Beyond the Cusp

September 15, 2014

Gaza, Hamas, Corrected Falsehoods, Frightening Realities

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In this AP story, which is worth reading for its providing complimentary evidence as part of what we will discuss here, a Hamas representative answered Israeli accusations of their using cover of residential areas from which they fired rockets into Israel by admitting “mistakes” were made explaining that they had little choice in Gaza’s crowded urban landscape. Ghazi Hamad, a senior Hamas official in Gaza told the AP, “Gaza, from Beit Hanoun in the north to Rafah in the south, is one uninterrupted urban chain that Israel has turned into a war zone.” The inference conveyed by these Hamas claims is that all the built-up crowded urban landscape which has been lain waste by Israeli air and land assaults extends across the width and breadth of the entire strip as Hamas had no alternative but to fire from within the heavily populated areas as there was absolutely no other choice. This goes hand in hand with the constant reporting in the media of the falsehood that Gaza is the most crowded area where the entirety of the lands are heavily populated and there are virtually no open areas whatsoever.
According to what Hamad further explained to the Associated Press “The Israelis kept saying rockets were fired from schools or hospitals when in fact they were fired 200 or 300 meters away. Still, there were some mistakes made and they were quickly dealt with.” This is the first honest admission by a Hamas official stating that, in some rare cases, Hamas and Islamic Jihad militants were firing rockets from or near residential areas, civilian facilities, shelters, hotels, and United Nations protected buildings. Another claim often used when Hamas complains of the situation in Gaza lays these falsehoods bare when they demand that Israel and Egyptian authorities ease the restrictions at the crossings make it impossible for the farmers in Gaza to get their crops to markets. So Gaza is border to border urban landscape where there is no open land from which Hamas might be able to use to fire their rockets yet they have farm produce which needs greater access to markets. Where are these farms hidden within the dense landscape?


Perhaps a few facts followed by a map revealing the population densities within Gaza and even includes the Israel buffer area which Hamas claims is so restrictive that it is impossible for Gazans not to stray into the area and be shot regularly. These Hamas reputed victims of Israeli aggressions presumably occur quite frequently yet do not make international news headlines from a mainstream media which has a voracious appetite for any negative news accusing Israeli guilt, that stretches the realm of credulity. The most conclusive evidence was reported by India’s NDTV reporter Sreenivasan Jain who gave an accounting factually and without any hype revealing the entire process from the initial setting up of the rocket firing position just outside his hotel room under a tent used for concealment to the completion of the set-up with the placing of camouflage to conceal their position. The next morning Jain reports the team heard a “loud explosion and a whooshing sound” coming from the site just minutes before a 72-hour ceasefire took effect as rockets were fired from adjacent to his hotel placing himself, his crew and the other journalists, reporters and others in the hotel in danger had Israel responded by returning fire. Below is his video which can also be viewed here if the video below does not load in your browser.





Commenting on the reality of the population density of the Gaza area one immediately finds that it is far from the most densely populated region on the planet earth. A comprehensive study of the population density of Gaza by the Gatestone Institute can be researched with this link which lays bare the facts. Here is a list of some areas whose population density exceeds that of Gaza’s 4,601 persons per square kilometer (pp sq. km.); Calcutta @ 24,718 (pp sq. km.); Athens @ 20,235 (pp sq. km.); Paris @ 20,249 (pp sq. km.); Hanoi @ 23,342 (pp sq. km.); Barcelona @16,488 (pp sq. km.); Tel Aviv @ 7,524 (pp sq. km.); Jerusalem @ 6,045(pp sq. km.) (both Tel Aviv and Jerusalem were targets struck at by Hamas and Islamic Jihad during the conflict); Geneva @ 11,200 (pp sq. km.); along with Hong Kong, Singapore, Madrid, Chicago, London, New York, Copenhagen, San Francisco, Milan and others all have greater population densities than Gaza. Below is the promised map displaying the population density and distribution of Gaza which absolutely puts away the Hamas claim of having no open areas from which to fight and makes obvious that it is their intent and purpose to fire from areas which will maximize the potential danger and actual casualties of the innocent residents in Gaza. This purposeful endangerment is just one item in the crimes committed by Hamas and other terror groups.





