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July 7, 2014

Israel Palestinian Reality Not What Media Reports

The media in much of the western world has emphasized the Israeli responses to the barrage of Hamas rockets of the past two weeks making it appear that Israel is the offensive party, not the one responding to the Hamas offensive. Since the formation of the unity government where the Palestinian Authority merged their membership which was predominantly, if not exclusively, comprised of the Fatah led by Mahmoud Abbas along with any unaffiliated Arabs living in Judea and Samaria now includes Hamas as well and potentially would include Islamic Jihad and any other groups in either Gaza or Judea and Samaria. Both Hamas and Islamic Jihad are terrorist entities recognized as such by the European Union, United States and most of the European governments. What has been obfuscated is that the Palestinian Authority before the unity government brought recognized terrorist groups into its ranks was made up of largely a single terrorist group renamed from the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) to Fatah. Both names, Palestinian Authority and Fatah, were simply a rebranding to the original Palestinian terrorist group founded in 1964, three years before the Six Day War of 1967. The fact that for three years there was a full-fledged Palestinian terrorist organization recognized as such by virtually every government, major NGO and international organization before the existence of any contested areas or occupied areas is a fact that has been erased by those who have rewritten Middle East history in such a way as to vilify Israel. The founding of the Palestinian Liberation Organization which predated any Israeli occupation, unless one considers the founding of Israel as making contested lands, was headed by arch-terrorist Yasser Arafat and its second in command was the currently crowned by the Western nations and the United Nations as Israel’s partner for peace, Mahmoud Abbas. The PLO was the original terrorist group which had as their original charter the goal of replacing Israel with an Arab state called Palestine which would have immediately requested to merge with Jordan once the lands were purified and cleansed of any Jewish presence or trace of Jewish existence. So, why all the misinformation, misleading reports, rebranding terrorists into peace partners and what appears to be a systemized, coordinated, antagonistic misrepresentation of the reality in the Middle East all apparently aimed to eradicate the world’s only nation within which the Jewish People could find refuge when the world once again aims all of its animosity, venomous poisons and eradicating weaponry at them as has been the case across almost every age of man?

 

Some have claimed that the reason behind the Western world acting favorably to the wishes and desires of the Arab world and thus restraining Israel and keeping the balance such that Israel is never permitted to win is all because of oil. Some claim that such an idea is a misreading of the facts and that the Western world has always been there to support Israel and prevent her demise. The one fact that is often pointed out is that when Israel desperately needed resupply when Egyptian and Syrian troops were poised to overrun the IDF on both fronts that the United States provided Israel with the necessary resupply. Where the United States did finally resupply the Israelis, it also must be pointed out that initially President Nixon, on the advice of Secretary of State Kissinger, held back from sending the necessary provisions until Israeli Prime Minister Golda Meir threatened to use any and every weapon Israel had should the resupply be withheld and opened the silo blast doors which was detected by the United States satellites. Would Golda Meir have actually used those missiles? Fortunately, that is something we will be left to conjecture. Then after Israel got the advantage and was advancing across the Suez Canal and well on the way to Cairo as well as advancing on Damascus on the Syrian front that the United States, Russia, United Nations and European governments all demanded Israel accept an immediate cease-fire and return to the pre-war positions. Israel returned to the Golan Heights and back across the Suez Canal onto the Sinai Dessert side. There is another fact which was given little coverage back in 1973 though the information is readily available for anyone to research was the actual nations allied and providing support for the efforts by the United Arab Republic (UAR) which was the combined armies of Egypt and Syria. Also providing troops or other support were Jordan, Iraq, Algeria who sent a squadron each of MiG-21s and Su-7s plus one-hundred-fifty tanks to Egypt, Libya provided one armored brigade and two squadrons of Mirage V fighters, a total of six-thousand troops were provided by Saudi Arabia and Kuwait, around fifteen-hundred Tunisian infantry provided to Egypt, Pakistan provided one flight of pilots to fly Syrian jets, North Korea provided twenty pilots with MiG-21s and nineteen support personnel, and Cuba provided somewhere around four-thousand troops. Additionally there was a division of Palestinian supporting the Egyptians and there was monetary support from numerous nations to allow the armies of these nations to be resupplied after the conflict back to near their original strength. The reports during that war mostly mentioned news in the West were the Egyptian front and the Syrian front implying that the entirety of the conflict was between Israel against Egypt and Syria, the UAR, with minimal or inconsequential support from around the world. The reality shows a completely different picture and gives a strong indication of the numbers of nations from all corners of the globe who will ally in any war aiming to destroy Israel, the sole Jewish nation on the Earth.

