Beyond the Cusp

August 3, 2015

Despicable Violence Condemnable, Period

 

An Arab Palestinian child, a one-and-a-half year-old baby, was killed and four other people were wounded as a result of an arson attack on a house in the village of Duma, northeast of Ramallah. To the best of our knowledge the perpetrator of this horrific crime has yet to be named or arrested. Whoever committed this crime should pay dearly for their crime whether Jew or Arab and that is the truth. The international outcry and the hand wringing within the Knesset, the President’s residence and from the Prime Minister is righteous anger and is completely and honestly expressed, or at least we pray their concern is as they have acted. The strange thing is that this is what it took to get them to condemn violence against people simply out of what we have thus far assumed was interracial violence out of pure hate. It is refreshing to have them demonstrate such human emotion and abhorrence to such violence but it begs a question, why all of a sudden and only now when their public outcry had been muted by comparison when the perceived violence has been in the other direction. Before waiting for the answer, allow me to try and see if I can venture a guess. It is due to the apparent first instinct that this was committed by a Jew against the family whose house was incinerated and whose infant died as a result of this criminal and hateful act and that is an aberration and completely unacceptable by Jewish laws and we are shocked beyond words so instead we issue an avalanche of condemnations even before we know who committed this crime.

 

Arab Palestinian child died as the result of terror attack was only one-and-a-half year-old baby, while four other people were wounded and were initially treated at a Palestinian Hospital but have been transferred to an Israeli hospital where a more intensive level of burn care is available as specializes in burn care which is needed as the wounded suffered burns as a result of the arson attack on this house in the village of Duma, northeast of Ramallah

Arab Palestinian child died as the result of terror attack was only one-and-a-half year-old baby, while four other people were wounded and were initially treated at a Palestinian Hospital but have been transferred to an Israeli hospital where a more intensive level of burn care is available as specializes in burn care which is needed as the wounded suffered burns as a result of the arson attack on this house in the village of Duma, northeast of Ramallah

 

 

May the wounded be given speedy and total recovery from their wounds by the tender mercies of Hashem as any human suffering is to be eased wherever and whenever possible. May the perpetrator of this heinous crime be caught and brought to trial for this crime. Beyond that there is little we can honestly assume or conclude in order to condemn this act with any more or less severity than we could have any other such horrific act where the life of one so young was snuffed out so early that they barely were able to get beyond the innocent amazement moment to moment as the wonders of the world were unfolding beyond their curious eyes and experiencing new sounds at every bird chirp or leaves rustling in a breeze. Such a senseless loss of one so innocent is always seemingly more horrific a loss but a life taken is a life taken and when it occurs accidently it is a tragedy and when done as a result of an act with malicious intent it crosses into abhorrence and our shock is doubled. This should be true no matter whose infant is so cruelly taken and the mourning should be just as heartfelt whether the loss is a Jewish child or a Arab child as a child so young has no hatred within them and only wonder. Much of the reaction to this loss by the Jewish leadership is due to the shock at the possibility that this act of spite and hatred may have been committed by a Jew making this a truly shocking act in an additional manner. I understand that should this have been an act resulting from an act of a Jew they are to be spit out of our community and ostracized for committing an act unacceptable no matter the reason motivating the individual.

 

That is the difference and why the reactions appear to be so out of place and amplified beyond our normal reaction to violence taking the life of an infant, an innocent from amongst the families of all mankind. We as Jews suffer the end of the life of an innocent whenever such occurs in our neighborhood for we love life and abhor senseless death of any kind. When it becomes apparent that such taking of a life of an innocent may have been committed by another Jew our abhorrence for the act is increased astronomically as we all feel we are guilty by association. We are reacting to the possibility that the stain of this act may fall on our heads as we are all to some extent feeling the extra pain of responsibility. There is the truth behind the reactions we are witnessing within our community. If the perpetrator of this horrific act does indeed turn out to be a fellow Jew there will be no candies handed out in our streets, no street named for this shameful person, no celebratory parades honoring this act, no praise for a victory in some perceived struggle, and no excuses made as we will meter out justice probably with just that extra amount of force and severity in the punishment and all because we, each and every Jew, feel the abhorrence and pain that such an act could emanate from amongst our community. This is what is behind the gnashing of teeth and the heads hung in shame.

 

What is also apparent are the reactions from outside Israel which came and each one felt as if the target was each and every Jew in Israel. The truth is that many of the accusatory fingers were pointed in just that accusatory manner blaming the entirety of Israel for this crime. That is what was different in the outside world’s reaction to this murder, an extra seeming feeling that this lost life was somehow worth just a little more of a loss than the deaths of previous infants. There were true expressions of pain and somehow no call for restraint as they expected and desired no restrain, just a wholly vindication as this one potential criminal act if perpetrated by a Jew now vindicated every crime committed against the Jews as they are now deserved. This outcry from the rest of the world was the equal of the outcry for the death of Mohammed al Dura and the special editing performed by some French media to the taping of the event in order to make it appear to fit the scripted tragedy which never occurred. When the investigation eventually revealed the hoax the reaction by much of the world was a big sigh and the comment that well, it could have been real. There is a continuing outcry heard in Europe and the United States at rallies against Israel where the cry goes out demanding remember ‘al Dura’ and the appropriate yells abound.

