About: David Gerstman

David Gerstman blogged as Soccer Dad from 2003 to 2010. Formerly a computer programmer, he is now a blogger for The Israel Project’s The Tower blog.




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Trump Rebukes Abbas Three Times

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Posted by    Thursday, May 4, 2017 at 8:30am 5/4/2017 at 8:30am
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President Donald Trump appeared to rebuke Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas at least three times in their joint statement on Wednesday.

First, at the beginning of his remarks, Trump recalled the Oslo Accords:

Almost 24 years ago, it was on these grounds that President Abbas stood with a courageous peacemaker, then-Israeli Prime Minister...

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Haley Puts UN on Notice: “The Days of Israel-Bashing are Over”

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Posted by    Monday, March 27, 2017 at 7:30pm 3/27/2017 at 7:30pm
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New United Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley wowed the audience at AIPAC this evening, saying “The days of Israel-bashing are over,” in a conversation with former Defense Department official Dan Senor.

Haley told Senor that while she had heard that there was anti-Israel bias at the UN “you can’t comprehend how...

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Nikki Haley for the win: UN withdraws anti-Israel report and official resigns

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Posted by    Sunday, March 19, 2017 at 7:30pm 3/19/2017 at 7:30pm

Last week the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA), a group comprised entirely of Arab countries, issued a report accusing Israel of practicing apartheid against the Palestinians. Having a U.N. group make such an accusation was considered a major propaganda win for the anti-Israel movement.

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The Most Important Article that You Didn’t Read about the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

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Posted by    Sunday, March 5, 2017 at 6:00pm 3/5/2017 at 6:00pm
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Last week Gen. (ret.) Michael Herzog (brother of Israel’s opposition leader Isaac Herzog) wrote a remarkable article (.pdf) in The American Interest.

Herzog, who has been involved in Israeli-Palestinian negotiations since 1993 didn’t write his article to place blame (though he does) for the failure of the 2013-2014 talks overseen by then-Secretary of...

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Obamaleaks: Suspicious Haaretz “scoop” about Netanyahu blocking “regional peace plan”

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Posted by    Sunday, February 19, 2017 at 5:00pm 2/19/2017 at 5:00pm

Barak Ravid, the diplomatic correspondent for the Israeli daily Haaretz, has a reputation of getting great scoops, especially of the sort that makes Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu look bad.

In a story with a sensational headline that has lit up anti-Netanyahu social media, Ravid reported, Exclusive Kerry Offered Netanyahu Regional Peace Plan...

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New Hamas Chief Yehya Sinwar is radical even by Hamas standards

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Posted by    Wednesday, February 15, 2017 at 7:00am 2/15/2017 at 7:00am
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Hamas, the terrorist group dedicated to Israel’s destruction, in the Gaza Strip has a new leader, and it shouldn’t be surprising that he’s a convicted murderer.

Convicted of the murder of other Palestinians who had been accused of helping Israel, Yehya Sinwar was imprisoned in 1989 and served 22 years until he...

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Kerry’s Latest Peace Making Effort Ends with a Pffft

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Posted by    Monday, January 16, 2017 at 6:30pm 1/16/2017 at 6:30pm

In a call to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday, January 15, 2017, Secretary of State John Kerry assured the prime minister that there would be no further United Nations Security Council action taken against Israel in the wake the Paris peace conference.

That conference brought 70+ nations together to discuss...

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North Korea threatens nuclear-capable ICBM launch, Trump tweets “It won’t happen!”

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Posted by    Monday, January 2, 2017 at 9:10pm 1/2/2017 at 9:10pm
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In a New Year’s announcement, North Korean dictator Kim Jung Un stated that his nation was on the verge of launching its first intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) – a missile capable of both carrying a nuclear warhead and reaching the United States.

This threat could President-elect Donald Trump’s first major foreign policy...

