YNET calls says annexation is foolish but makes a weak case. Four Likud cabinet members supported the idea but were extremely cautious in their remarks. Rest assured that they got Netanyahu’s consent to their participation in the Annexation/Sovereignty Conference and to their very cautious remarks. This leftist article attempts to ridicule annexation to make it appear non viable. Ted Belman
Op-ed: Electoral threat from Bennett causing Likud to come up with ludicrous ideas
Yoaz Hendel, YNET
The idea of annexing the territories has been living among us for 45 years. No rightist government has ever implemented it, and no leftist government has ever rejected it. In December 1981, six months after the withdrawal from Sinai, Menachem Begin tried to define the border. He annexed the Golan Heights and drew harsh criticism from the world. Reagan’s America created a crisis, but it is in the nature of crises to end. The Golan Heights, however, remained annexed with a clear border.
By MARTIN SHERMAN, JPOST
One can only hope that the stiffening of national resolve the public seems to be displaying in its choice of candidates for the next Knesset, will result in a new political atmosphere that will permit the IDF to once again become the formidable and feared fighting apparatus it once was.
Post-modern notions have blurred the strategic clarity of Israel’s political leadership and its defense and foreign affairs establishment. [T]he outcome of the 2006 [Lebanon] war makes the next round inevitable
– Efraim Inbar, director of the Begin-Sadat (BESA) Center for Strategic Studies
Even if Israel can very capably defend itself…it lacks the will to make the protracted efforts to defeat its enemies…. No one at the upper echelons of Israel’s political life articulates the imperative for victory
– Daniel Pipes, director of the Middle East Forum
Laura: Obama is going to pick Israel hater Chuck Hagel for defense secretary. Obama is open and brazen in his hatred of Israel. As you would expect, Zbignew Brzezinski supports Hagel. Brzezinksi is the guy who suggested we bomb Israeli planes out of the sky if Israel tries to take out Iran’s nuclear facilities. This is a really treacherous, evil being. Actually both are. All bets are off. Israel needs to annex and build in Judea and Samaria and bomb Iran.
Obama expected to pick Hagel as opponents prepare for a fight
President Barack Obama is expected to name Chuck Hagel ashis choice for defense secretary as early as Monday, as critics of the former Nebraska senator prepare to go to war to fight his expected nomination. (Read more…)