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May 24, 2018

Gaza Borders and the Reality of Human Rights

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The United Nations Human Rights Council recently decided to investigate the events concerning the Israeli reaction to the peaceful protests on the Gaza border. There was not even consideration of investigating the violence and attempts to destroy property and swarm the border in order to murder Israelis by the masses Hamas has encouraged to perpetrate these violences along the Israeli border. Let us consider the vote by nations where twenty-nine voted in favor, two voted to oppose and fourteen abstained from voting with two nations not voting (see image below). The nations voting in favor were Afghanistan, Angola, Belgium, Brazil, Burundi, Chile, China, Cote d’Ivorie, Cuba, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ecuador, Egypt, Iraq, Kyrgyzstan, Mexico, Nepal, Nigeria, Pakistan, Peru, Philippines, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates, and Venezuela. The two who voted against were Australia and the United States. Those abstaining were Croatia, Ethiopia, Georgia, Germany, Hungary, Japan, Kenya, Panama, Republic of (South) Korea, Rwanda, Slovakia, Switzerland, Togo and Great Britain. The two nations not voting were Mongolia and the Ukraine. Reading the names of those voting to investigate Israel, most were either Islamic or dictatorial nations with a few whose own human rights actions are of questionable respectability. Those who abstained or voted with Israel were almost all democratic nations whose people enjoy maximum rights and have excellent human rights records. All in all, this vote could be said to be more revealing of the voting than it was of Israel. Let us look into the situation more deeply together.

 

UNHRC Gaza Vote to Investigate Israeli Actions of Self-Defense

UNHRC Gaza Vote to Investigate Israeli Actions of Self-Defense

 

The first item one need consider is what exactly are the driving realities behind the Gaza-Israeli border and the conditions within Gaza. One claim heard is that Israel is responsible for providing electricity, water, gas, and all other goods as the occupying power. Every one of these items is false and anything Israel permits to enter Gaza is a gift granted solely because Israel actually cares more for the people of Gaza than does their government. Yes, Gaza has a government, presumably has utilities and is actually responsible for providing for the people of Gaza. The Gazans elected Hamas to be their governing body. The border between Israel and Gaza is an international border. The electrical shortage in Gaza is not due to Israel reducing the amount of electricity crossing the border, it is because the Palestinian Authority, in an attempt to press Gazans into turning against Hamas and allowing the Palestinian Authority to regain control over Gaza, cut funds which prevented Hamas from purchasing fuel oil for their electrical generating plant. The recent interruption of natural gas provided to many Gazans is due to the rioters on the border setting the pipeline on fire after rupturing the pipeline while also destroying the crossing used by Israel to provide aid to Gaza (see image below). The destruction of the crossing also made the import of goods to come to a halt. These were very likely actions which were planned by Hamas as they continuously tell their people that their problems are all because Israel exists and if they could just destroy Israel they would all live the good life which Israelis live. What the world does not bother to note is that the electricity, water and other utilities, which Israel provides for Gaza and the Palestinian Authority, are seldom paid for and this causes prices for Israel to be higher leading to difficulties for many Israelis. Some Israelis go without airconditioning during the summer and set their heaters at a lower temperature and wear heavy sweaters inside just to make their electricity and gas bills more affordable. The sewage treatment plants in Gaza are left in disrepair despite Gaza being provided with the required piping and cement to repair these systems repeatedly but these items are misappropriated for building infiltration tunnels and bunkers rather than repair of these plants.

 

Gas Pipes Set Ablaze at the Kerem Shalom Gaza Crossing to Israel

Gas Pipes Set Ablaze at the Kerem Shalom Gaza Crossing to Israel

 