 

Back to the current situation where there is one item which will probably get full coverage which will eclipse the coverage of the three Israeli youths, Eyal Yifrah, Gilad Sha’ar and Naftali Frenkel, and that is the disgraceful and denounced act of revenge perpetrated against an innocent Palestinian youth, sixteen years old Abu Khder, who was abducted and murdered by burning him to death, a horrific and inexcusable and unforgivable act for which no reason is acceptable. Israel has arrested six young adults and teens who are believed to belong to a fanatical Jewish group, terrorists is the only definition of these reprobates. Their names have yet to be released as a strict gag order has been placed on the arrests and the state of the investigations, but be assured those responsible for this barbarous act will be brought to trial and receive punishment likely greater than any sentence given the Hamas individuals who murdered the three Jewish teens.

 

Over the past ten days terrorists in Gaza have launched rockets and fired mortars equaling over one-hundred rounds with most targeting Sderot and the other communities and kibbutzim bordering Gaza while a few rounds were targeted at Beersheba which is much further from the Gaza border. Since the Gaza disengagement in 2005 there has not been any Jews residing anywhere within Gaza. And except for brief and small security missions and one extended intervention into Gaza named מבצע עופרת יצוקה (Operation Cast Lead) which was targeted to impede terrorist rocket and mortar barrages and destroy terrorist infrastructure, there has been no IDF or other Israeli forces within Gaza. Gaza is completely under the command and governing by Hamas with Islamic Jihad and other terrorist groups also operating within Gaza. The leadership of Hamas has announced they will no longer take any precautions or preventative measures to prevent rocket and mortar attacks on Israeli targets. This has permitted Islamic Jihad and others in addition to Hamas to fire unimpeded into southern Israel targeting civilians. These barrages have struck two factories, a paint and a plastic plant were destroyed both just outside Sderot, the house of Rachmiel Steinberg’s family, and have exploded at a summer day camp moments before children were set to arrive. Even in the contested areas of Judea and Samaria as well as Jerusalem and some of the Arab areas in the Galilee there has been rioting with heavy destruction to much of the Jerusalem light rail stations and tracks in the Arab areas of Jerusalem. There have been warnings from members of a group calling themselves the Coalition of Youth for an Intifada that there will be increased violence against the settlers, a derogatory reference for Jewish residents living in Area C which by Oslo Accords under governance and security control of Israel. Their notice was titled “Expelling Zionists Through Rocks” and threatened a “scorch the earth and make it a living hell under the feet of the invaders.” The particulars were spelled out on their notice explaining their intentions to;

A. Creating huge barricades to block “settlers” from leaving their communities and vandalize their cars;

B. Torching tires on common roads in the area;

C. Hurling rocks at cars and paint barrels at their drivers;

D. Placing sharp objects, nails, and shrapnel on roads to damage passing vehicles;

E. Spraying anti-Jewish graffiti near Jewish communities;

F. Participating in raging clashes against IDF and police in Judea, Samaria, and Jerusalem.

 

Israel has been facing ever increasing levels of violence ever since the formation of the unity government which was initiated by the Hamas abduction of the three Jewish teens. This increase has been claimed by Hamas and they promised that now that they have entered a unity government and been accepted by the Western nations and European Union that they feel enabled to turn up the levels of violence against the Jews and Israel. This has been accompanied by a sharp increase in Fatah incitement calling for unceasing violence and all measures of impeding all attempts at Israeli enforcement and reestablishing order. The unity government has all the appearances of a unification of the disparate terrorist groups for a single purpose, an all-out offensive aiming to destroy Israel once and for all. A war has been declared but the Western media, national leadership, NGOs are all insisting that the problem is Israel and if only Israel would agree to meet the Palestinian demands there would be peace at last. This has been the path that was begun by the United States with their insistence that Israel freeze building for ten months as that would lead to peace, that failed miserably but ever since Abbas has been demanding building freeze after building freeze, it has become his magic phrase. Then the United States declared that the future borders for the Palestinian state should be determined by the 1949 Armistice Lines with mutually agreed swaps. That just invigorated Abbas to demand half of Jerusalem as a start point. The latest was the assault headed by Secretary of State Kerry and Martin Indyk which demanded that Israel release over one-hundred of the worst terrorist planers and murderers all for naught as Abbas simply stated that his entire intentions were to collect the released terrorists and then walk away and begin a renewed and reanimated terror war against Israel which would have a new life breathed into it with the return of the freed terrorists. Now we are witnessing the initial stages of that assault and the Western media and leadership is still busy picking fault with Israel in an effort to deny Israel her right to self-defense. This is not going to turn out well for those western nations who are all too willing to sacrifice Israel on the altar of appeasement of the Arab and Palestinian interests.

