Beyond the Cusp

March 19, 2015

Coalition Choices Will Reveal if Sacrifice to Vote Likud Was Righteous

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If as all are assuming and Benyamin Netanyahu is chosen by President Rivlin to attempt to form a ruling coalition, the choices which Netanyahu makes, and the sacrifices he decides are either favoring his intentions or necessary for assuming power, will be scrutinized by the Religious Zionists who have already made a huge sacrifice taking away votes, mandates and eventually influence from their normative parties such as Jewish Home (: הַבַּיִת הַיְהוּדִי), Yachad (יַחַד) and any other nationalist, Zionist, religious or politically conservative party and entrusted Netanyahu and the additional Knesset Ministers to carry out their desired goals. There have been signs that Netanyahu recognizes these sacrifices but it will remain for all to witness for how long he keeps these trusts in mind and for how long, if at all, the additional Ministers remain faithful to the traditional and core principles found within the Likud foundational documents and beliefs. Some of the important trusts which Netanyahu could perform immediately after the Knesset votes affirming his coalition range from the easy, shattering the silent building freeze and allow extensive enlargement of the communities in Judea and Samaria including allowance for the seeding of new communities and industrial and other economic centers across the width and breadth of Area C and, further down the road, adding new ventures in Area B.

 

Netanyahu can alter the conversation of forming an independent Arab state by stating that Israel is willing to allow a semi-autonomous Arab entity which rules its denoted area independent of Israel as far as governing themselves much as they currently live but remaining as an autonomous entity within Israel and reliant on the IDF for any defensive requirements and restricted from acting on the international level such as making treaties with other nations or acting in ways detrimental to the needs, requirements, political policies or relations beyond those already existent within Israeli foreign policies and relations. As Prime Minister of Israel he should bring the Levy Report to the forefront of Israeli actions towards the lands of Judea and Samaria and stress the commitments that Israel expects the world to recognize as explained and set out in the report’s conclusion.

 

As Prime Minister, Netanyahu must also begin and reinforce stressing constantly Article 80 of the United Nations Charter and bring to the fore the San Remo Conference documents and surround these two legally binding principles recognized and presumably enforceable under International Law making an airtight irrevocable claim of ownership over all of Judea and Samaria as well as the rest of the lands between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean Sea. These ideas and their implications should end any further claims that International Law forbids Israel from annexing all of Judea and Samaria as long as the Arabs residing within the annexed areas retain full religious rights, full human rights, full legal rights, and virtually any form of rights imaginable with one very important exception, they may be denied political rights. This is the situation which must be stressed due to its importance and revealing the full rights pertaining to the Israeli rights to all the lands making them not only no longer contested but that their occupation by the Arabs is illegal and that any autonomy granted to the Arabs by Israel cannot and will not be construed as allowing for an independent Arab State or any other state as the lands were preserved for the Jewish State under International Law without even a sliver of doubt or contention by any other entity.

 

During the forming of the Twentieth Knesset, Prime Minister Netanyahu must make every effort not to include Yesh Atid and thus place Yair Lapid in the opposition thus any disturbance which emanates from him will not be a direct threat to the coalition or cause the governing coalition to be dissolved. The formation of a ruling coalition which is stable and supportive of the principles which Netanyahu was elected to pursue, protect and empower should be the foremost thought and a requirement of which each party must agree to value just as stridently and with vigor equal to that used backing their primary issues without exception. Here is the list of the Parties according to ideology and probability to be included in the coalition to those expected to be relegated to the opposition: Likud – 29, Jewish Home – 8, Yisrael Beiteinu – 6, Shas – 7, United Torah Judaism – 7, Kulanu – 10, Yesh Atid – 11, Arab List – 14, Meretz – 4, Labor/Hatnua – 24. Likud could ally with their 29 mandates and add Jewish Home, Yisrael Beiteinu, Shas, United Torah Judaism, and Kulanu reaching a total of 67 total seats while avoiding including Yair Lapid and his Yesh Atid. Of course should the Labor/Hatnua take the remaining mandates and swing Kulanu and they also would have over 61 mandates which makes Kulanu, or technically Yair Lapid the deciders of the results of the election and whether or not Likud is able to put together their required mandates and form a government. Hopefully Netanyahu will use the wiles and strong turnout and support for his party to form his coalition. This process will be noted and hopefully will not cause concern but what will really matter are those few items the such as honestly putting the building freeze out of our misery and permit building and allow such building in all areas of commerce, industry and residential allowing for strong and attractive communities. Then there will be the initial pressures to restart the peace process in which Netanyahu will need to bring the argument and propaganda to rest and replace it with the facts, treaties and accords which define which lands belong to whom and under, that ever so mentioned and used to bludgeon Israel, International Law which should stand firmly beside Israel and all her claims to retain all of her lands, period!

