Beyond the Cusp

August 30, 2014

What Palestinian Unity Government Will Yield

The universally touted ceasefire, ironed out in Cairo, approved by the United States, fashioned and agreed to by Hamas and Israel, is a disaster described as a permanent peace. The central pivotal concept centers on placing the management of the reconstruction of the Gaza infrastructure and rebuilding of homes, schools mosques and other structures to the newly formed Palestinian unity government. This merging of Hamas and Islamic Jihad into the Palestinian Authority has been perceived by the European Union, the individual European governments, the United States and the majority of the rest of the world as well as the United Nations as an empowering of Mahmoud Abbas. This is considered a great leap forward towards resolving the Israeli Palestinian problem as now Gaza has been reunited with and under the control of the Palestinian Authority, the presumed Israeli partner for peace. The assumption prevalent behind this line of thought is that Hamas and Islamic Jihad have surrendered and are the weaker components of this merging and that the Palestinian Authority will continue to proceed with Mahmoud Abbas at its head. These expectations also theorize that the secular centric political makeup from Fatah will prevail over the Islamist bend of Hamas, Islamic Jihad and their fellow jihadists both in Gaza and the West Bank (Judea and Samaria). This optimistic view ignores much of recent events and historic evidence. Ignoring any possibility that their expectations and assumptions may be imperfect, the western nations led by the United States, United Nations and European union are going full speed ahead pressuring Israel to revive the peace process and assist in building the newly untied Palestinian state with Mahmoud Abbas at its head. The only problem is these Pollyannish visions are as far from reality as humanly possible.

 

Apparently everybody has decided to ignore the coup attempt, which Israeli intelligence assisted by the Israeli Defense Force (IDF) prevented by arresting some ninety-three Hamas and related Islamists who were the core behind this planned taking control of the new unity government by the Islamist forces which have ruled in Gaza since the 2007 coup. The difference between the Hamas coup success in Gaza against the Palestinian Authority and Mahmoud Abbas and their United States trained security forces and their recent failed attempt at a coup in the West Bank failed solely due to Israeli intervention. Remove the Shin Bet and IDF and their intelligence abilities and leave the entirety of the West Bank under Palestinian Authority control as any comprehensive peace and establishment of a Palestinian state would produce and the next Islamist coup would end Palestinian Authority rule and place the leaders from Hamas and Islamic Jihad or others into control of all the Palestinian areas, both West Bank and Gaza. The real question that needs to be resolved before the formation of any Palestinian state had to be how to prevent the Islamists from taking control of that state by force a mere months or weeks or even days or hours after its formation and the removal of Israeli forces from those areas. The solutions which have suggested such things as having United Nations or European Union troops as the inspectors and monitors responsible for preventing further violence and terrorism once the Palestinian state has been formed would be a joke if the unavoidable disaster they would cause would not be so costly for Israel. The problem is when Europeans were presumably given the task of monitoring just the Rafah crossings after the disengagement by Israel under Western pressure in August of 2005, they deserted their position within weeks, spend a few more weeks hiding in their Tel Aviv hotel rooms before fleeing back to Europe never to be seen again and immediately before the 1967 Arab Israeli war which became known as the Six Day War was preceded by the removal of all the United Nations monitors from the Sinai Peninsula simply at the request of Egyptian President Gamal Abdel Nasser. Why should Israel now put any faith in these very same enforcers of a peaceful compliance by any future Palestinian state considering their past dire and complete failures? None of these self-anointed paragons of virtue and keepers of the peace would ever rely on such shaky guarantees when their own safety is in the balance, so why should Israel act any differently. These insignificant concerns, at least to the Western nations according to their beliefs, are being ignored and the Israelis are chided and cast as untrusting and acting counter to those necessary to form a lasting peace. But what would such a future Palestinian state allowed to be formed as the Western and other world interests are now demanding act, especially towards Israel, Europe and its Arab neighbors, in the immediate and on into the future times?

