Jerusalem Deserves Better

http://www.jpost.com/Opinion/Op-EdContributors/Article.aspx?id=171108, March 16, 2010

Prime Minister Netanyahu’s apology to Vice President Biden – for authorizing the construction of Jewish homes in Jerusalem during Biden’s visit – departs sharply from the assertive legacy of all Israeli Prime Ministers from Ben Gurion (1948) to Shamir (1992). It is consistent with the retreating Oslo state of mind, which has afflicted all Prime Ministers since 1993. This apologetic response ignores the significant “Jerusalem Divide” between the dramatically-weakened President Obama on one hand and the majority of the American People and Congress on the other hand. Moreover, it triggers further pressure by Obama, radicalizes Arab demands, undermines the future of Jerusalem as the indivisible capital of the Jewish State, and erodes Israel’s strategic posture in Washington and in the Middle East. Placating President Obama will certainly not transform his position on Iran from engagement to confrontation and will not produce a Green Light for an Israeli attack on Iran.

The Obama-American Public Disconnect on Israel

http://www.jpost.com/Opinion/Op-EdContributors/Article.aspx?id=169785, February 28, 2010

The findings of the February 19, 2010 Gallup poll put President Obama at odds with the US public, when it comes to attitudes toward the Jewish State, the Arab-Israeli conflict, Arabs, Muslims and Islamic terrorism.

In Defiance of Demographic Fatalism

http://www.jpost.com/Cooperations/Google/Default.aspx?q=yoram%20ettinger%20defiance%20demographic%20fatalism, December 31, 2009

In 1948, Prime Minister Ben Gurion declared independence in defiance of demographic fatalism, which was perpetrated by Israel's leading demographers.  He rejected their assumptions that Jews were doomed to be a minority between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean, that massive Aliya was not feasible, that the Jewish fertility rate was declining below reproduction levels and that the Arab fertility rate would remain the highest in the world, irrespective of modernity. Ben Gurion did not subordinate his vision and security concerns to demographic fatalism. Instead of retreating, he declared independence, highlighted demographic optimism and Aliya as top national priorities, coalesced a solid Jewish majority and planted the seeds which catapulted Israel to a Middle East power, highly respected for its civilian and military achievements.

IRAN TARGETS THE USA

http://www.jpost.com/Cooperations/Google/Default.aspx?q=yoram%20ettinger%20iran%20targets%20the%20US, March 23, 2009

The prevention of a nuclear Iran constitutes a top US national security priority.  It sheds light on a special aspect of US-Israel relationship: defiance of mutual threats.

Demographic Policy for Israel

http://www.jpost.com/servlet/Satellite?cid=1233304849323&pagename=JPost%2FJPArticle%2FShowFull, February 23, 2009

The bubble of demographic fatalism is bursting, according to the most recent data, published by the Israel Central Bureau of Statistics (ICBS).  The data should be leveraged by the new Israeli government, in order to formulate a demographic policy, aimed at increasing the current 67% Jewish majority west of the Jordan River (without Gaza). The policy would uproot demographic fatalism and advance demographic optimism, thus energizing Aliya, Israel's economy, overseas investments, diplomacy, national security, posture of deterrence and minimizing Jewish-Arab tension, which is fed by demographic fear.

Demographic implosion in Muslim societies

http://www.jpost.com/Cooperations/Google/Default.aspx?q=yoram%20ettinger%20jerusalem%20post%20demographic%20implosion, October 26, 2008

Just as the world at large is experiencing an unprecedented collapse of demography, the UN Population Division reports a sharp decline of fertility rates (number of births per woman) in Muslim and Arab countries, excluding Afghanistan and Yemen.

But Assad is an honorable man

Jerusalem Post, Opinion Section, December 28, 1999

Prime Minister Barak has claimed that Assad is an honorable man. Barak has given the public a false sense of security in order to facilitate a total withdrawal from the Golan Heights.

Presumptuous Proposal - US troops on the Golan Heights

Jerusalem Post, Opinion Section, June 26, 1994

Involving US troops in an Israeli-Syrian peace agreement is not just a suggestion floating somewhere between Jerusalem and Washington.  Congressman Lee Hamilton, Chairman of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, recently indicated that a US survey is already underway to determine the specific locations of a US peacekeeping force on the Golan. The survey's underlying assumption is that Israel will evacuate the whole Golan.

US Jewry's Political Clout

Jerusalem Post, Opinion Section, February 15, 1994

The recent scolding of United Jewish Appeal officials by top members of the Labor Party is part of what some say is a concerted effort to reduce the organized US Jewish community to its "proper" political size.

It may also reflect an attempt to undermine the credibility of the current leadership and enhance the stock of those who have always been "politically correct."

These suspicions explain Prime Minister Rabin's blunt reprimand of the American-Israel Public Affairs Committee in August 1992.

 

Mideast Tapestry of Terror

Jerusaelm Post, Opinion Section, September 07, 1993

UNLIKE most other forms of international terrorism, the Middle East brand has always constituted a combination of religious, ideological and political zeal, intimately connected with regional regimes.

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