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February 9, 2015

All’s Fair in Love, War, and Politics

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The actual sayings from which the title becomes a truism is a combination of “All’s fair in love and war” with the saying “Politics is war by another means.” String the two together and one gets “All’s Fair in Love, War, and Politics.” Nothing has made this more evident than the infighting, battling semantics, war of personal destruction, and meddling by outlying interests attempting to destroy the nation, Israel, using her weakest point, democratic elections. The current campaign before the Israeli public presents a choice between two old and tested rival parties, one from the leftist edges and the other from the nationalist center. The socialist left which used the crime of inequality of money between the wealthy and the jealous crowd who desire that government reallocate earnings in what they are convinced through repeated promise by political charlatans is their rightful desserts. The other side speaks of great threats abounding around every corner from which the world is not willing to assist and may even be willing to sacrifice Israel on the altars of expedience rather than fight the battles of conscience and hold the gates keeping out those barbarians pounding from without. The debate might be a fair political battle if elections were still held between the parties, candidates and the people of the nation. That is how it functions in most nations but there are those few nations within which nothing can be done normally and everything plays out on the stage of the world susceptible to the whims, influences and interferences of those from around the world whose interests are not as much for the health and safety of Israel but more to protect their images and promote their own positions even if it must be at the cost of Israeli politicians or potentially the actual lives of millions of Israelis. We will likely be able to witness such interferences and even the dishonest attempts by outside interests working with the selfish efforts of politicians within Israel who desire either personal aggrandizement or some who believe there are fated and destined to lead Israel into the future and that being so fated they are the only one capable of leading with true sight and divine brilliance thus willing to do virtually anything in order to reach their fated position as Prime Minister. The mixture in this election has a cast which might be able to fill every type and situation one might imagine which is what makes such so interesting to study and watch everything play out.

 

Where the differing positions and offers are almost always similar in Israeli politics such that it makes it fairly easy to describe the differing political positions and people familiar with Israeli politics do not even require the names or parties to identify where and from whom the positions originate, so I guess we could speak of theoreticals and leave the names for each to discern on their own, but eventually names simply become more convenient and necessary and anyways, why play it safe all of a sudden. As has already been made obvious, the two viable parties vying for the privilege to form the next coalition government are about as opposite as two parties can get. One side claims that Israel needs to get along to go along and that good relations with Europe and the United States to the point that in many items Israel would be better served by joining with the efforts in every situation and that rocking the boat and making claims that Israeli interests must supercede those of other traditional allies is counterproductive and likely to cause Israel great harm. The opposing party and their candidate’s position is that there are threats to Israel which must be addressed even if doing so places Israeli leaders in opposition to what they identify as allied leaders who are willing to compromise so completely in order to establish what they view as their potential for a great and exemplary legacy. The split between the two main parties divides between guns and butter. The proponents of the guns legacy emphasize the need for Israel to remain strong and able to stand against any and all threats even if such preparations come at the expense of addressing the disparity between the wealthy and the middle class. The proponents of the butter legacy call for redistribution through having the wealthy pay their fair share and call for more government programs and giveaways where the government subsidizes more and more items such as rents and food subsidies despite this requiring higher taxes and a smaller military and defense budget to pay for their social projects. But this election cycle has two distinct realms, the Israeli and the international realms. The Israeli side of this coming election appears to be mostly relegated to the second tier parties which are not expected to be vying for the Prime Ministership and being tasked with forming the coalition but rather gaining as many Ministers so as to provide them with the most favorable influence and assigned positions over the most desirable Ministerships in the next government. Of course these parties also will be asked to provide suggestions as to whom they prefer from the two leading parties, or possibly three in some unforeseen scenario, to become Prime Minister and organize a coalition. The predicted choice is no secret as the two entities vying for the top spot are Likud and the hybrid of Labor and Hatnua Parties running, for now, as the Zionist Party with Benyamin Netanyahu the leader of Likud and the shared position of Yitzhak Herzog and Tzipi Livni being the alternate choice. No matter which party, Likud or Labor/Hatnua Zionist Camp, win the most mandates, it still will rely on which leader is recommended by the parties combining to give one side the best ability of patching together a coalition which has sixty-one Ministers or greater as such is required to have even the most shallow coalition majority of the one-hundred-twenty seat Knesset. Fortunately, almost without interference, at least up to this point, the secondary parties have not suffered the interferences from outside of Israel beyond the occasional editorial or commentary in foreign newscasts or newspapers. The interesting interactions has been the international jousting which promises to only accelerate and become even more amplified in the remaining weeks and then days leading up to the March 17th election day.