Another of the Hamas falsehoods is that they are supported and beloved by an overwhelming percentage of the residents of Gaza. This also does not pass the smell test. Gazans have increasingly even become vocal and giving voice to their disgruntled and angry feelings about the entire situation which is a direct result, as they willingly admit, of the aggressions against Israel by Hamas and Islamic Jihad as well as the lack of funding, payments of salaries, and reconstruction which they perceive to be held up and delayed by both the terror outfits in Gaza and of the Palestinian Authority leadership in Samaria and Judea (West Bank). The unfortunate reality in which the population of Gaza resides are the muted press coverage of their situation as any reporter who would write about the crisis they are facing and the actual sources and targets of their anger would most definitely be denied continued access to Gaza, and this is even if they managed to place such a story as Hamas demands right to review any reports from within Gaza. Additionally Hamas has been reputed to have threatened reporters with death threats and worse, assuming torture followed by an execution is worse. Still, a number of reporters who were reporting from within Gaza during the fighting gave reports and filed complaints about their harassment and threats against them by Hamas and Islamic Jihad as well as having some of their reports spiked by Hamas due to the honest criticisms leveled in their reports. A smaller number of reporters have also complained about their agencies’ editors, especially the Jerusalem or Tel Aviv editors who are responsible for approving and passing on reports to make print or be televised or reported on radio for also spiking or watering down any reports critical of Hamas, Islamic Jihad or any of the other actors in Gaza. These reports and complaints are probably just the tip of the iceberg as many of these same reporters know they will be reassigned to report in Gaza and that they could face retribution from Hamas et. al.


There is one source who has come forth to report on Gaza with some degree of accuracy and truthfulness, an unusual occurrence and an appreciated one. The EU’s representative to the West Bank and Gaza, John Gatt-Rutter stated that, “There is a lot of anger in Gaza, and a lot of it is aimed at the Palestinians.” In further statements he added, “We are not hearing any good words [in Gaza] about anyone at the moment.” Gatt-Rutter related to reporters that the local population in Gaza is resentful that their major humanitarian needs have not been met, and that salaries have not been paid and that there is the possibility that these resentments could inspire a resumption of the war with Israel. Gatt-Rutter further related expressing that Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas has threatened to dissolve the latest Palestinian Authority unity government if Hamas does not recognize “one authority, one gun, one law” in Gaza in the form of Palestinian Authority/Fatah control. It was further postulated that should this threat materialize, this in turn will jeopardize the reconstruction efforts in Gaza as international donor countries will not rush to contribute funds that Fatah does not oversee.


This threat from Mahmoud Abbas is all part of his overt attempts to regain control over Gaza and relegate Hamas to a subordinate and completely overseen role which would necessarily be directed from Ramallah and his leadership. Abbas also fears what the recent polling predicts, an embarrassing and definitive loss by Abbas to Haniyeh should elections be held in the near future. Before the fifty day conflict initiated by Hamas and Islamic Jihad to strengthen their position and favorability with the Palestinian public, especially in Samaria and Judea (West Bank) as Hamas can pretty much control much of the outcome of any election vote tallies coming from Gaza, polls predicted a much closer race and one that either side might gain the advantage by massaging the ballot results from the areas they controlled. Another point of contention arose when Hamas leader Moussa Abu Marzouk stated recently that Hamas was ready to negotiate directly with Israel directly in Tel Aviv (Hamas does not recognize Jerusalem as the Israeli capital city instead he would refer to Jerusalem as al-Quds, and further, Hamas also does not officially recognize Israel as anything other than the entirety of the lands being occupied Palestine). To this, Fatah spokesman Ahmed Assaf directly accused Hamas of “treason” for the idea that according to the unity government Hamas leadership had been surrendered to the Palestinian Authority with a supposed technocrat, neutral, mutually agreed Parliament to act until elections are held. He went further inquiring rhetorically, “Since when do Palestinian factions negotiate with Israel on their own? Isn’t this treason and a threat to the unity of Palestinians and their political position?”


