Beyond the Cusp

February 5, 2016

The Reason the Palestinians Claims are Invalid


There is a one-step fits all, sure-fire, infallible, one-hundred-percent guaranteed way of immediately extinguishing any argument which has as any part of it that Israel is forbidden from building cities, towns, business parks, shopping malls or anything their minds’ or hearts’ desire east of the Green Line up to and including along the banks of the Jordan River and Dead Sea; and that is the very well-crafted and painstakingly worked wording of the argument the other side loves to wave around never allowing it to slow so anybody can have an opportunity to read it, that is United Nations Security Council Resolution 242. They will claim that Israel must pull out of all the territories they won by their aggressions in the June 1967 Six Day War which means the 1949 Armistice lines which separated Israel from Palestine on June 4, 1967. Did you catch the main lies? The first is that Resolution 242 is a Chapter VI resolution which means it is not enforceable by the United Nations or any of the member states which was because it was evident and fresh in the minds of the world the words and threats from the Arab nations which made any and all Israeli actions legal self-defense and since Egypt had already blockaded the Israeli port of Eilat which was an act of aggressions which was tantamount to an actual invasion. Egyptian President Gamal Abdel Nasser had announced the blockade stating, “The Israeli flag shall not go through the Gulf of Aqaba. Our sovereignty over the entrance to the Gulf cannot be disputed.” This was a blockade which had no legal footing thus was tantamount to an act of war and should requests for its lifting remain unanswered or followed by more bluster and threats a state of war then exists with the blockading nation the aggressor, thus Egypt was in a state of declaring a war on Israel making any act by Israel a defensive act under international law. Israel had made requests and then demands but Egyptian President Gamal Abdel Nasser simply kept repeating his boasts. The following threats and declarations of standing with Egypt simply added more fuel to a flame and something would initiate the actual war and no matter who struck, Israel was already under declarations for her annihilation making any act an act of defense. Here are samplings of some of the statements made from other national leaders from Egypt, Syria, Iraq and others.

Egyptian Radio, ‘Voice of the Arabs,’ “The sole method we shall apply against Israel is total war, which will result in the extermination of Zionist existence.” (May 18, 1967).

Syrian Defense Minister Hafez al-Assad was quoted boasting, “I, as a military man, believe that the time has come to enter into a battle of annihilation.” (May 20, 1967).

Egyptian President Gamal Abdel Nasser declared, “We intend to open a general assault against Israel. This will be total war. Our basic aim will be to destroy Israel.” (May 26, 1967).

Gamal Abdel Nasser stated in a definitely threatening speech that, “The armies of Egypt, Jordan, Syria and Lebanon are poised on the borders of Israel … to face the challenge, while standing behind us are the armies of Iraq, Algeria, Kuwait, Sudan and the whole Arab nation. This act will astound the world. Today they will know that the Arabs are arranged for battle, the critical hour has arrived. We have reached the stage of serious action and not of more declarations.” (May 30th 1967).

Gamal Abdel Nasser stated in a speech to the General Council of the International Confederation of Arab Trade Unions, “Taking over Sharm el-Sheikh meant confrontation with Israel also meant that we were ready to enter a general war with Israel. The battle will be a general one and our basic objective will be to destroy Israel” (May 26th 1967).

Iraqi President Abdur Rahman Aref shot his mouth off with, “The existence of Israel is an error which must be rectified. This is our opportunity to wipe out the ignominy which has been with us since 1948. Our goal is clear – to wipe Israel off the map.” (May 31, 1967).

Not to be left out, Al Akhbar, Cairo’s daily newspaper boasted, “Under the terms of the military agreement signed with Jordan, Jordanian artillery, coordinated with the forces of Egypt and Syria, is in a position to cut Israel in two at Qalqilya, where Israeli territory between the Jordan armistice line and the Mediterranean Sea is only 12 kilometers wide.” (May 31st 1967).

In a Radio broadcast Iraqi President Abdel Rahman Aref stated, “Brethren and sons, this is the day of the battle to avenge our martyred brethren who fell in 1948. It is the day to wash away the stigma. We shall, God willing, meet in Tel Aviv and Haifa” (June 1st 1967).

Ahmed Shukairy, chairman of PLO in Jordanian Jerusalem, was asked in news interview what will happen to the Israelis if there is a war, he replied, “Those who survive will remain in Palestine. I estimate that none of them will survive.” (June 1st 1967)

Jordanian King Husain in a press conference called in Amman, Jordan issued a warning to Britain that they were in risk of losing their Arab friends cautioned, “There are no words I can use to express my disappointment at the attitude that the British Government has taken with regard to the Gulf of Aqaba.”