There have been no schools or hospitals built in Gaza and numerous apartment buildings remain destroyed and not replaced simply because Gaza places a higher importance on their tunnels and bunkers and less on providing for their citizens. Should Israel be providing the construction of new hospitals, new schools and repairing apartment buildings destroyed when destroying rocket launching pads from the past wars? At this point, allow us to restate that the Gaza border is an international border with the same legal restrictions and implications as the border between any two nations, in this case adversarial nations where one, Gaza, has sworn itself to the destruction of the other, Israel. Also, there is another such border between Egypt and Gaza and there have not been as many demonstrations along the Gaza Egypt border and Egypt has kept that border completely closed to all traffic almost continuously for years. Israel has sent trucks with supplies, tractor-trailer trucks, recently with medical aid considered to be in short supply and desperately required in Gaza and Hamas refused the aid. Additionally, the normal aid convoys were interrupted as the crossing was destroyed by Hamas activities causing Israel thirty-million shekels, eight and one-third-million dollars in repair costs. We found an interesting video on Haaretz, an Israeli strongly left-leaning news source, which gave time to all sides making their points both supporting Israel and blaming Israel that we decided to include despite some ideas with which we have some issues with their presentation of their facts.

 

 

Back to the ideas, we would like to press about these confrontations, and they are not protests and no longer rioting but an actual military confrontation with Hamas using their own population as cover for military attacks. In the past week, anybody keeping abreast have realized that Hamas has made announcement which, to say the least, have been contradictory. One set of spokespeople have claimed they have demanded that their citizens not approach the border fence while others have told them to bring wire and bolt cutters to make a breach in the fence, and others have stated the Gazans should breach the border and swarm across into Israel forcing a direct confrontation with the IDF and if able to get beyond into Israel to, with the words of Hamas leader Sinwar, they would “eat the livers of those besieging” them. He had previously told the Gazans that their boys would “tear out their hearts from their bodies.” (see video below) These are the hopes and aims of the man who rules Gaza and heads Hamas and was the one who called for this attempt to infiltrate Israel. This was his declaration of war and there are Gazans who are now angered because they saw no gains from the price the people paid. They expected something greater and had real reasons to actually expect results, as we will discuss next.

 

 

Sinwar had promised that the border would be erased, the blockade would come down and they would be swarming into Israel murdering Israelis, taking their lands, their goods, their treasure and returning to their presumed properties while gaining everything the Israelis have and assuming their way of life as if even had the Gazans sent every Israeli Jew leaving Israel, they could not continue to have the same standard of living that the Israelis live and have established. They had been given the idea that they were certainly going to completely swarm through large areas of destroyed border fence and were provided maps with the fastest routes to the closest Israeli population centers, towns, kibbutzim and cities also denoting the places where the border fence was to be breached (see image below). Remember, this border fence denotes and international border between Israel and Gaza. Israel does not rule Gaza, has no actual effect on the Gaza economy, and Israel is not by any means stealing virtually all building materials to build terror infiltration tunnels and underground bunkers for Hamas operatives and terrorists only and denied to the Gazan population when Hamas makes active war firing rockets into Israel as in the three Gaza-Israel wars. The infrastructure in Gaza is in disrepair and all provisions for repair have been used for tunnels and bunkers. So there was no border breach and they are not going to conquer Israel slaughtering the Jews as promised. The blockade, a legal blockade approved by the United Nations as Hamas is a terror organization and Gaza is considered a terror state and thus can be prevented from having the right to freely importing weapons and large weapons systems. Hamas and Islamic Jihad have still received advanced rockets and missiles with better accuracy, longer ranges and heavier payloads to have gone from rockets with a five to ten kilometer range and one to five kilogram payload to today having missiles which can reach Tel Aviv, Jerusalem and Haifa with one-hundred and even, it is believed, larger payloads. These additional abilities have been provided largely by Iran which is also sworn to destroy Israel as well as the United States. These are some of the realities which Israel has to face and make decisions, and find some means by restricting the damage to civilians and try to prevent innocent deaths. Hamas, on the other side, wishes to maximize the numbers of innocent deaths to parade before the world which is all but salivating to denounce Israel for not simply rolling over and being killed. So, how does Israel handle these challenges?

