Beyond the Cusp

November 19, 2018

No Elections in Israel for Now but How Long?


The government has been stabilized for the time being and it appears that Prime Minister will fold and provide Jewish Home Leader Naftali Bennett to become the Defense Minister in addition to being Education Minister under the condition that he will do all that is required to keep Jewish Home in the government through end of term. In the meantime, Ayelet Shaked, who holds the Justice Ministry, stated on Sunday morning, “At this stage, the government is no longer a right-wing government, unfortunately, What was to be done (appointing judges, changing the approach in the state’s positions in the Supreme Court, the Regulation Law, Ariel University, dismantling the Council for Higher Education, and many other things) – we have already done.” She further stated, “What still needs to be done (the Override Clause, the removal of infiltrators, the evacuation of Khan al-Ahmar, bringing back deterrence, the prevention of terrorist funds) – it is already clear that it will not be done under this government.”

“The only justification for the continued existence of the government until November 2019 is that Bennett will revolutionize security, restore Israel’s deterrence that was lost under Liberman over the past two years, and help to break free of the deep crisis in trust in security. Without this, this government is called ‘right-wing’ but in practice fulfills left-wing policy,” Shaked continued.

Ayelet Shaked concluded, “The public is fed up with voting right and getting left, and the continuation of a faltering left-wing government will endanger right-wing rule. Therefore, we must go to elections as soon as possible in order to form a new government headed by Netanyahu, with the Jewish home the strong party to his right, such that we will finally vote right and get right.”


The Jewish Home now holds three of the most prominent and important Ministries, Defense which protects the nation and her citizens, all her citizens with Bennett, Education Ministry where the future is formed and children are given the tools to form the future of Israel, and the Justice Ministry under which the immediacy of the legal decisions are molded and the future of the law and its implementation and interpretation for the future. This places Jewish Home in the limelight with far more power than many might expect from a party with merely eight seats. Part of the reason that this is even considered is because Jewish Home all but committed suicide in order to avoid a Zionist Union formed government bowing before Netanyahu and his Likud Party losing a sizable percentage of their voters who may or may not ever return. The government stands and where it will now travel will depend very seriously what other events from the world around us act and what threats we will face. Naftali Bennett has stated he intends to reform parts of the IDF and intensify training making them even more capable to face the threats which Israel may face in the future. So, what will the new training actually include?


Well, even if we knew, we would not post such things in so public an arena. What we hope will come to assist the IDF in its future endeavors is something about which we can write. First and foremost, we have hopes that those in higher command positions who have represented a limited ability of the IDF to face certain challenges will be replaced with commanders whose faith in the strength of their forces is something which these troops will live up to. They should also invest in more intensive training for the reserves with those who require additional training to be up to the full expectations of service in the IDF made available. There might be the concept of making special units which are specialized in particular scenarios which are likely to be required such as working within tunnel and underground bunker systems, city and built-up area warfare and other such specialized training. Standards for the combat units be considered to be upgraded demanding more of the soldiers, not lower standards so the majority or even all will qualify. Fighting for the State of Israel should require soldiers who are above the normative levels. These higher requirements should start with basic training and be rigidly enforced for soldiers to serve in the infantry, tankers, Airborne, Special Forces and other specialized units. It is necessary that the Israeli infantry soldier be trained to attain a physical level above what is expected in the majority of other developed nations as the nation of Israel has a special requirement of their military fighting forces as Israel cannot afford to lose most battles and never a war as to lose a war would bring the nation to an end. The Israeli soldier needs to be capable of outperforming any adversary they may meet on the battlefield. This includes the Special Forces units from Iran or any other nation which may attack our nation. This is what every Israeli fighting soldier must be capable of meeting and out-performing.