 

Where the Israeli elections have hit a fulcrum on which the election’s fate will pivot has its origins in the heart of Washington D.C. and will be operated out of New York City and Tel Aviv with generous American funding, State Department support and heaven knows what else. V15, V2015 and One Voice are the three names that the media will avoid relating tales of mystery and shady deals. Instead we will hear stories about bottlegate; Naftaligate, any forms of misrepresentation or misinterpretation of words either spoken or misheard coming from Naftali Bennett who heads the Jewish Home and is a strong and unrepentant Zionist which the press finds as something depicting suspected personality defects; more stories of crimes concerning members of Yisrael Beytenu; stories of Sara Netanyahu being really mean to the hired helpers around the house; and scandals speaking of unspeakable offenses by Prime Minister Netanyahu against members of United States President Obama’s administration. The media coverage of these items will become ever more harsh, louder, more shrill and ever more edgy as the March 17th deadline for elections rapidly approaches. There will be the regaling stories about the universality of rapprochement and acceptability which the team of Tzipi Livni and Yitzhak Hertzog bring to an Israeli government if only the political luddites can be enlightened to look beyond the primitive sloganeering of the false self-proclaimed Zionists as is not the merger of Herzog’s and Livni’s Labor/Hatnua Party’s election title “The Zionist Camp” making them actual and real true Zionists? What will be interesting for those afflicted with reading both Israeli and American liberal media, but I repeat myself, there will be similar stories covering the actual speech, the invitation, the broken protocols and the offenses committed against President Obama by the plotting and dastardly deeds committed by Speaker of the House John Boehner through inviting Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu to address a joint session of Congress behind the back of the President and to espouse theories and accusations of the P5+1 negotiations with Iran being overly desperate such that they are willing to accept any deal the Iranians demand just so they will have something to show for their efforts. Their impatience will be shown to be only outdone by their desire to make a deal that permits President Obama to also reestablish United States formal relations with Iran just as he recently has with Cuba. Perhaps President Obama will force an agreement which will allow for the signing to be held in Tehran and coincide with his announcing the reopening of the American Embassy and the new Ambassador, John Kerry, establishing his legacy as the President who reopened doors long ago locked and ignored in order to not admit the broken off of relations had become failed policy.

 

There is one claim which has been made recently which strikes me as being well beyond the cusp. That claim is that Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu, by his recent actions and especially for not backing out of his acceptance of the invitation to address a joint session of Congress while in the United States for the AIPAC Conference, has destroyed the trust and good will that had been built under the careful, generous and skillful steps taken by President Obama which have proven his support and devotion to Israel and her security both now and into the future which has been exemplified by the tireless and relentless pursuit of the best possible agreement which will limit and deny Iran the ability to ever develop nuclear weapons. Such a story line would be far more believable if history had not shown the animosity and disrespect shown Prime Minister Netanyahu by President Obama from the very outset of their relations. What is odd is that the reason for the bad blood between the two leaders stems from President Obama’s animus shown towards Israel and the possibly intentional missteps taken by the President over the years. One might have taken one of the very first steps by President Obama as soon as he came into the Oval Office after being sworn in during the inauguration and then re-sworn in as something made the President feel he needed to recommit. With all that behind him, President Obama nestled into the large, comfortable chair behind the Resolute Desk in the Oval Office where he made his very first official phone call of his administration. As difficult as it may be to accept, President Obama did not call Prime Minister Netanyahu with that first defining phone call. Neither did he call the Prime Minister of Britain, the President of France, the Prime Minister of Turkey, the King of Saudi Arabia, the President of Russia, the Leader of China, he phoned a man who was not even a head of state, he phoned Mahmoud Abbas who is the chairman of the Fatah Party, head of the PLO (Palestinian Liberation Organization) and the Chairman of the Palestinian Authority. Yes, President Obama’s first official phone call from the Oval Office went to Mahmoud Abbas, a leader of a terrorist organization, the PLO, and a man sworn to destroy Israel from the Jordan River to the Mediterranean Sea. One of the first moves towards attempting to push for a peace agreement establishing borders establishing peace and security between Israel and the Arabs was a demand that Israel freeze all building until the negotiations were finalized as a measure to show Israeli willingness to make peace. This resulted ultimately in Prime Minister Netanyahu promising and observing a ten month building freeze in all the disputed areas and instead of using this time of goodwill to negotiate an agreement, Mahmoud Abbas, the good friend of President Obama, refused to meet with the Israelis for the first nine and a half months. When he finally met with Prime Minister Netanyahu he simply demanded that the building freeze be extended for another ten months. When the building freeze officially ended and realizing that calling for another ten month freeze might have been an error, Abbas altered his demand and called for a permanent building freeze until a final agreement was reached. During the ten months of the Israeli enforced goodwill gesture of a building freeze President Obama did not once demand that Abbas actually negotiate. On Prime Minister Netanyahu’s first visit to Washington D.C. to meet with President Obama, the President set some unusual rules for the Israeli leader. The two men would not have any meeting before the media, there would be no official meal shared and Prime Minister Netanyahu was required to enter and depart the White House from a side delivery entrance and not be seen using the main entrance to the White House. So much for first impressions making an optimistic start.

