Beyond the Cusp

August 15, 2014

Israeli Allies Turn Cold Shoulder

Perhaps this may be all the fault of Israel for going way to easy and not accomplishing absolute and complete victory as speedily as the IDF capabilities allowed. By acquiescing to the European Union and especially British and United States demands that Israel accept and abide by every possible or even rumored ceasefire regardless of where such innuendoes may have originated have lost much advantage as it has turned out to be a fool’s game. By not single-mindedly proceeding directly to total victory completely vanquishing Hamas, Islamic Jihad and whatever other terrorist forces could be rooted out of Gaza thus removing the need for any permanent ceasefire and having to bend to pressures to compromise with the likes of Hamas and Islamic Jihad Israel finds herself being twisted and pressured with threats of refusal to rearm her in the future unless Israel stands down even should Hamas and friends resume launching rockets onto her civilian populations. The United States just intervened and placed a resupply of Hellfire Missiles on hold and instructed the Pentagon to gain approval from the State Department before providing any military armaments to Israel. Such a restriction would also go towards any military supplier of military armaments in the United States which makes any kind of military request from Israel now under the whims and auspices of the extremely unfriendly depths of the State Department. In many ways this is a direct reflection on what we covered in December of 2013 in an article titled Time for Israel to Diversify her Relations in the World when we suggested that Israel would be well served to pursue additional and alternative sources for weapons and other military supplies and provisions or prepare to produce them domestically. For years the vulnerability of depending almost exclusively on one providing nation allowed that nation to have far greater influence which was going to come back and bite Israel sooner rather than later. It is beginning to look like we have reached sooner. This inconvenience will not prove to be as great a threat as it appears but it is not standing alone, there is another threat.

The other shoe dropping came at about the same time as the bombshell dropped by President Obama out of Britain. The British have threatened to cancel at least a dozen military tenders for parts which are used to keep Israeli tanks, radars, aircraft and other military systems up and functioning to full capacity. Where the British were contracted for these parts and systems, there are alternative sources and, if push comes to shove, Israel could provide these items from internal suppliers with only a slight delay allowing for setting up production equipment, dyes, train people to assemble the systems and arrange to produce or purchase components. Usually some numbers of such component systems and subsystems are kept on hand as a basic stock deemed necessary for repairs and servicing equipment to meet the demands of the nation being in a full combat situation where the majority of military reservists have been activated. In Israel that means planning for a two or three front war against possibly as many as a half dozen armies. Fortunately that is not the current situation as the current threats are restricted to Gaza and there is hopefully little threat of this conflict spreading to other fronts. Still, one hopes that the Israeli leadership takes these threats to the defense capabilities and their readiness into consideration and takes the appropriate and necessary arrangements and preventive steps such that these threats never pose the level of endangerment in the future. The rest of the world needs to understand that these threats from Hamas, Islamic Jihad and the other terrorist and national actors which challenge Israel stem from the same sources as the threats faced by the United States, Europe and the rest of the Western world.

But this appears to be something beyond the capabilities for these nations to comprehend as they appear stuck on believing that the terrorists belonging to ISIS (or IS) are in no way allied with Hamas or that al-Qaeda is in no way associated with Islamic Jihad, despite the little recognized fact that there are al-Qaeda affiliated terrorists in Gaza as well as ISIS aligned terrorists in Gaza. Further, Turkey which supports Hamas also backs ISIS and the Muslim Brotherhood. Qatar supports al-Qaeda as well as Hamas. Iran provides technical expertise and other assets to Hamas and Islamic Jihad as well as Hezballah being a wholly owned subsidiary of Iran and they allow al-Qaeda to train in Iran and provide them with expertise as well. The webs of these terrorist groups crisscross and tangle with each other joining them together across numerous levels and connect them to similar state sponsors making them all be mutually sourced and supported therefore all being part of the same threats. Believing that these separate terrorist groups are completely unrelated and do not work together for the goal of the universal rule of Islam across the entirety of the globe would be to believe that the United States Army and the Marines do not cooperate in theaters of war. But this is a mute argument because the current Israeli Prime Minister was educated in the northeast of the United States and comes from a generation of Israelis who feel they owe the United States a great deal and must operate largely within the guidelines and limitations placed on them by Washington. The younger and up and coming leadership of Israel are not inhibited and crippled by this phobia and the influence from Washington has its use-by-date coming in the very near future.

