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.

Beyond the Cusp

October 18, 2014

Random Comments, Observations and Sundry Thoughts

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President Obama faced the Ebola epidemic panic by being intimate with some nurses who were treating Ebola patient. But this was not the end of his bold moves as he made an inept appointment of an Ebola Czar. One must wonder whether President Obama realizes that the Surgeon General should be the government official who is answerable for the addressing and ameliorating the methodologies and procedures being employed to in the battle to contain and eradicate this serious and potentially fatal disease and its spread. Perhaps somebody from the media might want to inquire how acting Surgeon General RADM Boris D. Lushniak feels about being supplanted from his authority as the leading healthcare official of the United States. While at this they might also ask where he has been since the outbreak of Ebola with the first case of a Liberian man in Dallas, Texas.

United States Secretary of State John Kerry had his government-provided jet suffer mechanical failures and was forced to take commercial transport from the negotiations with Iran in Geneva. One has to wonder why he was made to suffer this discomfort of having to travel like any regular first class passenger. Having never afforded first class travel, I can only fathom the comfort he was subject to. Further, Secretary Kerry also blamed the lack of peace between Israel and the Palestinians and the Israeli inability or unwillingness to surrender to the Palestinian demands in order to make said peace for the emergence and spread of ISIS across Syria and Iraq. Apparently Secretary Kerry was unable of understanding the inferences and conditions demanded by Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas when he all but bluntly stated that the only agreement he could ever accept had to include the complete eradication of the Jewish State of Israel. Then again, perhaps Secretary Kerry fully understood and basically saw no problem for Israel committing suicide in order to please and satisfy the Palestinian maximalist demands.

Talking about ISIS (pronounced in our circles as is-is in the same manner as President Clinton who prophetically stated that, it all depends on what the meaning of ‘is is’), there was a new propaganda message for the Western World released with three new spokespersons in order to send personalized messages in three languages, English, French and German. Each spokesperson had a personal message for the leader of their respective national leader, English for British Prime Minister Cameron, French for Frances President Hollande and German for Chancellor Merkel. There was the prerequisite threat to plant the ISIS flag on top of the White House, can they not think up anything original, the White House threat is really getting tired but then if your aim is to one up al-Qaeda, then hitting the one target they failed on would become your number one aim for gaining immortality and further righteous blessings from the extremist Muslim world. We have also heard that former Iraqi pilots who served under Saddam Hussein are now training ISIS terrorists to pilot MIG 21 and MIG 23 jet fighters which were captured with the Tabqa airbase in Syria. Rami Abdul Rahman, one of the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights commented, “They have trainers, Iraqi officers who were pilots before for Saddam Hussein. People saw the flights, they went up many times from the airport and they are flying in the skies outside the airport and coming back.”

Not to be outdone, the United States has taken selected volunteers from the Iraqis fighting against ISIS to the Barry M. Goldwater Air Force Range in Arizona and is training them to become pilots using old British BAC 167 Strikemaster training jets. Additional reports claimed that these pilots were selectively being trained on the Boeing A-10 Thunderbolt II close support jet fighter more familiarly called the Warthog by those who appreciate these formidable aircraft for their specialized abilities virtually unequaled by other close support aircraft. These pilots once trained are presumed to be taking the fight to the Syrian battlefields with ISIS. What may be troublesome to those who have fought against the retirement of the A-10 Warthogs from service by the United States Air Force and who have even suggested these aircraft be transferred to the Marine Corps, a suggestion which has received some degree of agreement from some within the Corps as the A-10 Warthog would provide service well suited for the Marines’ mission statement as a front line expeditionary force which often finds itself tasked with establishing the initial base for future operations often in conjunction with the Army. Might the training of these pilots on A-10 Warthogs be in preparation of transferring these aircraft to these fighters in the Middle East? There’s an idea that could not possibly go awry, could it?

