Column One: The new government’s war on BDS

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The flagship of the diplomatic war against Israel is the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s new government is less than a month old, but it’s already apparent that it is different from its predecessors. And if it continues on its current diplomatic trajectory, it may do something that its six predecessors failed to accomplish. Netanyahu’s new government may improve Israel’s position internationally.   The stakes are high. Over the years...

Diplomacy: ‘Who are you going to trust?’

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US President Barack Obama told Israelis this week that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu cares greatly about their security, but that he does as well. A video clip from December 4, 1991, is currently making the rounds, showing a younger, darker-haired Benjamin Netanyahu, then the country’s deputy foreign minister, at a press conference in Washington alongside then-ambassador to the US Zalman Shoval.   It was just after the Madrid Conference, and in the midst of the intense procedural...

The urgent business of the next government

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"Our elected leaders must take immediate steps to strengthen our democracy." Share on Facebook  Share on Twitter    On Tuesday, the people of Israel spoke. They gave a clear mandate to the nationalist camp, led by the Likud and Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, to lead the country.   Now that the people have spoken, our leaders must consider the steps they must take, immediately upon entering office, that will enable them to advance their agenda and so meet the...

Israel’s next 22 months

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Given the stakes, the choice of Israeli voters next Tuesday is an easy one   The next 22 months until President Barack Obama leaves office promise to be the most challenging period in the history of US-Israel relations. Now unfettered by electoral concerns, over the past week Obama exposed his ill-intentions toward Israel in two different ways.   First, the Justice Department leaked its intention to indict Democratic Sen. Robert Menendez on corruption charges. Menendez is the...

Life under the US umbrella

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It is not merely that the US is deterred by North Korea, and therefore is willing to humiliate and endanger South Korea to avoid having to contend with Pyongyang South Korea lives under a US security umbrella. Both on a conventional and nuclear level, South Koreans are dependent on the US to deter North Korea from attacking them and overrunning their country.   Last Friday, US Under Secretary of State Wendy Sherman scolded South Koreans for being too nationalist. In her words...

Analysis: Hamas attack tunnels remain the greatest threat to Israel

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The IDF destroyed the last of the tunnels uncovered in the Gaza war on Monday, however Hamas continues to rebuild and improve what it knows is a vital strategic asset. The IDF's controlled explosion of a tunnel on Monday is a symbolic act that completes the achievement of one of the most important goals of last summer's Gaza war - the destruction of some 30 Hamas attack tunnels.    The tunnel, located near the Gaza border in the area of the Karni crossing, some three kilometers...

Israel's global standing not so bleak after all

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True, Israel’s position in the international arena is difficult – but it has always been so. “The world is against us” is a theme that will be heard time and time again throughout this election campaign.   Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and the Right will play on this theme as proof as to why the country needs somebody like Netanyahu to eloquently and articulately stand up to the world and protect Israel’s interests.   And Labor head Isaac Herzog and Hatnua’s Tzipi Livni will...

Comment: Why is the Obama Administration provoking Israel?

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If the senior Obama officials who spoke to Jeffrey Goldberg were not authorized to make statements and took it upon themselves to do so, they should be fired. A senior Obama administration official recently went on the record with journalist Jeffrey Goldberg in calling Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu a “chickenshit.”  A second senior official also went on the record calling Netanyahu a “coward” on the issue of Iran’s nuclear threat.    If these reports are...