What needs to be addressed between now and then is where Israel will look for her weapons systems such as fighter jets, firearms, air to ground missiles, ground to ground missiles, mortars, grenades, artillery rounds, tank rounds, bullets, ship to ship missiles and other armaments. The most advantageous route for Israel just might be to plan and manufacture everything within their domestic military providers. These companies have proven to be very capable as they have designed and produced the Merkava tanks, the Iron Dome anti-missile system, the Trophy anti-tank missile countermeasure system and many of the other hi-tech systems currently utilized by Israel. Israel has proven their abilities in system design with some of the most advanced drones and combat robots in the world today. There would be some required time as these new systems would be developed thus likely forcing Israel to remain reliant on her current providers in the immediate future, but unless you start somewhere and sometime, nothing will change. As is often said about positive changes, there is no better time than now.

In the meantime, what is Israel to do when she comes under threats from supposed allies by their forbidding their right to defend themselves and claiming they will be forced to stop providing any military equipment or subsystems should Israel respond to Hamas rockets launched onto their population centers? There were reports that Israel and Hamas were approaching an agreement midday yesterday and into the afternoon the word came from Qatar and the Hamas political leadership for the negotiators for Hamas to strengthen their demands and not only refuse any deal but to claim they are ready to push for more concessions. The news coverage soon provided the impetus which caused this refusal to reach a compromise when it became known the British had threatened Israel and the United States had cut Israel off from resupplies of armament. Hamas must feel like a boxer who was close to throwing in the towel when suddenly his opponent lost the use of his right arm and now smells a complete victory. Hamas may find that Israel still has one heck of a punch with her left arm. Hopefully the future will have Israel never again relying on scoundrels for those weapons necessary for her and her people’s safety.

 

Beyond the Cusp

 

August 14, 2014

An Idea for a Middle East Comprehensive Solution

There have been three wars all initiated by Hamas and their fellow terror groups in Gaza against Israel since Israel disengaged removing every last Jew, even those buried there were brought out and reinterred, and leaving behind perfectly good hothouses capable of producing hundreds of thousands of trade in fruits, vegetables and flowers to provide the residents of Gaza a proven source of revenue. Those were the very same hothouses which were dismantled with much of their irrigation systems turned into rockets which were launched into Israel. In some form of twisted fate, some of these rockets ended up landing not far from some of the temporary housing being utilized by the Israeli Jewish refugees who had been forced out of Gaza in the name of peace; a peace that has been brutalized by Hamas and their fellow terrorist criminals. Now Israel finds itself once again suffering the assaults by rockets and other projectiles launched with evil intent out of Gaza by those very same terrorists who initiated the last two wars all while pretending to negotiate a settlement to end the hostilities.

This war has brought with it surprises, some of which have caused mixed emotions. One such has been the tunnel complexes and their having been dug under the border and the walls and fences which demark said border and on as much as a few kilometers into Israel. These tunnels resurface near to numerous towns and kibbutzim with one exiting almost directly next to a kindergarten. These tunnels, according to plans also captured during Defensive Shield, the name given their efforts by the Israel Defense Force (IDF), referenced a massive assault into Israel for the purpose of capturing as many as a thousand or more captives both civilian and military and the slaughter of tens of thousands. With some of the infiltrators to be equipped with motorcycles found in the tunnels waiting for the assault planned for late September timed to coincide with Rosh Hashanah (Jewish New Year) while most Israelis are in Synagogue even including the majority of IDF soldiers, both active duty and reserve. Other terrorists were to be outfitted in replica and stolen IDF uniforms with assignments to either infiltrate IDF groups where possible otherwise to operate to murder as many people as they could using stealth so as to allow for their deep penetration and also adding to confusing making it so that Israelis would be unable to trust anybody wearing an IDF uniform. The plans discovered and explained in detail predicted casualties as high as tens of thousands of Israelis with potentially hundreds of IDF forces murdered and confusion preventing the effective response by the IDF as the uniformed terrorists were also being trained to give counter-productive orders to destroy unit cohesion and leave the IDF incapable of responding with their fullest forces. Destroying the infrastructure and finding the plans has likely ended this threat though Hamas will continue undeterred.

What is almost beyond belief is that despite proof of the plans and the evidence produced by the IDF during Operation Defensive Shield has shown the world the extents to which Hamas and their allied terror groups are willing to go in their disregard and transgressions of the rules of war the United Nations and numerous governments around the world, though mostly Europeans, have demanded that Israel be investigated for transgressions of the rules of war. When presented with the evidence of the tunnels which were to be utilized to infiltrate Israel and conduct terrorist acts these governments and international human rights and related organizations respond that such evidence matters not as Hamas never actually used them thus there is no reason to believe that Hamas ever intended to execute those plans. The United Nations is forming a committee selecting its members with great care making certain they have a history of anti-Israel and anti-Zionist writings and actions so that the proper and expected results will be produces, almost to the slightest detail this promises another Goldstone Report except that this time the United Nations Human Rights Commission is making certain that none of the members this time will later have a crisis of conscience and repudiate the report they chaired as did Judge Goldstone. This time the case will be made ironclad and airtight. But even this is not the absolute height or perfidy and hypocrisy.

