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October 2, 2019

Why Leftists Love to Hate Israel

 

With the General Assembly of the United Nations holding its annual opening ceremonies, we are once more likely to have Israel condemned in any number of resolutions between now and the start of 2020. These condemnations will be voted on in the General Assembly during their opening ceremonies, as they have done almost every year, then again on November 29th as the day that the United Nations proposed in the General Assembly to divide the lands left west of the Jordan River between Arabs and Jews evenly with the United Nations retaining the regions around Jerusalem. This day has become a festive period celebrating the Palestinian Arabs in their efforts to destroy Israel. This should strike anybody who knows history as quite absurd as the Zionist Jews accepted this division and it was the Arabs who refused. Their reason was simple, they intended to invade Israel at her birth and destroy the country and kill as many Jews as they were able. There was one flaw in the Arab plans by which more than six Arab nation’s forces made that attack on the morning of May 15, 1948, but failed to destroy the Jewish State. Instead they took control of Gaza and the Shomron, what Jordan renamed the West Bank. These two areas have been used by Arab forces ever since to launch terror attacks and wars against Israel. During this period leading up to the next year, the United Nations will also denounce some of the Arab and Islamic nations but in total, less than the number of articles leveled against Israel. This includes nations such as Syria, Yemen, Somalia, Iran, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Turkey and the many others who have abhorrent civil liberties and human rights.

 

But there are reasons that Israel, and also the United States, are also chosen for the locations for large and extensive protests and so many other places are left as untouchable. For example, there are often gay pride parades in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem, the capital and largest cities in Israel but one has never heard of gay pride parades in Damascus or Aleppo in Syria, Bagdad or Mosul in Iraq, Tehran or Qom in Iran, Riyadh or Mecca or Medina in Saudi Arabia, Cairo or Alexandria in Egypt or any capital or largest city in any of the Arab and Islamic states in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). Going one step further, in Israel there are the beaches of Tel Aviv, the coffee bistros, fine dining, great night life, five-star hotels, personal freedoms, security from crime and all the amenities which make the liberal and modern life more enjoyable. In Israel there are no dress codes as long as you actually are dressed and all the modern civilities first world protesters have become so comfortable enjoying. These things are not so easily, if even attainable at all, found throughout the MENA world. There is one thing these leftist protesters demand for the privilege of being made to appear evil, restrictive and closeminded regardless of how open and accommodating the society is in reality; that they have all their creature social comforts. Further, for the European leftists, Israel is relatively close by and can be reached on a Mediterranean cruise.

 

When it comes to protesting of and often in Israel, it often appears that all the stops are taken out. According to United Nations Watch through their Executive Director Hillel Neuer in his reported Tweet, Israel will be condemned twenty times against the remainder of the world amassing a mere six (see tweet pictured below). For a deeper look into the biases against Israel in the United Nations, the European Union and the world, there is this article by the JCPA*. Many pro-Israel and Zionists have met the all too common accusation that the facts do not bear out their complaints about the specifying Israel for scorn and condemnation above and beyond all others by these agencies while they never produce any actual data. The claim remains resting on the old canard that the Jews are whiny liars who play on other people’s emotions to excuse their criminal behavior. This was a principle argument against Jews who were relegated to being money changers, the ones who made trade and economic growth throughout much of Europe, Jewish merchants accused of placing a thumb on the scale and overcharging the non-Jews while treating their fellow Jews honestly and numerous other items and libels. Take all the mistreatment the Jews have suffered over the millennia and one can now see how Israel has become the Jew amongst the nations and must practice all the horrid things which the Jews were accused.

 

United Nations Watch Executive Director Hillel Neuer Tweet

United Nations Watch Executive Director Hillel Neuer Tweet

 

