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December 12, 2018

Why Begrudge Us this Little Haven

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One thing history has taught is that even when the Jewish People come to a nation at its behest and help to modernize that nation, with time everything which went or will ever go wrong is heaped upon us along with the vile degradations and then the threats to our lives. This has occurred throughout Europe, the Middle East and North Africa. It has happened across South and Central America, Russia and has even come to parts of Asia despite there being next to nothing resembling a large Jewish population. It has come to the United States and Canada, though in a less obvious measure, and thus has largely been swept under the carpet, for now. There was the infamous General Order No. 11 (1862) given by Major-General Ulysses S. Grant of December 17, 1862, during the American Civil War which ordered the expulsion of all Jews in his military district comprising areas of Tennessee, Mississippi, and Kentucky. The claim came that he was attacking the Black Markey in the region which he just knew had to be a Jewish operation. Yes, President Lincoln immediately rescinded the order, but the days or weeks or whatever it took to have the order received in Washington DC and then be removed, brought to the attention of the President, the rescinding order written and that sent back to General Grant and then the slow, probably intentionally slow, implementation walking back the original orders, well, as you might suspect the time that took proved detrimental to a good number of Jews of the region. Grant’s General Order No. 11 is noteworthy in that it depicts the tainting of one’s logical thought processes by the disease of anti-Semitism. An individual or group suffering this ailment automatically associates everything nefarious, underhanded, evil or illegal immediately into some Jew plot and more often than not, for monetary gain. Proof, with anti-Semitism your proof is very simple; it is the Jews, what else could one suspect. This has been repeated throughout human history for as long as the Jews have existed, which is pretty much throughout human history. It has happened in every form from the framing of Alfred Dreyfus by the elites of the French Army to cover their own perfidy, to Hitler, to Pharaoh of Egypt, to the Tsars of Russia, to the Spanish Inquisition, to Muhammad and the Jews of Medina and on and on. One can only conclude that eventually, every group will desire to disassociate themselves from the Jews and then cast them off by exile, murder or even attempting genocidally wiping them from the Earth as Hamas, Iran and others in today’s world proudly declare.

 

Any normative peoples would have decided that, as a rule, they were less than desirable and would have separated from the rest of humanity long ago. We were not even permitted this as the world knew from exactly which little piece of lands we originate. They all knew exactly where we would have gladly moved, at least the majority of us, and made a go of it in a land half desert and half swamp with large boulders strewn throughout the swamps and hilly lands. It was carefully laid out in many languages all from the claimed original Greek copy of texts presumed to have been compiled during the Babylonian Exile, our third as a people with the Egyptian Exile chronicled in that book and the Assyria Exile chronicled in later books which took Ten of the Tribes and they became the Ten Lost Tribes, some of whom are returning in this modern era. Actually, most nations have chronicled parts of our history as you wrote them into your laws and were proud of your acts. Christian, Muslim, it made little if any difference and both blame that the other was worse to the Jewish People and they only did that which was absolutely necessary and needed. Jerusalem destroyed and Israel broken in exile would provide for needed introspection and broadened experience eventually spreading Jews throughout the world and assuring their survival, even if often under hardships. Even Muslim amongst Muslim and Christian amongst Christian, each would finger point to those who were more to blame, and when torture and murder are the acts of the day and you are the target, it matters little who was worse and who was better, you were all barbarous when it came to the Jewish People. True, not always and some even claimed to have mended their ways, for now, because we have learned that our acceptance is always temporary and depends on times being good and nothing going wrong, and even then, ours is a precarious perch.

 

Jerusalem Destroyed and Israel Broken in Exile

Jerusalem Destroyed and Israel Broken in Exile

 

