Beyond the Cusp

July 25, 2014

Israel Hated Similar Reasons as is the United States

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One of the mantras heard in the condemnation of Israel in the current struggle to end the rocket bombardment and destroy the infiltration tunnel networks of the Hamas terrorist forces is that while there are hundreds of casualties being suffered within Gaza there are relatively little damage and a near unbelievable lack of noticeable casualties amongst the Israeli populations and cities. This lack of such disaster spread throughout Israel is due to two basic facts, first, the Hamas rockets are unguided and inaccurate with the majority landing in open areas thus doing little other than difficult to measure psychological damage simply from the repeated sirens and the having to hurriedly head for shelters and spend anxious minutes or longer in tense anxiety and second, the next to impossible success of the Iron Dome interceptor batteries which have downed approaching perfect interception percentage which has spared Israel the damage and casualties which previously would reached frightful levels. Take away either of these two factors and Israel would be showing similar levels of damage and significantly higher casualties than are being witnessed in Gaza despite the facts that Hamas places their civilians in the path of dangers and risks their lives in order to attempt to prevent attacks on something they value more than their people’s lives, their rockets to launch in the hope of murdering as many Israelis as possible while Israel invests whatever is necessary to prevent any harm from coming to her civilians. For those hanging on every new broadcast hoping for news of a highly successful attack which brings devastation to those Israelis, it will only take one failure of the Iron Dome batteries which are tasked with protecting Tel Aviv for your dreams to be unfortunately realized. In central Tel Aviv are tall office buildings with ten having forty or more floors and one that clears fifty which could be struck by a Hamas rocket and some of their largest are capable of doing sufficient damage to collapse one such skyscraper making such a strike the worst terrorist strike in Israeli history with a potential of thousands of murdered Israelis as a result of that one rocket which might get through. Those who hold the disparate death tolls and damages as their reason for despising Israel and throwing their sympathies to Hamas in empathy for their greater losses are damning Israel because of her success at protecting her population.

If instead of measuring by damage taken one were to measure the presumed disparity by number of explosive bombs and warheads launched or dropped and number of attempted ground mission and took the period of time leading up to the Israeli ground assault beginning you might be surprised. This comparison does not include the over a thousand rockets launched by Hamas into Israel before Israel launched her first bombing mission and only those rockets and attempted infiltrations by Hamas measured against the number of Israeli bombs and commando raids. The explosive comparison had slightly over a thousand-five-hundred Hamas rockets while the Israelis retaliated with slightly over two-thousand bombs with Hamas having attempted around a half-dozen infiltrations against a single naval commando mission by Israel. When one looks at the attacks and attempts to impart damage, destruction and casualties on the other side the conflict between Israel and Hamas becomes far more even contest with the measurable difference being in the preparation and success in defending and protecting ones people from those attacks.

This holding Israel at fault because of her being the stronger and more technologically advanced also ignores one of the most vital and important facts, Israel did not initiate this war and Israel removed every last Israeli and removed every IDF troop and base from all of Gaza in August of 2005. When people point to the blockade it needs to be pointed out that when Israel removed their presence they tuned the greenhouses and working businesses worth millions of dollars behind for the Gazans to utilize giving them functioning and profitable operations and did not impose any blockade on Gaza until after Hamas took control of Gaza in a bloody and violent coup defeating the forces of the Palestinian Authority headed by Mahmoud Abbas. As long as the Palestinian Authority was governing Gaza the Israelis felt little need to clamp strict control over the ports in Gaza but this sense of security dissipated when Hamas which is sworn to the destruction of Israel and the eradication of Jews worldwide stipulated in the clearest possible language in the Hamas Charter and is a unifying theme taught in their schools and portrayed throughout their media.

