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                                  *******Just In - Friday,  March 24th, 2017 *********

 *MARTIN D-41, 1973, from the original owner, all original in excellent condition,
          beautiful German Spruce top, Indian Rosewood back & sides, no cracks or
           repairs other than a recent Martin Warranty neck reset, exc, ohsc.......$4250

 *MARTIN Custom 000-41, 1995, pearl trimmed top, hexagon inlays in board,
           CF Martin vertical abalone inlaid logo, LR Baggs pickup inside, exc, ohsc..$3850

    *MARTIN Custom D-28S, 1987, one of the first 12 fret HD-28 Dreadnoughts, commissioned
           by Mandolin Bros, this one has a lot of playing wear on the face, and some 
          lacquer sealing the worn finish north above the pickguard, vgc, ohsc....$2350

                                *******Just In - Thursday,  March 23rd, 2017 *********

 *RECORDING KING Nick Lucas, RNJ25, New old Stock, sunburst, 4 3/8" deep,
            1 3/4" at nut, 24.75" scale, hsc....$995

 *FENDER Stratocaster, 1965, sunburst, neck pickup rewound by JM Rolph,
               vgc, hsc...........$12,000

 *WEYMANN Style 80- Tenor Banjo, ca 1929, 17 frets, 20"x10 5/8"  
           Megaphonic pot,  20" scale, upgraded tuners but originals in the
            original hard case, sounds and plays great.........$550 

 *FENDER Jazz Bass, 1969, sunburst, rosewood board with pearl block inlays,
        real nice shape, all original, ohsc........$3900

 *FENDER Princeton Amp, 1964, black Panel, 10" Patriot speaker, exc.....$1100

 *FENDER Champ Amp,  1976, has a '79 8" Oxford Champ speaker, vgc++...$350

 *FENDER Vibrochamp, 1975, silver panel, exc.....$650

 *ROLAND JC-120 Jazz Chorus, 1986
 *B&G Little Sister, NEW, Israeli design made in China, sunburst, non-cutaway,
                2 pickups, thin body with ƒ holes, gigbag..$1499

 *GIBSON ES-175, 1956, Sunburst finish, 1 P-90, newer but period correct 
           Gibson tailpiece, refret, low action, plays great, brown case....$4400

                               *******Just In - Monday,  March 17th, 2017 *********

    *MARTIN D-222, 2015, 100th Anniversary of the Ditson Dreadnought, 
            Limited to only 100 fine instruments, 12-fret Dreadnought with a torrified 
            Sitka spruce top, mahogany back and sides, grained ivoroid binding, 
            slotted headstock, and an ebony fingerboard and bridge, mint...$3000  

 *OVATION 1867 Legend, 1989, Black shallow cutaway with gold hardware,
            pickups with side controls: volume and 3 sliders, exc, gigbag.....  $595

 *COPLEY McCorkle Goldtop, Les Paul style, 2 humbuckers, limited Signature
            model of  100 of founding Marshall Tucker guitarist George McCorkle,
            a little thinner and lighter than a Les Paul, exc, gigbag......$395

 *DANELECTRO , '90s,  Korea, tan, single cutaway, 2 lipstick tube pickups,
           exc, gigbag..........$225

 *DANELECTRO , '90s,  Korea, copperburst, single cutaway, 2 lipstick tube pickups,
           exc, gigbag..........$245

 *ROGUE Electric Sitar, recent, red alligator, good copy of the original
           Vinny Bell Coral Sitar, exc, gigbag.........$495

 *"S" Tele Thinline style, sunburst, ƒ hole, curly maple bound top, rosewood
             board, Gotoh tuners, Asian, exc.............$350
 *GIBSON Les Paul Studio, 1992, Burgundy, Crown inlays in ebony board, 
             gold hardware, vgc+, hsc.............$595

 *GIBSON Flying V, 2006, Studio series, natural mahogany, with
            Epi Flying V hard case, exc, ..........$695

 *EASTMAN AC512CE, NEW, 15" Cutaway, solid Engelmann Spruce top, solid  
             Mahogany back and sides, mahogany neck, bone nut and saddle,
             rosewood bindings, 24.9 scale, 1 11/16" at nut, abalone rosette, 
              ebony bridge and fingerboard, Nitrocellulose lacquer finish,
             Schertler pickup, ohsc.......$1625 list price.......$1300

 *EASTMAN AC622CE, NEW, Grand Auditorium 16" Cutaway, 25.4" scale, 
            1 11/16" at nut, solid Engelmann Spruce top, solid flamed
             maple back and solid maple sides, mahogany neck, bone nut and saddle,
              curly maple bindings, abalone rosette, 
              ebony bridge and fingerboard, gold Gotoh tuning machines, 
              Nitrocellulose lacquer finish, Schertler pickup, ohsc....$1875 list...$1500

