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May 3, 2018

Attempting to Clarify Israel and the Misconceptions

 

Why not have us start with the biggest misconception, the desire of Israel to form Greater Israel. This is an accusation which most using it know that it is their really big lie. Greater Israel was the Israeli Empire of Kings David and Solomon (see map below). Their empire reached the Euphrates River at its northern point and the Nile, so to speak, to its southern edge. What one has to remember is that whenever your border met the border of Egypt in ancient times, that was considered as bordering the Nile because between the Egyptian border and the Nile were a few small settlements, and a select group of cities which grew around the defensive fortifications along the used paths of travel to central Egypt, the Nile. So the border of Egypt was basically the border of the Nile River as there was nothing of real substance between the border and the Nile River. So, the story of a Greater Israel is a historical reference to the hundred years largely during the reign of King Solomon and the second half of the rule of King David after he unified the Twelve Tribes and then set out on conquest. King Solomon completed the conquest reaching the Euphrates River fulfilling prophesy and retained a steady and peaceful border with Egypt. The Empire of a Greater Israel was an aid to the Egyptian Empire as it presented a safe border where there was agreement and little possibility of any aggressive actions. Neither Egypt nor Israel desired to go to war with the other as they were of relatively even ability and both would lose in such a struggle. There is no desire for modern Israel to extend her border any further than the boundaries defined by the San Remo Conference, the Mandate System and related treaties as well as Article 80 of the United Nations Charter making the Mandates enforceable by the United Nations. The United Nations is bound by its charter to enforce the promises made under the Mandates which set the eastern border of the Jewish State to be the Jordan River and had absolutely no mention of any Arab entity west of the Jordan River, Palestinian or otherwise. The Mandate set an Arab state east of the Jordan River which initially was named Transjordan and later simply Jordan. Despite all the various resolutions voted upon semi-recognizing an Arab Palestinian state out of what was promised to the Jewish State or the intentional harm allowed by President Obama in the Security Council on the Israel damning UNSC Resolution 2334 under Chapter Six authority which does not permit military force or other coercive force such as embargoes for enforcement, the United Nations under the charter, which overrules all else, must enforce as the eastern border of Israel to be the Jordan River. That is an absolute which any International Court would have to respect and use as the law on the matter. This is why the Arab world has never taken Israel into the International Courts at The Hague as they know any such judgement would further enforce the Jordan River border for Israel. After that has been settled, as if Israel were to sign a treaty giving the land away, which she has yet to commit, the sole means for such an Arab state to be formed, such as Hamastan in Gaza, otherwise Israel’s eastern border remains the Jordan River and beyond that there is no desire for reestablishing the borders reached by King Solomon in modern times.

 

Greater Israel the Kingdoms of Kings David and Solomon Between 1050 and 930 BCE

Greater Israel the Kingdoms of Kings David and Solomon Between 1050 and 930 BCE

 

Another slander spread about Israel is the Apartheid accusation that the Jews have rights that non-Jews are denied, specifically the Arab Palestinians. There exist a very limited number of rights which are reserved for solely the Jewish People, but they would not rise to the level of Apartheid. The most obvious is the “Right of Return” for the Jewish People. This was something that the world agreed was understandable and the means by which the Jewish State would operate and be founded upon. Any person whose heritage by birth, or recognized conversion, is Jewish, is permitted to return to the ancient Jewish homelands and become a citizen. This was considered a basic and inherent right under which the Jewish State would operate and as the Jewish State, it would be ridiculous to claim others would have such a right. Jewish citizens upon reaching military age are required to serve in the IDF or perform National Service and this is not required of others with one exception; further the Druze or Circassian Peoples of Israel declared they too would follow conscription and serve exactly as the Jews are required and this was voluntary and decided as a community. Arabs, Christians, Bhai and other religions and peoples residing in Israel are not required to serve in the IDF though they may choose to serve voluntarily. There is a current discussion for expanding military service requirement to the Hassidic Jews. This has not been a right in which Jews are solely privileged to perform, as others are not banging down the doors demanding not to be excluded from inscription. These are the exceptions and beyond these, there is complete equality in Israel. Jews, Arabs, Christians and all other non-Jews have the rights to vote, live in any open community (there are exclusive communities such as religious, Arab, Bhai, Kibbutzim and a selection of similar types), work in any occupation, same healthcare system, join political parties, equality before the law, and everything else just as in any other democracy in the world. The Arab Palestinians do not have these rights because they are not Israelis, they live in their areas under their own governance headed by Fatah and the Palestinian Authority. The Arab Palestinians have not voted in over a decade because Mahmoud Abbas knows he would lose and that would likely lead to his being dragged before an Arab court and he prefers being President so he cancels the elections every time the time approaches. Israel cannot force them to hold elections any more than Israel could force North Korea to hold open and fair elections. The limitations on Arab Palestinians exist due to the fact that they are a foreign entity and are not Israeli citizens and the only citizenship they had before the Palestinian Authority was the older Arab Palestinian likely hold Jordanian citizenship and the rest are the offspring one or two generations removed from being Jordanian citizens.

