Beyond the Cusp

October 14, 2015

New Day and Terror Attacks Increasing

 

There was a promise from yesterday to talk about a recent increase in Christian yielding to ascending Islam in the Western World, so first to make good on our word. When researching some information we found that we are far from the first to talk about Chrislam as a rising idea in many churches and that this concept has spread far beyond the Anglican Church where the Archbishop of Canterbury was one of the first church leaders to suggest that his church make some accommodations for acceptance of Islam and incorporate some Islamic acceptance and influences into the churches liturgy as a method for the church to survive. When Dr. Rowan Williams when he was the Archbishop of Canterbury stated the adoption of certain aspects of Sharia law in the UK “seems unavoidable,” this was the initial start of an inevitable surrender to the inevitability of Islam becoming an integrated, inseparable and intractable force in Britain. This was followed with news later that the Anglican Church was considering making accommodations which could lead to a merging of the Church and Islam in a form which would incorporate both religions as a way of rescuing the church from lack of participation and filling the empty pews. There have since been Bishops and other high church officials from almost every form of Protestantism hinting or even insinuating or inferring, if one prefers, that some form of merging between their respective churches with Islam was the path for the future whereby both religions could and would gain from the incorporation of the best from each religion making the resultant faith the largest and most followed religion on the planet. Needless to say the reactions to these allegations that some truncated version of Christianity with an equally compromised form of Islam could be the basis for Chrislam and a stronger version of both Christianity and Islam combining the two religions were immediate and anything but cordial. The claim the union would easily make for the largest of all religions was said to be assuming that there were not mass migrations from Chrislam by both Muslims and Christians to churches and mosques which remained true to the source essences of each religion was being ignored and also likely to represent the majority of adherents to both religions.

 

The doubts that any idea of Chrislam becoming the newest religion by forming a marriage between Christianity and Islam were expressed by both faiths, though the reasons differed radically between the two religions. The main problem the defenders of Christianity gave revolved around the conflict which would ensue over the deity of Jesus Christ and the trinity being one of the criticisms which Islam held was polytheism which they explained showed the limited understanding the practitioners of Islam held about the trinity being the three forms of the wholeness of G0d and that there was really only one G0d in Christianity who had taken three facets representing the differing entities which defined the wholeness of G0d. The defenders of Islam simply insisted in the damnable beliefs and the corrupted verses of the Christian Bible which just as the Hebrew Bible differed from the Quran which was all the proof necessary to prove it was a corruption of the word of Allah and thus the religions of both Judaism and Christianity were false religions and their adherents would either be sent straight to hell or would be granted one last chance on judgement day to accept the Quran, Muhammad and to correct their erroneous ways and join the only true faith, Islam. As for whether anything such as Chrislam will ever come to pass, the probabilities are slim at best and completely impossible as the Christians will never compromise on the deification of Jesus Christ while the Muslims will never compromise on their Quran and their being the final word from Allah superceding Christianity just as Christianity with the New Testament was thus superceding Judaism.

 

What is more likely to happen is those Christians who are that unsure and not wholly committed to their faith and would be willing to form some bastardized version of Christianity merging with Islam be compromising and blurring the differences would just as easily continue down that slippery slope and soon come to rest as practitioners of Islam though their probability of being accepted by many Muslims would be remote as anyone that willing to compromise their religious principles obviously is incapable of true faith and dedication that Islam demands and cannot be trusted to be true to Islam as new Muslims than they had been to their Christianity. But all Chrislam would ever become would be a way-station for those Christians unsure of their faith and already inclined to try a different religion, particularly one with adherents so completely dedicated as the Muslims they have known or read about appear to be capable of being. Their view was and would continue to be to believe whatever was the going religion of the moment and as such not really any religion as much as a person going through the motions in order to be popular and in the primary and ascendant group, the dominant religion.

 

On to what was a horrific day of terrorist strikes all across Israel with the brunt of the attacks plaguing Jerusalem. It tears at one’s gut to have the holy and wondrous city of Jerusalem be the scene of such carnage and cruelty. There were at least a half dozen Israelis murdered and approaching thirty people injured. There was this attack where the terrorist rammed a bus stop with his vehicle and then proceeded to assault people murdering Rabbi Yeshayahu Krishevsky and severely wounding a second person as seen in the video below. A security guard who was close to the incident intervened and initially wounded the terrorist with his firearm but the terrorist grabbed for his weapon and rose to his feet when he was pushed against the wall and refused to go down still clasping his knife or hatchet, depending on which report, was shot a second time and he still got to his feet and attempted to make his way to his vehicle when the security guard fired one last time killing the terrorist.

