Beyond the Cusp

December 8, 2017

Trump Recognizes Jerusalem So Now What?

 

President Trump went “All-in” with Israel and the Jewish People, even if there are those who do not realize or wish to recognize this truth. President Trump announced before the world that Jerusalem is the Capital City of the Jewish State, always has been and always will be, will be the location of the United States Embassy, and, whether he realizes it or not, the right of the Jewish People to have for all time Jerusalem as their central dream. (Speech can be viewed at bottom of our article) There run-up to President Trump announcing an obvious truth to all who have any knowledge of history or religions, was filled with threats and promises of violence, as well as political pressures sent from Arab capitals, European capitals, African capitals, Asian capitals and from almost every continent with the usual exception of Antarctica. Even from within the United States there came pressures and threats. The State Department, as usual, resisted moving the embassy or even recognizing the over three thousand year-old truths about Jerusalem as the center of Judaism and capital of every Jewish State since King David conquered the city before the year 1000 BCE, the media hyperventilated over threats such as the one from Grand Imam of al-Azhar Ahmed al-Tayeb who stated, “If the door is opened for foreign embassies to move to Jerusalem, the floodgates of hell will be opened to the West more so than to the East.” And “fuel anger among all Muslims and threaten world peace,” while Keith Ellison, Democrat Representative from Minnesota told Democracy Now, “I believe in a two-state solution, an Israeli state and a Palestinian state side by side in peace and security. So issues of where the capitals will be has always been something that will be negotiated in the course of a peace agreement between Israelis and Palestinians.” He was also quoted stating, “Recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital a horrible tragedy.” (see below) Additionally were the warnings from King Abdullah of Jordan, numerous officials from the PA*, Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, Saudi Arabia’s King Salman, and even Pope Francis went adding his voice to warnings by Arab and Muslim leaders that recognizing Jerusalem as the Israeli capital would have dangerous repercussions.

 

 

So, the warnings came from every direction, virtually every religion, every region, every level of government, from democracies and kingdoms alike and they all forgot one thing, President Trump does not respond or react as a politician and take the safest route of expediency because President Trump is not a real politician, something which was driven home during the entirety of the Presidential campaign. So, now that President Trump has jumped about as far out on a limb as one can jump proclaiming Jerusalem as the rightful capital of Israel and that the State Department has been tasked to relocate the Embassy of the United States in Israel to Jerusalem, what could he ever do next to match that? Truth be told, we probably have just witnessed what will be determined to be one, if not the, pinnacle of his time in the Oval Office. As for what next, hopefully he will actually fight the Congress, demand the entirety of the tax cuts he desires, and give the America people the lower and completely rewritten tax code he promised. But for the Middle East, President Trump has just reformed and rearranged virtually everything. Jerusalem will now remain forever the Capital City of Israel, the peace process has been revealed to be the venture and the sole purview of the Arab Palestinians and the Israelis, and no longer in the hands of the United Nations, the European Union, the Arab League or any other nation no matter what other leaders might want to believe. President Trump stated that any peace which might come between the Arab World, Arab Palestinians as well as the Muslim World and Israel would need to be the result of their direct negotiations and that the remainder of the world need allow the parties involved determine their acceptable peace as no outside assistance has ever proven effective thus perhaps no outside assistance would best serve the conditions for peace.

 

The truth is the world is facing a new world and will need to choose between peace and freedom. The peace which has been offered to the world by Islam, is a chimera offering the peace of the slave, while those opposing the terrorists through stiff opposition offer the fruits of freedom. The choice is between peace and freedom, something which sounds ridiculous until one understands the issues involved. As was obvious in the week leading up to President Trump announcing the recognition of Jerusalem and intentions to move the embassy, the Muslim World, the Arabs in particular, threatened violence and terrorism throughout the world, specifically stating intent to target the Western World, as the consequence of operating outside their predefined conditions for the world. Those who have paid attention have likely also noted that such threats have been used regularly against Western governments when they announce any plans which run contrary to their delights. Israelis have lived with these threats and the ensuing consequences, as they are often carried out, with increased terrorism from time to time intended to cow Israel into further surrenders. There are always increases in Arab terrorism whenever the Israeli government accedes to these threats as such cowing simply strengthens their belief in the successful function resulting from their violence. This also occurs whenever there is the promise to reconvene a new round of the peace process. In reality there is not any peace process as all that exists in reality are successive rounds of demanded successions which the world is obliged to foist upon Israel under pain of increasing terrorism if the Western nations do not put sufficient pressures upon the Israeli government. These are the realities which the Western World is facing and it will only get worst the more the Western nations give in to these threats of violence.

