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September 15, 2014

Gaza, Hamas, Corrected Falsehoods, Frightening Realities

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In this AP story, which is worth reading for its providing complimentary evidence as part of what we will discuss here, a Hamas representative answered Israeli accusations of their using cover of residential areas from which they fired rockets into Israel by admitting “mistakes” were made explaining that they had little choice in Gaza’s crowded urban landscape. Ghazi Hamad, a senior Hamas official in Gaza told the AP, “Gaza, from Beit Hanoun in the north to Rafah in the south, is one uninterrupted urban chain that Israel has turned into a war zone.” The inference conveyed by these Hamas claims is that all the built-up crowded urban landscape which has been lain waste by Israeli air and land assaults extends across the width and breadth of the entire strip as Hamas had no alternative but to fire from within the heavily populated areas as there was absolutely no other choice. This goes hand in hand with the constant reporting in the media of the falsehood that Gaza is the most crowded area where the entirety of the lands are heavily populated and there are virtually no open areas whatsoever.
According to what Hamad further explained to the Associated Press “The Israelis kept saying rockets were fired from schools or hospitals when in fact they were fired 200 or 300 meters away. Still, there were some mistakes made and they were quickly dealt with.” This is the first honest admission by a Hamas official stating that, in some rare cases, Hamas and Islamic Jihad militants were firing rockets from or near residential areas, civilian facilities, shelters, hotels, and United Nations protected buildings. Another claim often used when Hamas complains of the situation in Gaza lays these falsehoods bare when they demand that Israel and Egyptian authorities ease the restrictions at the crossings make it impossible for the farmers in Gaza to get their crops to markets. So Gaza is border to border urban landscape where there is no open land from which Hamas might be able to use to fire their rockets yet they have farm produce which needs greater access to markets. Where are these farms hidden within the dense landscape?

 

Perhaps a few facts followed by a map revealing the population densities within Gaza and even includes the Israel buffer area which Hamas claims is so restrictive that it is impossible for Gazans not to stray into the area and be shot regularly. These Hamas reputed victims of Israeli aggressions presumably occur quite frequently yet do not make international news headlines from a mainstream media which has a voracious appetite for any negative news accusing Israeli guilt, that stretches the realm of credulity. The most conclusive evidence was reported by India’s NDTV reporter Sreenivasan Jain who gave an accounting factually and without any hype revealing the entire process from the initial setting up of the rocket firing position just outside his hotel room under a tent used for concealment to the completion of the set-up with the placing of camouflage to conceal their position. The next morning Jain reports the team heard a “loud explosion and a whooshing sound” coming from the site just minutes before a 72-hour ceasefire took effect as rockets were fired from adjacent to his hotel placing himself, his crew and the other journalists, reporters and others in the hotel in danger had Israel responded by returning fire. Below is his video which can also be viewed here if the video below does not load in your browser.

 

 

 

 

Commenting on the reality of the population density of the Gaza area one immediately finds that it is far from the most densely populated region on the planet earth. A comprehensive study of the population density of Gaza by the Gatestone Institute can be researched with this link which lays bare the facts. Here is a list of some areas whose population density exceeds that of Gaza’s 4,601 persons per square kilometer (pp sq. km.); Calcutta @ 24,718 (pp sq. km.); Athens @ 20,235 (pp sq. km.); Paris @ 20,249 (pp sq. km.); Hanoi @ 23,342 (pp sq. km.); Barcelona @16,488 (pp sq. km.); Tel Aviv @ 7,524 (pp sq. km.); Jerusalem @ 6,045(pp sq. km.) (both Tel Aviv and Jerusalem were targets struck at by Hamas and Islamic Jihad during the conflict); Geneva @ 11,200 (pp sq. km.); along with Hong Kong, Singapore, Madrid, Chicago, London, New York, Copenhagen, San Francisco, Milan and others all have greater population densities than Gaza. Below is the promised map displaying the population density and distribution of Gaza which absolutely puts away the Hamas claim of having no open areas from which to fight and makes obvious that it is their intent and purpose to fire from areas which will maximize the potential danger and actual casualties of the innocent residents in Gaza. This purposeful endangerment is just one item in the crimes committed by Hamas and other terror groups.