 

 

 

 

Another attack saw a team of terrorists attempt to commandeer an entire bus and when that failed they attempted to kill as many passengers as possible after locking the doors of the bus. The attack took place at a bus stop in the East Talpiot or Armon HaNetziv neighborhood in southeast area of Jerusalem. The two terrorists were armed with a knife and a pistol attacking passengers with one person killed and eighteen others were injured, with at least three being critically injured. Police arrived while the attack was in progress with one terrorist threatening people in vehicles which had stopped at the scene and by the time everything was said and done one of the terrorists was injured and taken into custody and the other terrorist was dispatched to Allah.

 

Rabbi Yeshiyahu Krishevsky, a member of the Pinsk-Karlin Hassidic sect, spent years compiling the book “Pearls of Yeshiyahu” on the Torah, and acquaintances had told Arutz Sheva about Rabbi Krishevsky stating that, “He lived alone for many years. All he wanted to do was study Torah and perform mitzvoth. At religious events, we always honored him with speaking because of his extensive knowledge of the Torah. Standing next to the deceased at the bus stop was one of the most important Hassid. He is the second injured person who condition remains defined as serious. May the peace and quiet return to Jerusalem.” Rabbi was on his way to study Torah as he had done every day for years. Rabbi Krishevsky is survived by one son. He was laid to rest today and we have included a video funeral service or at least the scene out on the street outside of the synagogue.

 

 

 

There were other attacks with one thwarted in Tel Aviv, two along the coast in Ra’anana, a town north of Tel Aviv, where a man stabbed four people with a knife on Jerusalem Boulevard with one in serious condition with stab wounds to the upper body. The three other victims were slightly injured, Baruch Hashem. The terrorist was arrested. Earlier in the day, another attack just a few hours earlier in Ra’anana was another stabbing attack in which one male victim was slightly injured being stabbed while waiting at a bus stop on the central Ahuza thoroughfare in the city. A spokesperson for the Magen David Adom rescue service said, “The victim, 32, suffered light wounds to his upper body in the incident.” It was reported by Magen David Adom and confirmed by police that the attacker, after being beaten by passersby to stop the attack, was taken into custody with serious injuries.

 

On an older front there was shooting at an IDF vehicle by snipers from inside Gaza. As usual it was not sure which of the terror entities was responsible though by default Hamas is the elected government and by default they are held responsible by Israeli authorities. This was not the first time since the resent assault wave in Jerusalem and throughout Israel as there was another incident on the Gaza border two days ago as Palestinians opened fire at an IDF force near Kissufim working on reinforcing the border fence. While discussing the border fence, the regional leaders from the four regions bordering Gaza on Sunday called on Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon (Likud) and Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu to immediately advance stalled plans to build a barricade the entire length of the Gaza border. Their urgency was spurred by the recent event which saw dozens of Gaza Arabs storm the border fence attempting once again to break through to Israeli territory. IDF soldiers were able to keep the hordes back without incident despite their having some limited success in breaching the fence. The demand is for a barrier similar to the wall in Jerusalem and other points considered most dangerous in Judea and Samaria such as Bethlehem. Perhaps the fence pictured below may just be insufficient to contain the attacks which have begun to be implemented by the terror forces in Gaza and perhaps it is time to proceed with installing a barrier and make the border more secure and also to act as a bullet stopper rendering sniper fire a thing of the past.

 

 

Current Gaza Fence which has proven to be insufficient to prevent storming by large groups of terrorist invaders or in preventing sniper fire and related dangers

Current Gaza Fence which has proven to be insufficient to prevent storming by large groups of terrorist invaders or in preventing sniper fire and related dangers

 

 

