A Jerusalem Response to Obama

http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3750386,00.html, July 21, 2009

Twenty five towns in the United States, from Massachusetts to Oregon, bear the name of JerusalemSalem.  This is a reflection of the unique bonds that exist between the USA – since the 17th century Pilgrims and the Founding Fathers – and the Jewish capital, land, history and religion.


The US Congress – the most authentic representative of the American People – has passed a series of bills and resolutions, reaffirming the role of Jerusalem, as the indivisible capital of the Jewish State and the appropriate site for the US embassy in Israel.

The US-Iraq, Judea and Samaria Linkage

http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3746153,00.html, July 13, 2009

In 1967, Israel demolished the military forces of Egypt, Syria and Jordan. Consequently, Israel developed the "Low Probability Arab Offensive" concept. The 1973 War – along with Mideast unpredictability and objective intelligence constraints - devastated that concept, threatening the Jewish State with oblivion.


In 2003, following the US occupation of Iraq, Israel recycled the "Low Probability" concept. Israel assumed that the US military in Iraq precluded the possibility of a conventional Arab offensive on Israel's eastern front – a lethal threat to Israel's "soft belly" (Jerusalem and greater Tel Aviv).  However, in 2009, that concept has been rendered obsolete by the gradual US evacuation of Iraq and by the lowered US military profile in the Mideast, which have energized Mideast radicals. The gradual US withdrawal from Iraq should free Israel from the "Low Probability" delusion, thus preventing a 1973 War-like disaster.

The President Proposes but Congress Disposes

http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3741070,00.html, July 01, 2009 President Obama and his advisors pressure Prime Minister Netanyahu to avoid intensive contacts with Congress.  They claim that such contacts would undermine the Presidency, and would therefore damage US-Israel relations.  However, refraining from such contacts would demote Congress into a "Supporting Actor", and thus would be an insult to the American People, to its representatives on Capitol Hill and to the US democracy, which regard Congress as a "Co-Starring Actor." In the long run, it would degrade vital Israeli interests and weaken US-Israel relations.

Israel - from an emerging-market to a developed-market status

Straight from the Jerusalem Boardroom #135, June 18, 2009

1.  Israel was raised from an emerging-market to a developed-market status by Morgan Stanley Capital International (MSCI), a leading provider of advice to investment institutions worldwide. South Korea and Taiwan were under review for an upgrade, but remained emerging markets. Kuwait, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates were not upgraded from frontier-markets to emerging-markets (Bloomberg, June 16, Globes, June 17, 2009). Israel will be the 18th ranking economy among the 24 developed markets.


But, Settlements Obstruct Peace…

http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3732514,00.html, June 14, 2009 Prime Minister Netanyahu is wrong to assume that his June 14 speech will soften President Obama's strident criticism of "settlements" (Jewish communities in Jerusalem, Judea and Samaria). At the same time, President Obama is wrong to consider "settlements" as an obstacle to peace. 
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