There was a meeting in Cairo, Egypt this past weekend to gather funding pledges under the pretext of rebuilding Gaza replacing or repairing homes, clinics, schools and other public and private structures and infrastructures making life whole again for the Gazan residents. There were countless pronouncements that there would be sufficient safeguards to prevent the previous reallocation and misallocation of building supplies and funds to rebuild the Hamas, Islamic Jihad and other terror structures, bunkers, infiltration tunnels, tactical tunnels, command and control bunkers as well as resupplying rocket and other weapon supplies and stores. These statements of intent are only necessitated because this is exactly what happened the last time that Gaza was presumably rebuilt by the generous contributions from the world after the last conflict where they also made similar guarantees. Those guarantees were made in response to questions as to what use the funds pledged would go towards, would it be as in the past when many of the funds and building supplies from the last reconstruction of Gaza after the Gazan war launched by Hamas against Israel and a good part of the provisions and funds were diverted by Hamas for their own use. What the gathering should have been named is the ‘Let’s make it less painful and completely rearm and rebuild all Hamas’s weapon, rocket and armament stores and rebuild their bunkers and tunnel systems so they can restart their next offensive against Israel in minimal time.’ I realize it does not sound as altruistic or have a catchy phraseology, but then neither did the real title which was, ‘The Cairo International Conference on Palestine Reconstructing Gaza.’ Time will tell how much of the building materials and funds end up diverted to rebuild and resupply terrorist infrastructure and how much of the reconstructing of Gaza is left incomplete to be reused for future funding drives.

There have been reports that President Obama and the United States negotiation advisors have reached a decision concerning the upcoming continuing less than optimally productive Iran nuclear program negotiations between Iran and the P5+1 nations of United States, Britain, France, China, Russia plus Germany. One might recall that the last negotiations resulted only producing an agreement to extend the terms already in place from the last agreement and set a new deadline for six months into the future. The fact that this set the date as November 24, 2014, which just happens to be after the midterm American elections and which could not have been exactly what was desired by anyone such that any agreement might be used as a part of the campaign by Republican candidates. This delay may have been necessitated by the conclusion which has been reported unofficially, which makes sense as if it were to be reported officially before the midterm elections, what good did the postponement for six months provide, as the reports claim that the United States negotiators are ready and willing to meet the Iranian demands most of the way in exchange for their assistance in combating ISIS. Never mind that Iran is already engaged in fighting ISIS as they are assisting their ally Iraq which has already come under assault by ISIS terrorist forces. The rumors claim that the United States may be prepared to permit Iran to retain and operate as many as ten-thousand centrifuges while Iran demands the right to operate nineteen-thousand centrifuges. The Iranians are also demanding their Qom enrichment facility be left intact. The Qom facility is ensconced deep within a mountain making it unassailable by even most of the most powerful bunker-buster bombs and whose inner workings and operations are imperceptible to satellite and other conventional observation making them only assessable by direct inspections presumably when the IAEA inspectors are permitted by Iran, not the most dependable method. The last time the United States attempted to make unprecedented concessions to Iran they ran into a surprise as the British were astonished at the American offer and the French were apoplectic driven to use their veto to prevent what they viewed as a total surrender. Will there be another example of sanity shown by either the British or the French, we can only wait, hope and pray.

Beyond the Cusp

October 17, 2014

Embattled Nation, Story on Israel Media Ignores

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Whenever one mentions the state of violence which exists in the situation which has come to be known as the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, the story almost always goes to the propaganda media story of the overwhelming power of Israel against the weak and defenseless Palestinians stone throwers. There are a number of discrepancies with reality already conveyed in that sentence which trying to explain to people is an uphill battle where whatever you say gets you accused of being a Zionist stooge or simply a liar. Fortunately I don’t care about the names and will actually correct them and explain I am not a Zionist stooge, I’m the real deal, a proud Zionist, and then I give them the whole story. For the sake of brevity and to not bore everyone I’ll give the short version. Somewhere in my youth I realized I wanted to go live in Israel, to return home which is how every Zionist I have ever known describes the yearning. At age nine I made a pair of promises to myself, first to take care of my parents and be a dutiful, caring and loving son and second to make Aliyah and live the remainder of my life in Israel. My father inquired what my plans were once I had retired after a serious injury placed me on disability and I explain the two promises. He released me from the first explaining I was not getting any younger and encouraged me to make Aliyah and so I have. The one quirk is I do not remember sharing either of my plans with anyone around me but friends from as far back as junior high school have claimed I had mentioned, often casually as kids often do about their future plans, that I would eventually live in Israel. Most of them classified that little comment as a youthful enthusiasm and not an actual goal, my most heartfelt dream. Now happily living my dream I also have gained a closer look at the situation which I was not totally aware of before coming to Israel because the media has not reported honestly on much of what is happening and what I see has me worried for the safety and lives of the Palestinians and angry that the media conceals so much of the realities in the Arab-Israeli conflict which would be the correct terminology to use instead of Palestinian-Israeli conflict. So, what has been concealed and omitted from the story. Let’s look into that part.

