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July 15, 2018

The Israeli Problem Rears it Head Once More

 

We thought that perhaps the Israeli Supreme Court had finally found a small degree of sanity. They had finally agreed that an illegal Arab Bedouin outpost near Jerusalem built without any plan or official recognition was to be dismantled. The outpost lacks all the essentials including having no electricity, no water supply, no sewage system, no gas, no utilities and no access roads. What less can a place have? This outpost is as isolated as an outpost could be except it lies between Jerusalem and Kfar Adumim on lands which are within the city limits provided for Kfar Adumim. This outpost was built in the early 1990’s with aiding financing from the European Union and some European nations and was given the name of Khan al Ahmar. It was financed and built with the intent to prevent the connecting of Kfar Adumim with the Jerusalem suburbs such that the rest of the world could decry the existence of Kfar Adumim claiming it impinged upon this Arab “city” specifically placed by Europe for just this purpose. This is far from the first illegal Arab settlement built by the European Union and European nations who build these Arab villages which exist without any utilities or support necessary to flourish (see images below). As soon as Israel sets in motion, the destruction of these Arab settlements the European Union, United Nations and European nations decry this as bringing the end and a form of genocidal intent and the application of Apartheid. These are the same bodies who demand that Jewish cities which were built legally but some NGO claims that were built on Arab owned land, though they have no deed, no Arab making the claim in a court, no proof and never sue in court to prove there was such ownership, but a scrap of paper is all they need and Jewish cities have ended up destroyed with the total support of the European Union, United Nations and a chorus of European nations. But destroy an Arab outpost and they are up in arms demanding that it be legalized. The story is easy to spell, if it might be Arab, it must be untouchable but should it be Jewish, it must be condemned and destroyed.

 

Illegal European Union structures bearing obvious EU Identification signs

Illegal European Union structures bearing obvious EU Identification signs

 

 

Illegal European Union built structures in Disputed Territories

Illegal European Union built structures in Disputed Territories

 

 

More Illegal European Union built structures in Disputed Territories

More Illegal European Union built structures in Disputed Territories

 

Well, this time the Israeli Supreme Court had supported the lower court rulings, something not even required to condemn a Jewish outpost or city, rejecting petitions to delay the destruction yet again. Finally, after over a quarter of a century the unlivable outpost of Khan al Ahmar was set for destruction (see image below). The police had gathered to remove the current squatters, not the original as the European supported NGOs which support these Arab facts on the ground have difficulty keeping residents to live in such primitive and difficult conditions. The Bedouins will also be a temporary group who will move in and then the European supported NGOs will find another group they will convince to come live in Khan al Ahmar. They promise that they will force Israel to provide utilities and legalize the place and then these people will have a new free home. This free home is flimsy and below any known building code in a modern nation. The Europeans do not care about the comfort, safety or even the lives of the Arabs they place in these outposts and villages, all they care about is they are destroying Israel. This has been their main driving force from the very beginning when the Mandate System was initialized with a set aside for the Jewish State.

 

Illegally Built Outpost European Union Claims Must be Legalized

Illegally Built Outpost European Union Claims Must be Legalized

 

The immediate aftermath of the Mandate for the Jewish State was assigned the British; they insisted that there had to be an Arab State alongside the Jewish State. Well, that sounds fair and dividing the area of the British Mandate evenly should be fair for both sides. But was the division fair or was it slanted sharply in one’s favor? You decide as the division was made along the Jordan River and was used to divide the area with the Jewish State getting the lands west to the Mediterranean Sea and Jordan receiving 78% of the Mandate Lands east of the Jordan River to the border of Iraq. So this divide was 78% for the Arab State and 22% for the Jewish State, but the Zionist Congress had little alternative but to accept this “fair” division. This was presumably the only division of the land which was guaranteed by the British Crown, the League of Nations and under Article 80 of the United Nations Charter, the United Nations guaranteed. All the allied powers from World War I also signed onto the Mandate system except the United States, which eventually signed on in the Anglo-American Convention. This means that all the efforts which have been imposed upon Israel since the liberation of her occupied lands in the Six Day War where Israel liberated the Shomron (West Bank) from Jordan and Gaza from Egypt have been illegal and a breaking of treaties and the Charter of the United Nations. Under International Law, the eastern border of Israel is the Jordan River. This is why we consistently state our belief that Israel should simply demand that which was guaranteed by treaties and promises from the world, and if the world wishes to contest this, then let’s let the fur fly.

