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April 27, 2016

Terror War Still Going Strong While Media Whistles

 

The media around the world tends to become complacent and simply accept that in Israel Arabs kill Israelis given even the slightest of reasons. A good example is if somebody is driving to a meeting and are using their GPS for directions they could end up dead. The directions might take them too close to an Arab town or village where there has been recent instigations leaving a dangerous situation. It could be something as simple as a sermon from an Imam stressing how all of Israel was stolen and the only way to take it back is to kill the Jews. This could be an Arab town in the Judea or Samaria (West Bank) or even inside the green line as the radicalization had spread within what the world considers Israel proper. The location is insignificant, what is significant is that should a Jew follow directions, even on a highway, they could end up dead and the media would shrug it off as normal. That is the reality in Israel. Arabs murder Jews who drove to close; well, sucks to have been them. Arab is yelled at by a Jew and there is a media firestorm. It is as simple as dog bites man, who cares, especially if it is a postal delivery person. Man bites dog, especially if it is a postal delivery person, stay tuned for pictures of wounded dog on the eleven o’clock news! Since when is a person being murdered so common a possibility that it does not warrant coverage. The answer is when it is a Jew killed by an Arab in Israel where there is no reciprocal action.

 

A prime example are the rockets fired out of Gaza into Israel aimed at civilian targets including schools, day care, shopping centers, hospitals, wherever they think it has the highest chance to kill people. Of course Israel had that almost magical iron dome which prevents the rockets from hitting anything more often than not, what was its efficiency, over 90% wasn’t it. With that system the Jews are safe, it does not matter the number of rockets. The very first tank fire or return fire by Israel and troops mass and the world is brought to a quick attention and the news starts to flow. A Gaza child was struck when an Israeli tank fired into Gaza today the news starts at six. The story tells for five, ten possibly fifteen minutes where the boy went to schools, his mother is interviewed, he was an honor student who had never hurt a fly and cared for a sick bird last summer. After a long introspective into the innocence and the wrongness of his death it is finally stated that rockets had been fired into Israel before the return fire. What was left out of these stories and will not be mentioned unless the shooting goes into overdrive and Israel sends in the troops. Well, now it’s an important story of the year and it finally comes out, Hamas and friends had been firing rockets in increasing numbers daily into Israel for six weeks and for the past week before the Israeli tank shot and hit the unfortunate youth had reached over a hundred rockets daily and Israeli life had been completely disrupted by Code Red alerts where the Israelis drop everything and head for their closest shelters. Add the Iron Dome which fires a twenty thousand dollar interceptor when it determines it necessary just to intercept a five hundred dollar or less rocket, often their average price is under one hundred dollars because even a twenty dollar rocket with five pound warhead can ruin a number of people’s lives if it strikes near them so it gets intercepted by that same price, twenty thousand dollar, interceptor.

 

The news about the rockets fired into Israel is not news as it starts small and slowly builds such that it appears normal and there is no definitive demarcations between one every two days and one a day, then nine per week, then twelve, then three a day, and five a day, then a dozen a day but only one fired towards Tel Aviv where the reporters stay, and finally there are fifty then a hundred a day, and Israel responds; Israel firing into Gaza is news as it happens rarely. The Israeli response is the unusual event. If Israel caves and releases a thousand terrorists from prisons to get Hamas and friends from firing the rockets that is a line on page fifty of the newspaper and possibly a mention for one news broadcast covering the release of prisoners in some amorphous agreement. The rockets may or may not even enter that story and then they stop and are never mentioned until Israel returns fire. Then the first day there is always one innocent killed even if it is from a misfired rocket. The new leads with Israel fired into Gaza today and a Gazan was killed in the ensuing violence. Whether Israeli fire killed them or Hamas rocket misfired, it happens far more often than everybody is led to think. It matters not how they died as the reporters in Gaza are fed whatever story Hamas wants released and verification is often not forthcoming or even required. There was a famous incident which we would bet you remember. The initial story was that Israel fired and struck a Gazan Hospital killing many patients etcetera. Well, the resulting investigation led to a different news story which came out quickly like the next day where it was found that a battery of four rockets fired from a truck in Gaza by Hamas and friends went astray. Some of the reports on the hospital also mentioned another shot striking a refugee camp near the hospital. Well, that was where two of the misfired Hamas rockets struck with a third going out into the Mediterranean and one fell harmlessly in Israel. The trajectories had been tracked by an Iron Dome system and the picture below was released with the follow-up story which corrected the initial Israel struck a hospital and refugee camp. Most probably never heard or read the follow-up story which we covered here and the story was read but we are not CNN and they probably gave the follow-up coverage at noon in Addis Abbaba which is also noon in Siberia and the middle of the night in the United States and late evening in Western Europe. The Israel misleading story was prime time news for two days and that original story is still quoted today as if it was valid and never corrected. What was your memory, had you heard the corrected news or just wondered why the original story just fell off the radar, something odd in and of itself if Israel really had struck the hospital. The story was repeated during the United Nations Human Rights Commission’s hearings on the Gaza War and was not challenged and allowed to be reported about as part of the coverage of their investigation which condemned Israel for responding to such mild a provocation of a few rockets shot into Israel, a mere thirteen hundred in the six weeks leading up to the Israeli response is the world’s idea of a few rockets fired into Israel. Just wonderful, and if Libya was firing ten rockets a day into Rome and southern Italy would that be just a minor inconvenience or film at eleven?

