Beyond the Cusp

December 10, 2017

Personal Observations of Reactions to Jerusalem Recognition

 

Amongst my friends and acquaintances the most used comment boils down to, “It is about time,” or similar comment. The next most stated idea was, “Wow, somebody finally noticed,” along with, “At last,” or similar sarcastic comment. But most of my friends and associates are relatively to extremely religious Israeli Jews, many from the English-speaking world as well as a good number of native Israelis. The reaction of my social circle was fairly even and supportive of the idea of the United States recognizing Jerusalem as the Capital of Israel and that President Trump added its historic importance as such was an added bonus. This did not alter the opinion of those amongst us who supported Hillary Clinton from still hoping Trump would be charged with some, any form of malfeasance, preferably one worthy of impeachment any more than it changed the minds of his supporters. The reaction in our little corner of Israel is generally that this was wonderful and that it was about time.

 

The most interesting and disconcerting commentaries have been those of the media. They appear claiming that the entire world, particularly the United States, Canada and Europe had best brace themselves readying for waves of Islamic terror attacks. The media have almost amplified the threats that recognizing the three thousand year history of Jerusalem being the Capital City for Israel. What is even more interesting is that Jerusalem has been the capital only of the Jewish people and no other have ever declared any actual importance to Jerusalem and most of the media has all but ignored that. Their specific focus has been to press the criticism that by recognizing a three-thousand plus year old reality, President Trump has painted a target on every American’s back making them specific targets because of his recognizing Jerusalem and starting the moving of the embassy there. We all watched some of the media coverage the other day and it was horrific. Believing the newscast one would believe that all of Israel was ignited in random and terrorist violence and that people were locked into their homes scared to go outside. In our little corner of Israel, not a blade of grass is out of place and life continues on unchanged, unaltered. The days after President Trump made his supposedly universe-altering proclamation appear unchanged from the days leading up to his announcement with only the brighter look on people’s faces and a new vigor in their steps. Have there been violent demonstrations? Sure, as many of you have seen on your televisions as have we.

 

Fortunately, these pictures on your television sets have been the exception, nowhere near the rule. Most lives in Israel remain unchanged, owed much to our blessings. The riotous demonstrations we saw were pretty much restricted to the Temple Mount and Old City neighborhoods as well as Bethlehem and other areas in Gaza, Judea and Samaria and even then restricted to Arab neighborhoods. There have been spotty reports of demonstrations in some of the Arab Israeli Cities in addition to the Arab regions previously reported. None of these were unexpected as Hamas, Hezballah, Fatah, PLO, the PA, and Islamic Jihad had agreed to have three days of rage. Once this had been announced, it really made little difference whether President Trump had made his expected speech as there would have been no stopping the Arab populations from committing to the rioting we have witnessed. One British Newspaper reported a sensationalized “protests sweep Muslim world.” Their reporting noted that possible thousands demonstrated in Amman, Jordan and Cairo, Egypt and a few other large Islamic cities, but the general firestorm had not erupted worldwide as predicted before the announcement. Factually, much of the explosive reactions to President Trump and his earth-shaking announcement have failed to materialize. Check the image below and see the pattern of terror attacks from 9/11 through to sometime in 2015 or 2016. After viewing this image, kindly explain how terrorism could actually be worse. The nation completely covered at the eastern end of the Mediterranean Sea are Israel and Lebanon and the other heavy area is slightly but just as serious as it nearly covers Iraq. There continues to be terror attacks striking inside many of the areas covered by several attacks already as if you live in an area where terrorism had occurred, then those same areas are more likely to be struck by renewed violence. But as far as general mayhem throughout the globe, that will not be occurring.

