Beyond the Cusp

March 4, 2019

The Bibi Conundrum

 

Right, the big day has finally come and Prime Minister Netanyahu will, presumably, finally get his comeuppance. Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit announced Thursday evening that he was to bring charges against Bibi Netanyahu for bribery, fraud and breach of trust in the cases 1000, 2000 and 4000, cases we will explain further but to most Israelis, these are understood terms. To many they are the obvious witch-hunt by the left which has been a traveling circus for years only for threats, or finally charges this time, where the Prime Minister was about to meet the end of his career, so slam-dunk obvious was his guilt. First, let us have a little background to give us some added flavoring. These investigations have been ongoing for almost as long as Bibi has been Prime Minister and every election they would make headlines and how the impending charges were about to be filed and trials to be held, always after the elections, obviously. Originally, there had been eight investigations involving the Prime Minister. As time passed, there were actual indictments handed down to people who worked with or for the Prime Minister, but somehow charges never quite reached his office. One of the main charges was for taking kickbacks from a German source as part of an Israeli submarine purchase. This situation actually appeared to be serious and likely to include the Prime Minister, especially reading Haaretz who had him all but convicted and serving a prison term. The end result was that one of the lawyers who worked in putting the deal together and some even lesser figures were found to have been guilty of misdeeds and nothing even intimated the Prime Minister. This brought out a furious bout of crying from those poised to take over as Prime Minister and more so on the left as they were ready to pounce and paint the entirety of the right with being complacent with these criminal activities. Much to their chagrin, it became on big nothing burger.

 

So, what exactly are these cases and why should we care. Case 1000 revolves around claims Netanyahu received expensive gifts from a businessman in exchange for favorable treatment and regulatory loopholes through which the businessman could financially benefit. This is probably the most laughable of the charges as we pointed out here. The businessman presumably plied the Prime Minister and his wife by giving him expensive cigars and champagne and his wife non-costume jewelry (expensive jewelry) so the Prime Minister would push legislation which would be favorable to his business interest, and also favorable to the Israeli economy, but since when is the Prime Minister supposed to work to advance the nation’s economy. These gifts were delivered covertly at dinners at the Prime Minister’s residence. So, are we to assume, as we stated in our other article, that a multi-billionaire should present the Prime Minister and his wife a Ronco Veg-O-Matic and Pocket Fisherman when invited to dine at the official residence of the head of state? It is customary for people to present gifts commensurate with their ability, and people in the economic stratosphere bring expensive champagne and cigars and sweet jewelry as the appropriate gifts, which is why it is good to be the king, to quote Mel Brooks. Can you imagine if an Attorney General of the United States brought charges against the President right before he was to run for a second term claiming that he received champagne and cigars as a bribe to push legislation which benefited the national economy and he never actually had to push for its passage? The entire episode would be laughed right out of town. On a second thought, it may be we have all become so partisan in our politics that it would all depend on whether the President was of your particular party or not. Still, some things are so ludicrous as to be more silly than serious. Relatively, or even excessively, expensive gifts given when visiting the Prime Minister’s residence for dinner, well, we thought such is what is expected, not out of the ordinary or in any way improper. But, on the other hand, it is known that the Israeli Attorney General and the Prime Minister are not exactly golfing partners, miniature or otherwise, and it is doubtful they exchange Happy Purim cards.

