Beyond the Cusp

July 24, 2014

Stop Telling Us We Cannot Pay the Price

There is a multi-front assault against the Israeli operation Defensive Shield predominantly by the administration of United States President Barack Obama which is being fully supported by the European Union and the majority of European governments and the United Nations with a large supportive roll being gleefully executed by United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay and her organization, sent to occupy the front lines and press Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu and the Israeli government to make the concessions demanded by Hamas just so the Israeli military actions in Gaza can be brought to an end and peace and quiet be restored to the areas and residents of Gaza. There are no demands for Hamas in Gaza to stop their attempts to infiltrate Israel through their remaining tunnels yet to be located and destroyed in order to execute mass assault of the Israeli communities the tunnels are designed to reach and attempt to kill large numbers and abduct others to hold as they did with IDF soldier Gilad Shalit pressing to trade them for the release of terrorists from Israeli prisons. These efforts are being further supported by the world’s mainstream media new sources which have stressed the numbers of Gazan casualties intimating that virtually every Gazan casualty was an innocent civilian noncombatant while stressing each and every IDF casualty interviewing those close to the soldier and others until they have sufficient Israelis they can quote claiming that Israel must cease all military actions as they have no hope to accomplish anything further and any additional casualties will all be in vain. Then there is the economic assault being perpetrated by the United States Federal Aviation Administration, a government agency which controls the entirety of the United States air carriers’ fleets, who suspended all American flights into Israel and Ben Gurion International Airport which was copied by the European airlines. Such a suspension will do far more than prevent tourism or travel plans by business people into or out of Israel by restricting the numbers of flights available because these actions has resulted in grossly restricting available flights. This ban also prevents any commercial shipments using United States or European air carriers such as Fed Ex, UPS, DHL and numerous other air freight carriers which will completely stifle and smother access to international trade by Israeli companies. Yet, almost within hours of the FAA ban on air travel into or out of Israel, Secretary of State John Kerry flew straight from Cairo into Ben Gurion International Airport in complete defiance of his own government’s ban, imagine that. Just to add to the dangerous activity engaged by Secretary of State John Kerry, he flew in on a standard executive version of a Boeing 757 airliner, not a military aircraft with defensive capabilities not found on standard airliners; it was just a nicely appointed 757 with really nice seats, and office, a bedroom and other niceties but no additional military capabilities.

 

The International press is also pressing every single defeatist quote they can find in their numerous interviews even if they had to ask leading questions in order to find the quote they desired. They exaggerate the demands that Israel must pull all IDF soldiers out of Gaza and deploy them within Israel and have them provide defensive functions as there will be no gains from their continued deployments within Gaza. There have been reports which make the claim that all of the Hamas tunnels have been located and destroyed. Such reports have appeared every day in one mainstream media report or another for the past week and will likely continue to appear until they can claim they got it correct. The fact that the IDF has found additional tunnels every single day and possibly every couple of hours has not dulled the mainstream media’s insatiable desire to continue the lie that there is nothing else left for the IDF to accomplish so they may as well be brought back to safety as any additional deaths will be unproductive. The overriding story is a constant beating of the further IDF operations inside Gaza against Hamas are endangering lives needlessly drums to deafening levels. That is why every mention of the death toll in Gaza makes no reference to the numbers of dead who are Hamas combatants and the mainstream media simply implies that every death is a civilian death. There is a tactic which is known well by the members of the mainstream media used by Hamas as well as numerous other terrorist entities almost in coordination with the media who accommodate this deceit by waiting for approval to photograph an area after a strike until the terrorist leadership in the area grants them their approval. The delay is used in order to transform the Hamas combatants into innocent civilians by a complex series of steps, they first remove any weapons from the dead combatant and remove any ammunition and grenades and remove rocket launchers from the area as well as anything else which might denote the corpse as belonging to a Hamas member and then presto-chango, instant civilian casualty. Israel has confirmed that at the very least they have killed approaching, if not surpassed, three-hundred Hamas and Islamic Jihad combatants but the media would never take IDF assurances as worth any credibility though Hamas press releases are sworn by as being from unimpeachable sources of the highest quality.

