Beyond the Cusp

July 12, 2016

End the Charade and Keep Your Promises

 

For all too many people there exists so much confusion and misinformation about Israel and whose lands are whose and what are facts and what are fictions. We hear about facts on the ground and some very positive and definitive facts have been found in the grounds as well as on them throughout the lands between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean Sea. What might surprise some is that further facts similar to these have been unearthed but either destroyed or left buried once identified east of the Jordan River, throughout the Golan Heights, in Lebanon south of the Litani River and in a swath cutting across Syria all the way to the Euphrates River. These facts exist in a simple but nearly permanent form of artwork known to exist throughout history, mosaics, in particular, mosaic floors. These stones, unless intentionally shifted and scrambled, can be restored to near their former beauty simply through cleaning the stones and perhaps some restoration around the edges or along a seam where the earth itself cracked during an earthquake or similar disruption. These mosaics mostly date back well before the Persians or the Greeks and definitely the Romans conquered these lands and existed during the Biblical times and represent the historic events immediately after their happening and representing them exactly as told when these legends were the facts of their day.

 

Mosaic in Israel shows biblical Samson

Mosaic in Israel shows biblical Samson

 

Most of these mosaics represent Biblical stories which are familiar to virtually any person who attended religious school where the Old Testament was studied even in a cursory fashion as these were the stories that struck awe and let little imaginations run wild and these were the types of heroes that a child would remember throughout their lives.

 

The story of Samson, whose strength was in proportion to the length of his hair, who can forget such a story, would have resonated today. Here we have a single mother put down and in the lowest caste of society praying not for herself but for her son to be a great leader. She promises to obey Hashem and never cut his hair and Hashem will favor her son with strength as his hair is long. She desires her son do well by the family name and bring it honor and this single mother thus sacrifices of herself to help all Israel with her son becoming a success. Everything she could have ever dreamt would come to be the story of her son. Just as promised, Hashem would accept Samson as a servant and Samson would free the Jews from Philistine rule.

 

Hashem blessed Samson with inhuman strength which he used against the Philistines, that is when he was not chasing Philistine women and marrying them, a failing which was his downfall. After Dalila cut his hair and turned the weakened Samson over to the Philistines they gouged his eyes blinding him and they mocked him but somebody grew lax and his hair grew long again. Then there was his final command performance before the Philistine King and Queen and every important Philistine in a grand spectacle where they were to marvel over the captured Jew whose strength they had all so feared back when he could use the jaw bone of a donkey and it would be as effective as any sword in his hands and he slew Philistines with such a weapon. The ending is that Samson pulled the supporting pillars of the arena collapsing the viewing stands bringing the house down, what a performance, and he slew the entire Philistine leadership that day and gave his life to free Israel of Philistine rule. A mosaic with ancient Hebrew letters telling the story was found dating from immediately after the Israelites regained their lands from the attacking Philistines.

 

Fish swallowing an Egyptian soldier in a mosaic scene depicting the splitting of the Red Sea from the Exodus story from the 5th-century synagogue at Huqoq, in northern Israel

Fish swallowing an Egyptian soldier in a mosaic scene
depicting the splitting of the Red Sea from the Exodus story
from the 5th-century synagogue at Huqoq, in northern Israel

 

This Mosaic was found in an area known as the Galilee which was very prevalent in ancient Israel and was the farmlands which supported the Israelite state. As important as were these lower relatively flat lands to the continued existence of the state of Israel as a people need to eat, the hills to the east were the tactical lands which also were used for shepherds as they tended their sheep. These hills were where the Israelites preferred to meet their enemies as the lands made infantry and chariots all but impossible to wield and heavy infantry would quickly tire chasing light infantry, slingers and archers up and down the slopes and across rocky terrain features. Further, the Israelite were very familiar with the lands and knew its hiding places, its tactically important ridges where one would be well above on a steep slope, and areas of concealment such as caves with small or hidden entrances. These were the lands where the Israelite light infantry was successful in repulsing enemies and dispatching even the Roman Legions on the uprisings which were successful in winning independence from Roman Rule, even if only temporarily as the Romans had far greater manpower and could send sufficient Legions such that the Roman men in arms outnumbered the Israelite population including women and children. Still, from time to time the Romans were chased from Israelite lands as the Israelite forces made it simply not economically prudent to continue the war. When the time came to retake the trade routes which passed through the lands and often through Jerusalem, the Israelite capital, the Romans, Greeks, Persians and others through history would arrive on the Israelite borders in numbers which put fear into the bravest of hearts.

 

This would include the Wars of 1948, 1967 and 1973 (War for Independence, Six Day War, and Yom Kippur War) which were all fought in response to acts of war and Israel defending her lands. In Israel’s War of Independence she faced a half dozen national armies which assaulted on her first day as a nation and in this war Israel lost territory including Gaza, and section of Judea and Samaria which Jordan renamed West Bank but their three thousand year old names cannot be erased thus the names of Judea and Samaria better define these lands than any invented name to conceal their natural histories. These same lands were liberated in the Six Day War as well as conquering the Golan Heights and Sinai Peninsula. Israel returned the Sinai Peninsula to Egypt who refused to resume their claims to Gaza returning these lands to Israeli rule. Likewise, Israel even offered to return the lands originally lost in 1948 and liberated in 1967 to Jordan as under Jordanian rule the Jews were expelled from their lands under threat of extermination and fled into Israel in the weeks after the Jordanians expelled them from their land and thus the area had become mostly Arab and many Jordanians but Jordan refused the land and the Arabs remain on the land as the Jews were not the Jordanians and did not expel the conquered people but permitted them remain and work their lands. These Arabs eventually were granted independent autonomy within Israel and thus led to the Palestinian Arabs demand for a homeland invented in 1964 and initially defined as Israel not claiming the West Bank then owned by Jordan but as soon as Jordan lost these lands then the entirety of the lands between the River and the Sea became their rallying demand, replace Israel, not share land with the Jews as the goal was to exterminate the Jews which was expounded by the Mufti of Jerusalem and has been the intent of the Palestinian Arab cause ever since. They do not want two lands for two people, they want simply one people and the Jews slaughtered.

