Beyond the Cusp

June 20, 2014

Hamas Jihad to Destroy Abbas and Rule Palestinian People

By now everybody has probably read a number of articles which have stated that Hamas was the force behind the kidnapping of three Israeli teens on their way home from their respective Yeshivas. For Hamas, being singled out for the blame, or the credit as they view the situation, was exactly what they desired as it will give them opportunities on three fronts. The first front is, of course, the kidnapping hurts Israel and makes the Israeli government, security organizations and the IDF (Israeli Defense Force) all appear to be incompetent. Furthermore, as the search takes longer and longer and the days turn into weeks and the weeks turn, G0d forbid, into months, the IDF will appear to be less effective while also angering Palestinians whose lives will inevitably suffer and be ripped from their normalcy. The second front is it makes Hamas appear to be stronger and better able to gain the release of the terrorists and security prisoners from Israeli incarceration. It places Hamas front and center before the eyes of the Palestinians giving them hope that there is a force which is fighting to further the Palestinian hopes of establishing their own nation, be that nation beside Israel or preferably, as many of them view it, in place of Israel with the Jews washed from the lands they covet. Lastly, by holding the high ground in the struggles against Israel, Hamas forces Palestinian Chairman Mahmoud Abbas to choose who to placate with the words and statements desired by Israel, the United States and the Europeans. Abbas is forced into that position as he must do everything within his power to keep the funding of the Palestinian Authority. As Abbas speaks the soothing words meant to keep the funding and the Western government’s pressures on the Israelis to make concessions in exchange for another round of useless talks, Hamas points to Abbas’s words translating them into Arabic and asking the big question to the Palestinian people, who do you want as your leaders, the weak and pathetic Abbas and Fatah who are the weaker horse always pleading and saying things that are pleasant in the ears of Israel and the Western governments or do you really want Hamas which is the strong horse who has taken the children of the reviled Jews and is forcing them to beg for their children and who stand firmly in opposition to those Western nations who actually support Israel and are not the friend of the Palestinian people.

 

This abduction of the three teens, Eyal Yifrach, Gilad Shaar, and Naftali Frenkel, was planned not just for the political gains and reaffirmation of the Hamas pedigree as a terrorist organization during the run-up to the Palestinian elections for new leadership of the newly established unity government, but should Hamas continue to be able to hold these three teens on through the elections they will easily win outright control of the legislature and likely replace Abbas with Ismail Haniyeh, the current crowned Prime Minister of Gaza where Hamas took control in a coup which removed the vast majority of Fatah and Palestinian Authority security forces and leadership in the Gaza region. And that acknowledgement brings us to what Hamas is likely to do should Chairman Abbas decide to nullify the unity agreement and again cancel the elections, or at the least the elections for his position. Hamas very probably would try to repeat their revolution similarly to what they did to establish their unquestioned rule over Gaza. The odds are that Hamas would rout the Palestinian Security Forces as it is very likely that many from the security forces would go over to the side of Hamas thus destroying morale, unit cohesion as platoons and companies would require merging in order to make up for the defecting units, and contribute to confusion and disarray in the leadership positions making for an easier Hamas victory. Everything Hamas is doing goes towards weakening Mahmoud Abbas preparing to replace him with Hamas backed leadership and also simply poking Israel in the eye making a situation where they potentially could trade these teens for prisoners. This would give Hamas the added advantage of the loyalty and support from those they were able to free from prison.

 

Expect that Abbas will move to dissolve the unity pack attempting to put the blame squarely on the shoulders of Hamas claiming they broke the understood and agreed upon legal restraints and expectations of Hamas complying with the agreements between the Palestinian Authority and the Israelis. Hamas has given their answer, they refuse to play nice or to accept any of the presumed rules governing the playground and further, they will continue to assault, abduct, destroy and generally terrorize Israel and oppose Israel flaunting their abilities in the face of an IDF manhunt. This will give Hamas, or so they think, the introduction and general acceptance with the majority of Palestinians residing in Judea and Samaria (misnamed West Bank) allowing for the expression of what will appear to be a general acceptance and backing for Hamas to take the power away from Abbas and provide the brave leadership that they contrasted against the weak and pathetic pandering committed by Mahmoud Abbas during this Hamas induced crisis. It may even turn out that Hamas is satisfied with running their own little enclave in Gaza and does not desire to take on the additional burden of dealing with the West Bank and the Palestinians Authority. So, we can definitely expect the unity government of the Palestinians to collapse leaving only one question, who will end up in charge in the West Bank? My money would be on Hamas should any sectarian violence begin between Fatah and Hamas.