 

Moving along we find that President Obama made another demand while still in his first two years as President when he stated that he fully expected for the border between any Arab state being forged to exist side by side with Israel presumably in peace and security would necessarily have the Green Line, the 1949 Armistice Line, the pre Six Day War boundary lines which Abba Eban, the Israeli statesman and former Ambassador to the United Nations described as the Auschwitz Borders, as their border. Eventually the idea of mutually agreed upon small land swaps was added and that was to make everything just wonderful. President Obama had a habit of intentionally making such demand of Israel either just before the Israeli leader boarded the plane to visit Washington D.C. or while he was actually in the air in flight to the United States. President Obama refused to meet with Prime Minister Netanyahu when both were in New York for the opening ceremonies for the United Nations General Assembly but instead found time to appear on the television show “The View” and make small talk and good humor during their broadcast. There have been numerous leaks from the White House which spoiled a number of Israeli plans which were being arranged with the target being the Iranian nuclear sites in order to end the Iranian nuclear weapons production before they became too well fortified for air attacks to be successful. These leaks attained their intended goal of protecting Iran from any Israeli intervention. President Obama has stated numerous times that he honestly believes that Iran can be deterred even should they attain nuclear weapons status through the same Mutually Assured Destruction which prevented a nuclear exchange between the Soviet Union and the United States. Such reasoning refuses to accept the Iranian policy which has been stated in speech after speech that Israel could be destroyed by at most two nuclear weapons while all the nuclear weapons possessed by Israel would only wound the Islamic world which would survive while Israel would not survive. Such reasoning is not the product of any sane and rational mind which could be dissuaded by their own destruction from attacking Israel with as many nuclear weapons as was necessary. There are numerous other points which could be presented to paint the picture of the contempt and disdain that President Obama has for Israel and her existence. President Obama only desires one thing from Israel and that is for Israel to do whatever is required to reach a peace with Mahmoud Abbas so that President Obama will enhance his legacy with the making of peace in the Middle East even if said peace is written across the corps of Israel. All of this paints a picture far different than what is being sold in both the United States and Israel. Netanyahu has not lost the friendship of President Obama as one cannot lose that which never existed. As all President Obama wants from any Israeli Prime Minister is for them to promise him the same thing the Israelites promised when receiving the Law from G0d in the wilderness when they are recorded as having said, “We obey and we hear.” After experiencing the Ten Plagues, the parting of the Red Sea, the manna they ate in the wilderness and numerous other miracles of the L0rd the Israelites were absolutely ready to accept and honor anything G0d may have demanded of them. Thus the agreement of was spoken by the Israelites in every corner of their camp into the heart where the Tabernacle stood erected, “We obey and we hear.” They were ready but the Israelites of today, well, most of the Israelites of today are not about to grant such faith in President Obama as he has not come anywhere near deserving of the respect, awe, fear, love and faith that the Israelites had back there in the wilderness before the actual presence of G0d Almighty.

 

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November 29, 2014

Status-Quo is not holy; the Temple Mount is Holy

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The latest victim of cross-eyed view where the status-quo has become holy and the Temple Mount is not holy is the highest ranking officer of the police who has jurisdiction over the Temple Mount, Police Commissioner Yohanan Danino. In his latest statement to the media Police Commissioner Yohanan Danino threatened, “I think we have some Knesset members who set an agenda to change the status quo on the Temple Mount. Not only do I not retract the things I said, but I add the announcement that I will not allow these Knesset members to visit the Temple Mount.” Commissioner Danino further insisted, “Anyone who wants to change the status-quo on the Temple Mount – it forbidden for him to go up there. I banned Feiglin from ascending the Mount until I had no backing from the attorney general. This is a mistake, to allow someone who is a symbol of change the status-quo. We want quiet and to restore security. We are saying all the time ‘let’s do everything to not escalate the situation.’ Again and again we go back to the Temple Mount – this is a place holy to many religions and we say to guard the status quo in order to guard the quiet there.” This blessed status-quo that Prime Minister Netanyahu and Commissioner Danino are so absolutely determined and single mindedly pursuing was initially the greatest mistake made after the Six Day War when Defense Minister General Moshe Dayan in a grand gesture to the Jordanian King allowed the Jordanian run Islamic Waqf to remain the managing supervisors of the Temple Mount. If Dayan could see the end result of his grand offer of largess to the Jordanian crown, I would hope he would not have made that fatal allowance to leave the holiest land in all of Judaism susceptible to Arab perfidy and manipulation which would deny both Christian and Jewish visitation to their holy sites on that sacred ground. That erroneous and misplaced largess is the status-quo that the leaders of Israeli political and law enforcement personnel are hell-bent on retaining and enforcing at the cost of the rights of any other than Muslim to visit and prayer on some of the holiest of sited in the entire universe.

 

There has been increasingly violent rioting on the Temple Mount by the Arabs responding to Mahmoud Abbas’s incitement to take whatever levels of violence are required to prevent the accursed Jews from entering the Temple Mount and defiling the al-Aqsa Mosque. Abbas and the rest of the Arab incitement team have redefined the al-Aqsa Mosque from an insignificant building in a remote corner of the area, which Herod added when he enlarged the Temple Mount thus placing the Mosque outside of any place where the Holy Temples were located, enlarging its footprint from insignificant to include the entirety of the Temple Mount. This has allowed the Arabs to claim that any Jew or other non-Muslim putting their foot on the Temple Mount an infringement and despoiling of the al-Aqsa Mosque and an affront against Islam. This was not the initial position taken by the Jordanian Islamic Waqf but they, as has much of Islam, have become radicalized with the politicization of the Arab claims to their ancient homeland and their effort to replace Israel with another Arab Muslim state. The Temple Mount has become ground zero for this struggle and if the Israelis permit the Islamic superiority over the Temple Mount, then we will have also surrendered our rights to the land of Israel. There is no status-quo that denies anybody from expressing and performing their religious devotion on the Temple Mount, be they Muslim, Christian or Jewish in particular as those are the three Abrahamic religions. Of the three religious claims to the Temple Mount the Jews have the strongest claim and the Muslims have the weakest of claims.

