Beyond the Cusp

June 23, 2019

About the Criminal Netanyahu

 

Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu is under investigations that, for all practical arguments, ranges from taking kickbacks to chewing gum in line, from bribery to passing notes in class, from fraud to not bringing enough candy for everyone, and from breach of trust to talking during a test. The first thing which needs explaining is the makeup of the legal officers in Israel and a quick overview of their political bend. The Attorney General is not chosen by the Prime Minister nor approved by the Knesset but is chosen by a set of judges and lawyers who can outvote the political members of the committee which means the people have next to no say in this choice. Judges and much of the legal system other than the Justice Minister are chosen by a liberal elite of the legal profession with a heavy influence by the Supreme Court. Additionally, the Supreme Court has a virtual veto over the choosing of every new Justice to the court leading to a court stuck in the late 1950’s or early 1960’s and not progressing politically along with the population. After Supreme Court Chief Justice Aharon Barak ruled that all things are judicable, the Supreme Court has greatly expanded their purview and fields of power reaching from deciding demolitions of contested regions more often calling for the destruction of Jewish communities while going the extra mile to protect all Palestinian Arab villages to countermanding commander’s and general’s orders to their IDF forces to granting predominantly European funded NGO’s requests which tend to be strictly far left demands.

 

Chief Justice Aharon Barak

Chief Justice Aharon Barak

 

The last Israeli government had instigated some absolutely necessary restrictions, guidelines and strictly defined powers with rigidly implanted divisions between judicable and that which is the responsibility of the courts and justices and that which is outside judicable range. There is much redefining necessary and with any luck a complete revamping of the means by which justices are selected, particularly to the Supreme Court which had become an inner sanctum echoing a long past era refusing to join the present nor would it realize changes which made the landscape defined very differently than the Judges pretend. Allowing, if not encouraging, the roping of the Supreme Court Justices and bringing them closer to having to answer to the desires of the people through taking some decisions from the Supreme Court to altering the means of how new justices are chosen taking from the Supreme Court a veto power against any selection. Finally, there was the means for the Knesset to respond to the court’s overreach by permitting the parliament to override a Supreme Court veto of legislation. This pawned the legal branch of the government to feel threatened and to bite back. They blamed these events on all of the right-wing parties and especially the Prime Minister. The legal difficulties of Prime Minister Netanyahu are part of this reaction by the courts and Attorney General. The Attorney General tasked itself with finding anything by which they could damage or possibly remove the Prime Minister. Some of the charges still remaining unresolved have been placed in a dormant state from previous elections only to be brought to the fore as new elections came into focus. There were two of these charges that came out, the main one being financial misbehavior in the form of kickbacks from a submarine purchase. The finality of this investigation which was initially claimed to involve the Prime Minister only produced charges against lawyers who had lesser roles and vindicated the Prime Minister. The remaining charges are far lesser including one which borders on comical which we have talked of before. They circle around “expensive” gifts received by the Prime Minister and his wife given them by multi-billionaires who when visiting the Prime Minister’s residence for an official dinner. They gave presents such as higher priced champagne and some fine cigars. Apparently, the courts believe that such guests should bring far less expensive gifts such as pictured below. Our friends back in the United States poked much fun about these charges finding them to be more amusing than serious. The media treated this as if they were the proof of bribery despite not being able to find a single quid-pro-quo. Most of this circus will simply be folded up and placed in storage for the next election should Bibi Netanyahu remain as the likely candidate for Prime Minister. The courts and their left-leaning allied parties are frustrated, furious, frantic and willing to do whatever it would take to regain their control which they had for the first thirty plus years of Israeli history. The left believed that they would be the sole power in Israel forever and are surprised, shocked and in a state of unresolved, incensed furor demanding they be returned their rightful place of total control. We can expect this and other contrived problems to resurface repeatedly until the elections are complete and then they will slowly subside.

 

Ronco Veg-O-Matic and Pocket Fisherman

Ronco Veg-O-Matic and Pocket Fisherman

 

Leading up to this last election which just failed to reach a defining coalition, there was a perfect example of this overreach by the Supreme Court. The Knesset election committee had resolved that one Arab Party be disallowed which had numerous former terrorists and recently included a Minister who had joined the Mavi Marmara which attempted to run the military blockade of Hamas in Gaza when numerous IDF sailors were injured with one attempted to be abducted by the crew of the terror ship. The end result was the use of live-fire in which nine of the terrorists were killed and relations with Turkey became tested. Reparations were agreed upon which many on the right found distasteful. The committee also disallowed one candidate from one of the other parties, a Jewish college professor who actively supports the BDS movement detests any Zionist activities within Israel. The Supreme Court ruled that this candidate was just fine and the Arab party completely acceptable but also ruled that one right-wing candidate who is a lawyer and former Knesset Minister be disallowed. It begs the question of how could a former Knesset Minister not be acceptable as a candidate for the Knesset. The answer is simple, he supports restructuring the courts and how jurists are chosen and the Attorney General is appointed. He supports balancing the legislative and administrative branches of government and the Judicial branch. The claim is that by dismantling the forming dictatorial judicial rule of the black robes; the legal branch, especially the Supreme Court and the Attorney General, fear losing their ability to choose their own replacements as this would open the door for justices more in line with the current rightward swing of the population in Israel. This was a fight the legal branch was guaranteed to lose, it was only going to take time as the future of Israel will be more Zionist, more conservative and more religious. Another item is that much of the current judiciary is ardently secular and far more internationalist, border-free, atheistic and intersectional than the population. In all honestly, much of the legal branch is filled with people who are representative of the Israeli population from before 1977 when the first truly Zionist, nationalist, religious right-wing Prime Minister was elected, Prime Minister Menachem Begin. They do not make politicians nor leaders like they used to and Menachem Begin is a prime example.