 

When Hamas and Islamic Jihad launch rockets or use tunnels to attack into Israel and it results in yet another Hamas and Islamic Jihad against Israel war, there comes the inevitable charge that Israel is using disproportional force as the fighting results in more Gazan civilian deaths than Israeli civilian deaths. There are any number of mitigating reasons of which the most urgent which are ignored are obvious to those who bother to try to find the reality. The largest reason is despite having sufficient tunnel and bunker space to place all the Gazan people underground and in relative safety, Hamas (and we will use Hamas to infer Islamic Jihad and their other allies) refuses to permit any of the civilians outside a select group who have sufficient wealth to purchase their own and family safety. Instead, they force the population to crowd into areas where Hamas is launching rockets or where Hamas is planning to encounter and fight the IDF. Hamas does this with the intent of causing civilian casualties. What is even more frightening, Hamas has been seen to entice children, using their youthful curiosity, to stand near their rocket launchers when they are launching rockets into Israel with the intent of their being struck when Israel returns fire to destroy the launchers. Additionally, Hamas, and friends, do not exactly wear uniforms and the major difference between a Hamas terrorist combatant and a civilian male Gazan of approximately the same age is, at most, a few grenades, an AK47 or similar assault rifle, possibly a sidearm or possibly operating a rocket launcher or mortar. When one of these combatants is killed, then his weaponry is removed and then they are pictured by the media and counted as a civilian. Additionally, when Israel calls people, drops leaflets, and performs other warning actions that they will be attacking a certain building or location, Hamas will call for people, mostly women and children, and have them stand on the roof of the building or surround the rocket-launching vehicle so that Israel will not attack and this works much of the time. It fails on occasion when Israel is using artillery or missiles and intelligence does not show the civilians who are still at the location despite the warnings from Israel. Too often it is later found from survivors that Hamas ordered the people to remain in a targeted building in order to cause casualties which they can show the media and claim Israel has intentionally murdered these people. There have been cases when Hamas rockets have misfired and struck within Gaza such as when the al-Shifa Hospital and Shati Refugee Camp were struck by Hamas fired missiles. This was proven by Israeli radar trajectory tracking systems which followed the track of four rockets launched (see pictures below) from a Katyusha multiple rocket launcher aimed at Ashkelon where one of the rockets was tracked. These misfires are shown to the media claiming that they were launched attacks from Israel. In Gaza, Hamas actually use civilians as human shields which too often results in civilian casualties. The simple truth is the Hamas does everything they can to maximize civilian casualties as well as using their own dead combatants to be stripped of weapons and also added to the civilian count.

 

Radar Trajectory of barrage launched from within Gaza depicting strike points including the short round strike on the Shifa Hospital which Israel blamed by Hamas and Media accepted Hamas talking point unchecked

Radar Trajectory of barrage launched from within Gaza depicting strike points including the short round strike on the Shifa Hospital which Israel blamed by Hamas and Media accepted Hamas talking point unchecked

 

Israel works in the opposite direction from Hamas et. al. Israel requires new structures, be they apartments, homes, malls, office buildings or anything else, to have shelters capable of providing protection to the maximum expected count of occupants. These shelters also need to be within a certain distance to permit the people to reach them within a safe period of time which should be less than the flight time of any rocket or missile fired at them. Israel shelters their civilians while the IDF are the ones standing in the open seeking shelter only after they have marshaled all civilians into shelters. Israel has developed the means to intercept as many rockets, missiles, artillery and mortars such as the Iron Dome (see picture below). Israel invests millions of shekels if not billions or even trillions of shekels into producing a multi-level anti-missile interception systems including but not limited to the Arrow II, Arrow III, David’s Sling and the new Magic Wand, and these are the ones which we know exist and who knows what else Israeli scientists have designed and built that they have not made public. Israel protects her civilians placing the IDF between the civilians and the danger while Hamas place their civilians between their combatants and the danger. That is the real reason that there are far less Israeli civilians killed than civilians who are an unintended consequence of Israeli actions to defend Israelis when attacked by Hamas.