 

So, now we come to late last week when the Supreme Court decided to entertain another petition to set off the demolition of the lingering twenty-five plus year old sore named Khan al-Ahmar. This piece of land is supposed to be being developed to allow for the natural growth of Kfar Adumim. That is what is at the center of this effort being pushed by all the usual parties listed above. The Supreme Court must have all but leapt off their benches to be allowed to postpone this demolition yet again. What is even more regrettable are these postponements and delays have allowed the some one-hundred-seventy or so Bedouin to have expanded the encampment in recent years with the aid of foreign governments, note the foreign governments interference with internal Israeli planning and freedoms. This encampment, outpost, excuse to prevent Israeli building plans, is squatting in Area C which even according to the Oslo Accords is under Israeli total control, period. All of these European Union squatters’ outposts have been built in Area C as they are attempting to maximize any Palestinian state, something the Arabs will never allow if doing so leaves even one square millimeter of land under Jewish control. The Europeans could easily build legal villages which Israel would support and hook into the water, electrical and other utilities if they would restrict these constructions to Areas A or B which are under Palestinian Authority rule. But the entire idea behind these outposts is to deny Israel its proper and legal right to lands. We are waiting for the first European Union outpost to be built in downtown Tel Aviv and the world to all but unanimously condone it as Arab land and demand that Israel turn over Tel Aviv to support that outpost, even if it was just a rented apartment. Time has come to put an end to the criminal acts of the European Union and their cohorts from around the world and end these prevarications and imposed blocking structures and the entirety that is the dishonest deception that is the Palestinian Arab people. They are nothing of the sort and are simply a wedge to pry Israel off the map and to again subjugate the Jews to foreign whimsy replete with the occasional oppressions as dispossessing the Jews can be such lucrative fun and fatten the national treasury and enrich the leadership. With the world rapidly becoming far more anti-Semitic and Jews coming under threat and assault more and more often, now is the time that Israel must stand and demand the world simply back off and take all that is rightfully Israel.

 

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July 13, 2018

The Only Workable Path to Peace in Israel

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Forces are finally coming around and realizing that the paradigm of “Land for Peace” has failed utterly because the Arab World refuses to accept a Jewish State in the Middle East no matter the size. The time for Israel concessions in any form should be beyond debate and relegated as a dead horse who has been kicked enough to prove its death and is actually putrefying. Israel need adopt the adage used by the American Revolutionaries of “Live Free or Die,” and adopt the position that Israel will not die. The means of this outlook should begin with the wiping of Hamas and Islamic Jihad from Gaza, the removal of the Arab population and the complete rebuilding of Gaza into the haven the Arabs should have built but refused choosing instead to make war on Israel. Should they then attack Israel from the Sinai Peninsula, the Israeli government should impress upon Egypt that if they do not end such actions, then Israel will and without any regard for delicacy. Israel should, at the same time, annex all of Area C and inform the leadership of the Arabs that any terror attack will be met with the annexation of additional lands which will be wiped clean of Palestinian Arabs sending them into the smaller and smaller area and within a set number of attacks, the entirety of the lands will have been annexed and the Arabs exiled into Syria. The time has come for Israel to cast aside her illusionary visions of peace and recognize them for what they are, a hallucination fed them by the combined efforts of the Europeans, Islamists, anti-religion leftists and the ever persistent anti-Semites into giving away their ancient homeland in small pieces until their state will no longer be viable and there is a final attack in which the Jewish population and many of the rest of the Israeli population will be exterminated.

