Beyond the Cusp

March 4, 2015

Reaction to Prime Minister Netanyahu Address to Congress

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The reactions to Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu’s speech Tuesday to the combined houses of Congress minus those who decided to hold their own BDS style boycott of the speech for purely political theater. The entire obsessive demonization of both Speaker of the House Boehner and Prime Minister Netanyahu over the reputed breaking with a protocol which was invented by some administration personnel in an emergency meeting called to come up with a message which could be utilized to change the subject from Iran getting nuclear weapons due to the reluctance of President Obama to simply reapply sanctions until Iran agrees to end all enrichment and disassemble their centrifuges to something which made President Obama into the victim of some nefarious plot. The real problem in the Iranian negotiations is President Obama has managed what was considered impossible; he has made it such that now Iran has the upper hand and they are fully aware of this as President Obama has erred and made it evident that he desires a deal no matter what it takes as long as President Obama has a signed deal with the Iranians for his posterity and if he can also get to reopen the United States Embassy he will be able to claim that just as Nixon and Kissinger brought China out from the darkness and into the light and acceptance of the world, President Obama wants to be the President who brought Iran out of the shadows and into the light and also to make them an ally and through them form an alliance with Iran as the hegemonic entity in the Middle East. President managed to take the situation where Iran was truly under unbearable pressures from the sanctions that they willingly came to the negotiation and were ready to make a deal until they realized when President Obama reacted to their entreats to relieve some of the sanctions by releasing the most egregious and onerous sanctions in exchange for nothing more than they allow President Obama to reach a deal and a guarantee of peace for a decade which grants President Obama with sufficient time to use such to establish his legacy as the great peacemaker who had saved the world. This overt willingness by President Obama to release the Iranian sanctions beyond even their wildest expectations was all they needed to realize that President Obama was so driven to get a treaty that they would not need to surrender anything and simply refuse to back off on any of their demands and the Americans were instructed to accede any contested item and simply move on. Since this realization the Iranians have stood their ground while Secretary of State Kerry simply folded acquiescing in point after point as the Iranians suspected so they are now steadfast in their position that they possess the stronger position and are making the best of it.

 

Prime Minister Netanyahu started his speech as we had hoped, by praising President Obama and thanking the Administration for their assistance pointing out the assistances such as finances to help Israel produce additional Iron Dome batteries while not pointing out that such aid was predicated on Israel giving the software and schematics such that the United States would also be capable of producing the system for their use. He pointed to the thanks Israel owed American Presidents “from Harry Truman to Barack Obama.” The Prime Minister stated that the President had given Israel cover in the United Nations and had supported Israel in numerous areas which could not be named including sharing intelligence and other functions. Prime Minister Netanyahu also gave praise to Secretary of State Kerry and lavished praise on the Congress. The Prime Minister then stated that he never intended for his speech to cause such an uproar nor did he mean for it to become a partisan issue as Israel should retain its bipartisan support which it has always been. There was no reason for a thank you left out as he expressed gratitude for the assistance received when the Carmel fire as well as other emergencies plagued Israel.

 

When Prime Minister Netanyahu completed his charm offensive he wasted little time and explained the reason for the invitation and left no doubt about what he thought of the agreement in its current form. The Prime Minister used the coming Jewish celebration of Purim explaining that the Jewish People have a long history and that throughout that history they have had numerous evil acts and persecutions including one from Persia, the same lands which are today called Iran. He explained how two-thousand-five-hundred years ago the Jewish people faced a threat to murder every Jew in the Persian Empire which would have wiped out the Jewish People. He told that two people in particular prevented that catastrophe, Esther and Mordechai. He equated the similarity between his speaking out about the threat Iran poses today to the actions of Queen Esther speaking out when it was not appropriate to prevent a catastrophe from being enacted against the Jews and going against protocols and other protocols of politeness in order to sound the alarm and save the Jews from extinction. He gave the truth that Iran is the largest nation sponsoring terrorism and their tasking the IRGC with spreading their form of Islam in the world. Prime Minister Netanyahu described how Iran is spreading their sphere of influence and could soon control two choke points of the oil trade. These were the ones we had described more fully in our articles here and here. Netanyahu made a convincing argument of the threat Iran poses and explained the reasons Iran was assisting with the fighting against ISIS, that there is little difference between ISIS and Iran. He explained that both ISIS and Iran aimed to spread their version of Islam and conquer the world through Jihad, the only actual difference being Iran wants to make Shia Islam the only faith on all of Earth and ISIS desires to place Sunni Islam as the only faith on all of Earth.