Anybody who has attended one of the liberal arts colleges or universities and received lectures from professors holding the typical anti-capitalist and anti-American views such as often lectured by such as Noam Chomsky you would be familiar with their anti-American programs. They claim that American culture is polluting the world and tainting the natural culture and altering societies claiming that this societal culture creep that is Americanizing many of the cultures in the third world presumably destroying these primitive cultures which they claim are superior to the crass American culture as the more primitive cultures presumably live in harmony with nature. They also claim that the United States is the worst polluter of nature in the world, something far from borne out by actual unmassaged statistics. Was the United States a large pollution engine a number of decades ago? Yes, though not necessarily the worst. The truth is that since the 1970s the United States has been the only nation that has actually met and surpassed the stringent requirements set by the Kyoto Protocols despite the fact that the United States never signed on to these standards. Another canard is that the United States economic wealth has stolen from the less developed world their share of wealth because since the available wealth is presumably constant, their claim, not mine, then by obvious measurement, by the United States having so much wealth they have to have made it unfairly by robbing the poorer nations. What they are intentionally suppressing is that wealth is not a constant and the United States historically has been the greatest creator of wealth.

What, you need some proof that wealth is constantly being created? To use the most obvious proof that wealth grows over time and directly proportionally to technological advancement one need look no further than ancient human history, real ancient human history. Original ancient man, as in Homo erectus, our ancient ancestors hunted with spears and possibly bow and arrows and the keeper of the fire would be put to death if he permitted the fire to be extinguished and was responsible for transporting the embers to spark the fire when the tribe migrated. We could now trend the advances and thus creations of wealth through the ages with the Greeks and Romans who used plumbing, aqueducts and relatively complex weaponry compared to spears but quite primitive and useless against modern weaponry. Then we see what we have today with buildings covering large swaths of Europe and the United States, automobiles and other items which not long ago were considered luxuries or were not yet invented. All of these are indication of increased available wealth and by claiming that American culture and production methods are ruinous to less advanced nations is actually a form of elitism which is using false arguments to keep the third world less advanced and inferior to the technologically modern world by claiming that their lack of modernity is a state of existence that needs to be preserved. Where this is actually more destructive ecologically can also be described by researching the production of a simple product which has been in existence for numerous centuries, the production of charcoal. Modern charcoal is produced using electrical heating elements with the wood chips placed in a chamber which is filled with CO2 which minimizes escaping pollution while the tried and true old school method is to make large piles of wood chips and allow them to smolder such that the ones buried in the center are oxygen starved and are made into charcoal but produce heavy amounts of smoke and if a large area is used to mass produce charcoal with numerous large mounds smoldering away the area can become absolutely toxic. Which way would any intelligent ecological activist desire to have people worldwide produce charcoal, with modern equipment or the good old fashioned way which is still used in much of today’s world? Criticizing the United States for having a worldwide cultural influence and a greater proportion of the world’s per capita wealth is a form of primitivism and a rejection of advanced technology. This is found in a number of other elitist fads such as rejection of most technological advancements in agricultural preferring “natural” products. The same crippling anti-success jealousy which has infected much of social academia is behind much of the anti-Americanism as it is also behind much of the anti-Israel hatreds. This is most evident in the condemnation of Israel for protecting her people while sympathizing with Hamas because they appear disadvantaged by the resulting casualty numbers and destruction of infrastructure despite the actual number and size of explosives launched by each side being relatively equal, and actually favoring Hamas if one includes the three week buildup of rockets fired into Israel before the initial Israeli response to those attacks. But it is so much more noble to favor the underdog and it gives one a sense of superiority but cannot be assumed to grant them any moral advantage, that takes a more reasoned, systematic and unemotional examination of facts and actual numbers and not kneejerk emotional spontaneous reactions.

Beyond the Cusp

November 7, 2013

Israeli Cost for Obama’s Friendship

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United States Secretary of State Kerry stated after meetings with Palestinian Arab representatives in Bethlehem Wednesday, “We consider now, and have always considered, the (Israeli) settlements to be illegitimate.” This was most likely the official position straight from President Obama who probably had instructed Secretary Kerry to publically call out the Israelis over building even in these areas beyond the Green Line which will be retained by Israel, or so had been the assumptions before President began his offensive to force Israel to retreat completely back to the Green Line as he had stated early in his Presidency. President Obama has allowed for rumors that this early on statement of his was a case of his misspeaking as there have been other statements which, if truthful, belie that original statement. The quote most often offered is one Senator Obama, one day after announcing he had secured the required number of delegates to win the Democratic nomination, delivered a speech at the annual American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) policy conference where he stated, “Jerusalem will remain the capital of Israel, and it must remain undivided.” What is seldom brought up by the defenders of President Obama as one of the greatest friends of Israel is that within the week in a CNN interview, Fareed Zakaria Obama clarified this statement claiming, “the truth is that this was an example where we had some poor phrasing in the speech” and the need to be more “careful in terms of our syntax.” There are other examples which lay bare the animosity felt by President Obama for Israel, Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu, Israeli Foreign Minister Lieberman and his preference for Israel to surrender in any manner for which he does not need to take ownership of but which will no doubt only occur because of his contrary undercutting of the Israeli position on every conceivable front from the Palestinians to Iran to the Europeans. We covered numerous other examples of President Obama’s ill will and the manner in which it has been displayed both against Israel herself and her Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu towards the end of the article “Palestinians Executing Planned Hijacking of Peace Process.” The article also provides some information which will give other information on the subjects in the rest of this article and is worth a read.