 

The next few days will have coverage of United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon and United States Secretary of State John Kerry releasing sound bites to the media about their hopes and beliefs that the Israelis will soon heed the calls from the world to end the needless carnage in Gaza and quiet may soon be reestablished in Gaza. There will likely be little commentary whether or not there will be quiet in Israel or if the rockets will continue to rain on civilian areas within Israel. Hamas has made it more than obvious that they will never accept any Egyptian brokered peace initiative and their obstinacy has been strongly reinforced by having meetings between United Nations and United States personnel with representatives of the governments of Turkey and Qatar and initiated further coordination in efforts to forge an initiative which might be more presentable and acceptable to Hamas. When one considers the statements made in recent days as well as over the past years by Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan denouncing and demonizing Israel and insulting Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu as well as other Israeli officials including Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman and even Israeli Justice Minister Tzipi Livni, it is not surprising that the Turkish leadership would be completely supportive of Hamas. Their unrivaled support for Hamas is in complete agreement with their disintegrating relations with Egypt since the removal of the Muslim Brotherhood supported President Morsi and his replacement with former Egyptian Military Head General Sisi. Prime Minister Erdogan’s support for Sunni Islamist extremist militant groups even extends to his open support for ISIS. Also, Qatar has been Hamas’s most prolific and generous financial backer since their falling out with Iran over Hamas supporting the Sunni rebels against Syrian leader Bashir al-Assad. It was a twenty-million dollar donation from Qatar which United Nations Middle East Envoy Robert Serry attempted to have transferred to Hamas during the search for the three Hamas abducted Israeli teens where he first requesting that Mahmoud Abbas handle the transactions and after being refused approached Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu to make the transfer. This led to Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman to demand his eviction. Why the United States and United Nations are both rebuking the Egyptian efforts to mediate a ceasefire and instead seeking to facilitate either a Turkish or Qatari mediation escapes credulity unless one is to believe that both entities desire to place Israel in the worst and most compromised position possible and are seeking as pro-Hamas an agreement as can be presented to give their full backing and force upon Prime Minister Netanyahu. This also makes the actions by the FAA to suspend flights appear more as a shot across Israel’s bow than a necessary actions for the protection of the airlines. If the airlines believed there exists a serious and present danger to their aircraft, pilots, passengers and other personnel, they would not wait for any memo or announcement from the FAA, they would cancel the flights on their own volition. The only reason that an FAA order was issued was because the airline companies probably refused an advisory notice that continuing flights into Ben Gurion International Airport was no longer safe and should be suspended and that forced the administration’s hand and the ban was then issued taking the decision out of the airline company official’s hands. Just a point of information, Ben Gurion has an Iron Dome battery placed specifically to protect it from any missile attacks and the closest any Hamas rocket has struck was over a mile from the airport presenting no danger to approaching or leaving flights but did destroy an Israeli family’s home. This was the validating reason the FAA gave that flights to and from Israel were unsafe. Proof this move was an economic threat was the additional demand that the airline companies remove all their aircraft from Ben Gurion International Airport and fly them elsewhere devoid of passengers or cargos. This will cause the restitution of flights to take at least one additional day as the aircraft will need to be restationed inside Israel.

 

