Every social construct exists solely because at some point it was a political declaration made by a social movement. One glaring example was the anti-slavery movement which eventually became the abolitionists. Even as the political potential of the abolitionists, they were mostly members of a faction within the Whig Party and when the Whig establishment refused to be rushed into opposing slavery openly and politically the abolitionist movement became the Republican Party and the rest is, as they say, history. For every social movement there is eventually made a political declaration which more often than not begins in one party. From humble beginnings often come greater results and this becomes even more likely when the social movement can claim the moral high ground through respected spokespersons lending their names and reputations being place amongst the ranks of the early movement.
In the brief history of Israel there have been a few peace initiatives which gained their acceptance due to the names of great and respected military heroes whose names were placed behind them. The Four Mothers movement turned into the call of Ehud Barak and the pacifist wing of the social left movement and the heart and soul of the Labor Party. Almost all of the Israeli self-made catastrophes began as peace movements which then took on a name or founded a political party and finally that party took that movement’s cause up to electoral victory or as a means to facilitate a desired political end. Each of these in recent history was formed around soothing the raging beasts across Israeli borders and their echo chambers in the European Union, United Nations and the Presidency of the United States and more. The first was the call to pull the troops from Southern Lebanon as the government had already admitted the IDF was holding land to which Israel was making no claim making them an occupying force, a position untenable under the best of circumstances and impossible in anything less. Almost the entirety of the nation was made to appear behind bringing our boys home and ending the slow bleeding of our forces and Ehud Barak bent to this movement making it into a political declaration supported by the Labor Party as they were the Peace Party who exemplified trusting Israel’s neighbors to do as promised and the assurances of the United Nations who would be providing additional troops under an agreement setting up UNIFIL (United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon) in Southern Lebanon which Israel vacated.
Today, one abortive military fiasco known laughably as the Second Lebanon War, and later those very areas turned over to the Lebanese Army and the UNIFIL forces of the United Nations, now bristle with twice as many UNIFIL forces acting twice as futile in their complete and total failing to prevent Hezballah from arming with upwards of a quarter of a million rockets and missiles. These include antitank missiles, short and medium range rockets, Multiple Rocket Launch Vehicles (MLRV), entire systems of mobile and fixed launching platforms for long range ballistic missiles with GPS and other sophisticated guidance systems, RPGs (Rocket Propelled Grenades), anti-ship C-803 missiles (Chinese YJ-83鹰击-83; pinyin: yingji-83; literally: “eagle strike 83”), anti-air surface to air missiles SAM sites, and various surface to surface rockets and missiles. Much if not almost all of this firepower was provided by Hezballah benefactor Iran. But wait, there’s more.
Enter another of Israel’s greatest warriors, the Bulldozer himself, Arik Sharon. He led a social movement which called for an experiment to prove the worthiness of the Palestinian society to work in peace side-by-side with Israel, a kind of mini two states for two peoples living side-by-side in peace and security and with programs which would prove mutually advantageous. This time the infection started in the Likud Party which had a strong resistive force dragging down the efforts and resisting the necessary efforts of trust and change which would eventually lead to a dull Arab Palestinian State living side-by-side with Israel. Prime Minister Sharon tired of the resistant Likud Party members holding him from this vision for a future filled with peace where Israel would no longer be the occupying power but instead the fountain for peace. To facilitate his vision he formed Kadima Party (Hebrew: קדימה, translates to; Forward) and gathered likeminded people from Likud, Labor and other parties and independents forging a new coalition mid-term, an unusual and may prove dangerous precedent in Israeli governance as it now frees any Prime Minister from their own party which when elected chose them if they can forge a new coalition dropping those members of their original party list and replacing them with others even including from the opposition and then making up your own party midstream. The Gaza removal of “settlements,” which were actual cities functioning and employing Arabs as well as Jewish residents, and the removal of the IDF allowing for the Palestinian Security Forces to take over the challenge of enforcing the rule of law and keeping order, failed and Hamas with Islamic Jihad and a number of other lesser terror groups and criminal families stole Gaza in a coup where the Palestinian Security Forces made for scant resistance before fleeing. Numerous wars later, with one threatening on the horizon, Israel faced a better armed and stronger force each time rocket fire reached levels which demanded interventions. Again Iran has a finger in the pie pumping in monies, expertise and the plans for larger and guided missiles capable of striking as far north as Haifa and easily