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January 31, 2014

Israelis Rally at Kotel with Answer for Kerry

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Secretary of State Kerry floated the idea of proposing his framework agreement to the Israeli people in a speech in the hopes that they could be swayed into accepting the plan and pressuring the government to accept the entire plan. Israelis decided to provide an answer without the need for any speech with a protest against the proposed framework that is being pushed by Secretary of State Kerry. The theme for the assembly was presented more as a call for the rights of the Jewish People in their ancestral homeland to be permitted to remain whole throughout the lands promised by numerous treaties and historic accords from well before the start of World War II and included in numerous treaties which were ratified by the allied powers at the end of World War I. These treaties and mandates were also accepted to be enforced by the United Nations under Article 80 of the United Nations Charter which recognized the guarantees of the Churchill White Paper, the San Remo Conference, the Peel Commission and the Mandates established to manage the breakup of the Ottoman Empire. The main provision of all these treaties, mandates, committees, and commissions set borders which gave the Palestinian Arabs the British Mandate Lands east of the Jordan River and guaranteed the Zionists the lands west of the Jordan River and by permitting the division of the lands and surrendering 78% of the Mandate lands they were guaranteed that these lands west of the Jordan River were to be inviolate never to be divided or molested in any way into the future. It was due to these guarantees and promises that the world refused to accept the annexation attempt by Jordan of Judea and Samaria after they occupied them as a result of the 1948-9 Arab War against the newly founded Israel (with the exception of Britain and Pakistan who did recognize Jordanian annexation).

 

The gathering at the Kotel was held under the title “prayer for the redemption of the people of Israel and their portion.” Rabbi Chaim Druckman, head of the Bnei Akiva yeshivas, Chief Rabbi of Kiryat Arba Rabbi Dov Lior and Chief Rabbi of Tzfat Rabbi Shmuel Eliyahu led the prayers and were joined by the thousands of attendees who filled the entirety of the plaza and beyond at the Western Wall. The prayers beseeched G0d to “give strength, courage, truth and faith to our leaders. Give them fear and great awe of You, that they will fear greatly to harm our holy land.” Rabbi Ben-Dahan was quoted commenting, “We came here to strengthen the Prime Minister in guarding the land of Israel.” He further pointed to the fact that should the proposal’s plans match the rumors heard surrounding them, they will not be accepted by his Jewish Home Party. He concluded stating that, “Most residents of the country aren’t ready to divide Jerusalem, as is said to be proposed in the plan.” Polls taken in recent days have backed up Rabbi Ben-Dahan’s statements with significant majorities rejecting any proposals which divide Jerusalem or demand that Israel retreat to the 1949 Armistice Lines surrendering settlements and removing Jewish families from their homes and businesses.

 

There should also be a cautionary note that once Secretary Kerry makes his plans for a framework agreement known to the public, there will be a concerted all-out push made by leftist NGOs both foreign and domestic, both of which depend heavily on funding from outside Israel with much of the funding coming from the European Union, numerous European national governments and international foundations which back far leftist ideologies and are critical of Israel referring to her as an apartheid state with a horrific human rights record quoting the UNHRC (United Nations Human Rights Commission) regular denunciations as all the proof they require. They will mobilize not only leftists from within Israel, where they make up less than one quarter of the population, but also will import possibly tens of thousands of protesters from Europe and around the world to march in solidarity with whatever demands Secretary Kerry’s framework places on Israel. These very same demonstrations will not make any demands that the Palestinians sign or even state they accept the framework but will demand that Israel make good on every demand made on her without any reciprocal concessions from the Palestinians. These demonstrations wherever they may be held, as it is possible that arranging to bring such numbers of demonstrators into Israel may prove logistically difficult, will receive great emphasis and lengthy coverage from the mainstream media, especially throughout Europe and the United States. Great pains will be taken to single out Israel as rejecting taking the necessary steps and make the needed sacrifices demanded by Secretary Kerry and his framework agreement. There will be little if any mention of whether or not the Palestinians have accepted the framework as they have already denounced any deal Secretary Kerry may bring. Mahmoud Abbas and the rest of the Palestinian Leadership have remained insistent that any agreement must include a return to the pre-1967 Armistice Lines as a border, the removal of every last Jews from the Palestinian lands, East Jerusalem as their capital city, complete surrender of all of the Old City of Jerusalem including the Temple Mount and the Western Wall, complete and total removal of all IDF forces within three months or immediately (depending on which Palestinian you are quoting), the release of every last terrorist imprisoned by Israel for terrorist charges including multiple murders by many of those imprisoned, total refusal to recognize Israel as the home for the Jewish people or as a Jewish State, refusal to agree to an end of their resistance claiming that they will continue to resist by all and any means until all of Palestine has been liberated from the (Jordan) River to the (Mediterranean) Sea and lastly, the resettlement of the five-million plus Palestinian refugees within Israel being given their original homes or equivalent replacement and compensation for their hardships and losses. There have been comments made by Palestinian spokespersons that they received a letter from Secretary of State Kerry guaranteeing that every last Palestinian demand will be realized and included in any framework or final agreement. Fortunately, nobody has produced such a letter presenting it to the press and thus remains a skeptical claim at best.

