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2009

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  • Editor’s Notes: A world held hostage over Schalit
    Gilad Schalit has become our nation’s child — and now the symbol, potentially, of either our heroic, vital humanity or of our essential, self-preserving clear-headedness
    December 24, 2009
  • Editor’s Notes: Wanted — wisdom
    Where the destiny of Judea and Samaria is concerned, it will be Israel’s tragedy if bloody-mindedness forces a schism where tolerance could have prevented it
    December 18, 2009
  • ‘Demjanjuk murdered my father in 1947′
    The surfacing of an extraordinary allegation
    December 18, 2009
  • Editor’s Notes: You’ve got cars in the castle
    What the voices in comedian Butch Bradley’s head had to say about Israel
    December 11, 2009
  • Editor’s Notes: The battle of wills over Judea and Samaria
    It’s hard to conceive that, 10 months from now, the man who gave us 2009′s West Bank Moratorium would resist 2010′s Moratorium II
    December 4, 2009
  • Editor’s Notes: Get out, said Lord Jakobovits
    (Excised and adapted from a lecture given in London this week marking the 10th anniversary of the death of the former British chief rabbi Immanuel Jakobovits)
    November 26, 2009
  • Analysis: Washington over Wallerstein
    PM chooses US over settlement leaders
    November 26, 2009
  • Comment: Oh, Henry! When Thierry let us down
    We used to so admire you… until last Wednesday night
    November 22, 2009
  • Editor’s Notes: Salam Fayyad builds Palestine
    Steadily and methodically, the PA prime minister is putting together the central constituents of Palestinian statehood. Steadily and methodically, too, he is gathering international support for statehood – not solely from the automatic backers of a sovereign Palestine, but also from the nations most committed to Israel’s well-being, notably the United States
    November 19, 2009
  • Editor’s Notes: Obama and Netanyahu, behind closed doors
    For more than an hour they sat together, one-on-one — two excellent communicators with a great deal to say to each other, and a great deal at stake. It was agreed that the content of their discussions would remain private. So what follows should be considered somewhat speculative…
    November 12, 2009
  • Analysis: An Obama time-out? Unthinkable
    Thomas Friedman’s call for a US diplomatic disengagement from Israeli-Palestinian peace efforts contrasts starkly with the president’s own declared priorities
    November 10, 2009
  • Analysis: Time for immigrant profiling
    The potential threat demonstrated by the Teitel and Kirilik cases requires more than the current ‘hope for the best’ policy
    November 7, 2009
  • Editor’s Notes: The bitterest deadlock
    As Abbas vows not to stand in the next elections, his PA has embarked on an intensified campaign of delegitimization against Israel and criticism of the US for not meeting the demand for a full settlement freeze. Any lingering diplomatic hopes have now evaporated
    November 5, 2009
  • Editor’s Notes: The fragmenting of US Jewry
    Obama’s outlook, and that of the two or three officials closest to him, would appear to follow the Meretz vision of a two-state solution rather than that of the governing Likud-Labor axis. Or, generalizing in the highly relevant shorthand of the day, it may mark the distinction between the J Street vision and that of AIPAC
    October 29, 2009
  • Editor’s notes: Stand with us
    The Iranian-spearheaded battle to delegitimize Israel is enjoying dramatic success. Having played a damaging part in this process, however inadvertently, the Obama administration can now play a vital role in braking it
    October 23, 2009
  • Editor’s Notes: Mahmoud Abbas, five years of dithering
    Helpless before Hamas, hopeless before Israeli governments that sought an accord, Mahmoud Abbas is about to be consigned to irrelevance
    October 16, 2009
  • Esteban Alterman’s life in a frame
    October 16, 2009
  • Analysis: Growing lawlessness in downtown Jerusalem
    The policing of the late-night bar and nightclub areas of central Jerusalem is demonstrably failing to deter violence
    October 11, 2009
  • Editor’s Notes: On Iran, watching and waiting
    Israel had concluded long before the Obama administration took office that it would ultimately need to rely on itself in grappling with Iran. Everything that has unfolded in the last few months has only reinforced the conviction
    October 9, 2009