 

Now there will be an echoing outcry for this loss and all the more so should the evil person who committed this crime prove to be a Jew and even continued if not committed by a Jew because a Jew was suspected of committing this criminal act. This additional outcry is the result of the need to blame the Jews so that the next fifty such crimes against Jewish children will be excused because of the incrimination abounding now, simply because this may have been an act of Jewish terrorism and thus so much more of an abhorrence. Remember why it is such a greater abhorrence if a Jew committed this horrific act, it is a greater abhorrence because it flies against everything that is expected of Jews to never take an innocent’s life. The difference in the outcry against this act as it stands as potentially an act of Jewish hate is decried by both the outside world condemning this act and the equally loud condemnations from the Jews who doubly are outraged by this possible act by one of our own. When the victim has been a Jewish child the outcry usually comes only from inside the Jewish community while the outside community denounces the act couched within a demand for diminished action and for understanding of the motivations of the perceived act of vengeance more so than an act of hate.

 

There is the difference as the Jewish community is in a search of our communitive soul seeking where the cancer of hate may have invaded and we seek to excise this hate before its vileness has the chance to spread. Jews react with horror at even the possibility that such an act could have come from within our societal body and we seek it out in order to remove it from the body of our community and fulfil the act of punishment of the perpetrator and punishment we will mete out to ourselves as if a Jew committed this barbarism then we all have a small part in this act of animalistic hate. As Jews we feel the responsibility of our community when such hatred appears to have emanated from one of our own and we seek to find and denounce the perpetrator of this crime. We refuse to accept any excuse from within our community as such barbarity is never to be accepted from a Jew, and this is the additional outcry from every corner. The sorrow is that similar calls for communal purging are seldom made when the act is in the opposite direction. We are witnessing the long held belief that ‘Arab Palestinian Lives Matter’ and they apparently matter more if a Jew is to blame for their death. On the other hand we seldom see the opposite that ‘Jewish Lives Matter’ being expressed anywhere outside the Jewish community as a reaction to equivalent acts against Jews as there is always some mitigating reason which makes the act against a Jewish life somehow partly the fault of the Jews, even if it is only for being the victim.

 

How many people remember an act of equal if not superior barbarism in Itamar? How about the overturned car resulting from a rock attack on a vehicle on Route 60 near Hevron which took two lives, one not quite two years in age? Does anyone remember the tragic last year of the life of Adelle Biton who was struck in the head by a rock crashing through the family car window in an ambush where we eventually were to learn that the infant barely two years old was actually targeted when the gang of youths saw a child in an infant seat in the back of the car. The young Adelle Biton hung on to life for a little over a year succumbing to her wounds just after her third birthday. The list of Jewish children murdered are never listed as reasons to mitigate the criminal act such as this case because their deaths are irrelevant except as a metric to understand the difference in the reactions both within and outside the Jewish community and within the Arab community. The contrast that needs be made is the official reaction over time between the criminal, vicious and murderous act against an Arab child will be echoed on by those choosing to exploit those rare, though not rare enough, acts of hatred potentially by a Jew compared to an apparently similarly motivated criminal act brought against a Jewish child where immediately upon it being committed by somebody from outside the Jewish community the uproar consists more towards the demand that the Jews just suck it up and take it as just another act of senseless violence.

 

In a different look, Iosif Vissarionovich Dzhugashvili, also known as Joseph Stalin, has been credited with making the callous statement that, “One death is a tragedy, a million deaths merely a statistic.” While a slightly differently quote attributed only as coming from a Frenchman in a review written by Charles J. Rolo writing in “The Atlantic Bookshelf” section of the magazine claimed the quote was, “Scourges as immense as fascism and war present the novelist with a knotty problem of ways and means. A Frenchman has aptly remarked that ‘a single man killed is a misfortune, a million is a statistic.’” Giving credit once again to Stalin when as Commissar of Munitions during a meeting of what was described as some of the highest ranking Commissars discussing the continued deaths from hunger in the Ukraine, as the figures were being listed Stalin interrupted exclaiming vociferously, “If only one man dies of hunger, that is a tragedy. If millions die, that’s only statistics.” In another instance during an interview where Stalin was questioned by Lady Astor presumably with George Bernard Shaw present according to the article in the Christian Science Monitor dated 1932, as she queried, “Mr. Stalin, how long are you going to continue killing people?” to which Stalin calmly and sternly replied, “As long as it is necessary.” The original quote of “One death is a tragedy, a million deaths merely a statistic,” can be said to apply as an explanation of the uproar largely due to the suspicions that this heinous crime was perpetrated by a Jew places it in the “single death being a tragedy,” while the murdering of Jewish infants or children fall under, thanks to a long history of such events being merely recorded rather than denounced and protested, fall into the category of “a million deaths merely a statistic.

 

My last commentary will be on the reported quotes of the graffiti found at the scene of the arson attack where the scrawling were in Hebrew, not necessarily damning by itself, but still the main lead putting the sleuths to seek a Jewish perpetrator, as only Jews are capable of writing on walls of crime scenes in Hebrew. The graffiti, which according to Walla! News read “יחי מלך המשי” which translates to, “long live King Messiah” as well as the word “revenge” while next to each phrase was the Jewish star. Revenge is a universal concept and is more often than not insufficient an excuse for taking matters into one’s own hands. Revenge can be the motivation for any arsonist though arson is rather peculiar method for extracting revenge though such has been the case. The other quote, “יחי מלך המשי”which translates to, “long live King Messiah” strikes me as somewhat odd as in Judaism the Mashiach has yet to come, though we are to live our lives as if he will appear in the next moment such as we have no way of determining the arrival of the Mashiach and thus must always be in a state of holiness just in case the improbable occurs and the Mashiach were to appear. Since the Mashiach, the Messiah, has yet to arrive one really cannot wish them long life and anyways, the Mashiach is an eternal entity and thus has infinite life, or at least life for as long as there is existence which we all pray is infinite despite the mutterings of physicists and astronomers or, dare we say, astrophysicists. I may be out on a limb all by myself on this one but it just struck me as rather a strange thing to write, especially at the scene of a horrific act of arson and murder. Hopefully the perpetrator of this unspeakable horror which caused the death of a one-and-a-half year-old baby be brought to justice and through the ordeal learn that revenge lies not in our hands but only in the hands of the state and ultimately in the care by Hashem.

