Beyond the Cusp

November 20, 2017

United States Needs Reevaluate Middle East Priorities

 

The developed world is on the precipice of failure while ignoring the severity of the problem. Much of that reason is they have adopted the view of the Sunni Arabs who claim that until their problems with Israel are solved, they cannot think of anything else. The reality is they could not care less about the “Palestinian People” as they know that there really is no such thing. They know this because they helped to build that myth. Their blaming the situation in Israel for everything is the means by which they remain in power. If Israel is to blame and the United States keeps Israel alive, then they can play off the United States using Israel as well. This dangerous game keeps these nations screaming “Israel, Israel, Israel” all day long and also ignoring the tiger breaking out just beyond and now into their eastern edge. That tiger is Iran and they are set on conquest of the Sunni Arab world and converting them all to Shia Muslims making Shiite Islam supreme once more. They see these conquests over the Arabs as revenge for the Arabs defeating the Persian Empire back just before 640 A.D. Now the Persian Menace has returned and this time the world is simply slightly larger but still deserving of Persian rule. The Iranian Ayatollah is set on the Middle East followed by the easiest European nations that they can conquer. But they have a first objective on their plate, Mecca and Medina.

 

The United States need forget about Israel except as the front lines of this coming war, and it promises to be a big war getting larger every day it is permitted to grow. Iran just spent eight years sucking the blood from Russia in Syria using Russia to destroy the Sunni forces. This was aided by Sunni on Sunni warfare as ISIS battled with the Sunni rebels and both fought against the Kurds, with the Kurds winning those battles with American airpower assisting. This destroyed the Sunni forces which still refuse to unify and with only the Kurds having a cohesive force as the Syrian and Iraqi Kurds found their way to fight together when necessary and do so selflessly. That is why the Kurds are the sole Sunni power standing and why the Syrian and Iraqi Kurds need to be unified in a single new nation of Kurdistan as doing so would establish a solid Sunni Islamic force and another friend for the United States which would be free and democratic in nature. The United States needs to pressure Saudi Arabia to get on board along with Egypt as they represent the core strength of the Sunni Arabs. Currently the Saudis and Egypt are not together or even near being on the same page as each is using their own unique book. The Saudis are busy taking on the Iranian backed Houthis in Yemen who have again started hurling missiles at Riyadh and other provocations. This signals that Iran is ready to join forces in Yemen taking over Yemen as they did Lebanon and taking control of the Al Mandeb Straits granting Iran control over the Red Sea exit into the Persian Gulf and the Indian Ocean and on to greater Asia. This would permit Iran to completely isolate Europe by making the Suez Canal useless which would bring much of Europe to their knees within weeks as they depend on the oil and natural gas flowing as well as the trade routes.

 

Saudi Arabia was allied with Egypt in fighting Yemen but then Egypt started facing other problems and decided to throw in with Turkey half-heartedly. Now Turkey is discarding any concerns for pleasing Egypt and starting their turn to Iran despite Turkey presumably being Sunni. Turkish President Erdoğan is most concerned with following the strong horse and attempting to recreate at least a part of the old Ottoman Empire and declaring himself as the great new Caliph. He has likely promised to take the Kurdish areas as part of Turkey including Mosul while cooperating with the Iranians allowing them to control the remainder. The Iranians, after watching the Kurdish success against the Islamic State, probably see Erdoğan as a tool sent by Allah to remove any threat from their direction while allowing Iran to take what they require from Iraq and Syria. This has left Egypt alone and still fighting the Muslim Brotherhood which believes that Sisi stole their nation illegally and they might actually have an argument, but nobody is listening. Unlike his predecessor Obama, President Trump is not concerned in the slightest with the Muslim Brotherhood and their problems, he has sufficient problems at home in the Congress even with his own party members. Meanwhile, as President Trump butts his head against the Arab-Israeli problem and getting nothing, they will be busy preparing for their next phase and with creating as many nuclear weapons in secret as they are able. One can only assume that the Iranians have the exact same nuclear weapons schematics, as does North Korea, which means that Iran has a deliverable thermonuclear warhead which can be configured as an EMP device to destroy electrical grids and components or can be maximized for destructive power allowing for the destruction of most cities in the Middle East.

