Beyond the Cusp

October 9, 2015

Why Are the Muslim Refugees Heading to Europe and not Arabia?


There are those who will claim that none of the Arab nations were prepared to take any Syrian refugees in but for the one-hundred-thousand airconditioned tents that Saudi Arabia informed the media were prepared for taking in and caring for three-million refugees. The reality is that these tents which are located roughly 2,150 miles from Syria in the city of Mina are only used a few days a year to house pilgrims on their way to Mecca for the Hajj. Only the very best possible accommodations are provided for the pilgrims on the Hajj. These tents contain a bathroom and a kitchen and are presumably fireproof. Despite the show and tell for the media, these tents were never intended nor will they ever see a single Syrian or other refugee, these are for the privileged, not the needy. Still, one-hundred-thousand airconditioned tents are quite a sight as you can see below.



one hundred thousand airconditioned tents Saudi Arabia to accommodate pilgrims on Hajj each has kitchen bathroom fireproof and never intended for refugees

So, if a refugee will not be permitted to take up refuge in those one-hundred-thousand airconditioned tents that Saudi Arabia used to house pilgrims on the Hajj, what is a desperate refugee to do? Their options are not exactly brimming with hope of any kind for their future as the civil war in Syria has been going for five years claiming the lives of approximately one-third of a million, nearly four million predominantly Muslim Syrians refugees currently in camps and unknown countless people maimed and injured as no official numbers are available. The latest development has been the stampede of refugees breaking from the camps, which the hosting countries are only too anxious to permit, heading into Europe using any possible passage and forms of transportation they are able to find, and for the more fortunate, afford would be a better term, to get them onto the soil of any European Union nation which facilitates free access to everywhere within the European Union. Often the easiest means for reaching the European shores is by crossing the Mediterranean Sea or the Aegean Sea in crafts of varying viability with the refugees often attempting such crossings in inflatable rubber rafts with outboard motors as depicted below. Many refugees have been caught by cross currents or rough seas during storms, something soon to be an ever present danger as the winter storms are soon to be upon them. Even should the refugees survive their struggle set before them in order to reach European Shores, there is still the problem of reaching a desired destination.



Syrian and Other Refugees in Rubber Inflatable Boat with Outboard Motor Risking Aegean Sea Dangerous Currents Cross Currents Hazards Claimed Enough Lives as Pictures Strew Front Pages

Many of the refugees end up landing in Italy, Greece or Spain, none of which are desirable destinations as the economic opportunities and social safety cradles are not much superior than were their home nation from which they are fleeing seeking brighter futures. Not all of the refugees are from war torn Syria as many are from Iraq, Afghanistan, Sudan, South Sudan, Eritrea, Somalia, Nigeria, Libya, Algeria, Morocco, Niger, South Sudan, Egypt, Tunisia, Lebanon, Iran and other Islamic or Arab states where the economy has collapsed as governments have recently changed and thus there has been a power vacuum which has presented the former citizens of these now failed states with some extremely difficult decision to make as to where their families will see the best possibilities for the future. It is exactly these reasons what many have taken on the risks of reaching Europe and have paid a handsome price for escort by those who traffic in human misery taking full advantage of desperate peoples. The map below details the facts that there are nations preferred by the refugees such as Germany, Britain and the Scandinavian nations being the most prized followed by France, Switzerland, Poland and Czech Republic being amongst the secondary countries as depicted in the map below. The first consideration is the economic opportunity of their targeted nation, then there is the climate and for many there is also the comfort allowed for the unemployed who must live solely on the generosity of government programs.



Refugees Fleeing Middle East North Africa Heading to Europe Prefer Best Social Welfare Safety Net Highest Payments Standards of Living


The social safety net offered in Europe is the determining reason that the refugees from anywhere in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) are heading to Europe and not the numerous Arab and Muslim nations, even to include the oil wealthy nations. The nations of MENA will not share their wealth nor offer any real safety net for any peoples beyond their immediate native born population, if even them. The Arab and Muslim nations provide limited assistance to their own population and are unlikely to assist any others. This has not always been the case as during the Golden Age of Islam there were funds to care for those incapable of caring for themselves. That age had long past and was a forgotten time with the final coup de grâce was delivered after World War I when the Sykes-Picot agreement divided up everything outside the Mandate Lands which were also reserved for particular communities.


