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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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April 26, 2014

World’s True Colors on Israel Fully Exposed

Yesterday on this site I mistakenly attempted to see promise which was inspired largely from one quote taken from the initial response from the United States Department of State spokeswoman Jen Psaki issued supporting Israel. She was quoted, unfortunately out of context with a high probability of intentionally misleading those reading the quote, where she stated, “It’s hard to see how Israel can be expected to negotiate with a government that does not believe in its right to exist.” What was left unquoted was this little gem brought out in an article from Caroline Glick in JWR where Ms. Psaki also stated, “I think the ball, at this point, is in the Palestinians’ court to answer questions to whether this reconciliation.” So, if my reason has not completely escaped me, Ms. Psaki is offering her sympathies to Israel and even is willing to understand why Israel might find any further peace negotiations with a Palestinian Authority which now includes universally recognized terrorists who are guilty of thousands upon thousands of war crimes against the Israeli public, but if that very same Palestinian Authority is willing to say the expected words, whether they be spoken only as hollow lies made for consumption in the western world while being denied besmirched by the incitement permeating Palestinian society, this giving cover to the United States government to continue pressuring Israel to negotiate with a terrorist soaked Palestinian Authority. What makes all of this even more despicable is that the European Union did not even have a shred of decency as their immediate reaction to the signing of a unification agreement by the Palestinian Authority with Hamas and Islamic Jihad, two of the leading and most universally recognized terrorist entities on the planet, with an immediate confirmation that their position regarding the peace process and expectations of the continuation of Israeli participation was unchanged and that the real problem was not the presence of Hamas and Islamic Jihad as full partners in the Palestinian Authority but was the existence of Israeli Jews within Judea, Samaria and Jerusalem. If it has not yet been stated by somebody from either the European Union, United States, United Nations or some NGO such as Peace Now or J-Street, then it surely is purely the result of an oversight that they have not noted that now that Hamas and Islamic Jihad have been accepted into the Palestinian Authority, finally all the different leaderships of the Palestinians are under one organization making the two state solution actually more readily passible and Israel should grab this and recognize it for the great opportunity it truly presents. It should go without needing to be said that the Arab League also called for Israel to continue to participate in the peace negotiations seeing no possibility of there being any difficulties including Hamas and Islamic Jihad as full members of the Palestinian Authority.

 

There will be many who will read and hear about these events and related commentary questioning what the motivations leading the leadership of the United States, United Nations, European Union, and elsewhere to make such obviously questionable and potentially so very dishonorable statements equivocating Israelis living in disputed territories with the murderous acts of terrorism murdering innocent civilians including women, children, seniors, and even infants leading them to believe that Israel must be forced into negotiations or face sanctions and be rejected by the community of nations. The truth behind these seemingly unreasonable, irrational and illogical statements reveals the reality of the expectations and desired resolution of the Israeli Palestinian peace process, the eradication of Israel as the state for the Jewish People. There is no other reason which could fully explain and define the driving force leading to the demands that are constantly placed upon Israel while simultaneously accepting every and any excuse or argument, agreeing to their every demand, sanctioning their most absurd positions, and seeing absolutely no evil or obscenity committed by the Palestinian terrorist society. They absolve the Palestinian Authority of any responsibility and accept their claims of inability to deter or prevent these acts of terror while turning a deaf ear and blind eye to the endless, constant and pervasive instigations for hatred of Jews and the dissolution of the Jewish State by any means available, not just necessary. The lengths and contortions that are often gladly engaged by those who purport that Israel must not only sacrifice but allow itself to be sacrificed in the name of a peace claiming that every conflict, all violence and the entirety of evils that infest the Earth will be wiped clean and a perfect world will be born on the death of the Jewish State.