striking Jerusalem and Tel Aviv. Currently Hamas has been promising a reign of terror with bombings, shootings, abduction of soldiers and civilians and other infiltrations through expertly built tunnels using the European Union provided cement which did not rebuild a single house when purloined, more like appropriate, for tunnel construction. This also allows for another Hamas propaganda line where they claim that Israel would not allow the free flow of cement and that this was why all of Gaza was not rebuilt and then during the next conflict Hamas points to the previous damage as part and parcel of the damage this time adding to the apparent toll and making Israel appear to be the monster. We know this because pictures taken at the start of the last war showed the remaining rubble and destruction from previous wars and could correlate the claims of Hamas that these were caused by Israeli carpet bombing and destruction proving further disproportional use of force and the world laps up this poison.
Now we have the multi-front set of social movements, political statements, and the potential making of a new peace party structured around numerous retired military generals, Shin Bet security chiefs and other renowned names and faces from the IDF, Mossad, Israel Security Agency and Police. Commanders for Israel’s Security is the name of this group and once again the name sounds so much better and stronger than the actual politics, programs and desires of the group. We wrote about this movement yesterday but it deserves another look as it is still forming and revealing its truth. What needs coverage first is the initiation of a social movement brought to the fore by two former IDF Chiefs of Staff Benny Gantz and Gabi Ashkenazi. Both have previously been named as the latest and greatest potential leader for Israel to realize a new age and lamenting their required waiting period before they can enter politics designed to allow a cooling period thus preventing a general staff officer to sweep into politics upon their return to civilian life potentially leading to catastrophic consequences. This social construct is the designed path for keeping both men in the limelight thus preventing the cooling period to have its complete and desired effect. Joining them is former Education Minister Shai Piron who served as a Minister in the Knesset for Yesh Atid in the previous government, a political construct by Yair Lapid to advance his political aspirations populated by a number of self-proclaimed political visionaries and opportunists. According to Channel 2 News, the new movement will be called “Pnima” (Hebrew: פנימה literal translation: inside) and is defined as a “cultural movement.” Benny Gantz and Gabi Ashkenazi, both IDF Chiefs of Staff who were well viewed by the public and were predicted to be capable of forming their own centrist party and winning any election hands down with possibly a straight all-out win by receiving over sixty mandates. As these proclamations were first trumpeted by Haaretz and then echoed around the leftist circle so often and so strongly that the reporting itself became a news story furthering this prediction as being next to gospel, one must also realize their definition of centrist is to the left of the Labor Party and in Meretz territory.
So, now Benny Gantz and Gabi Ashkenazi have their Pnima “cultural movement” which will grant the left-leaning media their avenue for keeping their names in circulation as they go through their cooling off period by not cooling off. This is absolutely genius in action, a marvel to witness. Additionally we have this new “Commanders for Israel’s Security” and their political manifesto which is a rework of the Saudi Peace Plan with a few twists which would all prove unworkable and disastrous for Israel and her future. They claim to have learned from history but apparently have missed every lesson along the way. Perhaps part of this reason was due to their being such an integral part to the events to which we refer, the Gaza retreat and the South Lebanon retreat. These great military and security minds with their cumulative six-thousand-years of experience in Israel’s various security agencies are expounding their plan as political agreements and security arrangements with the Arab World, including the Palestinians, which are vital Israeli national security objectives, plus additionally recognizing local and regional realities that make it mandatory and urgent to pursue these objectives of peace with security. They do merit the IDF as being by far the most potent military force in the region which can provide effective security and address all challenges within the present or any future borderline as agreed-to by our government and endorsed by our people. This last stipulation is extremely important to their claims to a future for Israel as the wording would make the IDF capable of defending an Israel defined as only the greater Tel Aviv area, a claim which is complete nonsense. Their idea for peace is to use a slight variant of the Arab Peace Deal, also called the Saudi Plan. Their difference is more a difference without a difference than anything else as they call for the new borders to be the security barrier while the Saudi Plan demands the 1949 Armistice Lines better known as the Green Line. The differences are small but stark as the Saudis and the Arabs have already declared their complete opposition to any alteration from their plan as stated using the pre 67 lines as the border. The map below shows the two lines which are within yards of each other along the majority and anywhere there is no Separation Fence the two are the same and no changes are proposed.
