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    *ALTAMIRA Gypsy Guitar, recent, aged top, large D hole, rosewood back & sides,
             upgraded tuners and upgraded Dupont bridge, exc, ohsc......$850

    *MARTIN Woody Mann, 2009

    *FENDER Mustang, 1968, Dakota Red

    *FENDER Stratocaster, 1974, White turned yellow, maple neck, perfect Rolph
            rewinds, exc, ohsc..........$3650

                                *******Just In -Tuesday,  October 17th, 2017 *********

 *SPECTOR FORTE 4-String Bass, 2015, Made in USA, curved carved body,
           2 Aguilar humbucking pickups, neck-thru-body, 1 5/8" at the brass nut,
           34" scale,  near mint, ohsc....$2795

 *FODERA Imperial Matthew Garrison 5-String Bass, Koa top, 
            walnut body, maple laminated thru body neck, strung with a high C string,
           hipshot on the low E, ebony board, Duncan dual coil pickups, recent, mint, ohsc..$9500

 *Furlanetto F Bass, Fretless 5-String, made in Canada, Alain Caron model, 
            ebony board with side fret markers and dots in the upper end, 
            1 pickup,  wide variety of tonal possibilities is mainly due to the configuration 
             of pickups and controls (and chambered Maple/Spruce body) as well as 
             offering a "standard" magnetic tone, the piezo pickup and chambered
              body allows you access to acoustic tones, and the attack that an acoustic 
             instrument offers. The two separate volumes allow you to blend the 
             magnetic and piezo pickups in any amount of each, not limiting you to
             the fixed levels of a blend control. The passive tone control functions
             whether in passive or active mode enabling it to modify a different 
            set of frequencies than the ones affected by the active tone controls,
             near mint, original gigbag.........$5200

 *GIBSON ES-340, 1969, Walnut Brown, 1 original and 1 '70s pickup, 
         has been rewired to remove the blend knob and now wired
         like a normal 335, some chipping of the finish on the Gibson logo,
         plays and sounds great, original Gibson orange lined hsc.....$2500

 *GIBSON Les Paul Junior 100, recent, cherry, single cutaway, 1 P-90 type
          pickup, adjustable brass nut, auto tuners that work, 1 3/4" at the nut,
          wraparound bridge, exc.............$595  

 *EASTMAN E20SS, 2015, Sunburst, slope shouldered dreadnought with
         Adirondack spruce top, solid Rosewood back & sides,
         LR Baggs M1 Active soundhole pickup, exc, hsc......$850

                                *******Just In -Monday,  October 16th, 2017 *********

  *FENDER Deluxe Amp, 1959 Tweed, recovered professionally, Celestion/Marshall 
         G12 Vintage 30 UK speaker, original transformers,  control panel chrome & paint
          in excellent  condition (has one ding) extra clean inside amp chassis, 
           original grill cloth, original power cord, changed caps, exc.......$2750
 *FENDER DuoTone Telecaster, 2012 Limited run from the 
        Custom Shop, Butterscotch,  blackguard, big round neck, alder body with Ash
          centerpiece, custom wound Nocaster pickups, 6105 frets, 9.5" radius
          light Relic aging, staggered tuning post for good nut angle
          Fender Custom Shop White case, exc..........$2350

 *MAGNATONE Custom 460 Amp, 1961, all original with 2 12" Oxfords
        and 2 smaller oval speakers, 2 channels with Reverberation, Vibrato and
        a Stereo input, just gone through and tweaked by Matt Wells, exc....$2195

 *MAGNATONE Varsity Reverb Combo, NEW, Burgundy faux crocodile tolex, Cathedral
             grill style, 15 watt push/pull class A powered by 2 EL-84s, 12" Magnatone 
           Ceramic Speaker, solid Pine finger joined cabinet, with Reverb......$2199
 *KOVACIK 000-42,  New, by Steve Kovacik, handmade of old Martin 
          Englemann Spruce top, beautifulold stock Martin Brazilian Rosewood back & sides, 
          Martin neck blank, pearl trimmed top including around fingerboard extension,  
          forward X bracing, torch peghead inlay, rosewood body binding, beveled  
          tortoise guard, saddle-thru ebony bridge, snowflake inlays in ebony board,
            1 3/4" at nut, 24.9" scale,  Hiscox case.....$6200
 *KOVACIK Ditson Concert size Guitar, New, Steve Kovacik hand
             built this Concert size Ditson copy using a '60s Martin Sitka Spruce top, 
             a Martin neck, Brazilian Rosewood back & sides,
              it has a 24 3/4" scale, 1 7/8" at nut, slotted peghead, 
             herringbone trim, 12 7/8" wide lower bout, great sounding guitar hsc....$4500

 *LAPLANTE D-45S, New, 12 Fret, old German Spruce top, Brazilian Rosewood back & sides, 
        Martin neck and board, slotted peghead, no fingerboard ornamentation,
        45 style abalone pearl on top, sides and back, Martin "authentic" case... $9500

