Beyond the Cusp

June 17, 2015

Abbas & Palestinians Kill Two State Solution

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Abbas has once again slow-walked the Arab Palestinian Authority to the great chasm and threatened to throw the unity governance agreement Fatah made with Hamas unifying the Hamas run Gaza Strip with the Fatah run, taking the name of the Palestinian Authority, Judea and Samaria over Abbas being unable to press his vastly lacking political will, influence or any form of security or governance which remained dependent and controlled by Hamas and Islamic Jihad despite claims that the Hamas government had resigned. This information came from Amin Maqbul, the Secretary General Fatah’s Revolutionary Council, who reported to AFP that in the meeting of the Council, Mahmoud Abbas had threatened to dissolve, according to Amin Maqbul, “The government will resign in the next 24 hours because this one is weak and there is no chance that Hamas will allow it to work in Gaza.” Maqbul additionally stated, “After the government resigns, we will start consultations to form a new government.”

 

An official from the Palestinian Authority reported to the media that the overt action was going to be taken as a result of the Palestinian Authority’s, and particularly Chairman Abbas, being unable and likely to continue to face an “inability to act in Gaza.” This seemingly drastic action did not come out of the sky like a thunderbolt from the heavens; but rather had been discussed at length and according to this sources statement, “There have been discussions inside the government about resigning if they are unable to do anything for Gaza.” There had been numerous fundamental facets utterly failing such as the inability to impose their will such that there was too little governing authority to even set-up for elections which were promised to be held within the first six months and was a stipulation in the agreement which was enacted and signed by all the responsible parties about a year ago. This was made highly evident when the Arab Palestinian Authority reacting to complaints that many of the workers from the former government and who had continued to work to provide services to the people of Gaza but has not been officially added to the Palestinian Authority payroll and thus had not been paid since the signing of the agreement, Mahmoud Abbas sent a small committee to Gaza for a week to gather the names and make a register from which to start payments and take down and record other statistics which were required in order to remit to their salaries met with such hostility and violence that they never once left their hotel nor hold interviews nor even catch a single name rushing back to Ramallah exquisitely dejected and haplessly downcast from their experience.

 

Even if the reconciliation between Fatah and their opposition, Hamas, completely fails, there will still be some good to come from the efforts, a knowledge that there is definitely more than one head on this snake and with the addition to ISIS vying for power we can easily make the case for three heads if not four counting Islamic Jihad, or five as I am sure that al-Qaeda which operates in Gaza would be more than put out if they were neglected, or if we additionally include vying for control we would need 13 heads on the asp in order to include the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP), Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine (DFLP ), Palestine Democratic Union (PDU), Palestinian National Initiative (PNI), Palestinian Arab Front (PAF), Palestinian Popular Struggle Front (PPSF), Palestine Liberation Front (PLF), and lastly the ever so alliterated Palestinian People’s Party (PPP). There may be even more because every so often a coalition, if that is what we can call such, of terror groups plan and cooperate in a kidnapping but they do not present their demands immediately, then, without any warning, one group we have never heard of announces they did the kidnapping and then another from the mists there is another group and then the known groups jump in and before you know it the Europeans and Israeli leftist start their pressuring the government to capitulate so that the kidnapped victim is returned without harm.

 

That brings us to what might just be the root of the problem with the peace process, neither side is anywhere near unified on what the result should look like. Adding to those woes are the expectations of the United Nations, the European Union and the United States along with the Arab League and I’m sure Reverend Tutu, just to pick a name out of the air, has an few suggestions, none of which are helpful or consider Israel’s safety. The easiest way to prove this point would be to start with the presumed main two Palestinian leaderships, Hamas and Fatah. Fatah is secular though they have been slowly sliding to the Islamist end of the spectrum while Hamas is and always has been Islamist though they tend to be confused as to whether they will serve Iran or the Sunnis and have attempted to play the two off each other in an absurd and morbid bidding game in which Israel is the largest loser, probably the motivation behind the whole affair. Then there are their stated goals where Fatah simply wants to displace Israel and make it free of Jews who do not know how to be Dhimmis which is pretty much all the Zionists and many middle of the spectrum Jews who are accustomed to Western society which comes with built in human rights, freedoms and few constraints beyond respect for others as you would desire to have your desires and actions respected while Islam demands that even its adherents completely surrender and have little to no freedom of action. Hamas not only wishes to destroy Israel but once that is completed and every Israeli Jew has been slaughtered move on to murdering every Jew across the globe and then while this is being accomplished conquering the entire world and converting or killing every person who does not observe Islam and are not exactly the kind of Muslim they define.