 

In the end, there is only one thing a civilized person could desire from this Palestinian intra-governmental dispute over who will provide the leadership going forward; that is the release of the three innocent school-age boys from their horrific ordeal as rapidly as believed. We wish them G0d’s protection and G0d’s speed in returning to their families and their studies. We pray for their welfare and safe return of Eyal Yifrach, Gilad Shaar, and Naftali Frenkel into the loving embraces of their mothers and happy hugs given by their fathers. May the families spend this Sabbath together with renewed faith and celebratory hearts.

 

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March 29, 2014

Obama, Kerry and Israeli Leftists Attempt to Crash Coalition

It was initially unlikely that the Obama administration thought it necessary to attempt to change the ruling coalition government in Israel as the administration’s push to restart the negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians was met with Israeli cooperation across the boards. Predictably, the peace talks lost their presumed initial momentum as the Palestinians began refusing every Israeli attempt to reach any compromise where both sides would give some to reach a middle area of agreement. Mahmoud Abbas began stating repeatedly that there would be no agreement unless his every demand was recognized and enacted and that he also be granted the power to unilaterally reject any Israel provision with which he was not comfortable. This trend eventually reached its logical and unavoidable conclusion with Abbas and other Palestinian spokespersons insisting that Israel retreat completely back to the Green Line, surrender all of East Jerusalem, accept the influx of over five-million Arab refugees into Israel granting them immediate citizenship, full compensation to these very same refugees as well as those who did not choose to return, and adamantly refused to recognize Israel as the home of the Jewish People or to declare any agreement as the end of their struggle to liberate all of Palestine. Further exacerbation of the situation occurred as Palestinians also revealed they were remaining in the talks solely and only until the last groups of terrorist murderers were freed from prison by Israel. When some Israelis, particularly Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon, gave voice to their observations that the talks had broken down, the Obama administration started to ramp up efforts to pressure the Israelis to bend further and basically fall on their swords for peace.

 

The initial taking of affront by the United States State Department and the administration was at Moshe Ya’alon’s comment referring to Secretary of State Kerry as being “Obsessive and Messianic” to which the State Department demanded an immediate and public apology. As the ensuing weeks passed and the commentary from the Palestinians became increasingly adversarial to reaching any compromise with their call that their only desire was for the peace process to allow further releases of terrorists by Israel there were some Ministers in the Knesset who began questioning the logic of continuing with the final release as such would only serve to terminate the talks and set up the next series of demands for Israeli concessions. They felt that since releasing the terrorists would result in a Palestinian refusal to continue talking that there was no pressing need to actually release the last group. This was the point where things went off the rails and into some foreign land where logic does not hold rule and everything becomes the fault of Israel.

 

The initial turning was signaled when the State Department came out and dropped their support for the Israeli demand that the Palestinians recognize Israel as the home of the Jewish People and now referred to this demand from the Israelis as an unnecessary demand giving the fact that the United States so recognized Israel and that should be sufficient. The reasoning behind the demand for Israel to be recognized as the home of the Jewish People is to disallow the return of the over five million descendants of Palestinian refugees from the 1948 War launched by Arab armies to annihilate Israel into Israel changing the nation’s demographic to a majority Arab and Muslim state. The situation only deteriorated from there and the demands from Washington have gotten more shrill. This is the same sequence the world has watched time and again as the peace negotiations break down and in an effort to “save” the negotiations there is excessive pressure placed on Israel to concede more and more. This is the exact process that has brought the negotiations to the point where Jerusalem is even being discussed instead of recognizing that it is the Israeli capital city and has been annexed from before the Oslo Accords and was never to be placed within the definition of debatable negotiations.

 

Now, as Israel has actually refused to free the final set of murderous terrorist masters from her prisons, we will witness the blame Israel for the failure voices screaming from all quarters and the demands that Israeli leadership has squandered their best hope for peace, every negotiations becomes the Israeli best hope for peace until the next negotiations, and the insistence that Israel find new and more accommodating leadership. The chorus will be joined by the Israeli leftists and those parties who are currently not in the governing coalition as they will see this as their opportunity to take hold of the lead in Israel and enact those policies that the world is clamoring for Israel to take. This was the case when Ehud Olmert was elected to be Prime Minister and yet even with the politically correct leadership the Israeli offers for peace were refused by the Palestinians. This should have proven where the tripwire is that where the negotiations stumble each and every time, but the world can only blame Israel. We can now expect there to be pressures placed on the Israeli government to make new and more extensive concessions in order to lure the Palestinians back to the talks. It is revolting that every time that the world decides to push for renewed peace talks that Israel has to make concessions to entice the Palestinians to allow negotiations but that there are never, or seldom, any concessions given the Israelis. Where is the eventual reciprocation that Israel is constantly promised? I realize that may seem a silly question, but would any other nation continue with talks if every time they meet they are forced to surrender further? Of course not. Also, if every rendition of peace talks requires Israelis to surrender more using the final position of the last talks as the basis for the new talks, why would the Palestinian ever agree to a settlement when they are constantly rewarded for their intransigence? Perhaps the time will come when the Israelis will stand up and say, no more, and demand that the Palestinians make some concessions to prove they are finally serious about making peace.