 *LAPLANTE Ditson  Size 1, Style 40, New, all Martin woods- Adirondack Spruce top,
            Brazilian Rosewood back & sides, abalone pearl top, engraved tuners,
            hsc..... $6000

                                *******Just In -Sunday,  October 8th, 2017 *********
 *MARTIN D-42, New, Spruce top, East Indian Rosewood back & sides,
           pearl trim all around the top including the fingerboard extension, 
            $7099 list, ohsc....................$5599

 *MARTIN D-28, 2005,  a couple of repaired top cracks south of the bridge,
           fine sounding and playing, vgc+, hsc.............$1200

 *GRETSCH 6120, 1957, Orange, 2 single coil DeArmond pickups, Bigsby,
           original signpost pickguard, humped top inlays, all original with White 
           cowboy case, exc...$8900

 *HARPTONE E-6 NC, Small dreadnought 15 3/4" across, Spruce top, Arched maple back,
          maple sides, Rosewood bridge and board, 24.5" short scale, 1 11/16" at nut,
         great sound and playability with a C shaped neck, exc+, ohsc.....$1250

 *SANTA CRUZ D1 Pre-War, recent, Spruce top, Mahogany back and sides,
              tortoise bindings, ebony board and bridge, near mint, ohsc......$2850

 *BLUE RIDGE BR-180, New, Dreadnought, D-45 styling, Select, solid Sitka spruce top with
        hand-carved braces,  pre-war forward X-pattern, solid East Indian rosewood back & sides 
          abalone pearl on all borders and soundhole rosette, genuine ebony fingerboard and bridge
          Abalone fingerboard inlays and intricate peghead inlays, bone nut & saddle 
         14:1  gold-plated open-back tuners with butterbean buttons..........$1185

 *BLUE RIDGE BR 163, New, OM style with extra abalone snowflake inlays in Indian 
           Rosewood fingerboard, solid Spruce top with aging toner, solid East Indian
           Rosewood back & sides, 25.6" long scale, 1 11/16" at nut, bone nut and saddle, 
           butterbean tuners, Herringbone top trim, ................$725, add $95 for case

 *GIBSON ES-335 '63 Re-issue, Sunburst, block inlay, aged hardware,
             certificate, near mint, ohsc...........$2900

 *FENDER Jazzmaster, 1961, Olympic White, yellowed, all original
                vgc, brown case, bgc.........$7500

                                *******Just In -Monday,  October 2nd, 2017 *********
 *GIBSON L-4C, 1961, Blonde, sharp cutaway, solid carved Spruce top,  Maple
               back & sides,  1 11/16" at nut, Brazilian Rosewood board & bridge, 
                all original, exc, ohsc.........$3895
 *GIBSON SG Standard, recent, Cherry, 2 humbuckers, exc, ohsc......$850

 *HARMONY Archtop, ca 1960, S-45, refinished top, non-cutaway, P-90 style pickup
               installed into body, vgc, gigbag............$295

       (gbL)                     *******Just In -Thursday,  September 28th, 2017 *********

 *GIBSON L-5C, 1952, a beautiful 3-tone sunburst finish that looks like it was done by 
            Gibson in the early '60s, with a slim profile neck, newer floating pickup
           and repro pickguard, original hardware otherwise including SealFast Grover
            tuners, beautiful curly maple back, sides and neck, exc, ohsc.....$5950

 *SPIRA "Ditson", by Jack Spira , Australia, a faithful rendition of Martin's Ditson 
         model ( about a size 5)  of the early last century, specs supplied by Dick Boak, Brazilian
       Rosewood back and sides, Sitka spruce top, near mint, gigbag....$3900

 *MARTIN HD-28, 1998, a real good 28 with some light dings and dents from being played,
           all original with a pickup system inside, vgc++, ohsc.........$1850

 *GIBSON LG-3, 1956, natural, x-braced, triple bound top, larger pickguard,
            all original, no cracks, exc, hsc.....$2850

    *GIBSON L-50, 1953, sunburst archtop, all original except for new old tailpiece,
           exc, hsc....$1350

       (gbL)                   *******Just In -Wednesday,  September 27th, 2017 *********

 *G&L SCI Solid body electric, '80s, white, 1 pickup, vgc+, gigbag..........  Hold

 *SUPRO Dual Tone X62623, 1956, White, 2 pickups, some of the plastic block inlays
          are shrunk and others missing, old but non-original knobs, vgc..$795

 *TEUFFEL Niwa 6-string, made in Germany, Orange, 3 pickups, 3 wooden knobs,
             Wilkinson tremelo bridge, check out Uli Teuffel's site for more info
            on this exciting guitar, exc,  ohsc....$6000

 *GIBSON A-50 Mandolin, 1939, sunburst, carved spruce top, curly maple back and sides,
          bound top and back, pickguard is disintegrating but has the mounting hardware,
          exc, period non-Gibson hard case....
 *FENDER  FM-60E, 5-string Electric Mandolin,  used, 2 single coil pickups, 
           semi-hollow with ƒ-hole, sunburst, vgc+......$425

