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January 25, 2014

Troubling Clouds on the Israeli Horizon

Troubling Clouds on the Israeli Horizon

 

While there are some who will look upon the recent statements by a small but sufficient sized group from the party of Prime Minister Netanyahu, Likud, that they are prepared to resign from the coalition should Netanyahu make land concessions to the Palestinian Authority. Their position has also been adopted by the leadership of the Jewish Home Party and has been stated by Naftali Bennett numerous times as the peace negotiations continue under increasing pressure from United States Secretary of State Kerry and his team. Normally such threats would be sufficient to put an end to any chance of surrendering lands to the Palestinians except in the case where a final agreement had been reached and a formal treaty which also meets the requirements for Israeli security are addressed and included. Should a final agreement be reached which includes Israeli retention of the Jordan Valley; Israeli control of Jerusalem with emphasis on the Old City, Temple Mount, Kotel and other Jewish Holy Sites; requirements for the Palestinian state to be demilitarized with the IDF responsible for security; recognition of Israel as the Jewish State; and land swaps which permit Israeli retention of the majority of the mislabeled settlements. Of course it has been made extremely evident that these conditions are considered to be deal breakers by the Palestinians as their leadership, especially Chairman Mahmoud Abbas and Chief Negotiators Saeb Erekat and Abed Rabbo, have made statements when each of these Israeli positions were first made public insisting that each is now a primary red line which the Palestinians cannot and will not permit thus adding the rejection of these central positions of the Palestinian Authority. None of their protestations are surprising as the real truth of the negotiations is that under the actual Oslo Accords the Palestinians were required to remove the statement calling for the eradication of Israel as the Jewish State from the Palestinian Charter and this initial and crucial demand which stands as one of the required steps for the implementation of the Oslo Accords and validation of intentions allowing for an open and balanced start to the peace process has never been implemented by the Palestinian leadership. There was the one time when there were Western witnesses at a Palestinian Parliament session who were present to assure that the Palestinian Charter would be amended as required where the Parliament voted to discuss the establishment of a committee to research a proper and acceptable rewording of that section of the Palestinian Charter at their next meeting. The next meeting and every one since have not been attended by Western representatives and no such vote has ever been taken nor any such committee established of course meaning the Charter has never been amended to remove the offensive calls for the eradication of Israel.

 

Obviously the peace process has continued despite the complete lack of good faith from the very beginning by the Palestinian representatives and leaders. The talks have had as much success as has the demand for an amended charter. The most evident change since the Oslo Accords has been the successful propaganda campaign maligning Israel and convincing much of the world that it has been Israel’s lack of efforts to cooperate and meet the Palestinians half way that has prevented a lasting peace providing security for both sides and ending the conflict. This view which has produced the recent calls from Europe to boycott Israel should the peace talks end without a peace agreement. The European threat simply assumes that should no peace be attained through these negotiations that it has to be an Israeli shortcoming and fault and the Palestinians are automatically not held responsible. With such a threat one might ask why there is no similar demand that the Palestinians also be required to reach an agreement with Israel. Obviously the European Union believes that the Palestinians are only capable of being in agreement with an evenhanded peace and that Israel, and only Israel, is capable of rejecting an agreement. This completely ignores the history of the Israeli/Arab state of war. The European Union is completely ignoring the Arab side which was worded very succinctly in Khartoum shortly after the Six Day War with the approval of the “Three No’s”; no peace with Israel, no negotiations with Israel, no recognition of Israel. The invention of an Arab peoples who were indigenous to the area including Israel and had been present in these lands for many thousands of years and predating any claim which the Israelis have made, despite the Arab insistence that there is no record or evidence that the Jewish people had ever resided in Jerusalem or the surrounding lands throughout all of history, was contrived in order to invalidate any Israeli or Jewish claims to the lands, predate and subsume Jewish history replacing the Jews including Abraham and Moses with Muslim versions of Abraham and Moses (and Jesus as they once again did this past Christmas) in an attempt to void any Jewish validity in claiming the area as their ancient homelands.