 

Iron Dome Launch to Intercept Rockets Originating from Gaza which is Under Hamas Governance and Held Responsible for all Rockets by Israel Regardless of Who Actually Launches Rockets

Iron Dome Launch to Intercept Rockets Originating from Gaza
which is Under Hamas Governance and Held Responsible for all
Rockets by Israel Regardless of Who Actually Launches Rockets

 

Then there is the simple fact that disproportional use of force is a new and previously unheard of measure of warfare. Further, of all the recent and current zones where there is active combat or has had combat, the use of the measure of proportional or disproportional force as a measure has solely been applied to Israel. The ratio of military fatalities when compared to civilian fatalities changed drastically between World War I and World War II (see graph below). The United States had far greater than a ten-to-one kill ratio in Viet Nam when counting combatants. The United States has had almost unimaginable numbers of enemy civilian casualties compared to those suffered by the United States. In every war, there has been very few where the casualties, civilian or military, were proportional and the intent of any military for military combatant deaths is to cause the maximum while taking the minimal numbers. Simply stated, in war a disproportional ratio is what is the intent by both sides. The difference in the Israeli wars with Hamas is due to the intent of each side in their military strategies. Hamas aims to maximize civilian casualties on Israel as they target civilian targets while largely ignoring military targets while Israel intends to target Hamas combatants and uses the IDF to protect the Israeli civilians. Further, while Israel does everything in their power to limit civilian casualties on both sides, Hamas attempts to maximize the civilian death and casualty counts on both the Israelis and their own population. Hamas actually desires that large numbers of their population be killed or injured such that they can have as many pictures as possible to plaster over the front pages and lead news stories around the world. That is their operational strategy, have their own population injured and killed as widely as possible in order to accuse Israel of disproportional force while Israel goes beyond what any other military in the world does to minimize civilian casualties in Gaza as well as protect Israeli civilians. Quoting an investigative report into the IDF performance in the 2014 Gaza War found in this article, we quote, “Each of our own armies is of course committed to protecting civilian life during combat. But none of us is aware of any army that takes such extensive measures as did the IDF last summer to protect the lives of the civilian population in such circumstances.” So much for the claims that Israel has intentionally targeted civilians and the other accusations of disproportionality, an aim of every military in the world when entering combat that they will take few losses while causing maximum losses on their enemy forces.

 

World War II Surpassed World War I Civilian Deaths Against Military Deaths

World War II Surpassed World War I
Civilian Deaths Against Military Deaths

 

Then there are claims that Israel has attacked the democratic base of their governance. This claim is brought by Israelis as well as many groups from outside Israel. All of these groups have one item in common, they are far leftist groups. Their claim is that Prime Minister Netanyahu has to be fixing the elections to continue to win elections after election. There are a number of problems with these claims. First, one is that Benyamin Netanyahu has continuously led the Likud Party by decisively winning internal party elections time after time. Most of the other parties also have had the same people in the highest positions over the same period. The parties which have changed leadership are more often those which did not perform well or reach the level of representation in the Knesset that their membership anticipated. This is what has led to these leaders being replaced; Likud has done well so they have continued with what has worked. It is use of the formula of, if it is not broke, don’t fix it. Likud has been successful and thus they have been the party to choose the Prime Minister which has been their successful leader, Prime Minister Netanyahu. What these groups and politicians mean when attacking Israel as not being democratic and having murdered the previously great Israeli democratic history is actually very simply, they mean that their favored parties on the left have not taken power. Israel had leftist socialist governance until 1977 election of Menachem Begin. This ended three decades of Labor Party rule. Since then the left has won some elections but have mostly been placed in the opposition. Unfortunately, the far left have two easily identified political principles, the first is that they have a natural right to run the world and every nations in it and the second is that if they should lose elections then the only possible reason is that democracy has failed and broken down thus the reason for conservative governance can only happen by killing democracy. For further proof of this, one need simply look at the commotion gripping the United States and the anger generated by BREXIT across Europe. The election of Donald Trump, election of Bibi Netanyahu, and BREXIT are the recent proof that the world as we know it is going to explode and die and democracy must be in decline as only by cheating can nationalism or conservatism become the majority. Israeli political mood is religious, nationalist and capitalist with a touch of conservatism which means that everything the far left find putrid; nationalism, capitalism, religion and conservatism; are the items which appear to be driving the Israeli population and this must mean that it is impossible for democracy to operate as the left cannot appear to win elections. Trust, Israeli democracy is alive and well and quite active which becomes evident even to the most casual observer.

