Beyond the Cusp

March 4, 2016

Return of Ancient Hatreds Haunt Israeli Memories

 

The rejection of Israeli rights to the lands between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean Sea has a historical ancestor, rejection of the Old Testament. The Jewish People first served Hashem and abolished idolatry, child or human sacrifice, limited slavery, limit the power of rulers and kings along with numerous other rules which protect the vulnerable and demands the highest standards of an all-encompassing set of moral codes which expected only the best of people and for every man to look to the care of his brother human beings. They had a set of laws, six-hundred-thirteen commandments including the rules for the priest class and their numerous and individual responsibilities to keep the Temple and Arc of the Covenant and all the practices and necessary accoutrements in order. Then they had something which was unheard of in those times three-thousand-five-hundred-years ago give or take a few centuries and was not repeated by any other nation until the twentieth century. The commandments which the Jews were following were meant just for them and were not to be imposed on others. For others the only laws they were expected to follow were the Noahic Code, seven laws displayed in the image below. These rules were considered the minimum requirement for civilized life which was required for the formation of cities and have order or at least less chaos. The problem is the Jews were also instructed to lead moral lives such that by their example others would strive to be better human beings.

 

 

Noahic Code the 7 laws

 

 

The Jews had a period of conquest where they, after they left Egypt, received the Ten Commandments and were taught Torah in its entirety according to custom with the very last chapters recorded as their actions completed the early story of the Jewish People. The rest of the Bible continues the story of the Jewish People to a point through the eras of Kings, Prophets and Judges starting with Joshua and the conquest of the Promised Lands, the lands promised to Abraham by Hashem and again to Isaac and Jacob. This leads us to the modern time where Israel would live in the confined spaces between Jordan River and the Mediterranean Sea. Though under King David the twelve tribes and related priests were reunited as one force which did extend through what today is known as Syria reaching the Euphrates River, that was the greatest extension attained though it has been conjectured and certain evidence proven that King Solomon was known for his wisdom and his judgements were respected and even sought by other leaders in his day. Kings David and Solomon marked a high point in Jewish history in the Promised Land and under King David Jerusalem became the beating heart of Jewish existence and served as the Capital City from that day forward. A pair of maps depicting the original lands as distributed to the twelve tribes on left with the right depicting the full extension under Kings David and Solomon and the lands of modern Israel as defined on the morning if May 15, 1948 as was promised the Zionists and the most defendable of borders even today.

 

 

Left side map depicts the division of the Promised Land amongst the tribes and right side map compares the modern promised land from the Jordan west to the Mediterranean Sea compared to the maximum of area during King David’s and King Solomon’s reigns.

 

 

The claims that Israel is attempting to threaten the Arab held lands and that Israel would expand to become what has been referred to as a Greater Israel reaching from the Euphrates River in Iraq to the Nile River in Egypt uses a mention in the Bible and commentary of Torah where an argument was put forth as a point of discussion, nothing more. Israel would be perfectly content with the borders above in red on the right side which depicts what has been recognized by numerous military strategists as the borders Israel was expected to retain after the 1967 and 1973 wars instigated by the Arab nations forcing Israel to defend herself or perish and since those wars Israel surrendered the entirety of the Sinai Peninsula back to Egypt which in and of itself more than met the stipulations of every United Nations requirement set forth by the Security Council. There were military experts who believed that Israel should have retained half of the Sinai Peninsula using its central mountains as a defendable border but Israel returned all of the Egyptian lands which Egypt stated they would prefer for Israel to return and which required Israel to destroy communities which were built during the years after those wars proving that any communities which require being destroyed and their populations moved back within the restricted borders of Israel. When Gaza was gifted unilaterally by Israel to the Palestinian Authority (PA), it required the destruction of some large and operative communities in order to meet the demands that there be no Jews in the lands the PA ruled completely. The PA lost the Gaza in a coup by Hamas with support of the Islamic Jihad. Ever since Hamas took command over Gaza there have been rockets fired into Israel aimed at civilian locations and almost solely at civilian targets. Israel placed a legal blockade, recognized as such by the United Nations, which became a necessity when it was discovered that Hamas and Islamic Jihad were importing weapons and rockets by sea to use against Israeli civilian targets. Israel required for any deliveries into Gaza first is inspected by Israel Defense Forces (IDF), which they are, and be passed on to Gaza as long as the materials are not military usage by Hamas or other terror agencies. Proof of the necessity of the blockade by the Egyptian blockade on their border with Gaza within weeks as it was being utilized as a weapons transfer and terrorist insertion into the Sinai Peninsula from within Gaza. Egypt has gone to greater lengths than Israel had, expanding the buffer zone, as the Egyptians expanded the buffer zone by over the half a kilometer destroying all of the homes within that area and all without the media firestorm when Israel destroyed some dozens of homes which were also being used to shield tunnel entrances while the media depicted this strategic necessity as an outright collective form of punishment and not a military necessity. That was the norm with Israeli actions in the world where Israel is scrutinized over every act or discussion while almost every other nation in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) is mostly ignored despite their having far worse records than does Israel. Why is this disparate scrutiny permitted where Israel is inspected for every mention while the rest of the world is largely left to do as they please?