Between the media going to great lengths to write up the story that Israelis are tired of the death and destruction and that the deaths of soldiers are mounting to heights that have sapped the will of a nation to continue the fight are false and a disgusting attempt to poison the waters. The dispatch of Secretary of State Kerry when neither side requested his assistance is another affront which signifies that President Obama believes that this just might be the conflict where he can appear Presidential and win a victory even if it is at the cost of Israel’s future and the possibility for Israel to clean out the rats nest which is Gaza. There has been an eerie silence about the disposition of the rockets found stored at two separate United Nations Relief Workers Agency (UNRWA) schools which UNRWA officials arranged to have them removed by Hamas refusing Israeli requests simply for photographs as proof of the find. There has been no explanation why the request by a member state of the United Nations, Israel, was refused yet a recognized terrorist group even by the United Nations standards was given these rockets which were illegally stored in a United Nations facility. The world media and governments simply accepted such as business as usual. It is the accumulation of so many things as business as usual and virtually all of such events favoring Hamas over Israel which leads to suspicions that perhaps it really is Hamas with the cooperation, support, backing and blessings of the world governments and agencies against Israel. Yes, President Barack Obama has stated that the United States stands behind Israel in her right to defend themselves, but he also promised that the Americans under his healthcare initiative would save two-thousand-five-hundred dollars, be able to keep their own doctor if they liked them, keep their health insurance plan if they desired, and that after every scandal just read or heard it when everybody else did on the news, so somehow I will take his actions to speak louder than his words. His reliance on Turkey and Qatar, two nations supporting Hamas and antagonistic to Israel as proof of where his intentions and emotions lie. The backing of such by the United Nations and European Union do not make such decisions any more palatable. Israel needs to decide exactly what it is they require and feel is necessitated and then work towards that end regardless of whether or not Europe or the United States desire different. Let the news stories and the full court press by those less interested in the lives and future of Israelis and their country than they are with the survivability of Hamas and Islamic Jihad scream, pound their fists, stomp their feet and call Israel whatever names that intimate her being an out of control obsessive aggressive nation and yell it from the highest mountains and have it plastered across page one of media outlets the world across including even in Israel with thanks to Haaretz. We know what is necessary and what must be accomplished in order to make our little sliver of land safe and allow many of the children who have spent much of their lives living in fear and not playing outside without one eye on the closest shelter finally only have to worry about the weather and the rain falling onto their little heads be soft water and not steeled projectiles. Perhaps this is a little harsh, but perhaps Israel should send Secretaries Kerry and Ki-Moon back to their offices in the United States and tell them that this time, we will call them and do not call on us before then, thank you. This time the Hamas rockets are able to threaten and strike virtually every inch of Israel and if there were to be another time these rockets would become larger guided missiles with who knows what capabilities including chemical agent delivery which is the reason there cannot be a next time. This is a war for the life of Israel and we must fight it as such and everybody else may scream themselves hoarse, we are not listening and frankly only care about securing our future. Were your nation under the same threats you would act exactly as we must now act, so do not bother to condemn Israel for choosing life, we meant Never Again and continue to mean Never Again.

 

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July 23, 2014

Hamas Abduction Balloon Must be Popped

From the beginning of this most recent Hamas systematic escalation of violence against Israel generally and her Jewish population in particular, one of the main objectives shared by all the Hamas terrorist fighters was the abduction of an Israeli, soldier or civilian was not among their concerns. This may have been what foiled with the abduction of the three youths in Judea and Samaria when after one of the kidnap victims succeeded in contacting Police led the Hamas kidnappers to believe they were likely to rapidly be facing capture so they immediately murdered the three youths and disposed of their bodies as rapidly as possible in a shallow grave. This was followed up by the claim earlier this week by Hamas that they had abducted an IDF soldier. This caused joyous celebrations in both Gaza and Judea and Samaria where there were crowds dancing and sharing sweets and cake. Initially Israel denied that any of their soldiers were not accounted for but later this fell into doubt as it appeared that one of the seven soldiers who were inside an APC (armored personnel carrier) which was destroyed and had been further destroyed by the ensuing fire, they found that potentially some body parts and his id tags were missing from within the destroyed vehicle. This creates a potential situation which has numerous similar cases from the past where terrorists such a Hezballah or Hamas have captured a live IDF soldier or taken an IDF soldier’s remains and held either in order to exchange either the live soldier, as Hamas did with Gilad Shailt, or the deceased soldier’s corpse, as Syria has done, for the release of terrorists from Israeli prisons. This must be the time where Israel puts this cynical and monstrous abduction temptation to rest permanently by refusing to permit such ransom from paying benefits ever again. Where this may become difficult is with United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon and United States Secretary of State Kerry and their teams all pressing Israel to agree to any sets of demands from Hamas just so long as they can declare that peace in our time has been attained and go home until the next war, and unless something radically different than all previous insanities is attempted this time, there will be a next war and another after that on infinitum.