 

Iran already has signaled their next set of targets. They may permit Hezballah with some al-Quds forces, if the Palestinian Authority will permit them to set up a base in Judea and Samaria if not within Jerusalem, something which very well could already be in place, and IRGC forces to attack Israel from the Golan Heights border out of Syria attempting to leave their structures and tunnel systems in tact in Lebanon. Such a frontal war would grab the attention of the world, have the United Nations frantically attempting to be relevant, press the European Union into convulsive meetings after meetings while the United States pleaded with all involved to step back from the brink and try and prevent this from breaking beyond the cusp and into a full blown war across the Syrian and Lebanese borders. Israel would have to use such a conflict to destroy as many Iranian missiles and bases as they know exist. With the world engaged in stopping this blatant Israeli aggression while Israel defends herself from this assault, Iran will be able to press a front to take the majority of the Saudi Arabian oil fields while using a pincer movement from Iraq in the north and Yemen in the south to take Mecca and Medina and surround Saudi Arabia. Once the Iranians pull the pin on their Saudi Arabia attack, the only nations preventing their spread across all of Sunni Islam are Egypt and Israel. The Iranians are mostly descendants of the Persian Empire rather than Arabs thus they feel themselves superior to the Arabs as a people and see themselves as the true rulers for the world instead of the United States, China or anyone else, and are out to prove this.

 

The Iranian Probable Saudi Arabia Attack Plans

The Iranian Probable Saudi Arabia Attack Plans

 

Once Iran has taken the Saudi Arabia oil fields, Saudi Arabia is finished, as all they will possess would be an ocean of sand and Mecca and Medina, the two Holy Cities of Islam. Iran intends to rob them of these at the same time. While this assault is underway, Iran will be vulnerable along the remainder of her borders. That is when Iran itself must be threatened forcing them to call off this attack and respond to their home-front. That would also bring them to the bargaining table once again where President Trump, if he had played his cards correctly, could completely renegotiate the Obama Iran treaty by formulating a new and realistic treaty where Iran was fully opened to inspections, report and release any nuclear weapons she has stored, reduced her missile capacities, remove her forces from Lebanon, Syria, Gaza, Judea and Samaria, stop supporting terrorism both by supply of arms and by providing money and training. The new Iran peace deal would grant Iran her actual borders and leave her well informed that crossing these borders again would bring a world of hurt down upon them by Israel if not the United States. Also, this time Israel is also be a signatory to the treaty and be granted a direct say in its implementation and enforcement. The Saudis would also join in the settlement as part of the deal would reestablish the borders of Saudi Arabia and the assigning their keeping of the Holy Cities of Mecca and Medina, providing they were not made into international zones run by the world as a whole, like is often suggested for Jerusalem. This treaty should include the United States as its main guarantor.

 

