Beyond the Cusp

May 4, 2017

What a Difference Media Perception Makes

 

We would all agree that dead civilians in a war zone are tragic but inevitable. We would all agree that militaries should take all reasonable efforts to minimize the threat and danger to civilians while continuing to strike military assets. Finally, we would probably agree that militaries should also take precautions in their movements and weapons placements and storage of armaments such that they allow for little or no threat of danger to civilians. But should we use different scales when deciding which military forces are taking appropriate efforts as different societies have different standards and place varying importance on the safekeeping of their civilians and about targeting civilians. That last one is a bit trickier and perplexing, right? Let us make it a little easier. Should Israel be judged more harshly for dead Palestinian Arabs when fighting Hamas attacks in a conflict with Gaza than the United States should be judged for dead Iraqi and Syrian Arabs in their fighting the Islamic State (ISIS)? Reading reports in the mainstream media one would believe that the Israelis intentionally target Arab civilians in Gaza while the United States has avoided civilian deaths in Iraq and Syria attacks. This is possibly because the mainstream media supports targeting Israel and attempting to display the IDF and Israeli efforts as immoral and lacking in any precautions against killing civilians while President Obama ordered strikes in Syria and Iraq had to be above all suspicions, completely moral and resulting in minimal civilian deaths. In a Reuters report“At least 352 civilians have been killed in U.S.-led strikes against Islamic State targets in Iraq and Syria since the operation began in 2014, the U.S. military said in a statement on Sunday.” That is correct, three-hundred-fifty-two civilians killed in United States led strikes since 2014, which makes for an average of approximately one-hundred per year or approaching ten per month. In another statement released and used by Reuters with photo credited as “AP Photo/Felipe Dana, File” showing residents carry the body of several people killed in airstrikes during fighting between Iraq security forces and Islamic State on the western side of Mosul, Iraq, statement released Sunday, April 30, 2017, the Pentagon said investigations conducted during the month of March reveal that coalition airstrikes killed 45 civilians, mostly in and around the city of Mosul. The Pentagon added that in each incident “all feasible precautions were taken,” but the strikes still resulted in “unintentional” loss of civilian life. There have been no explosions of editorials demanding explanations from the United States military or government demanding they make reparations or prove they had taken sufficient measures to prevent civilian deaths. There have been no calls for the United States to be brought before The Hague to answer charges for War Crimes and Crimes Against Humanity. How can this be and where are the Human Rights groups with highly inflated or differing numbers or an official United Nations count that also would likely disagree with the official Pentagon numbers claiming multiple numbers were in fact killed. Do not expect there to be any such events being committed against the United States. There also have been no reporters confronting American officers in headquarters or in the field demanding to know why so many Iraqi and Syrian Arabs have died and no Americans have died. Simply, you probably did not even know of these deaths until reading this article. Now comes the time to wonder why.

 

March 24, 2017 file photo, residents carry the body of several people killed in airstrikes during fighting between Iraq security forces and Islamic State on the western side of Mosul, Iraq. In a statement released Sunday, April 30, 2017, the Pentagon said investigations conducted during the month of March reveal that coalition airstrikes killed 45 civilians, mostly in and around the city of Mosul. The Pentagon said in each incident “all feasible precautions were taken,” but the strikes still resulted in “unintentional” loss of civilian life. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana, File)

March 24, 2017 file photo, residents carry the body of several people killed
in airstrikes during fighting between Iraq security forces and Islamic State
on the western side of Mosul, Iraq. In a statement released Sunday, April 30, 2017,
the Pentagon said investigations conducted during the month of March reveal
that coalition airstrikes killed 45 civilians, mostly in and around the city of Mosul.
The Pentagon said in each incident “all feasible precautions were taken,”
but the strikes still resulted in “unintentional” loss of civilian life.
(AP Photo/Felipe Dana, File)

 