 

So, is Bibi Netanyahu guilty of any of these charges? This is like asking if President Trump conspired with the Russians or one of the Democrat candidates when looking at much of the Israel media and Bibi with his troubles. He is obviously guilty of receiving some fairly nice cigars and exclusive champagne, but he did not make any moves to repay these gifts, they were gifts and not bribes. Their most presented claim was that the Knesset considered legislation deferential to one of the presenters. That is where the problem with their accusations become obvious as Bibi and his Likud Party assisted in defeating this legislation including Bibi Netanyahu who voted against this legislation. Another claims he traded favorable government actions in order to have a left-leaning media outlet provide him with more favorable coverage. This favorable coverage never materialized and, if anything, this outlet’s coverage became even more critical. If Bibi Netanyahu is actually guilty of these charges, then he is the worst politician at gaining favors or repaying such. These antics are purposed to make the right appear dirty and pave the way for a return to the left-leaning political governance and placing the same people back in power who presented us with the Oslo Accords, Gaza withdrawal (with the assistance of former Likud Prime Minister Arik Sharon) and have completing the two-state solution if only to prove it possible to surrender more of our lands. The September elections and their lead-up is going to be one unbelievable ride through absurdity which is the mainstay of Israeli politics.

 

Whether Bibi Netanyahu is guilty of any of the charges or whether or not the charges actually rise to the level which would remove him from power, the Courts and Attorney General know that any right-leaning government will continue the redefining of the separation of powers in an attempt to rebalance things and put the judicial djinn back into its rightful bottle. The central figure in this dispute is Bibi Netanyahu as the representative of all that is right of center while the Attorney General is fighting for the legal establishment and their left-leaning bend. The weapon is the accusation of criminal activity by the Prime Minister and, as the party lists are made known, attempting to disqualify right-wing candidates while dismissing any disqualifying charges against left-leaning politicians on the left-wing and Arab lists. The legal system is attempting through judicial fiat to enact the two-state solution by any means required. Bibi Netanyahu has been quasi supportive of the most Zionist political parties while often acting towards annexation of the lands west of the Jordan River and beyond the Green Line, the armistice lines from the 1948 Arab war to destroy Israel at her birth. There has already been evidence that at the base of these charges is a political attempt to change the resulting vote of the election. We saw more frequent coverage of the charges against Bibi as the past election neared with the reporting becoming more fantastic and even fanatical. Now that those elections have ended, the coverage and level of excitement around these charges have been reduced to a simmer. With new elections coming in mid-September, we can expect the temperature on these charges to be increased from a mere simmer to a roiling boil over the month of August and into September as Election Day approaches. After the elections, the charges will largely be placed back into storage for the next elections when they will be investigated almost anew and perhaps some new charges of equal veracity will be leveled. This has been the past and is promised to be the future of politics for as long as the judicial branch is politically opposed to the remainder of the Israeli governance.

 

Whether or not Bibi Netanyahu is a criminal, a dirty politician, needs removal or is as pure as the driven snow is something we are not in a place to determine. We doubt he is as pure as the driven snow but also doubt he is as guilty as the media have painted him. In all honesty, we are not Bibi’s greatest of fans and would be extremely happy to have another become Prime Minister, whether a different member from Likud or the leader of another party. We would prefer that the right-leaning parties continue to hold the majority and form the next government. We have noted that Avigdor Lieberman has made his position as left-leaning or possibly solidly leftist which is the reason so many claim they desire forming a government which does not include Yisrael Beiteinu Party. This became evident when Avigdor Lieberman strongly suggested that the next government include the Blue-White Party, Yisrael Beiteinu and Likud along with other parties in a unity government. The problem with his claim is such would not be a unity government but a left-leaning government where the Likud would find themselves very uncomfortable but possibly unable to force new elections, trapping them in a government which refutes their own preferences and interests. But Bibi is more likely a politician under investigation by the opposing side than anywhere near a deadly criminal that the political cartoons paint him to be. But, like President Trump, Bibi should not expect the hyperventilating and total exasperation centered reporting to change that much going into the elections.

 

The voting public is also not taken in largely by these accusations, though some have fallen victim. The problem comes when a new party defines themselves tailored to the public’s slant while their true positions are far different than the image portrayed. Former Prime Minister Ehud Barak may prove their undoing as they have requested that Yair Lapid keep from commenting about his concerns and opposition to the Haredi parties. The Blue-White Party is a combination of Benny Gantz’s Israel Resilience Party and centrist leader Yair Lapid’s Yesh Atid Party. The Israel Resilience Party hosts four former generals including some who were Chiefs of Staff. Their claim to fame is that as Generals they know far more about security and how to reach peace agreements with the Palestinian Authority. From what we have read and gathered; their plan is another version of the ill-fated two-state solution. One of their leaders, before being corralled by handlers, spoke freely very early in the lead-up to the last elections. The proposal he made was frightening to those of us here at BTC and which we discussed here. To put it as simply as we are able, for those who refuse to read prior articles, the plan would present the Palestinian Authority with a done deal. They would pull all Israelis within the region defined by the security fence while gifting the Palestinian Authority the lands east of the security fence. This would not demand anything from the Palestinian Authority as just by gifting them these lands, they claim all terrorism and violence will cease. The difference between the defensive security fence and the Green Line is marginal at best (as displayed on the map at the above link). These generals are still fully supporting the land for peace concept of the Oslo Accords and the two-state solution. We can guarantee that Mahmoud Abbas would refuse to accept this offer and would immediately set out for Europe complaining that Israel still refused to give him the 22% of the Mandate he has demanded. For information, the 22% Abbas refers to is all of the British Mandate which was not part of the 78% granted to Jordan, or simply, everything west of the Jordan River, all of Israel. Abbas would also initiate a new intifada with the intent of forcing Israel to send the IDF into the region just gifted to the Palestinian Authority to end the offensive which would be murdering Israelis. Abbas has effectively and completely destroyed, devastated and made null the two-state solution, the Oslo Accords and possibly any opportunity for peace between the Palestinian Arab entity and Israel. Their current attempts to appear as more right-wing than they truly are revealing their claims to be disingenuous should Former Prime Minister Ehud Barak talk to the media and decide he desires joining his fellow generals in the Blue-White Party revealing their leftward tilt.