 

Radar Trajectory of barrage launched from within Gaza depicting strike points including the short round strike on the Shifa Hospital which Israel blamed by Hamas and Media accepted Hamas talking point unchecked

Radar Trajectory of barrage launched from within Gaza depicting strike points including the short round strike on the Shifa Hospital which Israel blamed by Hamas and Media accepted Hamas talking point unchecked

 

This came as something worth taking this look back as yesterday an Israeli was following their GPS and it took them through the outskirts of Gush Etzion where they escaped but had come under attack. Their vehicle sustained significant damage when numerous Arab terrorists hurled rocks, firebombs and other projectiles at it, but thankfully the occupants emerged uninjured. We are betting this was not covered in your newscasts yesterday and we only hear about it due to living in Israel and listening to other than regular news and reading news releases that are not coming from Haaretz and other leftist Israeli news coverage which may as well be Al Jazeera or CNN, CBS, MSNBC, BBC, France Channel 2 or a million other newscasts and coverage mediums throughout the world. Had this occurred just outside an Islamic neighborhood in Hamtramck near Detroit you can bet the news would have been all over this and had it happened where Arabs or Muslims were attacked as such anywhere in the world, especially if in Israel, it could have been the story of the month, as we stated, especially if it was to happen in Israel. We know what you are thinking, such would never happen. We would not bet on that being the case as there have been times things have gotten very tense between the two groups here in areas where Jewish and Arab villages abut one another or in evenly mixed towns. Things are clamped down on hard when there is an even possibility that the violence could run opposite what is considered normal even here in Israel. Israeli authorities take a very dim view of Israeli, especially Jewish, violence against even provocations as it is expected for Jews to behave like civilized people and accept certain levels of violence and provocations before acting, and then the action should be call authorities and watch the situation get locked down starting with the Jews. And as stated, Jewish violence would be covered world-wide and repeatedly referred to as the instigation that led to any return violence for weeks on end. Eventually the level of animosity being thrown into Israeli faces will lead to an event, and that is what it will be termed, an event which sparked a violent response as should be expected after such a provocation. Man bites dog and gets attacked by pack of dogs, what did he expect? Below is a video of interviews with some choice individuals who are not in circulation for reasons that are explained in the video. It is worth watching as their views are not unusual and are accepted as the norm in many areas, watch for as long as you are able and try and understand where it will eventually lead, it can only lead to one conclusion and that will be covered endlessly as the United Nations, European Union and all too many NGOs and news bureaus will endlessly churn out stories about the unfairness of it all and question endlessly what could have caused what is the inevitable end to this story and act all surprised when they have known how it will end for a very long time. They just expect that the end which is inevitable will have the opposite result than is also the inevitable result, just not what they expect or desire. The video is in four sections which automatically load after the first part. It is worth taking in all four parts as it covers a range of interviews and circumstances which get described and laid out for a deeper understanding of what is what, plain and simple.