 

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July 30, 2015

Beit El a Case of Promises Against Facts

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What Bibi promises the Supreme Court will demolish. The cycle is so consistent that it should have become ingrained on every religious and secular Zionists’ minds. They demolish two buildings here and the government promises to address building anew. Then when they demolish another set of homes in another location the Prime Minister feels compelled to bring a vote to build those homes he already had once promised. A while down the road the tenders have yet to be issued but the vote was close with some from the coalition opposing but finally permitted the vote and we are supposed to be thankful and kiss the rings of the demolishers. The delay comes to an end but not until the morning of yet another demolition. We wait and the tenders are opened and the Supreme Court nullifies the action claiming the homes are on contested ground because some anti-Zionist “Israeli” (financed exclusively by European funds funneled through other NGOs as well as directly in the more blatant cases) NGO in the name of a Palestinian who cannot appear before the Supreme Court as he is in a refugee camp but his family had walked their two goats there once on their way to get them water, and there is no need as the claims are all that matters. The justices feel the pain and cancel the tender and reprimand the Prime Minister for not making sure the land was not contested so the Prime Minister in reaction freezes all building. The fact is there has been a stealth construction freeze since United States President Obama took office and first demanded that no house ever be built for a Jew in the lands of Israel, especially in the most historically Jewish lands on the face of the Earth.

 

Original article on Arutz Sheva with more pictures and full article titled Demolition at Beit El after High Court Ruling.

 

 

Israel Supreme Court ordered Beit El destruction and refused to allow petition from the residents of Beit El wishing to present full paperwork and licensing making building perfectly and completely legal as once the Supreme Court gets a decree for the demolition of Jewish homes beyond the Green Line only interdiction of Hashem to soften their hearts can change the otherwise inevitable.

Israel Supreme Court ordered Beit El destruction and refused to allow petition from the residents of Beit El wishing to present full paperwork and licensing making building perfectly and completely legal as once the Supreme Court gets a decree for the demolition of Jewish homes beyond the Green Line only interdiction of Hashem to soften their hearts can change the otherwise inevitable.

 

 

How in anybody’s imagination can the reality be so warped that Judea is not Jewish land? Judea, we Jews are called Jews because we came from and lived on the land of Judea, it is that simple. Sure Mahmoud Abbas and the Palestinian television, radio, other media, school lessons, textbooks, poetry, and flowing prose given awards all across Europe all signifies that the Arabs who invented the name Palestinians after a Roman mispronunciation of Philistines claim they have lived in this area for nine-thousand years and were almost ready to take the land back from those thieving Canaanites when the Jews showed up and stole the land from those thieving land pilferers and ruined their plans and now they will not allow another theft of their lands. Never mind that their forefathers were still bowing before their stone idol deities when the Jews were writing the codes under which much of the Western World based their legal systems and social institutions. The one consistency is that one of those great stone deities they worshiped, their Moon god, was named Allah, strange but true and very telling. They had yet to get much past Mecca and had not yet heard of Jerusalem and the great Temple built by King Solomon much less inhabit the lands here thousands of years ago as Mahmoud Abbas often claims. All that aside, after the enthusiasm in Europe to send the Jews packing back to their ancient and historic homelands after World War I and begrudgingly after World War II with final recognition in 1948 after the Arab League refused the Partition offer from the United Nations General Assembly, a non-binding resolution made mute as soon as one side refused to claim it valid thus the Jews accepting it does not mean it applies but only to the redrawing the lands west of the Jordan River now that agreeing presumably retroactively after failing to destroy Israel in their three attempts, 1948-9, 1967 and 1973, the original deal may sound delicious but that is water under the bridge and over the dam lost out somewhere at sea never to be retrieved.

 

 

Young man looks on at horrific scene where the Israeli Supreme Court has ordered the demolition of apartments under construction in Beit El, a Jewish city of six-thousand people, founded in 1977 which also employs numerous Arabs from neighboring villages thus benefitting both Jews and Arabs alike.

Young man looks on at horrific scene where the Israeli Supreme Court has ordered the demolition of apartments under construction in Beit El, a Jewish city of six-thousand people, founded in 1977 which also employs numerous Arabs from neighboring villages thus benefitting both Jews and Arabs alike.

 

 

Still, there is an illness inflicting Israeli society and its name is post-Zionism which holds that for Israel to be a modern, sophisticated and presumably accepted nation to the Europeans then Israel has to drop this whole Jewish State thing, after all that is so tenth century BCE and here we are in the twenty-first century CE, a whole thirty centuries later. Well, then I guess that the Japanese need to alter their constitution and immigration laws and drop that Japanese thing and the Chinese need to drop that Chinese thing and let us not talk about the British who might need to drop that Celtic, Norman, Austrian and Monarchy thing and the Swiss that Swiss thing and the French and the Germans and the, well, you get the idea. The real problem is the Supreme Court, the only court in the world which had a near monopoly on choosing the new justices to sit on the bench when one retires which is why there is no correlation to the Israeli Supreme Court and the will of the people of Israel. Additionally, there is absolutely no possibility of changing this situation short of a coup as the Supreme Court has assumed the title of monarchial adjudicating ruler over all of Israel.

