Beyond the Cusp

May 17, 2015

Israel Under the Gun as World Tightens Trigger

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There are numerous fronts where Israel is under assault and all threaten the legitimacy of Israeli claims to lands defined as belonging to the Jewish State by International Law. Yes, we’re back to the San Remo Conference and Treaty and the legitimacy of its contents accepted by the world by means of Article 80 of the United Nations Charter. The sole means by which any lands are to be removed from the official boundaries of the State of Israel stretching from the Mediterranean Sea to the Jordan River is by treaty made, approved and signed by Israel. The Oslo Accords demanded discussion to forming a Palestinian entity within these lands and were to be terminated by the year 2000. It was in the year 2000 when Israel made her most generous offer through efforts extended by United States President William Jefferson Clinton which included almost 95% of Judea and Samaria (West Bank) and Eastern Jerusalem as its Capital City. This was the effort which Yasser Arafat declined even to make a counter offer and stalked out of the talks in Paris and continued refusing entreaties made at Taba, Egypt January21, 2001 to January 27, 2001 as President Clinton, with complete cooperation and willingness from Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak to concede to virtually any compromise required to make a peace deal, made final proffers. All advances and offerings were left refused without even the slightest hint regarding what made the proposed deals unworkable and with Israeli elections were coming the final tender was communicated on January 27, 2001 with an addendum that this was the final opportunity to reach an agreement and still only silence from the Palestinians.


This lack of acceptance will forever be contemplated seeking any logical reason for Yasser Arafat’s refusal of an offer which met every last demand, which included the eastern half of Jerusalem along with 95% of the ‘West Bank’ lands and all of Gaza, Arafat had demanded for him to accept such a deal in his private meeting with United States President Clinton, which eventually brought forth the offer to meet every demand expressed to President Clinton granted grudgingly, but full hopes for the promised final peace agreement by Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak. If ever a deal was to be made, this would have been the best moment and greatest offer but Yasser Arafat had to refuse this deal or any deal which did not also include the remainder of the lands between the River and the Sea, that is Jordan River to the Mediterranean Sea, as that is the actual claim of the so-called ‘Palestinian’ the actual and only acceptable claim for their imaginary land of ‘Palestine’, as accepting anything less as the final deal will always be unacceptable. The only manner in which even a deal which is backed by the rest of the planet Earth and all the leaders within including the entirety of the expressed demands for two States for two Peoples living side by side in peace and security would be accepted is if the offer is interpreted by the Palestinian leadership as an accord and not necessarily the final peace allowing for the Palestinians to continue their war of attrition through the use of terrorism and subterfuge towards their final desires of all of Palestine from the River to the Sea, exactly as chanted endlessly by their advocates and provocateurs on college and university campuses across the Western World. Now the world in its numerous formations and connivances is collectively working to force the demarcation of a State of Palestine by force upon Israel without the inconvenience of an actual treaty ending the violence, assaults and provocations by the Arab Palestinians or resolving once and for all the demands for the liberation of the remainder of the land of Israel by Arab Palestinian terrorist and political intrigues and subversions.


The first real and cast in cement, not quite stone, was the refusal to issue a birth certificate for Ari Z. Zivotofsky and Naomi Siegman for their son, Menachem Binyamin, to have his passport, United States birth certificate and other documents requested from the State Department to show Israel as his country of birth as he was born in Jerusalem’s Shaare Zedek hospital in western Jerusalem. The United States Department of State current policy requires that Menachem Binyamin’s and any other children’s passports and Consular Reports of Birth Abroad (equivalent of a birth certificate) only show that their place of birth as Jerusalem without any mention or denotation of nation so as not to imply that United States policy has changed in regards to the final claims to the city of Jerusalem. So now the United States Department of State does not recognize Western Jerusalem as part of Israel but rather as contested lands. First step in the assault on Israel and the eventual dissolution of the entirety of the Jewish State, a desire the State Department has advised and remained as their policy that Israel not be treated as an actual State, and actual nation replete with the normative respects and treatments legal and otherwise as granted every other nation. All of this controversy despite law passed in 2002 by Congress and signed into law by President George W. Bush providing for children born in Jerusalem and being United States citizens by birth to have their birth listed Israel as their birthplace; what could be more obvious and simple.


