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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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Will NY Times Tour of Iran have “don’t ask, don’t tell policy”?

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Posted by    Wednesday, October 15, 2014 at 12:30pm
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Few publications were more enthusiastic about last year’s election of “moderate” Hassan Rouhani as president of Iran than The New York Times. Perhaps some of that enthusiasm stemmed from the possibility of engaging in commercial enterprises with the regime in Tehran.

Ira Stoll editor of SmarterTimes noted the other day that The...

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While you were watching ISIS, Iran took Yemen

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Posted by    Wednesday, October 8, 2014 at 8:30am
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The Houthis, Iranian backed rebels have taken control of Yemen’s capital, Sanaa.

The Washington Post reports:

The capital of Yemen, the Arab world’s poorest and perhaps most chronically unstable nation, has new masters. Shiite rebels man checkpoints and roam the streets in pickups mounted with anti­aircraft guns.

The fighters control almost all state buildings,...

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Israel defeated Hamas in a war of self-defense

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Posted by    Friday, October 3, 2014 at 10:45am
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The lead article in the October issue of Commentary by Omri Ceren is Yes, Israel Won in Gaza.

Ceren’s central premise is that Hamas built a huge terror infrastructure including tunnels, an enhanced rocket arsenal and speci...

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“Repentance”

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Posted by    Wednesday, September 24, 2014 at 3:30pm
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My son-in-law, Moishey Ney, is blessed with a wonderful voice and musical talent.

He composed and sang this song “Repentance” in honor of the Jewish High Holidays.

Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year starts this evening and begins a ten day period of repentance that culminates with Yom Kippur, a week...

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Arab Bank Found Liable For Supporting Hamas Terror

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Posted by    Tuesday, September 23, 2014 at 5:15pm
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Yesterday a jury in a federal court in New  York found the Arab Bank – the largest lender in Jordan - liable for “knowingly supporting terrorism efforts connected to two dozen attacks in the Middle East.”

The New York Times reports:

Arab Bank, a major Middle Eastern bank with $46 billion in assets, was accused...

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How’s that Rouhani working out for U.S.?

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Posted by    Monday, September 22, 2014 at 2:16pm
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It is nearly a year since Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani spoke before the United Nations General Assembly.

Later this week he is scheduled to speak again before the General Assembly, but the enthusiasm expressed last year is nowhere to be seen.

In the run up to his speech...

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Appearance of Impropriety: U.S. Middle East Diplomat and Qatar’s Money

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Posted by    Friday, September 19, 2014 at 3:10pm
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The New York Times earlier this month published an expose of how foreign money influenced think tanks. One of the subjects of the article was the Brookings Institution, its vice president Indyk and $14.8 million grant that the government...

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UN Peacekeepers in Syria Escape to Israel

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Posted by    Tuesday, September 16, 2014 at 1:00pm
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The United Nations announced yesterday that it was withdrawing all of its United Nations Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF) peacekeepers out of Syria due to “[t]he situation in UNDOF on the Syrian side and the area of separation has deteriorated severely over the last several days.”

Armed groups have made advances in the...

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Member of Hamas’ Leadership Implicated in Kidnapping

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Posted by    Thursday, September 11, 2014 at 4:07pm
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Long time Palestinian affairs reporter Avi Issacharoff yesterday reported that the plot that led to the kidnapping and killing of Eyal Yifrach, Gil-ad Shaar and Naftali Fraenkel was done with the foreknowledge of Hamas’s leadership. Issacharoff’s report further buttresses Israel’s long held claim that Hamas was responsible for the kidnappings and...

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Human Rights Expert: UN is “Leading Global Purveyor of Anti-Semitism”

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Posted by    Tuesday, September 9, 2014 at 6:00pm
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Yesterday leading human rights expert Anne Bayefsky made the case (video embedded below) that the United Nations (UN) is the “leading global purveyor of anti-Semitism.”

Although her speech was given on UN property it was not sponsored by the UN as The Times of Israel reports:

On the third floor of the...

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Hiding Sotloff’s Jewish Israeli Identity from ISIS

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Posted by    Thursday, September 4, 2014 at 3:05pm
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Steven Sotloff, the journalist whose beheading by the Islamic State was announced earlier this week, was not only Jewish, but an Israeli citizen. Apparently Sotloff became an Israeli citizen when

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How Hamas’ Casualty Figures Became News

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Posted by    Monday, September 1, 2014 at 8:00pm
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Central to the charge that Israel’s conduct warrants an investigation by an “independent” commission to investigate whether it committed war crimes is the premise that Israel, in defending itself against rockets launched by Hamas into its territory, caused a disproportionate number of civilian deaths.

Since a commission appointed by the anti-Israel United...

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Virulently anti-Israel George Galloway attacked

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Posted by    Sunday, August 31, 2014 at 11:51am
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A 39 year old man was arrested for beating up notorious anti-Israel MP George Galloway yesterday.

The Guardian reports:

The Bradford West MP was released from hospital on Saturday morning having suffered a suspected broken jaw and rib as well as facial bruising. Neil Masterson, 39, has been accused of shouting about the...

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Why is the media so biased against Israel? Let us count the ways

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Posted by    Wednesday, August 27, 2014 at 1:24pm
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Three recent articles have critiqued the media’s coverage of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, especially in the context of Operation Protective Edge.

Previously, I covered Richard Behar’s takedown of reporting from Israel in Forbes and yesterday Prof. Jacobson highlighted

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U.N. Kangaroo Commission II assembled to investigate Israel and Gaza

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Posted by    Tuesday, August 26, 2014 at 2:00pm
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The United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) has appointed a former New York State judge, Mary McGowan Davis to be the third commission member to investigate possible war crimes that might have occurred during Operation Protective Edge. The commission is to be headed by Prof. William Schabas.

UN Watch reports:

The President of...

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Iran says shot down Israeli drone over nuke facility

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Posted by    Sunday, August 24, 2014 at 3:45pm
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Numerous news organizations are reporting today that Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) claims to have shot down an Israeli drone as the drone approached the Natanz nuclear enrichment site.

Reuters reports:

The Revolutionary Guards said of the drone incursion: “This wily act further exposed the Zionist regime’s adventurous temperament and added yet another...

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All the News That’s Fit for Hamas

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Posted by    Friday, August 22, 2014 at 1:55pm
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At his Muckraker column at Forbes, The Media Intifada: Bad Math, Ugly Truths About New York Times In Israel-Hamas War, investigative journalist Richard Behar exposes many of the problems – really scandals – with the MSM reporting on Gaza.

Though he focuses a lot on The New York Times, he focuses on...

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