 

After establishing these two initiatives Bibi can then address the social issues with solid economic steps which are reasoned and fully debated moving ahead with measured steps and firm reliance and faith in the practices established by previous similar situations which produced the desired results. In numerous instances what may be required is for the government to get out of the way and relegate some functions to religious institutions that are better suited for some functions such as free kitchens which feed those in need of such assistance. There will also be those functions which government is best suited to solve and should act. This should come naturally to Netanyahu as he proved in a previous government when he was assigned the Economy Minister. Such problems are usually traceable to a few requirements which make achieving a goal which would protect the poor and provide relief with minimal red tape. The same is true of many items burdening the Middle Class. As stated, Netanyahu will be facing the closest scrutiny from more than the usual entities as he received a strong mandate from people outside his party and beyond his base and these people have known grievances and demands and they will watch sitting on nervous expectations that had best be addressed with a sense of urgency. So, as said all too often after elections, we will wait and see with open minds and soaring hearts all kept within reason by good Jewish kidneys. (Oh yes, we had a whole article using the Biblical reference by King David to kidneys and their blessings and importance in so many ways, honest.)

 

Beyond the Cusp

 

December 28, 2014

Rabbinical Congress for Peace Demand for Next Government

 

The Rabbinical Congress for Peace met with the last Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein (Likud) to convey their feelings and the demands of Torah concerning peace negotiations and what sacrifices if any are acceptable and how the new government after the March 17, 2015 elections needs to pursue any future deals as well as any demands from the European Union, the United States or any other outside pressures. The Rabbinical Congress for Peace (RCP), which is comprised of around three-hundred-fifty prominent Israeli Rabbis, out of a total group of one-thousand-two-hundred Rabbis from the United States, Canada and Israel, have recently stepped up their counseling and advisories to the political class of Israel pushing for any further peace propositions, offers, stipulations, arrangements, evacuations, concessions or releases be made under the governance of Torah and traditional teachings of Judaism where peace is a highly valued and precious ideal that it is to be approached with great respect and dutifully sought after with defined and exactly defined precautions and specific stipulations distinctly defined steps, allowances and permitted sacrifices well defined in traditional Jewish texts and thought. The Rabbis most recent discussion held with the past Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein was of much interest as the Rabbis stated in no uncertain terms that the next government, regardless of who is chosen to form a ruling coalition, must obey the Torah and traditional Jewish teachings are essential to guide any peace negotiations and pressed that the Rabbis themselves should be consulted before taking any steps to assure they receive their blessings and are not against the teachings. So, what are the ideas, demands, sacrifices and offers these Rabbis are demanding be made and what ones are they refusing to give their blessing for is the next question and the first thing that curiously leapt into my mind.