This Sunday, May 18, 2015, Pope Francis will canonize four nuns who include Sister Maria Baouardy and Sister Mary Alphonsine Danil as well as the 19th-century nuns Sister Jeanne Emilie de Villeneuve, from France, and Sister Maria Cristina dell’Immacolata of Italy. Sister Maria Baouardy and Sister Mary Alphonsine Danil Ghattas will be canonized denoting them as being the first Palestinians to be so honored. This is only the first of the official offences to Israel coming from the Vatican this weekend. Already Pope Frances has met with Mahmoud Abbas referencing Abbas as being an “angel of peace” during the traditional exchange of gifts at the end of an official audience in the Apostolic Palace. This is far from the first slight by this Pope. Pope Francis on his first trip to the region met first with Mahmoud Abbas in Bethlehem making numerous complimentary statements toward Abbas and the Arab Palestinians which was followed by a processions by Pope Francis with an ‘unplanned,’ ‘unscripted’ and ‘completely random’ stop to pray and contemplate for peace standing before a section of the security barrier which was adorned with graffiti which compared Bethlehem with the Warsaw Ghetto, called for Palestine to be Free and various other similar references arranged in such a manner that a central space was left clear as if planned for somebody to stand in that exact spot for a photo shoot, how unbelievable fortunate this random choice came to fruition. Pope Francis presented Mahmoud Abbas with a medallion explaining that it represented the “angel of peace destroying the bad spirit of war.” Now the Pope will make saints out of two nuns presenting them as having lived in the state of Palestine despite the truth that they resided and worked in the Province of Greater Syria within the Ottoman Empire and not in any pretend state of Palestine. To make reference to Palestine, Israel, Jordan or Lebanon during this period is simply theater of the absurd. But when have such small inconveniences such as reality and facts gotten in the way of making reference to the Palestinians and their claims against Israel ever caused the slightest of difficulties. Had the Pope really have desired to make reference to any form of Palestine he might have chosen to Canonize as saints some figures from the period when Emperor Hadrian of the Roman Empire renamed all of the “Provincia Judaea” as “Provincia Syria Palaestina” which is far closer to Palestine and did occur during the time of the early Christians though it was slightly before the birth of actual Catholicism. The final slight it has been announced that Pope Francis will be making a treaty with the State of Palestine. The Vatican announced this past week that the final touches were being applied to an accord summarizing the Catholic Church and its life and its activities in Palestine which “will be submitted to the respective authorities for approval ahead of setting a date in the near-future for the signing.”


Perhaps a brief summary of the lives of Sister Maria Baouardy and Sister Mary Alphonsine Danil Ghattas is in order. Sister Maria Baouardy received her beatification by St. John Paul II in 1983. She was born into the Melchite Greek Catholic Church in 1846, in a village near Nazareth in the Province of Syria within the Ottoman Empire. Sister Baouardy went on to join the Carmel of Pau in France and was subsequently assigned to India where she founded several convents, before retiring to Bethlehem where she died in 1878. This was quite an accomplishment as she was an illiterate which must have presented Sister Baouardy with great challenges. The Vatican has noted that Sister Baouardy “experienced many sufferings together with extraordinary mystic phenomena” from an early age. Sister Mary Alphonsine Danil Ghattas led a somewhat less travelled life being born in Jerusalem in 1843; she entered the Congregation of the Sisters of St. Joseph of the Apparition at the age of fifteen. Sister Ghattas subsequently founded the Congregation of Sisters of the Most Holy Rosary of Jerusalem where she “worked tirelessly to help young people and Christian mothers,” according to statements from the Vatican.


