Beyond the Cusp

February 26, 2019

Israel Never Placed a Single Arab in a Refugee Camp

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There is this political accusarial legend that Israel placed hundreds of thousands of Arab into refugee camps. The simple and truthful answer to this accusation is that it is categorically false. The first evidence is that there is not a single Arab refugee camp in any area under full Israeli control. That includes every inch of Israel inside the Green Line (pre-Six Day War Armistice Lines) as well as none within Area C, the region of the Shomron under Israeli civil and military control as per the Oslo Accords. Another interesting side fact is that the idea that the entirety of the Shomron (Jordanian regions called the West Bank) belongs to the Arabs and was the state of Palestine is a complete fabrication. The region was originally intended to be part of Israel but was lost to Jordan during the 1948 War to Annihilate the Jews and end the Jewish State of Israel which resulted from six Arab Armies and a number of Arab militias attacking Israel the morning of May 15, 1948, the first morning of Israeli existence. Jordan renamed it West Bank as using its Biblical names of Judea and Samaria were far too Jewish and Shomron was really not all that much less Jewish, so they invented the West Bank, as it is the western banks of the Jordan River. Jordan lost control of these lands in the Six Day War as Israel liberated their lands from Jordanian control. Under International Law, all the lands west of the Jordan River belong to Israel and currently there exists a semiautonomous region which is ruled by the Palestinian Authority in Area A and Area B of the disputed region while Israel retained complete control of Area C. All of the Arab refugee camps are either in Gaza which is currently ruled by Hamas or in the region under Palestinian Authority control. The remainder of the Arab refugee camps are in Lebanon, Jordan and Syria, all established and under Arab rulers. No Arab refugee camp was ever established in Israel. All Arabs who were within the region inside the Green Line were granted full Israeli citizenship while their neighbors and relatives who fled as instructed by the Mufti of Jerusalem Mohammed Amin al-Husseini who called for the Arabs to leave the Jewish State so the invading Arab armies could simply slaughter everyone on their way to victory and their intended celebration on the shores of the Mediterranean Sea as they finished off the last of the Jews driving them into the sea. The Arabs’ intent was stated well by Azzam Pasha, Secretary-General of the Arab League at that time who stated, “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.”

 

Every Arab refugee camp from this war was established by the Arab nations as they forced their brothers and sisters, fellow Arabs, into makeshift camps of tents surrounded by barbed wire with armed guards to prevent anyone escaping. This was done in order to play the refugee card demanding that Israel take in these Arabs and thus inundate the Jewish State with Arabs making them a majority and ending Israel at the first elections. This never materialized and they have kept these Arabs, many actually related to people living in the same area outside the camps but they are not permitted to relocate and start their lives anew. After the armistices were all signed and set, the Arab nations proceeded to drive their Jews from within their countries over the ensuing decade. The total numbers which relocated in Israel exceeded eight-hundred-thousand Jews. Remarkably, not one Jewish refugee camp was formed and Israel never demanded that the Arab world take back their Jews. Instead, these Jews were welcomed and integrated into the Israeli society where they make up approximately half of the Jewish population of Israel. This fact also lays bare the lie that the Jews of Israel all came from Russia, the Americas and Europe as half of the Jews in Israel origins are from Arab lands in the MENA (Middle East and North Africa) regions. Facts are funny things, when people hear them they immediately react stuttering an answer of, “No! Really?” The only thing one can respond is, “Yes, really.” Another little fact is there never was any Arab state or any other state named Palestine. Palestine is an adoption of the Roman renaming of the region after they dispersed the Jews presumably to wipe the Jew from the face of the earth. Destroying the Jews is far from an original idea as it started in ancient Egypt, was also attempted by the Assyrians with a modicum of success, then the Persians gave it a go followed by the Greeks, Romans, Caliphate, Crusaders, Arab Empire, the Ottomans, the British and today the Arab and much of the Muslim worlds. These are simply the attempts made which include the region which makes up what was ancient Israel.

 

Important Cities of Ancient Israel

Important Cities of Ancient Israel

 

