Beyond the Cusp

January 12, 2014

Eulogy for Former Prime Minister Ariel “Arik” Sharon

Ariel “Arik” Sharon was the man at the focal-point of Israeli history from the fight for independence and the founding of the State of Israel to her defender throughout her wars often serving as the mainstay against disastrous potentials turning them into miraculous victories. Unfortunately, Arik Sharon will be remembered enough for his shortcomings as he will for his laudable victories both on the field of battle and within government service in the Knesset and as Minister of Defense and Prime Minister. Israel’s enemies will forever point to the assault on the refugee camps of Sabra and Shatila in 1982 by Christian ‘Phalanges’ militias taking revenge for the assaults and murders of Christians by Palestinian terrorists. Arik Sharon was cleared of direct responsibility for these attacks but will always suffer from suspicions that he could have taken steps to either prevent or severely curtail the resulting slaughter. Arik Sharon will also be remembered by many ardent Zionists as the man behind the destructions of the Sinai settlements when Israel traded the entire Sinai Peninsula for a potentially worthless treaty which may result in not being worth the paper it is printed on as well as the driving force behind the most disastrous political decision made throughout Israeli history, the disengagement from the Gaza Strip which resulted in allowing a Hamas governed terrorist entity that trains and launches endless attacks on Israelis living in the southern half of the country.

 

Where these detractions from what would otherwise be one of the most laudable men in the modern history of Israel will forever be noted in the written history, for the period of mourning for a man who served the nation and her people to the best of his formidable ability we should forgive his transgressions and pay homage and give thanks for all that the man known as the Bulldozer gave selflessly to the absolute best of his abilities. As a military commander and soldier he never showed any sign of weakness or indecision. No task he was assigned was ever too difficult as he surmounted every challenge in his path by plowing straight ahead as a bulldozer smashing all in his path. Arik Sharon was not one to shrink from challenges and was ever the bold leader needed at some of the darkest times of great challenge from the fight for independence through facing the terror threats and assaults by foreign armies. When confusion ruled the day, Arik Sharon would point his troops in the direction of the threats and always gave the same order, go forward, straight to the goal and let nothing stand to deny you your victory, and that was exactly what the troops under his command would do, executing somewhat out of fear of falling short and having to face Sharon and explain as well as because they had been well trained and had the confidence in themselves and in General Sharon.

 

For the time being, let us all praise the greatness as a protector of Eretz Yisroel and her people that was Arik Sharon and put aside any differences we may have had with the man who Israel could always rely upon on the field of battle. Admire a commander of troops for whom retreat was simply not moving forward as rapidly as he would have liked but never would it mean giving lands needing to pay for that same piece of ground twice. We should honor the man for whom everything could be settled with a good dose of boldness and determination, a trait he exalted on the battlefield and also brought to politics. It can be said simply that Arik Sharon did not take prisoners and could always be depended upon to advance never resting on his laurels. Let us remember Arik Sharon as a man of action who after a long service where remaining complacent was never a consideration faded slowly away allowing time for a nation to carefully consider his merits and deficiencies and hopefully the vast majority will side that Arik Sharon was a laudable man of convictions and proud in service of his country and its people. Eretz Yisroel owes him thanks for honest service in deed and thought, may he be accepted with grace, blessings, and Psalms of appreciation in Heaven.

 

Beyond the Cusp

 

December 10, 2013

Should Israel Permit the United States to Guarantee Israeli Security?

Filed under: 1967 Borders,Act of War,Administration,al-Qaeda in Gaza,Amalekites,Appeasement,Arab World,Arabs,Ariel Sharon,Bayit Yehudi Party,Civilization,Commander in Cheif,Disengagement,Ditherer in Chief,Divided Jerusalem,Egypt,European Pressure,Executive Order,Forced Solution,Foreign NGOs,Foreign Policy,Gaza,General John Allen,Hamas,Hezballah,IDF,International Politics,Intifada,Islamic Jihad,Islamic Jihad,Israel,Israeli Capital City,Jerusalem,Jewish Heritage,Jewish Home,Jewish Leadership,Jewish State,Jews,John Kerry,Jordan,Jordan River,Jordan Valley,Judea,Judean Hills,Land for Peace,Likud,Mahmoud Abbas,Mortar Attacks,Murder Israelis,Muslim World,Muslims,Naftali Bennett,Naqba,Netanyahu,Oslo Accords,Palestinian,Palestinian Authority,Palestinian Liberation Organization,Palestinian Security Force,Palestinians for the Liberation of Palestine,Partition Plan,Peace Process,PFLP,PLO,Politics,Pre-Conditions,President Obama,Prime Minister,Prisoner Release,Recognize Israel,Response to Terrorism,Right of Return,Rocket Attacks,Samaria,Secretary of State,Settlements,Smuggling Tunnels,Statehood,Syria,Terror,Threat of War,Tzipi Livni,United States,United States Pressure,US Army,US Marines,West Bank,World Opinion,World Pressures,Yair Lapid,Yesh Atid Party,Zionism,Zionist — qwertster @ 5:09 AM
Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

