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January 18, 2014

There Are No Viable Peace Plans Going Forward

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There are rumors of plans and it is likely that some of these rumors and stated plans might actually be under consideration, though thus far only Secretary of State Kerry and his assembled battalion of experts and a collection of Palestinian leadership have remained completely consistent, though consistence may not exactly be helpful. The Palestinian’s united front can be told in a few sentences and starts with the complete rejection of everything Secretary Kerry has proposed. The Palestinians have been no less accommodating to anything that Israel has stated rejecting every single item Israeli leaders have suggested. The Palestinian official spokespeople have very consistent demands including the universal right of return for five million descendants of the refugees from the 1948 mostly voluntary departure of Arabs from the lands where Israel had declared their sovereignty and the combined forces of at least a half dozen Arab State’s Armies stood perched on the borders ready to launch a genocidal assault with the intent of utterly destroying every vestige that was Israel. The Mufti of Jerusalem and the commanders of the various Arab forces called on the Arabs residing within Israeli borders to depart so that they could simply slaughter every single human they encountered positive that they were not Muslims and promised them a share of the spoils taken from the defeated Jews upon their return after the glorious and inevitable victory, a victory that miraculously never came to fruition. They have also refused to neither ever recognize Israel as the Jewish State nor give up their so-called right to resistance, another word for terrorist activities. The Palestinian spokespersons also demand all of Eastern Jerusalem and every speck of dust that was lost to the Israelis by Jordan as a result of Jordan joining the Six Day War in 1967 on the second day of the fighting. And finally, though not the final demand coming from the Palestinians, they have stated their complete and total refusal to allow a single Israeli or Jew to ever set foot within their borders which would also include a complete denial of Jewish visitation to any of the dozens of holy sites such as the Western Wall, the Temple Mount, Kever Joseph, Kever Rachel, the Cave of the Patriarchs, Hevron, Shiloh and almost countless others returning to the dreadful days when these same places were so close yet denied to Jews when they were under Jordanian control. These positions are taken for two main reasons, first is that they are maximalist demands and second and probably the main reason is that they insult and demean the Jewish desire to be able to visit the places of historic importance to the Jewish people. But the intransigence and absolutist demands of the Palestinians are not news, so let’s discuss the rest of the leaked or stated plans.

 

Minister Avigdor Lieberman has put forth a plan where Israel would exchange with the Palestinians the predominantly Arab towns bordering the West Bank in exchange for the Settlement blocks of Israelis beyond the Green Line. This proposal has revealed some interesting responses from Israeli Arabs who normally are as anti-Semitic, anti-Israel and anti-Zionist who have decried the plan claiming that under no circumstance will they stand to be traded away and placed under the governance of the Palestinian Authority. I have suspicions that this plan was not made as an actual bonafide plan but more as an offer made in order to facilitate the responses from some select people who were forced to admit their preference for living under the Jewish governance of Israel than to be handed over to the governance of the Palestinians who they constantly claim to be in such deep agreement and unity. It also has the ability to put one more item on the table to allow Secretary Kerry and his entourage to reject and reveal why it would be such a horrible plan and reveal further their desire to pry a surrender from Israeli leadership while not pressing the Palestinians for any concessions in return.

 

That reminds me of another item which has surprisingly not been given ample coverage in the mainstream media in the United States or throughout Europe or even the Israeli liberal media. Every word, flinch or reaction of any sort emanating from Israeli leadership is top of the fold front page news to be dissected and analyzed ad-nauseum as was the recent comments made in a private conversation by Israeli Defense Minister Yaalon, but the riots and degrading and insulting remarks and actions from the leadership and the residents in the Palestinian areas which are autonomous and completely under Palestinian control while the IDF is only allowed to enter these areas under certain circumstances and often requiring Palestinian permission. There have been literally riots, shoe throwing contest at pictures of Secretary of State Kerry and United States President Obama and included an interesting chant that I suspect they missed the full meaning behind the words when they chanted a challenge to Secretary Kerry deriding that he has set up offices solely in Jerusalem and appears, along with his entire support forces, afraid to set up a similar command center in Ramallah claiming that is an example of Kerry’s timidity. These riots are ignored while the media deliberates endlessly over an Israeli Minister of Defense speaking the truth which has to be obvious to any thinking honest observer. The mainstream press has even run to interview anybody who they can rely upon to point out that President Obama has been the most favorable and best friend that Israel has ever had in the White House. Please don’t make me comment on how President Obama’s friendship is tantamount to an executioner promising to sharpen the axe before executing you and expecting you to thank him and give him a tip, ahead of time of course.