 

It is good to be the King

 

Moving on to the next scandal, Case 2000. Netanyahu has been accused of advancing a law to ban the Hebrew daily Yediot Ahronot newspaper’s chief competitor, Israel Hayom, from being distributed freely in exchange for favorable coverage. Many people will laugh this one away as Bibi Netanyahu did not receive preferential or even complimentary or fair coverage and readers likely could not point to where the coverage and criticisms of the Prime Minister altered in any way or form. The legislation which they are referring to never passed and was so slanted and biased against conservative or nationalist news, Israel Hayom in particular and so specifically that the legislation was laughable, that it was obvious that this was crafted by left leaning sources. Why would Bibi turn to block coverage of a newspaper distributed free of charge across Israel in which he received generous coverage as the force behind this newspaper was Sheldon Adelson, arguably having been one of the Prime Minister’s staunchest supporters. The idea that such a deal would even be of any preference or advantage for Bibi was and still is preposterous. But when you are throwing everything against the wall and hoping something will stick, you throw everything you have left, and that is pretty much what has happened and why these two cases have been brought forward. This sort of reminds us of other instances when politicians and their functionaries were grabbing at straws and throwing them against the wall waiting for one, any one, to stick. They were not rewarded for these efforts and in the end came out looking like fools. Clarification, these were past instances and have absolutely nothing to do with the Mueller ongoing investigations into the present American administration and the President.

 

Now we get to move on to the final claim against Bibi Netanyahu, the really serious case according to most sources. This is Case 4000 where Prime Minister Netanyahu stands accused of accepting bribes to push regulatory changes which would benefit the Bezeq telecommunications company, owned by Shaul Elovitch, in exchange for favorable coverage from a news site Walla! News, owned by Elovitch. There may or may not have been favorable coverage, but that is not the actual question which needs to be answered. The question is whether the coverage was altered at any specific point, preferably an obvious change and a specific point, and not was the coverage nice to the Prime Minister. Let’s use an obvious but hypothetical example from the United States. Presume that President Trump pushed to have regulations from the FCC altered allowing for the owner of Fox News altered, which also benefited owners of all the other news services, days after spending most of a day golfing and having a long and friendly lunch with Rupert Murdoch. These changes also would result in benefits to the American people, the economy and permit for a broader selection in where one could receive their news. Would this result in an open and shut case of bribery and breach of the public trust? We know, against Trump, there would be another Special Prosecutor appointed by the afternoon while they were on the back nine. This is close to what is going on with these cases in Israel. The left has been demanding, as have rivals on the right, that Bibi be prosecuted for obvious briberies, gifts, kickbacks, ruinous deals and a plethora of other altercations and evil machinations. The Attorney General would never have been invited to another Shabbos brunch in Tel Aviv if he had not at least attempted to bring down Bibi Netanyahu before this coming election. These, and the other four investigations which have returned one conviction for the first four before they were otherwise dropped against the Prime Minister, have been under investigation for over five years in some cases and all for over three years.

 

Why now, all of a sudden, these three cases are being brought against Netanyahu? Simple, elections have been called. The aim from all of this hullabaloo is to have an interested party, in the name of all that’s fair and decent, file a complaint with the Israeli Supreme Court to strip Bibi from leading any Knesset list so as to become Prime Minister should Likud be chosen to form the next government. This is the means by which Bibi is to be denied the office and the Israelis of the Likud Party from having their strongest candidate head their ticket. The other aim is to so shake up the electorate and spread confusion and doubt so as to potentially cost Likud three, four, five or as many as, pick a number less than thirty, mandates and allow for the left leaning party, specifically the Blue-White Party of Yair Lapid and Benny Gantz, to receive the nod to form a coalition and with the potentially added mandates, become the next government with Lapid and Gantz taking turns in the Prime Minister’s residence. That bring us to the final question, the main point of all of this, what if the left does succeed in taking down Bibi, damaging Likud, having a plethora of Israelis in the right simply not bother to vote when election day arrives, and the left under Lapid-Gantz take charge.