If one were to ask, what about in the remainder of the world. We will start from Russia and work our way westward and include some from southward. First thing is that all of the above can be included in this list as well, as they were not limited to simply the region of ancient Israel but included their entire empires. Russia made a number of attempts both under the Czars who wrote the fake manuscript, “The Protocols of the Elders of Zion” in order to make an excuse for their war on the Jews. This manuscript has since been translated into Arabic, Farsi and other Arabian languages and sells well in much of the Muslim world being presented once again as fact and proof that the Jews have evil machinations for controlling the world. The pogroms and purification as well as the Inquisition and finally the Holocaust were all resulting from the Church being used by governments to focus hatred and blame for all calamities on the Jews so the ruling class could shift all blame from themselves. The Arab world would use different methods for persecuting Jews. The first is the Jiyza, a special tax placed on non-Muslims, sometimes even just Jews leaving everyone else free from this form of protection racket. The Jiyza was paid to recompense the Muslims for providing for the non-Muslims’ safety. If you did not pay the Jiyza, then it would become known that you were an open target for thefts or even murder. When the Jews or others had been taxed by the Jiyza to the point where they did not have sufficient wealth to steal through this method, this was when the other form of oppression was used, forced conversion. The non-Muslims, specifically Jews, were given the choice of converting to Islam or being beheaded. Those who refused were often beheaded on the spot and other times they would make a public spectacle of beheading the Jews or non-Muslims. Those who did convert would need to pay very particular attention to not break any of the rules of the Islamic faith as that would often mean that your conversion was not done in good faith and you would be executed as an Apostate. That brings us across the Atlantic Ocean to the Americas where we will only represent the United States. Jews have been discriminated against through the years into the 1960’s when the Civil Rights Movement ended much of such discrimination. Still, there is one seminal event where Jews were targeted directly under General Grant with his infamous General Order No. 11 of 1862 in which he dispossessed the Jews of their property and expelled them from the region under his control which included Tennessee, Mississippi, and Kentucky. President Lincoln nullified the order but by the time it reached Washington D.C. and the President reviewed this one order amongst all he had on his plate at the time and the rescinding order reached General Grant, who some rumor he sat on that communication for long enough for the order to be completely carried out, the damage was dome for the most part if not completely. There is at least one nation whose Jews were never targeted or subjected to humiliations or other mistreatment, and that honor belongs to Japan. Even during World War II Japan refused the Nazi orders to murder their Jews or turn them over to German forces. This would bring us back to eastern Russia, so hope you enjoyed our little jaunt around the globe.

 

The above also answers the question as to why there are so few Jews in the world, a mere fraction not quite reaching to 0.2% (that is 0.002 of the world population). The honest question would be how there are any Jews at all when they were treated, as we often point out, exactly as were the Carthaginians by Rome in order to destroy them and remove them from history. It worked against Carthage but the Jews had a secret, the Torah. Torah became the center of our communities and gave us our sense of being and belonging while we awaited our promised return to our beloved homelands. We have been permitted our return and are not persecuting or retaining Arabs with refugee camps. All of the refugee camps were established in Arab controlled regions making those who obeyed the demands of Mufti of Jerusalem Mohammed Amin al-Husseini into prisoners of their own people who refused to permit them to integrate into their lands. When one looks at a map of the Arab world compared to tiny Israel (Israel is approximately the size of New Jersey) and remembers that Israel took in over eight-hundred-thousand Jews from across that very same Arab world, it boggles the mind that the Arabs with all their empty space demand that Israel also accept their refugees (see map below). Instead of accepting the responsibility for their self-inflictive actions, the Arab world blames Israel and equates Israel with Jew. Then they have investigated literally tens of millions, if not hundred or even billions, of dollars and Euros in propaganda blaming the Jewish State for the reason that anything which their lands lack economically as well as for these refugees which have increased from the original six-hundred-fifty-thousand to somewhere over five-million who remain after generations in the camps. The Arab refugees are not even treated by the United Nations, as are all other refugees around the world. While other refugees are under the jurisdiction of the UNHCR – The UN Refugee Agency but are given their own special United Nations refugee agency just for the Arab refugees, UNRWA – United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East. While all other refugees are settled as rapidly as conditions allow and their children are not considered to be refugees thus all refugees are only for a single generation, the Arab refugees pass along their status as refugees to the children and their children’s children on into posterity thus not only prolonging the suffering lasting generation after generation, but this also has swelled the ranks of refugees into the millions with no end in sight. This has been the result of the Arabs forcing their brothers and sisters to wallow in poverty being denied rights restricting their available occupations, if even permitted work, denied ownership of land or homes, inadequate facilities in many of the camps, being targeted in Syria by Assad with every sort of weapon, and other degradations beyond any form of decency or respect. Then they place the blame for their actions upon Israel, the nation which granted every Arab within her borders full citizenry and rights as equals in the Jewish state.

 

Arab World Showing Twenty-One of Twenty-Two States with Comoros Off the Map South, Israel in Blue and with Iran and Turkey outlined in Red

Arab World Showing Twenty-One of Twenty-Two States
with Comoros Off the Map South, Israel in Blue
and with Iran and Turkey outlined in Red

 