 

Any Palestinian state forced into existence against Israeli better judgment, which is often very different than the official government position and sometimes, as in the recent acceptance of the ceasefire with Hamas and Islamic Jihad, the government may hold the better judgment while the Prime Minister finds their own path independent from the advisories and desires of the rest of the government and even the people of Israel, will likely not produce anything close to the rosy pictures painted by those governments and others pushing their ideas on Israel. Unfortunately, as we depicted in yesterday’s article, there are those amongst the Israeli political elite who have become beaten down by the constant conflicts and pressures from supposed allies who have often pressured these political leaders to take risks and trust their promises, which almost universally fell apart, and were unmet leaving Israel facing predicaments which were unnecessary, thus leaving them ready, even anxious, to just take the path offered and avoid the aspersions and internecine arguments which in the past have combined to remove their ability to stand strong with an unbendingly strong spine and superhuman spirit which they had so many times in the past prevailed with in similar pressured political conflicts. Should that thus far and blessedly unrealized Palestinian state now be finally realized, it will very probably be less than a year before any security arrangement and any monitoring force outside the IDF, the one security option uniformly rejected by every Palestinian leader including those from Hamas, Islamic Jihad, Fatah and also the Palestinian Authority, the force of reason, would have been removed or ended with claims that they were no longer necessary. The reality would be they were becoming too dangerous or costly to continue and fell victim to Palestinian pressures and violent opposition. This would be the necessary precursor to the overthrow of any secular and acceptable governance put in place by any agreement which is currently being proposed and will soon be forced upon Israel. Within weeks, months at the most, after the dissolution of any security and monitoring arrangement that Islamists from Hamas, Islamic Jihad and even forces under Iranian control will take over the Palestinian state through a coup and finally the Islamist forces will have attained their dream of complete control over all of the contested regions. Once the Islamist coup replaces the secularist Palestinian government any idea of a supposed coexistence with Israel dies a hard and permanent death. While Israel would then have the “I told you so right”, that would prove to be of little consolation as Israel would be facing a foreboding and also apocalyptic threat. Any expectation of the same nations and other world organization which gave Israel the litany of guarantees and promises assuring Israeli security and safety be assured would be senseless as the complete litany of guarantors would be whistling innocently and strolling off while professing to see no evil, hear no evil, but they may start to speak some evil as they claim to perceive absolutely no real problem and continue to demand that Israel act as if no threat exists.

 

There would be emergency meetings held all complaining that they had been forced into session from Israeli paranoid alarmism and would call for renewed calm and see no reason for actions or precautions of any kind. When the eventual and unavoidable initial aggressions such as rocket launchings came from both Gaza and the entirety of the Judean hills overlooking central Israel, such as have been witnessed emanating from Gaza, the world would demand that both sides show restraint as they also ended all flights into Ben Gurion International Airport for security and safety reasons. The conflicting signals would be brushed aside claiming that Israeli alarmist complaints were unwarranted as there had been no or relatively few Israeli casualties resulting from the unaimable rockets and any threats had been intercepted by the Iron Dome systems while their interruption in air service to Israel due to the perceived potential dangers to flights into and out of Ben Gurion International Airport were temporary and were no definitive comment on the level of danger of the situation. This is the identical reaction to the terrorist threat Israel faces currently and throughout her brief history. Ever since the Israel shockingly quick victory in the Six Day War the world had taken the position that Israel is not under any dire threat from the surrounding Arab nations or their terror proxies and thus should not react in any overt manner to any threats they may pose. This has been most evidenced in most of the interactions by the United States, especially the Department of State, in every attempt to reach an agreement after every incursion into violence by Palestinian terror forces. This was again made apparent during the past fifty day on again off again intermittent mix of rockets with the corresponding Israeli counter attacks interspersed with brief ceasefires almost universally broken by Hamas or Islamic Jihad while the leadership and representatives of both the Western world and many international organizations repeatedly demanded Israel accept the next ceasefire and accept every intimation of peace for the real thing. This has been the insistence of the United Nations, European Union and most of the Western governments pressed upon Israel demanding they accept every offer of peace as truthful from the Arabs initially and the Palestinians since the Arab Israeli conflict was rewritten to give Israel the image of invincible, dominance and being impervious to any effort of the Arabs once they had substituted the Palestinians as Israel’s enemies in place of the reality of twenty-two Arab nations.