 *WESTONE Rail Bass, black, headless, position pickup  by sliding on the rails,
             32 1/4" scale, vgc, gigbag........$400

 *NATIONAL Duolian, c 1929, square wooden neck, frosted finish, single cone
             resonator guitar, exc, ossc....$1950

 *FENDER Telecaster, 1967, Blonde, Rosewood fingerboard, some new wires,
            shows playing wear, 7.06 lbs, vgc, ohsc........$7500

 *FENDER Princeton Reverb, 1965, Black Panel, all original, Oxford 10" dated
            1965, repro footswitch, exc............$2250

 *FENDER Reverb Unit, 1965, Black Panel, White knobs, exc....950

                               *******Just In -Tuesday,  September 19th, 2017 *********
  *COLLINGS D-2H Sunburst, dreadnought, Sunburst Spruce top with
      herringbone trim, East Indian Rosewood back and sides, a couple of minor dings in
      the top, 1 11/16" at nut, exc, ohsc.....$2950
    *GUILD F65CE, 1993, Blonde, cutaway flattop with electronics

 *GUILD ARISTOCRAT M-75, ca 1959-60, sunburst, single cutaway hollow body
           with no F holes, all original with 2 creme plastic
           covered P-90 style pickups, exc, ossc.............$5500

  *GIBSON L-4, 1925, Snakehead, Sunburst, oval hole archtop, 
            adjustable trussrod, original engraved tuners, vgc, ohsc........$2500

 *GRETSCH New Yorker, 1953, Sunburst, 16" non-cutaway archtop, 
           25.5" scale, all good, vgc+, ssc..$795

               (gbL)                 *******Just In -Thursday,  September 14th, 2017 *********

 *FENDER Stratocaster, 1957, Lefty, Non-trem, Sunburst, the beautiful
           V neck is all original, figured ash body refinished by J Black,  body is 98% 1-piece 
           with a little wing added on, rewound neck pickup, 1 original bridge pickup, 
          middle is a real good repro, original tweed case.....$18,000

    *TAYLOR NS-32CE, 2002, cutaway Classical guitar with pickup, exc, ohsc..$1095

 *EPIPHONE Devon, 1953, sunburst, 17 3/8" noncutaway Jazz guitar, 
             25 1/2" scale, just under 1 3/4" at the nut, Spruce top, laminated
             Mahogany back & sides, bound rosewood board with oval inlays, 
             fresh neck-set, new pickguard and tuners, original Frequensator 
             tailpiece, exc, hsc..........$2000

    *RICKENBACKER 350V63, 2012, Black short scale with 3 toaster top 
           pickups, like John's, no trem, mint, ohsc...........$2295

 *GIBSON ES-335, '63 Re-issue, Cherry, Block markers, 
           stop tailpiece and tunomatic bridge, papers, near mint, ohsc.... 

 *MARTIN D-35, 2009, 3 piece back, big sound, mint, ohsc....$2000

 *MARTIN D-28, 2017, New 2017 version, looks cooler- tinted top, vintage
          styling, in stock, ohsc....$2629

 *GIBSON M-6, 6-string Mandolin, 2001, A-style with ƒ-holes, cherry sunburst, 
                 1 3/8" at the nut, ebony board, exc+, ohsc......$1100

                               *******Just In -Tuesday,  September 12th, 2017 *********

 *FENDER Champ Amp, 1959, Tweed narrow panel, 8" re-issue Jensen speaker,
              new back panel, exc......$1450

 *FENDER Champ Amp, 1960, Tweed narrow panel, 8" Mojotone speaker,

 *GIBSON ES-345, c 1966-68, sunburst, all original with trapeze tailpiece 
            and Varitone, exc, ohsc..........$5200

    *GRETSCH Country Gent, 1967, walnut, some re-binding, exc, ohsc.....$2900

 *FENDER Jaguar, 1964, Sunburst, clay dot neck, all original, exc, ohsc...$3500

 *EASTMAN MDA-815 Mandola, recent, F-style, sunburst, all solid carved spruce top,
            carved maple back and sides, vgc++, ohsc...$1050

                                 *******Just In -Monday,  September 4th, 2017 *********

 *PORRAZZO, ca 1939, 18" Archtop, made in Medford, Mass, his take on a Super 400, hand
             carved X-braced spruce top, carved solid curly maple back and sides, ebony
            board with Super 400 style inlays, 7-ply body binding,  1 3/4" at nut,
             25 1/4" scale, vgc+, hsc..........$6000
 *PANARAMIC 1220, c 1960, made by Magnatone- in fact it's the same as a
            Magnatone 260, Stereo, 2 Channels, Vibrato, 2-12" Oxfords, vgc+....$1200

    *FENDER Rustler, 6-String Banjo, recent, with resonator, hsc, exc+......$250

                            *******Just In -Thursday,  August 31st, 2017 *********
 *FENDER Champion 600, 1950, creme and brown, 
        original 6" Cletron speaker, all original, exc.......$1395
 *FENDER Pro Amp, 1950, TV Panel Tweed, original 15" Jensen, from late '49,
            beautiful amp.......$3750