 

The Huqoq synagogue mosaics from the 5th century depict this war elephant which surprised archeologists as there has been no reference in Biblical texts of elephants

The Huqoq synagogue mosaics from the 5th century
depict this war elephant which surprised archeologists
as there has been no reference in Biblical texts of elephants

 

Not every mosaic was of biblical events as told in the Jewish bible but then not every Renaissance painting depicted the Trinity, the Holy Mother or other New Testament stories. The war elephant was still somewhat of a surprise as there was no mention of their being utilized in Israel or Judea by the Greeks or Romans as such forces would have had the same difficulties as had cavalry and chariots in the Judean Hills in eastern Israel. Still such a mosaic was unearthed in the excavations at the site and simply adds to the wonder and gives new insights into the lives of the Israelite Jews who remained in their natural lands after the Roman Dispersals which were inflicted as punishment for their temporarily successful revolts against Roman rule. The First Jewish–Roman War took place starting with Judean Israelites gaining independence in 66 CE only to be overwhelmed by Two Roman Legions in 73 CE. The siege of Masada was the most memorable of the final events of this First Jewish–Roman War. The Bar Kokhba revolt removed Roman rule with successes beginning in 132 CE only to be put down by some research claimed was six Roman Legions with a similar number of supporting troops in 134 to 136 CE. This revolt once put down added one last horror as a lesson for the rebellious Jews with the torturous execution of the Ten Rabbis where some claim all ten at one spectacle while others claim two had been executed earlier but the Talmud tells of the martyrdom of the Ten Rabbis: Rabbi Shimon ben Gamliel and Rabbi Yishmael ben Elisha ha-Kohen Gadol who were reportedly executed earlier with the following eight who were Rabbi Akiva; Rabbi Hanania ben Teradion; the interpreter of the Sanhedrin, Rabbi Huspith; Rabbi Eliezer ben Shamua; Rabbi Hanina ben Hakinai; Rabbi Jeshbab the Scribe; Rabbi Yehuda ben Dama; and Rabbi Yehuda ben Baba comprising the Ten Rabbis martyred in total.

 

Ancient First Century Mosaic Depicting Menorah in the Center Flanked by Tree of Life and a Shofar with Ancient Hebrew Letters at Bottom

Ancient First Century Mosaic Depicting
Menorah in the Center Flanked by
Tree of Life and a Shofar with
Ancient Hebrew Letters at Bottom

 

Such Mosaics are found throughout the areas of ancient Israel often depicting Roman and Greek reliefs as these themes represented the time and place realistically. Other mosaics depicted Jewish religious and historical themes and some mosaics unearthed have been dated back to antiquity. These oldest mosaics universally depict scenes from Torah (Five Books of Moses) as well as other Biblical themes from the Jewish Bible (Old Testament) even including reliefs showing Noah’s ark receiving the animals with herds and numerous animals depicted throughout the scene, the Crossing of the Red Sea, Jonah being swallowed by a large fish (it was historically just a large fish as the depiction of whale was not relevant to early life at the eastern end of the Mediterranean Sea), the giving of the Ten Commandments by Moses at Mount Sinai, the Ten Plagues and other stories. The quality of the stones and resolutions varied often depicting the wealth of an individual or community as the use of smaller stones (the ancient form of pixels) was a sign of wealth and additional time and efforts invested in locating, cutting and sorting the stones before use and the care with which the stones were placed. These mosaics told much about the wealthier individuals and community efforts but surprisingly mosaics have been found in modest dwellings of various qualities, which were more often than not rendered by the owner of the dwelling done as a statement of their pride and anyway one did need a floor so why not take the time and tile it artistically. The one thing was that once you laid your floor it would likely remain with the building marking where the building had existed before the walls collapsed. Floors, as any archeologist will tell you, are the one remain of a dwelling which often is all they have to go by as nothing else remains but the floor with time and once covered that floor will remain to be discovered and dated by the level in which it is discovered, the deeper the earlier the floor and the represented dwelling. Indigenous peoples floors either was the bedrock or rested upon that bedrock.

 

The telling thing is as Jewish themed and Judean and Israelite themes have been found throughout all of history in these lands between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean Sea; Christian themes arrived in the middle Roman times while the first mosaics depicting Arab themes were not found until after 700 CE. The arrival of such themes dates to when these cultures appeared just as mosaics depicting Greek scenes predated Roman and Persian predated Greek and Jewish themes predated everyone. The earliest mosaics were universally of Judaic origin with an influence from Egypt and an occasional Minoan influence. Hittite artwork as well as Assyrian and earliest Greek including Philistine artwork had a lesser if any effect on Israelite artwork as these other civilizations sculpted as they were idolaters so stone carving was a prized skill while the Israelites were forbidden from worshiping other gods than Hashem and idolatry was a most serious offense against Torah and Hashem thus stone carvings were less desirable while scenes of Biblical history and nature scenes were appreciated as artwork and were thus not in any manner seen as being idolatrous thus against Torah. This likely explains the Israelite preference for mosaics over other art forms such as sculpted stone.