  • Analysis: No relief in Geneva
    The US hasn’t yet helped keep Iran away from the nuclear ‘threshold’
    October 5, 2009
  • Analysis: Between the extremes
    Israel seeks a viable middle ground to counter PA duplicity over Goldstone, and to stop the report’s potentially devastating legal ripples
    October 2, 2009
  • Editor’s notes: A blessing welcomed, a blessing spurned
    The joy, and the heartbreak, of Leonard Cohen’s visit to the Holy Land
    October 2, 2009
  • Leonard Cohen builds a glorious, spiritual Tower of Song
    His music transcended the recorded versions
    September 25, 2009
  • Editor’s notes: The IDF’s new Yom Kippur challenges
    Defense chiefs are learning how to confront enemies who operate among civilians, and to confront them while trying to hold to a fine moral line. But the task of conveying our complex reality to the international community is not being adequately met
    September 25, 2009
  • Editor’s notes: Taking to the skies
    In the coming year, despite the current tranquility, Israel’s best and brightest may have to act again in order to protect us
    September 18, 2009
  • Eye in the sky
    In his first interview with the Israeli press, OC Air Force Maj.-Gen. Ido Nehushtan explains how unprecedented military buildup in the region and efforts by Israel’s enemies to obtain advanced air defense systems are leading to more cooperation, both within the IDF and with the US, in preparation for ‘every possible scenario’
    September 18, 2009
  • Editor’s notes: Netanyahu’s tactical victories
    With a series of astute political gambits in recent days, Netanyahu has defused right-wing criticism, found a workable middle-ground with the US, and attracted center-left support. But the strategic challenge of peacemaking with the unbending Palestinians remains as daunting as it ever was
    September 11, 2009
  • Post’s beloved op-ed editor dies at 53
    Abigail Radoszkowicz was a wonderful workmate and friend
    September 6, 2009
  • Gaddafi must have personally okayed Lockerbie bombing, top US investigator tells Jerusalem Post
    Comments by ex-FBI veteran Richard Marquise, who led the US probe, bring a new twist to the transatlantic dispute over the 1988 terror attack
    September 4, 2009
  • Editor’s Notes: A Lockerbie indictment
    Who specifically authorized the worst terrorist outrage ever perpetrated in Britain? Who conceived it? Who built the bomb? And how is it, amid the new controversy over the release of the only man ever convicted in the blast, that investigators never found answers to these most fundamental of questions, and never charged those responsible?
    September 4, 2009
  • Editor’s Notes: Boom and bust, online
    The assumption, or rather the fond hope, that online advertising would compensate for lost print newspaper revenue has proved largely false. Weaker titles have failed as a consequence. The rest are urgently seeking new economic models
    August 28, 2009
  • Analysis: Injustice over Lockerbie
    By setting free the man convicted in the bombing, British authorities are ensuring that any miscarriage won’t be definitively exposed
    August 21, 2009
  • Editor’s Notes: Barkat’s challenge
    The mayor’s heart and head are in the right place. But the latest violence, some directed personally at him, is only one aspect of the immense struggle he faces to heal and revive Jerusalem
    August 21, 2009
  • Editor’s Notes: Not Obama, but Abbas
    It’s not the US president we Israelis most need to hear from. It’s the Palestinian leader, though after the Fatah conference it’s harder than ever to believe he has anything very constructive to say
    August 14, 2009
  • Editor’s Notes: Repression as a sign of weakness in Iran
    If the Iranian regime were confident of its hold on power, it would have restaged the elections, declared Mousavi the winner, reassured the watching world of its pragmatism, and in the process seen off the last vestiges of international opposition to its nuclear drive. But it isn’t, say some in Jerusalem. And so it didn’t…
    August 7, 2009
  • Editor’s Notes: Where we differ
    The Americans believe that pressure was necessary to shift Netanyahu — on Palestinian statehood and on settlements. The open question is whether US pressure on the Palestinians and the wider Arab world is having a similar effect
    July 31, 2009
  • Editor’s Notes: Financing our own demonization
    We fume, with good reason, when others misrepresent Israel. Why would we contribute to the process ourselves?