 

There will be many from within Israel who will read these words and immediately reach into their consciousness and query, but what will the Europeans and Americans think and say. The problem is no matter how much evidence these Jews are shown, they remain convinced in the back of their minds that they still need to worry about what the rest of the world community thinks of their actions. They believe that they are still living under the rule of the non-Jews and not under their own rule in their own country. They still think as they did when being oppressed and when any act which drew attention to them might cause them harm from the authorities. Realizing that they are electing their own authorities now is an idea that is still foreign to them. Because of their fears, they shy away from electing forceful leadership which would do that which is necessary for the prolonged existence of the Jewish State. They fear to even think to request that the world keep the promises made to the Jews just less than a century ago. They believe that were Israel to simply take the lands promised her and expel those who would threaten the continued peaceful existence within these borders that they would be punished. As long as the people show this much trepidation over declaring to the world that you promised us these borders, the Jordan River to the east through to the Mediterranean in the west, and those are the borders we declare and not a millimeter under those promised, then their leaders will reflect this fear because the people expect no more from them.

 

The way to reject this thinking and free oneself to realize the real freedom of a people living within their own lands given them by Hashem is actually quite simple and very liberating. Step one is to remember what life was back in wherever it was that you, your parents or grandparents lived or however far back you need reach. Realize how the people treated the Jews and remember the authoritarian attitudes and how they simply demeaned Jews into being timid. Now realize that this is your land and that you are now the one who is the authoritarian and realize that though we will not demean the stranger, as that is against Torah, but that we can be just as authoritarian about where our borders lie and in demanding everything which was promised us by Hashem and by the world after World War I. The final step is to be proud and loud in the declaration that we were promised lands and that even the United Nations recognized these promises even if they have worked every day since to eliminate our nation from the community of nations. We no longer can be required to scrape and beg for that which we know is ours; we can simply take all that is ours and need not countenance those who would deny us our rightful lands. And for those whose memories require a little reminder, here is a map below which depicts that promise. One last nudge, before 1964, when the world used the term Palestinian, they were referring to the Jews and that was the truth until the Arabs stole the name along with the history of the Jewish people back to the Israelites and made that lie their claim to our homeland.

 

British Mandate with its division between an Arab State of Jordan and Palestine denoted to be the Jewish State later named Israel

British Mandate with its division between an Arab State of Jordan and
Palestine denoted to be the Jewish State later named Israel

 

For those who require an actual revelation of how the world would react were Israel to declare that the game with the Arabs is over, here it is. Once Israeli forces cleared out Gaza, the world would rise up and scream, declare boycotts, demand we give it all back and probably demand we give the Arabs the Negev as a gift as the way of saying we were sorry. When we simply refuse, they will get all in a huff. When we simply do not care and continue to press the Palestinian Authority to prevent all attacks or else, they will scream and yell. The United Nations General Assembly and the Human Rights Council and the rest of the alphabet of United Nations agencies will hold emergency meetings and there will be cases brought in The Hague and every sort of crazy maneuverings which will result in nothing. Why will it result in nothing? First, because we would be claiming that which is rightfully ours as warned by an Egyptian jurist at The Hague. The Honorable Justice El Araby warned the UNGA and others that filing further ran some risks, as he stated,

“The international legal status of the Palestinian Territory (paras. 70-71 of the Advisory Opinion), in my view, merits more comprehensive treatment. A historical survey is relevant to the question posed by the General Assembly, for it serves as the background to understanding the legal status of the Palestinian Territory on the one hand and underlines the special and continuing responsibility of the General Assembly on the other. This may appear as academic, without relevance to the present events. The present is however determined by the accumulation of past events and no reasonable and fair concern for the future can possibly disregard a firm grasp of past events. In particular, when on more than one occasion, the rule of law was consistently side-stepped. The point of departure, or one can say in legal jargon, the critical date, is the League of Nations Mandate which was entrusted to Great Britain.”

