Beyond the Cusp

March 1, 2018

Failure of Palestinian Arab Society

 

The world decries the sad state of life for the average Palestinian Arabs residing under the Palestinian Authority (PA) which is run completely by Fatah (we will be using Fatah as synonymous with Palestinian Authority) and Mahmoud Abbas or those residing under Hamas rule in Gaza. The one favorite reason given for these failures, despite their coming from two opposing systems, is that Israel has not permitted them to succeed. This excuse was prevalent under President Obama and pervades throughout Europe and the main sign has been the presumed lack of elections under Hamas or Fatah. The Europeans blame Israel for this situation despite all evidence to the contrary. In Gaza, Hamas holds dictatorial power only changing leaders when Hamas decides this is necessary usually after a single individual has accrued sufficient money stashed in banks around the world that they are assured a comfortable retirement, as recently occurred with Khaled Mashaal stepping down with Ismail Haniyeh being promoted to take his place while Yahya Sinwar was promoted from being leading officer of the military wing to now take political charge in Gaza. Khaled Mashaal is estimated to have collected a self-worth of approximately $2.5 billion. While in Gaza upon the death of Yasser Arafat in 2004, the emergency election placed his second in command, Mahmoud Abbas in charge of Fatah, the PLO, the PA and the Central Committee. Abbas was to serve a five-year term and is currently in his thirteenth year in office with no elections being held as Abbas knows that he would be replaced by whomever Hamas decides to place on the ballot. Abbas is also aware that once he loses his position, he loses his armed guards and would be fortunate to get out of the area alive. There will be no election held for the Palestinian Arabs in either camp as Hamas and Fatah will continue to hold their power in their respective regions.

 

Then there are the constant attempts to reconcile the differences between Hamas and Fatah and unify rule over the Palestinian Arabs, as this has been a demand by Europe such that a single entity or state can be formed once this is accomplished. As long as there exist two separate entities, the feeling is Israel can claim they have no peace partner, as nobody represents the complete Arab community. The current attempt is being taken by Egypt and was announced a few months back as having all the appearances of coming success. The negotiations have since collapsed and are stymied at an impasse. This is unsurprising as there can be no common ground between Fatah and Hamas. The base problem is that Hamas is a religious movement based in the form of the Muslim Brotherhood and Fatah is a nationalist political movement. The two are like oil and water, no matter how much you shake them trying to find some unity, they simply do not mix. Currently the situation is very counterintuitive as in Gaza the people desire a return of Fatah ruling them as they are tired of the corruption of Hamas stealing all their funds and supplies to fund terrorism and enrich their leadership while in Judea and Samaria the Arabs under Fatah desire Hamas as they are tired of the corruption of Fatah stealing their funds for their leadership to enrich themselves and live lavish lives. Even should both entities get the change in leadership, the corruption will remain the same and the people will continue to suffer. The problem is that neither group, be it Fatah or Hamas, is willing to provide honest and fair leadership and instead end up like every other Islamic governance no matter if its base is political or religious, they will end up as dictatorial with all the wealth going to those at the top and nothing being used to provide for the people. Even in the one place where Islam and good governance had existed, Turkey after Mustafa Kemal Atatürk provided the Turkish people with a Constitution and governance which served the people and separated Mosque and government which functioned for many decades until Recep Tayyip Erdoğan came to power promising to return to Islamic principles. Erdoğan delivered on his promise and now he sits as the head of the government and even should he change titles from President to Prime Minister or Prime Minister to President, the power follows the man and not his title and he has taken Turkey down the road to ruin. Turkey was a wealthy and prosperous nation and had almost run through its vast reserves and will soon begin to resemble Egypt, the Sudan or other functional Islamic governances where the people face high unemployment and moving to a modern society is so slow it does not even rate being called a crawl.

 

The answer to the problems in the Middle East is to force a separation between Islam and the governance and to educate the people and develop industries and provide jobs and real wealth for the people. The problem is that under Islamic rule the leaders are rewarded with great wealth while the people wallow in dire poverty. The Imams take whatever wealth is available in exchange for not opposing the government and allowing the leadership to remain in power and well to do. Where there is oil, the people have better lives but still have no future and once the oil runs its course, there will be nothing to finance the government and things will turn for the worse and they will end up just like the other Islamic nations either in civil war, popular uprising, dictatorship backed by the military, dictatorship backed by the Imams, or theocracy with the Imams or Mullahs holding the real power. Find an Arab or Middle East and North African (MENA) nation where there is a government which is different from the above mentioned. Unfortunately, such a search is pretty much doomed to failure as are the nations with these forms of government. Egypt may be the closest thing to an actual democratic government but the government still has a former military chief as its President and the one person most likely to replace him is another military officer.