 

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January 15, 2014

United States Anger with Israeli Defense Minister Explains Everything

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The first lesson learned one more time from the latest United States-Israeli dust-up is that politicians in office, especially high office such as a Cabinet Minister, need to guard their comments and do so even more so if such statements might go public. This truism holds for anything said in closed conversations, whenever one is wearing a microphone (even or especially if they believe it to be turned off), in any public place where people may overhear or in virtually any place other than home sleeping in bed, and even that might be reckless. Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon broke these protocols when he was heard by Daily newspaper Yediot Aharonot senior reporter Shimon Shiffer. Mr. Shiffer reported that he heard Defense Minister Yaalon state, that “the American security plan that was presented to us is not worth the paper it was written on. It contains neither security nor peace. Only our continued presence in Judea and Samaria and the Jordan River will guarantee that Ben Gurion Airport and Netanya do not become targets for missiles from every direction.” The report continued on Yaalon stating, “Secretary of State John Kerry – who came here very determined, and operates based upon an unfathomable obsession and a messianic feeling – cannot teach me anything about the Palestinians.”

 

Yaalon was quoted pointing out that Palestinian Authority chief Mahmoud Abbas “lives on our sword. Once we leave Judea and Samaria, he is finished. In fact, throughout the recent months, there is no negotiation between us and the Palestinians – but rather, between us and the Americans. The only thing that can ‘save’ us is that John Kerry will get a Nobel peace prize and leave us alone.” Yaalon concluded, “I live and breathe the conflict with the Palestinians, I know what they think, what they want and what they really mean,” he went on. “The American security plan that was presented to us is not worth the paper it was written on.” The conversation Yaalon had reportedly with what was described as senior figures in the political sphere, a place Yaalon should have known would likely leak his comments, also included references to his opinions that Abbas will not give up on the Palestinian “right of return” until “the last refugee from 1948 is satisfied, and every single refugee will be able to choose between returning or staying in his current place of residence.” Yaalon continued by dismissing the security plan that was drawn up by US General John Allen experts claiming. “What are you talking about? You presented us with a plan that is based on smart technologies, satellites, sensors, war rooms with television screens – without our forces being present on the ground. And I ask you – how will your technology help us when a Salafist terror cell, or one from the Islamic Jihad, tries to carry out a terror attack against Israel targets? Who will take care of them? What satellites will take care of the rocket industry that is developing in Shechem, and [the rockets that] will be launched at Tel Aviv and the central region? In Gaza, the terror organizations already hold thousands of rockets that cover central Israel. These terror organizations have transferred knowledge and technologies for manufacturing rockets to the (West) Bank.” Yaalon concluded with, “If that does not change,” he said, “then there is no meaning to the satellites and the sensors that the Americans are offering. The five-year-old boy with the explosive belt will continue to try and hurt us when he grows up. We have given enough and received nothing…Let us say to our American friends: enough is enough.”

 

Needless to say, the response from the people in the Administration of United States President Obama voiced extreme displeasure with Minister Yaalon’s statements. State Department spokeswoman Jennifer Psaki gave a response to the press stating, “The remarks of the defense minister, if accurate, are offensive and inappropriate especially given all that the United States is doing to support Israel’s security needs. To question his motives and distort his proposals is not something we would expect from the defense minister of a close ally.”

 

This drew further statements from Israeli Defense Minister Yaalon who added, “Some things cannot be solved in one (day). Note that we still we have not solved all the problems of medicine and mathematics; it is not like we don’t have special challenges also facing us.” He also expressed the hope for Israelis, “not to panic and give in to these (comments) and other intimidation, because this is the only way to protect the security of Israel.”

 

As for the wisdom in airing out these difficulties as the Israeli Defense Minister observes as part and parcel of the current efforts by United States Secretary of State John Kerry and his entire peace forces who have made camp in Jerusalem since the beginning of the year may be questionably, but the sentiments and facts are real and deserve serious thought and not simply be brushed aside and ignored. The problems stated go to the heart of the problems with the so-called peace process from its inception with the Oslo Accords. There have been many quotes reporting in what current Chairman of the PLO and President of the Palestinian Authority Mahmoud Abbas as well as his predecessor, Yasser Arafat, have stated most often in Arabic and translated by MEMRI, (Middle East Media Research Institute) or PMW (Palestinian Media Watch) that their entire reason for entering into negotiations is to replace Israel with a Palestinian State which must be cleansed of all Jewish presence no matter how long such an effort takes. Furthermore, they have claimed that they plan on this destruction to be carried out in stages and that the peace process is but the first stage where they plan to achieve statehood as a beachhead and in the process retain the right to violently resist the occupation which can only end with the replacement and eradication of Israel by an Islamic Arab state. Abbas and numerous Palestinian officials have bluntly stated that they will remain in the current phase of negotiations until they have attained the release of as many of the terrorist held in Israeli prisons are released to continue the terror campaign against the Israelis and they do not plan on remaining at the table one moment longer than necessary. With such stated as the Palestinian goals for the current negotiations, I would love to hear how Secretary of State Kerry plans to arrange a peace with both parties signing even an interim framework agreement short of having a shotgun peace process with a gun to Abbas’s head. The answer, as we have stated before, is that Secretary Kerry and President Obama have no honest intent to force Abbas into any agreement and are simply trolling for how many concessions they can wring out of Israel and Prime Minister Netanyahu and get his signature even without any Palestinian signature simply to have leverage to force Israel into their vision of a peace.