In the United Nations Security Council the French delegates will be presenting for consideration a resolution setting the borders for a Palestinian State using the pre Six Day War in June of 1967 boundaries, also called the Green Line, with mutually agreed swaps and to designate Jerusalem as the capital of both Israel and a Palestinian state, a dangerous wording if there ever was one. By making any exchange of territories subject to mutual agreement all Mahmoud Abbas need do is meet every proposal for an exchange of lands and amending the borders with the same silence utilized so efficiently to avoid making any nature of agreement to force Israel to abandon even the main settlement blocks and repatriate almost one million Israelis taking them in homeless and also probably unemployed should they have also worked in their neighborhood or region close to their residence. This would place a financial burden upon Israel which would take decades to recover from and place a hardship beyond measure of the entirety of Israel, but that only makes such a refusal all the more tantalizing. Responding to the information of the French resolution Abbas stated during a Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO), “We do not need more decisions that then fail to be implemented. It is known that we have 12 resolutions passed by the Security Council, including resolutions endorsed by America, but despite these calls for de-colonization no progress has been made.” He of course failed to mention why no progress has been made as that would have also meant his taking responsibility for the failure of progress due to his intransigence and refusal to accept any agreement which does not include the replacement of Israel, all of Israel from the River to the Sea, by Palestine and for that area to be voided of any Jewish presence. This is the small truth that has been ignored and will continue to be ignored as it does not fit the agenda that Israel is the impediment to peace. Anything which contradicts the ‘it is all Israel’s fault’ line of reasoning originally endorsed and forwarded for the world to adopt by the Europeans and passively accepted by the United States, especially the State Department, and definitely adopted by the Arab League has made Mahmoud Abbas using the silent treatment and refusal to sign any agreement and also never present in a formal proposal what would be acceptable and gain his signature while permitting the world to assume he merely desires the ‘pre 67 lines with East Jerusalem as its Capital’ when he desires exactly the same as his predecessor Yasser Arafat, the desire of Palestine replacing all of Israel with all its Jews removed or resolved by whatever means prove necessary including another holocaust style genocide. Abbas will gladly and silently allow for the French resolution be applied and forced upon Israel as by refusing to respond to all Israeli entreats he knows the world will force Israel to meet what they believe falsely is exactly what Abbas has agreed with.


This agreement they put so much faith in has been fashioned without ever receiving Abbas’s signature or even a whisper of compliance or agreement. They have received his smiling façade which he puts on as part of his suit and tie, the face for the Westerners is understood by every Arab Palestinian as it is not his revolutionary face which they see when he claims that ‘from the River to the Sea Palestine must be free’ and every denunciation of the Jews and how the Israelis will foolishly fall before the requests that he allows the rest of the world to enforce despite his actual statements to Arab audiences as it is impossible to translate Arabic to English and get an accurate translation. Abbas calls for the end of Israel and the death of the Jews in Arabic and the West translates it to match the United States Department of State official translation which reads, ‘Abbas, the great maker of peace, desires minimal amounts from Israel, just the slightest of sacrifice, just the West Bank and East Jerusalem, nothing more and accommodating swaps of land he has said nothing against such things.’ There is truth in their translation when they claim that Abbas has said nothing officially to them against such an agreement, they ignore that he has actually said nothing, nothing for, nothing against, nothing at all. There is no agreement when one side refuses to even grant an answer as to whether or not they will sign such a treaty. But that is where this United Nations Security Council is such a gift to Abbas, it demands Israel to meet the demands of the Western Nations and their belief of what constitutes a fair resolution to the problem, never does it claim to have the agreement from the Arabs, especially Abbas, it just claims that Israel must sacrifice for peace. Abbas has never promised peace, he has only promised misery. His promise is for misery when possible for Israel through the coopting of the Western weakness to stand up to his aggressions and misery for the Arab Palestinians because of the corruption and kleptocrats who feed and gorge themselves on Western monies which they send millions upon millions and even now billions and trillions. They blame Israel because the trillions they have granted to Gaza has not rebuilt or built replacement housing ignoring that almost all the concrete and rebar and other building materials have been confiscated and utilized to rebuild the tunnels even better, deeper, larger, many more in numbers and reaching further under Israel readying for the war this summer which will bring Hamas and Islamic Jihad more supplies for even more and deeper tunnels eventually reaching the depths of, well, you know.


