Beyond the Cusp

May 25, 2016

Israeli and IDF Morality Irrelevant

 

We read and hear of the anti-Israel, anti-Zionist and anti-IDF protesters all repeating that everything Israel is immoral, of lesser rights, unjustifiable, everything negative that those who hate us believe they can make stick and our responding to them only strengthens their arguments. They use our defensiveness as proof that they have hit a nerve, found some hidden nugget of truth and thus that makes all their hateful messaging correct and true. It had nothing to do with Israel or the IDF. Every Western nation has sent their representatives of the government or military to Israel since the last war in Gaza against Hamas to learn two things, how to effectively gather the necessary intel on the terror groups operating in their nations and how to fight a just and moral war. The first has to do with technical items which we in Israel have depended upon to keep us alive. The second, how to fight a war even close to the level of morality and at best at avoiding civilian casualties against a foe using innocents as their bunkers against attack as Hamas and their ilk have taken to doing. So, there is sufficient proof that Israel is a just and merciful society and the real world outside of academia knows it leaving only the anti-Semites and those they can sweep off their feet with lies are against the truth. The sad thing is that they too know what Israel represents and that scares them more than anything else.

 

That brings us to the crux of the matter, why then if they know that Israel is just, moral and so above the level in act and purpose do they desire to tear us down and destroy us. The reason is twofold and half of it is because we are just, moral and so above the level in act and purpose. The truth is proven by our actions that Israel in its new revival is proof that there is a Creator and that that Creator is Hashem. Our return as a nation built in a single day is proof of Hashem and that Hashem is real; His covenant with the people of Israel who are the descendants of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob have returned to their Promised Land; and the covenant has again been verified. They are the equivalent of those who opposed the land of Israel back then and they too have survived unto this day. They live and breathe deceit and all those traits that Israel does not and our existence frightens them beyond belief. This is why they are sworn to tear us down.

 

If these are the modern idolaters and worshipers of the false gods such as the tribes that rose against Israel in the Bible, the Old Testament, then how is it they were not vanquished over time. The truth is their original societies did fall but the people continued on. Many were converted to modern faiths and the majority held no religious belief beyond the worship of man as the ultimate entity, the supreme beings above all else. To these heathens the human being is god and they are the leading example of this truth. They still have their pantheon of gods and it is they and they must tear down the proof of any Higher Creator which disproves all that they believe and hold as truth. If there is a Creator then their rules and beliefs all crumble before Hashem and Hashem’s covenant is the proof of Hashem’s existence. As long as there are inheritors of the land of Israel who serve Hashem and keep the covenant then there is a Creator, a Higher Being and man is but one of Hashem’s creations, perhaps His greatest creation, but still simply one of those created and placed here by Hashem. This they must destroy.

 

Church of the Holy Sepulchre and Dome of the Rock Jerusalem circa 1860 in disarray and in ruin after centuries of disrepair and lack of concerns or interest

Church of the Holy Sepulchre and Dome of the Rock
Jerusalem circa 1860 in disarray and in ruin
after centuries of disrepair and lack of concerns or interest

 

Thus the best way to destroy the fact that there exists a Creator is to cast those who serve and enjoy a covenant with Hashem down and make the holders of His covenant to be craven low beasts who are less than men and thus we are to be cast as jealous and weaker beings because of our false beliefs of which the most preposterous and most vile is this belief that mankind is not the highest of all life forms and that it is our weakness that we follow Hashem and his covenant to toil and care in the lands granted us by Hashem’s promise. They must divide up this land and steal as much as possible for as long as those who hold this covenant with Hashem do not possess all of the Promised Lands, then the promise has been broken. This is what is behind every attempt to establish two states for two peoples within the lands between the Jordan and the Sea as these are the lands Hashem did promise to Abraham and to Isaac repeatedly in the Bible, in Torah. Having taken Gaza is not sufficient as they know that the ancient Hebrew tribes did not necessarily have Gaza as part of the Promised Lands but they know without a doubt that Judea and Samaria were part of the Promised Lands and they know that Jerusalem, especially the Temple Mount, were crucial parts, the heart, one might say, of the Promised Lands. So they claim that these lands were never the holdings of the Hebrew People of the Bible as described in Torah as those are simply stories with no truth. They know as long as they cast doubt on the validity of the Bible and Torah in particular, then they have negated the covenant, denied the fulfillment of Hashem’s promise to return his children to the lands that Hashem had promised them as their inheritance. The covenant was that the Hebrew tribes would tend the land and the land would reward them as long as they served Hashem by keeping the laws and observing the words of Torah and thus receiving the rains and water for the land such that it would sustain them.