Let us return to the seven weeks from July 8, 2014 through August 26, 2014 and the Israel Hamas (Gaza) War. The numbers of civilian casualties released about this conflict varied greatly depending whose numbers you wish to believe. Here are the particulars; the Gaza Health Ministry reported 1,617 Palestinian civilians killed with 10,626 Palestinian militants and civilians wounded; the United Nations Human Rights Council reported 1,462 Palestinian civilians killed; Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs reported 761 Palestinian civilians with 428 uncategorized males aged 16-50 killed as well as at least 23 Gazans executed by Hamas. The Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs also reported that there were 5 Israeli civilians dead (3 killed directly by rocket fire, 2 died of heart attacks after hearing warning sirens), 1 Thai civilian in Israel killed and 87 Israeli civilians wounded. Granted, no matter whose numbers one uses, the number of Israelis affected pales in comparison and this was the number one question the mainstream media asked incessantly for an explanation. This had nothing to do with their lack of knowledge as to the answer, it had everything to do with painting Israel as a monster who worries about their own people but have no regard for the Arabs residing in Gaza. Many reporters acted as if Israel was directly responsible for the protection and care for the people in Gaza as if they were Israeli citizens. Almost none of them displayed any knowledge that starting in August 2005 and completed on September 9, 2005 Israel removed every Israeli, razed everything with the exception of the Greenhouses left for Gazans to use to produce crops and the synagogues as to have bulldozed them would have been a desecration and the IDF removed their last personnel. Those Synagogues were desecrated far worse in the ensuing days by the Arab Palestinians and the greenhouses were stripped bare and used to make weapons and rocket launchers, not grow crops. Hamas took control of Gaza in a coup lasting June 10 through 15 of 2007 and immediately reissued their declaration of intent to destroy Israel and kill every Jew on the Earth. All this history was ignored and the disparity in civilian deaths was the sole news worth reporting. Why was this, one might query.

 

Well, it was all about what one reporter blurted out in her moment of excitement and whose interview has been scrubbed from history, or at least the internet, where she actually asked, “Where are the dead Jews, I mean, why so many dead in Gaza and none in Israel?” Well, why not simply answer that very question. Despite the vast majority of Hamas rocket and artillery strikes targeting civilian structures to include largely schools, kindergartens, pre-schools, day care facilities, and residential neighborhoods, Israel was fortunate to have been protected by the Iron Dome Batteries which are one of the finest anti-rocket and projectile interceptors the world has ever seen. The Iron Dome determines the projected strike point of any rocket, artillery or mortar fired and if it will be close to any civilian or military built up areas it launches its interceptors, which has over ninety-percent efficiency in taking out its target. There was one major failure of the Iron Dome systems where three interceptors were fired at one of the Hamas larger rockets and all missed. This rocket was headed for the center of Tel Aviv and would have been catastrophic. The easy explanation was a huge puff of wind blew it out into the Mediterranean Sea in the last few seconds, or there is the description and entire story as told by the Iron Dome Battery in question of this incident commanding officer as we reported back when this happened in our article ”How to Fight Terrorist Fanatics Unless You’re Israel”. The reason so few Israelis died is because Israel has built shelters everywhere and requires all new residential structures to have a built in shelter in every apartment, home, row house, etc. as part of the building codes and when the sirens sound in any area the Israelis will drop whatever they are doing and head directly to their closest shelter. If an Israeli is out and does not know where the closest shelter is on their own, they are easy to find, just follow everyone else. Hamas, on the other hand, uses their civilians to protect their rockets and the launchers and often will call in women and children and place them on the roof of any building they wish to protect knowing the Israelis will not bomb such a target. Israeli pilots are required to call headquarters and get clearance before dropping ordinance and there are officers using drones to oversee most missions who will check the target before allowing ordinance release.