There is another reason why such misrepresentations continue and is also contingent to Israel for not going forward with a strong counter propaganda campaign based on the truths about the Jewish state. This is a common complaint coming from many sources including numerous confounded and confused Jews over this lack of national gumption. The problem is easily explained, though many refuse to accept such reasoning. The anti-Israel conglomerate of various agencies, NGO’s, international agencies, United Nations and their agencies and far too many nations and individuals spend hundreds of millions if not billions annually financing their propaganda and directed efforts against Israel. Israel does not have the financing to counter such an insurmountable effort backed by such financing. Israel had made efforts against these defamations attempting to get more of the truth out before the world, but much of the world does not wish to even hear the reality that is Israel. Then there are the efforts of numerous personal efforts, such as many of our articles tracing the basis for international law, another bit of reality being ignored by all the anti-Israel condemnations and demands of Israel to surrender lands west of the Jordan River as they do not belong to Israel. We advise those believing this read the San Remo Conference reports and the League of Nations Mandate System and all the rest of the supporting treaties and agreements through the Anglo-American Treaty and Article 80 of the United Nations Charter (we wrote about much of this here). These efforts against Israel will eventually fail and potentially damage the nations taking positions within the anti-Israel condemnations and other efforts with them. There is one thing about Israel which will eventually erode and quell the condemnations against her through her efforts to better the planet and her work in Africa and often Israeli help being amongst the first to arrive and the last to leave after disasters almost anywhere around the world, from Haiti to the Philippines and elsewhere in-between. Also, much of the world has benefitted and seek out Israeli innovations, inventions, medical cures, agricultural developments and expertise in almost every field imaginable. The good that Israel performs often without receiving even the slightest amount of thanks while other times rave reviews come from the oddest places such as the below from a report by CNN. The Israeli efforts in Haiti was not the exception, it is the rule when it comes to assisting in the recovery and rebuilding anywhere in the world where they are permitted to do their best for any nation absorbing the costs herself.

 

 

The reality of Israel is one of charity and humanitarian efforts leading such work in so many efforts and locations where a need exists. We have written about some of these efforts, and nowhere near even a majority of such efforts, numerous times such as here, here and here. Another achievement for which Israel received more criticism than accolades was a private effort to place a lander on the moon named Beresheet. Israel was the fourth nation to place their spacecraft on the lunar surface even if the final engine firing failed and she crashed, it still hit the moon and this was on the first try by an Israeli company. There are efforts underway for a second attempt and we fully expect that Israel will not need a third try to be the charm, we believe the next launch will succeed. What many people miss about Israel are the number of inventions for which much of the technology and research was and is attributable to Israeli efforts, both public and private. Cell phones, instant messengers, security software, drip irrigation, desalination and other water purification systems, special arid climate crops and so many other advances, techniques, procedures, programs, medical miracles etcetera, etcetera, etcetera (if we may quote Yul Brenner from the movie The King and I). The problem is it is chic to be critical of Israel and numerous college campuses are churning out more and more anti-Israel graduates as they kowtow to Arab petro-dollars receiving endowments and entire departments build with oil monies all with the intent of turning the next generation of American and European leaders against Israel, as if things were not an up-hill battle already. We have seen these efforts pay dividends with the likes of AOC in the House of Representatives along with Omar and Tlaib, though only Tlaib and AOC received her education at western universities. This trend will very probably escalate unless things take an unexpected turn, but for the time being, Israel is here and plans on remaining as one of the most viable democracies in the world representing its people, though currently we find our public very evenly split. The political problems Israel faces are a direct result of her being a democracy with equal rights for Jews and non-Jews alike as well as for Arabs, Druze, Christians, Muslims and Bedouins, and we will together determine the future of Israel, not some dictator or religious fanatic as with too many in our neighborhood. Israel is the country you have heard so much about and still likely know next to nothing of the reality. Come and visit and take in a gay pride parade and see exactly how tolerant Israel actually can be and is. To our Jewish readers, Shana Tova, have a happy new year and may your year be as sweet as the honey we dip our apple slices into.

 

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*JCPA = Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs

 

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September 10, 2019

Why Am I not All That Worried?

 

Everyday I hear a similar question in several parts. Perhaps writing articles here at Beyond the Cusp makes them believe I actually know and understands what is going on in the world and especially in Israel. It might also be my record of making predictions which have a great amount of veracity and often coming true almost exactly. Whatever the reason, I realize these questions are posed hoping I can ease their minds or accurately warn them when to start to worry and make plans accordingly. The first part of the question is worded something like, is a war coming in the near term? This is usually followed by asking for clarification as to where. This is when I have had to provide some not so great news. The reason is that Hamas in Gaza in the south has stated that they will join in any war should Israel engage with Hezballah in Lebanon to the north while Hezballah has promised to join any war Israel might engage with Hamas. The answer is it matters little where the next conflict starts, it probably, thanks to orders from Iran, will encompass a two-front war against both Hamas (with Islamic Jihad) in the south and Hezballah in the north. This, fortunately, may not matter for the remainder of this year as my feelings are that there will not be any all-encompassing conflict, or this is my wishful thinking.