There is a much higher insult being foisted upon Israel. That insult is the result of presumably friendly governments as well as those who have a previous history of antagonism towards Israel. This is the demanded expectation for Israel to negotiate with Hamas and Islamic Jihad representatives as if they were members of an actual recognized government and not to be treated with the disdain usually reserved for those terror entities which garner the ire of the United States, Russia and the Europeans. Despite the fact that Hamas and Islamic Jihad are recognized terrorist entities by the European Union numerous European governments as well as the government of the United States and the United Nations, Israel is being pressured to reach an accord through compromises regarding the demands being desired by Hamas and Islamic Jihad leadership.

The United Kingdom has gone one step further and demanded that Israel restrain from any acts which might be considered hostile even should the ceasefire pass without an agreement and the rockets recommence raining down on Israeli citizens. Their implied reason is that more than sufficient Gazans have fallen and been injured and so few Israelis have been even anything beyond inconvenienced by the rain of rockets. Somehow the United Kingdom is equating Israeli investments and use of everything at her disposal to protect her civilian population to Hamas and Islamic Jihad using their civilian population as a protective shield for their rocket supplies thus placing them intentionally in harm’s way to maximize their casualty numbers. So the government of the United Kingdom has threatened to cancel military tenders with Israel essentially in an effort to cripple Israeli defensive and offensive military capabilities possibly, though I cannot read their minds, to alter the situation so sufficient numbers of Israelis, read Jews, die to make up for the Gazan casualty numbers. This indignation from the nation which assisted in the bombing of Dresden until the center of that city was engulfed in a ferocious firestorm which killed tens of thousands, and that was just one example of the saturation bombing by the United Kingdom and the allies which caused multiple times the casualties amongst the German and French civilians in the cities bombed than the casualty numbers for the United Kingdom. I guess when it is your defensive war that makes it different.

These expectations on Israel to negotiate in good faith with terrorists stinks of a duplicity and double standard beyond the cusp as it is stated policy of many of these governments to never negotiate, let alone compromise, with terrorists any place, any time, any situation. Never mind these governments have repeatedly broken their own stated policy, their inability to hold the line is no reason to pressure others to act in a similarly dangerous and unproductive manner. Perhaps they have not heard the main debate reportedly being fought between those Hamas leaders on the ground in Gaza and their highest supposedly political representatives sitting in Qatar ensconced in the lap of luxury beyond the reach of Israeli troops and aircraft. These terror entities are trying to discern which would be most destructive on Israel and the Gazan people, continuing the current conflict or taking what gains they can force and start planning for the next war which they have already announced they intend to start at a time of their choosing. Given that this is the choice for Israel, make concessions so that peace temporarily returns only to be broken at the whim of the Hamas leadership after they have rearmed or simply ignore the pressures from the world and do what the Israeli people by a majority would prefer, simply destroy Hamas, Islamic Jihad and every other terrorist functionary in Gaza and follow it up with a sane and workable end to the conflict, a permanent end to this conflict. That end would be facilitated by making a one time and limited offer which anybody, without any questions, could opt to accept a payment of as much as two and a half million Shekels, two-hundred-fifty-thousand Shekels per family member, to emigrate to anywhere in the world outside of the lands between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean Sea. Those accepting this offer would also receive free transport to a neutral nation and tickets to the nearest international airport to their destination and would accept to never return except for brief visits for which they would be required to request a special exception.

Mahmoud Abbas should also receive notification that if he cannot restore and maintain order within the areas under Palestinian Authority control including all of Area A and Area B or the IDF will enter those areas, replace his government with Israeli governance and they would be offered the same identical offer as Gaza. Needless to point out, any terrorist elements would face expulsion by deportation from the lands under Israeli control. As long as the world is going to spend so much of their energies condemning Israel for defending herself and demanding that Israel reach accords with terror entities and make plaintiff supplication requesting forgiveness for defending her people with the world’s most advanced and effective anti-missile systems and constructing shelter as well as making it a requirement for every apartment, home, factory and commercial structure have sufficient safe rooms and shelters built into the structures while her enemies place their civilians and weapons stores together and launch their rockets from school yards, between homes, near apartments, or from hospital roofs and use those same hospitals as their command and control locations, Israel will be refrained from efforts to conclusively end this dance of death. This ability of the powers of the Western world, and the world in general, to make a distinction by which those terrorists which usual belligerence is aimed at them are evil incarnate and must be reviled and never negotiated with unless it is advantageous to some political ends such as pulling all your troops out of some Middle East or North African nation, while the terrorist group who usually attacks Israel is treated as having valid issues and complaints and should be viewed more as freedom fighters who don’t quite act with sufficiently politeness but that is understandable, they are fighting Israel, again read Jews.