 

That future depends on whether Yair Lapid and General Benny Gantz (ret) are going to stick to the policies they have expounded over the years. What is interesting is that their prepared speeches vary on critical positions depending on the location where it is given. For our argument’s sake, we will stick to the most repeated of their positions which have sold well in much of the Tel Aviv region. They have a plan to end the terrorism and settle the Palestinian Arab-Israeli conflict once and for all. This entails something so simple and basic that it boggles the mind that it has not been attempted before. The retired general, Benny Gantz, has been very clear on what are his intentions which match fairly well with the consistent position of Yair Lapid over the years. We covered Benny with appropriate link here along with link to a reference map explaining the contour and how it differs from previous plans using the Green Line. The basic idea is to simply remove any and all Israelis from beyond the separation barrier, also called the anti-terror barrier, as well as the Old City of Jerusalem, possibly excepting the Temple Mount, and simply declaring these lands as the Arab Palestinian state they have demanded. This is the application of the Gaza Disengagement except this time the lands hold the higher grounds overlooking the entirety of the Tel Aviv metropolitan region including Ben Gurion International Airport and several military airfields. Additionally, so this does not become another simple disengagement, their plan is to leave IDF forces and their bases in the region to combat terrorism and other problems which might result as well as to assure that Mahmoud Abbas does not get replaced by Hamas, Hezballah, or other not so savory terrorist group. This sounds scarily close to the idea used in Southern Lebanon which resulted in a disorderly retreat followed by Hezballah taking control of the regions south of the Litani River in Lebanon. So, their grand plan is the Gaza Disengagement combined with the security plan for Southern Lebanon all wrapped up as a single package, and people want to know why we are not all that enthused about the Blue-White Party winning the election and forming the next government. The difficulties from their policies will be described in greater detail below and will clarify with the map below which depicts only the least capable rockets, the Katyusha. Clarification, this does not mean we are overjoyed with the idea of five more years of Bibi Netanyahu, but the few Party leaders we would prefer to see form a government have only the slightest better chance to be chosen than we do, and we are not even on any ticket.

 

Katyusha Rocket Range by Mark Langfan Depicting the Near Complete Coverage of the Heart of Israel by Even the Smallest Home-made Rockets Both Hamas and Fatah Are Capable of Producing in Bulk

Katyusha Rocket Range by Mark Langfan
Depicting the Near Complete Coverage
of the Heart of Israel by Even the Smallest
Home-made Rockets Both Hamas and Fatah
Are Capable of Producing in Bulk

 

There are some longer term predictions which can be made should such a plan actually be enacted. First, once the withdrawal has been completed and the lands officially ceded to the Palestinian Authority, the very first thing that Mahmoud Abbas will do is go to the United Nations General Assembly and start the process for recognition and entry as a full member of that illustrious and contemptuous organization. The Security Council will actually have no objection which is actually completely legal and even should the United States veto such recognition, Abbas could turn to the International Courts at the Hague who would very likely rule in his favor and thus Israel will have lost claims to these lands just as they did Gaza. Then will start the attacks on the IDF troops and the calls for the occupation army to be removed as it is a foreign invasion force which is unwelcomed in their new nation. There will be calls within Israel for this as well as the casualties mount and Israel will be facing another speedy and unplanned pullback of the IDF being executed as quickly as possible to avoid undue casualties. Then the next set of demands for the Negev to be ceded to the Bedouins as they are the “indigenous” peoples. Israel is the sole country in which Bedouins actually establish towns and settle down thus not moving from grazing area to grazing area as this is not necessary as there are ample fields in Israel which are maintained for grazing purposes. The Bedouins in Israel have an irrigated desert which is suspiciously unavailable in Syria, Jordan, Saudi Arabia and the remainder of the region, imagine that. The separation barrier will be breached on a regular basis and rockets will be launched from the hills onto Tel Aviv as pictured below. This will have an immediate reaction, and hopefully before any of the buildings in central Tel Aviv are struck potentially fatally causing their collapse. It has been stated that a conservative is simply a liberal who has been mugged. In this case, Tel Aviv is the liberal as it is the center of the Israeli progressive society with the majority of the rainbow coalition, numerous leftist NGO’s and the coffee bistros in which they can talk, exchange ideas and set up their next protest. In Israel, you can be mugged by surviving a terrorist attack or worse, knowing one who suffered a terror attack, and by being at ground zero of a rocket attack or within a block or two of such an attack. These are a form of wake-up call which brings all the arguments from the Zionist and nationalist right home and does so violently fast. So, what follows a few of these attacks and what will ensue?