The other problem which has also been thrust upon Israel is the supposed Arab Palestinians who claim they were thrown out of their nation of Palestine by the Jews. As already mentioned, there never was any nation called Palestine, it is simply the name given by the Romans to the region also known as southern Syria. When the British used the word Palestinian, they were referring to the Jews and when they wished to speak about the Arabs residing in the same region, they were called Arabs, surprisingly enough. Palestine, as a region, included all of Israel, Gaza, the Shomron and all of Jordan. When the decision was made to form an Arab state and a Jewish state, the British used the Jordan River to divide the lands as the British laughingly called evenly. Despite the fact that Jordan was formed in 78% of the Mandate lands and Israel in a mere 22%, the Zionist Congress agreed to the partition and that was supposed to be the end of the problem. When Mahmoud Abbas claims he merely wants the 22% of the lands of the British Mandate which he is entitled to, most of the world interprets that to mean the old Jordanian West Bank and possibly Gaza. That is not what Abbas means. His concept of 22% is the region which was not granted to the Arabs as Jordan, or simply all of Israel. They do not even hide that fact as their protesters and their rallies in the Palestinian Authority areas and Hamas’s Gaza always chant, “From the River to the Sea, Palestine must be free.” The Arabs have never given up on Azzam Pasha’s dream of, “a momentous massacre in history that will be talked about like the massacres of the Mongols or the Crusades.” Hamas, Islamic Jihad and Iran take this one step further and call for the extermination of the Jews on the entirety of the Earth. This is also a popular theme in Jordan, much of Egypt, most of Turkey, many Saudis and throughout the rest of the Arab and parts of the Islamic world. We wish we could say this was the limit to this hatred, but it is not. There are many around the world who also desires the end of Israel and even the eradication of the Jews. These ideas have been gaining traction on the political left, mostly the far left, but it will not remain there. Should this poison infect the entirety of the world, Israel will serve a purpose she was denied by the British when they caved to Arab demands under threats of Arabs rising up against the British throughout the MENA region to prevent the Jews from Egypt escaping to Israel in order to escape the Nazi death machine. Mufti of Jerusalem Mohammed Amin al-Husseini spent most of World War II in Berlin or reviewing the Islamic brigades he assisted in forming to hunt down undesirables in the Balkans. This resulted in the deaths of many Jews and Christians and a war between these SS divisions and the Serbians who resisted the Nazis. This was one of the services the Mufti provided the Nazis. He also hosted radio broadcasts which targeted the Arab world and Iran and resulted in a number of uprisings against the British during the war. The Mufti also requested that the Nazis, after they would conquer Jerusalem and the Middle East, to please carry out a Final Solution of the Jews residing across the Middle East. There is one last factoid which needs mention, the yellow marking designating a Jew used by the Nazis was not an idea of their origins, it was first implemented by Umayyad Caliph Umar II in early 8th century. The practice was reissued and reinforced by Caliph Al-Mutawakkil (847–861), subsequently remaining in force for centuries. The misconception that the Arab and Muslim world became anti-Semitic copying the Nazis is untrue as they required absolutely no assistance and if anything, the Nazis got many of their concepts from the Islamic world including the yellow armbands demarking Jews. Christians often had a different color demarking them, as did Hindus and Buddhists under Islamic rule. The untruths get so much play for a very simple reason, ignorance. Now Ignorance is not stupidity, it simply means a lack of knowing something or lacking a proper education. When it comes to history, especially anything dating back before man walked on the moon (facetious comment), all too many of the youth, those under say, forty, have little knowledge of history and as you go deeper into history, the greater the lack of information. This is even true for all too many Jews which is unforgivable as our own history over the last four-thousand years plus is sufficient to provide a general knowledge of history, but many Jews have never actually read the Torah or anything concerning their own histories. In closing, there is the famous statement by George Santayana, “Those who do not remember their past are condemned to repeat their mistakes.”

 

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February 1, 2019

Iran Collecting All the Best of Friends

 

One of the questions Israelis with friends in Europe and North America hear much of the time asks if we worry about our enemies. By enemies, they most often mean those nations on our borders and, of late, they add in Iran. Our answer usually goes something near to we worry more about those professing to be our friends than our declared enemies. We tell them that we know exactly what to expect from each of our enemies but it is our friends who we cannot predict how they will act according to stimuli, react to the changing world, handle pressures we see coming at them and proactively act to avoid some of the worst problems they are soon to face. Our friends find our concern for their well-being and safety often misplaced and think we should be far more concerned about the threats being made against us and all the moves by the United Nations to single us out, Ireland passing legislation criminalizing trade with businesses run by Jews in the Shomron, the one-hundred-thirty-thee nations which make up the “Group of 77” electing Palestine under Mahmoud Abbas as their leader to represent them (146 countries voted for this Resolution whilst only three – Israel, the U.S. and Australia – voted against, 15 countries abstained and the remaining 29 states did not vote) or the recent American elections where anti-Israel positions took center stage. This is all not to mention the European Union, Britain about to elect Corbyn as Prime Minister, France playing with their own BDS movement, Italy doing the BDS thing as well with the rest of “free” Europe and Canada having a growing BDS movement north of the border. Why should we worry about the Arab world who only threatens to kill us when our friends are dancing with the devil, so to speak, and flirting with slowly cutting their relations with Israel. When I warned of this many decades ago while still in the United States, people claimed I must be losing my mind or I required psychiatric help with the number one answer always being, “America would never turn against Israel. That is the one constant that Israel can rely upon.” What scares me even worse is that most Israelis believe that to be true as well. Our advice to both of these camps, be afraid, be very afraid because what is coming will be a blizzard affecting United States-Israel relations and they are going to become very cold indeed, just wait a decade or two. Most of our friends are sliding in a direction which will lead to their separating from Israel and eventually turning to the other side unless some awakening occurs and they realize the dangers facing their societies and governances.