As is often the case, there are many separate issues throughout the Middle East and Northern Africa and as is also often the case, Israel reaching a peace agreement which establishes a Palestinian state is often heralded as being the necessary item after which everything else will simply melt into comfortable solutions with minimal if any efforts. Needless to point out that this supposition is ridiculous after even the slightest evaluation of most of the difficulties in these areas. Just for an example, let’s see if I can find ten items which have absolutely nothing to do with Israel other than somebody is attempting to tie the problem to the Israeli-Palestinian peace process or simply they are blaming Israel in an attempt to muddy the waters. There is the obvious (1) Syrian civil war, (2) the increasing terrorism and Sunni Shiite fighting in Iraq, (3) Boco Haram terrorists are murdering Christians and blowing up their churches, businesses and homes in northern and central Nigeria as they work their way southward in an attempt to turn all of Nigeria into another Muslim State, (4) the fighting between tribal forces, the government and al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula continues unabated in Yemen, (5) Somalia is still experiencing the horrors of warring warlords and tribes which makes forming any real government impossible, (6) Kenya is still recovering from the horrific terror attack on the Westgate Shopping Mall, (7) Egypt is still recovering from the military takeover of the government in a coup which the military claims they acted to enforce the will of the people while the Muslim Brotherhood is refusing to surrender their rule as they feel their wins in the election should entitle them to continue to lead and rule Egypt while the military continues to not set a date for new elections which would alleviate much of the trouble and tension and might even garner support from around the world, (8) Riots and ever larger protests are tearing apart Tunisia as the people are revolting against their Muslim Brotherhood dominated government demanding they have new elections since they appear unable to make the necessary changes to stimulate the Tunisian economy, (9) Violence has spilled into Lebanon where Sunni and Shiite groups are attacking each other mostly through terrorist bombings with Hezballah territory in southern Beirut being one of the major targets, and (10) Well, looks like I can only think of nine off the top of my head but I assure you there are more which perhaps someone could help. I’m sure there must be something concerning Pakistan, Afghanistan or Turkey but nothing solid comes to mind.

Back to the United States initiated peace talks between the Israelis and the Palestinians. As we have mentioned before, the United States pressured Israel to offer to make a short list of possible concessions to be made to the Palestinians as a sign of faith but not technically meeting a precondition. The choices were presented to the Palestinians after the United States has worked on Israel to form a list and the choice came down to either another building freeze or a terrorist prisoner release. The Palestinian Authority leadership chose the Terror Prisoner release and were informed that Israel had plans to build in the areas beyond the Green Line. The Palestinians thus knew before the negotiations began that Israel would be building in the disputed areas since they had chosen to force terrorist prisoner releases. Ever since the Palestinians made their choice and the dye was cast they have been demanding that Israel be also made to obey a building freeze despite the fact that this was particularly not a part of their agreement. Of course the Palestinians have a long history of making a choice when offered either this or that and then after receiving this they then immediately start to demand that as well. This works well in Europe as they never seem to run out of advocates who echo everything the Palestinians demand without fail. One of the most blatant of these echo-chamber personalities is Richard Falk who has also managed to get appointed as the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Human Rights in the Palestinian Territories which is a position designed to solely and at every possible chance accuse the Israelis of crimes against the Palestinians without any need to consider actions emanating from the Palestinians toward the Israelis as the definition of his position negates all concerns of inspection of both sides equally. With the comments made by Secretary Kerry on Wednesday and my and many others’ understanding of President Obama’s heartfelt position, any building the Israelis actually perform will result in additional housing for the Palestinians should President Obama be charged with deciding on the terms for a settlement between the Palestinians and the Israelis.