 

The people are largely uneducated and there is a civil war against their Coptic Christians. This is the bogeyman in most Islamic states, the non-Muslims are blamed for every problem and thus routinely struck with violent hatred and uprisings often backed by the military which only steps in to end the violence once the people are satisfied that they have struck fear into these minorities. The world saw all so plainly what happens to minorities in Islamic governance that the Islamic State started to wipe out the Yazidis in Iraq and what the Islamic State did to the libraries and remains of ancient civilizations simply because they were not Islamic. A similar thing happened in Afghanistan to the Buddhas of Bamiyan which were many hundreds of years old and were some of, if not the, largest such Buddhas in the world destroyed simply because they were considered idols and un-Islamic (see images below). This is the fate of anything which is not considered Islamic under the current form of governance and intolerance in the Islamic world. This includes people who are tortured and forced to convert and if refusing, then they will be put to death. Even should one believe differently and still be a Muslim, such as the Shiites and the Sunnis, they will not tolerate any diversion from what the current leadership considers to be the correct form of Islam. This intolerance is found throughout the Islamic world and the most strong evidence is the war Iran is waging to make Shiite Islam the dominant form.

 

Buddhas of Bamiyan before pictured on the left and being destroyed with explosives by Taliban forces on the right

Buddhas of Bamiyan before pictured on the left and
being destroyed with explosives by Taliban forces on the right

 

The Iranians leadership, the Mullahs, believe that they have been tasked to bring the end times and spread Shia Islam to the entirety of the world or subject the world to their rule and only then can they consider their charge to be complete. They desire to impress their form and only their form of Islam despite Sunni Islam outnumbering Shia Muslims by multiples as they know that if they can prevail and defeat Saudi Arabia and take their oil fields and the Holy Cities of Mecca and Medina, they will have become the strong horse which will then gain the allegiance of the rest of Islam. This is very likely the first priority of the Iranian leadership once they solidify their Shiite Crescent to surround Saudi Arabia. The Iranians also intend to be the Islamic force which annihilates all the Jews of Israel and eventually the world. They believe very strongly in the Quranic calls which translate as, “The Hour will not be established until you fight with the Jews, and the stone behind which a Jew will be hiding will say. “O Muslim! There is a Jew hiding behind me, so kill him.” (Sahih Bukhari volume 4 book 52 number 177) There are also references which equate Jews to pigs and apes or also rats. There are verses throughout the litany of Islamic literature which denigrates Jews often doing so while including Christians but sufficiently often alone that one could conclude the Islamic hatred against Jews is particularly virulent and pervasive. The Iranians wish to be the ones who are able to claim they have begun the first stages of the end times and the coming of the Mahdi, the Twelfth Imam. This is the belief of the Twelvers, a group of specifically ardent Shia Muslims who believe that the Twelfth Imam hid in a well to escape assassins sent by the Sunni and lives there to this day near the holy city of Qom. The Mullahs have built a causeway from Qom to Tehran so the Twelfth Imam can easily make the voyage before declaring the beginning of the Islamic end times and their imminent conquest of the world in a great conflagration filled of chaos, violence and great carnage where the unbelievers will be decimated. But Iran is a peaceful trading partner, just ask Germany, France and many other European nations.

 

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

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

 