A final point of intense disagreement comes regarding who will be responsible for monitoring the Rafah Crossing between Gaza, with Hamas, Islamic Jihad and other terrorist organizations, groups, contingents (including one claiming to represent ISIS) and crime families, and the Egyptian Sinai Peninsula, a hot spot where a number of Egyptian Border Patrols and Military and Police officials and troops have faced strong and fatal terrorist attacks causing the Egyptian government and President Sisi great concern. Both Hamas and Fatah (political party within the Palestinian Authority in which Abbas is its president) are claiming that their troops will control the border and be responsible for inspecting goods crossing in and out of Gaza to assure that no weapons or other material which could be utilized for military purposes. Having Hamas carry out that duty would be leaving the fox to guard the hen house. The potential for intra-Palestinian turmoil and potentially purges and violence resulting in a Palestinian civil war of a sort where Abbas cleanses Samaria and Judea of any Hamas, Islamic Jihad and other allied terror groups while Hamas does the same to Palestinian Authority, Fatah and any other opposition. Hamas has already publically executed more than twenty individuals under suspicion of their spying for Israel. These were summary executions and required no trial according to Hamas officials.


All of this is worrisome for Israelis because often resulting from these hostilities between the different factions within the Palestinian society, particularly the Fatah-Hamas resentment for the coup in which Hamas murdered a large number of Fatah and Palestinian Authority security personnel as well as civilian members to either Fatah or Palestinian Authority and even those who did not appear to sufficiently support Hamas and their rule over Gaza. Many were executed without a trial and were simply taken to the roof of a building having over ten floors, the more the better, and then simply throwing their victims from the roof. Hamas terrorist fighters often celebrated such events with firing their weapons into the air, handing out sweets and candies, honking their vehicle horns and dancing in the street, the identical response that lasted almost a week after the al-Qaeda 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center, Pentagon, and almost another site thought to be either the White House or the Capital Building which was brought down by the passengers attempting to take back the aircraft, a brave first response to a terror war which dates back to the very founding of the United States which eventually caused the War with the Barbary Pirates. For Europe, North Africa, the Middle East, India, the Philippines and others dating back to the Seventh Century Islamic expansive violence has been a near constant threat to those whose lands border the lands held by Islam through their never ending drive to obey the Qur’anic demand to spread Islam by any and all means including the sword.


The final deceit I will mention was the representation of casualty reports by Hamas which were taken as fact despite no verification and reports from other sources stating far different numbers of civilian and combatant casualties. This went right along with many Western mainstream media news anchors and commentators both on the air and in print and internet publications which simply took any Hamas press release as the Gospel truth while challenging every Israeli spokesperson and press release, the lack of fairness and equal trust was excruciating to watch, especially if you had read other sources who painted a completely different and more accurate reality than the fantasies claimed by Hamas. Of course it will be months if not decades before anybody gives an accurate and presumably honest accounting. The United Nations and the International Red Cross both have stated their complete lack of interest of performing such a task and simply using the numbers provided by Hamas as the reality. Unfortunately, many have come to not expect more or even the slightest sign of neutrality and a desire for truth except outside the normal channels and mainstream media. Hopefully this article pointed some to find the truth which is out there if one looks sufficiently deep and determined enough.


Beyond the Cusp

September 9, 2014

Will Israel and West Reap the Winds from Hamas Claim of Victory?

