Beyond the Cusp

April 4, 2013

Countdown Begun to Reports of Israeli Strikes on Gaza

The past two days saw the beginning of an inevitable countdown to reports on all the international news services such as the AP, Reuters, AFP, BBC, al Jazeera and others that Israel has executed widespread air attacks across the Gaza Strip causing some numbers of casualties. These articles will go into great detail describing the loss of life or injuries and very accurate descriptions of the damage to buildings and structures. There will be a list of buildings where it will give the description of people’s homes, small shops or manufacturing buildings all without the additional information that inside the homes were large caches of weapons or that the shops and houses had numerous secondary explosions after being hit as stores exploded nor will it be mentioned that the manufacturers were building mostly rocket parts for Hamas, Islamic Jihad, al Qaeda in Gaza and other terrorists groups to fire into Israel at Sderot and other civilian communities. Eventually, towards the end of the articles usually there will finally be the mention that Israel was responding to rocket and mortar attacks upon Israeli civilians. This mention usually will be left as described or will mention the number if rocket attacks going back a few days at most. The fact that there had been accumulating numbers of attacks going back months will not be stressed. The description will sell a picture that Israel is responding with little warnings to what is but a slight inconvenience of a limited number of rocket attacks which have done such little damage and not even caused any Israeli deaths, or very few if some casualties had occurred in the previous week. This has been the same cycle which is reported as the “cycle of violence” which is the media’s way of making the terrorist rocket attacks and the Israeli reprisals as being of equal offensives morally and under international law. The comparison is neither true nor fair reporting and the media utilizes these deceptive equative evaluations intentionally misrepresenting the situation.

The unfortunate reality is that this series is the rule regarding the reporting on Israeli defensive measures. The media through their slanted reporting make any force utilized by Israel in an attempt to curtail and punish those who terrorize and assault Israeli civilians with incessant rocket and mortar fire into neighborhoods as unacceptably severe. The truth is the only response the media would allow Israel would be to write editorials complaining about their civilians being victimized by the terror attacks almost daily from within Gaza. The likelihood that any of these editorials would be printed is slight and for every time one was allowed to be put into print there would be at least a half dozen others praising and excusing the attacks implying why the Israelis deserve to be on the receiving end of rockets, mortars and other terror attacks. There is occasionally an interesting mix of editorials concerning Israelis with the first one stating how they are living on stolen land against international law and against all human decency in Israel with the following editorial denouncing the fact that Jews reside within the country in which said newspaper is printed and calling for them to be deported and moved to Israel. When such an event occurs it begs the question I have asked of those who claim that Israel has no right and the Jewish people do not deserve to have a homeland, namely where are the Jewish people supposed to live if no country wishes to allow them to live among their peoples in peace and they are denied their own nation? It also begs another question. If the Jewish peoples of Israel are to return to the nations from whence they came, would the numerous European nations accept their three million Jews of European heritage living in Israel? And would the Asian and Arab countries accept the return of the three million Jews of Asian and Arab national heritage back into their lands? We all know the truthful answer and it is they would not be welcome and should they be forced to return then both groups of nations would be demanding the Jews be made to go and live in their own country and leave the lands they would then be living within.

Where the vast majority of people have little real animosity towards the Jewish people, there still exist a sizeable number of peoples who can be found throughout the many countries and civilizations of the world that harbor feelings of animosity for the Jewish peoples. Unfortunately, as is often the case, the people who hold hatreds and animosities are by far the more boisterous from among the population and as thus the ones who are most heard in the discourse between peoples. When such people are allowed to speak disparagingly about any minority without the decent majority speaking up and making those who speak of hatred feel uncomfortable, they eventually act on these hatreds with many otherwise normally innocent people being swept up by runaway emotive driven actions. It becomes the psychology of the mob mentality where a core group of fanatical adherents feel they have sufficient support they sweep up some and can threaten the rest into silence if not cooperation and atrocities soon follow. That is the risk and eventual consequence of unopposed hatreds and misleading reports which cast a people as always in the wrong or acting illegally or cruelly being ignored, or worse, acquiesced eventually snowballing into an irresistible driving force for mob action which seldom is reasoned or moral, just seemingly popular and universally acceptable. It is these possibilities which frighten me the most as I have watched for decades and can attest to the fact that the rages are building and being reinforced through misreporting by the mainstream media and too few are opposing the building insanity and the inevitable is beginning to become a reality and the consequences have already started. We see the evidence in pieces of news which when drawn as a whole paint a fearsome picture. Swastikas painted on Synagogue walls, Jews berated and assaulted on their way to Sabbath services, Israel apartheid days on our campuses, Jews kidnapped and tortured to death, Jewish cemeteries vandalized, Jewish Yeshivas attacked with students and their Rabbis murdered, and other reports where Jewish organizations advise Jews in numerous European cities and even countries not to wear any clothing or jewelry which denotes their Jewishness. And these things have started in the United States and are being protested by Jewish support groups, well, most of them as some are less concerned with protecting Jews than they are with supporting diversity, may they be forgiven. Many in the United State still claim such things could not happen here, but they are already happening here. If the world does not awaken its community conscience we all know what is coming as it has happened too many times throughout history going back almost five thousand years. Do we dare allow it to happen again? If not, what are you willing to do to prevent it reoccurring in your lifetime?