 

There have been a slowly increasing escalation from out of Lebanon and Syria where Hezballah and the IRGC are aiding Syrian forces loyal to Bashir al-Assad along with Russian air and defensive support. The escalations by these forces have gone from single or twin drones to a drone swarm and single rockets to multiple rocket launches and the use of guided anti-aircraft missiles against ground vehicles. Hamas in Gaza use rocket launchers, anywhere from two or three to as many as a dozen or two. On both fronts, the Iron Dome has intercepted the majority of these projectiles projected to strike populated regions at an unreal excellence and proficiency. There have been threats made after every exchange with Hezballah always making the claim that Israel started everything and thus they will respond to the Israeli belligerence. The only problem with their claims is that the exchanges are almost if not always initiated by Hezballah or Hamas and Islamic Jihad. Hamas also has their weekly, of more accurately daily, rioting along the border replete with launching of kites, balloons and the occasional drone with explosives and incendiary packages aimed for the destruction of Israel. They love the land so much they are willing to completely destroy everything such that nobody can use the region. These are the situations which many in our circles are concerned about, even to the point where it dominates conversation more than the coming election, but not more than the general banter which makes leaving the house worthwhile.

 

To the best of my discernment, many in our circles are displaying a level of tenseness and apprehension noticeably higher than usual. They claim that my lack of uneasiness with what I write and apparently obsession with the news cycle is unexplainable, even considering that I do not believe a war is inevitable this summer or until late next spring. Tomorrow morning, I fully expect to have this conversation within fifteen minutes of meeting the first of my regular circle leading to the same reaction of head shaking and pressing their feelings of ill-at-ease adding an, are you sure, to the conversation. If I am fortunate, others will not overhear our conversing as that almost inevitably brings others echoing the same questions and disbelief and even some expressing concern for my levels of sanity. I always assure them that I am still as unbalanced as ever. The upside of this tense situation surrounding us guarantees that people will want to converse so they can ask and be reassured that there is nothing coming in the immediate time-frame as none of the enemies of Israel desire having everything they own broken and having to wait for Iran to smuggle in a resupply of the necessary components for their rockets and drones. Outside events often supercharge the conversation and the number of scenarios discussed and presented as reasons why I am confused and unfounded in holding such an optimistic, almost Pollyannaish, attitude regarding the danger level around the threats which are thrown around weekly if not daily some weeks. Between Nasrallah boasting of the competence and preparedness of the Hezballah military units being capable of returning the Galilee to Lebanese control, read as Arab control, from the occupation by the Zionist Entity and Yahya Sinwar who leads Hamas insisting that the Friday (and often other days just peeking on Fridays) rioting will continue until the occupation by the Zionist Entity has been destroyed, we are pretty much guaranteed two to five threats each week depending on the need to distract the people from their poor governance. When one includes spokespersons from Islamic Jihad, commanders of the IRGC, Iran itself and Mahmoud Abbas and the rest of the Palestinian Authority (read PLO) circus all coming at the same demands, that the Jews take their rightful subjugation by their Islamic superiors, we seldom go two days without some threat raising concerns.

 

