Beyond the Cusp

June 23, 2014

Israeli Abducted Teens Remain Captured, No Demands Yet Made

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The three teenage students abducted by Hamas remain captured as the Israeli Defense Force (IDF) remains on high alert with extensive search details canvassing all of Hevron area. The young boys, Eyal Yifrah age 19, Naftali Frenkel age 16, and Gilad Sha’ar age 16 have been missing since Thursday evening with all evidence, much of which the Israeli government remains tight lipped about keeping their evidence unannounced in order to withhold what they know from those responsible for the abductions. There have been numerous statements which have revealed the bias and anti-Israel dispositions existent from many corners of our world. The newly appointed Hamas-Fatah unity government Foreign Minister Riyad al-Malki, a member of the government which the United States, United Nations, European Union among other world and national bodies continue to recognize, fund and receive with all the honors granted actual national representatives claiming they represent individuals with whom Israel should have no misgivings over negotiating a lasting peace or other initiatives, was quoted claiming that Israel is conducting an “exaggerated” and “political” search for abducted teens from last Thursday making fabricated claims of Hamas involvement. Speaking to Agency France Press (AFP) during a session of the French Senate in Paris, Malki criticized Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu accusing him also of fabricating the abduction itself. Malki further stated, “He (Netanyahu) cannot keep blaming one side without showing evidence,” he said. “When you go to court if you don’t show evidence you lose your case. If Netanyahu has any evidence, he has to put it on the table.”


While one might expect such comments from a representative from the Palestinian government no matter from which of the various terror organizations they may have originated from, one would not expect similar statements to originate from the office of the Secretary General of the United Nations Ban Ki-Moon. The spokesperson for UN Secretary General, Farhan Haq, was quoted stating, the UN has no “concrete evidence” that the three youths were “actually” kidnapped by Hamas terrorists last Thursday. Meanwhile there were numerous instances where condemnations of the kidnapping of the three boys were slow in being issued or representatives were simply absent. Additionally, United Nations Middle East Envoy Robert Serry not only criticized what he assessed to be heavy-handed operations conducted by Israel in Judea and Samaria; United Nations Middle East Envoy Robert Serry was attempting to transfer twenty-million-dollars from Qatar to Hamas leadership in Gaza. When Mahmoud Abbas turned down Sperry’s request, he had the chutzpah to request that Israel handle the transfer which was obviously declined. Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman and others in the government are considering expelling Sperry and label Sperry persona non grata, the most serious form of censure which a country can apply to foreign diplomats.


Where United States Secretary of State John Kerry did issue a statement hoping the boys would soon be located and returned to their families, President Obama has yet to make any similar comment. There has also been only deafening silence from the Vatican, especially from Pope Francis whose actions while visiting the Middle East spoke very loudly of his animosity towards Israel and his unyielding support for the Palestinian claims against Israel. As well the European Union took several days before EU Foreign Policy Chief the Lady Catherine Ashton made a tepidly sympathetic statement for the youths safe return. There have been numerous demands that the Israelis show greater sensitivity and take a less invasive and more measured approach in searching for the teens. Despite the calls for increased sensitivity from the Israelis, there have been no denunciations over the Palestinian broadcast of a fictional reenactment of the abduction despite numerous Palestinian claims that Israel had fabricated the entire affair simply to enable their turning Palestinian life in Hevron upside-down and to use the search in order to destroy Palestinian improvements and infrastructure, never mind that the majority of the infrastructure in the Hevron area was built by and kept up by the Israeli utility companies and government. There has also been no denouncement of the Palestinian Authority’s calls for shopkeepers and others who own security cameras to erase any records they might still hold from last Thursday night so that the Israelis will not be capable of using such recordings to either eliminate or identify any possible routs or activities from that evening. They also have ignored the Palestinian Government’s calls for the Palestinians to refuse to comply with any requests from the Israelis searching for the abducted youths and to do everything in their power to obstruct all Israeli efforts to the best of their abilities. There have been calls from Palestinians that the abductors should demand that Israel release terrorist prisoners anywhere from three-thousand to over five-thousand as they believe they should receive a complete emptying of Israeli terrorist prisoners for the youths safe return.


