Beyond the Cusp

May 27, 2014

Turkey Requests Interpol Issue Arrest Warrants on Israelis

Does anybody remember the truth of the events surrounding the Mavi Marmara and the flotilla it led in an attempt to break a universally recognized and legal blockade of Hamas and the Gaza Strip in which this terror organization rules? Every other ship in that flotilla which had carried at least items that would have qualified as humanitarian aid had all of the medicines and much of the other items not already passed any effective use date but the Mavi Marmara carried no such excuse for aid and was manned by terrorists armed with steel and iron bars, wooden bats, knives and a few firearms. The IDF troops attempted to board the ship when she refused to change course and set to port in Ashdod for inspection where any aid, had there been any on board, would have been inspected and passed on overland later that day or the next at the latest. Instead these terrorists manning the ship set upon the IDF soldiers who were armed with paintball guns and pepper balls for use as riot control and proved inadequate against the more heavily armed terrorists. This eventually led to the use of live fire as the terrorists had already severely injured a number of soldiers and had abducted one and taken him below decks and was in the process of throwing others overboard. The result was four IDF soldiers severely injured who sustained serious enough injuries that they were discharged due to disability and others who required medical attention after the battle was over and nine terrorists lay dead (a tenth has recently died in a Turkish hospital). This event caused a rift which appears to persist and may prove permanent between former friendly nations of Turkey and Israel. There are those, myself among them, who believe that this rift is just another sign of the desire of Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan to move Turkey from a secular valued nation to an Islamist nation fashioned around Sharia and completely opposed to the values instilled in the founding of Turkey by Mustafa Kemal Atatürk.

 

Now a Turkish court has issued warrants for the arrest and has filed a plea with Interpol to issue international arrest warrants for the four Israeli military leaders. The warrants requested are for former IDF Chief of Staff Gabi Ashkenazi, military intelligence chief Amos Yadlin, IAF intelligence chief Avishai Levi and naval forces commander Eliezer Marom. This move will very likely put an end to any further progress in the negotiations between Israel and Turkey for arranging measures and reparations from Israel to the family members of those who died during the altercation and only serve to inflame a wound that has been difficult to mend as it was. This is simply another step in the same ilk as the recent statement by the IHH terror group which planned the Mavi Marmara flotilla who insists that no amount of payment from Israel would be acceptable and the only acceptable action Israel could make would be to completely end the blockade of the Gaza Strip allowing any and all aid to reach Hamas and the other terrorist groups which have taken possession of the Gaza Strip. Such an allowance would allow for Hamas, Islamic Jihad and other terror outfits within the Gaza Strip to import any type, size and capability of rockets and missiles and warheads and other munitions increasing the destructive capabilities of the projectiles and attacks which already strike Israel multiple times each week leading to a massive increase in the lethality of such attacks. Such increases in the quality, quantity and range of the armaments would place most if not all of Israel within the striking range of the attacks which currently only threaten the areas of southern Israel bordering the Gaza Strip. Such increase in the quality of the weaponry in the hands of the Gaza terrorists would place Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, Dimona, Beersheba, Eilat and the heavily built central plains of Israel well within range and facing potential lethal barrages which would threaten seventy percent or more of Israeli industry and a similar percentage of her population. That would be the result should Israel kowtow to the IHH Turkish terrorists’ demands.

 