 

There is one change which can alter the entire atmosphere and it is up to the Israeli leadership to initiate the necessary changes. The Israelis must inform all parties who are attempting to mediate an agreement that Israel will not entertain any peace proposals as long as any of their soldiers, civilians or even the mortal remains of a soldier or civilian is potentially being held as a hostage in order to force Israeli compliance and meeting of demands to release terrorists or any other demand which might be pressed for their return. After presenting the Israel position on this subject will come the difficult part, sticking to their guns. Once they have informed both Secretary Kerry and Secretary General Ki-Moon of their position and opinion that they refuse to cease their assault or even begin to negotiate until they have whomever Hamas may be holding returned, they must then literally be willing to hold fast to that position and when these diplomatic opportunists return demanding Israeli negotiate, they must politely refuse and restate their demand that their people be returned regardless of their condition. When the point is eventually made that prisoners of war are usually negotiated for to gain their release, Israel must reply that this war is not a war between nations but an act of enforcement against an alliance of terrorist organizations which Hamas and Islamic Jihad are identified as such by both the United States and the United Nations therefore the laws of prisoners of war do not apply and it is actually a hostage situation and Israel will not be negotiating with terrorists who are holding Israeli hostages. They must make the point that the Israeli operations in Gaza will continue and will, if necessary, overturn every last brick and tear away every board until they locate their missing personnel or their remains and that if Hamas has any desire for an end to hostilities, they can start by returning the abducted Israeli personnel. Then, until Hamas complies Israel needs to continue their Gaza operations and continue to seek their personnel and take whatever measures militarily are required in order to gain their release and return without exception or mercy.

 

The Israeli people need to reinforce this position by making it obvious through polling, demonstrations, petition drives and every other possible means that not only are they in complete support of no negotiations and no peace until all Israelis are returned to Israel and that if the leaders of this government are unable to hold such a tight line and position then the people will do whatever it takes to vote in leaders who have the willpower and intestinal fortitude to stand up for every Israeli as any one of the people of Israel could be the next terrorist bargaining chip. Only by making the abduction of both civilians and soldiers and even the stealing of the remains of a fallen soldier or Israeli civilian will not serve to the advantage and will result in bringing ruin down on the terrorist group and the population which supports them and such force will only increase over time. We have tried the other approach of negotiating for the return of our people or their remains and such has reached the point where the costs can no longer be tolerated. For that reason and for the future safety of every Israeli the practice of abduction and ransom must end and end immediately with whatever Hamas believes they are holding if such proves even that they have stolen parts of one of our brave IDF soldiers who sacrificed all in our protection. For those who have given so much we must demand their loss is respected by our leaders and such respect is forced upon our enemies such that they never again even think of stealing a single cell from one of our fallen heroes. For the future and for the dignity of fallen soldiers in this war and in all future conflicts we must stand firm and take this to whatever extreme proves necessary. We already know that our enemies do not believe in the same virtues as do we and that they hold opposing ideas of what is valuable as they value death which they prove by placing their innocents before their fighters while we value life which is why our soldiers stand between the people and our enemies. As was stated by Prime Minister Netanyahu, “We are using missile defense to protect our civilians, and they’re using their civilians to protect their missiles.” The differences are as stark as they have been in any war in the history of mankind. This is the latest struggle between civilization and the barbarians and the barbarians of Hamas cannot be permitted to use any act to gain advantage no matter how depraved or obscene.

 