 

Israel is simply despised because its existence makes so many beliefs people have held for close to two thousand years, namely that the Jews were finished and ready to collapse into extinction any day now. With Israel, we now have Jews with an Army and no longer the easy people to push around and blame for everything. Just because Israel exists and Jews are armed and protecting themselves has not quite sunk in, so the world is still blaming the Jews for everything, just now they are blaming the Jewish nation, Israel. Israel understands this as our history was a record of being conquered by empire after empire until the prophesy was finally realized, miraculously just as predicted by our prophets and written in the Old Testament, the Jewish Bible. With the reestablishment of Israel and the start of the ingathering has many people very nervous as they are not quite sure what this means. They fear it might mean the coming of the Messiach will be very soon and nobody believes we are ready for such an event. Others just resent Jews having their own nation and power. Then there is the fact that the land was one under Islamic rule and is in the heart of the base of Islamic power, thus it must revert to Islamic rule and the Jews need to know their place as dhimmis. Then Israel just makes a convenient target as the Jewish nation amongst all the other nations, many of which are of similar backgrounds. The real problem for Israel is it is the only nation with such an identity, a Jewish identity. That makes Israel the lone nation amongst nations which makes her a target. How has Israel responded? We attempt to assist nations in need, we invent technology, medical procedures, new items and all kinds of things which make life better around the world. There is one other item we in Israel have given the world which we like to tell of, we invented the cherry tomato.

 

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January 31, 2017

How Much of a Hint Does it Take Netanyahu?

 

Trump and those around him as well as many others in and out of the media and throughout the blogosphere have been all but screaming repeatedly that Israel had the blessings of the White House to annex all of Judea and Samaria. There have even been those, and we may as well join this group as it is our hope as well, that Netanyahu could exile Mahmoud Abbas and his entire band of merry terrorists and nobody in the White House would utter a peep of objection. There are teeming commentaries all puzzled and confused at why Netanyahu and the rest of the Israeli political leaders are so filled with trepidations over doing what needs be done. It is as if they believe that Israel is loved and respected throughout Europe, the Middle East, North Africa and in all the leftist and Arabist capitals of the world and acting to annex lands which belongs to Israel by International Law and even the United Nations Charter in Article 80 would somehow make Israel disliked, unfriended on Facebook or something equally horrible. News flash; much of Europe hates Israel and are already making plans to boycott Israeli goods even with Israel doing little or nothing. The world is going to condemn Israel for simply existing and nothing the leadership does or does not do short of marching the Israeli Jews, Christians and other non-Muslims into the Mediterranean Sea will make any difference. There is nothing standing between Israel and a solution to the Arab difficulties simply by allowing the Palestinian Arabs to rule themselves in each city and community where they currently live and grant them alien resident status. Israel could end the laws restricting the sale of land by Arabs to anybody other than another Arab and even give a financial award to those Arabs who desired to move elsewhere. All of this could be done and within a few years the world would adjust to the new reality, especially if the lives of the Palestinian Arabs improved, something all but inevitable once the crooks running the Palestinian Authority (PA) are removed from the scene. That would be even more true should the world continue their financial support even at one quarter the level now being granted. Simply removing the United Nations and European Union NGOs and other organizations and replacing them with local elected Arab governance in each location and having Israel establish infrastructure and other basic services and government services would serve the Arab Palestinian population bringing them quickly near the same level as the rest of Israel in opportunities and services.