The charge into Europe is based on a dual-track where one is a plan for the future in a long-range planning and the immediate need drives the other track. The immediate track is driven by the need to have a place, a homeland away from the ravages of war where their children can have a future assured of their education and promising opportunities. These refugees have had quite some time to realize that their Arab and Muslim brothers and sisters would allow them to perish rather than open their borders and allow the refugees to gather within and require aid and funds to feed and care for them. Instead the Arab and Islamic countries encouraged the refugees to invade Europe and to take large numbers in each of wave after wave all attempting to reach one of the prime nations as indicated in the map above. Germany became the cry by many a refugee after German Chancellor Angela Merkel claimed she was prepared to process and accept eight-hundred-thousand refugees which was taken as an open invitation and the refugees began pouring over the German border. Initially, only Hungary took a stand against the refugees refusing to permit them to cross into their nation and those who managed to cross the border were advised to leave and were afforded all the assistance necessary to send them on their way. Remarkably, after Hungary there were other nations who also adopted similar no entry policies with varying amounts of success. The sheer numbers attempting to rush into Europe will eventually overwhelm any security forces short of riot troops using water cannons and other riot dispersal methods to protect the border and even then there will be those which manage to cross into every nation. This is the short term plan, simply to transfer the responsibility for caring for the Syrian and other refugees onto the European Union and the United States establishing a foothold. We should expect that any declaration to permit the extradition of those accused of criminal acts will be met with denial of their responsibility and the leaving of the accused within the European nations where the charges were leveled. This influx of religious Muslims to a largely now secular Europe will force the Europeans to reach compromises to accommodate their religion as a permanent condition facilitating their faith and its practice.


With time there will develop areas which will be Muslim dominated and under Sharia which is the intermediate step expected in this long term invasion by phases, something very similar to what is threatening Israel with five-million refugees and their descendants from the Arab initiated war of annihilation of 1948-9. Any non-Muslim entering such areas had best know their religious practice in order to perform their duties without causing insult. The long-term goal is to bring sufficient numbers of Muslims into the entirety of Europe that they will simply rule it using the ballot box, democracy and a decent amount of intimidation thrown into the mix. This will result in an Islamic Europe under either the Islamic States or under Iranian rule as these two main powers will determine whether Europe, as well as Islam, will turn towards Shiite or Sunni Islam as the Official Religion. The aim is to overrun Europe with Muslims today and down the road have Islam become the dominant and soon only acceptable religion across Europe. This will be a conquest by immigration and population predominance. Many of the secular Europeans with their history based on things they will have taught children will very likely be easy pickings when they have such little knowledge of the Bible allowing for them to be easily saturated with the Quran. The schools will be utilized in forcing the learning of the Quran and Europe will slip into the darkness of Islam and Jihad while the rest of their world watches them dissolve away being replaced with Islam either ruled by the Islamic State or Iran with little hope of retaining even a core of secularists and obviously Christianity and Judaism along with all other religious beliefs will have fled, converted or been beheaded. Eventually the Quran will have come to have consumed the Bible and once doing so it will have assured to have dominated and subjected all secularists as well. There will be only the Quran, the Muezzin’s call to prayer five times each day from right before sunup to just after sundown (something which will prove very interesting in the most northern lands in the European Scandinavia where the sun does not set in the summer and never quite rises in the dead of winter). The one last thing which all can be assured of, and that is after the fall of Europe the United States then Canada will not be far behind.


There will be those who will question how it was that Islam swept across Europe and conquered the continents of Europe and North America almost without firing a single shot. That will be a misguided question as where bullets may not have been used as the favored form of execution but there will be harsh attacks on those who refuse to believe and show sufficient reverence and devotion in their prayers often resulting in public hanging or beheading. It is needless to point out that each of these heretics to Islam will have been made to make a very public apology and recounting of and confessing their sins and their evil core before being executed making a spectacle for the public including a reinforcement of Islam. Much will parallel the story line for the society as described in George Orwell’s 1984 except instead of Big Brother there will be Allah and the Imam’s watching you while each and every European left will bow before Allah and learn to recite by rote the Quran so they will be good Muslims. Their role model will be sold them as the principles by which Mohammad lived and there will still be the Two Minutes of Hate, as pictured below, which will probably have a person to scream at on the screen who will very likely have a name such as “Emmanuel Goldstein” as that will need no tweaking.