 

What is unsettling is that these pursuits are exactly the same as those of ISIS yet ISIS claims they are going to take over the Palestinian fight against Israel and has flat out stated they desire to replace Hamas first and go through the ranks of Hamas, Islamic Jihad and whomever else they find and pass judgment on which meet their standards for being Muslim and thus permitted to live for now. Then ISIS has pledged to do the same with Fatah and the rest of the Palestinian Authority in Judea and Samaria and finally, after all that exercise, they plan on not even taking a break before attacking Israel.

 

Even without ISIS the Palestinian case is ridiculous. They are already two states without a solution as they cannot even find sufficient grounds on which to agree and work together. From every last attempt at making a joined effort for the sake to forging ahead and gaining international recognition and thus moving their designs and demands forward we have witnessed a clash of monumental proportions and a compete inability to agree on even the simplest of terms. It is almost as if when one would say up, the other would demand down or even right, left, forwards or backwards but just anything but up. And should the other agree to that their opposite would simply change to a different definition as it seems required for them to act and be contrary in all matters. The sole thing they can agree upon is that both sides feel strongly that only through their leadership will any good results be produced and thus they must never allow the other even the slightest victory without them tuning around and toppling that victory. They would likely be unable to meet on the beaches of Gaza and work together long enough to build a decent sand castle and the world wants them to run a nation.

 

So, which side is Israel supposed to form two states for two peoples? As things stand it would be more like three nations for two people but one of them is so fractured they cannot even sit in the same room, let alone run a nation together. Wait, here’s an idea, as Gaza is already completely made Judenrein, how about they prove they can run just Gaza for three whole years without any outside charities, making a budget, actually running a functional society and without launching or permitting the launching of a single projectile at Israel. The world can assist by finding some way for the two to cooperate and work towards a common goal. It will not be easy and will probably take a team effort from mostly the Leftist Europeans, ones who are so sure that the Palestinians are the noblest rag-tag groups on planet Earth, and then see if they have the infinite patience and intestinal fortitude to make this all happen without them actually taking on the responsibilities themselves as the aim is to produce a group of Arabs out of the self-proclaimed Palestinians and have everyone at least appear to work together without any serious violence. The one thing that I can be assured of is that any such effort will fail. The people, especially the youths, have been fed so much hatred and to love violence and the kill for the sake of the kill, not even desiring a trophy to hang on the wall as relating the story, with added embellishment with every telling making it unrecognizable within a week of any telling. This is the society they have built in both Hamasistan and Fatahistan and there will be no such idea of peace with Israel as I am pretty sure most could not even bring themselves to say the word Israel as their minds would immediately translate it to Zionist colonial occupiers who have delusions of ethnic cleansing and are responsible for the coming genocide of the Palestinian people any minute now so they must be destroyed and all their kind removed; well, you get the idea, just asking them to say Israel would produce an ever escalating rant filled with references to violence, either theirs or perceived as Israeli. Then when anything would go wrong, other than attacks on Israel where both would try and grab the credit, but any governance failure such as the stealing of monies at unconceivable rates and amassing great wealth, then there would be the innocent why are you looking at me act.

 

Still, when the vast majority of the building supplies provided for the rebuilding of Gazan housing for the people whose homes were destroyed as they had been used as shields for rockets or other military uses and using the building materials to expand the underground terror tunnels and bunkers as well as rebuilding the tunnels destroyed by Israel before they could be utilized for their planned mass assault on Israeli towns and Kibbutzim closest to Gaza for the purpose of taking a half dozen or so hostages and murdering as many others as they would be able of achieving, that would be solved in a game of finger-pointing with flying denials and accusations. That is the kind of governing under Hamas and/or Islamic Jihad. One trait both sides have in common is the stealing and corruption which only grows becoming greater and of unbelievable levels of graft and outright stealing of funds. Abbas, believe it or not, is the pauper in this department only having achieved an estimated few hundreds of millions of dollars while both Ismail Haniyeh and Khaled Mashal are both multi-billionaires. Whoever claimed that terror does not pay did not understand the methods of Yasser Arafat who may have been the greatest artist of mishandled funds ending up in Swiss and Cayman banks in numbered accounts as his worth at the time of his death was known to be so unbelievably and ridiculously high that Fatah, the PLO and every other person or entity which could claim a tie to the money went to numerous European courts in efforts to pry even a small percentage, which would still represent a king’s ransom, away from Suha Arafat without any success.

