The declarations from our leadership about the urgent need for the United States to act to avert the Iranian nuclear threat are downright harmful, especially when they are made in the U.S.
Born in 1925 in Lithuania, Moshe Arens grew up in the U.S. and immigrated to Israel 1948.
His political life began in 1974, when he was elected to the Knesset as a lawmaker for the Likud. In 1982, Arens became the Israeli ambassador to the United States for one year, before returning to Israel to become Defense Minister. Arens also served as Foreign Minister from 1988 to 1990.
Arens became defense minister again between 1990 and 1992, when he retired from politics, only to return in 1999 to the same portfolio.
Arens studied mechanical engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and aeronautical engineering at the California Institute of Technology. A former associate professor of aeronautical engineering at the Technion and vice president for engineering at Israel Aircraft Industries, he has published articles in academic journals on propulsion and flight mechanics.
Moshe Arens is married and the father of four.
Maybe our chief of staff needs to be reminded of what he said shortly after he assumed his present position: 'In the next war, there will be no doubt about who won.'
Israel's victory over Palestinian terror, which put an end to the daily bouts of suicide bombings, also induced amnesia in the minds of some of Israel's leaders.
The Israeli government is engaged in a frantic search for peace. Peace with Mahmoud Abbas, even a shelf agreement, and peace with Syria.
There is no better index of the state of relations between the country's Bedouin citizens and the State of Israel than the number of Bedouin volunteers for IDF service each year.
What kind of a peace can this be when nobody Jewish will be allowed to live within the borders of Israel's neighboring state?
Who is fooling whom here? Is Shas fooling Olmert or is Olmert fooling Shas? It seems they both understand each other. Unlike the Labor Party, both sides here are shrewd politicians and have no illusions as to what is happening.
It was just too much to expect. That Ehud Olmert, the prime minister who brought us the disaster of the Second Lebanon War, had finally learned the lesson of that war.
Hamas and Islamic Jihad are getting stronger, so the IDF should enter Gaza sooner rather than later.
And yet, three words would have sufficed: We were defeated. That is the whole story. Everything else is redundant.