 

Meanwhile, allow us to start with Iran and the problems coming from that front. We just recently wrote an article titled, “Iran Threatens Israel with Missiles from Lebanon and Gaza” where we spoke about General Ali Shamkhani, Secretary of the Supreme National Security Council of Iran who was also making threats of the overwhelming military troubles which would befall Israel were she to “act stupidly.” What is always amusing is the constant use of the phrase, “Israel act stupidly,” which is almost always preceded and followed by all forms of threats. Well, now we have another Iranian military genius threatening Israel. He is the Deputy Commander of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC), Hossein Salami, and he recently warned Israel that, well, in our words, Armageddon is perched on our doorstep and ready to pounce in order to, “wipe out wrongdoers,” and further, “Today, the Zionists know that in any war they start, Lebanon would not be the only battlefront. They know that a new war would lead to their annihilation.” And then there is the list of nations which he claims are on the bandwagon and fully behind the Mad Mullahs of Tehran. Perhaps before continuing, we should allow you to hear him and if you do not speak Farsi, MEMRI has translated the video.

 

 

Wasn’t that just one of the most breathtaking speeches you have ever heard from an Iranian military commander. So, he informed Israel specifically and the world indirectly that Lebanese, Iraqis, Afghanis, Pakistanis, Iranians, and Yemenis are in Syria, and that is the new, modern, combat tested, trained and ready to go “united Islamic army.” Isn’t that simply the most terrifying thing you have ever heard in your lifetime, well, us neither. We thought about half or so of these nations are ones where Iran has all but taken over complete control. Let us see what we can see as Lebanon is basically run by Hezballah, Iran is rapidly and already, for all intents and purposes, is western Iran with a fair number of IRGC and regular Iranian Army units assisting with their war on the Kurds and the Sunni Muslims. Moving right along to Yemen, there are numbers of IRGC and Hezballah fighting troops and trainers working with the Houthis to rule that country. Syria is the crux of the fighting where Iran is calling in every and anybody to assist them in propping up Bashar al-Assad as the ruler of Syria and Iranian puppet even if they are required to kill the vast majority of Syrians and destroy most of the nation’s infrastructure to do so. The main concern of Iran has been their taking control of Lebanon (which they have controlled through Hezballah for decades now), Iraq, Syria and Yemen in order to establish their Shiite Iranian Crescent across the Middle East (see map below and the star in the Iranian Crescent covers Mecca and Medina which they have often claimed they will soon control). That leaves Afghanistan and Pakistan who Iran claims are there defending Bashir al-Assad and ready to pounce on Israel if the Zionists act stupidly and start a war. These Iranian military top brass sure are convinced that Israel is about to jump up and start a war with one of their friends. Of all the nations above which Iran appears to be unified with, the only ones in the correct proximity for Israel to attack are Syria (what’s left of it) and Lebanon. So, perhaps that should be explored.

 

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

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

 

The first item one need know is that the forces fighting in Syria with Iran and Hezballah are irregular units from Afghanistan and Pakistan, not troops provided by these two nations. These are forces which worked with other bands which most nations recognize as the terrorist parties assisting Iran with their efforts against other groups such as the Kurds and, at some future point, potentially the Russians and Turkey. Currently Turkey is sweeping norther Syria in what they informed President Trump was their final sweep to eradicate the last vestiges of the Islamic State. The unfortunate result of the Turkish military actions is that they appear to have an identification problem, as they are more often sweeping through Kurdish towns and cities and murdering civilians as well as fighting the Kurdish Militias, some of the same militias which assisted with ridding Syria of the Islamic State and with whom the United States was allied. Turkish President Erdogan has stated his desires to include Aleppo and Mosul into Turkey as the beginning of the reestablishing of the Ottoman Empire and he will be the first Sultan of the Second Ottoman Empire. Dreams of grandeur and it is all nothing but smoke. Meanwhile, many people have the mistaken thought that Iran and Russia are allied in their efforts to assist Assad. This is untrue, as they both desire the Syrian Mediterranean ports. They both see themselves as the main ally who controls Syria. The Russians would settle for just the ports along the western coastline and Damascus for the international airport to use for supply and troop movements. The Iranians desire these as well as the southeastern border with Iran to provide them a road link through which to send their missile carriers and other heavy weapons. For Iran, Syria is the direct link for providing Hezballah with better weaponry, particularly guidance systems for their larger rocket making them into guided missiles, and with placing their IRGC troops with their required weaponry perching them on the northeastern border of Israel as well as the northern border of Israel with Lebanon. Iran also desires to have a longer border with Saudi Arabia which is behind their Iraqi and Yemenis efforts giving them the ability to threaten the Saudi Arabian oil fields which lie largely in northeastern Saudi Arabia as well as a front along the Red Sea in order to threaten Mecca and Medina, another prize the Iranians covet. This places another country at risk of the Iranian hegemonic plans, and that is Jordan. Were they to take control over Jordan, this would give them a border with Israel stretching the entirety of the eastern Israeli border, the entirety of the northern border of Saudi Arabia allowing them to strike from the north and south along the Red Sea in order to take Mecca and Medina, the two holy cities of Islam.