What will the West do when the forces under ISIS take over the terror state in Gaza as they have sworn to be their primary responsibility for their forces in the Sinai Peninsula? Will the trillion of Euros and Dollars continue to flow even to ISIS as long as they promise war and destruction on Israel? Of course the funds will flow and attacks upon Israeli civilians including women, children and the elderly and all in between, both Jewish and Arab, Christian and Muslim, any who reside within Israel are legitimate targets. Will such matter or will they ignore to whom the trillion to rebuild the terror infrastructure continues while the attention is on forcing Israel out of Judea and Samaria and Eastern Jerusalem. Never mind that this places the holiest places in all of Judaism outside of the reach of Jewish prayers and they will be too far to see the Jewish tears but they will in the still moments harken to the Jewish sobbings and lamentations as they have always heard and in time there will be an answer and Israel will be able to rejoice the coming of the Mashiach (Messiah), the restoration which His coming promises and the final coming of the Mashiach will bring peace, lasting peace for as long as we can foresee into the future. But those thoughts are the highest of hopes of which we know not their timing. We can pray and attempt to deserve the Mashiach, but we have no way of foreseeing or bringing about this deliverance, His deliverance. Unlike what the Ayatollahs claim they can do which will bring their messiah, by creating a world of conflict where all the cities burn and all peoples suffer the depredations and chaos of all-out war across the entirety of mankind, that is their desire and why they have the need for nuclear weapons, to make the world burn. That is also the aim of Hamas and ISIS and too many others who promise a world in flames on their way to world domination. The desire to rule the world did not die with the Romans, nor did it die with the end of the Crusades or the Ottoman conquest. The desire to rule the world is alive and thriving across much of the Arab world and in Asia and Russia. There may be others who so aspire but the Western world believes such desire has died simply because they have reached the reformation that amongst all its beliefs includes that the destruction accompanying the desire to rule the world makes such undesirable if not also impossible as the weapons required would destroy the world making ruling it a pyrrhic victory.


Beyond the Cusp


May 14, 2015

When Polls Lie and Deceive What to Believe


In the last three major elections in the democrat and republican electing world the polls were as misleading as one could imagine. Not only did they get it wrong, it appeared that their polling was just as corrupted as their reporting. In this last election in the United States the polls predicted minor gains for the Republicans in Congress but with the Democrats probably retaining a slight majority in the United States Senate. The Republicans gained sufficient seats to rise to a dominating position in the Senate and further improved their position in the House of Representatives and as if that was not sufficient, the Republican Party also swept a number of State and local elections placing the party in a position of dominance unseen in decades. The liberal states of Massachusetts and Maryland elected Republican Governors despite their being the bluest of blue states.


In Israeli elections the polling and every indicator predicted that the Zionist Union, the marriage of the Labor Party with Tzipi Livni’s Hatnua Party, was going to sweep Prime Minister Netanyahu out of office. Further, it was predicted that with the aid of election specialists who had assisted in charting the course of the reelection of President Obama running a political operation called V2015 run by Obama election strategist Jeremy Bird and using the cryptic slogan of “Anyone but Bibi” was going to put in place an undefeatable election day tsunami sweeping the Zionist Union into power. Somehow Bibi Netanyahu won taking a commanding thirty seats beating the odds where the polling predicted the Zionist Union beating Netanyahu and the Likud twenty-six seats to a mere twenty-three seats. How could it have been polled so wrong such that the real results were Likud with Thirty and Zionist Union garnering twenty-four coming in a weak second. Again the polling was so wrong one could have thought they were blindsided by the actual results.