The only way that peace can be maintained, or restored should violence grow worse, will require the United States to simply pass on any Arab-Israel peace deal right now and start to prepare for facing down Iran before they declare nuclear breakout or do so by using a nuclear weapon using a nuclear warhead on Riyadh, Cairo or Tel Aviv at the very start of their assault on Saudi Arabia, their next large target. The Iranians could very well send multiple nuclear warheads at the above cities as their intent for hostilities as once they acquire the Saudi oil fields along with Mecca and Medina, they become the leaders of Islam and Shia Islam will be empowered while the Sunnis will be in even further disarray. Yes, we realize such is difficult to picture, but the Sunni Arabs could actually become more fractured and at one another’s throat. But with a fractured Sunni Arab world and useless Arab League or with a truly unified Arab League under a strong leader, either way and with such as an ally or with Israel as their only ally, that is the choice, the entirety of the Sunni world or Israel, not both, the United States must address Iran even before Kim Jong un in North Korea as Iran is the true threat to world peace and the only nation capable and currently willing to attempt world conquest. Should they be permitted a running start before anybody responds, Iran will own the oil fields, have three-quarters of a billion new Shiite converts as Sunni tribe and country after Sunni tribe and country seek to ally with the strong horse and leave the all but dead horse of Sunni Muslim Brotherhood or Wahabbist Islam for the Ayatollahs of Iran. That would be a Persian dream revenge come to fruition and full success. Already Qatar has joined with Iran and turned traitor to Saudi Arabia and refused to return basically telling the Saudis that they believe Iran to be their replacement and to be such soon. Additionally, Russia has allied with Iran for years and Iran already has full control of Lebanon, Iraq, and pretty much Yemen and Syria. Turkey keeps flirting and coming closer to Iran and away from their Sunni friends. Egypt and Saudi Arabia, the two powerful nations of the Sunni realm, have had a falling out over fighting the Iranian proxies in Yemen, the Houthis. This left Saudi Arabia all but alone in the fight against Iran in Yemen while the United States remains staying above the war as long as their naval base remains open for refueling ships after long trips from the United States and elsewhere. The pins have obviously been weakened and all lined up and Iran is choosing their bowling ball and will be shooting for a strike very soon, and the United States can sit safely theoretically beyond the ability of Iran to strike, but what if those claiming the United States is vulnerable are correct after all, then what? This is the reality in the world and nobody apparently cares to do anything but demand that Israel do nothing to upset Iran. Really?

 

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November 19, 2017

Apocalypse Israel Skewered by Trump and Company

 

President Trump has assembled a group to formulate the most marvelous peace proposal which they will craft such that Mahmoud Abbas will feel comfortable taking it demanding two or three adjustments and Israel will be informed that their military is so dependent on American provisions that they can simply sit down, shut up and take their medicine because the object is to allow Trump to accomplish what no one before him had been able to do, and if Israel must suffer some inconvenience, well it is about time and this time they will simply bite the bullet and take whatever is coming. A senior White House adviser said Trump’s Mideast peace plan would attempt to tackle hot-button issues such as the status of Jerusalem and West Bank settlements.

 

Mahmoud Abbas Meeting with President Trump

Mahmoud Abbas Meeting with President Trump

 

The team includes Jason Greenblatt, son-in-law and chief Middle East adviser Jared Kushner, Deputy National Security Adviser for Strategy Dina Powell and US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman with this four-member team reportedly also consulting with State Department officials along with US Consul General in Jerusalem Donald Blome. This was meant to impress everybody and with Jared Kushner and David Friedman on board, Israel should have nothing to worry about, right? We have seen dream teams before and we can only hope that this will be the final dream team, whether they succeed or fail. Every time there is one of these great ventures, Israel is pressured and forced to surrender lands and sovereignty to the Arabs and the Arabs are to make promises with their full intention of ignoring them two minutes later, if that long. Israel should work to minimize the damage which will be coming simply because President Trump is the greatest deal-maker in the world and he will make this deal, he has promised exactly that. Unfortunately, President Trump will deliver on this deal even if it all but kills Israel in the process, if not then, the coming war will be moments after everybody finishes glad handing one another over the miracle they had achieved.

 

Chief Middle East Adviser Jared Kushner

Chief Middle East Adviser Jared Kushner

 

Perhaps this is the time for a few quotes from the past week or so about these developments would be in order. First up is Middle East envoy Jason Greenblatt who told The New York Times, “We have spent a lot of time listening to and engaging with the Israelis, Palestinians and key regional leaders over the past few months to help reach an enduring peace deal. We are not going to put an artificial timeline on the development or presentation of any specific ideas and will also never impose a deal. Our goal is to facilitate, not dictate, a lasting peace agreement to improve the lives of Israelis and Palestinians and security across the region.”