 *EASTMAN E20-OMSB, 2017, New, Sunburst Orchestra Model with 
                  Adirondack Spruce top, Herringbone trim, Rosewood back and sides,
                  bone nut and saddle, $1500 list, small blem ...$895

    *CB Percussion Glockenspiel, used, 2 1/2 octaves, with carry bag & stand...........$125

                               *******Just In - Friday,  March 17th, 2017 *********
 *MARTIN R-18, 1934, Archtop, sunburst, Spruce top, mahogany back & sides,
              vgc, original beat hard case...$1795

 *MARTIN D-76, 1976, a D-35 commemorating the 200th anniversary
          of our Country, the only Martin ever made with a transferable
          warantee, in near mint condition, ohsc, papers........$3250

 *FENDER Esquire, 1959, Blonde, maple neck, a few wear spots, all original,
           vgc++, tweed case......$15,500

                              *******Just In - Wednesday,  March 15th, 2017 *********
 *RAINSONG CH-PA1100NSG - Parlor body, 12-fret neck, Pure Acoustic, Concert Hybrid Series   
              combines the unidirectional carbon soundboard of the Concert Series with the
               carbon/glass body of the Hybrid Series models then added a twist or two.
                *High Gloss Unidirectional Carbon Top
                 *Satin Carbon/Glass Back and Sides
                  * Satin Carbon NS neck
                    *Black Hardware, Nut, Saddle and Pinstripe Rosette, gig bag - $1,299

    *GIBSON L-00, c 1937,Sunburst, firestripe pg, all original, vgc+, hsc.........$4500

 *GIBSON L-00, c 1938, Black, firestripe pg, all original, exc!, hsc..........$4500

 *Gibson L-1, 1926 (first year) natural, Robert Johnson style, vgc+........  $3500 

 *Bourgeois Vintage D, Adirondack Spruce top,  & Honduran Rosewood back & sides,
           1 3/4" at nut, 125.5" scale, ebony board and bridge, internal pickup, exc-, ohsc.........$3250

 *GUILD F-44 BLD (Blonde), 1984, 16" jumbo, designed by George Gruhn, Spruce top,
            highly figured curly maple back and neck, large slotted diamond inlays in
            ebony board, exc-, hsc..............$1850

                               *******Just In - Tuesday,  March 14th, 2017 *********
 *MARTIN OM-42, 2012, Shaded Top with pearl sparkling purfling all
           around the top, fingerboard extension and sound hole, snow-flake
           inlays in ebony fingerboard, fine grained spruce top, scalloped
           braces, exc, ohsc........$3850

 *MARTIN D-28, 1966, Brazilian rosewood back and sides, beautiful aged top with 
            one small crack at around 5:00, original maple bridge plate has a small
             'helper' bridge plate atop it, otherwise all original and beautiful, exc, ohsc....$6000

 *MARTIN D-28, 1983, NEW, Time Machine, new unsold stock,
           kept in it's case and undisplayed since 1983, with warrantee papers, ohsc...........$3000

    *MARTIN D-28, 1997, NEW, new unsold, kept in it's case and undisplayed 
          since 1997, with warrantee, ohsc...........$2629

 *MARTIN HD-28, 1995, NEW, new unsold,  kept in it's case and undisplayed 
          since 1995, with warrantee papers, ohsc..........$3000

    **MARTIN D-12-20, 1974, NEW, new unsold,  kept in it's case and undisplayed 
          since 1974, with warrantee papers, ohsc..........$2629

 *MARTIN 000-1, 1997, NEW, new unsold,  kept in it's case and undisplayed 
          since 1997, with warrantee paper,  ohsc.......$1000

 *FENDER Super Reverb, 1966, Black Panel, all original, Superb condition
              4-10" original speakers, Tremelo and Reverb, exc

 *FENDER Vibrolux Reverb, 1968, Silver panel with Drip Edge valence,
          excellent all original condition, Tremelo and Reverb
 *GUILD ThunderBass Head and Bottom, ca 1966-7, all original,
               2-15" Oxford speakers, 2 Sylvania 8417 Power Tubes (35 watts each) putting 
              out about 40 or 50 watts, vgc++.........$950

 *MARSHALL 1966A Slant 2-12" Speaker Cabinet, c 1985, 
             2x12" 75 Watt Celestions, exc........$495

                             *******Just In - Wednesday,  March 8th, 2017 *********
 *NATIONAL Triolian, c 1930, sunburst, flat ƒ holes, 
         old repaired heel crack, gc, hsc..........$1950

 *FENDER Telecaster Deluxe, 1974,  Black, early tremelo
              version,  Strat style peghead, maple neck, back of body has the Fender
              comfort contour, 2 original Fender Humbuckers, vgc+, ohsc.....$3100

