Beyond the Cusp

May 19, 2021

Israel New Mask Reality

Filed under: Israel — qwertster @ 1:22 AM

Yes, we are aware, as are numerous people with even basic awareness, that the CDC finally retired masks for much of the world. All are aware that masks were, at best, merely a means of allowing us to foolishly believe we were preventing the spread of Covid-19 and being obedient to our presumed authorities such as Fauci. Even here in Israel there are those who would mask-shame anyone with the bold audacity to go with their face hanging out with absolutely no visible sign of masking. How do I know? Well, I pretty much refused to wear my mask inside or outside since returning to the world from life-saving surgery this past fall. Maybe I felt invulnerable or perhaps my experience working in healthcare gave me additional experience to realize that no readily accessible mask prevents the passing of viruses even from casual breathing.

Israeli Flag
Israeli Flag

Israel has this way of eventually, often sooner than we appreciate, putting masks and other silliness in their place and emphasizing those things which have true importance, family, friends, congregation, community, country and the preciousness of life. Remarkably, rockets raining down on parts of your small country, even if, like us, you are outside of their range and more so should you be within range, had this way of centering one’s trains of thought on those things most precious such as peace, calm and boring quiet. Oddly, since the onset of rockets falling on the southern two-thirds of Israel, nobody seems all that concerned about masks and people going full-faced masklessness. Reality can often break through the games governments and bureaucrats all-too-often play with our lives, and the mask was the current game pitting natural and normal faces versus masking-up and hiding our identities from one another. The alternative to masking-up was a public shaming. That foolishness disappeared with the first salvo of rockets reaching to Jerusalem and central Tel Aviv as the under one-percent potentiality of dying from Covid-19 faded into history and from our minds as we had bigger fish to fry and masks do even less against rockets exploding near your neighborhood and country. So, we will congratulate all those who have been permitted to join most Israelis who are already maskless. Now, if there was something as simple as wearing a mask could end the terror rockets fired by Hamas and Islamic Jihad from within Gaza, largely from within Gaza City, using the civilians and public buildings as human shields to force civilian casualties within their own populations to flaunt before the world media when Israel defends herself striking those rocket launching positions; then surely I would wear a mask.

Beyond the Cusp

May 16, 2021

Hamas-Israel Conflict and Some Salient Background

Filed under: Israel — qwertster @ 2:02 AM

We need to go back a distance to reveal some of the reasons for the current violence. Israel and the Palestinians just finished four years of minimal terrorism and conflict which was on the cusp of possible cooperation. Further, in a similar manner the Israeli population is split evenly between the left and right. Such a split was only possible due to the general feeling of peace and security which the current violence is bound to push the population towards the right. Due to the even split, Israel has faced nondeterminative elections which made a situation where it has become next to impossible to form a ruling coalition. The latest election was as evenly balanced as we have come to expect but this time there was a difference. One of the main Arab parties was willing to join in forming a center-left government which was to also include Naftali Bennett and Yair Lapid, an Israeli odd couple. Both Lapid and Bennett have long sought the office of Prime Minister almost as much as does Netanyahu and their attempting to put together a government has put their overriding desires to become Prime Minister all too clearly as two men who have disagreed on almost every major issue now have become friends.

Top Left Yair Lapid, Bottom Prime Minister Netanyahu, Top Right Naftali Bennett
Top Left Yair Lapid, Bottom Prime Minister Netanyahu, Top Right Naftali Bennett

Did anyone spot the problem which proved so provocative that Hamas chose to risk all-out war with Israel? Well, the glaring new development was the willingness of a more broad political coalition to be formed where an Arab party was willing to sit in the ruling government coalition. Hamas knows, because they have instigators, fighters and commanders residing within Israel who have a larger influence over the younger Arabs, that a war will break apart any possibility for the Arab parties to even consider joining a ruling coalition as doing such after the start of the current violence is now impossible. To form a coalition with an Arab party as a member, it is required that there be an extended period of peace for such a decision to be even considered. When the truth is finally reached, in a few decades, when the need for lies has passed, then the truth for the timing of this conflict will reveal its sinister core. Israel was closing in on forming a government which hinged on at least one Arab party joining the government. The starting of this conflict is destroying any chance of the Arabs actively joining in a ruling coalition. Well, Hamas will also have to reap the rewards of their initiating this war, the need for Israel to go to elections again after the violence has lessened. This election will necessarily, as the generic reaction to the rocket attacks, turn rightward and very likely return Netanyahu to the Prime Minister and the Arabs will return to being in the minority and we can expect the world deploring their being excluded from the ruling coalition coming to their aid and denouncing Israel.

