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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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Cuba template for Iran nukes: Overpay then pretend otherwise

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Posted by    Thursday, December 18, 2014 at 8:30am
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Dueling editorials in the leading liberal papers today take vastly different approaches to the Obama administration’s ransoming of Alan Gross from Cuba.

On the one hand The New York Times hailed the move (and even featured the editorial translated into Spanish for those Cubans allowed to have internet access):

The administration’s decision to...

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Baltimore City Police Commissioner: Will There Be Marches when “Officers are Shot, Too?”

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Posted by    Tuesday, December 16, 2014 at 3:00pm
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A Baltimore City police officer was shot and seriously wounded at a traffic stop Sunday night. At a press conference outside the hospital as the officer was being treated, Baltimore City Police Commissioner Anthony Batts said, “I’m not caught on the irony of the timing of the situation. We’ve had marches...

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Will the New Center-Left Coalition Unseat Netanyahu?

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Posted by    Monday, December 15, 2014 at 1:00pm
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Following the dissolution of the Israeli government this week, Labor Party leader Isaac Herzog and Hatnua leader Tzipi Livni agreed to join forces in an effort to unseat Likud as the governing party.

At The Times of Israel Haviv Rettig Gur wrote a positive analysis of the merger, arguing that in bringing...

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Can Obama Get the Government He Wants in Israel?

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Posted by    Tuesday, December 9, 2014 at 10:53am
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Last week Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu started the process of dissolving his government coalition to bring about new elections in March of next year. One needn’t be a particularly close observer of politics to know th...

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Will Early Elections in Israel End Netanyahu’s Career?

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Posted by    Sunday, December 7, 2014 at 4:20pm
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Last week, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu fired his finance minister (Yair Lapid of Yesh Atid) and justice minister (Tzippi Livni of Hatnua), both coalition partners, effectively bringing down the current government and forcing new elections now scheduled for March 17.

The latest polls suggest that Netanyahu would be able to form the...

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How the Media Aids Hamas

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Posted by    Monday, December 1, 2014 at 10:00am
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In August, former AP journalist Matti Friedman wrote a devastating account in Tablet Magazine of the Associate Press’ bias against Israel.

Friedman has followed up with a new article in The Atlantic, What the media gets wrong about Israel. One part of Friedman’s new expose is about the unexamined role Non-Governmental Organizations...

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NY Times: Iranian nuke hardliners are just like our nuke hardliners

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Posted by    Friday, November 28, 2014 at 11:00am
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A post-mortem about the recently concluded P5+1 nuclear talks with Iran in The New York Times made a false equivalence between the two sides.

In the end, both were constrained by hard-line politics at home. Mr. Zarif, while friendly, outgoing and Westernized, had pushed to the very limits of his brief; he...

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Iran’s really, really, really good nuke week

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Posted by    Tuesday, November 25, 2014 at 10:00am
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It’s interesting to see headlines that the P5+1 talks in Vienna about Iran’s nuclear program were called a failure.

On one very important level they were a success. No there was no agreement on a long term deal to roll back Iran’s nuclear program. But there was an agreement to extend the...

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NY Times: We Must Achieve An Iran Nuke Deal For Our Time

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Posted by    Sunday, November 16, 2014 at 3:30pm
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An editorial in The New York Times today about the ongoing P5+1 nuclear talks with Iran warns about the dire consequences of the two sides not reaching an agreement.

The consequences of failure to reach an accord would be serious, including the weakening of President Hassan Rouhani of Iran and his foreign...

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Two Israelis Killed in Separate Knife Attacks Following PA Incitement

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Posted by    Tuesday, November 11, 2014 at 4:00pm
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Two Israelis were killed yesterday in separate terror attacks by knife wielding assailants.

Yesterday morning, a 20 year old soldier, Almog Shiloni, was stabbed in Tel Aviv. The Times of Israel reports:

Almog Shiloni, 20, of Modiin, died of multiple wounds to his stomach and chest, an official from the Sheba Medical Center...

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Will Flipping the Senate Lessen the Chance of a Bad Iran Nuclear Deal?

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Posted by    Monday, November 10, 2014 at 10:00am
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With the Senate flipping from Democratic control to Republican control, the question emerges whether the legislature, now in the hands of the opposition, will be able to rein in President Barack Obama in the event that he engineers a bad nuclear deal with Iran.

In short, the Senate will almost certainly be...

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Is Maryland going purple?

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Posted by    Wednesday, November 5, 2014 at 10:31am
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Maryland hasn’t gone purple. Yet.

But we have a Republican Governor for just the third time in 48 years. (Spiro Agnew was elected in 1966 and served until 1969, when he went to White House as Richard Nixon’s vice president. Bob Ehrlich was elected in 2002, but was defeated for re-election four years later...

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Why vote for Democrats?

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Posted by    Monday, November 3, 2014 at 10:00am
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As the election comes down to the wire in Maryland in two days, I spent some time driving around my neighborhood looking for campaign signs.

My neighborhood isn’t the best bellwether for Maryland election results. If my neighborhood were representative, Bob Ehrlich would have won a second term in 2006  … with...

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Israel Builds Homes, World Screams; Egypt Destroys Homes … *Crickets*

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Posted by    Friday, October 31, 2014 at 4:02pm
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Elder of Ziyon picked up on a recent bit of hypocrisy when Egypt began destroying hundreds of homes along the Sinai’s border with Gaza. In So where are the Rachel Corries for Egypt?  Elder writes:

800 homes demolished in the next few days? Israel has never demolished so many in so little time.

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Barack’s Baseless Bibi-Basher

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Posted by    Wednesday, October 29, 2014 at 7:05pm
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Yesterday Prof Jacobson rightly assessed Jeffrey Goldberg’s The Crisis in U.S.-Israel Relations Is Officially Here as describing a crisis “in Obama-Israel relations.”

Although the White House has offered a disavowal of the profane insult made by one of Goldberg’s sources, the full substance of his remarks needs to be rebutted.

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Terror Attack at Jerusalem Light Rail Stop Leaves Baby Dead, 7 Others Injured

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Posted by    Wednesday, October 22, 2014 at 6:01pm
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Earlier today, a Palestinian drove his car off the road into a group of people who had just gotten off Jerusalem’s light rail at the Ammunition Hill stop, killing a three month old baby and injuring seven others.

The Times of Israel reports:

“A private car which arrived from the direction of the...

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Report: Obama Administration Looks to Sweeten Nuclear Deal for Iran. Again.

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Posted by    Tuesday, October 21, 2014 at 7:00am
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Remember when President Barack Obama said that the United States will “always have Israel’s back” when it comes to Israel’s security—especially in regards to Iran’s nuclear program?

Or when Secretary of State John Kerry said that with Iran “no deal was better than a bad deal?”

They were lying.

The administration’s aim is to...

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