 

With preliminary information stated and explained, Prime Minister Netanyahu put to the light of truth the lie that he was making the case for war with Iran. He calmly placed the choice as being between forcing Iran through diplomatic and economic routes to agree to give up refining uranium and dismantling every last centrifuge or simply carry on refining just at a slightly slower speed. He explained that if Iran continues to refuse to comply then the Western world and whoever can be persuaded to help return to the same sanctions which brought Iran to the negotiating table to begin with. The Prime Minister pointed to the fact that there was no pressure to force a solution immediately and that sanctions and patience were the tools to use. Instead of expressing the immediacy of an agreement we were to show resolve to reach the agreement under the terms of no enrichment whatsoever, Iran would in time return to the negotiations and comply. The reason why there was seemingly a rush to get an agreement was omitted from Prime Minister Netanyahu’s speech was simple, he came to praise Obama (Caesar), not to bury or insult him. We do not need to be so polite. The reason for the immediacy for an agreement is so President Obama and possibly Secretary of State Kerry will be recognized and receive their well-earned Nobel Peace Prizes.

 

There will be an immediacy to follow getting an agreement with Iran, and that will be to force a solution on Israel to make a peace with the Arab Palestinians. The problem that will derail those efforts will not be because Israel does not wish to make peace but because Abbas can only accept the complete surrender and destruction of the State of Israel and replacing it with another Arab state. Since even President Obama and Secretary of State Kerry would not even try to go that far and demand the complete surrender from Israel, I could see their attempting to propose and back a one-state-solution where the Arab Palestinians would be in a fully-autonomous region and the Jews would be in what would amount to another fully-autonomous region using the Green Line as the line between the two regions. There is no manner or way that the Jews will surrender their independence and their homelands just to make the rest of the world happy. The reason for going here was to bring into the discussion the example of the urgency and its related insanities which best describes the two to three trips each week by Secretary of State Kerry and others from his peace at any cost group, including especially Martin Indyk, all of whom were pressing peace at any cost. When that initiative finally became obviously untenable and ran into a situation of impossibility, it marked another point which is equal to the point where Iranian negotiations took off and landed somewhere in crazyland where agreements come out of the thin air at President Obama’s demand, though usually they arrive somewhere short of what would be acceptable by any sane mind.

 

Prime Minister Netanyahu took a page from the Obama playbook and made a shout-out to Holocaust survivor and world renowned Eli Wiesel followed by telling of an unspoken agreement which binds the Jews that Never Again will we be persecuted and face potential genocide. That is why both allies, Israel and America must be found to be together “Standing up to Iran is not easy. Standing up to dark and murderous regimes never is.” The Prime Minister made a solemn promise that Israel will do what Israel must do and stand-alone against Iran if that is the choice given us, but stand we will. The main theme was patience will pay-off providing that we make the sanctions strict and solid enough and we have patience. Unlike President Obama’s demand for immediacy which gives Iran the upper hand, a patient application of pressure will bring the desired result even if President Obama’s and Prime Minister Netanyahu’s successors are the leaders or even their successors if that is how long it takes, though it was expressed that simply showing the resolve to reapply sanctions and potentially making them even more stringent was waiting in the wings would produce a deal where Iran no longer held the stronger hand, but to do so requires a real leader who does what is right over what aggrandizes their own image. The closing argument was more of a plea than a threat but the obvious final option, if it comes to that, is any agreement reached does not include Israel and as such, Israel is free to do what Israel needs to do. If it requires Israel standing alone to prevent Iran from becoming a nuclear power with an arsenal of potentially hundreds upon hundreds of nuclear weapons, then Israel will stand alone and protect themselves and by pure coincidence, protect the entirety of Western civilization. Israel has done so before and will do so whenever world situations require Israel do so. The warning was for President Obama not to believe that Israel will not stand and do what is necessary, simply because such a bet is a losing bet and shows a lack of understanding Israel. Below is the actual speech which might be seen to differ somewhat from our descriptions but, so what, we’ve been known to suffer from massive hallucinatory outbreaks before, so we advise watching the speech again with our little observations in mind, we guarantee it will alter what you see or think you saw originally, we know it did for us.