Two Minutes of Hate Screaming at Video of Emanuel Goldstein from the George Orwell Novel 1984



Some things can share a remarkable resemblance with only the smallest of changes from the realm of good fiction to future events in real life. That is what probably makes such classic stories classic, their ability to strike that chord in people where they can see these exact principles, as in the case of the novel 1984, almost the entirety being as near an exact copy coming into fruition as one may imagine. Instead of nationalist based fascist socialism taking over all of Europe as in 1984, it does appear that there will be a form of religious based fascist socialism sweeping Europe if the power behind the refugees achieves their goals. In many ways the governance under Islam is a form of universalist, fascism with some forms of redistribution of wealth and comes with an entire self-regenerating hierarchy by which its current leadership directly trains and promotes the next generations which will carry on exactly in the same identical ways of the previous generations with little if anything ever changing.


Beyond the Cusp


October 8, 2015

Accounting of Third Intifada Attacks for Yesterday


On Wednesday October 7, 2015 there was quite a bit of activity on the front lines of the third intifada, the intifada begun by Mahmoud Abbas declaring the Oslo Accords dead and the resumption of the Arab war to annihilate the Jews and turn Israel into a sea of blood. The attacks started ramping up in both numbers and potential for lethality with a number of Israelis being killed since last Wednesday approaching at least a half dozen if not more as the news has been flying by with attacks averaging one evert three to four hours during the day and into the evening. A quick rundown on the attacks which made the news sources we were tracking during the day, an incomplete list but as accurate as we are able.

An Arab man stabbed an IDF soldier and grabbed his gun in the southern city of Kiryat Gat, a few miles outside Ashkelon and within the Green Line and not even near the presumed disputed areas. He then fled to a fourth floor apartment, where he was shot and killed by police.

Arab Palestinian mob throwing cinder blocks and equally sized rocks caused Rivi Ohayon, who was driving to work in Jerusalem, to stop as they also blocked the road. She recounted the confrontations reporting that, “One of them opened the door. There was murder in their eyes. I thought they were going to lynch me.” Ohayon was hospitalized with light injuries. She was saved when a group of Israelis who witnessed the attack interdicted firing at the Arab mob which then dispersed after one was struck. The terrorist is in hospital in critical but stable condition.

Another terrorist attempted running down IDF soldiers at the A-Za’im checkpoint located outside of Maalei Adumim, located just outside Jerusalem. The attack was prevented by the soldiers.

One teenage Arab Palestinian woman stabbed an Israeli man near the Lions’ Gate of the Old City of Jerusalem this morning. The man was carrying his legal concealed weapon and turned and shot the assailant before she could plunge the knife into him a second time possibly killing him. Magen David Adom paramedic Aharon Adler told reporters, “Upon arriving, I saw two patients. One of them, an approximately 30-year-old male with stab wounds to his upper body, fully conscious; alongside him, a young woman with gunshot wounds. According to him, she came up and stabbed him twice from behind, and then she was shot. Her condition was worse than his.” Both victim and attacker were transferred to the hospital after receiving treatment at the scene.
Another stabbing took place in central Petah Tikva next to a busy shopping mall where a man, 25, was injured in the upper part of his torso and rushed to the hospital in moderate but stable condition. This too was well inside the Green Line which the media likes to claim there is no terror and the terror is only against the so-called “Israeli settlers” and not just all Israelis or all Jews.

Josh Hasten, who is a resident of Elazar in the Gush Etzion area of Judea, was assaulted almost immediately behind the attack on Rivi Ohayon as he slowed as did all the traffic when approaching the attack on Rivi Ohayon. Looking towards the Arab village of Beit Sahur he realized there were between thirty and fifty Arabs charging down the hill with yells and holding cinder blocks and rocks. But why not allow Josh Hasten tell his story in the video below.





