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Herzliya Conference

  • One year on: The Iran deal has fulfilled its promise

    Despite what Israel's prime minister may have you believe, the Iran nuclear deal has succeeded in doing exactly what it set out to do: significantly decreasing the threat of a nuclear-armed Islamic Republic. By Shemuel Meir The annual Herzliya Conference made headlines a few weeks back simply due to the fact that former Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon and former Prime Minister Ehud Barak pulled out a no holds barred attack on Benjamin Netanyahu. It was interesting to hear that Ya'lon told the crowd that "at this point in time and in the near future, Israel does not face any existential threats."…

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  • Who needs the Right when we have Isaac Herzog?

    What is the difference between warning about Arab hordes heading to the polls and warning of Arabs being democratically elected to parliament? A few days after Benjamin Netanyahu swept the elections — partly attributed to his election-day racist warnings about Israel's Palestinian minority — I wrote a piece about his rival, Isaac Herzog, who was lugging his own brand of anti-Arab racism along with him on the campaign trail. [tmwinpost] Throughout the race, Herzog positioned himself as an alternative to Netanyahu who would reach a peace agreement with the Palestinians, save Israel from looming international isolation, and return the country…

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  • Herzliya Conference: Israeli leaders practice the politics of fear

    From President Peres to dovish ex-minister Isaac Herzog, speakers at the prestigious Herzliya Conference didn't offer Israelis much hope. A few days ago, I woke up and went through my usual morning routine.  I walked my dog, drank my mug of tea and read the headlines on the Ha’aretz website.  Here’s what I saw: Ikea’s flagship Israel shop in Netanya burned to the ground, a pipeline supplying gas to Israel exploded (allegedly thanks to a few crafty militants), and the newly-appointed Vice President of Israel’s southern neighbor had reportedly survived an assassination attempt.  Looking again at the news outlet’s homepage,…

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