The “Commanders for Israel’s Security” plan has proposed that all Israeli cities, towns and “settlements” be removed and the hundreds of thousands of Israeli be uprooted, their livelihood destroyed and then dump them next to the Gazan Israelis removed from their homes and employment in the August of 2005 Gaza withdrawal. Their plan would once again divide Jerusalem and surrender any and all Israeli claims to the lands beyond the Security Barrier unilaterally. But having learned from Gaza the “Commanders for Israel’s Security” will insist on instead utilizing the Southern Lebanon historic record with having the IDF defend Israel from potential enemy activity from land Israel has no claim upon. Eventually the human toll in murdered soldiers along with internal political pressures and world political pressures the IDF would necessarily beat a hasty retreat turning the area over to whoever proves to be the strongest which would likely be either Hamas or Islamic State, a difference without any difference. The plan is a straight out surrender to every demand the Arab side has ever made with one exception, Israel has yet to retreat to Masada. The reality of this plan is the complete surrender within a couple of years if not measured in months giving up everything back to the 1949 Armistice Lines, the Auschwitz Borders to quote Abba Eban.
This is the total reset the Arabs have been seeking as their first step towards slowly chopping up the remainder of Israel by any and all means possible. As we have pointed out in discussions repeatedly is that after the initial success of shrinking Israel down as close as readily attainable to the pre-June 1967 borders, the next step was to claim the Negev belongs traditionally to the Bedouins and thus must be surrender to the Palestinians as these are Palestinian Bedouins. Never mind that the Bedouins are nomadic and it is only in Israel that they are seen as having indigenous rights and claims to land ownership. Never mind that most of their deeds are suspicious as they are written on modern paper often by an electronic printer for the picture and the embossing seal is flat as if a print and not a stamping crimp. The reason given is that these are copies of the originals provided by Jordan or Egypt or Saudi Arabia or even the Palestinian Authority (PA). Some even suspiciously are copies of the Ottoman Empire deeds with obvious changes made to the location and owner name as if a real one was scanned and then alterations made and not that professionally. The PA has already begun their claiming the Galilee as their natural homelands and that Israel, you guessed it, stole the land from them. This falls right in line with their teaching the school children from an early age which city or town their family came from within the Green Line including Tel Aviv, Haifa, Nahariya, Ashkelon, Caesarea, Netanya, Beersheba, Jaffa, Eilat, Tiberius, Lod, Nazareth and all the rest as shown in Palestinian television show excerpted below.
The problem that Israeli leaders need to understand and the military generals and all the wonderful security chiefs is that the whole storyline which has been shoved down our throats and that of the world until it is all their ears know is all a lie and the truth must be spoken clearly, repeatedly and at every turn and opportunity. Every time there is stated the lies that Israel stole the land we must insist that all the land is ours and has always been ours since over three-thousand-five-hundred years. We need to restate that the Israelites returning to the Promised Land drove out the idolaters cleansing the land from savages who practiced abominations such as human sacrifice and particularly child sacrifices. That was their form of abortion and population control. Any and all children found to be deformed, weak, dull or in any way not capable of defending the village, the fiefdom, would be sacrificed before any investment of food and other materials were wasted on a future liability. This was replaced by the Israelites with a Hashem fearing and obedient people though flawed which we admit in Torah and all Jewish writings. Still, we were civilized ahead of the time then as now and treated human life with a reverence of something special and precious in all its forms. We do not sacrifice the weak or the disabled, we protect them and allow them to grow to their full potential and many are surprising when we view their accomplishments. This was amongst the lessons brought to the world and the world which adopted these customs flourished for as long as they followed the law that all human life is precious.