The Iranians are once again being sought by Hamas to provide rockets, missiles and weapons to use against Israel. Iran will support both Hamas and Islamic Jihad, the latter being a paid subsidiary of Iran much like Hezballah, just smaller. Iran is all but drooling over the possibility of also gaining inroads to Fatah and the PA. This would provide for them a knife pointed at the center of Israel and when combined with Hamas and Islamic Jihad in Gaza, the IRGC in the Sinai Peninsula and Syria and the Iranian Army and Air Force in Syria and the Iranian Navy in the Mediterranean Sea and Red Sea near Eilat, and Hezballah in Lebanon with approaching 200-thousand rockets and missiles of varying sizes and ranges with some capable of reaching Cairo and Riyadh, let alone all of Israel, allowing an assault on Israel on every front with only the small stretch of border with Jordan south of the Dead Sea along the eastern edge of Israel, assuming Jordan has not fallen to Iran; they believe that is the magic formula for the destruction of Israel. They apparently have not learned history as in 1948, without an actual functioning military, with virtually no air force plus nobody willing to sell Israel even a BB-gun outside of Czechoslovakia, Israel was attacked by Jordan, Egypt, Syria, Lebanon, Iraq, Saudi Arabia along with some select forces from Turkey, Yemen, the Sudan, Algeria, Libya also including the forces fighting under the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem Amin al-Husseini with German (Nazi) officers advising and several militias and families attacked Israel on the day of her founding. As well as having been fighting them for the two years previous, but at a less obvious level so as not to have the British interfere which was required to prevent a few pogroms, invading from every border and fighting the Jews from within (the Jews did have a small number of Arabs who fought with them to preserve the nation as they did not wish to live under Islamic rule) and somehow over the next two years of on and off warfare, the Jews survived. Iran believes that they now have the magic combination with the addition of nuclear, including thermonuclear, weapons that they can wipe Israel from the map along with everyone they have at the borders.

 

All of this is simply further proof of why the Arabs, especially the Palestinian Arabs, are unable to establish functioning governance. Their entire governance is based on destroying Israel with no concern for building an economy and providing necessities for the people. That is a recipe for failure on all fronts. Israel has developed one of the most robust and accurate anti-missile systems with overlapping layers. There are the Arrow Systems; there are three systems in use, David Sling and Magic Wand, Iron Dome, Trophy Systems for vehicle and installation last line of protection and additional measures including from space and ground based installations which are so secretive that some only have their military nomenclature and have not even been named as of this article. Needless to add, the Israelis have systems in place and operational which can take out ICBMs and CBMs anywhere from their initial launching to any point in their trajectory and no matter their path or other measures as Israel probably developed the countermeasure for these offensive systems before the offensive systems were fully tested and placed into service. Attempting to strike Israel with missiles is possible, but it is not financially effective for the attacking nation (or for Israel except Israelis think it well worth the cost if they get to live). Israel has prepared sufficient defensive measures to prevent effective missile strikes such that their layered system has as many as three or even four systems overlapping at many distances. There is a reason why Iran gave Hezballah approaching 200-thousand rockets and missiles; their intent is to overload the Israeli defenses with numbers hoping that some make it through and if they are lucky, actually cause distress and damage possibly also some number of casualties. There is the final level of Israeli preparedness; the public is well trained through experience in finding and taking cover in shelters in case of rocket or missile attack. It is this training and practice which prevents catastrophic casualties as there often are in Gaza where Hamas had not built shelters and often sacrifices civilians to protect their rockets and launchers. Visit the Internet and search for Gaza children rocket launcher and there will be pictures and videos showing the use of children to protect these weapons. Israel will remain despite the attacks and the Arab people, especially the Palestinian Arabs who are on the front line and thus the ones demanded to make the most sacrifices, as Israeli governance treats lives as precious, even Palestinian Arab lives which they attempt to prevent, but one cannot prevent casualties when your opposition has as its main intent to have the maximum number of civilian casualties to show the world. They get their own people killed and then blame Israel and the world drinks this up with great gusto. The one piece of good news in everything thusfar, Hashem will provide that Israel survives and does so with minimal casualties and even minimal damages. This has been proven thusfar and there is no reason to doubt it continuing. Unfortunately for the Palestinian Arabs, you are left being the pawns sacrificed by your leaders such that they can have lavish lives and live the good life. If you reside in Gaza and your apartment building has been destroyed, go visit the westernmost areas where your leaders reside and see the complete lack of damage. Do you desire to know why this is so? The reason is that they never launch rockets or mortars from these areas and thus the Israelis do not launch at these areas. Perhaps you should ask the IDF to target these places and make your leaders also enjoy making great sacrifices you have been called upon to make.

