Beyond the Cusp

January 21, 2016

Stabbing the Heart of Israel

 

There are so many lies and falsehoods being sold as valid arguments, facts, realities and truths that it is difficult to choose just one or, once doing so, avoid straying to related lies and nearby fatal injurings of actualities that tempt and draw one to broaden the discussion. We will attempt to keep to the one horrific falsehood that has been sold as a valid reality and unarguable right for the Arabs that the vast majorities of people buy the deception as the foundation. The Arab claims to major or entire areas of Judea, Samaria and Benyamin, an area which includes not just Jerusalem but the burial places of the Patriarchs and Matriarchs of the Jewish People, the city which housed the Arc of the Covenant and served as the Israelites’ capital city and the main place for the priests, Mount Ebal to Mount Gerizim: From Cursed to Blessed* and the sites of numerous critical battles and miracles which, no matter the empty guarantees which will prove unenforceable. There exist no United Nations peacekeepers who have ever remained, including those from the United States in the Sinai Peninsula right before the Six Day War who fled as demanded by the Egyptians, to protect fronts or historic holy sites once challenged. As such, there exist no guarantees enforcing Israeli rights of visits to the Tomb of Joseph, the Tomb of Rachael and soon the Cave of the Patriarchs as the Arabs are building illegal buildings to surround and close off these locations, amongst the highest of holy sites in all Judaism. Using encouragement from and financial assistance from European governments, NGOs, charities and even wealthy individuals assisting the cutting off of this holiest of holy sites from Jewish ability to visit and at which to pray, the Arabs are finishing another project to remove the Jews from all the lands and its holies places.

 

*Deuteronomy 11:29

“It shall come about, when the LORD your God brings you
into the land where you are entering to possess it, that you
shall place the blessing on Mount Gerizim
and the curse on Mount Ebal.”

 
 
The basic claim which is a complete falsehood from top to bottom, left to right, front to back is that all they want is the lands stolen from them, just 22% of the land, just our rightful 22% free of any Jewish pollution, contamination, infestation and just about every insult one might think up. There are numerous groups many of which support the BDS (Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions) movement which is attempting to impose financial destruction upon Israel just as the world had done to South Africa over Apartheid. Their claim is that Israel acts just like South Africa did because they are an Apartheid country in occupation of Arab lands which were taken by force in an offensive war by Israeli colonizers. They propose that the Jews have no connection to the lands and that the Arabs are the aboriginal peoples from whom the Jews forced them into secondary status citizens. They claim they were the Canaanites or the Philistines or that they came to these lands and settled them many thousands of years ago and were the very first inhabitants. Unfortunately for the Arabs none of these propositions holds even a single grain of truth.

 

The Arabs came to reside in the area soon after the first Zionists arrived and the land began to prosper and there was employment. In the area after World War II the British also began moving Arabs into the area in an effort to keep the Jewish population a minority such that the Jewish State could never meet the requirement for the Jews to have a majority in the lands and thus claim to be ready for statehood. The British plan would have continued to work just as it had since the establishment of the Mandate to create a Jewish State from the Mandate Lands. That was the original intent for the British Mandate. But by the time it came for fulfilling this obligation, the British proposed, and the powers drawing up the new maps after the end of the Ottoman empire and the Austrian-Hungarian Empire and basically setting up the national states both in the Middle East and Eastern Europe, agreed to the British forming, and this part is crucial, an Arab State for the Arabs residing in the British Mandate Lands on the lands east of the Jordan River, on 78% of the area, leaving the 22% of the lands west of the Jordan River for the Jewish State once the Jews were a sufficient percentage of the population. The requirement was not for the Jews to be the majority but only capable of forming a state, the make-up of that state would develop over time. The British decided to define, being able to form a state, as the Jews being the majority population; something the British controlled as they were the officials granting Jews entrance to the lands which they always kept to a minimum or even closing the borders all but completely. During much of World War II the British limited Jewish emigration to the Mandate lands to 75,000 for the five years from 1939 through 1944. This was during the worst years of the extermination of the Jews in the concentration camps and the Jews were desperate for a place to run to and the only place which could have fulfilled an obligation for the formation of a Jewish State had such a restriction in place and even made the paperwork so onerous that not even the 75,000 were even granted passage. What makes this criminal, though not technically, but most certainly morally, was that the Nazis original plan was to send the Jews back to their ancient lands which were the British Mandate lands and the British blocked this as a favor to the Arabs who still desired to have themselves given another state west of the Jordan River which would have merged with Jordan as soon as the British left and more likely than not expelled the Jews from the lands west of the Jordan River just as had been done East of the Jordan River. So the Arabs desired to be granted their claims to the lands west of the Jordan River which made up 22% of the British Mandate as the lands east of the Jordan River, as noted previously, made up 78% of the Mandate lands.