Whenever there is a conflict which escalates to the point that the Israeli police, security personnel and especially IDF soldiers (Israeli Defense Forces) are forced to respond with riot control or even more drastic responses the media is filled with stories with pictures explaining how the Israelis overreacted and used disproportional force against mere stone throwing youths. When the terminology ‘youths’ is employed, youths would be better defined as Palestinians from age twelve through age forty-five and when confronting Israeli law enforcement or IDF the younger participants are always placed to the fore while the older Palestinians remain in the rear where they often employ slings or even firearms and of late roman candle fireworks and Molotov cocktails and other improvised weaponry. The media reporting on these confrontations are often fed their stories or write them following the script which has accompanied the pictures for decades now to the point that most confrontations are not reported at all and only those which result in a violent response, especially if there are wounded, or worse, killed Palestinians do these stories make the news. This paints a disturbing image for the Israelis attempting to keep the peace and protect innocents from both sides. The pictures are more often than not provided by Arabist sympathizers with a story to sell and are often misleading or outright fabrications. This kind of reporting was revealed by a reporter for the BBC we covered with link to source video report in our story World Enters Save Hamas from Israeli Annihilation Mode which gives an accounting of just a small sliver of the lies and errors given in social media which is also indicative of many mainstream media coverages as they rely heavily on hearsay and social media reports. They receive many of their videos and still pictures from what they refer to as trusted sources who are stringers often also employed by the Palestinian propaganda department who aids them in their efforts including giving them the lead to scheduled provocations planned in advance. Often these provocations have as much as two hours of preparatory work where the pictures of youths throwing rocks are videoed and pictures taken while they throw stones to miss the cameramen but at empty areas and well before they confront the IDF. The pictures which show the Palestinian youths throwing rocks and it appears that the camera personnel have to be shooting their footage from the front of the stone throwers such that you believe they are embedded with the Israelis, this never made you think and consider the absurdity of such pictures. In such a situation the camera personnel would not be calmly shooting video from within the IDF ranks as if such a situation presented itself the IDF would escort the photographers to their rear to protect them and allow them to shoot from behind the soldiers, not from amongst or in front of them as that would threaten the photographers safety. When it is made to appear like the camera personnel are within the ranks of IDF soldiers it is often Palestinians dressed in IDF uniforms. For more examples of these types of events simply search for Pallywood online and even with the videos there take care and view them with a touch of cynicism.

The truths which are simply not told are that there is an escalating Intifada happening in Israel right now and has been escalating for the past few years. Many Israelis refer to these actions as the ‘Silent Intifada’ because even the Israeli media is downplaying the realities. For the past six weeks the situation on the Temple Mount had become unbearable for Jews wishing to visit the holiest site in all of Judaism and an actual hell for the Police who are assaulted daily with barely a day going by where the police on the Temple Mount are injured requiring medical aid on sight or, if less fortunate, taken for further treatment at an Israeli hospital. The rock throwing at vehicles often done from ambush positions or thrown from cars driven in the opposite direction which is queued when to start accelerating when the intended target passes a point approaching the waiting attack vehicle on the road’s ambush point. These ambush points change but there are some which are regularly used on major roadways which many are required to drive as there is no other route they can use which does not add hours to their commute. The rocks used are often the size of crochet balls and can be as large as cinderblocks and bricks and have similar effect when striking a windshield. There have been a number of seriously wounded drivers and passengers and some fatalities including many children in both categories. These ambush points are well planned and upon the arrival of authorities the Palestinians conducting the ambush melt back into the nearby Arab neighborhoods where they are protected from arrest by the rest of the Palestinians in the neighborhoods. Many do this as they believe their youths are just having harmless fun and if they should not protect them then they would likely face the retribution of the terrorist groups who often arranged these attacks and have been known to summarily execute those they believe have assisted the Israelis in any manner.