 

This was where I was pleasantly surprised as initially seeing a title of the name this groups of Rabbis gave their groups of Rabbinical Congress for Peace seemed so very close to the names of so many of the extreme leftist groups which can always find some manner of twisting the realities in order to make the Palestinians blameless in any situation while finding some twisted path for laying all blame on Israel. We have seen even Jewish and Israeli leftist peace groups, who only have peace in their names and spite in their hearts, always adopt the Palestinian narrative and rush to defend their financial interests by agreeing with every European accusation against Israel largely because the vast majority of these leftist peace groups may have many Israeli leftists members, the funding is almost entirely coming from Europe and often straight from some European government or groups of governments and possibly even from the European Union while the most extreme also have been proven to receive funding from Arab nations, Muslim groups and even from Palestinian terror groups. Yet these peace first and who would willingly sacrifice all of Israel and move to Europe or the United States if that is what their European masters demanded they force on their own country and they wonder why a majority of Israelis are so frustrated at their naiveté and mindless obedience even to demanding the surrender of their nation one piece after the other. The facts that the majority of the Rabbis of this group came from the United States and other places outside of Israel my suspicions were heightened. My initial trepidations were only heightened when I read the initial commentary from Rabbinical Congress for Peace Director Rabbi Abraham S. Lewin where he said, “When dealing with Jewish Law there is no left or right.” And then commenting the upcoming March 17, 2015 elections he stated, “When entering the polling station to vote one must consider only one thing, will your vote help to prevent the establishment of a government that will continue negotiations on further withdrawals and concessions to enemies of Israel which is a danger to life.” Imagine my relief and the big breath of air I took as I almost swooned from the shock. Finally I was reading the words I have always expected to hear from Rabbis but after hearing for too many years Rabbis at so-called peace rallies in the United States over the years since the Oslo Accords go further and further into the lands of lost minds calling for Israel to heed the wisdoms coming from Europe or from the United Nations or expounding the virtues of the most recent demands made out of the White House which called on Israel to make the sacrifices everyone knew they must make in order to prove that Israel truly desired peace. I never ceased asking at what point will it be the Palestinian turn to make some gesture for peace other than demanding more from Israel with the encouragement and full support of Europe and the United Nations.

 

Commenting on the pitfalls and fallacy of peace negotiations with no backing or affirmations through actions from the other side Minister of the Knesset and the former Speaker wrote, “There is no doubt in my mind that empty words like ‘negotiations’ or ‘peace agreement’ that have no backing other than preparedness by Israel to concede without getting anything in return is futile.” He continued pointing out that, “certainly, from a strategic point of view such declarations can weaken our position against terror elements and extreme Islamists who refuse to accept our presence here as a sovereign nation.” This coming from a Likud member should not be as surprising at it still managed to appear to this writer. Perhaps I have become too jaundiced in my expectations after the slides taken by all so many former Likud ministers and even a Prime Minister who formed his own political party, Kadima, in order to execute his nightmare we all know as the Gaza disengagement. Then there is another former Likud Minister who also joined Kadima and then formed her own party, Hatnua, so she would head the ticket and finally be crowned Prime Minister as she obviously feels she is destined for leading Israel and reaching that magical deal making peace with the Palestinians. I have wondered if her great plan will leave Israel with more than just North Tel Aviv along the coast to Netanya. Now she has completed her slide and is running teamed with Labor and frighteningly enough, if the polls are accurate and hold their current numbers, she just might get her shot after all.

 