IDF Crest Insignia


We need to try to understand exactly what transpired governmentally yesterday morning. There was a confab of the various party leaders of the coalition where they were asked whether or not they desired elections where we suspect that Prime Minister Netanyahu opened the meeting by clearly stating his desire to complete the final year of the governance and then hold orderly elections. This would have made sense as Netanyahu has an angry public on his hands and thus going to elections at the current time would be holding an election under duress. The last time such an event occurred was when the government in 1992 of Prime Minister Yitzḥak Shamir collapsed and was replaced by the government of Yitzhak Rabin and the Labor Party formed the next coalition and within a little beyond a year Israel entered into the problematic Oslo Accords which have been the basis of the problems with the PLO, Palestinian Authority as well as Gaza Disengagement leading to Hamas and Islamic Jihad amongst others and the recent barrage. This is the possibility which everyone at the meeting this morning were fully aware was a distinct possibility even if it was not a likely probability. By preserving the current government for the time being, and by trading a guarantee the Jewish Home remain in the coalition in exchange for Bennett receiving the Defense Ministry, Netanyahu has kept the one party which is most likely to gain Knesset Ministers in elections even if snap elections were called now. The remaining parties mostly face an uphill battle where they will benefit by having time to build up their voter rolls and possibly draft new candidates to attract voters over the coming year. The one who was facing the potentially greatest loss was the Likud unless they replaced Netanyahu but that would leave them with a far weaker candidate due to loss of name recognition and the experience claim. The real contest will come when Netanyahu retires from being Prime Minister, something pundits claim will not before he clears himself of accusations and investigations.


The legal challenges facing Netanyahu and his wife may have substance, especially if you believe most of the media, or may not, but they are very probably not going to go away. Even should Bibi be found not to be guilty of any of these current charges, some of which would be considered nonsense in much of the world, they will simply be replaced with entirely new accusations, conspiracies, denunciations, misjudgments, horrific acts and potentially accusations of treason because of something he did or something he did not do but should have done. The one thing which Netanyahu can claim is that he has been one of the most targeted Prime Ministers in Israeli history, but that will be a title he will merely hold for a limited amount of time. When another right-leaning, nationalist, Zionist and potentially religious Prime Minister forms a coalition and lasts through maybe two elections, they likely would decide that continuing further is really not worth the aggravation or the loss of one’s name, but in that brief period such a Prime Minister would collect far more such accusations etcetera in this age where if one is not a leftist politician, then they are the devil incarnate and the most demonic person the world has ever been required to suffer. If Netanyahu is not sufficient proof, look at the United States and President Trump or Britain and Prime Minister May or the past French elections and Marine Le Pen of the National Front and witness the offensives each have faced from their media as well as the world media. This is a reality for as long as the world remains capable of having nationalist and people who believe that the traditional positions and, in most cases, that the Judeo-Christian Ethic is something worthwhile and needs be saved from being transplanted by the leftist views of open morality where morality and cultures are all equally valid and everybody may pick and choose the parts of existing cultures or invent their own culture and everything is valid and acceptable. There is a simple problem with these arguments in that adage which has multiple authors, “One who believes in nothing will fall for anything.” We would like to adapt it somewhat and state, “Those who equate all cultures lose sight of the difference between good and evil.” Those who require proof, there are some far-leftists who accept devil worship as simply a choice which should not be condemned as long as no harm comes to anyone. Devil worship is acceptable and accepting evil as equal and of not of any determinable difference when compared with any other worship. Somehow, we have a problem with such a concept, but then we believe in Hashem.


Back to Israeli politics and why elections were avoided. Largely, it was selfish desires to hold on to power for many of the parties currently in the coalition. Then, Avigdor Lieberman’s resignation was also partly political and partly his being angered by being misrepresented and defamed by the announcement of the unanimity of the Security Cabinet vote. He had company with Naftali Bennett and Ayelet Shaked who also challenged the statement. They made a demand to be given the vacated Defense Ministry which was the prize which kept them in the government. Bibi Netanyahu simply did not desire facing an angry public and trying to explain what just occurred under his stewardship and preferred to have a period of time pass before having to campaign. He was also facing strong resentment and potential opposition within Likud, or so some have rumored, and that was something relatively unprecedented for Netanyahu. Everybody either were rewarded for remaining in the government, feared a snap election for which their parties were unprepared, some fear their party support had eroded with time and now would be a danger to their having to face elections and one, in particular, desired for a cooling off period to pass before having to explain why there was no serious response to the Hamas launching of four-hundred-sixty rockets and launching an anti-tank missile at a bus injuring a young soldier severely. Once sufficient time has passed, Bibi will claim that he maintained peace on the southern border without the loss of soldiers and minimal damage in Israel. Of course, he will not make this speech in the south of Israel, as that would bring back memories of being treated as if they were second-class citizens. So, in the end, everyone had their reason to remaining in the government, and so the government will remain in power for now, for how long, we will have to wait and see.