 

 

 

 

 

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March 3, 2015

Trust Betrayed but By Who?

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In the midst of what is being called a betrayal of trust, hurtful acts to friendship and making United States Israeli relations into a partisan issue; there has been a few items likely to have been overlooked. Nobody is paying much attention to one side’s actions to put this whole vitriolic sniping into perspective. The news is full of the accusations of betrayal by Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu claiming that his speech to Congress will be hurtful to American/Israeli relations. He has been warned not to state any of the terms in the framework of the agreement which President Obama is intending to sign in the near future as that might hurt the chances for the framework to be ratified. Meanwhile, another White House unnamed source gave comment which appears to counter the entire flow of aspersions when they stated that the speech was not going to have any effect nor would it in any way harm the talks the administration was holding as part of the P5+1 negotiations with Iran. If the negotiations will be unaffected then what is the entire brouhaha all about? When you add the statements at AIPAC by Netanyahu where he praised President Obama and stated that this is a disagreement about policy, not about anything personal and that such disagreements have existed before and the relations and personal interactions survived them all and some even became actions which were later appreciated though not at the time of the disagreement. Probably the best example of this was when Israeli Prime Minister Begin ignored President Ronald Regan’s insistence that Israel stand down and not potentially set off explosions across the Middle East which bombing the Osirak nuclear plant in Iraq presumably would cause. Israel still dispatched six fighter-bombers and escorts and destroyed the reactor and somehow there were no actual fireworks and President Bush later thanked the Israelis for not listening as if they had not struck the reactor it was very possible that Iraq would have had nuclear weapons making any actions against Saddam Hussein next to impossible. Even President Obama appeared to be talking back the acrimony stating that where there may be “substantial disagreement” over how to achieve the shared goal of preventing Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons, such disagreement would not be “permanently destructive” to American/Israeli relations. The difficulty is the mixed message as the President and Secretary of State Kerry also have sharply pointed to previous warnings from Prime Minister Netanyahu such as the claims that the interim agreement gave Iran too much leeway and was not providing sufficient enforcement while sanctions were being relaxed and this has not led to any disasters.

 

All of these accusations will only be validated or invalidated by the results down the road. There has been one point of contention which is undisputable, Prime Minister Netanyahu has pointedly made the case that Iran must never be permitted to have nuclear weapons capabilities while President Obama’s entire case is that by postponing the attaining of nuclear weapons by Iran, they will be put off by a decade or possibly even fifteen years and that the entire attitude of the Iranian government will likely change rather noticeable and for the better in the ensuing years and especially if the United States is able to put the past behind and initiate relations with Iran which can only help to alleviate any difficulties the West has with Iran. This is very likely minimizing the differences as Prime Minister Netanyahu and other Israelis have noted that the terms of the framework will allow Iran to reach almost breakout conditions though not verifiably have the capability to actually produce nuclear weapons and by allowing such is tantamount to risking Iran clandestinely producing nuclear weapons in the dark and outside of the ability of the IAEA inspectors to monitor. This was made all the more obvious recently with two reports. The first report came from the lead inspector of the IAEA who pointed out that Iran was not forthcoming with satisfactory answers to concerns placed before them for explanations which might allay fears that Iran was well on their way to militarizing their nuclear program. The second came from the same dissident group which had initially made the extent and scope of the Iranian nuclear activities known to the Western nations who have come forth stating that an additional nuclear plant for the processing of uranium had been established and was ready to be activated. The processing plant was presumably close to Tehran sitting underneath existing structures which had also served to shelter their activities from satellites and other detection abilities including especially drones. The news of such a facility makes fears that Iran intends to produce nuclear weapons despite any agreement far more probable should this reported plant be actualized and hopefully be placed under IAEA inspections, something unlikely when one also finds that the IAEA requests to inspect the Parchin Military Base where suspected weaponizing tests and manufacture of the detonators for a nuclear weapons were carried out. Recent reports also inform that not only had the buildings reputedly used for such experimentation and perfection of their triggering detonators been razed and the ground turned up and replaced with earth from another location, but now new buildings are being constructed over the site making inspections next to impossible. Such obstructionism does not bode well for Iranian compliance with the terms of any agreement.

