Beyond the Cusp

April 23, 2017

Well Here We Go Again with Another Hunger Strike

 

We are back talking about arch terrorist, suicide bomb planner, bombing specialist, and convicted terrorist of five counts of murder serving five life terms plus an additional forty years for his planning terrorist strikes should he manage to get around the five life sentences and recent New York Times Editorialist, Marwin Barghouti. He has decided to make hay on the stomachs of his fellow prisoners by calling for a mass hunger strike. He has done this regularly almost like clockwork ever approximately five to six years. He is right on schedule; so, at least we can allow him to claim punctuality, but who cares. Usually he would get a strong following and in the past has extracted senior standing in the PLO and won a seat on the PLO Central Committee taking first place in receiving the largest vote count all through his antics in prison. Leftist around the world even including Israelis such as MKs Yossi Beilin, Meir Sheetrit, and Shimon Peres along with European leftists and other internationalist leftist around the world all believe that Marwin Barghouti would make a wonderful successor to Mahmoud Abbas and proclaim that his leadership would be far more reasonable and pro-peace. Obviously, these leftists are doing what their kind do best, ignoring reality and dreaming how wonderful things would be if only they would follow their dreams and ignore reality. Marwin Barghouti has given the world a taste of what the Palestinian Authority (PA) would act should he lead them to statehood when he declared, “After we attain a Palestinian State, there will be greater things for which to strive… There is no room for more than one state between the Jordan and the Mediterranean.” Well, that sure sounds like someone the Israelis could make peace with as long as continued struggle, terrorism and war is their hope for the future because Barghouti sure does not see a Palestinian State as the finality the leftist claim he would but shares Abbas’s and Arafat’s before him that the realizations of statehood is simply a step towards the complete eradication of the Jewish State of Israel. Let us simply place the idea of Marwin Barghouti as the next great leader of the PA exactly where it belongs and continue, toss it directly in the trashcan.

 

This time Barghouti’s hunger strike merely gathered one out of six, when the majority of the prisoners realized that his call was simply an attempt at personal aggrandizement and would likely not serve their purposes. The reality of these hunger strikes reveals that a fair number of the prisoners who claim to be striking still eat in private and do not strictly commit to the actual hunger strike completely. But the reality does not matter simply because as long as there has been a declared hunger strike there are those throughout the world, particularly across Europe, the Arab and Muslim Worlds and at the United Nations who will turn on Israel like vicious hyenas into a dead carcass. Whatever is on the prisoner’s list of demands will suddenly become the cause celeb for hundreds of thousands of leftists worldwide and they will spring into action with demonstrations, petitions, debates in the halls of power, meetings in the United Nations General Assembly denouncing Israeli apparent mistreatment of prisoners denying them such basics and the Human Right NGO’s will erupt in manners beyond reason. Demands such as, allow me to list a few choice demands: Free cell phones for all prisoners. Permission for prisoners to be photographed with their families every three months (for the purpose of posting on social media so they can start another uproar on a regular basis). Admission of children and grandchildren under the age of 16 on every visit (imagine the great pictures these children will add for further ammunition). Closing what is called “the Ramle Prison Hospital” because it cannot provide the necessary care (They want a hospital outside the prison). Performing surgery quickly as is done in the case of emergencies (Let the Israelis wait for their turn, as they do interminably now, but not convicted terrorists). Freeing seriously ill prisoners as well as those who are handicapped or suffering from life-threatening diseases (No matter what their crime or sentence and regardless of if they are expected to improve and be fine). More consideration for prisoners being transported in a “bosta” (“bosta” is the prison vehicle used for transport having cage wire separating the back seat without door and window handles on the inside of the back seat but they want to sit next to the driver where there is a door that can be opened, not in a locked cab behind the driver, what could possibly go wrong here?). More satellite channels, adding those that the inmates want (which includes Hamas and other terror instigating channels). Putting an end to administrative detention (This would force Israel to try every case allowing the accused to demand to question their accuser which would reveal undercover operatives which would end all intelligence gathering). Reinstatement of the Hebrew University (they are dissatisfied with the Arab Universities they are currently permitted to take courses from). And putting an end to the policy of solitary confinement for any offense. Nothing could possibly go wrong from meeting these demands and these were the more “interesting” third with the remainder can be seen at the end of the article The terrorist hunger strike comes with demands by one of our favorite editorialists, Dr. Mordechai Kedar, who we would like to thank for the demands list and his commentary which was of paramount assistance.