 

There were other completely ridiculous question asked by reporters during the Gaza War and here are a few samples. “Why does Israel not provide Iron Dome Systems to the Gazans?” and “Why has Israel refused to build bomb shelters in Gaza?” As we mentioned, apparently the reporters were not informed that Gaza, is for all technicalities, an independent country and Israel has surrendered all connections and ties to Gaza. The one Israeli connection with Gaza is the blockade, which is more of an inspection for incoming goods to assure that there are no weapons or military useable goods such as weapons grade steel, explosives or other dual-purpose items that could be used in a military means. Israel permitted tons of cement and rebar into Gaza for the reason of humanitarian aid to permit the rebuilding of the homes damaged in the wars. Well over three-fourths of these goods were utilized to build the Hamas tunnel and bunker system underneath Gaza and tunnels into Israel itself. These bunkers are also used to protect the Hamas and Islamic Jihad terrorist fighters but the Gazan civilians would be shot if they entered these bunkers as Hamas and the other terror groups desire maximum civilian casualties which they utilize in the media to paint Israel as a monster while pretending they are too poor because of the blockade to provide protection. What probably would surprise many to know is that Israel continued the daily transfer of aid into Gaza of food, medical supplies and other non-military aid in the tons of material per day. Below is a video of one such transference and here is an article giving the Israeli side and the proof of Israeli assistance to Gazan civilians including setting up a field hospital to treat injured individuals from Gaza. This was one fact which one would have thought might have attracted at least the slightest of curiosity with Israel sending tractor-trailer trucks by the dozens across into Gaza in the midst of a war and perhaps some wonder at how this could happen and not be shot at by Hamas. Well, here is a surprise, Hamas and Islamic Jihad would on some days target the aid deliveries and once it was of such a severe nature that Israel was forced to skip one day’s shipments, as the risk was too great. Additional aid was sent across the next day to make up for the loss of daily aid. What was truly amazing was the fuel was included in these shipments despite that Hamas could fuel their vehicles, as the fuel was also necessary to produce electricity. Even the electricity aided Hamas and the other terror groups but to deny Gaza electricity would have placed a greater burden on the people. Israel also continued to deliver electricity through the shared electrical grid and provided water, clean water, through the interconnected water system. Everything Israel had been providing to the people of Gaza before the war continued to be delivered as best as possible throughout the war and continued after the war. The reports of Israel starving Gazan or refusing them medical treatment are all propaganda spread by Hamas, Islamic Jihad and the anti-Israel mainstream media. They all know that they are repeating or stating lies but as long as there are those who choose to believe anything they are told that Jews are acting with malice and committed to evil deeds, then the terrorists, Arab sources and far too many in the mainstream media will all continue to feed these people grist for the mill.

 

 

People often ask what Israel could do to prevent these misfortunes from befalling the people of Gaza. The unfortunate answer is that Israel is already doing as much as she can to relieve any suffering by the Gazans. One difficulty is that Hamas will regularly refuse to permit Gazans from seeking additional and often-necessary medical treatment in Israel as that can be used to claim that Israel refuses to provide medical aid. The truth is when Hamas and other terror leaders’ families require advanced medical treatment, guess where they are treated? The answer can be found here, here, here, here, here and one possibly repeat here. Israel is not the monster reported all too often in the news. Israel cares deeply about her own people but also is concerned for the well-being of those who are her sworn enemies. This confuses many in the media so they simply paint a picture they can be happy with, not that the truth would accept. The aid sent during the war is likely one of the most positive proofs that Israel is anything but what is too often reported, sometimes in Israeli mainstream news as well. The truth is worth digging for even if one had to suffer through some news slanted in the other direction, sometimes getting a variety of views helps clear the vision. The diametric opposite treatments of Israel compared to the news about the United States and civilian casualties is striking. We do not mean to impugn the United States in any way as they too make the most honest of efforts to avoid civilian casualties.

 

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February 12, 2016

Even in Israel Claiming Our Birthright Controversial

 