 

The apparent love affair with all things Palestinian has nothing to do with the Palestinian Arabs; they are the awardees of the ageless drive acquiescing to the drive to destroy Israel, the Jewish State, blaming the Jewish presence among nations for everything that ails those nations. There will be denials of harboring any animosities or hatreds for Israel or for the Jewish People but these denials are something we Jews have witnessed time and again throughout the ages. It is as familiar as the admonition included in the Passover Haggadah we just read at our Seders just over a week ago where it states, “In each and every generation they rise up against us to destroy us.” Immediately following this is the only solution that every Jew should take to heart and thus lessen their fear as much as is possible for mere mortal men where it advises further, “And the Holy One, blessed be He, rescues us from their hands.” The presumed crimes the world utilizes to incriminate Israel are not new and have plagued the Jewish People throughout the ages. These include but are not limited to the cry that the Jews, or Israel, is attempting to take over the world, take our lands, steal our inheritance, control the world, destroy all governments not under Jewish control, bring nations to oppose our nations, control all wealth, and an almost endless list of similarly imagined crimes. The Palestinians often accuse Israel of refusing to allow them to receive funding, stealing Palestinian tax monies, and controlling the governments around the world playing them against the Palestinians, especially the governments of the United States, Europe and even the world governance of the United Nations. The European Union often echoes these Palestinian accusations and supplements them with many of their own which can be so banal and inane as committing a genocide against the Palestinians, practicing Apartheid against the Arab citizens of Israel, plotting to destroy the al-Aksa Mosque, forcing the rioting by Palestinian which is a blasphemy on the Temple Mount, and inflicting a Jewish influence on Jerusalem (though they refer to Jerusalem as al-Quds in order to conceal the 3,500 years of Jewish history which began when King David moved the Capital of Israel there and King Solomon built the First Temple which the Palestinians deny existed while intentionally destroying artifacts from said same Temple). I used to be astonished at the extremes which some employed in order to lay blame and shame upon the Jewish People and the Jewish State, Israel, but the past number of years is rapidly making the extent of the problem evident and understood.

 

There is one last item which also needs correcting, there have not been any Presidents of the United States who have truly sided with Israel, they have all simply taken positions more or less contrary to Israel. The measure that has been applied in order to claim that some United States Presidents are on the side of Israel actually allows that if it can be claimed that one is not as completely backing everything the Palestinians demand and states they understand why Israel takes certain actions as will even go so far as to not sanction Israeli acts of self-defense or counter-terrorism then they are mislabeled pro-Israel. Many have pointed to President George W. Bush as having been very pro-Israel yet when he released the “Roadmap to a Middle East Peace”, even Israeli Prime Minister Sharon, the executer of the Gaza unilateral disengagement, felt it was necessary to submit a letter listing fourteen objections which Israel would refuse to agree and demanded that their stipulations must be included in the document. In the coming weeks we will very probably witness an interesting series of events as United States President Obama, Secretary of State Kerry and the Department of State will produce plans by which the Palestinian Authority will be required to agree that they should commit to recognizing Israel and afterwards Israel will be once again pressured into resuming negotiations as if nothing has changed. That is not so remarkable, but the fact that there will be a parade of leading Jewish Americans who will come out and claim that these demands on Israel are reasonable and that Israel must make any and every possible sacrifice if there is even the remotest of possibilities that they might resolve the Israeli Palestinian problem and lead to some semblance of peace. Even if these very actions have been attempted without even the slightest glimmer of hope they must be tried again and again ad nauseum despite any problems and catastrophic results which have been proven to be the only real world possibility. An easy test to figure if what is being demanded of Israel is anywhere near to reasonable is to ask yourself if the same actions would be reasonable or even remotely considered should the name Palestinian be replaced with al-Qaeda and the nation sacrificing was changed from Israel to the United States or Canada or Britain or France or wherever the reader currently resides. Such substitutions will provide a degree of clarity which may appear so simple and obvious that one will be astonished and maybe even have a change of heart. That would be simply amazing and wonderful as every time another person wakes to the ludicrous demands being forced on Israel is one step towards the end of this farcical dance named the Middle East Peace Process.

 

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