 

Map of Terrorist Attacks in Europe Middle East and North Africa after 9/11

 

People, especially Muslims, love to point to all the Western politicians who have referred to Islam as the “Religion of Peace” usually immediately after a terror attack. They then go off the rails by claiming that this means that the terrorists are the exception and the relatively few Muslims residing peaceably in the West are the rule in Islam. They further point to the fact that there are over a billion Muslim of which most are peaceable. What they are refusing to admit is that there are different ways in which Muslims can support Jihad meant to conquer the world under Islamic rule. All Muslims are required to engage in Jihad, the few who actually commit the acts of violence, those who financially support those efforts, and the remainder is required to support these acts in any means by which they are able, allowing terrorists to find refuge in their homes and neighborhoods, joining in referring to the deceits as truth, deceiving police investigations or simply remaining silent and never, ever turning fellow Muslims in for any act of terror. Islam is the “Religion of Peace” providing that they define peace. The Islamic idea of peace is made most obvious by how Muslims divide up the world into two spheres, the House of Submission or (Dar al Islam) and the House of War (Dar al Harb). The Muslim World is permitted peace while any part of the world is not under Muslim control is considered to be at war with Islam. So Islam is the Religion of Peace and all other religions are Religions at War, namely at Islam or Islam is at war with them. That is the politically incorrect but true definition of the Religion of Peace which those who have studied Islam might serve the free world a favor and be more vocal but too many of them have become enamored with Islam and the Arab World and spend much of their time in the cafes of the Arab world in their magical favorite places. Were they to speak up and tell the truth they would no longer be welcomed.

 

Let us talk reason and what will slowly, but inevitably, become known and understood the world over when Islam ramps-up their offensives throughout the Western World. Europe has already started down that path, particularly Western Europe and Paris specifically. The reality that peace can only be had by coming under Islamic Sharia, the Islamic rule of law which denigrates all those who are not Muslims to Dhimmitude, a second class form of existence where one had absolutely no rights in a court of law and few rights and must always defer in all things to any Muslim. Religions are not permitted to build new houses of worship or even to repair existing ones such that with time all houses of worship which are not Islamic, eventually collapsing. Such treatment is followed down the line in all things in order to pressure all to become Muslims and eventually these places will reach the final stage where all who have not surrendered to Islam are provided a choice, surrender to Islam or face death. So, what will come to the Western World in the future is a choice between the “peace” of Islam or Western freedoms. That is why we claim that people are going to have to choose between freedom and peace. In an old television show a commander informs those around him in a meeting that, “The opposite of war is not always peace, sometimes it is slavery.” Islam defines peace as surrender to Islam which is a form of slavery of a life with no freedoms as everything is defined precisely by Islam. Even government is defined in Islam and must be led by the religious leadership such as in Iran or by dictatorial governance who are beholding to the religious leaders such as in Saudi Arabia. The governments in the West are incompatible with Islam and the Islamic World is filled with perfect examples with virtually no, if any, exceptions showing that Islam begets totalitarian regimes which are often theocratic tyrannical oppressive regimes. Time will tell and unfortunately, the amount of time it may take will eat into the possibilities of the final solution coming peacefully.

 

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*PA = Palestinian Authority

 

 

 

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December 7, 2017

How Deep the Hate

 

This article was one we have held for some time saving it for an appropriate time or a slow day where we had no prescient article. So, first, a double thanks to President Trump and those American people, the many millions who support Israel and Jerusalem as its Capital City, for the declaration of recognition given last night. The reason for a double thanks is the preceding and building reaction of the Arab and additional Muslim national leaders and those of their populations reactions and rejections for proving the truths and unfortunate realities we speak of in today’s article.