 

Meanwhile, Secretary Kerry has proposed that the Israelis will be able to monitor and counter potential terrorist activity and smuggling across the Jordan River into the Palestinian state with drones and satellites. He has claimed that this method is known to work extremely well as the United States uses this exact method to hermetically seal their southern border with Mexico from illegal immigrants entering the country for years now. There has been no discussion of whether the Palestinians will permit Israeli drones in their skies and even Israeli sensors along the Jordan River. And if Israel discovers terrorist activities and rocket launching emplacements being loaded in preparation to launch at Israel or Palestinian terrorists lying in wait with MANPADS anti-aircraft weapons on the hills overlooking Ben Gurion Airport, exactly what are the Israelis supposed to do? Will the world support the Israelis mounting an IDF incursion to prevent a disastrous catastrophe when a passenger plane is destroyed coming into land at Ben Gurion Airport? How long after the IDF sends aircraft to destroy rocket launching platforms will the Palestinians be before the United Nations General Assembly, Security Council, International Criminal Court, International Court of Justice and just about every single other international body demanding Israel be sanctioned and embargoed by the entire world. Will Secretary of State Kerry and President Obama side with Israel and lead a supportive response for allowing Israel to intercede militarily to prevent terrorist acts or will they support the rest of the world’s demanding that Israel do nothing until there has been an actual attack as no member state of the United Nations should ever take up arms against a fellow member state, they should instead petition the United Nations to intercede and protect them. And we all know how such a plea will be received but we do not know how Israel will survive such a plan once enacted. Of course why should Secretary Kerry worry about such insignificant items once he has been awarded a Nobel Peace Prize for his forming a peace between Israel and the Palestinians and succeeding in forming a Palestinian State. Secretary of State Kerry is peddling poison and knows it. He is the angel of death wearing a nice suit, a broad smile and a devious plan which will result in the death of Israel and a second Holocaust, but it is all in the name of peace. Such a peace I would prefer to avoid, so please my friends in the United States, keep Secretary of State Kerry at home and recall his minions who are tasked with bringing his evils to fruition. We will thank you and appreciate such friendship and find a way of repaying such kindness.

 

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January 15, 2014

United States Anger with Israeli Defense Minister Explains Everything

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The first lesson learned one more time from the latest United States-Israeli dust-up is that politicians in office, especially high office such as a Cabinet Minister, need to guard their comments and do so even more so if such statements might go public. This truism holds for anything said in closed conversations, whenever one is wearing a microphone (even or especially if they believe it to be turned off), in any public place where people may overhear or in virtually any place other than home sleeping in bed, and even that might be reckless. Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon broke these protocols when he was heard by Daily newspaper Yediot Aharonot senior reporter Shimon Shiffer. Mr. Shiffer reported that he heard Defense Minister Yaalon state, that “the American security plan that was presented to us is not worth the paper it was written on. It contains neither security nor peace. Only our continued presence in Judea and Samaria and the Jordan River will guarantee that Ben Gurion Airport and Netanya do not become targets for missiles from every direction.” The report continued on Yaalon stating, “Secretary of State John Kerry – who came here very determined, and operates based upon an unfathomable obsession and a messianic feeling – cannot teach me anything about the Palestinians.”

 