 

The idea that Secretary Kerry will present his framework and have it accepted by both sides is a ridiculous idea as no matter what is included it will contain nonnegotiable demands for both sides. What is truly frightening is that there are those within the Israeli government and some leaders of political parties who have taken the side that no matter what is included in Secretary of State Kerry’s framework, the Israeli government must accept it lock, stock and barrel without any complaints or modifications. This includes many in the media as well but the most frightening has been the appearance of cracks forming within the governing coalition with some entertaining the idea that Israel should accept the framework agreement as it will simply be a guiding set of conditions and not be an actual settled policy and any demands not to Israel’s liking could be debated and eventually rejected going forward. It is necessary to ask these people whether or not they have been paying even the slightest attention to the history of the negotiations from even before the Oslo Accords and most definitely since. Have they failed to note that every single plan which has been presented since the initial significant compromises which were made and included in the Oslo Accords that Israel’s position has been walked back a number of steps by each round of negotiations. Have they missed that wherever the current negotiations end off when the Palestinians finally just walk away refusing to talk further that at that point the next round of negotiations will use that as the starting point and add to it as many as a dozen more preconditions and concessions from Israel just in order to bring the Palestinians to the table again. Have they completely missed or are they simply ignoring the fact that the Palestinians have never made a single concession and have still yet to amend the PLO Charter removing the call for the complete annihilation of Israel which was one of the initial requirements of the Oslo Accords and the refusal of the Palestinians to do so actually nullifies the Oslo Accords. Israel should simply refuse to have any further negotiations or contact with the Palestinians until they, at a minimum, meet their requirements stemming from the Oslo Accords. Furthermore, if the Palestinians refuse to accept and meet those obligations within a reasonable time of six weeks, then Israel will simply consider the Oslo Accords null and void and take appropriate steps to return to the pre-Oslo conditions and no longer recognize the Palestinian Authority or other Palestinian presumptive governance. Israel must stand firm at some point or the negotiations will eventually reach the point where the debate will be which nation will accept the entirety of the Israeli population who will have become refugees without a country. That is something that must never be, period.

 

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March 29, 2013

The Ignored Reason There is no Palestinian State Already

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Ask any European leader or politician and the odds are you will hear that the reason there is no Palestinian State is due to Israeli refusals to make peace and the Israeli settlements. They will speak of how the Palestinians are thirsting for peace and crave their own State and have made generous offers if only Israel would compromise. They will never mention the refusals over the decades by the Arab League, Yasser Arafat, and Mahmoud Abbas to every offer beginning with the initial offer from the United Nations to found the Palestinian State on the more select and prime farming lands between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean Sea leaving only a thin strip of land along the Mediterranean Sea, another along the northwest at the bottom of the Golan Heights and over half of the land being the southern lands of the Negev Dessert. The Zionists accepted this hardly equal or fair division while the Arab League refused to allow this partition as it still allowed the Jews to rule themselves and demanded that all the land be relegated to Arab rule and they would allow the Jews to remain as long as they behaved like good Dhimmis. The United Nations and the world simply left the offer to stand in hopes that the Arab League would accept the plan, but come the middle of May, 1948, Israel declared their nationhood and seven Arab nations’ armies declared a war of annihilation against the Nascent Jewish State of Israel. Miraculously, the small newly found State of Israel managed to survive and even gain lands by pushing the combined Arab armies back taking the western half of Jerusalem within hours of the declared ceasefire taking hold. At this point there was no Israeli presence in the lands of Gaza, Judea, or Samaria with Egypt retaining control of Gaza and Jordan retaining control over Judea and Samaria which they refused to call by their historic names substituting the less descriptive and un-Jewish name of West Bank. Jordan even attempted to annex the lands they called the West Bank and made the Arabs living within Jordanian citizens. This seemed natural as the Arabs living in the area mostly had relatives either in Jordan or in either Syria or Iraq as most had arrived over the past two generations as the economy offered better employment. Jordan’s annexation of the West Bank was not recognized not even by the other Arab nations or the Arab League and was recognized solely by Great Britain and Pakistan in the entire world. Jordan also forced the Jewish residents within their areas of control to leave their property behind and expelled them into Israel. Meanwhile, Israeli Prime Minister Ben-Gurion offered for the Arabs living within Israel to remain and join in building a future. Despite this invitation many Arabs fled into neighboring Jordan, Egypt or Syria where they eventually ended up placed in camps, denied citizenship largely due to their not joining in the war against Israel; causing them to be seen as less loyal.

During the next decade over three-quarters of a million Jews were stripped of their wealth, lands, businesses and were deported from the majority of the countries of the Arab League with the majority finding a new home and a place to restart their lives in Israel while some went to Europe, the United States and other destinations. The Jews who were ejected from their homes often with only the clothes on their backs or a suitcase or two were welcomed in Israel and were granted citizenship and full rights and today they and their descendants make up approximately half of the Israeli population. This makes the claim by many Palestinian and Arab spokespersons that Israelis should be returned to the lands from whence they came in Europe and the United States ignores that half of the Israelis lived originally in the Arab world. One must wonder if these countries would open their arms and accept the descendants of the Jews they ejected. Somehow I just cannot see that ever happening.