 

The fact that the IDF is such a moral fighting force is further proof that those serving Israel are also serving the will of Hashem as they guard the Promised Lands for Hashem’s people and keep them safe. Look at the first wars fought to reestablish Israel and there are miracles galore. Virtually any military historian will try and give a thousand and one reasons that the nascent Israeli Defense Forces which were nothing but some ragtag collection of groups which had been terrorizing and harassing the British to get them to leave as the land was no longer worth their time and efforts, a formula which worked but also saw some British officers from World War II recently decommissioned taking a new assignment upon themselves to aid the Arab armies of Jordan, Egypt, Iraq and others and they did so even in some instances sharing command advisory positions cooperating with Nazi officers also from World War II. The Arab armies had air forces, armored divisions and thousands of men for every Israeli fighting and had many Arab villages behind the Israeli lines ready to strike at the rear disrupting the Israeli, the Jewish efforts and allow for an easy victory. This was not to be as Hashem had promised that we would return and tend the lands once again for Hashem and he would care for us and provide as long as we kept our side of the bargain.

 

The efforts under way using discrediting accusations of immorality of actions and impure acts by the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) in any effort, they have been forced to fight against a relentless set of foes. The Six Day War was just as much a miracle as was the wars of 1948 and 1949. The Yom Kippur War was an even greater miracle than was the Six Day War and there have been those miracles witnessed by so many IDF troops and some have become stalwarts known by many throughout the world. They must all be proven to be anything but the miracles they are so when they are recounted they are claimed and sworn by Israel’s detractors to be fables and Israelis nothing but boastful liars. Those making these accusations know who is doing the lying but as lies are the stock of their trade, what else could one think. They also use the traces of anti-Semitism to gain any additional following that will join just because they oppose Jews, that is another front to this entire assault upon Israel. These people who appear, and there is a concerted effort to achieve this result, to be a loosely strung groups of grassroots gathering is a highly organized and well-financed assault upon Israel and the love of Hashem. This is highly funded by the Palestinian Authority, the United Nations, the European Union, Oxfam, numerous other NGOs, numerous governments from every corner of the globe and incorporating some of the most deeply pocketed nations on the planet and even some so far in debt they cannot see the top of the hole, and all from small to large, right to poor, apparently religious to completely secular, free to dictatorial, professing morality to the most hedonistic all group together as they all rely on the Hebrew Creator, Hashem, be proven false by breaking his covenant which requires the destruction of Israel.

 

Getting to the bottom and finding the dark core requires a long and often seemingly fruitless endeavor as one peels back the layers of this onion and at its core one will find a small number of individual seed cores, the Vatican, the Palestinian Authority backed by Sunni Muslims, Iran and Shiite Muslims, and a core group of secular humanist anti-religious NGOs. This would appear to be a group completely unrelated and potentially adversarial but they all have as their greatest enemy the covenant the Children of Israel have with Hashem as to each should that covenant and special relationship prove valid and true then their entire defining principles and core beliefs go up in a puff of smoke. For that reason and that reason alone these groups would stand with Satan, a nonentity in Judaism as there is no deity, even of sin and the underworld (hell), other than Hashem and all supreme power lies with Hashem, the Creator who came before and will be after and exists in all He Created and there is a truth to hang one’s hat (or yarmulke) on. Hashem promised the land to the seed of Abraham and Isaac for eternity and our exiles were punishments for not following the playbook, the Torah, and using it as our guide for a happy and fruitful life.

