Beyond the Cusp

July 31, 2014

Welcome to the New Middle East

There are many who like to cast aspersions on United States President Barack Obama and his foreign policy expertise. Well, it appears that President Obama has done something which has seemed impossible to previous leaders from across the globe and within Israel; he has melded a unified Israeli population amongst its Jews, Christians, Druze and across many other lines of distinction. Even Haaretz has rebuked President Barack Obama, United States Secretary of State Kerry and their peace proposal which demanded an Israeli stand down and a complete surrender granting Hamas their wildest dreams for open borders and a complete end to the Egyptian and Israeli blockades which prevented Hamas importing more advances and threatening weaponry. The proposed solution from President Obama actually puts a number of otherwise unusual and unexplainable series of events of the past weeks and months into what now appears to have been a carefully crafted solution to what the American administration has viewed as the main problems and difficulties in the Middle East. Stick with me as this will take a while before it makes sense.

We have seen in the past how President Obama and Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan both supported the government under Egyptian President Morsi and the parliamentary coalition headed by the Freedom and Justice Party, both being part of the political arm of the Muslim Brotherhood. When the Egyptian military under Army Chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi deposed President Morsi and dissolved the Egyptian government claiming to be acting at the will of the Egyptian people, both President Obama and Prime Minister Erdogan protested furiously and demanded that Morsi be returned and the elected government be returned to power. Even after the recent Egyptian elections to democratically choose new governance, Prime Minister Erdogan and President Obama persisted in their support and efforts to reinstate the Muslim Brotherhood into the leadership and control over Egypt. This unyielding support of the Muslim Brotherhood would eventually lead to the dissolving of any moral authority that President Obama could claim with many in the Middle East including numerous former American allies such as Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Jordan and Israel.

In complete agreement with President Obama supporting the Muslim Brotherhood would come his similar support for the Muslim Brotherhood representative in the Palestinian political arena, Hamas. In the current conflict between Hamas in Gaza and Israel in response after Hamas operatives had abducted three Israeli teens and murdered them and the ensuing rocket barrages by Hamas and Islamic Jihad terrorists on Israeli civilian populations from the southern tip of Israel almost to the Lebanon border in the north, there had been numerous calls for ceasefires, both general and humanitarian. Most of these requests were ignored by those launching the rockets from within Gaza, even those which Israel had accepted and was observing until the rockets raining down became impossible to ignore. Even the ceasefire requested by Hamas was broken by rocket fire within Gaza within the initial three hours of the twenty-four hour ceasefire. The attempts by the Egyptian government to form a ceasefire in which Israeli and Hamas representatives could meet and attempt to reach an agreement ending the violence were completely rejected by Hamas. This was not entirely unexpected as Hamas had been providing support and aid in the Muslim Brotherhood efforts to regain their control over Egypt from the military and the ensuing newly elected government which placed Hamas in a position where they would necessarily need to reject any proposals from an Egyptian government they refused to recognize as legitimate. This eventually led to the arrival of United States Secretary of State Kerry carrying out the vision of a new peace from President Obama.

Secretary Kerry attempted to force the view of the perfect resolution to the current Hamas Israeli conflict which would have permitted a cessation of violence, the selling point that bringing the violence to a close would be in Israeli interests, but only as a path to recognizing and granting the demands expressed by Hamas in order to end the violence. This included forcing Egypt to open the Rafah Crossings to complete and open trade as well as the opening of all crossings from Gaza into Israel and the termination of the maritime blockade of the Gazan coast by Israel. The plan Secretary Kerry presented at the behest of President Obama would have provided Hamas with completely open borders, a newly refurbished seaport and a rebuilt international airport with the complete freedom to import of arms to satisfy their wildest dreams. This would serve a number of principles and events which President Obama would fully support and facilitate. The most obvious would be empowering the Muslim Brotherhood by providing them a base of operations bordering the Sinai Peninsula where they could equip and train an army with which to regain their iron-fisted rule over Egypt. This would also speed up the completion of President Obama’s hopes for the new Palestinian Authority unity government by allowing Hamas to arm themselves with sufficient weapons to take control over Judea and Samaria (West Bank) in a similar coup as they used to take control of Gaza. The ideal unity Palestinian government according to President Obama placed Hamas in the leadership positions and forced Fatah and Mahmoud Abbas in a subordinate role if allowed any positions at all. It was this betrayal of Mahmoud Abbas which so infuriated Haaretz and those on the extreme left in Israel and managed to place them supporting Prime Minister Netanyahu and the continued offensive to completely end any Hamas in any future scenario for the Palestinian people.