 

 

Border Police secure the site barring their fellow Jews from potentially actively interfering with the demolition in Beit El and in some twisted manner it is a reminder of anti-Semitism experienced throughout Europe and under Islam over the past eighteen centuries in the Diaspora where many a Jew lived with one suitcase packed and ready to bring the essentials to start anew.

Border Police secure the site barring their fellow Jews from potentially actively interfering with the demolition in Beit El and in some twisted manner it is a reminder of anti-Semitism experienced throughout Europe and under Islam over the past eighteen centuries in the Diaspora where many a Jew lived with one suitcase packed and ready to bring the essentials to start anew.

 

 

As near as can be determined the Supreme Court could, if it so deigned, take upon itself setting the speed limits on the roads and highways because, as President of the Supreme Court (other nations settle for chief justice but the Israeli Supreme Court has a President which is all too fitting all things considered) Aharon Barak ruled during his term as President of the Supreme Court that all things are subject to judicial review by the Supreme Court. This simply meant that the Supreme Court may review any legislation passed by the Knesset and signed by the Prime Minister and nullify the law even before the ink had dried putting on the books. For this reason I would advise that all laws initially be entered onto the books with disappearing ink and only later done with an indelible marker once the Supreme Court had adjudicated and affirmed the law. This will save time and money erasing the record and allow for the Supreme Court to either nullify, rewrite or nullify and write anew the law as it should have been legislated if only the Knesset elected by the people actually had any idea what was best for the people. This is the reason though that Prime Minister Netanyahu can promise all the building he desires or even that he would rather not allow because the Supreme Court will have every building that goes halfway up to be torn asunder as soon as any contest is filed by any party whether they are personally making the claim or making the claim in the place of a third party who always may as well remain nameless as they never need appear and no paperwork, deed or other proof ever need be entered, there just needs be a challenge in the name of any Palestinian and the buildings in question will need to be demolished.

 

Now this demolition may take place within hours or it may take place months down the road or even a year later after families have taken up residence. No matter, we can promise to simply move the buildings to a less contested area, oops; they fell apart before being transferred, so sorry. The cycle never seems to end and the Zionists appear to have been dizzied under the constant spinning between extending new tenders and injunction against building to a ruling for demolitions and another tender later that day followed by another annulment then a victory and the building begins, hope, refreshing new hopes. No sooner than hope and an NGO has filed a protest and counterclaim in the name of some presumed downtrodden and dejected Palestinian whose life has been filled with misery and now, on top of all that, the Jews are building on his families vegetable garden from the middle of the nineteenth century when they were driven off by a camel merchant with connections, the tales of woe. Who is this unfortunate Palestinian, the name matters not, it could be Mohammad or Abdul or even Achmed the dead Terrorist, the Supreme Court will order the demolition and refuse to give ear to the facts and the completed paperwork and licensing as once the wheels (tracks) of the wrecker have been put in motion, nothing short of an injunction from Heaven can interfere as no Earthly entity dare stand before the Supreme Court and their gavel of Aharon Barak’s universal adjudications over all things Israel.

 

 

Palestinian rally cheering the agony and misfortune Jews are inflicting on their fellow Jews as many within the halls of power and the institutions have made particular quasi-legal machinations by which they inflict severe heartache and some celebrate the misfortune of others who have never harmed them and even may employ members of these celebratory Arab Palestinians families which will also be harmed by these actions in Beit El.

Palestinian rally cheering the agony and misfortune Jews are inflicting on their fellow Jews as many within the halls of power and the institutions have made particular quasi-legal machinations by which they inflict severe heartache and some celebrate the misfortune of others who have never harmed them and even may employ members of these celebratory Arab Palestinians families which will also be harmed by these actions in Beit El.

 

 

This unholy and dizzying dance has turned into a tornado of terror for those Jews residing beyond the Green Line, even those who have resided on their validated and proven family lands be they in Hevron, East Jerusalem or even a small farm next to Beit El as everything falls before the domain of the Supreme Court. Unlike Supreme Courts the world wide, the Israel Supreme Court can be petitioned directly and take whatever case they deem deserving, and once deemed deserving the decision is all but finalized. There need not be proof of ownership, no deeds or other documentations are required and the plaintiff need not appear before the court or even actually have proof of their existence, just a signature on a piece of paper empowering any NGO who had hunted them down and perhaps cajoled them into signing the claims just to be left alone as being seen regularly talking with Israelis can prove very unhealthy. One would be easily pressed to ask, how can this be avoided or at least mediated in order to provide some feelings of permanence for the Jews residing past the Green Line. One would likely be more promising in asking how long before these actions by the Supreme Court removing Jewish residences start moving to the extremities of Israel such as the northern Galilee or the Negev in the south as that is more likely to occur before they finish with the Jews living and benefitting the lands of Judea and Samaria, as, with the Jews come opportunities for Palestinians, such as higher paying jobs than they would ever get from amongst other Arabs. One might be prone to suggest that the Supreme Court rulings and stealth building freeze seemingly supported by Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon which appears will last until United States President Obama leaves office and then it will depend on who is elected to the office and their desire to permit or prevent Jews living beyond the Green Line and supporting the letter of intents given Israeli Prime Minister Sharon by President George W. Bush which President Obama insisted was not binding on him and was placed in the waste bin with the Defense of Marriage Act and a slew of other bothersome items, both laws and regulations.