 

Part of the problem is purely misunderstandings when it comes to Israel. Many people honestly believe Israel is significantly larger than she is. There have been questions asked of people as to the size of Israel and many answered that Israel compared as near equal to the United States and almost all believed that Israel was larger than numerous large states such as Texas and California and not closer to New Jersey. When people were told that Israel measures very close to the size of New Jersey they reacted with shock, surprise and incredulity as to the veracity of the statement which can be understood in the comparative maps below. Israel is amongst the smallest of nations yet is treated as comparable in size to European nations or even far larger. Israel would be nine miles wide if she was forced to return to the pre-June 1967 Armistice Lines which would allow adversaries, of which there are many, to slice Israel in half while destroying much of Israeli industry and population in the process.

 

 

Four Maps of Great Britain, the United States, Australia, and India with to scale map of Israel super-imposed for comparison on each map depicting her actual rather than perceived size.

Exactly How Small is Israel
A Comparison Against Four
Well Known Countries

 

 

There are reasons why Israel is hated and judged on a scale unseen by almost every nation with the possible exception of the United States. The difference in size forces Israel to be threatened should they be forced to allow a terrorist entity to be perched on the highlands overlooking much of the nation as the Arab world and their friends demand. Israel is taken to task simply because the return of the Jewish People to their ancient homelands further makes the prophesies of the Bible, and the Torah in particular, verified and validated which makes Torah and the Bible relevant today and applicable as written. Those groups, religious institutions and other entities which have based their existence and validity on the replacement theological premise which claimed that the Jewish People were cursed to wander as stateless peoples residing at the good graces of their betters, was shattered when the Jews reestablished Israel with Yerushalayim as its Capital City. Manner of defining the Jewish People as having become bereft of Hashem and no longer being the Chosen People having been replaced initially by the Christian Church and then at a later date by Islam with both claiming to be the Chosen People and as the ones graced by a new covenant replacing the Jewish covenant. Their proof was the Jews having no state or place that was theirs where they were defended by said state and that the Jews were forsaken. The Jews had been cast out of Eretz Yisroel as the Jews had become the accursed of Hashem. This had led to the Jews becoming the cursed of Hashem and thus the domain of Satan, the operatives or spawn of the Devil. This being expounded as a central doctrine was some of the root for modern anti-Semitism.

 

The last reason for hatred of Israel as simple projection of anti-Semitism goes even further back where the Jewish People were the first to claim the frailties of man and their need to recognize that without Hashem man was vulnerable to uncivilized behavior and devolving down to a point of being a beast and no greater than was a monkey or worse. The Noahic Code and Judaism itself attempting to lead by example was the one-two punch which Jews presented to a world where lusts, rapes, lawlessness and deviancy were the norm and the Jews were offering mankind a higher and more noble path to tread and in many, if not most, cases mankind simply was not prepared, not ready for a higher and more noble path and resented having their lives as wrong. They had the right of might to act as their idolatrous gods demanded of them including human, child and even infant sacrifice. Ridding these cultures of their idols was also a threat to those who made the idols so many craved for their own home as that would protect their family and houses. The morality supposedly practiced by Jews, and at least what Torah commanded of them, was a code which mankind preferred not to be required to live up to. Having your entire life be the determining factor of whether your soul would travel straight into heaven with barely a ‘how do you do’ while others would spend as much as a year being cleansed of the impure acts which had somehow stained and even injured the soul.