 

Artwork from Antiquity top Minoan Bull Scene Diddle Depicts Hittite War Chariot and Infantry Judean Lion from comparable Israelite Period

Artwork from Antiquity top Minoan Bull Scene
Diddle Depicts Hittite War Chariot and Infantry
Judean Lion from comparable Israelite Period

 

The final piece of the puzzle can be easily shown by simply looking at a few maps. This first map is of the original twelve tribes of Israel, the lands the Israelites were instructed to conquer and carve out their homelands. These lands were not completely conquered until King David and were superseded with additional conquest by Kings David and Solomon but the additional lands were soon lost and the original Twelve Tribes were to be what was historically considered Israel existed from the Jordan River to the Mediterranean Sea and from the Negev-Sinai (Egypt) border to the Litany River in the north.

 

Here is a map depicting the conquest of the Holy Lands by Joshua as recounted in the books of Joshua and Kings:

 

Cities Conquered by Joshua As Recounted in Kings In the Hebrew Bible The Old Testament

 

This map depicts the original Twelve Tribes of Israel as defined in the Jewish Bible, the Old Testament both in Torah (Five Books of Moses) and later in Kings and Judges.

 

Eretz Yisroel from back in the time immediately after Exodus and before the additional conquest by King David and King Solomon with the original division of the lands between the Tribes covering both sides of the Jordan River. The Israelis and Jews in general could attempt to demand that Eretz Yisroel, the Land of Israel be made whole as was First Apportioned by Hashem.

 

This map depicts the areas conquered by Kings David and Solomon and from which comes the reference to a Greater Israel which defines such as reaching from the Euphrates River to the Nile River. The Jewish State in any of its manifestations never reached the Nile River not even after the Six Day War and not after David and Solomon. The only time the Israelites had anything to do referencing the Nile River was the story of baby Moses and then the Ten Plagues where the plagues refer to the Nile River in numerous plagues of the Ten Plagues from Hashem upon Egypt because Pharaoh had a hard heart and believed not in the supreme powers of Hashem. The use of a Greater Israel as proof that the Jews desire to conquer the world is further nonsense as we would be very content to have exactly what was promised us in the results of the 1920 San Remo Conference plus the Golan Heights as they are required for having a secure border.

 

Eretz Yisroel as formed after the conquests by the Kingdoms of King David and King Solomon; both of whom allowed the Principalities of Edom, Moab and Ammon to be semi-autonomous as long as they and their armies supported Eretz Yisroel

Eretz Yisroel as formed after the conquests by the Kingdoms of King David and King Solomon; both of whom allowed the Principalities of Edom, Moab and Ammon to be semi-autonomous as long as they and their armies supported Eretz Yisroel

 

Below is the promised borders for the State of Israel as determined by San Remo Conference of April 1920, almost twenty years before the holocaust putting to lie that false claim that Israel was established as compensation for the Holocaust as the idea of a Jewish homelands stretches back in modern eras to around 1850 leading to the formation of the Zionist Conference. After World War I as the empires of the Middle East and North Africa along with the Empires within eastern Europe were being broken into smaller and independent States was where Israel was denoted to be formed under the British supervision and presumably with British assistance, hindrance was the only assistance the Jews received from the British once the Mandate plans were placed into effect. Below is the Jewish desire for our homelands including the Golan Heights, Galilee, Negev, Judea, Samaria and we will magnanimously leave Gaza to Hamas and any other Arab Palestinian desiring a homeland in Gaza which was released to Arab Palestinian control where they elected Hamas, and Gaza was the test case for any state of Palestine living beside Israel in peace. We now have our answer from their actions and their words. Their only desire is our death and destruction and we will depart no additional lands to a people so ardently desiring our destruction and wholesale genocidal murders. This is what should be being discussed, how best to care for the interests of those claiming nationality other than Israeli, especially those known to be members of any of the Palestinian Authority (PA) or other terrorist groups sword to the destruction of the Jewish State once the world fulfills their promise to the Jewish People. Here is the map with final comments below.

 

Definitive Map of Israel

 

Definitive Map of Israel

 

The Arabs remaining in Judea and Samaria would necessarily be broken down into five main groups with residing sub-groups under the following criteria:

 

The first group would be known terrorists with blood on their hands whether they be incarcerated or not in restrictive containment facilities. These would be expelled and where they would go is not an Israeli problem. If they have any worthy properties they would receive compensation provided they never return and they should have made clear that any return within Israeli borders will lead to immediate rescinding of any probation and immediate incarceration.

 

The second group would be known ranking officers in the PA and members of any terrorist entity whether aligned with Hamas, Muslim Brotherhood, al-Qaeda, Fatah, PLO, Islamic State, al-Qaeda or any other known terror outfit would be permitted to transfer to Gaza or be expelled as those above with similar compensation for both groups.

 

The third group would be any Arab desiring to reside in Gaza or other nation be it Arab or other as long as that nation would be accepting of these refugees. They would be given transportation and be compensated fairly for any properties they would be unable to take with them.

 

The fourth group would be Arabs desiring to remain living even under Israeli rule but not work towards receiving citizenship at this time. At six months and one year they would be offered the opportunity to leave and seek a new life elsewhere including Gaza. If such decided to depart, they would receive compensation for what they leave behind.

