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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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
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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
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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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Some Jew-baiting is more equal than others to the media

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Posted by    Tuesday, May 31, 2016 at 7:00am 5/31/2016 at 7:00am
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Singling Out Jews in Yellow

Shortly before the Senate vote on the nuclear deal with Iran was supposed to take place (but was filibustered by Democratic supporters of the deal), The...

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How’s That Iran Nuclear Deal Working Out?

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Posted by    Wednesday, May 25, 2016 at 6:00pm 5/25/2016 at 6:00pm
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How’s the Iran nuclear deal working out?

I’m not asking the broader foreign policy question that Tom Nichols just addressed, but how is the nuclear aspect of the deal by itself working out?

According to Jonathan Broder of Newsweek, the deal is unraveling. And it is the fault of the United States.

Probably the...

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The Five Deceptions of Obama-Rhodes Echo Chamber

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Posted by    Sunday, May 22, 2016 at 7:30pm 5/22/2016 at 7:30pm
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In his testimony last week before the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, concerning the grand Iran deal deception described in a recent New York Times article that was carried out by Obama and Deputy National Security Advisor Ben Rhodes, Michael Doran, a senior fellow at the Hudson Institute, laid out...

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The Rhodes to Perdition

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Posted by    Monday, May 16, 2016 at 10:00am 5/16/2016 at 10:00am
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There continues to be fallout from the profile of Obama adviser Ben Rhodes that appeared in Sunday’s New York Times magazine last week.

Much of discussion of the article has surrounded who demonstrated bad faith,...

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Grand Deception: How Obama and Ben Rhodes Lied Us Into the Iran nuke deal

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Posted by    Friday, May 6, 2016 at 8:30am 5/6/2016 at 8:30am
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Perhaps the most famous person on the internet right now is Ben Rhodes, Obama’s Deputy National Security Adviser.

Rhodes is profiled in a The New York Times Magazine cover stroy that rips to shreds both the story line sold to the American public and the notion that we have independent media in the age of Obama.

Rhodes’...

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Administration Appeases Iran on Visas, Restrictions on US Banking System

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Posted by    Friday, April 1, 2016 at 4:00pm 4/1/2016 at 4:00pm
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Last July, we responded to President Barack Obama’s challenge to read the nuclear deal he made with Iran and concluded that it was awful.

One of the worst parts of the deal was language (appearing twice) that said, “Iran has stated that if sanctions are reinstated in whole or in part, Iran...

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After 7 Years of Failure, Obama Plans One More Push for Mideast Peace

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Posted by    Wednesday, March 9, 2016 at 11:30am 3/9/2016 at 11:30am
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Ahead of Vice President Joe Biden’s trip to Israel, The Wall Street Journal reported earlier this week that the White House is considering new efforts to revive the Middle East peace process.

The internal discussions are aimed at offering a blueprint for future Israeli-Palestinian talks in a bid to advance a critical...

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Why Abbas Doesn’t Want Peace or Statehood

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Posted by    Wednesday, February 24, 2016 at 1:30pm 2/24/2016 at 1:30pm
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One the best commentaries I’ve seen on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict was published last week in Haaretz.  The article by Israeli author, Gadi Taub asked, Does Abbas Really Want Israel to Withdraw From the West Bank?

Unsurprisingly the answer Taub suggests is “no.”

Taub’s column can be reduced to 5 main points as to...

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The Foreign Policy Conversation Democrats Would Rather Not Have

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Posted by    Monday, February 22, 2016 at 8:30am 2/22/2016 at 8:30am
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If you receive Morning Insurrection, you would have seen Prof. Miriam Elman’s recommendation to read Jonah Goldberg’s piece on the importance of foreign policy in the upcoming election. (If you don’t currently read Morning Insurrection see the signup box in the upper right-hand corner of Legal Insurrection.)

Goldberg wrote:

We can debate how...

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Israel’s Legitimacy is not dependent on a Palestinian State, or The NY Times

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Posted by    Tuesday, February 16, 2016 at 4:00pm 2/16/2016 at 4:00pm
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We hear from critics of Israel that Israel needs a two-state solution to be  legitimate.

Without a Palestinian state, the argument goes, Israel will rule over millions of resentful Palestinians to whom it will have to deny their basic rights in order to maintain its Jewish nature. Or if Israel enfranchises...

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The Costs of Outsourcing America’s Foreign Policy to Iran

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Posted by    Wednesday, February 10, 2016 at 2:00pm 2/10/2016 at 2:00pm
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While President Barack Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry have assured us that the nuclear deal with Iran has delayed war, Tony Badran in a devastating critique of the administration’s foreign policy last week wrote, “Middle Easterners are not so lucky: They get to fight their wars with Iran...

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Escalating Iranian provocations leave John Kerry practically giddy

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Posted by    Wednesday, February 3, 2016 at 7:21pm 2/3/2016 at 7:21pm
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Three weeks ago, ten American sailors on two naval boats were seized by Iran.

One of the first readouts of what happened came from the State Department with this tidbit:

Now, the Secretary then got on the phone with Foreign Minister Zarif for the first time – I think the first of at...

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Vox Don’t Know Much ‘Bout Middle East History

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Posted by    Monday, February 1, 2016 at 10:00am 2/1/2016 at 10:00am
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In the middle of January, I dissected Vox video purporting to distill the Arab-Israeli conflict into 10 minutes. But those ten  minutes were littered with countless errors and omissions. I wasn’ t the only one weighing in, of course.

Elder of Ziyon, one of the longest running pro-Israel bloggers has taken the...

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Ayatollah Khamenei Calls Seizure of American Sailors “God’s Deed”

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Posted by    Sunday, January 24, 2016 at 4:30pm 1/24/2016 at 4:30pm
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Once again we’re reminded that the seizure of the American sailors two weeks ago was not some misunderstanding, it was a purposeful attack by Iran on the American navy.

Today, Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei tweeted this:

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Vox Distorts History In 10-Minute Video About Arab-Israeli Conflict

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Posted by    Thursday, January 21, 2016 at 3:34pm 1/21/2016 at 3:34pm
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Vox.com, which purports to “explain” things, has turned its attention to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The results are not pretty. Truth takes a backseat to revisionism and a combination of ignorance and propaganda forces out knowledge.

Here’s the video, but be sure to read the explanation below as to how it misleads:

In general the content...

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