Even at the very beginning of this latest round of peace talks there was controversy over President Obama and his choice of Martin Indyk to be the mediator of the talks. The concerns stemmed from the fact that Mr. Indyk worked as co-chairman of the far left-wing NGO, the New Israel Fund, which finances numerous leftist organizations and NGOs which support the Palestinian view that Israel is an aggressor nation occupying their lands and/or the BDS, Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions against Israel until they retreat from every inch of Palestinian land, a phrase that has had a very undefined and constantly encroaching definition which is planned to eventually erase all of Israel and replace it with a Palestinian Muslim Arab State. Of all the demands that the Palestinians have made there are two which are very revealing as they display the true and honest demand that Israel must cease to exist in order to satisfy them completely and that they will never end the terrorism and demands while a single Jew remains in the area between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean Sea. These two demands are that, first, Israel allow five million or more Arab Palestinian refugees to emigrate into Israel and be granted citizenship just as if they were Jews returning under the Right of Return Laws which permit Jews to return to Israel as it is their homeland liberated after nearly two millennia spent in the Diaspora, the same terms the Palestinians adopted as part and parcel of their manufactured historic struggle for their long lost homeland which never existed throughout history, and second, that the Palestinians reserve the right to continue the struggle even after a peace treaty has been signed as there can be no real peace until all of Palestine from the Jordan River to the Mediterranean Sea has been liberated and cleansed of its Jewish infestation. These two demands are as revealing as it gets that their designs and desires are no different than were those of Gamal Abdel Nasser who in 1967 rallied the combined armies of Syria and Egypt, who together constituted the United Arab Republic, under the war cry of “We will drive the Jews into the Sea and liberate our lands.” That has remained the desire even as the Arabs replaced their interests by substituting the Palestinians as by having the Palestinians as the Arab interest it denies Israel of being the underdog and outnumbered and instead casts the Arab as the Palestinians as the new underdogs and Israel as the all-powerful force. Truth be told, should the Palestinians ever push Israel back behind the Green Line we will see that there is no difference between the combined strength of the Arab nations and the Palestinians when the Arabs pour their forces into the Palestinian areas of Judea and Samaria (West Bank) as well as Gaza and Egypt, Lebanon (Hezballah) and if possible Syria perch their forces on Israel’s borders and the next Arab-Israeli war begins. That is providing the entire world does not decide to enforce a United Nations edict establishing a Palestinian State with whatever borders President Obama dictates in his presentation to the Security Council in his move to punish Israel and Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu for denying him his second Nobel Peace Prize Award by not surrendering to every Palestinian desire, as he demands they do and do immediately.

Beyond the Cusp

September 5, 2013

Why Doesn’t Israel Refute the Propaganda Against Her?

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I hear this question often and even more so when we report news which displays the truth that Israel treats the Arabs, including those from neighboring nations, the Palestinians and those Arabs living amongst them as citizens of Israel, with the same kindness, concern, care, and equality in all things to how they treat Israeli Jews. The most recent query came in a comment over our article  United States and Israel Charging in Opposite Directions Over Syria in which it was mentioned that Israel had given all of the necessary care including surgeries and anything else required to treat many dozens of Syrian refugees who had crossed the border including those cases where the injured person had initially been treated in Syria but as they were unable to provide the level of care necessary to save or treat their injuries so they were transferred to Israel often left with a note telling what had been performed and the diagnosis. The person’s comment was, “This is interesting. Thanks for it. I have no argument about it, but if the Israelis treat the Syrians in need of help so well, why do they treat their other neighbours, the Palestinians, so abysmally? Recently in my church, which is my city’s cathedral, there was even a photo exhibition depicting the plight of the Palestinians at the hands of Israel, in particular the West Bank settlers. I regularly receive posts on Facebook about Palestinians shot by the IDF, children among them.” So, let us take this opportunity to reflect on an answer for this query.

