The building freeze has implications and aims at changing the status-quo set up by the Oslo Accords. It is the stipulation in the Oslo Accords which has forced Mahmoud Abbas to declare that the Arabs are no longer restrained by the Oslo Accords and are now simply moving on to restoring the entirety of Palestine which is from the (Jordan) River to the (Mediterranean) Sea. There are many claims and less than honest denunciations concerning the map and the allotments and definitions demarking how the lands were to be shared and divided. So, let us dive into some of the reasoning and include some of the misconceptions and outright lies about the divisions agreed upon at the setting of the Oslo Accords as they were originally negotiated and even at a second conference which fine-tuned the agreement so as to address some of the Arab complaints and adjusting for Arab demands to remedy what they claimed were unfair provisions which the Israelis had ‘forced’ them to agree with and signing the original Oslo Accords treaty. One thing to keep in mind is that when the Oslo Accords were being hammered out and originally written and agreed upon as well as the amendments were added and adjustments made the Arab leadership top two positions were held by Yasser Arafat with Mahmoud Abbas right next to him. True, they had others who did most of the negotiating and other excuses but it was under their watch that the Oslo Accords and Oslo II were negotiated and had Yasser Arafat signed along numerous others as it often goes at these ceremonial signing events before the media. The select thrust is that the entirety of the Oslo Accords negotiations were agreed upon by Arafat and Abbas holding the top positions which means that Abbas’s complaints over the past number of years which have led to his discarding any constraints imposed by the Oslo Accords was all part of the scheme to completely lose Oslo and replace it with the propaganda that has been carefully orchestrated such that the impressions by the media and much of the United Nations as well as the European Union, United States, the Arab League, all the MENA nations, the Quarter and just about everyone else one might think of including believing that the entirety of Judea and Samaria were always intended to be the borders for the Arab state to be carved out of lands which were reserved solely for the Jewish state but some promises are more important than others just as all animals are created equal but some animals are more equal than others. The discussion will be basing our expiations upon will be using the map below which comes to us credit of the United Nations all for the sake of accuracy.
The first feature which probably grabbed your attention early on was that large grey area along the eastern or right side of the map. This area was and always has been an area separated from considerations as it was designated as a military requirement for Israeli security which was supposedly guaranteed such that Israel could have a solid defense from any ground offensive coming from the east, not something out of the question with the Islamic State near to this exact area with solely Jordan to potentially prevent their access and additionally there are currently thousands of Jordanians demonstrating and demanding that Jordan abrogate the treaty with Israel as the first step to declaring a war and destroying the Jewish state. The area serves as an early warning system to use radar, visual and other detection capabilities to intercept air attacks such as aircraft and missiles. This is a reality and even more so after the Iran treaty has left a legal path to nuclear weapons and an even bigger threat that Iran might not be all that patient and ignore the restrictions and start or continue a clandestine operation and reach not only nuclear break out capability but to actually build a respectfully sufficient nuclear weapons stockpile where they could feel adequately safe in launching a nuclear attack. This was the requirement and this area even to today has limited civilian locations with the exception of around Jericho.
The next obvious problem which needs explanation is why the light yellow areas are snakelike and separating the Arab denoted areas into smaller areas which to the innocent eye would be doing exactly what Mahmoud Abbas has endlessly complained about, dividing the Arab areas into bantus. The areas were not imposed randomly simply to chop off neighbors from friends or farmers from their fields or any such propaganda. The Palestinians are allowed to use these roads and cross the roads as are the Israelis, but Israel is responsible for the security and safe usage of the roadways and as Israel is also tasked to provide protection from all forms of attack be it terror, invasion or other attacks both foreign and domestic, logic dictates that Israel have free access to the main roads and other vital areas which provide military or civil advantages both for support, logistics and tactical necessities. This was also demanded to serve Israeli security, this time as a way to control terrorism which also made necessary being permitted to place checkpoints in some locations in a permanent basis while also having roaming and special checkpoints all depending on situational awareness or specific intelligence. If there had been no terror attacks, no bombings, no rock throwing or other threats, this division would still be necessary as Israel being responsible for protection from foreign invasion, these main highways and roads would also be absolutely necessary for a rapid and effective response. The rest of the grey area mixed into other areas would be where Israel ‘settlements’ already existed or had been planned by the time the Oslo Accords had been proposed and ratified. Remember that these maps were agreed upon by the Arab side, but when you have no intention of ever reaching an agreement and only wanted to gain any foothold from which to use propaganda, media bias, misinformation, and outright lies, then maps denoting intended areas assigned for division of settlements are meaningless.
What does any map defining an intermediate starting stage mean to those whose idea of the eventual and fair and equitable result is the complete eradication of the other side, complete subjugation, if not eradication of the other side; as the only permissible result which would preordained by the god of your religion would not allow for anything less. The world has done an unbelievable job of once again making a promise to the Jews and the Zionists, then and after the it was deal decided that their promises were meaningless as soon as it became possible to find some promising way to potentially destroy Israel and remove the Jewish state, if not the Jews as a whole, from the face of the earth. The first was after the Balfour Declarations being adopted by the League of Nations at the San Remo Conference which called for the entirety to be used for the Jewish state providing that the local peoples were allowed freedom of religion, societal freedoms and freedom to self-rule in their day to day lives with the Jewish population being responsible for international relations and defending the state. It took less than two years after the adoption of the Treaty of Sèvres when the British came up with the next promise, or should we term it a lie when they guaranteed that if the Zionists permitted the lands east of the Jordan River to be used for an Arab state which would be the homeland for the Arabs of the area leaving all of the lands west of the Jordan River to be used as the Jewish state. This promised that the division was the final compromise would have left the map as depicted in the next map, very much the map the most ardent Zionist nationalist who may foolishly believe the world was telling the truth with the Transjordan (Jordan) promises.