The Jewish and Israelite claims to the lands are written into history and are probably the best defined borders through historic writings of any nation existing today. Oh, wait, none of the civilizations from those days still exist in their original community as the Greeks did not yet exist, when we built our second Temple after the Babylonian Exile Confucius and Buddha were teaching their first disciples. Christianity was still a dream yet to be dreamt and Islam was well over two thousand years into the future. Rome was not even a strong city-state, Athens and Sparta were still fighting each other at every opportunity, Persia had yet to rise and Egypt was on her downward slope. China was awakening and the Israelites were readying the world to accept the Ten Commandments and concepts such as the Day of Rest, the Sabbath, the rotation of crops and a Jubilee Year where the land is rested and debts mitigated. The contract law was part of Torah along with six-hundred-thirteen Commandments for the Israelites to live by. They included limited governance, fair and impartial judges, individual rights, abolishment of slavery by replacing it with a system of wages for work and a day of rest for the worker and even the beasts of burden. Some might claim the Israelites invented the Bar-B-Que and the pancake. Even back in those primitive times when the world ran by “might makes right” the Israelites, the Jewish Peoples, had a code where right and wrong decided relations and not strength. They respected strength for what it was, but it did not automatically make one right in the eyes of the law and justices. It was Torah that initiated the ideal that justice was to be just and judgement would be to bring just justice free from any influence or pity. Torah instructed not to favor the rich for their wealth nor the pauper for their lack thereof.
Those are the facts and those are the base of our claim to the land between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean Sea, just as it is defined in Torah. That is what has been our promise since before time was recorded by dates and was instead ruled by the stars and their positions as they were the gods to others, not to the Israelites as Hashem made those stars and thus it would be absurd to believe that Hashem was merely a star or group of stars. The discussion needs to change to the land is ours and of that there is no doubt, what we are discussing is how much autonomy will you have to rule over your areas where we permit. There will be no Palestine, just a semiautonomous area which will be permitted to decide over the areas allowed it for as long as such is permitted and to our favor. Violence against us in our lands will not be tolerated ever and each time that law is ignored you will lose another metric dunam (exactly one decare 1000 m² approximately 31.6m square). Write such into the laws of the land and step one disassemble the PA Security Force and disarm the men as it is more a safe haven for terrorists than an agent against terrorism. With time the people under PA rule will be eligible to apply for Israeli citizenship which will be considered on a family by family situation unless one is running from their family at which time as this is verified, they will be given a new identity and protection from their own family should the threat prove valid. Still any Palestinian self-rule will take place under Israeli sovereignty and their schools will include the mandatory teachings of all Israeli schools and learn the history of the land, the real history. Mahmoud Abbas and the rest of the ruling class from the PA will be granted a choice of relocating to the Gaza which Israel will leave as independent, relocate to another nation or live in a safe house in Israel where they will be under all but house arrest and we will try to make you comfortable. Allowing your continued practicing of incitement and hate speeches is a risk we cannot take if we are to expect the PA people to live at peace and develop their society. That has to be the new paradigm as the current whittling away a little here and there and our own generals proving to explain why winning outright has become so difficult. An army cannot win decisively if their leadership has no faith in what they are doing, why they are doing, or the honest validity of their actions. That is a breeding for failure and that must be turned around. We need more commanders who enter the battle with a prayer on their lips and their men and their lives forever on their minds. That is how we regain our land and the impetus to retain what is ours and has always been ours and that, my friends, is Israeli Security First and Foremost. Any questions?
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