 

Middle East Envoy Jason Greenblatt

Middle East Envoy Jason Greenblatt

 

The New York Times reported also that both sides would be required to commit to confidence building measures, so, here we go again. “For Israel, it could include limiting settlement construction to current blocs without taking new land, recommitting to a two-state solution and redesignating a small part of the West Bank to give Palestinians more control.” Here we go again, no more houses to be built in the towns and not more construction even of places which would provide jobs for Israelis and Palestinians alike and growing families forced to live generation upon generation in a single dwelling. Meanwhile the European Union and Arabs may build freely even in places where the Arabs are forbidden by the Oslo Accords but rules do not apply to the Arabs as the whole idea is to destroy Israel.

 

United States Ambassador to Israel David Friedman

United States Ambassador to Israel David Friedman

 

“For the Palestinians, it could include resuming full security cooperation with Israel, holding off seeking further international recognition and ending payments to families of Palestinians imprisoned for terrorist attacks. Arab states, particularly Saudi Arabia, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates and Jordan, could add their own commitments, like overflights by Israeli passenger planes, visas for business people and telecommunications links.”

 

United States Consul General in Jerusalem Donald Blome

United States Consul General in Jerusalem Donald Blome

 

Note the difference; Israel surrenders actual concrete items and actual ground while the Palestinians only are required to end payments to terrorist’s families who are imprisoned. What about those who died in their terror attack, do they still pay those families, not to mention they will simply rename these payments and continue them while claiming they have ended. We can hear Abbas now; we have ended the payments to the families of terrorists while in reality they now receive monthly patriotism reward payments for their families’ contribution to the greater effort. In the end, there will be one small item which Abbas just cannot agree unless the item is included. Then the pressure starts on Israel and as Netanyahu slowly concedes, Abbas hints, suggests the advantage, requests, then says he will walk unless this additional item is included and the final request is something he recently promised the Arab world. According to Abbas and his latest stand, he explained, “We won’t relinquish the ‘right of return’.” This is the one demand which Mahmoud Abbas knows that Israel cannot accept as it would mean many millions, anywhere from four or five million to uncountable as every Syrian refugee in any camp would probably claim to be of Palestinian decent just to be in Israel for a better life plus all the Hezballah, IRGC, Islamic State and other Islamic groups flooding Israel with possibly twenty million Arab refugees with potentially three-quarters of them being terrorist plants specially sent to destroy Israel.

 

United States Deputy National Security Adviser for Strategy Dina Powell

United States Deputy National Security Adviser for Strategy Dina Powell

 

Here is where a problem just might creep into the whole equation. Let us start with a little historic story. Once upon a time, there was an America President and his Secretary of State where the Secretary of State once stated she thought of the Palestinians as the black slaves and the Israelis the plantation owners. They believed they had the solution, the grand solution by which the Palestinians would have the opportunity to prove their desire to found a state and actually make a go of it and the Israelis could see the progress and realize they should trust the Palestinians with the rest of what the world believes is legally their land. They gave Israel guarantees and assurances that everything would be protected by the United States and if anything were to go awry, then Israel and the United States would repair the damage together and put things back to the way they were. This was the great experiment where nothing could go wrong, Prime Minister Sharon fell for President George W. Bush and Condoleezza Rice and their promises and grand solution, and Gaza was given over to Mahmoud Abbas and the Palestinians to build their state. Within two years, Hamas took control of Gaza in a coup and apparently that was not something going awry as the United States did nothing to return things to the way they were. Hopefully, Prime Minister Netanyahu recalls the worth of any United States promises and assurances that they will protect anything of Israel should things from their next grand scheme go wrong. Their guarantees are worthless, as worthless as every rocket and missile that Hamas and Islamic Jihad launch and every tunnel these terrorists dig is because of the guarantees given to Israel by an American President, one who the Israelis hailed as the most pro-Israel President ever, and now Trump has that same title and is coming with another grand plan where Israel makes concrete sacrifices and makes promises and hopes for peace while the world works through Trump’s inability to comprehend that he is being used as their tool to destroy Israel one step further.