 

There are other differences between the three Abrahamic religions, and vital and important differences these are. The most important difference is that were the Temple Mount under Jewish rule and control, then all three religions, or anyone else who felt the urge, would be permitted to enter and pray upon the Temple Mount. Historic evidence has shown that whether Islamic or Christian management were responsible for managing the Temple Mount, then access and prayer very possibly be limited to their coreligionists and the rest of the world would be denied of that privilege. Further, there are other differences. The greatest difference is between the Judeo-Christian religions and Islam. Both Judaism and all Christian faiths worship the G0d of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob while the followers of Islam follow the god of Abraham, Ishmael and Muhammad. The difference between Judaism and Christianity is over the coming of the Messiah where Christians believe that the coming of the Messiah will be His return and the Jews believe the coming of the Messiah is the sole coming of the Messiah. One could state the difference between Christianity and Judaism is over the word ‘again’ where the Jews say the Messiah will come and Christians insist on adding the word ‘again’. All humor aside, the Temple Mount needs to be a place where people can come together and celebrate the oneness of humanity, and not be a place where religious elitists attempt to restrict access to such a holy place making it sacred to only one group and denying access to all others. But it is the exclusivity of the Temple Mount by the Jordanian Islamic supremacists of the Waqf that is the perfect status-quo that the Israeli politicians and enforcement personnel must keep as sacred on into the future. Why?

 

I was recently at the grave of Rabbi Meir Kahane and the graves of his son and his wife which had me recalling the days of my youth and the concepts put forth by Rabbi Meir Kahane. Rabbi Meir Kahane was man of prophetic vision who foresaw the realities which were still nearly half a century away into the future and was capable of describing and explaining the reasons behind his vision in such a way as to inspire and enlighten those who had to rely on reading his words. I can only dream of what hearing Rabbi Kahane speak his truths would have affected any rational and reasoned person listening to him speaking those same words. Of course Rabbi Kahane was excluded from the national conversation just as the desires of religious Jews for access to the Temple Mount exists and is being denied today. Had Rabbi Kahane not been murdered in New York by an Arab fanatic, they were not referred to exclusively as terrorists way back then, who was found not guilty by a selected jury which guaranteed such a factually void verdict. Of course the United States figured they could white wash the assassin of an Israeli Rabbi who the Israelis had thrown to the wolves of fortune when they barred his political party from running for the Knesset as his truth had to be suppressed if those who saw themselves as the honest powers of the future were to be able to eventually lead us to where Jews are not permitted to visit, let alone pray, on the Temple Mount.

 

But the past is what the past is and the present is such defined and that is the future in which we must make our choices. Now the figures of authority and definers of reality within the state of Israel, not sure we are allowed to call it the Jewish state as that is actually being debated by the Knesset, are making the Temple Mount an Islamic holy site while telling those who are opposed to such a surrender that they must stand down. Commissioner Danino has stated he will ban those who might want to make a point that the Temple Mount is holy to the Jewish people from ascending to the Temple Mount. Then there is Prime Minister Netanyahu who has assured everybody he could serve the status-quo which disallows Jews from praying or even, for much of the time, allowed to ascend to the Temple Mount and allowing the Islamic Waqf disallow Jews from having access to the holiest place in the world in Judaism and with the Israeli government and all the security forces at their disposal would enforce such decrees and provide forces to prevent any Jews from accessing the Temple Mount. This reality is something that the good Rabbi would have taken great injury from these decisions knowing that the Israeli government would deny Jews from accessing the Temple Mount and disallowing their praying, all due to the Islamic Waqf forbidding Jews ascending and intending not to disturb the status-quo. Perhaps it is time for Israeli leaders to actually take the initiative and redefine status-quo to be equal for all to enter the Temple Mount from any and every entrance and to pray and marvel expressing whatever their heart feels like and fully have complete freedom without fears that they might be insulting somebody’s sensitivities. The Temple Mount is an extremely holy site for many, many people and all of them should be permitted to visit, enjoy, marvel and, of course, pray at this site which holds such great importance in the history of mankind. It should also be open to those who simply desire to walk upon stones which have seen some of the most unbelievable, dramatic and vitally important history throughout ages both before and after the implementation of the modern Western calendar and they should be allowed this experience. But above all, the Temple Mount must be made available and free for prayers for all who revere the historic and religious importance and the places this land holds in history to be struck by an irresistible desire to pray, to be permitted to do so without fearing being arrested or simply hustled from the site feeling as if they were some kind of miscreant. The Temple Mount must be made universally accessible and permissible for prayers and other evocations of emotional and spiritual release which visitors might find the momentary need to express. The Temple Mount belongs to all, not just to those the Jordanian Islamic Waqf of Islamic imperialistic supremacy feel are worthy and of the correct purity.