Yaalon was quoted pointing out that Palestinian Authority chief Mahmoud Abbas “lives on our sword. Once we leave Judea and Samaria, he is finished. In fact, throughout the recent months, there is no negotiation between us and the Palestinians – but rather, between us and the Americans. The only thing that can ‘save’ us is that John Kerry will get a Nobel peace prize and leave us alone.” Yaalon concluded, “I live and breathe the conflict with the Palestinians, I know what they think, what they want and what they really mean,” he went on. “The American security plan that was presented to us is not worth the paper it was written on.” The conversation Yaalon had reportedly with what was described as senior figures in the political sphere, a place Yaalon should have known would likely leak his comments, also included references to his opinions that Abbas will not give up on the Palestinian “right of return” until “the last refugee from 1948 is satisfied, and every single refugee will be able to choose between returning or staying in his current place of residence.” Yaalon continued by dismissing the security plan that was drawn up by US General John Allen experts claiming. “What are you talking about? You presented us with a plan that is based on smart technologies, satellites, sensors, war rooms with television screens – without our forces being present on the ground. And I ask you – how will your technology help us when a Salafist terror cell, or one from the Islamic Jihad, tries to carry out a terror attack against Israel targets? Who will take care of them? What satellites will take care of the rocket industry that is developing in Shechem, and [the rockets that] will be launched at Tel Aviv and the central region? In Gaza, the terror organizations already hold thousands of rockets that cover central Israel. These terror organizations have transferred knowledge and technologies for manufacturing rockets to the (West) Bank.” Yaalon concluded with, “If that does not change,” he said, “then there is no meaning to the satellites and the sensors that the Americans are offering. The five-year-old boy with the explosive belt will continue to try and hurt us when he grows up. We have given enough and received nothing…Let us say to our American friends: enough is enough.”

 

Needless to say, the response from the people in the Administration of United States President Obama voiced extreme displeasure with Minister Yaalon’s statements. State Department spokeswoman Jennifer Psaki gave a response to the press stating, “The remarks of the defense minister, if accurate, are offensive and inappropriate especially given all that the United States is doing to support Israel’s security needs. To question his motives and distort his proposals is not something we would expect from the defense minister of a close ally.”

 

This drew further statements from Israeli Defense Minister Yaalon who added, “Some things cannot be solved in one (day). Note that we still we have not solved all the problems of medicine and mathematics; it is not like we don’t have special challenges also facing us.” He also expressed the hope for Israelis, “not to panic and give in to these (comments) and other intimidation, because this is the only way to protect the security of Israel.”

 

As for the wisdom in airing out these difficulties as the Israeli Defense Minister observes as part and parcel of the current efforts by United States Secretary of State John Kerry and his entire peace forces who have made camp in Jerusalem since the beginning of the year may be questionably, but the sentiments and facts are real and deserve serious thought and not simply be brushed aside and ignored. The problems stated go to the heart of the problems with the so-called peace process from its inception with the Oslo Accords. There have been many quotes reporting in what current Chairman of the PLO and President of the Palestinian Authority Mahmoud Abbas as well as his predecessor, Yasser Arafat, have stated most often in Arabic and translated by MEMRI, (Middle East Media Research Institute) or PMW (Palestinian Media Watch) that their entire reason for entering into negotiations is to replace Israel with a Palestinian State which must be cleansed of all Jewish presence no matter how long such an effort takes. Furthermore, they have claimed that they plan on this destruction to be carried out in stages and that the peace process is but the first stage where they plan to achieve statehood as a beachhead and in the process retain the right to violently resist the occupation which can only end with the replacement and eradication of Israel by an Islamic Arab state. Abbas and numerous Palestinian officials have bluntly stated that they will remain in the current phase of negotiations until they have attained the release of as many of the terrorist held in Israeli prisons are released to continue the terror campaign against the Israelis and they do not plan on remaining at the table one moment longer than necessary. With such stated as the Palestinian goals for the current negotiations, I would love to hear how Secretary of State Kerry plans to arrange a peace with both parties signing even an interim framework agreement short of having a shotgun peace process with a gun to Abbas’s head. The answer, as we have stated before, is that Secretary Kerry and President Obama have no honest intent to force Abbas into any agreement and are simply trolling for how many concessions they can wring out of Israel and Prime Minister Netanyahu and get his signature even without any Palestinian signature simply to have leverage to force Israel into their vision of a peace.

 

The problem which Defense Minister Yaalon alluded to is not at all new and has been the basis of the entire world’s efforts to form some semblance of a peace agreement between Israel and her Arab and Muslim neighbors. These problems go all the way back to the day Israel was founded and then immediately set upon by over a half a dozen Arab armies and militias with the intent of a genocidal ending of Israel and her Jewish population from the very outset. Initially the Arab and Muslim forces made some gains but the battle momentum was reversed and the nascent Israeli Defense Force, which was made up of groups from the underground resistance against the British colonization of the entire area under a mandate from the League of Nations and honored by the United Nations after World War II, and the Israelis were actually gaining ground and pushing their enemies into a retreat. It was almost immediately after the Israelis had achieved the upper hand that the United Nations and almost universally the nations of the entire globe demanded that the fighting stop and the armistice lines be drawn-up along the front lines at a set time after which all hostilities were to end. In the negotiations over this stoppage the Muslim Arab rulers demanded that this armistice line never be considered as a real border as they already were refusing to recognize Israel’s existence, especially as a Jewish State. This is the truth about how the Green Line came into being and explains the complete fallacy that the borders before the Six Day War in 1967 were a recognized official international border for the State of Israel.