 

This is also why Mahmoud Abbas will not be in Bahrain for President Trump’s economic conference as he denounced the entirety of President Trump and his peace plan before anything was released. Mahmoud Abbas and his fellow Palestinian Authority leaders have made their desires extremely evident and it has nothing to do with the two-state solution. They have the exact same desires as Hamas and Islamic Jihad, just a slightly different means of attaining an end to Israel and any nation ruled by Jews, their way to having Islamic world domination. They do not wish for self-rule or even their own country, they simply want to destroy our country. This is why there can be no peace agreement which would be worth the paper it is written upon. Abbas has stated that should any peace ever be reached with Israel; it would only bring a temporary respite from terrorism which would restart and continue demanding more territory followed by another respite followed be restart of terror until they could easily defeat Israel or the Jews simply leave, deserting their country. This is the only result Abbas and his colleagues will find acceptable. Perhaps President Trump is more aware than the media paints him and he is planning on forming a peace which leaves Abbas and the Palestinian Authority out in the cold. Things may be about to get very interesting, the Trump peace plan, the Israeli elections and the leftist media in conniptions.

 

Beyond the Cusp

 

March 5, 2019

Why the Worldly Pressure for Israel to Recognize Palestinian Governance

 

We are about to witness the way in which the world’s leftists cannot help themselves from meddling in anti-Israeli propaganda going into the Israeli elections. They are unable to report directly on the actual statements and campaign rhetoric without making interpretive alterations to fit their agenda. So, perhaps the most helpful disclosure would be to define the end goals of these left wing media outlets in Israel and across the Western World. Their most obvious of goals is to get their fellow travelers from the left in Israel into the Knesset in sufficient numbers that they get to form the ruling coalition. Barring success at this, they at least want to injure the right wing, nationalist, Zionist and especially religious parties from being capable of forming a coalition. To them, no government and another election cycle is preferable to any government which is not leaning strongly to the left. Their secondary goal is to force Bibi Netanyahu from his position as leader of the Likud Party thus preventing him from heading the Likud list preventing his returning as the Israeli Prime Minister. The final aim is to have Israel repeat the Gaza disengagement only this time giving away all of the regions liberated from Jordanian occupation during the Six Day War in the first weeks of June 1967.

 

The initial and most obvious aims can all be covered together while the final target will take being handled by itself as it is both more complicated and of vital importance. If, while reading about the Israeli Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit and his presumed intentions for bringing an indictment against Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu you felt like you were reading old news, you were correct (we avoid saying ‘you were right’ as some take that as a political statement which they may see as an insult). These are old charges which were aired in the lead up to a possible indictment of Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu right before the last elections and they had a short run when it appeared that elections were going to be forced about a year or so ago. These charges arise from investigations going back numerous years and there is nothing new except that currently there are fewer charges and investigations than there were in the lead to the last elections. What happened to bring some of these charges to a close? Well, the investigations went bust as you can only chase leads to an un-crime for so long before somebody is found and actually charged and tried or you run out of excuses other than we might bag Bibi given sufficient time to dig beyond all normal behavior. The supposed kickbacks which were to have lined Bibi’s pockets were actually lining other people of lesser stature such as, if we remember correctly, a government lawyer who assisted in finalizing the deal, a German attached to the company who was tasked with manufacturing the submarines for Israel and one or two other functionaries. Most pled guilty or, who cares, it did not bag Bibi so the media let it drop like a ten-ton-weight. Last election there were anywhere from six to eight different scenarios under which Bibi would be charged, tried and never sit in the Prime Minister’s residence again. Now there are three of four charges left and they are just as ridiculous as they were last time, but these definitely include Bibi, thus they are of vital importance as this time they got him.

 

Let’s take a cursory look at what exactly are the goods that they have on Prime Minister Netanyahu. He presumably pressed for legislation favorable to a specific newspaper targeting it to force them to charge for its distribution to the public rather than being a free newspaper which has all of the cost for salaries, printing and everything else completely not covered by advertising is absorbed and covered by Sheldon Adelson. Mr. Adelson is a quite wealth American casino owner and once a strong supporter of Bibi Netanyahu and always supportive of Israeli Zionist and nationalist causes. The legislation targeting Yisroel Hayom (Israel Today) newspaper was placed for consideration by one of the Ministers of the Knesset. Wait, so Bibi did not present this legislation? Nope, a member of the opposition placed the legislation to favor a “mainstream” (read strongly left leaning) newspaper by removing its main rival from the market. So it was not even introduced by a member of Likud or even the ruling coalition? Then how does one link this to the Prime Minister. Well, he shared lunch with the owner of the other newspaper and thus he just had to be behind the entire boondoggle. And it was obvious as Bibi was promised favorable coverage in their reporting for his efforts. Wait, the newspaper in question has dragged Bibi over the coals repeatedly and there has been little if any change in their opposition to everything Bibi. So, according to a simple reading of the newspaper in question reveals their adversarial coverage of the Prime Minister, thus it is obvious that he made some deal for favorable coverage. If that last sentence made absolutely any sense beyond there is no there, there, then please fill us in on what we missed. There is another claim where Bibi used some luring offer for better coverage by another news source which has never let up on dragging the Prime Minister through the mud.