 

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We would like to share Israeli Ambassador to the United Nations Ron Prosor’s Speech to the General Assembly on 24 Nov 2014. Ambassador Prosor touched on the Temple Mount issue relating it to a general ambiance of hatred which is prevalent in the Arab society and is directly cultivated by Mahmoud Abbas and other leaders from both Hamas and Fatah factions of the Palestinian Authority. Included is the video from that speech as well.

 

 

Mr. President,
 
I stand before the world as a proud representative of the State of Israel and the Jewish people. I stand tall before you knowing that truth and morality are on my side. And yet, I stand here knowing that today in this Assembly, truth will be turned on its head and morality cast aside.
The fact of the matter is that when members of the international community speak about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, a fog descends to cloud all logic and moral clarity. The result isn’t realpolitik, its surreal politik.
The world’s unrelenting focus on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is an injustice to tens of millions of victims of tyranny and terrorism in the Middle East. As we speak, Yazidis, Bahai, Kurds, Christians and Muslims are being executed and expelled by radical extremists at a rate of 1,000 people per month.
How many resolutions did you pass last week to address this crisis? And how many special sessions did you call for? The answer is zero. What does this say about international concern for human life? Not much, but it speaks volumes about the hypocrisy of the international community.
I stand before you to speak the truth. Of the 300 million Arabs in the Middle East and North Africa, less than half a percent are truly free – and they are all citizens of Israel. Israeli Arabs are some of the most educated Arabs in the world. They are our leading physicians and surgeons, they are elected to our parliament, and they serve as judges on our Supreme Court. Millions of men and women in the Middle East would welcome these opportunities and freedoms.
Nonetheless, nation after nation, will stand at this podium today and criticize Israel – the small island of democracy in a region plagued by tyranny and oppression.
 
Mr. President,
 
Our conflict has never been about the establishment of a Palestinian state. It has always been about the existence of the Jewish state.
Sixty seven years ago this week, on November 29, 1947, the United Nations voted to partition the land into a Jewish state and an Arab state. Simple. The Jews said yes. The Arabs said no. But they didn’t just say no. Egypt, Jordan, Syria, Iraq, Saudi Arabia and Lebanon launched a war of annihilation against our newborn state.
This is the historical truth that the Arabs are trying to distort. The Arabs’ historic mistake continues to be felt – in lives lost in war, lives lost to terrorism, and lives scarred by the Arab’s narrow political interests.
According to the United Nations, about 700,000 Palestinians were displaced in the war initiated by the Arabs themselves. At the same time, some 850,000 Jews were forced to flee from Arab countries.
Why is it, that 67 years later, the displacement of the Jews has been completely forgotten by this institution while the displacement of the Palestinians is the subject of an annual debate? The difference is that Israel did its utmost to integrate the Jewish refugees into society. The Arabs did just the opposite.
The worst oppression of the Palestinian people takes place in Arab nations. In most of the Arab world, Palestinians are denied citizenship and are aggressively discriminated against. They are barred from owning land and prevented from entering certain professions.
And yet none – not one – of these crimes are mentioned in the resolutions before you.
If you were truly concerned about the plight of the Palestinian people there would be one, just one, resolution to address the thousands of Palestinians killed in Syria. And if you were so truly concerned about the Palestinians there would be at least one resolution to denounce the treatment of Palestinians in Lebanese refugee camps.
But there isn’t. The reason is that today’s debate is not about speaking for peace or speaking for the Palestinian people – it is about speaking against Israel. It is nothing but a hate and bashing festival against Israel.
 
Mr. President,
 
The European nations claim to stand for Liberté, Égalité, Fraternité – freedom, equality, and brotherhood – but nothing could be farther from the truth.
I often hear European leaders proclaim that Israel has the right to exist in secure borders. That’s very nice. But I have to say – it makes about as much sense as me standing here and proclaiming Sweden’s right to exist in secure borders.
When it comes to matters of security, Israel learned the hard way that we cannot rely on others – certainly not Europe.
In 1973, on Yom Kippur – the holiest day on the Jewish calendar – the surrounding Arab nations launched an attack against Israel. In the hours before the war began, Golda Meir, our Prime Minister then, made the difficult decision not to launch a preemptive strike. The Israeli Government understood that if we launched a preemptive strike, we would lose the support of the international community.
As the Arab armies advanced on every front, the situation in Israel grew dire. Our casualty count was growing and we were running dangerously low on weapons and ammunition. In this, our hour of need, President Nixon and Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, agreed to send Galaxy planes loaded with tanks and ammunition to resupply our troops. The only problem was that the Galaxy planes needed to refuel on route to Israel.
The Arab States were closing in and our very existence was threatened – and yet, Europe was not even willing to let the planes refuel. The U.S. stepped in once again and negotiated that the planes be allowed to refuel in the Azores. The government and people of Israel will never forget that when our very existence was at stake, only one country came to our aid – the United States of America.
Israel is tired of hollow promises from European leaders. The Jewish people have a long memory. We will never ever forget that you failed us in the 1940s. You failed us in 1973. And you are failing us again today.
Every European parliament that voted to prematurely and unilaterally recognize a Palestinian state is giving the Palestinians exactly what they want – statehood without peace. By handing them a state on a silver platter, you are rewarding unilateral actions and taking away any incentive for the Palestinians to negotiate or compromise or renounce violence. You are sending the message that the Palestinian Authority can sit in a government with terrorists and incite violence against Israel without paying any price.
The first E.U. member to officially recognize a Palestinian state was Sweden. One has to wonder why the Swedish Government was so anxious to take this step. When it comes to other conflicts in our region, the Swedish Government calls for direct negotiations between the parties – but for the Palestinians, surprise, surprise, they roll out the red carpet. State Secretary Söder may think she is here to celebrate her government’s so-called historic recognition, when in reality it’s nothing more than an historic mistake.
The Swedish Government may host the Nobel Prize ceremony, but there is nothing noble about their cynical political campaign to appease the Arabs in order to get a seat on the Security Council. Nations on the Security Council should have sense, sensitivity, and sensibility. Well, the Swedish Government has shown no sense, no sensitivity and no sensibility. Just nonsense.
Israel learned the hard way that listening to the international community can bring about devastating consequences. In 2005, we unilaterally dismantled every settlement and removed every citizen from the Gaza Strip. Did this bring us any closer to peace? Not at all. It paved the way for Iran to send its terrorist proxies to establish a terror stronghold on our doorstep.
I can assure you that we won’t make the same mistake again. When it comes to our security, we cannot and will not rely on others – Israel must be able to defend itself by itself.
 
