Enduring Obama's Pressure

http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3949041,00.html, September 04, 2010

Anyone claiming that Israel's Prime Minister cannot endure US presidential pressure – and therefore must accept sweeping concessions – is either dramatically mistaken, outrageously misleading or attempting to justify inability to endure pressure.

Middle East Sandstorms and Tumbleweeds

http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3943768,00.html, August 26, 2010

The US evacuation of Iraq and the 2011 expected evacuation of Afghanistan – and President Obama's preoccupation with the Palestinian issue – remind me of the Texas colloquialism: "When you're smothered by a West Texas sandstorm, don't be preoccupied with the tumbleweeds."

 

In the beginning of 1990, President Bush believed in the New World Order theory, and pursued engagement with – and not defeat of – Saddam Hussein.  He considered the Palestinian issue as the root cause of Middle East turbulence, and therefore pressured Prime Minister Shamir for sweeping concessions.  However, Saddam's invasion of Kuwait in 1990 exposed the fallacy of "The New Middle East" and "The New World Order," sucking the US into a costly, bloody and prolonged quagmire.  

Israel’s Impressive Economic Growth

Straight from the Jerusalem Boardroom #145, August 19, 2010

1.  Israel economic growth unexpectedly accelerated to an annualized 4.7% in the 2nd quarter of 2010 [compared with 4.1% in the Euro Bloc, 2.4% - USA and 0.4% - Japan]. It is the fastest pace in more than two years, as exports [19% industrial exports surge in the 2nd quarter] and consumer spending [8.7% in the 2nd quarter] increased [as well as 11% rise of investment in fixed assets]... rising from 3.6% in the 1st quarter [and 4.3% in the 4th quarter of 2009]…”

It’s Demographic Optimism, Stupid!

http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3934006,00.html, August 11, 2010

In 2010, a surge in the Israeli Jewish fertility rate is a long-term, unique global phenomenon, while fertility rates decline sharply in the Third World in general and in Muslim countries in particular.  

Iran – Delusion vs. Solution

http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3926519,00.html, July 29, 2010

Western policy-makers grow increasingly-reconciled to co-existence with a nuclear Iran. They assume that, notwithstanding the radical rhetoric, the Iranian leadership is pragmatic, cognizant of its limitations, unwilling to expose its people to devastating Western retaliation and considering nuclear capabilities as a tool of deterrence – and not as an offensive weapon – against the US, NATO and Israel.

 

However, a nuclear Iran would constitute a clear and present danger to global security and peace, which must not be tolerated.  In order to avert such peril, it is incumbent to disengage from illusions and engage with realism.

 

Unlike Western leaders, the Iranian revolutionary leadership is driven by ideological and religious conviction, bolstered by ancient imperialist ethos:

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