 

This result has its best chance of becoming reality with the coming announcement by Mahmoud Abbas which will reach its pinnacle at the opening ceremonies for the United Nations General Assembly this coming September when he makes his official request that the Security Council pass a binding Chapter Seven Resolution setting a date for all Israeli civilians and IDF and security forces to be removed back behind the Green Line, the 1949 Armistice Lines allowing for the birth of the Palestinian state. His argument will be that the unity government has made the formation of Palestine in its totality including both the West Bank and Gaza. He will demand that free passage between Gaza and the West Bank be guaranteed. The great hope that such is finally possible is based on the support that the United States has given to the Palestinians and the apparent animosity between President Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu and the attempts by Secretary of State Kerry to force Israel to surrender to the Palestinian demands during the recent peace negotiations between Israel and the Palestinian Authority during Secretary Kerry’s shuttle diplomacy. The added impetus may have been provided by the attempted persuasion by the United States for Qatar and Turkey, chief allies and supporters of Hamas, to replace Egypt in the recent diplomatic efforts to end the Hamas and Islamic Jihad war with Israel. Even Egypt was opposed to this idea yet the Americans continued until finally Egypt, Saudi Arabia and Israel succeeded in resisting these efforts and reached an agreement which Hamas had little choice but to accept as they had suffered damage which they could no longer afford to continue their conflict with Israel. Should this call for a Palestinian state come to fruition, then the clock will have started in an inexorable countdown to an Islamist adversary perched on the Israeli borders. This would lead to the inevitable final war which would either bring the end of Israel or returning the conflict to between Israel and some form of Arab or Muslim entities, most likely some coalition of Islamist forces. Even if all of the Sunni Arab nations were to reach an arranged peace or coexistence with Israel, this would still leave Hezballah out of Lebanon, Syria for as long as Bashir Assad can retain power and Iran determined to eradicate Israel. These forces could also include Iraq or at least the Shiite southern Iraq should that beleaguered nations split into a Kurdish nation in the north, a Shiite nation in the south possibly being absorbed by Iran and a Sunni state in the center possibly ruled by ISIS. Perhaps part of the reason that Iran has supported the Sunni terror forces of the Muslim Brotherhood spawned Hamas is due to its loss of a stable Syrian allied state and an unpreoccupied Hezballah which is entangled in the Syrian civil war while Hamas offered to ally with Iran against Israel by willingly offering to threaten and attack Israel should Israel decide to attack the Iranian nuclear program. Either way, Hamas has been augmented in their abilities which were evidenced by their increased range of rockets in the recent conflict. This would be multiplied should they also control the West Bank as well as Gaza and this would be an existential threat which Israel could not allow. Still, this is simply one of the scenarios which Israel faces which would force her into a literal fight for her survival, a survival upon which the fate of the Jewish people rests.

 