Much can be gleamed about the expressed views and demands coming from numerous places, peoples, nations, organizations and spokespeople where many of the commentary to the Israelis have been demands that Israel take every precaution not to inflict any inconvenience to the Palestinians and prevent any destruction or undue disturbance and also refrain from accusations without also revealing all evidence with Israeli secrecy being interpreted as proof that Israel has invented the entire abduction story in order to disturb Palestinian life and take vengeance out on the new unity Fatah-Hamas government. Meanwhile, the Palestinian calls for obstructionist activities and their airing of a fictional reenactment nor have there been any denunciation of Hamas over their having committed the abduction. The demands that Israel release all the evidence they have collected before the majority of nations and other spokespersons will feel comfortable condemning Hamas for the abduction. Imagine if a city’s media demanded that the police department release all of the evidence that a kidnapping had occurred before they would be willing to cover the abduction as part of their news coverage and insisted that the police should have no expectations that the public would aid them in any manner until they had released all of their information and even requested that people erase any camera footage from security cameras and take whatever measures conceivable to impede and impair the police investigation and search for the abducted individuals. Yet this is a fair corollary of the positions taken by numerous spokespeople, organizations, national governments and religious figures. This disservice and defamation along with the denial of the veracity or any sympathy for the youths who are suffering through this terrifying experience has only served to further cause most Israelis to feel estranged and thus caused increased resentment and consternation over the kidnapping and their angst is building in a manner that could produce an rage reaction beyond that usually exhibited by Israelis who often take the acts of terror against them with a peaceable restraint unwitnessed across the rest of the world.


This may have its origins in another development which has been growing for quite some time and reached epidemic proportions throughout the Arab world and much of the Muslim world after growing steadily starting in the 1920s peaking in a sustained period from the founding of Israel in 1948 for the ensuing decade up to 1958 and continuing with peaks continuing through the present day. The peak periods are easily discerned as they gave evidence in wars or periods of increased terrorist activities and attacks referred to as intifadas. These include the Six Day War in June of 1967, the Yom Kippur War of October 1973, the First Intifada from December 1987 through September 1993, the Second Intifada from September 2000 through February 2005, and the Third Intifada which many are claiming has not occurred but some believe started somewhere around ten or somewhat more months ago and has been steadily escalating ever since. The levels of anti-Semitism began largely as overt anti-Israel and anti-Zionist activities where Israel and Zionism were often singled out for Demonization, Double Standards, and Delegitimization as described by Soviet Refusenik Natan Sharansky as the Three D’s in his determining definition of when people’s actions and assaults against Israel and Zionists were actually a form of anti-Semitism. These offensive actions and statements grew over time from an apparent low point of blatant anti-Semitism after World War II and the horrors revealed as the death camps were liberated and the Holocaust (Shoah) and its horrors spread to the world causing a brief respite from anti-Semitism as it had become uncomely and unacceptable especially in Western society. The horrors of the Holocaust had a far less if any effect on the Arab and Muslim worlds as much of the Arab world felt a kinship and attempted to ally with the Nazis, especially the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem Haj Mohammed Effendi Amin el-Husseini who spent most of World War II in Berlin and the Balkans where he commanded Muslim troops and made radio broadcasts to the Arab world in support of the Nazi cause. There was also the allying with the Nazis by the nation of Persia which took a new name using the word for Aryan, Iran.


If there was a singular event which revealed that anti-Semitism was returning and becoming an accepted part of European society, particularly the so-called elites of society; that event would probably be when the French Ambassador to England Daniel Bernard made a comment referring to the Jewish State as, “that shitty little country Israel.” More recently another French politician was caught making another anti-Semitic comment in an exchange of such slurs between French President Nicolas Sarkozy and United States President Barack Obama where President Sarkozy stated speaking of Israeli Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu, “I cannot bear Netanyahu, he’s a liar.” Not to be outdone, President Obama retorted, “You’re fed up with him, but I have to deal with him even more often than you.” The little exchange would have been a nonissue and have passed without notice except that the microphones in the meeting room at the G20 summit at Cannes were still hot and the comments were heard clearly in the press room where members of the world press were still present and heard the errant commentary. The final example of a respected individual outing their hatred of the Jews and surprising much of the world, even those who thought they knew the person well, came from the grand dam of the White House press corps, Helen Thomas who expressed herself to Rabbi David Nesenoff of stating, “Tell them to get the hell out of Palestine,” the doyenne of the Washington press corps said. Remember, these people are occupied, and it’s their land.” When then asked where she thought they should go, she retorted, “Go home.” Pressed to explain further, Ms. Thomas exclaimed, “Poland, Germany and America, and everywhere else.” Since then the levels of anti-Semitism in Europe has escalated beyond anything thought possible just a decade ago. Of course there have most likely been levels of anti-Semitism far more common and immeasurably higher than was commonly thought. Those who continued to hold such racist thoughts would mostly restrict their expressions of their feelings to those people they knew shared their hatreds.