 

There is another charge which does not include newspapers and instead granting special access via, you guessed it, favorable legislation and handling of the business of some billionaire who, gasp, gave the Prime Minister some expensive (read smokeable) cigars, expensive (read tasty) champagne and gave Sarah Netanyahu (Bibi’s wife) some pieces of expensive (read not costume) jewelry. These “gifts” were handed over during this billionaire’s visit to Israel and his dining at the Prime Minister’s official residence. We talked about this charge here where we stated, well, just go read that after reading the remainder of this article. Anywhere else in the world, such gifts presented upon dining at a national leader’s official residence or other stately venue would be considered being polite and appreciative, it would not rise to the level of a crime. Further, the media covered these gifts while reporting on the state dinner over the ensuing weeks. Showcasing these gifts is not exactly the way one would conduct some back-room deal as such a deal would require secrecy as its most important factor. We simply figure your department has been working desperately for many years to dethrone Bibi and spoil any hopes of a right-leaning government, replacing such with a far left government. But, in some ways, destroying Bibi is simply a sideshow as he is one small fish and the leftist media have far larger items in their sights.

 

The leftist media have the entirety of Israeli existence in their sights and all it takes is a single election to make such possible. The media from the left seeks one ticket to champion; often whichever one had the Labor Party ensconced within, but this time they are going with the Blue-White Party led by General (ret) Benny Gantz and Yair Lapid. General (ret) Benny Gantz has touted his party having three former Chief of Staff Generals, himself, Moshe Ya’alon and Gabi Ashkenazi. This grouping of such high-ranking former military personnel is supposed to undermine Bibi Netanyahu’s claim as the man who provides security. We can expect the media to make a big deal about the presence of these Generals working together which is supposed to place the concept that they outranked Bibi and thus would be even tougher and security conscious. Well, in our opinion that is not the case. All three former Chiefs of Staff backed gifting Mahmoud Abbas his little fiefdom by withdrawing all Israelis to west of the Separation Barrier, redividing Jerusalem and making this withdrawal the final deal made unilaterally, if required. Their claim is by doing this, the Arabs will have their state (actually three as they already have Gaza and Jordan) along their demanded borders, or very close to such, and thus all terrorism will end and Israelis will be as secure as they had been in the “good-old-days” when there was presumably no terrorism. This is a marriage of the three generals who are all long retired and had held the position as Chief of Staff with Yair Lapid who served as an army reporter and never saw any actual engagement and fighting. What could it be which would be the binding common denominator?

 

Moshe Ya'alon, Benny Gantz, Yair Lapid and Gabi Ashkenazi

Moshe Ya’alon, Benny Gantz, Yair Lapid and Gabi Ashkenazi

 

The group’s common denominator is the long-standing while oft denied position of Yair Lapid of surrendering most or all of the former Arab held regions in order to grant them self-rule and end terrorism. We can only guess that these people are fooling themselves and hoping their honest appearance, while stating things which are categorically in error, is sufficient to carry the day and win the elections. Should they require any coaching on how to pull off this charade, they have Yair Lapid right there as he has spent his entire political career doing exactly these misdirective statements. Lapid consistently pretends to be further right than Bibi and as the most hawkish individual in the elections while actually seeking his planned reasonable means for forming another Arab Palestinian State, this time out of the lands liberated from Jordan during the Six Day War. They know that Mahmoud Abbas has already rejected two offers which were nearly identical to their plan. But General Gantz knows the solution. There will be no negotiations as this plan calls for merging two former plans into one and then this time they will work. The initial plan they will copy will be the Gaza Disengagement except this time the lands will be the Judean highlands, much of Samaria and half of Jerusalem including the Temple Mount. Such a retreat is as unconscionable as it is unwise. General Gantz expects to combine this procedure with another similar program to address any potential terrorist activity by leaving the IDF stationed in the region to prevent terrorism as worked so well in southern Lebanon before we made a hasty and ill-prepared retreat. So, by combining the two greatest military blunders of the last century except this time with lands overlooking Tel Aviv permitting direct-line-of-sight targeting of Tel Aviv metropolitan region with Katyusha rockets, these former generals and a journalist are attempting to make Israel completely at the mercy of the surrounding terrorists. This would result very quickly into direct fire with horrific results.