One would think that with all the reasons that continue to pile up that in Israel at least we would see the solution and not be blocked by what is termed a right of center nationalist Zionist government, but you would be wrong. Naftali Bennet, who campaigned as a nationalist, religious Zionist, has turned from insisting that once we settle in an area that we stay and not destroy Jewish neighborhoods traumatizing complete communities and sparing few from the soured grapes of government wrath to Netanyahu’s pet attack bulldog assailing all who were those who supported Jewish Home with their votes. Benyamin Netanyahu claims he understands the will of the people, the vast majority of the people, when they yell in their hearts and minds to settle the land and send the bands of thugs from amongst our midst, but he sits on a report which grants and explains the reasons, legal and solid foundational reasons, which tell the entire story that the lands belongs to Israel and not to be used for anti-Semitic rabble to plot how to murder us best in our beds. We get fed our daily dose Pablum, our daily bread, which claims that if we just wait things will turn out well in the end and the world will finally stop their irrational hatreds of Israel and we will settle our heartlands when the world is a better place. The world will never be that better place and they will instead chip away at Israel for as long as we quiver with unjustified trepidation in the corner begging them, “Please don’t be so mean to us, we are doing everything you demand, why are you all so angry and what can we do to ease your wrath?” You know their answer is exactly the same as the Arab terrorists; they want us to drop dead and allow the Arabs to mutilate our corpses in the hopes that that will quench their thirst for blood and not move on to Europe and then the Americas after that. So what if they are wrong, in the immediate future they are calling for our blood. Settle the lands now and end this torment that the world watches with a fair amount of glee telling themselves that Israel is the problem. They are petrified at the anger and the murderous practices of Islamic State, al-Qaeda, and the founder of them all, Yassir Arafat’s and Mahmoud Abbas’s PLO, transformed to respectability, original fanatical, anti-Semitic, ravenous, rabid terrorists.

 

Vengeance is Mine Said the Lord as the Hand of G-d Can Strike Using but One Sole Finger Aimed at the Sinning Individual and Only that Individual or the Fist Throwing Fire and Brimstone as Was the Fate of Sodom and Gomorrah

Vengeance is Mine Said the Lord as the Hand of G-d
Can Strike Using but One Sole Finger Aimed at the
Sinning Individual and Only that Individual or the
Fist Throwing Fire and Brimstone as Was the
Fate of Sodom and Gomorrah

 

 

The reality is that the world sees the Middle East as an entity which cannot leave the sands of the Middle East. They see Israel as the necessary sacrificial lamb to be slaughtered on the altar of Baal. For them Israel represents the necessitated blood sacrifice to the pagan gods to be slain before their idol, the al-Aqsa Mosque, in a blood ritual which will then pacify their bloodlust for the time being and they will rest after their sacrificing a few million Jews and they will have their ‘peace in our time’ and be able to sleep well at night as the horrors will finally be completed and the Arab beasts will rest at long last. They choose not to remember the last group which demanded their rights to slaughter the imperfect and the condemned which included six million Jews and another seven million Roma, mentally challenged, physically handicapped, the terminally ill, the unwanted from amongst their midst which was supposed to calm their savage hunger for death. It also claimed between fifty million and eighty-five million deaths before the enmity was quelled and that still took an Allied presence to remain assured that the beast was not to raise its head again. The problem is they failed because that very same beast is rising once again and it is feasting on Jewish blood and the other impure within its nations before turning on the rest of the civilized world, though they are really no more civilized than are their barbarous cousins in the Middle East, both have a lasciviousness for Jewish blood that cannot be sated.

 

Their hunger for the destruction of Israel, which they view Israel as the monument to their hour of weakness when they relented and allowed the abomination to be born, cannot be sated for as long as Israel continues to exist making a mockery of all of their pantheons to their gods which stand on the homelessness and damnation of the Jew to wander the world as an object upon which all the troubles and plagues can be cast without worry of their becoming an armed threat capable of defending themselves. Israel was the darling until 1967 and again with even greater odds against survival in 1973 when they defeated Arab armies with greater superiority in troops, aircraft, tanks and every other possible military advantage and the cursed Jew not only survived but thrived. At least in 1948 and through most of 1949 even though the Jew was not eradicated despite the aid behind the scenes the Europeans gave the Arab forces, a coalition from both sides of the European theater, German and Allied, the Arabs at least gained territory so there was the promise that they would prevail in stages. The Six Day War and the Yom Kippur War put to rest that the defeat of the Jewish entity, that mockery of their gods, would be removed by Arab forces alone, other accommodations needed to be formed. That was where the mastery of the KGB which aided greatly the concept of the indigenous Arab entity from before the Jew ever set foot in the lands became a reality. Finally there was the assault on the legitimacy of the out of wedlock birth of that place, that Israel. Now progress could be made if they just sit back and let perfidy do its worst setting upon the Jewish State the uncouth and unbridled blood lust of the Arabs who would slowly eat at the body of the Jew, that Israel, as a cancer eats a body left untreated. They would condemn the assaults as if to treat the cancer and feel the pain of Israel but they actually huddled in the darkened corners rubbing their hands together a titillated with every Jewish death.