Since 1948 Israel has been attacked by her Arab neighbors a number of times. Resulting from the first conflict where France, Great Britain and Israel declared war of Egypt after Gamal Abdel Nasser nationalized the Suez Canal and refused to allow European shipping to pass through the canal, Israel took possession of the entire Sinai Peninsula during this conflict but returned every inch of the lands to Egypt as part of the peace treaty that also saw the reopening of the Suez Canal to international shipping. United Nations peacekeepers were also stationed in the Sinai Peninsula to prevent another conflict from erupting. In late May, 1967, Egypt’s Gamal Abdel Nasser ordered the peacekeepers removed from the Sinai Peninsula, massed troops on the Israeli southern border, closed the Straights of Tiran and massed Syrian troops on the Israeli northern border threatening to annihilate the Jewish State. The closing of the Straights of Tiran was an internationally recognized casus belli of war. Israel responded to this declaration and defeated both armies driving almost to the outskirts of Damascus and taking the entire Sinai Peninsula once again. Close to the beginning of the war upon hearing of great Arab victories that Egyptian and Syrian radio and television broadcast they were executing against the Israelis, Jordan declared war in the hopes on taking their part in the glorious victory. The Israelis pleaded for Jordan not to enter the conflict warning them that the broadcasts were untrue and were simply propaganda. Jordan did not trust the Israelis believing they were simply frightened of another Arab army entering the war which would definitely contribute to the end of the Jewish state. The results of the Six Day War are well known and by the end of the conflict, in response to the United Nations and World pressures, Israel halted their advances also now having driven the Jordanians back east of the Jordan River liberating occupied Judea and Samaria (one must recall that Jordan illegally occupied the so-called West Bank which was originally believed to be part of Israel). During Yom Kippur of October, 1973 Egypt and Syria once again attacked Israel hoping to reclaim the lands lost in 1967 and destroy the Jewish State. After initial gains the war ended with Israel retaining all of the Sinai Peninsula and having crossed the Suez Canal and approaching Cairo as well as approaching Damascus in Syria. When hostilities ended, Israel agreed to return to the borders which had existed since the 1967 conflict returning lands to both Egypt and Syria lands gained during the closing days of the conflict. Eventually Israel and Egypt made peace (for those who claim Israel must return some of the lands they gained in the 1967 war remember the following) with Israel returning all of the Sinai Peninsula once again, an expanse of land greatly larger than all of Israel. Egypt refused any claim to Gaza which was relented to Israeli sovereignty. Further on in time Jordan and Israel also reached a peace accord in which Jordan surrendered the previously Jordanian occupied lands to Israel liberating the lands and allowing many Jewish families to reclaim their lands and homes they had left when Jordan forcibly removed them in 1948.

Somewhere the world acquiesced to the invention of peoples whom had never existed in all of history and was admitted by even Yasser Arafat they were necessarily invented in order to have a political wedge with which to remove the Jews from Arab sovereign lands, namely Israel. This twist of history beyond recognition of any historic accounts dated previous to 1920 has gained great recognition and a life all its own in Europe as well as throughout the Arab and Muslim lands. Historically, before 1948 the use of the title Palestinian had several different forms, Palestinian Arab was used to define Arabs living within the British Mandate, Palestinian Jews or simple using Palestinian alone was used to refer to the Jews living within the British Mandate. In 1922 the nation of Transjordan, later renamed simply Jordan, was founded with the issue of the Churchill White Paper where Transjordan was granted for rule by the Hashemite family repaying them for their assistance against the Ottomans in World War I and they were to rule over a Palestinian State. This was the British reaction in response to Arab insistence for a country of their own within the British Mandate. The Arab demands implied they should have their country formed over all of the British Mandate but the British still had their obligation stemming from the Balfour Declaration, the Peel Commission, Article 80 of the United Nations Charter and numerous other treaties and agreements to found a Jewish homeland. The White Paper which established the Palestinian Arab State of Transjordan also guaranteed that the lands west of the Jordan River to the Mediterranean Sea would remain never to be divided and remain as whole and in its entirety as the Jewish Homeland. This accord was also ratified by motions and legislations in the League of Nations, the United States and several European nations. That is the history; the future is far less resolute and will likely be a thorn as intended by Yasser Arafat and those who initiated the demand for another Arab nation in place of the only Jewish nation on Earth. This desire to replace Israel with one or two new Palestinian Arab states, whichever becomes necessary by events to come, is understood as the inevitable aim of the Arab world but is never spoken of as to admit to knowing this would reveal all the duplicities, animosities, hatreds, and lies which are the realities of the negotiations the world calls the Israeli-Palestinian Peace Process, originally the Arab-Israeli Peace Process but renamed in order to mask the ultimate aim of the destruction of Israel.

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