Posting Time Morning Update

Guess here is the proof that news changes, often by the hour, and we can be misled but at least we admit our faults. Latest word is that Bibi balked withdrawing his agreement to give Bennett the Defense Minister position and has announced that he will take that position himself. This will cause Bennett and Shaked resigning and taking Jewish Home from the government. What Bibi has in mind is something fearful if we are correct. We suspect Bibi is going to try to make a super-coalition government inviting Zionist Union and Yair Lapid’s Yesh Atid Party into the government giving him the majority he requires to remain in power. This would be a drastic step and as most drastic actions, will have ruinous consequences. This will definitely place the government left of center and out of step with the Israeli people. Should Netanyahu actually do such a move, we might be witnessing another Sharon style capitulation to the leftist demands for Israel weakening her stance vis-a-vis the Palestinian Authority and Mahmoud Abbas. This would entail ending all building in the Shomron, no destruction of anything the Palestinian Authority claims is valid and, heaven forbid, a return to the destruction of Jewish homes, settlements, villages and towns. The other choice is elections somewhere from late February to mid-March. The problem is it would not be all that surprising to see Bibi make a sudden turn to the left and embrace their policies similar to what Prime Minster Sharon did when he formed Kadima in order to execute the Gaza Disengagement which brought us to this point, and may now take Israel further down the rabbit hole, except unlike Alice, our rabbit hole has only the nastiest of bunnies.


Meanwhile, the realism has to point to the “Really Big and Precious Secret” which he claims he must never share, even with his former Defense Minister or any of the other Security Cabinet members. Bibi has a secret and he’s refusing to share. On the other hand, this secret appears to imply that Bibi is right and every one else is clueless as they do not know his secret. For now, Jewish Home will remain in the government, but they did so demanding the Prime Minister start to consider all Israelis equally and be strong in defending the people. He left a challenge for the Prime Minister to prove he will be a forceful response and work regardless of the world reactions keeping Israel as his top priority.


Beyond the Cusp


October 7, 2018

The Man Who Can Do No Wrong


Former Secretary of State John Kerry claims that he has never done anything beyond the bounds of the norm. Interestingly enough, it appears that he himself is the one who defines the norms. What an interesting combination, he writes the rules to fit his actions such that he can claim he committed no foul. It is as if he is constantly posed as below and asking, ‘Who me? I didn’t do anything because, as I see it, every former Secretary of State has dabbled in world affairs after leaving office. I didn’t do anything untoward.’ Of course not, as telling the Iranian leadership that they can simply outwait the current administration as they will be gone at the longest another six years, and even if the next President is also a Republican, just wait as eventually the Democrats will be back in control, and then everything will be just wonderful. There will be no sanctions on Iran and the trade will flow along with the dollars needed to build a nuclear arsenal rivaling the rest of the world combined and we will accept the lies coming from the AIEA because we trust that Iran has no designs on conquest. Never mind the little problems of Syria, Iraq, Lebanon, Yemen, the Kurds and their desires to eradicate Israel, little matters such as these are no concern of the United States. We can be great friends and not allow small insignificant items such as the fare of the world to interrupt our great, honest and straightforward relations, as we trust the leadership of Iran to never try and sell us falsehoods. We believe every word of your denials of any intention to manufacture nuclear warheads and that all your development of ballistic missiles, both continental and inter-continental is simply research for a peaceful space research and would never be used to have warheads attached to the top and be launched at the United States or any ally we actually honestly care about. And about the reach you are attempting to place around the Middle East, we can work with you on that.


Former Secretary of State John Kerry

Former Secretary of State John Kerry


As far as Israel is concerned, they have been a problem to the State Department from the very first when they ignored our advice to wait as May of 1948 just was not the right time for a new nation. We asked them to wait until the problems with the Arabs were worked to a satisfactory conclusion and they ignored our requests and went ahead recklessly. Israel, that Jewish Zionist place, has been the bane of our existence ever since and they still refuse to make the necessary sacrifices to end the standoff with the Palestinian Arabs and the Arab world. If those Israelis (read Jews) would simply listen to their betters and allow the Arabs to rule the lands and care for them, then there would be no problem and everything would be as it is supposed to be. But no, they keep harping about things such as San Remo and Treaty of Sèvres and the Mandate and United Nations Charter Article 80 claiming that the Jordan River was some magical implant supposed to be the eastern border of Israel. Why they cannot understand that there is no such thing as a natural homeland for the Jews and that such an idea was just some fairytale from the Bible which has no bearing on this modern, secular-humanist world where there are no deities and religion has been superseded by science and those things known which are truth. We understand that you see the world similarly as we do as you have told us that we can trust one another and that you completely understand our position and agree with it completely. We can work together to make a better world and you have signed onto that and promised that you have no desires to conquer the Middle East or anything else and that you are simply assisting indigenous leaders to rule that which is rightfully theirs. I, John Kerry fully understand and know that your tongue would burst into flames if you were to lie as you are sacred and religiously guided people of truth who do not even have a word for lie in your entire language, and I have studied it in depth and fully understand the Islamic ways of the religion of peace and brotherhood.