Hezballah is a terror army with all the abilities of the Lebanese Army in addition to their own forces as two-thirds of the Lebanese Army are members of Hezballah or sympathizers and thus do pose a credible threat. The IRGC is a second military fielded by Iran and are Islamic hardliners with radical beliefs. They are well trained and receive the same if not better equipment than the Iranian Army. This provides them with all the same capabilities as the Iranian Army with the possible restriction of less air support. Add in the Iranian Supreme Leader Grand Ayatollah Sayyid Ali Hosseini Khamenei with his and the Iranian fanatics chants each Friday after religious services screaming, “Death to America, Death to Israel,” there is an additional guarantee for my conversation. The way I figure things, if there really was a threat of a war coming in the near period, they would have displayed a far higher rate of increase in the attacks and terrorism. There was the latest attack by Hezballah where they fired anti-aircraft guidable missiles at an IDF base targeting the vehicles and striking a field ambulance which could be claimed was an attempted escalation, almost, as they struck a converted Merkava I battle tank, which are obsolete as a main battle tank but make for a far safer ambulance for the rescue of injured soldiers in an active battle scenario, and claimed they had injured numerous IDF soldiers and claimed possible fatalities. The entire scene at this base was set up with mannequins which were evacuated as if being actual injuries. After Hezballah made their bombastic claims, IDF spokespeople revealed the reality that no Israeli was injured or killed and that the entire exchange was a trap which Hezballah took the bait, hook, line and sinker.

 

Still, the situation which Israel faces on a daily basis is serious and threatening. In the Middle East, threatening is the natural condition, and not just between Israel and her neighbors. Syria is in the midst of a long-running civil war, Iraq is fighting its own Kurdish citizens in the north securing the northern routs for Iran to provide supplies, forces and weaponry for the IRGC, Hezballah and forces fighting supporting Bashir al-Assad, Yemen is in a civil war with the Houthis attempting to overthrow the elected government with Iranian support provided by both the IRGC and Hezballah forces, the Jordanian King is facing the threat of massive unrest from the Arab Palestinians plus all the other conflicts surrounding the MENA nations and the remainder of the world. This is also another reason why I doubt that there will be any conflict this year. Iran is behind almost half of the conflicts in the Middle East. The other violence is mostly Islamic forces attacking those of Animist, Christian or other non-Islamic faith across central Africa in the Transition Zone (see map below). There are also conflicts between India and Pakistan as well as the civil unrest on Mindanao in the Philippines among other regions of strife. With most of the Arab and Islamic world facing internal as well as external conflicts, Israel has become less of an issue throughout their world.

 

African Transition Zone

African Transition Zone

 

This lowering of the level of concern and hatred against Israel as there exists an even more menacing threat, Iran. This has sent Saudi Arabia and many Gulf States to form an almost speaking relationship with Israel. There is far less mention of the Zionist Entity and threats with an exception for the Imams whose entire repertoire consists of hating Israel and Jews. This has caused the uninitiated to express their prediction that Israel will ally with Egypt and Saudi Arabia in order to counter the Iranian threat. Put absolutely no credence in this theme as everything will revert back to hate for the Zionist Entity as soon as Iran ceases to threaten the Sunni Islamic world. Simply put, take Iran out of the equation and the Sunni world will return to their emphasizing the destruction of the Zionist Entity and the return of the region to Arab Islamic rule, their defined norm for not only Israel but to the remainder of the world. Islam has a very simple definition for the world. They divide the world into two camps, Dar al-Islam and Dar al-Harb; being defined as the world of Islam and the world of war respectively. Making this slightly more complicated, the Sunni Muslims and the Shia Muslims each consider the other to be heretics and thus part of Dar al-Harb. This also explains the high level of animosity between the Sunni Arab states and Shiite Iran. With Iran actively holding heavy sway over Iraq and their total control of Lebanon through Hezballah and Syria where they are assisting al-Assad defeat his opposition for control of Syria; this forms what many refer to as the Shiite Crescent and has all but encircled Saudi Arabia potentially explaining their sudden affections for Israel, the sole military which is capable of restraining Iran from doing whatever they please.

 

Shiite Crescent including Lebanon, Syria, Iraq, Yemen and Iran

Shiite Crescent including Lebanon, Syria, Iraq, Yemen and Iran

 