There are other former Likud politicians who have left and either joined other parties or founded their own party and usually these defecting ministers make comments such as the Likud has lost its soul and no longer cares for the little guy. What they mean when saying such drivel is that they plan to run their campaign totally on economic matters and will only talk about raising minimum wage, creating jobs, lowering the price of cottage cheese, cares, and whatever else and that they understand the sacrifices and difficulties the middle class are facing and they will do what is necessary to appreciate the difficulties of the middle class and help the poor allowing them a better life. These ministers do not know what it is like to be middle class, let alone living on a pension, and are not concerned about anything other than garnering votes on the cheap. The first rule is that the government does not create jobs as the government does not create anything, the government takes and takes and anything it ever gives to anybody it must first take that from somebody else. The government cannot create jobs in the private sector, it can only get in the way and make that more difficult. Next time one of these holier than thou makes the promise that if their party is controlling the next Knesset they will do whatever it takes to create jobs, ask them exactly what they plan to do to create jobs. If they answer anything other than remove regulations and lower corporate taxes and reduce the roll of unions, then they are lying about creating anything but their own election because whatever government does to create anything only creates paperwork and the necessity to waste time, efforts and money on meeting whatever plan the government had for creating jobs which will result in less job creation. Simply look at it logically. If the government makes some rule to create more jobs then they also have to make some reporting agency requirement to track and record these jobs in order to prove they exist which means that any employer who after these rules and regulations are enacted now needs to fill out gobs of paperwork, possibly arrange for inspections to verify the claims on the paperwork, must also fill out more forms denoting that the new hires received the appropriate salary, hours, insurance and other stipulation required by the regulations and then establish the inspections to prove these claims are true if deemed necessary. Now, if you ran a factory and needed to hire a dozen new workers for a new production line and because of these requirements on new hires in order to permit the politician who made the grand promises about jobs to have the proof that these jobs were his doing, which they very likely were not, then after taking the time and effort and investing the money to have people research the requirements and do everything to make sure beyond any doubt that all the correct forms and papers were filled out correctly and returned to the correct agency in the government, then how many new hires will this employer now hire for his new line and how many employees he already has on payroll will he simply transfer from other positions to make up the remainder of the positions when he can no longer afford to hire the entire dozen people after losing so much time and money meeting the government requirements and assuring he met the regulations before hiring even one new worker. Government does not create jobs, only unfetter businesses make jobs.

 

Back to the Rabbinical Congress for Peace and what they stand for and how they reached their positions. These Rabbis reached their decisions the best way possible, they sought guidance from the Torah and other writings of scholars, Prophets and Rabbis through the ages. Rabbinical Congress for Peace Chairman Rabbi Yosef Gerlitzky wrote that the precept of Jewish law stated in the formative legal text Shulchan Aruch (Orach Chaim, 329), states that surrendering land increases danger to human life, thus he is advising Israel to adopt this Jewish law as the state’s guideline for peace and security. He further wished to have any future government officially state it will refrain from negotiations suggesting future withdrawals of lands by Jewish residents. Returning to Rabbinical Congress for Peace Director Rabbi Abraham S. Lewin who stated, “We will bring this basic principle to the attention of every Jew in Israel and pray that the future government will be a stronger government that will follow the instructions of the Torah; thereby we will merit the promise in the Torah ‘I will grant peace in the land.’” Researching the past rulings and commentary from the Rabbinical Congress for Peace, I found some astonishing and astounding statements and other findings which were such music to my ears and a melody for my soul. It was noted that they base their philosophy upon Jewish law, or Halacha, and much of it on the most authoritative text on contemporary Jewish law: the Shulchan Aruch. They quote particularly the passages and rules in the Orach Chaim (329:6), the section dealing primarily with the laws of the Sabbath and festivals; the Shulchan Aruch tackles the question of whether Jewish communities which find themselves under siege or attack on the Sabbath can violate the holy day to wage war. The ruling states that “If the assailants, attackers intent was financial gain, the Shabbat (Sabbath) laws should not be violated because of the attack. On the other hand, it continues; if their intent was against Jewish lives, or if they lay siege without any stated intention, or if there is a sense that they are coming for Jewish lives, then even before they come – and are only mobilizing themselves – it is a mitzvah (Torah commandment) to go out and attack them with weapons of war and violate the Shabbat laws. These requirements have to do with every inch of lands which are part of the Jewish state or even if the lands in question are part of the promised Jewish state by international treaties. Much of this and the rest of these Rabbis teachings and arguments have as their crucial tenet that the concept of pikuach nefesh: that preserving lives takes precedence over nearly all other commandments of the Torah – including the Sabbath. The sanctity of life outweighs all other consideration and if an act will by its consequence jeopardize a single life, then that act is an abomination and thus is an act against the whole of the Jewish nation. Rabbi Lewin explains that this ruling is fundamentally important because it clearly categorizes the surrendering of land or even property to enemies as by definition pikuach nefesh; something which endangers lives and is thus forbidden by the Torah.