Mr. President,
 
The State of Israel is the land of our forefathers – Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. It is the land where Moses led the Jewish people, where David built his palace, where Solomon built the Jewish Temple, and where Isaiah saw a vision of eternal peace.
For thousands of years, Jews have lived continuously in the land of Israel. We endured through the rise and fall of the Assyrian, Babylonian, Greek and Roman Empires. And we endured through thousands of years of persecution, expulsions and crusades. The bond between the Jewish people and the Jewish land is unbreakable.
Nothing can change one simple truth – Israel is our home and Jerusalem is our eternal capital.
At the same time, we recognize that Jerusalem has special meaning for other faiths. Under Israeli sovereignty, all people – and I will repeat that, all people – regardless of religion and nationality can visit the city’s holy sites. And we intend to keep it this way. The only ones trying to change the status quo on the Temple Mount are Palestinian leaders.
President Abbas is telling his people that Jews are contaminating the Temple Mount. He has called for days of rage and urged Palestinians to prevent Jews from visiting the Temple Mount using “all means” necessary. These words are as irresponsible as they are unacceptable.
You don’t have to be Catholic to visit the Vatican, you don’t have to be Jewish to visit the Western Wall, but some Palestinians would like to see the day when only Muslims can visit the Temple Mount.
You, the international community, are lending a hand to extremists and fanatics. You, who preach tolerance and religious freedom, should be ashamed. Israel will never let this happen. We will make sure that the holy places remain open to all people of all faiths for all time.
 
Mr. President,
 
No one wants peace more than Israel. No one needs to explain the importance of peace to parents who have sent their child to defend our homeland. No one knows the stakes of success or failure better than we Israelis do. The people of Israel have shed too many tears and buried too many sons and daughters.
We are ready for peace, but we are not naïve. Israel’s security is paramount. Only a strong and secure Israel can achieve a comprehensive peace.
The past month should make it clear to anyone that Israel has immediate and pressing security needs. In recent weeks, Palestinian terrorists have shot and stabbed our citizens and twice driven their cars into crowds of pedestrians. Just a few days ago, terrorists armed with axes and a gun savagely attacked Jewish worshipers during morning prayers. We have reached the point when Israelis can’t even find sanctuary from terrorism in the sanctuary of a synagogue.
These attacks didn’t emerge out of a vacuum. They are the results of years of indoctrination and incitement. A Jewish proverb teaches: “The instruments of both death and life are in the power of the tongue.”
As a Jew and as an Israeli, I know with utter certainly that when our enemies say they want to attack us, they mean it.
Hamas’s genocidal charter calls for the destruction of Israel and the murder of Jews worldwide. For years, Hamas and other terrorist groups have sent suicide bombers into our cities, launched rockets into our towns, and sent terrorists to kidnap and murder our citizens.
And what about the Palestinian Authority? It is leading a systemic campaign of incitement. In schools, children are being taught that ‘Palestine’ will stretch from the Jordan River to the Mediterranean Sea. In mosques, religious leaders are spreading vicious libels accusing Jews of destroying Muslim holy sites. In sports stadiums, teams are named after terrorists. And in newspapers, cartoons urge Palestinians to commit terror attacks against Israelis.
Children in most of the world grow up watching cartoons of Mickey Mouse singing and dancing. Palestinian children also grow up watching Mickey Mouse, but on Palestinians national television, a twisted figure dressed as Mickey Mouse dances in an explosive belt and chants “Death to America and death to the Jews.”
I challenge you to stand up here today and do something constructive for a change. Publically denounce the violence, denounce the incitement, and denounce the culture of hate.
Most people believe that at its core, the conflict is a battle between Jews and Arabs or Israelis and Palestinians. They are wrong. The battle that we are witnessing is a battle between those who sanctify life and those who celebrate death.
Following the savage attack in a Jerusalem synagogue, celebrations erupted in Palestinian towns and villages. People were dancing in the street and distributing candy. Young men posed with axes, loudspeakers at mosques called out congratulations, and the terrorists were hailed as “martyrs” and “heroes.”
This isn’t the first time that we saw the Palestinians celebrate the murder of innocent civilians. We saw them rejoice after every terrorist attack on Israeli civilians and they even took to the streets to celebrate the September 11 attack on the World Trade Center right here in New York City.
Imagine the type of state this society would produce. Does the Middle East really need another terror-ocracy? Some members of the international community are aiding and abetting its creation.
 