 *FENDER '62 Re-issue Strat,  used, sunburst, rosewood board, vgc+, 
           brown case...... $1195

 *FENDER Stratocaster Standard, 2005, Lake Placid Blue, rosewood board, vgc+, 
           original plastic shaped case......$750
 *GIBSON K-1 Mandocello, 1916, Natural, plays and sounds great, some repairs, 
             all original parts except for new old bridge, good condition.........$2000

    *TEISCO J-3, c 1961, natural, 1 "GuitarMike" pickup, curly maple body, maple neck w/
             rosewood board, rectangular plastic 'thumbnail" inlays in board, metal
             pickguard, Volume and Tone, rare, all original, vgc.....$1495

 *FENDER Precision Bass, 1962, Sunburst, Slab board, amazingly beautiful,
            all original,near mint- well at least Exc+, ohsc........$11,900

    *MAGNATONE Varsity Reverb, 2016, slightly used, The Varsity Reverb is the
            latest addition to the Studio Collection, which offers vintage American 
              tones with enhanced power and versatility for the modern player. 
             The original 2013 Varsity set the standard for this model and garnered 
              praise ( and use) by fans such as Jeff Beck and Charlie Sexton (Bob Dylan Band). 
                    With the addition of a tube-driven spring reverb, it’s one of the best gigging 
              amp on the market.
                            * Hand-wired & point to point
                            * EL84 class A tube circuitry
                            * Negative feedback switch to change gain and   harmonic character
                            * 100% Cotton textile Croc covering available in black  
                            * 100% designed and built in the USA.............................$1450

      (GBL)                       *******Just In - Wednesday,  March 2nd, 2017 *********

 *COLBY Lil' Darlin Amp,  New, 2017, British Racing Green, hand made 
             by Mitch Colby based on a tweed Champ with an 8" speaker,  the ultimate
             Tweed Champ, ask Jimmie Page...$1200

 *GIBSON Les Paul Custom, 1976, Ivory White turned amber, 
          a real nice one owner well cared for hardly used Les paul Custom from 1976,
          all original, near mint, ohsc....$4500

 *GIBSON Les Paul Custom '57 Black Beauty re-issue, has an 
            expertly aged finish by Gord Miller, ' 50s Bigsby,  3 Sheptone humbuckers,
            original '50s treble/rhythm plastic, Gibson certificate,
            looks like the real thing,  '50s Brown case, exc.....$3950

 *FENDER Strat, 1957, sunburst, had Schallers now has original tuners,
         new 5 way switch, refret with med/lg frets, 7.37 lbs,
         great feeling and playability, tweed case.......$21,900

 *MARTIN 0-18K, 1923, all koa, no cracks, beautiful finish, perfect  repro
          pyramid bridge, all else original, exc, hsc...$4250

 *MARTIN D-12-28, 1971, 14 fret, solid peghead, slight repaired crack
          next to fingerboard extension, finish is in beautiful
         condition, exc, ohsc

 *GRETSCH 6189 Electromatic Streamliner, Bamboo yellow top, Copper mist
           back & sides, 1 Dynasonic DeArmond pickup at the neck, small 
           immovable crack at peghead, one owner, vgc+, brown case.....$2500 

 *GIBSON Florentine Mandolin, 1969, sunburst, solid mahogany body, 
          carved mahogany top, single P-90 style pickup, exc, ohsc...$2600

          (gbLvg)                    *******Just In - Wednesday,  March 1st, 2017 *********

    *Tycobrahe Octavia, NEW, made in Chicago, w/ cedar box...$325

 *GIBSON ES-175, 1988, white turning yellow, gold hardware, vgc+, ohsc...$2900
 *MARTIN D-18, 2008, non-scalloped braces, Rare Earth 
           soundhole pickup, exc......$1350

 *VOX AC-15, recent, made in China,  G-12M Greenback 12" Celestion,  exc.......$450

 *LARRIVEE 000-40RW, New, all solid woods,  Alpine Moonwood 
             ( Austrian Red Spruce) top, Rosewood back & sides, ebony board with pearl 
                diamond inlays, rope purfled top and soundhole, Pearl inlaid Torch peghead,
                 $2498 List, ohsc.......$1998

 *LARRIVEE L-02, NEW, Mahogany back and sides, symmetrical wide grained
             Spruce top, classic original "L" shaped Larrivee body,  ohsc, $1298 list....$1039

 *YAMAHA CG-171SF, '80s, made in Taiwan, Flamenco guitar with 2 transparent
          tap plates on the solid spruce top, Cyprus back and sides, exc, ossc....on hold

                             *******Just In - Thursday,  February 23rd, 2017 *********

 *FENDER Jazz Bass, c 2002, Black, Noiseless pickups, abalone dots, 4 knobs,
             exc, gigbag.......$750

 *FENDER Strat, 1965, sunburst, green guard, very worn,
              original inside too, ohsc.....$12,900