 

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May 22, 2014

Time Come for Divorce of Israel and United States?

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Israel has made concessions in almost every area imaginable in order to satisfy demands from the United States and has been doing so for since the very beginning. Israel halted their attacks when the United Nations Security Council under the lead of united permanent member nations, China, Russia, Britain, France and of course the United States during the on again-off again War for Survival also referred to as Israeli War of Independence. These halts often permitted the combined Arab forces to rearm, reassemble units, realign forces, replace badly defeated and ineffective units, and bring in needed supplies and reinforcements. The Israelis also used such ceasefires to bring in what arms and supplies they were able to purchase despite arms embargoes by most of the Western nations. Many thanks need go to Czechoslovakia which provided many desperately needed shipments of arms. At many times truces were arranged while Israel was making advances and might have resolved the war through gaining a victory and liberating all of the lands between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean Sea, but instead Israel honored all calls for stopping the hostilities. Again in 1956 when the Israelis while allied with the French and British in the conflict to force Egypt to reopen the Suez Canal, Israel honored the demands which were delivered by President Eisenhower to return the entirety of the Sinai Peninsula which she had gained in the initial period as other threats of attacks and negotiations were in play. Some have claimed that much of the pressure on Egypt came from the advances being won by the Israeli forces just as much if not more than the threats from France and Britain. Egypt had been calling the bluff of the two European powers with impunity but was facing Israel perched on the eastern banks of the Suez Canal and thus situated and positioned to force Egypt from control of the Suez Canal and have Israel open the canal on their own initiative. President Eisenhower demanded an Israeli full withdrawal and Israel complied and withdrew back within her initial borders from before the contest began without any hesitation or debate.

 

In every Arab Israeli war since once the Israelis gained the upper hand and were advancing towards Arab national capital cities, often both Cairo and Damascus, the United States would demand a ceasefire followed by an armistice often demanding Israel to retreat behind defined lines returning hard won ground back to the very same adversaries who had initiated the warfare. This was true in Six Day War of June of 1967 and the Yom Kippur War of October 1973. When Israel had designed and manufactured prototypes of the Lavi fighter jet, the United States made an offer that Israel basically could not refuse which demanded that Israel trust their future aircraft supplies, repairs, and other developments and use solely aircraft manufactured by the United States and end all development of any home produced aircraft. During the first War with Lebanon which was more of a conflict with Yasser Arafat and his PLO forces the United States demanded Israel stop their advance short of Beirut, Lebanon and allow the United States to provide Yasser Arafat, a terrorist who had American diplomats including an Ambassador on his hands, and the rest of the ranking members of the PLO an escape airlifting them off the roof of the United States embassy taking them to safety in exile in Tunisia. This one act made possible the Oslo Accords as it continued the existence of the PLO and also allowed the remnants of the PLO who melted initially into Lebanon to form Hezballah a short time later.

 

Once the Oslo Accords were drafted and ratified, the farcical parade known as the peace process began with its litany of concessions after concession which the United States with a big assist by the State Department and the full support of the United Nations and European Union and numerous European governments insisted Israel make to placate and mollify the Palestinians who refused to meet without bribes just to talk attempting to gain advantages and then walking away only to demand the next session include everything they had previously gained. Through this repeated message the Palestinians have pushed Israel to the brink of destruction changing the balance from the original position where Israel would have retained at least three-fifths of Judea and Samaria to where Israel is now fighting to retain Jerusalem realizing they now stand to lose access to the Temple Mount and Western Wall and are facing threats within the Green Line from various groups of Israeli Arabs and Bedouin who are claiming indigenous rights in the Galilee and Negev areas. All of these pressures for concessions and sacrifices by Israel have come with full guarantees that this will be in Israel’s best interests and that just one more concession and the United States will forge a permanent peace. Then the Palestinians walk away and the United States proves to be powerless to force any agreement or any will to push back the Palestinian gains leaving Israel in a current position where her back is against the wall and she is being squeezed back within the defenseless borders which facilitated Arab attacks.