There is one other reason that we doubt that there will be a war this year, and this includes elections. We can gladly say that the Israeli elections are not the main criteria but the 2020 American elections. Iran is aware that should they be caught pressing for a war anywhere in the Middle East, even Israel, then President Trump would have a free ticket to pose a massive assault on Iran destroying their nuclear program and military ability. As long as after hitting Iran and dealing them a definitive and debilitating strike President Trump departs Iran, then this would leave the rebuilding and possible selecting new governance for the people to do as they see fits them best. Should Iran return to being ruled by a governance nearly identical to their current theocracy, then they would face the same policies from the Trump administration. If the Iranians built a representative governance and called for recognition and relations with the rest of the world, this might be accomplished once their new governance was solidly in place, a constitution or similar document designed and order restored allowing for free and open elections, then perhaps Iran might join the rest of the world. This would require their disbanding the IRGC, ending all support for Hamas, Islamic Jihad, Hezballah and all other terrorist organizations, ceasing their support and control over Iraq, Syria, Lebanon and Yemen and liberalizing their civil laws allowing for greater human rights and other freedoms. Then the Middle East could return to their natural positions of complete and total rejection of Israel. This would work to relieve some of the terrorist threats on Israel, but all of them would remain and simply be seeking new backers such as the Muslim Brotherhood, Saudi Arabian entities and other support even to include the European Union, United Nations with accompanying agencies, European nations and others around the world. Things would take a while to settle into whatever the new conditions would become, and things would become more unstable as the terrorist groups would start to compete with one another while seeking funding and support. This would make things unsettled and far more dangerous and quite possibly could press a war with Israel to prove they are the real and true threat to the Jewish State. That is the Middle East, “It is a riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma,” the description Winston Churchill gave in a radio broadcast in October 1939 talking about the actions the Russians might take in World War II.

 

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September 8, 2019

Israel and International Laws and Treaties

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Almost every article we have the displeasure of reading while performing research all seem to be missing or not understanding the rights and guarantees as well as the limits placed upon Israel and its Arab neighbors and citizens under International Laws under the various treaties reached after World War I and subsequently with the establishment of the United Nations under their Charter. We figured we would touch upon some of these misconceptions and misrepresentations which apparently abound. These include the litany of rights Israel is bound to provide its citizens and what limitations can be placed and by what criteria. They also present a solid and set boundaries for the Jewish State which apparently have been completely ignored by much of the world including, unfortunately, many Israelis and their politicians. What makes matters even worse is that there is virtually no discussion which includes these facts when addressing the steps which are available which can be taken to resolve all the issues simply by applying these International Laws which are bound to be enforced by the United Nations.

 

One vital bit which is often misrepresented are the set boundaries for the Jewish State under the laws and treaties including the San Remo Conference, the Treaty of Sèvres, the Mandate System and enforceable under Article 80 of the United Nations Charter. The original borders laid out under the San Remo Conference, the international agreement which took the Balfour Declaration and legalized its intents under International Law defined Israeli borders as currently exist with Lebanon in the north and with Egypt along the Negev-Sinai border and parts of the Golan Heights as the border with Syria and the Jordan River as the eastern border with Jordan. Under the expectation there would be a population exchange which did occur, but only in one direction, the eight-hundred-thousand-plus Jews expelled from the Arab and Islamic world (see map below). There were no Palestinian Arabs and no Arab state west of the Jordan River. The problems arose after the Arab forces which attempted to destroy the Jewish State upon her founding realizing territorial gains where Gaza was illegally occupied by Egypt and Judea and Samaria (Shomron or West Bank) was illegally occupied by Jordan. These regions were left open for Arabs from the surrounding nations to relocate, which many did, simply added to the Arab populations with Jordan relocating thousands of Jordanians into the region they illegally declared to be included within the borders of Jordan. Jordan applied not only political control of the area, but also provided Jordanian citizenship to the Arabs who resided in the West Bank. Were Israel to be treated as any normative nation, the Arabs in the West Bank and Gaza would have been relocated to Jordan and Egypt respectively once Israel liberated their regions freeing them of their occupying powers of Egypt and Jordan.

 

Definitive Map of Israel

Definitive Map of Israel

 

