What Martin Sherman leaves out of this analysis is the most important factor of all. This factor exists in the form of a reality, a certain reality that must be addressed before any other.
That factor is the existence in the world of the US Empire and its lapdogs in NATO and the EU.
ISIL is important, of course it is but the drive behind ISIL is not only the Islamic Jihad rooted in the Koran, but also (perhaps I could say more and more) it is the actions of Empire with its EU and NATO in tow on the world scene.
How far back to go? Well I would certainly go back to the role of the US post 1945 when the US ruling class recruited all of the Nazis into their government and especially into their intelligence services. Edward Snowden is an issue for all Jews and it must be an issue of how Jews can support that American freedom fighter.
What WAS the Second World War fought for then? So that the US ruling class could co-opt the Nazis. Is that it?
A key part of this growing Empire, the British Government, rather than giving the new state of the Jews a fair wind in 1948, in fact openly brought Nazis into Palestine to fight the Jews.
Moving forward a bit who was it that insisted on the PLO being rescued after the PLO was routed in the Lebanon War in 2002? It was the then US President and all of the prestige of Empire which did that. Many Jewish soldiers had laid down their lives for the US President to do that to the Jews.
The actual “philosophical” basis for the rescue of the PLO was the propaganda and actions of the Churches and especially of the Vatican
I have got one, and only one, criticism of the analysis of Martin Sherman because I agree with almost all, but it is a weighty criticism all the same. Sherman is basically asking the key question but not giving any answer: Why are the Jews of Israel, this very significant nation of people, continuing to elect (and I use the word after some thought) douchebags like Netanyahu.
Netanyahu seems to have absolutely no backbone at all. I wonder if Netanyahu has been kept alive politically by means of the valiant sacrifice of his brother. But however this man is the wrong man to lead Israel in a period of warfare.
The answer which Martin Sherman does not give to the question which is inherent in everything that he writes which is that the Israeli people, a valiant people, continue to elect such douchebags as Netanyahu because (I emphasize most strongly) no other alternative is being offered to the Israeli people.
It needs a new leadership (however that can be created I myself thinking that it must be based on Trotskyist principles)
Such a leadership will be democratic, centralized, theoretical, a cadre based on history. It will as a first step break up, expel or imprison (with capital punishment restored for crimes against Jews) both Fatah and Hamas
The new war of the Jews is actually against two main foes. One of these is a very old enemy of the Jews indeed and that is the forces of Islam and Mohammedan Jihad. But the second is war against Empire, that is against the same Empire which in the 1990s made war against the Serbs ON BEHALF OF THAT JIHAD, and on that basis also removed Saddam, removed Mubarak, Ben Ali and Gadhafi, all of whom were secular dictators, to open the door to precisely the ISIL situation Sherman refers to. My reference above indicates that I believe that the Vatican is central to this Empire. The present Pope Francis is all about drawing closer to Islamic Jihad in Catholic Nigeria, and everywhere that Christians are slaughtered daily.
A war on two fronts! Sad as it really is that is the only reality for the Jews. I wish it could be peaceful admiring of the grass growing in your garden but alas cannot be that.