 

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January 3, 2018

Israeli Laws and Disputed Territories

 

The term “Disputed Territories” while more accurate than “Occupied Territories” is still not exact enough to relate the truth and the actual state of these areas under International Law. Because of treaties, conferences et al including but not limited to (and with apologies to our regular readers but the list once again) San Remo Conference, Treaty of Sèvres, Treaty of Lausanne, the Mandates System and the Treaty of Westphalia (which defines the necessary requirements an area must meet to be denoted as a State). Still, we will use the term “Disputed Territories” for this article unless referring to specific regions or a change in recognition of the existing dispute.

 

All of the treaties listed above lead to one singular conclusion, under International Law, the eastern border of the State of Israel is the Jordan River. There is but one way that such can be altered, and this is what is attempting to be forced down Israel’s throat, Israel must release claim to the lands and actually grant that right to another entity. This is what actually occurred with Gaza as Israel, under the near despotic acts by Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, did legally transfer the rights to govern Gaza as a separate entity to the Palestinian Authority. This legally gave the Palestinian Authority an actual piece of land with which to prove they could run an actual nation. When the Palestinian Authority lost these gifted lands to Hamas, Islamic Jihad and other criminal and terrorist entities, they proved that they were incapable of ruling over the people they claimed were loyal citizens and these loyal citizens proved they support terror and the destruction of Israel over having a state of their own. They also negated the conditions under which the land was forfeit by Israel, which allows Israel to rescind their let of claim and retake the Gaza area. But Israel, like Egypt, wants nothing to do with Gaza, as its residents are largely terrorists and their supporters whose goal in life is dead Israelis and the Jewish State in smoldering ruins with not one shred of evidence the Jews had returned. So Gaza is currently an illegal entity run by terrorists.

 

The sad part is Gaza is not all that different from the areas in the Disputed Territories run by the Palestinian Authority. The reason we gave this introduction is that the Likud Party Central Committee just voted, according to reports and the Likud’s press release, unanimously to extend Israeli Law to the Jewish communities within the “Disputed Territories” and those areas under total Israeli control. That would include Area C which, according to the Oslo Accords, is under Israeli civil, security and military control and forbidden to construct within or otherwise attempt to extend any legal control over parts by the Palestinian and other Arab Palestinian entities. This would include the building of inferior quality and sometimes even dangerous homes and shops by the European Union (EU) marking them as intended for the sole use of the Palestinian People establishing these areas as part of what the EU considers the State of Palestine. Below are a couple of pictures of these EU built structures.

 

Illegal European Union built structures in Disputed Territories

Illegal European Union built structures in Disputed Territories

 

More Illegal European Union built structures in Disputed Territories

More Illegal European Union built structures in Disputed Territories

 

Illegal European Union structures bearing obvious EU Identification signs

Illegal European Union structures bearing obvious EU Identification signs

 

Israel has destroyed numerous of these types of villages as they are more than structural threats and politically threatening to Israel, these structures are substandard, have no running water, no sewage with bathrooms simply emptying into pits contaminating ground water, no electricity, no utilities and are lacking any compliance with building codes allowing for the potential for disease and other horrific results if permitted to be used and inhabited. Jewish structures built with power and utilities but which were considered substandard have also been routinely destroyed by Israel, something the media refuses to recognize telling only when these EU structures or other Arab illegal places are taken down. The reporting has been definitively one-sided against Israel, especially in Europe and in the left-wing media in the United States.

 

As we mentioned at the start, the Likud Central Committee has just voted unanimously to extend Israeli Law to the communities and state owned areas in Area C replacing military rule. The main change would be that instead of criminal acts being investigated by the military authorities, they would be investigated by civilian law enforcement with military assistance if requested, and instead of trials taking place in military courts, civilian courts will be used. This is being touted as a remarkable first step in a process and that the Likud is breaking new ground. Below is a video of Deputy Foreign Minister Hotovely at special Likud gathering of the Central Committee speaking to the ground breaking event and the blazed path by Likud. Minister of the Knesset Sharren Haskel also spoke on Sunday of the importance of the Likud Central Committee vote (second video).

 

 

There is a small problem with the Likud claim, the Jewish Home (HaBayit HaYehudi הַבַּיִת הַיְהוּדִי) has not only been a proponent calling for this for years, their members in the Knesset have taken steps in an effort to effect this exact change. Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked in May of 2016 made calls to revive an initiative that would extend Israeli civil law to Jewish communities in the West Bank.

