Beyond the Cusp

October 31, 2014

They Tried to Assassinate the Man to Kill an Idea Whose Time has Come

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Yehuda Glick will likely be branded as a right wing extremist, a fanatically religious extremist, anti-Palestinian, an impediment to peace, a Temple Mount extremist demanding this area held holy by three major religions be restricted for only Jews, a heretic who is setting the Middle East on fire and virtually any lie they can believably attempt to sell to make his assassination attempt appear to be deserved. Temple Mount activist Yehuda Glick was not any of these things, he was a man who advocated for religious freedom for the Temple Mount and to permit everybody to pray and worship as they see fit without fear of arrest or being banned from visiting the Temple Mount simply to satisfy the Islamic Waqf which is governed from Amman, Jordan. The Islamic Waqf enforces the restriction allowing solely Muslim prayers on the Temple Mount and forbids even the carrying or wearing of religious items on the Temple Mount as they could offend Muslim sensitivities. For his efforts to establish freedom of religion for all at one of the most universal religious locations on Earth Yehuda Glick was shot three times in the torso and lies in intensive care awaiting prayed for stabilization sufficient to permit further surgeries to mend the torn and punctured organs. Yehuda Glick needs the prayers of the world now as all the surgeons and physicians were able to accomplish was to control his bleeding, both internal and external, and stabilize him at the cusp between life and death as of this writing. The truth is the fight which Yehuda Glick struggle against placed his life on the line as he saw the real importance and full implications of his fight as it is the struggle to safeguard the right of religions other than Islam to exist in this world and be regarded as having equal rights and equal space. He was fighting on a significant though small scale of the war for the survival of Judaism and Christianity against the hegemonic and exclusionary threats from Islam, particularly extremist Islam such as the attitude that only Islamic prayers be allowed on the Temple Mount today, and in Jerusalem later and eventually, should Islamic active leaders who hold the positions of power have their way, having Judaism, Christianity, Hinduism, Buddhism, Shinto and any religion other than Islam or even those who claim no religious preference from being forced into Islam or face death by the sword as commanded by the Quran and Sharia.

 

What was the most disgusting reality which has been proven today has been the lack of concern or even mention on much of the mainstream media and political talk shows about this attempted assassination in the heart of Jerusalem which was the first actual shots in the war for the rights to have any religious freedom in Jerusalem or face Jerusalem being made the third Islamic holy city after Mecca and Medina and like them becoming forbidden place for any other than Muslims. The struggle for dominion over the Temple Mount is the central struggle for Jerusalem and eventually all of Israel and then Europe and the Americas and then the remainder of the world. This is the fight which animated Yehuda Glick and the driving force which will hopefully also allow him with the help of G0d to not just survive this horrid assault but to thrive and return to his life’s quest with renewed vigor and even more intensity, if such is even possible. May the assassination attempt on Temple Mount activist and realist win him thousands of supporters for every minute his life straddles the cusp between life and death and may the new support for his struggle also benefit his fight to live and once again be with his family and friends and return to walk and pray freely and openly on the Temple Mount. May his vision of a Synagogue at the least and the rebuilt Temple as must be his dream as it is mine and millions of Jews throughout the world as we have held that desire sacred over the centuries since the Roman sacking of the Temple and Jerusalem the year 70.

 

This wanton act of hatred has disturbed me greatly even though I have never had the privilege or pleasure to have met and shared a discussion concerning his dream and life’s driving quest. The respect I have for the public effort and stand Yehuda Glick has pressed for all of his recent life is boundless which makes the lack of concern or even mention his attempted assassination has caused beyond Israel. There has been no denunciation from United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, the one leader who can always be counted amongst those who will denounce Israel using the slightest of force to end rioting and rock assaults upon Israeli commuters along any Israeli road which passes by numerous Arab neighborhoods around Jerusalem and beyond. There has been no concern from European Union Foreign Secretary the Lady Catherine Ashton who routinely condemns Israel. No wishes for a recovery or concerns coming from heads of state from every corner of the globe. There has been nothing from President Obama or Secretary of State Kerry other than the unnamed administration source according to Jeffrey Goldberg who slurred Prime Minister Netanyahu as coward using the most egregious and base slang terminology.