 

Map of Terrorist Attacks in Europe Middle East and North Africa after 9/11

 

The reality is that the majority of the violence will be restricted to predominantly Islamic regions and neighborhoods. This is both an unfortunate and, in another way, a fortunate result. The unfortunate result is that the Arab and Muslim worlds will erupt into violence over one nation recognizing one of the oldest surviving capital cities, Jerusalem. Let us think about the concept that Tel Aviv is the real capital city of Israel. The nation of Israel is a three-thousand year old concept with her capital as Jerusalem since before 1000 BCE and which existed for a thousand years while Paris, London, Berlin and Washington D.C. were all swamplands or forests, completely undeveloped or, at best, a small village. Not only had Jerusalem existed but was one of the major cities where a number of trade routes interconnected making it an important city. King David was the second King of a united Hebrew, Jewish State who moved the Capital City from Hevron, and Jerusalem remained the capital of the Jewish people ever since. That is over three-thousand years. Jerusalem is mentioned throughout the Jewish Bible, more than any other holy book. The Old City of Jerusalem has buildings older than the United States while the western areas of Jerusalem are a modern and vital city with modern buildings and commodities which leads to quite a vital difference. You have shops from the Shuk with its open booths to a modern three level mall with everything one would expect from a modern mall. Jerusalem is definitely the city where one can find everything, be it old or new, and depicts the difference that is Israel, an ancient land with some of the most amazing and newest innovations and inventions from cell phones to cherry tomatoes. Meanwhile, Tel Aviv was founded on April 11, 1909, which makes it one-hundred-eight and a half years, just a little younger than Jerusalem itself by just over three-thousand years. Quite a disparity and one which really gives Jerusalem and her claim as capital of Eretz Yisroel a slight advantage and we are glad to accept the United States in joining our reality even if it took a controversial President to drag them forward to recognize the past.

 

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December 7, 2017

How Deep the Hate

 

This article was one we have held for some time saving it for an appropriate time or a slow day where we had no prescient article. So, first, a double thanks to President Trump and those American people, the many millions who support Israel and Jerusalem as its Capital City, for the declaration of recognition given last night. The reason for a double thanks is the preceding and building reaction of the Arab and additional Muslim national leaders and those of their populations reactions and rejections for proving the truths and unfortunate realities we speak of in today’s article.

 

Israelis mostly do not hate Arab Palestinians or Arabs anywhere. Israel has treated many Syrians wounded in their civil wars, treated Gazan Arabs even to include the leader of Hamas Haniyeh’s mother-in-law and Haniyeh’s daughter as well as the sister of Hamas senior official Moussa Abu Marzouk. It is the fact that as Jews we try to love everyone even to include our worst enemies who would slice our throats rather than treat our wounds. It is things like this knowing we try to extend compassions that make the recent actions including students at the Hebrew University affiliated with the school’s local chapter of the Hadash faction, a part of the Joint Arab List, today desecrated the memory of IDF combat soldier Sergeant Ron Kukia, who was murdered last week in the city of Arad. His death was initially reported as his being a stabbing victim who had been waiting for a bus at Arad’s shopping mall. According to police, the stabbing was likely a terrorist attack. It was not until later came the news of the person’s name and military status. It is likely that Ron Kukia was not in uniform at the time of the stabbing otherwise his name at least could have been known far sooner after the attack if not immediately as well as his being an IDF soldier. Why is this important? Many people around the world do claim that it is perfectly legal and normal for an Arab, even if a citizen of Israel and not directly a Palestinian, to stab members of the Israeli Defense Forces, even Druze, Arab or any other than Jewish soldier, because they are at war and every Arab can be considered a soldier. This was the wanton stabbing of a young man waiting for a bus and the victim of this attack is whom the Arab students insisted his remembrance must be protested vehemently and extremely vocally against with their own demonstrations.

 