    July 24, 2009
  • Editor’s Notes: The tennis lesson
    As a team, exalted Andy Ram, we are No.1 in the world
    July 17, 2009
  • Editor’s Notes: Give substance to the vision
    Politics is the art of the possible — not the barren art of avoiding vital decisions in the unreasonable hope that everything will somehow resolve itself
    July 10, 2009
  • Weissglas: PM must endorse road map, or risk the US imposing something worse
    ‘To our great good fortune,’ Sharon’s former top aide tells ‘The Jerusalem Post,’ Abbas rejected Olmert’s mistaken leap to final status talks
    July 3, 2009
  • Editor’s Notes: For a Palestine like Switzerland
    Ehud Olmert bypassed the road map. Binyamin Netanyahu hesitates to endorse it. And Ariel Sharon’s right-hand man, Dov Weissglas, can’t understand why. If the prime minister has a patent for preventing Palestinian statehood, he should put the road map aside, Weissglas tells the ‘Post.’ But otherwise, he should cherish its sequenced architecture and insist on the implementation of its every precious clause. After all, Weissglas notes, ‘I’m not sure Switzerland meets these conditions’
    July 3, 2009
  • Editor’s Notes: The second Islamic revolution
    The watching world well understands the young, pro-Western aspect of the ruthlessly countered post-election revolt in Iran. But what makes this outburst different, says The Jerusalem Post’s Sabina Amidi, just returned from Teheran, is that many pro-Islamists have turned on the regime as well
    June 26, 2009
  • Editor’s Notes: A consensual vision
    Now that Netanyahu has taken the pro-Palestinian-state-in-principle plunge, what’s required is domestic cooperation and partnership
    June 19, 2009
  • Analysis: Over to you, Mr. Abbas
    In his Bar-Ilan speech, classic Netanyahu, aimed at Washington and the Israeli consensus
    June 15, 2009
  • Editor’s Notes: It’s like this, Mr. President
    A partial draft of the prime minister’s Sunday speech… maybe
    June 12, 2009
  • Comment: Obama’s vital new start, and first misstep
    The president’s Muslim outreach failed to highlight the Jewish connection to the Land of Israel
    June 5, 2009
  • Editor’s Notes: Picking your battles
    Many Israelis, and many of Israel’s firmest supporters, believe Obama’s insistent focus on a settlement freeze to be wrongheaded. But plainly the president sees Netanyahu’s obduracy on the issue, and on the subject of Palestinian sovereignty, as a major irritant as he reaches out to the Muslim world. With the Iranian threat looming ever closer, is this a fight our prime minister could, and should, be avoiding?
    June 5, 2009
  • Editor’s Notes: The Jerusalem heritage of the ‘lion cub from Harrods’
    The remarkable saga of Christian, the affectionate young lion who didn’t forget his first owners even after he’d returned to the wild, has become a YouTube phenomenon. But the heartwarming tale has its origins in Jerusalem, where Christian’s likely ancestor showed a similarly warm disposition and excellent memory in the pre-state pioneering days of Aharon Shulov’s Biblical Zoo
    May 28, 2009
  • Editor’s Notes: In the ring with Obama
    Netanyahu finds himself with no wiggle room – forced to choose between defying Obama in order to maintain settlement construction, or freezing all building and grappling with immense dissent, at the very least, from domestic rivals
    May 21, 2009
  • Obama, Netanyahu hope first talks will yield mutual trust vital to peacemaking, tackling Iran
    PM flies out for Monday’s White House meeting. Clear differences on two-state vision, settlements. Barak: Goal is for two peoples living side by side. Obama recognizes urgency of Iranian threat. Washington wants to energize Syrian track
    May 17, 2009
  • Editor’s Notes: Four more years
    It’s not that the votes won’t be counted on presidential election day in Iran next month. It’s just that the result will have been manipulated
    May 15, 2009
  • Tony Blair and the ‘moment of truth’
    The Quartet’s envoy tells ‘The Jerusalem Post’ why he believes the stark choices facing our region might, after years of deadlock, now prompt real progress toward reconciliation
    May 11, 2009
  • Netanyahu can be a peacemaker, says Blair
    Quartet envoy gives upbeat interview to the ‘Post’: PM praised for focus on improving West Bank economy. Iran must realize it ‘can’t have nukes’
    May 8, 2009
  • Editor’s Notes: The rupture
    There is no reason for so much as a ‘crack’ in relations between our government and Obama’s, Shimon Peres said this week. He’s wrong. On Iran, the Israeli and American red lines are drawn in very different places
    May 8, 2009
  • Analysis: Peres unveils Netanyahu’s moderate message
    At AIPAC, president assures crowd PM will try to make peace, stops short of endorsing two-state solution
    May 5, 2009
  • Editor’s Notes: A cold dose of realism
    When Netanyahu meets Obama, each will be looking for the other’s pragmatism
    May 1, 2009
  • Analysis: Netanyahu bids to change ‘diskette’
    PM’s message wins over Israeli public, just about, but Obama is going to be a tougher sell
    April 28, 2009
  • Editor’s Notes: Accommodating Ahmadinejad
    Iran wants to see Israel destroyed, but it also wants to take the free world back to the dark ages. So even if they don’t care about Israel, why do the world’s democracies continually furnish Ahmadinejad with the platform to undermine them?