 *FENDER Vibrolux Reverb, 1970, silver panel, 2 original 10" Oxford speakers,
          sounds and looks great, exc.......$1450

 *GIBSON GA-40, 2-tone Brown,  P12Q 12" Jensen,
            retractable top handle, exc........$1595

 *GIBSON GA-20, 1959, 2-tone, with Field coil, vgc+
 *MARTIN 000-42, 2017, NEW, Indian Rosewood back and sides, 
          "45" style abalone inlay around Sitka Spruce top, fingerboard extension and soundhole, 
          snowflake inlays in ebony board, 1 3/4" at nut, 24.9" scale, factory installed strap 
            button at heel side, deluxe hard shell case, list price $7099........$5599  

  *EPIPHONE Triumph, 1938, sunburst, non-cutaway, solid carved Spruce top with 
         a few tightly repaired cracks, otherwise all good, solid curly maple back and 
         maple sides, Brazilian rosewood board, 9-ply binding, vgc, ssc.....$1950

 *GARVEY 16" Archtop, 2006, sunburst, non-cutaway, solid carved spruce top,
           solid carved Maple back & sides, ebony board, a great 
           sounding guitar, exc......$2500

    *GARVEY 6120 Style, recent, Black, TV Jones pickups, Bigsby, exc, hsc..$2900

 *DERBY 10 String Lap Steel, used, ohsc, exc..........$875

    *EPIPHONE Les paul Junior, sunburst, vgc...$85


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  In the 1/24/13  Bergen Record, nice article-  http://snipurl.com/26aujli
                              *STORE PANORAMIC VIEW- OF SORTS


 Meet Ian Davlin, head of our repair crew-
    1952 Les Paul that has a screw reinforcing a neck crack. When the customer originally
           brought the guitar in it had putty over the screw and the crack repair was failing.
     To see Lark Street Music's Wall click here

                Duke Levine w/ the Roy Sludge Trio in the store the day between 
         the Bowery and the Bell House gigs in NY last week - click here for a clip.  
         Also check out 

                                 ********* PICTURES from the EXHIBIT *************
    These are fairly large prints and are here in the store for purchase, all signed by Jonathan Singer-
       check his site www.botanicamagnifica for his story. 
  Prices were from $500-$1000. On sale, 30-40% off

     SG and Marshall

    Defying logic- 3 Explorers, courtesy J. Menza
   Two '59 Les Pauls, courtesy J. Menza

   Two Airlines

  Three Strats, courtesy Lark Street Music

   Old Golds-ES-295 & '54 Les Paul, courtesy Lark Street Music

  The '60 Cherry Les Paul, courtesy J. Menza

  Moserite Double & Selmer Zodiac,  courtesy Lark Street Music

 Bacon & Days anyday, courtesy Lark Street Music

   Firebirds, courtesy Lark Street Music

  2 Centuries of Progress!
        more to come....

 and introducing.........>>>>>>>>> *********** !!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 
      The MAZEL TONE line of guitar effects pedals!  Larkstreet Music's own line of vintage
          tone producers, made right here designed by rabbi Shmuel Gold and hand wired
         by the legendary guitar builder Dominic Ramos, and named by our favorite
         Conan O'brien/ Fab Faux  guitarist extrordinaire  Jimmy Vivino, 
         the amazing DOUBLE FUZZ!!!  Distortion with an option for adding an upper octave,
         list price $229, street price............. $189 
 *AFTERWORD Delay pedal, by Mazeltone, The Afterword delay is a digital analog hybrid delay,
             although employing digital circuitry the repeats are thick and warm with delay times 
             up to 600 ms it can cover everything from slap back to ambient moods. 
             The final word in delay, New...$189
    featuring Buck Malen, Johnny Rabb, Kevin Maul, unknown banjo phenom & Frances
   DUKE LEVINE's brand new "Beneath The Blue"   CD, with Kevin Barry, Jay Bellerose,
                Paul Bryan, Kenny White, Dan Reiser & Mike Rivard available here or by mail-- $12 
                  ---->>>  or for you kids- dowloads availbale at dukelevine.com   


                                                Before  After ..... 
                We often get asked  "where do these guitars come from" ??? or "who buys these things" ??
                So here's an interesting picture of the quite rare White ES-345 (that we had for sale for about a year)
                with both it's original ( c. 1964), and current (April'06)  owners.