 

 

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February 1, 2016

Blessings We Have Found in Israel

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Israel gets some bad public relations if one depends on the news, editorials, talk radio and just about any mass media, even movies and other entertainment. Living in Israel very quickly dispels all the lies. Are there a few choice people who might make one take a less than superb view, but such are rare and even they warm with time. Needless to say, not knowing or speaking the language causes some difficulties but there is almost always somebody there to lend a translating hand. There was the time we were at a McDonalds and the woman at the counter spoke no English and two what had to be young High School age girls came in and realizing the communication problem immediately became our translators without being asked. Generally there are those who willingly offer to give directions to whatever place you need to find in ten minutes to make the appointment and it is your first time in the city and you got off the bus where you thought was the closest stop. That time we only missed by one or two stops and had to walk about a mile or so, you get used to walking in Israel because so much living is city center style European life, an initial system shock after life in the outer suburbs in the United States.

 

Our friends, acquaintances and relatives are quite surprised when we relate the ease and general atmosphere in Israel. When we tell them that we have found Israel more accommodating and generally having a softer and more easy and comforting nature they tend to express great surprise. One might expect that in Israel life would have an edge on it with the constant threats from virtually any direction and the added unpleasant surprise with the Iranian nuclear threat and President Obama and his team’s animosities and threats thrown at Israel but they would be quite wrong. Probably the best description we could give as a true barometer of Israel and Israelis would be to take everything ever attributed to Israel and her people by the United Nations General Assembly and the United Nations Human Rights Commission or virtually any other United Nations agency etcetera and take it all and place the initials of the United Nations in front of them but in small letters and then read the entirety as one word. An easy example would be if some United Nations commission claimed Israelis harbored a genocidal hatred then all one need do is take the two words and place the letter un in front giving you ungenocidal and unhatred and you would produce an honest appraisal. Sure it would take ignoring your spellcheck and do some translations where ungenocidal would become accepting of others people who are different and unhatred would become lovers making the entire accusation translate into accepting and caring for peoples who differ from Jews and accepting, caring and considerate of people who are of any other stereotypical, racial, religious or nationality different from Israeli or Jewish. A closer inspection of Israeli actions around the world will better exemplify this example.

 

When Haiti was struck by that devastating earthquake, the Israelis were amongst the first to have responders on the ground evaluating any special needs. Israel had the first field hospital which was equipped with X-ray equipment, a gynecological unit, a neonatal unit, burn center, surgical rooms, prosthetics and physical therapy, emergency room, and virtually every department and specialists which was on the ground and set up within six days of the earthquake. This hospital remained on the ground even after the search and rescue units had stood down. Israel also opened clinics in areas where urgent care not requiring the abilities of a full hospital were present and when the Israelis left Haiti a number of these clinics remained completely equipped with diagnostic, monitoring and other equipment and Israel had trained people in the area such as orphanage, school or other personnel who would be capable of offering care after the Israelis had left.

 

When Typhoon Haiyan spread destruction throughout much of the Philippines, Israel arrived with an one-hundred-forty-eight person team, including search, rescue and medical services and a fully functioning field hospital with one-hundred tons of aid. Making rescue and aid assistance even more difficult was when the typhoon struck, the region was still reeling from the Bohol earthquake in October before. One of the more interesting reports on the Israeli presence at the time was on television news where an on the scenes reporter had been directed to a small village not on one of the main Islands by the Philippine government when she requested assistance in reaching the “most remote village” to report on how they were coping with the aftermath of the storm. Imagine her surprise to find a clinic operated by Israelis already set up and operating while training the local villagers on how to treat people for emergency aid and familiarizing them with the equipment which the Israelis would leave behind as well as the clinic itself with one Israeli aid worker to remain behind and work for the next six months or so with the villagers to assure that they have received whatever training might arise.

 

When Nepal recently had their massive earthquake, once again Israel was amongst the first to respond and the operation was much like the one in Haiti with one exception which was remarkable; Israel took care to the most remote of places, some of which had rarely if ever seen support even from the Nepalese government where Israel set up satellite care units often referred to as clinic in a backpack, though we would hate to have to carry such a backpack, they are quite heavy (pictured below). These remote aid clinics provided urgent and critical care close to the, and often on the, mountain slopes treating climbers and vacation goers as well as native Nepalese citizens. They also operated as a remote triage for when victims were stabilized and given what treatment was available at the clinic and once the patients were stabilized for transport having them taken to the main Israeli or other field hospital.

