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Ambassador (Retired) Yoram Ettinger is an insider on US-Israel relations, Mideast politics and overseas investments in Israel's high tech. He is a consultant to members of the Israeli Cabinet and Knesset, and regularly briefs US legislators and their staff. His OpEds have been published in Israel and the US he has been interviewed in both Australia and the U.S. A graduate of UCLA and undergraduate at UTEP, he served amongst other things, as Minister for Congressional Affairs at Israel's Embassy in Washington. He is the editor of "Straight from the Jerusalem Cloakroom and Boardroom" newsletters on issues of national security and overseas investments in Israel's high-tech.

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Oy Jerusalem
By Ambassador (ret.) Yoram Ettinger
Sept 25, 2015
    This peace process-driven policy has also led to physical and administrative disengagement from some Arab neighborhoods in reunited Jerusalem, and the construction of walls and fences, separating these neighborhoods from the rest of the city. As a result, parallel to the increasing Jewish emigration from Jerusalem, some 50,000 Arab residents of these neighborhoods - possessing Israeli ID cards - immigrated over the walls and the fences deeper into Jerusalem, lest they lose Israeli social and welfare benefits.
Ayatollahs consider the US their chief target?
by Ambassador (Ret) Yoram Ettinger
Sept 2, 2015
    The articles are based on my 40 year experience - as a researcher, diplomat (Ambassador), lecturer, writer and consultant to members of the US Congress and Israel's Knesset - in the areas of Middle East politics, US-Israel relations and US policy in the Middle East... politically-incorrect columns on the most critical threat to US national security and economic interests: the nuclearized Ayatollahs.
US voters shape the Iran debate in Congress
by Ambassador (Ret) Yoram Ettinger
August 16, 2015
    In sharp contrast, the voters' deep distrust of the Ayatollahs is documented by the annual Gallup poll of Country Rating. It mirrors a realization that compliance with agreements and moderation, on the one hand, and terrorism, subversion, repression, anti-US hate-education and policies, apocalyptic ideology and systematic non-compliance, on the other hand, constitute a classic oxymoron. Iran is rated as the second least favored country by Americans with 11% favorability, ahead of North Korea -- 9% and behind Afghanistan (14%), Syria (14%) and the Palestinian Authority (17%), compared with Israel's 70%.
Saudi Arabia VS President Obama and Secretary Kerry
by Ambassador (Ret) Yoram Ettinger
August 16, 2015
    In 2015, Secretary Kerry attempts to assuage the concerns of the American people by portraying Iran's President Rouhani and Foreign Minister Zarif as moderates. He fails to note that they were handpicked by the Ayatollahs, serving at their pleasure as their mouthpieces, due to their mastery of Taquiyya (Islam-sanctioned double-talk and deception, especially when dealing with "infidels"). Upon concluding the current negotiation, Kerry praised Zarif, Iran's charmer-in-chief, as "a tough negotiator and a patriot.... We approached these negotiations with mutual respect."
Iran -- there are reasonable alternatives.
By Ambassador (ret.) Yoram Ettinger
July 23, 2015
    In 1979, President Carter stabbed the back of the Shah of Iran, "the US policeman of the Gulf " and facilitated the Ayatollahs' rise to power; in 2015, his worldview has dealt a lethal blow to the Iranian opposition, catapulting the Ayatollahs to an unprecedented strategic height, domestically, regionally and globally, thereby jeopardizing critical US economic and defense interests, bringing terrorism closer to the North American continent. A common sense alternative to the agreement with Iran assumes that reality - and not hope (or wishful-thinking) - must be the basis for a national security strategy. Driving at night -- in the Iranian darkness -- would be much safer with the headlights on rather than reliance on hope.
Beware of stage 1 thinking policy makers
by Ambassador (Ret) Yoram Ettinger
July 17, 2015
    The track record of Western national security and foreign policy makers documents such shortsightedness: a tendency to sacrifice long term considerations, complexity, principles and interests on the altar of short term, stage 1 convenience and oversimplification. They ignore the glaring writing on the wall and lessons of the recent past. "Peace in our time" - and not "thinking beyond stage 1" -- has shaped the US zeal to make a deal with the Ayatollahs.
The U.S. and Iran / Israel and Saudi Arabia.