 

 

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Another of the Hamas falsehoods is that they are supported and beloved by an overwhelming percentage of the residents of Gaza. This also does not pass the smell test. Gazans have increasingly even become vocal and giving voice to their disgruntled and angry feelings about the entire situation which is a direct result, as they willingly admit, of the aggressions against Israel by Hamas and Islamic Jihad as well as the lack of funding, payments of salaries, and reconstruction which they perceive to be held up and delayed by both the terror outfits in Gaza and of the Palestinian Authority leadership in Samaria and Judea (West Bank). The unfortunate reality in which the population of Gaza resides are the muted press coverage of their situation as any reporter who would write about the crisis they are facing and the actual sources and targets of their anger would most definitely be denied continued access to Gaza, and this is even if they managed to place such a story as Hamas demands right to review any reports from within Gaza. Additionally Hamas has been reputed to have threatened reporters with death threats and worse, assuming torture followed by an execution is worse. Still, a number of reporters who were reporting from within Gaza during the fighting gave reports and filed complaints about their harassment and threats against them by Hamas and Islamic Jihad as well as having some of their reports spiked by Hamas due to the honest criticisms leveled in their reports. A smaller number of reporters have also complained about their agencies’ editors, especially the Jerusalem or Tel Aviv editors who are responsible for approving and passing on reports to make print or be televised or reported on radio for also spiking or watering down any reports critical of Hamas, Islamic Jihad or any of the other actors in Gaza. These reports and complaints are probably just the tip of the iceberg as many of these same reporters know they will be reassigned to report in Gaza and that they could face retribution from Hamas et. al.

 

There is one source who has come forth to report on Gaza with some degree of accuracy and truthfulness, an unusual occurrence and an appreciated one. The EU’s representative to the West Bank and Gaza, John Gatt-Rutter stated that, “There is a lot of anger in Gaza, and a lot of it is aimed at the Palestinians.” In further statements he added, “We are not hearing any good words [in Gaza] about anyone at the moment.” Gatt-Rutter related to reporters that the local population in Gaza is resentful that their major humanitarian needs have not been met, and that salaries have not been paid and that there is the possibility that these resentments could inspire a resumption of the war with Israel. Gatt-Rutter further related expressing that Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas has threatened to dissolve the latest Palestinian Authority unity government if Hamas does not recognize “one authority, one gun, one law” in Gaza in the form of Palestinian Authority/Fatah control. It was further postulated that should this threat materialize, this in turn will jeopardize the reconstruction efforts in Gaza as international donor countries will not rush to contribute funds that Fatah does not oversee.

 

This threat from Mahmoud Abbas is all part of his overt attempts to regain control over Gaza and relegate Hamas to a subordinate and completely overseen role which would necessarily be directed from Ramallah and his leadership. Abbas also fears what the recent polling predicts, an embarrassing and definitive loss by Abbas to Haniyeh should elections be held in the near future. Before the fifty day conflict initiated by Hamas and Islamic Jihad to strengthen their position and favorability with the Palestinian public, especially in Samaria and Judea (West Bank) as Hamas can pretty much control much of the outcome of any election vote tallies coming from Gaza, polls predicted a much closer race and one that either side might gain the advantage by massaging the ballot results from the areas they controlled. Another point of contention arose when Hamas leader Moussa Abu Marzouk stated recently that Hamas was ready to negotiate directly with Israel directly in Tel Aviv (Hamas does not recognize Jerusalem as the Israeli capital city instead he would refer to Jerusalem as al-Quds, and further, Hamas also does not officially recognize Israel as anything other than the entirety of the lands being occupied Palestine). To this, Fatah spokesman Ahmed Assaf directly accused Hamas of “treason” for the idea that according to the unity government Hamas leadership had been surrendered to the Palestinian Authority with a supposed technocrat, neutral, mutually agreed Parliament to act until elections are held. He went further inquiring rhetorically, “Since when do Palestinian factions negotiate with Israel on their own? Isn’t this treason and a threat to the unity of Palestinians and their political position?”

