by a majority of one thanks to the abstention of … Continue reading

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Has Netanyahu Capitulated?

Prime Minister Netanyahu has returned to Israel following his lengthy meeting with Secretary of State Clinton. News reports suggest that he has agreed to extend the moratorium on construction on the West Bank for a further period of three months. … Continue reading

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