 

So often it has been stated that the Rabbis and Torah do not have any place when it comes to politics in this modern age. Where with all too many Rabbis I might tend to agree, but that is solely due to the fact that the Rabbis whom I have known that I would feel uncomfortable in having them even act as advisors to people in the government is largely due to their pursuit of items not found in Torah but instead found in the precepts of liberalism and socialism which they misappropriate as being those pursuits which will repair the world and fulfill tikkun olam. These Rabbis had adopted the leftist mantras by which they had mixed a warped combination of politically correct standards with various amounts of ecological fanaticism and animal rights even to the point of claiming that only free range animals can be raised for food no matter what that would do to the supply and thus the price (most of these Rabbis were vegans and thus were not concerned with the price of meat) additionally including gender sensitive issues such as promoting acceptance and even supporting of same sex marriage, understanding of gender identity disorder (also called gender confusion), socialist collectivism, livable wage, wealth redistribution, affirmative action, racial sensitivity and a good measure of Western guilt which they claimed demanded that the industrialized Western world was obligated to make up for the sins of the past due to colonialism as well as the vandalism caused by the theft of the natural resources of the third world nations by which they inferred that the industrialized nations stole the natural resources which led to these nations being poor in the current age and that such poverty was almost exclusively due to the sins of the wealthier nations. The anti-wealth concepts of these Rabbis were simply frightening and they apparently never thought their concepts for elimination of poverty through to their inevitable ends. They would sermonize that those with wealth were to be held responsible for caring for those who were mired in poverty. They were referring to those people in the United States who lived below the poverty level being given the ‘excess’ wealth of the top ten percent or even twenty or thirty percent, whatever amount it would take until those at the lowest end of the scales of wealth were brought up to a level on par with the middle class. Never mind that most of those who qualify as poor in the United States, outside of those homeless and those unable to care for themselves who would be cared for in a hospital for the most severely mentally handicapped had the sanitariums not been driven out of business by the latest concepts that the people in such state run institutions would be better cared for as out-patients and pressed to live within society. Never mind that this resulted in many of these people who found themselves tuned out on the street never bothered to check in and receive, let alone take, their medications and too many fell through the cracks in a system not ready to care for or even account for these unfortunate people who truly required help, not to be guinea pigs in some grand social experiment gone horribly wrong. Further, if we were to honestly take from those who are part of the most wealthy and redistributed their excess monies to those who are truly needy and are at the lowest end of the financial world, we would be taking the welfare paid to the poorest Americans and sending it to somewhere in Africa, Asia or South America as almost every last American is wealthy beyond the wildest dreams of many throughout the world where true poverty exists and exists in great numbers. Many of these Rabbis misused Torah as a tool to expound on the leftist, socialist and even communist theories and often taught from their positions things which are not only not found in Torah but things which were totally against the teachings of Torah which was very disheartening to me and I am sure numerous others.

 

