The Oslo Accords were an egregious, imbecilic act of moral turpitude, whose ratification hinged on an endorsement by a soon-to-be convicted drug-smuggling fraudster, and which brings dishonor to anyone associated with it.

Many people, close to father [Yitzhak Rabin] told me that on the eve of the murder he considered stopping the Oslo process because of the terror that was running rampant in the streets and that Arafat wasn’t delivering the goods – Dalia Rabin, October 8, 2010

Sandwiched between the end of September, the month in which the Oslo Accords were signed, and beginning of November, in which Yitzhak Rabin was assassinated, October is a month awash with introspective ruminations, retrospective reflections, solemn memorial ceremonies and soul-searching commemorations.

Closely connected in the public mind

It is a month in which, invariably, some-well known public figure can be found analyzing – or pontificating on – the significance of an event (the Oslo Accords), whose anniversary has just recently been observed, or of an event whose anniversary is just about to be observed (the Rabin assassination).

Moreover, because of discrepancies between the Gregorian and Hebrew calendars, anniversaries according to the latter sometimes fall within – as occurred this year with the 18th anniversary of Rabin’s assassination. According to the Hebrew calendar this took place on the 12th of the month Heshvan, i.e. on Wednesday, October 16, this week.

Although they are entirely separate events – the signing of the Oslo Accords and the Rabin assassination – they have become almost inextricably intertwined in the public consciousness to comprise a contrived tragi-heroic conceptual complex presented as “Rabin’s heritage.”

The proximity of the dates has facilitated this perceptual fusion of the two events, which have cognitively merged to become mutually sustaining components in the perpetuation and propagation of this “heritage.”


Many years ago, Science News or Scientific American had an article on negotiation strategies.  Their conclusion was that the best strategy was “Tit-For-Tat”.  If your negotiating partner is cooperative, then be cooperative.  If not, pay back the same way.  Many business courses also support this view.    Negotiations include actions as well as words.  Actions […]



“I want at least 1,000 to 2,000 to die in one day,” Shahawar Siraj told an NYPD informant.

The Pakistani illegal alien and Muslim bookstore employee was discussing his plans to kill as many New Yorkers as possible. “I’m going to f___ this country very bad.”

But before Siraj and his collaborator could bomb the 34th Street subway station, they were arrested. Their plans to bomb the subway and Macy’s came to nothing. But under Bill de Blasio, the New York Police Department would never have been allowed to lay a finger on them.

Some years later, Ahmed Ferhani was telling an NYPD undercover detective about his plan to bomb churches and synagogues. He talked of blowing up “the biggest synagogue” in Manhattan, dressing up as a Jewish worshiper, planting a bomb and walking away.

What both cases had in common was a lack of external leads. They weren’t Al Qaeda members. Their attacks would have been as much of a shock as the Boston Marathon bombings or the Fort Hood shootings. They were the “lone wolf” Jihadists who have become today’s terrorist threat.

America Grows Weary of War While our Enemies Amass Their Forces: Sequestration’s National Security Toll : Peter Huessy ****

As the U.S. cuts important military capabilities to meet arbitrary budget reduction targets, the Department of Defense and the nation’s security will continue to take a beating without some new long-term budget and strategy agreement.

The security of our friends and allies, such as the Republic of Korea, Germany, Columbia and Israel, will also suffer as we risk cuts to tactical air support for Seoul, NATO support for extended nuclear deterrence in Europe and counter insurgency assistance for Bogota against FARC, and missile defenses for Tel Aviv.

Why are we in this predicament? Sequestration — automatic defense budget cuts — are cutting $50 billion a year out of $350 billion in our defense spending this year, and every year, for the next eight years as part of the 2011 debt reduction agreement.

As military personnel costs and the overseas war contingency funding are exempt from such cuts, the remaining accounts — of research, development and acquisition of weapons systems –are being hammered. Moreover, these cuts come on top of the overall defense cuts of $300 billion in 2009; the $175 billion cut in 2010, and the $487 billion cut in 2011.

Added together, defense spending from 2009-2022 has, and will be, reduced by more than $1.5 trillion, not including a projected further near-trillion dollar reduction in 10-year costs of overseas contingency operations such as in Iraq, Somalia, Afghanistan and Yemen.

To avoid further sequestration, we need a new long-term budget agreement — including entitlement reform with spending restraints. Otherwise, as the October 2, 2013 Congressional Budget Office update warned, the U.S. economy will be hard pressed under such rising spending and a growing debt to have sufficient capital to invest in new business to employ the 24 million Americans not now employed or working only part-time.

ROGER KIMBALL: REMEMBERING AMERICA I was having lunch yesterday with a politically mature Democrat, one of those “Scoop Jackson” fellows you read about in books but — unless you are older than I am — have probably never met outside a book’s pages. These are the chaps who see a fairly large role for government but who are […]

RUTHIE BLUM: TIME TO GO COLD TURKEY Time to go cold turkey Much is being made of Thursday’s Washington Post piece by David Ignatius asserting that Turkey supplied Iran with the names of several Iranians cooperating with the Mossad. It is not clear whether these were the same “Israeli spies” whose executions were reported last April by Iran’s state media. It […]

DEATH IN NEWARK: ELIANA JOHNSON Every day this month, activists are meeting on a different Newark street corner at 5 p.m. Each marks the spot of a different murder, and they are trying to drive away the “murderous spirits” they believe have taken hold of their city’s young men. It wasn’t any particular event that spurred them to action, […]

MARILYN PENN: WEIGHING DOWN “GRAVITY” “Gravity” is a stunningly beautiful visual experience, capturing the vast stillness of space in a way that highlights man’s existential plight in the universe.  Sandra Bullock and George Clooney play two astronauts who become unmoored while on a routine assignment by the news that debris from an exploded satellite is hurtling towards […]

Accelerated Investments in Israel’s High Tech Ambassador (ret.) Yoram Ettinger 1. According to KPMG, one of the four largest CPA firms in the world, investments in Israeli start-ups during the third quarter of 2013 ($660MN) were the highest since 2000, 34% higher than the second quarter and 35% higher than the third quarter of 2012.  According to Price Waterhouse Coopers, another big-four CPA firm, […]

Israel’s Perceived Dependence By David Isaac Recently, the Jerusalem-based online newspaper, “The Times of Israel,” ran an interview under the headline, “When they become PM, they realize how utterly dependent Israel is on the US.” The headline was a quote from the interview subject, Eitan Haber, a former aide to late-Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin. Haber was explaining why, in […]