 

That is an additional reason that there will never be any compromise or even outright solution reached, the top ranks of the leadership are nothing more than petty tyrants whose grasp on power includes severe cases of kleptomania, a mental disorder which overrides all forms of compassions, common sense, rationality, and self-preservation gets tossed aside as this level of theft eventually angers the masses to the point that they grab these grubbing malcontent poseurs and the result is their being given the Il Duce or Nicolae Ceaușescu treatment, and trust me, what happened to those two tyrants may have been what they deserved, but how driven to madness and anger had they driven the people they were presumed to care for. The same virus has infected much of the Palestinian leadership and to some extent this can be seen in their actions as they say things which are patently ridiculous, complete void of reality or truth and so completely lacking in logic that often even their most devoted leftist supporters are caught simply throwing up their hands and asking, ‘What was he thinking?’ That was the problem; these thieves are so intolerably lost from reality it is surprising they can even be coherent much of the time. Anyone remember Arafat towards the end of his life where many times one would have trouble even discerning the works, and if that were possible their relation to each other in what was passed as a sentence made no sense. Israel cannot make peace with these Palestinian leaders as they do not desire to rule over a country and have to provide for their people, they wish to lord over their domains taking whatever they desire and allowing the crumbs and drippings to flow to their unfortunate citizens.

 

Hamas and Islamic Jihad are so despised by the average Gazan with a family as their disregard of and threat to these people’s children is beyond any human’s imagination as they have witnessed an Islamic Jihad or Hamas terrorist grab the closest child, from their mother’s arms if need be, and hold the child to their chest as they cross a firefight to position themselves in a better vantage point with more secure defenses and a better angle to shoot and kill IDF soldiers with the assured knowledge that by taking the child he need not worry, the Israelis are too weak and beloved of life to shoot him carrying the terrified child stolen from a horrified mother. Imagine the mother’s conflicted thoughts as she knows the Israelis will even stop shooting entirely allowing the child to be released as the terrorist reached his desired position and fearing that the terrorist is partially concealed and the Israelis may not see the child until it is too late. Imagine the terrorist considerations as he can no longer fight while holding the child so he might well try to convince the child to sit beside him to assure only the finest Israeli sniper would even consider taking the shot on him with a child next to him.

 

The problem is the world’s leftist Israel and Jew haters do not ever open their eyes and see the terrorist holding the child as if it was a magical shield, which against the IDF it is exactly that, and only envisions the freedom fighter in a league of one of the underground forces against the Nazis. These demons in human form are not the Polish, Czech, Romanian, or French underground fighters from World War II; they are far more aligned with the likes of Che Guevara. I bet if somebody started selling Yasser Arafat t-shirts and sweatshirts they would make millions just placing it on the internet as Yasser Arafat Tees, $25.00. If you do I would like a mere 5% fee for the idea and then if you expand into Sheikh Ahmed Ismail Hassan Yassin or other Palestinian faces of terror I would expect only a mere 3%, thank you. Making peace with leaders who have an unrestricted inflow of funding that they are able to steal over half the funding and still make salaries with only a scream or two every fourth month that they are cash-strapped and cannot pay the ‘government’ workers (or pay for more terrorists families stipends because they have a terror relative in prison where the stipend is determined by the number of Israeli civilians murdered) and the European government and European Union immediately pony-up sending billions or trillions of Euros yearly and it ever escalates. I have a radical idea, why don’t the European Union and all the European governments stop funding UNRWA, Hamas, Islamic Jihad, Fatah and the Palestinian Authority directly or through deceptive back channels and simply not even bother with the Israeli and Palestinian area of the Middle East and we can get on with finally making peace as they will then have an incentive to actually form a workable society or face instant democracy of the masses. You would be surprised how quickly such a policy adopted would show fantastic results and then there might even develop that Palestinian State you claim to want so badly, honest; come on, try it.