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August 19, 2014

Hamas and the Art of Compromise

Hamas and Israel have been meeting intermittently in Cairo, Egypt presumably to discuss through Egyptian intermediaries some give and take so as to eventually reach a midpoint where both parties are equally dissatisfied but willing to sign onto the same wording of an agreement. This means that Israel settles for less than her preferred stance of retaining the status quo exactly as existed before the hostilities were initiated by the abduction and murder of three Israeli teen boys returning home from their day of lessons at their respective Yeshiva followed by the revenge torturous murder by three Israeli teens of an innocent Palestinian Muslim youth in East Jerusalem which led to thousands of rockets raining out of Gaza onto Israeli civilian areas which finally spurred a response by the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF). Up until the IDF response the world media saw no reason to cover the events other than a mention of the fact that Israeli youths had tortured and murdered an innocent Arab Palestinian from East Jerusalem causing great tumult and opprobrium in the Palestinian community comparable to the emotional reactions in Israel to the death of three Israeli teenage boys who had been missing for close to three weeks. Such slanted reporting designed to give maximum emphasis on righteousness of Palestinian insult and their cause for emotional response even to excuse violent acts while minimizing the Israeli insult and pain by reporting the Israeli teens as having died and not the more descriptive and honest description of abducted, murdered and hastily buried in a shallow grave. This slant in the reporting is furthered when during the conflict the media questioning of Israeli spokespeople was almost uniformly hostile and usually concentrated exclusively on the disparate casualty numbers demanding they explain why so few Israelis, sometimes even speaking honestly and asking why so few Jews had died while so many in Gaza had died. The Israeli spokespeople would try to explain how Hamas uses their civilians as shields for their rockets and fighters as well as launching from within densely populated areas of the cities rather than utilizing the numerous open spaces to operate and force the fighting in the conflict while Israel had invested and developed the Iron Dome and provided shelters locating them throughout Israel. These explanations were universally cut short and dismissed as unacceptable and simply more Israeli excuses for killing, sometimes claiming murdering, Palestinians wantonly and with disregard for their humanity. Often these confrontational acts the news reporter would follow up by reading word for word a press release by Hamas without challenge or commentary ending that reading with a slow long stare into the camera before cutting to commercial for maximum effect. All of this is important as it has had an effect on the discussion and negotiations in Cairo. The epitome of this position came from the United Nations High Commissioner of Human Rights Navi Pillay who stated to the press, “They have not only provided the heavy weaponry which is now being used by Israel in Gaza but they’ve also provided almost $1 billion in providing the Iron Dome to protect the Israelis from rocket attacks, but no such protection has been provided to Gazans against the shelling.” Yep, that’s right, Ms. Pillay actually decries that Israel did not share Iron Dome batteries with Hamas and Islamic Jihad so that they could have better protected the very same citizens they currently happily and intentionally sacrifice on the altar of propaganda using their casualties as an attack against Israel in the court of public opinion.

 

Calling what Hamas, Islamic Jihad and the Palestinian Authority are conducting in Cairo negotiating is a misrepresentation of their efforts. Thus far the entirety of the Hamas negotiation technique has been to give half-hearted responses to Israel and Egyptian plans and terms for ceasefires and actual agreements which would bring the conflict to a halt and restore peace on both sides. Israel has agreed to compromise on a number of points while Hamas and Islamic Jihad have responded once Israel has agreed to certain compromises providing that Hamas and Islamic Jihad grant the Israelis a few security guarantees only to have them return to their initial demands announcing they will only end the conflict when Israel meets every single one of their demands without exception while refusing to even discuss any Israeli security demands. Actually, I can see the Hamas and Islamic Jihad position and why they believe they can stand firm on their demands and force Israel to capitulate on every last point and possibly, as this morning’s latest development, additional demands as they come to mind. Hamas and Islamic Jihad have stood firmly demanding that Israel completely disband the blockade on Gaza, permit their fishing fleets universal access to the Mediterranean, open a sea port and an international airport allowing for complete and unhindered import and export through these terminals. This would allow for Hamas, Islamic Jihad and the other terror groups which include representatives from al-Qaeda and ISIS among others, to import whatever weapons systems and other military wares without any limitations or restriction and completely free of Israeli intervention or knowledge. This would include all or part of the eleven-billion dollars of equipment recently purchased from the United States by the Qatari military. This would very soon lead to making Gaza becoming the most heavily weaponized area of land on the globe, point blank and period.