Mr. President,
 
As we came into the United Nations, we passed the flags of all 193 member States. If you take the time to count, you will discover that there are 15 flags with a crescent and 25 flags with a cross. And then there is one flag with a Jewish Star of David. Amidst all the nations of the world there is one state – just one small nation state for the Jewish people.
And for some people, that is one too many.
As I stand before you today I am reminded of all the years when Jewish people paid for the world’s ignorance and indifference in blood. Those days are no more. We will never apologize for being a free and independent people in our sovereign state. And we will never apologize for defending ourselves.
To the nations that continue to allow prejudice to prevail over truth, I say “J’accuse.” I accuse you of hypocrisy. I accuse you of duplicity. I accuse you of lending legitimacy to those who seek to destroy our State. I accuse you of speaking about Israel’s right of self-defense in theory, but denying it in practice. And I accuse you of demanding concessions from Israel, but asking nothing of the Palestinians.
In the face of these offenses, the verdict is clear. You are not for peace and you are not for the Palestinian people. You are simply against Israel.
Members of the international community have a choice to make.
You can recognize Israel as the nation-state of the Jewish people, or permit the Palestinian leadership to deny our history without consequence.
You can publically proclaim that the so-called “claim of return” is a non-starter, or you can allow this claim to remain the major obstacle to any peace agreement.
You can work to end Palestinian incitement, or stand by as hatred and extremism take root for generations to come.
You can prematurely recognize a Palestinian state, or you can encourage the Palestinian Authority to break its pact with Hamas and return to direct negotiations.
The choice is yours. You can continue to steer the Palestinians off course or pave the way to real and lasting peace.
 
Thank you, Mr. President.

 

October 26, 2014

Thin Skinned American Leadership Snubs Israel’s Ya’alon

For an administration which has hurled invectives, insults and denunciations by the score at Prime Minister Netanyahu alone and just as many against the several other leading political figures, while demeaning and criticizing every single move taken by the government from defensive moves against terrorism to simply approving houses be built for the growing Israeli population, they sure are poor losers should a single well deserved snide but true comment be fired at their clumsy, toe stepping, vindictive Secretary of State who apparently has saved his disdain from his days of denouncing American troops fighting in Viet Nam before the media and in Senate hearings keeping it ready for any chance to deplore Israel at every turn. These intentional snubs were the American Administration’s punishment for Ya’alon comments made in private but subsequently revealed to the media which reported his comments to include that Secretary Kerry presented a plan so empty of concerns for Israel and with such an aloof imposition that none should object or find quarrel with his plan that he appeared to have been, “…very determined, and operates based upon an unfathomable obsession and a messianic feeling…” It was this reference of Secretary Kerry as obsessive and messianic which the Administration took particular displeasure with and for which they punished Minister of Defense Ya’alon. Now that they have evened the score in their petty minds perhaps we can return to acting like adults and not like schools chums trading barbs and slights.

Were I to wish to dwell on the subject of whose feelings have been damaged and who said what about who, I might go on in lengthy terms quoting such conversations as between heads of some renowned European nation and the quippy tit-for-tat one upmanship displayed by the American President, but then I would be tasked with reviewing the slights and rants and then rating them to find the best examples, and who has that much time. Instead, please allow me to mention something which may have come to mind on his return flight while Defense Minister Ya’alon reviewed his meetings and visit to Washington. Hopefully, instead of going over the meetings and the non-meetings, I hope he instead marveled at the displays of the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum, the National Gallery of Art and the many other museums and galleries Washington has to offer. There will be plenty of time to review notes and report on the discussions and other tedium which go with positions of responsibility. Since it would be unwise for Minister Ya’alon to tempt fate and comment on the refusals to allow him to meet with President Obama and Secretary of State Kerry, I hope he will not hold it against me for taking the privilege of expressing what my feelings would have been, “Thank all that is holy I did not have to suffer those insufferable bores so full of self-righteous indignations and unbelievable buffoonery they pass off as intelligent commentary. Such unknowledgeable dolts should never have attained high office but such is the fate of direct elections. The Administration reportedly desired cancelling Minister Ya’alon’s meeting with Samantha Power, the President’s Former Security Advisor, Current United States United Nations Ambassador and proven Israel hater who during one of her interviews from before she ever rose to high position but thought herself as worthy, she expressed that she believed that the United States should send military forces to enforce a settlement and to protect the Palestinians from Israeli aggressive policies by stationing United States military forces in Gaza and the West Bank. One must wonder whether that interview was introduced into the conversation, though I doubt so or Minister Ya’alon might have faced arrest for expressing indignities and causing an effrontery to a member of the administration. Had I been Minister Ya’alon I might have cancelled such a meeting myself so as to avoid so sullying myself. Then perhaps I am being too harsh.