Finally, in closing, despite almost receiving no coverage, as, by comparison, the stone and cinderblock throwing at passing vehicles with Israeli license plates continued and has not lessened in ferocity or murderous intents. The citizens and their friends or relatives who may visit them are still at risk of being ambushed and potentially having their windshield or other windows smashed through and the rocks, bricks and/or cinderblocks hurling through the vehicle injuring or murdering the occupants and should the driver be struck the car may careen out of control striking a wall or tree or slamming into a ditch threatening all riding within the vehicle. We could describe the times when there were serious injuries or death but that would take up too much of your time and most would not read such a list. Instead let us remember three complete innocents who paid the ultimate price. More information is available at the articles we wrote when these assaults occurred. Yonatan Palmer age one died when his father lost control of the vehicle after a large rock struck him in the head and he either lost consciousness or was murdered immediately. Chaya Zissel Braun three-month-old baby girl before she was struck in her tiny little head by a rock thrown in a stone throwing assault and died shortly thereafter. The final victim did not die but her life will be permanently scarred as she missed a year of life and school meaning she will not be graduating with the class who has been a popular member until she met tragedy on the receiving end of a Molotov cocktail. Eleven year-old Ayala Shapira was burned over almost her entire body with severe burns on her face which will always leave scars and deformations no matter how many surgeries she must endure. Pictures of Yonatan Palmer and Chaya Zissel Braun can be viewed at the links above while a video showing the vehicle minutes after the crash where Ayala Shapira received the burns and scarring she will never completely recover from. These may have been some of the most severe attacks from the rock and firebomb throwers but that does not lessen the intent of the current attacks as if given even the slightest opportunity to murder more people with Israeli license plates, note we did not refer to the targets as Jews as they would attack any Israeli where one out of five Israelis are Arabs, they would release blood curdling yells of exhilaration as they not only murdered but also continued to attack even the corpse in order to remove any identity and satisfy their bloodlust. Such is the true horror of these rock throwers as their lust to kill, to slaughter is insatiable and beyond any reason and these attacks have been pushed from any coverage as the stabbings and other attacks are more noteworthy and because of the ancient news slogan, “If it bleeds, it leads.” This may have been in use when Aristotle read his morning tablet.

 

Beyond the Cusp

 

June 16, 2015

Response From European Jews Very Telling

 

As commented upon yesterday, Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks received some, should we say, oh so informative responses from both sides of the pond, Europe and America, quoting his saying during his speech at the Herzliya Conference, “Jews have been faced with a choice: live in Europe and criticize Israel or be silent – or leave Europe.” As expected, the responses from the United States were more subdued and respectful while the responses from Europeans rang especially true to form as they were near the exact responses Ze’ev Jabotinsky received from Eastern Europe in the 1930s when he warned, “vacate Europe before Europe vacates you.” Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks will prove to be as forward thinking and prescient as the prophets of ancient Israel who claimed their visions and warning to originate from on high. A definition of a prophet as being one who knows what time it is, and would apply aptly to Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks as he appears to see the writings on the walls of too many synagogues and the desecrations of so many Jewish cemeteries and now Jews being refused entrance to particular colleges and even the Louvre museum in Paris is just too similar to the banning of Jewish professors and students from teaching or attending the colleges and universities as Germany ramped up their rejection of the Jews which culminated in the Holocaust, yet it is beginning to appear that Europe has forgotten this ugliness in her past and being hell bent on returning for another round of complete insanity.

 

The responses out of our European cousins, the European Jews, and especially their Rabbis, have been just as blinded by the seemingly empty promises of protection and affection for the Jewish population in Europe as were the protestations by German Jews when they were assured by their neighbors that their rejection and singling out for special laws and treatments was simply a temporary inconvenience, nothing more. During that fateful time it began with the very same BDS (Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions) Movement where the Jewish owned establishments were shunned by the Germans and later forbidden to frequent Jewish owned shops which eventually were destroyed during the riots known now as Kristallnacht, the Night of Broken Glass after which the fate of German and eventually almost all of Europe’s Jews were fated and it was too late to leave, to flee to Eretz Yisroel just as Ze’ev Jabotinsky had begged and pleaded that they do just a few years earlier. The responses out of Europe and the United States complained that Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks delivered his “Doom and Gloom Speech” when actually the erudite and prescient man of learning delivered a message of hope, of truth and of and from his deep understanding of history being in a replay of one of its all-time favorite tunes, the tune calling to be rid of the Jewish menace, a tune played on their way to join the Crusades, played when the plague struck the cities of Europe particularly hard, played at the Spanish and other institutes of the inquisition, played before every pogrom, played as an accompaniment to the wars between Catholics and Protestants, played at the onset of the Shoah and being replayed again today as the lead for what is uncertain but the portends are evil, so very evil. Still the response was the same as each time before, the response of the intention to ignore the lessons of history and emphasize the slight and insignificant differences as proof that it cannot happen here as we are an integral and vital segment of the society and the government is behind protecting them. What will their story be when, for their protection, they are relocated to within a walled community with guards and lights around the perimeter? Will the next relocation also be accepted as the government being committed to their protection and just making arrangements to make keeping them safe, or will they finally awaken and realize the time has come to go where the government is honestly interested in keeping them and all Jews safe, Israel. What is even more important is this time; unlike in the 1930s when Ze’ev Jabotinsky pleaded his case always making sure his route back to Israel remained immediately accessible. Still, the cry was their protestation that, “It can’t happen here!” The excuses tagged on behind that phrase sounded more like reassurances made for their own mind’s serenity than a truthful estimation of their precarious lives.