 

Dr. Mordechai Kedar

Dr. Mordechai Kedar

 

Already the smuggled cell phones are a major problem to Israeli officials. Many inmates have actually entered into ballots to run for election and actually won seats in the parliaments. Some arrange to join leadership roles in terrorist units and actually assist in the planning of terrorist attacks. This includes prisoners who are serving sentences for planning terrorist attacks. The prisoners are able to have a cell phone smuggled in by means often of one prisoner who is permitted a phone giving the phone into the train which transports these phones through channels until it reaches the selected prisoner who is not permitted a cell phone. Through this manner, the phone reaches the terror planner and he places in it a different SIM card for each call making identification difficult discarding the card once it has been used. This is how they are able to make detection and determining who has the illegal phone more difficult all while planning terror attacks against Israeli citizens from within presumably secure cellblock. They have voted in elections from prison but not since 2005 as Abbas has cancelled all elections since then. The hunger strike is ridiculous in that there are no prisoners in any prison system where the prisoners as a whole have the freedoms and liberties enjoyed in the prisons where Israel retains their Palestinian prisoners. Prisoner in other prisons, including the Jews in the other Israeli prisons, should be making hunger strikes demanding the conditions the Palestinians enjoy in Israeli prisons. But, this will not prevent any of the world’s leftists from pretending that things are absolutely abominable in the Israeli prisons despite all evidence to the contrary.

 

All of this leaves out one more side of the terrorists and their place, or more accurately, their families place in Palestinian society. Terrorists who successfully carry out attacks end in one of two results, they are arrested or they refuse to surrender usually attacking the security forces and they die. Either result the follow-up depends on the measured levels of success observed by the leadership of the Palestinian Prison Committee. Their position have them determining the amount which is to be paid to the terrorist’s family in proportion to the number of Israelis, preferably Jews, they managed to murder with an allowance for those injured to a lesser extent. This prisoner committee also pays all the prisoners a salary proportionally to the length of their sentence. They use funds from the United Nations, European Union, European nations, Canada, and the United States which make up a general fund. These pensions received by these families for the murder of Israelis are higher than the salaries one can earn working almost any job. This is another form of incitement as upon hearing how martyrs are respected, their families given such pensions, and the benefits which go to the families of shahids, too many teenaged Palestinians decide that they will act on the incitement and gain great treatment for their families including great financial security and go out trying to stab as many Israelis as they are able and knowing that should they die, their family will make even higher rewards, they even choose death over surrender and living. This is a sad situation which will not change under Mahmoud Abbas nor would it change under Marwan Barghouti. We would like to provide a little context about the situation of the Palestinians inside Israel, Judea and Samaria as well as in Gaza as compared to Jordan, Lebanon, Syria and the Arab World as a whole by a Jordanian citizen Mudar Zahran who will give an amazing amount of context and realism. We advise sitting down for this as you may end up gob-smacked.

 

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March 31, 2017

ISIS is Not the Progenitor of Vehicle Terrorism

 

Going back we have seen attacks where vehicles were driven through crowds of pedestrians or people at festivals in London, Brussels, Paris, Munich and Nice. In each of these attacks ISIS took credit hours later or even a full day or two as if they heard the news reports and decided that they could use claiming these attacks to sell their relevance. What was disgusting was the way the media played up their claims and stated that this was a new form of terror assault which was being used against the West. The media knows what they are selling is a completely false face for reality. They are fully aware because they have previously mentioned, we cannot quite claim they actually reported as they would give it play for a few hours before the story would quickly fade from the front end loaded news. These attacks where a terrorist uses a truck or car to run into people waiting at an inner-city light rail station or at bus stops or tourist attractions and when the vehicle finally was prevented from further rammings, they would then proceed to stabbing or shooting until finally and permanently prevented from attacking more innocent victims which have been occurring for over a decade. What, you do not remember these attacks? Well, do not worry, that has been the entire desired effect of the media reporting and why they reported these attacks for a couple of hours before retreating them to the running news stories at the bottom of the scene and then soon thereafter only mentioning it deep inside section B of the newspapers reporting them because these attacks have taken place in Israel. But why would the news do all they could to hide the news of these attacks in Israel?

