Beyond the Cusp

November 12, 2015

Arabs Made the Choice Clear May 15, 1948

 

As every Jewish day begins at sunset the evening before rather than at midnight, the evening of May 14, 1948 began the celebrations of the declaration of the state of Israel. The population was a mix of various groups including but not limited to the Jews and Arabs who had resided side by side in peace for centuries in the Holy Lands, the Zionists who had been arriving since around 1850 with a sizeable increase after World War II as Jewish survivors had no other place to go, and the Arabs who had flocked to the area since the return of the Jews in a search for a brighter future for their families as the soon to be declared Jewish State had an improved economic outlook compared to her neighboring nations. These Arabs arrived from as close as Syria, Jordan and Egypt and as far as Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Yemen, the Sudan, Libya, Tunisia and even Algeria. There were separate and mixed celebrations into the night followed the next morning with seven Nations’ armies and attached militias invading from every border thus beginning what was planned to be a quick war of annihilation. There were other fighting that marred the night mostly along the periphery where Jews and Arabs lived together or as neighbors in villages a mere minutes’ walk apart. Some of these fights were of the greatest of sadness as these were Arab against Arab where the Arab villages which had decided to stay and join in building the new state were slaughtered by fellow Arabs and even some by their own neighbors or even families. The breaking of dawn made the Arab choice obvious as Jews found neighboring Arab villages mostly barren or strewn with corpses of those they knew as friends. There were two groups of Arabs remaining in Israel alive the next morning; those Arabs who truly desired to build the new state and those who planned on supporting the coming genocidal slaughter by striking at Israeli fighters from behind their lines and slaughtering the women and children who were not fighting on the front lines. The duplicity of those who remained only to aid the genocidal attacks from the seven nations’ Armies that morning of May 15, 1948 was the response of the Arab world as set forth by the “Arab League which declared that all Israel and those who sided with the Jews were to die and the land cleansed of this, as they regarded the forming of Israel, endemic contagion, this blighted pestilence which marred the purity of the surrounding Arabiya and had to be purged and scoured clean resettled by a more accepting Arab State which posed no insult or injury to the Arab communal pride, the Arab uniformity which they demanded be restored. That was the initial and the continuing view of the Arab world and that view persists to this day though it has transformed and adapted so as to form a more favorable and sympathetic front, though there has been no change of view from the Arab world or Arab League as is most evident in voting of the General Assembly of the United Nations.

 

The United Nations was not always against the Jewish State as they set forth a suggestion for a compromise which took the lands from which seventy-eight percent had been carved off of the original lands intended by the League of Nations for the formation of the Jewish State. The League of Nations validated the San Remo Conference formation of the Mandate system which was further agreed upon in the Treaty of Sèvres which established mandate lands under the guardianship of each of the victorious allied nations dividing up the defeated Ottoman Empire lands along with the Sykes-Picot Agreement which dealt with the remainder of lands of the Middle East and redrew the lines in eastern Europe with the British Mandate presumable set aside for the Jewish State. The ink had barely dried on the Sane Remo Conference and the Treaty of Sèvres when the British posed to the Zionist Congress, the Jewish ruling entity which represented the interests of the future Jewish State, proposing for the lands east of the Jordan River be repurposed, some might claim stolen by right of might as the British had an army and the Zionist Congress had quill pens and parchment, for an Arab State named Transjordan where the Arabs could have self-rule under the guidance, rule, of the Hashemite Monarchy which the British had owed a debt after the Hashemite family had aided the British and as a result lost their title over Mecca and Medina for which Transjordan could at best soften the blow. Needless to say, the Zionist Congress took this offer as it came with a promise of inviolability of the remaining twenty-two percent of the lands west of the Jordan River backed by the British Crown, a promise that had all the power of a stiff breeze on a spring day and as often comes in the spring, the storm clouds soon blew in. The British did to the best of their ability place the lands promised to the Zionist Congress all but unavailable for the Jews to emigrate to during their time of most dire necessity as the British along with the rest of the world’s nations closed off every avenue with only the slimmest of opportunities when the European Jews were being shipped to slaughter houses where they were dealt death with assembly line efficiency by the Nazis during World War II. Even after the War the British continued to impose strict limitations such that their promise to the many Arab states and royalties demands that the Jews never be permitted to realize a majority of the population in the British controlled lands west of the Jordan River and thus never being capable of meeting the set requirements for the founding of their state. It was due this predicament that a compromise was reached despite British casting their votes and lobbying the other nations in the United Nations General Assembly to vote down Resolution 181 (Partition Plan of Palestine) which proposed to divide the lands west of the Jordan River in half granting each patrician one to the Arabs and one to the Jews for their state. The division (pictured in the map below) granted the Jews lands made up almost two-thirds being parts of the Negev Desert and granting the Arabs the most fertile lands, all the higher Judean Hills overlooking this coastal strip of Jewish land around Tel Aviv and the majority of the Galilee with Jerusalem under international control but completely surrounded by Arab land which would likely have resulted in their taking control of all of Jerusalem with only the most minor threat of violence before and international forces would pack-up and go home. One could hardly have designed a more advantageous division of land setting the Jews up for a very short existence but for reasons we will never know or understand, perhaps it was the divine intervention of Hashem, the Arab League voted against the plan as they would not accept even a truncated and completely undefendable Jewish State and by voting the plan down and the Zionist Congress agreeing to the plan the default became the lands west of the Jordan River would become the Jewish State, just as the British promised but had worked so tirelessly to prevent.