That is a basic insight into the machinations which go on inside the mind of Former Secretary of State John Kerry. Reality is that he is absolutely clueless and a complete fraud and has been a complete fraud his entire life. He was a hero in Viet Nam, just ask him and he will most gladly pontificate on the rumination of his extended service in country. He was there almost six whole months before collecting three Purple Hearts which gets one a free ride home. All three were requested by Lieutenant John Kerry or Captain John Kerry though some were written up by others at his behest. He almost lost a full ounce of blood from all three incidents of which his injuries were self-inflicted. This was his claim to fame then, and he marries rich women, preferably older rich women. Then he did the anti-war thing with Jane Fonda as his role model. Then he told lies about the ‘atrocities’ committed by men in his unit. Had such occurred under his command, guess who should have faced charges for dereliction of duty? That’s right, the officer in charge, John Kerry. The reality is none of the items he reported were provable and there were no reprimands on record for any of these breaches of orders. The United States military, speaking as a veteran of the United States Army, is one of the most honorable and correct acting militaries in the world. The United States military is so deeply preached and instructed in what is legal and what is not and these lessons are almost second nature such that the only Armies which might surpass the United States are Israel and Switzerland in that order. In the case of the Swiss, it might be due to their not joining any conflict for around a millennia and a half. And the Israeli Army has been examined very closely by numerous international observers which have declared the IDF to be at a level so high that it would endanger the troops of any other Western Nations if they were to adopt the Israeli methods for warning civilians, and by such also their enemies, of exactly where the next attack will be, which direction they will be approaching from, what time they can be expected and far too many other details which all are used to prepare ambushes and other traps. The IDF is the sole military which will call off an important strike on a building or area if civilians or unidentified individual are found within the strike zone. This is the reason why Hamas places women and children on the roofs of buildings where their most important manufacturing of rockets and instruments of war are produced or where their top commanders are operating. This is why the central command and control center for Hamas operations against Israel is located in a subbasement of the Gaza City Al-Shifa Hospital. Any other military in the world would have most likely risked the destruction of the Hospital in order to make an attack upon such an important and central target. The IDF simply permits the central command to operate freely against Israel while also providing them with all the vital information as to where the IDF forces will be moving next as by doing so they might save innocent lives.


Gaza Al-Shifa Hospital

Gaza Al-Shifa Hospital


Meanwhile, back to John Kerry and his new position as the logistics advisor to the Iranian Mullahs as to what is their best course to get around the stresses placed upon them by President Trump. The advice for them to simply wait President Trump out came with a condition, that the ‘Blue Wave’ is coming and the Democrats will be taking control of both houses of Congress and will be in a position to prevent any further moves by President Trump. Actually, John Kerry was talking to the Iranians as if he was assured that not only would the Democrat Party rule the Congress, but also they would have sufficient strength in the House of Representatives that they will be capable of bringing impeachment charges against President Trump over the Russia collusion and obstruction of justice and then in the Senate have the two thirds along with certain Republicans, many refer to them as RHINOs or call them Jeff Flake (who will be gone) and (coming in) Mitt Romney, to actually impeach President Trump finding him guilty of any charges. What John Kerry did not bother to explain was how this would help in any way as once this was done, the new President would be Mike Pence, a man devoted to a similar program for the United States and possibly far more conservative than President Trump could ever achieve. But the other part of Former Secretary of State John Kerry advice is that in 2020 the Democrats are assured of winning the White House, there is absolutely no doubt that this will be the result of the 2020 elections along with the strongest majorities in both houses well beyond what President Barack Obama saw in his first two years, and then everything will be set to rights. This idea of the current situation as wrong and the foreign policies of President Obama and his Secretaries of State Hillary Clinton and John Kerry as the correct path is pretty much rejected by at least half of the United States. That is the reason that Donald Trump was elected to the White House. But the assurance that there is a ‘Blue Wave’ coming in the fall elections and that the Democrats will win the White House and have super-majorities in both houses of Congress after the 2020 election is either dreaming or perhaps they know something the rest of the world does not. Perhaps they may be correct, as there have been numerous reports of voter fraud from all regions of the nation. For a biased report from the Heritage Foundation, which we label as biased because any reporting which proves the full extent of voter fraud found is always referred to as biased. We are told by the media that there is no such thing as voter fraud. Forget the districts which had more votes cast than there are registered voters by a sizable percentage as such reports are ignoring some reality which causes such which we are just too ignorant to fathom reality.