 

 

The Israeli and Nepalese medical staff who operated the IsraAID mobile clinic in the village of Tar, ten hours northeast of Kathmandu. (Photo credit: Melanie Lidman/Times of Israel)

The Israeli and Nepalese medical staff who operated the IsraAID mobile clinic in the village of Tar, ten hours northeast of Kathmandu. (Photo credit: Melanie Lidman/Times of Israel)

 

 

Israel has sent aid groups to other areas struck by natural calamities with teams having gone to Japan after their earthquake and tsunami disaster, Myanmar after the tsunami, Turkey after they suffered an earthquake and offered assistance to the United States after hurricane Katrina swamped New Orleans and destroyed entire fishing towns along the coast of the Gulf of Mexico, and reportedly one of a very remote few to offer assistance to the United States. When one considers the Save a Child’s Heart program and how it saves children of all ages who have debilitating if not life-threatening heart problems as well as setting up entire departments in hospitals around the world and training their staff and physicians on how to diagnose and treat these children including training the heart surgeons on how to perform these sensitive and vital surgeries, Israel leaves all the equipment the staff was trained on with the hospital.

 

And the Israelis you meet, see, work with and just generally run across are some of the most patient people and really do try to help in their own manner. They may sometimes have difficulty in expressing things in English but many are actually happy and anxious to use their English and respond well when one states the words in the correct syntax as that is important to them. Sentence structure in Hebrew is different than in English and thus literal word for word translations quite often makes for what at first one takes as Yoda speak from Star Wars, perhaps it was direct translation of Hebrew to English that was the basic transference used to make Yoda syntax. Our Hebrew is embarrassingly inadequate to even make a scheduled appointment and get the day of the week correct not to mention the time as some places use a twenty-four hour clock which reminds all of military times.

 

Then there is a tight knit group of what are referred to as Anglos, basically English speakers, and we have events, trips, sightseeing, Torah, Talmud and Bible classes for men and women and we have found our level of social activities is vastly more active and on a level of friendliness equal to our best of times and friends back in the United States. Another thing which leads to such is that Israel is a rather small nation, approximately the size of New Jersey, though that is misleading as the southern two-fifths, or forty-percent, of Israel is made up of the Negev Desert which is rather sparsely populated. Where New Jersey has a population of nine-million, Israel’s population is just over eight-million. Of course there are some groups who pretty much stick to their own group of like-minded and religious viewpoints such as the Haredi. In much of Israel where there is a mix of Arab and Jewish populations there is no evident difference in the treatment and the interactions are natural and as normal as humanly possible. In the area we reside there are Arab and Muslim stores and employees in larger stores or other places of employment are seamless as to their fitting into the society as a whole. At the regional hospital there are Muslim and Arab nurses, physicians, technicians and all positions and everything functions, as we said, seamlessly. The street signs are all written in Hebrew, Arabic, and English with some towns sporting French or Spanish or Russian, though we have yet to see one which had more than four languages and usually just the three required languages. What is always amusing is when a store has its name actually an English name but the letters on their sign is in Hebrew. What gets confusing is that when you read some of these signs you try to think what the prefixes and suffixes are as Hebrew has many words result only in a letter prefix or suffix. Some examples of prefixes are the ‘v’ which means ‘and’ along with an ‘h’ which means ‘the’ while the suffixes often give one the gender of the word as well as if it is singular or plural or includes the speaker or listener in the plural group and so on. Over half of learning Hebrew are the prefixes and the gender and singular versus plural of the words. Someday we will get a reliable translation program for our phones, or should we call them what the phones have become, life assistants and general applications from pictures to recordings, getting e-mail, surf the Web, record our every move and change of mood on Facebook, well, not quite, and most important movie or still camera and recorder.

 