The above report probably misses the usual dozens of rock throwing incidents where the motorist is fortunate to pass through whatever gauntlet of cinder block and rock hurling Arab youths between the ages of twelve to low thirties suffering only damage to their vehicle. These are daily events and with the more serious attacks now taking up the new spaces we are not going to hear about these assaults, life threatening as they may be, because the news reporters can only be so many places at any given time. If Josh Hasten was not a journalist his confrontation would likely have never received any publicity because the main assault was against the young woman may Hashem bring her a speedy and complete recovery along with all the other victims of today’s and every day’s violence. The attacks have definitely increased in numbers and severity as there had not been attempts to drag motorists from their vehicles for only one purpose, and that is to murder them tearing their bodies’ limb from limb. The attempts today and over the past week to increase the levels of the attacks with the intent to murder the victim if at all possible has placed the Israeli public on edge, especially as about one third to half of the assaults have taken place within pre-1967 Six Day War Israel meaning inside the 1949 Armistice Line also known as the Green Line. We here at BTC are not surprised that much as we have held the belief, nay, the knowledge that the intent of the Arab war on Israel is the complete and total elimination of the State of Israel and every Jew living within after which the other non-Muslims would be targeted.



Terrorist Mayhem Killing Jews Anti-Semitism

Terrorist Mayhem Killing Jews Anti-Semitism



Mahmoud Abbas and the rest of the hierarchy behind the Arab Palestinians, we can no longer refer to them as Palestinian Authority or even Fatah as both of these were names designed by the now refused Oslo Accords in order to white wash the terrorism and criminal infrastructure and kleptocracy run by Yasser Arafat in order to permit the return of Yasser Arafat and his other henchmen and KGB trained murderers, and most important, also his number two man and aid through thick and thin, Mahmoud Abbas such that there could be invented the “Peace Process” which never was entered into with any honesty by Arafat. From the very first Yasser Arafat had lain out the plans for the conquest of Israel by stages. Each stage would require the facilitation by the United Nations, its nearly uncountable NGOs and other agencies, eventually the European and lastly the United States all forcing Israel to comply with demands without giving up even a hint of their demands. This has been why there has been a demand by the world at every restart of the Peace Racket for Israel to make some grand compromise as an inducement for the privilege of having the Arab side walk out once they had drawn every last possible compromise from Israel and immediately announcing that any promise the parties may have though the Arabs had agreed to make were all an illusion and they would then state the next demand for Israel to meet as their obligation for peace. This worked because the Israelis suffer from two really serious shortcomings, the first is they are willing to do almost anything for peace and the second is they are willing to follow any demand from a world that wishes them dead if it is in the name of peace and so they do not ruffle a single feather on any of the vultures all waiting to pick the Israeli corpse once it is truly dead. That brings us to the next subject from the United States.


The United States House of Representatives has overwhelmingly approved legislation last week to take forty-three-billion dollars of the frozen Iranian assets in order to pay American victims of Iranian-sponsored terrorism who were awarded that amount by United States Courts. This legislation has been called the Meehan bill for terror victims. The legislation is on its way to the United States Senate where it will likely die a slow and ignoble death tabled due to threat of a filibuster. Even should it actually receive a favorable vote without even changing a single punctuation mark and having no additional attachments and be passed along to President Obama, it will then be duly vetoed. But let us assume for one moment that this legislation makes it into law, what will follow is as easy to predict as it is that the sun will rise out of the east and set in the west. The State Department will object and give some flimsy reason that these funds must be paid as intended to the Iranian government as there is a treaty in place and the State Department will enforce the treaty to the last letter. If a further fight erupts and the whole matter end up before the Supreme Court under Chief Justice Rogers (I know, do not remind you) then it will be a close five to four vote if not a six to three vote that the monies must be remitted to the Iranians and then those who sued can collect directly from Iran, if they can get any assistance from either the Justice Department, who will claim it is the State Department’s jurisdiction, or from that State Department which will give the families a runaround and eventually find somebody whose job it is to say “No!” with great authority. Such attempts have been tried before and failed and this will as well.