President Trump Rumbling with the Deep State

President Trump Rumbling with the Deep State


Former Secretary of State John Kerry probably is a closer representation of the actual agendas put forth by the State Department, the one cabinet position where the underlying efforts support an agenda which currently is directly opposing that of the President. We have all heard and been given a glimpse behind the curtain revealing the can of worms which is the ‘Deep State.’ Perhaps it has been the infighting between President Trump with both the media and the bureaucracy of the ‘Deep State’ and the means by which the people of the United States have elected officials who have traded away their power to the civil service employees and their management in the name of expediency. The current form of passing bills which explain the desired result and then passing them along to the appropriate government agencies to fill in the particular through regulations which have the same effect as laws has left these nearly irreplaceable, permanent employees who actually rule the United States all but independent of the elected officials. This was where one idea from President Trump probably did more to prevent this continuing was his Executive Order requiring federal agencies to cut two existing regulations for every new regulation they implement. The unfortunate truth is that there currently exists so many of these regulations that many can be repealed as they are simply included in other regulations. The actual problem is that there exist regulations which require one to file a report on their actions while another declares those exact actions to be against another regulation. This works well when the government enforcement agencies desire squeezing somebody in order to bring other charges against ‘bigger fish.’ The first thing you do is see if the chosen victim committed such an action by taking the filed report and then prosecute them under the regulation making such actions illegal and then offer a deal if they turn over on the next person higher up. This was used against Paul Manafort particularly, as well as others, and he was convicted simply because he refused to roll over on somebody closer to the President. This is what was famously the case with Lieutenant Colonel Oliver North when he took the fall protecting everyone above him in the Iran-Contra prosecution, or should we say witch-hunt.


Now shall we look at the current affair with Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh who was approved almost along party lines with the irony that the vote which put the Kavanaugh nomination over the top was Joe Manchin III, Democrat from West Virginia. What happened to this man was the result of inexcusable actions where those opposing his nomination, not on the grounds that he was unqualified, but because his politics was not completely in-line with theirs. Brett Kavanaugh, and even more so his wife and daughter, were taken from the chair and dragged through as much mud and accusations of misconduct bringing every sort of perversion brought forward treated as fact at the last few days of an approval after he was appointed on July 9, 2018, to replace the Supreme Court Justice for whom he had clerked and was completely backed by Justice Anthony Kennedy who was retiring leaving the vacancy. The first, and likely most serious, of these accusations was held by the opposition waiting for the final days and was brought forward and then acted upon in what has to be called hypocritical means simply in an attempt to stall the process hoping to push the final vote till beyond the election. The hope was if the final vote could be pushed beyond the midterm elections, then the ‘Blue Wave’ mentioned above would allow the opposition to bury the Kavanaugh nomination and prevent the filling of the position until after the 2020 election when we have been told the Democrats are going to win, and they will win Yuge! Of course, both of these predictions of forthcoming election results are purely imaginative. If you believe in polls, then it will completely depend on whose poll you wish to hang your hopes. Sure, there are polls which show the Democrats winning the House of Representatives by varying margins and a small number which claim they will achieve a majority sufficient to overturn Presidential vetoes allowing the Democrats to rule the United States as they please and intelligently rather than what Trump has done working on whims of the moment. Such majorities could also result in an impeachment of President Trump and should they work fast enough, impeachment of President Pence before his appointed Vice Presidential nominee is approved which would then place the Speaker of the House into the White House. Imagine who might be the speaker of the house. It might be Nancy Pelosi, Steny Hoyer, Peter DeFazio, Rosa DeLauro or even Maxine Waters or Jerrold Nadler. Should the Democrats mange to receive their awaited ‘Blue Wave’ they have predicted which will allow them to save America, then whomever they choose for Speaker of the House, that person could end up in the White House by the end of March 2019.