 

There are those who like to point out that Israel receives a generous amount of United States aid monies including military aid. They love to point out that Israel receives more military aid than any single Arab nation. What they do not relate is that Israel receives only a fraction of the military aid from the United States when compared to all the United States military aid to Arab nations which through history have included Jordan, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Turkey and a number of others. Add the additional military aid received by the combined nations standing against Israel from Russia (as well as formerly the Soviet Union), China, France, Britain and other weapons’ providers you get even greater odds against Israel. But this will possibly be considered the good times as the forces combining to the detriment of the Israelis across the United States, Europe and much of the advanced industrial world on their college campuses and through the advances in the politicking of many anti-Israel NGO’s, many of which receive millions upon millions of Dollars and Euros from government forces, the United Nations, and numerous other NGO’s and charitable agencies prefer to oppose Israel from a stand-off position. A simple research of the BDS efforts to force universities, governments, industries, companies and investment agencies in efforts to impose Boycotts, Divestments and Sanctions on Israeli companies, universities, academics and political leaders displays the enormity of the forces gathering. There are the efforts to bring charges against as many Israeli military and political leaders as possible and new efforts are even going after any soldier in the IDF.

 

The slow slide to bringing many, if not almost all, nations to be against Israel and her existence calling for the eradication of the Jewish State have been growing year after year for as long as I am able to remember. I used to tell people that this inexorable slide against Israel was gaining speed and starting to be an unstoppable downhill force since the middle 1960s and was ridiculed even into the new millennium. Not any more as it has begun to dawn on many who follow the news reports especially with the increasing anti-Semitism around the globe with many of the worst trends infecting Europe. The recent ADL research survey reported that one out of every four people actually will inform a survey taker that they hold anti-Semitic views and feelings. If one in four admit to being anti-Semites and having disdain to outright hatred of Israel and the Jews, then what is the actual number as there could easily be as many if not more who hold those feelings but are careful to hold their tongue when surveyed. The increase in the growth of anti-Semitism worldwide of the recent past has become so ominous and frightening that many friends and acquaintances have apologized and admitted their startled surprise at how much anti-Israel and anti-Jewish hatreds have grown and become almost mainstream and ask how I realized this trend was on the horizon. My usual response is I was just unlucky enough to see it and stand alone for quite a while, but I would have preferred to have been dead wrong.

 

Now we have the spokespeople from the State Department answering the press’s queries on statements made in public by Secretary of State Kerry and Middle East Envoy Martin Indyk telling them that they never made the reported comments or that what they said did not mean what they think it means. I sometimes feel I am watching a loop of the Spaniard, Inigo Montoya, in the Princess Bride talking to the leader and planner, Vizzini, asking him, “You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.” The actions of the Obama administration and the State Department have removed all doubt that the sooner Israel realizes that only she by herself is interested in her survival and her survival is vital because without Israel the Jewish People will have no haven when the next attempt at extermination takes ahold of mankind yet another time. It is so absurd as the Europeans have been telling the Jews to go back to their own lands and leave Europe while the Arabs also forced their Jews from within their borders in great numbers decimating their Jewish populations within the decade after Israel was founded and now everybody is telling the Israelis they have no rights to the lands on which Israel sits. If the Jews have no acceptance throughout much, if not the vast majority, of the world and the same world denies the Jews their nation of Israel, then where are the Jews to go? Answering the Arab demands that the Jews return to their European homelands, where should the nearly one million Jews from Arab nations return along with their descendants who now total almost four million? The vast majority of the Sephardic Jews are from numerous Arab nations, many of which had their family roots going back over a thousand years, and in some cases two thousand plus. Europe, make up your minds, are you willing to accept the Jewish people amongst your populations or leave us Israel and stop attempting to destroy our home. You must not have it both ways as the Jewish People are not only Jewish but are people, get it? We would be simply joyous to remain within the lands that the European allies and the Japanese defined at the San Remo Conference and which was one of the many parts and settlements of World War I which in general the Ottoman Turks agreed and King Faisal signed onto representing the Arab nations after World War I. We would likely even accept the western partial which the British guaranteed would remain undivided and never contested in exchange for the surrender of the larger eastern sections which became Transjordan and later Jordan. The United States with the British enjoined and signed the Anglo-American Treaty of 1924, which refers to the Balfour Declaration and includes, verbatim, the full text of the Mandate for Palestine. Below is one of the statements which is a summary much of the agreement’s terminology.

“Whereas the Principal Allied Powers have also agreed that the Mandatory should be responsible for putting into effect the declaration originally made on November 2nd, 1917, by the Government of His Britannic Majesty, and adopted by the said Powers, in favor of the establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people, it being clearly understood that nothing should be done which might prejudice the civil and religious rights of existing non-Jewish communities in Palestine, or the rights and political status enjoyed by Jews in any other country.”