 

The problem which Defense Minister Yaalon alluded to is not at all new and has been the basis of the entire world’s efforts to form some semblance of a peace agreement between Israel and her Arab and Muslim neighbors. These problems go all the way back to the day Israel was founded and then immediately set upon by over a half a dozen Arab armies and militias with the intent of a genocidal ending of Israel and her Jewish population from the very outset. Initially the Arab and Muslim forces made some gains but the battle momentum was reversed and the nascent Israeli Defense Force, which was made up of groups from the underground resistance against the British colonization of the entire area under a mandate from the League of Nations and honored by the United Nations after World War II, and the Israelis were actually gaining ground and pushing their enemies into a retreat. It was almost immediately after the Israelis had achieved the upper hand that the United Nations and almost universally the nations of the entire globe demanded that the fighting stop and the armistice lines be drawn-up along the front lines at a set time after which all hostilities were to end. In the negotiations over this stoppage the Muslim Arab rulers demanded that this armistice line never be considered as a real border as they already were refusing to recognize Israel’s existence, especially as a Jewish State. This is the truth about how the Green Line came into being and explains the complete fallacy that the borders before the Six Day War in 1967 were a recognized official international border for the State of Israel.

 

The other side of the problem with the entire peace process as it has played out has been that as demands have been extracted from the Israeli side, the Palestinian side has yet to meet even the initial requirements from the Oslo Accords and thus have simply refused any and all demands made of their side. This has resulted in the same demands being made of the Palestinians at every incarnation of the peace process while new and more restrictive demands are constantly added to the litany of already completed and met demands from earlier peace attempts. It is by this whittling down that Israel has been squeezed to the point where we are now debating the division of Jerusalem and the surrender of all lands beyond the Green Line and even some form of Palestinian Arab “Right of Return” into Israel. When the first negotiations were held after the Six Day War none of these positions were even considered to be a logical result of those efforts. Even in 1993 when the Oslo Accords were signed there were no such demands as are being discussed today. The propaganda war against Israel carried out mostly by Muslims, Arabs, anti-Semites and far leftist groups the world over has brought to fruition results probably beyond their wildest dreams at the outset of their efforts. Every United States President who has set out to fashion that ever elusive Middle East peace has done so on the back of additional further Israeli retreats. With each incarnation eroding the Israeli position, why would the Palestinians not desire that every attempt fail so a new round could begin with the next administration in the United States which would simply add to the demands set at Israel’s door. The Palestinians are planning to murder the nation of Israel through countless small cuts waiting for Israel to bleed to death one concession after another. This has been so successful that even the wording of the earliest United Nations Security Council and General Assembly resolutions has been altered to now imply or reputedly state almost the opposite that the originating writers had intended, and many have attested to this strange fact. As Israeli Defense Minister described, the only peace the Palestinians will ever accept is the peace of the grave for the Jewish nature of Israel with it being supplanted by a new state of Palestine. The sole and best way the United States could display their reputed unshakable friendship and concern for Israeli security would be to wash their hands from all efforts to fashion a lasting peace between two states living side-by-side with security and peace for both and simply return home and let the two sides, the real two side of Israel and the Arab world, work out a solution once the Arab world reaches the understanding that Israel will continue to remain the Jewish State or Israel eventually falls under Muslim and Arab hostilities. Should the world continue to blame every ill in the universe, including the eventual death of our Sun, on the lack of an Israeli peace agreement with her neighbors, including the Palestinians, then the world will have the excuse it desires to not bother to ameliorate all the other problems in the world and take the easier route of demanding additional Israeli concessions while throwing more trillion upon trillions of dollars, euros and treasure at the Palestinians financing their terror campaigns. There is but one way this conflict will ever really end; that is with the surrender of one side and a recognized victory by the other side. If the United Nations and the world insist that every time the Israelis attain the upper hand that all fighting must immediately cease, then that sole result will be the eradication of Israel as nothing will stop the Muslim and Arab forces should they ever gain the upper hand. Consider that, all who claim to be friends of Israel; consider that.

 

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