On the other side of the coin, what if there is no ‘Blue Wave’ and instead there is sufficient gains by Republicans who will back President Trump allowing him to complete his agenda and fulfill the campaign promises he made plus approve his nominees to judgeships and especially the Supreme Court, then things will look considerably different. The Kavanaugh hearings and the ugly turn of events resulting from the obstructionism used by the Democrats may actually backfire on them come the midterm elections. Particularly damaging was Julie Swetnick who swore an affidavit claiming Brett Kavanaugh assisted in spiking drinks at ‘rape parties’ and then lined up to have the drugged women of which she had been one. This apparently went on at a number of parties which this woman willingly attended. Why would any woman continue to attend such parties knowing of these acts, and that is only the half of the story. The problem with Ms. Swetnick’s accusations was her walk-back of them on a television interview with NBC News’ Kate Snow where she stated she was unsure if Brett Kavanaugh was actually present and had even participated in the alleged activities. Can we say ‘Ooops?’ When you swear in an affidavit stating that somebody committed as heinous and consistent series of highly illegal and immoral acts and that you were both a witness and fell victim to these plots, the last thing you want to do is then appear on a national television interview and claim uncertainty as to whether the single most important person you have identified in your affidavit may not have actually acted as claimed or even been at most of the events. Where we come from, that is called perjury and is taken rather seriously, well, normally. We also feel that her actions could end up making the other accusation less credible just by guilt of association. Ms. Swetnick’s further problem is a separation of a couple of years from when Brett Kavanaugh would have been in High School, otherwise she was an extremely young woman, we might even say girl, to be permitted to even go to these parties and would have required transportation to and from them due to distance. Still, these accusations will haunt Brett Kavanaugh the rest of his life and may interfere with his ability to continue in his marriage as how these accusations will affect his wife remains to be seen. If he is guilty of any of these acts, then his appointment may have been a mistake, but only if you believe that people cannot change, not ever no matter what. Of course, at other times the Democrats have claimed that such things are ‘just about sex.’ The Democrats in similar circumstances have talked about second chances in life, but Brett Kavanaugh has received absolutely no breaks from the Democrats on this one. One must wonder how often Brett Kavanaugh needs to have his diapers changed as he wore diapers past his second birthday if our claims are to be considered accurate. Further, the Democrats will come out solidly and back former Secretary of State Kerry claiming he has done nothing threatening the United States and was acting with only the purest of objectives and cannot be blamed that President Trump cannot see to use this upright and proud American more to the advantage of the United States, especially when it comes to foreign relations with Iran and other nations in the Middle East. Fortunately, former Secretary of State Kerry will not be coming to Israel to work out any deals and tell the Israeli Prime Minister how to conduct affairs. He might sneak his way into Nablus, but we feel assured that Mahmoud Abbas can continue to scream and cry hoping the world will destroy Israel for him with or without the assistances of former Secretary of State Kerry.


Beyond the Cusp


July 4, 2014

Palestinian Rioters Know Some Secrets

The Palestinian rioters and all of their families and friends know some secrets which the world pretends they do not know. They are simple secrets which anybody who cared to view events honestly would figure out fairly quickly, but instead it is so much easier to simply accept the views of events offered by the media even when one knows they are selling lies and misconceptions. So many will excuse their shallow acceptance of the slants from the mainstream media with statements such as why would they lie about such things, and don’t they have to check their facts? They lie about these things because the lies are more easily sold because so many have swallowed that story so completely that to report the truth becomes an act of heresy. Opposing the lies and telling the truth in a society that has accepted lies as truth is a brave act for which one will be made to suffer the wrath of the gullible public whose only desire is to not have to think, not have to work for the truth about world events, they would simply prefer to be told what to think, what to say, what to believe, and what it all means because thinking is so very difficult and it makes their brains hurt. Well, so sorry, but here are some truths which you can believe or you can try to find the evidence behind the news reports and think for yourself and see where that takes you. Odds are you will end up seeing exactly what others have found once they lifted the blinders of the mainstream media and its restricted view.


We have seen in the media that a few weeks ago three Jewish youths were kidnapped and just a few days ago their tortured and murdered bodies were discovered in a shallow grave in a field close to the search areas. You have probably heard that the same day of the funeral for the three Jews that a Palestinian Arab boy was kidnapped and his body was later found burned and discarded in a park in the Jerusalem area. You probably were told that it was established that the Arab child was kidnapped by Jews in revenge for the abduction and murder of the three Jewish youths as that has been the line sold to the mainstream media. This has made perfect sense as it goes well with the reports of the rioting by Arabs in Jerusalem over the death of the Palestinian youth. There are a few small problems and explanations for these actions that the media has not bothered to report.