 

So, let us look at the real story. President Trump is out to prove that he is the ultimate deal-maker and he will ply and pry at Israel forcing her to give him that precious deal proving his prowess and deal-making abilities. The team is mostly made up of amateurs with no experience or real depth of knowledge of the situation. Prime Minister Netanyahu had best tell them all about the grand Gaza deal and remind them how that turned out and the lack of American response to the emergency they created. But the truth is that the Europeans are the truthful ones as the European Union builds in Israeli territories Arab housing in order to erase as much of Israeli lands as they are able. The whole of world efforts since the promise to found a Jewish homeland has been to make such impossible. From the start the British along with Arab leaders forced Arabs to move into the Jewish designated areas while forbidding Jews from entering, even making the area all but completely closed during the Shoah. Since the founding of Israel, the efforts of the world have been to force Israel to exit as many strategic areas to the Arabs as frontal assaults from Arab armies failed in 1948-9, 1967 and 1973. President Obama all but presented Iran with nuclear weapons which would eventually be used against the United States knowing that they would also be used against Israel. This was an act which all but guarantees World War III, unless the world, especially Europe, realizes what is coming and acts preventively.

 

Abbas Gives Peace This Much of a Chance

Abbas Gives Peace This Much of a Chance

 

The world has worked to destroy Israel since her inception and continued even after she became a fact on the ground. Likely the first act should the European Union build a time machine, they will send an assassin back to murder Lord Balfour before he turns ten just to be sure. For a modern day replica of what Israel faced, look no further than the Kurdish and their recent referendum. The Kurdish forces in Iraq and Syria are largely responsible for the destruction of the Islamic State in those two nations and now they are being ditched like old birdcage newspaper lining. The Zionists were fortunate to have some people in important places and with wealth to back their efforts with Lord Rothschild being one of the more prominent names. The Kurds in Iraq and Syria need to band together and tell the world that they have decided to establish Kurdistan as they were promised would happen after World War I and simply define their desired borders and prepare to defend them. Israel should be the first nation to recognize such an effort and be there to assist their defense if requested. Israel received such assistance on a person-by-person basis as soldiers from World War II such as Colonel Marcus volunteered to assist the Jewish efforts. The world still thinks that they will destroy Israel given sufficient time; the establishing of Kurdistan might just give the world more national homelands as others may follow such an effort. The Berbers in Northern Africa are another group deserving of their own lands once again as are numerous others. Instead of attempting to destroy indigenous peoples’ hopes, the world should celebrate such and a good start would be instead of trying to destroy Israel, how about freeing Tibet from Chinese occupation, or does that occupation not count. The United States was supposed to be about freedom, hope and against tyranny, when did that all change? Perhaps the time has come for the United States to return to her roots and allow others to return to their roots and even assist those denied such freedoms. But we ask too much and know this, too bad.

 

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November 18, 2017

As If Israel Did Not Have Enough Problems

 

Let us start with the most bizarre of all the problems facing Israel, though this one is easily repaired, simply ignore it and it will wither on the vine, so to speak. This one comes from a nation which once upon a time was a friend to Israel. France sold Israel Mirage Jets through the 1950’s and much of the 1960’s. Those were the days, my friends, but just like the song, they did end. Now France has demanded access to prisoners by insisting for their Parliamentarians to have access to whomever they wish access whenever they are in Israel. Imagine the chutzpah French Foreign Ministry displayed releasing this statement, this audacious demand, upon Israeli authorities Monday stating they would bar entry to the country of a group of French politicians seeking to visit jailed terrorist leader Marwan Barghouti. Their hope was to raise their movement for the release of this terror master and murderer of numerous Israeli civilians so he can replace Mahmoud Abbas as the next leader of the PLO, Palestinian Authority (PA), and Fatah to continue the war to destroy Israel. This is just the most recent face of the European and world efforts to bring to fruition the destruction of Israel.