Meanwhile, all Israel can do is protest the requested warrants and plead their case before Interpol. Should Interpol actually agree and issue arrest warrants for these Israeli military leaders, then it could be expected that the Palestinian Authority, Fatah, Islamic Jihad and numerous anti-Israel NGOs to attempt to also have Interpol issue arrest warrants for not only Israeli military leadership but also Israeli political leadership. Agreeing to issue these warrants requested by Turkey would open the floodgates to further requests for warrants which would very likely be requested for Prime Minister Netanyahu, Minister of Defense Yaalon, former Minister of Defense Barak and likely numerous other political and military Israeli leaders. Fairly soon much of the Israeli political and military command structure, both past and present, would find themselves restricted to remaining in Israel as stepping outside Israeli borders would result in arrest and trial. Such trials would be administered by enemies of Israel who would hold malice resulting in a verdict steeped in bile and contempt. These Israeli leading figures would not be given a fair trial as their guilt would be presumed and no amount of evidence could ever prove them otherwise in any such trial of Israeli military or political leadership whether their trial was held in Turkey or any other Arab or Muslim nations which would follow suit in issuing international warrants through whatever international law enforcement organization they wished to avail themselves. There have been incidents where Israeli military and political leadership has had to cancel appearances after learning that some organization or NGO had sworn out a warrant for their arrest in countries such as Britain, Spain and other European nations under their universal claims to jurisdiction over any war crimes or crimes against humanity irrespective of the location of the perceived commission of the crime. Some nations, Spain among them, have restricted their initial universal jurisdiction laws making such politically inspired arrest warrant requests no longer so easily qualified to receive as they found such laws being misused and almost universally and solely utilized against Israelis. Should Interpol accept the Turkish request, then expect a litany of additional requests to flood Interpol in the nearest future. We had predicted that Turkey would become a burden to the rest of NATO in an article titled The Turkey Problem for NATO and should be forced from the group as a defense against the changes which would prove to turn Turkey against the rest of Europe and eventually lead to the predicament where NATO would be drawn into a conflict which it would prefer not to enter or to which the rest of NATO would normally and naturally have taken the side opposing Turkey. Will Interpol fall into the Turkish trap or will they decline to issue these politically motivated warrants. Judging by recent events throughout Europe the probability for Interpol taking the high and honorable road sure seems unlikely, but maybe hope will turn out to spring eternal, maybe.

 

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January 6, 2014

Israel’s Illegal Immigrant Disaster

The illegal immigration problems in Israel have the identical overt ramifications as any other issue in Israel, namely that the United Nations, Left and far Left NGOs, the European Union and a whole list of foreign nations are all condemning Israel and demanding that Israel give full rights and comforts to these illegal entrants into their country even as much of the rest of the world is deporting the very same peoples who illegally enter their borders. Even putting the double standards aside, there are numerous other problems these unwelcomed invaders are posing purely within Israeli borders. Many of these illegal immigrants originally come from South Sudan, Somalia, Eritrea, Nigeria, Mali, Kenya and other nations throughout Africa with almost all these peoples transverse from three to as many as seven nations, risking death in many such as Egypt where illegal migrants are often shot instead of arrested, in order to reach Israel, their intentionally chosen goal for obvious reasons. There are the obvious problems caused as many of the illegal immigrants have no employment and are even often virtually unemployable as they have little education and do not speak any of the languages commonly found within Israel. This leads to either their living in overcrowded apartments when they are able to arrange to rent living space. Many live on the streets and in bus stations and other public buildings turning them into dangerous and unusable locations. There are also the personal hygiene problems of every conceivable nature which simply add to the difficulties posed to the neighborhoods where the illegal immigrants tend to congregate. There have come to be entire areas such as some parts of Eilat and much of South Tel Aviv, both areas are where the most affordable housing exists and is where many workers from the lower end of the financial ladder reside as well as elderly on fixed incomes and others who cannot afford to live elsewhere. These people now face a situation where by sundown they must already have retreated to their homes and locked themselves inside for their own safety. Women residing in these neighborhoods are not safe going out alone even during the daylight hours and many elderly are too frightened to leave their houses to visit the doctor, purchase their prescriptions or even shop for food as they fear physical assaults from some of the illegal immigrants who own the streets in some areas.

 

Another side to the problem is the police have not provided sufficient coverage to make the streets safe for people to use and go about their day-to-day lives. The reason this is a problem has a number of facets which include but are not limited to lack of sufficient manpower to patrol all of the areas, fear that unless the police go in force that individual or paired officers do not pose sufficient threat of force and would often be outnumbered facing both superior numbers and able bodied adversaries who would show the officers little or no respect and would fight and resist any actions against them, and then even when the police do arrest or detain groups of these illegal entrants there are liberal leftist NGOs which provide bail and legal representation to them claiming that society owes these illegals a fair break and we need to understand their plight. Needless to point out, these liberal leftists come from neighborhoods where there are no illegal immigrants plaguing their streets threatening the citizens in their neighborhood so placing those from among the illegal community who do get arrested for acts of violence back on the streets poses no threat to the leftist do-gooders.