 

This claim to demanding 22% of lands, meaning all of the lands west of the Jordan River, is exactly what Mahmoud is still demanding right now. When he claims to only want the rightful 22% of the lands, he means the rest of the British Mandate. When people claim he means only the areas that Jordan called the West Bank, Mahmoud Abbas nods his head much like a bobble head doll in the back window of a car on an Annapolis cobble stone street. When Abbas speaks to the Palestinians he lets his true intentions out and tells them they will not settle for anything less than their rightful 22%, the entirety of the remainder of the British Mandate. When he claims that Jerusalem will be the Capital City of the Palestinian State, he means all of Jerusalem and a state on all the lands west of the Jordan River. Palestinian leadership has twice been offered a State on over 95% of the West Bank with all of Gaza, providing Hamas allows such and does not claim their own little fiefdom, once to Arafat and the other to Abbas, with land swaps compensating for the remaining amount and with its capital city in East Jerusalem and has turned it down both times. The Palestinians could have had their state at almost any time if they would accept a deal which meant sharing the lands with a Jewish State living side-by-side in peace and security. When Abbas is allowed to state what he is willing to accept to end the terrorist violence, his answer is always the cryptic, “All of Palestine.” He means the lands west of the Jordan River to the Mediterranean Sea. Whenever he is forced to reply in an agreeable compromise which the Europeans claim is acceptable and will be a Peace agreement, Abbas claims that such is acceptable as long as the Arab Palestinians are permitted to protest their loss of any lands to the Jews by which he is saying that the Arab Palestinians are to continue their terror war against the accursed Jews until they surrender the entire land to the Arabs as all lands belong to the Arabs, to the Muslims.

 

Word of warning to those Muslims who believe they are safe from the Arab demand that the entire world be Muslim, they do not actually include non-Arab Muslims. Once the Muslims create their global caliphate and all the kafirs have converted or been executed by beheading or whatever is convenient, then they will begin to purify the Muslim world in order to perfect the Muslim faith and dealing with those Muslims which are not pure. Ever wonder what they mean by pure? They mean Arab Muslims and then they mean each tribe fighting until they have purified Islam to that one tribe and then the clans will clash and in the end there can be only one true Muslim, the last human being on Earth. The Palestinians see no end to the fight to make the world safe for Arab Islam, be that Shiite or Sunni, something being discussed in Syria at the moment. For those who doubt the validity of the purification plans of the Arab Muslims simply ask why there has been no allying with the Kurdish Muslims by their Arab brothers. Yes, that’s right; they are impure Muslims as they are Kurdish and are refusing to live under Arab oppressions. If they refuse to share a small amount of lands with their Kurdish brothers in arms, what makes one believe that they would be treated any different.