 

Tel Aviv Now Before Green Line Peace and Tel Aviv the Day After Green Line Peace

Tel Aviv Now Before Green Line Peace
and
Tel Aviv the Day After Green Line Peace

 

There will be a cry for a new government immediately and for elections. Even Haaretz might be in favor of retaking the Shomron and forcing the Arabs residing there to find new homes across the Jordan River. If history is any recommendation of the future events, when such an occurrence comes to pass, expect that Jordanians to place these Arabs in camps and leave them there under UNRWA demanding that they be taken back by Israel and given new homes and full citizenship. After they rocket central Tel Aviv, the Arabs will find that this boat has sailed never to return. Such an attack would be their great strategic blunder as it would turn their main Israeli allies into sworn enemies. They will find a different Israel sitting across the Jordan and within twenty years the region will have become unrecognizable. We have a video starting partially through where the development by Israel of much of the land has made it unrecognizable as evidenced. The entirety of the video deals with many of the realities of how these Palestinian Arabs came to be in camps for generations and how their own forces were the main driving force to cause this disaster, not the Israelis. We recommend the entirety of the video be viewed when you have the time. Here is a little taste of why the solution as explained to be so simple is not so simple.

 

 

Should the Palestinians be gifted a state, this will not end anything as the Arab side has only one acceptable resolution which does not include Israel nor does it include a single Jew remaining once they have destroyed Israel. This is a truth which the left has refused to accept or believe claiming all along that if they would just be granted the lands conquered, actually liberated, in the Six Day War, then there would be peace. Abbas states very clearly that he demands the 22% of the British Mandate. Jordan sits on 78% of the British Mandate and Israel was to have the remaining 22% which consists of the region west of the Jordan River. This was the “fair” two state solution the world set up with Jordan for the Arabs, Jordan is three-quarters Arab Palestinian, and the remaining 22% was to be for the Jewish State. This was accepted by King Faisal in the name of the Arab league back in the early 1920’s. Since then the position of the Arab world changed and they decided to demand all the land be returned to their rule. They refuse the fact that the Ottoman Empire allied with Germany and the Austrian-Hungarian Empire and were the losing side of World War I. Just as they claim that they won every war against Israel, they claim they won World War I. They probably claim their allying with the Nazis resulted in their winning World War II. According to their interpretation of the Quran, it is impossible for any Islamic force to lose a war, thus they have always won because the Quran is inviolable. This is partly why Israel has no right to exist, the Quran states that the Jews are accursed and incapable of ruling themselves and need Islamic protection. We know what their protection consists of and prefer to avoid any reoccurrences of such treatment. We have a series of three approximately ten-minute long videos which describe Jewish life under Arab and Islamic rule which are well worth watching at this link. This information may surprise those who have thought that the life of Jews was only a series of persecution in Europe and Russia; the Jews faced similar treatment and often worse treatment across the Middle East and North Africa. That is another reason why Israel knows that she must always be prepared to fight for their lives as they do depend on her continued existence. Half of Israeli population came from places other than the Western World of Europe, Russia and the Americas; they came also from the entirety of the Arab world, Ethiopia, India and across the entirety of the globe. We will close with this final thought, these apparently soon to be leveled indictments of Prime Minister Netanyahu are more political than anything else and even if they are brought to a trial, we expect Bibi will be found not guilty, but these are being brought so as to allow an attempt to force Prime Minister Netanyahu from being returned as head of a coalition and they hope to elect a left wing government to solve the world’s problems. Should they succeed, there will be possibly a final Arab Israeli war and it will not be pretty should Iran jump in with Hezballah and forces stationed by Iran in Iraq and Syria.

 

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