 

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May 15, 2015

Silence is not Necessarily Golden It Can Also be Deadly

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If a story is never reported, did it still happen? That has become a question I have asked myself every single day almost without exception. You see I feel the pain in my own way every time I find the report in some lesser known news agencies and through word of mouth. That is also something nobody ever really reports about in Israel, news travels in numerous quiet channels reaching every corner of the land despite the little inconvenience that these events rarely make it onto the pages of Haaretz as it would break their story line which paints all the heartache and suffering as solely belonging to the Arabs and seldom the Jews living here. Fortunately in Israel we get other reports in newspapers and online reporting which tells a far different story. The reality for those who care to understand the truth is a very different reality than the happy; everything is just fine just as long as the silence is seldom broken. But the truth, the reality is that there is a reason that whenever an Arab is injured, be it by the Israeli Defense Force (IDF), the Israel Security Agency (Shin Bet), Israeli Border Police or any of the several local police departments and other security agents, it makes the news in virtually every news source within and outside of Israel and when an Israeli Jew is similarly injured it barely gets any mention often any further than a local report within Israel as a local story, one event is rare and the other happens multiple times every day. The lack of coverage by the major news agencies is the unfortunate fact that Israelis being assaulted only makes the news when a new type of terror attack breaks onto the scene and within a few days, weeks at most, when it becomes just another way that Israelis are attacked, maimed or even murdered, it is no longer news. When the injury is to an Arab, especially if it appears to be unprovoked or is blown up into an international crime of the century by the media manipulators, that is a story because it fits the evil oppressive occupier Israel as the murderer of innocents and it makes headlines around the world. When such attacks are subsequently found to be, as they often are, a case of an attempted terror attack which was unsuccessful and the Arab was injured or killed in the act of attempting a stabbing or was throwing Molotov firebombs or large rocks at motorists, the follow-up story is seldom plastered on headlines as that is not the preferred story, the reality the media desires to paint.

 

There are reports in the small news outlets, often what would be referred to as the Zionist news sources as if that makes their coverage unimportant as it has a message it wishes to convey as if the rest of the media could never be selling the world a story, a completely opposite story, almost every day of the week where an Israeli motorist was almost murdered except for what often has all the makings of a miracle as their vehicle was attacked, ambushed by a mob of Arabs, often referred to as Palestinians, hurling rocks ranging in size from bricks to bowling ball to cinderblock sizes and even larger which smashed through the Israeli motorists windshield and cause the vehicle massive damage sufficient to prevent it being drivable yet miraculously the vehicle managed to reach safety before completely failing as if collapsing from some horrific ordeal where the vehicle continued just far enough where its unexplainable efforts gave out. Those of us who are familiar with these events do not need pictures as we saw some of the initial coverage when these attacks first became news and realize that almost any recounting will sound incredible and as if exaggerated but often fall short of the actual events as the victim of such attacks often are more amazed and are more aware of their escape as if protected by some outside force gave them and their vehicle a helping hand, the helping hand often seen influencing events and their outcomes. News sources are not interested in the rock ambushes unless there is a gripping instance which makes such an attack noteworthy. Unfortunately that noteworthy news item is all too often a murdered Israeli family member and sometimes all the occupants of vehicles so attacked whose murder tears apart the rest of the family who were often in a vehicle which escaped ambush or were waiting for their family to return from an outing or from a religious observance. It is unfortunate that this is what it takes for such attacks to gain coverage but unless there are such tragedies such attacks happen multiple times every day. Some of these ambush attacks take place daily or weekly triggered by the knowledge that there will be numerous Jewish Israelis who by necessity must run these gauntlets past particular Arab towns. These rock attacks have become a part of living in Israel as a Jew or others who get caught up in such attacks, such non-news stories as the media has come to accept these events as the new normal.