 

A final point of intense disagreement comes regarding who will be responsible for monitoring the Rafah Crossing between Gaza, with Hamas, Islamic Jihad and other terrorist organizations, groups, contingents (including one claiming to represent ISIS) and crime families, and the Egyptian Sinai Peninsula, a hot spot where a number of Egyptian Border Patrols and Military and Police officials and troops have faced strong and fatal terrorist attacks causing the Egyptian government and President Sisi great concern. Both Hamas and Fatah (political party within the Palestinian Authority in which Abbas is its president) are claiming that their troops will control the border and be responsible for inspecting goods crossing in and out of Gaza to assure that no weapons or other material which could be utilized for military purposes. Having Hamas carry out that duty would be leaving the fox to guard the hen house. The potential for intra-Palestinian turmoil and potentially purges and violence resulting in a Palestinian civil war of a sort where Abbas cleanses Samaria and Judea of any Hamas, Islamic Jihad and other allied terror groups while Hamas does the same to Palestinian Authority, Fatah and any other opposition. Hamas has already publically executed more than twenty individuals under suspicion of their spying for Israel. These were summary executions and required no trial according to Hamas officials.

 

All of this is worrisome for Israelis because often resulting from these hostilities between the different factions within the Palestinian society, particularly the Fatah-Hamas resentment for the coup in which Hamas murdered a large number of Fatah and Palestinian Authority security personnel as well as civilian members to either Fatah or Palestinian Authority and even those who did not appear to sufficiently support Hamas and their rule over Gaza. Many were executed without a trial and were simply taken to the roof of a building having over ten floors, the more the better, and then simply throwing their victims from the roof. Hamas terrorist fighters often celebrated such events with firing their weapons into the air, handing out sweets and candies, honking their vehicle horns and dancing in the street, the identical response that lasted almost a week after the al-Qaeda 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center, Pentagon, and almost another site thought to be either the White House or the Capital Building which was brought down by the passengers attempting to take back the aircraft, a brave first response to a terror war which dates back to the very founding of the United States which eventually caused the War with the Barbary Pirates. For Europe, North Africa, the Middle East, India, the Philippines and others dating back to the Seventh Century Islamic expansive violence has been a near constant threat to those whose lands border the lands held by Islam through their never ending drive to obey the Qur’anic demand to spread Islam by any and all means including the sword.

 

The final deceit I will mention was the representation of casualty reports by Hamas which were taken as fact despite no verification and reports from other sources stating far different numbers of civilian and combatant casualties. This went right along with many Western mainstream media news anchors and commentators both on the air and in print and internet publications which simply took any Hamas press release as the Gospel truth while challenging every Israeli spokesperson and press release, the lack of fairness and equal trust was excruciating to watch, especially if you had read other sources who painted a completely different and more accurate reality than the fantasies claimed by Hamas. Of course it will be months if not decades before anybody gives an accurate and presumably honest accounting. The United Nations and the International Red Cross both have stated their complete lack of interest of performing such a task and simply using the numbers provided by Hamas as the reality. Unfortunately, many have come to not expect more or even the slightest sign of neutrality and a desire for truth except outside the normal channels and mainstream media. Hopefully this article pointed some to find the truth which is out there if one looks sufficiently deep and determined enough.

 

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November 30, 2013

Will Israel Take Steps to Save Herself?

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Often articles about the possible paths that lie before Israel going into the future denote how Israel must appease this one, follow the path spelled out by another, listen to this group or person and other such similar advisories all of which place Israel in a subservient role following the dictates of some other nation, group, expert, advisor or even the columnist writing the article itself. Most of these advisories are more aligned with the interests or desires of the entities leaving Israel in the position of following the demands of others or making apologies for acting in her own best interests. Unfortunately it is following bad advice or giving in to the pressures presented as something that the world demands or expects from Israel.  Many have concluded that Israel has lost something and is no longer that small nation standing surrounded by enemies who wished nothing more than to obliterate that little nation. They claim that Israel has lost her nerve and cannot survive much longer as her time is limited. They claim that because Israel has been maligned and cast as an outcast nation which acts cruelly and has lost her moral compass for so long by so many nations, people, organizations, international conferences, Non-Governmental Organizations and, at the top of the list, the United Nations in all of its forms, tentacles and dark places and faces including but far from limited, and the completely outrageous, over the top, unsatiated display of hate which were the Durban Conferences and the United Nations Human Rights Commission that it has been accepted as fact. So, what can Israel do in a world that appears to have decided that she must be destroyed in order to make all the other problems become solvable. How many more times must we listen to the claim that behind every problem is the fact that the Israelis seem incapable of making peace with the Palestinians, the Palestinian who are peaceable people with only kindness in their hearts and willing to do almost anything to make peace with Israel if only Israel would just meet the reasonable demands they make. The truth that this little demand is for Israel to roll over and die appears to have escaped in the reasoning of the world gone mad leaving Israel in an impossible position of meeting a set of demands which would be tantamount to her committing suicide.