The ceasefire is still holding though the possibility of Hamas returning to firing rockets the length and breadth of Israel has slowly been ramping as Israel continues to refuse to commit to total surrender to Hamas granting them the entirety of their demands. It matters not what the result of the Cairo negotiations between Israel and Hamas produce as Hamas is at the cusp of realizing their main objective from the entire conflict orchestrated from the initial abduction and murder of three Israeli teens to the thirty-thousand plus rockets launched into Israel over the fifty days of on and off fighting interspersed with ceasefires which seldom lasted more than a day or two. The entire effort by Hamas had nothing to do with Israel beyond showing Hamas and their allies as the strong horse willing to stand toe-to-toe with Israel for an extended period of time and continue to fire rockets posing a threat to Israel. This was their entire campaign for the supposedly soon to be held elections by the Palestinians to elect their new leadership for the recently established unity government which allowed Hamas, and potentially Islamic Jihad, to become an integral party within the Palestinian Authority thus able to present candidates in the elections, the first for President since Mahmoud was last elected in January 2005 after which he has continuously cancelled all subsequently scheduled elections for the Presidency fearful of losing. Before the conflict, titled Defensive Edge by Israel, polling depicted a narrow Hamas leader Haniyeh victory over Abbas but not with an insurmountable lead. Since the conflict the Hamas position has been drastically reinforced with Haniyeh leading Abbas by a two-to-one ratio in polling taken since the last ceasefire and the negotiations begun in Cairo. This is very probably the main reason behind Abbas making threats to dissolve the unity government blaming the refusal by Hamas to accept proposed terms for peace presented by Abbas and insisting on Israeli surrender meeting their every demand or face a continuing war of attrition.

This presents a number of questions of which the first and most important is will Abbas permit elections with Hamas permitted to take part or will Abbas attempt to dissolve the unity government and thus cancel elections claiming the lack of opposition to his continuing as President. This has been the method of operation by Abbas starting in 2009 when he cancelled elections for President after Hamas had prevailed in elections to form the Palestinian parliament. Abbas again cancelled elections twice since then continuing on with a blind eye from the United States, the Europeans, the Arab League and the Sisi government in Egypt who fear having Hamas take the lead as president of the Palestinian Authority as that would provide the Muslim Brotherhood a base of operation from which to assault the Egyptian government. On the other side, supporting Hamas in their quest to take command of Judea and Samaria (West Bank) as well as Gaza by defeating Abbas and taking the Presidency of the Palestinian Authority are Iran, Qatar, Turkey and many of the rebel forces in Libya. Nobody has asked the leadership of ISIS but our bet is that they would prefer to have Hamas take the reins of the Palestinian government as they would likely see the Hamas recent conflict with Israel as preferable to Abbas and his reliance on negotiations as ISIS does not believe in negotiations with the West or Israel and would be favorable to the Hamas expressed desires to eradicate Israel and install a Sharia governance over all of the lands west of the Jordan River.

The pivotal question is what would be the reaction outside the Arab and Muslim worlds to a Hamas victory taking complete control over all of the Palestinian governance. It is likely that the European Union would recognize such a government as would the majority of the European governments as they would not be concerned with the threat such an election would pose to Israel. President Obama would likely confer with his good and close friend and confidant President Erdogan of Turkey which would most likely provide the necessary impetus for President Obama to support the election victory by Hamas just as he supported the election victory of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt. There should be little surprise if President Obama offered to provide training and arms to the newly established Hamas Palestinian government even demanding that Israel recognize the election victory by Hamas and by doing so end the embargo on Gaza permitting them to establish a sea port and an international airport. The next question would be whether President Obama’s recognition of the newly elected government of the state of Palestine would also recognize whatever borders the Hamas government may claim. There would be little doubt that any Hamas government would claim their borders for Palestine to be the Mediterranean Sea to the Jordan River completely erasing the existence of the state of Israel. Where recognizing such a claim by Hamas would pose little if any problem for the vast majority of Arab and Muslim governments, how much of a problem it might pose in the Western capitals is another question. There would be some from within Europe who would readily recognize such claims while some might recognize the authority of Hamas to rule the Palestinian Authority, they might simply ignore the territorial claims by Hamas in that recognition while others would include their recognition and give it their approval, such as Norway who already offered to join with Turkey and build a port in Gaza for Hamas and Islamic Jihad whether Israel approved or not. With a world going head over heels to support and placate a Hamas governed Palestinian Authority and the eagerness with which the United Nations would take to recognizing the unified Palestinians as the newest member of the United Nations, at least in the General Assembly and also in the Security Council as it is likely that all the permanent members would at the least refuse to use their veto, even the United States and Britain, that after their admission with their claims for borders eclipsing Israel, how long before the United Nations began to remove Israel from every agency, agreement, convention and other recognitions as an actual member nation in the community of nations and finally revoked Israeli membership and refusing to recognize Israel ruling it an illegal entity and criminal amongst the nations of the world. What could Israel do after such an eventuality as having Canada defending you against a world gone mad has its comforts, it would not prevent the ensuing apocalypse.