United States Secretary of State Kerry returned to Israel for another shot at pushing the peace process forward or to at least appear to be doing so. At Secretary Kerry’s side was General John Allen whose assignment was to add gravitas to the presentation of how the latest American proposals will address all of Israeli security concerns. General Allen was reputed to have been working with aides from numerous branches within the American government in order to fulfill, as Secretary Kerry claimed speaking at the Brookings Institution’s Saban Forum, “He is helping us make sure that the border on the Jordan River will be as strong as any in the world, so that there will be no question about the security of the citizens, Israelis and Palestinians, living to the west of it.” Kerry further noted, “Never before has the United States conducted such an in-depth analysis of Israel’s security requirements that arise from a two-state solution.” There have been rumors that the preliminary plan calls for the United States to secure the borders along the Jordan River and the Jordan Valley. This is supposed to fill Israelis with a sense of secure comfort that the same country which presumably has secured its own southern border with Mexico from illegal immigrants will be securing the Jordan River and Valley preventing smuggling of arms and personnel which could pose a threat to Israel should they reach terrorist operatives in the Palestinian areas. Currently Israelis are supposed to feel assured with the guarantees from Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu’s promises that he will never allow Israeli security be protected by any third party forces and will always keep Israeli security in the hands of the IDF.

 

Needless to say all that has been agreed thus far is that they will discuss the different security arrangements without any single plan having been already decided. This probably does not exactly fill every Israeli with great amounts of confidence that things will turn out well. After all the Israeli people have plenty of reasons to not trust any promises of security guarantees being provided by third parties. A quick look at the history of similar promises bears their doubt as valid. After the 1956 war against Egypt allied with Britain and France reacting to Egyptian President Nasser closing the Suez Canal the United Nations placed peacekeepers in the Sinai Peninsula in order to guarantee the peace was permanent between Israel and Egypt. When the very same Egyptian President Nasser demanded these peacekeepers withdraw from the Sinai Peninsula in order to permit him to deploy massing of troops on the Israeli border in concert with Syria doing the same on the Israeli northern border which led to the 1967 Six Day War, the peacekeepers quietly packed up and went back to their home country. Great amount of good the peacekeepers provided as they simply melted away at the first threat of breaking the peace. Then there was the great lack of success by the UNIFIL troops before the Second Lebanon War in preventing Hezballah from placing rockets and building bunkers and other fortification south of the Litani River. Somehow during the Second Lebanon War the Israeli population was bombarded with thousands of rockets and the IDF faced well-fortified Hezballah positions with established command and control systems, anti-tank munitions and bunker systems with interconnected bunkers through extensive underground tunnels. After the Second Lebanon War the United Nations, European Union and the United States declared that the newly doubled in size UNIFIL forces would be much better able to prevent the rearming of Hezballah. Somehow Hezballah has rearmed with estimated multiple times the numbers of rockets and also rockets and guided missiles with greater ranges and larger payloads along with reestablishing their entire interconnected bunker systems and command and control hardware all under the direct inspection of the fortified UNIFIL forces. The European governments are now threatening to pull their troops from serving in UNIFIL as they estimate that such missions are far too dangerous as Hezballah has the ability to devastate the UNIFIL troops at their whim at any time. Lastly, there is the wonderful example of the European Union inspectors who were positioned in the Philadelphia Corridor between Egypt and Gaza after Israeli Prime Minister Sharon disengaged from Gaza removing every single Israeli citizen in the communities within Gaza and removed all IDF forces, equipment and facilities turning the entirety of Gaza over to the Palestinian Authority. The European Union inspectors who were stationed between Egypt and Gaza lasted almost a month before they retreated to their hotels refusing to return to their posts monitoring the border leading to the tunnel systems and other measures of smuggling arms into Gaza which includes among the items the tens of thousands of rockets and mortars that have been fired into Israel since the 2005 disengagement by Israel from Gaza and the disappearance of the European monitors. Unbelievably enough, the Egyptian military is currently providing some of the best security over their border with Gaza since the Israelis were convinced to trust Western third party security personnel to safeguard that border.