Ostridge placing its head in the sand, oh, wait, it is a particular person of note taking stock of their positions

Ostridge placing its head in the sand, oh, wait, it is a particular person of note taking stock of their positions



Back to Israel and politics which are supreme. There was a meeting Tuesday between leaders of Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria and Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon hosted by Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu at his official residence despite the possibly over ten-thousand demonstrators demanding that actions be taken to make all Israel safe for all peoples. We mention this as there were things stated which are not only important for Israelis and Zionists to hear but the rest of the world as well such that they will understand the motivations of these two men in the most powerful of position in Israel and what those motivations will produce. The truth here is very frightening. One participant who is considered reliable has told Arutz Sheva that Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon informed the leaders of Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria according to the anonymous participant, “Ya’alon argued in the meeting that there is a connection between violent events by settlers and terror attacks. There are gangs on both sides.” One should not be surprised that this comment was met with some excessive expressions of frustration, anger and disbelief. Where does Defense Minister Ya’alon get his news? Is he quoting the impressions that the European Union’s High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini who, like Catherine Ashton before her, is a well-recognized extreme leftist and suspected communist, pro-Palestinian, anti-Israel, anti-Zionist crusader who never met a disparaging slam of Israel she couldn’t agree with. Where such a damning remark would play well in Brussels, Defense Minister Ya’alon is not a member of the European Union governance located in Brussels, he is the Defense Minister of the State of Israel and if he cannot see that his one and only job is to look out for the betterment of Israel, the protection of its lands and citizens, to predict, plan and execute those tactical requirements to keep Israel safe from all attacks whether internal or external and to serve the State and its citizens, then it is time to replace him with one who will. It is not his place to sympathize or, even worse, adopt the terminology and accusations of the enemies of the State of Israel which is exactly what he has expressed here. These comments make him unqualified to hold the position of Defense Minister and Ya’alon needs to be replaced immediately. The participant had some further comments before we conclude with Defense Minister Ya’alon as the participant stated, “The man has gone mad. At a certain point Ya’alon began to stutter and he understood that he had gone too far in his analysis.” Well, the catch is we can only expect to hear in glowing terms about how Ya’alon had protected Israel at a great sacrifice and with his every effort since taking the position of Defense Minister and all Israel should be glad to have such a warrior on their side. But then we need to consider the source of such praise, Prime Minister Netanyahu more likely than not.



Left side map depicts the division of the Promised Land amongst the tribes and right side map compares the modern promised land from the Jordan west to the Mediterranean Sea compared to the maximum of area during King David’s and King Solomon’s reigns.



Fortunately, we also had a little birdie reporting on comments made by Prime Minister Netanyahu. It was reported that the Prime Minister Netanyahu told the local government leaders that he does not intend to build in Judea and Samaria. The reason was simply because to do so might upset Washington and Israel must not complicate things and test the relations with the United States with such actions. The Prime Minister reported that the United States objects strenuously to such building and Israel must not get into a confrontation. Since when did Prime Minister Netanyahu develop this phobia against stirring the pot with the United States, in particular with the White House and President Obama? It is not like the two have even the resemblance of a relationship. There was no hesitation when it came to giving an address to Congress despite the strong protestations from the White House. The relations were not even warm enough to permit the Israeli Prime Minister to enter the White House through the front door instead being relegated to using the kitchen entrance and being refused the courtesy of a meet the press photo op even without taking question or speaking. What relations is it exactly that all of a sudden prevent the otherwise brazen, brash and unabashed Israeli Prime Minister from taking matters into his own hand and allow for the tenders he keeps issuing and then preventing their being awarded and if awarded then holding back building permits and then allowing the leftist groups to trample all efforts in the courts without even the resemblance of a fight. Why not just tell us and the world the truth Prime Minister Netanyahu, tell us that after the Iran deal fiasco you have lost all heart and that the recent United Nations speech was your swan song, your last hurrah, your last big game hunt and now you are simply going to lie back and sway whatever way the winds blow knowing that they will always blow ill will upon Israelis. You know inside that if you were to confront and fight the White House that you would find friends coming out of the woodwork to fight alongside of you. There would be a greater distance between the United States and Israel if President Obama could find a way of pushing Israel under the bus and then roll that bus off a cliff if he could. And if it were not because the two nations have such similar goals, needs, security arrangements, defense agreements and are intertwined in so many ways including a large block of voters who will vote to protect Israel; that limits the actions by the President which would completely leave the Jewish State vulnerable to its neighbors’ aggressions. That group goes far beyond any groups there may be of Jews as we are referring to the Evangelical Christians who support Israel and her people with every sinew and prayer. I think it might even be an idea for testing the waters for this Twitter hashtag, #Jewish Lives Matter and Settlers too.