The crucial overstep committed by President Obama was the timing of his phone conversation with Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu on Sunday. According to the Israeli media, here is an excerpt of said conversation;

Obama: I demand that Israel agrees to an immediate, unilateral ceasefire and halt all offensive activities – particularly airstrikes.

Netanyahu: What will Israel receive in return for a ceasefire?

Obama: I believe that Hamas will stop firing rockets – silence will be met with silence.

Netanyahu: Hamas violated all five previous ceasefires; it is a terrorist organization which is dedicated to the destruction of Israel.

Obama: I repeat and expect Israel to unilaterally stop all its military activity. The pictures of destruction from Gaza distance the world from Israel’s position.

Netanyahu: Kerry’s proposal was completely unrealistic and gives Hamas the military and diplomatic advantage.

Obama: Within a week of the end of Israel’s military activities, Qatar and Turkey will begin negotiations with Hamas on the basis of the 2012 understanding [following the end of Operation Pillar of Defense - ed.], including Israel’s commitment to removing the siege and restrictions on Gaza,

Netanyahu: Qatar and Turkey are the biggest supporters of Hamas. It is impossible to rely on them to be fair mediators.

Obama: I trust Qatar and Turkey, and Israel is in no position to choose its mediators.

Netanyahu: I object, because Hamas is able to continue and to fire rockets and to use tunnels for terror attacks…

Obama – interrupts Netanyahu mid-sentence: The ball is in Israel’s court – it is obligated to end all military activities.

This conversation took place in the midst of the meeting of Prime Minister Netanyahu’s Security Cabinet. Their discussion was reportedly deciding what would be the goals going forward with the efforts against Hamas, Islamic Jihad and the rest of the terrorist infrastructure in Gaza. They were discussing simply finding and destroying the tunnel systems or actually stepping the offensive to the next level and utterly destroying the infrastructure which supports Hamas and the rest of the terrorist rulers in Gaza.

There were a select few within Israeli society who called for an immediate ceasefire and an end to the casualties in Gaza claiming that the civilian casualties were reflecting harm on Israel. They touted the efforts as those they expected Secretary Kerry would present and that President Obama would offer. They honestly expected that Israel had a friend in the White House, not that Hamas had the White House completely supporting their end desires, open borders through which to import the weapons of their wildest dreams. When they realized that their support had been undercut and eviscerated every inch of support they thought they had supporting their position, these people were left standing with their mouths open wide in disbelief as they found they had been supporting a lie and that lie had been laid bare.

Now for a little conjecture which ties otherwise disparate events and weaves them into whole cloth. We had been perplexed as to what Qatar would do with eleven-billion-dollars in advanced military equipment from the United States with the blessings of the Obama Administration which includes Patriot missile batteries, Javelin anti-tank defense systems and Apache attack helicopters. Qatar already has sufficient forces to provide for their protection as there are sufficient United States military forces on bases within Qatar who could easily provide all the military protection they could ever desire. Additionally, the Qatar military predominantly consists of foreign paid fighters, so such additional military equipment made little sense. This produced a conundrum as Qatari military already had more than sufficient top line arms and advanced systems including armor, aircraft and artillery. But if Hamas could somehow procure open borders, and especially a seaport, then Qatar just might have had a solid reason for making such a procurement. Might it have been probable that Qatar was actually executing the shopping wish list of Hamas under an understanding that President Obama could force Israel into allowing Hamas to have open borders and to end the maritime blockade thus facilitating the export of somewhere in the neighborhood of eleven-billion-dollars of top of the line military equipment from Qatar to Gaza and into the hands of Hamas and their terrorist cohorts to use in what they perceived as their final destruction of Israel. This sounds completely unbelievable except for the fact that President Obama and Secretary Kerry sure seemed to support and strongly push to open the borders of Gaza and to empower Hamas and in turn the Muslim Brotherhood possibly making the return of the Muslim Brotherhood to power in Egypt, placing the Muslim Brotherhood spawn, Hamas, in power over the Palestinians and giving Hamas the necessary weaponry to defeat their primary enemy, Israel. There is likely nothing which could have driven both extremes within the Israeli Jewish communities closer together, and people doubt that the American foreign policy does not have commendable outcomes.