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Thomas Friedman’s Unhinged Attack on Trump and Netanyahu

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Posted by    Sunday, January 1, 2017 at 1:00pm 1/1/2017 at 1:00pm
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Probably the one columnist I have critiqued more than any other in my blogging career is Thomas Friedman of The New York Times.

Friedman, one-time NY Times Jerusalem bureau chief, is considered The Times’ go-to expert on the Middle East, globalization and environmental issues.

However, when reading Friedman’s columns, it’s easy to see...

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Obama’s UN Legacy: Whitewashing Iran’s Nuclear Cheating; Outlawing Jewish History

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Posted by    Monday, December 26, 2016 at 7:00am 12/26/2016 at 7:00am
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President Barack Obama’s legacy at the UN will be marked by the year 2016.

The year was bookmarked by the passage of UN Security Council resolution 2231 in January, giving U.N. authority to the Iran Nuclear Deal, and resolution 2334 last week, purporting to declare illegal the presence of Jews...

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Did Obama’s “Daylight” with Israel Bring Peace?

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Posted by    Monday, November 21, 2016 at 2:30pm 11/21/2016 at 2:30pm

Early on in his first term, President Barack Obama suggested that in order to achieve peace between Israeli and the Palestinians, there needed to be more “daylight” between the United States and Israel.

Obama, according to a report on a meeting between the president and American Jewish leaders, said, referring to the...

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What if Donald Trump did Move the American Embassy to Jerusalem?

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Posted by    Tuesday, November 15, 2016 at 4:00pm 11/15/2016 at 4:00pm

Miriam Elman had an excellent post on Sunday on the possibility that, once inaugurated as president, Donald Trump would do what none of his predecessors ever did despite their promises and move the American embassy in Israel to Jerusalem, Israel’s capital.

The reason that Bill Clinton and George W. Bush never followed the...

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Shimon Peres: Israel’s Architect of War and Peace

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Posted by    Thursday, September 15, 2016 at 7:00am 9/15/2016 at 7:00am

The stroke suffered Tuesday by former Israeli president Shimon Peres offers an opportunity to look at his legacy to the State of Israel. Tuesday, was September 13, 23 years to the day that he stood on the White House lawn with Yitzchak Rabin and Yasser Arafat, overseen by President Bill Clin...

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Washington Post Inadvertently Makes a Case for Trump

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Posted by    Monday, September 12, 2016 at 7:00am 9/12/2016 at 7:00am

In two editorials last week, The Washington Post inadvertently made the case for Donald Trump to be president. To be sure the Post still believes that Trump is a “unique” threat to our republic, but the two editorials highlighted the dangers...

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More proof Iran Nuke Deal not about stopping a nuclear weapon

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Posted by    Monday, July 25, 2016 at 8:30am 7/25/2016 at 8:30am

The Associated Press reported earlier this week that a previously secret document showed that a number of restrictions imposed by last year’s nuclear deal with Iran will expire after ten years, allowing Iran to achieve a nuclear breakout time as little as three months by the end of the deal in...

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U.S. Navy: Seizure of American Soldiers by Iran Violated International Law

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Posted by    Monday, July 4, 2016 at 9:00am 7/4/2016 at 9:00am

Numerous news reports have covered the Navy’s report on the capture of ten U.S. sailors in January by Iran, notably the Navy’s decision to discipline nine officers and sailors over the incident. But the media buried a bigger part of the incident in the Navy’s report. Here’s Politico, quoting from Chief of...

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Jake Tapper Demands Accountability from State Dept. Will MSM Follow?

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Posted by    Sunday, June 5, 2016 at 5:00pm 6/5/2016 at 5:00pm

In a brutal report on the administration’s dishonesty regarding the nuclear deal with Iran, CNN’s Jake Tapper last week concluded that Americans “have a right to know who lied to us.”

Tapper walked us through the basics, but let’s review.

The story began in February 2013, when Fox News reporter James Rosen asked then...

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