 

Their thirst never quenched as they watched rabid forces of hate grow and purify into a blood-lust uncontrollable and the fear began to set in as the blood began to run in their streets. Where have they laid the blame, at the doorstep of Israel for not giving up and surrendering their bodies to the altars of hate. This was the fault of the Jew for defending themselves so well and proving that the Jew actually could fight as was stated in their Bible, the book they had mostly discarded as a bunch of gibberish and silly anecdotal morality lessons. These were of no use to those so civilized that they invite and normalize even the worst of the deadly sins and adopt it as their cause celeb. But how has the Jew not only survived, defended itself against forces so diabolical they should have eradicated the Jew from amongst the real and actual and deserving nations such as those of Europe and still managed to enlighten the world adding to the body of knowledge in so many areas, computer science, medicine, agriculture, and so many others that they were becoming a beacon, a light unto the nations, but still it must be completely cleansed and cauterized as despite all the wondrous things, it was still the Jew amongst the deserving and as such it must be brought low and destroyed.

 

 

Top Left depicts the original tribes of Israel reaching south from the Litani River currently in Lebanon to the Egyptian border and from the Mediterranean Sea to both sides of the Jordan River, boundaries Israel is not even seeking in modern times. Top right map depicts the borders of Israel if one simply interprets the promises, treaties, conferences and agreements which reaches from the Jordan River to the Mediterranean Sea and from the current Lebanon border to the current Egyptian border and the border with Syria, Syria? Well OK, Syria as whatever comes out the other end of the conflagration consuming it today and Israel retains the Golan Heights. The middle map is of Israel compared to the current Muslim World and the bottom is similar but after the refugees, Islam, swallows most of Europe and we may have made a small error as Hungary and even Poland might remain free.

Top Left depicts the original tribes of Israel
reaching south from the Litani River currently
in Lebanon to the Egyptian border and from the
Mediterranean Sea to both sides of the Jordan River,
boundaries Israel is not even seeking in modern times.
Top right map depicts the borders of Israel if one simply
interprets the promises, treaties, conferences and agreements
which reaches from the Jordan River to the Mediterranean Sea
and from the current Lebanon border to the current Egyptian
border and the border with Syria, Syria? Well OK, Syria as
whatever comes out the other end of the conflagration
consuming it today and Israel retains the Golan Heights.
The middle map is of Israel compared to the current
Muslim World and the bottom is similar but after
the refugees, Islam, swallows most of Europe
and we may have made a small error as
Hungary and even Poland might
remain free.

 

They even devised a trap that just had to work, just had to foil the Jew nation. They gave the Arab hatred a name reminiscent of a long dead culture of Grecian seafarers and slowly but surely brought it forth into the world of nations laying claim of lands from the river to the sea. Here we have invented the beast which will finally allow us through slight of diplomatic cruelty slowly drown the Jew in the bloods of terror and war while all the while the European betters could stay clean and watch from a distance as their plot slowly erased the Jew nation. They had at long last made the United States into their craven image hating that Jew nation and cheering the beasts they had let free to feast upon the eventual corpse as the Jew could not survive this threat, they would finally have their sacrifice to their gods of the pantheon and Baal would rest sated. Now all they need do is let the inevitability take place as they gave the beast its name, Palestinian Arab nationalism but their beast had born a child which was now a restless and murderous teen and its name was Islamic supremacy. It has taken on the form of the refugee and slashed across Europe groping and molesting its women and fighting their law enforcement such that one can only wonder how soon their knives and screwdrivers will be drenched in European blood. And whom do you think they will blame? The Jewish State of Israel for not dropping dead upon commanded to so sacrifice themselves. The Jewish State of Israel for even having the audacity to come into existence. The Jewish State of Israel for not failing before the Arab Armies. The Jewish State of Israel for being too Jewish. The Jewish State of Israel for exceeding all expectations. The Jewish State of Israel for giving so many advances to the world. The Jewish State of Israel just for being. It is time that Israel, the Jewish State of Israel assume its prophesized role as a Light Unto the Nations. And the Jewish State of Israel for reminding the world that there is a true G0d, Hashem, and that He does still make for miracles and the proof comes every day from out of Zion, out of Yerushalayim. So let the Jewish State of Israel actually fulfill its Biblical commandment from Hashem and settle all the lands Hashem hath given unto thee, from the River to the Sea and if they scream with upset, perhaps we should also take from the Litani River to the borders of Egypt, Mitzraim מִצְרַיִם.