 

Rock ambushes of Israeli motorists are not the only assaults which have become so common as to be considered not to be newsworthy. Rioting and throwing rocks, fireworks (the way incendiary and smaller explosive devices are referred to by Haaretz and others back when these were news items instead of the new normal) Molotov firebombs, pipe bombs and other devices at the security and police forces assigned to contain the violence on the Temple Mount face whenever the Arabs are dispatched to turn up the heat on Israeli forces often hoping to produce a news story. I know there are those out there right now seeing the Arab desire for generating a news story through an event which the news refuse to cover as these events have become, for the most part, no longer newsworthy. That is true unless one of the Arabs is injured by the anti-riot crowd dispersal devices used when such disturbances become overly threatening and dangerous and must be curtailed. Such devices include tear gas, rubber bullets, flash-bang grenades and other nonlethal methods which on occasion do cause a serious injury to an Arab which is then magnified and inflated into a tragic story of an innocent being set upon by Israeli thuggish police tactics simply used to harass Arabs and even injuring innocent Arabs who had not committed any act which warranted such a response such as what caused their injury. The mainstream media just eat these stories taking them whole swallowing the entire false narrative hook, line and sinker. Now there is something to report, an Arab was injured during rioting, who was rioting is never mentioned as these riots are not newsworthy and thus are a minor part of the story having little if any relevance to the injury of this innocent individual. Their being injured by rubber bullets fired at them as they were in the act of hurling a firebomb at the security forces on the Temple Mount is irrelevant. What is relevant is how this poor, innocent Arab was injured by Israeli police while he was attending religious observances on the grounds of the al-Aqsa Mosque (meaning anywhere within a couple of miles of the Temple Mount). It will never be mentioned that this particular religious observance was the after Friday prayers riot which is scheduled for most weeks for months on end which went unreported as only Israelis were injured even a Shin Bet officer requiring emergency room hospital treatment was unimportant but an Arab youth (any Arab under age thirty or so) was grievously injured (a serious bruise) requiring emergency medical treatment at the scene and follow-up treatment by Palestinian medical services (a Band-Aid at the scene replaced with a full forearm bandaging and arm-sling in case any reporter desires pictures) and will be followed up with a full press report possibly with the Arab youth who was injured who might answer the medias’ questions. If such follow-up press release will have the Arab youth appearing now in a wheelchair and sobbing when asked to retell what happened making this event another production of Pallywood Productions. These scheduled riots are often accompanied by their own media stringers armed with cameras varying from cellphones all the way to production quality video equipment all for the use by the media should any reactions from the assaulted IDF or other Israeli forces such as Border Police react with what can be shown to be using excess force against Arab simply protesting peaceably not acting in any manner that warranted such a response. The rock and firebomb throwing is always omitted from such coverage and the story is of an unprovoked Israeli heavy-handed response. These propaganda films and other use of Israelis having to use force to prevent harm to Israeli farms and the Israelis tending their property are sold complete with story to the media and are often taken without any fact-checking accepting at face value what they are told. The mainstream media, particularly the European media, are fully complaisant and freely act as agents for these fabrications, and all are aware that these reports are almost entirely fabrications fully edited for the required story line, the exact sort of editing which would be performed by the European media. Proof of such fabrications being performed by the European Media has become the now infamous al-Dura hoax as reported upon here and here.

 

Apart from these vehicle ambushes and the rioting, especially the rioting on the Temple mount which can be turned on and off simply by use of the sermons disseminating instructions on whether to riot or not any particular Friday especially and any day through Imams and other channels, there are other forms of violence which are seldom if ever reported upon. We seldom here outside of Israel, especially in the United States where anything other than the peace process or Arab victimization is relegated to the ash heap of forgotten or old news. There are at least two or three attempts to assault IDF, Border Police and Shin Bet officers and enlisted troops using knives or steel rods weekly. Most of these assaults are interceded and foiled before they are able to actually attack; such events really makes it into the no story to see here area and are almost invariably ignored, while some successfully injure an IDF or Border Police officer before being subdued almost exclusively through non-injurious means utilizing hand to hand combat techniques, another nonstory the media does not report. Knife attacks even on civilians rarely make news outside of Israel as don’t gang attacks of groups of young Arabs will set upon Haredi youths often waiting lying in ambush in the evening on routs often taken from studies to residences as such routes are well known. Even when such attacks include bladed and concussion style weapons resulting in blunt force traumas and bleeding wounds which often require hospital treatment and even overnight care in case of concussions. If these assaults were to be committed in the opposite direction having Haredi youths waiting in ambush to assault the Arab youths, that would be newsworthy as it would be a rare event and it also fits the narrative of the evil and violent Israelis victimizing the innocent Arabs.