Beyond the Cusp


October 7, 2015

Why the EU and UN Despise Israel?


Why do the European Union and the United Nations and so many others hate Israel? It is obvious, it did not fail. When the victorious powers of World War I decided to include forming a Jewish State in the ancient homelands of the Jews, they fully expected to be able to send all their Jews to this land where nobody had succeeded in forming a viable state. Not the Greeks, not the Romans, not the Byzantines, not any of the different Islamic rulers and thus it was expected the Jews would meet a similar fate. The expectation was the Jews would meet misery and hopelessness and surrender and need to beg the rest of the world to allow them to return to their subservience and being a kept people who lived at the mercy and generosity of others. After the Holocaust the Western World did feel the guilt for not at least taking even the most basic of attempts to stop the slaughter by bombing the rail lines leading to the concentration camps or taking the better option of allowing the Jews to emigrate from Germany and following it up with taking the Jews from the expanding Nazi controlled areas. The British may have had the greatest guilt, though their actions would never reveal such, as they refused to take the Jews and shut down entry for the Jews to the Mandate Region from which they had been tasked to allow the formation of a Jewish State by cutting the number of Jews to immigrate between 1933 to 1939 to a maximum of seventy-five-thousand each year and made even meeting that number as difficult as possible. The Nazis offered to force their Jews to be sent to the Mandate lands under British rule which the British refused claiming that the German Jews were the problem of the German government and the British had no concern on what the Germans did with them as long as it did not foist them on the British. The United States showed their colors by refusing to permit additional Germans even if they were Jewish as they had quotas, which were never filled but still the State Department, and Immigrations refused to accept the German Jews and when the MS St. Louis was refused to disembark the nine-hundred-thirty-seven Jewish refugees at Havana despite their having passports and complete paperwork as the Cuban government reneged on their offer and while the doomed ship slowly returned to Germany traveling slowly along the east coast of the United States continually petitioning for entrance pleading in radio messages, the United States government refused to permit them to enter the United States and provided the MS St. Louis with escort vessels to assure that nobody attempted to jump ship and swim to the shores of the United States. Eventually, the United Kingdom agreed to take 288 of the passengers who disembarked and traveled to the UK by other steamers. After much negotiation by Captain Schröder, the remaining 619 passengers were allowed to disembark at Antwerp; 224 were accepted by France, 214 by Belgium and 181 by the Netherlands. Unfortunately for the ones accepted into European nations ended up the fate of those nations falling before the Nazi war machine.



Mandate of San Remo for French and British including actual treaty demarcations for each nation

Mandate of San Remo for French and British including actual treaty demarcations for each nation



The reasoning that the Jews would fail in making their nation work was based on two opposing principles, the first was the seemingly unyielding lands which had foiled every attempt to tame the land and make the land produce by every previous successful and highly advanced for their ages that had made all the lands under their rule into productive lands but the area set aside for the Jewish State had foiled every attempt to tame it, let alone make it support a peoples. Secondly, the Jews were inferior people scorned by every civil society and considered inferior and incapable of acting at even a normal level as compared with normal people so how would these pathetic Jews ever succeed where all others had failed before them. So, by allowing the incompetent to be gathered to work lands that were impossible was the formula for only one comprehended result, complete and utter failure where the land itself would be the death of the vast majority of the Jews allowed to emigrate there and make the remainder so appreciative of whomever took them back in and cared for their needs would receive such praise and appreciation that the Jews would finally be humbled and accept their fate as the condemnable and damned people everyone knew they were. So, it was an adventure which could only work to make the rest of the world able to validate their superiority over the Jew after they failed to make the land produce sufficiently to support the Jews and were forced into begging for somebody, namely their European superiors, to save them before they all perished. Somewhere something did not quite go as expected. But before that there was more which was committed which should have made the failure all the more probable as within the first decade the Arab world cast out almost another million Jews leaving most of them without any of their wealth and even only the remnants they could shove into suitcases and trunk lockers leaving such things as family heirlooms, their businesses, their bank accounts, and whatever else that could be stolen as at least they were allowing them to leave with their lives. This addition of almost one-million all but destitute Jews were to be an additional and unsustainable addition to what was already presumably doomed to failure. As said earlier, something went awry and things did not turn out as expected.