By Ambassador (ret.) Yoram Ettinger
June 25, 2015
    School textbooks are considered, by the Ayatollahs, a critical means to mobilize the youth, charting the roadmap to the final military victory over the infidel USA and the West. Hence, the crucial relevance of school textbooks to the Congressional debate on "the framework agreement with Iran" and on the clear and present threat of a nuclear threshold Iran to vital US interests....In 1981, Israel's destruction of Iraq's nuclear infrastructure – carried out by Israeli planes which flew, unchallenged, through Jordanian and Saudi airspace - snatched Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and other pro-US Arab regimes from the lethal jaws of Iraq's Saddam Hussein, also sparing the US a nuclear confrontation (or grave humiliation) in the 1991 First Gulf War.
Military option prevents war
by Ambassador (ret.) Yoram Ettinger
May 26, 2015
    Recent precedents document that there are many military options, which are dramatically short of war, but are critical to moderate the nature of rogue regimes and prevent war. On the other hand, the removal of a military option from the table -- while negotiating with rogue regimes -- whets their appetite and fuels war. The contention that there are only two options in dealing with the rogue Ayatollahs' regime -- negotiation or military option, which supposedly amounts to war -- defies reality. Such a contention is either mistaken or misleading.
Iran and suspension of disbelief
By Ambassador (ret.) Yoram Ettinger
May 26, 2015
    Suspension of disbelief characterized the 1977-79 President Carter policy toward Iran, energizing Ayatollah Khomeini, ignoring or underestimating his track record and his radical, supremacist and violent worldview. The betrayal of the Shah transformed Teheran from "the US policeman in the Gulf" to the worst enemy of the US.
At 67 Israel exudes long term optimism
By Ambassador (ret.) Yoram Ettinger
May 1, 2015
    67 years ago, upon Israel's declaration of independence, Life Magazine noted [May 31, 1948, pp. 21-28] the odds facing the 600,000 Jews of the newly-born economy-starved and militarily-embargoed Jewish State: "King Abdullah of Trans-Jordan sent his Arab Legion against Jerusalem.... Egypt's planes repeatedly bombed Tel Aviv. Syria, Iraq, Lebanon and Saudi Arabia pitched in.... The Arabs cut off Jerusalem from the coast... In defiance of the jagged cutting edge of the Middle East and the world at-large, and in spite of boycotts, sanctions, embargoes, condemnations, wars, terrorism and diplomatic adversity, the Jewish State has catapulted from the 1939-1944 Holocaust, and the near-destruction during its 1948-1949 War of Independence, to world class stellar performance in the areas of ..
The non-omnipotent US presidency
By Ambassador (ret.) Yoram Ettinger
April 21, 2015
    Congressional power has been dramatically bolstered since the Vietnam War, Watergate, Iran Gate and globalization, which have enhanced the involvement of most legislators in international issues, upgraded the oversight capabilities of Congress, dramatically elevated the quality and quantity of some 15,000(!) Capitol Hill staffers and have restrained the presidency. However, Congress has often abdicated its constitutional power in the area of foreign policy, failing to fully leverage the power of the purse: funding, defunding and "fencing."
The Iran challenge: Is there another way?
By Ambassador (ret.) Yoram Ettinger
April 11, 2015
    Unlike the USSR which adhered to the principle of mutual assured destruction (MAD), the apocalyptic worldview of the Ayatollahs -- who had no compunction in dispatching 500,000 children to clear minefields during Iran's war against Iraq - considers MAD-driven martyrdom an inducement, a sublime prize. Furthermore, the Ayatollahs believe in the imminent emergence of the 12th (Hidden) Imam, the Mahdi -- Muhammad's successor - through apocalyptic events, which could be accelerated via military confrontations, including nuclear.
US-Israel cooperation defies Obama-Netanyahu confrontation.
By Ambassador (ret.) Yoram Ettinger
March 28, 2015
    While President Obama harshly criticizes Prime Minister Netanyahu's attitude toward the Palestinian issue, US national security and commercial interests, as well as US-Israel relations and Obama's legacy transcend, by far, the Palestinian issue.
Enhanced Jewish-Arab coexistence in defiance of odds
By Ambassador (ret.) Yoram Ettinger
March 22, 2015
    Against the backdrop of 1,400 years of no intra-Muslim peaceful coexistence, and in view of the endemic civic majority-minorities restlessness in most Western democracies, one should not underestimate the evolving political, cultural, economic Jewish-Arab coexistence in the Jewish State, one of the world's leading democracies, which confronts clear and present lethal dangers: daily terrorism and war launched by the brethren of its Arab minority.
President Obama, please tune in to Saudi Arabia
By Ambassador (ret.) Yoram Ettinger
March 16, 2015
    Saudi Arabia focusses on the compounded threat to regional and global sanity, which would be caused by a nuclear Iran. Just like Israel - and contrary to the White House policy of détente with Iran - Saudi Arabia and the pro-US Arab countries are convinced that the lawless track record of the Ayatollahs does not lend itself to effective supervision (as attested by the failed supervision of North Korea and Pakistan), that a bad deal is radically worse than no deal, and that a nuclear Iran must be prevented -- by all means -- and not contained.