 

Additional threats and demands have been levied and amongst them the demand that the Israelis not state any of the terms they suspect are a part of the framework largely because the administration has gone to such extremes to avoid allowing the Congress to vote on any agreement as such would require allowing the terms to be known. This request was made even before the elections which placed the Senate under a Republican majority. It has been the secrecy under which the administration has operated these negotiations which has initiated the suspicions which were apparently substantiated by the information received by the Israelis before they were locked out of the loop on any further updates by the United States. This will likely mean that Israel will now be just as ill-informed as the other Western members of the negotiations team as much of the framework has appeared to have been crafted in one-on-one meetings between Secretary Kerry and Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif. We will see today what effects the admonishments from the administration will have had on the address before Congress by Prime Minister Netanyahu as he gave little indications at his AIPAC speech as to what today’s speech will contain. Largely the Prime Minister’s speech was to show the appreciation that his administration and all Israelis have with their brothers and sisters living in the United States, the second most Jewish population state. Initiating his speech the Prime Minister gave thanks to Milos Zeman, president of the Czech Republic, for his support of Israel and his nation’s historical support of the Jewish state. Likewise he thanked Canadian officials, including outgoing Foreign Minister John Baird, for being “champions of Israel.” He gave a warm greeting to the packed audience greeting them with, “My friends I bring greetings to you from Jerusalem, our eternal undivided capital!” He also quipped receiving thunderous applause with, “I also bring to you news that you may not have heard. You see I’ll be speaking in Congress tomorrow.” Beyond the personal thank you statements and introductory ice breakers to put everyone at ease, Prime Minister Netanyahu spoke of the ties between the United States and Israel like that of a family that despite any disagreements remain closely related and such disputes do not make the family dysfunctional. Netanyahu stated, “You’re here to tell the world that reports of the demise of the Israeli and American ties are not only premature, they’re just wrong. You’re here to tell the world that our alliance is stronger than ever. And because of you… it’s going to get even stronger in the coming years.” He also stressed, “My speech is not meant to show any disrespect for President Obama or for the office that he holds, I have great respect for both.” Prime Minister spoke of the long period where Jews were as in the wilderness with no real home and subjected to the whims and provocations of those under whom they lived often facing terrible degradations and compared that suffering with the reality that now we once again have our homelands where we can finally fight for our rights and respect and rule ourselves. The Prime Minister initiated this telling that, “For 2,000 years my people, the Jewish people, were stateless, voiceless… we suffered relentless persecution and horrific attacks.” And then concluded stating, “Well, no more! The days when the Jewish people are passive in the face of threats to annihilate us, those days are over!” He also pointed out that the current disagreement with the United States is not over the goal we both desire but over the best method for achieving said goal. He pointed to our shared values of “liberty, equality, justice, tolerance, compassion.” You can hear the speech and judge his language and emotions yourself as his speech is embedded below.

 

 

 