  Some have complained about bad pictures.  If this is happening to you or your PC, let me know.  We have Macs 
  and the pictures are large and clear, so we'd like to know figure out why this problem is happening
An answer from my brother Rick-
By default, Internet Explorer will shrink pictures to fit onto one screen.
That's probably what people are complaining about. Usually, if they hold the
cursor over the picture for a few seconds, a button will appear and they can
click it to restore the pic to full size. I hate the feature, so I just turn
it off and always see the photos full-size:

From the IE menu bar, click Tools | Internet Options
Click the Advanced tab
Scroll down to the Multimedia section
Remove the check from "Enable Automatic Image Resizing"
Click OK to save settings

       For you who don't know, we do all manner of guitar repair and restoration.  We do most of it here but 
      also give some work to Dom Ramos -repairing and building since working in Dan Armstrong's shop in 
      the '60s.  We've also been a Martin Warrantee Center since 1985 before Martin closed down all 5 NJ Centers 
      because of a tax dispute between NJ and Martin

       Wes Montgomery on Practicing:
  “I never practice my guitar… from time to time I just open the case and throw in a piece of raw meat.”
 (courtesy of Doc Siegal)


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  Political sentiments
Turn back before it's too late!

JULY 25, 2017

The Argument Is About Jews, Not Metal Detectors - Jonathan S. Tobin (JNS.org)

How could putting metal detectors to protect a holy site
 from a recurrence of murder provoke outrage, violence
 and a promise of mass riots? The answer is that this isn't 
about metal detectors. It's about the right of Jews to be
 in Jerusalem.
Israel didn't change the status quo at the Temple Mount.
 Jews are still denied the right to pray at the holiest place 
in Judaism. The Islamic Waqf was left in charge of the 
Temple Mount's Al-Aqsa mosque.
Nor was the new security measure discriminatory. Any 
Jew or non-Jew who wishes to enter the Western Wall plaza 
below the Temple Mount compound must also pass through 
metal detectors.
For a century, Palestinian Arab leaders have been playing 
the "Al-Aqsa is in danger" card. It was the supposedly moderate
 Mahmoud Abbas who also claimed Jews were going to harm
 the mosque. His rhetoric sought to remind Palestinians that
 the conflict wasn't over borders or settlements, but something
 far more basic: a religious war that mandates Arab opposition 
to the Jewish presence.
The new security measures are merely the latest pretext for 
Arab violence intended to make the point that Jews have no 
right to be there at all.
The threats of violence are just one more power play intended
 to remind the world that the only solution Palestinians will 
ultimately accept is one in which the Jews are excluded. 
So long as this is their goal, it isn't Al-Aqsa that is in danger, 
but any hope for peace.

 >>>>     July 13, 2017
 In New Low, Amnesty Stands Up for ISIS

A new report from the so-called human rights group argues a moral 
equivalence between the Islamic State and the US-Led Coalition fighting to free Mosul
By Liel Leibovitz · 

Who’s to blame when a group of savages take innocent people hostage,
 commit atrocities, and spur the forces of civilization to strike back, 
sparking a conflict that, regrettably, claims the lives of more
 innocent people? If you’ve followed the way the international
 community—that mythical body of self-appointment bureaucrats 
who see themselves as everyone’s moral betters—has dealt 
with Israel, you know the answer by now. To organizations
 like Amnesty International, the real culprits are never the
 Palestinian terrorists who use human shields or launch missiles
 at school children, always the Israeli army doing its best to defend
 its citizens without causing unnecessary loss of life on the 
other side. The term of art for this reprehensible approach
 is moral equivalence. And you won’t be surprised to hear that,
 having mastered the skill of both-sides-are-to-blame with 
Hamas, Amnesty is now extending the same courtesy to ISIS.

In a new report, released earlier this week and entitled
 “At Any Cost: The Civilian Catastrophe in West Mosul, Iraq,” 
the organization paid lip service to the idea that the 
Islamic State—purveyors of sexual slavery, beheadings, 
and other brutalities—inflicted some suffering on Mosul’s
 population before getting to the real culprit, the US-led coalition.

“Iraqi government and US-led coalition forces failed to 
adequately adapt their tactics to these challenges—as 
required by international humanitarian law—with disastrous
 consequences for civilians,” thunders the report. Then, lest 
you have any doubt what ought to be done next, the report 
ends with a call to action. “Don’t Let These Crimes Be Buried,” 
reads a bold headline, before making a list of demands,
 including a public acknowledgment of “the scale and 
gravity of the loss of civilian lives during the Mosul battle” 
and reparations for the victims and their families.

As armies around the world continue to struggle with benighted
 forces seizing cities and using civilians as human shields, there’s
 certainly room for discussion about optimal tactics to minimize 
collateral damage. But for a group purporting to fly the banner of
 human rights to present both the barbarians who seized Mosul and
 the imperfect soldiers who risked their lives to liberate it is a farce. 
If Amnesty truly wants to be faithful to its mission statement of
 protecting people “wherever justice, freedom, truth, and dignity 
are denied,” it may start by taking the small but crucial step of 
not defending ISIS.