 

Israelis mostly do not hate Arab Palestinians or Arabs anywhere. Israel has treated many Syrians wounded in their civil wars, treated Gazan Arabs even to include the leader of Hamas Haniyeh’s mother-in-law and Haniyeh’s daughter as well as the sister of Hamas senior official Moussa Abu Marzouk. It is the fact that as Jews we try to love everyone even to include our worst enemies who would slice our throats rather than treat our wounds. It is things like this knowing we try to extend compassions that make the recent actions including students at the Hebrew University affiliated with the school’s local chapter of the Hadash faction, a part of the Joint Arab List, today desecrated the memory of IDF combat soldier Sergeant Ron Kukia, who was murdered last week in the city of Arad. His death was initially reported as his being a stabbing victim who had been waiting for a bus at Arad’s shopping mall. According to police, the stabbing was likely a terrorist attack. It was not until later came the news of the person’s name and military status. It is likely that Ron Kukia was not in uniform at the time of the stabbing otherwise his name at least could have been known far sooner after the attack if not immediately as well as his being an IDF soldier. Why is this important? Many people around the world do claim that it is perfectly legal and normal for an Arab, even if a citizen of Israel and not directly a Palestinian, to stab members of the Israeli Defense Forces, even Druze, Arab or any other than Jewish soldier, because they are at war and every Arab can be considered a soldier. This was the wanton stabbing of a young man waiting for a bus and the victim of this attack is whom the Arab students insisted his remembrance must be protested vehemently and extremely vocally against with their own demonstrations.

 

The truth is that many Arabs within the area of Israel and outside the immediate area, if questioned, will talk openly about their hatred of all things Jewish. If one would like to generalize that statement and spread it to Europe, Russia, the Ukraine and even much of the world, they would not be far wrong to claim that a plurality would speak openly of their hatred of the Jews. This includes people who have never met a person who is Jewish. There are two surveys conducted through the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) which describe numerous areas with the 2014 survey being conducted as a global survey and the 2015 update being taken in numerous nations but not actually global. The 2014 Global Survey figured that on average; more than one out of every four people were measured as being anti-Semitic (26%). The measures by areas in 2014 were, the Americas (North, South and Central) at 19%, Western Europe at 24%, Eastern Europe at 34%, MENA (Middle East and North Africa) at 74%, Sub Saharan Africa at 23%, Asia at 22%, and Oceania at 14%. MENA being the highest with its being mostly Arab and Muslim was not a surprise but that there were places lower than the Americas was slightly surprising with Oceana measuring a full 5% lower at 14% compared to the Americas 19%. Laos having a measured anti-Semitic index at 0.2% was far and away the lowest rate of anti-Semitism in the world. Disregarding MENA nations, the country with the greatest anti-Semitism was Greece with a measure 69%. Within MENA the nation, measuring the lowest anti-Semitism was Iran with 56% and the highest was the Arab Palestinian Areas at 93% with Iraq right behind at 92%. The mean score in the MENA region was 81%, somewhat higher than their 74% overall average. The survey found that nations with more Jews general measured less anti-Semitism, so at least here familiarity did not breed contempt.

 

The ADL measured anti-Semitic tendencies, not the level of hatefulness amongst those holding such beliefs, and therein lays the real problem. The reason is that the more deeply seated and inflammatory the hatred, the greater the possibilities for anti-Semitic thoughts to spread and become acceptable and for actual violence to break out and the Jews finding a need to flee. This was the case for far too many in the MENA region where such visceral, white-hot hatred of the Jews runs deep and has led over the years to a necessity ensuing in the birth of Israel. Almost one-million Jews were stripped of all wealth and exiled from their nations within MENA and deported largely to Israel. The fortunate had relatives willing to attest to their nature and promise to care for them after arrival in the United States, and even then, many were initially granted only a temporary Visa as a visitor much like one an actual tourist receives. The lack of willingness of the United States to take in Jews seeking asylum even from the Nazis was shown in full detail during World War II when the St Louis cruise liner was refused docking privileges in the United States as the State Department in Washington, the US consulate in Havana, some Jewish organizations, and refugee agencies were all aware of the situation that there were over nine-hundred Jewish refugees fleeing Nazi Germany and all were in dire need of refuge. The ship was also refused docking everywhere along the route until it reached Great Britain where those with British relatives willing to vouch for them and take them in were permitted to disembark. Most of the over nine-hundred returned to Europe ended in Concentration camps with a great number being killed in the camps. There are links to personal stories and other information about the St Louis, also known as the Voyage of the Damned, the name of a book and movie about the St. Louis and her refugees.