 

Katyusha Rocket Range by Mark Langfan Depicting the Near Complete Coverage of the Heart of Israel by Even the Smallest Home-made Rockets Both Hamas and Fatah Are Capable of Producing in Bulk

Katyusha Rocket Range by Mark Langfan
Depicting the Near Complete Coverage
of the Heart of Israel by Even the Smallest
Home-made Rockets Both Hamas and Fatah
Are Capable of Producing in Bulk

 

Still, the media are going to do everything possible to scare the public from voting for the grouped ticket of the religious Zionist parties because one of them is too committed to the land of Israel. Further, that party claims to be the people who followed the teachings and political beliefs of Rabbi Kahane. The favorite word of the left is already being thrown at the combined Jewish Home list as racist, extremist and generally dangerous. These terms are the standard leftist response to nationalism, especially if that nationalism is for the Jewish State. Zionism is an ever greater ill and Rabbi Kahane sends them scurrying to the closest safe-space where they can color in a coloring book with the provided crayons or pet a kitten until the stress is relieved. The media will play the racist meme as well as constant berating of Bibi over the impending convictions. Yes, they will omit references to surrendering virtually all the lands which were formerly occupied by Jordan and leave Israel primed for conquest. Such a plan would make Israel between nine and ten miles wide at her central core, which was what made the first invasion in 1948 so enticing, and was a point for the next attempt in 1967. These regions are necessary to provide Israel with sufficient depth and not to mention providing a natural barrier from ground invasions while also providing good vantage points to set up radar installations. Further, according to international laws and treaties, the Israel eastern boundary is the Jordan River, and this is a crucial point. None of these lands west of the Jordan River can be taken from Israel unless she surrenders her rights as she did with Gaza, and that must never happen again.

 

Cutaway View of Tactical Advantage and Necessity of the Jordan Valley and Judean Hills for Defending Coastal Plains and Israel Alongside the Mediterranean Sea

Cutaway View of Tactical Advantage and Necessity
of the Jordan Valley and Judean Hills for Defending
Coastal Plains and Israel Alongside the Mediterranean Sea

 

As just noted, the Israeli eastern border was to be the Jordan River and the Golan Heights. Even before Israel was born, the British gifted the Golan Heights to France to provide them to Syria who utilized them for sniper training where snipers would regularly shoot farmers and their equipment as practice. This, in time, led to a large tract of land left as they were too dangerous to farm and the roads were too dangerous to drive. The world, led by Europe (for the present) has worked diligently to erase what they see as their greatest mistake, allowing Israel to come into existence. This was behind the gifting of the Golan Heights to Syria, the patrician plan under UNGA Res. 181. This was the plan of the Gaza Disengagement and it will be the plan for the Shomron disaster which will be called the West Bank Disengagement or the Gifting of Palestine. None of this will alter a thing as Abbas will continue to pay his people to murder Jews. Terrorism will continue apace just as terrorism existed before 1967 and terrorism existed before 1948, and finally, Arab terrorism towards Jews has existed since the beheading of eight-hundred men and the enslaving of the entire female population of the Banu Qurayza Tribe near Mecca. After the Jews had surrendered and given over their weapons, Muhammad then allowed his men to glorify their conquest by beheading every male survivor of the tribe and then do as they would with the women taking the attractive ones as concubines and the rest if of child-bearing age were to be used in a most abusive manner, they were relegated for the purpose of producing new warriors to continue the conquest fifteen to twenty years hence.

 

There is possibly only one result no matter what is done in the interim; Israel will annex the lands to the Jordan River. The leadership and known terrorist planners, trainers, financiers, senior military and other groups of interest will be deported. The remaining Arabs will need to choose from the three choices which Jewish law advises be given to those who wish to or find themselves within our borders. The first choice is to remain and obey the Noahic Code and Israeli law and the fact that these are the Jewish homelands. The second offer is to have their immovable property bought at above market price as well as an enticement with which to make moving less of a burden and make nations find the Palestinian Arabs more affordable. The final choice is ill advised as this one will result to those who choose to persist in terrorist attacks, for those choosing this, we consider them having chosen to war with us and we oblige them using all of our available and necessary force. The intention is to end the terrorism by allowing the Arabs to rejoin family in their native lands, some lands which their peoples have come here only and lived here merely for a year and then the British allowed them rights as full citizens. This underhanded practice was done to keep the percentage of Jews low but failed when the Arab world forced out close to a million Jews in the decade of the 1950’s.

 

The intent of these offers is to encourage Arab emigration, preferably return to their lands where their families remain. In order to expedite the solution, after a period of six months, ten percent of the cash offered as a relocations allowance will be deducted such that ten months down the road there is a point where the offer is withdrawn. At this point, the remaining Arabs will be left with the other two choices, living peaceably or war. These can be individual, family or even entire towns making the choice. This is the only solution which will work. Should, by some misfortune, the leftists actually win the election because the Blue-White team of Moshe Ya’alon, Benny Gantz, Yair Lapid and Gabi Ashkenazi succeed in their ruse to portray themselves as hawkish, Zionist, right-wing zealots will have fooled sufficient voters. The idea a General is a good leader for Israel was the claim by Rabin, a former general who brought us the Oslo Accords, and Ariel Sharon, the bulldozer and former general, brought us the Gaza Disengagement. There are other reasons which make Benny Gantz dangerous but which also sound like impressive credentials, but once again the ex-military, ex-security, ex-Mossad and other top ranking people are not necessarily who Israel need or even should desire to lead the nation. Our first article about these coming elections covered what is necessary from General Gantz and his liaisons and background and can be read here. There is one last item we wish to give a short mention. There will be a fair amount of dragging Rabbi Kahane (ז״ל) and his memory through the mud and rancor which is sure to bubble to the surface and become a roiling cauldron of seething hatred. The Rabbi was a fierce proponent for the Jewish people and likely single-handed inspired the freedom for Russian Jews, specifically the dissidents. He coined the phrases “Never Again!” and “Am Yisroel Chai!.” His attitude towards the Palestinian Arabs was simply to use a population transfer where Israel had taken in and absorbed, not made pawns in a deadly game and victimized treating as prisoners almost 850,000 Jews expelled from across the Arab world where their families often had resided for over a thousand years. He thought that the Arabs who had emigrated to Israel in the past hundred years should be permitted and encouraged to return to their homelands, especially those who left their homes at the behest of the Mufti of Jerusalem before the war to annihilate the Jews of 1948, started on the morning that Israel became a nation. Rabbi Kahane was an inspired lecturer, speaker and learned in Torah and the Talmud as well as every other area of teaching and Jewish thought. He was assassinated by a Palestinian Arab after delivering a speech in New York. Subsequently, Rabbi Kahane’s son and his son’s wife were assassinated in Israel as they were driving. The price for our land has been high and is unlikely to ever be marked paid in full as there will always be those who wish to bring the end of the Jews. The one reassuring item is that Jews have a place to which to run when the madmen start their chants, “Kill the Jews! Kill the Jews. Kill them all!” This was a luxury over six-million European Jews were denied because the British still held our homelands and refused their entrance. Some just short of a thousand were almost all denied entry anywhere including the United States. Rabbi Kahane understood one last thing, that even the United States would be but a temporary respite from the crazed homicidal people clamoring to kill the Jews and that only Israel protected by proud and strong Jews would or could provide all of us a home and shelter from the storm.