Hamas must be destroyed as must their friends in Islamic Jihad and the plethora of terrorist groups throughout Gaza and eventually the same will be necessitated for Judea, Samaria and East Jerusalem and further with those who are their supporters and sympathizers wherever they are to be found. And the accusations that Israel is using disproportionate force, we hope so as only a fool restricts the force they will use to equal the force used by their antagonist, especially when it was their antagonist which started the conflict. The world needs to adjust their moral consciences when they can ignore the carnage in Syria, the destructive barbarity which has brought back the use of crucifixion in Iraq, the war torn strife paralyzing Libya and the rest of the conflagrations around the world but become apoplectic the second Israel protects her people from the indiscriminate launching of rockets into her civilian population covering over three-fourths of the nation. The Malaysian airliner shot from the skies over eastern Ukraine by Russian separatists murdered more innocent civilians than Israel has civilians in Gaza during the entirety thus far of the conflict. What the news reports are refusing to tell the people of the world is that the fatalities in Gaza have consisted of close to 80% Hamas and Islamic Jihad terrorists but the news simply reports the total number of dead and implies that they are all civilians. I ask you honestly, how is it possible that the only dead in Gaza could all be civilians when the news has shown Israeli strikes which targeted only Hamas or other terrorist armed combatants? It simply does not hold up to inspection or reason, but many are fooled into thinking the number of dead in Gaza do not mean that any terrorists have been killed. Wake up and think for yourselves or the world really will deserve whatever it gets, just do not expect those who are awake, thinking and actually seeking truth to stand idly by and go over the cliff with the unthinking droves of sleepwalking humans who simply lap up whatever pabulum they are fed by the media.

 

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July 22, 2014

Peace Dispute of Israel vs Hamas with World’s Aid to Begin

Israel is about to face an antagonistic force even more diabolical and sinister than any of the terrorists even including Hamas, Islamic Jihad, ISIS and the rest of the terrorist stew which operates out of Gaza. These are two political individuals and their assistants and assigned experts in order to forge an end to the violence and bring peace to Gaza and Israel, or at least that is the newswire story being broadcast and printed across the Western media. The first of these two forces of underwhelming impartiality and unremitting arrogance is United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon who recently in comments about the current Hamas Israel conflict admonished Israel, and only Israel, to “Israel must exercise maximum restraint and do far more to protect civilians,” adding that it also “must respect the humanitarian law” and further while referring to the heavy fighting between Israel and Hamas “While I was en route to Doha, dozens more civilians, including children had been killed in Israeli military strikes in Shejaiya. I condemn this atrocious action.” Referring to the narrow coastal strip controlled by the Islamist Hamas Ban Ki-Moon insisted, “Too many innocent people are dying … living in constant fear,” and that “Gaza is an open wound. We must stop the bleeding now.” Further, during a joint address to the press with Secretary Ban Ki-Moon, Qatari Foreign Minister Khalid al-Attiyah said, “We do not claim to have a special initiative. We have just delivered the demands of the Palestinian people. It is not important who manages to fulfil the demands of Palestinian people, as long as justice is achieved, even if partially.” Now that the United Nations leader has been briefed as to the exact minimal demands, which likely more closely represent maximalist demands, Secretary Moon schedule has him heading to Kuwait City, Cairo, Jerusalem, Ramallah and Amman to facilitate a ceasefire which includes the Palestinian demands. One must wonder if down the road Ban Ki-Moon will be headed to Ankara in order to have an in-depth conversation with Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan for what Ban Ki-Moon will likely classify as necessary, informative and insightful briefing which covered many of the here-to-for unmentioned Israeli criminal acts during this conflict. It does not take a crystal ball or an Ouija Board to assess or figure out where Recep Erdogan will fall in any contributions he could add, and pro-Israel is definitely not a possibility.

 

Also arriving replete with specific guidelines from his boss, United States President Barack Obama, is Secretary of State John Kerry. Secretary Kerry is heading initially for Cairo, Egypt but it has been mentioned that he is considering a trip to Doha, Qatar possibly crossing paths with Ban Ki-Moon whose itinerary is the opposite order. Despite their opposing travel plans, the two men agree on far more than they disagree. President Obama announced an outline of guidelines and other helpful insights in a press announcement stating, “All of us are working hard to return to the cease-fire that was reached in November of 2012. Secretary Kerry is working to support Egypt’s initiative to pursue that outcome. I told Prime Minister Netanyahu that John is prepared to travel to the region following additional consultations.” These comments came amidst three conversations with Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu where at least one was reported to have been interrupted by the Code Red Sirens sounding signaling incoming Hamas or Islamic Jihad rockets. Speaking officially for the Department of State, Jen Psaki stated that the United States and its international partners were “deeply concerned about the risk of further escalation, and the loss of more innocent life.” On his rounds through the Sunday talk circuit, Secretary John Kerry told ABC’s ‘This Week’ that, “It’s ugly. War is ugly, and bad things are going to happen.” He added while commenting on Hamas’s responsibilities in finding a resolution to the conflict they, “to recognize their own responsibility.” On CNN’s ‘State of the Union’ Kerry speaking again about Hamas claimed that they must “step up and show a level of reasonableness, and they need to accept the offer of a cease-fire.” Evening out his commentary he added, “We will certainly discuss all of the issues relevant to the underlying crisis.” Lastly, Secretary Kerry speaking on NBC’S ‘Meet the Press’ that Israel “has every right in the world to defend itself” from attacks from Hamas militants in Gaza and that the United States is working diligently to get an immediate cease-fire in place. He added that Israel must protect its citizens and no nation “would sit there while rockets are bombarding it.”