 

 

Some of the crowd of residents and concerned Jews gather to witness Beit El demolition and stand in support for those directly harmed by these acts at Beit El and those figuratively harmed simply through empathy and understanding of the pain of having your dreams of a new life in your own apartment rather than the continued condition of multi-generational homes where privacy is all but gone and many who had hopes as these apartments brought needed residential space but such hopes are now dashed and broken concrete.

Some of the crowd of residents and concerned Jews gather to witness Beit El demolition and stand in support for those directly harmed by these acts at Beit El and those figuratively harmed simply through empathy and understanding of the pain of having your dreams of a new life in your own apartment rather than the continued condition of multi-generational homes where privacy is all but gone and many who had hopes as these apartments brought needed residential space but such hopes are now dashed and broken concrete.

 

 

This reign of horror will end when the Israeli public give their support to a party whose head on the ticket has set themselves apart by actively desiring to have the necessary confrontation with the Israeli Supreme Court and bring the Supreme Court under the domain of the Knesset and thus answerable to the people of Israel. This will most likely demand that Israel finally establish a Constitution which will make a change in the entirety of the Israeli government potentially restructuring every office from Prime Minister, President, even the Knesset and the methods in which all these positions are chosen. This solution to numerous problems which have begun to be discussed by the public including not solely the dictatorial usurious power grab by the Supreme Court to making the politicians directly responsible and answerable to the people and not only their party elites which has frozen Israeli politics for the past two decades while the population had changed drastically. My personal preferred idea would to make the Knesset the upper house in a bicameral legislature where the Knesset would be made up of seventy-five members chosen by the parties as is currently the manner to choose them and another forty-five chosen by nine areas divided by a set of equations which take into consideration population densities and purely geographic land area by a complex computerized algorithm formulated by a committee meeting every decade and formulating a new variant or keeping with what worked well last time and then crunched and drawn by a computer thus making the formulation of the algorithm still leaving some doubts how the equation will be interpreted by the computer as anybody who has done programs will tell you the machines can be difficult partners often not doing what one expected or even required. The other house would be directly elected by districts made through districts defined by population size with each of forty-five districts receiving two delegates and ten chosen by popular election of the whole of Israel. These districts will be drawn by computers under a program which demands that the total circumference length for all districts when totaled be the smallest total possible combined with each district being made as small as possible nearest the largest population centers. This may sound impossibly complicated but in this age of computers why not utilize them to our best advantage and allow them to make decisions which will affect the makeup of the governance while keeping it removed from manipulations which might favor one political view over others. As to how to choose the Prime Minister, that might be a problem but perhaps the Knesset chooses a candidate and the other house need approve it with a super-majority of around sixty-percent of the representatives. By the way, yes, I have been told I have an affinity for complexities. This is why I will not be amongst those deciding such things if for no other reason than my proclivities as that I have no political standing within Israeli politics beyond that of my wife voting in a similar manner as I have and when debate over differences charge forth I usually retreat and pray I take minimal damage to my ego and other parts.

 

 

 

 

Where Israel will find the person willing to withstand the firestorm which is all but guaranteed to follow the placing of such a person in as Prime Minister will likely be asking for the impossible, it may just require a person declaring their desire to retool the entire political make-up of the State of Israel and bring it out of the middle Twentieth Century and into the dawn of a new era which will include sufficient diversity, agility, imagination, use of technology and inspirational innovations such that it will have the potential of lasting well into the Twenty-Second Century, and I do mean the Twenty-Second Century. Where Israel might seek to find somebody capable and willing to suffer the Shakespearean sling and arrows of unfriendly and outrageous misfortune (lots of literary and potentially unfortunate license) is a question beyond this editorialist ability to know or even approaching a guess. The one thing I can feel assured about is whoever might be such a person, they will never have claimed while leading their party into the elections that they are not yet ready to assume the position of Prime Minister.

 

In closing, the recent destruction of the buildings in the midst of their construction under order by the Supreme Court and the refusal to entertain evidence of completed licensing and other required paperwork having been completed as the Supreme Court must never be second guessed and their decisions must never be challenged successfully no matter who gets harmed; especially if it is the Israelis living beyond the Green Line. And I cannot help but ask if this is actually a preplanned series of decisions being pursued in order to remove every last Israeli from beyond the Green Line in order to give everything to the Arab Palestinians thinking this would end the terrorism and other difficulties and satisfy the Europeans detractors while ignoring the reality that the only settlement the Arab Palestinians will accept has to be far beyond the minimalist Europeans as their statement from their charter in 1964 when the PLO was formed. There were no occupied or contested lands at that time and the only target was Israel, all of Israel, and Israel itself which remains the only acceptable point the Arab Palestinians will continue to accept. That is why the chant that is heard on colleges and universities campuses throughout the western world at anti-Israel, often claiming to be pro-Palestinian, demonstrations goes, “From the (Jordan) River to the (Mediterranean) Sea; Palestine must be free.” Any more questions?