Finally there were the recent British elections where Ed Miliband and his Labour Party were supposed to sweep the Tories and David Cameron from office was also dead wrong with the conservative Tories and Cameron embarrassing the Labour Party so completely that Miliband resigned without bothering to wait for the broom to sweep him aside and replace him atop the Labour Party. This was simply the cherry atop the three layer cake with each layer sweeter than the previous as election results made lies out of the predictions by the pollsters. That begs the question as to how could they have gotten all three so completely wrong and should we believe anything we read about in polling.


There could be any number of reasons for the inaccuracy of polling from improper reading of the results leading to massaging the results in order to match the pollsters political preferences or that the media intentionally went with slanted polling data knowingly but fully believing that they had sufficient sway to bring about the results they desired simply by reporting the results they desired and willing them into existence. It is entirely possible that the methods utilized by the polling companies favored the liberal leftists over the right wing conservatives. One method of polling which had found produces such results is to utilize polling conducted by using land-line phone numbers during mainly daytime hours when the majority of the people who have jobs are working at those jobs and therefore are not home to take any polling calls, which is also why they use land-lines and not mobile, though even mobile polling would likely produce similar results just less skewed to the left. Then again, if people are anything like the folks I know then they only use their cell phones and only have a land-line because it came with the package they get their internet access or television cable and never give out that number thus never answer the land-lined knowing that the call is either a poll or telemarketer and either way undesired. But maybe the polling methodology was not to blame but the people themselves are the problem.


What if the people have been so beaten down by the seemingly endless efforts to force political correctness along with leftist propaganda down our throats using news reporting which is more electioneering or campaigning or simply editorial opinions wrapped up to appear like news coverage that the people react repeating the touch-words or positions constantly pushed upon them by a media which has completely turned to the left beyond any reason. People may have reached the point that they find it easier and less complicating for their lives to simply regurgitate the leftist mantras to avoid offending the sensibilities of anyone leftward-leaning within earshot who would immediately slowly turn in their direction and then questions by question slowly turn further until they are glaring directly at the malcontent who spoke words which are taken as offense and must be challenged until all descending conservative expression has been wiped from the public sphere. Where this may have silenced those conservatives who simply take the path of least resistance which in public discourse means not upsetting the leftist sloganeering policer of their immediate space, they cannot yet accompany everyone into the voting booth where everyone is free at last to vote their true mind and not be made to suffer the umbrage and wrath of the leftists in our midst. Perhaps that has so swept and crept its way into our lives that anytime other than within the safe confines of the voting booth we will simply become leftists for the duration while secretly voting our inner Churchill, Thatcher, Reagan, Jefferson, John Adams or Menachem Begin when the chips are to be cast, gathered and counted in order that our captains for the ship of state are selected.


Think about debates at work with associates or discussions with fellow congregants at our places of worship or wherever we toil, gather or socialize and my bet is there is at least one person in each of those settings whose stand is for Big Brother and makes sure any wrong-think is made sufficiently uncomfortable that fairly soon all but the lost causes simply speak the words our monitors desire to hear and keep our real thoughts happily dancing within our minds unmolested by the minders. There are also those few outliers who are true believers and speak their minds no matter who may add their names to a list of those to be watched, as many have made so many of such lists that one more will make little difference. These are the ones who can often give as good as they get. Only the few ever make friendship bonds with these people and if we should we often request they not reveal our true political kinship as we are amongst the quiet quiescence slumbering through life passing by semiconscious of the views expressed around us as there is nothing worth our fighting for as we still have the blessing of honest representation of our votes. Should we lose such honest accounting of the ballots then will we allow ourselves to be availed of out of our quiet accommodations and comforting silence and then hear us roar for when it comes to our votes we will not sleepwalk through such offense. There is much we can allow to pass as fact when we know it to be different, but the honest representation of our vote we draw the line and demand honest representation.


