Horovitz for Prime Minister!

From the Times of Israel, an outstanding piece of common sense from David Horovitz.:

What John Kerry should have told the Saban Forum

“My friends, I can only begin with an apology. The Obama administration, and myself personally, invested extraordinary efforts in trying to foster Israeli-Palestinian peace. And we failed.

The failure is by no means ours alone. But we made mistakes. Too many. We should have known better. We could have done better.”

If John Kerry reads this, he will feel sick to the gut with embarrassment. (Bibi and Abbas are not spared, incidentally) Mr Horovitz, quite simply, gets it, in a way that Kerry, Obama, and a slew of Western politicians and commentators, do not. The follow on question is whether they were or are capable of understanding. In that regard, I am a pessimist.

Read it all, here. Then tell me you don’t agree with the title of this post.

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And now, the end is near

This is a follow up post to An Israeli in Paris, being a recommendation to read the wonderful David Horovitz‘s opinion piece at the Times of Israel, entitled:

The death-cult ideology that France prefers not to name

With a follow on snippet like this:

Op-ed: Of course Hollande didn’t want Netanyahu in Paris. The Israeli PM annoyingly insists on speaking about the dangers of Islamist jihad — the murderous ideology that many of those 3.5 million marchers desperately didn’t want to talk about

He does not mince his words:

The obsession with Netanyahu’s words and deeds in Paris, and with what Hollande did or didn’t want, might seem trivial in the context of the day’s great exhibition of determined resistance to terrorism. The question of whether France would have mobilized in the way it did solely for Jewish victims might seem jaundiced and small-minded after a day of such grand display.

But now that the 3.5 million marchers have all gone home, we are left with the question: What are the French actually going to do about the mounting challenge of Islamist terrorism? More security? Evidently so. More vigilance? Doubtless, at least for a while. More substantive action, truly designed to eliminate the danger? Don’t bet on that.

In other words, it was a fine show of solidarity and empathy, but that is all it was, and all it ever will be: a show.

Read it all, here.

Pay particular attention to the following:

Do the last few days of Islamist murder in France constitute a watershed moment for one of the Diaspora’s largest communities? The beginning of the end? I rather think so.

A watershed moment in the Western battle against Islamic extremism? I fear not.

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For the times they are a-changin’

One of my favorite political writers is David Horovitz, former Jerusalem Post editor. While I probably share much of his worldview, it’s his writing I admire. Even when there were editorials in the Post that I disagreed with, the quality of his prose was worthy of admiration. I was sad when he left the Post – and I do not envy the challenge facing his successor Steve Linde – but now I can celebrate Horovitz’s return at the heart of a new venture: Continue reading

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