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July 30, 2014

The Desired Lasting Peace According to Hamas

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If the first thought that comes to mind when somebody mentions the Middle East or Israel is that if the Jews, or Israelis, would just make whatever sacrifices it might require to allow the Palestinians their own state then all would be peaches and cream, or at least an end to the constant violence then you also do not understand the most basic of the concepts at the center of the problem. The Palestinians, actually the Arab Palestinians, were given a state back in the 1920s and were offered a second state in half of the lands between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean Sea in 1948 but the Arab League refused to accept that state if it also permitted the formation of a Jewish State. The basis for the current Arab-Israeli conflict goes back to the end of World War I when the Mandate System was instigated in order to decide what to do with the lands from the defeated and defunct Ottoman Empire. There were numerous difficulties that came out of those decisions of which the Arab-Israeli conflicts are the longest lasting, or maybe not. Eventually all of the modern nations were born between World War I and 1950. These nations pretty much remained relatively stable though there were a series of coups where monarchal leaders were replaced with dictators. Among the nations formed was what was originally called Transjordan and is today called Jordan. This is of interest as Jordan occupies seventy-eight percent of the original British Mandate. Starting in 1922 the British established the Arab area of Transjordan which would become the modern state of Jordan. The idea was that the British promised the Zionists who were working to establish their own state that should they agree to allow the formation of an Arab Palestinian state east of the Jordan River then the lands west of the river would be reserved solely for the formation of a Jewish state and would be guaranteed inviolate.

Finally the time came to form the Jewish state in the ancestral homelands of the Jewish people. The United Nations, with the full support of the world, decided to throw out every guarantee which remained and offered the Zionists an even further divided land west of the Jordan River, half of which would form the new Arab state with the remaining half for the Jewish state. The way in which the lands were divided gave the Jews almost all of the Negev Desert which would make up over half of the Jewish state. They also planned to make Jerusalem into an international city under the control and management of the United Nations. This decision advised that the other half of the lands go to make up a second Arab state within the British Mandate lands. The list of treaties and agreements the British and the United Nations compromised or outright broke gets involved and too boring to go through again but the short list includes the San Remo Conference, the Churchill White Papers, Sykes–Picot Agreement and Article 80 of the United Nations Charter. The truth which came from the history which evolved from these treaties, pacts, agreements, conventions etc. is that no agreement made by men, no matter the honor or intents of those party who signed the papers, is worthless once it is dependent on those whose signatures which do not appear on the documents in question. But let us move on to the question pertinent to today in general and the current Hamas-Israel conflict of today.

The main stipulation which everyone has revolved around as the starting point for any peace treaty offered has been a return to the borders and situation which existed after the resolution of the previous Hamas-Israel conflict of 2012. Hamas has rejected this stipulation from its initial proffering in an Egyptian ceasefire proposal and in every offering since which had this as its central condition. Hamas has continuously insisted that Israel accept their terms which include a lifting of the naval blockade, an opening and free access through all land crossings including the Rafah crossing with Egypt, and the opening of the Gaza port and international airport. Hamas has made no secret over the reasons for these demands and they have little to do with commerce and opening up of Gaza for international commerce. Their desire is to have open access for the importation of more and sophisticated weapons systems to utilize in their next war against Israel. Hamas intends to get these concessions and then turn to Iran, Qatar and whomever else they might acquire advanced and more powerful weaponry. Hamas does not seek these weapons in order to gain lands in which to make a Palestinian state as much as they desire to destroy Israel and kill every Jew residing in Israel. Checking the Hamas Charter one finds that even after Hamas has destroyed Israel and taken their wrath out on the Jews of the destroyed Jewish state, they are not about to be satisfied and rest on their accomplishments. Nope, they then intend to continue their cleansing lands of Jews throughout the world until they have murdered every Jew living on planet Earth.