 

There is a reason which actually only minimally has to do with Israel. What it has to do with is the fact that these vehicular, shooting and stabbing attacks are incited by and committed by the Palestinian Authority and the Arab Palestinians. These are the same Palestinian Authority and the Arab Palestinians which the European Union, United Nations, European nations, United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and many of the NGO’s from the free and developed world finance with ever increasing amounts of funding. Sure all the funding comes with the caveat that the funds must not be used for terrorism but for humanitarian uses. What is the dirty little secret is that the Palestinian Authority, Fatah and the PLO all give large sums of cash to the families of terrorists who either are imprisoned or have died committing terrorist actions commensurate with the numbers of Israelis they murdered and injured and list these dispensations as being humanitarian funding. This means simply that they are using the funds from the West to pay the families of terrorists because of the terrorism committed by their relatives. These funds are also used for their advertising which incited for terrorist acts to be committed in addition to their schools teaching their children to be future terrorists over their other lessons. They name schools, parks, streets, soccer tournaments, children’s camps and virtually anything possible after terrorist martyrs, another term used to glorify terror, martyr. Below are some of the advertisements from the Palestinian Authority, Fatah and the PLO inciting the use of vehicles in terror attacks from the past decade. The ones towards the bottom are the most recent and most violent in its intent.

 

Incitement for Vehicle Terror Attacks by PLO, Fatah and Palestinian Authority

Incitement for Vehicle Terror Attacks
by PLO, Fatah and Palestinian Authority

 

As is evidenced above these advertisements for terrorist acts using vehicles have gotten more polished and professional with time. There is also the incitement in children’s television shows and also on radio programs. The news reports on the terror attacks play up each attack as being committed by a proud and valued citizen of the Palestinian Authority and a role model for children and their funerals are turned into parades and great celebrations given to a lost hero of their revolution against the Zionist occupiers. And one more truth, the Zionist occupiers are every Israeli. Let us clarify, not every “settler” but every Israeli. When Mahmoud Abbas speaks of the occupation he claims that Haifa, Tel Aviv, Ashkelon, Ashdod, Eilat, Beersheva and all the rest of Israel as being occupied by the Zionists and as Palestine. He often states, even reported in Western media, that they consider all of the British Mandate as Palestine and the commentators in the media restate this as Abbas only meaning the West Bank, only Judea and Samaria, when they know just as we do that he means all of Israel. This is why he has stated that even when the two state solution is settled and the “peace” treaty signed; it will not bring an end to the popular protests against the rest of the occupation. It should be noted that popular protests actually means terror warfare and intifadas and other acts against Israel just as they use currently and they will continue to claim that they be funded by the world because there is still the remainder of the occupation. Trust us when we tell you the world will rush to write him more checks despite their own financial destitution because he is fighting the good fight, he is killing the Jews. Please prove us wrong but as he has received ever increasing amounts of funding as the Palestinian Arabs have murdered more Jews, is that simply coincidence or should more be read into this seeming correlation.

 

 

 

 

We have talked previously and given evidence of the morality of the Israeli Defense Force (IDF) with testimony from outside observers such as Colonel Richard Kemp. But there is always the academic who finds the evil lurking behind the IDF soldiers and their actions. Such was doctoral candidate Tal Nitzan from Hebrew University. Her research paper won a Hebrew University teachers’ committee prize for excellence. Her subject was to show that in the IDF that “the lack of organized military rape is an alternate way of realizing political goals.” Her paper explains, “In the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, it can be seen that the lack of military rape merely strengthens the ethnic boundaries and clarifies the inter-ethnic differences – just as organized military rape would have done.” Furthermore, she claims that because the Israeli IDF soldier sees the Palestinian women as less than human, they find them unsuitable as an object for rape. At no point does this excuse for academic research even briefly entertain the idea that the average IDF soldier might come from a community where rape is considered an unacceptable act. Nowhere is the recognized high moral conscience displayed throughout the IDF ever enter the mind of this researcher. One can only ask what kind of interaction she has had with the average Israeli and if she has had contact with Israelis, what could they have been and what might have led her to reach this completely insubstantially supportable conclusion.

