Monthly Archives: December 2016

The “international community” and its Israel problem

I am writing on Wednesday, after the passage of UNSC resolution 2334 and John Kerry’s speech laying out his parameters for ending the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. And after that, there will or will not be another Security Council resolution, in which … Continue reading

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Questions and answers about UN Security Council resolution 2334

On Friday, December 23, 2016, the UN Security Council passed Resolution 2334 with a vote of 14 in favor and one abstention – the US. What does the resolution say? A lot of things (full text is here), but some … Continue reading

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The terrorist veto

Dear Mr. President-Elect and Mr. Prime Minister, You understand that you are being tested, do you not? Mr. Trump, they want to know if you are as tough as you say you are and if you will live up to … Continue reading

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A national purpose

ERETZ-ISRAEL was the birthplace of the Jewish people. Here their spiritual, religious and political identity was shaped. Here they first attained to statehood, created cultural values of national and universal significance and gave to the world the eternal Book of … Continue reading

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Amona

I have avoided writing about Amona until now. This is because the legal issues surrounding the notion of land ownership in Judea and Samaria are so arcane that one legal scholar (email correspondence) wrote that “the number of people who … Continue reading

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