 

There were comments from Jordan’s Islamic affairs minister, Hayel Daoud, who accused Israel of “state terrorism” for closing the Temple Mount for a few hours immediately after the assassination attempt which occurred in the relative proximity. Then there was the Arab street across the Arab neighborhoods in Jerusalem who danced in the streets handing out sweets and candies celebrating the attempted assassination of a Jewish leader. Meanwhile, Mahmoud Abbas released a press release denouncing Israel for the instigating of violence and destructions on the Temple Mount and throughout Jerusalem, a usual action taken by Abbas every time there are any acts which might reflect poorly on Palestinians should they receive coverage such as the assassination attempt. This tactic has proven very effective as any articles begin with the Abbas denunciation of the Israelis and paints any rioting or acts of violence as honest reaction to whatever Abbas was referencing. There is no verification of Abbas and his charges but they are transmitted around the world before any coverage contrary to the blame Israel complaints from Abbas reach the media making it always to appear as if Israel is reacting to claims against their phantasmal extremist acts. There was the statement from Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu who stated, “I would like to send my best wishes for a full and quick recovery to Yehuda Glick, who is now fighting for his life. I would also like to commend the ISA and the Israel Police for quickly solving this act of terrorism.” His congratulations were for their response and attempt to arrest the assassin who had attempted to murder Yehuda Glick who resisted arrest shooting at IDF troops supporting the arrest who returned fire killing the terrorist. Prime Minister Netanyahu further commented, “A few days ago, I said that we were facing a wave of incitement by radical Islamic elements and by Palestinian Authority Chairman Abu Mazen (Mahmoud Abbas nom de guerre) who said that Jews must be prevented from going up to the Temple Mount by any means possible. I still have not heard from the international community so much as one word of condemnation for these inflammatory remarks. The international community needs to stop its hypocrisy and take action against inciters, against those who try to change the status quo.” The Prime Minister could have continued with the same criticism over the silence of the international community of nations, leaders and other political and ambassadorial persons and the busybodies who regularly are very vocal decrying any and every act from Israel. The silence is deafening and reveals the reality that as far as the world is concerned the life of leading Israelis and possibly even of any Jews has no worth nor generates any level of concern though every level of scorn is permissible at any time for any reason. This has clarified much as the world could not care less that a leading Temple Mount activist and founder of a front line human and religious rights organization, LIBA Initiative for Jewish Freedom on the Temple Mount, who was obviously targeted for nationalistic reasons, a polite wording which means terrorist act steeped in a deep and hot hatred which is a direct result from the instigations and defamations and plain outright calls for the murder of Jews for the supposed crime of breathing which is repeated daily throughout Palestinians society including from Mahmoud Abbas and the rest of the Palestinian leadership from Fatah, Hamas, Islamic Jihad and others, in textbooks paid for by the European Union, United States, United Nations and European governments, media, cartoons and other children’s programming, youth groups and throughout the societal structures. Perhaps from this unfortunately angry and probably not so well written article there might start a ripple carrying the information that a man who simply journeyed through life exerting every ounce of his energy in attempts to establish a Jewish presence and equal rights for all religions on the Temple Mount with an emphasis for Christians and Jews who suffer most directly from the Islamic oppression being enforced by the Waqf appointed by Jordanian leadership as part of an agreement whereby Israel took steps to guarantee Islamic equal rights on the Temple Mount and has resulted in solely Islamic religious rights on the Temple Mount, the indifference must stop here. Below is an excerpt from Yehuda Glick’s final speech he delivered before leaving the Begin Center and being shot almost fatally by an Islamic Jihad terrorist.

 

 

Beyond the Cusp

October 20, 2014

Abbas Playing a Dangerous Game and Israel is the Least of His Problems

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Abbas has taken steps beyond belief in his psychological and propaganda war against Israel while also reinforcing and calling for a ramping of societal violence against Jews and Israel. Abbas recently called for the Palestinian people to continue to riot and to increase their ferocity and size in order to deny Jews in particular and other non-Muslims in general from gaining access to the Temple Mount. He has again denied any Jewish and inferred no Christian historic attachment to the Temple Mount. His call specifically demanded the riots on the Temple Mount continue even should the rioters need to literally break through police lines and break restrictions and laws in order to continue their violence demanding that Jews be banned from walking on the Temple Mount. His reference was that any Jews ever walking on the Temple Mount was by definition a defilement of the al-Aqsa Mosque and other Islamic places located on the Temple Mount. When some Israelis objected to the offensive Abbas comments he went even further comparing their presence as herds of cattle which should be denied stampeding the Temple Mount. Possibly as a result of Abbas making such inflammatory remarks or perhaps due to other instigations, visitors to the Temple Mount this morning were treated to the blasphemous representation painted on one of the entrances to the Temple Mount this morning equating the Star of David with the Nazi Swastika. The real question is whether Abbas is actually leading the violence which has plagued the Temple Mount and areas throughout Judea and Samaria (West Bank) or were his comments made to take advantage of a situation which already exists by making statements which made it appear Abbas was in command?