When a people live always waiting for the other shoe to drop, they get nervous and react in various ways. Some become differential and make themselves small. A few make them selves threatening ready to take on even the most insignificant slight. Some become conspiracy conscious seeing malice behind every door. Some become the jolly joker in attempts to endear themselves. Most just work hard, work quiet, are industrious, avoid standing apart, are agreeable to a fault and become a form of every-man where they have no identity and allow others to assign whatever identity they prefer. These are all forms of defensiveness and are mechanisms one adopts to cope. All rob one of their real identities which they mask behind their façade. This also results in a people to become very adept at any profession and often they will excel at what in the early days was a disreputable means of making one’s living and eventually became the mainstay of economies. Such an example is what was forced upon the Jews in Medieval Europe and the Islamic worlds, money-lending. That practice which was denied to the religious but so necessary for commerce and running a nation became the forerunner of the banking industry of today which now it is claimed the Jews took over through devious means. The devious means was having it thrust upon us by those who would not soil their hands or reputations but had no problem soiling our hands and reputations as we had no reputations of note and who cared about the Jew lending money, the most dishonorable of affairs. We were denied wealth and title and thus denied ownership of land so we became tailors, cobblers, smiths and these led to the other more specialized trades with time. We were the People of the Book and also people of books as we, as a people, were literate and taught our young to read and write at an early age. They were required first to learn Hebrew so they could pray, and also Arabic or Aramaic to read the early commentaries. Then we taught them the language of the nation in which we resided, and the then might learn the language of the land from where Grandfathers were chased. This led to the Jewish People become international merchants and known for learning languages easily. This led to Jews running import-export businesses and large retail networks and now on-line shopping. This from the little tailor’s shop where the spectacled little man sewed for a living five-hundred years ago and now it is Levi-Straus because he saw the need for a well made and rugged work pants for the men on the railroads and in the mines and on the plains. But even these reputed giants will shrink when the pogroms come. They will be forced to flee, yes, eventually even from the United States and many can see that approaching already, others refuse to see, some always refuse to see.

 

Give us a safe space of what had been determined to be lands worthless to nearly everybody else, well, until the late nineteenth century. Read about Israel circa the mid nineteenth century in Mark Twain’s “Letters from the Holy Lands”, a sub-part of his Travels Abroad writings. Twain describes a barren land where people are as sparse as is the vegetation. Others writing for the British after World War I describe Malaria and an inhospitable place. Twain describes the few Arabs and Jews he met and claimed one could more often than not differentiate between the two people simply by observing their level of industriousness. The British Home Office described what they saw and often they saw that it was far easier to throw the Jews out of their homes and dispossess them than it was to fire one shot into the air from a sidearm to break-up an Arab riot. One might conclude that many British sought any reason to try to dispossess the Jews of these lands, often just for spite. The French sent most of their Jews from their Mandate to the British Mandate, as they had no need or claim to need the Jews. The French formed two states, Syria for the Arabs and Lebanon for the Christians, though that was not the final word on the matter as the Arabs had their own ides, Syria for the Arabs and Lebanon for the Arabs. The Arabs won and the Christians are continuing to flee from Lebanon when they are able. The British did all they could to try and prevent the Jews from ever forming their state of Israel but the Jews are sometimes an insistent group. The British formed Jordan for the Arabs and placed as many Arabs as they believed would prevent any Jewish state, but they miscalculated as the Mufti of Jerusalem called for the Muslims to leave Israel so the invading Arab armies from six nations and additional militias could simply cleanse the lands of every person they met. The Mufti promised them they could then enrich themselves on the spoils of the Jews. That was the Arab plan, destroy Israel and it too would be for the Arabs, but something went wrong. Those Jews who were often claimed to have no stomach for a fight or to be timid little people rose to be giants and Israel survived that onslaught.

 

The world, that of Christians and Muslims, have been working politically for another rerun of the Arabs supposedly slaughtering the Jews of Israel ever since them. There was the Six Day War in June 1967, the Yom Kippur War of October 1973 and a long and slow terror war since the first day of May 15, 1948. There have been numerous means of attempting to gift a state to the Arabs within the legal limits of the Jewish state with the Arabs always holding out for the entirety to be gifted them with the Jews on a platter. We would gladly make a deal with the world, if only they would take it. Give us the region promised with the Jordan River as our eastern border, the Golan Heights in the northeast, and the remainder as it is set in treaties and the United Nations set borders. We will be friendly and those Arabs who wish us harm, well, cannot have them around within our borders, so we will give them to whomever is willing to harbor them. Those who desire to remain we will grant resident alien and allow them to rule their own areas while we retain the lands as part of our state. As legal resident aliens, they will not be permitted votes in our national elections. This has functioned thusfar with the Arabs in Eastern Jerusalem. We will not tolerate terrorism or attacks upon our people of any kind, Jew on Arab or Arab on Jew or intra-fraternal violence. We will share our developments, discoveries, inventions, programming marvels, agricultural inventiveness, crop breeds, advances in medicines, new drugs and all the other beneficial items. The byword will be permit and assist us to living in peace and we will be the proverbial goose that laid the golden egg. You do remember that cutting open the goose led to discovering that it was simply a magical goose, that once killed, it could only be stuffed, roasted and served when it reached a nice golden brown, but no longer would there be golden eggs. Remember that tale, as we can be that goose for the world as it is what we were to strive to become, and we are prepared to give it our best shot. It really would be to everyone’s advantage if we were left in peace on our little plot of lands which one requires a magnifying glass to even find us on the average globe, providing one even knows where to look. But, apparently, even this is too much for much of the world to accept, proof we really have not come anywhere near as far as some claim, and that is truly sad. Hopefully, you will not be all that put out if we hold on to this little piece of land while we await you realizing the benefits of our offer. Call us.