 

 

UN Palestine Partition Versions of 1947 and included within UN General Assembly Resolution 181 which was rejected by the Arab League negating the UN Resolution as if either side rejects such a UN Resolution which is non-binding, it invalidates the entire agreement rendering it mute from that point forward. Jerusalem was to be managed by a corpus separatum (Latin: “separate entity”) set up consisting of an international groups most likely to be rotated. This offer was accepted by the Zionist Congress but having any General Assembly Resolution accepted by one side and rejected by the other is simply one hand clapping, useless.

UN Palestine Partition Versions of 1947 and included within UN General Assembly
Resolution 181 which was rejected by the Arab League negating the UN Resolution as
if either side rejects such a UN Resolution which is non-binding, it invalidates the entire
agreement rendering it mute from that point forward. Jerusalem was to be managed by a
corpus separatum (Latin: “separate entity”) set up consisting of an international groups
most likely to be rotated. This offer was accepted by the Zionist Congress but having
any General Assembly Resolution accepted by one side and rejected by the other is
simply one hand clapping, useless.

 

 

The evening of May 14, 1948 the Jews and Arab friends celebrated and the next morning went to war with a dozen aircraft, most without guns and few bombs often dropping seltzer bottles as they whistled as they fell and made a very satisfyingly loud pop when they struck ground; a few small tanks and armored up trucks and cars, a fair number of rudimentary or antiquated rifles and submachineguns with little hope of survival. During this war of survival, from the Jewish side of things, they often had arrivals from the refugee camps, many still emaciated from the concentration camps where they managed to survive. These Jewish refugees found they no longer had any home to return to and had heard of entire areas where returning Jews were shot on sight rather than have to face them and tell how their homes, businesses and belongings had been redistributed. They arrived and went straight from the boats to the front lines, some holding rifles not even knowing how to fire them even being shot without ever taking their rifles from safety to firing setting yet they sang Psalms as they advanced. This lack of training combined with a simple wish to defend the land at any cost was one of many difficulties corrected but which made the first weeks the most dire and treacherous. Lessons were learned and even better arms were procured with the main provider of weapons coming from a place which identified with the Jewish State as they had been the sacrificial lamb for expediency leading up to World War II, the nation of Czechoslovakia. Eventually an armistice ended the active war and Israel mourned the loss of one in ten Israelis. This end to the conflict would not remain settled indefinitely. In 1967 Egypt and Syria attacked Israel from top and bottom and on day two the Jordanians entered the war despite warnings and pleadings from Israel warning them the broadcasts from Egypt and Syria about their closing on Tel Aviv were false; but the Jordanian King thought the Jews were attempting to trick him and he was not to be denied his share of the spoils. The spoils were shared when the world demanded an end to the Six Day War where Israel liberated lands she had lost in 1948 which included the Golan Heights, Eastern Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria and Gaza plus gained the lands of the Sinai Peninsula which is almost five times the size of Israel. This also placed Israel on one bank of the Suez Canal, a vital waterway, and also one side of the Straights of Tiran which guaranteed freedom of entry to the entire red Sea and access to the Arabian Sea and thus the Indian and Pacific Oceans and trade with Asia. It was the blockading of this important waterway which caused the Six Day war along with the massed armies by Syria and Egypt on the Israeli borders. The Syrian and Egyptians opted for a replay in 1973 but this time Jordan wisely decided to sit this round out. This was the Yom Kippur War in which Israel almost lost it all in the opening hours but regrouped and eventually was racing towards Damascus and had crossed the Suez Canal using the same bridges the Egyptians had used to surge across initiating the conflict and were heading for Alexandria and Cairo when the United Nations, Russians, United States and darn near the entire chorus of nations screamed “Stop!” Israel was duly chastised for taking advantage of the situation and was persuaded, it could be called threatened just as easily, to return to the demarcation lines from the previous armistice at the end of the Six Day War and return all gains as if the entirety of the conflict had not occurred.