 

Anti-Semitism is often referred to as the oldest social hatred problem of the world, though I am sure there could be older, but hardly more prevalent. The levels of anti-Semitism had shown signs of decreasing over the last half of the 20th Century. That has reversed itself with ever rising anti-Semitism in this new century. Most affected has been Europe and the rise has not been limited to the growing Muslim population though that too has been a contributing factor. Still, through much of Europe we have witnessed a stark increase also amongst their native populations who have taken to a return to the feelings similar to those in the late 1920’s and early 1930’s. Currently, anti-Semitism in parts of Europe is reaching astonishing levels. Some examples from the 2015 sample are Greece at 67%, Romania at 47%, Turkey (a NATO member) at 71%, Hungary at 40%, Poland at 37% and the Ukraine at 32%. These numbers and many of the rest across Europe are expected to be rising and doing so at an ever-increasing rate. Things have reached a level where a conference in Hungary titled “Is there a future for Jews in Europe?” and will be hosted by Hungarian Interior Minister Sándor Pintér. Quoting the article, “Commenting on the Conference, Kálmán Szalai the Secretary of TEV who organized the event said, “This is an extremely important gathering for European Jewry.” The two biggest challenges to Europe today will be discussed, migration and terrorism. Both have a serious impact on the Jewish community. Here in Hungary, we face an additional challenge from an extreme right party, the Jobbik, which has built its base on spreading rational hatred and anti-Semitism, and today is using the general frustration of voters to gain favor.” That pretty much sums up the problems in Europe.

 

Burning Israel Star of David

 

The United States is another place where anti-Semitism has slowly started rising. This is in many ways a shock to most Jews who have had some of their best years in the United States in all their history for the past seventy years and longer in some locations. The assimilation of American Jewry has reached levels where many Jews currently identify just as strongly, if not more so, with their political leanings than they do with their religion. Many Jewish congregations have adopted left-leaning policies such as acceptance of same sex marriages and inter-faith marriages among other leftist dogma despite the admonitions in Torah against such. Jews have found acceptance in virtually every field of endeavor and many have strayed far enough from Judaism’s hat they now fight Israel for being too Jewish and too strictly restricting Jewish belief to strict Torah observance. Israel has not forbidden the less strict branches of Judaism from having congregations but has restricted their acceptance of conversions and other strictly religious definitions from being accepted if they come from some of the least Orthodox congregations and Rabbis. The lack of leniency towards observance of Torah, or lack thereof, has placed a schism between many American Jews and Israel to such a point that the most ardent supporters of Israel outside the Orthodox Jewish community have become the Evangelical Christians. This has become a fact which will likely cause our making notice to attract some heated responses from Jews who like to protest too much and act less.

 

We would like to conclude with some commentary of a more personal nature. Where amongst our small staff we have Jews from the United States, who were less than what one might consider religiously observant in the United States, we are talking about being so detached as to work on Shabbat, drive on Shabbat, work if required by our employers on the High Holidays and numerous other less admirable acts; we have found here in Israel being an observant Jew to be natural and very comforting. Now the aforementioned keep Kosher, attend Shabbat morning services, go to Synagogue for most weekday (usually all if health permits) services, morning, afternoon and evening, and observe all the holidays. Following such a life in Israel is almost as natural as breathing, at least in our little area. That does not mean for a second that this is something that the vast majority of Jews in Israel observe a strict religiosity. There are religious communities where everyone belongs to the same Synagogue and all are close knit and follow the religious teachings of their Rabbi to the letter and these can be found in most cities and there are even entire towns which operate under such restriction. These neighborhoods require that anybody who desires to live within their community meet certain standards and agree to their rules. One might consider these to be gated restricted communities with invisible fences, no actual gates, but with defined limits and borders. These communities often assist one another with any problems and work very much together as a real community where belonging carries with it great responsibilities largely towards respect and assisting all within the community. There is no comparison between much of Israel outside Tel Aviv metropolitan area with the main metropolises of the United States with some special exceptions. Perhaps this is why such a divide has come between the American non-Orthodox Jewish communities and Israel when it comes to what is considered acceptably Jewish. In Israel, a Jew is defined by Torah and in the United States, many Jews are defined by their politics.