 

We are now being gathered as promised by the prophets and our ingathering is being facilitated by these anti-Semites who are spreading their virus of hate infecting the world. The Muslim World had this virus from their inception. So too the Roman Catholic Church and a fair number of the Protestant reformers and the idolaters too have had it from the start and others were gathered along the way all aligned to destroy Hashem’s jewel, a land that never gave its bounty up to any other but always favored the Children of Israel, not by accident. Has it never struck anyone as unexplainable that places on earth where there has never been a Jew for people to meet are still rank with Jew hatred and thus Israel hatred? Another item which is often called an anomaly as Jew hatred is considered the norm, almost every nations which has had a catastrophe which all but wiped their peoples off the map, the earthquakes in Haiti, Nepal and Japan, the typhoon in the Philippines and Viet Nam and countless other places where Israel was the first aid in and first hospital up and running and the last to leave and often leaving behind fully stocked clinics for remote places or particularly bad areas such as an orphanage in Haiti or a remote village deep in the interior in the Philippines and in each clinic they also left a few key people to train and when they left their final act was to assure that the monitors all worked, all the equipment was calibrated, the stocks filled, and then the tearful good-byes and these places who have met real Israelis love Israel, and that is how it will remain, where Israel touches the world it will heal. Where Israel is rebuked and maligned they will remain pitted in petty differences and hatreds and eventually eat their civilized world and all will be lost. It may sound insane but Israel is the world’s future or the world will become a place of perpetual darkness and that will end poorly for mankind. Learn to witness what Israel is and not the lies you have been told. Is Israel perfect, no, but Hashem is and in His service and in keeping His Torah we are slowly getting closer.

 

Doctor Tali Shaltiel of IsraAid an Israeli Humanitarian Relief NGO funded by donations and Israeli government as part of IDF relief efforts wades into the water to take a small Syrian child from drowning after her rubber raft she and other refugees had overturned

Doctor Tali Shaltiel of IsraAid an Israeli Humanitarian Relief NGO
funded by donations and Israeli government as part of IDF relief efforts
wades into the water to take a small Syrian child from drowning
after her rubber raft she and other refugees had overturned

 

One last point, what about those who are secular and fight against the religious inside Israel amongst her Jews? Their numbers shrink every year, every month, every week and every hour. The IDF is becoming an army of religious and believing Israelis who worship Hashem. This scares the top generals as has become evident in a small crisis centered around the General Staff and former Defense Minister Ya’alon. That is an example of the IDF moving in a correct direction and the top will change as those below it in the chain of command have changed. Israel still has a way to go but she is heading there as your read. We are getting there as well and the ride has had its challenges but it has also had rewards beyond description. A number of years ago while still in the United States this article would have been beyond our knowledge and now it is our daily lives. That itself is a testament to Hashem and the way Hashem permeates these lands. It may take centuries or it may already be happening. But all what Hashem promised will come to be, Period.

 

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May 11, 2016

Israel Remembrance and Independence Day

 