Basically, virtually everything UNcomplimentary about Israel are UNtrue. Contrary to popular belief they are not contrarians. Israelis are like all peoples, there are the great, the good and the we wish they were nicer types. Many fall all over themselves attempting to make our lives as stress free as possible which had to be stressing on them. Of course it might be that as the ancient Hebrew scholars made a point of hammering into our stories and writings, people will only treat you as well as you treat them and life can be like a mirror to one’s soul which is revealed by ones actions when it appears nobody is watching, because, as we are taught in Judaism and is likely taught though with a slight difference, there is always somebody watching us from on High and nothing escapes that view as our innermost thoughts to our most expressed emotions. We can also count that such observations tell whether we’ve been bad or good, so be good for goodness sake. Still, there is something else which permeates through the society at large. There is an air of optimism and hopefulness. You feel a vigor for living life and finding meanings where other places simply ignore and accept things as is. In Israel there is this striving to be better as a people and as individuals. There is also a level of acceptance which makes one more comfortable simply being themselves as all will be just fine in the end. There are more young children than we were used to in the United States. This too adds to the optimism as a society with declining populations is what is destroying Europe right before our eyes. They are dancing their last dance in Europe and if things continue as has been the scenario we in Israel will become all the more isolated and an Island of freedom and democracy in a sea of misfortune. There is still hope for Europe but only if they turn their ship of state around and rediscover what gave them the impetus to live life to the fullest and explore the world, that spark of life which made passing their ideas and ideals on to the next generation, something difficult to do when there are so few children born to the indigenous Europeans. Israel will only grow stronger as the Jews of Europe make their final decision and that plague may soon prove to be a prophesy for the United States though that need not be their future written in stone. The United States has a far better opportunity to reverse the slipping trend before the slope becomes too steep and wet for any traction and down becomes the only direction. We are both glad we have come to Israel and Israel has proven to be a wellspring of optimism and life, a future of light and enlightenment, more than a completion as it is an opportunity to grow with such splendor and a kaleidoscope of choices each colored so vividly and vibrant. It is really hope eternal or as close as we have seen on Earth. It is great to be at home, the home which was destined and a good, no, great home it is and will grow from there. Needless to say, but we do not expect the United Nations to understand as they are the people of ‘UN’ and that sums them up in total.

 

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November 12, 2015

Arabs Made the Choice Clear May 15, 1948

 

As every Jewish day begins at sunset the evening before rather than at midnight, the evening of May 14, 1948 began the celebrations of the declaration of the state of Israel. The population was a mix of various groups including but not limited to the Jews and Arabs who had resided side by side in peace for centuries in the Holy Lands, the Zionists who had been arriving since around 1850 with a sizeable increase after World War II as Jewish survivors had no other place to go, and the Arabs who had flocked to the area since the return of the Jews in a search for a brighter future for their families as the soon to be declared Jewish State had an improved economic outlook compared to her neighboring nations. These Arabs arrived from as close as Syria, Jordan and Egypt and as far as Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Yemen, the Sudan, Libya, Tunisia and even Algeria. There were separate and mixed celebrations into the night followed the next morning with seven Nations’ armies and attached militias invading from every border thus beginning what was planned to be a quick war of annihilation. There were other fighting that marred the night mostly along the periphery where Jews and Arabs lived together or as neighbors in villages a mere minutes’ walk apart. Some of these fights were of the greatest of sadness as these were Arab against Arab where the Arab villages which had decided to stay and join in building the new state were slaughtered by fellow Arabs and even some by their own neighbors or even families. The breaking of dawn made the Arab choice obvious as Jews found neighboring Arab villages mostly barren or strewn with corpses of those they knew as friends. There were two groups of Arabs remaining in Israel alive the next morning; those Arabs who truly desired to build the new state and those who planned on supporting the coming genocidal slaughter by striking at Israeli fighters from behind their lines and slaughtering the women and children who were not fighting on the front lines. The duplicity of those who remained only to aid the genocidal attacks from the seven nations’ Armies that morning of May 15, 1948 was the response of the Arab world as set forth by the “Arab League which declared that all Israel and those who sided with the Jews were to die and the land cleansed of this, as they regarded the forming of Israel, endemic contagion, this blighted pestilence which marred the purity of the surrounding Arabiya and had to be purged and scoured clean resettled by a more accepting Arab State which posed no insult or injury to the Arab communal pride, the Arab uniformity which they demanded be restored. That was the initial and the continuing view of the Arab world and that view persists to this day though it has transformed and adapted so as to form a more favorable and sympathetic front, though there has been no change of view from the Arab world or Arab League as is most evident in voting of the General Assembly of the United Nations.