 

There is a reason, a theory which might explain her reactions. Much of the IDF combat personnel are religious soldiers. Further, the Israeli public has been coming steadily more religious. The fastest growing sectors of the public are the Chassidim, the Traditional and the Religious Zionist. The Secular community still holds the majority of the highest positions in the IDF as well as in academia, judicial positions and many other power positions. They are feeling the pressure of the increasing numbers of religious soldiers who are taking the leadership and officers training courses and doing very well. The Military highest levels are attempting to protect the secular nature of the highest positions against what they see as an onslaught by religious hordes. The animosity between the secular with the religious can only be unhealthy and the religious are feeling unwanted and also are resentful of some of the conditions being foisted upon them in efforts to push them to choose their religion or the service by having mixed company functions, mixing women soldiers in combat companies formerly containing religious soldiers and the push-back in other fields is just as hard. The resistance is futile as within a decade, two at the most, the secular majority in the upper ranks will fold and the IDF will become a far more comfortable place for religious soldiers and this will make the IDF all the better for it.

 

But the anger between the secular against the religious community is often palpable. This is mostly in the singular direction as for the most part the religious are unable to understand why their needs are so difficult for their superiors to be accustom with and to accommodate. There is no religious disdain for the secular sector and most of the religious simply wish their secular brothers and sisters could understand and feel the joy they receive from their religious life. They see many of the problems and troubles apparent in the secular lifestyle and believe that a more religious life would benefit many secular Jews, but they largely keep such thoughts to themselves and not pressure the secular Jews to become religious. It is also their religious life which forbids their taking any immoral actions which obviously includes not raping the Palestinian women, nothing else. This was simply inconceivable for doctoral student Tal Nitzan which was made more than evident in her paper. From the reviews we can remember, Tal Nitzan was excessively dismissive of IDF and its increasingly religious flavor. This was a sad but definitive case of predetermination clouding reason forcing a slanting of a research paper. What is the saddest part is that Hebrew University faculty thought such a work was noteworthy and gave it a teachers’ committee prize for excellence.

 

And now let’s see something remarkable from an Arab woman’s own testimony which will allow us to conclude and make sense.

 

 