 

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April 25, 2015

Israel Has Some Wonderful News to Ears Seeking Something Positive

 

There were a few tidbits of news which may have snuck by many of us during the rollercoaster of one’s emotional equilibrium of the last couple of weeks. It happens after Pesach where we have in rapid succession Holocaust Remembrance Day and then the topsy-turvy of Memorial Day immediately followed by Independence Day where we for from the solemn remembrance of those we have lost, both soldier and terror victim, to have brought us to this day and at sundown of this day of remembrance we immediately shift gears, pop the clutch and within a few dizzying hours we fire off fireworks and are celebrating our hearts out in joyous rapture celebrating like tomorrow may never come the anniversary of the rebirth of the nation of Israel. During all of this some lists and reports came along with these days. The first is likely the less critical in importance, but it is still nice that somebody outside of Israel took notice. It turns out that last year Israel rose a couple of more slots towards the top of the list of happiest nation of people on Earth. Such steps are difficult once a nation hits the rarified atmosphere of being within the top twenty. Israel is about to enter an even more exclusive club as she has made it to number eleven happiest nation. This is not an expected slot for Israel to hold when one reads the accountings in the regular news every day about Israel in the mainstream media but then again, many of us have known all along that they had a slight bias against Israel. Apparently being demonized in the media day and night has not taken off the shine of our smiling faces and cheerful outlooks on life. But wait, there is even better news.

 

Believe it or not, the old story about the “demographic time bomb” has also been laid to rest. The birth rates for Israel also were released recently and the news should fill every heart with joy if they are believers in the future of Israel. The predictions of doom and gloom claiming that Israel would soon be overrun by the Arab superior fertility rates have been struck what might be a fatal blow. The significant figure was the fact that Israel has reached a population total of 8.345 million people. This includes the births of the last year which were numbered at 136,000 Jewish births and 40,000 Arab births. Compare those numbers to the 1995 statistics where one finds that there were 80,000 Jewish births and 36,000 Arab births. This means that the Jewish population inside Israel has increased from a ratio of 2:1 to now an ever more respectable ratio of 3:1, imagine that. Further, since 1995 the Israel rate of Arab births has increased by ten percent while Jewish birth rate has increased by over forty percent. That is a rate of change respectably higher than have Arab births. The immediate response from the ever seeking the darkest possible news with which to bludgeon Israelis and their supporters into submission would be that these numbers are for within Green Line Israel and ignore the numbers in Judea, Samaria and Gaza.

 