 

The United Nations was not always against the Jewish State as they set forth a suggestion for a compromise which took the lands from which seventy-eight percent had been carved off of the original lands intended by the League of Nations for the formation of the Jewish State. The League of Nations validated the San Remo Conference formation of the Mandate system which was further agreed upon in the Treaty of Sèvres which established mandate lands under the guardianship of each of the victorious allied nations dividing up the defeated Ottoman Empire lands along with the Sykes-Picot Agreement which dealt with the remainder of lands of the Middle East and redrew the lines in eastern Europe with the British Mandate presumable set aside for the Jewish State. The ink had barely dried on the Sane Remo Conference and the Treaty of Sèvres when the British posed to the Zionist Congress, the Jewish ruling entity which represented the interests of the future Jewish State, proposing for the lands east of the Jordan River be repurposed, some might claim stolen by right of might as the British had an army and the Zionist Congress had quill pens and parchment, for an Arab State named Transjordan where the Arabs could have self-rule under the guidance, rule, of the Hashemite Monarchy which the British had owed a debt after the Hashemite family had aided the British and as a result lost their title over Mecca and Medina for which Transjordan could at best soften the blow. Needless to say, the Zionist Congress took this offer as it came with a promise of inviolability of the remaining twenty-two percent of the lands west of the Jordan River backed by the British Crown, a promise that had all the power of a stiff breeze on a spring day and as often comes in the spring, the storm clouds soon blew in. The British did to the best of their ability place the lands promised to the Zionist Congress all but unavailable for the Jews to emigrate to during their time of most dire necessity as the British along with the rest of the world’s nations closed off every avenue with only the slimmest of opportunities when the European Jews were being shipped to slaughter houses where they were dealt death with assembly line efficiency by the Nazis during World War II. Even after the War the British continued to impose strict limitations such that their promise to the many Arab states and royalties demands that the Jews never be permitted to realize a majority of the population in the British controlled lands west of the Jordan River and thus never being capable of meeting the set requirements for the founding of their state. It was due this predicament that a compromise was reached despite British casting their votes and lobbying the other nations in the United Nations General Assembly to vote down Resolution 181 (Partition Plan of Palestine) which proposed to divide the lands west of the Jordan River in half granting each patrician one to the Arabs and one to the Jews for their state. The division (pictured in the map below) granted the Jews lands made up almost two-thirds being parts of the Negev Desert and granting the Arabs the most fertile lands, all the higher Judean Hills overlooking this coastal strip of Jewish land around Tel Aviv and the majority of the Galilee with Jerusalem under international control but completely surrounded by Arab land which would likely have resulted in their taking control of all of Jerusalem with only the most minor threat of violence before and international forces would pack-up and go home. One could hardly have designed a more advantageous division of land setting the Jews up for a very short existence but for reasons we will never know or understand, perhaps it was the divine intervention of Hashem, the Arab League voted against the plan as they would not accept even a truncated and completely undefendable Jewish State and by voting the plan down and the Zionist Congress agreeing to the plan the default became the lands west of the Jordan River would become the Jewish State, just as the British promised but had worked so tirelessly to prevent.

 

 

UN Palestine Partition Versions of 1947 and included within UN General Assembly Resolution 181 which was rejected by the Arab League negating the UN Resolution as if either side rejects such a UN Resolution which is non-binding, it invalidates the entire agreement rendering it mute from that point forward. Jerusalem was to be managed by a corpus separatum (Latin: “separate entity”) set up consisting of an international groups most likely to be rotated. This offer was accepted by the Zionist Congress but having any General Assembly Resolution accepted by one side and rejected by the other is simply one hand clapping, useless.

UN Palestine Partition Versions of 1947 and included within UN General Assembly
Resolution 181 which was rejected by the Arab League negating the UN Resolution as
if either side rejects such a UN Resolution which is non-binding, it invalidates the entire
agreement rendering it mute from that point forward. Jerusalem was to be managed by a
corpus separatum (Latin: “separate entity”) set up consisting of an international groups
most likely to be rotated. This offer was accepted by the Zionist Congress but having
any General Assembly Resolution accepted by one side and rejected by the other is
simply one hand clapping, useless.