It is little wonder that those in the media can walk around claiming in all honestly that every person with whom they speak of such things all supported President Obama and thus it was an absolute impossibility that the President was reelected by so close a margin. These people are not delusional because they mean it when they claim that election results were completely skewed, opposed to the polling, and they are truly flabbergasted and personally destroyed that the Congress or Knesset or Parliament which was elected could have gone so wrong, as in their worlds their viewpoints are correct, good and the only honest result possible and the other side can only possibly win by deceit or trickery. We are all living more and more in small echo chambers where we hear little from the other side of political and social issues. Our bubbles are carefully chosen and seldom do we hear a disparaging word and our skies are not cloudy all day. Often we even go so far as to carefully choose from whence we receive our news so as to hear only those reports which inform us of how impossible it was that we lost an election or that the results were so much closer than they should have been. The most often heard reason for any loss in an election was simply that our side did not get the vote out and turnout favored the other side. There was a perfect such comment made after the recent midterm elections in the United States when President Obama actually had the nerve to claim, “To everyone who voted, I want you to know that I hear you. To the two-thirds of voters who chose not to participate in the process yesterday, I hear you too.” I likely could spend the rest of my life and never find somebody in high office who is so out of touch with reality that they would make such a statement. For your amusement, here is the comment straight from Obama’s mouth.





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May 9, 2015

Netanyahu Coalition is Ungovernable

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Prime Minister Netanyahu was able to form a government, but with just a bare bones, slim and minimum sixty-one Ministers. The numbers break down as such; Likud is the predominant party by a mile with their thirty Ministers followed by Kulanu, a new party with ten Ministers along with Shas with seven Ministers and United Torah Judaism with six Ministers and the last party joining at the eleventh hour, Jewish Home with their eight Ministers. Tallied up that is

30 + 10 + 7 + 6 + 8 = 61

The minimum number necessary to hold a majority of the one-hundred-twenty seat Knesset. Having the minimum numbers Netanyahu will likely make some deals to secure three or four additional Ministers who will agree to bolster the coalition though unspoken as their Party did not accept joining the coalition for whatever reasons, some strictly political and others purely tactical and still others a combination of reasons including posturing. There are some still waiting for Yisrael Beiteinu headed by Avigdor Lieberman to potentially join or offer to be the saving cushion with its six Ministers able to make-up for some wayward coalition members on certain votes thus threatening the coalition. Needless to point out, Prime Minister Netanyahu has cobbled together a coalition which as it stands cannot govern for very long before any single party or even an internal faction within Likud could force a crisis and bring down the government. Should the coalition fail then President Reuven Rivlin could call for snap elections to be held again giving an even shorter campaign cycle bringing Israelis back to the polls yet another time so quickly. The turnout for another government would likely have a lower turnout potentially changing the mix of parties as Israelis would measure their votes against the results of the recently past elections where many Israelis were less than thrilled with the results.


Still, do not expect overt changes but rather a refining of the vote with the potential for increases in the portions for Jewish Home, Kulanu and Yisrael Beiteinu. On the other hand, the protestations and self-important tantrums thrown by Yair Lapid could affect the numbers received by his Yesh Atid Party placing some of his eleven Ministers vulnerable to lost support. New elections might bring into play the joint parties of Yachad and Otzma Yehudit which missed making Knesset by the slimmest of margins. New elections could produce a far stronger Jewish Home which was on the mend in the final days of the election but never did quite make it all the way back to the high-points it had hit earlier in many polls. Additionally, one might expect to see Yachad and Otzma Yehudit make it past threshold which would bring a change in the end total results as Yachad and Otzma Yehudit would easily reach four and potentially higher as they would be able to prevent some of the rumored destruction of their ballots and also such simple things as swapping out their ballots with others and other such tricks and deceptions. It could also be predicted that the Zionist Union Party would split back to their two parties, the Labor Party and Tzipi Livni’s Hatnuah Party. While Hatnuah Party would likely not come even remotely close to breaking the minimum and would not make the Knesset, the split might make the Labor Party cleaner and without Tzipi Livni it would potentially garner two or three additional seats. Meretz and the Joint Arab List would each remain the same of gain or lose a single seat.