    April 24, 2009
  • Drop the land-for-peace slogans and stop Iran, Lieberman urges world leaders
    As Hillary Clinton warns Israel it risks losing support on Iran if it rejects progress with the Palestinians, the new foreign minister tells the ‘Post’: PA recognition of ‘Jewish state’ is not a precondition * Hamas must be ‘suffocated’ * Don’t even mention ‘right of return’
    April 24, 2009
  • The world according to Lieberman
    He’s only been in the job for a month, but already the foreign minister is fed up with the ‘slogans’ he keeps hearing from his international counterparts: occupation, settlements, land-for-peace, two-state solutions… His favored key words? Security (for Israel). A stronger economy (for the Palestinians). And stability (for all). Bringing peace to our region is more complex than sloganeering would allow, he tells The Jerusalem Post in this interview, his first with an Israeli newspaper. And it’s time we all faced up to the inconvenient reality
    April 24, 2009
  • Editor’s Notes: The Gaza precedent?
    Israel did not destroy Hamas in Operation Cast Lead, but it placed the Islamists on the defensive, and delayed their plans to take control of the West Bank. Is there a model here for the face-off against Iran?
    April 17, 2009
  • Editor’s Notes: Home truths about Gaza
    Are we losing the capacity to distinguish between what we know from our own experiences to be true or credible and what others would have the world believe about us?
    April 10, 2009
  • Editor’s Notes: Bloated government, vast challenges
    Does Israel really need 30 cabinet members? Of course we do not. Less would have been more. Small would have been beautiful
    April 3, 2009
  • Editor’s Notes: Defamed and deaf to it
    Staunching the tide of delegitimization first requires that we recognize here at home what is happening to our standing abroad
    March 27, 2009
  • Editor’s Notes: Justice, finally, for a terrible Ivan?
    Cleared by Israel of being Treblinka’s ‘Ivan the Terrible,’ John Demjanjuk has now been indicted in Germany for mass murder at Sobibor. If convicted, Demjanjuk, 88, will probably spend his last days in a German prison. But ‘Wiesenthalitis’ could save him yet…
    March 20, 2009
  • Editor’s Notes: Another pope
    Announcing a May pilgrimage devoted to ‘unity’ and ‘peace,’ Benedict XVI has appealed for divine assistance. He’ll need it
    March 13, 2009
  • Editor’s Notes: Bats, balls, bullets and guns
    In this upside down world, the British cricket umpire Chris Broad, who reportedly dived protectively onto a wounded colleague in the Lahore attack, is a hero. But Israel, seeking to thwart attacks on its citizenry by Gaza’s Islamists, is a genocidal villain. Or, more simply and absurdly still, the Lahore gunmen are bad terrorists, the Gaza rocketeers good ones
    March 6, 2009
  • Editor’s Notes: From the West Bank to Teheran
    Will the Obama administration urge Israel to halt settlement building, in order to help create a regional climate more conducive to pressuring Iran?