The truth might be somewhat different even that portrayed by the world’s media which has a special fawning relationship with Abbas always ready to grant him credit and support propping him up and thus salvaging the peace process and the moribund two state solution, a hope the world has invested in to such an extent that letting go is no longer thinkable no matter how obvious its lack of feasibility objective inspections would reveal. The reality is that the rioting on the Temple Mount is currently being choreographed and financed by Hamas as they are financing coordinators and instigators to continue to organize and orchestrate unending disruptions on the Temple Mount. Hamas has the same objective of disrupting Jewish visitation to the Temple Mount but they have further objectives which may be even more dangerous. The Shin Bet uncovered a coup attempt planned by Hamas to replace the Palestinian Authority from rule in the West Bank similarly as they did when they took control of Gaza in a bloody coup. The Israelis also captured the blueprint of the plan along with the leaders and many of the planners when they rounded up those who they had uncovered were members of the planned coup. Some of the plan was revealed through innuendo to the public and as far as I could gather, the coup against the Palestinian Authority was to instigate as much and varied amounts of disruptions maximizing the violent components leading to a state of runaway violence which would overwhelm the Palestinian Authority Security Force’s ability to control causing Abbas to request assistance from the Israelis in quieting the state of disorder and reestablish his ability to control the levels of violence against Israel. Abbas would never put it so plainly, but that would be the reality of such a request.

With the leadership of their plan taken out of the field by the Israelis, Hamas may be working towards their same goals by other means. As stated, it is known that much of the violence on the Temple Mount is financed by Hamas and it will be only a matter of time before this raised level of disturbances on the Temple Mount begin to spread. Once they begin to spread naturally, then any efforts put into place to further stimulate higher levels of violent unrest would serve to produce multiple results. Meanwhile, Mahmoud Abbas will continue to bait the trap by encouraging escalating violence as he pretends to be at the fore leading the actions when in reality he is a pretender following each escalation with his feeble attempts to appear in control. Hamas will be more than happy to receive the verbal reinforcement of their plans to continuously increase the levels and extents of the disruptions and violence as such escalations serve both of their wars, the one against the Israelis and Jews as well as the one for complete control over all of the Palestinian areas which requires the overthrow of Abbas. Before Hamas can take the final steps to overthrow Abbas they must first destroy what little faith the Israelis have remaining for his ability to control Palestinian actions, discount Abbas’s reputation throughout the world as a peace partner through instigating violence beyond his ability to control making him appear as inept as possible before the world media and leaders, and finally discredit Abbas with the Palestinian people by forcing him to request Israeli assistance to restore order and his ability to control and appear to rule the West Bank. All of this can be accomplished by instigating continued escalating violence having it spread to all areas of Judea and Samaria until Abbas has no alternative other than to confess he is not in control of the violence taking place and that he is worried and thus is not desiring to continue the façade that he is in control and instead asks for assistance in restoring some level of order permitting him to restore his ability to rule and be in control of the Palestinian population. That admission will be all Hamas requires proving that they and only they are the true leaders of the Palestinian people and thus deserving to rule all of the Palestinian people and thus the unity government. Hamas might even be capable at such a point of forcing elections for the Palestinian Authority unity government parliament and also for the position of Chairman of the Unity Government thus forcing Abbas to face Haniyeh in an actual election, something Abbas has avoided ever since he was scheduled to run for reelection in 2009. Could we be witnessing the potential end of the age of Abbas at the fore of Palestinian leadership in the eyes of the world? Possibly, and that begs the next question as to how will the world react when the leadership of the Palestinians is assumed by Hamas. Will they then decide to remove the burden of wearing the condemnation of the terrorist collar Hamas currently must submit? Will Hamas receive the same sanctification the PLO was granted in order to transform them from one of the preemptory terrorist organizations in order to force Israel to accept them as peace partners and if so would Israel stand for such treachery. These answers may be forced upon the world sooner than many think and then the truth will be unavoidable, the world is willing to do whatever it takes to differentiate between the terrorism faced by the rest of the world from the terrorism against Israel and by doing so force Israel to have to be subjected to eternal threats from such terrorism while also being condemned by the world for not being more accepting of the demands made by terrorists. Hopefully, by then Israeli leadership will have seen through the world’s façade of proposing a peace process when in reality they are simply attempting to force Israel to face and live with mortal threats against their existence in the hope that someday Israel will fail.

