Beyond the Cusp

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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July 4, 2014

Palestinian Rioters Know Some Secrets

The Palestinian rioters and all of their families and friends know some secrets which the world pretends they do not know. They are simple secrets which anybody who cared to view events honestly would figure out fairly quickly, but instead it is so much easier to simply accept the views of events offered by the media even when one knows they are selling lies and misconceptions. So many will excuse their shallow acceptance of the slants from the mainstream media with statements such as why would they lie about such things, and don’t they have to check their facts? They lie about these things because the lies are more easily sold because so many have swallowed that story so completely that to report the truth becomes an act of heresy. Opposing the lies and telling the truth in a society that has accepted lies as truth is a brave act for which one will be made to suffer the wrath of the gullible public whose only desire is to not have to think, not have to work for the truth about world events, they would simply prefer to be told what to think, what to say, what to believe, and what it all means because thinking is so very difficult and it makes their brains hurt. Well, so sorry, but here are some truths which you can believe or you can try to find the evidence behind the news reports and think for yourself and see where that takes you. Odds are you will end up seeing exactly what others have found once they lifted the blinders of the mainstream media and its restricted view.

 

We have seen in the media that a few weeks ago three Jewish youths were kidnapped and just a few days ago their tortured and murdered bodies were discovered in a shallow grave in a field close to the search areas. You have probably heard that the same day of the funeral for the three Jews that a Palestinian Arab boy was kidnapped and his body was later found burned and discarded in a park in the Jerusalem area. You probably were told that it was established that the Arab child was kidnapped by Jews in revenge for the abduction and murder of the three Jewish youths as that has been the line sold to the mainstream media. This has made perfect sense as it goes well with the reports of the rioting by Arabs in Jerusalem over the death of the Palestinian youth. There are a few small problems and explanations for these actions that the media has not bothered to report.

 

First and foremost, the Palestinian Arab youth who was kidnapped and subsequently murdered is still under investigation and the more evidence that is collected, the more it appears that his murder was an intra-family honor killing for which a number of scenarios have become possible. There was one allegation that the youth was found out by his family to have been engaging in forbidden relations and thus had soiled the family honor. Another explanation claimed that the family has had problematic relations and that his younger brother was attempted to be kidnapped a few weeks ago but managed to escape. An anonymous explanation from a retired Jerusalem police officer explained that the youth’s family, the Abu-Khder family, is well known to police explaining that, “it’s a problematic family with internal clashes that have been ongoing for many years.” That places everything in a different light, but what about the rioting?

 

There are rumors that the abductors and murderers of the young Arab teen were requested to put off their execution of their plans until a time that the Palestinian higher ups would prefer such events to occur to benefit their requirements. As it turned out, whether it was arranged or coincidence, the timing of the abduction and murder of this young Arab teen fit perfectly for the calls for violence to avenge what had all the appearances of being an act of vengeance. The violence across much of the Arab areas in East Jerusalem where two or three of the newly established light rail train stations were destroyed and areas of the tracks were pulled up making those routes impassable even after the rioting settles down thus making life more difficult for those neighborhoods and the other neighborhoods further from the center of town as they will not have light rail service until the damages have been repaired. There was an instance where the rioters became convinced that a middle aged man who they did not recognize from their group had joined the demonstration, rioting, thus was thought to be an Israeli spy planted amongst them for gathering information or other nefarious reasons, was set upon and being viscously beaten only to be rescued by IDF troops who were monitoring the rioting to assure nobody was badly injured and to contain the violence. Other than this rescue there have been no other reports of overt use of force to interfere with or otherwise cause injury to any of the rioting Arabs, most of which appear to be teens and younger adults in their twenties.

 

The media is careful not to get pictures of IDF or other Israeli enforcement personnel in the pictures they take of the rioters unless there is a confrontation between Israeli security and any rioters, then pictures which can be used to prove violence being perpetrated by the Israelis are worth their weight in gold. One might inquire why it is often reported that the rioters were throwing rocks and fire bombs at IDF, Border Police or other Israeli security personnel but the only pictures showing rioters throwing objects apparently at nothing or pictures of Israeli security manhandling an arrested individual without any explanation as to why the person was being arrested is all that you ever see. The reasons are more simple and straight forward than what is often claimed. The claims are that the Israelis use undue force liberally and that the Palestinians who demonstrate, they never riot according to most mainstream media sources, are taking their lives in their hands and facing potentially certain death of severe injury at the hands of the IDF, the Israeli military, they often add that the IDF is the Israeli military so as to give the impression that these are military troops with tanks and large caliber weapons and everything the imagination might dream up as an actual military assault on demonstrators. The truth is that Israel does not have a national guard per se, they have the IDF and reservists which if called into service are then IDF, not national guard or some other classification which sounds softer and more friendly, just IDF, Border Police and regular police, and there are limited numbers of Border Police and regular police thus the utilization in times of need of IDF troops who are trained for these missions.

 

These Palestinians rioting know a little secret, as long as they do not pose a threat to life or an extreme threat of destruction of property, even burning down light rail train stops did not provoke a response as an example of not crossing the destruction of property threshold, then they need not fear the intervention of the IDF or other security personnel. On the other hand, should they actually start to advance at the positions taken up by the IDF or security personnel, then they will run into confrontations. The usual scenario is that the IDF and security personnel take up positions within which they will allow complete freedom of expression but should the destructive freedom of expression attempt to spread further and cross the position set out by the Israeli forces, then there will be a clash simply to return the focus of the demonstrators to within their own area of conduct. This balance continues until there is an announced desired endpoint by Israeli officials for the rioting to cease. Most often this deadline is met but at times there is a challenge to the authority of the deadline being imposed and then the IDF and security personnel will move to disperse the demonstrating rioters. These confrontations provide the pictures the mainstream media hunger for so they can show how mean and dehumanizing the Israeli forces are, and how the poor Arabs are denied their right to self-expression.