Today is Memorial Day (Yom Hazikaron), and tomorrow is Israeli Independence Day (Yom Haatzmaut). On the Gregorian calendar it will be on Sunday, May 15, but on our Hebrew calendar it is tomorrow. There will be fireworks and celebratory activities all across this small but vital nation and the vitality will definitely be on display for all to see. But that independence came at a price which must be respected and have its day which is why we have Remembrance Day, or Memorial Day, one day before, today. Today we mourn all those lost to anti-Semitic terrorism, anti-Zionist terrorism and anti-Israel terrorism which have a shared root directly related to Independence Day and a more historic foundation, for some possibly remembrance also goes back in their hearts ever further than the official definitions. Officially we are remembering all those lost to terrorist strikes, all our soldiers lost in the battles and wars we have been forced to fight to continue to even have a nation, the six million souls lost in the Holocaust and for me the souls lost to the wars fought as recorded in the Bible and to all the pogroms, cleansings and other atrocities all but impossible to imagine from both sides of the great history of the Jewish People. Most people are familiar with only the modern anti-Semitic history of Europe and Russia and are unfamiliar with the similar history for those Jews who resided amongst the Arab world as well as Spain where when the Muslims were pushed back across Gibraltar and back into Northern Africa that the Jews too were cleansed from Spanish lands despite that the Jews were often victims alongside the Christians when there was persecution in Muslim lands against the non-Muslims. And then there was the particularly troublesome part in the Holy Lands.

 

The conquest of the Holy Lands by Islam, then the Crusaders, then Islam, then more Crusaders and finally Islam, took its toll on the Jews still residing in our homeland but powerless to free it of either curse. Both were a curse as when the Muslims attacked, the Jews were slaughtered right along with the Christians; and when the Crusaders attacked, the Jews were slaughtered right along with the Muslims. The one constant was whoever was trying to conquer the Holy Land and Jerusalem in particular, the Jews were always on the wrong side as far as the attackers were concerned and often we were also seen as part of the enemy to whoever was defending against the attack; so the killing of Jews wholesale was always the outcome. These Jews I also remember because their only sin was to be living in our natural and ancient homeland. We had been thriving in this homeland when these forces of religious intolerance were still sacrificing their own to idols, before the Roman Empire, before Alexander the Great, before Darius and Cyrus and the Persians and before the Babylonians and Phoenicians and were only preceded by the Egyptians of that era, a different group than today’s Egyptians, the Minoans and the Hittites, Moabites and other peoples who existence has disappeared into the dust and only records stand in edifices still baffling modern engineers and archeologists. All the fallen throughout Jewish history should be remembered even if they also have their own holiday as they also were defenders of these lands.

 

 

Sculpture Dedicated to Soldiers Depicting Fallen Soldier

Sculpture Dedicated to Soldiers Depicting Fallen Soldiers

 

 

One might ask why dampen our spirits one day before our celebrating the wondrous miracle of the reestablishment of our ancient land into the modern world? The answer is so that we never forget and Never Again has additional meanings. And not to fret, the greatest transition in a national mood can be witnessed tonight as Jews across Israel go from somber remembrance to unbridled joy in a matter of seconds. We have had a history which has prepared us well for such shifts in our national mood. Remember Haman from the Megillah of Esther where we went from condemned to all be murdered across the Persian Empire in a single day and were instead decreed we would be permitted to defend ourselves without punishment from the King and we triumphed and survived by the thinnest wisp of smoke once again. We had faced similar threats before and would again and again as we are again today as most of the Islamic world has sworn to destroy us starting with our “partners for peace” the Arab Palestinians and Hamas, Hezballah, Islamic State and Iran and those are just for starters. Do not get us going down this road because it is not a road for great worry, we have faced these odds before and we are still here, and I do mean here as in right here in our ancient homelands where we belong no matter what the United Nations or the community of nations and a special shout down to the European Union and all the rest in Europe who support whoever is fighting against Israel despite our posing them no threat. We have survived threats just as severe before and we will very likely face others just as dire in the future. When your peoples have survived for over three-thousand-years you have some history and you have faced threats to end your existence and survived and thus are confidant, rightfully so, that you will continue to do so.

 

There are stories of rulers from France to Russia to the tips of Africa where they asked their wise men and advisors to define or explain such concepts as eternity, the Creator and a whole list of other things which defy definition as they imply that which is limitless and will last throughout the ages even well beyond their empire or other human measure of time and the answer given was always the Jews. Mark Twain once wrote, “The Eternal Jew” which reads:


If statistics are right, the Jews constitute but one percent of the human race. It suggests a nebulous dim puff of stardust lost in the blaze of the Milky Way. Properly, the Jew ought hardly to be heard of, but he is heard of, has always been heard of. He is as prominent on the planet as any other people, and his commercial importance is extravagantly out of proportion to the smallness of his bulk.