               Kerry's Rage Against Israel - Editorial
John Kerry delivered a marathon speech Wednesday excoriating Israel.
 It's not for lack of U.S. diplomacy that there is no peace. 
In 2000 then-President Bill Clinton brought Israeli and Palestinian
 leaders to Camp David to negotiate a final peace agreement, only
 to watch Palestinians walk away from an offer that would have 
granted them a state on nearly all of Gaza and the West Bank. 
That failure was followed by another Palestinian terror campaign.
    Israelis remember that they elected leaders - Yitzhak Rabin in 
1992, Ehud Barak in 1999, Ehud Olmert in 2006 - who made repeated
 peace overtures to the Palestinians, only to be met with violence and 
rejection. Israelis also remember that Netanyahu ordered a settlement 
freeze, and that also brought peace no closer.
    The lesson is that Jewish settlements are not the main obstacle to peace.
 If they were, Gaza would be on its way to becoming the Costa Rica
 of the Mediterranean. The obstacle is Palestinian rejection of Israel's
 right to exist as a Jewish state in any borders. A Secretary of State who
 wishes to resolve the conflict could have started from that premise, 
while admonishing the Palestinians that they will never get a state so 
long as its primary purpose is the destruction of its neighbor. (Wall Street Journal)

              With New Resolution, the UN Drives Stake into Israeli-Palestinian Peace Hopes - Michael Oren
The UN Security Council resolution denouncing Israel's presence 
in territories it captured in 1967 poses untold dangers not only
 to Israel but to the Palestinians themselves, and greatly diminishes
 the chances for peace. The resolution means the Western Wall and 
other places sacred to Jews for 3,000 years are considered as illegally 
occupied. It labels 600,000 Israelis as "flagrant violators of international law."
 The goal of the initiators of the resolution was not to achieve a
 better two-state solution, but to deny Israel the right to defend 
itself and, ultimately, the right to exist as a sovereign Jewish state.
 Israel will survive this legal onslaught and continue to thrive. The
 Palestinians, by contrast, will remain stateless.
    A strong Israel is virtually all that stands between the Sunni Arab 
states and the radical jihadists in Iran and ISIS. The Security Council 
vote will undoubtedly reinforce those radicals and embolden them to
 mount further attacks not only against the Jewish State but also 
against its Arab neighbors. And the long-tormented peoples of
 the Middle East will receive an unequivocal message from the UN: 
the massacre of more than half a million Arabs in Syria, Iraq, and 
Yemen is unimportant. All that matters is Jews living and praying
 in their homeland.
    Finally, the resolution impairs American credibility, casting
 doubts on the reliability of American commitments. By abstaining
 on the resolution, and in effect abandoning its only democratic
 Middle Eastern ally, the U.S. has called into question its dependability
 to its other friends. No American ally should rest easily.  
           The writer, a former Israeli ambassador to the U.S., is deputy
 minister for diplomacy in the Israeli Prime Minister's Office. (Newsweek)

How Did Israeli Settlements Become a Legally Contentious Issue at the UN? -
 Dore Gold (Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs)

Right after World War II, the U.S. and its allies wanted to prevent a
 repetition of the practice of the Axis powers who evicted the populations
 from the areas that came under their control and forcibly transferred
 their own populations into those very same territories. For this reason, 
the Allies drafted the 1949 Fourth Geneva Convention in the way that 
they did. But this is not what is occurring with Israeli settlement activity, 
as Israel has argued for decades.   
There is one place, however, where this scenario is taking place right now -
 and it is not in the West Bank. It is occurring in Syria, where Sunni Arabs
 are being systematically replaced by Shiites from Iraq and other countries
 in order to alter the demographic makeup of the Syrian state, in accordance
 with the interests of Iran. Tehran wants a Shiite belt from its western border
 to the Mediterranean in order to establish its hegemony in the Middle East.
And what is the UN doing about this? It is deliberating over a new draft
 resolution condemning Israeli settlement activity, while ignoring the mass
 transfer of populations transpiring across the entire Levant. As usual,
 it is obsessed with Israel while ignoring the dangerous actions of Iran.
The Palestinians themselves agreed in the 1995 Interim Agreement that
 the issue of Israeli settlements in the West Bank should be addressed as 
an item for negotiation between the parties. It is not tenable for the 
Palestinian leader, Mahmoud Abbas, to repeatedly refuse to negotiate
 with Israel and then expect the UN Security Council to take up his concerns
 in his place. The U.S., which signed the Interim Agreement as a witness, 
should veto the proposed draft resolution on settlements.
The UN, for its part, should take measures to halt the ethnic cleansing of Sunni 
populations across the Middle East that is occurring today. But that
 would require standing up to Iran and its allies, which many states 
sitting in the Security Council are plainly reluctant to do.

