By Shmoel Yitzhak
ONCE OVER LIGHTLY BUT NOT POLITELY
* Will someone be kind enough to give Barak Obama a non-Arabic map of the Middle East. Ensure that it has a large arrow pointing at Israel, which is not that far from Cairo.
* Then, perhaps, one of his cerebral advisors -- perhaps the Jewish one whose father is a doctor -- can remind the empty suit passing for a president that he has yet to visit the Jewish nation to which he keeps giving instructions.
* Three journalists have Middle East politics better analyzed than any of their colleagues in the world. They are the Jerusalem Post's Caroline Glick, Sarah Honig and Barry Rubin.
* I would be very, very disturbed if I learned that Bibi Netanyahu did not read their stuff -- digest it fully -- and learn from what they're telling him.
* This isn't Murphy's Law so we call it Moishe's Law. "Give an Arab politician something for nothing in return and you always will be a slap in the face as a bonus.
* Or, has everyone forgotten the "bonus" Israel received from exiting Lebanon and Gaza.
* Unless you happen to like rockets for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
* And let us not forget for one minute that the Gaza "truce" is holding so well that Hamas continues to allow -- encourage? -- continuous Gaza-based attacks as far as Ashkelon.
* Of course, Judge Goldstone would examine one of those burning rockets and suggest that it would go good with matzoh.
* It would be heartening to know that there is more than one professor in the Good, Old USA who can defend Israel -- and rip its enemies -- with the insight and passion of an Allan Dershowitz.
* Definition of "naive:" Believing that the proposed sanctions against Iran will cause Ahmadinejad to do anything but: 1. Yawn; 2. Smirk; 3. Order his nuclear scientists to hurry-up with the bomb.
* The "Iron Dome" missile defense system makes a lot of sense -- on paper. But to put too much faith on its unerring ability to be a deterrent is a case of putting too much faith in science and too little in reality.
* An Israeli soldier remains alive -- we hope -- and in Hamas' captivity. How come the likes of Goldstone, the United Nations or even President Obama haven't demanded that he be returned without any pre-conditions?
* Can you imagine how long Haaretz would be in business if it were delivering the same daily anti-government messages in, say, Egypt, Syria or Iran? Answer: Maybe two days. One day for the dictators to do a double-take, thinking the stories were the result of typographical errors; and the second day to wreck the presses, computers and the folks behind the stories.
* Biggest transportation mistakes in Israel: 1. Failure to extend the railway system to Eilat and Metulla; 2. Not starting construction on a Tel Aviv subway two decades ago; 3. Inadequate campaigns against unsafe driving throughout the country.
* Mr. Hariri in Lebanon wants the "international community" to impose a Middle East peace on the rivals. Among card-players, that's called stacking the deck.
* Hilary Clinton could use a map of Israel as well.