 

The history of the Jews is often related looking at the calamities of both the Biblical years and those that followed managing to overlook the accomplishments of a small segment of the world’s populations which is an unfair telling. Perhaps that is the price paid for allowing ourselves to remain in the Diaspora instead of returning to our homeland sooner. We can only theorize how our lives might have proven to have progressed had we returned from the Roman dispersions immediately after the fall of the Western Roman Empire. Might life have been so different living under the Eastern Roman Empire, a.k.a. the Byzantine Empire, followed by Ottoman Rule and enduring the turmoil during the centuries of the Crusades? The Jews who lived in Spain and the whole of the Arabic Muslim lands of North Africa and the Middle East fared no better and no worse than we did under the European Christian lands north of the Mediterranean Sea. Who knows how our lives might have been different and what twists and turns could have gotten us to this state where one would think we might have learned to see the signs, read the tea leaves if you will. Time after time we told ourselves that it can’t happen here and time after time it happened to that here wherever it happened to be. The Czars in Russia, the Inquisitors in Spain, the Catholics and Protestants in England, the Sultans of Algiers, the Commissars of the Soviet Union, the Imams of Iraq, the self-proclaimed or anointed ones, it made no difference, the leaders were different, the governances were different, their religions were all different but the cry was familiar, the Jew brought this pestilence, famine, disease, crop failure, economic hardship, threats from our neighboring country, millions of excuses, the same results, millions of dead or displaced Jews. There was a reason historically why our forefathers used to keep two suitcases packed with our barest of essentials and the items of our faith ready to relocate anywhere at any time and be able to set up anew.

 

It made no difference how crucial we were to their economic health, their physical wellbeing, their armies where our sons fought beside their sons and saved the realm, all of that was meaningless when the disease took hold once somebody decided to cry out those same words in a million tongues, it was the Jews, get them!. They are crying that same cry right now, it just sounds slightly different. This time it is the Zionist, the Israeli government; but these are simply strawmen set up to defuse the feelings of threat felt by the Jews despite their knowing deep inside that they are still screaming that it’s the Jews, just these Jews are all part of a foreign land allowing a feeling of comfort. But was the museum in Brussels in Europe or Israel? How about the Hyper Cacher market, Israel or Europe? We could go down the calamities and the demonstrations filled with hate which have plagued Europe and many targeting the Jews of Europe and it’s only getting worse by the day. It can and is happening here for all too many Jews. But when their Rabbis calm them and speak those soothing words you need to hear, that it is all a phase, it was young teenagers performing a rite of passage, that was because of Israel and not directed at us, the excuses are never ending but that last one is the most dangerous as it reverses the threat levels making Israel the one threatened, not the European Jew. Here is a little secret, Israel is viewed as the eight-hundred-pound gorilla who just reached her highly advanced capabilities for warfare to keep us safe while you are the tempting low hanging fruit as in Europe you are defenseless. They may say Zionist, say Israel, they mean Jews collectively and individually and they would much rather face the Jews individually in Europe than collectively and organized in Israel.

 