So, what exactly could Israel do to battle against the rogue wave of world insanity working to dissolve the Jewish State? Granted that Israel had a number of treaties, conventions, committees, and even Article 80 of the United Nations Charter granting her license, deed and rights to the lands from the Jordan River to the Mediterranean Sea, these have not protected Israel from the ever growing animosities of a world riding full speed ahead back into a full on fury of anti-Semitism which includes demanding the destruction of Israel, the sole guarantor of the Jews right to defend themselves. The United Nations has in the past declared Zionism to be the equivalence to racism, has entertained motions to rescind the declaration which established the opportunity for Israel to come into existence, and has denounced Israel in its numerous committees and agencies almost as often as it has denounced the entire rest of the world since the establishment of the United Nations. No nation in recorded history has faced the bald faced animosity, bile, hatreds and violent intents from a world united in denial of Israel and the Jews rights to self-government and self-defense. Should a Palestinian election place Hamas at the head of the Palestinian Authority and they claim any borders which refuse to recognize the right of Israel to exist must immediately be met with a declaration of war by Israel against the Hamas government. Israel would need to immediately take whatever steps were required to arrest and detain the Hamas leadership immediately after they declare claim to all of Israel as Palestinian lands declaring Israel to be a nonentity. That is a declaration of war by any definition and Israel would be fully in her right to end a government on her borders which was bent on erasing her borders and slaughtering her people at their first opportunity. Israel must make known her intent to defend her existence and that any attempt by a Hamas led Palestinian Authority to claim lands or to threaten the lives of Israeli citizens will be regarded as an act of war and would be dealt with in just manner without hesitation and with all the vigor and force at Israel’s disposal. That statement of warning should be made clearly, openly and to include any nation which might choose to join Hamas in their defense or in any other way of support. Not pleasant, not simple, but unfortunately necessary when living in a world that has slid beyond the cusp of sanity into the realms beyond reason, virtue and righteousness.

Beyond the Cusp

September 7, 2014

Israel Must Use Cairo Talks to Force Final Offer

Israel has been facing an ever growing pressure from the world with each beginning of negotiations having the European Union, its member individual states, the United States, the Arab League, the United Nations and who know who else demanding that Israel surrender more and more land for the Palestinian state. When the idea for a sound and fair peace was first discussed after the Six Day War the going idea at that time was that Israel would return most, possibly all, of the Sinai Peninsula and would retain the Golan and most, if not all, of the West Bank with Gaza being considered as part of the Sinai. That was in the early 1970s and goes through to the most recent offers and Israel has been pushed and shoved by world opinions back to the original Armistice Lines from 1949 on which the Arabs based their best possible borders from which they could launch attacks to destroy Israel. The present demands even include Israel surrendering half of Jerusalem including the Temple Mount and all of the Old City, the holiest of places in Judaism. That is how far the world has strayed from supporting Israel with defensible borders to demanding Israel assume indefensible borders. That is why Israel must act and place on display the reality that all the Palestinians have ever desired is the destruction of Israel, not a state for themselves and how they use their claim for a state to bring about the destruction of Israel.