 

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December 5, 2018

An Invitation to a Discussion to Marc Lamont Hill

Filed under: Israel — qwertster @ 2:54 AM
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#Marc Lamont Hill, you flew half-way around the world to stand in lands which even the United Nations recognizes as an integral part of Israel to make accusations about things which it is obvious that you have absolutely no knowledge. Do not feel poorly about this because many of the world’s leaders are equally ignorant. Now we know you are an educated man but please realize that ignorance is not an insult to your mental capacities, it is simply the state of not knowing the actual facts about a subject, something which you obviously lack when it comes to Israel. We would like to first address some of the most glaring inconsistencies between your statements and the actual facts. Number one is the Arab citizens of Israel have every single right that a Jewish citizen of Israel possesses. These exactly same rights go for Christians, Baha’I, Hindu, Muslim, Buddhist, Animist, atheist, agnostic or even secular humanist. Israel is truly a democracy of all her citizens and every Arab and their children and their children’s children and on is provided with complete equal rights.

 

Marc Lamont Hill

Marc Lamont Hill

 

Now, before you begin to scream, what about the Arabs in the West Bank and Gaza?, allow us to address this. The first thing you have to learn here is that these Arabs to which you refer are largely not citizens of Israel. The closest any of the West Bank Arabs have come to Israeli citizenship are the Arabs residing in East Jerusalem. These Arabs reside on lands annexed by Israel and have been provided with limited political rights. They have every other right and are permitted to vote in Jerusalem and even more local elections but are restricted from voting in the Israeli national elections for the immediate times. Their final dispensation will be decided when any final peace is reached with the Palestinian powers. Now, the Palestinian powers are where your confusion lies. Hamas rules Gaza after dethroning Mahmoud Abbas in a Coup in 2007 and Hamas holds something which resembles elections whenever they feel the urge, which is seldom. Hamas could hold elections tomorrow and it would make no difference in Gaza as Hamas would simply pick their desired leader and they would win the election. As stated by Joseph Stalin, “People who cast the votes decide nothing. The people who count the votes decide everything.” The Arab politicians learned from some of the most devious.

 

Then there is the “West Bank” which we will call by its original name, you may choose between Judea and Samaria or the Shomron. OK, Shomron it will be and may we say nice choice, it is our favorite as well. Those other names have over three thousand years of history and were not imposed by the Roman Empire in an attempt to destroy the Jewish People, an attempt which we can gladly report failed. These Arabs are ruled over by the Palestinian Authority, may we just call it the PA, thank you. The PA was ruled initially by Yasser Arafat when it was simply the PLO terrorist group funded and a puppet of the KGB. The KGB trained Yasser Arafat as well as Mahmoud Abbas and assisted in choosing the name and providing propaganda to assist them in their assigned duty to destroy Israel. After Arafat died, Mahmoud Abbas won the election overwhelmingly as he was Arafat’s number two man and the one who arranged the financing of the Munich Olympic attack which murdered most of the Israeli Olympians. Abbas was at Arafat’s side when the PLO attempted to dethrone King Abdallah in Jordan and then started the civil war which destroyed Lebanon and led to the formation of Hezballah. Israel would have finished off the leadership of the PLO in Beirut except the State Department had American forces pluck the leadership from a rooftop in Beirut and flew them to Tunisia while leaving many behind who were to be the core for Hezballah. Israel was warned off entering Beirut by the United States, something Israel decided was not worth testing the American resolve. A battleship sitting ten miles off the coast sends a very impressive message. The Oslo Accords brought the PLO back transformed into the PA and now the Israeli partner for peace. The root of the problem is that the Arab leadership does not desire peace unless it includes the Jews subjugated or killed and Israel destroyed. Just a note, subjugated Jews will not last long and as soon as the world turns away, they will be lined up and have their heads removed.