This was what was applied when India was split making Pakistan as a neighboring Islamic country. Millions of Muslims left India relocating to Pakistan and millions of Buddhists and Hindus left the area renamed as Pakistan for India. Similarly, areas of Germany, Russia and Austria-Hungary which were formed into new nations including Poland, Czechoslovakia, Yugoslavia, Romania and Lithuania were made to absorb their native populations back within Germany, Russia, Austria and Hungary respectively as part of the new map in Europe after World War I (see maps below). Exchanges of populations in order to retain national identities and populations has been the rule of thumb used in various resolutions with about the sole exception being the Jewish State. Much of Israeli history has been an example of how the world treats the Jews as an exception to the rules everybody else are held with the decisions always falling on the side which, for any outside and truly neutral observer, say an alien from another star system, would appear to have singled out one peoples for specifically strict and stifling application of completely unique application of political and geographic applications apparently with the intent of the destruction of this people and anything they build. This has been the case since the conquest under Alexander the Great and the Hellenistic Greek Empire continuing through the Roman conquest and continuing in the modern times with the British and the United Nations and other world powers and entities into the present. Apparently, Israel and the Jewish People are being demanded that they accept any Jews the world decides they do not desire remaining within their borders while also being forced to surrender lands to any and every claim which comes down the pike. This logic of accepting an ever-increasing population while retaining ever smaller areas of land is ridiculous and something being solely applied to Israel, the Jewish State.

 

German Empire and Austro-Hungarian Empire Before WWI and After WWI

German Empire and Austro-Hungarian Empire Before WWI and After WWI

 

Under the agreements by which the Jewish State of Israel was reconstituted has some very easily understood rules, restrictions, applications and defined legalities which include set borders and the rights which must be granted to citizens both Jews and Gentiles. By strictly applying these statutes, which the United Nations is obliged to accept and enforce as their commitments under the Mandate System, Israel could end all the many various attempts to delegitimize the Jewish State and reorganize, restructure and reestablish Israel as an Arab nation where the Jews would soon find themselves once again without a country. The International Law requires that Israel provide those residing within their borders, the borders defined above, with religious rights, social rights, freedom of movement within the same restrictions as Jews, economic rights, legal rights, residential rights, commercial rights and virtually all the rights permitted the Jews with an exception. This exception is where the world would go absolutely bonkers without having a leg to stand on under International Law. Israel may provide political rights to those who are not Jewish as they decide serves her best interests. This exception was applied to the Arab citizens of the annexed parts of Jerusalem. These Arab citizens were granted the right to vote in Jerusalem elections and those of smaller neighborhood political entities. These Arabs will not be able to vote in the coming national elections on September 17th as these are restricted from their limited autonomy.

 

The same could be applied to the Arabs of the Palestinian Authority once their current political structure is reconstituted allowing these Arabs to vote for their own leadership for the first time since the 2005 election of Mahmoud Abbas. Israel has not denied these Palestinian Arabs the right of voting for their own governance, Mahmoud Abbas has refused to allow elections knowing he would lose his position and then possibly his life if he did not depart quickly enough. These Palestinian Arabs would finally be electing their own leaders and be liberated from the oppression of the Palestinian Authority and Mahmoud Abbas. But their election of their own local leaders could be where their restricted political power would be permitted. Should any Palestinian Arabs relocate to another area within Israel, their right to vote in local elections would need to be decided upon by the Knesset and the courts but under International Law they would have negated any political rights by relocating. They would retain all other rights which are guaranteed under International Law with the exception of political rights. This also means that the Palestinian Arabs would not be permitted on any national ballot or list of any political party though they would be permitted to run in localized elections where their limited political rights would allow them to vote. This would grant the Palestinian Arabs semiautonomous political rights in selecting their immediate governance while remaining under Israeli laws. Of course, they would always retain the right to leave and emigrate to any other nation in the world which is willing to accept them. This is a far more workable solution than the other most obvious alternative, driving them into Jordan across the Jordan River and into Egypt across into the Sinai Peninsula. Such a solution would break the rules imposed under the British Mandate, a solution put in place by the British with the intent of preventing the Jewish State from ever being realized, but would remain within the rights Israel retains as the results of the lands liberated in response to an offensive war brought against Israel in June of 1967 and the Six Day War.

 

While completely complying with the various treaties, conferences and other legalities, Israel could extend her border to its rightful place, the Jordan River, expel and exile the leadership of the Palestinian Authority and all members of any of the various terrorist entities legally barring them from entry within the Israeli borders due to their taking positions as enemies of the State of Israel and sworn to her destruction. This is no longer applicable to Gaza as Israel released her claims to this region though at any point where Hamas, Islamic Jihad or any other entity within Gaza launches rockets or other attacks upon Israel, then Israel could retake Gaza and expel the terror entities extending Israeli rule over Gaza while providing the Palestinian Arabs residing within the same rights and conditions as they would provide to the Arabs residing currently under the Palestinian Authority. In both locations, Israel would be replacing dictatorial regimes with smaller entities which would be of a democratic nature with regularly held elections which would be overseen such that they would be fair and free elections where all would be permitted to run and vote from within the defined region. Both Gaza and Palestinian Authority Arab communities would be permitted, if desired, to elect a single governance over their respective areas. This would permit the Arabs to have immediate local governance and a regional governance if they so desired, though the larger the area governed, the greater the opportunity for returning to the same governance as is currently causing the vast majority of their difficulties.