 

The obvious part of the answer is basic and simple; it is the nature of the news and reporting. Would anybody consider it to be informative or good reporting if an article read stating, “Nothing happened untoward today in Tel Aviv or Jerusalem. There were no stones thrown, insults hurled or even something said in haste which was later regretted. Everybody got prompt and equal service at the eateries and there were no problems on any of the bus routes, even the ones through the Haredi neighborhoods. People even were smiling at each other and many went the extra step to help anybody even if their problem was of the most mundane nature. The feeling was as if a permanent state of shalom, peace, had settled over everyone and everything making life close to perfect.” Such a report would never get past the editor let alone be passed on to the copy editor, who would have put such aside believing that somebody sent such a piece as a joke and it was not seriously intended to be published. Yet, it is the absence of such articles and the plethora of articles that meet the “If it bleeds, it leads” mantra news sources are famous for following. On the other hand you can rest assured that every rock hurled, every terror act, every rough handling of provocateurs of who there is a near constant train of them coming from Europe into Israel with the singular intent of menacing IDF and police until they either are arrested or get sufficient film to splice a juicy story that fits their agenda to load onto Facebook and You-Tube. Whenever there are rockets shot from Gaza or Lebanon it makes the news if and often only if the Israelis reply with a military strike and then the article almost always leads with Israeli Defense Forces launched a strike using warplanes striking in the heavily populated Gaza City killing two and injuring four including one child. The Israeli strike was in response for rockets landing within Israel. With this as the leading pair of sentences, which action sticks in your mind? My bet is so what if rockets landed in Israel, what was the big deal? Well, if it was your house that just exploded which while not a daily occurrence, does happen and the targets of most Israeli strikes are on weapons warehouses or rocket firing squads who often take children with them when launching their rockets to prevent Israeli striking them and they do this because it works. Israel has often withdrawn their strike because of innocents being used as human shields and the Israelis take great pains to cause as few innocent victims as possible. Israel even takes out most of the explosive charges in the munitions they use to target terrorists as they drive their vehicles, even to the point that there have been cases where the terrorist leader in the back seat was killed while the driver in the front seat received minimal injuries.

 

Of course the only news sources that ever bother to cover such trivialities are the nationalistic and Zionist news sources within Israel. Unfortunately, the vast majority of the news sources from Israel which are readily accessible in the rest of the world are the leftist, anti-nationalists and post-Zionist far leftist sources which are just as critical and slanted against any actions Israel takes where either nationalist, Zionist, religious Jews or the settlers who live beyond the Green Line are concerned. These news sources also take the Palestinian side of every argument. These news outlets represent a minority of Israelis but make their profit on sales in Paris, London, Washington DC, New York and other liberal cities or anywhere they desire bashing anti-Israel news and especially Israeli news which they use to prove that anything they claim against Israel is repeated in these news sources and therefore must be true. Imagine you only read the New York Times and then had to judge whether Mitt Romney was a worthy Presidential candidate compared to President Obama. Despite the claims that the Palestinian Authority suffers from extreme poverty and lack of funds, they have more funding at their disposal than Israel. The Palestinian Authority receives million upon millions of aid money from the United Nations through UNRWA, from the European Union, the United States, every European government, numerous charities, a plethora of NGO’s, numerous foundations, and contributions from the oil rich countries of the Arabian Peninsula. On top of these funds there are the cash and weapons which are supplied to Hamas, Fatah, Al-Aksa Martyrs Brigade, PFLP, al-Qaeda in the Gaza Strip and other lesser known terrorist groups which amounts to more millions in aid which is almost exclusively utilized for attacking Israel using terrorism and for the more established terror groups such as Fatah, Hamas and Hezballah in Lebanon have their own newspapers, radio and television stations and school and camp systems which indoctrinate the next generation of terrorists. Israel cannot match these efforts and the international financial support they enjoy and even the attempts Israel exerts are mostly ignored by many news outlets which add to the apparent silence of the Israeli side.