The truth is that many Arabs within the area of Israel and outside the immediate area, if questioned, will talk openly about their hatred of all things Jewish. If one would like to generalize that statement and spread it to Europe, Russia, the Ukraine and even much of the world, they would not be far wrong to claim that a plurality would speak openly of their hatred of the Jews. This includes people who have never met a person who is Jewish. There are two surveys conducted through the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) which describe numerous areas with the 2014 survey being conducted as a global survey and the 2015 update being taken in numerous nations but not actually global. The 2014 Global Survey figured that on average; more than one out of every four people were measured as being anti-Semitic (26%). The measures by areas in 2014 were, the Americas (North, South and Central) at 19%, Western Europe at 24%, Eastern Europe at 34%, MENA (Middle East and North Africa) at 74%, Sub Saharan Africa at 23%, Asia at 22%, and Oceania at 14%. MENA being the highest with its being mostly Arab and Muslim was not a surprise but that there were places lower than the Americas was slightly surprising with Oceana measuring a full 5% lower at 14% compared to the Americas 19%. Laos having a measured anti-Semitic index at 0.2% was far and away the lowest rate of anti-Semitism in the world. Disregarding MENA nations, the country with the greatest anti-Semitism was Greece with a measure 69%. Within MENA the nation, measuring the lowest anti-Semitism was Iran with 56% and the highest was the Arab Palestinian Areas at 93% with Iraq right behind at 92%. The mean score in the MENA region was 81%, somewhat higher than their 74% overall average. The survey found that nations with more Jews general measured less anti-Semitism, so at least here familiarity did not breed contempt.

 

The ADL measured anti-Semitic tendencies, not the level of hatefulness amongst those holding such beliefs, and therein lays the real problem. The reason is that the more deeply seated and inflammatory the hatred, the greater the possibilities for anti-Semitic thoughts to spread and become acceptable and for actual violence to break out and the Jews finding a need to flee. This was the case for far too many in the MENA region where such visceral, white-hot hatred of the Jews runs deep and has led over the years to a necessity ensuing in the birth of Israel. Almost one-million Jews were stripped of all wealth and exiled from their nations within MENA and deported largely to Israel. The fortunate had relatives willing to attest to their nature and promise to care for them after arrival in the United States, and even then, many were initially granted only a temporary Visa as a visitor much like one an actual tourist receives. The lack of willingness of the United States to take in Jews seeking asylum even from the Nazis was shown in full detail during World War II when the St Louis cruise liner was refused docking privileges in the United States as the State Department in Washington, the US consulate in Havana, some Jewish organizations, and refugee agencies were all aware of the situation that there were over nine-hundred Jewish refugees fleeing Nazi Germany and all were in dire need of refuge. The ship was also refused docking everywhere along the route until it reached Great Britain where those with British relatives willing to vouch for them and take them in were permitted to disembark. Most of the over nine-hundred returned to Europe ended in Concentration camps with a great number being killed in the camps. There are links to personal stories and other information about the St Louis, also known as the Voyage of the Damned, the name of a book and movie about the St. Louis and her refugees.

 

Anti-Semitism is often referred to as the oldest social hatred problem of the world, though I am sure there could be older, but hardly more prevalent. The levels of anti-Semitism had shown signs of decreasing over the last half of the 20th Century. That has reversed itself with ever rising anti-Semitism in this new century. Most affected has been Europe and the rise has not been limited to the growing Muslim population though that too has been a contributing factor. Still, through much of Europe we have witnessed a stark increase also amongst their native populations who have taken to a return to the feelings similar to those in the late 1920’s and early 1930’s. Currently, anti-Semitism in parts of Europe is reaching astonishing levels. Some examples from the 2015 sample are Greece at 67%, Romania at 47%, Turkey (a NATO member) at 71%, Hungary at 40%, Poland at 37% and the Ukraine at 32%. These numbers and many of the rest across Europe are expected to be rising and doing so at an ever-increasing rate. Things have reached a level where a conference in Hungary titled “Is there a future for Jews in Europe?” and will be hosted by Hungarian Interior Minister Sándor Pintér. Quoting the article, “Commenting on the Conference, Kálmán Szalai the Secretary of TEV who organized the event said, “This is an extremely important gathering for European Jewry.” The two biggest challenges to Europe today will be discussed, migration and terrorism. Both have a serious impact on the Jewish community. Here in Hungary, we face an additional challenge from an extreme right party, the Jobbik, which has built its base on spreading rational hatred and anti-Semitism, and today is using the general frustration of voters to gain favor.” That pretty much sums up the problems in Europe.