Map of Israel Should Any of the Nations of the World Actually be Honest and Truly be Seeking Peace which Can Only Be Attained Should Israel Have the Most Defensive Borders Imaginable

Map of Israel Should Any of the Nations
of the World Actually be Honest and Truly
be Seeking Peace which Can Only Be
Attained Should Israel Have the Most
Defensive Borders Imaginable



It was in retrospective that the wording of United Nations Security Council Resolution 242 were slowly and purposely chosen with not only the words which were incorporated but also the words which remain unincluded from the document. Nowhere in the document are the wordings ‘the lands’, ‘all lands’, ‘all the lands’ or other phrasing intimating that all of the lands, all the territories gained by Israel were from an illegal war as Israel was the aggrieved party whose actions were of a defensive nature and thus Israel technically could retain all of the lands; so the Security Council was being aggressive and couching to the rather irate and shocked Arab world who desperately wanted a do-over from the very same borders from which they had just lost a war they were assured they would easily be victorious and sampling the wines on a Tel Aviv beach at least a few months or so before the issuance of UNSC Res 242 which was released on November 22, 1967, over five months since the war was halted before Israel conquered even more lands. The truth be told, Israel had achieved all of their objectives and then some. The most important items Israel was intent on achieving were the Golan Heights and Mount Hermon, all of Judea and Samaria to the West Bank of the Jordan River and at the least the passes in the north, center and south of the central mountains in the Sinai Peninsula which would also include reestablishing the Gaza Strip; but the Red Sea’s eastern leg and the Suez Canal worked just as well and upon the initiation of the Yom Kippur war where Israel was caught completely flat-footed and off-guard thus the additional distance translated to time desperately necessary to gather and organize forces which were mostly in services without any means of being contacted. The IDF sent out unit commanders in vehicles hastily equipped with loud speakers sounding the alarm which usually would have been made by telephone. Additionally, Israel believing that there was no threat as their usually good intelligence had failed and failed utterly leaving additional numbers of troops granted leave for the high holidays thus their front line units were ill prepared and frighteningly undermanned.


There is another set of words which were hopefully well vetted and intentional in every form and application. These words are, “work for a just and lasting peace in which every State in the area can live in security” which is where there is the understanding that the peace will be made between the States of the area with agreements which allow for borders which will provide all states with secure and defensible borders including Israel. This phrase more than any other displays the fact that the members of the Security Council, especially the five permanent members, stressed that all the nations should have defendable borders which would prevent another war in the future. The only nation under threat in the area is Israel unless one counts the attempt by Syria to reconquer the areas they considered to be a large section of southern Syria, an area better known in modernity as Jordan. The other mention was for the peace to be made between the states which were a party to the war which removes any claims by some entity called Palestine as there was no such entity existed on June 5, 1967 and thus such an entity does not have any claim against Israel. Nowhere does the resolution allow for any member state to the conflict to gift their presumed claim to other groups for the purpose of establishing a new nation not originally included in the conflict. If there are Arabs residing in areas west of the Jordan River who would prefer to reside in a state under Arab or Muslim rule there exist numerous states to choose from starting with Jordan, the last nation the Arabs in Judea and Samaria were granted citizenship until Israel gave partial citizenship to the Arabs residing in East Jerusalem and the Golan Heights which Israel had annexed and are now permanent parts of Israel and Hashem help the Israeli leader who thinks or acts otherwise.


Beyond the Cusp


June 20, 2013

Netanyahu’s Stealth Building Freeze

When is a building freeze not officially a building freeze? When it is kept unannounced and enforced simply through not signing permits allowing for any building to take place. This is what has apparently been imposed upon Jerusalem, Judea and Samaria and has been the case since soon after United States Secretary of State Kerry’s second visit when he first began the latest push to press Israel to make concessions which were presumed necessary to bring Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas around to allowing resumed peace talks. From as near as can be assessed, Secretary Kerry has likely promised to force Netanyahu and Israel to meet Abbas’s precondition of applying a building freeze on all lands claimed by the Palestinian Authority. Kerry probably allowed for this building freeze to be an unannounced building freeze so as to allow Prime Minister Netanyahu to deny its existence at least for long enough to persuade Abbas to return to negotiations. Secretary Kerry likely believed that once it became obvious that there was in fact a de facto building freeze that Abbas would proceed with negotiations and forgo his other preconditions. Unfortunately for Secretary Kerry and Prime Minister Netanyahu this scheme was doomed to fail as Abbas cannot agree to rejoin peace talks and remain in power which is the real purpose behind the preconditions.