 

When Israel had been a nation setting the example for a righteous life they were reviled. Living on and controlling the common routes for almost all trade going between Europe, Asia, Middle East, and Africa meant the lands the Jews resided on were in great demand, especially to empires such as Babylonians, Persians, Greeks and Romans meant that the Jewish homelands remained conquered by other empires far too often. What one item that remained necessary to keep the fulcrum running was food, preferably grown and provided locally. This presented all the empires with the same problem, the land would not produce for them; it only produced for the Jews. This resulted in the Jews retaining their homelands as they had to be the ones who worked the land, even if they were to do so under the protection, occupation of the foreign power often allowing some degree of self-rule in exchange for the Jews providing the critical needful items the ground and grasslands produced. This dependence upon a conquered people did not do anything to enhance the image of the Jews, especially since they insisted their religion was the holy order of the one true deity, which Hashem actually is. This plus the nearly constant attempts by the Jews to regain their independence made their province one of the least productive. The constant turmoil by the Jews finally pushed beyond the breaking point and Rome snapped. The Romans destroyed the second Temple, which was built and in service when Buddha and Confucius were born and later spread their versions of how the world should operate, something the Jews had been doing for almost a millennia and doing it so well that pieces of Torah can be found in the philosophies of these two venerated philosophers and subsequently, when that did not prevent the Jews from seeking their independence, scattered the Jews to the far corners of the Roman Empire, as if to say they were scattered on the winds.

 

There are two items which saved the Jewish People from extinction as had befallen the empire and people of Carthage after Rome finally vanquished their power burning their capital to the ground and breaking every last brick and salting the surrounding lands such that they would never produce grains again. While the Jews were scattered they had two things which preserved them as a people. The first was the blessed Sabbath and the second was Torah, even if it remained solely as word of mouth as it was after Moses’s times when he instructed the Jewish People the entirety of Torah which was initially stored through word of mouth. The Polemic Greeks decided to prove that Torah was made by mankind and had no deistic source thus proving that Hashem did not exist as if Torah was from such a perfect and higher entity it could not be altered by mankind. The Polemic Greeks placed seventy-two Rabbinical scholars in separate rooms and instructed them to write the entirety of Torah translated into ancient Greek. Their intent was to find any single copy which differed from the rest. This experiment was instigated to prove that Torah did not have a divine source and was a mere product with no special qualities just as every other manmade religious and cultural elements, including their own idolatrous religious hierarchy. This produces seventy-two perfectly identical Greek translation of the Hebrew (Jewish) Torah which are, to this day, considered the best translation of the Old Testament and is the gold standard and is called the Septuagint, which means seventy which means that two of the Rabbi were short-shrifted, and to this day is still used and can only be supplanted by the Dead Sea Scrolls which may or may not be older and are direct transcripts of Torah and other teaching. These were the historic roots which made anti-Semitism all but engrained into human DNA. But what are the roots of the latest seeming explosion of anti-Semitism, anti-Zionist and anti-Israel hatreds which have honestly bubbled to the surface across Europe and spreading across the college and university campuses in the United States and Canada bringing anti-Americanism and anti-western culture and governance demonstrations which makes sense as much of Western culture is rooted in Judeo-Christian ethics despite the current war against such a high standard of ethics.

 

 

The Septuagint Translation of the Holy Bible the Torah and the Old Testament

The Septuagint Translation of the Holy Bible
the Torah and the Old Testament

 

 

The Modern anti-Israelism, anti-Zionism and anti-Semitism are all one and the same. They all center on the hatred of the Jews and their success which is due to their ethic which is what makes their initial success and then the success is a direct result of their initial success. Just as Jewish success in business and the sciences and almost every area of human endeavor even to include limited but important success in the sport of boxing. Daniel Mendoza who wrote the book on modern boxing as he in 1954 Mendoza was elected to the Boxing Hall of Fame as he was reputed to have invented the scientific art of boxing taking the sport from merely men brawling to tactics and punching in combinations and setting up punches with feints. Mendoza also changed the picture of the Jew as a shrewish little weakling incapable of even the smallest amount of self-defense as Mendoza beat his way to the top of the boxing game.