 

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June 10, 2015

World Forcing Worst Possible Arab Israeli Final Solution

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The United States Supreme Court finalized the Obama Policy referring to Israel by refusing to recognize that a Jew born in West Jerusalem was born within Israel. Does the United States government truly wish to be one of the early members of that extremist European solution to the Arab Israeli conflict where inch by inch they grant more and more lands which are within the Green Line to the Palestinian statehood claims simply because they are attached in some manner to lands the Palestinians already are recognized as securing in their ever growing two state solution, Palestine A and Palestine B without any Israel? There have been some extremist views expressed thus far in hushed tones that claim all of Jerusalem must be made the Palestinian capital and Israel forced to use Tel Aviv as their capital for as long as it remains left from the forming of Palestine. There have been hints towards including numerous purely Arab and majority Arab towns close to Jerusalem and in the Galilee into the declared Palestinian state. And lastly there is the Palestinian claim that all of the lands, and not one inch less, or millimeter for the Europeans, be returned to Arab rule and the Jews removed by any means which is most easily achieved. Pushing this inch by inch incrementalism can only end with one solution, and that is not a pretty or desirable solution by anybody’s standards. The original idea of granting an Arab self-rule in the lands lost by Jordanian aggressions when the Oslo Accords were foisted upon an unsuspecting Israel by a group of American and Europeans working with self-defeatist Jews seeking to make amends for defending their nation successfully from genocidal attacks by her neighbors, the original claims were deceitfully put forth as a small area in Judea and Samaria combined with Gaza having autonomy but without any military and reliant on Israel guarantees allowing for their protection from outside forces. Who or from where these outside forces might have been was ludicrous to even imagine but with ISIS running amuck that threat may finally have presented itself.

 

The problem with the stated goal of Oslo was that it was never intended to become the slow dissolution of the Jewish state by the Israeli apologists but was the concept of the Europeans, Arabs and some from the United States as the means for the destruction of Israel simply through ever more serious and threatening gestures of intent and faith in peace forced out of Israel gesturing her into her grave. Omar Barghouti defined the end goal when he spoke claiming that the entirety of the Palestinian and BDS forces had nothing to do with 1967 but was all about the occupation resulting from 1948. There were a number of difficulties for pulling such an incremental destruction to its finality which were overlooked but we will simply investigate a small but vital part. The initial problem was the expansive nature of one particular form of Zionism, religious Zionism which believed that the basic claim of the Jewish People to the lands between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean Sea were the Biblical promise from Hashem that these were the lands by covenant and that we were the people Hashem chose to reside here in peace and security. This was presented by Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely who raised more than a few eyebrows when she spoke forcefully and emphatically when stating that the Jewish claims to these lands originates in Torah. That, if one reads history and is an honest representative of those events, the main impetus behind the world’s acceptance for the renewed existence of the Jewish State was the ancient and Biblical claims to these lands by the ancient Hebrews, the Jews of Judea. Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely was correct as quotations going back to the middle of the nineteenth century from Europe to the United States the idea was rising after the pogroms against Jews in Russia shocked the world and the call began to be made for the reestablishing of the Jewish State in its ancient Biblically defined lands. This eventually led to the Balfour Declaration which was internationalized word for word by the San Remo Conference which in turn was also approved letter for letter unanimously by the League of Nations and further transferred for enforcement by the United Nations in Article 80 of the United Nations Charter. History is now being channeled by some powerful and influential individuals who operate behind the scenes often using their wealth more than position to influence the results they desire; and one of the foremost of these results is the death of Israel and the end of Judaism as a religion of any merit or note in their vision of a perfect world.

 

I have often been inquired to answer why and what reasoning could lead this seemingly overt and near unstoppable pressure to destroy Israel and diminish the presence of the Jewish People in the world and potentially leading to the eradication of the Jews. My initial inward urge is to simply blurt out, “Why are you asking me?” But I stifle such an easy route and begin to try and figure out an easy manner which is understandable and still brief enough not to take up the rest of my life. The questioner more often than not tires of the litany and history necessary to grasp the enormity and depth of this conspiracy to end all conspiracies. The initial and most prevalent theories surround the Supersessionism as practiced by both the Christian Church, particularly the Catholic Church during the Inquisitions and Purifications and was also adopted by most of the Protestant Churches when they rose into prevalence, and the Islamic faith. Both religions preached fierce Replacement Theological Dogmas which in the case of Islam also targeted the Christian Churches, Catholic, Orthodox and Protestant, while both Christian Clergy and Islamic Imams preached their having replaced the Jews in the eyes of Heaven and in doctrine and covenant. These lessons often taught that the Jews being dispersed and placed at the mercies of Christianity and Islam was Hashem punishing the Jews for their grievous sins, in the case of Christianity it was for not following Jesus while in Islam it was for rejecting Mohammad. The ludicrousness of these complaints is obvious as, by definition, being a Jew automatically meant that one was not a follower of Christianity or Islam or they would already be Christians or Muslims and thus not Jews. For there to be a root religion now scorned of Heaven then there must be those who remain faithful to that root faith otherwise there would be no proof of the origins of these more recent faiths. But the initial hatred of the Jews was far more simple. The other tribes which the Hebrews passes on their journey out from Egypt in the Exodus were fearful as they had heard of the vanquishing of the Egyptians and the parting of the Red Sea and the Ten Plagues as well as numerous other miracles and successful engagements against those who had attacked them during their journey, thus the Hebrews approaching was something to be feared. For the Canaanites the threat was far more direct as they were the target peoples who lived on the lands the Hebrews believed was theirs by Divine right.