 

Hamas Maps Showing Closest Israeli Communities and Directions to use in Potential Attacks

Hamas Maps Showing Closest Israeli Communities and Directions to use in Potential Attacks

 

During the wars with Hamas, Israel would drop leaflets warning civilians of coming attacks, made thousands of phone calls warning of coming attacks and did all they could to warn the civilians even of the time and direction from which IDF troops would approach. I hear the gasp and the question as to would that not also warn the terrorists? Well, of course it would, but Israel believed that this was a small price to pay if it prevented innocent people being killed. When the Israelis sent aircraft to strike a rocket-launching site they would either have the pilot send images of the target site back to Command or a drone would be sent beforehand and send back images to Command and then officers including human rights expert lawyers would decide if the attack would be safe and not risk innocent life to the best of their ability to determine. If it appeared safe, then the attack would be authorized and when a drone was present they could call off the attack should civilians appear close to the target. I hear the question; would this not cause Hamas to use such rules to prevent Israeli airstrikes? Well, Hamas left a large number of women and children on the roof of the buildings they were using for command and control and they placed their central command bunker in the basement of the Al-Shifa Hospital in Gaza City (see image below). Another question is always would this not permit Hamas to set up an ambush for IDF infantry when they know their route of approach? Well, they did and it resulted in a multi-hour battle which all but destroyed the neighborhood and led to what was claimed a great number of innocent deaths which subsequently were proven to be terrorists from the actual battle and thus legal targets. What Hamas does when one of their fighters is killed, they take away their weapons and remove any headdress or other signs that they belong to Hamas and then claim that they are civilians. What is the worst of all possible results is that by having their main command center in the Al-Shifa Hospital, Hamas has made the hospital into a legal military target and thus making it a legal target as it houses a military installation which is why placing any military use inside a hospital is considered illegal and a war crime. Terror groups really could not care less about committing war crimes as such is part and parcel of their day-to-day operations.

 

Gaza Al-Shifa Hospital

Gaza Al-Shifa Hospital

 

Hamas has even made claims that Israel struck with missile fire the Al-Shifa Hospital and the Shati Refugee Camp. Their claim ran into a problem as Israeli Iron Dome tracking systems had tracked the four rockets fired from a mobile launcher. The tracking showed their striking the Al-Shifa Hospital and the Shati Refugee Camp with the remaining two rockets heading for Ashkelon in Israel, which was intercepted, and off into the Mediterranean Sea. For the map showing the tracing use this link. Of course, by the time Israel went through their logs and found the proof that the rockets striking these locations were actually misfires by Hamas themselves came days later after the world and the media had dragged Israel over the coals and through the mud. That is another item Hamas relies on which is best represented by the quote of Sir Winston Churchill stating, “A lie gets halfway around the world before the truth has a chance to get its pants on.” This is even worse today as those lies now get around the world almost countless times, are discussed repeatedly, condemnations made and considered complete and all responsibilities assigned with the United Nations and its agencies already performing several investigations before the truth even finds its pants. From Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice, Act 2, Scene 2, states, “truth will come to light; murder cannot be hid long; a man’s son may, but at the length truth will out.” From this we get the phrase “Truth will out,” meaning that with time the truth will win and become known. This no longer applies as once social media decides an issue, and they jump so quickly even rivalling the speed of light, their initial conclusion never dies without long and tedious explanations as to how the truth was proven, and on social media anything longer than two-hundred-eighty characters is just too long to read and such a pain. Well, that is Twitter’s idea of limit to speech. With the media in so many forms so eager to prove that Israel is such a horrible and corrupt entity, the truth will out but so many just do not care. That is the reality and eventually it will cost the world a great debt which will eventually come due, they almost always do.

 

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May 22, 2018

Venomous Political Discord in Gaza Revealed through America

 