 

 

Daniel Mendoza Scientific Art of Boxing Jewish Heavyweight Champion English Bare Knuckle Boxer

Daniel Mendoza
Scientific Art of Boxing
Jewish Heavyweight Champion
English Bare Knuckle Boxer

 

 

Mendoza was the boxer who not only invented and showed the advantage of having a plan and practice certain steps and such things as combinations and defensive footwork instead of standing toe-to-toe and throwing haymakers. When Israel defends herself and her civilians from Hamas and Islamic Jihad rockets, the standing toe-to-toe and thrown haymakers, Israel deftly uses the planned and researched placements of the limited number of Iron Dome anti-missile batteries which had an unbelievable success as the equivalent of defensive footwork. The IDF uses their many differing weapons to defeat Hamas and Islamic Jihad and any other Jihadists in such a manner to minimize the most unfortunate result defending against the terrorists, saving the defenseless civilians. The IDF are doing whatever they can to decrease collateral damage as Israel sends warnings using pamphlets, phone calls, knocking a target with a small explosive to warn a larger and far more destructive bomb will soon follow and other such methods that the civilians are given warning to leave the building. There are those who have their doubts that Israel gives such warnings as that allows the terrorists to depart the target and move to safety. That is just the price Israel pays in this difficult fighting but settles for striking just the munitions left behind as Israel holds innocent life above all else. The IDF and the government of Israel hold themselves to standards so much higher than other militaries in the western world and virtually immeasurably above other governments, especially that of their adversaries as the war in Syria and the events in Libya as well as the terror attacks in Paris in the past eighteen months from Charlie Hebdo through the Kosher Market Hyper Cachet to the recent military style assault on Paris, Mumbai in India, the train bombings in London and Madrid, the Boston Marathon bombings and far too many attacks targeting only civilians especially the knifing Intifada which is approaching its second year in Israel largely in Jerusalem. There have been military specialists who have stated that the IDF standards are so high that if such standards become the expected norm it would make other Western nations efforts far more difficult as Israel causes civilian casualties from collateral damage to a level so low that no other military in any conflict has even been capable of keeping such deaths as comparably low. Such is the message from military experts and a former officer witnessing before a United Nations panel about the most recent Gaza war initiated by hundreds, possibly thousands, of rockets fired into civilian towns, kibbutzim and metropolis city limits from ventral Tel Aviv to the furthest suburban neighborhoods of Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, Haifa, Ashkelon, Netanya, Beer Sheba and others which without the shelters and Iron Dome would have murdered tens of thousands of Israelis. Don’t trust us, watch these videos below.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The hatred of Israel stems from the success in high tech fields such as cellphone Apps, computer protection software, cellphones, instant messaging and other blessings to computer users both industrial and personnal use. In agriculture Israel is a leader with drip irrigation, engineering crops to survive irrigation with a percentage of sea water and other high salinity, crops requiring less water than the same crop in other nations and numerous other agricultural breakthroughs. In medicine the advances and techniques which have benefited people worldwide especially with the Save a Child’s Heart (SACH). The advances in biology, chemistry, mathematics, physics and other hard and soft sciences are unimaginable and may explain why people think that Israel must be the size of the United States as they almost compete in advancements, Nobel Prizes in the Sciences, and Apps for cellphones as we mentioned but the honest truth is Israel is the size of New Jersey and close to one third is desert and largely sparsely populated.

 

The miracles make for spiteful hatred at Israeli successes and undeterred stand against the terror forces and the worldwide demonstrations and accusations as Israel will continue to be a Light to the Nations (Hebrew: אור לגויים) as was made evident after the Nepal earthquake, the Haiti earthquake, the disaster in the Philippines, the earthquake and tsunami hitting Japan and was the sole nation to immediately offer to send assistance to the United States after both Hurricane Sandy and Hurricane Katrina and has offered assistance after earthquakes in Iran and Iraq and offered and delivered aid to the people of Turkey after their earthquake. Israeli disaster assistance is the equal of any other nation with the only exception possibly the United States where they are of comparable assistance though they outdid all in Nepal and had the first fully equipped and maned field hospital in Haiti much to the surprise of CNN and other news sources. This is the real Israel and is the Israel which never seems to matter to those who claim Israel is the worst nation with imperial designs on the Middle East and the world beyond. We can assure the world that Israel only desires to keep the areas in red in the first map in this article, that little strip about the size of New Jersey.

