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A Strategy for Settlements, Part II: Settlement Interests

In A Strategy for Settlements, Part I, we articulated the need for an intellectual, factual and interest-driven approach to developing a medium to long term strategy for Jewish communities in Shomron and Yehudah. The second in this continuing series focuses on the core priorities of the settlements themselves, and those of their residents. When speaking […]

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Response to a Neo-Prog: Let’s Talk About the (Herd of) Elephants in the Room

In response to a request from a reader, I wrote some thoughts on the matter of Israeli settlements in the West Bank. Noam, the author of a blog called “Promised Land” responded in feigned disbelief. He makes many presumptions and jumps all over what he thinks he’s caught me saying, and never once tried to […]

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Video: Remarkable Interview with 12 Year Old Tamar Fogel

This is the girl who came home to find her family slashed to death. Amazing poise:

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A Strategy for Settlements, Part I

In light of the recent murders at Itamar, and given the considerable coverage given to those murders within the pro-Israel blogosphere, now is as good a time as any to think more deeply about the present state and future of the settlement movement, to the extent it is a movement, and the fate of some […]

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Transcript of Interview with IDF Paramedic from Scene of Itamar Massacre, Sgt Edi Itelman

Here is the full transcript of the conference call with Sgt. Itelman, referred to in Adam Levick’s post below. Via the IDF Spokesperson’s Office: Transcript of Phone Interview with Sergeant Edi (Edward) Itelman 22.03.11 Edi: I’m a paramedic in the army. My base is located 10 minutes from Itamar. So, Friday night, approx. 1:00 AM, […]

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The Culture of Death and the 2:1 Ratio…The Jews Lose

Last week’s unspeakable massacre of the young Fogel family in the village of Itamar in Samaria has been mourned and wept over until there are no tears left. Well, of course not by everyone. According to Ynet News, “Gaza residents from the southern city of Rafa hit the streets Saturday [the day after the massacre] […]

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Cracking the Fantasy of Settlements

Claire Berlinski, a journalist and academic, has been touring Israel on an Act for Israel trip, and visited the community of Itamar last Sunday, March 13, just a day after the grizzly murders. She is now one of a growing number of journalists who have begun to understand that residents of Jewish communities beyond the […]

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Wake Up, Smell Coffee

The Usual Suspects, from the Israeli ‘peace camp’ to anti-Israel academics like Stephen Walt, have responded to the shocking murders in Itamar in the following general way:

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Thinning out the Settler Herd

Today, somewhere in the West Bank, perhaps the city of Nablus, members of the Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigades, a Palestinian terrorist organization closely linked with the ruling Fatah party, are watching a television set in disbelief. Just hours earlier, members of the group, building on months of pre-operational surveillance, infiltrated the Jewish settlement of Itamar […]

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Celebrating the Itamar Murder With Sweets: Happy in Gaza – Photos of Family, Murder Scene, Celebration


First, the victims, from the Facebook page set up for them: Five members of the Fogel family in Itamar Udi (father age 36) Ruth (mother age 35), Yoav (age 11), Elad (age 4) and Hadas (age 3 months) were murdered in their home in Itamar in Shomron by terrorists who infiltrated the Jewish community by […]

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Gaza Residents Hand Out Candy to Celebrate Itamar Massacre

For most people, the brutal stabbing murder of a family of five, including an infant, would be a moment of for quiet introspection, even if the event occurred among an “enemy” population. Not so for some people in Gaza. They’re handing out candy in celebration: Gaza celebrates; Fayyad condemns Gaza residents from the southern city […]

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Uncertainty Now

A short while ago I posted a note about the lack of media attention to Israel. A few hours later five members of a family in a Jewish settlement, including a two month old infant, were slaughtered on the Sabbath. The earthquake in Japan and the possibility of radioactive clouds monopolize the headlines elsewhere, but […]

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Family of Five Found Stabbed to Death in Itamar, Israel

Always dangerous to rely on initial reports, but the JPost says police suspect a terrorist did it and is on the loose: Family of five found stabbed to death in Itamar settlement Five family members were found dead in their residence in the West Bank Itamar settlement Friday overnight. A number of settlement residents had […]

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Two Questions for discussion: (Il)legality of Settlements, Jewish State

I recently received the following note. Dear Professor Landes, I have two questions, please. First, what is the best discussion that you know of the legality or illegality of west bank settlements, as well as their moral standing? Second, should Israel retain its’ Jewish identity—-What would be a good discussion to read? THANK YOU, I […]

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No Settlement in Sight

During a week in which half the Middle-East was in flames, the diplomatic chatter over a UN condemnation of Israel’s so-called “settlements” showed just how irrelevant Western diplomacy is to the real issues in the region. The riots in Bahrain, Tunisia, Libya, Egypt and Iran were not about a few Jewish villages on one side […]

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This Never Happened: Real West Bank Water Theft

For years, we’ve been told that Israel is stealing Palestinian water resources. This slogan, much promoted, particularly in Europe, was then disproven, conclusively and authoritatively, by Israel’s Water Authority, which described clearly the rational, fair and, most importantly, mutually agreed upon management and distribution of water resources to both Israel and territories under Palestinian administration. […]

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On Bended Knees

On Bended Knees – ‘The Obama administration came close to what many of us have feared would happen, abandoning Israel at the U.N. Yes, the U.S. finally — after a sustained bipartisan Congressional outcry — did veto a one-sided and politically opportunistic resolution pushed by the Palestinian Authority declaring Israeli settlement construction anywhere beyond the […]

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Israel Derangement Syndrome at the UN

On Friday, Hizballah-controlled Lebanon introduced a Palestinian-drawn resolution stating that Israeli settlements outside the 1949 lines, including eastern Jerusalem, are illegal according to the Geneva Convention. The US Ambassador to the UN, Susan Rice, cast the sole vote against it, dooming it by virtue of the veto power held by the five permanent members of […]

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Elliot Abrams: How to Lose Friends and Not Influence People

Elliot Abrams: How to Lose Friends and Not Influence People – ‘The Obama Administration cast its first veto in the United Nations on Friday, February 18, killing a Security Council resolution that would have condemned Israeli settlement activity. Its poor handling of the entire episode has left just about everyone angry at the United States […]

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Administration Vetoes UN anti-Israel Resolution…But. Also: Mitt Romney on Israel

The Veto came (see previous: US Threatens UN Sellout of Israel in New Round of Appeasement), but, according to Jon Podhoretz: UN: Good Veto, Bad Administration Just now, in the U.N. Security Council, U.S. Ambassador Susan Rice raised her hand to oppose the resolution condemning Israel’s settlement activity. Thus, the Obama administration did not join […]

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