 

The final group is those desiring Israeli citizenship. These individuals would receive free citizenship instructions and be required to pass a test centered on Biblical Israel and the complete history of the Jewish People in both European and Islamic rulers. Further, upon proving to have tested for acceptable level of deep understanding of Israeli and Jewish history, the fact that Jews prize Jerusalem above all else and understand Israeli laws, they would then be permitted to proceed to the rest of their path to citizenship. Such path could take as little as five years and as long as ten years. Failure to attain citizenship would place them in the fourth group and would not require their expulsion.

 

Finally, any act of terror would result in the perpetrator and all family members who were knowledgeable about the act of terror beforehand would be expelled treated as if they were in the first group. If implementing such a plan resulted in some form of migration which shocks the wider world, or simply defined as Israel even defining such a plan, we would like to remind everybody about the migrations of Muslims and Hindus and Buddhists who were massively forced either into Pakistan or leaving Pakistan and these people received little if any support from governments or humanitarian organizations by and large. There was the forced repatriation of Tibetan Buddhists including monks from Tibet to the far corners of China and the forced repopulation of Tibet with poor Chinese farmers without anybody even risking a papercut in order to protest that injustice. There was not even the slightest gasp as hundreds of thousands of Jews forced from their lands by their Arab leaders without even allowed but to carry a single small suitcase. Little was uttered when it was found that Jewish survivors of the death and work camps returned home they were thrust out of their own home city as all their belongings, stores, homes had long since given to others presumably in need making any surviving Jews doubly unwanted as the British were doing almost everything possible preventing Jews from returning to their ancestral homelands. Every day since 1920 and the recognition of a homeland for the Jewish People are established in their historical and documentable homelands the world has been evidently biased and could be said to have actively opposed any form of Jewish State. Fortunately for the Jewish People and people everywhere we have taken possession of our natural neighbors who have thus far proven to be just as approving and so very sweet and loveable as had been our ancient neighbors. The one closing idea all should take from all in this article, we are here and here we will remain as long as we have the breath with which to operate our daily lives. This will in turn assist all as we try to use our land and our gifts of the mind and provide miracles every day, even those that would normally be fatal as we bounce back as if we were professionals, which we are at so many things.

 

Beyond the Cusp

 

June 21, 2016

Jewish Americans and Love of Israel

 

Way, way back in another era during the Six Day War in my public high school teachers had two choices for that week, have the television on whatever channel was covering the Arab Israeli war or have an empty classroom. The choice was that simple. Teachers who had the television tuned to the news coverage had classes filled to the brim on the first two days as students simply reported to school and went directly to the classroom they knew would have their agenda correct. My high school was close to 80% Jewish and the remainder skipped school if they were not interested in the war as they knew there was no taking roll, as anything that organized was hopeless. By the end of the war virtually every classroom had the news on and the teachers had caught the fever of realizing that we were learning something, we were learning politics and watching a historic event, and it had proven so. That was then and this is now, almost half a century later and even in a public school with such a high percentage of Jewish students there would likely be almost no interest in such events. A school of Evangelical Christians would be more likely to be interested in events in Israel. Don’t get it wrong, there are many Jewish groups and charities which assist Israel, but as an issue Israel has proven to be a disappointment to most American Jews, especially those Jews on the left; the further left the less they care. Such a disinterest explains why the Democrat Party could not get the votes necessary to place belief in our Creator into their platform and had the same difficulty with having a statement supporting Jerusalem as Israel’s capital city. The Republican Party had no such difficulty as they placed both in their platform easily while the Democrats had to pretend they got the votes on their third try despite the obvious lack of support. Claiming things have changed would be a horrific understatement. So, what happened?

 

The first item has been a change in the Jews remaining in the United States. The majorities of Zionist Jews have made Aliyah and are now residing in Israel full time or between Israel and the United States for a number of others. In many cases entire families made Aliyah leaving no or few relatives behind. Also the Baby Boomers were mostly the last generation to have a sizeable percentage of Jews who were Zionists and either they are in Israel or their lives having moved onto other items of importance squeezing out their desires to move to Israel. You ask any of the majority of American Jews where is the best place for a Jew to live; their answer will be the United States and if then asked why, their answer is that it is the safest and best place for a Jew to be happy. If pressed on Israel, they may say that is a nice idea and they will mean it is a nice idea like having a car wreck and surviving is a nice idea. In many cases it comes down to one of two things or some combination. The first is they believe Israel to be a very dangerous place from all the news about terrorism and wars all around the Middle East and the potential for Iran to attack or have Hezballah attack possibly using chemical weaponized warheads. The second and more honest answer is that they have no desire to even visit Israel as Israel to them is a horrific embarrassment and is full of these crazy right wing nationalist, they might even say fascist, crazies who want to take over everything and refuse to make any concessions for peace. The fact that Israel is the only side to have made even a single concession, not to mention made all of the concessions thus far, this truth does not register and if you were to make the point they would ignore you or call you a liar and apologist for Netanyahu.