 

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January 3, 2016

The Bane of Israel Advocacy

 

We have all heard that the European Union has caved to the pressures of the BDS (Boycott, Divestment and Sanction) lobbying groups who were originated by the Fatah Party which is the same as saying the PA (Palestinian Authority). They introduced the idea that Israel was an Apartheid nation because the Arabs under the semi-autonomous rule of the Palestinian Authority run by Mahmoud Abbas who has not run for election since assuming the top spot when Yasser Arafat died in 2004. Abbas did not run in the 2005 elections and cancelled the scheduled 2009 election claiming an emergency which would not permit elections and then claimed Israel had not allowed the Arabs under the Palestinian Authority to vote because they were Arabs. What was not reported is that they are ruled by Abbas and he has refused to hold elections because he knows he would be defeated. Israel has no control over Arab elections, or no elections, under Palestinian rule which apparently has become a dictatorship as Abbas has assumed the position of President for Life which he has convinced the world that Israel has caused by not holding elections that he had cancelled. Why did the world media and so many pick up on this story and run with it when they also knew the truth was Abbas refused to hold elections and every Arab citizen of Israel has voted in Israeli elections if they choose to vote just like every other Israeli citizen. If an Israeli citizen does not vote, it is entirely their decision and not the fault of anyone other than themselves. So, as we asked a second ago, what is the problem with the media reporting an entirely false accusation against Israel when they are completely aware that the reason these Arabs under the authority which is led by Mahmoud Abbas as there have been no elections because Abbas cancelled them and will likely cancel the next election as he desires absolute power and refuses to take any chance he might not win but he blamed Israel and that is what the media reports, but why?

 

The answer is simple, in order to be permitted to have access to the Arab areas under Mahmoud Abbas and remain completely healthy when doing so one must report what they are told and never ever cross that line and report the truth or your access will be cancelled and you will be glad your life was not cancelled, not exactly an occurrence which has no precedence. What happens when you lie about Israel such as blaming Israel for Abbas refusing to hold elections? Nothing, absolutely nothing because Israel is an open and free society while the Arab Palestinian semi-autonomous territories is a closed and dictatorial police state with a highly armed enforcement police who are ready to execute anybody at a moment’s notice for being an Israeli agent. That had many examples which the media refuses to report for the same reason as above. So the media will report the Arab Palestinian line and not even check if there is an ounce of reality and truth as they already know that almost everything they claim of blame Israel over are lies or at best exaggerations, but it is news that feeds a popular line, it’s all the Jews fault, or in the modern line, the Jewish State’s fault. There is more to this situation with many in Europe amongst the intelligentsia setting the understood line of thought that Israel is the new Jewish Problem which must be dealt with just as the Jewish Problem of World War II was handled and the only difference is this time the Arab States are the tool replacing the Nazis, only even generally more rabid in their hatred and fury with the Jews and their state of Israel.

 

 

Knife Wielding Rafah cleric calls upon Arab Palestinians to stab Jews murdering them wherever they find them and seek them and stab them repeatedly

Knife Wielding Rafah cleric calls upon
Arab Palestinians to stab Jews murdering
them wherever they find them and seek
them and stab them repeatedly

 

 