In the recent past the levels and blatant explosions of anti-Semitism have risen to levels where the majority of Jews in Europe answered a recent poll that they had experienced some forms of anti-Semitism and a plurality explained that they hide all signs that they are Jewish when they will be out in public. The numbers of Jews making Aliyah out of France has tripled in the past year. In the strife and violence currently being experienced in the Ukraine it has been reported that anti-Semitism has escalated and is common on both sides. In Greece a recent polling found anti-Semitism exists amongst a majority of the population and Italy in the same poll expressed surprising levels of anti-Semitism. The anti-Semitic libels that the Jews control the media, manipulate the world’s governments, control too high a percentage of businesses, control the banking systems and are capable of manipulating world events to a point where they cause harm and take unfair advantage of their high positions throughout societies is as much a falsehood now as it was when the Nazis used it in their propaganda and when the Czars used it in their propaganda. How such beliefs can hold any amount of veracity after logical inspection is astounding as the Jews make up less than 0.002% of the world’s population. A recent census of Jews in the world gave a total population of thirteen million three-hundred-thousand Jews against a world population of seven-billion-two-hundred-fifty-million people. The figure given most often for the percentage of Jews residing in the United States shows the Jews being a mere 0.02% of the United States total population. To claim that the Jewish populations outside of Israel as a percentage of total populations are insignificant would not be an overstatement; it would be a truth and an optimistic evaluation.


Yet, for reasons which defy logic, the world spends an inordinate amount of time and energy combing through every little act taken by Israel seeking that single strand which can be inflated to the importance of immeasurable proportions and then deride Israel, or the Jews, over some inflated depiction of an otherwise unnoticeable trifling which would have passed by without affecting anyone or anything anymore than a butterfly flapping one wing. There are protestations from the far corners of the Earth insisting that the Jews should be forced to take their adversities from amongst the native lands where they are unwelcomed and return to their Biblical homelands so that their departure will leave well enough alone and their misdeeds will no longer plague anybody but themselves. These same individuals as well as numerous others also demand that the Jews in Israel take whatever steps which would be required by the Palestinians and their allies such that all the troubles of the entire world which can all be traced by some tangled web of deceitful doctrinal ideology to the Palestinian’s lack of their own homeland. The item that all refuse to acknowledge is that the Palestinian-Israeli problem is not about land or geography, it is a religious war between the Muslims, mostly the Arab Muslins, and the Jewish existence not only in the Middle East but throughout the entire planet. Read the Hamas Charter, Part I – Knowing the Movement, Article Seven: The Universality of Hamas, where towards the end it quotes a Hadith stating, “The prophet, prayer and peace be upon him, said: The time will not come until Muslims will fight the Jews (and kill them); until the Jews hide behind rocks and trees, which will cry: O Muslim! There is a Jew hiding behind me, come on and kill him! This will not apply to the Gharqad, which is a Jewish tree.” When seeking some manner of complying with the two contradictory anti-Semitic demands where Jews are supposed to all return to Israel while simultaneously vacating that same land granting it to the Arabs as they believe they have rightful claim over all of the areas surrounding and including Israel just as they claim Andalusia, also known as Spain, simply because these lands were once ruled by Muslims and as such must always be ruled by Muslims. The reappearance of anti-Semitism is not necessarily surprising and will most probably be a terrible truth which will continue until the end of days and the coming of the Messiah (מָשִׁיחַ). May our youths, Eyal Yifrah, Naftali Frenkel, and Gilad Sha’ar be released unharmed and in good health to return to their families and soon witness the coming of the Messiah, מָשִׁיחַ.