 

Once Israel would annex either region, their utilities and infrastructure would be repaired, upgraded and improved making their lives healthier and far more pleasant. These are areas the current governance sees little reason to perform regular maintenance, let alone improvements, has led to some health problems from contaminated ground water, lack of sewage treatment, inadequate electrical generation, lack of clean drinking water and various other problems currently being ignored. Once annexed, these problems would be resolved with proper repairs and upgrades being provided. In exchange, Israel would expect that their laws be followed and terrorism to come to an abrupt halt. Well, we may be dreamers, but our eyes are open and we realize that terror would continue but, hopefully, at an ever-decreasing rate. Israel would likely find it necessary to change her laws regarding terrorist acts. The main change would need to make terrorist acts potentially punishable by exile after their prison sentence has been served or as simple as exile being conducted immediately upon conviction. Israel would have every right under current International Law for any of these options with the option of declaring the Jordan River as her eastern boundary being the necessary first step.

 

There would be some degree of pushback. Within Israel such pushback would come from the left side of the political spectrum and would take every step of this before the Supreme Court often using judge shopping to find the perfect panel which supports their political agendas. This is only in Israel to the best of our knowledge, but a Supreme Court decision on these matters could be in turn taken before a larger panel of Supreme Court judges and overturned. (We know, first the mess currently swirling around how justices are chosen and other procedural items need be ironed out, but all in good time.) The European Union, United Nations, UN Human Rights Council along with other UN agencies, numerous European countries, more than just numerous NGOs and who knows how many other entities will all be clamoring and demanding that Israel cease and desist from these actions. This can be stated in a more concise manner which the left uses almost every time they do not get their way and another policy is initiated instead by their normal complaint, ‘What will the world say. They will be so upset and will take serious exception to such actions.’ Our reply is actually quite simple, ‘They already complain about anything we do which is in our best interests. The world wants us destroyed now and whatever we do will not make it any better as long as we continue to exist as the homeland for the Jewish People. They want Israel replaced by another Arab dictatorship and the Jews made homeless once more so they can persecute us and we will have nowhere to go where we could be safe.’ An even simpler means of saying all this is to simply inquire how any action Israel does in her own interest changes the rejectionism suffered under current conditions. Israel will be denounced simply for existing and desiring to continue to exist. As long as we are being denounced, it is best if we are denounced for building our nation and making it a safer place for ourselves and any tourists visiting.

 

While we are acting in our own interests, Israel should immediately take complete control of the Temple Mount making it open to everyone and allowing all the entrances to be used universally and none reserved for any single group. Israel should also take control of Hevron and the Jewish Holy Sites in that region including but not limited to Joseph’s Tomb (Kever Joseph) and the Tomb of the Patriarchs and Matriarchs (Machpelah) where Abraham, Sarah, Isaac, Rebekah, Jacob and Leah are entombed again making the site accessible by all with equality and any other religious sites including those of Christianity and making them all more readily accessible. The first step in this process will be the most difficult, and it will entail the Israeli leadership actually fully understanding that Israel has equal rights and should not bow to international pressure and instead pursue the agenda which is best for Israel and allow the world to do what they will. Whatever their initial reactions, with time they will adjust and adapt to the new reality and since Israel would have International Law behind these actions, even if they brought Israel before the world court system, we have the treaties and other agreements which would allow for a slam-dunk easy win for the Israeli representatives. Even the United Nations could be taken to these very same courts and be forced to allow the application of the terms and borders laid out in the Mandate System agreements. When the International Law reinforces your position, that is a position of strength which used to its fullest would greatly enhance and improve the positions which Israel will soon be forced to take when the world has their inevitable conniption fit.

 

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