 

The other side of the problem with the entire peace process as it has played out has been that as demands have been extracted from the Israeli side, the Palestinian side has yet to meet even the initial requirements from the Oslo Accords and thus have simply refused any and all demands made of their side. This has resulted in the same demands being made of the Palestinians at every incarnation of the peace process while new and more restrictive demands are constantly added to the litany of already completed and met demands from earlier peace attempts. It is by this whittling down that Israel has been squeezed to the point where we are now debating the division of Jerusalem and the surrender of all lands beyond the Green Line and even some form of Palestinian Arab “Right of Return” into Israel. When the first negotiations were held after the Six Day War none of these positions were even considered to be a logical result of those efforts. Even in 1993 when the Oslo Accords were signed there were no such demands as are being discussed today. The propaganda war against Israel carried out mostly by Muslims, Arabs, anti-Semites and far leftist groups the world over has brought to fruition results probably beyond their wildest dreams at the outset of their efforts. Every United States President who has set out to fashion that ever elusive Middle East peace has done so on the back of additional further Israeli retreats. With each incarnation eroding the Israeli position, why would the Palestinians not desire that every attempt fail so a new round could begin with the next administration in the United States which would simply add to the demands set at Israel’s door. The Palestinians are planning to murder the nation of Israel through countless small cuts waiting for Israel to bleed to death one concession after another. This has been so successful that even the wording of the earliest United Nations Security Council and General Assembly resolutions has been altered to now imply or reputedly state almost the opposite that the originating writers had intended, and many have attested to this strange fact. As Israeli Defense Minister described, the only peace the Palestinians will ever accept is the peace of the grave for the Jewish nature of Israel with it being supplanted by a new state of Palestine. The sole and best way the United States could display their reputed unshakable friendship and concern for Israeli security would be to wash their hands from all efforts to fashion a lasting peace between two states living side-by-side with security and peace for both and simply return home and let the two sides, the real two side of Israel and the Arab world, work out a solution once the Arab world reaches the understanding that Israel will continue to remain the Jewish State or Israel eventually falls under Muslim and Arab hostilities. Should the world continue to blame every ill in the universe, including the eventual death of our Sun, on the lack of an Israeli peace agreement with her neighbors, including the Palestinians, then the world will have the excuse it desires to not bother to ameliorate all the other problems in the world and take the easier route of demanding additional Israeli concessions while throwing more trillion upon trillions of dollars, euros and treasure at the Palestinians financing their terror campaigns. There is but one way this conflict will ever really end; that is with the surrender of one side and a recognized victory by the other side. If the United Nations and the world insist that every time the Israelis attain the upper hand that all fighting must immediately cease, then that sole result will be the eradication of Israel as nothing will stop the Muslim and Arab forces should they ever gain the upper hand. Consider that, all who claim to be friends of Israel; consider that.

 

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January 5, 2014

Growing Potential Threats of Armageddon from Lebanon

Five short range unguided rockets were launched out of southern Lebanon targeting Israel. Only one rocket struck within Israel and fortunately exploded in an open field near the city of Kiryat Shmona, close to the Lebanese border. There were no casualties or damage and Israeli artillery responded striking the launch site to assure no further attacks. This follows other serious breaches of the peace which include two shooting incidents across the border by Lebanese military uniformed troops with one incident resulting in the death of an IDF soldier driving along the border area. These instigations come as reports have also claimed Hezballah has been transferring longer range rockets including Scud versions C and D, medium-range Fateh rockets produced in Iran, along with Fajr rockets and antiaircraft weapons. American intelligence has reported the smuggling of Russian anti-ship missile systems over from Syria, piece by piece, in order to avoid more Israeli airstrikes. This includes supersonic Yakhont rockets which are capable of striking both land and sea targets. There are apparently missing vital parts which according to a senior defense official, “To make it lethal, a system needs to be complete.” These reports come in addition to the estimated one thousand plus shorter range rockets Hezballah has imported from Iran since the Second Lebanon War despite United Nations assurances that such resupply would be prevented by a reinforced UNIFIL patrolling southern Lebanon and the Lebanon-Syrian border.