 

 

The evening of May 14, 1948 the Jews and Arab friends celebrated and the next morning went to war with a dozen aircraft, most without guns and few bombs often dropping seltzer bottles as they whistled as they fell and made a very satisfyingly loud pop when they struck ground; a few small tanks and armored up trucks and cars, a fair number of rudimentary or antiquated rifles and submachineguns with little hope of survival. During this war of survival, from the Jewish side of things, they often had arrivals from the refugee camps, many still emaciated from the concentration camps where they managed to survive. These Jewish refugees found they no longer had any home to return to and had heard of entire areas where returning Jews were shot on sight rather than have to face them and tell how their homes, businesses and belongings had been redistributed. They arrived and went straight from the boats to the front lines, some holding rifles not even knowing how to fire them even being shot without ever taking their rifles from safety to firing setting yet they sang Psalms as they advanced. This lack of training combined with a simple wish to defend the land at any cost was one of many difficulties corrected but which made the first weeks the most dire and treacherous. Lessons were learned and even better arms were procured with the main provider of weapons coming from a place which identified with the Jewish State as they had been the sacrificial lamb for expediency leading up to World War II, the nation of Czechoslovakia. Eventually an armistice ended the active war and Israel mourned the loss of one in ten Israelis. This end to the conflict would not remain settled indefinitely. In 1967 Egypt and Syria attacked Israel from top and bottom and on day two the Jordanians entered the war despite warnings and pleadings from Israel warning them the broadcasts from Egypt and Syria about their closing on Tel Aviv were false; but the Jordanian King thought the Jews were attempting to trick him and he was not to be denied his share of the spoils. The spoils were shared when the world demanded an end to the Six Day War where Israel liberated lands she had lost in 1948 which included the Golan Heights, Eastern Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria and Gaza plus gained the lands of the Sinai Peninsula which is almost five times the size of Israel. This also placed Israel on one bank of the Suez Canal, a vital waterway, and also one side of the Straights of Tiran which guaranteed freedom of entry to the entire red Sea and access to the Arabian Sea and thus the Indian and Pacific Oceans and trade with Asia. It was the blockading of this important waterway which caused the Six Day war along with the massed armies by Syria and Egypt on the Israeli borders. The Syrian and Egyptians opted for a replay in 1973 but this time Jordan wisely decided to sit this round out. This was the Yom Kippur War in which Israel almost lost it all in the opening hours but regrouped and eventually was racing towards Damascus and had crossed the Suez Canal using the same bridges the Egyptians had used to surge across initiating the conflict and were heading for Alexandria and Cairo when the United Nations, Russians, United States and darn near the entire chorus of nations screamed “Stop!” Israel was duly chastised for taking advantage of the situation and was persuaded, it could be called threatened just as easily, to return to the demarcation lines from the previous armistice at the end of the Six Day War and return all gains as if the entirety of the conflict had not occurred.

 

The Arab world learned some dear lessons and different lessons were taken from these difficult conflicts. Egypt would be the first to strike a peace with Israel. This peace involved the return of the entirety of the Sinai Peninsula and the surrender of Gaza back to Israel as it had been occupied by Egypt and never actually annexed. Jordan was next to make peace and they too returned the lands they had occupied with one difference, Jordan had also annexed the lands and granted the citizenship to the Arabs living in the areas of Judea and Samaria which Jordan renamed West Bank; I guess Judea just sounded too Jewish. Jordan also forced the Jews living in those lands to relocate back into Israel taking their homes and anything they were unable to carry with them after their taking the lands in 1948. This presented an interesting option that of course Israel was never allowed to contemplate, let alone actually actualize it, namely the Arabs residing in Judea and Samaria were now Jordanian citizens and as such could have been given the same treatment the Jews received when Jordan took the lands from Israel in 1948 and be made to relocate to Jordan across the Jordan River. This act would have saved the world a ton of pains and displeasure, though I often get the feeling the world, with a few choice exceptions, get a great deal of pleasure in Israel’s woes. So, to reward Israeli kindness in allowing these Jordanians to remain in their homes, keep their fields, groves, flocks, businesses and other properties and not forcing them from the liberated lands, the world gave them a foreign name changing them from Jordanians to Palestinians. Where the name Palestinians came from depends on who you ask. It appears to have come almost literally from the Roman name for Judea imposed after the Jewish revolt by Bar Kokhba which succeeded from132 through 135 after which the Roman Emperor Hadrian changed the name to Syria Palaestina, after the Roman pronunciation for Philistine, the ancient Jewish enemy long extinguished from the Earth who were a sea-faring nation originally from the Grecians Isles, and Jerusalem to Aelia Capitolina, thus Palaestina became Palestine and the Palestinians. This invented peoples who genetically, historically, socially and in all means other than geographically and with many having families residing from their originating lands of Syria, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Iraq and the other Arab nations were the concept of the KGB as the Soviet Union’s as part of their opposition to everything Western during the Cold War with the United States which made Israel their sworn enemy and as she was surrounded by the Soviet’s allied Arab states she was also apparently the low hanging fruit. Since the frontal assaults of 1948, 1967 and 1973 failed, the Soviets opted for a more nuanced approach where instead of the Goliath Arab world fighting little Israel it was recast as the Goliath IDF against stone throwing powerless Palestinians who were not related to any of the Arab world and had resided in the land which the Jews had stolen since the time before time. Any claim was conceivable as everything about the Palestinian people, state, history etcetera was cut from whole cloth and from the imagination of KGB operatives who were the coworkers, maybe not directly but for the same bosses, as Vlad the Invader Putin, so imagine your worst and they probably could best that and from the way the world acts now, their plans are working even after the Soviet Union collapsed such that it makes one wonder exactly who does this pretense serve now? Answer me that, please.