 

This is the only future which Hamas and Islamic Jihad desire to visualize is one where they are as well armed but with a vast number of advanced missiles to compliment a military manned by as much as forty-percent of the Gazan population ready and potentially capable of facing off against the IDF and achieve a favorable rate of attrition such that eventually they would be capable of achieving a complete and total defeat of the IDF and thus eradicating Israel and her Jews. Hamas and Islamic Jihad visualize a future where once they have all the modern weapons and weapons systems including advanced jet fighters and attack helicopters to complement their vast array of rockets and missiles that would attract additional recruits to swell their ranks and replace any lost in each confrontation enabling their war of attrition to work its way to their eventual complete victory over the Israelis. Hamas and Islamic Jihad have been fortified with announcements from around the world demanding that Israel sacrifice whatever is necessary to end the hostilities. They never demand anything of the Palestinians as they are considered beyond reason and thus why waste energies and time attempting to pressure those they see a barbarians incapable of reasoned thought and understanding the intricacies of the art of negotiating. Actually, the Palestinians do understand the intricacies of negotiating and realize that nobody ever demands they capitulate but if they make demands, no matter how beyond reasonable they might be, the world will apply pressure on the Israelis to surrender as the more civilized people. This has been very evidenced in the past few days as Britain threatened Israel with a complete cancelling of all weapons systems and assemblies should they respond with military actions regardless of Hamas and Islamic Jihad assaults or rocket fire and President Obama just stepped up and put an indefinite hold on a rearming shipment to Israel or air to surface missiles and demanded that all future requests received by the Pentagon, who normally would simply receive approval and ship the supplies, especially during any conflict, must now pass the requests through the State Department where they will very likely die an unnatural death. Meanwhile the Hamas leadership has been requesting, nay, demanding that the rest of the Palestinians, especially in Judea and Samaria (West Bank) rise up and join the violent jihad and bring additional unrest and violence to their areas which would tax Israeli abilities to handle the increasingly belligerent acts and place a strain on the Israeli economy as more reservists are required being called into service to deal with the rising violence. Why should Hamas and Islamic Jihad stand down from their maximalist demands when the United States, United Nations, European Union and numerous European governments are rising up against Israel which they believe will force Israel to meet their most excessively extreme demands. With Israel apparently standing completely isolated against the rest of the world, well, except Canada and a few others, they feel they can push their demands and arguments and have them echoed throughout the world stage with the majority of nations forming the chorus doing the harmonious backup to their soloist demands, how can they not force the Israeli complete surrender. They, rightfully or not, honestly believe they have the complete support of the rest of the world in their calling for the complete destruction of Israel and the genocidal purging of her Jews and then the remainder of the Jews around the world. With the Israelis, including the majority of Israeli political and military leadership, have the support for their fighting to save the nation gaining over ninety-percent support from the Israeli public, they are not going to allow Hamas and Islamic Jihad or the Palestinian Authority, and the entirety of the rest of the globe if necessary, to destroy this last vestige of safety for the Jewish people as when we say, “Never Again!” we really, really do mean “Never Again” point blank and period.

 

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July 7, 2014

Israel Palestinian Reality Not What Media Reports

The media in much of the western world has emphasized the Israeli responses to the barrage of Hamas rockets of the past two weeks making it appear that Israel is the offensive party, not the one responding to the Hamas offensive. Since the formation of the unity government where the Palestinian Authority merged their membership which was predominantly, if not exclusively, comprised of the Fatah led by Mahmoud Abbas along with any unaffiliated Arabs living in Judea and Samaria now includes Hamas as well and potentially would include Islamic Jihad and any other groups in either Gaza or Judea and Samaria. Both Hamas and Islamic Jihad are terrorist entities recognized as such by the European Union, United States and most of the European governments. What has been obfuscated is that the Palestinian Authority before the unity government brought recognized terrorist groups into its ranks was made up of largely a single terrorist group renamed from the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) to Fatah. Both names, Palestinian Authority and Fatah, were simply a rebranding to the original Palestinian terrorist group founded in 1964, three years before the Six Day War of 1967. The fact that for three years there was a full-fledged Palestinian terrorist organization recognized as such by virtually every government, major NGO and international organization before the existence of any contested areas or occupied areas is a fact that has been erased by those who have rewritten Middle East history in such a way as to vilify Israel. The founding of the Palestinian Liberation Organization which predated any Israeli occupation, unless one considers the founding of Israel as making contested lands, was headed by arch-terrorist Yasser Arafat and its second in command was the currently crowned by the Western nations and the United Nations as Israel’s partner for peace, Mahmoud Abbas. The PLO was the original terrorist group which had as their original charter the goal of replacing Israel with an Arab state called Palestine which would have immediately requested to merge with Jordan once the lands were purified and cleansed of any Jewish presence or trace of Jewish existence. So, why all the misinformation, misleading reports, rebranding terrorists into peace partners and what appears to be a systemized, coordinated, antagonistic misrepresentation of the reality in the Middle East all apparently aimed to eradicate the world’s only nation within which the Jewish People could find refuge when the world once again aims all of its animosity, venomous poisons and eradicating weaponry at them as has been the case across almost every age of man?