Hamas is not the only Islamic groups or nation which desires the end of all Jews and not just the destruction of Israel and the murder of all Israeli Jews. In a recent speech commemorating the festival of Eid al-Fitr which marks the end of Ramadan, Ayatollah Khamenei recently accused the Israelis as acting like a “rabid dog” and “a wild wolf” and committing “genocide” with their actions in Gaza. In his further comments, Khamenei stated, “We say the opposite. The world and especially the Islamic world should arm … the Palestinian people.” Iran’s Supreme Leader also had words condemning United States President Obama accusing him of supporting Israeli aggressions against Hamas and wanting to disarm Hamas in order to facilitate Israeli efforts to slaughter the Gazan population. Iran shares the Hamas desire to destroy Israel and many leaders in Iran, both political and religious, share the Hamas desire to take the murder of Israelis worldwide and kill every Jew on the planet. This is not too surprising if one remembers many of the statements by Yasser Arafat as leader of the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) when he declared his desire to destroy all of Israel during the first years of the PLO from 1964 when it was founded through the Six Day War. This desire to fight and murder the Jews of Israel by Yasser Arafat predates the existence of any contested territories whose origin came three years after the PLO founding. At the founding of the PLO its second in command was Mahmoud Abbas and his ideas mirrored those of his boss, Yasser Arafat, when it came to the destruction of Israel and its Jewish population. And if one were to examine Islamic Jihad and ISIS they would find that their positions concerning the Jews and Israel were similar or even more strident than Hamas or the PLO.

There is an easy explanation behind the consistency of these views across the length and breadth of the Islamic world which is easiest to explain by simply finding some of the articles of the <a href=http://thejerusalemfund.org/www.thejerusalemfund.org/carryover/documents/charter.html>Hamas Charter</a>. These quotes begin in the Preface where it includes a quote stating, “That is because they used to disbelieve the revelations of Allah, and slew the Prophets wrongfully. That is because they were rebellious and used to transgress.” Surat Al-Imran (III), verses 109-111 Israel will rise and will remain erect until Islam eliminates it as it had eliminated its predecessors.” In Article 28 they state, “We cannot fail to remind every Muslim that when the Jews occupied Holy Jerusalem in 1967 and stood at the doorstep of the Blessed Aqsa Mosque, they shouted with joy: ‘Muhammad is dead, he left daughters behind.’ Israel, by virtue of its being Jewish and of having a Jewish population, defies Islam and the Muslims. ‘Let the eyes of the cowards not fall asleep.’” In Article 7 the charter states, “The prophet, prayer and peace be upon him, said: The time will not come until Muslims will fight the Jews (and kill them); until the Jews hide behind rocks and trees, which will cry: O Muslim! There is a Jew hiding behind me, come on and kill him! This will not apply to the Gharqad, which is a Jewish tree.” Then in Article 15 we find, “When our enemies usurp some Islamic lands, Jihad becomes a duty binding on all Muslims. In order to face the usurpation of Palestine by the Jews, we have no escape from raising the banner of Jihad.”