 

Final Conflict for potential nuclear standoff after Iran starts producing its missiles and warheads which is likely already going on in secret enrichment warhead factories buried under Tehran hospital

Final Conflict for potential nuclear standoff after Iran starts producing its missiles and warheads which is likely already going on in secret enrichment warhead factories buried under Tehran hospital

 

The Iranian reason for wanting to control Mecca and Medina is that this would remove the Saudi Royal Family claim to be the protectors of the Two Holy Mosques, one in Mecca and the other in Medina and the claim which also keeps the family Saud in power. The oil fields are in the largely Shiite region of Saudi Arabia, thus prime pickings for Iran using IRGC infiltrators to start the revolution, allowing Iranian forces to succeed in taking these regions upon which the royal family would be getting on their aircraft and heading for safer climes. Again, this would make Jordan a crucial prize which would make the Iranian efforts more likely to succeed. Another prize which Jordan provides is their border with Israel and its proximity to the Palestinian Authority. Iran has attempted to gain influence over the Palestinian Authority with no success for quite some time. Other means which the Iranians have for taking control of the Palestinian Authority would be Hamas, which they are currently supporting with arms and technology, largely rocket motors and weapons technology allowing Hamas along with Islamic Jihad to become a more dangerous threat to Israel. The play which Iran has been nurturing has been claims that they wish to be the best friend the Arab Palestinians could ever have. Part of this effort has also been to urge the Arab Palestinians within, who make up at least seventy percent of the population, to rise up and remove King Abdullah II allowing Iran to assist for which they would become another Iranian puppet. Were the Iranians able to cause a revolt in Jordan, expect for IRGC infiltrators to assist arming them and giving them intelligence and other assistance providing Iran with the inroad they would require to control Jordan. From that vantage, Iran would use IRGC and Hamas terrorists to infiltrate the Palestinian Authority regions and potentially back one of the people who believe they should be the next leader after Mahmoud Abbas has moved along. This could potentially place Iranian sponsored terrorists with opportunities to launch rockets into Tel Aviv and cause Israel some inconveniences. Iran has stated their desire to be the next Caliphate and to become such a hegemonic power across the Middle East and then either Europe or Northern Africa Making Shia Islam appear to be the strong horse and Sunni Islam to be fading. Through such events as they have designed to make their claim believable, which includes destroying Saudi Arabia and possibly taking control of the Muslim Brotherhood, changing it from Sunni to Shia, and using them to take control of Egypt as well, they honestly expect for Shia Islam to overtake Sunni Islam and have the majority of current Sunni Muslims convert along the way. With Shia Islam having between ten and thirteen percent of the number of Muslims and Sunni making up between eighty-five and ninety percent of Muslims, Iran has a very ambitious concept of their future.

 

For the immediate and foreseeable future, Iran still is attempting to consolidate their control in Iraq, have established a formidable military presence in Lebanon, are definitely a force in Yemen and Syria, two nations largely destroyed from civil strife and fighting, and beyond that they are currently stymied. Iran knows that should they attack Israel they would be playing with fire. Israel has proven their ability to strike at Iran whenever it pleases Israel, and Iran is apparently powerless to prevent such operations. The two main examples were the Stuxnet virus, a supposed joint venture with the United States aiding Israel, and the removal of half a ton of records of the clandestine nuclear programs conducted and still ongoing by Iran which assisted President Trump pulling out of the nuclear agreement with Iran. Iranians also are aware that Israel has sufficient missiles and other weapons with which to lay waste to most of Iran should Israel so choose. This would probably never occur, as Israel has no argument with the majority of Iranian citizens, it is just the government which is a problem. Further, the Iranian plans for Saudi Arabia would run afoul of the United States, which for as long as President Trump is President, there would be no telling as to what his reaction would be to an Iranian assault on Saudi Arabia. The same situation exists with Jordan which would also potentially have Israel involved. This leaves only one problem concerning Iran, and it is an enormous one.

 

The biggest problem with Iran is their nuclear weapons. We do not say their nuclear weapons program, we firmly believe they already have nuclear weapons. Iran presumably was working on nuclear weapons for over twenty years and the world deliriously believes that they were muddling through in the dark and never figured out how to make nuclear weapons. They may not have weapons as sophisticated as Russia or the United States, but regular nuclear weapons they very likely have, and have a fair number. They have been working on the missiles necessary to carry them and have a number which easily reach Israel and beyond. Iran has very likely had sufficient nuclear missile warheads to satisfy their slowing their pace until they developed the technology for manufacturing ballistic missile ready thermonuclear warheads of the miniaturized versions developed by Russia, China and the United States (many suspect Israel). The less powerful weapons Iran probably, if not definitely, possesses would be sufficient to destroy any target which they could detonate one bomb close enough to the intended target. A city such as Tel Aviv would probably require three or four such weapons of the variety and strength of what was dropped on Japan during World War II. When considering the Iranian tactics of swarming their enemies with smaller and fast attack craft, one might expect they have a similar set of tactics for the use of their nuclear weapons. They probably figure that over three-quarters of their launched missiles would operate sufficiently as to reach the target area. Then about half would be intercepted. Another ten percent would fail to detonate and some additional warheads would have guidance problems and miss the target to be sufficient distance so as to be ineffective. Using such figures and a pessimistic calculator, this would require the launch of around twenty missiles to be assured of the destruction of a Tel Aviv size city. At the very least, Iran very likely has sufficient nuclear missiles to destroy three or four central districts to any major population center which their missiles can reach. That alone is a frightening thought, but we in Israel disregard such threats.