We covered the framework’s rough draft a few days ago in the article “P5+1 and Iran Six Month Working Nuclear Agreement” which included the CNN released draft. We will not bore everyone repeating that article which had a few of our observations and cautionary quote made us the most ill at ease as we thought it was for too restrictive and presumptuous to assume to speak for the Congress while refusing to allow their input and advice. Today’s speech by the Israeli Prime Minister will be reviewed by many journalists and editorialists many of whom will have their best, sharpest and longest knives bared to stab and cut off the juiciest morsels they believe they can use to smear and defame the Prime Minister while others will have their most favorable glasses on and perfumed stationary on which to reveal their admirations and near love affair with Netanyahu, and any truth likely lies in the middle. Well, we will see what we will see and perhaps hear something unexpected but whatever is to come, by tomorrow all will be done except the media shouting, and who knows how long that may last and who from the political side will jump in and mix things up further. No matter what is said to Congress, the rest of the world continues to spiral out of control with the Libya ISIS terrorists still threatening to attack Italy and sac Rome, ISIS taking hostages with which to incite more hatred with their horrific offerings, Iran now being given the lead in the bombing war against ISIS in Iraq and Syria, Russia still eyeing the entirety of the coast of the Ukraine and drooling over the other former Soviet bloc nations and finally there is China manufacturing a blue water navy complete with continental missile carrying boomer submarines and aircraft carriers in their attempt to supplant the United States as the hegemonic power in the South China Sea, the Taiwan Strait or Formosa Strait, the Tsu Shima Strait, the Korea Strait and lastly adding the Pacific Ocean to their ownership of both ends of the Panama Canal. The world just keeps on getting more interesting and the nations within better and more dangerously armed and the little people, you know, you and us are simply not any part of the equations beyond statistical estimations on how many of us and in which regions we will be sacrificed in the next attempt to do what has been attempted throughout history, conquer the known world which finally actually means the whole world. Isn’t that just wonderful?

 

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March 2, 2015

Signs in the Streets and on the News

 

Where the obvious signs that make the news come from within Europe, the signs in the streets are visible throughout the world. Probably the most obvious of signs is right there in many Jews’ mailboxes inside a blank and nondescript envelope. Perhaps that since January 15, 2015 the French Army’s “Opération Sentinelle” has protected seven-hundred-twenty-two (722) Jewish schools and synagogues in France might give one pause. The army has reported three-hundred-seventy-two (371) incidents perpetrated against the soldiers standing guard in front of the protected sites. What would have happened to the Jews without the soldiers standing in front of their temples and schools? In addition, in Sweden a radio asked the Israeli Ambassador if Jews are not the cause of anti-Semitism. The magazine used to come in the mail unconcealed with Jewish features displayed vibrantly and proudly on its covers as if to say we are proud Jews who are vital members in our communities. Now it sneaks through the system and into our homes surreptitiously hiding that bright, loud, and proud cover declaring here lives a Jew stuffed within a blank envelope declaring, nothing to see here, move along. Next thing you know Jews will be moving their mezuzahs from the outsides of the front door to inside the front door. We will tell ourselves it is just to be closer to this sign that declared our Jewishness but we will know it is done to avoid it being vandalized or to conceal any identifier that says here lives a Jew. It will be in the little things and a few big things such as wearing a smaller Yarmulke or getting one of those new Yarmulkes which are designed to look like hair made to match your hair color and be almost completely invisible. You tell yourself that it does the same thing as your old Yarmulke because you know it is there dismissing the fact that it used to declare here goes a Jew proud of his heritage who walks unafraid within our communities, but we are no longer unafraid, are we. Then there are the signs that only the initial Jews see and are shocked. The vandalized cemetery, the graffiti on the Synagogue’s walls and main entrance, the anti-Semitic graffiti on the park benches and the bus stop walls which are hurriedly covered over so as not to alarm others, especially those Jewish others as there are more than enough worries these days though to talk of it is forbidden. When we do address these distressing truth we use hushed tones because we fear spreading our trepidations throughout our communities, but it really is still all-pervasive. It is so serious and severe a threat that even the Rabbi speaks about these threats playing them down while stressing how we belong and the government is addressing our safety so there is nothing to fear.

 

The government will see to our safety, spoken like a true progressive liberal leftist. That alone is a sign of the root problem, our total reliance on the government to fix all problems. We need just inform them and they will dispatch the necessary increased security around our synagogues, schools, yeshivas, libraries and kosher stores and our Jewish magazine is coming wrapped in a shroud and we start to sneak when outside the friendly confines of our well-knitted society and virtually or actually gated houses, a sort of voluntary ghetto with gilded gold caged secured entrances and high fence exteriors guarded by mobile patrols; we are most definitely safe, sane and secure. Do we not realize what is there plainly for us to see? We have already placed ourselves in a ghetto even if the cells cost half a million Euros, Dollars, Pounds or other coinage, the government will not even need to round us up. How long before those guard patrols will no longer be guarding us from the outside world but instead it will become them guarding the outside world from us. I know, it could be worse, but is not this the worse we warned about last year and haven’t the signs started coming at us faster and faster? How will we know that it has gone too far and it is too late, how much hatred is too much and changed into a threat from all the society? We need remember that it does not take a majority, just a society threatened and refusing to protect us as the costs have become too great. Is the sign when we are told we need pay an extra tax to cover our protection as the government can no longer afford to guard us unless we pay an extra tax to defray the costs. That is called the Jiyza in Islam and immediately separates us from the mainstream society and a sign that we accept our Dhimmitude and will curtail our behavior and from now on show our deference for our bettors of the society. Will this be the sign that the government has gone over to the other side? Is this a sign of too little to make us leave or that we should have fled months if not years ago.