These threats are real and with the explosion of ISIS onto the world stage and their recent gains in Iraq giving them a treasure trove of advanced American weaponry and untold amounts of gold and money stolen from the Banks across the areas they have spread, there is an even more fanatical and dangerous force that has proven their mettle with their execution of threats against the Christians who ended up within the areas that ISIS now controls. The threats of ISIS against those Christians have been covered in a number of Western and other media news. The choices they placed before their Christian captives initially were to convert immediately to Islam, accept Dhimmi status and pay the Jizya or suffer the sword by being beheaded. Since this was made known there have been photographs released of the leader of ISIS, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, posing with dismembered heads being held aloft and decorating the floor around him. What makes Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi and ISIS even more threatening has been their willingness to murder fellow Muslims who were not considered to be Islamic enough to pass muster under whatever ISIS is using as their measure of the devotedness of other Muslims. There have been reports which have stated that ISIS has already murdered tens of thousands of Christians and over fifty thousand Iraqis as of last week, who knows what the current totals may be. ISIS leader and their announced and assumed Caliph Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi has also issued a statement defining their intents for the future. Their claim is they will first purify Islam by removing those who claim they are Muslims but that ISIS defines as apostates followed by removing the false leaders of Islamic nations such as the King of Jordan, Syria’s Bashir al-Assad, the Saudi Royal Family and any other secular or insufficiently Islamic leader all of whom will be judged by the leadership of ISIS. Their actions already have shocked many across the globe and they have only just begun if their other threats are to be believed. Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi gave a statement explaining why ISIS had thus far not come to support Hamas in the fight against Israel, the Zionist enemy where he explained that before making war against Israel that ISIS must first convert or purify the greater murderer of true believers in Islam, the United States. He explained that the sins of the United States far exceeded those of Israel and that the United States was the greater challenge and was currently in a state of vulnerable weakness making now the time to strike the United States. Still, even with ISIS rampaging and murdering their way across Syria and Iraq, the rest of the civil war in Syria, the explosive tribal warfare blanketing Libya, the tribal cleansing occurring in Pakistan, the continuing strife between Russian backed separatists and the Ukraine which included the shooting down of a Malaysian civilian passenger aircraft, the threats from Boko Haram in Nigeria and neighboring countries, Chinese hegemonic threats with political and military components against Japan and the Philippines, and the various other flashpoints around the globe, the main emphasis and focus of the world’s media, politicians, NGOs, organizations, alliances, the United Nations, the European Union, the United States and governmental efforts have all been focused on Israel and trying to force a ceasefire between Israel and Hamas as well as some stating the need for resumption immediately of the Israel-Palestinian peace process. There have been near countless denunciations of Israel from numerous Arab, Middle Eastern, European, African, Asian and who knows what other directions with nary a word concerning threats which have massively higher death tolls and a significantly greater rate of civilian and total deaths and other casualties. As has always been the situation, for as long as the Palestinian forces including but not exclusively Hamas, Islamic Jihad and other Gazan terrorists were attacking Israel unilaterally, things were quiet and the world went about their business but as soon as Israel loosed her first salvo in self-defense, the world dropped virtually everything else and began applying ever increasing pressures and making ever stronger threats against Israel as if the Israeli defensive confrontation with Hamas threatens to destroy the planet. Well, Israel has no choice, no choice at all. Israel can fight to protect her people or sit and watch them eventually be murdered ever more rapidly should the Arab forces ever gain sufficient advantage, a result guaranteed should Israel suffer and listen to those who would sacrifice her and the Jews in a second if they could only find a way to achieve that age old goal. It is as if the nations are in a competition to see who gets the title of the force that rose up in this generation and warred against the Jews. There is an exception, a vocal and proud exception and I would like to thank Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper for his bold stance and brave words of support, thank you Canada and Prime Minister Harper. As far as the rest who are chomping at the microphones to defile and degrade Israel and her reputation. She has to take the barbs and stings of those who criticize and admonish her as such treatment is still better than kind words expressed in remembrance and eulogy.

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July 29, 2014

Ceasefire or Cease Sanity?