 

Beyond the Cusp

 

March 4, 2019

The Bibi Conundrum

 

Right, the big day has finally come and Prime Minister Netanyahu will, presumably, finally get his comeuppance. Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit announced Thursday evening that he was to bring charges against Bibi Netanyahu for bribery, fraud and breach of trust in the cases 1000, 2000 and 4000, cases we will explain further but to most Israelis, these are understood terms. To many they are the obvious witch-hunt by the left which has been a traveling circus for years only for threats, or finally charges this time, where the Prime Minister was about to meet the end of his career, so slam-dunk obvious was his guilt. First, let us have a little background to give us some added flavoring. These investigations have been ongoing for almost as long as Bibi has been Prime Minister and every election they would make headlines and how the impending charges were about to be filed and trials to be held, always after the elections, obviously. Originally, there had been eight investigations involving the Prime Minister. As time passed, there were actual indictments handed down to people who worked with or for the Prime Minister, but somehow charges never quite reached his office. One of the main charges was for taking kickbacks from a German source as part of an Israeli submarine purchase. This situation actually appeared to be serious and likely to include the Prime Minister, especially reading Haaretz who had him all but convicted and serving a prison term. The end result was that one of the lawyers who worked in putting the deal together and some even lesser figures were found to have been guilty of misdeeds and nothing even intimated the Prime Minister. This brought out a furious bout of crying from those poised to take over as Prime Minister and more so on the left as they were ready to pounce and paint the entirety of the right with being complacent with these criminal activities. Much to their chagrin, it became on big nothing burger.

 

So, what exactly are these cases and why should we care. Case 1000 revolves around claims Netanyahu received expensive gifts from a businessman in exchange for favorable treatment and regulatory loopholes through which the businessman could financially benefit. This is probably the most laughable of the charges as we pointed out here. The businessman presumably plied the Prime Minister and his wife by giving him expensive cigars and champagne and his wife non-costume jewelry (expensive jewelry) so the Prime Minister would push legislation which would be favorable to his business interest, and also favorable to the Israeli economy, but since when is the Prime Minister supposed to work to advance the nation’s economy. These gifts were delivered covertly at dinners at the Prime Minister’s residence. So, are we to assume, as we stated in our other article, that a multi-billionaire should present the Prime Minister and his wife a Ronco Veg-O-Matic and Pocket Fisherman when invited to dine at the official residence of the head of state? It is customary for people to present gifts commensurate with their ability, and people in the economic stratosphere bring expensive champagne and cigars and sweet jewelry as the appropriate gifts, which is why it is good to be the king, to quote Mel Brooks. Can you imagine if an Attorney General of the United States brought charges against the President right before he was to run for a second term claiming that he received champagne and cigars as a bribe to push legislation which benefited the national economy and he never actually had to push for its passage? The entire episode would be laughed right out of town. On a second thought, it may be we have all become so partisan in our politics that it would all depend on whether the President was of your particular party or not. Still, some things are so ludicrous as to be more silly than serious. Relatively, or even excessively, expensive gifts given when visiting the Prime Minister’s residence for dinner, well, we thought such is what is expected, not out of the ordinary or in any way improper. But, on the other hand, it is known that the Israeli Attorney General and the Prime Minister are not exactly golfing partners, miniature or otherwise, and it is doubtful they exchange Happy Purim cards.

 

It is good to be the King

 

Moving on to the next scandal, Case 2000. Netanyahu has been accused of advancing a law to ban the Hebrew daily Yediot Ahronot newspaper’s chief competitor, Israel Hayom, from being distributed freely in exchange for favorable coverage. Many people will laugh this one away as Bibi Netanyahu did not receive preferential or even complimentary or fair coverage and readers likely could not point to where the coverage and criticisms of the Prime Minister altered in any way or form. The legislation which they are referring to never passed and was so slanted and biased against conservative or nationalist news, Israel Hayom in particular and so specifically that the legislation was laughable, that it was obvious that this was crafted by left leaning sources. Why would Bibi turn to block coverage of a newspaper distributed free of charge across Israel in which he received generous coverage as the force behind this newspaper was Sheldon Adelson, arguably having been one of the Prime Minister’s staunchest supporters. The idea that such a deal would even be of any preference or advantage for Bibi was and still is preposterous. But when you are throwing everything against the wall and hoping something will stick, you throw everything you have left, and that is pretty much what has happened and why these two cases have been brought forward. This sort of reminds us of other instances when politicians and their functionaries were grabbing at straws and throwing them against the wall waiting for one, any one, to stick. They were not rewarded for these efforts and in the end came out looking like fools. Clarification, these were past instances and have absolutely nothing to do with the Mueller ongoing investigations into the present American administration and the President.