 

Ranges and Sizes of Iranian Ballistic Missiles

Ranges and Sizes of Iranian Ballistic Missiles

 

There is a reason that Israelis do not dwell or much concern themselves with threats such as Iran. We have threats which are even more real and they occur almost daily with some terror attack from the Arabs in the Shomron from the Palestinian Arab population and less so but even from Israeli Arabs. Why would we worry about things which are very unlikely to happen immediately when we hardly worry about the terror threats all around us. Further, the government and IDF address the Iranian attempts to build a credible threat in force within Syria, especially nearest to the Israeli border. Hezballah has somewhere near or over one-hundred-fifty-thousand rockets poised to fire into Israel, so why worry about Iran which is so much further away. With Iran, counting the terrorist forces from Afghanistan and Pakistan which are assisting them in Syria as claims of allies with the countries is laughable. That is how desperate Iran is to impress the world to take them seriously. Small hint to world, take them and Islam seriously as though Iran may not reach the point where they could conquer the world, Islam could reach a point where it will be near impossible to save Europe in another quarter century and the United States soon after that. The United States could become an adversary or at least no longer providing any military aid and ending the sale of military equipment to Israel far sooner than Israel is currently prepared. Israel needs to start to develop whatever new weapons systems they require for the future, specifically aircraft and naval vessels as it is very probable that by 2050 Israel will need to be completely self-reliant militarily even down to the missiles fired by aircraft and ships to artillery munitions and grenades and bullets. Israel should also begin to manufacture her own anti-tank weapons and end her reliance on European nations, the United States, Canada and even Australia. Israel may soon find that she is very alone, and that would be great as long as we are also left alone to progress and live in peace. There is an old adage that if the Arabs all put down their weapons, bombs, warheads and ended the terror threats to Israel, there would be peace but if Israel were to act similarly and put down her weapons and defenses, there would be no Israel. We know what the threats and challenges are and Israel will do all she can to mitigate the threats and live in peace developing wonderful new things for the world to share as what good are the greatest gifts if they are never given away?

 

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December 25, 2018

Israeli Democracy Under Siege

 

The fact that Israel is a parliamentary democratic state is beyond debate. The problem is that leftist anti-Zionist and often both anti-Israel and anti-Semitic political forces supported by foreign interests and financing call that democracy into question whenever Israel does not follow these foreign demands. These efforts were all too often supported by the Israeli Supreme Court which had an identical political leftist ideology. This is a situation unique amongst the governments of the world as in no other nation are NGO’s financed by foreign governments and permitted to claim that they represent the target nation regardless of their financial support. Israel has attempted to pass legislation demanding that any NGO receiving over half of their funding from foreign sources register themselves as foreign agencies and not pretend that they are grassroots Israeli interests. Many of these NGO’s take on names which imply that they are purely Israeli when they most definitely are anything but that. J-Street pretends to be a pro-Israel NGO while opposing the elected government. The New Israel Fund is almost totally financed out of Europe and the Americas and in turn finances numerous other NGO’s claiming they are purely Israeli as they get their funding from the New Israel Fund which acts as a clearinghouse for these efforts. Each time Israel has attempted to address this issue, these NGO’s, the European Union and numerous European nations scream that Israel is destroying its Democracy and becoming a religious totalitarian regime. What they really mean is that their pet NGO’s will be revealed for what they are, foreign lobbyists attempting to steer Israel in the desired direction of numerous foreign interests whose last interest is the health, well-being and future of the Jewish State.

 

Speaking to this problem, Eytan Meir, the director of external relations at Im Tirtzu, proclaimed, “Rather than respecting the wishes of the Israeli public to determine their own policy at the ballot box, foreign governments are bypassing the democratic process by funding organizations that work to change the country from within. There is no parallel to this phenomenon in the democratic world and this is how we have a situation in which millions of European dollars pour into radical NGOs that work to promote the BDS movement.” One may ask, if not the good of Israel, what is it that these foreign interests are attempting to foist upon the Jewish State? Their main claim is that they are supporting the Israeli democracy defending it against those interests who desire to retain the Jewishness of Israel. What they mean by that is they are pressing for a bi-national state where the Palestinian Arabs, instead of being ruled by their respective governance, the Palestinian Authority in Judea and Samaria and Hamas in Gaza, are instead granted full citizenship in Israel along with five or so million Palestinian Arab refugees. One might ask why they would demand such a thing, and the answer is an easy one. They are attempting to demand that the Jews in Israel become a minority and that the Arabs take control of the region thus ending the Jewish State. They are abhorred that the Jews are currently ruling themselves and desire to be rid of the Jews entirely. They know that once the Arabs are given control of the region of Israel that they will soon thereafter be rid of the Jews one way or another. We know already that half of the Jews in Israel are refugees or their children are from the Arab world and have absolutely no possibility of returning to Egypt, Jordan, Iraq, Syria, Algeria and the other places from which they were dispossessed. On the other hand, those who are directly from the numerous nations of Europe equally would be refused return and those from the United States and Canada whose citizenship has expired would also have nowhere to turn. The Jews of Israel would be facing the exact situation which they faced under the Nazis when in early 1939 an unidentified immigration agent was asked how many Jews would be allowed in Canada after the war. He replied, “None is too many.” This was also the answer to the Jews during their desperate times when they were being rounded up and sent to the Concentration Camps and every nation they turned to had the basic answer that none was too many.