We can now tie everything together and have these disparate stories make sense. The slanted view of the IDF as evil and thus visualizing the lack of rapes by IDF soldiers as damning evidence of their dehumanizing their enemy and their women and not the exact opposite, the respect by IDF soldiers of all human beings as precious and worthy of respect, is simply an application of every suspicious belief by secularists that the religious are just as driven and consumed by sexual desires as are they. This was evidenced by the witness testimony of what initially appears to be a hysterical Arab woman but who is simply expressing something she witnessed which altered her life’s view of the world and the Jewish IDF soldiers. She probably had believed the stories and anti-Semitic incitement coming at her twenty-four hours a day seven days a week and when that IDF soldier entered their house, she probably expected him to start shooting everybody starting with the baby. When instead he shared food and water and then took the woman and baby along with the others to a safer location, this was a life altering event which she could not tell calmly as it was beyond believable; yet she witnessed it as it happened. The average Arab never has such a moment and continues with their belief that the Jews stole their homes and that there is no attachment of the Jews to the land of Israel. There is little hope that the incitement can be overcome as it would require each and every Arab to witness the kindness from a Jew and realize that what they were seeing was normative for the Jews and not a trick, which is what they would be told. Any kindness from the Jews is explained as a trick in an attempt to steal or gain undue advantage and Jewish kindness is to be suspect, not believed no matter how many examples one might witness. The Arabs are told that the Jews, the Israelis, are shooting their youth in the street for no reason and not because they are defending their own lives against attacks. They believe the Pallywood scenes which show the Jews murdering an innocent girl who was out picking flowers and then planting a knife and that this is the way of every case where a stabbing was the reason. Never is an Arab shot in the process of a terror attack; yet the same Arab will also be lauded as a martyr who died in an attack on Jewish Infidels. That is correct, he died attacking Jews but was murdered as an innocent and the knife placed beside him and both stories are celebrated equally and as valid. There are those Arabs who have learned the truth and now witness for Israel such as Walid Shoebat. Eventually the truth will out and the faster Israel becomes a nation of religious Jews, the sooner the truth will come through if for no other reason than that will end the tension and struggle pitting Jew against Jew, at least in Israel. As for the leftist Jews in the United States, well, they will not be Jews in another generation because already their children are mostly not considering themselves Jewish, or they are becoming religious and with a better than average chance of Zionist and will be in Israel and not the United States in the next quarter century. Things are soon to improve; and if the Western and developed world would cut off the flow of money to the Palestinian Authority, things would improve almost immediately. Once Abbas cannot pay off those protecting him, his days are over and then things will either improve or deteriorate catastrophically. Either way, the problem would then be solved definitively. Maybe then ISIS might be the next progenitor, though with the Palestinian Authority gone, ISIS too might very well evaporate into nothing more than the mist of horrific memory.

 

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March 9, 2017

The Grand Deal or Death by Consequences

 

Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu will do anything necessary to win himself his place in history. He sees that image as coming in the form of a Nobel Peace Prize which he plans on winning on the graves of thousands of Israelis, the majority being Jews of course. But there is another idea which if this is where Prime Minister Netanyahu is going, as he has gone this route before and each time Mahmoud Abbas came through in spades rejecting even the most advantageous of deals because he simply cannot allow anything offered by Israel in particular and the West in general, so Bibi is probably counting on this rejection to save Israel again. With Abbas having his life depend on his being as completely uncooperative as humanly possible, he will continue being uncooperative. When your entire society is built on rejectionism and the people are almost always at a fevered pitch on the verge of full mania, you cannot just turn the switch and they will become calm and understanding. This is the problem he and his allies from Fatah, the PLO and in the Palestinian Authority (PA) have caused. They built this engine of hatred and now they are simply riding the dragon hoping not to get eaten in the process. So this Grand Bargain, which it appears he has agreed to have Trump offer to the Arab World, mainly Saudi Arabia and the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) which includes the oil sheikdoms of Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, United Arab Emirates and considering adding Jordan plus the United States might include some more of the Arab League nations such as Egypt, Iraq, Lebanon and maybe also add Turkey though that might be a nation too far, is for the Arab world to press Abbas and we will watch Abbas reject them too. The Grand Bargain will be a promise from President Trump that the United States will defend from Iranian hostilities these nations and in turn they will dictate a settlement to Mahmoud Abbas and Israel will pull back probably to the Green Line with some moderations and possibly even land swaps making the Palestinian State of Palestine a reality. That is our best guess as to the Grand Deal which President Trump will try to sell in the Middle East, remember, this is his first rodeo here in the really wild, wild world of Arab fanaticism.

 