 

We enjoyed your emotional video where you spoke of things you have proven
to know nothing about. Perhaps get some education from sources
other than other revolutionary leftists such as Chomsky and
then we can have an adult and intelligent conversation.

 

But the Palestinian Arabs have not been permitted to vote and what is Israel going to do to remedy that situation? To be blunt, the answer is nothing, as the world would never allow Israel to do anything about that horrific situation. Yes, calm down, we are stating that the world will not allow us to provide the Palestinian Arabs the right to vote. The world is fully aware that should they be provided with a real chance at open and free elections where anybody could run for office and the votes were ratified by independent observers would have the PLO and the PA voted from power. The winners would be one of two possibilities, either Hamas or Islamic Jihad would win or the clan leaders of the numerous cities and towns would win and each small area would be ruled independently of the collective group. An open and real election would fragment the Palestinian Arabs into the separate family and local structures which they would prefer have run their lives. There would be a base group who are hardened terrorists but they would be hard-pressed to make a majority showing. This is the reason that Mahmoud Abbas is serving the twelfth or thirteenth year of his four-year term which began in 2005. Abbas has found every reason in the book to prevent elections and apparently, no one is all that upset as long as they can claim that Israel will not allow them to vote. That would be like claiming that the United States has prevented honest elections in North Korea and it is all Trump’s fault (perhaps we should not give people any ideas). So there are two terrorist dictatorships ruling the Palestinian Arabs which the Israelis have never ruled over directly.

 

But you have basic problems which are far more troubling than these. Israel was not founded on any decision based on the Holocaust; we will refer to that horrid event as the Shoah. The Shoah likely even had minimal influence on the United Nations vote which is depicted in every movie showing Jews huddled around radios waiting to see if the world will accept them and cheering the result and then going out the next day and declaring statehood. There are so many problems with this depiction that it is problematic choosing where to start. The vote that they are referring to took place on November 29, 1947 in the United Nations General Assembly. This vote was on United Nations General Assembly Resolution 181 which was a plan to divide the British Mandate lands yet a second time into Arab and Jewish states. This division would be on top of having already given the Arabs 78% of the British Mandate lands all east of the Jordan River and Israel the remaining 22% of the British Mandate lands all west of the Jordan River to the Mediterranean Sea. The defining of Israel under the British Mandate agreement to be founded between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean Sea should give you a hint on what is meant by “from the river to the sea,” as you quoted that chant for the destruction of Israel. So, the vote was at the end of November 1947 and Israel declared her independence on May 14-15, 1948, a full five and a half months later, not anywhere near the next day or that evening as depicted in the Hollywood movies. So, what could have been so important about the dates in the middle of May? Well, that was the date that the British were ending their enforcement of the mandate and were pulling out of the region. As the Arab leadership had refused the partition offered in United Nations General Assembly Resolution 181, as a General Assembly resolution, such a refusal made it null and void and never to be applicable again. That is the odd thing about United Nations General Assembly resolutions, either everyone decides to participate or it holds no worth whatsoever. So, it was not the United Nations vote which established Israel, it was the termination of the British enforcing their mandate which left Israel free to declare their independence.

 

The Israeli border would have reverted back to the original plans as set out under the Mandate which was the result of the San Remo Conference which was held from April 19 to 26, 1920, which is almost two decades before the Shoah. This was one of a myriad of treaties which returned lands to their ancient and original inhabitants, well, unless the British were involved. The British were supposed to work with France to establish a Kurdish nation of Kurdistan but there was a small problem, J. Paul Getty had his greedy little eyes on the Mosul oil fields which were to be included within Kurdistan and they might not be able to make such an arrangement with the free Kurdish People and King Faisal was more than agreeable provided that he ruled all of the north of Iraq and there be no Kurdistan. That is why there is today a Turkish effort to eradicate the Kurdish people in northern Syria and another effort to do likewise in Iraq by the Iraqi military backed by the IRGC (Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps) provided by Iran. The British had committed similar things to attempt and prevent there ever coming into place the Jewish State of Israel. The British would stand aside during Arab rioting in Hevron, Jerusalem and other cities mostly during the 1920’s and 1930’s. The British would confiscate weapons from the Jews and some British officers would then turn these weapons over to the Arab fighters. Many British forced tripled their efforts to disarm the Jews and arm the Arabs in the final weeks and days to their departure. The British limited Jewish immigration into Israel and made the limitation even stricter during the Shoah when the Jews were facing their most dire need for a place to flee. On the other hand, the British did nothing to prevent Arab immigration which had three reasons behind their moving into what would become Israel. The first was economic because as the first Zionists returned to the land, the land began a transformation as these Jews drained swamps, irrigated parched lands and the land began to produce establishing an economy with opportunities. Some of the Arabs came to work with the Jews and others came to steal the lands the Jews had transformed by force, which usually was a mistake. Later the British started to import Arabs by force to assure that the Arabs had a majority from the Jordan River to the Mediterranean Sea as they figured that would prevent Israel from ever being founded. They worked with Saudi Arabia, Syria, Jordan, Egypt and others to bring Arabs from far and wide.