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United States President Obama had a long conversation with Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu this past Sunday insisting that an immediate ceasefire for humanitarian reasons was absolutely necessary. The United States President repeated his standard bromides denouncing Hamas firing rockets from amongst the Palestinian civilian structures and their endangering both their own population while attacking Israeli civilians; also, the President expressed extreme consternation over the excessive numbers of Gazans who have died or been injured resultant to the border conflict. President Obama further claimed he fully supported the Egyptian proposed terms for a ceasefire which calls for the reinstatement of the conditions as established in the ceasefire established to curtail the 2012 Hamas-Israeli conflict. If this was what was actually being proposed on the ground in the Middle East there might be progress providing that Hamas could be pressured to accept this offer, the same offer they have unilaterally and completely refused claiming that their demands must be agreed to by Israel for them to accept any ceasefire. The Hamas demands are being fully supported and backed politically by Iran, Qatar and Turkey. While from President Obama’s conversation with Prime Minister Netanyahu would imply that the United States is not backing the Hamas demands as a precondition for any ceasefire; unfortunately, United States Secretary of State Kerry is not on the same page nor singing a similar tune as was President Obama. Secretary Kerry is pressing for Israel to agree and sign onto the Qatari proposed ceasefire and its specific requirements to be imposed on Israel which parallel the Hamas demands. This proposed ceasefire conditions have been rejected initially by Egypt, Saudi Arabia and Israel while being considered viable by Hamas, Qatar, Iran and Turkey. Where there has yet to be a full disclosure over the exact demands of the Qatari ceasefire initiative, it is rumored to contain elements which would require relief from the Israeli naval blockade and the permanent opening of the Rafah Border Crossing between Egypt and Gaza. Such an agreement would allow the terrorist groups within Gaza, Hamas, Islamic Jihad, al-Qaeda in Gaza, recently established ISIS affiliate and other lesser terror aligned entities to import arms of any variety as long as they could afford them or somebody was willing to arm them as a sign of support. This begs the question as to whether Secretary Kerry and President Obama have briefed each other and are working in concert or is one of them completely out of the loop on what the other is pursuing.

There is another explanation which is even more sinister and unfortunately has evidence to back up the theory that namely President Obama was playing good cop to Secretary Kerry’s bad cop and that behind the scenes the two are working together to force the Qatari pro-Hamas conditions for a ceasefire on Israel and Egypt with the support of Qatar and Turkey. While Qatar is known to be a major financial backer of Hamas, one might wonder why Turkey would be supportive of Hamas being a member of NATO which lists Hamas as a terror organization. The reasons behind Turkey supporting the strengthening of Hamas is due to their desire to return the Muslim Brotherhood to power with President Morsi returned to his post which he lost when the military conducted a coup presumably in response to popular demands from the people. Turkey also would desire to have the coalition headed by the Freedom and Justice Party returned to the Egyptian parliament. Since Hamas is the Muslim Brotherhood arm in the struggle against Israel and has previously assisted Muslim Brotherhood and other Sunni Islamists in their attempts at insurrection in Egypt, it will take great efforts or extensive bribes to turn Egypt to their views. Further, it might be suspected that another reason Qatar would desire an open port to receive goods free from any interference by Israel or Egypt has something to do with their recent near eleven-billion-dollar weapons purchase from the United States which included among other items Patriot missile batteries, Javelin anti-tank defense systems and Apache attack helicopters with hopes of also signing a jet fighter contract in the near future. The reasoning explaining this sale was in order to allow the small nation to resist any threats emanating from across the Gulf from Iran. Some might have doubts of any threat condition between Iran and Qatar as Qatar has been suspected of aiding Iran find paths around the nuclear sanctions as well as having held meetings with Iran and Russia to discuss situations and future relations in the heart of the Middle East all seemingly signifying cooperation to be far more likely than any threat situations. That begs exactly why Qatar would require eleven-billion-dollars of top-line military systems. Perhaps they plan on placing them on display in a similar manner that Steve McQueen used to display his car and motorcycle collection. There is no chance they might have much of these weapons finding their way to Gaza, not a chance as I am sure they gave President Obama assurances against such an eventuality.

A final note is that it appears that there has been pressure applied on Egypt to either alter their ceasefire stipulations to more closely match the Qatari offer or simply accept all of the Qatari stipulations and back them thereby applying additional pressures on Israel. Additionally, Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas has announced his participation for talks in Cairo where the others invited are Hamas and Islamic Jihad representatives who are scheduled to meet with Egyptian officials in order to examine how the Hamas demands as well as any additional demands from the Palestinian Authority, Fatah, Islamic Jihad and it would not be beyond belief for them to include the Popular Resistance Committees and who knows who else. These discussions are not going to include Israel but Israel will be pressured by a less than sympathetic world which is far more antagonistic than benevolent towards Israel to agree to accept whatever is hammered out no matter the consequences. Will this bring pressure from the Security Council of the United Nations which already issued a Chapter VI resolution for an immediate ceasefire between Israel and Hamas? The next resolution would likely be a Chapter VII demand for Israel to accept the given ceasefire and a Chapter VII resolution is enforceable by military force. Will this be when the world turns against Israel?

 

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