 

Such claims today would be interpreted as clearly aggressive behavior and a warlike disposition which would likely garner adverse reactions by the nations surrounding your intended conquest out of rightful fears. Back over three-thousand-years and the natural order of things was radically different, you kept what you conquered, plain and simple. Did the Canaanite Kings have a right to the lands they lived upon, yes, for as long as they were capable of defending said lands. History paints a different picture as they were unable to defend their possessing the lands and they were vanquished from the tribes of the earth. Were the Hebrews, and later the Jews, entitled to these same lands? Yes, providing they were capable of defending them. This proved problematic but somehow the Jews even after defeat would return and retake their lands and return to rule as written in Torah. The final blow, or should we say start of the most severe blow, was the conquest of the lands by the Greeks under Alexander. He, in turn granted rule of the lands which today are Israel to the Polemic rulers out of Egypt who in turn lost the lands to the Cyrenaic Greeks who in turn were conquered by the Romans. Interestingly, the Jews did manage to throw off Roman rule, even if only briefly until massed Roman Legions returned and attempted to teach the Jews a lesson. The second rendition of this lesson resulted in the dispersing of the Jews to the far corners of the Roman Empire as well as many being placed into slavery. This had been the Roman method for destroying a pesky and irritating people who simply did not conform and behave as expected under Roman Rule. The Jews had a secret by which they remained a viable people for almost two-thousand-years spent in the Diaspora spread across the globe, Torah. The Jews had a covenant with the Land because they had a Covenant with Hashem, and it was that Covenant which provided the nourishment serving as their religion, society, relations with others and Jews throughout the world and their life’s blood and center of their lives wherever they resided.

 

What is astonishing is that the Prophets had foreseen the periods and lengths of the three exiles from the Jews living in their own lands. Abraham knew of the four-hundred-year exile which was to be in Egypt while Abraham and Jeremiah who foretold of the Babylonian exile which was to last but a mere seventy-years. The final exile was warned about by numerous Prophets starting with Moses and was predicted the new nation of the Jews would be formed in a single day and that from that time until a final reckoning would be a period of miracles, and return of importance of Torah to all the remainder of the Jews and through Torah the Jews would survive until the coming of the Messiah which would be in its appointed time. The formation of Israel in a single day, as astonishing as it seemed throughout the ages as nobody could figure out how a nation could come into being almost as if by decree. Such was an impossibility until the modern era where such was possible and was exactly how the Jews were returned to Israel. What was another prediction by many Rabbis and learned individuals was that the Jews would find their way back to living a life defined and dedicated to Torah. I had expected that when I made Aliyah that Israel would have a much more importance to the study and understanding of Torah but I was not expecting such to fall into my lap as if made possible by Hashem, Baruch Hashem. Within two months of our arrival I had been invited to join a Torah class given in a really wonderful young man’s home and instructed by a Rabbi who had a great presence and forceful gentleness wrapped in a cloak of authority. I only was able to study with this learned and upright scholar for a short period as Hashem sent for him in what we here believed to be premature time but who are we to understand, let alone judge. We have a new Rabbi teaching our group, a man of humor and wisdom with many insights and stories of great Rabbis and Jews and their contributions to Jewish knowledge and life. He is warm and generous soul that we are blessed to be able to learn with him. He must have thought me irreverent when we first began our classes mostly because I am irreverent but in a disarming and amusement and not intended as disrespect and he has realized that this is my way of personalizing what I am attempting to learn. The extent of religiousness was surprising and I feel that it was also a blessing and that the use of Torah as the first and foremost reason for our right to these lands is the exact manner and direction our leaders should assume, though getting them on board will take great amounts of effort, a good deal of time and perhaps a miracle or two Hashem willing.

 

In the meantime we have European nations granting billions, and possibly combined, trillions of Euros to NGOs which in turn finance NGOs around the world and worst of all, internal to Israel. The Europeans have centuries of experience finding those Jews who are self-loathing and willing to work against their brethren just to be accepted in the ‘cultured’ world. These are the worst and most dangerous of Israel’s enemies. One cannot fathom why they remain living here if they hate everything about the people and the society as much as they must. If they find that European style society is so great and its allure so irresistible then move to Europe and allow the rest of the Israelis to live and love Israel as she is. Israel needs no alterations as Israel is the beloved of the vast majority of her peoples. We know you stay because from Israel you can be stroked by those who wish you and the rest of us dead and you believe they are your friends. May you never realize their true feelings for you as all you have achieved is getting to be murdered last. Stalin had a name for people such as you and, just as in his case; many of the useful idiots are the Jews themselves who work for the destroyers of Judaism simply to be permitted to catch a glimpse of their greatness. They are not great and the bright lights you have been blinded by lead only to misery and devastation. Their money does not equal love or even appreciation, only contempt for you beyond their hatred for all of us for they see you as the traitor to his own kind which makes you untrustworthy for what would prevent you from taking their enemies payments to undercut them were they to allow you into their midst. They recognize you for exactly what you are the destroyer of whatever society in which you reside.

