Monthly Archives: January 2011

First time since Egypt riots began, rockets fired from Gaza

Tensions in Egypt appear to be spreading to Gaza: Grad rockets fired from the Hamas-ruled territory Monday night landed near the southern Israeli cities of Ofakim and Netivot. Also Monday, a Qassam rocket exploded in an open area in the Eshkol Regional Council.

Good news: Pakistan Doubles Nuclear Arsenal

Pakistan has doubled its nuclear weapons stockpile over the past several years, increasing its arsenal to more than 100 deployed weapons, according to a published report.

For Palestinians, Egyptian unrest is bittersweet

Ordinary people cheer on protesters, but Hamas and Fatah are both hesitant to take sides.

Execution-happy Iran adds to its rapidly growing butcher’s bill

While the eyes of the world are understandably turned toward North Africa, Iranian executions have escalated dramatically. Human rights organizations report that in January 2011 alone, Iran has executed at least 65 people, while another 43 executions took place in the 10 days before the new year. This is a rate of about one person every eight hours, an unprecedented “execution binge” even by wanton Iranian standards. It has gone largely unnoticed.

The Egypt disaster

It would be enough to give some thought to the implications of the Shah’s fall in Iran in 1979 on current-day Israel in order to understand the disaster that may befall us as result of what is happening in Egypt right before our eyes.

Back then, just like today, the New York Times and many liberals took pleasure in the revolution of freedom undertaken by the young people. Back then, the freedom-hungry youngsters became a victim of the ayatollahs. We can assume that ElBaradei and his comrades will be eaten up by the Muslim Brothers even more easily.

By Thy Own Hands

The growing menace of endogenic Judeo-phobia – or how Jews fan the flames of hatred against their own.

The Debate over Defensible Borders in the Era of Missiles

Yossi Beilin commented last week that Israel was returning to the idea of “defensible borders,” which in his words was “anachronistic” and had been “disproven” since it was first introduced through UN Security Council Resolution 242 in 1967. Today, he argued it was a completely “ridiculous” concept in light of the technological changes that have been introduced by the IDF–and among our enemies.  Beilin asks how this idea could be relevant when we are  in “a world of missiles.”