Netanyahu addresses the Joint Session of Congress
By Ambassador (ret.) Yoram Ettinger
Feb 28, 2015
    A February 16, 2015 CNN poll documents a rift between Obama and the American people over foreign policy in general and the attitude toward Netanyahu in particular: 51%:41% disapprove of Obama's foreign policy; 43%:25% think that it is appropriate for Netanyahu to address the Joint Session of Congress before the March 31 deadline for an agreement with Iran; and 47%:32% oppose Obama's handling of the Netanyahu's address. At the same time, the annual February, 2015 Gallup poll, reaffirms vast public support of Israel (70%), in sharp contrast to the lack of support for the Palestinian Authority (17% - similar to Iran, Syria and North Korea).
A nuclear Iran threatening vital US interests
By Ambassador (ret.) Yoram Ettinger
Feb 6, 2015
    Notwithstanding such a ruthless track record, the "hope-driven, fact-dismissing school of thought” considers the Ayatollahs a partner for an agreement (rather than imposition), in a region where intra-Muslim agreements are usually signed on ice, not carved in stone. In fact, the nature of the Iranian regime, on the one hand, and compliance with agreements, on the other hand, constitute a classic oxymoron.
The myth of Palestinian centrality
By Ambassador (ret.) Yoram Ettinger
Jan 27, 2015
    President Al-Sisi - just like his two predecessors - considers the transnational Muslim Brotherhood and Palestinian terrorism mutual threats to Israel, Egypt, Jordan, Saudi Arabia and other Arab Gulf States, which have never regarded the Palestinian issue as a top priority, and have denied the Palestinian Authority their financial generosity. Notwithstanding Palestinian opposition, strategic cooperation between Israel and Egypt, as well as between Israel and Jordan and other moderate Arab regimes, has surged to an unprecedented level.
Western failure to read the writing on the wall
By Ambassador (ret.) Yoram Ettinger
Jan 27, 2015
    The 2015 failure to carefully read the Iranian writing on the wall could produce a tidal wave of Islamic terrorism throughout the globe, decimation of the pro-US Arab regimes in the Persian Gulf and Jordan, an unprecedented disruption of the supply of Persian Gulf oil, further radicalization of the anti-US regimes and additional tectonic eruptions of insanity throughout the globe. At stake is not only freedom of expression and the safety of European Jewry, but the survival of Western democracies.
Israel's splendid isolation
By Ambassador Yoram Ettinger
January 13, 2015
    However, the demise of the USSR (which facilitated the 1991 revocation of the USSR-sponsored "Zionism is Racism"), the affirmation of the USA as the dominant super power, the upgraded US-Israel mutually-beneficial cooperation, and the emergence of Israel as a global commercial and military high tech power, have enhanced Israel's global standing, dramatically expanding Israel's global networking, beyond Europe, into India, China, Russia, the former Muslim Republics of the USSR, Latin America, all irrespective of diplomatic setbacks.
Israel and the non-omnipotent US presidency
By Ambassador (ret.) Yoram Ettinger
January 1st 2015
    Unlike all other Western democracies – where the executive branch of government dominates the legislature, especially in the area of international relations and defense - the US Constitution laid the foundation for the world's most powerful legislature, and for an inherent power struggle over the making of foreign policy between the legislature and the executive, two independent, co-equal and co-determining branches of government. Moreover, while the president is the commander-in-chief, presidential clout depends largely on congressional authorization and appropriation in a system of separation of powers and checks and balances, especially in the areas of sanctions, foreign aid, military assistance, trade agreements, treaty ratification, appointment confirmation and all spending.
The US-Chanukah-Israel connection
by Ambassador Yoram Ettinger
Dec 24, 2014
    "Rebellion against Tyrants is obedience to God" was proposed by John Adams, Thomas Jefferson and Benjamin Franklin to be inscribed on the official US Seal, reflecting the legacy of the Maccabees: A tiny minority of rebels - condemned by the loyalist majority - rising against an oppressive super-power. The Maccabees and the Founding Fathers demonstrated the victory of the few over the many, right over wrong, moral over immoral, truth over lies, faith over cynicism and opportunism, long-term conviction over short-term convenience. Paul Revere's nickname was the "modern day Maccabee."
