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Dr. Martin Sherman served for seven years in operational capacities in the Israeli Defense establishment.  He was a ministerial adviser to Yitzhak Shamir's government and lectured for 20 years at Tel Aviv University in Political Science, International Relations and Strategic Studies.  He holds several university degrees: a B.Sc. (Physics and Geology), an MBA (Finance), and a PhD in political science and international relations. He was the first academic director of the internationally renowned Herzliya Conference and is the author of two books and numerous articles and policy papers on a wide range of political, diplomatic and security issues. He was born in South Africa and has lived in Israel since 1971. Dr. Martin Sherman ( ) is founder and executive director of the Israel Institute for Strategic Studies (

ARTICLES BY: Martin Sherman

January 25, 2018 9:36 am

An Appeal to Alan Dershowitz on the Two-State Solution

Alan Dershowitz has been a stout defender of Israel for years -- often in very inclement circumstances. For this, he deserves commendation and appreciation.  Dershowitz, however, has made two...

January 12, 2018 2:39 pm

The Anti-BDS Effort: Targeting the Symptoms, Not the Sickness

"The Palestinian narrative claims that the Jews of Israel are colonialist interlopers who stole the land from the Palestinians, its rightful owners. The narrative makes...

January 5, 2018 12:17 pm

Iran: Are Wheels Falling Off Obama’s ‘Signature’ Foreign Policy Endeavor?

"The alternative is a region wide explosion with totally unpredictable consequences...Just think how that would work out in the end…I think that is a policy...

January 1, 2018 1:16 pm

The UN Vote on Jerusalem: A Disturbing Diplomatic Debacle

"The General Assembly …[a]ffirms that any decisions and actions which purport to have altered the character, status or demographic composition of the Holy City of...

December 22, 2017 1:52 pm

Obama: Worse Than Chamberlain?

“In its determination to secure a nuclear deal with Iran, the Obama administration derailed an ambitious law enforcement campaign targeting drug trafficking by the Iranian-backed...

December 15, 2017 12:29 pm

A Palestinian State? What Could Possibly Go Wrong?

"The nightmare stories of the Likud are well known. After all, they promised rockets from Gaza as well. For a year, Gaza has been largely...

December 3, 2017 12:01 pm

Sinai — The Descent Into Depravity

“Militants detonated a bomb inside a crowded mosque in the Sinai Peninsula on Friday and then sprayed gunfire on panicked worshipers as they fled, killing...

November 23, 2017 1:40 pm

But for the Grace of God — Iran in Syria and the Lessons for Israel

"Israel has a strategic interest in disassociating Syria from the extremist axis that Iran is leading. Syria is not lost, Assad is western educated and...

November 17, 2017 3:14 pm

Israel’s Ruinous Right

"The road to hell is paved with good intentions."      -- attributed to Saint Bernard of Clairvaux, circa. 1150. ... It is neither an easy nor an enviable...

November 10, 2017 2:39 pm

The Ruinous Results of ‘Conflict Management’

"Israel’s present conflict management approach, which has succeeded in reducing Palestinian terrorism to manageable proportions, is an insufficient response to the dangers of Palestinian territorial...

November 3, 2017 1:54 pm

Lieberman’s New Home Demolition Initiative: The Point and the Pointlessness

"There is no difference between an attack that ends in murder and an attack that ends with serious injury. In both cases the homes of...

October 20, 2017 1:00 pm

Decertifying the Iran Deal — A Moral Imperative, but Now What?

“In a large country with multiple facilities and ample experience in nuclear concealment, violations will be inherently difficult to detect. Devising theoretical models of inspection...

October 16, 2017 4:09 pm

The ‘Jordan-Is-Palestine’ Conference — Why I Agreed to Participate

"Palestine and Transjordan are one, for Palestine is the coastline and Transjordan is the hinterland of the same country." - King Abdullah, Cairo, April 12, 1948. "Jordanians and...

October 3, 2017 1:31 pm

Oslo at 24: Failing the ‘Crystal Ball Test’

"We have come to try and put an end to the hostilities, so that our children, our children's children, will no longer experience the painful...


It’s a Bird, It’s a Plane, It’s ‘Superman’ … at the Kotel - American actor Dean Cain, known for his role as “Superman” in the hit 1990s’...


Jewish Groups Weigh-in on Pompeo for Secretary of State - Many major American Jewish organizations are pleased by the nomination of CIA director Mike Pompeo to succeed Rex Tillerson...

Training for War in Gaza as Hamas Lurks in Tunnels and Towers - Since Hamas came to power in the Gaza Strip more than a decade ago, it has built, trained and...

Israeli Attractions: Givat Sher, the Judean Lowhills - In the town of Modi’in, which is situated between Jerusalem and Tel Aviv, lies Givat Sher (“The hill of...


Republican Senator Expects Trump to Pull Out of Iran deal: CBS

Republican US Senator Bob Corker, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said he expects President Donald Trump to pull out of the Iran nuclear agreement in May. "The Iran deal...


Israel Ranks 11th in UN ‘World Happiness Report’ - Israel just missed out on a place in the top 10 happiest countries in the world, placing 11th in the latest world happiness index. “The World Happiness Report 2018,” compiled by the United Nations Sustainable...

Middle East

Abbas Meets With Released Prisoner Who Was Accomplice in Murder of Israeli - In the presidential office in Ramallah on March 14, Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas met with Rajaei Haddad, a terrorist from eastern Jerusalem released from prison after serving a...