 

Many American Jews will never ever be able to forgive Prime Minister Netanyahu for opposing President Obama so vocally on the Iran Nuclear Deal and doing so with such public affect as possible addressing a joint session of Congress. Never mind that Netanyahu’s address was made all the more public by the antics of those supporting President Obama and vocally stating their intent to boycott the speech. The Jews actually worked to reelect most of these Congresscritters. They saw his speech not as protesting and representing Israel, instead as his having shown bad manners and being ungrateful for all President Obama has done for Israel. Even telling them, showing articles that prove the facts, that President Obama and members of his administration have compromised at least three strikes Israel had planned for destroying much of the Iranian secret nuclear facilities does not faze them in the least. These dastardly undercutting of Israel included exposing cooperative nations causing them to back out as these were Islamic nations and finally promising to shoot down any Israeli aircraft found heading towards Iran using all Iraqi and naval deployments of anti-air assets. The United States placed their entire military, industrial complex, CIA and military intelligence units, and diplomatic core all against any Israeli plan to address the Iranian threat to Israel, Europe and the United States as well as their using nuclear weapons as an umbrella sheltering their terrorist forces outside the nation.

 

The claim that Iran is only a threat to Israel and would never plan to strike the United States denies one crucial piece of information. Why is Iran continuing to develop multi-stage warhead carrying rockets and missiles as they have many rockets and missiles they can have strike Israel. Iran has no need for two and three stage Intercontinental Ballistic Missiles (ICBMs) to strike Israel, these are only necessary to strike distant targets such as the British Isles and the United States and other potential distant targets. Their developing such warheads should trouble President Obama but all the President cares about is pushing any and every problem down the road and eventual first strike nuclear weapons will most certainly be a part of Iran’s future game plan. The sole concern of the President is to make sure when everything falls apart he will be long gone and only the alert will count President Obama as the gift that just keeps on giving. During his eight years in office he was integral to the Nuclearization of Iran and the new push by Islamists to control Europe and the generalization of the Shiite Sunni war spreading from Syria on to Iraq, Libya, threatening Egypt in the Sinai and empowering Iran and through Iran Hamas and Hezballah. Additionally President Obama is more than an observer in the making of the Islamic State but it was directly due to his dithering and fiddling away the power and influence in the world that used to be held by the United States in preserving order and instead the United States took an eight year vacation completely vacating her self-defined responsibility as the adult on the block. As everybody knows, when the adult leaves the house the children will run wild and the pets will get into everything taking special attention to anything they believe is edible and spreading it liberally around the house. Hopefully the Americans will awaken to their real role in the world and elect somebody credible, oh, wait, they already threw that option out during their little temper tantrum during the Primaries while the other Party simply promoted the inevitable one and it is almost difficult to choose between them. The choice is the walking temper tantrum against the crooked last mile on its way to prison.

 

Jason Greenblatt and David Friedman Trump’s Israel and Middle East Advisors

Jason Greenblatt and David Friedman
Trump’s Israel and Middle East Advisors

 

Meanwhile we have an actual difference when we look at the race as on things Israel Trump is clueless but he did appoint a pair of decent advisors to advise on all things Israel and Middle East, Mr. Jason Greenblatt and Mr. David Friedman. This is a far cry from the record of Ms. Hillary Clinton who has in her record one of the most destructive relationships with Israeli elected leaders of any Secretary of State including Secretary of State James Baker who was the first American official to negotiate directly and officially with Palestinians and the first senior U.S. official to leverage American aid to Israel in an attempt to halt Israeli settlements. On top of this was his reasoning summed up in one infamous quote, “F%&k the Jews, they don’t vote for us anyway.” One special Hillary act was kissing Ms. Arafat immediately after she gave a speech accusing the Israelis of handing out poisonous candy to Arab children and Israel was using poison gas to pollute the West Bank’s water and land. Ms. Clinton had also stated during a video linkup speaking to a group of Israeli, Palestinian and Jordanian teens who were members of the Seeds of Peace group, Clinton stated very adamantly and clearly her position on Israel’s future and the question of Palestinian Arab statehood, “I think it will be in the long-term interests of the Middle East for Palestine to be a state.” Still, we feel we can safely bet that she will receive well over three-quarters of the Jewish vote come November as for too many American Jews being a leftist and a Democrat is far more important than being Jewish or remembering Jerusalem. Despite at least half would know the Biblical quote from the Song of Babylon, “If I forget you, O Jerusalem, let my right hand forget her cunning. Let my tongue cleave to the roof of my mouth, if I do not remember you, if I do not Jerusalem above my chiefest joy.” Well, they may not recall the entirety but probably would get it mostly correct up to “right hand forget her cunning” and maybe even including “let my tongue cleave to the roof of my mouth,” but no further. Additionally, Hillary Clinton’s long time special aide, and she is the wife of disgraced former congressman Anthony Weiner, Huma Abedin is yet another Arabist and anti-Israel advisor close to Ms. Clinton.

 

Hillary act was kissing Ms Suha Arafat  and with Ms Huma Abedin which pose  a double Arabist Love Affair Problem  for Hillary President Bid Past and Present

Hillary act was kissing Ms Suha Arafat
and with Ms Huma Abedin which pose
a double Arabist Love Affair Problem
for Hillary President Bid Past and Present

 

Closing comments are simple and to the point. Israel is a non-issue with the vast majority of Jewish voters outside of the Orthodoxy. The average Leftist Jew cares more deeply about gun control, free abortions, same sex marriage, United States as the greatest polluter of the Earth and any number of false or misleading lies masquerading as serious issues and they further find Israel with its nationalism and pride in being Jewish as over the top and disgusting. Jews are supposed to be compliant and seek the path of least notice and keep their heads down. Israelis charge towards danger and do not shy away when challenged and that makes the American Jew frightened as it means more people might look at them as well and that is the most frightening thing. One thing for sure, they will likely not see what is coming and coming fast until it is too late, but at least this time the doors to Eretz Yisroel are in Jewish hands, not British; so these doors will remain open for there are two things Israeli and American Jews have in common, we are both Jews and we love our brothers and sisters with their faults. As without their faults, loving them would be far too easy. Now it is true love because we forgive their voting with eyes fully shut.