 

The known fact by the Palestinian demonstrators, be they riotous or simply throwing rocks, burning tires, setting trash dumpsters ablaze and disrupting local traffic, is that the Israeli security personnel are on very tight leashes with a very restrictive set of ROE (Rules of Engagement) which defines when the Israeli security can engage the demonstrators and when they must simply basically become bystanders watching the events unfold. Since the IDF in particular and the rest of the Israeli security personnel are under restrictive orders which only permit use of their firearms to situations where their lives are in obvious threat and they have no avenue of reasonable chance to escape, their superiors look unfavorably at any previously unauthorized use of firearms from the soldier’s discretion . Simply translated into civilianese, if there is any way the Israeli personnel can escape an attack then they are not in danger and must use that avenue of escape. These rules have provided the Palestinians and their Arab and Muslim backers tons of videos of frightened IDF forces retreating when attacked even by children, really young children. The IDF will retreat from almost every threatening scenario where escape is possible. This was recently proven when an IDF soldier came under investigation for cycling his weapon, this is the method by which the weapon is cocked and a round loaded into the chamber as a preparation to firing the weapon. The soldier never fired the weapon and by presumably chambering a round, dispelled the situation and reestablished calm and that was the end of the confrontation, until his commanders were informed of his threatening actions. As this soldier was alone and three Arabs had accosted him and were attempting to take his rifle, the soldier felt threatened and feared the loss of his weapon thus leading to his overt action which clearly sent a message that he would fire his weapon if the threats continued and thus ended the confrontation as nobody felt like dying or shooting anybody that day.

 

So, the rioting Palestinians know they can continue to riot all day long and into the night and then when it gets late go home and sleep in their beds. Then with dawn breaking they return to their rallying points and continue where they left off the night before. It is almost like a job and some of the instigators are actually paid by Fatah or Hamas to manage the rioting and make sure that the correct level of violence is maintained. Eventually there is the decision to either end the protest or take it up a notch and force an intervention simply for the media getting film to show later that night on the late news cycle. Everything choreographed by the Palestinians is arranged to fit the news cycles for both the European media and the American media. The media is why the entire show is put into play. There must be the angry Palestinians who have been slighted or offended by Israeli arrogance or other indignities and eventually there must be the confrontations which sell the media belief that the Israelis are cruel and merciless occupiers who are subjugating and repressing the Palestinians and that Israel is at the root of every problem or misfortune. The Palestinian Authority and other spokespeople are already selling the idea that the Israeli teens were complicit in their abduction and murder because they lived and went to schools in occupied areas thus inviting such an end result.

 

On the other front, also known as the Gaza front, there have been escalated rocket and mortar attacks originating from Hamas controlled areas. The mainstream media likes to refer to Gaza as occupied territory but that is very misleading. Israel removed the Jewish communities and all the IDF bases and troops from the Gaza area in August of 2005 in what was termed the Gaza Disengagement. This left Gaza in the hands of the Palestinian Authority which was overthrown by Hamas and has been under Hamas control since 2007. Hamas shares the Gaza area with a number of other terrorist groups including but not limited to Islamic Jihad and al-Qaeda in Gaza. There have been reports that some ISIS sympathizers are also within Gaza as well as some in Judea and Samaria amongst the Palestinian Authority areas of autonomy. Hamas regulates the firing of rockets from Gaza into southern Israel. The only fortunate fact is that southern Israel is largely desert and thus sparsely populated making much of the area open lands which makes the rockets less of a threat. The rocket fire since the abduction of the three Israelis has increased and since they were discovered dead and Hamas was suspected and two of their members are currently being sought by Israeli forces, they have increased their firing of rockets and mortars as they are expecting a crackdown anyway, so they just figure they have little to lose. They are aware that their firing rockets into Israel are not noteworthy as far as the mainstream media is concerned. It is only newsworthy if the Israelis retaliate and especially if they manage to kill any Hamas or other Palestinians even if there is drone documentation that the individuals attacked were struck while setting up rockets. If Israel sends troops into Gaza the world media goes into catatonic ecstasy denouncing Israel accusing her of disproportional force as Israel uses tanks and Hamas does not have any tanks thus Israel is cheating. No mention is made that Hamas has spent the past six months increasing the numbers of rockets they have launched at Israeli citizens, those do not matter to the world media. Only Israeli assaults are to be reported and then with breathtaking amazement at the violence and horrors of it all. This is the story that is the reality of the Middle East and Arab Israeli situation. The world media has sold out to the Palestinian narrative and only Israel is capable of sinning, the Palestinians are simply forced into actions and violence because Israel made them do it. The reality that lands held and controlled by the Palestinian Arabs must be made and enforced as free of any Jews while Arabs live, vote, work, and hold government positions including vice-chairman of the Knesset and are even judges within Israel is a shocking reality viewed by those who visit Israel seeking to find the truth for themselves. I know, that is not what you have been told, what a surprise that is.

 

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