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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The Palestinians Continue Their War Against Israel in Soccer

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Posted by    Friday, May 22, 2015 at 8:13pm 5/22/2015 at 8:13pm
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When in 1993 Israel and the PLO agreed to make peace, PLO chief Yasser Arafat committed to forswear violence and engage in bilateral negotiations.

The thousands of Israelis killed, especially during the so-called Aqsa intifada – really a terror campaign orchestrated by Arafat – show that the Palestinians didn’t keep to the...

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Israel’s Magnificent Medical Efforts to Save Syrians

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Posted by    Wednesday, May 13, 2015 at 5:40pm 5/13/2015 at 5:40pm
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A couple of remarkable news reports have been broadcast in recent days about the care given Syrians wounded in the civil war across the border. One – the more dramatic one – was at the Israeli news site Ynet (affiliated with the daily Yedioth Ahronot); the other at CNN.

The Ynet article...

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Kurdish Revolt Against Iran Brewing?

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Posted by    Tuesday, May 12, 2015 at 1:00pm 5/12/2015 at 1:00pm
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One of the things about Iran that isn’t generally understood is that its population is at least 40% ethnic minorities. There are Kurds, Ahwazi Arabs, Azeris and Baluchis for example. And of course there are religious minorities, Jews, Sunnis, Christians and Bahai, who also are persecuted.

So what happens when one of...

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Traces of Chemical Weapons Found at Undeclared Site in Syria

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Posted by    Sunday, May 10, 2015 at 2:30pm 5/10/2015 at 2:30pm
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Late Friday afternoon Reuters had a huge scoop. Inspectors found traces of prohibited chemical weapons at a previously undeclared site in Syria.

Samples taken by experts from the Organisation for the Prohibition and Chemical Weapons (OPCW) in December and January tested positive for chemical precursors needed to make the toxic agents, the...

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Maersk Pays “Ransom,” Iran Frees Ship

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Posted by    Friday, May 8, 2015 at 8:30am 5/8/2015 at 8:30am
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Iran released the Maersk Tigris, the cargo ship it seized at sea last week.

The New York Times reports:

The Maersk Line, the Danish shipping giant, confirmed in a statement that the vessel and its 24-member crew, forced to anchor near Iran’s southern port of Bandar Abbas since its seizure on April 28,...

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Iran’s Foreign Minister Takes in Gullible Media

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Posted by    Thursday, May 7, 2015 at 8:30am 5/7/2015 at 8:30am
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Last week Iran’s foreign minister and chief nuclear negotiator Mohammad Javad Zarif appeared in “a conversation” with columnist David Ignatius of The Washington Post at NYU sponsored by the New America Foundation. There were those in the media who described Zarif as “suave” and “diplomatic,” but not everyone was impressed with...

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Israel Establishes Red Lines for Iran and Hezbollah

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Posted by    Monday, April 27, 2015 at 8:30am 4/27/2015 at 8:30am
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Yesterday afternoon Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon warned Iran not to arm Hezbollah.

“Iran continues to try and arm Hezbollah and it is striving to arm the Lebanese terror group with advanced weapons...

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The Good, Bad and Ugly of Senate Iran Nuke Compromise

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Posted by    Wednesday, April 15, 2015 at 1:00pm 4/15/2015 at 1:00pm
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There have been a number of reactions to the Corker-Menendez bill, which provides for Congressional oversight of whatever nuclear deal the administration makes with Iran. It passed out of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee yesterday with a 19-0 vote.

J. E. Dyer at Liberty Unyielding looks at the numbers and sees the...

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The Obama Administration’s Nonproliferation Hypocrisy

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Posted by    Thursday, April 9, 2015 at 6:45pm 4/9/2015 at 6:45pm
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I visited the State Department’s website earlier this week and I was greeted by an item hailing the 45th anniversary of the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty (NPT).

After hailing the treaty the article goes on to say more explicitly, “[i]f we didn’t already have the NPT, we would desperately need it today.”

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Obama’s dangerous Iran nuke strategy

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Posted by    Monday, March 23, 2015 at 8:30am 3/23/2015 at 8:30am
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The nuclear negotiations between the West and Iran may have reached an impasse over the timing of Iran getting relief from sanctions.

This is how The Guardian broke down the differences between the United States and the French on Friday:

Diplomats say the French foreign minister, Laurent Fabius, telephoned the French delegation in...

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After Israeli Election, Will Obama Party Like It’s 1999?

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Posted by    Tuesday, March 17, 2015 at 10:00am 3/17/2015 at 10:00am
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Charles Krauthammer began a 1999 column like this:

Having failed to topple Saddam Hussein or Slobodan Milosevic, Bill Clinton had to settle for Benjamin Netanyahu.

In a characteristic display of partisan glee, Clinton toasted political consultant Robert Shrum on Tuesday night (reports Lloyd Grove in The Washington Post) to congratulate him (and implicitly, the...

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Cotton Letter Smokes Out Dangerous Concession to Iran

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Posted by    Monday, March 16, 2015 at 1:00pm 3/16/2015 at 1:00pm
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The Wall Street Journal reported yesterday (Google l...

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How the AP Whitewashed Hamas

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Posted by    Thursday, March 12, 2015 at 4:30pm 3/12/2015 at 4:30pm
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In a lengthy report, investigative journalists Richard Behar and Gary Weiss exposed the various ways that the Associated Press (AP) discounted Israeli claims and promoted Hamas propaganda in its investigation last month into civilian casualties that occurred during last summer’s Operation Protective Edge.

Among the sins and omissions documented by Behar and Weiss are...

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Obama Launches Preemptive Interview on Bibi Speech

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Posted by    Tuesday, March 3, 2015 at 7:00am 3/3/2015 at 7:00am
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In an interview with Reuters published yesterday, President Obama launched a pre-emptive strike against Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s planned speech before a session of Congress. I won’t attempt to fisk the whole thing, but a few things stuck out as patently false.

Now keep in mind the prime minister, when we signed...

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Administration Attacks on Bibi Spur Bipartisan Support for Israel

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Posted by    Sunday, March 1, 2015 at 4:55pm 3/1/2015 at 4:55pm
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The administration continues in its attempt to marginalize Prime Minister Netanyahu ahead of his speech on Iran. And the efforts appear to be backfiring.

Jeffrey Goldberg tells some important truths in today’s column, Danger Ahead for Obama on Iran:

I’m fairly sure Netanyahu will deliver a powerful speech, in part because he is eloquent in...

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The New York Times Cheers On A Nuclear Iran

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Posted by    Friday, February 27, 2015 at 12:40pm 2/27/2015 at 12:40pm
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Yesterday’s New York Times editorial on the emerging nuclear deal between the West and Iran is completely delusional. I will try to tackle the editorial’s arguments in the order of ridiculousness, from most to least:

Critics of any deal — including those in Congress, such as Senator Mark Kirk, a Republican of Illinois,...

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A Test Iran Is Sure to Pass

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Posted by    Wednesday, February 25, 2015 at 3:00pm 2/25/2015 at 3:00pm
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At a Senate Appropriations Committee Hearing yesterday, Secretary of State John Kerry took aim at critics of the Obama administration’s posture towards Iran:

World powers grouped under the so-called P5+1 “had made inroads” since reaching an interim deal with Iran in November 2013 on reining in its suspect nuclear program, Kerry said.

“We’ve...

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