The fact that the Rabbinical Congress for Peace use Torah and its teachings about the obligations the Jewish people have to settle the lands as best as we are able and defend that land, not give it away as if it was not precious and belonging to the L0rd and we are simply those given to be the caretakers who will live with abundance from these lands permitting that we serve the L0rd and obey Torah learning to treat every man honestly and as kindly as we would wish to be treated unless that man proves to be working to destroy the Jewish people or defile the lands which belong to Hashem. If only the Rabbinical Congress for Peace were to expound on the need at this point for the Arabs to start to make concessions and sacrifice for every time they do not negotiate honestly. That is the practice whose time had come. No longer can Israel continue to backpedal eventually leading to our walking to Gibraltar across the Mediterranean Sea. The Jews of Israel must put an end to this constant flood of accusations against our people, our lands, and our destiny to liberate the lands granted us by the San Remo Conference and originally declared as our land to care for in the name of Hashem and not to fritter away our birthrights. The Arabs continuously demand that we return to the lands from where we came, to what they claim are our traditional lands. Well, it is time to exclaim to the world that we have the original deed that was filed with Hashem and is registered in Torah and we are not going to negotiate a single inch of it away and as long as the Arabs residing here accept the rulings of the San Remo Conference which calls for their being autonomous having the rights to own and till their farmlands, work their businesses and worship as they please but were not guaranteed any political rights as those were reserved for the Jewish people alone and as such they can grant such rights to others as they prove not to be a threat to the supremacy politically of the Jewish people on these lands. That is the international law as it was written in 1920 in San Remo, Italy and signed by the allied powers that had defeated the Ottoman Empire. These same victors not only drew up new borders and formed new nations in the Middle East but also did the same in Eastern Europe. All the Jewish People desire is to have their one sliver of land at the eastern end of the Mediterranean Sea and in exchange the Jewish people will continue to make great strides in numerous fields and share the bounties and advantages of their inventions and in exchange they ask simply for their rightful lands and t to be left in peace and they will not break that peace as long and the rest of the universe does not attack our lands and simply permits them their peace, nothing more, just peace.

 

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December 7, 2014

President Obama, King Abdullah II and Israeli Elections

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I probably should have included the United Nations Security Council in the title as well as that is where this drama will eventually play out. It’s a serious game of ‘who will blink first’ combined with ‘truth or dare’ all rolled up into a larger game of ‘chicken’ over the coming Israeli elections. President Obama really is tired of and hates Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu. He despises his nationalistic pride, his belief in right and wrong as delineated by his religion, his fierce defense of his belief and most of all, his refusal to be dictated to and obey every last wise council and direction from President Obama. President Obama does not handle rejection very well, believes he is the most knowledgeable person in all matters and absolutely cannot handle when open defiance also results in proof that President Obama’s demands would have delivered disastrous results plus proving that everything the President held as factual was completely erroneous. What is rapidly pushing things beyond the cusp is the inability of President Obama to handle anybody challenging his authority combined with such denials proving the defiant person having a more grounded view of the realities of the situation proving beyond any doubt that the President’s grasp of the situation was completely wrong. Adding insult to injury, President Obama has chosen to fully back the European argument that the Palestinians are angelic innocents who only desire their rightful and historic homeland restored to them which they lost as a result of Israeli and Jewish aggressions and that all the related violence in the Israeli-Arab conflict would come to an end and peace and joyousness would spread across the globe if only the Israelis would yield to the Arab demands and surrender to the Arab demands. Now the game really comes to a head as the Israeli government has opted for new elections which will make the lack of congenial relations between President Obama and Prime Minister Netanyahu who is seeking to remain in office by having his party, and potentially any other willing and like-minded nationalistic parties, to gain the largest number of seats in the next Knesset (parliament) to return him to the Prime Ministership.

 

The meme that will be used by the leftist parties and their candidates for the Prime Ministership and other spokespeople and candidates for Ministerships is that Prime Minister Netanyahu is risking the destruction of the close relationship between Israel and the United States which could result in some near disastrous ramifications if Netanyahu is not defeated and replaced by somebody more aligned and friendly towards the American President and his views. Never mind that what is driving President Obama in his views and dealings with Israel is an overriding desire to place Israel in such a disadvantaged position as to potentially make their continued existence virtually untenable. Of course should Israel fall in line and follow the desires of the European leaders, the United Nations, the Arab world, President Obama and some of the far leftist in Israel and surrender before all the demands of Chairman Mahmoud Abbas and surrender all of Judea, Samaria and East Jerusalem, which includes all of the Old City and Temple Mount, for the formation of a twenty-third Arab nation, the resulting situation would place Israel in a severely compromised position which is considered by virtually every last military experts and actual commanders, including both Israeli and those of the United States, to be indefensible borders so vulnerable that they have been named the ‘Auschwitz Borders’, a name first given the pre Six Day War (1967 Arab-Israeli War) borders by Israel’s most articulate foreign minister and former United Nations Ambassador Abba Eban.