 

The very morning that the British got onto their ships to depart, six Arab nations; Jordan (Transjordan), Syria, Egypt, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia and Iraq invaded the nascent state of Israel who had no actual military or universal command structure in place. Meanwhile, there were some British, French and Nazi officers who were veterans of World War II who assisted the Arabs manning their command centers and providing advice. Israel survived which Jews consider to be a great victory, but they lost lands of Gaza and the Shomron, the very places which are today demanding that they be given all of the land and the rightful rulership thereof. Back in 1920 and through 1922 while the Mandate System was being assembled through negotiation by the League of Nations, the Arab League was in complete agreement and did not even argue against having a Jewish State, these were people who were familiar with and obeyed the Quran which tells the Muslims that the lands around Israel are for the Jewish People. Current interpretations of the Quran have instead centered on the promise that Islam will rule the planet and everyone will bend their knees to Allah. This interpretation claims that any lands which were ever ruled or owned by a Muslim can never be lost to anyone else. This makes Israel, Spain, Portugal, southern Austria and the entire Balkans along with other claims all Islamic lands which they must reconquer in order to validate their Quranic interpretation. This has to do with their concept of Naskh (نسخ) which is an Arabic word usually translated as “abrogation.” In this rule of abrogation, the Medina verses which were written later replace any Meccan verses with which they are in conflict. The Meccan Quranic verses were all about coexistence, acceptance and generally seeking peace while the Medina Quran was based on conquest, the sword, Taqiyya, forced conversions and numerous verses that are more violent. These verses changed the Jews from People of the Book who were allowed special compensation as Dhimmis into an accursed people who the trees and rocks would call out to Muslims saying, “Oh servant of Allah, there is a Jew behind me, come and kill him.” Israel simply desires to be granted the lands we were promised which include the Shomron which is the very heart of ancient Israel. We are not seeking world domination, a greater Israel, the conquest of space or any of the myriad of false conspiracy theories, we simply want that which was promised and is supposed to be upheld by the United Nations as per Article 80 of their Charter. We would also love for people to become familiar with the reality before making rash judgments about Israel. If you have any questions, either ask it in a comment or send us an e-mail Mr. Marc Lamont Hill. One last parting note, there has been archaeological proof of King David and King Solomon which places the Jewish People in these lands with Jerusalem as their capital over three-thousand years ago. Three-thousand years ago Islam was not going to be founded for another seventeen-hundred years and the Arabs were worshiping stone idols, the Moon and other heavenly bodies with limited civilization which was mostly clannish. They had yet to form most of their cities while King David had designed an improved gate which made the Jewish cities easier to defend and had established alliances reaching from the Euphrates River to the Wadi of Egypt in the south. The Wadi of Egypt was a riverbed which was dry much of the year and would have flash floods and is located slightly beyond the Negev-Sinai border into Egypt. Israel never has and does not desire ruling over lands reaching the Nile River as some have proclaimed when denigrating Israel making claims our stated desires for peace are false because of our never satisfied desire for a Greater Israel. We simply desire to have that which we were promised and if that means that there will be Arab settlements which rule themselves at the local level but depend on Israel for their protection under national considerations, we can work with that providing the Arabs are willing. Thusfar, the main demand from the Arabs has been simple, the complete and total destruction of Israel and the Jews eradicated. They state this often in Arabic, a language which apparently nobody outside the Arab world is capable of understanding, not even within the State Department, or maybe they simple desire exactly the same ending. You observe the world and decide, you will be shocked when you watch and search for truth.