 

The most recent strain of attacks which briefly made news a few months ago when they first appeared and have since dropped from view as they are considered old news as if the injuring of Israelis by running them over with a vehicle is not in and of itself newsworthy and only if the way in which one is injured and its newness quality is what makes such attacks newsworthy is not only a terribly cynical and slanted view on what makes news but also reeks of an anti-Semitic quality of the reporting. Possibly if the Israelis were to hold a rally and have over one million Israelis attend would the story become newsworthy. These attacks using cars and small trucks as extremely large caliber weapons speeding into crowds of Israelis waiting for busses or trains and other places where Jews might congregate have become nearly a daily affair with at least one such assault a day. These are horrific attacks often landing a number of Israelis, including Jews, Muslims, Arabs and Christians as all kinds of Israelis utilize the busses and trains. Often these attacks will target a series of groups on a route where one driver, usually Arab, will attempt to run over the people all along their morning commute choosing the bus stops where more than a dozen people are huddled. Other times these type of attacks strike at night. There is no telling when such an attack might strike at people waiting for transportation by mass transit. Below is a short video of an attack from a couple of nights back caught on a surveillance camera which happens to cover the intersection from a distance. One needs to view the clip carefully as the attack occurs at the right side of the intersection just under the pine tree. The darker vehicle which speeds very fast across the intersection is the vehicle which struck the four sixteen year old boys slightly hurting three and seriously injuring the fourth who remains in hospital as of this writing. As stated, it may take several run-throughs before you catch the teens having been struck, one rolls well into the cross street, we suspect he was the seriously injured young man. Please spread the video as such attacks must be made known to the world just as any undue violence against anybody, Jews, Arab, Hindu, Ukrainian, Russian, French, anyone. Until we as a people, as people on this small little rock learn to share the injuries of every victim of violence and raise our complaint, then who are we, and if not to yell about the violence now, then when. If you feel the pain that these youths felt when struck by a speeding vehicle, then you need to tell others, yell about it from the mountaintops, from YouTube, from every platform we can find, real world or in cyberspace. We need to stand for the innocents caught in senseless violence as we are all just one terror attack from becoming the next person hurt, the next life destroyed, the next person left lying in the street too hurt to even stand and limp off the road where I would be safer, even too weak to plead and shout out to the world, I am in pain from some lunatic who believed my death would empower them. They must not be allowed to claim their victory over my mangled body; they must not be permitted to celebrate their craven act; their terrorist attempt to murder somebody’s special child screams for justice. Shout so they can be heard; share so they will be known; help them not to be just another statistic; just share the video and explain this hatred that struck them with their vehicle; share and prove they can reach out from the hospital where they lie injured and in pain and yet able to reach so many. Perhaps that will be my victory over the senseless violence perpetrated upon us, yes, that will dull our pain, thanks to those who cared and shared.

 

 

 

 

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March 13, 2015

Surely it is March Madness

 

Usually for March Madness one fills in their brackets with the sixty-four teams and then predicts the winners of each down to the national championship. It takes skill, knowledge and a fair share of luck. The March Madness I am referring to is society seemingly busting at the seams everywhere one looks. The recent shooting in Ferguson, Missouri where somebody used the cover of the crowd protesting outside the police headquarters building to shoot two police standing outside the building striking one in the shoulder and the other in the face. These police were not part of any investigation, had not shot anyone had not done anything to warrant this shooting other than they were police officers in Ferguson. This was a horrific act of violence which is unfortunately not all that unexpected especially when remembering the shooting of two police officers in New York City who were merely sitting in their squad car and were police and thus deserving of whatever they got. Disrespect for societal norms and authority is once again growing across the world. The protests which have taken place in much of Europe have also had their share of riotous behavior and the breaking of police lines to assault specific targets often with ties to Jews such as Synagogues and Jewish Schools and Yeshivas.