 

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December 6, 2017

Games Played by Mahmoud Abbas

 

Mahmoud Abbas knows that he is detested by many of the people over whom he rules in an area, which is permitted semi-autonomous governance, and spends his time all but trapped in his compound in Ramallah. He is viewed, or pretended, to be the key person who decides whether or not there will be peace and is the person most sought when Presidents of the United States decide to tackle the Arab-Israeli conflict. He is plied with bribes, platitudes and given additional pieces of precious real estate all in a fruitless effort for some magical two-state solution to the Palestinian problem. He is currently awaiting the new President of the United States, Donald Trump, to come bearing gifts and bribes in his effort to make what the President himself describes as the “ultimate deal” claiming it presents him with what may be his greatest challenge in solving. The fact that President Trump has set making peace where all before have failed likely has brightened the eyes of Mahmoud Abbas as he knows that he holds the final card to be played and has always laid down the deal breaker instead of playing the peace card. This is a problem of his own making as he has countless times promised that there can be no peace as long as Israel remains the Jewish State. By this, he means that Israel retains its Jewish majority and has not permitted the influx of five to as many as eight million Muslim Arab refugees who will simply vote the Jew out of existence. That is the deal-breaking card he holds to play last. How President Trump can change this reality, does not need remain a mystery. Recognizing Jerusalem as the Capital of Israel, the Heart of Judaism and the center of Israeli governance with the location of the Supreme Court, almost all government central offices and the Knesset Building (see image below) itself where the governance sits as well as the offices of the President and Prime Minister are all nested plus the Temple Mount, the site of the future Temple and place of the First and Second Temples.

 

Ariel View of Knesset Building

Ariel View of Knesset Building in Jerusalem

 

Meanwhile, Mahmoud Abbas has his toes in the waters warmed to a pleasing temperature by Iran where the initial requirement is reconciliation between Fatah, the PLO and the Iranian backed Hamas government in Gaza. There has been a tentative agreement reached and the initial phase has been established with Hamas permitting the Palestinian Authority to take over the Rafah Crossing into Egypt, a crossing the Egyptians currently have closed. This turnover is far more symbolic than any actual concession as Hamas brings in most of their weaponry through tunnels under the Egyptian border and receives almost all necessary trade goods, foods, medical supplies and exports their produce and products through the Erez Crossing and the Kerem Shalom Crossing through which numerous tons of goods are transferred.

 

According to the Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs, “Well over a million tons of humanitarian supplies entered Gaza from Israel over the last 18 months equaling nearly a ton of aid for every man, woman and child in Gaza.” These deliveries are usually a well kept secret the media prefers not to discuss as it would take away from the image they prefer to paint Israel as the militarist giant which crushed Gazan hopes by shooting Gaza flotilla ships out of the water, another lie as they actually simply have them unload their goods at the port in Ashkelon and truck their goods into Gaza after assuring there are no weapons or dual use forbidden provisions. Israel also provides Gaza with approximately one third to one half of their electricity and much of their fresh water which is also not covered as the “blockade” which had been investigated by the European Union and United Nations and found both necessary and allowing humanitarian aid passage to both groups satisfaction, also something not often discussed. Much more fun to claim Israel is an awful task master as that is a far more popular image painted.

 

Tractor Trailer Trucks Lined Up to Enter Gaza with Supplies Daily

Tractor Trailer Trucks Lined Up to Enter Gaza with Supplies Daily

 

Further, Mahmoud Abbas has also left himself open to offers from Iran to provide all the necessary items to arm the Palestinian Authority, PLO and any other forces willing to assist in the Iranian dream of destroying Israel. Such weapons and other wonderful explosive items would be stored in Area A where the IDF is not permitted to operate, which includes but is not limited to places such as Nablus (Biblical Shechem), Bethlehem, Ramallah, Jenin and Hebron (Biblical Hevron). The Iranians would also desire to infiltrate IRGC* troops and likely their vaunted Quds force, a group specifically trained to take control of Jerusalem, specifically the Temple Mount and Old City which makes up much of what the Arabs refer to as East Jerusalem; Israelis and Jews simply refer to Jerusalem as an undivided city and it is governed as such. The main reason that Mahmoud Abbas is not jumping quite yet for the Iranian promised goodies, as well likely large amounts of funds which he can siphon off a good thirty or forty percent, is because he is waiting for a separate and potentially more lucrative deal from President Trump. This is why any Iran dealings either must be very deeply kept secrets, something an IDF intercepting Iranian weapons smuggling would expose. If President Trump were to suspect that Mahmoud Abbas was on the cusp of making a deal with Iran, then President Trump would be disabused of the notion that peace was possible. That would spoil any hopes of deal-making.