 

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November 27, 2018

The Eternal Middle East Question

Filed under: Israel — qwertster @ 2:54 AM
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This eternal question is what will bring an end to the Arab-Israeli Conflict. The question presupposes that the question has an answer and the world has been chasing this presumably illusive answer for the past hundred years. They had the first worst answer initially as the British along with many others did everything they could to prevent the Jews from reaching the critical mass for them to declare Israel’s birth. The British realizing they could no longer prevent this inevitability simply left as quickly as they could arming the Arab forces while disarming the Jews as they left in one final attempt to prevent the success of the birth of the Jewish State. The Arab war of 1948 was best described by Azzam Pasha, Secretary-General of the Arab League at that time, “It will be a war of annihilation. It will be a momentous massacre in history that will be talked about like the massacres of the Mongols or the Crusades.” Obviously, his expectations were not met and the nascent state of Israel survived the year and a half of war. The main reason that there has not been peace came later as a result of the Arabs to their losses in the 1967 Six Day War. September, after the war, the Arab League met in Khartoum where they passed the Khartoum Resolution which included the Three No’s, “No peace with Israel, No recognition of Israel, and No negotiations with Israel.” This has continued to be the driving core of the Palestinian Arabs who will refuse any peace in which Israel remains ruled by any other than the Arab Muslims. This conflict has never been altered from the original stated desire of Azzam Pasha, the complete annihilation of the Jews and the total destruction of Israel.

 

So, the question is still being at the center of the Western World in their attempts to placate the implacable. They treat the conflict as a territorial conflict rather than a conflict of annihilation, the view the Arabs still cling to despite the seeming warming by the Sunni Arab states seeing Iran as a greater threat than posed by Israel. Just because they see Iran as a greater threat, this does not mean that they are willing to accept the existence of Israel in any permanence. Should Israel face some disaster leaving it vulnerable, the Arab nations would leap at the opportunity to destroy their nemesis. This is the reality which is not well understood in America and ignored by the Europeans and the United Nations, both of which know the truth. This is the reason that the Europeans are currently warming up to Iran as they see the Iranian nuclear program as the answer which will bring the Arab-Israeli Conflict to an end. They have little problem with the Ayatollah’s declaration that Israel is a one bomb nation. Of course, Europe plays both ends dealing with Israel to gain from their technological advances and soon receiving natural gas from Israel. On the other side, they also continue to provide much of the funding for the Palestinian Authority and UNRWA.

 

The Arab view of the conflict, as we have seen, is easily defined, the complete and utter destruction of the Jewish State and the Jews within her. The Israeli side of the conflict is also easily defined, peace. We would very much like for the international community to keep their promises made after World War I and allow Israel the boundaries agreed upon under the British Mandate resulting from the San Remo Conference. That would give Israel an eastern border of the Jordan River and would technically include Gaza. The real problem is what is to be done with the throngs of Arabs who came after the Jews provided a thriving economy, at least under Middle East standards for a nation without large oil reserves. This problem was further exacerbated by the British importing additional Arabs in their never-ending efforts to prevent the Jews from ever reaching a majority. Then there are the Arabs from Jordan transferred from Jordan often without their agreement and the Arab land giveaways to prominent Arab Jordanians who never resided in these lands, they were assigned to provide status and to place virtually over the land Jordan occupied illegally for nineteen years under Arab titles. These land giveaways are used by NGOs currently in order to prevent Jewish building beyond the Green Line. The Arabs will continue to refuse to absorb even a single Arab making any Arabs who might be deported due to their being illegally placed in the region by Jordan would be placed into even more refugee camps which would be claimed were illegally separated from their rightful lands. Any honest history from 1800 forward would document the fact that Arab presence in Israel was a trailing fact, not a leading fact. The Arabs came to Israel after the Jews had already built irrigation and businesses making for the Israeli rudimentary economy. By the beginning of the Twentieth Century there was a burgeoning economy resulting from increased Jewish settlement despite the attempts by the British to choke Jewish immigration into Israel. This was on top of the British making a present of 78% of the British Mandate to the Arabs which is the initial and actual developing of an Arab state separate from the Jewish state. In the intervening years while all remained under British protectorate rule, Jewish settlement in the area of Transjordan (today Jordan) was absolutely forbidden which meant that Jews who owned land east of the Jordan River were robbed of their lands. On the other hand, Arab settlement west of the Jordan River within what was to be the Jewish State was encouraged and often forced upon Arabs. This is the main reason for the current conflict which presents the world with a modern Gordian Knot.