There are a majority of nations which are completely comfortable with annulling the United Nations General Assembly Resolution 181 which is viewed as the establishment of Israel. This majority is a combination of the Arab States, some Muslim non-Arab states, the NAM states (non-aligned nations mostly developing nations) and a good if not majority of the European nations and with President Obama the United States could become doubtful for supporting Israel. Fortunately it is doubtful a move to eradicate Israel by United Nations Security Council Chapter Seven enforceable decree would pass without at least one of the five permanent nations; the United States, Russia, China, Great Britain, and France; using their veto to kill such a motion as it would require the use of force if Israel refused to agree to be dissolved, a likely scenario should such ever come to pass. Unfortunately, such a scenario just might be coming within the next year should Israel be challenged by Iran and allied forces currently in Syria such as Hezballah and additionally Hamas and Islamic Jihad attacked Israel using Iranian provided missiles and warheads and this is proven sufficiently that Israel decided to impart some small retribution launching from one of their submarines a cement tipped warhead on a cruise missile striking the Supreme Leader’s offices in the middle of the night thus causing minimal loss of life but departing a definite and unmistakable message. Imagine how such a scenario would be covered in the media. The Iranians would be calling an emergency meeting of every agency in the world and demanding Israeli leaders and all of Israel be erased over this unprovoked aggression by the Jewish State. There would finally be a Friday Afternoon where the masses would be yelling “Down with Israel” without the usual accompanying “Down with the United States” as Israel would have finally become the Great and Little Satan all over an attack which at most killed two people, one of which was sleeping outside the building struck. And just imagine the headlines and coverage such would get by the New York Times, the BBC, CNN, ABC, NBC, CBS, AFP, Reuters, FOX, France 2, France 24 and especially Haaretz as we would not want to leave out what President Rivlin recently declared that, “In times of Right-wing coalitions, and in times of Left-wing coalitions, Haaretz always remained in opposition, and criticized both sides when necessary. Being in the opposition is not an easy job. Most of my youth, I belonged to the opposition – to the ‘wrong’ side. Knowing that the public has chosen a different way, the opposition must work hard to convince them it has better solutions. It must reconnect with the public and still keep to its own truth. Without this effort, without a live-and-kicking opposition, our democracy is worth little. I am here today because I believe that the free market of ideas is a sacred principle.” There are many who hold doubts that Haaretz has maintained such an oppositional level with equal ardor favoring neither Right nor Left-wing governments as their very evident slant to the Port if we put it in naval terms.

 

The reality which has caused a bit of an identity crisis is that this new form of anti-Semitism is not the compliment of the older anti-Semitism which was relegated to a Right-wing; the neo-anti-Semitism is a purely Left-wing phenomenon and has a virulence which almost defies comparison. There are many of the neo-anti-Semites who claim that Hamas is correct in their actions as Israel refuses to end their occupation despite Israel removing every vestige of their existence in August of 2005 leaving only the multi-million-dollar advanced greenhouses which would have provided an entire industry up and running only to have them torn apart in order to turn the piping and other framework and provisions into rockets and explosives out of the fertilizer and launched these rockets into Israel. They ignore that Israel had no embargo blockade when they initially turned the Gaza Strip over to Mahmoud Abbas and the Arab Palestinian Authority. It was after Hamas took control in a coup that Israel found it necessary to prevent them from importing heavy weapons and other more destructive systems with which to bombard Israeli civilians in neighboring communities which were initially in jeopardy. With assistance from Iran and European monies Hamas has slowly developed the capacity to produce rockets capable of striking deeper into Israel placing Jerusalem and Haifa within striking distance of their latest rockets and who knows what will be available in the next round with Hamas. The other item ignored is the charters of both the Arab Palestinian Authority and especially those of Islamic Jihad and Hamas which both quote passages from the Quran usually utilized to express the unbridled hatred of the Jews and insists in their eradication to the last single Jew. But is this a worrisome concern of these neo-anti-Semites? No, never even a concern is placed in such knowledge as it makes little difference; all is permissible in the crusade to purge the world of the Jew in the form of the Jewish State, of Israel.

 

That is the drive behind the BDS program but that is just one piece of the tip of the spear. The rest of the spear, the mass of the spearhead behind the sharp knives which are stabbing Jews in Israel every day and have been doing so for months and apparently has become the new normal along with ramming groups of people with the car and lately evolved to include firearms as drive by shootings have joined the assaults on Jews which are not being reported in the liberal media, too Jewish to report. The story line from Gaza is even more controlled and enforced line of the story is always the same, the Jews are forcing the violence and rockets fired onto their cities. Hamas would stop firing the rockets if the Jews would just go back to where they came or just disappeared all-together. The Europeans think the Jews should leave while they can and go to Israel and the Arabs want the Jews to all go to Europe or America or Alaska, anywhere but in lands where there are Arabs. If the Arabs got the upper-hand in the Arab-Israeli conflict and made the world an offer of accepting the Jews and Christians and any other than Muslim Israelis instead of allowing Hamas to liquidate them all, does anybody honestly believe their nations would take as many Israelis as they have Syrians? Syrians are victims of a horrific war but the Jews simply lost and have to face the result of that loss, they do not rate high enough on the world’s sympathy meter to honestly give it a moment’s thought. Let Hamas and the others do as they choose, what problem is it of the world. This is understood though never spoken of in polite company as such things are too horrible to believe of our fellow mankind. Such truths must be ignored even if we in our hearts fear the truth of such as we remember the trip, the lonely and desperate trip of the St Louis and the fate which awaited her passengers because nobody, nor Cuba who had extended their open arms only to close them slamming the door of hope in the passengers of the St Louis’s faces and not the United States, Canada, Greenland, Iceland, Ireland, Great Britain, Spain, Portugal, nor any other possible nation in the entire world extended a helping hand to the passengers of the St Louis as they slowly made their way back to Nazi Germany and the Concentration Camps. Would today be any different if instead of a ship on the high seas instead it was the Ship of State of Israel which was stricken and needed a nation to which her people might embark on creating new lives or face certain death should the world turn a cold hearted refusal as they had the St Louis.

