Beyond the Cusp

November 30, 2011

Does Israel Deserve to be Permitted to Continue to Exist?

Does Israel deserve to be permitted by the rest of the civilized world to continue to exist or was the idea to permit the formation of a Jewish homeland a mistaken idea whose time has run out and needs to be corrected? If you even consider this a valid question, then you have some serious problems and anti-Semitic leanings. Imagine the same question and replace Israel with the name of another country. Even attempting to do so seems ridiculous, yet the existence of Israel is questioned in discussions, print, or other media virtually every single day. It has become so common that such considerations towards Israel are not even met with any lack of credulity. And questioning the existence of Israel is not where this insanity ends, there is so much more.

As bad as it is to question the legitimacy of Israel, there is another evil which has been reappearing from out of the dark shadows where it had been hiding since the end of World War II. This evil is pure, unadulterated anti-Semitism. Anti-Semitism has been growing and becoming more acceptable in Europe for decades and has reared up from some who took part in the Occupy Movement. Virulent anti-Semitism never even waned in most of the Arab and Muslim Worlds and only became more violent and encompassing since the formation of Israel. These same peoples have also been at the forefront of the dissolve Israel movement even to the point of numerous wars and terrorist attacks against Israel and Jewish targets world-wide. The most terrifying anti-Semitism has recently become overtly evident on todays’ university campuses to the point of Jewish students being physically attacked and the administrations have quite often responded with weak, ineffective actions, if any action, and have often treated such incidents as being understandable. This is the reality in the world today and as such makes for a dangerous situation which has all the appearances of repeating once again the attempted annihilation of the Jewish people.

It is for the expressed genocidal emotions of those such as Iranian President Ahmadinejad who has called to, “wipe Israel from the map of history,” or the leader of Hezballah Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah, who stated, “they [Jews] all gather in Israel, it will save us the trouble of going after them worldwide.” These are just some of the most recent statements of intent to destroy Israel or to commit a genocidal campaign against all Jews. Even the former prime minister of Malaysia Mahathir Mohamad had his quote in October 2003. Mahathir was the chairman of the Tenth Islamic Summit Conference where he gave these opening remarks, “The Europeans killed six million Jews out of 12 million (Jews). But today the Jews rule this world by proxy. They get others to fight and die for them.” It was reported that these words received a standing ovation from the attending Muslim leaders. In January of 2010 Mahathir Mohamad was quoted saying that Jews “had always been a problem in European countries. They had to be confined to ghettos and periodically massacred. But still they remained, they thrived and they held whole governments to ransom. Even after their massacre by the Nazis of Germany, they survived to continue to be a source of even greater problems for the world.” And I would be remiss if I left out the recent comments shared by the Presidents of France and the United States, Sarkozy and Obama respectively, which were caught speaking among themselves forgetting they had live microphones attached to them. Sarkozy stated referring to Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu, “I can’t look at him anymore, he’s a liar.” Obama, not to be outdone, replied, “You’ve had enough of him, but I have to deal with him every day.” Let’s face it; I could keep giving such examples almost endlessly as should I even approach repeating all of them, there would be additional new quotes to report.