 

Now we get to move on to the final claim against Bibi Netanyahu, the really serious case according to most sources. This is Case 4000 where Prime Minister Netanyahu stands accused of accepting bribes to push regulatory changes which would benefit the Bezeq telecommunications company, owned by Shaul Elovitch, in exchange for favorable coverage from a news site Walla! News, owned by Elovitch. There may or may not have been favorable coverage, but that is not the actual question which needs to be answered. The question is whether the coverage was altered at any specific point, preferably an obvious change and a specific point, and not was the coverage nice to the Prime Minister. Let’s use an obvious but hypothetical example from the United States. Presume that President Trump pushed to have regulations from the FCC altered allowing for the owner of Fox News altered, which also benefited owners of all the other news services, days after spending most of a day golfing and having a long and friendly lunch with Rupert Murdoch. These changes also would result in benefits to the American people, the economy and permit for a broader selection in where one could receive their news. Would this result in an open and shut case of bribery and breach of the public trust? We know, against Trump, there would be another Special Prosecutor appointed by the afternoon while they were on the back nine. This is close to what is going on with these cases in Israel. The left has been demanding, as have rivals on the right, that Bibi be prosecuted for obvious briberies, gifts, kickbacks, ruinous deals and a plethora of other altercations and evil machinations. The Attorney General would never have been invited to another Shabbos brunch in Tel Aviv if he had not at least attempted to bring down Bibi Netanyahu before this coming election. These, and the other four investigations which have returned one conviction for the first four before they were otherwise dropped against the Prime Minister, have been under investigation for over five years in some cases and all for over three years.

 

Why now, all of a sudden, these three cases are being brought against Netanyahu? Simple, elections have been called. The aim from all of this hullabaloo is to have an interested party, in the name of all that’s fair and decent, file a complaint with the Israeli Supreme Court to strip Bibi from leading any Knesset list so as to become Prime Minister should Likud be chosen to form the next government. This is the means by which Bibi is to be denied the office and the Israelis of the Likud Party from having their strongest candidate head their ticket. The other aim is to so shake up the electorate and spread confusion and doubt so as to potentially cost Likud three, four, five or as many as, pick a number less than thirty, mandates and allow for the left leaning party, specifically the Blue-White Party of Yair Lapid and Benny Gantz, to receive the nod to form a coalition and with the potentially added mandates, become the next government with Lapid and Gantz taking turns in the Prime Minister’s residence. That bring us to the final question, the main point of all of this, what if the left does succeed in taking down Bibi, damaging Likud, having a plethora of Israelis in the right simply not bother to vote when election day arrives, and the left under Lapid-Gantz take charge.

 

That future depends on whether Yair Lapid and General Benny Gantz (ret) are going to stick to the policies they have expounded over the years. What is interesting is that their prepared speeches vary on critical positions depending on the location where it is given. For our argument’s sake, we will stick to the most repeated of their positions which have sold well in much of the Tel Aviv region. They have a plan to end the terrorism and settle the Palestinian Arab-Israeli conflict once and for all. This entails something so simple and basic that it boggles the mind that it has not been attempted before. The retired general, Benny Gantz, has been very clear on what are his intentions which match fairly well with the consistent position of Yair Lapid over the years. We covered Benny with appropriate link here along with link to a reference map explaining the contour and how it differs from previous plans using the Green Line. The basic idea is to simply remove any and all Israelis from beyond the separation barrier, also called the anti-terror barrier, as well as the Old City of Jerusalem, possibly excepting the Temple Mount, and simply declaring these lands as the Arab Palestinian state they have demanded. This is the application of the Gaza Disengagement except this time the lands hold the higher grounds overlooking the entirety of the Tel Aviv metropolitan region including Ben Gurion International Airport and several military airfields. Additionally, so this does not become another simple disengagement, their plan is to leave IDF forces and their bases in the region to combat terrorism and other problems which might result as well as to assure that Mahmoud Abbas does not get replaced by Hamas, Hezballah, or other not so savory terrorist group. This sounds scarily close to the idea used in Southern Lebanon which resulted in a disorderly retreat followed by Hezballah taking control of the regions south of the Litani River in Lebanon. So, their grand plan is the Gaza Disengagement combined with the security plan for Southern Lebanon all wrapped up as a single package, and people want to know why we are not all that enthused about the Blue-White Party winning the election and forming the next government. The difficulties from their policies will be described in greater detail below and will clarify with the map below which depicts only the least capable rockets, the Katyusha. Clarification, this does not mean we are overjoyed with the idea of five more years of Bibi Netanyahu, but the few Party leaders we would prefer to see form a government have only the slightest better chance to be chosen than we do, and we are not even on any ticket.