 

There was a time not that long ago when Israel was considered the underdog nation that was blossoming and developing the deserts and rocky hills of the Middle East. Israel was seen as a paragon of freedom, liberty and personal achievement. What is interesting is that along with Israel being demoted to the point of becoming a pariah that personal achievement has also lost its luster if those who do achieve do not portend to a particular political bend where they constantly seem to be apologizing for having been successful. Perhaps there is some correlation in this phenomenon. Israel has gone from being the underdog fighting the brave fight to the bully and cruel oppressor lording over the poor beleaguered and innocent Palestinians. Israel is being maligned nearly daily on college campuses throughout North America and Europe. Israel is required debate of her most recent or continuing crimes against humanity at every meeting of the United Nations Human Rights Council no matter for what reason the forum was assembled. Even if the UNHRC is meeting to discuss the civil war in Syria, the violence in Libya, the murders by the drug cartels in Mexico or whatever the current evil offense of the day may be, the UNHRC is required by its own bylaws to first take time out and condemn Israel for human rights violations whether any were committed or not. One might at this point wonder what is the use of Israel even trying to regain her reputation, but that would be defeatist, and if there is one thing Israel is not, it is not defeatist.

 

So, is it possible for Israel to regain her reputation, and if so, how? Israel does not honestly need to do much different to regain her solid and bright reputation. Ask the people in Haiti who survived the hurricane only to live in a desolate field of total destruction, the Japanese who suffered the triple blow of a 9.4 Richter scale earthquake causing a tsunami which destroyed the Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant to meltdown creating an environmental and nuclear disaster, the Pilipino survivors of the recent Typhoon Haiyan that destroyed everything in its path and killed or injured thousands leaving whole cities homeless, the people in Moore, Oklahoma, USA whose town was virtually obliterated by a massive tornado which remained on the ground as it swept completely across that community, or countless people all throughout the globe who were relieved when seeing IDF uniformed aid arrive and lend a helping hand often setting up facilities and beginning operations before the United Nations, Red Cross and most other nations even got their units together and where possible have left buildings, equipment and tons of supplies that other relief units take with them on departure of site gifted to those in need. Ask these people about what they think of the Israelis they met. In the Philippines you will need to go way off the beaten path and find a small, impoverished little city Bogo City where the IDF was virtually the only help that this little place, considered unimportant to most, received. The Israeli aid was not delivered where the majority of the work was done and where the main news and media coverage existed; they went to a place where they would help those who most needed assistance but were expecting the usual truth, that nobody cared about their impoverished community, but this time somebody cared.

 

What Israel needs to do to regain the respect and honors she once enjoyed is actually simple, Israel needs to forget what the rest of the world is demanding of them and refuse to fold before outside pressures, even those from her presumed friends, and Israel needs to consider what Israel needs first. The next time anybody, especially the United States who has demanded this more than most, demands Israel release murderous terrorists who will immediately return to their preferred trade of murdering Israeli civilians that includes women, children and seniors; Israel must simply refuse in no uncertain terms, a plain and simple no, not now, not ever again. Israel needs to annex land around Jerusalem including all of the areas of Judea and Samaria that were placed under Israeli civil, security and military control by the United Nations and the Oslo Accords as these were lands that back in 1993 were considered as belonging to Israel and would remain Israeli when the Palestinian State was to be formed five years hence. Israel needs to simply state that which is an acceptable solution to their impasse with the intransigent Palestinian whose sole purpose is the eradication of Israel, all of Israel, and not peace, never was peace, and then enforce any territorial sections of such a plan and then simply tell Mahmoud Abbas that if and when he wishes to have real and honest peace talks then he should recognize the right of the Jewish people to have the State of Israel and that renounce his call for the phony right of return which is simply a ploy to inundate Israel with Arab agents and use elections to erase the Jewish qualities of Israel. Israel must simply worry about Israel first and foremost and not surrender any decisions over her own future to other nations or world bodies including the Kangaroo Courts such as ICC and ICJ. If the United Nations should decide that Israel must be punished for doing exactly what nations are founded to do, serve their own people and interests, then Israel should simply pack up her bags and depart from that hypocritical body. Once Israel has made these positions clear she needs to never again back away from those principles which serve her interests and ignore those who will scream and yell pounding the table and stomping their feet with a flaming rage demanding that Israel bend to their authority. Israel needs to bend to only one authority, and that authority has no spokesperson on Earth but will make His position known when the time comes and everything matters and not before. That is also where Israel must put her faith, in herself and in G0d and nowhere or no one else.