Islamic terrorists are no "lone wolves"
By Ambassador (ret.) Yoram Ettinger
December 21, 2014
    The perpetrators of Arab/Muslim terrorism, in general, and Palestinian terrorism, in particular, are not "Lone Wolves." They are the by-products of a centuries' old intolerant ideology, supported by educational and religious infrastructures of indoctrination and incitement, operating systematically in kindergartens, schools, universities, mosques and regime-controlled media.
Will Obama Become a "Lame Duck" President?
by Ambassador (Ret) Yoram Ettinger
Nov 4, 2014
    If there is a decisive outcome in the November 2014 midterm election, it will be a direct result of President Obama's plummeting approval ratings, which has become the most critical issue of the upcoming election. Obama has been transformed into an "anchor-chained" -- and not a "coattail" -- president, significantly undermining Democratic candidates. According to Time Magazine, "after President Bush had similar poor approval ratings in 2006, Democrats enjoyed a wave election that gave them control of Congress...."
Secretary Kerry, on words one does not pay customs!
By Ambassador (ret.) Yoram Ettinger
Oct 25, 2014
    In fact, the 1948/9 war was not fought by Arab countries because of - or for - the Palestinians. Therefore, Iraq, Jordan, Egypt and Syria occupied Judea, Samaria, Gaza and parts of the Golan Heights, but did not transfer it to the Palestinians. Moreover, none of the Arab wars against Israel (1948/9, 1956, 1967, 1069/70, 1973) was conducted on behalf of Palestinians. And, Arabs never flexed any military muscle during Israel's wars against Palestinian terrorism (1982/3, 1988-91, 2000-2003, February 2008, December 2008, March 2012, October 2012 and July 2014). Arabs have always showered Palestinians with rhetoric, but never with resources. Why?
The Palestinian Issue Not a Top Arab Priority
By Ambassador (ret.) Yoram Ettinger
May 24, 2014
    The limited role of the Palestinian issue was highlighted during the 1948/49 Arab-Israel War. Jordan launched the war in order to eliminate the Jewish state, expand to the Mediterranean and advance the goal to dominate Greater Syria. Egypt and Saudi Arabia entered the war despite their inadequate military infrastructure, in order to abort Jordan's imperialistic strategy. Iraq joined the war, aiming to control the oil pipeline from Iraq to Haifa. Syria assumed that the destruction of the Jewish state would facilitate the reassertion of Greater Syria. On September 20, 1948, the Arab League recognized the Arab government of the whole of Palestine, but ignored it, declaring it null and void in 1951/52, causing the UN to refuse Palestinian participation in the General Assembly proceedings.
A Pro-Active Aliyah Policy Needed for Israel
By Ambassador (ret.) Yoram Ettinger
May 24, 2014
    All Israeli prime ministers, from Ben Gurion (starting in 1948 ) through Shamir (ending in 1992), enforced a pro-active Aliyah policy in defiance of the demographic and bureaucratic establishments, crowning Aliyah as Israel's top national priority. They followed in the footsteps of most of the Zionist leaders from the late 19th century, who realized that Aliyah was the soul, flesh and lifeline for the reconstruction of the Jewish State in the Land of Israel.
Passover Guide for the Perplexed 2014
By Ambassador (ret.) Yoram Ettinger
April 13, 2014
    Passover, and especially the Exodus/Liberty, were the pillars of fire guiding the twelve tribes of Israel, and the thirteen American colonies, from subjugation to sovereignty. The Passover legacy comprises a critical part of the American story. Moses, the US Founding Fathers and Israel's Founding Father, Ben Gurion, were challenged by the "loyalists," who were intimidated by the price/sacrifice of liberty, preferring subjugation to Egypt, the British King and the British Mandate. They featured in prior editions of the clash of civilizations against Pharaoh, the British monarchy and church and the Arab/Muslim world. The latter still rejects non-Muslim ("infidel") sovereignty in any area considered -- by Muslims -- to be the abode of Islam (e.g., Spain and Portugal, southern France, Israel, etc.).
President Obama's fantasy
By Ambassador (ret.) Yoram Ettinger
March 10, 2014
    Washington Post, "For five years, President Obama has led a foreign policy based more on how he thinks the world should operate than on reality. It was [supposedly] a world in which 'the tide of war is receding....' Secretary John Kerry displayed this mindset, [saying that] Russia's invasion of Ukraine is a 19th century act in the 21st century.... Unfortunately, Russian President, Putin, has not received the memo on the 21st century behavior. Neither has China's president Xi Jinping, who is engaged in gunboat diplomacy against Japan and weaker nations of Southeast Asia.... Assad is waging a very 20th century war against his own people...."