Despite their little faux pas, Presidents Sarkozy and Obama have and will continue to state publically of their unshakable support for Israel with the full intention of convincing people of their sincerity. But their hypocrisy is miniscule when compared to the duplicity of much of the world’s organizations and governments in their dealings with Israel. One evidence of the duplicity of the world when dealing with Israel is evidenced by the millions upon millions, probably adding up to many billions, of Euros, Dollars, Shekels, or whatever currency sent to support the Palestinian Authority where there is no transparency, reckless financial dealings, excessive corruption, and blatant support for terrorist activities. Further examples exist in the support in the millions from European governments, the European Union, the United Nations, and the United States for NGOs and Rights Organizations who work solely in opposition of the government in Israel under the false ideal of fairness. We see the same with the preoccupation with Israeli supposed misdeeds, war crimes, and acts against humanities being investigated by so many NGOs and United Nations commissions even to the point of ignoring virtually every other transgression no matter the scale. The Rwandan Genocide went on for years before finally becoming a concern for the world, the Sudan Darfur murderous oppressions had been being committed for almost a decade before being addressed, yet Israel has been investigated for every presumed wrong and many continue to be used as casus belli for sanctions, embargos, condemnations, and even the revocation of the United Nations declaration which gave birth to the state of Israel. Often one will hear the charges about the Jenin Massacre which was investigated by the United Nations who found absolutely no evidence of such an event and instead found that the total Palestinian deaths at fifty-two with most being combatants and the Israeli lost twenty-three soldiers. This was a far cry from the hysterical ramping of reported Palestinian dead from the ambush and ensuing battle in Jenin where Palestinian fighters were lying in wait at the center of the refugee camp in fortified positions surrounded by a battlefield full of traps and placed explosive devices supporting their defensive position. The original estimated report released by the Palestinian Authority was two hundred which by the end of the day had inflated to over a thousand and had reached the completely unbelievable estimate of five to fifteen thousand, depending on the source. All of these reports of senseless murders of innocent Palestinians by IDF soldiers were headlines in newspapers and media reports for many weeks afterwards. When the United Nations report was released, it received scant coverage and even then, some questioned whether the United Nations had been co-opted by Israeli or Jewish interests and pressures in order to whitewash and cover-up the Israeli crimes in Jenin. This is simply one of the most egregious examples of the world’s bias against Israel, a bias which is beyond belief and virtually immeasurable. Israel has become the focal point of the world’s strongest condemnations and hatreds that are completely senseless. The only conceivable excuse for this treatment of Israel where it is cast as a pariah among nations and deserving of all condemnations and repudiations is that it is the state of the Jews and all the hatred of all things Jewish, all the world’s anti-Semitism is focused upon Israel.

The hatreds against Israel, the 154th largest country in size and the 97th largest in population out of approximately two-hundred-fifty countries in the world according to the CIA World Factbook, are completely out of balance with the size and influence of such a tiny country. Imagine if Haiti or Azerbaijan or the Dominican Republic were in the news as often and for as long as Israel has commanded front pages of so many of the world’s major news services. All of those countries are larger in size and have more population than does Israel, so would it not be logical to think they would have more of an impact in the world? Let us look and see how often Israel appears in the news for the rest of this year compared to a significantly larger country. Where Israel’s size is 20,770 sq km, slightly larger than New Jersey, while the other country I have in mind covers 2,724,900 sq km, over 125 times the size of Israel; and Israel’s population is 7,473,052 as of 2010 while this other country has a population of 15,522,373, approximately twice that of Israel, guess which one will get the larger portion of news coverage. Where I doubt a week will go by where Israel will not make the news while this other country probably will escape notice, I just have yet to name it here. So you can track it, why not let the name out; it is called Kazakhstan.

Beyond the Cusp

November 1, 2011

Celebratory Rocket Fire Rains on Southern Israel

Gilad Shalit has come home while Israel will end up releasing over a thousand terrorists including those with Israeli blood on their hands and a visceral hatred in their hearts. Even those who were in complete agreement supporting the deal conceded that there would be ramifications and Israel would pay a dear price of the numbers and types of terrorists who were to be freed. What were ignored were the immediate actions that would be initiated by Hamas and their fellow terror entities in Gaza to celebrate their great victory over Israel, over the Zionist Entity as they refer to Israel. The true nature of the immediate price has been made unavoidable with the massive increase in numbers and size of the rocket barrages into southern Israeli civilian population centers and upsurge of rock-throwing and other methods of attacking vehicles with Israeli license plates in and near to Samaria and Judea including attacks on an Egged bus and the new light rail trams in Jerusalem. There were many injuries and even more numerous numbers of those suffering from psychological difficulties from the attacks in addition to the death of fifty-six year old Ami Moshe in Ashkelon. This time the resultant celebratory violence was equal to the increased record levels of the number of terrorists released in this exchange. This has become the trend with ever increasing demands being made and reluctantly succumbed to by Israeli leadership when either the remains or the rare live kidnapped victim has been ransomed. One would hope that soon Israelis would wake to the warnings which are recorded in Jewish Torah, Oral Law and the Mishnah which forbids the paying of ransom that is unbalanced and demands that any ransom paid must be of equal measure, one person for one person or the related price to be of an equal measure. The only argument in these discussions was in the case where the victim will certainly be murdered if not ransomed, then some say a higher price is allowed while a near equal number claim this should not change the acceptable payment. The one area of complete and total agreement is that once a disproportionate payment has been agreed to, then you will have guaranteed ever more efforts will be made to take hostages and each will require an ever higher ransom to be paid. I fear we are too far down that road now to allow for retreat to equality in future trades. Yet, that day will eventually arrive and I fear for those who may be held ransom when the price becomes too exorbitant to be met.