 

Cartoon of the St Louis and its Jewish Refugee Passengers and their Plight Brought on Because of Hard Heartedness of the United States Who Had No Room for Nine-Hundred-Thirty-Seven Jews Doomed to Return to Nazi Germany

Cartoon of the St Louis and its Jewish Refugee Passengers
and their Plight Brought on Because of Hardheartedness
of the United States Who Had No Room for
Nine-Hundred-Thirty-Seven Jews
Doomed to Return to Nazi Germany

 

 

Would there be any difference in the liberal halls of Europe who already fund a multitude of NGOs whose goal is the death of the Jewish State, and whose European Union has taken its first step towards placing an embargo on all Israeli goods and services, except any great innovation which might serve them or their peoples interests such as instant messaging, most software protection systems and other innovations. The European nations which abstain rather than vote their hearts in the United Nations allowing every sort and form of denunciation to go unopposed by Europe who calm their conscience with an abstention telling themselves that was close enough as they could have supported and thus was a tacit approval and not outright. There is no difference between anti-Semitism and anti-Zionism or anti-Israelism as holding Israel to its own unique set of perfection which no other nation is held or even expected of itself on its best day, but Israel must hold to perfection and any mar or mere scratch of the polishing wax that could easily be rubbed from existence is instead used to martyr Israel, used to spear her and roast her slowly over hot embers enjoying every drip of sweat and the sizzle of the fat as that is the sentence for imperfection if you are Israel, if you are the Jewish State.

 

That is the judgement of the media, especially the left leaning media but across the boards it often seems similar. So why does not Israel have its defenders? Certainly not President Francois Hollande who after the carnage in Paris, refused to include Jerusalem in the list of cities hit by terrorists making what can only be classified as one deliberate anti-Semitic choice. Well, she does have some spokespeople but they do not dictate to the media and only control the one station in most regions which is largely seen only by those who agree. Such a station is the CBN network which often defends Israel and that is applauded by many Evangelicals but they are but one group. Even the Jews are not as solidly supportive of Israel with many feeling embarrassed when the discussion comes to Israel because they know what should be expected of them but they know they will fall short as their standing in the leftist community is more important, inclusion and acceptance is more important because they will never live in Israel, maybe a couple of weeks every few years just for the sake of proving they are not anti-Semitic Jews, but never permanently as the United States is so much better. They might be surprised that for a Jew they are incorrect but to each their own. And there is another big problem, for if Jews refuse to support Israel, then who can one demand support from. This adds to the reasoning that Israel is indefensible as even her own people are against her. And that takes care of much of the media as the leftist Jews in the media bash Israel and the conservatives have such a small contribution and are not given space often enough in the major newspapers as might be hoped. There are claims the Thomas Friedman, New York Times columnist and Pulitzer Prize winning author supports Israel; with such support may we have less support and settle for honest criticism. Then there is the lost generation, the Jews who received just enough Jewish education that they might remember how to read the very Hebrew they learned to be Bar or Bat Mitzvah and some Jewish bible history which might still resonate and they know Hanukah because it comes with Christmas and they remember the High Holidays but still go to work on Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur and do not fast for Yom Kippur. That is the average Jew in America but fortunately the average Jew in Israel is getting more and more religious in what is called the periphery which means outside Tel Aviv and some secular areas of Jerusalem. Is there hope for Israel’s future? Yes, and it is assured with every little miracle we witness almost every day.