 

The problem can be easily explained using as an example recent events since the arrangement of a ceasefire between Israel and the Hamas forces in Gaza. Israel used a very carefully planed and executed selective bombing of Hamas and Islamic Jihad bases and other tactical locations using roof knocking in order to clear the targeted buildings of any Gazans inside including Hamas and Islamic Jihad combatants. This method minimizes civilian and combatant casualties but Israel is so intent on preserving the lives of Gazans that the IDF literally sacrifices opportunities to kill Hamas and Islamic Jihad combatants as well. This is one of the tactics used by Israel that the rest of the developed world militaries are somewhat upset and claim that these Israeli tactics are beyond anything that the Western militaries are willing to employ as their intent to kill their adversaries outweighs the concern for innocents who might be caught up in their bombing. Israel is so dedicated to not harming any unnecessary individuals that Hamas and Islamic Jihad have too often protected their most important strategic buildings by placing women and children on the roofs which prevents IDF fighter jets from delivering their bombs to the target. This is also how they prevent the IDF from targeting their rocket launchers by inviting children to watch the rockets being fired and how they are reloaded and everything keeping them close to the launchers making it a safe zone free from Israeli fire. These are just a few of their tactics which they utilize and then claim that they defended these sights proudly and with great vigor and strength which prevented the Jews from being able to strike them. But these are the small things compared to what came after the ceasefire was agreed upon and the fighting ended.

 

Hamas leader Yahya Sinwar (pictured below) on the Friday after the ceasefire issued threats against the Jewish State. He spoke at a memorial service for Hamas terrorists who were killed during the clash with Israel. He was quoted as having stated, “I advise Israel not to try and test us again. This time you did not have a lot of casualties and you managed to rescue your special forces. You should not try again, because next time you will have to release thousands of prisoners.” This is a reference of the Hamas strategy of holding the bodies of any IDF soldier killed which the IDF was unable to retrieve hostage demanding thousands of terrorist in Israeli prisons be released in exchange for each body. They currently hold two IDF soldier’s corpses which they are refusing even to name a price for an exchange knowing that it pains their families leaving them without closure. It is just another attempt at torturing Israelis by any means they are capable, pollution of burning tires blown into Israel by the offshore breeze, burning of crops with incendiary kites and balloons, rockets launched into Israeli residential centers in the middle of the night, rioting which is covered on news internationally and boasts of their superiority to Israel in every field of endeavor and particularly in fighting a man’s war.

 

Hamas Leader Yahya Sinwar

Hamas Leader Yahya Sinwar

 

But Yahya Sinwar was not done exchanging insults as he continued by stating, “Our hands are on the trigger and our eyes are open. Listen Netanyahu, and listen whoever will receive the defense portfolio. Anyone who tests Gaza will find death and poison. If we are attacked, we will let the barrage on Tel Aviv do the talking. Our missiles are more accurate, have a longer range and carry more explosives than before.” He is not bluffing on this threat as Israel knows well that Hamas and Islamic Jihad have been provided with larger rocket engines allowing for greater ranges and larger payloads. The one limiting factor is the greater the range to their target, the smaller the warhead can be as it is a trade-off between the two regarding the limitations of the fuel. Still, Iran has found the means of providing ever-improved rocket engines and has started to provide Islamic Jihad and Hamas with rudimentary guidance systems just as they are providing for Hezbollah in Lebanon where they are modifying their longest range and largest payload rockets with these guidance systems in preparation for the next Lebanon offensive against Israel. This may come once the fighting in Syria has reached a point where Iran can also provide IRGC forces to attack the Golan Heights simultaneously. They may even attempt to coordinate having Hamas and Islamic Jihad attacking from the south as a preliminary front and then launch their combined attacks in the north from Lebanon and Syria. Such a conflict would inflict likely severe damages in Israel but these would be minor compared to what the response would do to Lebanon, Syria near the Golan Heights and Gaza as Israel would have little choice but to wage all-out war. In such a situation there would be no roof knocking before striking sites, this would be a war to end these threats permanently. Anything less would enrage the Israeli public who are growing impatient with responses which do little to end the threats and make the regions safe permanently, not just for a few months or possibly a year if we are fortunate.

 

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