 

We have repeatedly spelled out how Israel could liberate the Arab Palestinians and even allow them a path for becoming Israelis if they so desired. In the meantime allowing them to elect new leadership is a healthy first step to solving many of their problems. Secondly, having their education system teach skills, math, science and the rest of a regular curriculum instead of using the schools for fomenting hatred and terrorism would ready their youth for a rewarding future filled with opportunity. Giving them a culture based on living and promise rather than on death and destruction and removing the oppressive governance and dictatorship of corruption and violence which has been imposed upon their society under the PA and Mahmoud Abbas. When one discovers that Mahmoud Abbas and many of his cronies have embezzled hundreds of millions of dollars and Euros since taking over the PA after Arafat died with billions of dollars and Euros in Swiss accounts which his wife now lives a royal life in Paris, their anger should assist in the impetus to drive them into exile. Right now if an Arab living under the PA is accused of selling land or even an apartment to a Jew they can be sentenced to death. What is even worse is that once one is accused of such a serious criminal act under the Jordanian Law which Israel allows the PA to impose, whether they are found guilty or not makes little difference. What is horrifying is that despite Abbas not allowing a single execution for committing this crime there have been numerous individuals executed by enforcers often from the PA security forces or simply their fellow Arabs simply because of the anger quipped up by their peers. Removing such a societal violence and the rewarding encouragement by officials and replacing them with normal civilization based on law and order enforced fairly with a high level of normalcy will alter their subconscious normalcy to that of a productive society. With time and positive enforcement the Arab Palestinian society can be returned to a civil and ordered society based on the greatest good rather than their current societal norm of hate, violence and destructive behavior. None of this is possible without the initial step of Israel taking responsibility for all the people living within her borders and granting to all the same opportunity for well-being, wealth and a normal and healthy life equipped with an education which allows for the pursuit of a happy and productive future.

 

Mahmoud Abbas, Donald Trump and Benyamin Netanyahu

Mahmoud Abbas, Donald Trump and Benyamin Netanyahu

 

The sooner that Israeli leadership takes responsibility and gives equal opportunity for a productive and normal future, the sooner such will become the norm for both Palestinian Arab and the rest of Israeli population. The biggest problem is the Palestinian Arabs are now forced to live under corrupt and unhealthy governance and are being forced by the world to undergo such negative reality. The Palestinian Arab population should be annexed and granted the same opportunity, education, societal normalcy and employment granting them a positive future free of the PA oppressive governance, then they will emerge in time to accept the normalcy and join in striving for a better future and adopt normalcy. So, what are you waiting for, Netanyahu, somebody to spell out that you have the world’s permission to do the right thing for all involved? That is never going to happen as the world does not want Israel to succeed. The world wants Israel to fail and be destroyed. Israel will not be rewarded for any act and each time Israel gives in and surrenders even an inch, the result will always be demands for a yard or two. Israel cannot give enough to make the world accept her amongst the nations of the world. Israel surrendered the entire Sinai Peninsula and the world turned around and claimed that Israel had not sacrificed for peace. Israel returned all of the area of Lebanon after the attacks by Hezballah and the world demanded the Sheba Farms and the Golan Heights, both areas which were never part of Lebanon. Israel gave the PA Gaza and they lost it to Hamas. Now they demand Israel give Judea, Samaria and half, the old city and Temple Mount included, of Jerusalem to the same PA claiming that Israel has not given them a chance at governing themselves. What about giving them Gaza? The world acts as if Israel gave Gaza to Hamas, not the PA. Does anybody believe that after giving the PA all the lands that constitute the area Jordan occupied illegally will be the end of things? Trust us when we tell you that if we give the PA all the world is demanding for them the next thing will be a demand that the Negev belongs to the Bedouins or that the Galilee belongs to some other Arabs or that Israel should accept eight to ten million Arab refugees and allow them to be instant citizens. The world will continue to demand until Israel is subsumed by its enemies and will not allow the Jews to retain even Tel Aviv. The world wants to have their nationless Jews living at the behest and under the kindness or hostility of others. Truth be told, the world will not be happy until the Jews completely disappear by whatever means they must find. The only means the Jews have of honestly surviving is to annex all of the lands we were promised by the San Remo Conference and a series of other treaties and charters, period. Once we have all of our land we can then work for the betterment of all the people within the borders including the Palestinian Arabs living as legal resident aliens, like many Baha’I, Philippines, Indians and others who have been hired to assist the many elderly to reside on their own despite requiring a legal helper to do shopping and other services. These people are allowed to reside in Israel as legal resident aliens thus legal but not voting residents of Israel. So, Prime Minister Netanyahu, be bold, act now, stop putting off that which most of the population of Israel would advise, if only you would ask. If you refuse to act, then allow a new leader who is willing to act for the future of Israel to lead. We believe you can find it within yourself to act and there is no requirement to ask Donald Trump even though he is the President of the United States. You do not need to wait for him to move the United States Embassy to Jerusalem, you annex our ancient core of the homelands, all of Jerusalem has been annexed but the world is still attempting to steal away half of our eternal capital including the Temple Mount, the Old City and the Jewish Quarter. The world will never say we can have our land, any of our land. Declare our sovereignty over Judea and Samaria and send Mahmoud Abbas and his merry band of crooks back into exile. Be bold like your military background should have granted you as an ability somewhere in your memory. Reach back and grab your boldness and do what you know is the right thing and annex our land and send that nemesis back into oblivion. Do it now as we have the coverage in Washington D.C. as he signaled during the campaign. We all but guarantee that once you annex that which is ours and guarantee that for the future all of Jerusalem will remain in the hands of Israel, then we will find an American Embassy being constructed in Jerusalem before you know it. Not only will you feel better, you will be elected for the next decade and we will not even begrudge you all the ice cream you can eat.