I had mentioned quite a while back that there was only one way for the Europeans and Americans to assist in solving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. I also stated they were all too full of themselves and thought way too highly of their understandings of what was really at fault and what needed be done. Their insistence that Israel was resisting taking the steps required to reach a peace with the Palestinians as they had always been too demanding and paranoid to reach any peace. This was probably made obvious to these know-it-alls when they watched the lack of Israeli flexibility in reaching a peace with Egypt in which they returned the Sinai Peninsula and Egypt refused to take back Gaza and the inhabitants within. Oh, wait, that was what happened and apparently as soon as Egypt offered a meaningful and real peace the Israelis performed backflips in order to assure that Egyptian President Sadat received a generous return for peace so he might have something to show in defense of taking such an unprecedented and brave step. The Israeli generosity proved inadequate for the Muslim Brotherhood which subsequently assassinated President Sadat. Oh, but President Obama desires giving that very same bunch of murdering terrorist supporters rule over Egypt regardless of any consequences. Then there was the inability of Israel to make peace with Jordan except that they did and even offered to give the Jordanians legal right to the lands they renamed the West Bank during their illegal occupation of lands originally reserved by treaty for the Jewish state but the Jordanians chose to allow those lands to be returned to their rightful owner, the same lands and owner the world now demands give those territories to a group of terrorist masters. Perhaps the Israelis are not only willing but actually are anxious to accept any real offer of peace but not so quick to commit suicide no matter how joyously that suicide would be received in Europe and apparently with some in the United States.

So, how could the Western nations bring about a real and actual lasting peace between the Palestinians and the Israelis? Well, step one would be to avoid like the plague any more “Cairo International Conference on Palestine Reconstruction Gaza” projects. Every penny, farthing, pence, ruble, or other funds provided for the rebuilding of Palestinian areas in the aftermath of conflicts initiated by Hamas, Islamic Jihad, Fatah, Palestinian Authority, PLO or other Palestinian terror entities simply is another way of financing terrorism against Israel and sometimes also the Western nations as well. This is not to imply that any such funds will be diverted and go directly into funding terrorist activities and interests, though that is definitely what will occur regardless of what measures are claimed to be put in place, but because such funds relieve the terror groups from having to invest some of their funds and manpower to rebuild after the destruction caused by their aggressions against the Israelis and their intentional ricking harm to Palestinians and their properties. They rarely place the rocket launchers anywhere near their own homes, though Israel has learned to target their homes so they too share the joys of the fruits of their terrorism. The reasoning is basic, if Hamas launches hundreds upon hundreds of rockets into Israel daily for more than a week and the Israelis get somewhat upset and answer the aggressions with some aggressions of their own and Gaza received extensive damage, then if the rest of the world does not tumble head-over-heel to send billions of dollars for reconstruction, then Hamas will be forced to fund rebuilding or face the ire of the Gazan people and bear the brunt of their anger; and since Hamas and all its terror allies are massively outnumbered by the citizens of Gaza, they would lose their sanctuary in the ensuing expressions of Gazan anger at their abuse. There is a reason that Hamas has been able to afford to wage war on Israel uninterrupted every couple of years since taking control of Gaza in a bloody coup divesting the Palestinian Authority out of Gaza. They have collected funds from the trillions of dollars sent to rebuild Gaza after their egregious aggressions against Israel. This is above and in addition to the investments made by Qatar and Iran with one sending weapons, trainers, rocketry expertise and other items for war while Qatar simply sends petro-dollars. There was over five-billion-dollars pledged for Gazan rebuilding and everybody gladly slapped each other’s backs and congratulated themselves on their well-intentioned generosity and assured one another that none of their largess was to end up stolen and diverted from the intended rebuilding of Gaza by Hamas and the other terrorist groups into digging new tunnels and producing bigger and more lethal rockets. They all ignored the boastings of Hamas and Islamic Jihad that rebuilding the terror tunnels had begun immediately after the ceasefire. They ignored a few days later when United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon was given a tour of one of the tunnels which was in the process of being rebuilt or survived the Israelis searches which are evidenced in these archived United Nations photographs from his tour shown below while source photos at the United Nation video records for Ban Ki-moon can be viewed here and here.   Some pictures are priceless.

 

Sec Gen Ban Ki-moon visits Hamas tunnel after Gaza war

Sec Gen Ban Ki-moon visits Hamas tunnel after Gaza war

 

 

Close Up Ban Ki-moon viewing Hamas infiltration tunnel into southern Israel

Close Up Ban Ki-moon viewing Hamas infiltration tunnel into southern Israel

 

As long as the Western governments prove susceptible to the pleadings for their treasure to rebuild the destruction brought on by terrorist aggressions and the responses they inevitably will incur, then the terrorists will continue with their aggressions and the Western nations will ever faster be parted from their treasure and eventually debt will render them irrelevant as their economies suffer from the foolishness of their actions. One can only hope they realize their investments are causing the recipients of their intentions more horrors and destructions directly resulting from their good intentions. May they come to their senses before too many more innocents pay the ultimate price, especially the noncombatants on both sides.

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