That is where the world was delivered a surprise beyond imagination, the Jews succeeded. The Jews not only succeeded but thrived and actually performed what was considered not only impossible but could only be classified as miraculous as the nascent Jewish State survived, though they did technically lose some of their lands (though they gained areas to be under their complete control in rural areas in the Galilee but lost half of Jerusalem including the Temple Mount and the Old City to Jordan. Gaza to Egypt and the Golan Heights to Syria) but managed to survive an invasion by seven Arab nations and a number of militias including one of Arabs under the banner of the Mufti of Jerusalem, the same Mufti who spent most of World War II in Berlin as a guest of the leaders of the Third Reich producing propaganda broadcasts to be transmitted into the Arab world to turn them against the allied powers. The Jews not only met every challenge and survived but thrived and brought the dessert and swamps into a land blossoming with produce, made strides in irrigation such as drip irrigation which uses water even more sparingly than normal irrigation, invented new fruits and vegetables such as cherry tomatoes, and then started winning Nobel Prizes as if growing them in their greenhouses, and finally became a tech leader in the world in nearly every science all while fighting a number of wars brought upon them by aggressions by their neighbors as well as from terrorist groups targeting them both from within and without. The challenge of draining swamps, an immediate assault by seven neighbors, and becoming a leading nation in the sciences, economics and virtually every imaginable endeavor their people decided to pursue. Basically, as far as Europe and the world bodies were concerned the impossible is what the Jews managed when returned to their ancient homelands.


This success of Israel, the Jewish State, and her people, blossoming in so many fields was simply something beyond possible and completely unimagined. Somehow the impossible people were thrown into a complete wastelands which many thought to be an impossible land and then the impossible happened; the lands bloomed and brought forth riches and produce beyond what anybody might have imagined and grasses that supported flocks of sheep and herds of cows, impossible but that is what came to pass. The Bible could have advised the Europeans that this would be the case as it was stated that Israel was the lands which belongs to Hashem and that He trusted the Jewish People to bring forth its wonders and for whom the land would release its fruits and blossom. The land was promised not to produce for any other peoples other than the Jews. The Europeans had to know of these predictions from in the Old Testament but their faith in the Old Testament was no longer as they had replaced it with a New Testament and a new covenant which replaced the old covenant. Well, apparently the old covenant has some life left in her and the Jews are still getting the benefit of their Promised Lands giving up her yields and abundance which this land denied all others. The land and the Jewish People radiate great benefits and wealth and even now has provided great fields of natural gas just off her shores and even potentially within her lands as well as oil, Baruch Hashem. Many might call this a miracle; I like to think of it as a promise kept by Hashem whose promises should never be doubted. There is a reason for much of two-thousand years the Jews always finished their Seder meal and prayers those special nights with the phrase, “Next year in Jerusalem” (לשנה הבאה בירושלים).



Haggadah Final Prayer and finish of Seder with Next year in Jerusalem לשנה הבאה בירושלים

Haggadah Final Prayer and finish of Seder with Next year in Jerusalem לשנה הבאה בירושלים