The upcoming talks in Cairo have been sold as being between Israel and Hamas over the recent conflict currently suspended in an open ended ceasefire. As the Palestinian government is presumed to be a unity government which includes Hamas within the Palestinian Authority and as the Palestinian Authority also has a representative at these talks, Israel should present a final offer, take it or leave it, and set a deadline by which the Palestinian government must answer with all elements signed in agreement or there is no agreement. Israel should set out and delineate borders which address the Israeli necessities for defensible, safe and secure borders, along with retaining the major settlement blocks and any other lands from Area C deemed required for future expansion and settlement or as a buffer to protect Israeli assets from attacks from any Palestinian areas. These borders should include the entire length of the Judean and Samarian hills which overlook the Israeli heartland including but not limited to the Tel Aviv-Netanya areas and Ben Gurion International Airport. The Israeli representatives to Cairo should present this final settlement of borders and set down that any return of Palestinian refugees would be into areas under Palestinian control just as the Jewish refugees were settled in Israel and not in Jordanian or Egyptian controlled areas. After explaining the exact details of the Israeli offer the presenters should remain for any immediate questions which mostly would entail repeating that this is the final Israeli proposal and that if it should be rejected then Israel would unilaterally set whatever borders Israel desired by whatever means required. After the short period to explain that everything Israel is prepared to surrender to permit a Palestinian state is detailed in the presented plan and stands as is, they should simply depart with a final cautionary word that the Israelis expect their answer by the end of the month after which Israel would set forth the final borders they desire which may or may not have any similarity to those offered in the presented agreement leaving the understanding that the offered plan is very probably far more generous than what would ensue should the Palestinians believe they could simply refuse to accept any offer and believe they can pursue their agenda unopposed indefinitely as has been made obvious by their refusals to every fair offer no matter how generous.


As the Israeli representatives are presenting the final Israeli proposal for peace and a two state solution, Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu with as many other Party Leaders and other high level Israeli officials beside him should present the same plan in a major speech made to the world and especially the Western leadership which has for years whittled at the minute piece of land promised the Jews for their state from after World War I and independent and before the Holocaust thus not due to any persecution but recognized as the right and proper thing to do and that Israel was to take the world to task to stand by their promises and agreements. Then the Prime Minister must tell of the generous offer being given the Palestinian unity government this day in Cairo and that they have granted the Palestinians the rest of the month in which to comply and agree to accept this offer otherwise Israel would act unilaterally and claim lands that were set aside in perpetuity for the Jewish people. The Prime Minister might desire to go further and present a plan for permitting Palestinians who desired to leave rather than live under Jewish rule with a generous stipend making their resettlement more comfortable. The Prime Minister can refer to the large number of similar population transfers which have occurred under similar situations over the years and how this would simply be the finalization of just such a transfer of populations from the early years where the displaced Jews were resettled in Israel while the displaced Arabs were rejected by the Arab world and left in squalor in camps run by their brothers who cared little for them except how they permitted the continuation of the war to destroy Israel. The Prime Minister can expose how the world has shamelessly joined the Arab efforts to destroy Israel by chipping away at the amount of land recognized as being holy and wholly reserved for the Jewish state. The Prime Minister can state that these machinations and deceits end today and Israel will present the Palestinian Arabs this one final offer and if they refuse, then Israel will set what borders she desires and allow for the resettlement of any Arab Palestinians wishing to reside elsewhere. Meanwhile, the known leadership of the Palestinian terror organizations and leaders of the political wings of these anti-Israel and anti-Zionist parties will be requested to leave any lands claimed by Israel, period. After the Prime Minister has addressed the situation, the other party leaders would be permitted to speak and provide their support for the Israeli position presenting a united front capable of forming or retaining the coalition. After this offer has been presented, then all that remains is to quietly ignore the rants which are sure to emanate from all quarters and then act exactly as presented allowing the Palestinians the allotted time and not one second more. If they refuse the offer or refuse to provide an answer, then Israel should simply act unilaterally as presented. The time for permitting the erosion of the state of Israel by those who care little or even feel hatred and are assisting in the eradication by inches of the Jewish state must be brought to its end, period.


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