 

Burning Israel Star of David

 

The United States is another place where anti-Semitism has slowly started rising. This is in many ways a shock to most Jews who have had some of their best years in the United States in all their history for the past seventy years and longer in some locations. The assimilation of American Jewry has reached levels where many Jews currently identify just as strongly, if not more so, with their political leanings than they do with their religion. Many Jewish congregations have adopted left-leaning policies such as acceptance of same sex marriages and inter-faith marriages among other leftist dogma despite the admonitions in Torah against such. Jews have found acceptance in virtually every field of endeavor and many have strayed far enough from Judaism’s hat they now fight Israel for being too Jewish and too strictly restricting Jewish belief to strict Torah observance. Israel has not forbidden the less strict branches of Judaism from having congregations but has restricted their acceptance of conversions and other strictly religious definitions from being accepted if they come from some of the least Orthodox congregations and Rabbis. The lack of leniency towards observance of Torah, or lack thereof, has placed a schism between many American Jews and Israel to such a point that the most ardent supporters of Israel outside the Orthodox Jewish community have become the Evangelical Christians. This has become a fact which will likely cause our making notice to attract some heated responses from Jews who like to protest too much and act less.

 

We would like to conclude with some commentary of a more personal nature. Where amongst our small staff we have Jews from the United States, who were less than what one might consider religiously observant in the United States, we are talking about being so detached as to work on Shabbat, drive on Shabbat, work if required by our employers on the High Holidays and numerous other less admirable acts; we have found here in Israel being an observant Jew to be natural and very comforting. Now the aforementioned keep Kosher, attend Shabbat morning services, go to Synagogue for most weekday (usually all if health permits) services, morning, afternoon and evening, and observe all the holidays. Following such a life in Israel is almost as natural as breathing, at least in our little area. That does not mean for a second that this is something that the vast majority of Jews in Israel observe a strict religiosity. There are religious communities where everyone belongs to the same Synagogue and all are close knit and follow the religious teachings of their Rabbi to the letter and these can be found in most cities and there are even entire towns which operate under such restriction. These neighborhoods require that anybody who desires to live within their community meet certain standards and agree to their rules. One might consider these to be gated restricted communities with invisible fences, no actual gates, but with defined limits and borders. These communities often assist one another with any problems and work very much together as a real community where belonging carries with it great responsibilities largely towards respect and assisting all within the community. There is no comparison between much of Israel outside Tel Aviv metropolitan area with the main metropolises of the United States with some special exceptions. Perhaps this is why such a divide has come between the American non-Orthodox Jewish communities and Israel when it comes to what is considered acceptably Jewish. In Israel, a Jew is defined by Torah and in the United States, many Jews are defined by their politics.

 

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November 30, 2017

Terrorism Rant Over the Obvious and the Less Mentioned Truths

 

President George W. Bush set the bar low and in the wrong direction after the great terror attack of our time, the 9/11 terror attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon, to simply continue on with our lives as normal. He started the message which has become ubiquitous with the aftermath of any incident, namely the “Islam is the religion of peace.” President Obama carried these ideals and messages to the next level when after virtually every terror act we heard the identical message from virtually every media outlet. The first item they would come out with was that each terrorist was acting as a singular event and thus was a “lone wolf” such that there was no conspiracy or driving effort behind each attack, these attacks always had nothing to do with Islam, and we were to be especially careful not to permit any act of terror to mold our perception of Muslims and as such we were to be particularly sensitive to prevent any acts “driven by Islamophobia.” The sustained message was always to make sure we disassociated the terrorist act from Islamic influence and were to be particularly sensitive to any act of Islamophobia. That message would resonate for days and potentially weeks after the act depending on the severity of the attack and the death toll. A subsequent message has been added specially for people when Donald Trump became President which called for the complete separation of any act of terrorism from the immigration policies President Trump proposed. Immigration temporary ban from trouble spots such as Afghanistan, Yemen, Syria, Libya, Somalia or other nation mentioned in President Trump’s plans intending to set up a system where potential immigrants would be better vetted. That would have included the New York bicycle path vehicular murders where eight people were murdered and another twenty were seriously injured by an Uzbek immigrant, Sayfullo Habibullaevic Saipov, who arrived on one of the special “diversity visa lottery program” where people enter a lottery for expedited entry into the United States from nations which might otherwise not receive entry as easily. We were, in this particular case, given the entire treatment.