 

And that ties into the most troublesome item in the efforts to address the illegal entrants problem. Where the government has finally taken steps to secure the Israel-Sinai border and stem the influx of illegal entrants, the efforts to find solutions for those already in country have not been very effective. The Knesset for its part has passed legislation allowing for the restraining and keeping the illegal entrants in custody while their cases are deliberated and it is decided if they are actual refugees who would face threats to their lives or freedom if returned to their native lands or if they are simply illegal immigrants seeking a better life living in a society which provides them with supposed employment opportunities or where they can live on government support via the societal safety net which was intended for citizens of the nation, not for freeloaders coming from the outside world. Thus far the Israeli Supreme Court has struck down each attempt thus far to address the problems. The current Knesset passed legislation is currently under, or soon will be; challenge by Leftist lawyers whose main aim in life is to make sure that not a single illegal entrant is sent back to their home nation or is inconvenienced in any manner. The reasoning given is that Israel needs to be a nation of refuge for all people who are in need and should forget about the idea and ideals that Israel is and should act as the home of the Jewish People. These far leftists condemn Zionists as narrow minded bigots and agree with Justice Minister Tzipi Livni who recently was quoted claiming, “I want to see a liberal, Zionist Israel, not a conservative, nationalistic one.”

 

One has to know that when the leftist claim they desire a liberal Zionist Israel they define such as a nation where Jews are welcome as is everybody else and where there is no thoughts of actually defining the State as a Jewish State and where religion, especially Orthodox Judaism, holds no special place and should receive no special treatment. They believe that Israel would be best served if it became a multi-ethnic, multi-religious, socialist state where everybody and every outcome are guaranteed equal by the government and in order to prove that this liberal Israel does not regard Israel as the Jewish state it must denigrate and work against any religious Jewish agendas. This is what is behind a number of other contentious issues such as the demand by the secularists and leftists that the religious Bible studying adults must serve in the military even if that requires them to give up their dedicated Bible studies. It is behind the Women of the Wall fight to demolish the Orthodox hold of the Kotel, the plaza and Western Wall complex, and who demand that the main area be realigned to fit their demands despite the fact that the vast majority of Israelis desire the rules to remain the same. These ladies were even offered an area recently developed close to the main Kotel where they could hold their style of services and practice their form of Judaism but they demand that they be allowed at the main area and the rest of those wishing to follow Orthodoxy should use the somewhat smaller new area despite the fact that these women are a small minority. Even if they should prevail, then the newly renovated and prepared area would become the new central place for Jewish prayer. Would that then cause them to demand that area in the future? My guess is it would be exactly what would happen.

 

Israel is at a crossroads where her future is on the line; the Leftists recognize this and are in full-fledged panic. They look at the landscape of Judaism in Israel and note that they are rapidly becoming a smaller and smaller minority. They currently hold many of the government positions and have representation beyond their numbers in the courts and are using these cudgels to bludgeon Israeli society to bend to their beliefs and practices. The leftist also realize that despite the billions of dollars being poured into extreme leftist NGOs by the European Union, European governments, and numerous international leftist NGOs that they are facing a desperate situation and within twenty years Israel will more resemble Judea under King David but with a high tech economy and modern conveniences, than a modern, multi-ethnic socialist dream come true. They believe that if they can just push hard enough and get their agendas established that they will be able to make the socialist societal dream which began with the progressives of the early twentieth century into a wondrous and splendid reality. At the root driving their dream forward is the idea that Judaism and socialist humanism are basically identical and that because of this, they are the real Jews and by solving all the world’s ills through government interventions and programs they can implement a messianic perfection which has been unattainable until now. The fact that their schemes and dreams can never work in practice does not matter because true ideologues do not concern themselves with little matters such as reality. And a final point, many of these leftists believe that if Israel will just get rid of those religious fanatics, anybody who does not worship at the alter to the idol of political correctness and socialist humanism all of which has many of the same qualities as did the Hellenist Greeks, as well as those nationalist Zionists, then they can establish their perfect society free from want or blemish of any kind, where all are equal with a select few, mostly their fellow travelers, are just a little more equal than the rest, and crime and want can be vanquished and a peace can be had with the Palestinians if only those obstinate people in the government would realize the errors of their ways and accept the new world order offered by these international secular-humanist NGOs. Please, save us from those who claim they know all the answers as in reality we do not even know the extent of the questions yet.