 

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March 31, 2012

What Could Happen if the Supreme Court Strikes Down the Health Care Law?

For argument’s case we will assume that the Supreme Court will strike down the individual mandate specifically and then quoting the lack of a severability clause in the Affordable Care Act, rule that the entirety of the Law has to be voided and thrown out. So, the entire two-thousand-plus pages of the Affordable Care Act would be unconstitutional and voided by the ruling. This would include the employer mandate, the disallowing insurance companies using preexisting-conditions as a consideration when considering granting insurance, and every other item even those items which were placed in the law having nothing to do with healthcare but were inserted simply to get these items approved surreptitiously and without serious debate. Will such a verdict be the death knell of the government injecting themselves even further into controlling healthcare in the United States? What will the future hold and will the health insurance companies now need to undo those items they had adjusted in order to begin to comply with the Affordable Care Act? What will be the effect of the uncertainty caused by this strike down of the government’s attempt to set in motion laws and regulations which would eventually lead to their complete usurpation of the healthcare industry in the United States?

My greatest fear is that the Supreme Court striking down the entirety of the Affordable Care Act will simply be the first volley in a war for the heart and soul of the future of health care in the United States. Any actions which have already been implemented by the government and as many adaptations the insurance companies have taken will be attempted to be cemented in place. We can expect Cass Sunstein to implement new regulations to shore up and make these changes and adaptations permanent fixtures going forward with healthcare in the United States. People who have chosen this as their fight to save individual rights and restrain the government from acquiring more influence and power over society and individual citizens’ lives will need to stay motivated and ever watchful to root out and prevent the passing of the mechanisms of the Affordable Care Act as individual regulations included in other pieces of legislation attempting to pass them stealthily. We can expect there to be a series over months of Executive Orders coming out of the White House which will be utilized as a single step-by-step implementation of the individual rules, regulations, and requirements which can be implemented individually as stand-alone regulations directly from the White House without even needing the Congress to vote or consider them. We can fully expect a coordinated effort to implement the entirety of the Affordable Care Act singular item after singular item which will later be woven together forming the completed legislation or a close facsimile thereof.

We have seen such actions in the past by those who wish to transform our country from its republic formulation of governance under which it was established into just another Nanny State top down dictated society controlled centrally with government imposed restrictions on individual liberties choking off our freedoms one small step after another. The one thing I have learned while watching the changes that have taken place during my lifetime and studying how the changes were rooted in actions from the past two centuries is that those who wish to control and regulate every small piece of our lives seldom are forced to step back and when such small wins have occurred, they are always followed by the use of incrementalism to accomplish the same ends one iota after another for as long as it takes. I have often marveled at their dedication to duty shown by those who favor government oversight and influence over all of society and life choices as they never take no for an answer and will settle for small baby steps when their sweeping legislative attempts are refuted or struck down. If those who are opposed to such a takeover of our lives and society by the busybodies of government honestly wish to hold their ground and prevent these usurpations, they will need to gather themselves and stand dedicated and unified in constant diligence guarding against the guaranteed onslaught by incrementalism. This is going to be the battle which will be fought and the sides have been defined. The end result will be totally dependent upon which side can remain relentless, dedicated, focused and determined going forward into the distant future as neither those wishing to regulate, tax, or subsidize every action, thought, possession and individual themselves will never stop proposing their nefarious schemes so those who will rally as the protectors of liberties and freedoms will need to be ready to make an even stronger effort to stir the people to their side and protect those rights spoken so elegantly of in the Declaration of Independence if those rights are to be continued to be enjoyed by our children and their children after that onto the last generations. As we were warned by Wendell Phillips, “Eternal vigilance is the price of liberty!” Lest we not forget for as we were warned by Ronald Reagan, “Those who have known freedom and then lost it have never known it again.” We must be patriots of vigilance such that we never need long for the taste of freedom and liberty we have lost.

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