 

There was a second reason for the invention of a Palestinian Arab people and that was to use them as a replacement for the whole of the Arab world thus making Israel into the invincible armed presence against the weak and defenseless Palestinians rather than little Israel pitted against the entirety of the Arab and much of the Muslim world. This invention was further enhanced by claiming a history which if inspected bears a suspicious similarity to the history of the Jews with one major exception, the Jews were forced from the lands in the first two centuries of the Gregorian Calendar by the Romans and the Palestinians were supposedly dispossessed by the colonizing Jews who invaded their lands and forced them out in 1948. In order for the claims of the Palestinians to be accepted at face value one has to ignore almost four thousand years of history and many of the agreements, treaties, commission and declarations, especially numerous ones convened at the close of World War I. But there is an easier way to find the truth behind the entire argument being wages against Israel using deceit, lies, subterfuge and a reliance on anti-Semitism. Take the time and research recent history of the last century of Judea and Samaria, renamed the West Bank by Jordon in order to strip the lands of their obvious ties to the Jewish people. The lands were original ruled by the Ottoman Empire which left the area almost devoid of population. For a description of the lands in 1867 one simply needs to read Mark Twain accounting of his visiting Israel where he wrote his impressions in “Innocents Abroad” recounting his trip to Europe and the Holy Land. A short excerpt will give on a general idea of what he found as he wrote this description, “….. A desolate country whose soil is rich enough, but is given over wholly to weeds… a silent mournful expanse…. a desolation…. we never saw a human being on the whole route…. hardly a tree or shrub anywhere. Even the olive tree and the cactus, those fast friends of a worthless soil, had almost deserted the country.” Mark Twain described Jerusalem writing, “A fast walker could go outside the walls of Jerusalem and walk entirely around the city in an hour. I do not know how else to make one understand how small it is.” The modern state of Israel came into being in 1948 and was immediately set upon by as many as half a dozen Arab nations’ armies. The ensuing war continued in various stages of activity until peace was declared in 1949 and the Armistice Lines were drawn. At the insistence of the Arab leaders these Armistice Lines, today referred to as the Green Line, were never to be considered to signify borders as if this were to be permitted then Israel would have official borders and thus be a recognized nation state among the nations of the world. The Armistice Lines left with Egypt possessing Gaza, Syria possessing the Golan Heights and Jordan possessing Judea and Samaria. Egypt never annexed the Gaza Strip and refused to take them while accepting the return of the entirety of the Sinai Peninsula when Egypt and Israel reached a peace accord ending their state of war which began in 1948 and finally ended on March 26, 1979. The treaty was arranged by Egyptian President Sadat and Israeli Prime Minister Begin and was signed in Washington DC. After the armistice in 1949, Jordan did annex Judea and Samaria and renamed them the West Bank in order to solidify their claims and in the hope of erasing the historic names which were considered to be Jewish. Israel and Jordan also reached a peace agreement on October 26, 1994. This treaty was arranged and signed by Jordanian King Hussein and Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin. Jordan refused to take back Judea and Samaria ceding them to Israel only to renege on that claiming to have instead given the Jordanian claim to the area to the Palestinian people. The main problem with this presentation of the lands by Jordan is that Jordan illegally held the lands and while Jordan did claim they had annexed them, only two nations, Britain and Pakistan, ever recognized the Jordanian claim. Even the rest of the Arab League never recognized the Jordanian claim on Judea and Samaria. Since Jordan was an occupying power when they claimed rule over Judea and Samaria, the West Bank, to who did the lands actually belong? The answer refers back to the Churchill White Papers and the Peel Commission. These agreements along with the Balfour Declaration, the San Remo Conference and in the Treaty of Sevres are the major documents concerning the British Mandate and the applicable divisions and uses for these lands and are all recognized officially to this day as they were ratified subsequently with the formation of the United Nations under Article 80 of the United Nations Charter. The only problem is that nobody appears to care about their promises and treaties and prefer to abide by fanciful falsities which they find more convenient than actually enforcing international treaties and accords.

 

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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.

 

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December 10, 2013

Should Israel Permit the United States to Guarantee Israeli Security?

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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.

 

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