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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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A Test Iran Is Sure to Pass

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Posted by    Wednesday, February 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.

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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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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Obama Admin Indirectly Encourages Palestinian Unilateralism

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Posted by    Monday, January 5, 2015 at 11:30am
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As Prof. Jacobson blogged last week Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas attempted to get the United Nations Security Council to impose terms of a peace settlement on Israel and then, failing that, applied to the International Criminal Court in an effort to bring war crimes charges against Israel.

While Abbas bears the...

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NY Times 2015: Keep blaming Israel, ignore Palestinian rejectionism

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Posted by    Thursday, January 1, 2015 at 12:30pm
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Today the New York Times, predictably, blamed Israel for Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas’ efforts to internationalize the Palestinians conflict with Israel. According to the Times, it is Israel’s fault that Abbas attempted...

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Will Israel’s Left Win by Portraying Bibi as an Extremist?

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Posted by    Tuesday, December 30, 2014 at 11:30am
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In a recent essay, Jonathan Spyer identified the likely approach the anti-Netanyahu coalition – specifically Isaac Herzog of Labor and Tzipi Livni of Hatnua – will take in preparation for the Israeli elections on March 17. Spyer writes, “The belief underlying the Israeli center-left’s campaign is evidently that if Israel is ‘boxed in’...

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New Viral Palestinian Video: How To Stab a Jew

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Posted by    Sunday, December 28, 2014 at 12:20pm
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A new Hamas “How To” video is going viral in Palestinian social media circles. It isn’t how to rebuild buildings. Or how to make peace with Israel. It’s how to stab Jews. How do it properly and inflict maximum damage on the victim and increase the likelihood of killing him...

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Palestinian threats against Mohammad Zoabi and why there is no peace

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Posted by    Friday, December 26, 2014 at 2:30pm
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Prof. Jaccobson blogged yesterday about the tribulations of Israeli Member of Knesset Haneen Zoabi, who is privileged and free to serve in the legislature of the country that she reviles.

But there’s another Zoabi, in fact a distant cousin, who also has been in the news. Mohammad Zoabi. He’s a teenager who...

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Palestinian Political Concrete Jungle

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Posted by    Thursday, December 25, 2014 at 3:00pm
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Tzipi Livni, Israel’s former peace negotiator, dropped a bombshell yesterday when she explained in an interview with New York Times columnist Roger Cohen, how Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas torpedoed the American sponsored peace process earlier this year.

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Tzipi Livni: Abbas Torpedoed Peace Process

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Posted by    Wednesday, December 24, 2014 at 12:00pm
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In his column yesterday, anti-Israel columnist Roger Cohen of The New York Times talked to Tzipi Livni, candidate for prime minister and Israel’s peace negotiator, about why the John Kerry-sponsored peace talks failed earlier this year. Livni tells of the three ways the Palestinians destroyed the peace talks.

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