 

 

Palestinians on Their Way to Negotiate with Israel Demanding Their One State Solution Sans Jews

Palestinians on Their Way to Negotiate with Israel
Demanding Their One State Solution Sans Jews

 

 

So what does all this history and histrionics prove? All it proves is that Israel today had the borders defended by the IDF which are presumably by all treaties, conferences, history and original context are exactly as they should be and if any group within is not satisfied with this fact, they have two options, cry a lot and be very unhappy or move to someplace where they will be more comfortable. They will decide not to move as where are their choices? Syria? That would be just a tad crazy. Lebanon? Iraq? Not likely as they are Sunni and not really anxious to step into the middle of a Sunni Shiite war. Saudi Arabia? Kuwait? Well Saudi Arabia would be insulted as they send lots of oil dollars to these very same Arabs so they can kill and otherwise inconvenience Israel and possibly reclaim Muslim land for the greater glory of Mecca and Medina which are in Saudi Arabia and the Kuwaitis threw them out after Yasser Arafat backed Saddam Hussein after he destroyed Kuwait and killed many Kuwaitis during his all too long occupation of that nation eventually liberated by a coalition of the willing or some such nonsense. It was the United States and Western allies who did the major fighting. Egypt? They would not be welcome there as they are considered to be not all that different than the Arabs in Gaza which currently are causing Egypt headaches and security risks. Simply stated, the rest of the Arab world had forsaken the Palestinians because they have been turned into viscous murderers largely and their school system teaches only hatred and violent jihad which would only cause whatever nation and its government heartache and revolts and little else. The Palestinian Arabs have been trained for the past twenty years plus to murder Jews and demand special favor and act in as anti-social a manner as any peoples could imagine. They are bred on discontent and the destructive actions which bring only hardship upon their own people as they must be all but quarantined from the rest of the society which might actually desire to live productive lives free of senseless violence. This can be witnessed by visiting one of the many companies and manufacturers the European Union just voted to label their products in a move they hope will result in lost sales and income which will only hurt the very Palestinian Arab people they claim to be aiding but who work side by side with Jews in these companies and many of these Arabs are managers and have positions with Jewish workers under their direction with no friction and great cooperation, the way it would be without the instigators. But this was the hope of not just the Soviet Union when this plan was hatched but also the darling of the Arab and much of the Muslim worlds as they demand that the land of Israel be denied all but the Muslim Arabs who once held it under Suleiman and under the Caliphate and then the Ottoman Empire thus cannot be permitted to be lost to any other peoples to rule. The Jews must be made to respect their Islamic betters and be subservient Dhimmi and accept their abasement and degradations which are to be heaped upon them until they accept servitude and being a class beneath full humanity. The choice the Arabs demand of the world is either Israel or the Arabs rule and until the Jews are brought down the Arabs will rise against them. In the end, as we have stated before, in the end there can be only one. For as long as Israel can stand, that one will be the Jews protecting and defending the lands promised Abraham, guaranteed by the League of Nations, the British Crown, the United Nations and International Law. Those are the realities and the truths which anyone who studies the history is fully aware, but too many are frightened to stand with Israel as that might make them a larger target for terrorism though not standing with Israel has not prevented terrorism either. The world can line up with whichever side they wish, for us, we choose Israel.

 

 

Wailing Wall with Soft Pale Blue Star of David Writ Large

Wailing Wall with Soft Pale Blue Star of David Writ Large

 

 

Beyond the Cusp

 

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