Beyond the Cusp

August 9, 2012

Forget Land for Peace; First Things First

The world has been chasing after the wrong exchange in dealing with the Arab Israeli problem, and it is the Arab Israeli problem and not the substituted Israeli Palestinian problem. The reason the Arab World substituted the Palestinians to stand in for the entire Arab World was simply done for two reasons. The first reason was to make Israel into the aggressor taking the role of Goliath instead of being the David to the larger Arab World. The second reason was that they could change the center of focus by placing the Palestinians at the center as a proxy for the Arab World, they could make it appear that Israel was the side which needed to accept the truth proposed in the situation, namely that there was such an entity as the Palestinians and their country, Palestine. The Arab World is fully aware that there never was any such thing as a country called Palestine and that the peoples originally referred to as the Palestinians by the British, the Romans, and everybody in between were the Jews. But that was what was central to the plan, the Palestinian Arabs were designed to replace the Jews in being defined as Palestinians and then they would simply steal every single Jewish identity and argument in order to replace the Jews entirely and deny the Jews their rightful place.

The Jewish State of Israel has a Law of Return which allows Jews to return to their Biblical Homeland simply because they are Jewish. Now we argue and debate the Palestinian Arab “Right of Return” to their pre-Biblical Homeland. The Jewish people who live outside of Israel are called the Diaspora and the Palestinians now refer to the Palestinian Diaspora which must be allowed to return from wherever in the world they have been scattered to reclaim their rightful lands. The Jewish people claim to have over a three thousand year history in the area between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean Sea. The Palestinian Arabs have used the stated timeline of having a nine thousand year history of living between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean Sea. Never mind that Islam is only fourteen hundred years old or that the Arab race had not migrated from the Arabian Peninsula until after 650 AD. The Palestinians are now in the middle of their plans to claim every single historic Jewish and Christian holy site as their own thus erasing the record of either religion’s history and claiming it all for themselves. The problem is not over land or peace; it is over recognition of existence.

This is why it is time to force the first step be taken, and not just by the so-called “Palestinians” but by the Arab and Muslim Worlds at large in giving recognition that the Jews are a people with a deep and long history and acceptance that Israel is their traditional and ancient homeland to which they are returning after two thousand years of wandering in the Diaspora. Israel could offer to give up a portion of land for a Palestinian State once the Arab and Muslim Worlds has recognized the Jews as people and accepted the Jews right to their ancient homeland. This is what must be accomplished first as there can never be peace until the Jewish rights and existence are recognized and respected by the Arab and Muslim Worlds. Until the Jewish people attain the recognition and acceptance from the Arab and Muslim Worlds, there can be no peace let alone an exchange of land for peace as the end all resolution of the situation.

As long as the Arab and Muslim Worlds refuse to recognize the Jewish history and the fact that the Jewish history predates their history in the areas between the Jordan river and the Mediterranean Sea, there can be no real, lasting or valid peace, only the dissolution of Israel as a Jewish State will suffice to satisfy the Arab and Muslim Worlds. There have been a few Arabs who have been brave enough to state their truth in this standoff when stating that they have no problem with a state named Israel as long as it is majority Muslim and the Jews will be allowed to remain there as long as they mind their place as subjects of the Arabs and Muslims. This is the truth which is avoided at all costs simply because much of the world has no real interest in solving the Arab Israeli problem, well, not if it requires the continuation of Israel as a Jewish State continuing going forward. This rejection of Israel as necessarily being the Jewish State has been displayed on the floor of the General Assembly of the United Nations and in the Durban Conferences in all its manifestations. The majority of nations look upon the allowance for the founding of the country of Israel as a Jewish State as a momentary loss of sanity and a vile mistake which requires rectification.

I would dare say if the establishment of Israel were put to a vote at the United Nations today there would be anywhere from one-hundred and twenty to one-hundred and forty votes against and only about a dozen or so in favor with a number of abstentions. When you remember that there are but only one-hundred and ninety-three countries in the General Assembly, such a vote against another member state should give one a taste of the resistance, disdain, abhorrence, and desire to undo the actions of that fateful day of November 29, 1947. Since it is next to impossible to have the United Nations General Assembly to repeat the actions of November 29, 1947, and establish a Jewish State of Israel in modern times should be sufficient to fully explain why there is no possibility for a recognition of the Jewishness of the State of Israel, let alone any acceptance among the club of countries of the world. Until Israel and the Jewish People are granted recognition and shown acceptance by the World in general, we cannot even begin to expect the recalcitrant Arab and Muslim Worlds to do so. So, for this reason, perhaps the first step should be to initiate a drive for the acceptance of Israel as the Jewish State by the World in general and then move on to the more difficult recognition and acceptance by the Arab and Muslim Worlds.

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