Meanwhile, Israelis are currently paying the unspoken payment for this disproportionate trade, the hugely increased attacks upon the innocent. We also have a situation where a Saudi cleric offered a $100,000 reward for the capture of the next hostage and this reward was bumped up to an even $1,000,000 by one of the Saudi Princes. This is just a further escalation and the onslaughts that will very likely result due to the release of numerous planners and leaders of the terror efforts which make up the largest part of the Palestinian efforts to remove the Jews and all of Israel from amongst their lands. The rockets and the rocks that are lobbed with the intent to murder Israelis tells those willing to see with open eyes and open minds the true intent of the Palestinian leadership and seemingly the majority of the Palestinian people. The current level of attacks from both ends of the Palestinian society, the rockets from Gaza and the rocks, boulders and other projectiles including fire-bombs from Judea, Samaria, Jerusalem metropolitan areas, and areas within the Green Line that border these areas not only cannot be allowed to continue but must not be allowed to continue. Between the release of the terrorists and the Palestinian strides through the international organization to gain recognition of statehood and determination to remove Israel from the map of the world, Israel and her people are facing forces that do not simply oppose them on some points or borders but who are intent and committed to a war of genocide, especially against the Jewish population, and will not settle for anything less unless they are defeated.

Israel is going to have to make some difficult decisions and begin to implement the steps to establish a defined and permanent end to the conflict with the Palestinians, and soon thereafter, with the rest of Israel’s neighbors by whatever means prove necessary. No country can allow situations such as are being imposed on the Israelis by these terror acts and the concerted efforts of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) NGOs and other groups and expect to continue as an independent nation. With this renewed high level of attacks with even more powerful explosive warheads on the rockets and larger, longer range rockets with ever increasing accuracy as part of the cache available to Hamas, Islamic Jihad and other groups, Israeli leaders are going to have to respond with a definitive and substantial response that will be sufficient to end the attacks. The entire society of southern Israel which has come within the range of these more powerful attacks has been shut down. Schools are closed, parents are remaining home with their children, recreational and organized events have been forced to be cancelled, and shoppers are afraid to venture outside. This is not a functioning society and the government must stand up and protect its citizens as that is the first, most important and basic function which they are obliged to provide. Whether Israelis and their leaders wish it or not, war has been declared and their choices are fight or simply give up and run and hide elsewhere. That would beg the question of where and I doubt the approximately seven million Jewish Israelis would be accepted by any other country, definitely none in the Middle East or Africa; nor Europe or Asia; and doubtful that they could relocate en masse to South America, Greenland, Australia, or Central America. In the entire world, the sole places other than Israel where the Jews might be welcomed would be Canada and possibly the United States. Next time the world once again demands that Israel not defend themselves and show restraint, let them first offer the Jews of Israel an alternative where they may settle with a guarantee of peace, security, and be allowed to practice their religion for the remainder of time. I seriously doubt any of those who always seem to have an idea that things would be so much better if only the Jews would leave Israel would have any suggestion on where they should go and where they belong. Since the world has no offer or solution, obviously, then it is incumbent upon Israel to do that which is necessary, and the necessity is becoming clearer every day for those who will simply open their eyes and see without malice or prejudice.

Beyond the Cusp

September 29, 2011

The Hypocritical Racist Anti-Semitic Stand Against Jewish Building

It was recently announced that Israel has approved the building of 1,100 new apartment units in Jerusalem’s Gilo neighborhood. The complaint is that building homes for Jews in an area that is considered to be part of those claimed by the Palestinian Authority for their state must not be allowed to proceed as it is inimical to reaching a peace agreement. This ignores more than just the history that Israel has destroyed numerous Jewish neighborhoods in the name of the pursuit of peace or as a result of a peace agreement. When Israel and Egypt reached an agreement that resulted in the return of all of the Sinai Peninsula, this was enabled by the removal of about 7,000 Israeli settlers and numerous IDF bases and the Alma oil field, which Israel discovered and developed, valued over $100 billion. When taking the unilateral move to remove all Israeli presence in Gaza as a test of what a future peace with the Palestinian State would produce, Israel removed over 8,000 Israelis of which some are currently still being resettled into permanent homes. So, that is the precedent that should the removal of Israelis become necessary that Israel is not only capable, but proven to take even such a distasteful step even should it be against the will of those settlers in order to honor a peace agreement.