 

This is our home; our family has lived here for three generations; my work or business is here; I am too old to start my life over; there are a million excuses and only one single argument on the other side, an argument which should beckon us and inspire in us in the same way as the Shofar calls on the high holidays, that is Eretz Yisroel, that is Yerushalayim, it is the call that says that it is time to return home no matter what holds us in place. In Israel we are the government, we are the military, our sign is emblazoned on the national flag and our symbols are everywhere. Is Israel perfect, no, but we are working to make it so. There will be those in Europe tempted to head to the United States which will gain them a few decades before the United States has reached the same level as in Europe, just far more subtle and disguised. The United States has just recently reached the point where crimes against Jews are almost always not considered hate crimes or crimes committed against us because we are Jews, we are simply victims and our Jewishness has nothing to do with it. Europe has passed that point and reached the point where there are those who are claiming that we Jews are the cause of the violence against us. Has there been any progress on the assassination of a Rabbi walking to Synagogue one Saturday Shabbat morning visiting Florida from New Jersey who was gunned down in broad daylight. Have they reclassified that assassination from a robbery gone wrong to the hateful murder it actually was? Of course they haven’t and the investigation, if you were to inquire, has come up against some difficulties but it is still an open investigation and that it will remain until all have stopped inquiring, then it becomes a dead file and gets filed with all the rest of the unsolvable cases. Perhaps that is one of the signs that the time has come?

 

If we still have any doubts, may it be pointed out that the anti-Israel and anti-Zionist rioting and rampaging on our college campuses have becoming anti-Semitic and target the Jewish students regardless their political alignment. Is that an imminent sign that the time has come to return home where you will be accepted for your Jewishness. It is time to return home and you will find something else in Israel awaiting your arrival, the societal ever-so-slow movement towards embracing our faith. I cannot begin to relay how warming returning home has been for me and for my wife as well. Are there any problems or difficulties, of course there are but they are largely due to language difficulties which we expected, but the willingness of the people, our fellow Jews to understand and make us feel welcomed and as if we have support while we make the transition. At our age, which for many people is anything over twenty, learning a completely new language, which we knew the words when singing in synagogue, is a monumental task which often, in our case constantly, seemingly impossible but with the mostly joyous assistance and patience of our new-found friends and neighbors we will get there eventually. To all our people in the Diaspora, time is a-wasting, so what will it take to bring you home? We in Israel fear you may wait until travel is restricted and it is too late to leave. You are making all the same excuses which were prevalent and chanted by the Jewish communities of the Weimar Republic, and that end result was really great for those comfortable, assimilated Jews. They did not request for you to prove what you were; they simply checked your grandparents were and assigned your religion from that. Then they came for the Jews in the middle of the night and later even the light of the sun could not prevent their taking the Jews, the society accepted this. There were French towns which readied their Jews in advance of the horrific depravity to reach their town resplendent in their dress uniforms, the French beat their advance and prepared their Jews without being forced to, they volunteered us. When the curtain opens and the real fearful society is given a choice on which community they must place on stage to be slaughtered, you know who will be offered in sacrifice, it will be as it has always been, us offered as a sacrifice to their new overlords. Then it is way too late. Do not remain because of your comfort for that is a very fragile item which can be extinguished with the slightest breeze of a waving hand over a paper making it so, and that moment approaches and will sweep across the globe. I realize how that will become a threat to Israel. I also know that standing together with the L0rd our G0d that we will prevail over any enemy, no matter how strong they may be, especially if we have faith and love for each other. So, what are you waiting for, an engraved gold-leaf invitation?

 

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