OK, let us go look into the reports given on these numbers but instead of using the inflated numbers provided by Abbas to attempt to frighten Jews that their days are numbered, let’s use numbers from World Bank. According to the World Bank, the birthrate in Judea, Samaria and Gaza has declined from as high as 6.5 in 1990 down to about 4.0 today. Quoting Ambassador Yoram Ettinger speaking on the reasons behind the decrease in the Arab women’s rate of births per individual, it is mostly a result of higher levels of education such that, “Instead of having kids as early as 15, they are waiting until their mid-20s and that number is approaching age 30.” Additionally, “family planning has proliferated throughout the Muslim world – possibly because of economic reasons but maybe also the increased standard of living.” Ambassador Ettinger concludes, “The surge in Jewish fertility has to do with communal responsibility, patriotism and roots.” There is an interactive graph where you can plug in any set of greater regions or their individual countries and contrast and compare nearly anything you desire provided by Google. By doing a comparison of the individual groupings of nations Israel was ahead of every grouping with the sole exception of Sub-Saharan Africa. Every area, even that of Sub-Saharan Africa at a birth rate per woman at an astounding 5.11, has shown a serious and marked downturn in their population statistics from their high at 6.79 births per women and with every other national group reaching a reproductive ratio of between thee births per woman and just below 2 births per woman with the highest coming in at 2.75 births per women for Middle East and North Africa (MENA) and the lowest coming in at 1.72 births per women for Europe and Central Asia. East Asia and Pacific came in at 1.82 births per women followed closely by North America at 1.85 births per women with the next being Latin America and the Caribbean at 2.18 births per women, thus being the first region to be equal to or above replacement rate in reproduction. Continuing we find the World’s average at 2.47 births per women with next being South Saia at 2.59 births per women followed by, as noted above, MENA at 2.75 births per women, and also reported above, Sub-Saharan Africa having by far the highest at 5.11 births per women. Meanwhile, Israel had hit a highpoint of 3.97 births per women in 1960, the first year figures are provided and ending at 3.04 births per women which was a rebound slightly higher than the low of 2.7 births per women in 1992. One can expect that the numbers for Sub-Saharan Africa to drop precipitously at some future date which will be marked by greater levels of education and the industrialization of their societies after which the human population of planet Earth, or if you prefer the population doomsday predictors’ favorite phrase, spaceship Earth will finally reach a steady level of minimal growth with times of feast having a steady if slow increase and times of turmoil and frustrations giving a slow rate of decline.

 

When one looks at the birth rates per woman of the world compared to the individual sectors it becomes readily apparent that it is the high but still dropping rate of births per woman of Sub-Saharan Africa which force the rate for the entire world to a higher than otherwise expected level and once they drop to the range of between 1.7 and 3.3 births per woman then the World replacement rate will fall just under 2.5 births per woman, a steady level of measured and manageable growth ever so slightly above replacement rate numbers. Equally important has been the decline towards replacement rate rather than the far higher rates over the Israeli reproductive rates for Judea, Samaria (West Bank) and Gaza which had buried the demographic time-bomb which has been touted and predicted by those who would seek out any statistic to prove that Israel had no choice but to give the Palestinians anything they demanded if they would only permit the Israeli Jews to survive and keep their ever diminishing numbers against the super-reproductive rate of the Arab Palestinians which promised to drown them in a sea of births. This does not for an instance mean that we will stop hearing the sky is falling doomsayers from touting old data over and over ad nauseum predicting the demographic destruction of Israel because they need to have something to show to back up their demands that Israel completely surrender and beg and grovel for table scraps which the rest of the World including the Arabs who would reproduce Israel into extinction or the Europeans who would end Israel through an embargo if Israel does not comply and surrender or the United Nations will bury Israel in paperwork responding to the human rights charges which would end if only Israel would surrender to the Arab Palestinian human rights demands or any of the plethora of doom and gloom woe is Israel who will be subsumed by whatever calamity that can be found in the statistics if they do not surrender to the Arabs as is their sole chance to survive-mongers. The frustration those who seek ever more diverse ways to attack Israel and claim that Israel is a pariah amongst the nations, the new Apartheid, a genocidal raging, the force behind every calamity, the reason for every ill, the one holdout from a past era, the remaining anachronism amongst the nations and whatever else that can be dreamed up from the furtive minds of conspiracies and intrigues who will borrow through mountains of statistics even to the point of reformatting them in such a manner as to provide the data they require to damn Israel once and for all. It is at this point we must stop and pay homage to the originators of the quotation, “There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics.” which many attribute to Mark Twain who himself attributed it to Benjamin Disraeli thus we must conclude that it is insightful, humorous, erudite and witty as both men were long and stood tall in all those areas abilities. The one thing that those who are in love and pay tribute to the return of the Jewish people to their ancestral homeland, you will never run out of reasons to need to defend her nor will you ever reach a period where there are none who seek her destruction until the day arrives that all the Earth finds peace and harmony and are ruled from Jerusalem, not by the Jewish people but ruled by a divine source.

 

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