 

Just to see how accurate the usual path actually fits this one attack, thus dictating how far down the path we are supposed to travel, perhaps we can look at others along the way. Sayfullo Habibullaevic Saipov was said to be a “lone wolf” with absolutely no ties to any terrorist group. Perhaps this was why he was heard yelling, “Allahu Akbar” and reportedly asked for an ISIS flag to be hung in his hospital room. We also know from ISIS instructions on-line and through their propaganda reports, CD’s, tapes and other material often available for the asking at the correct Mosque once you have proven yourself to be a true believer, that car or vehicle rammings is one of the acts of terror they recommend for its efficiency and ease of execution, but this has no connection to Islam. The problem of Islamophobia is ever present after any terror attack and the networks and local new coverage teams either already have or will request for a person from one of the Islamic Mosques or Houses who will relate their terrible treatment and being made to feel like they were despised or suspected of being a potential terrorist and the horrific looks and stares to which they were subjected. The people chosen for these interviews are often a couple dressed in clothing which depicts them as Muslim and they often are carrying an infant or small child who has a wide eyed innocent look and they convey extreme trepidation for the camera. Meanwhile, there were far more reports after the 9/11 World Trade Center and Pentagon attacks accusing and explaining and showing “evidence” of Jewish, Israeli and even United States government collusion in the attacks. There were reports of conspiracies such that the planes were empty of people and instead had additional explosives and volatile fuel additional to the normal fuel tanks and that the list of people supposedly on the aircraft were made up as were the names of the terrorists done in order to drive hatred for Islam and Muslims in the United States. It was done by the Mossad working hand-in-hand with the Central Intelligence Agency.

 

We are supposed to separate the terror attacks from Islam, organized terror, and all other evidence and reality. Islamophobia is presumed to become ever-present to such an extent that the entirety of the public must work to prevent such baseless fears. No matter what the actual person committing the acts of terror are prone to saying, there is no actual proof that these individuals, the word individual is vital so we hear it often in descriptions, may claim, all evidence is they had no direct ties and never were trained on how to commit such acts of terror. How gullible does one have to be to believe that a person would require a trip to some remote location in the Middle East or Africa where they are given a twelve week intensive training on how to rent a truck and then drive it into a crowded bus stop, a mass of people celebrating an event as in Nice, France, down a well traveled bike path killing and injuring dozens or any in a series of such attacks in Israel and around the world. The future terrorist would be given instruction on how to start a truck, what to do if they flooded the engine, how one aims a truck, how to swerve just enough to hit bus stops, light rail stations, bicycle paths or just drive onto sidewalk cafes plus yelling “Allahu Akbar” with the correct reverence. They would be given advanced classes on jumping curbs and medians, planning and timing of attacks, how to strike preferred targets such as Jews, maximizing bumper impacts for maximum carnage and finally different ways of ending your ramming experience. Here they would receive training in driving off and ditching the car, leaving the vehicle and knifing bystanders with advanced training on chainsaw usage, fleeing on foot, or even how to end with a bang using explosives, both in the vehicle and wearing a bomb vest. Of course, the school for the advanced studies of vehicular terrorism issues certificates including any advanced classes one required or volunteered to attend. Of course these terrorists simply followed basic instructions and there has to be some form of connection with so many demanding ISIS flags hung in their hospital room, ISIS flags draped around their apartments, ISIS handbooks on how to execute the perfect terror attack, ISIS Islamic worship books and Qur’anic copies from ISIS with particular verses highlighted and various other items all from ISIS or other terror groups such as Hezballah, Hamas, IRGC and al-Qaeda.