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October 16, 2014

The World’s Priorities Are Upside-Down

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This past week the nations of this planet met in Cairo and pledges almost five and a half billion, that’s billion with a ‘B’, dollars to rebuild Hamas and make a show of rebuilding Gaza. The entire efforts to address the Ebola outbreak, which is threatening to blossom into a world-wide pandemic, have to date not cleared the hoped for one billion dollars as it has now threatened to spread out of Western Africa. Meanwhile, Israel shipped over six-hundred-tons of construction materials to Gaza which included six-hundred-tons of cement including fifty truckloads of aggregate as well as ten truckloads of steel. To date Hamas and Islamic Jihad have already spent the past two-plus months since before the late August ceasefire rebuilding in Gaza, rebuilding their tunnels and bunkers including the command bunker that is located beneath Shifa Hospital in northern Gaza and the infiltration tunnels out of Gaza under the separation barrier at the border and into Israel. All of this is going on while the World Health Agency healthcare workers are being felled by inadequate equipment to prevent their contracting Ebola. Thus far three-hundred-seventy-five have contracted Ebola (67 in Guinea, 184 in Liberia, 11 in Nigeria, and 113 in Sierra Leone) of which two-hundred-eleven have succumbed to the deadly disease (35 in Guinea, 89 in Liberia, five in Nigeria, and 82 in Sierra Leone).

The comparisons are literally endless. One could point to the fact that so little monies have been raised to actually stop a potential pandemic in its tracks while the world once again ran to rearm Hamas, allow for the reconstruction of the Hamas bunker and tunnel system, pay for the replacement of the nearly exhausted and destroyed rocket arsenal, provide bigger and more lethal rockets and potentially, this time, guided missiles increasing the deadly potential of Hamas barrages and resetting the stage in Gaza for another destructive conflict possibly in even less than the two year cycle which has existed since Hamas took control of Gaza in a bloody coup killing the majority of Fatah and Palestinian Authority forces and hierarchy in the process. Hamas’s murderous ways are not restricted to killing Israelis; they also freely murder Gazans as well as Palestinian Authority personnel and Fatah leaders. Immediately after the final ceasefire with Israel was initiated and even before the rebuilding of the tunnels and bunkers had begun, Hamas murdered over twenty people in open and very public executions without even the semblance of a trial. These summary executions were taken against some of the remaining Fatah members and others who were accused of assisting Israel with evidence as flimsy as that their cellphone had an Israeli SIM card. The reasons given for such brutality being committed in the open and even going so far as to perform a number of the executions in the public square before Gazans of all ages, both men and women both old and young including children, was simply to reinforce their authority at the end of the conflict sending the message that Hamas is still strong and all-powerful in Gaza and that the people need continue to fear and obey all Hamas edicts or face an immediate death sentence possibly carried out on the spot with no need for any trials. This too is part and parcel of what the world just financed for the people in Gaza instead of attempting to improve their lives.

The almost five and a half billion dollars raised for presumably the rebuilding of Gaza will also be used to install built-in explosive and other booby-traps built right into the buildings’ walls, floors and ceilings such as were put within the actual structure of one United Nations UNWRA run health clinics which also housed one of the myriad of tunnel entrances. This particular clinic was detonated as IDF soldiers had entered the clinic and were preparing to investigate the tunnels below before deciding whether to destroy them. Five IDF soldiers were caught in the fatal range of the blast and collapsing structure. Subsequent investigations revealed the blast came from within the structure of the walls of this clinic. These explosives had been emplaced when the building was built thus planning to utilize this healthcare clinic as a trapped building even realizing, or especially because of, the probability it might become a shelter for Gazans during any conflict. As this form of explosive booby-trap worked so efficiently and also has the potential of placing innocent Gazans in jeopardy while they are in the proximity of IDF soldiers which could be used to impart the story to give the media that Israelis had committed a suicide attack on the innocent Gazans who were unfortunate enough to be within a United Nations healthcare clinic which had the explosives installed during its construction for just this purpose. The fact that the Palestinians, both in Gaza and with the Palestinian Authority in Judea and Samaria (West Bank), have a habit of projecting their misdeeds onto the Israelis in an attempt to blur any differentiating facts or methods of operations is a well-established tool in their arsenal of media manipulation and other forms of propaganda.