His contributions to the world’s list of great names in literature, science, art, music, finance, medicine, and abstruse learning are also away out of proportion to the weakness of his numbers. He has made a marvelous fight in this world, in all the ages; and had done it with his hands tied behind him.

He could be vain of himself, and be excused for it. The Egyptian, the Babylonian, and the Persian rose, filled the planet with sound and splendor, then faded to dream-stuff and passed away; the Greek and the Roman followed; and made a vast noise, and they are gone; other people have sprung up and held their torch high for a time, but it burned out, and they sit in twilight now, or have vanished.

The Jew saw them all, beat them all, and is now what he always was, exhibiting no decadence, no infirmities of age, no weakening of his parts, no slowing of his energies, and no dulling of his alert and aggressive mind.
All things are mortal but the Jew; all other forces pass, but he remains. What is the secret of his immortality?”

 

His commentary is a good place to leave these thoughts. Today in Synagogue we will all say prayers of remembrance and tomorrow we will quote prayers which are triumphant, one of the rare moments we do so. Then again, after three-thousand-years we have good reason to celebrate the fact we are still here to attend services but first to the memory of all who made our continued existence their worthy sacrifice and to Hashem who has walked with them whether they knew so or not. And perhaps that is the thread that binds the Jew to their heritage and gives them their spark, Hashem and His Torah which has been the glue that binds every Jew to his brothers and sisters no matter their path through the ages. Our thanks to our soldiers, our defenders and a remembrance to those from amongst our midst, the great sacrifices that were made and to our future; and may it serve Hashem well, with pride and humility, another opposing set of ideals we Jews have learned to hold simultaneously, or are at least still mastering.

 

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December 9, 2015

How Should Israel Handle The PA Impending Disintegration?

 

The rumblings have been echoing for some time punctuated every so often with the threats by Mahmoud Abbas to close up the Palestinian Authority (PA) shop and give the keys to Netanyahu shrilly echoing for days as the United States State Department, Secretary of State, European Union Foreign Minister (strange how Federica Mogherini was a change of face from Lady Catherine Ashton but absolutely no policy alteration at all) and other various politicians and heads of state all of whom panic at any threat Abbas iterates as they shiver in fear of the unknown. The latest signal that Abbas is either losing his grasp on the PA leadership or is intentionally shattering it smashing its withering remains in shots at Israel hoping the resulting reactions allow all blame to be once again laid at Israel’s door as the world cannot permit the PA to fail as that will end their reason for slowly chipping Israel out of existence. That has been the world’s not so secret, secret game originally the auspice of the Soviet Union who formed the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) and stole the name Palestinian from its historic meaning of the Jews in the British Mandate up through the founding of Israel and began the reforming the history of the Zionist movement and giving it an Arab twist inventing the Palestinian Arabs as if they were separate from the other Arabs of the region, a falsehood easily found refuted by Arabs themselves much to the KGB’s frustrations. The PLO was transformed into the tamer and Western acceptable PA through the Oslo Accords which failed before the ink dried as the PA leader, Yasser Arafat, immediately refused to end incitement, terrorist activities, or recognize Israel. Mahmoud Abbas has been Arafat’s twin and served as Arafat’s second in command and took control immediately starting investigations as to how the Israelis had murdered Yasser Arafat. Mahmoud Abbas knew as did Yasser Arafat before him and has since become evident to all but the most hopelessly dream-weaving leftists that the PA was used as a false front so the PLO could continue to kill and murder Israelis, Jews, and do so complaining the entire time that the Jews were driving them to terrorism and there had the assistance of much of the western world replacing the dead Soviet Benefactors the KGB. The PLO was desperate for a new source of funding and the European anti-Zionist and anti-Israel and anti-Semites driving desire to give the PLO sufficient air of respectability to fund its terrorism while cover of formal Oslo Accords to hide behind but all knew the façade was failing and the system was a sclerotic corpse that has one foot in its grave and the other slipping fast.

