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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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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White House Struggling to Sell Iran Policy…to Democrats

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Posted by    Sunday, February 22, 2015 at 12:16pm 2/22/2015 at 12:16pm
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An effort last week to marshal Congressional Democrats to urge House Speaker John Boehner to delay Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Congressional speech next month gained the support of only 23 out of 188 House Democrats....

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Obama’s Concessions to Iran Alienating Allies

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Posted by    Tuesday, February 17, 2015 at 8:00am 2/17/2015 at 8:00am
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Last week, Prof. Jacobson noted that The Washington Post published an editorial criticizing President Obama’s handling of the nuclear negotiations with Iran. Prof. Jacobson’s mentioned the editorial in the context of arguing that the likely deal is against “the best interests of the American people.”

But there’s something else remarkable about the editorial....

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Revealed: Palestinian Authority formula for paying terrorists

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Posted by    Sunday, February 8, 2015 at 9:42am 2/8/2015 at 9:42am
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Is the Palestinian Authority interested in peace? Although you probably knew the answer, we now have more proof that the PA directly rewards terrorism against Israel, and has developed a process to determine how much to reward terrorists based upon how serious the terror act was.

Edwin Black reported Friday that unsealed documents not only...

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Tom Cotton takes a hard stance on Iran

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Posted by    Sunday, February 1, 2015 at 3:00pm 2/1/2015 at 3:00pm
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I wasn’t looking for anything more than a screenshot when I came across Senator Tom Cotton’s (R-Ark.) statement last week (embedded below) before the Senate Banking Committee. But when I heard him speak about Iran’s “…nasty habit with their proxies of killing Jews all around the world.” I made a mental...

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Argentine Prosecutor Death in Iran Terror Case Gets Curiouser

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Posted by    Friday, January 23, 2015 at 11:30am 1/23/2015 at 11:30am
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Sunday night Argentinian prosecutor Alberto Nisman was found shot to death in his apartment. Nisman had been scheduled the following day to present his criminal complaint against Argentinian President  Cristina Fernández de Kirchner before a closed session of Argentina’s congress.

The initial claim (one made by Kirchner herself on her Facebook page) that...

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Murdered or Suicide? Argentine Prosecutor Who Blew Whistle On Iranian Terror Link

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Posted by    Monday, January 19, 2015 at 6:47pm 1/19/2015 at 6:47pm
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Alberto Nisman, the Argentinian prosecutor who investigated the 1994 bombing of the AMIA Jewish center in Buenos Aires and documented Iran’s extensive terror ties in the western hemisphere, was found dead at his home Sunday night of a bullet wound to the head.

Nisman was slated to testify today on his latest explosive accusations...

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Are US “negotiations” encouraging an intransigent Iran?

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Posted by    Tuesday, January 13, 2015 at 4:00pm 1/13/2015 at 4:00pm
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On Sunday, the New York Times ran an editorial that compares President Barack Obama with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani—they’re clearly both moderates facing hard liners in their own governments—and provided an explanation Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei’s intransigence, claiming:

But Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, who will have the last word on any...

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To help Palestinians, take spotlight off Palestinians

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Posted by    Wednesday, January 7, 2015 at 4:02pm 1/7/2015 at 4:02pm
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In The Dream Palace of the Arab, an excellent column about Palestinians’ inability to place their fantasies about the destruction of Israel over the reality of Israel, Bret Stephens focuses on Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas’ latest attempts to...

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Dennis Ross: “Stop Giving Palestinians a Pass”

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Posted by    Tuesday, January 6, 2015 at 7:00am 1/6/2015 at 7:00am
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In an op-ed published in The New York Times on Monday, former American peace negotiator Dennis Ross wrote that it’s time to hold the Palestinians responsible for turning down peace.

Since 2000, there have been three serious negotiations that culminated in offers to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict: Bill Clinton’s parameters in 2000,...

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