 

On the Israeli northern border along the Lebanese border (the Blue Line) and the Golan Heights from the Syrian border there lies Hezballah. They have been invigorated with fresh troops from the IRGC (Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps) and better weaponry direct from Iran are believed to be considering the means by which to calm the suspicions of the Lebanese people that Hezballah is simply using them as a base and are actually servants of Iran and Syria, nothing more. Despite that being the reality which has become obvious even to the most casual of observers, Nasrallah likes his comfortable life in the peaceful hills of Lebanon and believes it would really be a shame if he needed relocate to the burnt hills of Syria. The word has leaked that Nasrallah may be pinning his hopes to calm the rumors in Lebanon by forcing a confrontation with Israel possibly from the Syria border so as to avoid the fighting spilling into Lebanon. The entire concept would be risky as the support for such an assault would almost necessarily need be launched out of Lebanon as that is the location of the majority of the hundred to hundred and fifty thousand rockets and missiles of various size and range held by Hezballah. Such an escalation would definitely gain a response in kind from Israel which would then bring the war onto Lebanese lands. Whether Nasrallah will risk the bloodshed and ravages of another war with Israel remains to be seen. All of Israel hopes he decides not to risk the peace, safety and lives of his people and of Israel as we prefer peace but will act according to the realities presented to us.

 

Another group in the Iranian camp is Hamas and there is always the possibility that they too might decide that by provoking Israel by attacking her civilians, towns, cities, farms, kibbutzim and population centers with barrages of rockets will please their sponsors in Tehran. Further, Iran may demand of them to attack Israel ever escalating their attacks over time in order to find exactly where Israel will draw the line and respond in kind. Hamas might also be a second prong of a pincer attack striking from the north with Hezballah and the South with Hamas. Hamas, along with Islamic Jihad, have been building terror tunnels to use to infiltrate Israel intending to use them during attacks or to abduct Israelis to hold hostage and demand the release of terrorists from Israeli prisons. This has become a point of contention in some circles in Israel.

 

Then there is the rumors about a grand plan being worked upon in Washington D.C. based on the Two-State Solution. President Trump will soon attempt to bring about another round of negotiations between the PA and Israel. The rumors are that there will be concessions asked of both sides. We have been here before where the concessions from Israel are concrete sacrifices on the lands and in assigned borders granting additional facts for the PA to claim more areas while the PA and Abbas are only requested to make promises which they will never keep. It has been the same ever since the disaster brought upon Israel by the crafters of the Oslo Accords; Shimon Peres, Yossi Beilin, Ron Pundak, Yitzhak Rabin and their select group of advisers and negotiators. Since then there have been a select group who have continued to believe in the Oslo Accords and protected them always holding to the concept that should Israel only find the exact formula of concessions and enticements, then peace will break out and roses will bloom. This has been the political Achilles Heel of Israel.

 

The Truth Arab League Wants You to Know

The Truth Arab League Wants You to Know

 

Then there is a growing rift which has grown between the American Jewish communities, particularly those of a leftist political alignment. This rift has not grown between the traditional Orthodox who largely still supports Israel just as they have since her conception seeing Israel as the realization of the dream. Meanwhile, the leftist Jews are mostly made up from the Reform and Reconstructionist movements and have recently invented a new branch designed to strike from another angle, these are the New Orthodox, Open Orthodox or whatever name they will jump to using once these names has been exposed as false branches and not truly Orthodox. These pseudo-Orthodox factions believe in same sex marriage, inter-faith marriages and numerous other leftist political positions which run contrary to Halacha. They have used this front to augment the push by the leadership of nontraditional Judaism to demand Israel bend and hold to the leftist principles followed by these sects which long ago placed their leftist politics above Halachic Judaism. They demanded a mixed gender place where women could wear Tallit, put on Tefillin, and even read Torah and Israel tried to meet them on this demand. The section was not used and remained deserted but when the Israelis decided to close the section to save resources, the hue and cry went up that Israel was drawing lines on who was a Jew and who was not. Their most damaging attempt was the demand that Israel accept any conversion to Judaism from any Rabbi or source with no regards for qualitative demands, religious knowledge of the convert, desire of the convert to live an Halachic life or even make an attempt to be Jewish in any manner or fashion. The reason behind these attacks is to label Israel as rejecting their Jewishness and not hold themselves at all responsible for their complete desertion of all things Jewish exchanging them for leftist politics and their holy revolution.