First and foremost, the Palestinian Arab youth who was kidnapped and subsequently murdered is still under investigation and the more evidence that is collected, the more it appears that his murder was an intra-family honor killing for which a number of scenarios have become possible. There was one allegation that the youth was found out by his family to have been engaging in forbidden relations and thus had soiled the family honor. Another explanation claimed that the family has had problematic relations and that his younger brother was attempted to be kidnapped a few weeks ago but managed to escape. An anonymous explanation from a retired Jerusalem police officer explained that the youth’s family, the Abu-Khder family, is well known to police explaining that, “it’s a problematic family with internal clashes that have been ongoing for many years.” That places everything in a different light, but what about the rioting?


There are rumors that the abductors and murderers of the young Arab teen were requested to put off their execution of their plans until a time that the Palestinian higher ups would prefer such events to occur to benefit their requirements. As it turned out, whether it was arranged or coincidence, the timing of the abduction and murder of this young Arab teen fit perfectly for the calls for violence to avenge what had all the appearances of being an act of vengeance. The violence across much of the Arab areas in East Jerusalem where two or three of the newly established light rail train stations were destroyed and areas of the tracks were pulled up making those routes impassable even after the rioting settles down thus making life more difficult for those neighborhoods and the other neighborhoods further from the center of town as they will not have light rail service until the damages have been repaired. There was an instance where the rioters became convinced that a middle aged man who they did not recognize from their group had joined the demonstration, rioting, thus was thought to be an Israeli spy planted amongst them for gathering information or other nefarious reasons, was set upon and being viscously beaten only to be rescued by IDF troops who were monitoring the rioting to assure nobody was badly injured and to contain the violence. Other than this rescue there have been no other reports of overt use of force to interfere with or otherwise cause injury to any of the rioting Arabs, most of which appear to be teens and younger adults in their twenties.


The media is careful not to get pictures of IDF or other Israeli enforcement personnel in the pictures they take of the rioters unless there is a confrontation between Israeli security and any rioters, then pictures which can be used to prove violence being perpetrated by the Israelis are worth their weight in gold. One might inquire why it is often reported that the rioters were throwing rocks and fire bombs at IDF, Border Police or other Israeli security personnel but the only pictures showing rioters throwing objects apparently at nothing or pictures of Israeli security manhandling an arrested individual without any explanation as to why the person was being arrested is all that you ever see. The reasons are more simple and straight forward than what is often claimed. The claims are that the Israelis use undue force liberally and that the Palestinians who demonstrate, they never riot according to most mainstream media sources, are taking their lives in their hands and facing potentially certain death of severe injury at the hands of the IDF, the Israeli military, they often add that the IDF is the Israeli military so as to give the impression that these are military troops with tanks and large caliber weapons and everything the imagination might dream up as an actual military assault on demonstrators. The truth is that Israel does not have a national guard per se, they have the IDF and reservists which if called into service are then IDF, not national guard or some other classification which sounds softer and more friendly, just IDF, Border Police and regular police, and there are limited numbers of Border Police and regular police thus the utilization in times of need of IDF troops who are trained for these missions.


These Palestinians rioting know a little secret, as long as they do not pose a threat to life or an extreme threat of destruction of property, even burning down light rail train stops did not provoke a response as an example of not crossing the destruction of property threshold, then they need not fear the intervention of the IDF or other security personnel. On the other hand, should they actually start to advance at the positions taken up by the IDF or security personnel, then they will run into confrontations. The usual scenario is that the IDF and security personnel take up positions within which they will allow complete freedom of expression but should the destructive freedom of expression attempt to spread further and cross the position set out by the Israeli forces, then there will be a clash simply to return the focus of the demonstrators to within their own area of conduct. This balance continues until there is an announced desired endpoint by Israeli officials for the rioting to cease. Most often this deadline is met but at times there is a challenge to the authority of the deadline being imposed and then the IDF and security personnel will move to disperse the demonstrating rioters. These confrontations provide the pictures the mainstream media hunger for so they can show how mean and dehumanizing the Israeli forces are, and how the poor Arabs are denied their right to self-expression.


