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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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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Obama’s Passivity in Face of Aggression Puts Iran in Driver’s Seat

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Posted by    Thursday, January 14, 2016 at 1:00pm 1/14/2016 at 1:00pm
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With the news that Iran has seized two American boats and detained 10 American sailors in the Persian Gulf just ahead of the State of the Union earlier this week, I’d like to go back to something that President Barack Obama said a little more than a year ago. Even though the...

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How The Washington Post contributed to mythology of Obama greatness

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Posted by    Thursday, January 7, 2016 at 2:30pm 1/7/2016 at 2:30pm
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At a time when tensions in the Middle East are rising, it is perhaps a time to once again review President Barack Obama’s qualifications for office. To be sure his qualifications were fabricated, or at least oversold.

This wasn’t just the doing of the Obama campaign. Campaigns are supposed to do present their candidates...

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Obama Tough On Israel, Pushover For Iran

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Posted by    Monday, January 4, 2016 at 8:30am 1/4/2016 at 8:30am
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Two ongoing news stories that broke this past week show the Obama administration’s contrasting styles towards America’s top Middle East ally and a rogue nation that continues to flout international law. Obama and his top officials have no problem playing hardball with Israel, but become like Rex the dinosaur in Toy...

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When will NY Times Break the Silence about its implicit anti-Israel bias?

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Posted by    Saturday, December 26, 2015 at 12:30pm 12/26/2015 at 12:30pm
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Anti-Israel bias in The New York Times isn’t news. But an article this week once again highlights how the Times promotes those who criticize or demonize Israel pretty uncritically, Israeli Veterans’ Criticism of West Bank Occupation Incites Furor.

The report in question w...

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Republicans Slam Administration For Caving To Iran On Visa Waiver Program

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Posted by    Saturday, December 26, 2015 at 10:30am 12/26/2015 at 10:30am
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The hits keep on coming.

Republicans continue slamming Obama and his administration over their capitulation to Iran on the Visa Waiver Program (VWP). As part of the spending bill Congress passed a law tightening restrictions on the VWP, which would mean that business people who traveled...

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Obama Admin seems more interested in not offending Iran, than stopping a nuke

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Posted by    Thursday, December 24, 2015 at 8:30am 12/24/2015 at 8:30am
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As someone who has opposed the nuclear deal with Iran from the start, the past week has been a nightmare.

Following an International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) report that found Iran had been cheating on its nuclear program and had progressed further towards a bomb than previous thought,...

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Iran’s Bad Week In Syria

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Posted by    Sunday, December 20, 2015 at 6:30pm 12/20/2015 at 6:30pm
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Iran and its allies have taken a beating in Syria according to recent reports.

Perhaps the most spectacular was the airstrike overnight that killed the notorious child killer, Samir Kuntar and eight other terrorists in a Damascus suburb. Prof. Jacobson rightly called Kuntar “among the most notorious and vicious terrorists,” for shooting...

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