 

Elliott Abrams, former Middle East adviser to President George W. Bush, pointed out in an interview that, “It is remarkable to me that the U.S. would view Qatar as a reliable intermediary.” He further pointed out that Qatar maintains a “very warm relationship with Hamas but has no relation with Israel,” and added that Turkey has also become increasingly hostile toward Israel. It was further pointed out that Israel withdrew some of its diplomats from Turkey on Friday after a protest in front of the Israeli Embassy in the Turkish capital of Ankara turned violent. Erdogan, meanwhile, has accused Israel of committing “systematic genocide” against Palestinians and has protested that the rest of the world, including the U.S. and the U.N., isn’t doing more to stop it. Another expert who has been quoted by Newsweek, Robert Danin who is a former State Department official who dealing with Israeli Palestinian affairs, claimed, “Turkey and Qatar are on one side, and Egypt is on the other. Egypt is siding with Israel, and Turkey and Qatar with Hamas.” Mr. Danin concluded that the United States could provide the necessary neutral mediator who would play “traffic cop” leading to finding a path to a permanent cease-fire.

 

The one item which everybody appears to be too nervous to state in fear is what can be done to force Hamas to a compromise as they might then have to suggest what can be done to circumvent the impossible expectations and demands that Hamas has put forth and claimed they would prefer death before surrendering even a single of their demands. These demands, which many have referred to as outrageous, that Israel end their blockade and permit Gaza to reopen their port facilities and their international airport plus completely free and open borders with both Israel and Egypt with no restrictions on imports. Additionally, Hamas demands that every single Hamas terrorist who was recently arrested during the search for the three Israeli teens who were subsequently found murdered be released even if they had been found to have returned to terrorist activities which may have led to them new charges. And then there was also a financial demand from Hamas which demanded that Israel continue to provide Gaza with electricity free of any fees and forgive all unpaid back charges for electricity provided over the past decade which amounts to millions of NIS, Israeli Shekels. Another insisted demand is for Israel allow Gaza fisherman to venture out 12 nautical miles from the Gaza. Hamas also has serious problems with potential wording of any ceasefire insisting that the term ‘hostilities’ in the Egyptian initiative be replaced with what they refer to as the correct description for their actions which should refer to ‘what they are doing is self-defense and resisting the occupation, but what the occupation is doing is aggression’ thus legalizing Hamas’s rocket barrages which led to the conflict while criminalizing Israeli efforts to defend their civilians from said rocket barrages. Additionally, Hamas is demanding that Israel cease their policy of destroying terrorists’ houses, cease their targeted elimination of Hamas terrorists and leadership, cease all ‘collective punishment’ of Gazans, cease all military overflights of Gazan airspace, and finally, guarantee the supply of fuel and building materials into Gaza as needed to fully rebuilt and renovate the industrial zones along the border and for all future projects deemed necessary by Hamas.

