Springtime signals its entrance as  temperatures warm and leaves and flowers reliably return. Election time in Israel signals its entrance as politicians emerge from their hibernation and their embarrassing proposals reliably return.

Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman, Israel’s secular mullah, recently awoke. His proposal?  Behead Palestinians.

What makes Lieberman’s plan so unique is he doesn’t limit it to terrorists or criminals. His focus is on  Israeli Arabs who are, in his opinion, disloyal to Israel.

Israelis do know best. Just ask Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. He was kind enough to offer our President advise on how to negotiate with Iranians just as effectively as he has  avoided negotiating with Palestinians. Plus when he appeared before Congress, Netanyahu offered several speaking bonuses: history lessons, a Holocaust survivor stage prop, and a fascinating story about Purim that actually earned Queen Esther her  first congressional standing ovation. Lieberman, on the other hand, didn’t appear before Congress or receive any standing ovations. Nor is he likely to any time soon. But his overall message is one Americans can certainly learn from.

Lieberman’s plan could potentially be a great voting model for the U.S.: One man, one vote could become one man, one beheading. If voters don’t think their candidates and elected officials support what they should support, then why should voters have to waste their time repetitively voting against entrenched office holders? Beheading is so much quicker and more decisive. Now that’s a message sure to earn a bipartisan congressional reaction.

 

 

Et Tu, Bibi? Netanyahu Made His “Bad Deal” Worse

by Jeff Pozmantier March 5, 2015

Supporters of Israel sometimes disagree about tactics, threats and how to best insult the person they feel isn’t really pro-Israel or pro-Israel enough. Two Jews. Check. Three opinions. Check. Four Kapo insults. Doublecheck. Some of us with nothing better to do also disagree about how, when, and where to express support for what is still the Middle East’s only democracy and nuclear power, and also its uncontested […]

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Why Netanyahu’s Speech To Congress Is An Existential Threat To Israel

by Jeff Pozmantier March 2, 2015

I’ve held my tongue (and typing finger). Until now. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s pre-election Congressional field trip is more likely to result in long-lasting damage to the U.S.-Israeli relationship than result in some sudden reversal of the U.S. effort to reach a nuclear agreement between Iran and key world powers. Today is not the day  to debate the fine points of an […]

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My War Zone Experiences (And Brian Williams’ and Bill O’ Reilly’s)

by Jeff Pozmantier February 25, 2015

Like Brian Williams, I braved enemy combat. I somehow managed to survive the  2014 Israeli destruction of Gaza and Hamas tunneling into  Israeli border towns. In the height of the conflict I was but a mile away in the underground Sderot command center. And I listened to the shelling and watched a security camera tape showing  a missile that exploded two […]

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One Question Israel Needs To Ask

by Jeff Pozmantier February 1, 2015

Before we get to the question, a caveat: You may have your own question. That’s OK. Or so I’ll say to keep the Middle East blogging peace. Group-think isn’t necessarily a good thing. Although when it comes to Israeli or Palestinian issues, it would certainly help to at least occasionally have alignment, if only to model behavior for our protagonists and reduce […]

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Israel: A Country Seen Through Different Eyes

by Jeff Pozmantier December 18, 2014

I recently traveled to Israel and the West Bank with a group of Jews and Presbyterians. Although I had already written roughly 1500 words about our  trip, I decided to stop with my description of our first day. (I gave up with probably another five or six thousand words to go. Brevity and I have a kind of Walt and Jesse meth-making relationship. Some days […]

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I Was A Temporary Palestinian: Seven Hours Was Rough — Imagine Seven Decades

by Jeff Pozmantier November 21, 2014

You, too, can become a temporary Palestinian: Step 1 —  In preparation for a security check as you enter Israel-controlled areas, place your passport on the seat of your “Arab” bus taking you from Ramallah, Palestine In Waiting’s seat of government. Step 2 — When the Israeli soldiers board your bus, flash your best Texas grin (actually any non-Palestinian grin will do) and proudly hold up that passport  for […]

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Netanyahu Intends To Keep Intending

by Jeff Pozmantier October 20, 2014

I intend to wear my seat belt and drive the speed limit. I intend to pick up my dog’s yard contributions in a nice baggy. I intend to (one day) organize my desk drawers. The Cubs intend to (one century)  win the…oh never mind — some things will just never happen. Intent and fulfillment don’t have to be strangers. In the […]

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A Two-State Strategy Is Israel’s Strongest Weapon

by Jeff Pozmantier August 27, 2014

The New York Times’ Tom Friedman has incredibly insightful friends and colleagues he loves to reference is his articles. Alas, many  of my friends lean more inciteful than insightful. One loves to make historical analogies. At least those that fit his confirmation biases. For him, every negotiation with an enemy is Neville Chamberlain seeking to appease Hitler.  Why talk with […]

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Back To The Future? What To Do With Gaza

by Jeff Pozmantier August 15, 2014

In 1977, Secretary of State Cyrus Vance pitched the idea of a UN trusteeship for the Palestinian territories. That was to be the first step in getting  to a Palestinian homeland. Little was Cy to know that 37 years later his idea would be adopted by Israel’s Official P.R. Nightmare and Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman (who all sentient beings should be […]

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