 

Some have claimed that the reason behind the Western world acting favorably to the wishes and desires of the Arab world and thus restraining Israel and keeping the balance such that Israel is never permitted to win is all because of oil. Some claim that such an idea is a misreading of the facts and that the Western world has always been there to support Israel and prevent her demise. The one fact that is often pointed out is that when Israel desperately needed resupply when Egyptian and Syrian troops were poised to overrun the IDF on both fronts that the United States provided Israel with the necessary resupply. Where the United States did finally resupply the Israelis, it also must be pointed out that initially President Nixon, on the advice of Secretary of State Kissinger, held back from sending the necessary provisions until Israeli Prime Minister Golda Meir threatened to use any and every weapon Israel had should the resupply be withheld and opened the silo blast doors which was detected by the United States satellites. Would Golda Meir have actually used those missiles? Fortunately, that is something we will be left to conjecture. Then after Israel got the advantage and was advancing across the Suez Canal and well on the way to Cairo as well as advancing on Damascus on the Syrian front that the United States, Russia, United Nations and European governments all demanded Israel accept an immediate cease-fire and return to the pre-war positions. Israel returned to the Golan Heights and back across the Suez Canal onto the Sinai Dessert side. There is another fact which was given little coverage back in 1973 though the information is readily available for anyone to research was the actual nations allied and providing support for the efforts by the United Arab Republic (UAR) which was the combined armies of Egypt and Syria. Also providing troops or other support were Jordan, Iraq, Algeria who sent a squadron each of MiG-21s and Su-7s plus one-hundred-fifty tanks to Egypt, Libya provided one armored brigade and two squadrons of Mirage V fighters, a total of six-thousand troops were provided by Saudi Arabia and Kuwait, around fifteen-hundred Tunisian infantry provided to Egypt, Pakistan provided one flight of pilots to fly Syrian jets, North Korea provided twenty pilots with MiG-21s and nineteen support personnel, and Cuba provided somewhere around four-thousand troops. Additionally there was a division of Palestinian supporting the Egyptians and there was monetary support from numerous nations to allow the armies of these nations to be resupplied after the conflict back to near their original strength. The reports during that war mostly mentioned news in the West were the Egyptian front and the Syrian front implying that the entirety of the conflict was between Israel against Egypt and Syria, the UAR, with minimal or inconsequential support from around the world. The reality shows a completely different picture and gives a strong indication of the numbers of nations from all corners of the globe who will ally in any war aiming to destroy Israel, the sole Jewish nation on the Earth.

 

Back to the current situation where there is one item which will probably get full coverage which will eclipse the coverage of the three Israeli youths, Eyal Yifrah, Gilad Sha’ar and Naftali Frenkel, and that is the disgraceful and denounced act of revenge perpetrated against an innocent Palestinian youth, sixteen years old Abu Khder, who was abducted and murdered by burning him to death, a horrific and inexcusable and unforgivable act for which no reason is acceptable. Israel has arrested six young adults and teens who are believed to belong to a fanatical Jewish group, terrorists is the only definition of these reprobates. Their names have yet to be released as a strict gag order has been placed on the arrests and the state of the investigations, but be assured those responsible for this barbarous act will be brought to trial and receive punishment likely greater than any sentence given the Hamas individuals who murdered the three Jewish teens.