 

The latest sign that the PA is disintegrating before our eyes, even if in very slow motion, when an attack took place last week Thursday in which Preventive Security Services member Mazen Aribe of the ruling elite of the PA opened fire on Israel Defense Forces (IDF) soldiers near the Hizme checkpoint. IDF soldiers responded killing their assailant, the PA’s Mazen Aribe. This assault on the IDF is impossible for the PA elite and Chairman Mahmoud Abbas are unable to claim that the PA had no connection to this blatant act of aggressions and terrorism. It was but for the grace of Hashem and their training which prevented any IDF fatalities or injuries. One might have assumed the PA to be silent at best and try to claim their Minister had been enraged by some invented outrage at the presence of the IDF at their regular post or other crazed lie to try and slide the blame onto Israel and then plead for Western governments to prevent any Israeli reprisals. But no, the PA doubled down. PLO and PA negotiator Saeb Erekat was joined by the Mayor of Jericho who paid an official visit to the home of Mazen Aribe’s family. This may bring one to question whether the PA will continue to pretend to assist Israel with security enforcement or is it about to take off its false façade and show the real ugly terror ridden scowling beast hidden beneath? Even if the PA and Israel continue pretending they are working in earnest to fight against terrorism, there is no way with this development that Israeli security forces can completely trust the information given by the PA as they are just as likely giving Israel just that information which allows Israel to inhibit any rival terrorist groups such as Hamas, Islamic Jihad or even potentially the Islamic State. There are advantages to such cooperation but if the PA is near to collapse, perhaps disintegration is a more apt description, then with the end in sight the survival of each of its ruling elite before they face the people without the security services protection they would be more apt to be seeking an escape route along with their millions in stolen wealth. The coming weeks will take watching but then again, we may not need be so patient.

 

 

Dolls Intercepted Intended Shipment for Palestinian Authority Merchants for Child Incitement Towards Terror Related Acceptance and Normalization

Dolls Intercepted Intended Shipment
for Palestinian Authority Merchants
for Child Incitement Towards Terror
Related Acceptance and Normalization

 

 

There was a recent interception made of a shipment of four-thousand dolls for the PA and Palestinian Arab merchants. These dolls were of a special and particular variety as seen in the image above. They are terrorists in their dress replete with a stone for throwing clutched in an upturned arm ready for throwing. This is the doll that there must be a high demand for if there is an order for four-thousand dolls ordered as that requires great faith that they will sell and sell well and bring a decent profit as the price would probably greatly exceed the risk of getting them past customs relying on volume to get any package labeled ‘dolls’ would not raise suspicions. Sometimes inspectors get fortunate and open the right box and sometimes they have a good reason for opening the right box and lastly these may not have been the first and upon intelligence of such dolls being sold, then customs would be looking for every box marked ‘dolls’ to check the kind and prevent additional such dolls reaching their intended vendors and corrupt more young and innocent minds. The idea that there is a market for such dolls that such large quantity was ordered is simply astonishing. One can wager that either these were not the first or that there were some PA officials behind the order guaranteeing their sales at a premium price or the PA would reimburse the vendor. We cannot prove any such cooperation of the PA but we can suspect as we please and something from our past twenty years in retail sales tells me this was an obvious buy or there were guarantees by the manufacturer placing these on consignment, most unusual but possible, or guarantee by some member of the governance, the PA. Whatever the situations surrounding the order of these dolls, the obvious market is not one found in any normal market that most of us are familiar with. Who buys any newborn to two year old, the target age this doll might be targeting considering its size, and considers it anything but a horrific parenting and formative choice for their child or as a present that would be acceptable by a family or close friend’s young child? This is not a present in any normative and healthy society by any standard based on Judeo-Christian society, Oriental Far Eastern society, or numerous other cultures, but we have held that Palestinian society, both under the PA and that in Gaza under Hamas (and if one desires to add the latest model bursting on the scene the Islamic State or ISIS) was nowhere near a normative society.