    February 27, 2009
  • Editor’s Notes: The oldest hatred
    Israel is the only sovereign state whose destruction international society will excuse
    February 20, 2009
  • Analysis: Counted out
    Belatedly, the IDF enters the life-and-death numbers game
    February 16, 2009
  • Editor’s Notes: Out of deadlock, momentum
    The virtues of a Likud-Kadima coalition
    February 13, 2009
  • Analysis: Election arithmetic puts Netanyahu in the driver’s seat
    But Likud leader faces a bumpy road to the prime ministership
    February 12, 2009
  • Analysis: Amid competing claims of success, there’s no doubting the failure of the system
    If ‘success’ in Tuesday’s elections was a vague and relative concept, then failure was much clearer. And the most blatant failure was that of our electoral system, insistently unreformed by our politicians
    February 11, 2009
  • Editor’s Notes: As Israel votes
    Facing Iran’s nuclear drive and a fast-rising tide of delegitimization, Israel needs to quickly put aside the pre-election partisan bickering and get serious about tackling the profound challenges to our future
    February 6, 2009
  • Editor’s notes: (Ducking the) Decision Day
    Even would-be friends of Israel don’t know which vision of the country they should be defending. How can they know, when we won’t make up our own minds?
    January 30, 2009
  • Editor’s Notes: Until the next time
    Israeli deterrence has been significantly bolstered by its assault on Hamas. But that was only half the battle…
    January 23, 2009
  • Analysis: No to Hamas, but no, too, to an expanded Israel
    European leaders will be urging Obama to push harder than ever for a peace deal
    January 20, 2009
  • Analysis: Europe’s plea for peace ignores the Gaza reality
    So long as Hamas dominates Gaza, there will be no consensual Palestinian support for viable peace
    January 19, 2009
  • Analysis: Hamas will never change. Will Egypt?
    Saturday’s public comments from Egypt were highly discouraging
    January 18, 2009
  • Editor’s Notes: Tunnel vision
    Israel’s deference to Egyptian sensitivities enabled Hamas to build up its military strength. If the diplomats fail again, the next confrontation will be far worse
    January 16, 2009
  • Analysis: What constitutes a ‘victory?’
    Hamas seeks to survive and regroup; Israel needs to prevent a worse confrontation further ahead
    January 15, 2009
  • Analysis: Where to talk tough
    Threats are less productive than quiet diplomatic pressure on Cairo
    January 14, 2009
  • Analysis: Closing in on the Gaza goals
    There has been a palpable effort not to overstate success
    January 12, 2009
  • Analysis: The world, America included, wags an angry finger
    The UN Security Council resolution legitimizes Israel’s critics and restricts the IDF’s room to maneuver
    January 11, 2009
  • Analysis: Time running out for an escalation Israel’s leaders don’t really want
    Israel’s dilemma is whether or not to proceed to an intensified ground operation
    January 9, 2009
  • Editor’s Notes: The foulest fight
    Hamas shows indifference to any ‘rules’ of war. And reportage has failed to keep pace with the Islamists’ innovation
    January 9, 2009
  • Analysis: As the diplomats falter, IDF focuses on Philadelphi
    Yom-Tov Samia, who is now advising the head of the Southern Command, has previously urged the IDF to reoccupy the Corridor – and stay there for 25 years
    January 8, 2009
  • Analysis: The tragic theater of war
    As the military confrontation grows ever more complex, so, too, does the diplomatic battlefield
    January 7, 2009
  • Analysis: A wary reassertion of Israel’s deterrence
    Hamas’s hopes and expectations are gradually fading, but the Israeli positives can disappear in an instant
    January 6, 2009
  • Analysis: Preventing a recurrence
    Hizbullah was able to rebuild after the 2006 war. Hamas must be denied that option
    January 5, 2009
  • Analysis: Hamas could not be deterred
    When will the Palestinian public, which elected the Islamists, acknowledge the misery they’ve caused both sides?
    January 4, 2009
  • Editor’s Notes: Defeating the enemy
    Barak’s readiness to contemplate the time-out suggested that he was uncertain Israel could quash the Hamas threat
    January 2, 2009
  • Analysis: Disturbing echoes of 2006
    And yet, as Day Five of Operation Cast Lead drew to a close, dismaying comparisons with 2006 were multiplying
    January 1, 2009

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