The threats are real and they are escalating which the reports by the police and authorities prove. Do not come and tell me about the report compiled for the community of religious leaders from your town, borough, county, city or whatever religious Kumbaya committee presented because we all know deep inside that that report was compiled in just such a way and the data massaged such that it allowed your Rabbi to deliver the sermon of his life depicting the struggle ahead as you repaired the world, you did Tikkun Olam. This, you were told was the challenge in front of you, not making Aliyah as there was so much you could do right there in your little community which would make the world a better and safer place where everyone was equal and people would break out in song and choreographed dance every so often in the center of town just like in an old Disney movie, say like The Music Man. It is not going to happen and the time is late with the situation approaching dire rapidly. Anyways, Tikkun Olam is not about perfecting the world through outside work and feel-good projects which make you believe you are making a difference when in reality you are just spinning your wheels for your own gratification, not to actually help these people who are not looking welcoming as much as they are wondering why you are doing whatever you are doing and what are you thinking. Tikkun Olam is about improving the world by perfecting yourself and making yourself the paragon of virtue and practicing the commandments because you have chosen to actually change the world for the better. Tikkun Olam is about looking deep within oneself and once we have gotten our souls and bodies to work in synchronization, both dedicated to Hashem, then we can worry about the person next and then the next after that, but first repair yourself and be the person you are proud for others to see. Be the person that when you arrive people know that wisdom and pure spirit has arrived and that alone can save the day. Tikkun Olam is what that young Muslim did during the attack taking place in the Hyper Cacher Kosher Market when Lassana Bathily who risked his life to save the market’s customers by concealing them within the freezer, and he did also turn the temperature to a point which balanced human survival and not destroying the contents of the freezer, and then remained outside the freezer and called the police outside and performed a reconnoiter of the situation which assisted and allowed for the Police to target their attack of the market and only shoot the perpetrator and save the remaining customers. This man took his actions above and beyond what might be expected of any normal person and took actions which mattered and saved lives because he believed that these people were worth saving as that is the message Lassana Bathily learned from his Imam and his study of Islam. His Imam teaching the enlightening and hopeful passages of the Quran, such as if you save one person, it says man, then you have saved a world. Lassana Bathily saved many worlds that day; the numbers vary but appear to center around a nice easy number, a dozen. How many worlds have any of us saved, perhaps that might be a better angle and the Jews in Europe could do little better than to speak the truth and by example lead your own Exodus to the Promised Land. Nobody expects anyone to be the next Moses as that would be a hard act to follow, but we can at least strive to be at least as good and promising an individual as Caleb who deserved a little more mention as he took the position of the opposition to the other ten spies who reported the impossibility of the Hebrews even with the help of Hashem and even after all they had witnessed, the ten plagues which broke Pharaoh, the splitting of the Red Sea and subsequent drowning of the Egyptian army, the handing down of the Ten Commandments and yet they doubted that Hashem would not be sufficient to win the day for them. Caleb was thought to be of similar mind while they knew Joshua was Moses’s protégé and thus would report that all would be a cake walk, but Caleb was expected to put the cherry atop the ice cream. Caleb told them that the lands were trembling and fearing their approach and with Hashem all things are possible, he took the righteous high road and then we hear almost nothing more after his one shining moment, but what a moment which I am sure we all wish we too could be such a shining example. Every Jew in the Diaspora if they get one person to also start to consider making Aliya then you have made the supreme effort of overcoming the highest hurdle, getting their attention and having them reason, especially as they will now reason with themselves and that allows. Hashem to add his voice, his quiet almost still voice and not the booming scare the entire valley voice. Lead by example, that is Tikkun Olam.

 

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June 4, 2015

Crystallization and Realization of the Unavoidable Truth

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Despite my having found much of what I had heard and understood of the teachings of Rabbi Meir David Kahane, as minor as my knowledge back then had been, I was still foolish enough to believe that the Arabs, even Yasser Arafat, had tired of the violence and hatreds making them as ready and willing to make peace as Israel had been for years, decades, millennia. The one truth which is rarely spoken of but is the truthful essence of what constitutes the core of Jewish belief as it matured through the ages and had been its core truth from before the Greek conquest of the Holy Lands and even before the area where these lands were renamed the Holy Lands, the Jews main desire was to be permitted to live freely under our own governance in the lands promised us as written in Torah, the Five Books of Moses. We never desired empire or conquest of the world or anything like such, even the claims that the Jews want to establish a Greater Israel stretching from the Tigress and Euphrates in Iraq to the Nile in Egypt. If there were such a concept of a greater Israel, it would include the lands as described in the division of the lands on either side of the Jordan River to the Mediterranean Sea, and today even just between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean Sea. But then there is the presumed problem of the Arab Palestinian’s supposed rightful claim to some part or the whole of the same lands. Truth be told, the Arabs have no real desire to form another Arab nation of Palestine as they simply desire to erase Israel and rid the world of the Jews.

 

That is partially why I find Hamas and even ISIS as more honorable than Fatah and Mahmoud Abbas and all the world’s claimants and presumed supporters of the “Two State Solution” because Hamas and ISIS make neither excuses nor obstructions of their desires. Both state outright that they desire a world with their form of Islam ruling supreme with all the Jews exterminated and only true (by their definition) followers who have dedicated and surrendered themselves before Allah. What makes these two groups so interesting, or at least peculiarly somewhat fascinating is that Hamas would probably demand all ISIS members swear allegiance to Hamas leadership and ISIS has already declared their intention of destroying Hamas replacing them and all others operating in Gaza with ISIS and a purification of the ranks of these entities and terror groups before admitting any of them into ISIS. The fact that both Hamas and ISIS have declared their intentions as being global conquest and the eradication of all who are not steadfast in their beliefs of their version of Sunni Islam starting with the eradication of the Jews worldwide make dealing with them clear in what position should be taken by anybody not already a member or considering membership in either Hamas or ISIS. Both Hamas and ISIS must be prevented from ever even approaching their goals, though there are those in the United Nations and Europe who believe they can reach an accord with Hamas at least as far as the Jews and especially Israel are concerned, and these individuals and groups fully understand exactly what accepting Hamas would mean.