 

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September 18, 2013

Israeli Supreme Court Needs Constraint by Constitution

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The Israeli Supreme Court is rewriting laws to represent their progressive far leftist opinions by claiming any law they dislike to be unconstitutional despite Israel not even having a Constitution. You read that correctly, Israel does not have an actual, real, defined Constitution and in its place they have what they refer to as the Basic Laws which can be changed by a simple majority and many are often poorly limited in how they can be applied. The latest ruling will have deleterious effects especially for working class Israelis whose neighborhoods will be ravaged and plagued with threats of higher crimes, assaults, increase in attempted and committed rapes and general lawlessness caused by the illegal infiltrators which the Supreme Court ruled cannot be kept in custody awaiting deportation for up to three years as was detailed in the 2012 law passed to address the problem. These illegal infiltrators came from the Horn of Africa, South Sudan, Kenya, and from across northern and sub-Saharan Africa passing through numerous countries all passing finally through the length and breadth of Egypt and then the Sinai Peninsula entering Israel on the Negev border. These illegal entrants are mostly economic refugees with only a very small number actually qualifying for political refugee status or other classification which would allow them to seek permanent residence in Israel by International Law. These are simply victims of severe poverty who have left their homeland and crossed many borders all the way risking being murdered if caught in any of the foreign nations through which they pass with the danger of meeting such an end climaxing in the Sinai Peninsula as the Egyptian border guards and military and police units which keep order in the area simply shoot them with great prejudice. Once they arrive in Israel they live often dozens in an apartment and attempt to collect welfare and other support payments and augment their income by theft, robbery, and often intimidation threatening to impart great harm if not given sufficient cash, and G0d help the unfortunate who does not have what they expect as sufficient payment, roaming in bands preying on Jews living in the same neighborhoods. One of the largest concentrations of such illegal refugees is South Tel Aviv, far from the residences of the wealthy Supreme Court Justices.

This has actually become an aggravating habit where the Supremes, probably a better description that of their attitude than calling them respected Judges on the Supreme Court, decide to negate laws with which they disagree, an overruling of the Knesset which seems to occur with greater regularity when the nationalists or more religious or conservatives make up the ruling coalition. Another trend that is noticeable indicating similar actions by the Supremes is they are wholly supported by the European Union, European governments, and the plethora of NGOs financed by the New Israel Fund, European Union, European governments and foreign NGOs and liberal entities. It sometimes begins to appear that Israel is waging a war with the liberal influences, governments, NGOs and other such interests often from Europe who attempt to influence and rule Israel through decrees handed down by the Supremes very often overruling the elected members of the Knesset and against the will of the majority of Israelis. There is only one way this will be righted and the power to decide the laws of the land back with the elected members of the Knesset and not with self-appointed judicial kings who rule by mere edict and personal whim; that is to form an Israeli Constitution where the judicial branch is no longer a power onto itself where its positions are self-appointed completely independent from the elected representatives of the people. The appointment for Supremes currently in use in Israel is slanted giving the sitting Supremes, the State Attorney (who is also chosen from the judicial hierarchy) and members chosen from a body made up of “respected lawyers” (respected by the judicial branch of course) and just sufficient members of the Knesset so it cannot be said they have no input but not so many as their input truly matters, especially since some of the Knesset Ministers prefer rule by judicial fiat. Since the Knesset will never likely decide to draft a Constitution and the Supremes will very likely do everything in their power to claim that any such Constitution is unconstitutional as it will negate the Basic Laws which empower those self-serving Supremes.

The time has come to end this insult to the rule by the people and make a Constitution which will lead to the judicial appointments being made by perhaps the Prime Minister for the highest of the courts and the Knesset having the right to advise and consent such appointments. The lower courts should be relegated to the local governance such as the city, town, kibbutzim or other appropriate body. The tyranny of the robes must be brought to an end and the people empowered to at least elect those who ratify judicial appointments. While Israel is writing a Constitution, at long last, perhaps there can be a second ruling house which represents the many individual local governments such that they have a direct influence to influence the items under which they are forced to operate and make the Knesset members and Prime Minister be directly elected using direct representation to replace the current system which rewards obedient little politicos who know how to take orders and are not at all representative of the people but merely representatives of the political machines. Obviously the Knesset will also be up in arms against such changes as will the political party elites who have grown comfortable doing as they please as they are not in any way owing to the people for their Ministerial positions, they owe the party leaders which results in a Knesset made to order by the Prime Minister and a few other party elites, not the people. The current ruling between the unrepresentative Knesset Ministers, Prime Minister, and the overriding by edict Supreme Court Justices is so foreign and contrary to the guidance in Torah which demands that those who rule to be humble before the people, the current system does nothing to humble and everything to promote effete leadership who believe they are above the little people and know so much more and better than those little people. Time for us little people to wake them to an idea, the idea that rulers must be brought to be humble before the people just as G0d directed.

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