 

Flags of Hezballah, Hamas, al-Qaeda and IRGC

Flags of Hezballah, Hamas, al-Qaeda and IRGC

 

There are also the diaries which tell of their decisions to carry out an act of terror attack, their swearing allegiance to ISIS by filling out a form on-line, one must stay modern, and all the particulars such as choosing the correct target and other preparations and then most important, burial instructions in case one were to die, instructions which very often demand a terror flag to be place on the coffin depicting their specific terror entity to whom they swore their allegiance. Despite the avalanche of evidence that the terrorist was acting in faith with a terror group, we are told they acted completely alone without any instruction, guidance or affiliation with any terrorist entity. This lone wolf tag on each and every terror attack is vital if the government is to continue with their instructions that there is nothing to see here, move along, make sure this does not affect your Christmas shopping and live life as if this never happened because if you do take notice and connect all the dots, then you might demand that government do something about this problem, take real and effective actions. Imagine that, the government actually addressing the problem of terrorism or even noticing there may be a problem. Government would prefer that the sheeple simply act like ostriches with their heads in the sand and ignoring the obvious signs which tie all these attacks together. So, let’s review the signals; using a vehicle to run down people, ISIS and terror organization pamphlets at home, ISIS or other terror flags in house, demand terror flag to decorate hospital room, yelling “Allahu Akbar”, self-confessed member of terrorist organization, and ends by attempting to stab as many people as they can run down.

 

Ostriches with Their Heads in the Sand and Ignoring the Obvious Signs

Ostriches with Their Heads in the Sand and Ignoring the Obvious Signs

One might ask why the government spends such an enormous amount of energy to prove that every terrorist attack is committed by individuals with no affiliation with a group with a terror-structured group. The reason is actually the most obvious of reasons, if the terrorists were organized, then there is in existence an organization against which to fight. If the terror is organized the government would be obliged to take action, but the government does not wish to have to act, as these organizations are often found in places difficult to attain permission to attack. Further, if the government took on fighting them, they would necessarily cross borders and actively engage the terror entity within some nation. In many cases, the terrorists control the government of the nation in which they train or have its cooperation. Take Lebanon as an example, Hezbollah all but runs the government as is a major party in the ruling coalition. To fight Hezballah one would be required to also fight against the Lebanese Army as well as Hezballah and further, Hezballah would be given access to all the weaponry and armor of the Lebanese army which includes United States Abrams main battle tanks. The Lebanese fly Apache helicopters as well as having numerous modern Russian equipment, which is far more modern than was expected. The Taliban takes their refuge in Afghanistan and Pakistan. The United States would likely never get access to any Pakistani lands. Finally, the IRGC is the Iranian military foreign special tactics and strike units and to attack them would be to declare war on Iran, even should they be engaged in the Tri-Border Region of South America. The tri-border region is formed by the cities of Puerto Igauzu, Argentina; Foz do Iguazu, Brazil; and Ciudad del Este, Paraguay and includes two airfields, training areas, weapons ranges, live fire zones, and is beyond the control of any of the three nations’ police or military capabilities. So, unless the United States or Israel was invited by a sovereign government to assist in the eradication of terrorist entities causing difficulties in their area, they are powerless to do anything.

 

So, where might we expect that such an agreement might be reached, and between who? There are numerous places where the United States might be called upon to assist, the question then comes of what benefit would it give Washington D.C. beyond getting a reputation as a terror remover service, which would not necessarily be a bad thing. The terror entities operating out of Pakistan and Iran are and will likely remain beyond the reach of the United States unless they desire a much larger conflict with nuclear-armed nations. Currently Iraq and Syria are under Iranian control along with the Russians who are working alongside Iran and Bashir al-Assad in exchange for naval facilities on the Mediterranean Sea with access to the Atlantic Ocean. That would place these areas beyond United States reach and even more-so as President Trump withdrew United States support for the one group in the region who would have accepted an American military presence and likely have welcomed such and paid it back with dividends in the future, and those were the Kurdish People in both Iraq and Syria. Unfortunately, so as to please President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and whoever else demanded this retreat, President Trump told Turkish officials that the United States would end aid to the Iraqi Kurds to make sure they would not aid the Syrian Kurds. This also means that the United States now has absolutely no interest of group through which they can affect anything in Iraq, Syria or almost the entire Middle East and have thus empowered Iran to become the hegemonic power of the Middle East and we believe they will not stop there. The United States has some number of troops throughout central Africa mostly in Nigeria, Mali, Niger, Chad, South Sudan and Ethiopia with the bulk of the troops in Niger and Nigeria fighting against Boko Haram, a terrorist groups sworn to ally with Islamic State or ISIS. Another place where the United States is engaged fighting terror is on the southern island of the Philippines, the Isle of Mindanao. The one remaining place where terrorism is out of control is in the Sinai Peninsula of Egypt. There was the recent terror attack which took the lives of at least two-hundred-thirty-five Egyptians and injured at least one-hundred-ten others. The al-Rawda mosque in the town of Bir al-Abed was targeted during Friday prayers by first detonating a bomb and then assaulting with rifles with full automatic capability, mostly AK-47s. One of the injured reported he saw at least twenty men with assault military weaponry of the kind associated with terrorists, namely the aforementioned AK-47. This is another place that the United States could offer to assist in cleaning out the swamp of terror that the Sinai Peninsula desert has become. This could end up having Israel enter into the war as the Sinai Peninsula does share a border with the Negev Desert and there is little difference between the two in appearance and the entirety of the border is not marked though much of it is fenced. Terrorists have attempted to infiltrate Israel from the Sinai Peninsula before with varied success. Those which have succeeded attacked buses, cars and other targets drawing Israeli responses as required and according to the level of the assault. The possibility of Israel and Egypt working together to clean out the Sinai Peninsula exists but is remote at best. Despite having signed a peace treaty, the peace has been kept but at a low level, one might even call it a very cold peace, very cold.