 

The Hamas reconciliation has continued at a painfully slow rate and is currently not exactly proceeding smoothly, another good point for making deals with President Trump is problems with completing reunification with Hamas. Everything Mahmoud Abbas does, he does with great care to make sure that he can, at any point, refute charges that he is making or breaking any deal he has in the works. Deal with Hamas, well, it is on for Hamas while working out particular and off as far as President Trump is told as it fell apart as you can plainly see but still moving forward as far as Iran is concerned so as to meet their expectations. If at this point you are confused, then Mahmoud Abbas has succeeded in dealing honestly with you. If you are capable of following this, well, he has muddied the water far more thoroughly than our simple little explanation has displayed. This is the typical number of balls the clown that is Mahmoud Abbas juggles on average with sometimes an Intifada to arrange while decrying the Israeli violence when police or IDF soldiers stop an attack or prevent one by intercepting the terrorist or sometimes shooting one. More often than reported, the shot terrorist is then given Israel assistance in an Israeli hospital free and nursed back to health and returned home when able where they receive a hero’s welcome.

 

Then there was this gem as reported in the New York Times, captioning a picture by Reuters of the teen in an Israeli hospital bed (see image below) “President Mahmoud Abbas of the Palestinian Authority said Ahmad Manasra, 13, was killed by an Israeli on Monday. Then Israel released video of the living boy being treated in a hospital on Thursday.” Numerous news outlets quickly picked up the Abbas story word-for-word from the liar’s lips right onto their front pages or lead on the evening news all about the Israelis murdering this innocent young man simply for running when police ordered him to stop. Below the image is a video of him and his cousin chasing down Israelis with their knives in hand for stabbing them and at the end of the video with knife at the ready about to charge two armed Israeli police officers across the street. This was when he was shot. The story of his survival took from one day to close to a week if ever being corrected by news broadcasts and print and on-line media. Well, which story fits the average world media site better, Israel treats teenage terrorist shot while attacking police or Israeli police murder Palestinian child in cold blood, hear Mahmoud Abbas and his cold description of this horrid act of cold-blooded murder. Also, news providers hate being duped and hate reporting they were duped even worse. They should not feel bad, Mahmoud Abbas is a master at duping the media, which, of course, is not difficult as they drool for any Israel is evil story and then rush when they have one, forgetting to check their facts, but why allow facts to ruin a perfect accusation.

 

Picture by Reuters of the Teen Abbas Reported Killed in an Israeli Hospital Bed

Picture by Reuters of the Teen Abbas Reported Killed in an Israeli Hospital Bed

 

 

Now Mahmoud Abbas is readying to dupe the media and another United States President as he has been doing since he came to power after the death of master terrorist Yasser Arafat. It should be noted that Mahmoud Abbas was directly included in the oversight of the planning and execution of the Munich Olympic Games Terror Attack in which almost the entire Israeli Olympic team was murdered by Black September Group terrorists, a special core group of the PLO which was led by Yasser Arafat, and Mahmoud Abbas was in charge of financing and making arrangements for movement, accessing platforms and other details vital to mission success. Mahmoud Abbas initiates terror, encourages terror and pays terrorists and their families for their acts of murder. The remunerations are tied directly to the number of Jews they murder. This reaches such a scale and is so abhorrent to any civilized person that the United States Congress has passed the Taylor Force Act to cut off aid to the Palestinian Authority uses for this purpose. This is mostly a feel good piece of legislation as Mahmoud Abbas will simply rename the funds and continue to pay the families and terrorists in prisons exactly what they get before this legislation and nothing will have changed. The United States will continue funding Mahmoud Abbas and his merry band of murderers and Abbas will continue the pay to slay salaries and incentives. Abbas has done everything he possibly can or will as soon as he thinks of new ways to reward terrorists. He made what has become his most infamous speech encouraging the beginning of the Stabbing Intifada with his “Filthy Feet” speech presented below.