 

The big question is what would be the signs that the Israeli government is actually going to make the very same mistake and allow the United States to be the third party which guards the Jordan River and Valley preventing smuggling of arms and terrorists into the Palestinian state should one be formed either through negotiations or by forced application by the United States, United Nation or whatever entity is used to implement a “fair and balanced and secure solution”. The first signal that such a deal may be in the offing has already been committed. The signal that this tragedy has moved one step closer, even closer than it was when Tzipi Livni was placed in charge of negotiations with the Palestinian Authority, was when Yair Lapid of the Yesh Atid Party announced this week that he would be willing to back Israel taking bold steps in order to make peace with the Palestinians even if it meant breaking with Naftali Bennett and his Jewish Home Party and siding with Prime Minister Netanyahu in replacing them with recently elected Isaac Hertzog and his Labor Party which supports taking any risks necessary in order to reach a peace, any peace under any stipulations. The next step would likely be commentary coming from the more progressive members and Ministers of the Knesset who believe that bold moves and serious sacrifices may be a necessary step if it would bring a lasting peace and still guarantee Israeli security complaining that Naftali Bennet or members of his party are an impediment to reaching a peace which is just around the corner if only these hardliners would stop placing obstacles preventing meeting the necessary preconditions demanded by Palestinian Authority Chairman Abbas. Should the Jewish Home Party be removed from the coalition or the Labor Party joins the coalition that would be a sign that the deal is either closed or very close to closed and that the United States is working very hard behind the scenes granting everything even to include partial “Right of Return” for the Palestinian refugees in order to force what appears to be a mutually agreed peace treaty. The time to really begin to worry for Israelis will be when these comments start to include the more stringent Zionists from within the Likud Party, the same party as the Prime Minister. The final sign after which it is a completed deal would be either Prime Minister Netanyahu removes members of the Likud Party from the Knesset for any reasons whatsoever and replaces them with known Likud Party members who have advocated peace at almost any sacrifice. Hopefully we will not see the same ploy which predicated the Gaza disengagement and Prime Minister Netanyahu forms a new party taking members from Likud, Labor, Yesh Atid, other parties and formerly unaligned politicians or former military or security commanders forming a core group around which the new government can do whatever is demanded in order to comply and bend before the United States pressures and make what will necessarily be a fateful and terrible mistake which will result in another Gaza disengagement on steroids, massive steroids. Should a deal appear to be in the making which will place third party forces to guard any border, especially the border along the Jordan River, such a deal would be a disaster in the making as these troops will not last past the first challenge and could be even worse.

 

Where it would be tragic if the end agreement designed the security forces guarding the Jordan River Valley to be a mixed force with equal numbers of IDF troops partnered with Palestinian Security Forces allowing for mixed teams to man the posts and patrol the border, it could be worse still. This would end the day the Palestinians decided to attack Israel which would be initiated with the murder of the IDF members of the joint patrols and posts. The absolute worst decision would be to have the Jordan River Valley completely patrolled and guarded by United States military personnel. The reason behind this is that the United States might actually feel committed to their promises to secure this border in lieu of having IDF troops on the Jordanian border and remain even after they started to take casualties including fatalities when Palestinian terrorists were committed to attack the American presence. It would not matter to the Palestinian Authority leadership, be they Fatah, Hamas, Islamic Jihad or other Palestinian group, whether the targeted troops in the Jordan River Valley were Israeli infidels or United States infidels, they would celebrate either troops’ murder. This was proven after September 11, 2001, when the Palestinian people held celebrations passing out sweets, honking car horns, shooting guns into the air and other revelry in approval and support of the nineteen al-Qaeda terrorists who attacked the Twin Towers in New York City, the Pentagon in Washington DC and a final forth plane whose passengers stormed the cockpit resulting in crashing the aircraft preventing it from striking whatever was its target. Eventually, as casualties mounted, the American public would begin to demand the mission be aborted as they do not want their young men and women dying to protect Israel. Should the government of the United States continue to honor the agreement they foisted upon Israel and the casualties mount the American people would begin to resent Israel and some would transfer their resentment of Israel into anti-Semitism. Eventually the Palestinians would mount and succeed in a horrendous attack on the United States peacekeepers killing an unacceptable number to the American public who would be revolted by the continuation of the mission and the results could turn ugly with some using this as an excuse to act on their anger against Jewish targets in the United States. It would be inevitable that some would blame the Jews in the United States for forcing the United States government to protect Israeli lives sacrificing American troops’ lives; they would finally be able to honestly claim that American troops were being placed in harm’s way to protect Israel. There could only be very troublesome results and the Israeli leadership must never allow third party troops be placed on her borders, especially United States troops as if we desire to retain the friendship of the American people we cannot allow them to make sacrifices in our stead. May none of the events described through much of this article ever come to fruition.