Israel Is a Model of Democracy and Multi-Ethnicity - Bernard-Henri Levy 
interviewed by Ben Cohen (The Tower)

Israel is a model of democracy not only for the Middle East but for
 the world. Since the very day of its birth, 69 years ago, Israel has
 had an exemplary attitude, which is to deal with emergencies 
without giving up on democratic values.
I don't see any other example in modern history of a country that 
has had to face a constant state of war, a constant state of emergency,
 having in its own space a very strong minority who might be
 tempted to take the path of the adversary, and yet sticks so 
firmly to its principles.
Never forget that you have in Israel a number of Arab parliamentarians,
 which we in France don't have. Don't forget that the Arabic language
 is an official language of Israel. And don't forget that even in the 
moment when you have some Arab cities inside Israel demonstrating 
against Israeli policy, as during the Gaza war, there was never any 
step towards depriving this or that part of society of its democratic 
and civil rights. It never happened.
Israel also can really be considered as a model of dealing with the 
matter of multi-ethnicity. Because, at the end of the day, what is Israel?
 Israel is people coming from the west, from the east, from the south. 
People coming from Europe, people coming from Russia, people 
coming from the Arab world. People of every different possible 
ethnicity. And all of them made so quickly, nearly overnight, a nation.
 I don't see any other examples of that.
I completely understand those who go in the streets in Europe 
demonstrating for the memory of 2,000 or 3,000 Palestinian dead
 during the war in Gaza. What I don't understand is that I never saw
 them in the same streets when Bashar al-Assad kills not 2,000 or 3,000 
but 300,000 or 400,000 of his own citizens. I never saw them in 
the streets when a Muslim leader in Sudan killed, in South Sudan,
 400,000 or 500,000 people. And the same for the victims of Saddam Hussein. 
And the same for the Palestinians killed, tortured, by other Palestinians.
So it's more than strange that those who cannot accept Israel waging 
a defensive war don't feel upset or uncomfortable when an Arab leader
 kills one hundred times more Arab women and men.
There are some people in the West, and in America also, who care about
 lives only when Jews and Israel are involved. If that's not the case, then
 they don't give a damn, they don't demonstrate, they don't care.
 What name do you give to that? For me, this way of saying that the
 victim is interesting only if she had to deal with the Jews, this is anti-Semitism.

Bernard-Henri Levy is a French philosopher and author of more than 30 books, including The Genius of Judaism (Jan. 2017).

Israel Conducted No Ethnic Cleansing in 1948 - Benny Morris (Ha'aretz)

The Palestinians were the ones who started the 1948 war when
 they rejected the UN compromise plan and embarked on hostile
 acts in which 1,800 Jews were killed between November 1947 
and mid-May 1948.
Concern for the welfare of the Arabs in prestate Israel was not the
 main reason Arab leaders decided to invade Israel on the 
eve of May 15. Jordan's King Abdullah wanted to expand his
 country's borders, the Egyptian king wanted to deny the Jordanian
 king major territorial achievements, and the leaders of Syria, 
Iraq and Egypt feared the reaction at home if they did not invade.
At no stage of the 1948 war was there a decision by the political
 or military leadership of the Jewish Yishuv or the state to expel 
the Arabs. Nor did any important party in the Yishuv, including
 the Revisionists, adopt such a policy in its platform.
On March 24, 1948, Israel Galili, Ben-Gurion's deputy and the head 
of the Haganah, ordered all the Haganah brigades not to uproot
 Arabs from the territory of the designated Jewish state. Things 
did change in early April due to the Yishuv's shaky condition and
 the impending Arab invasion. But there was no overall expulsion
 policy and for the most part the Arabs simply fled. I don't accept 
the definition "ethnic cleansing" for what the Jews in prestate
 Israel did in 1948.
Incidentally, Arab countries carried out ethnic cleansing and uprooted
 all the Jews, down to the last one, from any territory they captured 
in 1948. The Jews, on the other hand, left Arabs in place in Haifa
 and Jaffa, and in the villages along the country's main traffic arteries
 - the Jerusalem-Tel Aviv highway and the Tel Aviv-Haifa highway -
 a fact that does not conform with the claim of ethnic cleansing.
Unfortunately, Benjamin Netanyahu is right when he says the main 
obstacle to peace is the unwillingness of the Arabs to agree to a 
compromise based on two states for two peoples, and their 
rejection of the legitimacy of the Zionist enterprise and the State of Israel.

The writer is a professor of history at Ben-Gurion University.


       Today marks 15 years since Al-Qaeda attacked the World Trade Center and
 the Pentagon, murdering 2, 977 people. Since that day, in 2001, at least 
another 1,000 people have died from illnesses caused by exposure to debris
 from the failing towers.

A US-led NATO taskforce invaded Afghanistan shortly afterwards to remove
 the Taliban, and to find and capture Osama bin Laden. Bin Laden is now dead,
 but Afghanistan is still at war. Al-Qaeda’s successor organization, the Islamic
 State (ISIS, ISIL), has established a state of sorts across swathes of Syria and
 Iraq. Al-Qaeda itself is an active participant in Syria’s increasingly complicated civil war.

Since the attack, efforts to defeat terrorism have eluded success. 
Here are three things to bear in mind:

With the collapse of the USSR, Islamism is the only ideological alternative to Western hegemony

Islamism is a comprehensive political system that offers a total ideological 
alternative to the mainstream Western consensus of democracies enforcing 
liberal values, backed by American hard power. Since international communism
 collapsed, those opposed to this system have been left without an
 ideological home.