 

The Arab world learned some dear lessons and different lessons were taken from these difficult conflicts. Egypt would be the first to strike a peace with Israel. This peace involved the return of the entirety of the Sinai Peninsula and the surrender of Gaza back to Israel as it had been occupied by Egypt and never actually annexed. Jordan was next to make peace and they too returned the lands they had occupied with one difference, Jordan had also annexed the lands and granted the citizenship to the Arabs living in the areas of Judea and Samaria which Jordan renamed West Bank; I guess Judea just sounded too Jewish. Jordan also forced the Jews living in those lands to relocate back into Israel taking their homes and anything they were unable to carry with them after their taking the lands in 1948. This presented an interesting option that of course Israel was never allowed to contemplate, let alone actually actualize it, namely the Arabs residing in Judea and Samaria were now Jordanian citizens and as such could have been given the same treatment the Jews received when Jordan took the lands from Israel in 1948 and be made to relocate to Jordan across the Jordan River. This act would have saved the world a ton of pains and displeasure, though I often get the feeling the world, with a few choice exceptions, get a great deal of pleasure in Israel’s woes. So, to reward Israeli kindness in allowing these Jordanians to remain in their homes, keep their fields, groves, flocks, businesses and other properties and not forcing them from the liberated lands, the world gave them a foreign name changing them from Jordanians to Palestinians. Where the name Palestinians came from depends on who you ask. It appears to have come almost literally from the Roman name for Judea imposed after the Jewish revolt by Bar Kokhba which succeeded from132 through 135 after which the Roman Emperor Hadrian changed the name to Syria Palaestina, after the Roman pronunciation for Philistine, the ancient Jewish enemy long extinguished from the Earth who were a sea-faring nation originally from the Grecians Isles, and Jerusalem to Aelia Capitolina, thus Palaestina became Palestine and the Palestinians. This invented peoples who genetically, historically, socially and in all means other than geographically and with many having families residing from their originating lands of Syria, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Iraq and the other Arab nations were the concept of the KGB as the Soviet Union’s as part of their opposition to everything Western during the Cold War with the United States which made Israel their sworn enemy and as she was surrounded by the Soviet’s allied Arab states she was also apparently the low hanging fruit. Since the frontal assaults of 1948, 1967 and 1973 failed, the Soviets opted for a more nuanced approach where instead of the Goliath Arab world fighting little Israel it was recast as the Goliath IDF against stone throwing powerless Palestinians who were not related to any of the Arab world and had resided in the land which the Jews had stolen since the time before time. Any claim was conceivable as everything about the Palestinian people, state, history etcetera was cut from whole cloth and from the imagination of KGB operatives who were the coworkers, maybe not directly but for the same bosses, as Vlad the Invader Putin, so imagine your worst and they probably could best that and from the way the world acts now, their plans are working even after the Soviet Union collapsed such that it makes one wonder exactly who does this pretense serve now? Answer me that, please.

 

 

Palestinians on Their Way to Negotiate with Israel Demanding Their One State Solution Sans Jews

Palestinians on Their Way to Negotiate with Israel
Demanding Their One State Solution Sans Jews

 

 

So what does all this history and histrionics prove? All it proves is that Israel today had the borders defended by the IDF which are presumably by all treaties, conferences, history and original context are exactly as they should be and if any group within is not satisfied with this fact, they have two options, cry a lot and be very unhappy or move to someplace where they will be more comfortable. They will decide not to move as where are their choices? Syria? That would be just a tad crazy. Lebanon? Iraq? Not likely as they are Sunni and not really anxious to step into the middle of a Sunni Shiite war. Saudi Arabia? Kuwait? Well Saudi Arabia would be insulted as they send lots of oil dollars to these very same Arabs so they can kill and otherwise inconvenience Israel and possibly reclaim Muslim land for the greater glory of Mecca and Medina which are in Saudi Arabia and the Kuwaitis threw them out after Yasser Arafat backed Saddam Hussein after he destroyed Kuwait and killed many Kuwaitis during his all too long occupation of that nation eventually liberated by a coalition of the willing or some such nonsense. It was the United States and Western allies who did the major fighting. Egypt? They would not be welcome there as they are considered to be not all that different than the Arabs in Gaza which currently are causing Egypt headaches and security risks. Simply stated, the rest of the Arab world had forsaken the Palestinians because they have been turned into viscous murderers largely and their school system teaches only hatred and violent jihad which would only cause whatever nation and its government heartache and revolts and little else. The Palestinian Arabs have been trained for the past twenty years plus to murder Jews and demand special favor and act in as anti-social a manner as any peoples could imagine. They are bred on discontent and the destructive actions which bring only hardship upon their own people as they must be all but quarantined from the rest of the society which might actually desire to live productive lives free of senseless violence. This can be witnessed by visiting one of the many companies and manufacturers the European Union just voted to label their products in a move they hope will result in lost sales and income which will only hurt the very Palestinian Arab people they claim to be aiding but who work side by side with Jews in these companies and many of these Arabs are managers and have positions with Jewish workers under their direction with no friction and great cooperation, the way it would be without the instigators. But this was the hope of not just the Soviet Union when this plan was hatched but also the darling of the Arab and much of the Muslim worlds as they demand that the land of Israel be denied all but the Muslim Arabs who once held it under Suleiman and under the Caliphate and then the Ottoman Empire thus cannot be permitted to be lost to any other peoples to rule. The Jews must be made to respect their Islamic betters and be subservient Dhimmi and accept their abasement and degradations which are to be heaped upon them until they accept servitude and being a class beneath full humanity. The choice the Arabs demand of the world is either Israel or the Arabs rule and until the Jews are brought down the Arabs will rise against them. In the end, as we have stated before, in the end there can be only one. For as long as Israel can stand, that one will be the Jews protecting and defending the lands promised Abraham, guaranteed by the League of Nations, the British Crown, the United Nations and International Law. Those are the realities and the truths which anyone who studies the history is fully aware, but too many are frightened to stand with Israel as that might make them a larger target for terrorism though not standing with Israel has not prevented terrorism either. The world can line up with whichever side they wish, for us, we choose Israel.