 

So, as we have seen, the opportunities for the United States to fight the root causes of terrorism would be the initiating of another world war between the Christian West including the Secularists against a resurgence of Islamic forces which have reawakened and are stretching and extending their testing feelers in the form of terrorism and finding the Western world no longer having the intestinal fortitude to fight. This has led many in the Islamic World to conclude that the time has come where they will be able to conquer Europe possibly without a fight. They see Germany opening their borders to “refugees” which many in Islam have seen and even utilized this gesture of humanity to infiltrate Western Europe sending attack squads and even entire company strength terror forces such as the massive attack on Paris. The Paris assault was larger but very similar to the assault by Pakistani terrorists on Mumbai, India. The precision and timing of the Paris attack proved that the terrorists learned from the Mumbai attack. This implies, if not outright proves, that the terrorist entities may have numerous names but in reality break down into three or four groups spread over large areas with separate names in each area but operate in cooperation sharing information and tactics such that useful information is distributed. The different groups likely would be aligned first into Sunni and Shiite. Even there, there is an overlap as Hamas works with Iran as well as the Muslim Brotherhood. The Muslim Brotherhood also is al-Qaeda, Taliban and likely also has ties with Islamic State. There are those attached to the Wahabbists which also includes the Islamic State and Taliban. The Pakistanis are largely aligned with al-Qaeda and Islamic State as well as ties to Saudi Arabia. The Palestinian Authority (PA) which includes Fatah, PLO and has been drawing closer to Hamas retuning to the fold is Muslim Brotherhood but the PA of late has been flirting with Iran so that will require watching. Hezballah and IRGC are Shiite and completely tied directly to Iran. The Kurds are technically a national independence movement though they also utilize terror style tactics, their main arguments are with Turkey, Syria, Iraq and now Iran and all that means. Without United States support, Turkish President Erdogan who is drawing closer and closer to the Iranian sphere of influence will work with Iran to annihilate the Kurdish People in an upcoming genocide. Iran and Iraq will conquer and decimate the Kurds in Iraq while Turkey finishes off the Kurds in Syria and takes that area for Turkey. Turkey also has its eye on northwestern Iraq down to Mosul and Syria including Aleppo. This will remain to be seen as Mosul is a target for Iraq to take for use by Iran and al-Assad is supposed to grab back Aleppo also so Iran can hold there. Iran is currently building a base which will include IRGC and Hezballah as well as Iranian military units south of Damascus within sight of the Golan Heights and working to make alliances to encircle Israel. It would not be a surprise to us if the IRGC and Hezballah made moves to bring the terror gangs and crime bosses in the Sinai Peninsula under Iranian control followed by Iran moving on the Sinai Peninsula which would allow Iran to have encircled her two greatest foes in the Middle East, Saudi Arabia and Israel.

 

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