Americans: Israel is the Most Favoured Player
By Ambassador (ret.) Yoram Ettinger
February 22, 2014
    Israel is more popular than most Western democracies, while the Palestinian Authority is ranked among the least favorable (19% favorability), along with North Korea (11%), Iran (12%), Syria (13%) and Iraq (16%). Thus, when President Obama delivered the 2014 State of the Union Address, he was greeted with indifference when stating: "American diplomacy [aims] to achieve dignity and an independent state for Palestinians." However, the president triggered resounding applause when continuing: "...and lasting peace and security for the state of Israel -- a Jewish state that has known that America will always be at their side."
US Administration's legitimization of Iran's apocalyptic regime.
By Ambassador (ret.) Yoram Ettinger
February 8, 2014
    Contrary to the state of mind of the American people and the US Congress, the US Administration has not warned anti-Israel Europeans of the dire consequences, should they resort to sanctions against the Jewish State - a besieged island of Western democracy surrounded and assaulted by an ocean of anti-Western Islamic tyrannies.
John Kerry's Track Record on Israel
By Ambassador (ret.) Yoram Ettinger
January 7, 2014
    While vital US interests and homeland security are threatened by smothering Middle Eastern firestorms - from the Persian Gulf through Northwest Africa - Secretary Kerry is preoccupied with the Palestinian tumbleweed side-show. The latter has been the centerpiece of the Arab talk, but never the Arab walk. Contrary to Kerry's Palestine Firster approach, the Palestinian issue is not directly or indirectly linked to the Arab Tsunami, is not a core cause of regional turbulence and has not been the crux of the Arab-Israeli conflict nor the crown jewel of Arab policy-making.
Palestinian Refugees and Political Disinformation
By Ambassador (ret.) Yoram Ettinger
January 1, 2014
    "The birth of the Palestinian refugee phenomenon -- in the form of a massive Arab flight - occurred during the Arab riots of 1936-39, not during the 1947-49 war... 1971 Ford Foundation report, by 1950, the majority of the Palestinian refugees began evacuating the camps and non-refugees moved in to benefit from UNRWA's services. For example, half of the population in the Jelazoon refugee camp, near Ramallah, settled there after 1950.2003 report by the US Government Accountability Office (GAO) documented that less than 33% of registered Palestinian refugees live in refugee camps
Chanukah Guide for the Perplexed, 2013
By Ambassador (ret.) Yoram Ettinger
November 24, 2013
    "The struggle of the Maccabees was one of the most dramatic clashes of civilizations in human history, not merely a political-military struggle against foreign oppression.... The meager Jewish people did not assimilate, as did many peoples. The Jewish people prevailed, won, sustained and enhanced their independence and unique civilization....

James Kerry Mistaken in Law and in Fact
by Alan Baker, Ambassador (Ret)
Nov 11, 2013
    Your determination that Israel's settlements are illegitimate cannot be legally substantiated. The oft-quoted prohibition on transferring population into occupied territory (Art. 49 of the 4th Geneva Convention) was, according to the International Committee Red Cross's own official commentary of that convention, drafted in 1949 to prevent the forced, mass transfer of populations carried out by the Nazis in the Second World War.
The Oslo state of mind
by Ambassador (ret.) Yoram Ettinger
Nov 11, 2013
    The Oslo Accord state of mind, and the new Middle East vision, have been trounced by the Arab Tsunami, which imploded the real Middle East, transitioning the region toward further fanaticism, terrorism, tyranny and anti-"infidel" sentiments, away from moderation, peace, democracy and tolerance.
The US-Related Saudi Predicament
by Ambassador (ret.) Yoram Ettinger
October 25, 2013
    Riyadh is aware that Saudi Arabia and other pro-US Arab oil-producing Gulf states -- and not Israel -- would be the prime target for a nuclear Iran, ravaging the supply and price of oil, which would devastate the economy of the US and the Free World. The Saudis know that -- unlike North Korea -- Iran is driven by an imperialistic vision, encompassing the Persian Gulf as the first stage and then the Sunni Muslim countries.
The 2014 Six-Year-Itch Election
by Ambassador (ret.) Yoram Ettinger
August 24, 2013
    Mathematically, the 2014 election bodes well for Republicans, featuring 21 Democratic and only 14 Republican Senate seats, with five Democratic and only two Republican senators retiring. The GOP hope for a net gain of six seats to regain a Senate majority is based on the open (currently Democratic) seats in the Red states of Montana, South Dakota and West Virginia, on vulnerable Democratic incumbents in Arkansas, North Carolina, Louisiana and Alaska (Obama lost all four in 2012), and the retirement of Democratic incumbents from the currently Purple states of Michigan and Iowa.