 

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October 26, 2015

The Carefully Laid Plot Unfolds Slowly

 

The Third Intifada, what our Arab peace partners call the Stabbing Intifada, has been planned as the introduction to what they are plotting will be so much more. Their allies will gather over the coming months from places expected and some unforeseen. One of the first gatherings came this past week and instigated the abrogation of one of the few peace accords Israel has with her neighbors. Numbering over fifty, Bedouin leaders published a joint statement calling on Jordanian King Abdullah II to take on the task of building an army readying them to stand as the vanguard to take back Jerusalem. Arabi 21 news site quoted the statement accordingly, “Arab regimes in general, and the Jordanian regime in particular, have shirked their religious, national, and ethical responsibility towards the most important Arab and Muslim problem, the Palestinian problem. The events in the occupied land and at the al-Aqsa Mosque would not have happened if it wasn’t for the incompetence of governments and their actions in the service of the Zionists, Americans, and national enemies.”

 

 

Third Temple on Temple Mount Sharing with Dome of the Rock as equals

 

The statement proposed the Jordanian King assemble the “Return Brigade” from within the Arab refugee camps and displaced persons, a combination of the refugees grandchildren from the First Failed War to Annihilate Israelis both Jewish and Arab of 1948-9 with further candidates drafted from the camps of Syrian refugees augmented with new supporting brigades of Jordanian nationals and fully supported by the Jordanian military. Together the force should be applied to attack and conquer Jerusalem and the holy sites in the city, especially the al-Aqsa Mosque, Dome of the Rock and the remainder of the holy places on al-Haram al-Sharif (Temple Mount). The reason for building these brigades was to assure Israeli understanding that the campaign against them, the “Zionist enemy”, is truly ongoing and rather than a conflict over borders, it is a religious struggle for the restoration of Islamic Arab hegemony over all the lands and the complete defeat of the Zionist impostors who infect these Arab lands. The entirety of the struggle which has been continuous since before the turn of the last century and now covered over a century without end and will continue, according to many an Imam, Arab leaders and amongst many Muslims throughout the Middle East and beyond into Africa, until the Zionist Entity has been eradicated. One wonders how many of the over fifty Bedouin leaders will be sacrificing their tribespeople to this cause or are they demanding this task to be imposed only upon others. It would be nice to have a full understanding of exactly who and how many and from where the adversaries will be drafted and gathered once more on Israeli borders with the promise of extinction for the Jewish People even if only in Eretz Yisroel.

 

Many will see this story and pass it off as another stand alone and singular item not part of a greater whole, but in the end there are no stand-alone incidents in the end, just a series of chains of events that all too often become interwoven into a massive chain driving events which make for pivotal moments in history. Some of these events are unalterable and others are where mankind makes their own path. In the end we can only strive and pray that our efforts are towards that which we can change and often it is best to pretend that all is within our power to effect, after all, everything else will be as will be and all we could have done was our best. There will need to be far more events, some which will make the news but most will be hidden from view until, as it is always stated in Hollywood movies, too late.

