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 Strategy is Retreat In Iran Nuclear Negotiations

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Posted by    Friday, July 3, 2015 at 4:15pm 7/3/2015 at 4:15pm
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Two recent articles document the multiple American capitulations to Iran in pursuit of a nuclear deal.

One is Friday’s column by Charles Krauthammer, which showed the numerous retreats the administration has taken from ensuring that Iran will stick to an agreement. Another is by Lee Smith, who earlier this week covered a...

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Obama Admin obsessed with accommodating Iranian nuclear goals

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Posted by    Tuesday, June 30, 2015 at 10:02am 6/30/2015 at 10:02am
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Two stories reported yesterday raise questions whether the Obama administration is willing to devise a deal that will be comprehensive to prevent Iran from developing a nuclear device and even if it could, would it have the will to enforce it.

In the first case, Jay Solomon of The Wall Street Journal reported...

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Latest U.N. Gaza Report Fatally Flawed

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Posted by    Tuesday, June 23, 2015 at 8:30am 6/23/2015 at 8:30am
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First the good news, the so-called Schabas report, the United Nations Human Rights Council inquiry into last year’s war between Hamas and Israel, isn’t as bad as its predecessor, the infamous, discredited Goldstone report. But it’s still pretty bad.

The Schabas report is named for the judge who originally headed it, William...

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Hillary 2016: Pit the voters against…each other

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Posted by    Monday, June 8, 2015 at 11:30am 6/8/2015 at 11:30am
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The New York Times yesterday featured an article on Hillary Clinton’s electoral strategy for 2016. In short, she apparently is mimicking President Barack Obama’s strategy for his second term.

Instead, she is poised to retrace Barack Obama’s far narrower path to the presidency: a campaign focused more on mobilizing supporters in the...

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South Carolina Passes Anti-BDS Law

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Posted by    Friday, June 5, 2015 at 1:00pm 6/5/2015 at 1:00pm
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South Carolina passed an anti-BDS bill, that was signed into law by Gov. Nikki Haley yesterday, prohibiting the state from doing businesses with firm or individuals who engage in a “boycott of a person or an entity based in or doing business with a jurisdiction with whom South Carolina can enjoy...

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Obama’s Cynical Synagogue Speech

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Posted by    Wednesday, June 3, 2015 at 8:30am 6/3/2015 at 8:30am
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President Obama’s speech a week and a half ago at Washington D.C. synagogue Adas Israel was alternatively promoted as both an opportunity to address the scourge of anti-semitism, and a chance to reach out to American Jews. The speech did nothing to advance either goal and was tone-deaf to any Jews, or Americans for that...

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The War on Police Claims More Victims in Baltimore

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Posted by    Monday, June 1, 2015 at 10:00am 6/1/2015 at 10:00am
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Baltimore has been out of the national conversation for a couple of weeks. Freddie Gray is dead. Six police officer have now been indicted in his death. Last weekend, Memorial Day weekend, Baltimore was one of several cities that saw a spike in violence. At that point Baltimore had 35 homicides...

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The Palestinians Continue Their War Against Israel in Soccer

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Posted by    Friday, May 22, 2015 at 8:13pm 5/22/2015 at 8:13pm
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When in 1993 Israel and the PLO agreed to make peace, PLO chief Yasser Arafat committed to forswear violence and engage in bilateral negotiations.

The thousands of Israelis killed, especially during the so-called Aqsa intifada – really a terror campaign orchestrated by Arafat – show that the Palestinians didn’t keep to the...

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Israel’s Magnificent Medical Efforts to Save Syrians

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Posted by    Wednesday, May 13, 2015 at 5:40pm 5/13/2015 at 5:40pm
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A couple of remarkable news reports have been broadcast in recent days about the care given Syrians wounded in the civil war across the border. One – the more dramatic one – was at the Israeli news site Ynet (affiliated with the daily Yedioth Ahronot); the other at CNN.

The Ynet article...

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Kurdish Revolt Against Iran Brewing?

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Posted by    Tuesday, May 12, 2015 at 1:00pm 5/12/2015 at 1:00pm
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One of the things about Iran that isn’t generally understood is that its population is at least 40% ethnic minorities. There are Kurds, Ahwazi Arabs, Azeris and Baluchis for example. And of course there are religious minorities, Jews, Sunnis, Christians and Bahai, who also are persecuted.

So what happens when one of...

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Traces of Chemical Weapons Found at Undeclared Site in Syria

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Posted by    Sunday, May 10, 2015 at 2:30pm 5/10/2015 at 2:30pm
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Late Friday afternoon Reuters had a huge scoop. Inspectors found traces of prohibited chemical weapons at a previously undeclared site in Syria.

Samples taken by experts from the Organisation for the Prohibition and Chemical Weapons (OPCW) in December and January tested positive for chemical precursors needed to make the toxic agents, the...

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Maersk Pays “Ransom,” Iran Frees Ship

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Posted by    Friday, May 8, 2015 at 8:30am 5/8/2015 at 8:30am
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Iran released the Maersk Tigris, the cargo ship it seized at sea last week.

The New York Times reports:

The Maersk Line, the Danish shipping giant, confirmed in a statement that the vessel and its 24-member crew, forced to anchor near Iran’s southern port of Bandar Abbas since its seizure on April 28,...

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Iran’s Foreign Minister Takes in Gullible Media

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Posted by    Thursday, May 7, 2015 at 8:30am 5/7/2015 at 8:30am
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Last week Iran’s foreign minister and chief nuclear negotiator Mohammad Javad Zarif appeared in “a conversation” with columnist David Ignatius of The Washington Post at NYU sponsored by the New America Foundation. There were those in the media who described Zarif as “suave” and “diplomatic,” but not everyone was impressed with...

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Israel Establishes Red Lines for Iran and Hezbollah

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Posted by    Monday, April 27, 2015 at 8:30am 4/27/2015 at 8:30am
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Yesterday afternoon Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon warned Iran not to arm Hezbollah.

“Iran continues to try and arm Hezbollah and it is striving to arm the Lebanese terror group with advanced weapons...

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The Good, Bad and Ugly of Senate Iran Nuke Compromise

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Posted by    Wednesday, April 15, 2015 at 1:00pm 4/15/2015 at 1:00pm
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There have been a number of reactions to the Corker-Menendez bill, which provides for Congressional oversight of whatever nuclear deal the administration makes with Iran. It passed out of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee yesterday with a 19-0 vote.

J. E. Dyer at Liberty Unyielding looks at the numbers and sees the...

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The Obama Administration’s Nonproliferation Hypocrisy

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Posted by    Thursday, April 9, 2015 at 6:45pm 4/9/2015 at 6:45pm
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I visited the State Department’s website earlier this week and I was greeted by an item hailing the 45th anniversary of the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty (NPT).

After hailing the treaty the article goes on to say more explicitly, “[i]f we didn’t already have the NPT, we would desperately need it today.”

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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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