The surprise may have initially been seen with a bemused amazement mixed with perhaps a small bit of admiration. But as many nerds have felt when they also show prowess at some physical or sports effort besting one of the letterman in multiple sports at some time, there is a degree of indignation and angst fueled animosity when those considered inferior prove proficient outside their textbooks, the little State of Israel has also received some less than warm regards as their successes continue and things just continue to get brighter and brighter. There are other considerations but why complicate the matter. The truth is the reasons behind much of the animosity shown towards Israel by the European Union and United Nations may never be fully understood. Granted the United Nations with its predominant Arab and Unaligned Nations voting as a single block in the General Assembly and having large representations in virtually every United Nations agencies and NGOs and the oil monies invested in souring any relations others may choose to show to Israel, the United Nations is already dangerous when it comes to all things Israel. Perhaps the United Nations single minded hatred for Israel influenced the European Union with many deciding it was easier to go along to get along and sacrificing Israel in order to improve relations with such a large majority of the rest of the world is a sacrifice seemingly worth making, especially since Israel shares her advances freely without attempting to deny even her worst enemies the use of her discoveries. Israel has even offered to instruct and work with a number of Arab nations installing and teaching them how to build, install, maintain and otherwise utilize their drip irrigation and other discoveries in agriculture which make irrigating the dessert and growing crops feasible. Unfortunately most have refused such assistance as apparently it is better to not have the capacity to conserve water while also raising crops using irrigation more efficiently is not sufficiently tempting to ease a relationship with Israel. The problem with many Islamic nations is that Israel was presumably lands which as once being ruled by Islam must, according to their interpretations of the Quran, always remain ruled by Islam. Perhaps it is a good thing that the British and Spanish never adopted this rule or they would feel they should own most of the planet between them.


Whether the driving animosity is a reflection of jealousy or going along with the majority to get along with the majority, ethics be damned, it matters little. The reality comes down to garner the hate of the Islamic world and the oil flow may stop; earn the disapproval of Israel is a no thrills, no chills, no downside as Israel does not hold back or victimize others just because they may not act in a friendly or respectful manner and spend too much time being critical as there can be cooperation in many areas even if the political arena is presenting difficult challenges. There are those who are critical of Israeli generosity and refusal to hold those who actively attempt to undermine and subvert their standing as a nation and consistently apply a double standard holding Israel to what might be termed a ridiculously higher standard than they hold other nations or even themselves.



Five beautiful, glorious and holy Torah Scrolls which carry near infinite wisdom and are the foundation of all Judaism and their culture and civilization is built around the Torah and the teaching of Torah

Five beautiful, glorious and holy Torah Scrolls which carry near infinite wisdom and are the foundation of all Judaism and their culture and the Jewish civilization is built around the Torah and the teaching of Torah



There is a reason for holding Israel to a higher standard than other normal nations are held and it is because of the successes Israel has enjoyed, earned as they may be, and that Israel expects excellence from their people, their military and in all things the nation as a whole in order to earn their name as the chosen people for whom the swamps and rock strewn hills and desert all bloomed and produced great production beyond anything other nations had achieved. When the Jewish People proved theirs was a special relationship with these lands which had lain fallow and unproductive for nearly two-thousand years and also rose to the top in virtually every field of the sciences and humanities as well as becoming the “Start Up Nation” and a technological giant and in all these fields, to borrow a phrase often used by President Obama, punching well above their weight, with great achievement comes great expectations and the world of nations should expect more of Israel and the Israelis because they have proven that there is a society which can meet or exceed such expectations. Is it completely fair? No, of course not but who promised things would be fair. Were the years of persecutions stretching back over three-thousand years fair, of course not. So, now that the Jews have been returned to our natural lands should we expect things to be fair. We should expect things to be even more unbalanced and the world to expect things of magnificence from the state of Israel, from the nation who claims to want to be a light unto the nations. You expect to be an example for the rest of the world whether they desire it from you or not then you need to have them expect perfection or near as human beings can reach to perfection and to always demand you do better than all others and just be that light unto the nations because you meet or surpass every expectations. Our Torah tells us that we should strive to be the best that each of us can be and that we are to hold ourselves to the highest of standards so we should take any expectation raised by others as their challenge to us to accomplish such deeds. The only place where we need not listen to those detractors who would not be pleased no matter what is when they demand our surrender from the lands that were promised us by the world at the end of World War I. The world claims we must give up lands so the Arab Palestinians can have their own nation and to that we must ask then what is Jordan if not that nation. The lands east of the river were to be for the Arab Palestinians and the lands west of the river were promised for time immemorial for the Jewish State and this was the promise from the British and agreed to by the rest of the world otherwise all of what was the British Mandate should be the Jewish State. Who knows, after Islamic State decides to set their sights on Israel as their next target they will need to swallow Jordan and whatever of the Arab Palestinian PLO remains on their way to Jerusalem and Haifa and once Israel dances with the Islamic State the Russians and United States will both have one less worry on their plates.


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