This became evident when thinking that there was no possibility that Prime Minister Netanyahu could convince his newly formed government to allow a building freeze that Abbas implied to Secretary Kerry that if there were to be a building freeze he would consider rejoining the peace talks and forgive his remaining preconditions. Well, Secretary Kerry and Prime Minister Netanyahu came up with an idea that they could put a building freeze in place without announcing one and that they could get Abbas back to the negotiating table before Netanyahu was forced to admit the freeze and pay a political price for imposing a stealth building freeze. The whole plan fell apart when after about a week of the stealth building freeze being imposed President Abbas demanded his preconditions of a wholesale prisoner release, Netanyahu provide a map of his proposed borders, making the Green Line the basis for borders, and hinted at adding the removal of IDF and Israeli security personnel from all area of the West Bank. This was basically the end of any attempt of bringing the two sides together to reconvene the peace process. Unfortunately, this has placed Prime Minister Netanyahu in a very uncomfortable position along with Secretary Kerry. For Kerry to have any credibility or possibility to ply Abbas to return to the peace talks then this stealthy building freeze would have to be kept in place indefinitely and knowing he has Kerry leaning on Netanyahu making the latter’s political life in a sensitive and untenable place, Abbas will just play the old place an offer forwards then alter it as soon as it is met and continuing collecting as many different concession and then pocketing them assuming that having forced these concessions once means that they are things Israel will always be forced to surrender. This is an even more sinister and deceitful scheme than the usual tactic of joining talks playing for juicier offers to pocket for the next round before walking out, otherwise known as the Arafat Bribe Me Ploy.


Now it has become evident that there is a stealth building freeze imposed on Jerusalem, Judea and Samaria and the Jewish residents in these areas are losing their patience and have slowly been rising to a point of royally upset. Even a stealth building freeze eventually becomes visible as the cranes, trucks, bulldozers, backhoes, and supply trucks can remain motionless only so long before people start to ask pointed questions which in turn are picked up and asked by Knesset Members, especially the nationalists in the coalition. Eventually this could threaten the viability of the Netanyahu government which would hopefully bring the stealth building freeze to a building frenzy termination. The only real pressure that would have even the slightest possibility of forcing Abbas to return to the peace talks is for Israel to proceed with building on a broad front all across Area C. Then announce that Israel has annexed all of Area C as necessary for the future viability, security and a first step towards establishing defensible borders of the State of Israel. Follow this announcement by requiring any Palestinian Authority residents within Area C to either agree to take compensation for their lands or sign an application for Israeli citizenship along with a loyalty oath in order to remain within the Area C boundaries. Once this needful announcement has been declared, all of the Israeli leadership must stand behind this as an irrevocable truth and established fact. This move should be made immediately after informing Secretary of State Kerry of Israeli intent to take this necessary step as it is beyond any reasonable expectation to force Israel not to act in their basic interests which are valid and permissible under United Nations Security Council Resolution 242. Then, while Secretary Kerry is calling the White House the announcing statement must be released followed immediately by an announcement made before the Knesset with as many Ministers attending as can be persuaded to be supportive and televised to all of Israel. After the announcement there must be no concessions or backtracking from the new borders. Then it should be made evident that all future negotiations with the Palestinians will use these borders as established fact and future discussions will be over the division of Area A and B. Israel should follow this with a concerted and strong campaign claiming their right and the rights of every Jew to be allowed free and safe access to every single holy site within the contested areas and if it should become necessary to extend Israeli jurisdiction and sovereignty over these sights to assure such rights, Israel is prepared and ready to enforce whatever is required to assure these rights. The time of Israel forced to accept the submissive role in the state of affairs between them and the Palestinians has proceeded far too long and needs to be terminated. Israel has the superior legal claim to these lands and need not apologize for her existence or over being the stronger militarily any longer. No other nation or people throughout history have been anywhere near as understanding and quiescent or shown respect in the face of such insult and denigration as has Israel. The times of Israeli timidity need to end and end with a firm resolve and an exclamation of Israeli absolute rights and integral dignity. No more excuses, apologies, regrets or marginalization should be accepted from the Palestinians period. Afterwards, whatever the world decides, the world decides and let them learn to live with Israel which is proud and assertive, no more apologies for Jewish existence, and no more compromise on Jewish rights, and no more surrender of ancestral Jewish lands.


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