 

Katyusha Rocket Range by Mark Langfan Depicting the Near Complete Coverage of the Heart of Israel by Even the Smallest Home-made Rockets Both Hamas and Fatah Are Capable of Producing in Bulk

Katyusha Rocket Range by Mark Langfan
Depicting the Near Complete Coverage
of the Heart of Israel by Even the Smallest
Home-made Rockets Both Hamas and Fatah
Are Capable of Producing in Bulk

 

There are some longer term predictions which can be made should such a plan actually be enacted. First, once the withdrawal has been completed and the lands officially ceded to the Palestinian Authority, the very first thing that Mahmoud Abbas will do is go to the United Nations General Assembly and start the process for recognition and entry as a full member of that illustrious and contemptuous organization. The Security Council will actually have no objection which is actually completely legal and even should the United States veto such recognition, Abbas could turn to the International Courts at the Hague who would very likely rule in his favor and thus Israel will have lost claims to these lands just as they did Gaza. Then will start the attacks on the IDF troops and the calls for the occupation army to be removed as it is a foreign invasion force which is unwelcomed in their new nation. There will be calls within Israel for this as well as the casualties mount and Israel will be facing another speedy and unplanned pullback of the IDF being executed as quickly as possible to avoid undue casualties. Then the next set of demands for the Negev to be ceded to the Bedouins as they are the “indigenous” peoples. Israel is the sole country in which Bedouins actually establish towns and settle down thus not moving from grazing area to grazing area as this is not necessary as there are ample fields in Israel which are maintained for grazing purposes. The Bedouins in Israel have an irrigated desert which is suspiciously unavailable in Syria, Jordan, Saudi Arabia and the remainder of the region, imagine that. The separation barrier will be breached on a regular basis and rockets will be launched from the hills onto Tel Aviv as pictured below. This will have an immediate reaction, and hopefully before any of the buildings in central Tel Aviv are struck potentially fatally causing their collapse. It has been stated that a conservative is simply a liberal who has been mugged. In this case, Tel Aviv is the liberal as it is the center of the Israeli progressive society with the majority of the rainbow coalition, numerous leftist NGO’s and the coffee bistros in which they can talk, exchange ideas and set up their next protest. In Israel, you can be mugged by surviving a terrorist attack or worse, knowing one who suffered a terror attack, and by being at ground zero of a rocket attack or within a block or two of such an attack. These are a form of wake-up call which brings all the arguments from the Zionist and nationalist right home and does so violently fast. So, what follows a few of these attacks and what will ensue?

 

Tel Aviv Now Before Green Line Peace and Tel Aviv the Day After Green Line Peace

Tel Aviv Now Before Green Line Peace
and
Tel Aviv the Day After Green Line Peace

 

There will be a cry for a new government immediately and for elections. Even Haaretz might be in favor of retaking the Shomron and forcing the Arabs residing there to find new homes across the Jordan River. If history is any recommendation of the future events, when such an occurrence comes to pass, expect that Jordanians to place these Arabs in camps and leave them there under UNRWA demanding that they be taken back by Israel and given new homes and full citizenship. After they rocket central Tel Aviv, the Arabs will find that this boat has sailed never to return. Such an attack would be their great strategic blunder as it would turn their main Israeli allies into sworn enemies. They will find a different Israel sitting across the Jordan and within twenty years the region will have become unrecognizable. We have a video starting partially through where the development by Israel of much of the land has made it unrecognizable as evidenced. The entirety of the video deals with many of the realities of how these Palestinian Arabs came to be in camps for generations and how their own forces were the main driving force to cause this disaster, not the Israelis. We recommend the entirety of the video be viewed when you have the time. Here is a little taste of why the solution as explained to be so simple is not so simple.

 

 

Should the Palestinians be gifted a state, this will not end anything as the Arab side has only one acceptable resolution which does not include Israel nor does it include a single Jew remaining once they have destroyed Israel. This is a truth which the left has refused to accept or believe claiming all along that if they would just be granted the lands conquered, actually liberated, in the Six Day War, then there would be peace. Abbas states very clearly that he demands the 22% of the British Mandate. Jordan sits on 78% of the British Mandate and Israel was to have the remaining 22% which consists of the region west of the Jordan River. This was the “fair” two state solution the world set up with Jordan for the Arabs, Jordan is three-quarters Arab Palestinian, and the remaining 22% was to be for the Jewish State. This was accepted by King Faisal in the name of the Arab league back in the early 1920’s. Since then the position of the Arab world changed and they decided to demand all the land be returned to their rule. They refuse the fact that the Ottoman Empire allied with Germany and the Austrian-Hungarian Empire and were the losing side of World War I. Just as they claim that they won every war against Israel, they claim they won World War I. They probably claim their allying with the Nazis resulted in their winning World War II. According to their interpretation of the Quran, it is impossible for any Islamic force to lose a war, thus they have always won because the Quran is inviolable. This is partly why Israel has no right to exist, the Quran states that the Jews are accursed and incapable of ruling themselves and need Islamic protection. We know what their protection consists of and prefer to avoid any reoccurrences of such treatment. We have a series of three approximately ten-minute long videos which describe Jewish life under Arab and Islamic rule which are well worth watching at this link. This information may surprise those who have thought that the life of Jews was only a series of persecution in Europe and Russia; the Jews faced similar treatment and often worse treatment across the Middle East and North Africa. That is another reason why Israel knows that she must always be prepared to fight for their lives as they do depend on her continued existence. Half of Israeli population came from places other than the Western World of Europe, Russia and the Americas; they came also from the entirety of the Arab world, Ethiopia, India and across the entirety of the globe. We will close with this final thought, these apparently soon to be leveled indictments of Prime Minister Netanyahu are more political than anything else and even if they are brought to a trial, we expect Bibi will be found not guilty, but these are being brought so as to allow an attempt to force Prime Minister Netanyahu from being returned as head of a coalition and they hope to elect a left wing government to solve the world’s problems. Should they succeed, there will be possibly a final Arab Israeli war and it will not be pretty should Iran jump in with Hezballah and forces stationed by Iran in Iraq and Syria.

 

Beyond the Cusp

 

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