The difference was made starkly evident by the interview of Senator Bernie Sanders and the speech to the Senate made by Senator Ted Cruz when referring to Israel and the Gaza confrontation. Before we post the two videos, please bear with our rehashing some items, a few new ones, and too many we have covered before, just for those who are reading only this article. The first item one need understand and even take care to remember when listening to new coverage is that the moving of the United States Embassy to Jerusalem has absolutely no bearing on the violence on the Gaza border. The recent violence on the Gaza border is the latest tactic of the Hamas terror group which rules Gaza by threat and intimidation. The last round of warfare about three years ago Hamas realized their rockets were no longer much of a threat as the Israeli defensive Iron Dome system was capable of intercepting nearly ninety percent and that they were wasting their efforts with rockets. They also realized that they are not capable of fighting a ground war against Israel as even when the IDF had dropped leaflets telling the people in one area that they would be moving through their area in two hours and Hamas set up what they believed was a well designed and impenetrable ambush, they were still roundly defeated by the IDF infantry with the Israelis taking only minor casualties. This is the new weapon which Hamas hopes to destroy Israel. Their design is to have masses of humanity breach the border fence and storm into Israel murdering every Israeli they come across. These mass rushing of the border fence have had some presumably innocent and possibly overly zealous people join with the terrorists, but the claims by Hamas and Islamic Jihad have shown that the vast majority have been their own fighters, their terrorist members. Below are two videos, one an actual Hamas spokesperson speaking on Hamas television admitting that fifty-two of the sixty fatalities on the Gaza border were Hamas operatives, Hamas terrorists. We have read elsewhere that Islamic Jihad has stated that three more of those killed were their people, Islamic Jihad terrorists. Put all these claims together and the totals become very telling. Before jumping to immediately condemning Israel for killing, even murdering as some have put it, sixty innocent, unarmed, peaceful protesters, look further and the truth, the reality is that fifty-five of the sixty killed that day were members of one of the two main terror groups which control Gaza. That comes out to over ninety percent of those killed by Israel were terrorists. The videos below are both quite short, so give them a quick perusal.

 

Good, now that we have established the reality, let us look at it a little deeper. One of the main detractors of Israel in this confrontation had been the BBC. We thought it might be enlightening to compare coverage from England news when they had their own terror war in Belfast Ireland. We managed to find a video of one such report which is posted below. The report is done very solemn and straight without any hint of feelings for the terrorists responsible for the act. Below is another report, this from the BBC, where the terrorists are referred to as innocent citizens and they attempt to tie it to the opening of the United States Embassy but at least were honest about the reason behind the coming day, that it was to protest the existence of Israel and the Nakba. There was mention that Hamas was asking that the most innocent, women and children, not attend the Nakba protest but no reference to Hamas telling their people to bring concealed knives and firearms to use should they breach the border and reach Israeli communities or to the fact that Hamas had distributed maps on the fastest and shortest routes for reaching the Israeli communities (see image below videos). These maps and the instruction that they were intended to be used in order to reach and murder or kidnap Israeli citizens should their “innocent” protesters breach the border fence and swarm the IDF position reaching open areas, they were not to attack military targets, but are to slaughter civilians as their main objective. This is what the IDF is preventing and yet the world demands that the Israelis be investigated for protecting their border from an invasion while Hamas is being depicted as the victims. Hamas is intending to cause two results, both war crimes, they intend to murder civilians as their main objective and failing that show the pictures of dead and injured Gazans, portrayed by the world’s media, in step with Hamas propaganda, as innocent civilians in a peaceful protest. These are not peaceful protests and are an act of warfare by a different and obscene means with Hamas and Islamic Jihad terrorists guiding the offensive hoping to destroy Israel.

 

 

Hamas Maps Showing Closest Israeli Communities and Directions to use in Potential Attacks

Hamas Maps Showing Closest Israeli Communities and Directions to use in Potential Attacks

 

Let us now interject with the two sides as represented by two United States Senators, first Senator Bernie Sanders from Vermont who was Hillary Clinton’s opponent in the recent Democrat primaries to be the Presidential candidate, and the second Senator Ted Cruz from Texas who was also a primary candidate for the Republican Presidential race.

 

The misnamed protests on the Gaza-Israeli border are simply an attempt to have a swarm infiltrate Israel and then spread out hunting down civilians killing every Israeli possible and possibly kidnapping some Israelis in order to trade them for the release of hundreds, if not thousands or possibly demanding all, of the terror prisoners held in Israeli custody. There is no humanitarian aspect to these actions as they are done with full malice and hatred one could imagine. The Arabs have used one means or another since 1922 to prevent the formation of the Jewish State and for the destruction of the Jewish State of Israel since 1948 and her founding. Israel was attacked by six Arab armies assisted by several militias and partial forces from three or more other Arab states on the day of her founding. There have been two more Arab-Israeli wars with the intent of erasing the Jewish State. Realizing that the Arab nations were not going to be able to destroy Israel with brute military force, the Arab world has since used a different tactic, they returned to the terrorism which they had used before the founding of Israel. Here are a few links, the first to coverage of the 1929 Hevron Pogrom, next about the 1933 Jerusalem riots, then about the 1936 through 1939 Arab uprisings and lastly an overall article written by a British Officer, Colonel Richard Kemp.