 *GIBSON Les Paul TV Special, 1959, TV Yellow, 2 P-90s, had a restoration
        at the peghead and neck- invisible, fine player, looks great.......$6500

         (gbLvg)                 *******Just In - Monday,  February 20th, 2017 *********

 *ANALOG OUTFITTERS Road Amp, NEW, Head, outer shell of repurposed
          One Lane Bridge metal sign,  2- 6V6 power tubes, a 12 AX7
           Preamp tube, a 12 AU7 phase inverter, 5U4GB Rectifier, 8 Ohms, 
           20 watts Class A, built from  vintage Hammond Organ amp 
           with vintage transformer.....$1395

 *ANALOG OUTFITTERS Sarge, NEW, Re-purposed steel case with 2- EL84 Power Tubes
            2- 12AX7 Preamplifier Tubes, 5Y3 Rectifier,
            8 Ohm Output Impedance, 15 Watt Class A Power
            Vintage Power and Output Transformers, built tough and highly portable,
             " gritty and authoritative tone that can cut through the mix and provide
                everything from clean to screaming and crunchy with a tight bottom end.  
                The Sarge reflects how you hit each note, resulting in a countless number
               of adjustable tones that still allow the natural sound of each instrument
                to come through. Despite only having three knobs, you’ll never run out 
               of gravy spots. In case with handle........$1295

 *ANALOG OUTFITTERS Speaker Cabinet 1x12, NEW, natural Maple cabinet
            with bright red stain, 12" Eminence Red Coat Series "Governor"....$699


          (gbLvg)                   *******Just In - Sunday,  February 19th, 2017 *********

 *, ohsc
                dot inlay, invisible ( except under black light) headstock crack repair, 
                2 new capacitors, new treble/bass plastic toggle surround, 
               pro fret job, plays smooth and sounds great, original hard 
               shell case, vgc++......$6900
  *PRS Hollow Body 2, Single Cutaway, 2008, all mahogany, hollow bird inlays,
         2x245 pickups, wide flat neck, with the lighter braces, exc, ohsc, papers...$2350 

 *FENDER Deluxe amp, 1950, Tweed, is there a cleaner one 
        out there? 100% original with the brown cover, Museum quality, exc+........$6500

     *FENDER Hot Rod Deluxe, used, made in USA, 1x12" Combo with 12" Fender (Eminence)
           speaker, exc....$495 

    *TONE KING Comet 40B, Brown/creme, 2 channels, Reverb, 
             2x12" Tone King speakers, fan, foot switch, exc.....$1395

         (GBLvg)                  *******Just In - Wednesday,  February 15th, 2017 *********

 *PILAR Titan, recent, Tele style with 2 pickups, blue/green relic finish
         on swamp ash body, large C shaped maple neck, 10" radius,
          Porter Custom Tele pickup, Joe Barden bridge and saddles, 
         with maple fretboard, 6.95 lbs, tweed case...........$1450

 *SUPRO Jamesport, recent, Jet Black, Ozark body style with 1 Gold foil pickup, 
          25.5" scale, 6100 fretwire, $1199 list, exc,  gigbag.......$450
    *VINTAGE 47  Amp

 *Electro Harmonix EchoFlange, '70s, excellent condition w/ original box...$550
 *FENDER Cabronita Precision Bass, recent, Sunburst,  alder body with  contour, 
         “C”-shaped maple neck with gloss urethane finish, 9.5” radius maple cap 
          fingerboard, single Fideli’Tron  humbucking bass pickup, exc...$450

 *GIBSON EB-0, 1961, Cherry, thick double cut Junior style body, 
            1 black plastic covered pickup, 30.5" scale, all original, exc.....$3750

 *MARTIN 5-15T, 1930, All mahogany Tenor guitar, original bar frets,
         sounds and plays great, vgc.........$1495

 *CinchFit: Acoustic Jack Lock,   D’Addario Acoustic Cinch Fit is the fast and easy way to attach 
                 your strap to acoustic guitars with endpin output jacks. Endpin jacks are notorious
                  for creating hassles when applying and removing standard guitar straps, and usually 
                   require modification to the strap which results in a less-than-desirable fit. 
                  The Acoustic Cinch Fit loops through the end of any instrument strap and its cinch
                  clamping action allows easy application and removal, utilizing the weight of the
                   instrument to remain locked onto the endpin so your guitar is always held securely.
                     Note: The Acoustic Cinch Fit is designed to work with Fishman and Switchcraft 
                             style endpin jacks. We cannot guarantee that the unit will work with all brands 
                            and styles of endpin jacks.    Easily attach any strap to acoustic endpin jacks
                            Cinch-style clamp for quick application and removal
                            No strap modification required      Magnetic security clasps  $19.95 list...$15


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 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!

               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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