 

 

Wailing Wall with Soft Pale Blue Star of David Writ Large

Wailing Wall with Soft Pale Blue Star of David Writ Large

 

 

Beyond the Cusp

 

November 1, 2015

The Family that is Israel

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Friday was a special day as we had family come and visit us making the long trek from southern Israel almost to the northern border where the train tracks end and go no further. We had a slow lunch enjoying good company and pleasant conversation enabled by somewhat relaxed service as the place was crowded and the kitchen was probably a place of ordered confusion. But the leisurely service mostly passed notice as we were lost in conversation with my cousin playing the role of translator since she is fluent in a number of languages, or at least in Hebrew and English, which was all that was required. We also took a strolling paced walk to the shuk and they got some fruits and such for their Shabbat and then had to make the trip home so as to arrive before sunset. This visit made me all the more aware of family and the warmth and closeness one can feel when in their company. There is a serenity mixed with enthusiasm and excitement making for a cacophony of emotions which blend making even diametric opposite coexist in a smooth and yielding blend satisfying the soul. This completeness felt from the all too short, as such pleasantries are always too short, time we were enjoying being together also leaves a lingering warmth and joy that makes one aware of other such relations some of which opens one’s eyes to things which otherwise are missed or simply taken for granted.

 

The next Morning, Shabbat morning, I started my trip, a short walk for most but a strenuous traversal which requires a few rest stops at spots now memorized as suitable, to attend services at the synagogue where my Torah Shiur Rabbi presides and leads the Shabbat service after the initial prayers have been chanted and leading to and performing the reading of the Torah and Haftorah. As my wanderings take me past a few other synagogues and there are other worshippers whose paths cross, we often wish one another a polite, and oft friendly, “Shabbat Shalom” and almost always dotted with a warm smile and a brightened countenance from the exchange. But this was but my initial realization that my view may have changed and become brighter, more optimistic and hopeful. The realization and recognition of this transition came upon my arrival slightly before services were to start as I require that I leave some extra time just in case my strolling pace is less efficient than normal, not to imply my walking speed approaches normal. This cemented the realization that in Israel we really are a family just as Torah teaches.

 

The Synagogue I attend may be graced with a Rabbi who speaks both Hebrew and English but for the large part the congregation speaks only Hebrew. Still, despite our language differences the other congregants treat me with warmth and friendship which came home more today as I was sensitized to see and realize the acceptance which has greeted me honestly from the first service I did partake of a Shabbat morning services there. This got me to thinking and realizing the many people who have become like friends at the various stores where we shop. In every store there are those who have taken the initiative to befriend us and make our lives so much easier and, better yet, warmer. Without these friends our lives would be more difficult, not impossible, but more difficult and far more cold. The difficulty would be overcome with technology, cellphone translation software and the fact that money honestly makes people desire to understand you and for more so in a town with mostly smaller family run stores. But even technology has its limits and life would be far less enjoyable without these wonderful people. Yes, there have been exceptions but even some, if not most, of these more difficult people have come around with time and their realization that we have made Aliyah and truly are here to stay. These people have become our extended family. These people we meet in our weekly ritual of shopping are but one family but there are others.

 

There have been developed groups within the Anglo communities which provide social, religious and study groups which add much to enrich the lives of us from the Anglosphere who have made Aliyah to our little corner of Israel. There are Torah study groups, social events around the Jewish holidays, expeditions to the near countless historic and religious sites which exist throughout Israel and other events which are simply for entertainment such as game nights. Much of this is possible as there are a fair number of Anglos who are retired or work via telecommuting thus giving them the time to shift work around events. But the reality is that despite many of us coming from many completely different backgrounds, completely disparate locations both within the separate nations as well as around the globe as the tentacles of the British Empire reaches into the farthest corners of the planet. The camaraderie is unlike anything I have ever experienced even in other Jewish communities. Probably the closest to the trust, cooperation, acceptance and mutual respect I have found in Israel was the camaraderie in my infantry platoon in the military and even there it was not as universal nor was it as close as the feelings and friendships I have found here. The mutual relations amongst our Anglo community are, as one might expect, made all the more obvious by the brightening of each other’s faces when we run into one another in unexpected meetings during our daily travels. The same bright eyed and extra bounce in their step is evident with those who have befriended my wife and I in the locations where we stop and despite the claim that most Israelis do not know how to treat people, customers, the many people we have met have gone to great extents to provide any and all assistance we have ever needed. But it goes further as even when we run into a problem in a store while shopping and there is no one we know to assist, often out of the blue a customer steps up, often a stranger and other times somebody we barely know, such as somebody we have interacted with during other completely unconnected matters, will step forward and take as long as required to make sure that every and anything required has been done to take care of whatever the problem or requirement you needed. Sometimes this even has the effect of the store or wherever you are, going the extra step and finding what it is you requested even after initially believing they had none in stock, a very surprising but not actually all that unusual case, just was not the reputation of the particular instance we recently experienced.