 

The root of the problem is that as long as Hamas persists in their aims as stated in the Hamas Charter that they continue their war with the Jewish People in order to reclaim all of what they refer to as historic Palestine from the Jordan River to the Mediterranean Sea and making it Judenfrei and then to continue the struggle until they have accomplished their ultimate goal, first, a world that is Judenfrei and then the imposition of the Sharia worldwide with either all peoples converted to Islam, their particular version of Islam, and any others accepting of Dhimmitude complete with such provisions as the Jizya tax for non-Muslims and other abuses and disgraceful treatments, the concept of security for Israel is made impossible. For Israel to achieve their singular goal of a long-term secure peace free of terrorist attacks, rockets, mortars, suicide bombings, kidnapping of civilians or soldiers and the other various assaults which have made up much of the interactions between Hamas and Israel, the complete removal of Hamas and their related terrorist groups has to be their first step. Should there be a ceasefire established it will unfortunately not signal the end of animosity and aggression from Hamas nor bring an end to the Hamas desires to destroy Israel and removal of the Jewish presence on planet Earth no matter what agreement Hamas may sign. Nothing in an Israeli-Hamas agreement will be considered to be binding by Hamas as they will be using the Islamic concept of taqiyya which permits lying to a non-Muslim if the deception furthers the goals and concepts of Islam or any Islamic entity. That presents a challenge in that how does one negotiate and reach any binding agreement in perpetuity when one side believes that they may use deceit as a tool in their negotiating and that no treaty of agreement is necessarily applicable to them and that they are completely within their rights to break any agreement when it suits their immediate purposes. This is the reason that many in Israel and without who understand these concepts and the attitudes of Hamas believe that the only honestly viable solution which would bring peace is the complete and total eradication of Hamas and the other terrorist groups who are little different than Hamas.

 

This will never be permitted by the United Nations, United States, European Union, the Arab League, or the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC). These institutions and nations either support Hamas and their goals or pretend that Hamas will honor any agreement they hammer out though in reality they are aware that such thoughts are as untrue and utterly treacherous as are their efforts and desires to reach an agreement no matter the consequences. This was proven by the facts around the entirety of this conflict over the past five to six weeks when there was absolutely no concern or reactions from the rest of the world while Hamas was ramping up the numbers of rockets launched into Israel. During the same time period these same entities also were mostly ignoring or making empty commentary and complaints about the continuing civil war tearing Syria apart and the ISIS destruction and sweeping across Iraq which has even brought back the use of crucifixion as a form of punishment for certain crimes and even for some unapproved lifestyles or religious beliefs. Still, as soon as Israel sent their first fighters to attack rocket launching platforms to relieve Israeli civilians from the ever increasing barrages launched intending to destroy their homes and lives by Hamas from out of Gaza where they utilized Gazan civilians as shields protecting their rocket launchers much of the Western World and most of the Arab and Muslim worlds erupted to condemn the Israeli actions demanding their halt and a ceasefire be implemented. These demands for a ceasefire have only grown more and more shrill and gained volume leading to a virtual explosion of outrage when Israel escalated their offensive by initiating a ground assault. Now the world is joining forces behind the efforts of the United States and the United Nations in efforts to forge a ceasefire. Since Hamas is unlikely to backtrack off any of their demands as they believe they must prove victorious in order to preserve their position in Gaza and enhance their efforts to win any upcoming elections and take control over all of the Palestinian lands including Judea and Samaria from which their attacks against Israel will be greatly enhanced. This means that these efforts will mostly focus on forcing concessions from the Israelis while potentially adding incentives to bribe Hamas into making an agreed ceasefire. How can we be certain that this will be what is about to occur? We can tell as this has been the modus operandi of the United States, United Nations, European Union, most European governments, various NGOs, as well as other entities throughout the Arab and Muslim worlds and beyond. This is obvious if one simply peruses the news and takes note of where there are demonstrations against Israel and not against Hamas. What is even more distressing about many of these demonstrations, even beyond the violent riots which they are producing, has been the virulent anti-Semitism which has been given voice throughout the world reaching from France to Japan and from Turkey to the United States and Canada. The one place which has supported Israel unequivocally has been Canada under Prime Minister Harper, kudos Mr. Harper. I wonder if Canada would like to negotiate the ceasefire agreement, like anybody would allow a true and faithful supporter of Israel to chair anything concerning the Middle East. One might get the impression that much of the world fears the enemies of Israel to such an extent that they would gladly offer up Israel as a sacrifice in order to soothe the savage beasts.

 

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