 

The current rage has nothing to do with the United States Embassy move to Jerusalem, it has everything to do with the fact that Israel exists. That has been the problem since before Israel came to be as even the thought of the Jews residing on lands claimed by the Arabs was an anathema to the Arabs. The reason there has never been peace is that the Arabs are only willing to accept one solution, Israel under Arab rule and the Jews gone. This has been the root of why every attempt at finding a solution has failed and why every attempt in the future will fail. There is no solution which can be reached where the Jews are permitted to live in any border no matter how small, the entirety of the Jewish existence must be erased for the Arabs to believe a proper solution has been attained. Even if, Heaven forbid, such an eventuality were to come into being and all the Jews built a space-faring nation to go look for a home on another planet, two results would ensue, the Arabs would claim whatever planet the Jews settle upon and the Arabs would continue slaughtering one another as they are doing now currently in Syria, Turkey with the Kurds, Yemen, Libya, and along the African Transition Zone (map can be found here where Islam meets the Christian world. That is the unfortunate reality and is why Israel must defend her borders, because the alternative is just too horrifying to even contemplate.

 

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May 20, 2018

Israel Chooses to Retain Freedom and Liberty

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There has been a small-scale level of discontent on the Gaza border with Israel for the past month or so. This small-scale level of discontent on the Gaza side was covered by the mainstream media in much of the developed world as families coming together to have a picnic, men joining together for daily prayer, youth playing pick-up games of soccer and numerous other innocent activities. Sure, they admitted, there were some who were protesting just like you would expect with speeches, signs, some yelling and burning tires and that was about as strenuous as the activities on the border reached. Then they covered the Israeli side of the border where they brought up water-cannons, teargas launchers, rubber-bullets and live-fire of real bullets. The Israelis escalated their actions each day with them killing Gazans in some numbers and injuring thousands upon thousands. There was no real reason for the Israeli actions, well, if you read the stories in the New York Times and listened to CNN or the BBC as well as far too many others reporting on the activities, even some on Fox such as our not so favorite Geraldo Rivera, or as we like to call him, the mustache that never found the truth.

 

So, why are we upset and what is it we, living here in Israel, believe happened and is the history which is behind everything. Let’s look at the history and see if the Gazans have any accurate and real complaint against Israel. Way back in ancient history when George W. Bush was President of the United States and Condoleezza Rice was Secretary of State, they proposed a solution which was unique and untried to give the Arab Palestinians the opportunity to prove their untapped ability to build a prosperous and functional area completely under their own governance. They told Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon that if things turned out poorly and any Arab violence ensued, then Israel could simply retake Gaza and things could return to as they were before the Gaza giveaway. So, in August and early September of 2005 the IDF forced every Israeli residing in Gaza to leave their communities, reinterred every Jewish grave as even the buried Jews would have been dug up and their bodies burned and otherwise subjected to forms of desecration. The greenhouses were left intact for the Arabs to have a ready to operate business but the rest was destroyed so as to remove any chance for the Arabs to make a spectacle burning down the Jewish structures. Every military structure was disassembled and all the soldiers and equipment taken across the border into Israel. A total of eight-thousand Jewish settlers from all twenty-one settlements from Gaza were relocated. The disengagement proved to be an extremely emotional experience as one might expect from losing your entire community, your home, workplace, synagogue and everything you have known and watching it be destroyed (see image below). Still, Israel did as the United States insisted in order to give the Arabs a chance to make an example of what their society could produce with the presumed intention of a normative and functional economically healthy society given the slightest chance.