 

Another peril for Israel is the rising anti-Semitism in Europe and starting to spread throughout the world. This is an Israeli problem as Israel has a responsibility to fight to protect the Jews everywhere. By fight, we do not mean literally but politically and socially. The best antidote for anti-Semitism is a strong and proper Israel and Israeli people living proper and Torah observant lives. Israel must also be the refuge for any Jews who find themselves threatened where they reside giving them a place to which to flee should things turn that badly. This was the case throughout the 1950’s as Jews faced pogroms and exile from their homelands across the MENA region as the Arab and Muslim rulers demanded their Jews flee after stripping them of all their wealth. This was the case as the Jews fled the Soviet Union in the 1970’s through the 1980’s. This will be the unfortunately necessary case when Europe decides they no longer care to countenance their Jewish populations. This will be far from the first time that Jews have been expelled from European nations or threatened with genocide should they not exit quickly enough. This was the reason the Holocaust came about as Hitler initially demanded that the Jews be permitted to return to their homelands in what would become Israel. The British who controlled the lands at the time responded to Arab rioting at the idea of permitting European Jews to flee to Israel refused them entry. Now there is no external power preventing Israel from being the last and best hope for the Jewish People. If or when places around our world decide to expel their Jews, today there is a land which will gladly give them a home and assist them in adjusting to their new life, and that is Israel. We have heard people argue that the United States would accept Jews in distress but all we can ask them is if they have ever heard of the steamship St. Louis. Usually their answer is no and they need be educated that this was evidence of exactly what the United States did when Jews were in desperate need of assistance and were within sight of the American shoreline as well as the Coast Guard ships escorting their slow cruise along the eastern seaboard on their trip back to Frankfort. Israel is the guarantor that such a travesty never happens again. Israel is the enforcement behind the phrase, “Never Again.”

 

And now another disaster appears on the horizon. Former Prime Minister and Defense Minister Ehud Barak said on Wednesday he is seriously considering running for Prime Minister. There are also reports that he has been contacting leaders of several parties and is most seriously considering joining the Zionist Union assuming the top spot from Labor chairman Avi Gabbay. Ehud Barak was quoted by Hahadashot stating, “Today I am more mature and qualified to lead the State of Israel than any candidate around.” Yes, Ehud Barak never has suffered from excessive modesty. But please do not take our word for this, from his own mouth, “I do not need reinforcements – I am immodest enough to notice that in terms of record, experience, international familiarity, intimate familiarity with security problems, economics, etc. I am now more mature and qualified to lead the State of Israel than any of the candidates around, including Netanyahu.” This from a man who has never found any proposed sacrifice as being too excessive if their might be a Nobel Peace Prize for finally reaching a deal with the PA. Ehud Barak has taken great hope from a poll which he claims he does not know the source, really likely, which he describes stating, “I also have a poll, which I do not know who initiated, but on the question, ‘If there was a direct election for prime minister and Netanyahu and Barak were candidates, who would you vote for?’, I beat Netanyahu among the secular public.” He probably has not heard that Israel while being a secular state politically, is a largely religious state. This explains the sabotage and condemnatory statements regarding Prime Minister Netanyahu over the past eighteen months while claiming to have no interest in running for political office. We have suspected he was once again planning on running for Prime Minister as he cannot believe he is not running everything from Israel to the United Nations, the Nobel Committee and the planet, after all, he is not “immodest” by admission. Who are we to argue with Mr. Perfect?

 

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