So, what should Israel expect as we know Hamas will continue launching rockets, drones, anti-tank rounds and incendiary devices into Israel and eventually peace and order is returned to the mixed Arab-Jewish towns and cities when the rockets finally run out. We should be prepared for many western European countries to place sanctions of varying degrees on Israel or Israeli goods and services. Iran, Russia, China and the United States will denounce both sides while placing heavier expectations upon Israel while their leftist media covers the violence stressing the inequality of the deaths and casualties. One of the overriding reasons is Hamas has refused to build shelters or defensive weapons and instead only purchases offensive weapons such as rockets, anti-tank guided rockets, drones delivering Molotov Cocktails, machineguns, grenades and explosives to make bomb-belts amongst other weaponry. Hamas obviously desires to maximize Israeli civilian casualties as their rockets are fired almost exclusively targeting population centers, Ben Gurion International Airport, the Dimona nuclear reactor, all while ignoring military targets. What the world ignores is that Hamas also desires to maximize the numbers of Gazans killed or injured while ensuring that these deaths include a measurable large number of youths, children. Hamas has even been proven to force civilians to remain in buildings they know Israel is targeting. How do they know? Well, believe it or not, Israel calls people on their cell phones, drops leaflets and sends emails to civilians residing in structures which are also utilized by Hamas for launching sites, main operational offices and other militarily sensitive targets, warning them to vacate the area. Even further, Israel will, when feasible, drop a small explosive device, a large flash-bang, to allow everyone inside the building, including civilians and Hamas fighters and operatives, to leave with urgency and even then, the building cannot be bombed unless a military IDF lawfare officer, again with the lawyers, gives the aircrew the authorization to strike and even then, the pilot can call off the strike if civilians are within the dangerous region of the strike. Unfortunately, civilians on both sides are being injured and killed and this pains Israel’s leadership while Hamas simply calls for more death on both sides as every death, they believe, aids their cause of wiping Israel off the map as the first step in their war against all Jews. For the record, Hamas had fired well over one-hundred rockets before Israel responded in kind. Should Hamas end their rocket barrages, then Israel would end her reprisals and the violence would quickly tail-off. This will not occur until Hamas has run out of rockets which is solely and directly dependent upon funding of the Palestinians as aid moneys given Mahmoud Abbas and the Palestinian Authority result in direct funding of Hamas in Gaza. Making the situation even less stable, Iranian weapons and aid, assisted by Russia and China, are backing Iran while America gives hundreds of millions to Abbas to hold until Hamas demands their share.

Beyond the Cusp

May 13, 2021

Violence in Israel Only the Opening Salvo

Filed under: Israel — qwertster @ 1:25 AM

Over the past few days Hamas in Gaza has initiated aggressions having fired over a thousand rockets targeting civilian population centers including Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, Ashkelon and numerous others. Israel has responded and the usual complaints are already being broadcast by a predominately pro-Palestinian world media. There have been emergency meetings of the United Nations Security Council which fortunately produced mere statements calling for calm. Hamas basically laughed at their call and actually have been increasing the numbers of rockets each day. Many Israelis are hoping and praying that the United Nations, European Union, United States and all too many others simply continue addressing their own problems and ignore the situation out of Gaza and allow Israel to act in a manner similar to the response our critics would employ in any similar situation. Israel will act to protect her people from all assaults on the ground and from the air.

Hamas Rockets and Missiles Depicting Increasing Ranges by Conflict with Yellow – Dec. 2008-Jan 2009 Tan - November 2012 Orange - July-August 2014
Hamas Rockets and Missiles Depicting Increasing Ranges by Conflict with Yellow – Dec. 2008-Jan 2009 Tan – November 2012 Orange – July-August 2014

We have held back in order to read and watch world reactions to the current situation resulting from Hamas initiating or attempting to force another Gaza war. Once again, we are hearing how the poor, suffering, destitute and homeless Palestinians suffer due to their not having bomb shelters or any Iron Dome systems which eventually demands will call for Israel to provide shelters and Iron Dome systems for the Palestinians. Perhaps, Hamas might spend a mere ten percent less on rockets and build shelters and invent their own defensive systems. Many have ignored that Israel spent their efforts building an anti-rocket system, the Iron Dome, instead of building more destructive weapons. Israel placed saving her people above destroying her enemies’ people while Hamas and Islamic Jihad place killing Israelis and using their vulnerable population’s deaths to convict Israel of war crimes. So, Israel who works to minimize all casualties, both Israeli and Palestinian, warns residents of buildings used by Hamas for their weapon placements by using warning hit before destroying the Hamas military positions so civilians can escape. Yes, this also allows the Hamas fighters to escape as well, a price Israel pays to save the innocent as much as possible. One can only wonder how President Biden having resumed sending hundreds of millions of dollars to the Palestinians upon entering office may have been the impetus to rain rockets on Israel.

Lastly, we wish to address the UN, US, EU and a world full of busybodies requesting one small favor, look away and remain silent and the problem might resolve itself. As for President Biden, if he truly desires ending the violence in the Middle East concerning Israel, simply do not give the Palestinians funding as you are merely buying rockets, explosives and other arms for them to use against Israel and should they defeat Israel, the rest of the Middle East and then the world. When all the rest of the world lives in peace and free of violence, then lecture Israel on how surrendering to Palestinian demands, namely that we all drop dead, is necessary to end world violence. Truth be told, such a surrender would only serve to increase violence and terrorism throughout the world. Israel seeks peace for all everywhere which is why we greet people saying, “Shalom,” Peace.

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