 

Beyond the Cusp

 

June 18, 2016

Political Declarations and Social Movements

 

Every social construct exists solely because at some point it was a political declaration made by a social movement. One glaring example was the anti-slavery movement which eventually became the abolitionists. Even as the political potential of the abolitionists, they were mostly members of a faction within the Whig Party and when the Whig establishment refused to be rushed into opposing slavery openly and politically the abolitionist movement became the Republican Party and the rest is, as they say, history. For every social movement there is eventually made a political declaration which more often than not begins in one party. From humble beginnings often come greater results and this becomes even more likely when the social movement can claim the moral high ground through respected spokespersons lending their names and reputations being place amongst the ranks of the early movement.

 

In the brief history of Israel there have been a few peace initiatives which gained their acceptance due to the names of great and respected military heroes whose names were placed behind them. The Four Mothers movement turned into the call of Ehud Barak and the pacifist wing of the social left movement and the heart and soul of the Labor Party. Almost all of the Israeli self-made catastrophes began as peace movements which then took on a name or founded a political party and finally that party took that movement’s cause up to electoral victory or as a means to facilitate a desired political end. Each of these in recent history was formed around soothing the raging beasts across Israeli borders and their echo chambers in the European Union, United Nations and the Presidency of the United States and more. The first was the call to pull the troops from Southern Lebanon as the government had already admitted the IDF was holding land to which Israel was making no claim making them an occupying force, a position untenable under the best of circumstances and impossible in anything less. Almost the entirety of the nation was made to appear behind bringing our boys home and ending the slow bleeding of our forces and Ehud Barak bent to this movement making it into a political declaration supported by the Labor Party as they were the Peace Party who exemplified trusting Israel’s neighbors to do as promised and the assurances of the United Nations who would be providing additional troops under an agreement setting up UNIFIL (United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon) in Southern Lebanon which Israel vacated.

 

Today, one abortive military fiasco known laughably as the Second Lebanon War, and later those very areas turned over to the Lebanese Army and the UNIFIL forces of the United Nations, now bristle with twice as many UNIFIL forces acting twice as futile in their complete and total failing to prevent Hezballah from arming with upwards of a quarter of a million rockets and missiles. These include antitank missiles, short and medium range rockets, Multiple Rocket Launch Vehicles (MLRV), entire systems of mobile and fixed launching platforms for long range ballistic missiles with GPS and other sophisticated guidance systems, RPGs (Rocket Propelled Grenades), anti-ship C-803 missiles (Chinese YJ-83鹰击-83; pinyin: yingji-83; literally: “eagle strike 83”), anti-air surface to air missiles SAM sites, and various surface to surface rockets and missiles. Much if not almost all of this firepower was provided by Hezballah benefactor Iran. But wait, there’s more.

 

Enter another of Israel’s greatest warriors, the Bulldozer himself, Arik Sharon. He led a social movement which called for an experiment to prove the worthiness of the Palestinian society to work in peace side-by-side with Israel, a kind of mini two states for two peoples living side-by-side in peace and security and with programs which would prove mutually advantageous. This time the infection started in the Likud Party which had a strong resistive force dragging down the efforts and resisting the necessary efforts of trust and change which would eventually lead to a dull Arab Palestinian State living side-by-side with Israel. Prime Minister Sharon tired of the resistant Likud Party members holding him from this vision for a future filled with peace where Israel would no longer be the occupying power but instead the fountain for peace. To facilitate his vision he formed Kadima Party (Hebrew: קדימה‎‎, translates to; Forward) and gathered likeminded people from Likud, Labor and other parties and independents forging a new coalition mid-term, an unusual and may prove dangerous precedent in Israeli governance as it now frees any Prime Minister from their own party which when elected chose them if they can forge a new coalition dropping those members of their original party list and replacing them with others even including from the opposition and then making up your own party midstream. The Gaza removal of “settlements,” which were actual cities functioning and employing Arabs as well as Jewish residents, and the removal of the IDF allowing for the Palestinian Security Forces to take over the challenge of enforcing the rule of law and keeping order, failed and Hamas with Islamic Jihad and a number of other lesser terror groups and criminal families stole Gaza in a coup where the Palestinian Security Forces made for scant resistance before fleeing. Numerous wars later, with one threatening on the horizon, Israel faced a better armed and stronger force each time rocket fire reached levels which demanded interventions. Again Iran has a finger in the pie pumping in monies, expertise and the plans for larger and guided missiles capable of striking as far north as Haifa and easily striking Jerusalem and Tel Aviv. Currently Hamas has been promising a reign of terror with bombings, shootings, abduction of soldiers and civilians and other infiltrations through expertly built tunnels using the European Union provided cement which did not rebuild a single house when purloined, more like appropriate, for tunnel construction. This also allows for another Hamas propaganda line where they claim that Israel would not allow the free flow of cement and that this was why all of Gaza was not rebuilt and then during the next conflict Hamas points to the previous damage as part and parcel of the damage this time adding to the apparent toll and making Israel appear to be the monster. We know this because pictures taken at the start of the last war showed the remaining rubble and destruction from previous wars and could correlate the claims of Hamas that these were caused by Israeli carpet bombing and destruction proving further disproportional use of force and the world laps up this poison.