 

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May 21, 2014

European Governments Shocked at Rampant Anti-Semitism

Many European officials and leadership claimed to be shocked and alarmed by the massive increase in anti-Semitism as reported in the recent Anti-Defamation League (ADL) in-depth research which surveyed 53,100 adults in over one-hundred nations. Figures showed that a mere 54% responded as having heard of the Holocaust and that just over one out of every four people worldwide expressed definitive anti-Semitic views. Many European Union nations gathered for a meeting to address the results and implications of the report and other indicators of the high levels of anti-Semitism. These nations included Austria, France, Lithuania, Italy, Portugal, Romania, Sweden, Cyprus, Croatia, Germany, Latvia, Bulgaria, Slovenia, Poland, Finland, Estonia, Hungary and Ukraine. Notable by its lack of representation was Greece which according to reports has the highest rate of anti-Semitism in Europe with 69% of those surveyed responding in a manner indicating they harbored anti-Semitism. Despite the absence of numerous European nations, this conference could be a sign that something might actually be addressed though we will need to see what follow through takes place.

 

Many who have simply followed the news had seen reported increases in anti-Semitic acts and increased hate speech against Jews. The rise in such occurrences paralleled similar increases in disparaging remarks, denunciations, threats of boycotts and other negative policies, speeches and actions against Israel. When the leadership of the European Union and numerous European governments take oppositional positions against Israel and then are puzzled when their public takes negative views of both Israel and Jews, they may feign surprise but most of the rest of us see the relationship. A perfect example came recently from European Union Ambassador to Israel Lars Faaborg-Andersen who questioned the Israeli position on negotiating with terrorists such as Hamas querying, “I don’t see a reason for the peace talks stopping in order to send a message that there’s a difference between Fatah and Hamas.” This statement comes from the Ambassador representing the European Union, an organization which firmly identifies both Hamas and Hamas-Izz al-Din al-Qassem, both the military and governmental branches of Hamas as terrorist organizations. Do not get me wrong, the fact that he realizes that there is little to no difference between Hamas and Fatah in regards as to their being steeped through and through in terrorism is heartwarming as so many in the United States keep insisting on calling Fatah a partner to peace. Fatah members in the so-called West Bank, historically named Judea and Samaria, in the last week has hurled rocks and Molotov cocktails at IDF troops, firebombed a school bus loaded with young girls near Hevron on their way to attend a friend’s Bat Mitzvah, in the Galilee attempted to strangle a nineteen year old young lady and when unable to murder her that way then stabbed her to death before fleeing into a neighboring Arab town making their escape, and an assault on a <a href=http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/180652#.U3uF5SjANzV>Christian Church in Bethlehem</a> which was reported as, “Some local Muslims either tried to park a car too close the church and/or tried to enter the church during a service honoring St. George, the initial instigation isn’t clear. But when the intruders were asked to leave, one of them stabbed a Christian man who was outside the church serving as a guard. He was hospitalized. Several then started throwing stones at the church. Seven or Eight Christians were injured and some physical damage was done – broken windows…”

 

Perhaps the European Union Ambassador to Israel Lars Faaborg-Andersen is dead on correct and Fatah and thus the PLO and Palestinian Authority are no different than Hamas and are just as evil, just as steeped in terror, just as bent on the destruction of Israel, and just as filled with seething hatred which cannot be appeased and a desire to eradicate Israel and murder every Jew within which is beyond mollification; but that does not imply that Israel should now be forced to negotiate with Hamas just because Fatah is just as inundated with terrorists, it should mean that the world needs to see clearly and classify Fatah and Mahmoud Abbas and the rest of his henchmen as the terrorists they truly are. The claims which demand of Israel to choose with whom they will negotiate should be answered with nobody who is only sincere about the destruction of Israel and when any representative of the Palestinian people can be found to actually and honestly be seeking peace and not the destruction of Israel by any means necessary, be it all at once in a great cataclysm or in stages initially through negotiation but eventually through annihilation, then Israel should negotiate but not a moment sooner. Any party which seeks to make peace with Israel must first and foremost be completely devoid of anybody tainted by terrorism, something which almost nobody currently representing the Palestinians can claim. The European Union and their individual member nations would never negotiate with terrorist organizations such as al-Qaeda, Boko Haram, Hezballah, or the Taliban, but they are quick to demand that Israel sacrifice and make concession for the privilege of negotiating with terrorists who have only ill will and murderous ends in store for Israel and her people. Israel should simply never ever give in to any demands to negotiate with any entity within which terrorists are members and held in high honor and that definitely includes Hamas, Islamic Jihad and most certainly Fatah, PLO and Palestinian Authority. Call us when you find a terrorist free representation for the Palestinians, until then your silence will be appreciated.

 

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