 

While many years ago I believed the beautiful idea of peace between the Arabs and the Jews and Israel was potentially achievable if only a satisfactory settlement could be attained, slowly but inexorably the reality and truth became more and more clear and this process has reached its conclusion as far as the Arabs, as represented through the ruse of the Palestinians as a people in search of their homelands being restored or established, were concerned and have pretty much solidified on the desires of much of the rest of the world, especially those who are in control of the positions of power around the world. The Arab position is exactly the same as it was in and before 1948 ever since there appeared to be any glint of an idea for a Jewish State on the Jews ancient homelands, the destruction of the Jews and any remnant or idea of their having a state anywhere on planet Earth or the accompanying solar system, Milky Way Galaxy, the Milky Way-Andromeda Galactic neighborhood or the all-encompassing universe and any reality within which that universe may exist and beyond. I doubt that is in any way an exaggeration but potentially merely an approximation of the true intentions of the Arabs, particularly those represented by the ruse of the Palestinian People, a people who never have and still do not exist except as a ploy for destroying Israel and eventually the Jewish People. With this established, where does this leave things both generally and particularly?

 

It leaves Israel to wrestle with this idea that the only division of the land which any Arab known by their false identity of Palestinian is willing to accept according to their leadership and increasingly their people who have been fed a steady and unending flood of indoctrination to hatred of Israel and the Jewish People and anyone else, even the Muslims, residing within Israeli peaceably. The general Arab population in the Middle East and Northern Africa (MENA) usually have little if any opinion concerning Israel, especially as of late with so many other threats from within their own societies spreading violence, death and other horrors throughout MENA putting their lives and everything else in great peril. When polled on their feelings towards Israel or the Jews they will often resort to stating the repeated aims of the dictatorial, monarchial or theocratic leaders have pounded home about the threat the Jews and Israel pose and the need to eliminate both Israel and the Jews universally. The recent polling of the Arabs residing in Judea and Samaria responded to the question of what would be an acceptable and fair peace with Israel by a majority choosing the eradication of Israel replacing it in total with Palestine. Should such a poll be issued from Gaza many experts believe the outcome would be even more extreme thus leaving little doubt that the Arab Palestinian population desires an end to Israel replacing it with Palestine. The interesting point found that the younger the polled person the more they supported the destruction of Israel replacing it with Palestine and annihilating every last Jews in Israel. This was credited to the indoctrination of the media and school curriculum. The truth is that the only acceptable solution to the Arab/Israeli Peace Process for the majority of Arab Palestinians and an excessive majority of those Arab Palestinians under the age of thirty is the eradication of Israel and the Jews replacing both with an Arab Islamic state of Palestine. Such leaves very little room for debate or negotiations.

 

Another truth which can be gleaned from the polling data is that Mahmoud Abbas cannot, and apparently will not, accept any peace deal which does not meet the maximalist demands of the Arab side as a minimal acceptable agreement. Needless to point out that Israel cannot accept such a proposition as doing so would be suicide by another terminology. This became obvious back in 2000 when Yasser Arafat was blind-sided when Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak who succumbed to a desperate United States President Bill Clinton who pressured the Israeli Prime Minister Barak to meet all of Yasser Arafat’s demands. The demands in question were part of Yasser Arafat’s best offer which had been slowly and painstakingly extracted by a persistent President Bill Clinton over weeks upon weeks until finally reaching what was presumed to be a historic effort culminating in an actual peace agreement and Nobel Peace Prizes all around. One might further assume that there was an even more enticing offer made from Taba, Egypt where President Clinton and Prime Minister Barak flew after Arafat strode purposely to his waiting vehicle which took him to his standing jet warmed and ready for flight back to Jordan presumably closing off and possibility for a deal. President Clinton was not going to give up on receiving his unprecedented second Nobel Peace Prize so easily, even should such an attempt spell potential eradication of the State of Israel. These deliberations continued with no further offers honestly being reviewed, let alone being accepted until President Clinton was to leave office in early 2001 and Prime Minister Barak had to start his unsuccessful campaign which he lost to Prime Minister Sharon.

