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The Sinai withdrawal's dangerous legacy

March 22, 2019  •  Jerusalem Post

If you open Google Earth and search for "Yamit, Sinai," the globe on your screen will slowly spin its way to the Middle East before zooming in on a small area in the northern Sinai Peninsula, just west of Gaza (though it comes up as "Yammit").

There, amid the sand dunes, one can still see the bare and bulldozed ground where the town of Yamit, a thriving Jewish community of 2,500 people, once stood, until it was uprooted and destroyed in 1982 as part of the peace treaty with Egypt.

The contours of various structures are still visible, paying silent testimony to the traumatic removal of Jews from their homes that was carried out by a Jewish government.

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Take back the Temple Mount

March 15, 2019  •  The Jerusalem Post

With predictable petulance, the Palestinian leadership has been deliberately raising tensions on the Temple Mount, seeking to exploit the sensitive preelection season in Israel to further strengthen its hold on the holy site.

In recent weeks, both in word and deed, the Palestinian Authority and the Jordanian-Palestinian Wakf Islamic religious trust have engaged in a reckless campaign of incitement and slander against the Jewish state that culminated in a fire-bomb attack on an Israel Police station on the Temple Mount on Tuesday.

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The optical illusion of Israel's political Center

February 22, 2019  •  Jerusalem Post

With less than two months to go before elections, much of the hype in the media has been focused on the parties vying for Israel's Center, which ostensibly occupy the middle ground of the nation's political spectrum.

The two prime examples of this phenomenon are Benny Gantz's Israel Resilience Party and Yair Lapid's Yesh Atid, which some polls indicate could muster a combined total of more than one-fourth of the seats in the Knesset.

That means that a quarter of the electorate is considering casting a ballot for parties that are viewed as neither Left nor Right, but, rather, firmly ensconced somewhere in between.

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Israel must stand with India against Pakistani-backed terror

February 18, 2019  •  Jerusalem Post

For Israelis who have been scarred by decades of Palestinian terrorism, the scenes in the photographs from the Indian subcontinent that flashed around the world last week after a suicide bombing attack in Kashmir are all too familiar.

Children and loved ones standing around grave sites, supported by friends and clergy, as the national flag ripples in the wind and silent tears are shed for those who were murdered by cowardly Islamic extremists.

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The Right must unite

February 5, 2019  •  The Jerusalem Post

With elections barely two months away, the greatest challenge facing Israel's Right emanates neither from the Center nor the Left, but, rather, from within.

Indeed, if recent polls are accurate, several small parties on the Right, most of which may not individually pass the minimum threshold to make it into the next Knesset, could nonetheless win a combined total of 10 to 12 seats, all of which would end up in the dustbin if they fail to run together.

If steps are not taken to prevent this, the outcome could very well be a center-left coalition that strives to return Israel to the dark days of Oslo through dangerous concessions to the Palestinians.

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