 

This is the target aim of these NGO’s and their foreign financiers, the end of Israel as the Jewish State and, as a consequence, the end of the Jewish People as many have noted that should Israel fail, the Jews would within fifty years become so small a population that they would be all but extinct. This should not come as any surprise as anti-Semitism in Europe and in Canada as well as the United States and throughout the rest of the world has been on the rise for the past fifty years. If it were not for the advantages of the discoveries and inventiveness of Israeli society, many more nations would join the Arab boycott of Israel. The problem is they desire to have the software, medical advances, agricultural advances and the various other things which come from Israel but wish to have it without Israel being the Jewish State. These interests know that if they are able to force Israel back to the pre-Six Day War borders that Israel would be vulnerable to attack and as Israel no longer has a military advantage as great as it was in 1967, that Israel would be in grave danger. This is even more obvious when one looks at the encroachment of Iran into Syria and Lebanon and their insistence that they will remove Israel calling it a tumor, a cancer and other derogatory names all implying it as a disease. The Iranian leadership claims that Israel and the Jews are to blame for all the wars everywhere in the world claiming that the Jews make obscene profits from these wars and this is why they are behind all the wars. Iran is a threat beyond Israel and would be free to invade Europe once they cemented their conquests they plan for the Middle East. Of course, this threat does not matter as long as along the way the Jews are wiped out from Israel. This is part of why so many European governments support so many NGO’s and groups which promote the BDS Movement attempting to economically strangle Israel without being overt in the process.

 

This brings us to the greatest false claim of the anti-Israel movements, especially the BDS Movement. These groups claim they are protecting the interests and economic well-being of the Palestinian Arabs. One example of the falsity of these claims comes from the moving of the SodaStream factory from the Shomron where it employed numerous Arabs alongside of Jews to within the Green Line where they had to let their Arab employees go, as they are unable to travel into Israel. On this subject, we quote Mendi Safadi, who heads the Safadi Center for International Diplomacy, Research, Public Relations and Human Rights advised a reality check stating, “Every Palestinian who works in Jewish settlements in Judea and Samaria earns around $1,200 per month while the Palestinian minimum wage is $250 per month. When a factory closes in Judea and Samaria, 80% of the workers are Palestinians and they lose their jobs, as was the case with Soda Stream.” The BDS Movement does nothing to assist Palestinian Arabs and in fact damages many of them removing their ability to make a decent wage. But this may actually be another part of their desire to cause problems for Israel. When these people lose their employment in an Israeli company, they may eventually get to the point where their best hope to have a decent life is to turn to terrorism which is the highest paying profession for the Palestinian Arabs. This is known as ‘Pay to Slay” and provides a permanent income for the family of any Palestinian Arab or even Israeli Arab who murders Jews; the more Jews they murder, the higher the family is rewarded. Further, if the IDF tears down their house, the Palestinian Authority will build them a new one in the same place. There have been terrorists who admitted that the reason they committed their acts of terror was for the cash payments and they did not care if they died as they would go to heaven and their family would be taken care of.

 

Results of Pay to Slay is Dead Israelis Including the Children

Results of Pay to Slay is Dead Israelis Including the Children

 

Now we would like to address a fallacy which is so often repeated that it has become fact for all too many people. The fallacy is that Israel prevents the Palestinian Arabs from having elections and does not allow them to vote in Israeli election in which they have a right to vote because Israel occupies them. First, let us talk about Gaza. Israel pulled everything and everyone out of Gaza in 2005 and has had no interference except in response to being attacked by Hamas and other terrorists from Gaza. Gaza was given over to the Palestinian Authority who lost it to Hamas in a 2007 coup. After Hamas, a universally recognized terrorist group, assumed rule in Gaza, this was when Israel imposed a blockade which even the United Nations recognized as legal. Aid still flows into Gaza in the form of dozens of tractor-trailers each day which carry everything from food to building supplies and medicines. Hamas takes everything and doles it out through friends who are getting very wealthy. They retain the building supplies and use them to build tunnels into Israel, bunkers within Gaza and fortified positions for their rocket launchers. Hamas has a dictatorship and their upper echelons choose who will govern. They, for all intents and purposes, are their own nation completely independent of Israel and allowing them to vote in Israeli elections would be the same as Taiwan allowing mainland Chinese to vote in their elections, though the numbers are somewhat different. Now for the Palestinian Authority (PA) which occupies Israel lands west of the Jordan River in parts of Judea and Samaria, or are people going to claim that Judea is not Jewish. They also are independent of Israel and in Area A, the area where the PA is in total control, they are completely ruled by Mahmoud Abbas and his government. Area B is also under PA civil control and is under mutual PA and Israeli security control and is the region where any border, were one to be agreed upon, would be drawn. Area C, according to the Oslo Accords, is under complete Israeli control and was intended to be annexed completely by Israel once a peace was reached along with whatever parts of Area B were to become part of Israel. The idea that Israel must return to the pre-Six Day War borders is an idea supported by the Muslim and Arab worlds and adopted heartedly by Europe and has become another lie taken as fact. People really need to read the agreements starting with the San Remo Conference and the rest after World War I, that is the World War before any Holocaust and when Israel was proposed and its border set in the east as the Jordan River. Mahmoud Abbas is in thirteenth year of his five-year term and is in no hurry to hold elections. The Arabs under the PA would vote in those elections if only Abbas was not fearing that he would not live very long if he were to lose the election, which he would.