 

The demands of the Arab Palestinians have also become far more dire with every attempt to negotiate a peace accord. The cycle has been repeated so many times since the 1993 Oslo Accords that none of the original intent remains. Viability has been replaced with simply erecting a framework from which peace might be discussed. Every single statement has been carefully scrutinized and nit-picked to such a point that the original intended meaning has become lost in a tangle of modifying verbiage. Mahmoud Abbas has set so many preconditions demanded just for the two sides to sit at the table for a brief photo-shoot so the press can be used to depict progress. There has been no progress nor can there be progress. The only potentials for solving the impasse would require honest brokers from all sides, such a point that simply finding such people has taken on a life of its own. Mahmoud Abbas has been left with demanding the impossible as conditions to facilitate meeting and the world’s public barely flinched when reports made it certain that the demands to meet and renew discussions included Israel packing in all of the cities and their suburbs, towns, factories, commercial spaces, shopping malls and housing for an estimated eight-hundred-thousand to one-million Israelis and relocating the entirety of the population and necessary equipment and other items necessary to rebuild and resettle these soon to be made Israeli refugees within the Green Line. This precondition would have been considered a maximalist and completely untenable final solution, let alone initial concession from which further negotiations and potential Israeli sacrifices be made additionally. There have been some talk that all of Jerusalem be turned over to a neutral party such as the Vatican to run the institutions and provide the citizens who live within the greater Jerusalem area protection and freedom of travel while also accommodating those who wished to visit or who worked in Jerusalem. An even more radical solution offered in order to keep Jerusalem undivided the entirety including western suburbs be made the capital of the Arab state of Palestine and Israel would be forced to remove their embassy. All the problems even arranging a sit down and talk should render any realistic hopes for a solution within any time period after which the European Union, NATO or the United Nations would be to impose their concept of a final solution has become the new default position, a position neither party is comfortable with. So, where does this leave the peace process?

 

This is where the rest of the world gets involved and everything gets impossible to explain in one simple posting. Much of our time here has been discussing different aspects, angles, intents and deceits from both sides and each of us have formed our own opinions. By this time we must all have realized that there can be no solution to the situation in its current form. This is where the rest of the world enters the picture. The problem with this is there exists an ugly truth about much of the world; they would like to undo their treaties and conferences by which Israel came into existence. The reason for establishing the state of Israel was largely so the European nations and powers could rid themselves of this subculture which, though loyal citizens, they were apart from the rest of your countrymen and as such caused much turmoil and strife. If one had been truthful back in the time period from the mid-1800s through to the end of World War I they would have admitted that much of the problem with their Jewish population was caused by their very own citizens seeking some place to place their blames for every calamity and this was traditionally the Jews. This was evident during the years of the plague and during every economic crisis and also during wars. No matter what extremes the Jews went to so as to harmonize and fit into the many societies there was one thing which they could not change which made them different and that problem was their Jewishness. Most of these nations were Catholic such as France, Spain and Italy while others were different forms of Protestant such as Germany and the Lutherans, England and the Church of England, the Greeks were Greek Orthodox, the Russians and Russian Orthodox, and so on with one reality being obvious in its absence, there was no state for the Jews and they were always those different people with their different culture. These Jews even ate food prepared differently and would not eat the same foods such as roast pork. The Jews were a problem for those ruling as they never could completely assimilate for as long as they remained Jews.

 

It was a noble idea to return the Jews to their ancestral lands after near two-thousand years. The collapse and defeat of the Ottoman Empire made the returning of the Jews to their ancestral lands become viable and was written into a number of the treaties, conferences and other documents binding most of the world into establishing the nation of Israel. Now the race appears to be to correct some mistake and return the Jewish People to being outcasts and always those others in every community. Even taking this route presents a problem; a very large problem in that roughly half of the Israeli population resulted from numerous pogroms and other persecutions and expulsions resulting in their ending their travels, trials and tribulations by settling in the one nation where they were welcome. Many of these refugees numbering over eight-hundred-thousand, which is far more than the estimated six-hundred-fifty-thousands of Arab refugees, many who fled Israel from Israel to facilitate the easier slaughter of those remaining behind as the combined and impressive armies of seven Arab nations, Jordan, Syria, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Egypt, Lebanon as well as several militias and the Air Forces from each nation against Israel and a few intrepid volunteers who somehow managed the miracle and held their ground and even made series of gains on virtually every front.

 

The question now is how will these nations treat the Jews now that they have their own nation? The answer to that question is readily available by checking their ratings concerning how they treat any Jewish citizens of their own and how do they treat Israel? There has been considerable recent studies on anti-Semitism and how it is increasing throughout much of the world with it being rampant in the MENA area of the world. What was interesting in the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) was that the location in which one lives has more in determining the tendencies for people holding anti-Semitic feelings. In the ADL survey they tracked the religion of the respondents and in every case by continental regions the Christian and the Muslim rates tracked similar rises in MENA and increasing rates in Europe and lower rates in the Americas and other areas sampled. Europe has been showing a rampant rise in anti-Semitism and the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement has made gains in unions and across college campuses and even NGOs and governments in Europe. There are the early signs of a coming similar rise in the United States. Results and interactive tools are available at the ADL Survey Results Global Anti-Semitism which grants a good and interesting means of gaining information by regions, nations and other more typical survey informational breakdown such as by age, educational level, religion and others. One can get carried away as there is sufficient information at the site that I may have to spend some additional time there checking out some things of interest. The one unfortunate result from the exhaustive ADL Anti-Semitism Study was the rate of increase it made evident and the levels of hate and ignorance about Jews and how the two items are almost directly linked.