 

Israel needs to be prepared for the moment that Abbas, Rabbo, Erekat and other PA high officials head for safer pastures leaving so fast they left the doors wide open and the keys still on the table and half drank cups of coffee set down in apparent haste leaving the entirety of the PA government all but disbanded and officially dead. This situation will place the tens of thousands of PA government employees without any means of support; the same situation is in effect for the entirety of the extensive Security Force, Force 17, Police and other units which are often simply members from al-Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigades so as to funnel funds through these employed individuals bringing the total number of armed PA forces of all the varying forms, many with United States military tactics and operational expertise, approaches if not exceeds two-hundred-thousand strong. Additionally, Israel can expect many of the Security Forces and Police to return to the terror units they likely never actually quit and the remainders will either follow in suit or decide to form assault units and attack every checkpoint targeting IDF, Border Police and other Israeli units. Some of the ones left behind holding the bag may decide their best hope is to attempt to join Israel by handing in their likely Israeli issued weapon while others may prefer to go out in a blaze of final glory and commit a heinous assault similar to the recent attacks in Paris. The chaos and potential for violence as disparate groups try to assault an area they desire to set up their little fiefdom while the original larger families will resume what they see as the original ruling classes. There are around seven of these families which Israel should put feelers out to them and see what side of the fence they sit.

 

Israel had best be ready to mobilize and grasp the lands of Judea and Samaria making the border the Jordan River as it should be. This is the time Israel will have merely a few hours to neutralize the entirety and reasserted complete control which is the final and correct standing the world has attempted to prevent and simply refused to allow a permanent state with all its borders and defined. There will be massive ramifications far beyond the security as the EU will demand of Israel to find a new person to lead the PA and continue the talks while bringing him up to speed. The effort to victimize Israel began the minute the start of May 15, 1949. Truth be told, the fight to prevent the birth of the Jewish State began in the initial days when the movement to take the majority of the land, over three quarters, by founding Transjordan and placing the Hashemites in a position of leadership as the monarchs ruling the lands east of the Jordan River. The next step the British used, which has ramification reaching into the problems facing Israel and part of why the PA is on the verge of splintering, the British promise to limit Jewish entry into the lands always leaving an Arab majority thus preventing the forming of a Jewish State. This was accomplished by the use of White Papers which limited the rate of entry by Jews which proved costly as it left the Jews who wished to flee nowhere that they could run as no nation was willing to receive them and the Promised Land was cut off by the British with their quota system limiting the number of Jews such that there would always be an Arab majority thus assuring the Arabs that no Jewish State would be permitted. This also caused the British to permit almost any Muslim to enter the areas under their promise to prevent ever any Jewish majority.

 

This left the Jews with no escape option which led quickly to the inevitable slaughter which became known as the Shoah, the Holocaust. The horrors of the Shoah shocked the world into finishing fulfilling their promise of a State for the Jewish People yet the British still were refusing the entry of the survivors of the Shoah, Jews with nowhere to go and no country would grant them asylum claiming they should return to the town of birth, something which resulted in the death for a number of Jews who had attempted just such a solution. The birth of the State of Israel, the State for the Jewish People, gave Jews the world over a place of last resort should once again anti-Semitism become the prevailing winds as is currently the case. It was the lifting of British rule over the remainder of the British Mandated Lands which allowed for the homeless Jews of Europe to finally make port in Israel. Not long after and continuing for almost a decade, one Arab nation after another across the Middle East and North Africa forced the majority of their Jews out where many came to find refuge in Israel as well, forced to leave their wealth, business holdings, bank accounts allowing them with one or two suitcases of their belongings to leave with them. The Jews expelled from their, in many instances, home of their family dating back to over two thousand years and bore witness to the dispersion predicted in the Bible would now need pack for the fraught with fear of the unknown as they made their way to Israel. They were mostly welcomed but also presented a problem as the sheer numbers caused a shortage of everything. The Jews forced from their homes and world by the Muslims were another refugee situation which equaled or exceeded the numbers claimed by PA but with one crucial difference; the Jewish refugees were taken into the Israeli society and though this had a ripple effect, it was not the last time a nation would allow their Jews to return despite any problems such refugees may cause as that too is part of the Jewish State’s purpose. The infusion of Jews during several points such as the Russian Jews arrived in multiple waves which were handled and the refugees absorbed into Israeli Society.