 

The ultimate test of a society is how they react when a person appears distressed, especially somebody they do not know and likely may not have even ever crossed paths. Suffering, as I do from a disability which often limits my ability to walk distances which are embarrassingly short on my worst days that I often end up sitting on low walls or the benches at bus stops and around town, of which there are numerous as this is a resort location, and I am usually breathing rather hard and sweat rather profusely partially from physical exertion and additionally likely due to the cocktail mix of medications physicians assure us are required for our betterment as they will place our blood tests and other medical tests within their preferred ranges. Needless to say, I make quite a site at times when I am out and around and more often than I may be completely comfortable though I am very appreciative and would probably be more ill at ease if things were the opposite and everybody just passed a person in distress by without any concerns sufficient to stop and offer to help. These good citizens will even seek the assist from another to work as a translator just to make sure you are not in need of medical or other assistance. This would have been a real rarity before I made Aliyah as my limitations are far from something new and I had sufficient opportunities to test the situation before reaching Israel.

 

Many of you are probably wondering if I have lost my mind or is there something towards which I am working and you would be correct. As many of us have been reading here there has been a steadily increasing levels of violence with stabbings, vehicular assaults, rock attacks, Temple Mount rioting replete with assaults on the police and some shootings as well. Further, there have been calls from Hamas for Arabs to start using poison on their knives as well as to start utilizing homicidal suicide bombings. The idea behind the terror assaults, the rocket attacks and every other form of attacks against Israeli citizens and the IDF are intended to accomplish two things, first to chase the Jews out and destroy Israel or second to murder every Jews thus destroying Israel. There is absolutely no desire to actually form an Arab nation called Palestine unless it replaces Israel after which Fatah and Hamas allied with Islamic Jihad will fight to see who gets to rule on their state founded on the corpses of the six-million plus Jews living between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean Sea. Interestingly enough it often appears that the Europeans and the United States State Department and others from all over the globe, as indicated when the General Assembly voted to accord an Arab state of Palestine non-Member Observer State status in the United Nations with one-hundred-thirty-eight in favor and nine against which were Canada, Czech Republic, Israel, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Nauru, Panama, Palau, United States and with forty-one nations abstaining. One-hundred-thirty-eight nations decided to recognize an Arab state which has refused to accept any offer for a state from the initial offer in 1948 to have the lands divided evenly between Israel and an Arab state, and again including a series of times during the last weeks of the Clinton Administration while President Willian Jefferson Clinton worked with Israeli Prime Minister Olmert offering over ninety percent of Judea and Samaria with the remainder covered through land swaps as well as all of Eastern Jerusalem including all of the Old City and the Temple Mount even to include the Western Wall and the plaza before it where Jews currently pray as close as possible to the location of the Holy First and Second Temples on the Temple Mount. Then there was the nineteen years when the lands were occupied by Jordan in Judea and Samaria and Egypt in Gaza when there was no desires, claims, votes at the United Nations or calls about occupation over the presence of Jordan and Egypt in the lands now being recognized by the United Nations as an independent nation with overwhelming accordance.

 

The reason which will stop the aims of Fatah, PA, Hamas, Islamic Jihad and the PLO plus additionally Iran and the Islamic State who have also expressed their desire to destroy the Jewish State of Israel, or the Zionist Entity if one listens to their propaganda, is this family feelings between the majority of Israelis and particularly within the religious Zionist community which has been and continues to gain new adherents every day. Even in Israel there are those in the political classes who are attempting to take whatever they can to prevent the eventual surge in the religious Zionist camp from coming to the forefront and take control of the Knesset and the office of Prime Minister. What has been holding these groups back have been efforts to subvert their rising power in the right wing parties, a conflict here in Israel which might come close to the same resurgence in the United States of religious right in the Republican Party. It is just with the political zoo of parties in Israel such subversion is sometimes accomplished by some being driven by the old party power structures while others are lost through the foolish rivalries within this community which in too many cases are due to differences too insignificant for many to even understand. But politics are the same across the world and often make little sense to the average person but apparently are humongous in the political realms. Politics aside, in the real world within Israel, as best as I have been able to discern, there is an attitude which bodes well for the future and the taking on the challenges no matter what the world might try to throw our way. It took close to two-thousand years for the Jewish People to return to our ancient homeland making Israel the first nation to return into existence from exile twice (thrice if the four-hundred years of slavery in Egypt) and one of the few peoples to keep their original language and genetic integrity while in such an extended existence spread over as many differing nations as was the case of the Jewish People. This was extremely well worded in a recent article we read where it was simply stated,