There is one more pernicious side to the funding of the presumed rebuilding of Gaza despite, or possibly because of, the knowledge that as much as half of the construction materials and two-thirds of the monies will end up being utilized to rebuilding the Hamas, Islamic Jihad and other terror entities’ infrastructure, weapon stores and ammunition supplies; and that is that it sends the message to these terrorist entities that their actions and constantly repetitive assaults on Israel are fully and completely backed and approved by the rest of the world. It sends the message that the world has the terrorist minions’ backs and is prepared to rebuild their capabilities and rearm and redeploy not only the levels of weapons they had before the conflict but to provide sufficient support to arm them with even bigger and better weapons’ systems for the next round. The camouflaging these efforts under the guise of reconstructing Gaza and rebuilding the homes, clinics, schools and other public structures only fools the consciences of those who make the decisions to provide such aid. There will be no study, honest or otherwise, into how much of the destruction in Gaza was remaining from the last conflict approximately two years ago for which a previous confab was held and funds poured into Gaza and to Hamas for distributing. There was no study after that conflict to determine how much of the apparent destruction was remaining from the previous conflict of two years prior and which had its gala event to ‘rebuild’ Gaza and repair the lives of the Gazan people. This compulsive willingness of the world to rush to the aid of Hamas and company with funds beyond their wildest dreams, well OK, maybe within their most grand and wildest dreams, sends the message that terrorism pays and pays well, but seemingly only if your target is Israel. All over the rest of the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) there are efforts to destroy or at least degrade terror entities such as al-Qaeda, ISIS, Boko Haram and others but in Gaza, Judea and Samaria (West Bank) and Lebanon to a lesser extent for Hezballah the world rushes in with their ‘humanitarian’ aid to reconstruct the ‘civilian’ infrastructure always getting the caveat that none of the monies will be siphoned off for terrorist functions and uses like there occurred last time because this time the threats that there will be no repeat of funding should the same actions be repeated, the exact same solemn promises that were given last time right before the monies were distributed with one third going for rearming and rebuilding the terror infrastructure, one third into the pockets of the elite and the leadership and a final third for a façade of reconstruction which will somehow come up short and require additional funds within the year which will also be divided up as noted. This is not a world repeating the same mistakes hoping for a different outcome, that would be insanity. This is a world giving funding assured and comfortable that much of the donations will be diverted for nefarious purposes, some for enriching the leadership and those who need to be rewarded for their efforts in support of giving the terrorists an acceptable front to place before the world and some more for the necessities for further terrorist efforts against Israel and perhaps some scraps will remain to make a small effort at rebuilding such that the efforts will warrant further funding. It has never ceased to amaze me how many times the sewage treatment plant in Gaza has been given the necessary funding for its repair and even a couple of times for its replacement yet it still overflows every year during the fall and winter rains. It still is minimally if at all functioning and is probably poised to overflow and malfunction here again fairly soon which will give Hamas and the Palestinian Authority an additional reason to beg for more aid. This sanctioning of the terror war against Israel cannot end before the world comes to grips with the fact that as long as Israel is able to defend against the terrorist entities, Israel will not disappear no matter how much the world desires such, sorry.