Another side to these attacks is they are often paid for and planned, including training the Palestinian youths where necessary, by anarchists and extreme leftists from across Europe. These are well trained provocateurs with much experience in using rioting to assault soldiers and law enforcement personnel and the best uses of media especially in editing film to produce videos of the law enforcement in the worst possible light. These provocateurs arrive often in teams which have their own media personnel who can film confrontations and are excellent editors to produce the most damning short video which then they place on-line and then have their own people start tweeting it and then enforcing their initial tweet with retweets guaranteeing it trending and going viral. The fact these videos also reinforce the storyline of the mean, nasty, criminal Israeli forces beating down innocent Palestinians who have done nothing to provoke such responses only serves for it to be believed and thus shared. Israeli law enforcement and IDF are not permitted to take videos themselves and place anything on social media and as these events are preplanned on the Palestinians side, the only video taken is often by Palestinian sympathizers or European instigators well versed in media manipulations. There do exist some videos which show actual footage of entire provocations which were captured on surveillance cameras but the picture quality is poor and the confrontations are planned such that the actual events are difficult to discern accurately beyond anything but the Palestinian assaulted a checkpoint or patrol and this eventually led to a response by the Israelis who had come under attack. What is seldom if ever uploaded to the Internet are the attempted confrontations where the Israeli soldiers or law enforcement were assaulted and provoked but because there was no real or perceived threat to life or limb they simply did not respond. This is the result of the majority of these confrontations and is so not newsworthy as in choosing news stories the old adage still applies, “If it bleeds, it leads.” You will always see the man bites dog story and not so much dog bites man despite the fact that dog bites man story is the norm and probably outnumbers the man bites dog stories by a ratio near incalculable.

This leads to the most uncovered story. Throughout Israel where approximately one out of five citizens are Arabs there is no strife and Jews and Arabs including Muslims live side-by-side in peace and harmony. When I walk around Nahariya I often pass by Muslims dressed traditionally and there is no animosity and no acts to harm each other and we shop with merchants from both cultures giving the religious or race of the merchants little or no mind. Such events are the norm around almost all of Israel. Further, the buildings which are built, whenever there is not an actual announced building freeze or a stealth freeze where the tenders are given, bids made and recognized and every legal and administrative hurdle passed and completed, the final permission to start construction has been withheld by the political leadership of Israel very likely in response and due to pressures from European governments, the United States, the United Nations and the European Union. Had these apartments been constructed the reality which is ignored is that Arab Israelis including those living in and originating in East Jerusalem would be able to purchase and live in these buildings. There is no restricted housing for the most part throughout Israel. Yes, there exist Kibbutzim and religious neighborhoods where one need apply to live in these areas but that is due to the economic partnership members of these communities share when it comes to rents and other necessities as these communal neighborhoods also care for their less well-off within the structure of the neighborhood. These are just as often Jewish neighborhoods as they are Arab neighborhoods and within Israel there are completely Arab towns and a number of cities with Arab mayors which have mixed Arab and Jewish citizens. That these mixed neighborhoods live happily and in peace almost universally does not exactly make for exciting news, but they exist just the same. One must remember that the news covers the exceptions, the most drastic and outside of the ordinary as that defines news. News agencies which attempted to write ‘good news stories’ exclusively quickly failed to survive as nobody bought their products regularly because such stories are not that exciting. Who cares for the most part what the lady on the corner does to grow such nice petunias, where is the visceral gut wrenching real news, that sells newspapers and makes newscasts worth watching.