 

 

Mahmoud Abbas has come up with a new incentive for terrorism by now promising that should the Israelis demolish your or your family’s house, the Palestinian Authority will build them an entirely new house for free, no more renting, no more mortgage payments, and a brand new house to replace whatever you lived in before. What a deal. There has been Arab terrorists who commit repeated attacks because in prison, they are fed and it is a means of making an income to support their family. Life in the Israeli prison for the terrorists includes soccer games, pretty much an open cell policy, frequent family and conjugal visitations and the prisoners have their own social life and picnic style lunches. For a description of the life of a terrorist, please read the article, “The Hard Life of Muslim Terrorists in Israeli Prison” for a fairly detailed and descriptive story. Needless to point out that this article is the exception, as again it does not paint Israel and the big, bad monster country run by a mob of venomous vipers who simply revel in the pain of others. Those stories are such a preponderance of evidence against Israelis that many people who came to Europe and took a Mediterranean cruise not realizing that Haifa, Ashkelon or even Tel Aviv were in Israel are shocked if they are brave enough to leave the ship and they find out Israelis are normative western society with some unique problems which have much to so with location and that Israel is not a police state with soldiers with machine guns on every corner just looking for an Arab without their identity card to shoot on the spot. Sure there are soldiers in uniform and many are carrying their service weapon with them, but that is part of what reduces the number of attacks and is what keeps our visitors safe as well as ourselves.

 

What amazes many is when they find out that the vast majority, approaching one-hundred percent, of Arabs or anyone shot in Israel by police or soldiers were in the commission of an act of crime which threatened lives. We do not shoot children for steeling an apple at the shuk. Many of the terrorists shot by police or soldiers were shot while actually attacking the obviously armed police or soldiers. One would ask why would a terrorist attack a heavily armed soldier carrying an assault rifle, a real capable of fully automatic assault rifle, not the pretend assault rifle Nancy Pelosi wants to ban which is really just a gun she believes looks ugly and threatening. The reason the terrorists, particularly the younger terrorists, attack heavily armed soldiers is two fold. First, they know if they get shot dead then their family receives an added bonus in their monthly payment for having a member of the family attack Israelis and this means their brothers and sisters will have enough to eat. Terrorism is quickly becoming the most popular, though not the longest lasting, job for Arab youths in the Palestinian Authority as their economy is ignored and poor at best. Secondly, it is an escape from a life where they have next to no possibility of getting married as their family is poor and men without money do not get wives. And finally, even should they survive, a good possibility as the soldiers and police are trained to shoot to injure rather than kill against lone terrorists, only if their lives are threatened are they even permitted this much defense. Often IDF soldiers have simply disarmed their attacker if not surprised, especially if they are very young, and then taken them home and turned them over to a worried mother still clutching the note from their ten year old or younger child telling mom not to worry, they have taken the knife missing from the kitchen and are going to kill the Jews. Turning them back to their mother will probably serve as a far better deterrent in many instances than arresting them. Yes, there are exceptions where parents send youths out to get the money from the government for the child perpetrating a terror act. The money paid by the Palestinian Authority is a great incentive to many and is a definite problem for all.

 

 

Meanwhile, President Trump according to reports is still stuck on two states for two people living side-by-side in peace, harmony and security. That is a pipe dream and a boat that will not float. If the Arab leadership had actually desired peace, there would be peace and if the IDF really did desire to genocidally murder Palestinian Arabs, there would be no Palestinian Arabs. Those are two truths which are basically ignored by the media and world leaders alike. President Trump will also ignore these truths at his own peril. Our advice, go one step beyond all other Presidents and move the United States Embassy to Jerusalem, recognize an undivided Jerusalem as the Capital of Israel and tell Mahmoud Abbas he has four months to reach an agreement with Israel after which the United States will support Israel taking complete control of all of Judea and Samaria and any resorting to terror or violence will bring that decision that much faster and Israel will be permitted to relocate as many Palestinians as Israel deems necessary with your blessings. Either you are going to make the deal of a lifetime or you are going to give the Israelis the deal of a lifetime, Abbas can choose which.

 

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* IRGC stands for Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps

 

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