Beyond the Cusp


June 20, 2014

Hamas Jihad to Destroy Abbas and Rule Palestinian People

By now everybody has probably read a number of articles which have stated that Hamas was the force behind the kidnapping of three Israeli teens on their way home from their respective Yeshivas. For Hamas, being singled out for the blame, or the credit as they view the situation, was exactly what they desired as it will give them opportunities on three fronts. The first front is, of course, the kidnapping hurts Israel and makes the Israeli government, security organizations and the IDF (Israeli Defense Force) all appear to be incompetent. Furthermore, as the search takes longer and longer and the days turn into weeks and the weeks turn, G0d forbid, into months, the IDF will appear to be less effective while also angering Palestinians whose lives will inevitably suffer and be ripped from their normalcy. The second front is it makes Hamas appear to be stronger and better able to gain the release of the terrorists and security prisoners from Israeli incarceration. It places Hamas front and center before the eyes of the Palestinians giving them hope that there is a force which is fighting to further the Palestinian hopes of establishing their own nation, be that nation beside Israel or preferably, as many of them view it, in place of Israel with the Jews washed from the lands they covet. Lastly, by holding the high ground in the struggles against Israel, Hamas forces Palestinian Chairman Mahmoud Abbas to choose who to placate with the words and statements desired by Israel, the United States and the Europeans. Abbas is forced into that position as he must do everything within his power to keep the funding of the Palestinian Authority. As Abbas speaks the soothing words meant to keep the funding and the Western government’s pressures on the Israelis to make concessions in exchange for another round of useless talks, Hamas points to Abbas’s words translating them into Arabic and asking the big question to the Palestinian people, who do you want as your leaders, the weak and pathetic Abbas and Fatah who are the weaker horse always pleading and saying things that are pleasant in the ears of Israel and the Western governments or do you really want Hamas which is the strong horse who has taken the children of the reviled Jews and is forcing them to beg for their children and who stand firmly in opposition to those Western nations who actually support Israel and are not the friend of the Palestinian people.


This abduction of the three teens, Eyal Yifrach, Gilad Shaar, and Naftali Frenkel, was planned not just for the political gains and reaffirmation of the Hamas pedigree as a terrorist organization during the run-up to the Palestinian elections for new leadership of the newly established unity government, but should Hamas continue to be able to hold these three teens on through the elections they will easily win outright control of the legislature and likely replace Abbas with Ismail Haniyeh, the current crowned Prime Minister of Gaza where Hamas took control in a coup which removed the vast majority of Fatah and Palestinian Authority security forces and leadership in the Gaza region. And that acknowledgement brings us to what Hamas is likely to do should Chairman Abbas decide to nullify the unity agreement and again cancel the elections, or at the least the elections for his position. Hamas very probably would try to repeat their revolution similarly to what they did to establish their unquestioned rule over Gaza. The odds are that Hamas would rout the Palestinian Security Forces as it is very likely that many from the security forces would go over to the side of Hamas thus destroying morale, unit cohesion as platoons and companies would require merging in order to make up for the defecting units, and contribute to confusion and disarray in the leadership positions making for an easier Hamas victory. Everything Hamas is doing goes towards weakening Mahmoud Abbas preparing to replace him with Hamas backed leadership and also simply poking Israel in the eye making a situation where they potentially could trade these teens for prisoners. This would give Hamas the added advantage of the loyalty and support from those they were able to free from prison.


Expect that Abbas will move to dissolve the unity pack attempting to put the blame squarely on the shoulders of Hamas claiming they broke the understood and agreed upon legal restraints and expectations of Hamas complying with the agreements between the Palestinian Authority and the Israelis. Hamas has given their answer, they refuse to play nice or to accept any of the presumed rules governing the playground and further, they will continue to assault, abduct, destroy and generally terrorize Israel and oppose Israel flaunting their abilities in the face of an IDF manhunt. This will give Hamas, or so they think, the introduction and general acceptance with the majority of Palestinians residing in Judea and Samaria (misnamed West Bank) allowing for the expression of what will appear to be a general acceptance and backing for Hamas to take the power away from Abbas and provide the brave leadership that they contrasted against the weak and pathetic pandering committed by Mahmoud Abbas during this Hamas induced crisis. It may even turn out that Hamas is satisfied with running their own little enclave in Gaza and does not desire to take on the additional burden of dealing with the West Bank and the Palestinians Authority. So, we can definitely expect the unity government of the Palestinians to collapse leaving only one question, who will end up in charge in the West Bank? My money would be on Hamas should any sectarian violence begin between Fatah and Hamas.


In the end, there is only one thing a civilized person could desire from this Palestinian intra-governmental dispute over who will provide the leadership going forward; that is the release of the three innocent school-age boys from their horrific ordeal as rapidly as believed. We wish them G0d’s protection and G0d’s speed in returning to their families and their studies. We pray for their welfare and safe return of Eyal Yifrach, Gilad Shaar, and Naftali Frenkel into the loving embraces of their mothers and happy hugs given by their fathers. May the families spend this Sabbath together with renewed faith and celebratory hearts.


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