If Prime Minister Netanyahu is depending on the Arab League and the GCC states to reject this bargain then he may have a surprise coming but the ace in the hole is Mahmoud Abbas who even the Arab powers will be unable to budge. They crafted this monster Abbas to be uncooperative and they will see how well their handiwork has turned out. The other side of the equation is the Arab World. They observed with calm panic as President Obama sold Israel down the river and broke every understanding the Arab World had with Washington in order to create his new Hegemonic Iranian Monster (HIM). This HIM will become a nuclear power within a decade if they have not already started building a nuclear weapons stock with which to make themselves near to invulnerable to any outside influence and free to spread their Shia terror arms around the world starting in their own backyard, the Middle East. HIM had designs on the Saudi oil fields as well as the rest of the GCC wealth and knows that if they have the strength to devour the economic heart of the Arab League, they will be capable of replacing the Arab League with one large nation called Iran. The Mullahs of Iran are keyed on using HIM to reconstruct Persia and once again deal a deathblow to Greece except to them Rome is the new Athens and Paris, London, Berlin and Moscow are the other Greek City States and the area that HIM has designs on incorporating into their new world empire. Their conquests also include Israel though they are more likely to attempt to destroy Israel and turn it into a wasteland rather than fight any costly war on the ground. Their attack on Israel will come right before HIM attacks the United States. The Arab States will likely remember this betrayal and realize that Presidential promises are only as good as the length of that President in office and then it will be up to the next President to decide if they desire keeping any previous promises. They will know that somewhere down the line the United States will not be there as promised and will simply sell them out as too costly to defend or actively joining the other side, Iran in this case. Prime Minister Netanyahu may simply be waiting for this Grand Bargain to be rejected which is the most likely outcome. The only real question is how far the bargain will get before falling apart and failing.

 

Still this is a risky maneuver because such opportunities can turn out far different than one predicts. We would not desire to be anywhere near Prime Minister Netanyahu or the Likud Party if such a deal were made and it became the Israelis turn to fulfill their obligation to establish Palestine in Judea and Samaria and then face the Israeli public in the next elections. We can visualize the temper of such an election with Yitzhak “Bougie” Herzog and his Labor Party claiming that they are the solution to the mess Netanyahu created and can protect Israelis from the terror monster on our border with reason and cooperation with the United States and Meretz Party head Zehava Gal-On joining in on how the left has all the answers and mixed in somewhere will be the ever present and Prime Minister hopeful believing she is still relevant and owed her place as Prime Minister, Tzipi Livni, clamping onto probably Labor as her ticket to the Big Show. Hopefully the Israeli public will realize and remember this entire scenario was the left’s idea and we have been stuck with this two state solution monster since Peres and company brought it down on our heads with the Oslo Accords and all the violence and the Gaza debacle with it. But this will all depend on what the Religious Zionist Jewish Home Party offers up as an alternative along with Israel Beiteinu and Avigdor Lieberman claim to be offering.

 

Minister of Justice Ayelet Shaked

Minister of Justice Ayelet Shaked

 

There was that interesting bit of news from an interview with Ayelet Shaked, from the Jewish Home Party where she is currently the number two seat and holds the position of Minister of Justice in the current government, who voiced an interest in the future of potentially running for the top spot in Jewish Home and trying to become the first Jewish Home Party Prime Minister, or the second if Naftali Bennett should become their first Prime Minister. We fully support Ms. Shaked as she is a competent, intelligent, energetic and true religious Zionist with an emphasis on Zionist. We can even let the world in on a little secret, though Naftali Bennett was the initial draw for us to become members of the Jewish Home, Ms. Ayelet Shaked was another factor along with Uri Ariel and Eli Ben-Dahan and their platform of recognizing all of Israel as promised in the Mandate system and other treaties and papers. We would support any of these members of the Jewish Home and would further like Jewish Home to try and gain a wider reach by offering the olive branch to other Religious Zionist Parties as we are stronger together than we can ever be competing against one another. The dream of Israeli politics has always been combining like-minded shards to create a single faction, always the dream and seldom the reality. But the point is that should such a Grand Bargain the Likud Party would see many of its more Zionist members fleeing the party like rats from a doomed ship. The Likud would make the next Knesset but would be in no position to be the kingmaker and would simply be scurrying to gain whatever scraps were offered if they were even approached to be in any coalition. For who knows how long they would remain a stained and injured party but rehabilitation would start with the removal of Bibi Netanyahu as he would receive the blame for this Grand Bargain as President Trump would likely never have tried such without Prime Minister Netanyahu onboard. So, apparently Israel, if this Grand Bargain goes through, is once again counting on the Palestinians, this time along with the Arab World, to not miss this opportunity to miss an opportunity, something they have become known for doing. We will all have to wait and see what develops but the ball is in the Trump-Netanyahu side of the court in this dangerous game of doubles.

 

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