 

Beyond the Cusp

 

October 27, 2013

Knesset to Vote on Next Release of Palestinian Terrorists

There will be a vote today to decide on how to address and handle the second release of terrorist prisoners scheduled for Tuesday as previously agreed upon during the meetings with United States Secretary of State Kerry who enforced Mahmoud Abbas’s demands forcing Prime Minister Netanyahu to comply or else. Imagine if ever the Israelis demanded that the Palestinians agree to acquiesce on a point of contention to bring the Israelis to the negotiations table. The world would come unglued and the wrath of thousands of false denunciations would be loosed against Israel followed by embargos, sanctions and general condemnations from both the United Nations General Assembly and the Security Council. The European Union would have a stroke followed by a catatonic fit filled with fire and brimstones lobbed at the Israeli leadership. The pure astonishment and disbelief would be quite an amazing sight as the world recoiled in disbelief but whatever the Palestinians demand is to be guaranteed and delivered with a smile and a deep respectful bow as they condescendingly sneer in return. The world will not permit itself to be turned upside-down allowing the Israelis to be treated as equals against the Palestinians. The world has its order and that demands that Israel give concessions and the Palestinian never need show gratitude or civility but should they decide to instead murder Israelis then the world will simply demand that both sides, especially the Israelis, show restraint going forward. What never ceases to infuriate is that the world can make that demand up to three times per week after multiple heinous terrorist attacks in back-to-back succession have been launched upon innocent Israeli civilians including children of any age as well as parents, seniors and even at times Israeli Arabs are murdered simply for being in the restaurant, pizza shop, bus, train station, or any other public place and the world thinks nothing is out of sorts.

 

The intent by the leaders of the current Likud-Beytenu Coalition to attempt to mollify those Israelis who are against any further release of terrorist prisoners plan to propose more construction of housing in Judea and Samaria mostly in the major settlement blocks which have been previously viewed as to remain within the boundaries of Israel after the final agreements have been reached. This offer to build additional housing is a regular ruse used to mollify the ardent Zionists but this time they need to refuse to accept another empty promise. Every time that terrorists are released, the Palestinians are gifted with additional areas on which to build and control, or any other painful concession is given simply for the pleasure of having Mahmoud Abbas and the Palestinian leadership refuse to negotiate in good faith and eventually walk out blaming Israel for not committing suicide as requested couched in the phrase that Israel is refusing to negotiate in good faith. Of course Israel negotiating in good faith the Palestinians mean Israel lying down and dropping dead while the Palestinians take control of everything from the Jordan River to the Mediterranean Sea. The main reason that this promise should be refused and the deal to release terrorists rebuked is because the negotiations are a farce and the promise to build new housing is not entirely true as every past promise to build has met with delays, court battles, suspensions or simply been cancelled by one official or another. Last year there was Ehud Barak who as Minister of Defense had a veto over any construction in Judea and Samaria and he stood squarely blocking any plans to build. More recently Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein has been blocking any building using the courts and his position to prevent or at least delay indefinitely any new construction. Even if all of those blocking the startup of new construction in Judea and Samaria were to have a change of heart, there would still be Justice Minister and lead negotiator with the Palestinians Tzipi Livni who was against any building beyond the Green Line even before she was gifted the position to lead the negotiating team. Justice Minister Livni would now do almost anything if she thought it would enhance her ability to continue the negotiations with the Palestinians and that might even include agreeing to give half of the Israeli Capital of Jerusalem including all of the Old City, Temple Mount, Kotel, Western Wall and all the precious and ancient Jewish religious places to the Palestinians if it might get an agreement and possibly put her in line for a Nobel Peace Prize. In many ways it now appears that Tzipi Livni has caught the same peace bug that has taken complete control over the thinking processes of Israeli President Peres. Once upon a time Tzipi Livni would have stood with the Zionists but now she is firmly in the corner with those who believe in peace at almost any cost.

 

That is a dangerous place as the Palestinian appetite for taking from the Jews everything from land to lives and their futures in their own lands is insatiable and even feeding it the smallest morsel only serves to make that beast even more ravenous and craving yet another bite. For that reason one does not release their enemy who is sworn to murder even their smallest children so that they may carry out their heinous and hideous threats. No country has ever done such insanity before and Israel is the sole nation that such has ever been forced upon. The reason for this is obvious and need not be spoken, but we know why and that is but another reason to end the insanity now and refuse to talk until the Palestinians have made one concession in Arabic before their own people, the recognition of Israel’s right to be the national homeland for the Jewish people. Until that has been established there should be no reason to talk as without that there can be no honest negotiation and even the Palestinians are aware of that. That is why they refuse to admit that and they negotiate only as a ruse and a lie in order to force concessions using the Europeans and the Americans to force their will upon the Israeli leadership. No recognition, no prisoner release, and not more talks. Call once you have decided to negotiate honestly and we have defined how the Palestinians can prove their desire to negotiate is valid and real.

 

Beyond the Cusp

 

« Previous PageNext Page »

The Rubric Theme Blog at WordPress.com.

%d bloggers like this: