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November 25, 2017

The Tzipi Hotovely Extravaganza

 

Israeli Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely is, for all intents and purposes, and in reality, the Foreign Minister refusing the actual ministership as a matter of modesty so she would not be placed above the men in the Cabinet. This was done out of her religious convictions and out of respect of the advice she received from some rabbis she respects. This has not prevented her from standing tall and strongly stating truths as she sees things. This, as one might guess, has a distressing habit of ruffling feathers placing Prime Minister Netanyahu under pressure to dismiss her. That would be a mistake as she is going to be part of the future of the Likud Party if it is to remain as the leaders of the conservative center-right and any claim to leaders of the Zionists even if largely the secular Zionists. Prime Minister Netanyahu took the politically correct path surrendering to pressure from the leftist Jewish leadership of the United States and rebuked his fellow party member and actual acting Foreign Minister. This will not satisfy the leftist Jewish leadership of the United States as they are out for ultimate blood and they smell blood in the water. They want Tzipi Hotovely removed from any position of power in the cabinet and then will possibly pressure for more. What more, you ask? Well, Ms. Hotovely removed from the Knesset. That demand will be the test case as if they can get her removed from the Knesset, they will feel empowered to go for the entire ten yards, to us American slang.

 

Israeli Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely

Israeli Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely

 

First, what was it that Israeli Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely actually said? We have included the entire interview below. It has the parts where she was attacked about not bending to the leftist Jewish pressure to impress American secular-leftist-faux-Judaism which is more interested in a woman’s right to abortive services and other unJewish stands which would not be acceptable to the majority of Israeli Jews who are growing more and more religious, the opposite direction from the American leftist Jews, yet believe that their Judaism must be imposed in Israel. They demanded their own sectarian place at the Walls of Jerusalem and were told that one already existed. They demanded that this was unacceptable as it was separate from the traditional Western Wall and demanded that they be granted a section of the main wall in order to practice their irreligious actions in plain view of religious Jews. Their demands were not for a space but for a stage in order to be able to insult religious Jews with what to those Jews would border on idolatry or a direct insult to religious Jews. Memo to those paying attention, the more sectarian area of the wall is most often empty and hardly used. If this was where it ended, that might be able to be worked out. They have taken names to disguise their ulterior motives by calling their reform and reconstructionist congregations by names including the word orthodox. They used New Orthodox, Open Orthodox or other “adjective” Orthodox and demanding that their conversions as well as Conservative and even Reform and Reconstructionist conversions, which are not accepted in Israel by the Rabbinical Organizations, be accepted. These are branches of Judaism which include same-sex marriages, inter-religious marriages and numerous other activities and practices completely unacceptable to the orthodox and Torah observant Jewish mainstream in Israel. Their demands are that Israel and her Jews must become leftists and all but join the Democrat or Green Parties in order to be acceptable to American Jews. Their belief is that without the United States and the American Jews, Israel would collapse. We will discuss that in a moment.

 

 
First thing we would like to place as Exhibit A is a survey review by the Pew Research Center. The Pew Report, published a few years ago, reported there were the truths that seventy percent of American Jews have no connection to Jewish identity. This includes their lack of any connection to Israel. Over seventy percent of American Jews voted for Obama and Clinton in the last three Presidential elections despite their animosity towards Israel and favorability towards Arab Palestinian claims over all of Israel. This indicates that Israeli Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely was not particularly telling any untruths. But the leftist Jews see a crack of light in the wall and a hint of light. Their first wedge was to get Tzipi Hotovely rebuked by Prime Minister Netanyahu and receive the demanded apology from Ms. Hotovely. These they won easily and now for the next level. They passed level one receiving everything they demanded, but now they are going for round two. Round two is getting Tzipi Hotovely fired from her position as Israeli Deputy Foreign Minister. Should they manage to have this granted, then they will enter the bonus round which will be their attempt to have Tzipi Hotovely removed from the Likud Knesset membership and preferably replaced with somebody only if they are approved by the American Jewish leadership. Then they get to go for level three where they can win one of either two ways. The first would be for Prime Minister Netanyahu to step aside and be replaced by somebody from Likud more acceptable to the American Leftist Jews. Failing this, their secondary target would be to cause the government to fold and a call for new elections. Then Israel can expect a slew of political advisors and campaign experts to swamp Israel to assist the left most Israeli parties into power and forming the next government. That will prove difficult, as Israel has been moving inexorably rightward. The only means they might find which would work is to run such a negative campaign as to poison the political waters suppressing voter turnout. Their ultimate prize is the end of Prime Minister Netanyahu and the rise of a left wing government led by Meretz or the Labor Party.

 

The one myth which appears to exist on both sides of the world is that Israel is dependent on American money and that the American Jews are the larger Jewish community. The current Jewish populations, using Core Jewish Populations, are approximated to be the United States 5,300,000 and Israel 6,399,000. But that is the least of the changes. Below we have two very telling graphs. The top shows United States aid dollars measured in billions of dollars. The interesting revelation here is that until 1970 the United States gave Israel virtually no aid despite the common rumor that the United States has been Israel’s main and most dependable aid since her founding. Not exactly a valid statement, as military aid was illegal for much of Israeli existence from 1948 through the Six Day War. The truth be known, the United States took an interest in Israel after the Israelis won the Six Day War despite facing massive Arab military advantages in manpower, tanks, planes and every imaginable category. When Israel prevailed against the odds, then Lyndon Baines Johnson sat up and took notice and Richard Nixon increased aid, particularly military aid, considerably during his years in the White House. Looking at the aid from the United States, one can state that Israel received a steady average of 3.0 billion dollars which we will use as the benchmark level of aid. In 1960, the Israeli GDP was almost 2.6 billion dollars and by 1970, the GDP has gained reaching just over 6.25 billion dollars. Using our benchmark 3.0 billion dollars of aid then the United States aid was almost fifty percent of Israeli GDP. That is significant and the kind of aid that a nation could not survive as well without. Part of this aid was to compensate Israel for their not producing their own developed military aircraft and instead being dependent upon United States military aircraft. This had negatively affected Israeli nascent aircraft industries who were ready to move into production on the Lavi fighter (pictured below). Israeli GDP had increased by 1980 reaching almost 22 billion dollars reducing the United States aid package to less than fourteen percent, a drastic decrease from ten years before. Moving to 1990, Israeli GDP had become just short of 52.5 billion dollars thus reducing United States aid to around five and three-quarters percent. In 2000, the Israeli DGP reached just over 132 billion dollars making the three billion United States aid sinking to a mere two and three-elevenths percent. Moving along to 2010 the Israeli GDP rose to slightly over 233.75 billion dollars leaving the United States aid to fall to under one and one-third percent. The last year for which we have data is 2016 where Israeli GDP reached just short of 318.75 billion dollars reducing United States three billion dollars of aid to under one percent. In just forty-five years, the aid given Israel by the United States has shrunk from slightly below fifty percent to measurably below one percent. So, obviously Israel should no longer be dependent upon aid moneys from the United States.

 

United States Israel Aid (Military)

United States Israel Aid (Military)

 

 

Lavi the Lost Dream

Lavi the Lost Dream

 

So, what does keep the Israelis dependent upon United States aid? That is simply, military aircraft. Israel gets the F-35’s plus has a large number of F-16’s and F-15’s left from the deal made to become dependent upon guaranteed air-superiority provided by the United States in exchange for Israel dropping plans to manufacture their own military aircraft which would have added more competition to the American aircraft being sold to the world. The United States manufacturers of the F-15 and F-16 and others planning on providing the next generation fighters were concerned with the Lavi, which Israel had just completed air trials and was going to put them into production. The United States stepped in and offered the Israelis a deal they could not refuse, F-16’s in numbers to replace the Lavi at a lower price and the F-15’s almost for free. Israel has since purchased additional fleets of these aircraft to reduce her dependence on the F-4 Phantoms and French Mirage Interceptors and other older aircraft. This has placed Israel dependent upon the United States for updates, upgrades, software patches and spare parts. Further, no longer manufacturing aircraft domestically, Israel has also become dependent upon American helicopters, largely the AH-64 Apache, CH-53 Stallion, UH-60 Black Hawk, SH-60 Seahawk and the Eurocopter AS565 Panther. Should Israel decide that she needs for her own security and to remove dependence from a vital military set of components, namely aircraft, both fixed wing and rotary wing, could they afford to go without the United States aid package and military aircraft? This is a question which plagues every sector of Israeli society’s political debates.

 

Most Israelis have so long believed they were dependent on the United States military and financial aid that to try to go without these seemingly vital areas of aid is unthinkable. These Israelis still believe that United States aid is a sizeable part of the total of Israeli GDP. As we have depicted, this line of thinking was true into the 1980’s but since 2000 has not been the necessary measure it once was. Others have realized that Israel is no longer an economically weaker nation and has moved from her early times to become an economic force. Still, they recognize that Israel would be required to build almost from the ground up any aircraft-manufacturing sector in order to break from the United States military aircraft dependence. Israel also knows that her relations with other nations are often fluid and can be uncertain in these wildly fluctuating political environment. Even should Israel have contracted delivery or service, these agreements can be cancelled and forced to not be honored by political advocacy against Israel from leftists and other anti-Israel, anti-Zionist and other anti-Semitic forces and groups. Recently, a contract with Rafael Advanced Defense Systems worth five-hundred-million-dollars was cancelled by India after all negotiations and contracts were completed as it was on the way to be signed proving the volatility of such items when it comes to Israel. Whatever the official face-saving motives which are made public, such decisions are more often far different in reality from what is stated. Israel should contract with their aerospace industries for developing what they foresee as the next generation, sixth generation, aircraft and developments in rotary wing aircraft. Such would potentially increase Israeli GDP and advance industrial production and practices plus produce some thousands of jobs not just in the production of the aircraft themselves, but also in numerous supporting industries.

 

The relations between Israel and the United States faced some heavy strain over the last decade with the push by President George W. Bush and Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and the massive pressing for Israel to surrender the Gaza Strip which became a terrorist haven run by Hamas. Then there were deep rifts between Prime Minister Netanyahu and President Obama largely over the Iran deal and other Middle East policy decisions which the former felt placed Israel in jeopardy. This should have served to push Israel to lessen the Israeli future dependence upon the United States for aid monies and military hardware of any variety as the only prudent measures going forward would be for Israel to become completely self-dependent. Israel can no longer be dependent on any one nation for any form of aid or support as any change of which party is in power or even which person is in power, whether elected or using other means for attaining power, can result in leaving Israel vulnerable to a complete change in relations. Israel can go from good friend to mortal enemy overnight as happened with South Africa for one example. This recent dust-up with American liberal Jewish establishment over a perfectly valid observation is another example of being too reliant on the United States. Because both Israelis and American Jews believe that Israel would crumble like a stale cookie without the United States that Israeli politicians are expected to walk on eggshells when speaking about the United States. Yes, Israeli Jews love our cousins in the United States and would love to have them return home. Unfortunately, that is a foreign idea for Jews in the United States, as they believe that the United States should be the homeland for the Jews. They are assimilating into the American scene very similar to how they had in Persia as a Jewess even was chosen by the King to wed and become the Queen of Persia, which was very fortunate when Haman came to have all the Jews in Persia murdered. They are becoming as assimilated as they were in Spain right before King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella decided that Spain should be strictly Catholic and began the Inquisition. They are becoming as assimilated as they were in Germany as the 1920’s came to a close. What is strange is how whenever the Jews assimilate beyond a certain point is precisely when we get reminded exactly who we are, and it is always in a rather testy manner. There have been numerous politicians from the United States who have said very critical and often libelously false accusations and commentary about Israel and there is never a demand that the President fires them or even contradicts them, let alone censors them. We remember when we announced to our Synagogue that we were making Aliyah and moving to Israel. The majority of our Synagogue was made of your average liberal and leftist Jews with maybe between a half dozen to a dozen conservative Jews, almost all, other than us, clandestinely, as their request for anonymity, asking not to be outed as a conservative and have their political leanings revealed. Other than these conservatives, all of whom were very happy for us and some were even envious and told us of their plans for making Aliyah themselves some day, the liberal almost universally Democrat Party members were split at best with 5% supporting our move, 75% unimpressed and asking why in the world would we even consider moving to Israel with the remainder accusing us of being disloyal and hating the United States and being very accusatorial as if we had committed some form of traitorous act against their beloved homeland. The vast majority of the Jews in a very conservative region of the nation, middle of Trump country one might claim, saw Israel as a horrible and terrible place and definitely not a place that any sane American Jew could ever desire to move without some overriding threat on their heads. We probably should be happy that none that we know of called the authorities to turn us in for whatever crime we had to have committed in their minds to have us consider moving to Israel. Until Israelis realize that the friends they have in the United States consists of maybe twenty percent of American Jews (we are being very generous) and the reason the Congress and Presidents campaign on a pro-Israel platform, in as much as they have, it is because Israel has the support of the majority of Evangelical Christians, and that is a very influential and large voting block, just ask President Trump who was elected on their tepid like of his positions and their abject loathing of Hillary Clinton. Until Israel completely weans from dependence, then Israeli politicians will need to placate American groups who can make things difficult, and that includes groups which would sell Israel down the river in a second for universal healthcare.

 

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October 21, 2017

Hamas-Fatah Union Job Finished

 

The Union between Fatah and Hamas we reported on in the first article of our three part report on the situation in Gaza, Judea, Samaria and concerning Israel and beyond. Their intent was to make and peace proposal impossible to implement, as all efforts were formed targeting Judea and Samaria and the Palestinian Authority (PA) and never to include Gaza or Hamas and Islamic Jihad. The main item which Fatah and the PA wanted to gain was a simple quote saying there could be no peace as long as Hamas rejects Israel and has the destruction of Israel and the death of all Jews as their main goals. Well, they have their quote from which they will pluck the juiciest part to use to further their own goals. The magic phrase came from Prime Minister Netanyahu when he wrote on his Facebook page following the end of the Simchat Torah holiday, “Reconciliation between Fatah and Hamas makes peace much harder to achieve.” Prime Minister Netanyahu later added, “Reconciling with mass-murderers is part of the problem, not part of the solution. Say yes to peace and no to joining hands with Hamas.”

 

Fatah Hamas Reconciliation

Fatah Hamas Reconciliation

 

Just wait for it and sooner or later we will hear from Mahmoud Abbas misquoting Prime Minister Netanyahu by taking parts of his Facebook statements such as claiming that Netanyahu says, “peace much harder to achieve.” Then Abbas will add to the quote with something misleading such as “Israel” adding and according to the Prime Minister, “is part of the problem, not part of the solution.” The Palestinian leadership has used partial quotes before to paint Israel as the problem while Mahmoud Abbas refused every opportunity for peace demanding that the only true peace includes the eradication of the Jewish State and that the entirety of the lands from the Jordan River to the Mediterranean Sea be cleansed of the Jews. When the leaders of Fatah, the PLO, and the PA speak to their people, they sound exactly the same as Hamas states. They tell them how they will drive the Jews into the Sea or other similar messages denoting the eradication of Israel as it now exists. There are two storylines they tell. The first is the simple war where Israel is defeated and the Jews made to submit or die. Another is they receive their peace treaty allowing for five to eight or even ten million Arab refugees to be resettled inside Israel as full citizens and demand an immediate election where they will vote to join the PA and the Jews will be subjugated. You may have noticed that they both have the same ending. The supposed reconciliation between Hamas and Fatah will also now come to a bitter end as they agree to disagree on just about everything except the death of Israel and the Jews.

 

The truth of the matter is the leadership of the PA, Fatah, PLO, Hamas et. al. are counting on the world’s basic historic anti-Semitism, especially European anti-Semitism and United Nations with all its departments, NGOs and related agencies, to erode and sap the will of the Jews and through demanding concessions after concession to whittle Israel to the point that she become indefensible and then with the rest of the Arab world or with Iran and Hezballah, they will have a final war where Israel can be eliminated. The Arab world has assisted greatly by financing propaganda such as the BDS movement (Boycott, Divestment and Sanction), International Solidarity Movement (ISM), Stand With Us and numerous other organizations all done in concert with far leftist groups such as Jewish Voices of Peace (JVP), New Israel Fund, and other such groups whose main efforts is to drive a wedge between American Jews and Israel. This effort to drive Israel and American Jews apart has, very sadly, started to pay dividends as it has managed to even split the campus group Hillel such that numerous Hillel houses on far left leaning campuses have renamed themselves as Open Hillel, just like Open Orthodoxy has done with Orthodox Judaism, they have both turned against their origins and joined the other side and then demanded that their former origins now accept their rules and forfeit their basic origins and beliefs. The Open Hillel takes the post-Zionist viewpoint which claims that Zionism is a form of imperialism and colonialism and thus a form of racist imperialism and oppression. They are leading Jewish college students away from supporting Israel to actively opposing Israel.

 

Open Foundation Open Hillel Open to Everything but Israel

Open Foundation Open Hillel Open to Everything but Israel

 

This problem also exists in the Democrat Party except for some of the older representatives and the minority of Jews in power with the Party. Much of the farther leftists who have risen to be the future power within the Democrat Party are virulently anti-Israel and many also anti-Semitic. This was evidenced in 2012 when the Democrat Party floor voted to include G0d and place Jerusalem as the Israeli capital was an indecisive vote but definitely not the two-thirds required for placing it on the platform. They passed it anyways. Further, the recent Democrat Party election for chairman between Tom Perez and Keith Ellison was excessively close such that Perez won in the second vote, after missing out by just one vote in the first round of voting so they gave as a consolation the position as Deputy Chairman to Keith Ellison. Representative Ellison was amongst those who voted against resupply to Israel for their Iron Dome anti-missile systems, a purely defensive weapon which was preventing Hamas rockets from killing Israeli citizens. That is just one example of Representative Ellison’s disdain, or should we call it what it is, hatred for Israel and Jews. Things have been changing in the body politic in the United States and the support for Israel. The main party supporting Israel, as it is no longer a bipartisan supported item, has gone over to the Republicans and the major support from the public is no longer with the Jews as even if every Jew were a supporter of Israel, their two percent of the population cannot even dream of competing with the Evangelical Christians with their consisting of one-fourth of the population and strongly conservative supporting the Republican. The truth behind the United States support for Israel does not come from the Jews, though they may often be the loudest, but from the Evangelical Christians who are more serene, calm and sedate but just as vehemently strong in support of Israel as the most Zionist Jew.

 

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October 8, 2015

Accounting of Third Intifada Attacks for Yesterday

 

On Wednesday October 7, 2015 there was quite a bit of activity on the front lines of the third intifada, the intifada begun by Mahmoud Abbas declaring the Oslo Accords dead and the resumption of the Arab war to annihilate the Jews and turn Israel into a sea of blood. The attacks started ramping up in both numbers and potential for lethality with a number of Israelis being killed since last Wednesday approaching at least a half dozen if not more as the news has been flying by with attacks averaging one evert three to four hours during the day and into the evening. A quick rundown on the attacks which made the news sources we were tracking during the day, an incomplete list but as accurate as we are able.

An Arab man stabbed an IDF soldier and grabbed his gun in the southern city of Kiryat Gat, a few miles outside Ashkelon and within the Green Line and not even near the presumed disputed areas. He then fled to a fourth floor apartment, where he was shot and killed by police.

Arab Palestinian mob throwing cinder blocks and equally sized rocks caused Rivi Ohayon, who was driving to work in Jerusalem, to stop as they also blocked the road. She recounted the confrontations reporting that, “One of them opened the door. There was murder in their eyes. I thought they were going to lynch me.” Ohayon was hospitalized with light injuries. She was saved when a group of Israelis who witnessed the attack interdicted firing at the Arab mob which then dispersed after one was struck. The terrorist is in hospital in critical but stable condition.

Another terrorist attempted running down IDF soldiers at the A-Za’im checkpoint located outside of Maalei Adumim, located just outside Jerusalem. The attack was prevented by the soldiers.

One teenage Arab Palestinian woman stabbed an Israeli man near the Lions’ Gate of the Old City of Jerusalem this morning. The man was carrying his legal concealed weapon and turned and shot the assailant before she could plunge the knife into him a second time possibly killing him. Magen David Adom paramedic Aharon Adler told reporters, “Upon arriving, I saw two patients. One of them, an approximately 30-year-old male with stab wounds to his upper body, fully conscious; alongside him, a young woman with gunshot wounds. According to him, she came up and stabbed him twice from behind, and then she was shot. Her condition was worse than his.” Both victim and attacker were transferred to the hospital after receiving treatment at the scene.
Another stabbing took place in central Petah Tikva next to a busy shopping mall where a man, 25, was injured in the upper part of his torso and rushed to the hospital in moderate but stable condition. This too was well inside the Green Line which the media likes to claim there is no terror and the terror is only against the so-called “Israeli settlers” and not just all Israelis or all Jews.

Josh Hasten, who is a resident of Elazar in the Gush Etzion area of Judea, was assaulted almost immediately behind the attack on Rivi Ohayon as he slowed as did all the traffic when approaching the attack on Rivi Ohayon. Looking towards the Arab village of Beit Sahur he realized there were between thirty and fifty Arabs charging down the hill with yells and holding cinder blocks and rocks. But why not allow Josh Hasten tell his story in the video below.

 

 

 

 

The above report probably misses the usual dozens of rock throwing incidents where the motorist is fortunate to pass through whatever gauntlet of cinder block and rock hurling Arab youths between the ages of twelve to low thirties suffering only damage to their vehicle. These are daily events and with the more serious attacks now taking up the new spaces we are not going to hear about these assaults, life threatening as they may be, because the news reporters can only be so many places at any given time. If Josh Hasten was not a journalist his confrontation would likely have never received any publicity because the main assault was against the young woman may Hashem bring her a speedy and complete recovery along with all the other victims of today’s and every day’s violence. The attacks have definitely increased in numbers and severity as there had not been attempts to drag motorists from their vehicles for only one purpose, and that is to murder them tearing their bodies’ limb from limb. The attempts today and over the past week to increase the levels of the attacks with the intent to murder the victim if at all possible has placed the Israeli public on edge, especially as about one third to half of the assaults have taken place within pre-1967 Six Day War Israel meaning inside the 1949 Armistice Line also known as the Green Line. We here at BTC are not surprised that much as we have held the belief, nay, the knowledge that the intent of the Arab war on Israel is the complete and total elimination of the State of Israel and every Jew living within after which the other non-Muslims would be targeted.

 

 

Terrorist Mayhem Killing Jews Anti-Semitism

Terrorist Mayhem Killing Jews Anti-Semitism

 

 

Mahmoud Abbas and the rest of the hierarchy behind the Arab Palestinians, we can no longer refer to them as Palestinian Authority or even Fatah as both of these were names designed by the now refused Oslo Accords in order to white wash the terrorism and criminal infrastructure and kleptocracy run by Yasser Arafat in order to permit the return of Yasser Arafat and his other henchmen and KGB trained murderers, and most important, also his number two man and aid through thick and thin, Mahmoud Abbas such that there could be invented the “Peace Process” which never was entered into with any honesty by Arafat. From the very first Yasser Arafat had lain out the plans for the conquest of Israel by stages. Each stage would require the facilitation by the United Nations, its nearly uncountable NGOs and other agencies, eventually the European and lastly the United States all forcing Israel to comply with demands without giving up even a hint of their demands. This has been why there has been a demand by the world at every restart of the Peace Racket for Israel to make some grand compromise as an inducement for the privilege of having the Arab side walk out once they had drawn every last possible compromise from Israel and immediately announcing that any promise the parties may have though the Arabs had agreed to make were all an illusion and they would then state the next demand for Israel to meet as their obligation for peace. This worked because the Israelis suffer from two really serious shortcomings, the first is they are willing to do almost anything for peace and the second is they are willing to follow any demand from a world that wishes them dead if it is in the name of peace and so they do not ruffle a single feather on any of the vultures all waiting to pick the Israeli corpse once it is truly dead. That brings us to the next subject from the United States.

 

The United States House of Representatives has overwhelmingly approved legislation last week to take forty-three-billion dollars of the frozen Iranian assets in order to pay American victims of Iranian-sponsored terrorism who were awarded that amount by United States Courts. This legislation has been called the Meehan bill for terror victims. The legislation is on its way to the United States Senate where it will likely die a slow and ignoble death tabled due to threat of a filibuster. Even should it actually receive a favorable vote without even changing a single punctuation mark and having no additional attachments and be passed along to President Obama, it will then be duly vetoed. But let us assume for one moment that this legislation makes it into law, what will follow is as easy to predict as it is that the sun will rise out of the east and set in the west. The State Department will object and give some flimsy reason that these funds must be paid as intended to the Iranian government as there is a treaty in place and the State Department will enforce the treaty to the last letter. If a further fight erupts and the whole matter end up before the Supreme Court under Chief Justice Rogers (I know, do not remind you) then it will be a close five to four vote if not a six to three vote that the monies must be remitted to the Iranians and then those who sued can collect directly from Iran, if they can get any assistance from either the Justice Department, who will claim it is the State Department’s jurisdiction, or from that State Department which will give the families a runaround and eventually find somebody whose job it is to say “No!” with great authority. Such attempts have been tried before and failed and this will as well.

 

 

Ostridge placing its head in the sand, oh, wait, it is a particular person of note taking stock of their positions

Ostridge placing its head in the sand, oh, wait, it is a particular person of note taking stock of their positions

 

 

Back to Israel and politics which are supreme. There was a meeting Tuesday between leaders of Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria and Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon hosted by Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu at his official residence despite the possibly over ten-thousand demonstrators demanding that actions be taken to make all Israel safe for all peoples. We mention this as there were things stated which are not only important for Israelis and Zionists to hear but the rest of the world as well such that they will understand the motivations of these two men in the most powerful of position in Israel and what those motivations will produce. The truth here is very frightening. One participant who is considered reliable has told Arutz Sheva that Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon informed the leaders of Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria according to the anonymous participant, “Ya’alon argued in the meeting that there is a connection between violent events by settlers and terror attacks. There are gangs on both sides.” One should not be surprised that this comment was met with some excessive expressions of frustration, anger and disbelief. Where does Defense Minister Ya’alon get his news? Is he quoting the impressions that the European Union’s High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini who, like Catherine Ashton before her, is a well-recognized extreme leftist and suspected communist, pro-Palestinian, anti-Israel, anti-Zionist crusader who never met a disparaging slam of Israel she couldn’t agree with. Where such a damning remark would play well in Brussels, Defense Minister Ya’alon is not a member of the European Union governance located in Brussels, he is the Defense Minister of the State of Israel and if he cannot see that his one and only job is to look out for the betterment of Israel, the protection of its lands and citizens, to predict, plan and execute those tactical requirements to keep Israel safe from all attacks whether internal or external and to serve the State and its citizens, then it is time to replace him with one who will. It is not his place to sympathize or, even worse, adopt the terminology and accusations of the enemies of the State of Israel which is exactly what he has expressed here. These comments make him unqualified to hold the position of Defense Minister and Ya’alon needs to be replaced immediately. The participant had some further comments before we conclude with Defense Minister Ya’alon as the participant stated, “The man has gone mad. At a certain point Ya’alon began to stutter and he understood that he had gone too far in his analysis.” Well, the catch is we can only expect to hear in glowing terms about how Ya’alon had protected Israel at a great sacrifice and with his every effort since taking the position of Defense Minister and all Israel should be glad to have such a warrior on their side. But then we need to consider the source of such praise, Prime Minister Netanyahu more likely than not.

 

 

Left side map depicts the division of the Promised Land amongst the tribes and right side map compares the modern promised land from the Jordan west to the Mediterranean Sea compared to the maximum of area during King David’s and King Solomon’s reigns.

 

 

Fortunately, we also had a little birdie reporting on comments made by Prime Minister Netanyahu. It was reported that the Prime Minister Netanyahu told the local government leaders that he does not intend to build in Judea and Samaria. The reason was simply because to do so might upset Washington and Israel must not complicate things and test the relations with the United States with such actions. The Prime Minister reported that the United States objects strenuously to such building and Israel must not get into a confrontation. Since when did Prime Minister Netanyahu develop this phobia against stirring the pot with the United States, in particular with the White House and President Obama? It is not like the two have even the resemblance of a relationship. There was no hesitation when it came to giving an address to Congress despite the strong protestations from the White House. The relations were not even warm enough to permit the Israeli Prime Minister to enter the White House through the front door instead being relegated to using the kitchen entrance and being refused the courtesy of a meet the press photo op even without taking question or speaking. What relations is it exactly that all of a sudden prevent the otherwise brazen, brash and unabashed Israeli Prime Minister from taking matters into his own hand and allow for the tenders he keeps issuing and then preventing their being awarded and if awarded then holding back building permits and then allowing the leftist groups to trample all efforts in the courts without even the resemblance of a fight. Why not just tell us and the world the truth Prime Minister Netanyahu, tell us that after the Iran deal fiasco you have lost all heart and that the recent United Nations speech was your swan song, your last hurrah, your last big game hunt and now you are simply going to lie back and sway whatever way the winds blow knowing that they will always blow ill will upon Israelis. You know inside that if you were to confront and fight the White House that you would find friends coming out of the woodwork to fight alongside of you. There would be a greater distance between the United States and Israel if President Obama could find a way of pushing Israel under the bus and then roll that bus off a cliff if he could. And if it were not because the two nations have such similar goals, needs, security arrangements, defense agreements and are intertwined in so many ways including a large block of voters who will vote to protect Israel; that limits the actions by the President which would completely leave the Jewish State vulnerable to its neighbors’ aggressions. That group goes far beyond any groups there may be of Jews as we are referring to the Evangelical Christians who support Israel and her people with every sinew and prayer. I think it might even be an idea for testing the waters for this Twitter hashtag, #Jewish Lives Matter and Settlers too.

 

 

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