Independence and Identity: What Israel Knows, Europe Has Forgotten, and America May Yet Remember

That Independence Day goes by insufficiently appreciated is a symptom of an erosion of American identity.  For some perspective, let’s look at Memorial Day.  In Israel.

America has always been a model to Israel of so much worth emulating.  Perhaps in the realm of strengthening of national identity, Israel can return the favor. 

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Cynicism as Foreign Policy: Obama’s Defense Secretary Speaks

President Obama seems to be estranged from his own foreign and military policy. American foreign policy should project strength, resolve and predictability. Sadly, as Robert Gates confirms, Obama reflects none of these.
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Abe on the John Batchelor Show discussing his column “Barack Obama’s Commitment Problem”, September 19, 2013

Abe on the John Batchelor show 9/19/13 discussing his column “Barack Obama’s Commitment Problem” and the “red line” implications for the Israeli peace process

Barack Obama’s Commitment Problem

Obama’s waffling over the red line he himself painted cuts to the core of whether he can be relied upon to keep even his own commitments anywhere else–such as American peace process guarantees for Israel.  Would you buy a used peace plan from this man?

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America’s Racial Spasm (And The President Who Isn’t Helping Matters)

Race is an inherently loaded and divisive topic; when race is a key component of a politician’s winning election identity, it remains part of his governing identity.  Racial divisiveness is thus likely to be more present, not less. Continue reading

What Everyone “Knows”–Solving The Israeli-Palestinian Dispute

This column was originally published in American Thinker.

Preview: Israeli withdrawal to the pre-1967 lines, absent major changes, is arguably the single most counterproductive act imaginable for long-lasting peace. There is no greater obstacle to peace than the perpetual temptation to launch another war against Israel from such lopsided lines.

An entire country, nine miles wide?   A bicycle could easily cross it in 30 minutes — and a rocket in a matter of seconds. Nine miles is less than the distance from Barack Obama’s Chicago home to Wrigley Field. It’s the distance  from New York’s George Washington Bridge to the Holland Tunnel. It’s 1½ times around the Central Park loop.

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Abe interviewed on The Andrea Tantaros Show, March 19, 2013

Abe was interviewed on The Andrea Tantoros Show, March 19, 2013. Andrea interviewed Abe about the impact of President Obama’s visit to Israel, plus Abe’s recent column on Foreign Policy Neocons, Realists and Surrealists.

John Kerry: ‘Perfect choice’ for whom?

This column was originally published in the Jerusalem Post.

From his radical past to his disdain for America’s leveraging its power to promote its values, from undermining American allies to appeasing America’s opponents, and from his terrible judgment to his inability to assess threats to the Western world, Kerry represents everything already wrong with the Obama administration’s inept foreign policy, where American influence wanes while radical anti-American forces flourish. Continue reading

Romney Wins in a Landslide (at Least in Israel): What it Means

On the election map, the State of Israel is not just blue and white; it is solidly red.
The Presidential election results are in.  Well, at least the votes from Americans in Israel.  Not one to keep readers in suspense, I’ll reveal the most important numbers up front: Gov. Mitt Romney received 85%–85%!–of the vote; President Obama managed only 14.3%.  This,  according to exit polling just released by iVoteIsrael, the non-partisan group promoting and facilitating voting by U.S. citizens currently in Israel.  Their statistics reveal some fascinating results.  More importantly, these results have implications for the outcome of next week’s election.  (Again, not to keep you in suspense: those implications favor the Republicans.) Continue reading

From Under the Bus: A Response to Efraim Halevy and the NYTimes

This column was originally published in The Times of Israel

Although President Obama has his own record — and what a record it is — regarding Israel, Halvey has nary a word to say about it.  Furthermore, Governor Mitt Romney has a sterling record of support for Israel, and a staunchly pro-Israel foreign policy team; yet Halevy deems this unworthy of comment. What kind of analysis of the election ignores entirely any analysis of the actual candidates or their records?

Efraim Halevy, the former director of Israel’s Mossad, has penned a most peculiar column published in The New York Times.  Halevy maintains that “no Democratic president has ever strong-armed Israel on any key national security issue,” and that Republican presidents were the ones who have thrown Israel “under the bus.”

Halevy used to be a serious man.  But his unserious analysis is as incomplete as it is irrelevant. In fact, it amounts to historical malpractice.     Continue reading