 

Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked attends the weekly Jewish Home party meeting at the Knesset on March 28, 2016. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked attends
the weekly Jewish Home party meeting
at the Knesset on March 28, 2016.
(Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

 

The original bill which Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked was attempting to revive was introduced and in 2014 was sponsored at that time by MKs Yariv Levin (Likud) and Orit Strock (Jewish Home), who stated that the legislation “will protect the rights and obligations of all Israelis in Judea and Samaria. There is no justifiable reason why Israeli citizens living in Judea and Samaria are unable to self-determine rights and obligations through the representatives they elected to the Knesset for this purpose, without applying sovereignty to the territory.” Prime Minister Netanyahu (Likud) did not make this legislation something he would hold coalition members to vote to support. That was a political move so as not to anger certain members of his coalition.

 

Minister of the Knesset Orit Strock from the Jewish Home

Minister of the Knesset Orit Strock from the Jewish Home

 

This has also been the unfortunate position of Prime Minister Netanyahu on this subject as if he is worried what will the world, Europe in particular, think if we change even the slightest of the present imbroglio Israel has allowed be woven since the passing of the Oslo Accords. The telling thing, also in article, is that Netanyahu did not even insist that his party members support the bill. We have long suspected that Prime Minister Netanyahu is more worried with his image and likability in Europe and the other countries of the world and often this makes him too hesitant to do what is inevitably necessary. The longer Israel waits to do what will be found to be necessary, the more the world will condemn Israel. It may already be too late but if not, then the time is passing before our eyes and is being wasted. The Likud Central Committee vote to support extending Jewish Israeli civil law to the communities in the Shomron is a decent restart. The only problem is that the vote is not binding on the Likud Knesset members and we can bet that Prime Minister Netanyahu will make a definitive point that he is not beholden to the vote and will not force anyone else to back such legislation.

 

The Regulation Bill, a revolution that paves the way for Israeli annexation of Judea and Samaria, was championed by Jewish Home Party Chairman Naftali Bennett when it was introduced in December of 2016. This was another piece of legislation which was to normalize the Jewish communities in the Shomron with the rest of Israel sponsored, or at the least co-sponsored, by Jewish Home Party as a whole which passed the Knesset in February of 2017. The Supreme Court has not struck down this law thus avoiding a battle with the Knesset where many ministers had threatened to clip the wings of the Supreme Court if it should continue to believe they had veto power and were to examine every piece of legislation and decide on its meaning and even its validity. So, at least thus far, the Regulation Bill remains intact and passed.

 

Knesset Constitution Law and Justice Committee Meeting for discussion and vote on Regulation Bill, November 30, 2016.

Knesset Constitution Law and Justice Committee
Meeting for discussion and vote on Regulation Bill,
November 30, 2016.

 

The Likud Party and their support would be required for getting legislation enforcing the concept passed unanimously by their Central Committee. Despite what the media will come out and report or what Likud members in their excited, grab attention state will scream proudly into the closest microphone, this is far from a new concept and they are grabbing the thunder as the Justice Minister, Ayelet Shaked of the Jewish Home Party, is already working to revitalize former legislation which proposed exactly this idea. Her efforts may have come as members of the Likud Party told her of their Central Committee coming support and thus she knew that the right time was approaching. Ayelet Shaked has championed this cause which was partially why she was tapped to be Justice Minister by Naftali Bennett and the hierarchy of the Jewish Home Party. She has also done a great amount of work making necessary adjustments to the way Justices and Judges are selected and balanced the Israeli adjudicators such that they now represent a wide variety of political attitudes, as they were rather one-sided when she took on being Justice Minister. She has been lauded as one of the best Justice Ministers as she has quietly and with minimal feather ruffling managed to radically alter much of the judicial problems that have plagued Israel for the past fifty years. It is not unusual for Likud to hold off supporting numerous Jewish Home Party proffered legislations simply to introduce a near identical legislation with great fanfare claiming that this will be remembered as a momentous day in Israeli legislative history. Well, if they had played straight, then that momentous day could have come earlier but doing so would have meant sharing the spotlight, and politicians do hate sharing the spotlight almost as much as others get steamed over others stealing their spotlight. But for those who watch and follow the Knesset realize, much of the groundbreaking legislation others put forth were originally ideas which came from Jewish Home Party, the party which represents religious Zionism and is a proudly conservative, Jewish, Zionist party with a bright future.

 

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