 

The truth of the matter is that it has been the problem of the Israelis not forcefully demanding their rights which has led to the decay of their claims to the lands set forth under the British Mandate. Should Israel state in a unified voice that their lands are a sacred trust which cannot be breached by popular politics or world opinions and that Israel will set all other claims to rest as they claim their rightful and promised lands, then the world would think twice before tempting fate. Israel will continue to be dragged and befuddled for as long as they permit the world to dictate what they may and may not do in their own defense. No other nation has been so defamed despite the realities which point out that the opposite of every claim against her is the truth and that the reality is that Israel has been too willing to accommodate the desires of those who wish to do her harm. That must end and that can only come to fruition when the Israelis choose not to be the timid darlings afraid to live proudly within their own lands and ignore the agitations from critics gaming to bring ruin upon her. Either Israel exists as promised or eventually Israel will not exist. The latter is the desire of most of the world and the majority of world agencies; it cannot also be the desire of the average Israeli. That is the reality and the answer is for Israel, through the demands of her people, to be represented by political leaders willing to declare these truths and demand from the world that which has always been rightfully Israeli lands and end the fiasco which has been perpetrated ever since the Arabs failed to destroy Israel in 1948, 1967, 1973, and finally with the Oslo Accords and all the foolhardiness which has resulted since.

 

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July 12, 2018

Hamas in Freefall and Seeking Relief

 

Hamas has once more put out feeler presumably seeking to make amends with the Palestinian Authority. Their petition has an obvious outreach and a hidden attempt at subversion. Hamas leaders publicized their agreement to an Egyptian initiative to create a new peace agreement and arrange a meeting in Cairo between Hamas and Fatah leaders. This is irregular in that it was Hamas who complained about obstacles causing the collapse of the last attempt at reconciliation. What are the odds we give this attempt? Honestly, with the reasons given by Hamas and the set of principles and steps they would wish to precede any reengagement, probably ziltch. Hamas is in need of financial assistance and as the Palestinian Authority cut them off from funding, they are almost desperate. Thus, the initial Hamas demand is for the Palestinian Authority to remove all punitive measures against Gaza. Hamas also has made clear that they agree that the attacks against Israel must continue until the “aggressors” are defeated, emphasized that all means are legitimate until the “occupation” is eliminated and praised the “lone-wolf intifada” and promised that the violent Gaza riots would continue. Hamas did also echo that Jerusalem is a “red-line” which cannot be crossed and has blamed Israel with the United States for “plotting to harm UNRWA in order to eliminate the problem of the refugees.” These were their appeasement proposals for the Palestinian Authority, and one that will be generously accepted.

 

So what is the problem that will come between these two terrorist groups? Well, Hamas has demanded that in order to produce a reformation of the Palestine Liberation Organization, that there be held elections for the “Palestinian National Council.” Just so the world will know the truth, the reason that the Palestinian Arabs have not been permitted to hold elections since 2005 has been a punishment imposed by Mahmoud Abbas. He was quite upset that in 2005 the Palestinian Arabs were first permitted to vote for representatives from all Arab groups as demanded by United States Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and President George W. Bush, as they thought such freedom would spell a defeat for the terrorist groups and a victory for reconciliation and peace talks with Israel. Israel had told the United States that they were probably playing a very dangerous game which would likely backfire, Mahmoud Abbas told them that they were leaving the door open for Hamas to take control, and the leadership in the United States claimed that they knew best and no such result would be coming because all peoples are basically the same and desire peace over conflict. Well, Hamas won control over the Palestinian National Council, the Palestinian legislature, and would have replaced Mahmoud Abbas as President had he also been up for election, but he reserved his right to finish his term before facing elections. Well, the Palestinian Authority quickly imposed a quasi-control and Abbas took the bulk of power into his own hands all but dismissing the Palestinian National Council from having any input. This may have been in part what led to the Hamas coup in Gaza in 2007 where they simply pried control from the Palestinian Authority President and placed themselves in charge of Gaza.