The known fact by the Palestinian demonstrators, be they riotous or simply throwing rocks, burning tires, setting trash dumpsters ablaze and disrupting local traffic, is that the Israeli security personnel are on very tight leashes with a very restrictive set of ROE (Rules of Engagement) which defines when the Israeli security can engage the demonstrators and when they must simply basically become bystanders watching the events unfold. Since the IDF in particular and the rest of the Israeli security personnel are under restrictive orders which only permit use of their firearms to situations where their lives are in obvious threat and they have no avenue of reasonable chance to escape, their superiors look unfavorably at any previously unauthorized use of firearms from the soldier’s discretion . Simply translated into civilianese, if there is any way the Israeli personnel can escape an attack then they are not in danger and must use that avenue of escape. These rules have provided the Palestinians and their Arab and Muslim backers tons of videos of frightened IDF forces retreating when attacked even by children, really young children. The IDF will retreat from almost every threatening scenario where escape is possible. This was recently proven when an IDF soldier came under investigation for cycling his weapon, this is the method by which the weapon is cocked and a round loaded into the chamber as a preparation to firing the weapon. The soldier never fired the weapon and by presumably chambering a round, dispelled the situation and reestablished calm and that was the end of the confrontation, until his commanders were informed of his threatening actions. As this soldier was alone and three Arabs had accosted him and were attempting to take his rifle, the soldier felt threatened and feared the loss of his weapon thus leading to his overt action which clearly sent a message that he would fire his weapon if the threats continued and thus ended the confrontation as nobody felt like dying or shooting anybody that day.


So, the rioting Palestinians know they can continue to riot all day long and into the night and then when it gets late go home and sleep in their beds. Then with dawn breaking they return to their rallying points and continue where they left off the night before. It is almost like a job and some of the instigators are actually paid by Fatah or Hamas to manage the rioting and make sure that the correct level of violence is maintained. Eventually there is the decision to either end the protest or take it up a notch and force an intervention simply for the media getting film to show later that night on the late news cycle. Everything choreographed by the Palestinians is arranged to fit the news cycles for both the European media and the American media. The media is why the entire show is put into play. There must be the angry Palestinians who have been slighted or offended by Israeli arrogance or other indignities and eventually there must be the confrontations which sell the media belief that the Israelis are cruel and merciless occupiers who are subjugating and repressing the Palestinians and that Israel is at the root of every problem or misfortune. The Palestinian Authority and other spokespeople are already selling the idea that the Israeli teens were complicit in their abduction and murder because they lived and went to schools in occupied areas thus inviting such an end result.


On the other front, also known as the Gaza front, there have been escalated rocket and mortar attacks originating from Hamas controlled areas. The mainstream media likes to refer to Gaza as occupied territory but that is very misleading. Israel removed the Jewish communities and all the IDF bases and troops from the Gaza area in August of 2005 in what was termed the Gaza Disengagement. This left Gaza in the hands of the Palestinian Authority which was overthrown by Hamas and has been under Hamas control since 2007. Hamas shares the Gaza area with a number of other terrorist groups including but not limited to Islamic Jihad and al-Qaeda in Gaza. There have been reports that some ISIS sympathizers are also within Gaza as well as some in Judea and Samaria amongst the Palestinian Authority areas of autonomy. Hamas regulates the firing of rockets from Gaza into southern Israel. The only fortunate fact is that southern Israel is largely desert and thus sparsely populated making much of the area open lands which makes the rockets less of a threat. The rocket fire since the abduction of the three Israelis has increased and since they were discovered dead and Hamas was suspected and two of their members are currently being sought by Israeli forces, they have increased their firing of rockets and mortars as they are expecting a crackdown anyway, so they just figure they have little to lose. They are aware that their firing rockets into Israel are not noteworthy as far as the mainstream media is concerned. It is only newsworthy if the Israelis retaliate and especially if they manage to kill any Hamas or other Palestinians even if there is drone documentation that the individuals attacked were struck while setting up rockets. If Israel sends troops into Gaza the world media goes into catatonic ecstasy denouncing Israel accusing her of disproportional force as Israel uses tanks and Hamas does not have any tanks thus Israel is cheating. No mention is made that Hamas has spent the past six months increasing the numbers of rockets they have launched at Israeli citizens, those do not matter to the world media. Only Israeli assaults are to be reported and then with breathtaking amazement at the violence and horrors of it all. This is the story that is the reality of the Middle East and Arab Israeli situation. The world media has sold out to the Palestinian narrative and only Israel is capable of sinning, the Palestinians are simply forced into actions and violence because Israel made them do it. The reality that lands held and controlled by the Palestinian Arabs must be made and enforced as free of any Jews while Arabs live, vote, work, and hold government positions including vice-chairman of the Knesset and are even judges within Israel is a shocking reality viewed by those who visit Israel seeking to find the truth for themselves. I know, that is not what you have been told, what a surprise that is.


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