 

Emotion and Grief of Israelis being Dispossessed as part of Gaza Disengagement by Israel to Give the Arabs a Chance

Emotion and Grief of Israelis being Dispossessed as part of
Gaza Disengagement by Israel to Give the Arabs a Chance

 

So, what was the reason for the Gazan protests where burning tires were rolled at the border fence, Molotov cocktails were thrown across the border, incendiary devices were attached to kites and flown to drop on Israeli wheat fields burning a number of them completely, rocks were thrown using slings for added distance plus force, attempts were made to cut holes in the border fence, explosive devices were placed along the border fence, border monitoring equipment were destroyed, numbers of people attempted to rush the fence to break through and rifles were used to shoot at IDF positions all as part of that reportedly peaceful gatherings. Well, they were protesting the Israeli occupation of Gaza. What Israeli occupation of Gaza were they protesting? Israel left Gaza completely leaving their borders with Egypt initially monitored for almost six weeks by European Union monitors who fled and then Egypt was left to open or close as they desired with Gaza. There was initially no blockade of Gaza and their fishing fleets were permitted free range as long as they did not fish in Israeli shoreline. Israel placed the blockade into place in June 2007, in response to the takeover of Gaza by Hamas, a terrorist group sworn to destroy Israel and murder every Jew in the world. There is no Israel occupation of Gaza. That does not matter as they were protesting the Israeli occupation of Israel because their leaders claim that Israel belongs to them and the Jews all need to be slaughtered. The protests and rioting were intended and are continuing with the intent of breaching the Israel border fence and streaming thousands of armed Arabs into Israel with the intent on destroying property and murdering everybody they can find. These are the demonstrators which Israel has been accused of treating poorly and advised to greet them with pizza and flowers and then they will sit with Israel and be reasonable. These violent and threatening protests will continue for as long as the rest of the world insists on blaming Israel as that serves the requirements of Hamas. What the world should be decrying is the waste of the lives of Gazans in the name of the destruction of Israel.

 

Gaza Border with Peaceful Rioting

Gaza Border with Peaceful Rioting

 

The concept for Gaza was for the Arabs to show the world their idea of a perfect and functional society. What you are witnessing is the idea in Gaza of what makes a perfect and functional society. Their ideal society is hell-bent on the destruction of an actual normal and successful society known as Israel. They have already announced what their intent will be once the world gives them Israel, something which will never be permitted by Israel itself. Their next intent is to invade and destroy all of Europe and murdering all the Jews and the vast majority of others who are not Muslim unless they convert, and even if they convert, many will still be slaughtered. After Europe, including Europe, their intent is to jump the Atlantic and perform their usual actions in the United States and Canada. Their final hope is that Hamas will rule the world and they will have slaughtered everyone they feel is not sufficiently Islamic. This means that currently, on the Gaza border, Israel is defending the world from Hamas. Don’t take our word for it, take theirs. They claim to have theoretically produced a new and softer document of intent, not actually a replacement of their charter, but a document which is pure taqiyya intended to soften the world’s view of them as terrorists so they can become eligible for aid. We expect that Europe will jump at this fantastic opportunity as they are surrendering to the fact that Mahmoud Abbas will never destroy Israel and actually cooperates with Israel just enough such that Israel guards him and protects him from Hamas and other more radical groups who desire replacing Abbas. Hamas still has the energy which Europe believes would be required to destroy Israel, the desired result Europe has half-heartedly pursued since they actually agreed to allow the Jews to return to their ancestral home in 1922 at San Remo. The European leaders mostly did not believe the Jews would ever desire to leave European rule and go to live in the desert where they would most definitely die of starvation. Something was wrong with their plan, it included Europeans continuing to permit Jews to live and not round them up and ship them off to death camps.