The Arab Street is increasingly anti-US.
by Ambassador (ret.) Yoram Ettinger
June 25, 2013
    The most clear and present policy to alleviate these threats would be US energy independence, ending dependence on unpredictable Arab oil producers, bolstering the US posture of deterrence, accelerating economic growth, improving the trade balance, reducing the budget deficit, lowering energy cost, expanding employment and availing more funds toward infrastructures, education, the elderly, Medicare and human services in general.
Four billion dollars to the Palestinian Authority? Not by Arabs!
by Ambassador (ret.) Yoram Ettinger
June 19, 2013
    While Kerry considers the Palestinian issue to be central to Middle East developments and the crown-jewel of Arab policy-making, the Arab oil-producing countries shower the PA with rhetoric, but no money. Arab policy-makers are primarily concerned about domestic and regional issues, resulting from the seismic stormy Arab Winter, which supersede the Palestinian issue. They are preoccupied with the threatening Middle Eastern "sandstorms," not with "tumbleweeds."
Enhanced US Support of Israel - Deeply Rooted
by Ambassador (ret.) Yoram Ettinger
June 19, 2013
    The source of the special US-Israel covenant dates back to the 14th century, through the Pilgrims of the16th century, the 1752 Liberty Bell, the Founding Fathers of the 18th century, the abolitionist and civil rights movements, the 1886 Statue of Liberty and contemporary USA, which is the most Judeo-Christian Western democracy.
The Containment State of Mind
by Ambassador (ret.) Yoram Ettinger
May 30, 2013
    Obama's key advisor in selecting his national security team was Brent Scowcroft, the current Interim Chairman of the Atlantic Council, professing multilateral -- and not a unilateral, independent US -- political/military action. Just like the aforementioned personalities, Scowcroft is a Palestine-Firster who subscribes to the myth that the Palestinian issue is the core cause of Middle East turbulence, the crown jewel of Arab policy-making and the crux of the Arab-Israeli conflict.
Shavou'otPentecost 2013
by Yoram Ettinger
May 16, 2013
    Shavou'ot -- a spiritual holiday -- follows Passover -- a national liberation holiday: from physical liberation (the Exodus) to spiritual liberation/enhancement (the Torah), in preparation for the return to the Homeland.
Middle East Suicide Pact
by Ambassador (ret.) Yoram Ettinger
May 4, 2013
    Fans of the Arab League proposal ignore fundamental Middle East constraints, which are highlighted by the non-existence of a single Arab democracy, the AWOL of intra-Arab comprehensive peace, the lack of intra-Arab ratification of all intra-Arab borders and the absence of compliance with most intra-Arab agreements for the last 1,400 years. Why would anyone assume that Arabs would shower upon the "infidel” Jewish State that which they have never shared among themselves – a long-term comprehensive peace carved in stone?!
Israel: The Jagged Cutting Edge of Nature
by Ambassador (ret.) Yoram Ettinger
May 4, 2013
    Israel is the only stable, predictable, reliable, capable, democratic and unconditional ally of the US regionally and globally. In 1969 and 1978, the Qadhaffi and Khomeini revolutions transformed Libya and Iran from pro -- to anti - US regimes. In 2003, the rise of Erdogan changed Turkey from a US -- to an Islamic - orientation. In 2012, the replacement of Mubarak by the Muslim Brotherhood terminated Egypt's role as a US ally. A regime-change in Jordan, Saudi Arabia and other Gulf States would trigger a similar anti-US shift. On the other hand, Israel's right, left, hawks and doves are inherently allies of the US.
At 65 Israel Defies Global Economic Meltdown
by Ambassador (ret.) Yoram Ettinger
April 25, 2013
    At 65, Israel's economic indicators are among the world's best. For example, during the 2009-2012 global economic crisis Israel experienced a 14.7% growth of gross domestic product (GDP), the highest among OECD countries. Israel's 2012 GDP growth (3.3%) led the OECD which averaged 1.4%. Israel's 2012 GDP of $250BN catapulted 120 times since 1948.
Israel's Jewish Demography Defies Conventions
by Ambassador (ret.) Yoram Ettinger
April 9, 2013
    President Obama was misinformed by his advisors. The suggestion that Israel should concede Jewish geography, in order to secure Jewish demography, ignores demographic trends in Israel, in the Muslim world in general and west of the Jordan River in particular. These trends reaffirm that time is working in favor of Israel's Jewish demography. In 2013, in sharp contrast with projections issued by the demographic establishment, there is a 66% Jewish majority (6.3 million Jews) in the combined area of Judea, Samaria (1.66 million Arabs) and pre-1967 Israel (1.65 million Arabs), compared with a 40% Jewish minority in 1948 and a 9% Jewish minority in 1900. The Jewish majority benefits from a robust tailwind of fertility rate and migration, which could produce an 80% Jewish majority by 2035.