 

So, this is the vast majority of the news presented to the world but there is much more to the slanting against Israel and why Israel seems inept in answering the charges which come from all quarters. Another problem is that the NGOs (non-governmental organizations) which are solely dedicated to slandering, defaming, denouncing and out-and-out lying about Israel number in the hundreds and are backed by virtually every European government, the European Union, George Soros, the Arab League, the Arab nations, Oil Monies, Leftist foundations, and extreme leftist political entities and the hundreds of millions of Euros, Dollars, and virtually any other coinage such that they have more money than they could ever even imagine spending. The Israeli government does not have the funding to even begin to fight this fight especially since the Israeli government spends a higher percentage of their funds on aid to other nations who have suffered a disaster than any other nation with the possible exception of the United States. Two excellent examples of the true heart of the Israelis can be documented by telling of their actions in response to two of the most recent disasters, the Haiti earthquake and the Japanese earthquake, tsunami and nuclear plants disaster all at one time. In the Haiti earthquake the Israelis had some of the initial responders and had erected a fully functioning hospital complete with delivery rooms, surgical suits, and virtually any specialty one could require even including psychological counseling before the United States had set up their initial field treatment centers and a week before the United States hospital ship was on scene. Another miracle was the number of trained search and rescue teams many with trained K-9 units which were also among the first and were praised by other teams as performing miracles. The Israelis also provided generators and adopted and completely rebuilt a Haitian school and orphanage in the year following the earthquake. One of the other miracle stories resulting from the aid Israel provided was the story of dancer George Exantus who after being rescued had his leg amputated. He was taken to Israel where he was fitted with state-of-the-art prosthetic leg and given rehab and returned to his dream life as a dancer.

 

The triple disaster in Japan when the nuclear complex had several nuclear reactors threatening to radiate large areas in northern Japan after they were swamped due to the tsunami which was caused by a severe earthquake, was a disaster virtually unequalled in history. The Israelis were again amongst the first responders in Japan. The Israelis brought with them an entire prefab medical clinic along with all the necessary equipment and staff as well as an electrical generator to power the facility. When after spending months treating people for a variety of injuries including radiation exposure, the Israelis returned to Israel leaving behind the entire clinic, generator and leaving it fully equipped for the Japanese to continue to provide aid for their people who had suffered a terrible disaster. Israel has been one of the first on the scene of numerous natural disasters but there is one last effort which deserves mention. To read numerous stories about this revolutionary program just search for “Israeli Save a Child’s Heart” and bring some tissues. The program is called SACH which stands for “Save a Child’s Heart” and has two main visions for service. The first is to treat any child needful of heart surgery in Israel even arranging transport through a third country for the Arab children from nations who have such relations with Israel that the child and parents would be put to death should Israel be stamped as a destination on their Visa or Passport. The Israelis have treated numerous Palestinian children with this program as well and invest most of their efforts and charity in places where the children with heart defects or disease would have little if any possibility for survival. They bring the child, parents and even entire families in appropriate situation and provide free care and follow-up treatments giving the child a chance for a normal life. This program also assists in setting up children’s cardiac care centers in hospitals in countries where no such care exists and train physicians in the procedures used in treating cardiac problems and disease in children. All of this is done as charity under the Jewish concept of being a light unto the nations and setting an example of how man can act when doing his best free from hate or judgementalism.

 

The final front that maligns Israel comes from a surprising source, other religious institutions and religious denominations. There are many sources of anti-Zionist, anti-Israel and even anti-Semitic sources which are of a religious nature. Some come from a front one would expect, Islamic Mosques and countries provide a fertile religiously originated source of efforts maligning Israel. What many find surprising is the extent to which Christian religious sources also malign Israel. The Sabeel Ecumenical Liberation Theology Center is a Christian liberation theology organization based in Jerusalem that supports extreme anti-Semitic, anti-Zionist, and anti-Israel propaganda and markets their poisonous viewpoint around the world to any Christian church which will grant them an open ear. The Presbyterian Church USA has debated joining the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) Movement numerous times and many of its member congregations have divested their investments from anything connected in any manner to Israel. The same can be said of at least one synod of numerous Protestant Churches in the United States and worldwide. There are some sects of Catholic organizations which also disparage Israel under the calling of supporting the Palestinian cause. On this front the Israeli government and the majority of Jews refuse to even engage as to do such would actually be against Judaism’s tenet of not interfering in other religions. Judaism’s idea of a perfect world would surprise most people. In such a world the Jewish people would live in their beloved Israel spanning from the Jordan River to the Mediterranean Sea living under the covenant contained in Torah attempting to live an exemplary life while the rest of the world went on living and attending their business. There is no mention in Judaism commanding proselytizing others and are only advised to tell those who ask and only those who ask. True to that concept this would be a great place to end.

 

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