 

Now we have the multi-front set of social movements, political statements, and the potential making of a new peace party structured around numerous retired military generals, Shin Bet security chiefs and other renowned names and faces from the IDF, Mossad, Israel Security Agency and Police. Commanders for Israel’s Security is the name of this group and once again the name sounds so much better and stronger than the actual politics, programs and desires of the group. We wrote about this movement yesterday but it deserves another look as it is still forming and revealing its truth. What needs coverage first is the initiation of a social movement brought to the fore by two former IDF Chiefs of Staff Benny Gantz and Gabi Ashkenazi. Both have previously been named as the latest and greatest potential leader for Israel to realize a new age and lamenting their required waiting period before they can enter politics designed to allow a cooling period thus preventing a general staff officer to sweep into politics upon their return to civilian life potentially leading to catastrophic consequences. This social construct is the designed path for keeping both men in the limelight thus preventing the cooling period to have its complete and desired effect. Joining them is former Education Minister Shai Piron who served as a Minister in the Knesset for Yesh Atid in the previous government, a political construct by Yair Lapid to advance his political aspirations populated by a number of self-proclaimed political visionaries and opportunists. According to Channel 2 News, the new movement will be called “Pnima” (Hebrew: פנימה literal translation: inside) and is defined as a “cultural movement.” Benny Gantz and Gabi Ashkenazi, both IDF Chiefs of Staff who were well viewed by the public and were predicted to be capable of forming their own centrist party and winning any election hands down with possibly a straight all-out win by receiving over sixty mandates. As these proclamations were first trumpeted by Haaretz and then echoed around the leftist circle so often and so strongly that the reporting itself became a news story furthering this prediction as being next to gospel, one must also realize their definition of centrist is to the left of the Labor Party and in Meretz territory.

 

So, now Benny Gantz and Gabi Ashkenazi have their Pnima “cultural movement” which will grant the left-leaning media their avenue for keeping their names in circulation as they go through their cooling off period by not cooling off. This is absolutely genius in action, a marvel to witness. Additionally we have this new “Commanders for Israel’s Security” and their political manifesto which is a rework of the Saudi Peace Plan with a few twists which would all prove unworkable and disastrous for Israel and her future. They claim to have learned from history but apparently have missed every lesson along the way. Perhaps part of this reason was due to their being such an integral part to the events to which we refer, the Gaza retreat and the South Lebanon retreat. These great military and security minds with their cumulative six-thousand-years of experience in Israel’s various security agencies are expounding their plan as political agreements and security arrangements with the Arab World, including the Palestinians, which are vital Israeli national security objectives, plus additionally recognizing local and regional realities that make it mandatory and urgent to pursue these objectives of peace with security. They do merit the IDF as being by far the most potent military force in the region which can provide effective security and address all challenges within the present or any future borderline as agreed-to by our government and endorsed by our people. This last stipulation is extremely important to their claims to a future for Israel as the wording would make the IDF capable of defending an Israel defined as only the greater Tel Aviv area, a claim which is complete nonsense. Their idea for peace is to use a slight variant of the Arab Peace Deal, also called the Saudi Plan. Their difference is more a difference without a difference than anything else as they call for the new borders to be the security barrier while the Saudi Plan demands the 1949 Armistice Lines better known as the Green Line. The differences are small but stark as the Saudis and the Arabs have already declared their complete opposition to any alteration from their plan as stated using the pre 67 lines as the border. The map below shows the two lines which are within yards of each other along the majority and anywhere there is no Separation Fence the two are the same and no changes are proposed.

 

Green Line versus Separation Fence Borders

Green Line versus
Separation Fence Borders

 

The “Commanders for Israel’s Security” plan has proposed that all Israeli cities, towns and “settlements” be removed and the hundreds of thousands of Israeli be uprooted, their livelihood destroyed and then dump them next to the Gazan Israelis removed from their homes and employment in the August of 2005 Gaza withdrawal. Their plan would once again divide Jerusalem and surrender any and all Israeli claims to the lands beyond the Security Barrier unilaterally. But having learned from Gaza the “Commanders for Israel’s Security” will insist on instead utilizing the Southern Lebanon historic record with having the IDF defend Israel from potential enemy activity from land Israel has no claim upon. Eventually the human toll in murdered soldiers along with internal political pressures and world political pressures the IDF would necessarily beat a hasty retreat turning the area over to whoever proves to be the strongest which would likely be either Hamas or Islamic State, a difference without any difference. The plan is a straight out surrender to every demand the Arab side has ever made with one exception, Israel has yet to retreat to Masada. The reality of this plan is the complete surrender within a couple of years if not measured in months giving up everything back to the 1949 Armistice Lines, the Auschwitz Borders to quote Abba Eban.