 

There are the little miracles which only those present or related to a person who was present know about. There are miracles such as the birth of a healthy child or any child as all life is precious and has its own reason and future to map out and their contribution for which Hashem placed them here as there are no wasted souls, just some who have gone astray and will require some therapy to come around, and that is provided in the least expected of ways. Then there are the mysterious miracles which make no sense or reason other than Hashem willed it and it came to be. As the Hamas officer of a rocket company was called on the carpet for not striking Tel Aviv, he was demanded to explain how he could miss such a large target and he replied that even when their rocket flew true towards central Tel Aviv their G0d moved it aside. I doubt his commander accepted that story, well, until he read about it in the news as it made news across Israel and was celebrated as proof of Hashem protecting Israel and we all prayed a little louder that week. You can read about it in our article Why Palestinian Israeli Conflict Appears Open-Ended as we definitely mentioned it. The wind mentioned as redirecting the rocket out to sea would need to be more than a strong gust or even strong directed winds as rockets are designed to fly straight with only minimal effect from side winds, especially with seconds before they strike. Any wind capable to such redirection would have caused more damage and deaths than the rocket striking. The wind was as to give naysayers their logical explanation. The Hamas officer in that reported story nailed it, Hashem moved the rockets to strike harmlessly and as most of these rockets striking empty fields and vacant lots could be claimed to be just luck so it was necessary to make one spectacular redirect on at least one rocket so all would know that these rockets missing was more than just luck, they each were potentially a miracle, every-one a potential miracle.

 

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January 2, 2016

Our Trip to Yerushalayim

We took a bus full of English speaking and some Spanish speaking Olim (new immigrants) for a day trip to Yerushalayim, to Jerusalem. I did my best not to blurt out anything too controversial as had I, the wrong ears would have heard me and it would not have served any purpose beyond pushing people past their comfort zones. The first pictures are from our visit to the Supreme Court where it was stressed that anyone from anywhere could bring any case against the Israeli government, could be heard and that was the supposed court of last resort. The question I would have liked to have asked but restrained myself was where does one turn when their problem has to do with the Supreme Court?

Obligatory View of Western Jerusalem from Supreme Court Main Gallery Windows
Obligatory View of Western Jerusalem from
Supreme Court Main Gallery Windows

Supreme Court Case Files One Section Amongst Many
Supreme Court Case Files
One Section Amongst Many

Supreme Court Law Books
Supreme Court Law Books

Supreme Court Three Judge Trial Room
Supreme Court Three Judge Trial Room

Model of Supreme Court Building with Reflective Glare
Model of Supreme Court Building with Reflective Glare

These next set of pictures were taken on Ammunition Hill.

Obligatory Picture Featuring Moshe Dayan
Obligatory Picture Featuring Moshe Dayan

Checkpoint for Entering West Jerusalem from Jordanian Held East Jerusalem
Checkpoint for Entering West Jerusalem
from Jordanian Held East Jerusalem

IDF Rabbi with Celebratory Cigar and Torah Scroll Entering Old City
IDF Rabbi with Celebratory Cigar
and Torah Scroll Entering Old City

Weapons and Munitions Display plus Friend
Weapons and Munitions Display plus Friend

Sculpture Dedicated to Soldiers Depicting Fallen Soldier
Sculpture Dedicated to Soldiers
Depicting Fallen Soldier

Overlay of the Battlefield Highlighting Ammunition Hill
Overlay of the Battlefield
Highlighting Ammunition Hill

These last set of pictures were taken at the Hertzl Museum
and gravesite including the part of the entire trip
I had hoped to visit and give due honors, the grave of Ze’ev Jabotinsky.

Artwork at Entrance of Hertzl Museum
Artwork at Entrance of Hertzl Museum

Hertzl Gravesite
Hertzl Gravesite

Kever (Grave) Ze’ev Jabotinsky
Kever (Grave) Ze’ev Jabotinsky

Hertzl’s Actual Study Reconstructed with Original Furniture, Books et. al.
Hertzl’s Actual Study Reconstructed
with Original Furniture, Books et. al.

We wish to explain our delay in posting and missing one more day than we had hoped. We blame age and the mileage accumulated. People will often claim that their physical limitations have to do with the mileage but having experienced the limiting factors both to bring to the table, we advise you take stock of those making the claim and with few true, blue exceptions they are all usually older than you, unless it is two compatriots joking around, and then they are both older than the observers, but it is not just the age or the mileage but some horrific and devilish combination of the two. Please accept these old crooked bones’ apology.

Beyond the Cusp

 

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