 

On another front the actions of European governments and the European Union have started yet another campaign against Israel by financing and erecting buildings and placing Arab businesses or families into these structures immediately as the finishing touches are being applied. All of these structures have been placed in Area C where Arab building is forbidden by the Oslo Accords. Area C was presumed to remain a part of Israel according to the layout and the assignments of rights to the lands in Areas A, B and C. Area A was presumed to belong to the Arabs while Area C was presumed to remain a part of Israel and Area B was the part to be negotiated as to where the actual border would be placed. Obviously the Europeans have chosen to nullify the Oslo Accords as far as the restrictions upon the Arab side while altering the particulars to make the rules even more stringent and restraining on the Israelis. There may even start once more the idea that all of Jerusalem must remain undivided and as such all of Jerusalem must be rewarded to the Arabs once again and then demand a five, or maybe a ten or even a twenty mile wide thoroughfare complete with an eight lane highway, dual rails for passenger train traffic, a third and fourth rail lines for goods traveling between the two parts of the Arab entity, a special wide two lanes in each direction for busses and another three wide lanes in each direction for trucks and tractor trailers and other commercial traffic, rest areas appropriately set along a scenic path for those who desire to walk between Judea and Samaria to Gaza or the other direction. This causeway and thoroughfare right of way would also become owned by the Arabs completing their state. When Israel demands to know how they are supposed to make transit from north of this zone to south of this zone it would not be surprising for the European Union, United Nations and President Obama to be backing a plan that everything south of the Arab thoroughfare would now belong to the Bedouin Tribes and be formed into the first ever Bedouin State where any claiming to be Bedouins may raise their families and tend their flocks. Israel would then what, be warned any actions against this equitable settlement of every problem that they should take it quietly before the world comes up with further divisions of the lands and reasons every Jew must be removed until every Jew resides in Tel Aviv. Kidding aside, and there are those who will claim that this would be a fair start to an agreement if only it addressed whatever other claim that could be imagined, Israel had faced some rather astounding votes taken to denounce her or to refuse to allow any academic interactions.

 

Such was recently voted upon in the London University where over two-thousand students, professors and other staff voted on whether to boycott all of Israeli academic institutions. The results were revealing as seventy-three percent favored the ban and sixty percent of the professors supported the ban. Fortunately this was simply a nonbinding resolution as the fact that a mere four-hundred-twenty-five people refused to accept and approve this motion is a frightening prospect that the new anti-Semitism, the anti-Israel or often referred to as the anti-Zionist platforms and resolutions are often introduced. It comes complete with the similar refrains such as I am not against Jews, just the Israeli government and the existence of Israel. Talk to these anti-Israel types and they will inevitably prove to be anti-Zionist as well. When asked to list exact things the Israeli government has committed they inevitably list the theft of Arab lands and the Occupation of Gaza and the (West Bank) Judea and Samaria. When asked if they hold similar opposition against China or Turkey you will mostly get the deer in the headlamps stare of complete vapid dumbfounded stare. Then you need to slowly coax these afflicted people back to life or they will stand there until they collapse and are hospitalized for suffering from some unidentified ailment. It has a name and it is unaware or creeping anti-Semitism. You have to explain that China swallowed Tibet around 1951 and has illegally occupied Tibet ever since and that Turkey invaded Cyprus in July 1974 and took half the island before being stopped and there the armistice lines was drawn and Turkey cemented their claim and hold on the northern half of Cyprus by kicking out the Greek citizens residing there and brought in families from Turkey and gave them the vacated houses. Now, if your poor afflicted person appears to have regained their composure you can ask again about if they hold any other nation responsible for their occupations and see if they have internalized the information you provided, the likelihood is nothing will have changed.

 

The good news was the last Liberian has been released from the hospital marking their final Ebola victim to have received treatment. It appears the fears of a worldwide pandemic were a bit premature but they also restricted travel out of the afflicted areas and may have prevented the spread of Ebola further. The heroic acts by many healthcare professionals who volunteered and placed themselves in the midst of the outbreak of this deadly disease should be lauded with high praise. They were likely instrumental in preventing the spread of this epidemic into the world and making it a pandemic. What is a pity is that it takes an emergency before many of us turn our attentions to some of the people who need assistance the most and instead join the protest which only requires one’s attention and time for a Saturday afternoon or Sunday morning spent carrying a sign for those few hours each week. Perhaps if one is truly dedicated to the cause they camp out at the protest site over the weekend and display their dedication and definitely join up if there is planned a stronger statement where specific targets are to be targeted. At the other end of the spectrum, an American aid worker who had volunteered in Ebola infected Africa to aid in battling the epidemic has tested positive for Ebola and will be admitted to the National Institutes of Health Clinical Center in Bethesda, Maryland to be treated. Our hopes and prayers are with this goodhearted person struck by the very ailment they had sought to relieve and treat in others living with them in Africa.