 

One might think that no Israeli leader seeking to be the Prime Minister would ever permit such a situation to come to be, but then many thought there was no way for President Obama to win reelection. This is one of the problems with any political system which depends on the people voting to choose their leadership, the people can be misled and follow a charismatic leader sown the primrose path to desolation and destruction. I think the labels given this situation by talk radio and other personalities in the United States is the problem of the low information voters versus the right-minded thinking of the high information voters. Unsurprisingly, Israel also has its share of low information voters; or at least those voters who live in their own bubble far enough away from any untoward events destroying their serene view of the universe who believe fervently in the far leftist polemical views and definitions of the situations facing Israel and nothing is capable of shaking their foundational beliefs. These people form the central core of those who believe that Bibi Netanyahu is a spawn of evil and everything he stands for is dangerous and must be opposed at all costs. Add on top of this the tendency of candidates to tailor their speeches and positions to match their audience and then you have the potential for sufficient numbers of voters led into voting with what they will later realize was a false sense of security. The last elections had a perfect example of such a candidate with Yair Lapid claiming that he was a far cry from any and everything his father stood for when he won a large following in his initial foray into politics coming from a news media personality. His father, Tommy Lapid, did not even receive sufficient votes the next election to gain entrance into the Knesset as voters were then voting on his actual record and not his campaign soliloquies. Yair Lapid campaigned on a nationalistic and rightist agenda which would have been a long cry from what his father proved to believe. Lapid talked the talk but after gaining the second most seats in the Knesset did not walk the walk. His true agendas came out and he was not as nationalist as he pretended, was actually a relative leftist and his main belief and aim is to become Prime Minister. What is even more frightening is that he desires to be Prime Minister not because he desires to serve Israel or the people, but because he believes deep down that he knows the true and best path and only he is capable of making Israel acceptable to the rest of the world and make a lasting and complete peace even with Israel’s most ardent of detractors who would only actually be satiated by the destruction of Israel and its people. But Yair Lapid is far from alone in these feelings as there are many others beyond just Tzipi Livni, Naftali Bennett and Isaac Herzog. I am lead to believe that it is part of the desire to lead a political party in Israel to believe that you are the rightful and sole person capable of leading Israel on a true and safe path which will provide the most advantageous leadership possible and definitely more advantageous than what any of the other party leaders would be capable of providing. Guess it kind of goes with the neighborhood.

 

Adding in Jordanian King Abdullah II, the Jordanian King recently had a head-to-head talk with President Obama after which President Obama was quoted by UPI as having stated, “We share concerns about the continuous tensions between Israel and Gaza. We are going to work together for a Palestinian State.” This is interesting in a frightening sort of way as currently Jordan sits in the United Nations Security Council and will assume the Presidency in January and is planning on presenting a proposal seeking a binding resolution under Chapter Seven setting a deadline for Israel to surrender to the territorial demands of Mahmoud Abbas permitting the formation of another Arab state consisting of all of Judea, Samaria and Eastern Jerusalem. These lands will be necessarily denuded of their Jewish residents. This confiscation of their lands and businesses will be made without any manner of remuneration for their value; any financial compensation would be left to Israel to provide which basically comes to a form of double financial jeopardy. Of course all of this leads us to the recent revelation that President Obama and his close knot inner advisors are mulling exactly what sanctions they should place on Israel if Israel does not immediately adopt policies in line with the concepts which President Obama has expressed repeatedly to Prime Minister Netanyahu without any obedience from the Israeli leader. The particular area which has President Obama incensed is any building which Israel allows in areas beyond the Green Line, the 1949 Armistice Lines which denoted Israeli controlled areas up until the Six Day War in June of 1967. What makes this seem frighteningly identical to what Israel perceives as its perfect storm would be the presentation by Jordan under Chapter Seven Resolution bindingly stipulating that Israel surrender all lands beyond the Green Line and return to controlling only the lands it held before the Six Day War and force the Israeli Jews living currently in any parts of Judea, Samaria and East Jerusalem to be resettled within Israel at Israeli expense and have the United States refuse to utilize their veto and allowing the resolution to be adopted.