Passover Guide for the Perplexed 2013
by Ambassador (ret.) Yoram Ettinger
April 2, 2013
    Passover highlights the fact that the Jewish People were passed-over by history's angel of death, in defiance of conventional wisdom. Non-normative disasters have characterized Jewish history ever since slavery in Egypt and the Exodus: the destruction of the two Temples, exiles, pogroms, expulsions, the Holocaust, anti-Semitism, daily Arab/Muslim terrorism and wars, etc. The 1948 re-establishment of Jewish sovereignty -- against global, regional, economic and military odds - constituted a modern day Exodus and Parting of the Sea. Principle-driven tenacious defiance-of-the odds constitutes a prerequisite to Jewish deliverance in 2013, as it was during The Exodus some 3,450 years ago.
From Cairo 2009 to Jerusalem 2013
by Ambassador (ret.) Yoram Ettinger
March 26, 2013
    Just like President Carter's reckless abandonment of the Shah and his courting of Khomeini, President Obama turned his back on America's ally, Mubarak, while extending his hand to America's inherent enemy, the trans-national, subversive Muslim Brotherhood. The desertion of Mubarak undermined US reliability in the eyes of pro-US Saudi Arabia, Jordan and the Gulf States. Furthermore, the newly-elected President promoted the UN as the quarterback of international relations and the US as a multilateral arbitrator/mediator, rather than a unilateral, determined military superpower. Such a policy has eroded America's posture of deterrence, which is the backbone of the dwindling club of pro-US Arab regimes.
Americans expect a friendlier policy on Israel
by Ambassador (ret.) Yoram Ettinger
March 26, 2013
    The proportion of voters who say that President Obama does not give strong enough backing to Israel is higher than it was in each of three similar surveys conducted for The Hill since May 2011. "Fewer voters find Obama's policy excessively supportive of Israel.... A slightly larger percentage of likely voters say Obama is generally anti-Israel [30%] than those who say that he is pro-Israel [28%]...." In the May and March, 2011 polls, 31% and 32% respectively said that the President was not supportive enough, while 27% and 25% respectively said that President Obama was too supportive of Israel.
by Ambassador (ret.) Yoram Ettinger
March 2, 2013
    Ethnocentrism -- judging other cultures by one's own standards -- is morally wrong, especially when motivated by superiority complex or racism. Benevolent ethnocentrism -- the assumption that other cultures are ready to embrace one's own standards and worldview - is morally flawed and strategically self-destructive. This reflects a superficial view of global complexity and undermines one's posture of deterrence in a world of intensifying disorder, and increasing hostility towards Western values. Free World leaders should not assume that cardinal democratic values such as life, liberty, the pursuit of happiness, peaceful coexistence, and the belief that all men are created equal, could be adopted by most non-democratic cultures.
President Obama's visit to Israel -- continuity or change?
by Ambassador (ret.) Yoram Ettinger
February 12, 2013
    The March, 2013 visit to Israel will indicate whether President Obama is determined to learn from history by avoiding, or by repeating, critical errors. In the face of dramatic threats in 2013, President Obama could facilitate a dramatic enhancement of the mutually-beneficial bilateral strategic cooperation. For example, the upgrading of Israel's port of Ashdod into a home port for the Sixth Fleet; the relocation of advance aircraft, missiles, tanks and counter-terrorism systems, from Europe to Israel, for US use in case of emergencies in Jordan and the Gulf area. US focus on mutual threats, rather than on the Palestinian issue, would reassure Riyadh and deter Teheran.
Demographers of doom did not deter Theodore Herzl
by Ambassador (ret.) Yoram Ettinger
February 12, 2013
    Political Zionism is utopian by three: the dream to establish a Jewish State supported by international law, the dream to achieve the migration of a substantial element of the Jewish People to that State, and the dream to solve the problem of the entire Jewish People through the establishment of a Jewish State... (p. 171).
Israeli Election, 2013 - a Reality Check
by Ambassador (ret.) Yoram Ettinger
January 26, 2013
    January 22, 2013 Israeli election. The Knesset is the youngest ever with a record number of women (26) and settlers (17). The discrepancy between rank and file Israeli Arabs on one hand and the Israeli Arab parties on the other hand is widening as the Israelization process of Israeli Arabs takes roots. Israeli Arabs are rapidly integrated into Israel's medical, pharmaceutical, banking, industrial, commercial, agricultural, cultural, sports and political infrastructures.