 

“Israel, rooted in the Jewish people as an Abrahamic people, is a prototypical First Nation or aboriginal people, just as the Jewish religion is a prototypical aboriginal religion, the first of the Abrahamic religions. In a word, the Jewish people is the only people that still inhabits the same land, embraces the same religion, studies the same Torah, hearkens to the same prophets, speaks the same aboriginal language – Hebrew – and bears the same aboriginal name, Israel, as it did 3,500 years ago.”

 

The central congealing, central, and treasured truth which held these numerous communities was Torah. Torah cemented our history. Torah preserved our language (even if many of us have yet to remaster our ancient language, the language from where the first two letters, Aleph and Bet gave the English language the word ‘alphabet’). Torah retained our laws. Torah safeguarded our covenant with Hashem reminding us of our special responsibility to work the lands of Eretz Yisroel. Torah gave us hope during the darkest hours. Torah also challenged us through the ages to be better people despite the events which were often collapsing around us. Torah taught us the importance of reading and study. And Torah steeled us to remember our roots in Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, the Exodus with Moses and the entirety of our history and some of the wisest and most sagely rules and advice on life, relations and virtually any situation we might encounter in life. It was the Ten Commandments and the rules establishing moral codes establishing the basis for Judeo-Christian society and the teachings of Psalms and Proverbs which filled out the basis for conscience and morality when most of the world still worshipped idols sacrificing children and others before great stone edifices.

 

 

Ten Commandments Arranged in Hebrew Reading from Right to Left with English Translations Underneath the Hebrew

Ten Commandments
Arranged in Hebrew
Reading from Right to Left
with English Translations
Underneath the Hebrew

 

Much of the basis for a just society was everything opposed by the Nazis as evidenced in this song sung by the Hitler Youth;

“We are the joyous Hitler youth
We do not need any Christian virtue
Our leader is our savior
The Pope and Rabbi shall be gone
We want to be pagans once again.”

That about says it all and many in the Arab Palestinian leadership and the leaders in Iran and other Arab and Muslim nations, terror groups, Islamic religious organizations such as the Muslim Brotherhood and the anti-Semites, anti-Israel and anti-Zionists such as the leaders and members of the Islamic State all share an admiration for Hitler’s and the Nazis’ stand on exterminating the Jews with a special note for perhaps one of the main influences to inculcate these thoughts and concepts into Islamic and especially Arab Palestinian thought was the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem Haj Amin al-Hussein, the man who mentored Yasser Arafat and had a great deal of influence on Mahmoud Abbas who all dream of causing another Shoah, another Holocaust while a number which includes some of the Iranian leaders, other Arab and Muslim leaders both political and religious, as well as some like Mahmoud Abbas whose doctoral thesis revolved around a version of Holocaust denial. A few final thoughts which need telling, the Arab Palestinians are being fed lies about their state being denied them by the Jews in Israel as it is their leadership which will only accept replacing a destroyed Israel and placing their nation on the corpses of six-million plus Jews and the people, especially those being forced to remain in refugee camps are all being denied basic human rights by the Arabs who refuse to assist their brethren as they would hurt and impose hardship on generation after generation in the hope these refugees descendants will be permitted to flood Israel and vote their subjugation of all the Israeli Jews when they elect the leader who will surrender the lands to the Arab Palestinian state ending any two state solution making all the land between the Jordan River and the Sea one Arab nation and the Jews in Israel stand ready to enforce their idea which is summed up in a single concept, “Never Again!” As we actually are a family whose tree dates back to Abraham and Sarah over four thousand years ago, and yes such things matter and they matter to our family greatly.

 

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October 6, 2015

How to Measure the Arab War on Israel and Beyond

 

The easiest summation of intent is vocalized every Friday in the waning hours of the afternoon in Tehran and Qom, Esfahan and Bam, Shiraz and Tabriz, Mashhad and Yazd, Zahedan and Ali-Sadr when after their deep devotion sworn to Allah said in their Mosques they gather together after their prayers and as a community chant “Death to Israel” over and over and over and along with their Death to Israel, no demonstration would be complete without the accompanying “Death to America” chanted right alongside; but that is just something they chant and has no actual intent in their words, none at all as the media has quoted their leaders promising the leaders of the United States they mean them no actual harm, it is just an exercise. Unfortunately there have been no such reassurances given to Prime Minister Netanyahu or any MK in the Knesset, not even MK Tibi or MK Zoabi who one would think they might be somewhat more attuned to as they are both Arabs and anti-Zionists, but no assurances at this end. But Iran is not a problem because President Obama has addressed the possible nuclear weapons program with an inspired deal which will bring results far beyond anything his skeptics claim are the shortcomings. That will be then and I am more concerned with the now, so let the Iran deal sort itself out and allow the United States and the American electorate elect people in the upcoming 2016 election who might actually know about foreign policy and have a cogent and coherent plan and a Congress which will back that vision; until then let us address that now which I am more concerned about.