 

That is the defining difference between the two societies, the Jews cannot even dream of not welcoming their brothers and sisters and incorporating them as seamlessly as possible into the society aiding them regardless of where they decide to settle though there do exist incentives to have them live in the periphery away from the Tel Aviv-Jerusalem corridor as the outer areas are under populated. The Arabs, on the other hand, placed their refugees from any conflict with Israel into camps where they were denied the right to work, own land, freedom of movement, citizenship, educations for their youth who were instead filled with hate, and used as pawns in the fight to destroy Israel. These people are kept in refugee camps and their families are cursed by their own people as the mantle of long suffering refugee is passed on from one generation to the next such that the original number of Arab refugees was estimated to be five-hundred-thousand to as high as seven-hundred-fifty-thousand and now count as topping five-million refugees, a growth rate that makes any solution less possible and the tactic of using people’s lives as weapons against Israel and the Jewish People with this demographic threat. If the PA disintegrates, do these people be permitted their lives back? We were just wondering. What is truly frightening is some of these camps, such as the one outside Gaza City or in Jenin, exist within the lands already under autonomous or semiautonomous rule but are reserved as they are not to be permitted to live amongst their own people, nope, they must be used as a weapon to destroy Israel because that is what the refugees, the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), the PA, the PLO, Hamas, Islamic Jihad, the entirety of the support for Boycott, Divestment and Sanction Movement (BDS), various United Nations and other Human Rights groups who earn their daily bread based upon solely their hatred of Israel and only Israel, the European Union efforts and numerous NGOs with so many other groups on college campuses which have a scope and financing which can only come from some nation state or group of states funding these massive anti-Israel, anti-Zionist and blatantly anti-Semitic groups.

 

I hear them already, hey BTC, we are not anti-Semitic as we have a number of Jews who are members of our group. First off, just because one was born as a Jew does not mean they are a practicing or even knowledgeable Jew who has even a rudimentary knowledge of Torah, the first five book of the Bible, the Five Books of Moses, the foundation upon which all of Judaism and much of the functioning of the world appears to be predicated upon which in and of itself is an astonishing statement for a book written most likely three-thousand years ago. Secondly, if you hate and protest only Israel and believe only Israel causes the world’s problems, then you are claiming that only the Jews do not deserve to have their own nation on its ancient and historic background then you, my friend if I may be so familiar, are an anti-Semite. That is the reality and the argument has been made by many far more erudite than we ourselves are capable of matching as our command of the English language languishes by comparison to the like of many others such as Mr. O’Reilly, Mr. Limbaugh, Ms. Coulter, Mr. Colmes and many other talk show stars as they are required to have vast vocabularies as being both wordsmiths and retort artists requires one to be capable of speaking above their guest’s head when all else is failing them. Here at BTC we are about purveying our core principles and explaining things so as to enlighten and possibly provide a view not found in the mainstream of the media. We are not here to replace or compete but to enhance and illuminate. We also try and amuse when the topic allows, something which is sadly so difficult as the issues are becoming more rushed and dire and that frightens us but we still know that forewarned is forearmed. Well, this need go to the copy editor for the critique of our rough draft which we then address the points when required, so hopefully this makes it into the final copy, be observant out there as that is the best way to remain safe.

 

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