 

At the opening of this week’s meeting of his Cabinet, Prime Minister Netanyahu made the following statement, “We hold the Lebanese government responsible for firing that is carried out from within its territory. What is happening in Lebanon is that Hezbollah is stationing thousands of missiles and rockets in apartments, in the heart of the civilian population, and is thus perpetrating two war crimes simultaneously. It is organizing the firing at civilians, just as it did today, and it is hiding behind civilians as human shields.” He added, “This is a double war crime that is being perpetrated under the aegis of the Lebanese government and army which are not lifting a finger to prevent this arming and these crimes. We hold the Lebanese government responsible for this development.”

 

What the Prime Minister politely omitted is that the Lebanese government and its military are both largely controlled by Hezballah through their political arm. When one speaks of official Lebanese policies they are basically referring to those things the Lebanese government has been instructed to carry out in the service of Hezballah. Of course it is impolite to mention such things and people from polite political circles refrain from such accusation. Sometimes it is an advantage not having to hold to polite speaking guidelines. What is of concern is whether this apparent movement of Hezballah’s heavier weapons systems out of Syria is due to the danger posed by the Syrian civil war or because of instructions from Iran to prepare for attacks upon Israel. Such attacks might be ordered by Iran should they decide to disregard parts or all of the nuclear agreement recently hammered out and presumably to go into effect on or around January 20, 2014. Iran has often stated that they would attack Israel first should any military attack be made against them. Iranian spokespeople have stated outright that their intent was to attack Israel, if Israel struck Iran or if the United States struck Iran or if anybody struck Iran. They went on to claim that Israel would not know from where such attacks would come, be it from Iran, from Hezballah or from other Iranian assets which remained unnamed. Thus far such accusatory language which could be interpreted as a belligerent act has been rejected as bluster and for the benefit of the regime and not taken as a threat of immediate actions. Of course if the Iranian leadership continues to threaten acts of war they may find that there is a limit after which their threats will be taken as a serious call to arms.

 

The other tactical problem which has been recognized is that Hezballah has placed their longer range rockets in various and separate locations which would require an extensive and particularly destructive air campaign to render them inoperable. Additionally, as pointed out be Prime Minister Netanyahu, Hezballah has distributed their shorter range rockets to occupy most of southern Lebanon placing them within apartment buildings, homes, schools and other buildings which are considered safeguarded by military convention thus posing as a criminal act. This is not a concern which Hezballah will be troubled over as their plan is to be able to accuse Israel of attacking civilian targets and buildings which are supposedly protected under the conventions of war. They will ignore the fact that by placing military positions such as rocket stores and launching facilities in these areas they have rendered their protections void placing the civilians in harm’s way.

 

An unfortunate reality is that much of the world media is very likely to repeat these accusations that Israel intentionally attacks civilian targets such as apartments, hospitals, schools and private residences with at most a singular reference to the fact that they were in reality concealed military targets being used to launch attacks upon Israel targeting mostly Israeli civilians as well as military. And then there will be the obligatory condemnation from the United Nations General Assembly and numerous human rights and other agencies empowered by the United Nations which will also be reported for months after the initial reports as these hearings when it concerns Israel become a regular part scheduled into every meeting. The United Nations Human Rights Council has it in their bylaws that each meeting is to first, before discussing the actual reason behind the meeting, there must be a report and condemnation of Israel for human rights offensives whether there has been any reported simply as a part of their doing their business. I am sure there are numerous NGOs which have a similar agenda. About all that can be added after that is let us hope that there never comes the day that the Iranian threats become fact and the conflagration which will ensue begins. That will be a very sad day and may be the beginning of a conflict which might easily mushroom beyond imagination, especially if the promises from the P5+1 that they have corralled the Iranian nuclear program such that it is impossible for them to produce nuclear weapons turns out to be an empty promise full of sound and fury but lacking validity or force of intents. Imagining the potential results of Iran arming Hezballah with even one nuclear weapon is the source of horrid nightmares. May that day never arise.

 

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