The building freeze which had become the mainstay of President Obama, Secretary of State Kerry and of course the Arabs and the European Union has a very nefarious effect on any eventual decision. The term which corresponds directly to the building freeze and that is facts on the ground. Facts on the ground are claimed to be the main determination for what lands and areas are controlled by the Arabs and the Israelis. With the Israelis refused the right to build anything the Arabs can build neighborhoods even those surrounding and close in to the existing Jewish neighborhoods such that as they cut them off from any major highway or major thoroughfare they would take control of the entire area including the Jewish communities taking control of them and forcing the Jews out just as Jordan did to the Jews living in Judea and Samaria as well as eastern Jerusalem and the Old City when they occupied these lands taken from Israeli control in the 1948 war to destroy Israel which Israel lost lands to Judea, Samaria and most of Jerusalem to Jordan; the Golan Heights to Syria; and Gaza to Egypt; but Israel survived, which is why they refer to it as their War of Independence when it was actually their war for the right to live; so losing may have been a potential result, but it was never considered a possibility as they could not realize such an occurrence after the horrors they had survived during the Holocaust just a few years earlier. The building freeze is simply a means through which the world can force the Jews to surrender more of Judea and Samaria to the Arab demands and it is looking like this is working as the Europeans have been financing the building of Arab neighborhoods within the areas which were exclusively reserved for Israeli towns and cities as well as within the eastern defensive zone thus also making for a more vulnerable zone. With Arab building being built by Europeans, the claim is that the Arabs are not building in any zone forbidden them, the Europeans are building settlements and cities within Area C and nothing says that the Europeans cannot build there and nothing says they cannot sell these houses and other buildings to Arabs if they choose to do so. Thus the Europeans are simply building cities and settlements and selling them to whomever they choose at an affordable price, somewhere around free. The reality of the insistence by President Obama, and almost a certitude to be continued by President Clinton and potentially Republican President depending on the candidate and more than likely under a President Bernie Sanders who despite being born into a Jewish family had never lost any sleep over Israel, the building freeze may become a permanent certitude. But it may already be too late for there to be any other conclusion but for Israel to surrender everything and displace over one million Jews from their homes, remove entire industrial parks and numerous companies resulting in the loss of thousands upon thousands of Arab jobs as these industries either pack up and give up or rebuild their operations inside Israel across the border, a border completely closed and near impossible for any to cross and this would cost thousands more jobs for those Arabs who currently are allowed into Israel daily for work.
There are some ramifications which the world had not quite invested sufficient thought. Once the Arabs are given their state and let us assume for a moment that they gain everything the world believes they desire, despite the reality that the only peace they will accept is the total destruction of Israel with them standing atop the ashes, is that Israel could simply stop all interactions and services with the Arab state. Such is actually unlikely because Israel and her people are struck by a potentially fatal flaw; they are civilized and might be more concerned about the Arabs survival than they do about their own citizens’ energy and water consumer prices. The problem is that Israel provides the vast majority of water and electrical supplies to both Gaza and Judea and Samaria and could very easily stop providing them until the back owed bills be paid as they have been ignored for close to a decade. Then, after the past debts being paid in full, there would be just cause for Israel to demand that for future deliveries of these necessary and vital deliveries be paid for in advance or a significant security deposit be paid equal to an estimated six months estimated bill such that they would have a three month grace period in paying their bills before service would be cut off. Whatever the ramifications, the world is rushing forward playing with fire and believing that nobody will get burned or that they know who will get burned and they are comfortable with who they believe will get burned, but what if they are wrong, dead wrong. Still the world appears dead set on forcing Israel back within the pre-Six Day War borders for reasons many will claim are unknown. We will take a stab at why. First the logic as we work towards our thoughts. In 1948 the German Nazi officers and British officers actually worked side by side in advising the numerous Arab armies from seven nations as they attempted to destroy the nascent state in a war which lasted almost a year and a half and killed one tenth of the Israeli population. Yet somehow Israel survived. In the Six Day War when Egypt, Syria and Jordan with assists from other Arab states all attacked Israel the concept did not include Israel liberating Gaza, Judea, Samaria and the Golan Heights as well as taking control of the Sinai Peninsula. It was more figured that the war would take even less time and the victorious Arab vanquishers favored by Allah would all be dancing in Tel Aviv within three days; things don’t always turn out as planned. In 1973 with complete surprise and most of the army personnel in Synagogue for Yom Kippur and it taking almost six hours before the reserves and regular units could be fielded, Israel ended up on the outskirts of Damascus and much of the way to Alexandria and Cairo after crossing the Suez Canal. After that surprise the Europeans and United States demanded that Israel retreat to the boundaries from which the war began. This defeat showed that if Israel had sufficient logistical depth they were near to invulnerable. This is one of the reasons for pushing Israel into the smallest size possible as the world has learned that they need all the help they can get if they will ever defeat Israel completely and undo what many in Europe and around the world now see as having been a fatal error, allowing the Jews to return to their natural homelands. The rumor was the land was not farmable, not productive and all but cursed with nobody making a go of the lands from the Romans to the present day. They believed the Jews were making a horrid mistake demanding this wasteland. They were wrong as this is the land of milk and honey and has surrendered her bounty to the Jews and will continue to do so. Granted, if the Jews are ever forced from the land it will dry up and refuse to bear its fruits no matter the amount of effort other peoples will attempt to make a go of it as this land and the Jewish people are a match made in Heaven, honest, a match made in Heaven and given that heavenly guarantee which is not transferable to anybody else.
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