The question of the hour is how long the slender coalition can hold together when all it would take is a protest by the single Minister protesting to bring down the coalition. There have already been some rumblings of discontent within Likud by some of the Ministers who had their hearts set on gaining some of the Ministerships which ended up being given to the joining coalition members as they demanded those Ministerial positions from which they could wield the power of the department which would have the greatest and most direct influence in addressing their promises from the elections. The coalition coming out of the gate will likely be tested potentially by opposition members. Yair Lapid has already threatened to take the current coalition to court as it has more Ministerial positions which is one item which always seems to grow and is fortunately cut back every so often; after all, do we really want these politicians thinking they are more important than they actually are? This government is inherently unstable which will make for a wild ride while watching for what will be the defining moment when it becomes obviously impossible to hold the coalition together any longer. Sometimes it is the most fragile of coalitions which end up holding together for the longest amount of time as the members realize exactly how fragile their rule is and treat it as the vital but fragile thing as it really is. Still, there are going to be a good number of members of the opposition who see this tight race where the Prime Minister was only capable forming the most delicate of beast of a coalition.


The one item such a coalition, constantly under threat of collapsing, gives the Prime Minister a perfect reason to state that this is not the time to rock the boat and press through any peace initiatives from the outside world. All it would take to shoot down any demands for Israel to make additional sacrifices for peace is a single person threatening to leave the coalition should such a proposition even be introduced, let alone actually forced through the Knesset. This is already understood by even the most ignorant and blind fool, yet I might bet that such a proposition will not prevent the Europeans and President Obama from making just such demands as it does not cost them any lost sleep if the Israeli government should collapse as the sole purpose there is an Israeli government, according to too many people both within and outside of Israel, is to make sacrifices before the Arab Palestinian Authority as such sacrifices are the sole item expected from Israel and thus from her government no matter the size or opposition to such demands. The simple and obvious fact that there are members of Prime Minister Netanyahu’s own Likud Party who have threatened to vote against or resign from their positions, not to mention the entirety of the Jewish Home delegation would hopefully bolt from the coalition if such a vote in favor of such were demanded from them.


Hopefully this slim coalition can hold its own against all assaults from the entire spectrum starting from within the government and reaching as far as Turtle Bay in New York where the United Nations is located, and is just barely further than Washington D. C. and the White House. Perhaps the knowledge that the coalition is so fragile will force the Ministers within the majority to work together for the betterment of Israel. May such a government prove fortified against Israel making any sacrifices to entice the Arab representatives to come and grace us with their presence for as long as they are comfortable and then bolt from any further meetings where it is again demanded of Israel to sweeten the pot to get the Arab representatives to grace us with their presence for as long as they are comfortable and then bolt from any further meetings where it is again … No more climbing aboard the flight to the destruction of Israel and time for a new approach, annexing lands until Arabs honestly decide to enter into talks designed to end the conflict and make an agreement satisfactory with Israel otherwise Israel is satisfied with the terms and accepts granting the Arabs some adequate areas for them to have semiautonomous controls while remaining under Israeli security control and remain an integral part of Israel. There is no need or necessity which requires Israel to surrender any of the lands promised her in the San Remo Agreement and the fact Israel will permit a semi-autonomous defined region within the whole State of Israel living with in and with peace with Israel should be accepted and satisfy the world which can then go address real problems in the world. That is a stance for which this narrow coalition can unify and stand united demanding that their aspirations be included as integral to any final agreements.


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