But, there is another side to these complaints, and it is a very ugly side when one looks at it without predetermined concepts and simply with honest inquiry. Why is it necessary that Israel not permit any Jews to settle in areas which might be part of a future Palestinian state? The reason is simple and ugly. The reason is the entire world has concurred that a free and independent Palestinian State must be completely free of even one single Jew residing within its borders. The fact that the Palestinian Authority has threatened to murder any Jews who remains within their borders is absolutely monstrous, yet the entire world finds such a concept to be completely logical and acceptable, even understandable. Why is the free world supporting such an obviously racist, anti-Semitic, hateful, distasteful and supposedly universally illegal and reviled actions by Western societies, allowing actionable hatred to fester, survive, and even thrive in a state they are being requested to support? Were Israel to announce the intent to force all the Palestinian Arabs still residing within Israel, despite their having full citizenship, to relocate into the Palestinian state once it is formed because they detract from the Jewish character of the State of Israel, the world of nations would come unglued and the declarations of disapproval and disgust at such a plan would be voluminous beyond measure. Why then are the Palestinian leaders allowed what is basically an identical policy given the respect of acceptance their demand for a state devoid of Jews and requiring any Jews living within, even those who had returned to lands they had owned before Jordan forcibly removed them in 1948, to be forcibly removed. Such unequal treatment and disparate expectations simply is beyond logical or rational thought and completely inconsistent.

Despite even this, it does appear that Israeli leadership would be willing to meet even such demeaning treatment and would relocate those Jews necessitated by a peace agreement. There is one principle that Prime Minister Netanyahu will insist is met by any peace agreement, and that is the publically proclaimed and universal recognition of any peace agreement of Israel as the Jewish State and that the agreement signifies the end of all claims and is a final status agreement. Thus far, the Palestinian Authority appears to be unwilling to meet such a request as they envision the two states for two people agreement as simply the next necessary step towards their final goal of supplanting the Jewish state and the end of Jewish self-rule. The Palestinian Authority has educated their children, purported throughout their media, and proven through their actions and stated intents that they will not end their aggressive attitude and terror activities and other forms of resistance until they have supplanted Israel and suppressed the rights of the Jews into a permanent state of Dhimmitude. This is why they have refused to agree to even the most generous of offered agreements and exactly why they are presently attempting to circumvent negotiations with Israel and petitioning the United Nations to grant them their state unilaterally allowing them to continue their aggressions against the Jews seeking the resultant destruction of Israel and the Jewish presence. The actions by the Palestinians in Gaza since Israel removed all Israeli citizen, IDF troops, police, security forces, and any other Jewish influence simply to suffer virtually continuous bombardment from Gaza supposedly demanding they end their occupation of Gaza. Apparently, removing any Jewish presence in its entirety is not sufficient to end the occupation. Initially, Israel did not place an embargo on the Gaza Strip. The blockade was instituted as a response to the rocket and mortar fire onto Israeli civilians in towns and kibbutzim bordering Gaza. It has become impossible to deny that the Palestinians define Israeli occupation as the mere existence of Jewish self-rule anywhere within what is considered rightly Muslim lands. Thus, the only solution to Israeli occupation is the end of the Jewish State and replacing it with a state where the Jews are not allowed self-rule and are under the rule of Muslims, in this case, Palestinians. Yet, the world demands peace negotiations despite their knowing that the only acceptable peace would be no Israel, much of the world is willing to agree to that requirement for a permanent peace.

Fortunately, there are those who are willing to stand with Israel. To those friends of Israel, I would like to add a small amount of joy with which to end this article. May I take this moment to wish you all Shana Tova, may you have a good and sweet new year.

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