Obama's Criticism of Netanyahu Exposes Palestinian Issue.
by Ambassador (ret.) Yoram Ettinger
January 19, 2013
    Since March, 2009, Obama has systematically scorned Netanyahu's policies on the Arab-Israeli conflict in general and the Palestinian issue, Jerusalem and the construction of Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria, in particular. However, since March, 2009, irrespective of harsh disagreements over the Palestinian issue, the mutually-beneficial US-Israel strategic cooperation has expanded, especially in areas which feature the distinctive Israeli added-value: intelligence-sharing, counter-terrorism, homeland security, missile defense, training, battle tactics, joint exercises, pre-positioning of military hardware, medical treatment of soldiers and civilians, research and development, space, commercial and defense industries and high tech in general
Chuck Hagel Joins the Palestine Firsters
by Ambassador (ret.) Yoram Ettinger
January 12, 2013
    In contrast to the Palestine Firsters, Arab societies minimize assistance to Palestinians, as evidenced in the reluctance of Jordan -- as well as Lebanon and Egypt - to absorb Palestinian refugees from Syria, while welcoming over 100,000 Syrian refugees. In contrast with the worldview of Hagel and other Palestine Firsters, none of the tectonic developments on the stormy Arab Street derives from the Palestinian issue, the Arab-Israeli conflict or Israel's policies or existence. Irrespective of the Palestinian issue, Jordan, Bahrain, Kuwait, Lebanon and Algeria experience boiling seismic undercurrents, exacerbating the 1,400 year old intra-Muslim instability, unpredictability and violence, as well as anti-US sentiments.
Brennan and Hagel -- Bolstering or Weakening US National Security?
by Ambassador (ret.) Yoram Ettinger
January 9, 2013
    Brennan's ideological ambiguity/confusion towards Islamic terrorism -- and his misrepresentation of Jihad and ignoring the dominance of hate education in the Muslim Middle East -- could be transformed into operational ambiguity/confusion in the battle against Islamic terrorism. As the Chairman of the Atlantic Council, Hagel has subscribed to the centrality of the UN -- which is not the home court of US interests - in the conduct of international relations. He does not believe in US exceptionalism in the international arena and espouses the superiority of multilateralism over unilateral independent US national security actions.

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R.P. BenDedek (pseudonym) is from Brisbane Australia and has been teaching in China since 2003. He is the author of 'The Kings Calendar: The Secret of Qumran' - and -

'Finding Myself in China: A Politically Incorrect Story.'

Since 2004 he has been writing academic articles, social commentaries and photographic 'Stories from China' both here at KingsCalendar, and formerly as a contributing columnist at Magic City Morning Star News (Maine USA) where from 2009 to 2015 he was Stand-in Editor. He currently has a column at and teaches English to Business English and Flight Attendant College Students in Suzhou City Jiangsu Province People's Republic of China.)

BenDedek originally created the site to publicize his research results into the Chronology of Ancient Israel. Those results were published under the title: 'The King's Calendar: The Secret of Qumran.' Whilst there have been many attempts to solve the chronological riddle of the Bible's synchronisms of reigns of the kings of Israel and Judah and their synchronism with other Ancient Near Eastern Nations, no other research is based on a simple mathematical formula which could, if it is incorrect, be disproved easily. To date, no one has been able to dismiss the mathematical results of this research.
    Free to air Academic articles set forth Apologetics for and results of his discovery of an "artificial chronological scheme" running through the Bible, Josephus, the Damascus Documents of the Dead Sea Scrolls, and Seder Olam Rabbah. Check the Chapter Precis Page to see details of each chapter and to gain access to the Four Free to Air Chapters

(The Download book does not contain a section on Seder Olam)

What is the King's Calendar?

Definition: King's Calendar Chronological Research
    The Premise: Between the 5th and 3rd centuries BCE (but continuing down to at least 104 BCE), Sectarian redactors transcribed the legitimate 'solar year' chronological records of Israel and Judah, into an artificial form, with listed years as each comprised of 12 months of 4 weeks of 7 days, or 336 days per year, thus creating a 13th artificial year where 12 solar years existed.

    When the Synchronous Chronological Data provided in the Books of Kings and Chronicles for the Divided Kingdom Period are measured in years of 336 days, the synchronisms actually align. [Refer to Appendix 5. to see how it synchronises the Divided Kingdom Period]

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