The rest of the world has this dirty little secret which they think the Israelis will never figure out. This illicit desire drives their demands and threats that Israel accommodate those interests of the terrorist entities who assault her from locations within the lands which the world had originally made solemn promises would be utilized solely and exclusively for the Jewish state of Israel. The world never desired to permit that little Jewish state to actually come into existence but made the promise simply to silence a very vocal and driven group of Zionists who refused to go away or be silenced. The thought was to give the Mandate for the formation of this Jewish homeland to the British since it was their Balfour Declaration which initiated and became the standard for the establishment of a Jewish state. The British initially were to establish this Jewish emirate in the lands between the Mediterranean Sea and the border of Iraq but also had this promise to form a nation for their Arab allies and a deal to place the Hashemites as the monarchy of some lands; so they struck a Faustian bargain where the Zionists would surrender all claims to lands east of the Jordan River in exchange for guarantees that the lands west of the Jordan River would remain inviolate for the Jewish state. The Zionists surrendered 78% of the British Mandate so as to receive the promise of the British Crown that the remaining 22% would never be compromised. Well, so much for that promise. Even after that agreement the British took actions to postpone Jewish emigration to the Mandate lands and would regularly disarm Jews while largely ignoring Arab armaments. When Israel was finally permitted to become a nation, the United Nations initial intent was to divide the lands promised inviolate between the Jews and the Arabs. The Arab League nations refused that division as they planned to annihilate the Jewish state immediately after their independence. That effort failed but Egypt was able to take Gaza while Jordan retained control over Judea and Samaria. Jordan would rename these areas West Bank to remove the Jewish origin names, and Israel no longer would be permitted to reclaim those lands promised her even after regaining control over them in their defensive efforts during the Six Day War. The world was amazed that the Jews survived the efforts to quash their state in 1948-9 wars with armies from over a half dozen Arab nations.

When Israel reestablished their dominion over those stolen lands in 1967 the world shuddered in disbelief but their awed shock was soon to turn into shocking spite. Israeli leaders miscalculated by not annexing and declaring their claim on their liberated lands and instead attempted to utilize the lands they held after the Six Day War and defended during the Yom Kippur War in order to trade them for peace with her neighbors. After making peace with both Egypt and Jordan Israel remained at war with Syria though an armistice existed and also held the Golan Heights, Gaza, Judea and Samaria which included East Jerusalem. Israel has officially annexed East Jerusalem and the Golan Heights though the world had had their desires to force their surrender to the Palestinians and Syria respectively. The reality is that much of the world, even including much of the Western world and especially European nations, desire that Israel be subsumed and destroyed by the terrorists by the bands of Palestinian terrorists. These include Hamas and Islamic Jihad, which these powers are now attempting to force Israel to treat and respect as legitimate political entity, and the Palestinian Authority, which was better known in the past as the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO), as well as numerous smaller and mostly lesser known groups which include the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP), Popular Resistance Committees (PRC), Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine (DFLP), Palestine Liberation Front (PLF), Palestinian Popular Struggle Front (PPSF), Jahafil Al-Tawhid Wal-Jihad fi Filastin, Jund Ansar Allah and Fatah. The fact is that there are so many terror entities aligned against Israel, more than against the rest of the world, and that the various terrorist groups who are not specifically aligned against Israel also have splinter groups who are also aligned with the other Palestinian terror groups including al-Qaeda and ISIS (or IS).

The interesting and somewhat misleading dichotomy has nations where some elements of their government worlds seemingly aiming to destroy Israel through empowering her enemies while other elements provide Israel with aid including military aid. The most glaring example is the United States whose military closely works with the Israelis as Israeli technological advancements in drones, anti-missile systems, armored and vehicle missile defense systems, personal weapons design, and modifications to aircraft, armor and other military equipment aids the United States military and saves the United States money as by sharing development with the Israelis there is less duplication of efforts; while the State Department appears to take an Arabist viewpoint and often seem to be working to facilitate the Palestinian terrorists by forcing Israel to limit the force utilized during confrontations and demanding ceasefires before Israeli forces can completely eliminate any of the multitude of terrorist entities aligned against them. The State Department also takes great self-importance from their ability to find ways to differentiate between the terrorist forces Israel is facing from those that Europe and the United States are fighting or opposed to. Eventually Israeli leadership will waken and decide to serve the interests and desires of the majority of the Israeli people and retake complete and undeniable control over all the areas currently being used as bases by those terror groups whose stated goal is the eradication of Israel, and yes, that includes Mahmoud Abbas and the Palestinian Authority, especially since the formation of the unity government with Hamas and Islamic Jihad. The world will explode in a pique of unrestrained indignance but with time will get over their initial depressions or scream until they become too hoarse to be heard, either way, the silence will be golden.

 

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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