 

For those who are my regular readers please bear with me a moment as I review some of the things we’ve discussed this past few weeks and months. There has been a slow and steady ramping of the levels and severity of terror attacks by Arabs that the media refers to as Palestinians in the Judea, Samaria, Benyamin, East Jerusalem, Old City and let us not forget the only violence the media has cared or even bothered to report on, the Temple Mount, though their coverage has been slanted in one of the most ingenious and perverse manner possible making the victims the cause and the violent agitators the unfortunate victims with no choice beyond the route they have taken, something we will try and clarify to some extent but there are more dangerous and vitally important messages which need to be communicated as the mainstream media refuses to report the entire news. The latest development this past week was the declaration made at the United Nations by Mahmoud Abbas the day before the “Palestinian Flag” was added to the national flags raised in the front of the United Nations, the world’s highest legal body, declared that the Palestinian Authority was no longer obliged to follow or be restricted or concerned with the Oslo Accords. He then challenged the world to gift him the independent state he was all but declaring with the boundaries he will never spell out so publically but would lead to a defenseless Israel or a completely replaced Israel with the world signing off. The truth of his denial of being covered or under the obligations of the Oslo Accords may have a number of ramifications that I am hopeful there are those in the world willing to enforce the real situation of Abbas walking away from any obligations and giving up any coverage by abrogating Oslo Accords. As far as the United Nations taking any action, forget about it. The Security Council has more than sufficient veto wielding members which will desire to protect their long history of investing in Yasser Arafat and after him Mahmoud Abbas to permit anything to interfere with their influence and “friend” in the Middle East just to protect Israel, the one and only Jewish State. And as far as the General Assembly is concerned, which has in the past five years censured or condemned Israel with its own votes or the votes of its many tendrils, with the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) is beyond all others in these efforts; they have not even considered anything against Syria, Iran, Sudan, Libya, Saudi Arabia, North Korea, China and Russia combined. Well, so much for the objectivity of the United Nations and its tendrils.

 

This makes the declaration of the Palestinian Authority into existence no longer valid and the entity of the Fatah Party as nothing more than a fascinating concept used by the Oslo Accords to give the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) a political cloak of respectability and incorporated this entity as the ruling political entity in the forming of the Palestinian Authority. Finally, without the Oslo Accords there is no Palestinian Authority, no Fatah, and the PLO is now also no longer a protected and scrubbed entity and has returned to being nothing beyond what it always was, a terrorist organization, nothing less. Since this declaration of the intent to return to their terrorist past and no longer hiding behind the Oslo Accord cloak of approval there was the murder in cold blood with automatic weapons and handguns peppering the bodies of Eitam Naama Henkin with their four youngest children in the backseat witnessing the entire blood sacrifice by two Arab Palestinians who then fled into a neighboring Arab community with authorities tracking down those responsible. A witness spoke of the father riddled with bullets managing to get out of the car and open the rear door and telling his children to run before collapsing. The children aged four, seven and nine years were taken into another Israelis car and informed them of their youngest four months was still in the vehicle and they retrieved the final child.

 

Over this weekend there were a number of rock throwing, Molotov cocktails, fireworks fired, shootings, stabbings and other assaults too numerous to count with at least four deaths in the past week and this is just the opening few days of the final intifada which was actually declared and instigated some time back, when exactly cannot be set as it is a ramping of violence until Israel will respond and then there will be the cries of disproportional force by Israel. Well, what exactly was the situation with two young parents with a car full of young children when facing murderers with assault rifles and handguns, the stabbing victims who were unarmed and all the other victims for the past years when facing terrorists unarmed, or facing unruly mobs screaming and even striking, kicking, cursing, spiting and other insults and if they react at all the security on the Temple Mount arrests the Jews as the Jordanian Waqf has jurisdiction over the Temple Mount and they have declared that no Arab can ever commit a crime on the Temple Mount and every Jews setting foot on the Temple Mount is to be considered a criminal just because of their presence. The days after the Eitam Naama Henkin were murdered there was great commotions with dancing, candies handed out, singing and shooting rounds into the air in numerous Arab neighborhoods in East Jerusalem and the Palestinian areas celebrating their brave warriors and their glorious victory in their hard won fight against two unarmed Israelis as even unarmed an Israeli must be that much of a threat that they need to be shot multiple times simply driving home after visiting friends.