 

Here is the reality, uncoated and straight. The Arab world would love to destroy Israel and kill the Jews. This is due to the Hadiths, in particular, Hadith Sahih Muslim (41:6985) Abu Huraira reported Allah’s Messenger (may peace be upon him) as saying: The last hour would not come unless the Muslims will fight against the Jews and the Muslims would kill them until the Jews would hide themselves behind a stone or a tree and a stone or a tree would say: Muslim, the servant of Allah, there is a Jew behind me; come and kill him; but the tree Gharqad would not say, for it is the tree of the Jews. This particular Hadith pleased the founders of Hamas to such an extent that they included it in their Hamas Charter. The presumed new “love” that the Arab world, Saudi Arabia in particular, are feeling for Israel is not due to their turning over a new leaf, it is due directly in response to a old threat with newly provided power called Iran. Iran and Saudi Arabia both believe that they should be the rulers and leaders of the Islamic World. The Saudi Arabian leaders believe that the Islamic World should be nice and uniformly Sunni Muslims. The Iranian leaders believe that the Islamic World should be nice and uniformly Shiite Muslims. Currently the Islamic World is eighty-eight percent Sunni Muslim, twelve percent Shiite Muslims with a small fraction well less than one percent other minor sects.

 

Such a near total majority of Islam being Sunni does not bother Iran in the slightest for they realize that within Islam the vast majority will be influenced by a simple concept that they would follow the stronger horse. Currently Saudi Arabia gets to declare themselves that horse due to their wealth and the fact that they rule over the Two Holy Cities of Mecca and Medina. Iran has these two cities plus the Saudi Arabian oil fields within their sights. This is where the idea and coming reality of a Shiite Crescent comes into play (see map below). The star in the crescent covers the location of Mecca and Medina. Iran has hope that in the near future they will have the military power necessary to take the northeastern area of Saudi Arabia where the majority of the Saudi Arabian Shiite population resides along with the majority of oil fields. Then, on the other front with forces possibly launching across Jordan and turning to rush the Red Sea coast of the Saudi Peninsula from the north, a second pincher could rush up the Red Sea coast of the Saudi Peninsula from out of Yemen heading north. Should Iran succeed, they would have a strong oil economy having usurped the Saudi Arabian fields and probably also those of Kuwait and also have become the keepers of the Two Holy Cities of Mecca and Medina. With such a coup of the Islamic World, Iran would appear as the strongest horse and this could lead to vast numbers of Sunni Muslims converting into Shiite Muslims. They would not even be required to change their Mosque other than changing any reference to Sunni Islam into a reference to Shiite Islam and their Imam would also be required to adopt Shiite Islam or face being replaced, and possibly in a less than gentle means. We cannot conclusively state this is the Iranian intent, but it stands sufficient that the Saudi Arabian leaders believe this which works temporarily to the favor of Israel. If Iran were to succeed at such a coup, then Israel would simply be facing a new leader of the same problem, nothing else.

 

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

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

 

Iran is a world problem as their intents extend into the far future and follow the belief that Islam is destined to rule the entire world, as Allah will favor them in such an effort. This belief is central to both Sunni and Shiite Islam so whichever is dominant makes little difference. The problem Israel faces as immediate is the rioting on the Gaza border. This is a serious problem and a difficulty one because the western media is covering the story dishonestly. This allows for their leaders to use the misinformation being disseminated to the public as their means to the end of opposing Israel. What is almost unbelievable is that these same governments actively use the inventions and discoveries which Israel produces while feeding the monsters on the Israeli border. The reality that even if there were no Israel, Syria would still be in the throws of a civil war, Libya would still not have real governance, Yemen would still be in a civil war, Iran would still be threatening the Middle East with further wars and Europe would still be facing a potential Islamic uprising to take over and end democratic rule replacing it with totalitarian Sharia. For those who will claim that Iran has an elected parliament, we would like to remind them that the Guardian Council chooses from all the potential candidates which are acceptable and permitted to actually run and be elected. This is a limit which removes the open election concept of democracies where the people alone determine who will represent them, there is no supervising group which determines their choices and then allows voting to choose from amongst those they approved. Europe is hurtling towards a confrontation in which they will either retain their current governance or they will join the rest of the Islamic World resulting in an end to their democratic way of life. When the people realize what is rapidly coming their way, their politicians will have much for which to answer. In the meantime, Israel has already chosen and refuses to lose their freedoms and liberties which come with their democratic governance. The Gaza rioting desires to contradict and end that choice and that is why Israel resists. Europeans may choose to surrender which will be perfectly in accordance with Islam, Israel chooses not to submit, thank you.

 

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