 

Why do the European nations continue to spend trillions of Euros in their efforts to eradicate Israel and with it every Jews on Earth? Why, because that is what Europe has done since the Greeks banned circumcisions and forbade the study of Torah while desecrating the Holy Temple with pig entrails and other putridity. That is what Europeans do since the decrees of Rome sent many to be crucified, burned alive, and treatments such as was handed down on Rabbi Akiva which was torture so severe as to be unthinkable. The Europeans under Rome dispersed the Jews such that they would each die in their solitude, separated from one another and from any links to their homelands, but that was not a truth as each Jews still had Torah and with Torah, great hope. That is what the Europeans did on their way to the Crusades to assure that each Christian soldier had drawn blood and killed a man; they attacked and butchered Jews in their ghettoes where they were made to live apart from the rest of society, undesired except for their being practiced in the trades. Then the Inquisitions and the purifications arrived where Catholic fought Protestant and the separate Protestants had even fought against one another but all agreed that fighting the Jew was an act approved in Heaven for the Jew was the forgotten and cursed of all creations. The Christians were not to hold a monopoly on murder and denigrating the Jews as the followers of Islam also had their persecution of the Jews. They made them an inferior through dhimmitude and brought him low with the Jizya, a tax on the unbelievers of Mohammad. There were the wars between the Sunni and the Shiite which resembled the Catholic versus Protestant warfare as both Sunni and Shiite could agree that they might as well kill the Jews while they were cleansing their societies. There were the wars between the followers of Islam and the Christian Crusaders which traded rule over Jerusalem numerous times with each time the celebration brought the murdering of the other side which somehow also included the Jews residing near their holiest of cities, and this celebration of victory was not limited to Jerusalem but included every other city which had changed hands regularly.

 

Be their reasons religious or simply out of desire to steal riches or blame a calamity on the outsider, there was the Jew universally laid low whenever the situation called for a suitable victim on whom to heap scorn. It started even earlier with the idolaters who saw the Jews as being different and a threat. These Jews had a different way, an unseen deity an omniscient deity, a deity which scorned their ways of human sacrifice and the celebration of death mixed with their fear of death while the Jews took their own eventual death in stride and the rest of their days celebrated only life. They saw these Jews who claimed to be carriers of the light as competitors offering a new way which might catch on and threaten their hold on power. The Jews had strange mannerisms when it came to finding their kings and their kings were often outshone by a prophet, this idea that a ruler is not a deity in their own right was a threat to all kings. There was only one way to prevent these Jews from contaminating the thoughts of their kingdoms, so they would attempt to conquer the Jews and make his ways punishable by death and surely they will cower and be a threat no longer. That eventually led to the how dare these Jews persist and not die off like all other peoples.

 

The hatred of the Jews started early and has simply been enhanced and sculpted for the age in which it lives. Originally it was that the Jew brought ideas which threatened the idolaters’ way of life and their polytheism was also threatened by the Jewish deistic beliefs in a singular deity. Later and continuing even into modernity is the view of the holiness and sanctity of human life and how the human life is placed above all else in nature. That belief is a direct threat to the Earth Firsters and many of the eco-firsters who claim man is nothing more than a hair challenged simian. The seeming passivity due to their abhorrence to violence, especially the needless loss of life thrown into the battle as human shields, angers those who hold life and other human beings as precious and not as a lesser group to be sacrificed in battle just in case their presence in the confrontation will prevent their enemies from engaging. This tactic throughout history has seemingly had a greater validity when used against only two groups, the British and the nations produced by their colonies who would eventually decide to just kill everybody, and the Jews who continue to shrink from attacking where civilians will be needlessly killed.

 

This has been proven in many of the Gaza confrontations where a bombing mission has been called for a vital Hamas building and the warnings a full thirty minutes before the strike have been issued to all in Gaza, including Hamas, informing them of the time and building to be stuck. When the Israeli pilots arrive on their bombing run they see the roof of the building filled by women and children and thus abort the mission waiting to possibly strike it later. Unfortunately for the Gazans who are placed into such a compromised position where their lives may easily be forfeit simply relying on the Jews to be more humane than their enemy and believing that no target is worth that kind of killing of innocents as such tactics are not a guarantee as the mission may have been given to an artillery or armor division whose line of sight would not detect the innocents on the roof. Hamas, and also Fatah, PLO, Islamic Jihad and the rest of the Arab Palestinians, feel that even an indirect fire mission by the Israelis will often send a drone over the target right before firing on the position and if it reveals the innocent people in the target area, they are correct that Israel would not fire upon the target. This is the opposite of Hamas and the rest who target civilians as their first and foremost preferred targets.

 

But why do so many throughout history despise the Jews to such an extent? Well, probably out of a strange form of jealously combined with a perception that the Jews represent the ultimate other while murdering Jews has been historically acceptable probably partly because the Jews tend to stick together and are the permanent outsiders who only marry within their community which probably is another example of their feelings of superiority which anybody can witness after all that is what we have been taught as were our fathers and their fathers and their fathers before them back as far as one can remember so it must be a truism and, well, forget all the reasoning, the real reason is they almost never fight back. The fact that Israel represents Jews who not only fight back but prove victorious, well that is the one thing the perennial and historic enemies of the Jews cannot couch, a Jews defending themselves, that’s just not right. A small piece of free advice from a Jew who has fought back since day one, you’re damn right we fight back and plan to do so for the rest of time, so please just give us that which is ours and leave us alone. If the Arab Palestinian incrementalism continues to be pushed even if by the entire Arab and Muslim worlds and the Europeans and American and throw in the Asians and every other nation who is chomping for a fight, the Jews in Israel will fight back. All we desire is to be permitted to live in peace with the lands between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean Sea and we will be content and will share any discoveries or innovations we uncover, invent, program or whatever else, that is the limit of what we require and given that morsel, tidbit, and area smaller than New Jersey and smaller than almost every nation in the European Union and definitely smaller than the twenty-plus nations in the Arab League, it is really a small price which will pay huge dividends, possibly the greatest being peace. Then the world can work to repair Syria and address ISIS and find ways to contain nuclear armed North Korea and soon Iran followed by who knows who else, but the future has sufficient challenges so there is no reason to look for one more by targeting Israel for any reason, period.

 

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