 

Over the past ten days terrorists in Gaza have launched rockets and fired mortars equaling over one-hundred rounds with most targeting Sderot and the other communities and kibbutzim bordering Gaza while a few rounds were targeted at Beersheba which is much further from the Gaza border. Since the Gaza disengagement in 2005 there has not been any Jews residing anywhere within Gaza. And except for brief and small security missions and one extended intervention into Gaza named מבצע עופרת יצוקה (Operation Cast Lead) which was targeted to impede terrorist rocket and mortar barrages and destroy terrorist infrastructure, there has been no IDF or other Israeli forces within Gaza. Gaza is completely under the command and governing by Hamas with Islamic Jihad and other terrorist groups also operating within Gaza. The leadership of Hamas has announced they will no longer take any precautions or preventative measures to prevent rocket and mortar attacks on Israeli targets. This has permitted Islamic Jihad and others in addition to Hamas to fire unimpeded into southern Israel targeting civilians. These barrages have struck two factories, a paint and a plastic plant were destroyed both just outside Sderot, the house of Rachmiel Steinberg’s family, and have exploded at a summer day camp moments before children were set to arrive. Even in the contested areas of Judea and Samaria as well as Jerusalem and some of the Arab areas in the Galilee there has been rioting with heavy destruction to much of the Jerusalem light rail stations and tracks in the Arab areas of Jerusalem. There have been warnings from members of a group calling themselves the Coalition of Youth for an Intifada that there will be increased violence against the settlers, a derogatory reference for Jewish residents living in Area C which by Oslo Accords under governance and security control of Israel. Their notice was titled “Expelling Zionists Through Rocks” and threatened a “scorch the earth and make it a living hell under the feet of the invaders.” The particulars were spelled out on their notice explaining their intentions to;

A. Creating huge barricades to block “settlers” from leaving their communities and vandalize their cars;

B. Torching tires on common roads in the area;

C. Hurling rocks at cars and paint barrels at their drivers;

D. Placing sharp objects, nails, and shrapnel on roads to damage passing vehicles;

E. Spraying anti-Jewish graffiti near Jewish communities;

F. Participating in raging clashes against IDF and police in Judea, Samaria, and Jerusalem.

 

Israel has been facing ever increasing levels of violence ever since the formation of the unity government which was initiated by the Hamas abduction of the three Jewish teens. This increase has been claimed by Hamas and they promised that now that they have entered a unity government and been accepted by the Western nations and European Union that they feel enabled to turn up the levels of violence against the Jews and Israel. This has been accompanied by a sharp increase in Fatah incitement calling for unceasing violence and all measures of impeding all attempts at Israeli enforcement and reestablishing order. The unity government has all the appearances of a unification of the disparate terrorist groups for a single purpose, an all-out offensive aiming to destroy Israel once and for all. A war has been declared but the Western media, national leadership, NGOs are all insisting that the problem is Israel and if only Israel would agree to meet the Palestinian demands there would be peace at last. This has been the path that was begun by the United States with their insistence that Israel freeze building for ten months as that would lead to peace, that failed miserably but ever since Abbas has been demanding building freeze after building freeze, it has become his magic phrase. Then the United States declared that the future borders for the Palestinian state should be determined by the 1949 Armistice Lines with mutually agreed swaps. That just invigorated Abbas to demand half of Jerusalem as a start point. The latest was the assault headed by Secretary of State Kerry and Martin Indyk which demanded that Israel release over one-hundred of the worst terrorist planers and murderers all for naught as Abbas simply stated that his entire intentions were to collect the released terrorists and then walk away and begin a renewed and reanimated terror war against Israel which would have a new life breathed into it with the return of the freed terrorists. Now we are witnessing the initial stages of that assault and the Western media and leadership is still busy picking fault with Israel in an effort to deny Israel her right to self-defense. This is not going to turn out well for those western nations who are all too willing to sacrifice Israel on the altar of appeasement of the Arab and Palestinian interests.

 

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