 

It is obvious even to the most casual of observers that Mahmoud Abbas used his address at the General Assembly to openly declare open warfare against Israel. The ensuing week has produced sufficient carnage and escalated violence to prove that a declaration of war was exactly what Abbas intended and is the reality Israel is facing, open warfare. Mahmoud Abbas might believe that now is the best time to attempt to ramp up confrontations with Israel as Europe will probably not be all that attentive as they are facing their own Arab refugee problem with thousands upon thousands of refugees flocking across the face of Europe and attempting to find their golden spot to settle in and enjoy all the benefits that European Socialism has to offer. The one thing which will be in the Arabs favor is that, by all appearances, Prime Minister Netanyahu appears to be overly sensitive when it comes to potentially ending up on the wrong side of President Obama and Israel defending themselves from Arab violence seems to aggravate President Obama. Perhaps Prime Minister Netanyahu should write a song of woe using the words “Rifle shots to the east of us, Rockets to the West and we’re stuck in the middle without you.” I doubt even with a song and a dance Prime Minister Netanyahu could get President Obama to sign on to any act that Israel might choose to utilize to address the heightened violence from the PLO in the east and the increasing rockets being launched from Gaza in the West.

 

On the other hand, this might be the perfect time for Abbas to declare war on Israel before problems get too heated in Europe as the invasion begins to explode in their faces and they start experiencing the problems which are sure to arise when the refugees realize that Europe will not be providing the panacea of privileges and support long term for them and start expecting the refugees to normalize themselves into the society. This will run afoul once the instigators who have been injected into the ranks intermingled with the refugees and what their numbers are is a complete mystery. Islamic State has announced that they intended to inject some of their own ranks to infiltrate Europe and who knows how many IRGC, Hezballah or other terror entities as this is probably the greatest opportunity as much of Europe has opened their borders or have been less than effective in keeping the refugees out of their borders, well, with a few choice exceptions who are being scolded by those nations with the open borders. It is almost like they are demanding to share the threats and misery which will result from this influx of refugees, especially when it becomes proven beyond any doubt that many of the refugees are not from Syria.

 

The last theory is that the Arab Palestinians are actually timing their ramping from all across Judea, Samaria, Benyamin and Jerusalem from the east with the PLO terrorists while Hamas and Islamic Jihad are escalating their rocket attacks from the west potentially in concert with directives from Iran so as to present Israel with sufficient problems while the infiltrators injected in with the refugees in order to conduct terrorist activities or even to lay wait for further instructions possibly to instigate down the road should the refugees not adjust or European hospitality not quite live up to expectations, something already occurring at some borders such as Hungary and a few other mostly eastern European nations which were originally behind the Iron Curtain. Should terrorism continue to rise in Israel including the threats be carried out for more intentional firings across the Golan Heights into the norther Galilee once again turning the heights into a shooting gallery and potentially requiring the deployment of Iron Dome units in the north. This is being threatened by the IRGC and Hezballah as a means of internationalizing the Syrian debacle and also as an attempt to force other Arab or Muslim nations to support Bashir al-Assad as he will claim that of all the forces fighting in Syria only he and his allies are attempting to fight the real enemy, Israel. With the recent news that numbers of the older T-55 and T-72 tanks, at the least seventy-five, to Hezballah presumably to fight against the Islamic State but the real target we all know is for use against Israeli armor and infantry. Add to that the latest threats from Islamic Jihad to resume suicide murders using human bombs.

 

 

Russian Tank Being Gifted to Hezballah by Syria to be Received Seventy-Five T-55 and T-72 Tanks in the Next Few Weeks by Syria

 

Whatever happens across the world, which by all appearances has entered some alternate reality where common sense and any proportionality of problems has been skewed, it is targeting Israel, which is no surprise, but also targeting Europe and potentially the United States. As there is an abundance of refugees which will surpass the potential for Europe to have sufficient treasuries, infrastructure, housing, employment or other means of preventing the entirety of the refugees to simply settle down and live off the social safety net, a system which has served as the last ditch funding for those Europeans who have hit the hardest of times, and was not designed to accommodate tens of thousands if not hundreds of thousands or even millions (that’s thousands of thousands) influx of destitute refugees. The stretching of European goodwill beyond the breaking point is likely to place Europe into an economic death spiral and sending the excess thousands or even millions to the United States will only exacerbate the problem by targeting another nation with the same social overload crisis. That leaves the question as to what will the Europeans do should the refugees become ungrateful and demand more or threaten violence which can only be pushed back for a brief period because acquiescing will only be seen as a weakness which will entice the rabble-rousers to demand more and more until they cross a line which should have never been approached and the Europeans decide it is time for the refugees to head eastward and find some accommodating Islamic nation to house them or face the wrath of a Europe stung once again leading to a greater conflagration. Once Europe explodes nobody will care what Israel must do and that is why Abbas may have had bad timing but had no choice as well. The immediate future will be reported as the caring and great Christian heart, or socialist dream being realized by all, and in a period of time the reporting will become more edgy eventually leading to reporting violence and a growing inflammation spreading across Europe aimed at the refugees demanding they return to their native lands or else, and never question a European about or else as they invented the Inquisition and specialize in World Wars. Irritating Europe has always ended poorly for all involved and with the current state of weaponry the world may not survive another world at war, honest.

 

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