This fact puts into perspective the close relationship between sections of 
the hard left, such as the UK’s Jeremy Corbyn or Code Pink’s Medea Benjamin, 
with totalitarian Islamists such as Hamas or insurgents fighting American
 forces in Iraq. Both Corbyn and Benjamin transitioned seamlessly from 
traditional left-wing and socialist/communist alignment to apologism 
for terrorist groups who were deemed to be oppressed, as part of a broader 
strategy of defiance against American and Western power.

In 2009, Corbyn called Hamas a force for “social good” and his “friends,” 
while in 2004, Benjamin collected $600,000 in medical supplies and cash
 to deliver to the families of terrorist insurgents fighting the U.S. in Iraq.

Opposed to what they term “neo-liberalism” in principle, activists like these
 will seek out any allies opposed to it which, in the current era, means Islamist
 extremists, who have pretty much the only viable (albeit horrific) alternative 
ideology to Western neo-liberalism.

 Al-Qaeda Wanted to Provoke an Overreaction

As early as 2005, a book entitled This is How We See and Want Jihad was 
circulating showing Al-Qaeda’s 20-year long game plan to defeat the 
West and establish an Islamic Caliphate. This was further illuminated by
 the groundbreaking work of Jordanian journalist Fouad Hussain. The
 plan has seven phases. The first phase, between 2000 and 2003, 
aimed to draw America into a war against Muslims and thus “crown al-Qaeda
 as the leader of the nation.”

Later phases aimed to make the war intractable and thus gain support for 
Al-Qaeda while demoralizing the West, and toppling Arab regimes allied to 
America and Israel. The plan includes creating a jihadi army in Syria and Iraq, 
and drawing in funding and recruits from outside.

Once U.S. power began to wane, after a decade of an expensive war of attrition, 
a caliphate was to be declared at some point from 2013 to 2016. After 2016, 
the phase of “total war” would begin, waging attacks against Western targets 
around the world; the “beginning of the confrontation between faith and 
disbelief, which would begin in earnest after the establishment of the Islamic

Al-Qaeda and its successor the Islamic State seem remarkably on track with
 this plan, especially considering the turmoil engulfing the region. It is also
 very important to note that they see terrorism as a means of destabilizing
 the West to further the establishment of a caliphate, rather than as an end in itself.

 Ideology is the Key to Victory

Bearing in mind the first two points, we see that Al-Qaeda and other jihadi groups
 see terrorism as a means to an end. To prevent another 9/11 from taking place, 
therefore, we have to tackle their end goal and show the world precisely how 
and why an Islamist caliphate is a bad idea.

When we can do that, young jihadis will not be motivated to sacrifice their lives 
in an attempt to establish this caliphate, and idealistic activists will not make
 excuses for people fighting for these goals.

Such clarity is needed now more than ever because, 15 years after the tragic
 September 11th attacks, there is still no end in sight for the “War on Terror.”

 Elliot Friedland is a research fellow at Clarion Project.

The World Dodged a Bullet in Syria - Thanks to Israel - John Hannah (Foreign Policy)

I well remember the day in spring 2007 when I got an urgent
 call from Vice President Cheney. The head of Israel's Mossad,
 the late Meir Dagan, had just been in to brief Cheney and
 President Bush. He revealed compelling evidence that in the 
Syrian desert east of Damascus, near the town of Al-Kibar, 
North Korea was covertly building a plutonium-producing 
nuclear reactor. It was more or less a replica of the North's 
own reactor at Yongbyon.
Making matters worse, Al-Kibar was perilously close to completion. 
Options for getting rid of it would narrow considerably once 
operations began and the reactor went "hot." For its part, 
the U.S. intelligence community had totally missed Al-Kibar.
The fact is that the U.S. dodged a bullet in Syria - and, it's worth
 stressing, all courtesy of the Israelis. Not only did they discover 
Al-Kibar in the nick of time. They also carried out the attack that 
was almost certainly the only means of ensuring the reactor
 never went hot.
Just imagine the nightmare that the world would have faced if, 
on top of everything else in Syria, we were also dealing with
 the nightmare of the Islamic State getting its hands on a 
plutonium-producing nuclear reactor.

The writer, a senior counselor at the Foundation for Defense
 of Democracies, was national security advisor to Vice President 
Dick Cheney from 2005 to 2009.

Taking Sides in the War within Islam - Bernard-Henri Levy

     Appeasement of violent radicalism only encourages more of the same. 
We must acknowledge that two Islams are locked in a fight
to the death, and that because the battlefield is the planet
and the war threatens values that the West embraces, the fight 
is not solely the Muslims' affair.
        We must aid, encourage, and ideologically arm Muslims 
who reject the Islam of hate in favor of an Islam respectful 
of women, their faces, and their rights, as well as of human 
rights in general. Genuine anti-racists, anti-imperialists,
 and believers in republican democracy must take the side 
of the Islam of moderation and peace in its war against the 
criminal Islam of the Salafists. The writer is a French public
 intellectual, media personality, and author. (Project Syndicate)

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