 

Further, the war against ISIS has taken a few baby-steps in containing and possible taking back the city of Tikrit in Iraq. Meanwhile, the Iraqi military and the militias have shocked their United States trainers and imbedded advisors who have complained to the Iraqi government that these forces have been committing atrocities. The reports claim that some of the atrocities committed by the Iraqi forces border on the same level of violence and disrespect for those captured and in their custody as have been leveled on ISIS. This had disturbed their American trainers and if not rectified could lead to the removal of all United States trainers and other support personnel. State Department spokesperson Jen Psaki said the images amounted to “disturbing and serious allegations.” Below are a pair of photos the first reveals a captive being either hung while blindfolded and restrained or actually having been flung from what appears to be a guard tower with the second depicting a man who had recently been dragged by a yellow rope tied to his right ankle. Both are examples of treatment of prisoners which is unacceptable from a properly trained military and are acts expected of the likes of al-Qaeda and ISIS, not United States trained troops.

 

captive ISIS suspect hanging from guard tower by Iraqi forces

captive ISIS suspect hanging from guard tower by Iraqi forces

 

Captive ISIS fighter who has just been dragged by his right leg by Iraqi Special Operations Forces from the “Golden Brigades”

Captive ISIS fighter who has just been dragged by his right leg by Iraqi Special Operations Forces from the “Golden Brigades”

 

 

Meanwhile, in Washington D.C. the big news are the lost e-mails from her private internet server of Hilary Clinton. This is simply the latest in a maelstrom of troubles and tribulations which are surrounding Ms. Clinton leading some to question if she would even care to run for President and face an even more thorough investigation of her actions by a seeming hostile media. Of course the media cannot get tired of chasing down every lead or hint of misadventures by Hilary going forward. The real problem is that Hilary lacks in charm as much as her husband simply oozes charm which means every explanation she gives simply gets her deeper into the already deep mire of scandalous accusations. It is still our contention that Elizabeth Warren is the media chosen darling they hope will become the Democrat candidate for the 2016 Presidential elections. There are a number of potential candidates waiting in the wings but the odds of a democrat winning election to the White House is considered edgy as the odds of a candidate, other than the Vice President, of the same party who have held the White House for eight years are historically poor.

 

Also in the news is the continued fighting under the ceasefire in the Ukraine despite assurances from the Russians that they have nothing to do with the fighting. This leaves many to question where the rebel forces obtained their heavy weapons. Did they have howitzers in their basements, tanks and APCs in their garages and heavy machine guns hanging over the mantle atop the fireplace? The fighting in Syria continues with the death toll rising now estimated to be over two-hundred-thousand civilian lives alone and who knows how many fighters have died. In Nigeria media reports have apparently confirmed that elite South African mercenaries have joined with the forces at the front lines in Nigeria’s war against the extremist Islamic terrorists of Boko Haram. There is a fight worth waging but the world has mostly turned a blind eye to the struggles against Boko Haram which is just as necessary as is opposing ISIS. They have become one and the same as Boko Haram has officially tied themselves to ISIS and claim that they are fighting to establish the Caliphate. The same goes for the forces from Libya who have been announcing their intentions of invading Italy and taking control of Rome and with it Vatican City where they plan on making the cathedrals into Mosques and claiming supremacy over all of Christendom in the process. Such an assault would be a test for NATO and one which Putin would carefully watch for developments which might signal the death of NATO leaving additional nations Putin wishes to claim for Russia more readily assaulted if NATO has become ineffective by the witness to lack of concern or action in Italy. What a world we live in and yet, somehow we each and every one of us make it to the market and have milk in the refrigerator and can pop some popcorn and watch sports or other television allowing us the serenity of ignoring the crazy madness all around us.

 

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