The funding of the terrorists this time around had a nice new twist to the story, a unity government free from the influences of terrorists such as Hamas. Never mind that one of the members of this technocrat unity government is the former utilities chairman for Gaza and the Hamas government and that though technically without power, Mahmoud Abbas still appears to be standing over all including the acting head of the unity government. The world also placed their full faith and honor on the single meeting of the unity government in Gaza a few short days before the Cairo fundraiser convention aiming to give just that appearance, as it was announced and explained by Hamas why they permitted this obvious challenge to their sovereignty over Gaza. This thinly veiled hoax should not have fooled anybody with more than two brain cells but somehow managed to fool some of the most brilliant, educated, savvy and knowledgeable people the world has to offer. People such as the Lady Catherine Ashton, United States Secretary of State John F. Kerry, Jordanian Foreign Minister Nasser Jude, Norwegian Foreign Minister Borge Brende, Qatari Foreign Minister Khalid bin Mohammed al-Attiyah, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon and of course Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shukri along with Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi. Delegates representing some fifty nations and twenty regional and international NGOs (non-governmental organizations), many of which joined in on the condemnations of Israel which peppered the discourse of the conference. Some blamed Israel for being unwilling to make the necessary sacrifices to allow for a viable Palestinian state which would exist side-by-side with Israel in peace and security. Others placed the blame for making this convention necessary on the blatant Israeli aggressions against Gaza and Israeli use of disproportional force. Some would denounce the “international silence” that surrounded Gaza’s destruction. This added a little flavor from the Durban conferences to the event.

Everyone attending the event in Cairo would have denied their understanding that the Palestinian unity government will have served its purpose and was facing being dissolved in relatively short notice. The unity government would likely meet its demise far more quickly than it took to bring it to life as it required months of debates and arguments spread throughout the many meetings, many of which included the most base and vulgar threats. The initial need for the unity government was to allow for a path which Hamas could utilize to take control of Judea and Samaria as well as Gaza but without the need to resort to violence. That need presented the Hamas leadership a problem as polls indicated a neck-and-neck race with the outcome undeterminable until the vote. Hamas could not trust leaving such an important step for their control on all of the Palestinian areas to the people so they proceeded to campaigning against Israel, literally. Hamas knew that if they were to initiate a conflict with Israel and thus be provided a center platform before the media and the world they could sharply influence the vote by casting Abbas as too timid and fearful of the Israelis to properly reach the Palestinians’ rightful victory of extinguishing Israel and founding Palestine from the (Jordan) River to the (Mediterranean) Sea. They also realized that as they had yielded power granting Abbas to lead the unity government that the world would necessarily need to lay much of the blame for the conflict on Abbas despite the fact that they needed to address Hamas in order to reach any ceasefire or treaty. The conflict did attest that Hamas was the strong horse willing to strike Israel and challenge the IDF but the propaganda victory did not suffice in making all of the top Hamas leadership happy. Haniyeh was satisfied that Hamas had done enough for him to win any election but Mashaal did not see this in his cards. This led to Mashaal initiating his Plan ‘B’ which would have removed Abbas, Fatah and all of the non-Hamas leadership of the Palestinian Authority and replace them with Hamas members and leadership. This was the coup attempt which Israeli security, Shin Bet, discovered as they covertly surveyed the field of battle and all the other doors which might be opened. They detected the door for a Hamas attempted coup open and with the assistance of the IDF arrested most of the instigators and all of the leadership which was within Israeli zones of operations. This saved Abbas who also used the foiled coup attempt to force Mashaal to make further concessions threatening to reveal his role in the coup thus poisoning the political field for Mashaal and potentially Hamas as well. This and other intuitions show that Hamas will not likely take control of the top seat of power in the Palestinian Authority, that being Chairman Abbas’s position which he plans on keeping until death does he depart, and that is exactly how he will leave his office and Hamas realizes this. Abbas has cancelled all schedules for elections for his position almost countless times and any thought of such an election playing out now is delusional. It is the fact that Abbas will not relinquish his seat of power as he realized that without this power he will likely be murdered and the fact that Hamas is just fine with that necessity and would murder Abbas in the blink of an eye to gain power themselves. Such is the standoff which is as firm as any rocks on which to bash and shatter any unity government. And yes, we have all been here before. At the moment of this writing the situation is that Abbas will only leave his seat of power over Fatah and the Palestinian Authority feet first and wearing a toe tag and Hamas cannot and will not allow any unity government to proceed without elections being held for Abbas’s seat as chairman and even should they lose, no matter how unlikely that would seem, they would continue to pursue taking complete control and until then they will retain their power in Gaza. This would mean that the unity government’s days are numbered and will meet its demise as the monies from the pledges start rolling in. Hamas stands assured in their perceptions that very few if any of the pledging nations would make their payments actually contingent on Abbas being the supervisor and guiding hand over all the funding thus denying Hamas their use of the majority of the funds for their own ends. Thus dies another unity government and we just got to know you.

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