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Candidly Speaking

Monday Sep 26, 2011
This has been an amazing turnabout. A few sentences in Barack Obama's speech at the UN represented the most articulate and explicit summary of the case for Israel ever uttered by an American president at the UN.   It demonstrated that the US president is not a hidebound ideologue and once again exemplified his willingness to adjust in accordance to the demands of his constituents. He did so once previously prior to the elections when he...
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Tuesday Aug 09, 2011
Opposition Leader Tzipi Livni’s unprecedented outburst against Prime Minister Netanyahu to an American audience, in my opinion, warrants Kadima calling for her immediate resignation as party leader.   Livni’s eruption was unconscionable. I was amongst those calling on both the Prime Minister and the leader of the opposition to set aside their personal and political ambitions and form a unity government to promote the national...
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Saturday Apr 23, 2011
For those of you who have not seen it, the lengthy (10,000 word) interview conducted by the Jerusalem Post Editor-in-Chief David Horovitz, with Professor Asa Kasher is absolutely compulsory reading for anyone seeking an understanding of the standard of morality under which the IDF operates.   Kasher, who teaches philosophy at Tel Aviv University, co-authored the first IDF Code of Ethics. The interviewer, David Horovitz, assumes the role of...
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Monday Apr 04, 2011
One would surely have expected that when Richard Goldstone felt impelled to belatedly retract his previous appalling defamation of Israel, he might have selected a more appropriate outlet to make his statement than an obscure op-ed column in a Washington newspaper.   Goldstone should at least have gone on record requesting the UN Human Rights Council (HRC) which orchestrated his report to enable him to express his mea culpa from its podium...
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Sunday Mar 20, 2011
Despite masquerading as a “pro-Israel” organization, J Street has now effectively been exposed as an organization whose principal raison d’etre is to mobilize public opinion to encourage the Obama Administration to condemn Israel and intensify pressure on its elected government to make further unilateral concessions to the intransigent Palestinians. Its so called “pro peace” activities were also shown to be bogus...
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