 

This may be the exact meaning of the threat supposedly revealed to the Israeli leftist newspaper Haaretz which printed the report this past week. This has been considered the opening salvo from the Obama White House team to affect the Israeli elections. American perfidy intervening in Israeli elections attempting to influence the results has a history. The Clinton White House dispatched members of their election team to Israel to assist the Labor Party and other left leaning Parties in their successful, well, one might call it a putsch others a campaign with a smidgen of foreign interference, whichever you prefer in assuring the then Prime Minister Netanyahu was not successful in retaining his position. The following results from this intervention led indirectly to the Gaza divestment under Prime Minister Ariel Sharon who was elected to replace Netanyahu as the leader of the Likud Party as a result of his loss partially due to the intervention by President Bill Clinton’s operatives in the 1999 elections. President Clinton pulled this coup of sorts in order to put a more pliable leader into the Prime Minister’s office in order to permit him to reach that ever difficult Arab-Israeli peace accord. President Clinton went forth arm-in-arm with Prime Minister Ehud Barak who succeeded Netanyahu thanks to the political assist from the President of the United States onto make peace with Yasser Arafat by presenting him with the most generous of offers by the Israelis working with President Clinton. Despite their best combined efforts, the end result was a scene covered visually by many news reports showing United States Secretary of State Madeline Albright running to the best of her ability after Yasser Arafat in Paris calling out pleadingly for him to please return to the negotiations as Arafat strode out into his limousine and departed. Chairman Arafat found himself presented with a plan by Israel which met his every demand set forth the previous day which the Israelis made their offer as President Clinton gave them whatever assurances were required for them to make the sacrifices. We will never know whether President Clinton was being forthright or simply telling the necessitated tale to reach the desired goal as this offer was refused by Arafat by his walkout as he could not say no to the exact terms he had demanded, only walking out could provide the needed escape from reaching an agreement. Why President Clinton was taken at his word is baffling as previously President Clinton had made a verbal agreement with Prime Minister Netanyahu to release Israeli spy Johnathan Pollard in return for Netanyahu meeting some demand and after Netanyahu complied, President Clinton told him he was a fool believing that Pollard would ever be released by the United States. There were rumors of a more pointed rejection which will not be quoted here as there is no way to verify the comments.

 

All things considered, it will be interesting while covering the Israeli election cycle on how exactly President Obama sticks his fingers into the mix and attempts to stir it to his desired pleasure. The one guarantee is that there will be interference with the Israeli campaigning by not just President Obama and company but also many Europeans will do what they are able though their injections will come through the use mostly of NGOs that they pay to lobby Israel to meet European wishes. The European Union is liable to interfere more directly likely making bellicose demands that Israel consider certain realities before electing their next leader. Realities is defines as the world according to the European union and has little if anything to do with what is best for Israel except most often being directly opposed to what is best for Israel. Then there will be the campaigns and their loose dealings with the truth which in our case means disagrees with our sensible perceptions of reality. We will also continue to cover other items of concerns including the negotiations of the P5+1 and Iran, Arab terrorism, and general items of interest concerning Europe, the Middle East, the United States, the United Nations and the world and beyond, especially if that much anticipated UFO landing on the White House lawn, in front of the Knesset in Jerusalem, or on the Temple Mount in which case Israel will be blamed for attempting to destroy the al-Aqsa Mosque with their spaceship which had been hiding on the far side of the Moon.

 

Beyond the Cusp

 

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