 

Masada Fortress

Masada Fortress

 

This is the total reset the Arabs have been seeking as their first step towards slowly chopping up the remainder of Israel by any and all means possible. As we have pointed out in discussions repeatedly is that after the initial success of shrinking Israel down as close as readily attainable to the pre-June 1967 borders, the next step was to claim the Negev belongs traditionally to the Bedouins and thus must be surrender to the Palestinians as these are Palestinian Bedouins. Never mind that the Bedouins are nomadic and it is only in Israel that they are seen as having indigenous rights and claims to land ownership. Never mind that most of their deeds are suspicious as they are written on modern paper often by an electronic printer for the picture and the embossing seal is flat as if a print and not a stamping crimp. The reason given is that these are copies of the originals provided by Jordan or Egypt or Saudi Arabia or even the Palestinian Authority (PA). Some even suspiciously are copies of the Ottoman Empire deeds with obvious changes made to the location and owner name as if a real one was scanned and then alterations made and not that professionally. The PA has already begun their claiming the Galilee as their natural homelands and that Israel, you guessed it, stole the land from them. This falls right in line with their teaching the school children from an early age which city or town their family came from within the Green Line including Tel Aviv, Haifa, Nahariya, Ashkelon, Caesarea, Netanya, Beersheba, Jaffa, Eilat, Tiberius, Lod, Nazareth and all the rest as shown in Palestinian television show excerpted below.

 

 

The problem that Israeli leaders need to understand and the military generals and all the wonderful security chiefs is that the whole storyline which has been shoved down our throats and that of the world until it is all their ears know is all a lie and the truth must be spoken clearly, repeatedly and at every turn and opportunity. Every time there is stated the lies that Israel stole the land we must insist that all the land is ours and has always been ours since over three-thousand-five-hundred years. We need to restate that the Israelites returning to the Promised Land drove out the idolaters cleansing the land from savages who practiced abominations such as human sacrifice and particularly child sacrifices. That was their form of abortion and population control. Any and all children found to be deformed, weak, dull or in any way not capable of defending the village, the fiefdom, would be sacrificed before any investment of food and other materials were wasted on a future liability. This was replaced by the Israelites with a Hashem fearing and obedient people though flawed which we admit in Torah and all Jewish writings. Still, we were civilized ahead of the time then as now and treated human life with a reverence of something special and precious in all its forms. We do not sacrifice the weak or the disabled, we protect them and allow them to grow to their full potential and many are surprising when we view their accomplishments. This was amongst the lessons brought to the world and the world which adopted these customs flourished for as long as they followed the law that all human life is precious.

 

The Jewish and Israelite claims to the lands are written into history and are probably the best defined borders through historic writings of any nation existing today. Oh, wait, none of the civilizations from those days still exist in their original community as the Greeks did not yet exist, when we built our second Temple after the Babylonian Exile Confucius and Buddha were teaching their first disciples. Christianity was still a dream yet to be dreamt and Islam was well over two thousand years into the future. Rome was not even a strong city-state, Athens and Sparta were still fighting each other at every opportunity, Persia had yet to rise and Egypt was on her downward slope. China was awakening and the Israelites were readying the world to accept the Ten Commandments and concepts such as the Day of Rest, the Sabbath, the rotation of crops and a Jubilee Year where the land is rested and debts mitigated. The contract law was part of Torah along with six-hundred-thirteen Commandments for the Israelites to live by. They included limited governance, fair and impartial judges, individual rights, abolishment of slavery by replacing it with a system of wages for work and a day of rest for the worker and even the beasts of burden. Some might claim the Israelites invented the Bar-B-Que and the pancake. Even back in those primitive times when the world ran by “might makes right” the Israelites, the Jewish Peoples, had a code where right and wrong decided relations and not strength. They respected strength for what it was, but it did not automatically make one right in the eyes of the law and justices. It was Torah that initiated the ideal that justice was to be just and judgement would be to bring just justice free from any influence or pity. Torah instructed not to favor the rich for their wealth nor the pauper for their lack thereof.

 

Those are the facts and those are the base of our claim to the land between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean Sea, just as it is defined in Torah. That is what has been our promise since before time was recorded by dates and was instead ruled by the stars and their positions as they were the gods to others, not to the Israelites as Hashem made those stars and thus it would be absurd to believe that Hashem was merely a star or group of stars. The discussion needs to change to the land is ours and of that there is no doubt, what we are discussing is how much autonomy will you have to rule over your areas where we permit. There will be no Palestine, just a semiautonomous area which will be permitted to decide over the areas allowed it for as long as such is permitted and to our favor. Violence against us in our lands will not be tolerated ever and each time that law is ignored you will lose another metric dunam (exactly one decare 1000 m² approximately 31.6m square). Write such into the laws of the land and step one disassemble the PA Security Force and disarm the men as it is more a safe haven for terrorists than an agent against terrorism. With time the people under PA rule will be eligible to apply for Israeli citizenship which will be considered on a family by family situation unless one is running from their family at which time as this is verified, they will be given a new identity and protection from their own family should the threat prove valid. Still any Palestinian self-rule will take place under Israeli sovereignty and their schools will include the mandatory teachings of all Israeli schools and learn the history of the land, the real history. Mahmoud Abbas and the rest of the ruling class from the PA will be granted a choice of relocating to the Gaza which Israel will leave as independent, relocate to another nation or live in a safe house in Israel where they will be under all but house arrest and we will try to make you comfortable. Allowing your continued practicing of incitement and hate speeches is a risk we cannot take if we are to expect the PA people to live at peace and develop their society. That has to be the new paradigm as the current whittling away a little here and there and our own generals proving to explain why winning outright has become so difficult. An army cannot win decisively if their leadership has no faith in what they are doing, why they are doing, or the honest validity of their actions. That is a breeding for failure and that must be turned around. We need more commanders who enter the battle with a prayer on their lips and their men and their lives forever on their minds. That is how we regain our land and the impetus to retain what is ours and has always been ours and that, my friends, is Israeli Security First and Foremost. Any questions?

 

Beyond the Cusp

 

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