Finally we get to the shaky situation for the future which might be closer than many think. There have been some actions threatened to be taken by the Palestinian leadership which could signal something neither side desires but was the eventual outcome due to the indoctrinations and incitements which are integral in Palestinian society. These indoctrinations and instigations are woven into their textbooks, soaked throughout their media, stressed even in preschools, reinforced through social media and visual media such as television, radio, movies and other modes to the point of inundating the Palestinian population with a visceral and red hot hatred of Israel and the Jewish people. This indoctrination has reached such a fevered pitch and so soaked throughout the society that the violence it demands has very likely gotten beyond their ability to control and is now escalating independent of any controls or manipulation. The leadership began this latest Intifada as they had every time before to coincide with negotiations such that they might force Israeli concessions simply to make gains in the negotiations bringing them to a satisfactory end for the time being and the violence would be slowed and eventually a calm with a controllable level of violence would settle in. There does not appear to be an off switch or the usual one had malfunctioned and there is no way for the leadership of the Palestinian Authority to dampen down the riots and violence as they have taken on a life of their own. The daily rioting on the Temple Mount is no longer under Palestinian Authority control and is being financed and pushed by Hamas who desires instability in Judea and Samaria (West Bank) and throughout the Palestinian Authority regions as an inside line to toppling Mahmoud Abbas and the Fatah and PLO leadership replacing it with Hamas and Islamic Jihad, two terrorist groups which more and more appear to have merged, or at least cooperate to the point of being complimentary. With the rioting, rock attacks, fire bombings, assaults, attempted stabbings, and lately shooting between Arab neighborhoods and Jewish neighborhoods in Jerusalem; there appears to be a serious problem which the Palestinian Authority is losing control. This is all most likely the plan by Hamas to unseat the current leadership and also to coopt with the unity government thus completely replacing the Palestinian Authority with Hamas leaders. This was the plan revealed initially by the Israeli Intelligence, the Shin Bet, who, with IDF assistance, arrested the core leadership and organizers of a Hamas coup attempt near the end of August as the ceasefire was being negotiated. The order for the coup to be executed presumably came from Khaled Mashaal, Hamas political leader living in exile. Had the Israelis not prevented the coup the plan was for the violence in Judea and Samaria to escalate completely out of control and while Abbas and the Palestinian Authority leadership was attempting to get a handle on the violence for Hamas planted units to take control of the seats of power eliminating the current leadership of the Palestinian Authority and thus gain complete control over the unity government. This would have permitted Hamas to attack Israel from the advantageous Judean Hills which overlook the heart of Israel including the entirety of the Tel Aviv greater metropolitan area, Ben Gurion International Airport, and over seventy percent of Israeli production, population, infrastructure, power generation and utilities. Having Hamas fire rockets from the Judean Hills would paralyze Israel and be completely ruinous to the Israeli economic health. The only response which Israel could take would be a full-on military assault and reconquest of all of Judea and Samaria. After such, and with the entirety of the Palestinian Authority leadership replaced, there would not existing any authority which would present even the slightest willingness for sane coexistence and there would be no avenue for peace or even an end to the violence outside of eradication of the resistance no matter the amount of force required.

This exact scenario may be what we are witnessing being unveiled before our eyes and if this proves valid, then there is serious trouble brewing which will force a resolution to the Palestinian statehood question. This may be what is behind the Palestinian Authority decision to utilize their alter ego, the PLO (Palestinian Liberation Organization) which was the originating group from which the Palestinian Authority was eventually formed with a side step creating Fatah as the political side of the PLO, and submit a petition requesting a binding resolution from the Security Council at the United Nations to enforce Israeli surrender of the entirety of Judea and Samaria, they will refer to this as the West Bank in their petition, by the end of this October or by no later than November 2016. This may be being sought as a last ditch attempt to regain control over the forces rioting and going so far as to shoot into Jewish neighborhoods. Just for clarification, there has yet to be return fire from the Jewish neighborhoods and if such should occur, then the escalations would lead into that unthinkable area, a place where Hamas may be currently pushing everything. The coup plan may not have been completely prevented by the arrests of the leadership and may be being carried out by Hamas interests right now. Such a situation if proving to be beyond Palestinian Authority abilities to control then the Israeli retaking and imposing martial law in all of Judea and Samaria might prove to be the only alternative. The currently escalating confrontations do not provide for a sustainable situation for Israel and security and order would need to be restored by whatever means are required. If subduing the violence is not something that the Palestinian Security Force, the force trained by the United States by Lieutenant General Keith Dayton, then Israel would have little choice but to suppress the violence using the might of the IDF to whatever levels proved necessary. After such a resolution, the two state solution will have been killed, it currently is on life support and pulling the plug and letting it die has begun to be considered a viable option, and the alternate plan would be proposed and presented as the only solution other than Israeli rule. That alternative is for all defense and security for the Palestinian areas to be provided by Israel while internal policing may be performed by an autonomous Palestinian entity in their areas in Judea and Samaria, probably limited to Areas A and B while Area C would remain Israeli as was the initial plan at the signing of the Oslo Accords in 1993, and the Palestinian could continue self-rule as they see fit but without arms on a level of a militarily viable force. This would be the best of all options should the Palestinians insist on imposing their own solution outside of negotiations and calling on outside forces to impose their demands on Israel. That would be tantamount to their declaring war, a war they could not win. This may be the end result should these escalations continue to their inevitable conclusion which would be Hamas gaining power over the entirety of the Palestinian semiautonomous areas both in Gaza as they have currently from which they attack Israel approximately every two years, and in Judea and Samaria where they could threaten much more of Israel with their rockets as from the Judean Hills their accuracy would be greatly improved and they could almost not miss as they would be launching into the most densely urban areas in all of Israel. As stated previously, such a situation would be taken as a declaration of war by whatever Palestinians were holding the positions of leadership, and such a war will only end one way.

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