 

One last point of history is necessary and it concerns President Abbas whose term ended in 2009 and there were to be elections held. Those elections had to be postponed due to difficulties. When the clock ran out on that postponement and two or three more, Mahmoud Abbas simply cancelled the elections and assigned himself another term, which ran through 2015. When elections came around for the Palestinian National Council in 2015 along with presumably elections for President, there were difficulties, which made such impossible at that time. Then they were again put off and in the end Mahmoud Abbas basically all but dissolved the Palestinian National Council and left himself as the sole power over the Palestinian Authority as well as his being the leader of the Fatah Party and in charge of the PLO. Mahmoud Abbas has concentrated all leadership in himself despite the reality that if there were any honest and open election, his best bet would be to be well out of town before the tallies were counted. Abbas has exactly no possibility of winning any honest and open election and the probability is any election would result in Hamas taking complete control of the Palestinian area, both in the Shomron (West Bank) and in Gaza leaving absolutely no room for anything President Trump could offer in his still to be released “Deal of the Century.”

 

What would happen should Hamas win a Palestinian honest and above board election monitored by the European Union, United Nations and the United States? That can be determined by revealing the current actions by Hamas and their declarations about their hopes for the future. Recently, Hamas decided that they are going to prevent further importation of fruit from Israel. Their reasoning is that as Israel has decided on closure of the Kerem Shalom crossing for non-humanitarian cases. Hamas would like everyone to take their reasoning without question that the move by Israel is out of spite and a punishment of Hamas and Gaza over the riots. They got the “due to the riots” part correct but the real reason for the closure has been in order to repair and rebuilding of the Kerem Shalom crossing, its conveyor belts which transport goods, the gas and fuel pipelines and the structures which have been grossly damaged by the rioting. The Kerem Shalom crossing has been firebombed and the pipelines broken open and set alight and much of the structures have suffered damage (see image below). Hamas used their own personnel in order to intentionally damage these support systems knowing the cost to Israel would be massive and that such repairs would take time, potentially months, and once they end their rioting and attacks on Israel, after waiting a few weeks they would be able to complain and blame Israel for lack of provisions and denying them gas and fuel and the world would have already forgotten, if they ever knew, that Hamas was responsible for the damage which shut down the crossing and the other required structures which are a necessity for the provisions to be delivered. And Hamas is attempting to now take control of the Shomron which would place them within direct targeting of Tel Aviv and surrounding region which is the heart of Israel.

 

Gas Pipes Set Ablaze at the Kerem Shalom Gaza Crossing to Israel

Gas Pipes Set Ablaze at the Kerem Shalom Gaza Crossing to Israel 

 

 

Rioters Ignite Provisions, Trailers, Electrical Infrastructure, Conveyor Belt used to Transferred Goods into Gaza

Rioters Ignite Provisions, Trailers, Electrical Infrastructure, Conveyor Belt used to Transferred Goods into Gaza

 

The closure is not a complete closure, simply closing the crossing to elective use by people and nonessential goods. As the government described the closure, the closure will not apply to humanitarian aid, including food and medicine, approved individuals such as medical needs and other emergency needs considered on an individual basis by the Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories. This fact could easily be excluded from many mainstream media reports, as it is just a tiny detail. After all, it does not suit the profile that Israel is closing the crossing and that will endanger everyone in Gaza. Never mind that needful crossings will be evaluated on an individual basis, that makes Israel appear too humane. This will also be given as why there is about to be a shortage of fruits and vegetables in Gaza within the next week and continuing for as long as the Hamas government continues to prevent further importation of fruit from Israel, which will be the real reason, imagine that. But expect Hamas and other Arab notables to decry Israeli inhumanity causing the lack of fruit and vegetables in Gaza, it could never be that Hamas refuses to accept or even permit importation of these goods from Israel. This is the same game plan as back in May when Hamas refused medical aid from Israel while whining to the world how they were lacking basic medical provisions and Israel was refusing to permit their supplies from reaching Gaza. This is the same old sorry game played by Hamas, Palestinian Authority and everyone who has a desire to besmirch Israel.