 

This rise in anti-Semitism is celebrated largely through hatred and double standards used against Israel. Both anti-Israel and anti-Zionism are the new faces of anti-Semitism. There is an easy way to tell if somebody’s commentary and critique of Israel or Zionism is actually masked anti-Semitism. This method is often referred to as the 3D Test of anti-Semitism is a means testing for determining if some criticism is actually masked anti-Semitism or legitimate criticism of Israel. The three Ds stand for Delegitimization, Demonization and use of Double Standards. Let’s define each term for easy recognition. Delegitimization would consist of arguments which tend to claim that Israel has no right to exist or should not be permitted to be the Jewish state. Claims that the Jews should not be permitted a state of their own are definitive anti-Semitism as you are making the Jews the sole peoples on the planet who should not be permitted their own country. That is also part of the teachings which claim that the Jews are a cursed people forsaken by G0d and as such have been condemned to always live as strangers subject to the treatment and will of the rest of the world as the Jew is somehow less human due to their being cursed. To make such comparisons easy just substitute Japanese, English, French, Chinese or any other group or nationality for Israel and if it sounds like hate, then it is probably hate and thus anti-Semitism. Demonization is a severe form of the last set of examples but usually goes deeper. Demonization will often be found when Israel is held up as the new Nazis or as genocidal monsters. The easiest way to recognize Demonization is to be well familiarized with the truth and simply measure if the person is falsely accusing Israel of the most heinous of acts and criminal activity. The Israel is a genocidal murdering nation that is ethnically cleansing the Arab Palestinians. As the population numbers continue to rise and there are no mass graves of Palestinians such accusations are totally false and an attempt to cast Israel, and the Jews, of blood libels of murdering people. The oldest of the blood libels is that Jews kill children (from whichever group you are attempting to provoke hatred for Jews or Israel) to use their blood in baking their ‘special holy matzoth.’ This has been a regular cartoon shown in the Arab Palestinian areas in Judea and Samaria by the Palestinian Authority often also broadcast on their television broadcast station. The last is the Double Standard which should be self-explanatory. People claim that Israelis are not being killed by the rockets and mortars while the Arabs have far greater casualty numbers so Israel is using disproportional force is one such form of a Double Standard as every nation in wars uses all the forces they can bring to bear. Actually, the main disproportional force Israel uses is to prevent any casualties of their civilians by investing and producing some of the most proficient anti-rocket, mortar and artillery in the world called the Iron Dome. Israel has extremely effective interception systems for larger rockets such as scuds and also for ballistic missiles which Israel attempts to strike while they are rising from the launcher and before it starts reentry towards its target. On the other side, Hamas and Islamic Jihad actually do everything humanly possible to increase the numbers of civilians killed in any conflict they start. Hamas uses children as bullet proof vests, they drape them around the cars of their high ranking people to prevent any strikes upon them, they place their rockets and most important operatives underground in bunkers with their command and control bunker built underneath the largest hospital in Gaza while they do not permit any civilians to use their extensive tunnel and bunker systems for their safety and Hamas has been caught simply removing the equipment such as any identifying insignia, their rifle and other military items and then claim the person shot and killed by the IDF, and for this person there is video in which the weapon and other similar items have been removed or blurred beyond recognition. There were close to or possibly over a hundred such attempts to list known terrorists as civilians so this is a common problem. As an Israeli politician, possibly Bibi, stated, “We (Israel) use our rockets to protect and save our people while Hamas (Islamic Jihad and company) use their people to protect their rockets.” One cannot say it more plainly than that. What is the major unavoidable truth that has crystallized and become a realization that Israel will now be the target of the haters and anti-Semites of the world as well as a whole new band of people who will believe that their insane preoccupation with Israeli evil deeds are not hateful of Jews or Israel, they are just amongst the few with clear sight. There is a tip off line when anyone in any argument which is against any grouping of people claims, if you only knew them as I know them, then you too would believe as I do. Of course that is nonsense, but take it for the very dangerous nonsense that it is and steer far from those claiming such as it is usually the argument of those with no real facts to back their hatreds, something the vast number of anti-Semites also suffer from, bad data making for bad arguments. The last hint you have found a rare breed of anti-Semite, if the subject is Israel, Zionists or Jews, and just hater is when they resort to shouting slogans at you refusing to permit intelligent conversation.

 

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