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For your perusal, my latest INTO THE FRAY column:


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Israel’s Military Iron-Dome

Israel requires a massive strategic public diplomacy offensive to generate the freedom of action required for victory-oriented policy

 It appears this week on the following sites (in alphabetical order):

ISRAELI FRONTLINE: http://www.israelifrontline.com/2017/05/fray-imperative-precursor-victory-diplomatic-iron-dome.html
ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS:  http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/229547
ISRAEL NEWS ONLINE: https://israelnewsonline.org/into-the-fray-an-imperative-precursor-for-victory-a-diplomatic-iron-dome/
ISRAEL RISING: https://israelrising.com/israels-precursor-victory/
ISRAEL’S VOICE: https://www.israelsvoice.org/2017/05/12/fray-imperative-precursor-victory-diplomatic-iron-dome/
ISRAPUNDIT: http://www.israpundit.org/archives/63623090
JEWS DOWN UNDER:  https://jewsdownunder.com/2017/05/12/fray-imperative-precursor-victory-diplomatic-iron-dome/
MEDIUM:  https://medium.com/@martinsherman/into-the-fray-an-imperative-precursor-for-victory-a-diplomatic-iron-dome-a02ea30ffa91
JEWISH PRESS: (To be posted)

An excerpt:


Erdogan (center) with Hamas Leaders Khaled Mashal (left) & Ismail Haniyeh

 Wars usually end when failure causes one side to despair when that side has…accepted defeat, and when that defeat has exhausted its will to fightDaniel Pipes, A New Strategy for Israeli Victory, Commentary, December 14, 2016.

This will be my third and final column in a trilogy addressing the recently established    Congressional Israel Victory Caucus (CIVC). For my previous two columns, see here and here…in the Israeli-Palestinian context, breaking the will of the Palestinians alone is unlikely to be sufficient for heralding in a more amicable attitude in the future. Indeed, arguably the most crucial point I endeavored to convey was that, given the external centers of agitation in the surrounding Arab countries and in the wider Muslim world, unless further steps are taken to permanently extinguish the resurgence of any future hope of prying loose the Jewish hold on land they consider Arab, the will to resume fighting will probably reassert itself.
…it is virtually an irrefutable “political algorithm” that in order to remove the unremitting international pressure and facilitate the kind of assertive measures Pipes prescribes, it is essential to discredit the legitimacy of (i.e. delegitimize) the Palestinian narrative…This is undoubtedly a formidable task, and a necessary condition for its accomplishment is to acknowledge its magnitude—lest efforts to do so prove inadequate…In this regard, I have long advocated a massive Israeli investment in a strategic public diplomacy offensive (1% of state budget, or a billion dollars annually) to confront, contend and counter international pressures and generate the freedom of action required for measures of the kind Pipes proposes…

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