 

 

Left side map depicts the division of the Promised Land amongst the tribes and right side map compares the modern promised land from the Jordan west to the Mediterranean Sea compared to the maximum of area during King David’s and King Solomon’s reigns.

 

 

Today was a blue ribbon day as another little piece of the puzzle came from Mahmoud Abbas as he and Jordanian King Abdullah II met with John Kerry to attempt to find ways of diffusing the ongoing violence on the Temple Mount, Jerusalem and throughout Israeli territory, within and outside the Green Line. Channel 10 in Israel reported Saturday night that the Arab Palestinian Authority (PA) Chairman Mahmoud Abbas is demanding Israel provide him significant political concessions in exchange for any efforts to stem the ongoing wave of Arab Palestinian terror. This all came about as a result of a series of meetings between Mahmoud Abbas with both United States Secretary of State John Kerry and Jordan’s King Abdullah Saturday on calming the tensions in the region. His first demand is the low hanging fruit and most obvious demand as Abbas has made this demand almost incessantly since the last set of steps of negotiating fell apart once the news that Abbas and the PA delegation were planning on terminating all contact with Israel immediately after the fourth and last set of prisoner releases which is now his opening demand even before discussing the rest of the list of coming demands. Abbas made a secondary demand that he absolutely must receive an official statement from Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu admitting to and willing to meet the reopening of talks, of mediations, under agreed upon conditions. Exactly what the remainder of the agreed upon conditions is not entirely defined at this point in time.

 

This all assumes that Abbas can even defuse the current situation, something many believe, yours truly included, sincerely doubt Abbas actually has such influences. Making such an assignment even more dubious is the threat by Hamas to torpedo any chance of talks in the region. Arab Palestinian sources have revealed that Hamas plans to increase levels of the incitement as well as perpetrating their own attacks in Jerusalem and throughout other areas within Israel wherever possible. Additionally, there have been reports of new insertions of new IRGC (Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps) trainers and supplemental forces to augment Hezballah frontline units, train new Hezballah units for the fight in Syria as well as potentially opening a new front against Israel from within Syria and potentially from within Lebanon as well. Some believe that the stationing and equipping new Hezballah units is being made possible by the recent or coming infusions of funds as well as the riches to be gained through the dropping of all sanctions. There is such a high probability, such as to be next to certainty, that Iran will use funds they receive in the coming year as the recently reached nuclear agreement is implemented, will be restocking Hamas supplies elevating the probability of yet another offensive out of Gaza launching hundreds or thousands of rockets with ever increased range and lethality. Fortunately Israeli-Egyptian relations, where frosty, are peaceful and actually have some beneath the board agreements and security coordination concerning the Sinai Peninsula and even Gaza. Egypt has also spent the time, treasure, manpower, planning and execution of steps to all but obliterate the network of smuggling tunnels under the border between Gaza and the Sinai Peninsula. As long as Egyptian President Sisi remains in power, then tranquility bordering on coordination and joint actions will largely continue in place.

 

There are other situations which hold threats for Israel going forward. There is always the danger of a large scale attack with well beyond acceptable losses, not that any loss should be viewed as a mere statistic, as should that day befall us, and let us all pray such never becomes valid, then the entire idea of status-quo will be blown apart possibly never to return as it is claimed currently. There will be the ever growing threat of rockets or missiles from Iran, an all on invasion by Islamic State launched across Jordan and on to the Arab Palestinian lands giving the Islamic State a beachhead against Israel. Then there is the constant verbal bludgeoning Israel receives from Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. There is little doubt that given half a chance to defeat the Jews, Erdogan would dedicate whatever troops he felt would be required. The real problem is that there are Arabs and a few others around this globe who see nothing wrong regarding their defeating of the Jews, all of the varieties from the least religious, universalistic Jews or the uber religious Jews. To reach this end the Arabs may never be required to accept the Jews, Christians, Buddhist, and many others who have already been swallowed partially by Islam and know that it is about the particular uniqueness of Islam which demands as a holy act that it erase all which preceded them and conquer and convert those who claim to have come after them as they claim to be the sole repository of truth and the final word on all faith and thus all must either be preceded by Islam and thus an offshoot who has lost their way or beseeching forgiveness if they hold to religious beliefs which preceded Islam. Theirs is the ultimate and final end of self-aggrandizement claiming to be the final rendition of replacement theology thus they believe there can be none other.

 

 

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