 

The problem is that there is no heir apparent should Abbas, who is over 80 and in very delicate health, drop dead. When he does finally leave the mortal coil, there is going to be a struggle between the numerous separate parties on who will replace him and the ensuing potential for violence will probably translate into a multi-faceted civil struggle where the people will pay the highest price. When this violence breaks out, we predict that the European Union, United Nations and all too many nations are going to warn Israel against interfering while blaming the violence upon Israel. Holding contradictory positions when it comes to Israel is one of the balancing acts which is popular in many places of our world. Eventually, Israel will be forced to intervene and then set up some form of governance within the territories so the Arabs can actually have somewhat normative lives. The one solution which has been proposed which would permit for the Arabs to finally have governance which does not steal them blind has been setting each small region surrounding the numerous cities and towns under their own governments often led by the largest family in that region. This was how they were ruled before the British left and the Arab armies of six Arab nations invaded to try to wipe out the Jews. When they left the region, they placed the Mufti of Jerusalem to form some form of local governance with Jordan ruling the area in Judea and Samaria, the lands they illegally occupied, and Egypt with Gaza which they ruled and occupied illegally. One has to go back to the League of Nations Mandates which are enforceable under Article 80 of the United Nations Charter, and then they would realize that Gaza actually belongs to Israel and everything west of the Jordan River was to belong to Israel and Arab nations illegally occupying those areas did not alter that despite what the world loves to think. Once Israel has settled the squabbles and set up a workable form of governing for the Arabs, they will probably be granted legal resident alien status while Israel roots out the last of the terrorists. The officers and security leaders from the PA will probably be exiled and may find themselves back in Tunis, Tunisia. This time they will not be permitted to return no matter what the world demands. With the Arabs of the Shomron under stable governance which is more interested in their welfare than lining their pockets, this will be even more true as Israel will have annexed these lands and be the overseeing force, then they and Israel can open factories and other infrastructure and their lives will improve greatly. Even the Europeans will have to end their incessant screaming for the Arab plight to be addressed and blaming Israel despite Israel not having direct control. Israel will then have indirect control and the leadership of the numerous Arab communities will have to have clean governance otherwise Israel might decide to replace them and place somebody else in charge of running the area. Israel will provide all of the necessary infrastructure and that in and of itself will be a great benefit. Then the only problem will be Gaza which is a terrorist sanctuary at present. Any terrorism which emanates from the former PA region will result in the terrorist and their immediate family being exiled from Israel and not permitted to return under pain of death for the one who committed the terrorist act, or some equally undesirable result.

 

Then with Gaza, should they continue to export terror attacks and sending rockets into Israel, it will not take long before Israel cleans out the terrorist leadership and infrastructure from Gaza and either make a deal with Egypt where they resume their control of the region or Israel take control of Gaza and run the area until it can be turned back to the people of Gaza to elect their own government with the one proviso, no terrorism unless they desire Israel to have to return, something which is always unpleasant to have to endure. The other threat is in the north with Hezballah which has almost taken over the Lebanese government and military. Hezballah is a direct actor under the command of Iran. This makes Iran directly responsible for any attacks Hezballah might make upon Israel. Israel knows that once the areas of Judea and Samaria are cleared of terrorist influences and the Arabs have decent governments ruling them and their lives improve, that front will be taken off the threat board leaving mainly Hamas and Hezballah, both direct agents of Iran. This makes the solution to these two obvious, let Iran know that they will be held directly responsible for any and all attacks from either entity. This will put the onus on Iran to keep Hamas and Hezballah as well as the minor operatives such as Islamic Jihad, also controlled by Iran, in check or face possible retaliation from Israel. This will hopefully serve as sufficient a threat to prevent further terrorist activities from these groups and the same threat can be applied to Syria which has also become another pawn of Iran as well as Iraq. For those seeking to find the real threat over the Middle East need look no further than the nation which has been sweeping across the Middle East taking over such nations’ governments as Iraq, Syria, Yemen and soon Lebanon while controlling terrorist groups of Hamas, Islamic Jihad and Hezballah plus their military arm for international actions the IRGC. Iran’s leaders have often made mention that they see themselves as the renewed Persian Empire and as such the rightful rulers of the world, just as Cyrus declared that he ruled when he swept across the Middle East, North Africa and into Europe as far as Greece. Iran has also, beyond threatening Israel, threatened to take control of the Saudi Arabian oil fields, Mecca and Medina as well as the United States. But the Europeans see Iran as money of which they can partake for as long at it lasts and thus refuse to join the United States in sanctioning Iran and have even set up get-arounds for companies to trade with Iran and receive their payments through a third company so as to not be targeted by the United States sanctions. So, Iran is the darling of Europe for as long as the cash flows while Israel is the devil incarnate but they still desire the developments and discoveries which come from Israel.

 

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