 

Hamas has started a new program for the children, a summer camp. This is a wonderful training field for making young terrorists in training. Imagine the wonder and fun which these youths will be involved in at this new camp. This project began in early May continuing through these latest clashes in the Gaza Strip. Thus far, this camp has included about one-hundred-eighty Palestinian Arab youths with a number of whom having joined the group from Judea and Samaria (Shomron). The trainers of this military camp not only teach them how to use weapons, but also teach them methods of self-defense. There are individuals provided dressed in mock and real IDF uniforms upon which the youths get to practice their tactics and one-on-one encounter moves while shouting “Allah Akbar.” They will set-up scenarios such as a market or an alley in Jerusalem and others and teach them how they are to kill an Israeli soldier. One of the camp instructors was quoted stating, “These courses are meant to be a preparation, so that our youngsters will learn from a young age how to confront an Israeli and fight for Palestine’s goals and for the liberation of Jerusalem, until the day comes, when we will be able to retrieve our homeland from the Zionists.” In these courses the youth are taught use of an M-16 rifle by shooting at targets resembling Israeli soldiers as well as other skills, which are being taught even to elementary school children in grades four and five. The instructor was further quoted claiming, “None of the parents of these students has any objection to the children’s learning the use of firearms and firing and this program is fully executed.” This is all part of the Hamas program along with Islamic Jihad with Iranian support and funds in order to perpetuate the violence against Israel and the resistance to any prospective for peace.

 

They are raising their children in a swamp of hatred for the Jews, and not just Israelis. This can be seen in Hamas in Their Own Words, an article quoting Hamas leaders by the ADL. The thing to remember while reading these quotes is that Israel has completely removed every last Israeli, IDF soldier and everything else from Gaza and relinquished all claims to the area of Gaza giving over to the Arabs, initially to the Palestinian Authority who subsequently lost it to a Hamas coup. Despite these steps by Israel, Hamas still perpetuates that Gaza is occupied by Israel. Gaza is not occupied by Israel, though one could claim that Gaza is occupied by Hamas as they stole the land in a war of violence against the Palestinian Authority who was presumably the governance to which Gaza was passed over. Hamas is a recognized terrorist group by the majority of the world governments and organizations. Hamas operates at the behest of Iran who is able to command them to attack Israel at their pleasure. The current violence is strongly believed by BTC to have been ordered by Iran, as Iran believes they have sufficient deniability such that Israel would be condemned if they responded against Iran over Hamas terrorism. There is one more item we wish to propose more as a question for our readership than for our commentary. Why are there Palestinian Arab refugee camps within the regions ruled by the Palestinian Authority and within Gaza where Hamas and Islamic Jihad are the governing authorities? This leaves Palestinian Arabs living within barbed wire fencing and not permitted to work or often even to visit family and friends who reside within walking distances from the camps. There must be a reason why these Palestinian Arabs are kept in camps while everyday other Palestinian Arabs walk past these camps free to work, live and be free while these other Palestinian Arabs are kept incarcerated simply because they once resided on the wrong side of the Green Line. So, these refugee camps are full of Palestinian Arab refugees while Palestinian Arabs reside all around and Palestinian Arabs rule the region but UNRWA tends to the people within the camps in areas ruled by the Palestinian Authority and in Gaza ruled by Hamas. We just want to know why they keep their own brothers and sisters incarcerated. Is their hatred of Israel so deep that they are willing to treat their own people as prisoners without the rights of those just outside the fences? If such is true, then that is one of the saddest and most inhumane means of treating their own people and they claim that Israel is unhelpful when it comes to the Palestinian Arab refugees.

 

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