 

Another little item is the refusal of any pro-Palestinian, meaning pro-Arab Palestinian, groups in the Western World refuse to debate anyone and defend their argument? Don’t believe me, try to set one up with any of the plethora of pro-Arab Palestinians, they often call themselves simply pro-Palestinian but in their heads they are saying Arab Palestinian, to debate a proponent for Israel and the right of the Jews to their homelands. They will not debate, they might agree and then arrange a demonstration which will disrupt the debate and never allow the Zionist to speak. On all too many campuses throughout the Western World no pro-Israel or pro-Zionist speaker is permitted to speak unless he can calm and eject the overly abundant hecklers demanding they be given equal time to rant. No such demonstration interrupts George Galloway, who refuses to debate Israelis as they cheat and win unfairly and practice other black arts such as quoting international law and that is just no basis for an argument which allows the Jewish People to have an autonomous state in their ancient homelands because, well, they’re Jews, you know (see below for his explanation). The recipe for a fair and unbiased debate is the Muslims for Palestine debating the Jew for Palestine with the while anybody representing the Jews for Israel are laughed at as they are run from the area with threats of all sorts, some actually illegal as it is oddly against the law to threaten to murder somebody, yes, even if they are Jewish.

 

 

 

 

The pro-Palestinians insist that when it comes to the situation in Israel that only they are permitted to speak and inform the world of the rightfulness of the Arab argument and the wrongheadedness of the Jewish State idea. There will be a speaker or many speakers who will speak of ethnic cleansing as if Islam is an ethnicity like being a Jew or an Arab or French, English, Turkish or Egyptian. Then there will be the claim that the Jews have been steadily and consistently killing the Palestinian refugees by refusing to allow them to work, leave the refugee camps and simply killing them. This is why since the 1949 Armistice the numbers of Arab Palestinian Refugees had gone from the original approximately half to three quarters of a million to the current five to six million. The Jews must be doing one really lousy job of murdering them off and preventing their numbers from increasing. Of course the Arab Palestinian Refugees are the only refugees to have their own private and equally inefficient United Nations agency called UNWRA (United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East) which maintains the rule that if either of your parents are an Arab Palestinian Refugee then you are an Arab Palestinian Refugee which is why the great grandchildren of an original Arab Palestinian Refugee are also counted as Arab Palestinian Refugees. Arab Palestinian Refugees are the only refugees whose only permissible place of resettlement is within Israel. This explains why there are Arab Palestinian Refugee Camps in places like Jordan, Syria (well, not since Bashir al-Assad leveled the camp with barrel bombs and artillery murdering thousands of Palestinian refugees but this was of minor concern to the media as this was Arab on Arab violence and did not include the Israelis in any manner so move along. There are more Arab Palestinian Refugee Camps in Lebanon. Then there are Arab Palestinian Refugee Camps in, wait for it, Gaza outside Gaza City and throughout places under Arab Palestinian control parts of Judea and Samaria where they are not permitted many of the freedoms the Arab Palestinian enjoy living right outside the camp. Further, these refugee camps do not have rows of tents but instead they have apartment buildings often surrounded by high fences and barbed wire such that these Arab refugees are not permitted such freedoms. In some locations they are forbidden from attending college and are permitted only the most menial of jobs if they are permitted to work at all. They are denied citizenship and are left to be used as a political tool to overwhelm Israel with Arab refugees and thus subsume Israel making it the Arab Muslim State and as soon as they are empowered the Jews cannot be permitted to stay on the lands. Whether they leave or not is not the question because there will be an immediate reaction once the Palestinians are permitted to take control of Israel and then disband the Israeli defense forces and using the licensing information on firearms ownership take all the guns from all the Israeli Jews, then rename the nation Arab only Palestine and no longer allow the Jews to live above the ground but six feet under the ground in their own tiny residence would be acceptable.

 

Just to set the record straight, after Israel got her independence the Arab and Muslim world forced over three-quarters of a million Jews out of their homes, businesses and taken their wealth to assist the governments for some reason or purpose, it was never clear, and they mostly went to Israel as other nations were not so accepting. Were these Jews placed in refugee camps to languish and produce more Jewish refugees to also languish in the camps eventually to be resettled who know where? No, the Jewish refugees were incorporated into Jewish lives and as Israeli citizens. There are no Jewish refugees residing in camps, just happy and productive Israelis. Meanwhile the Arab Palestinian leadership with the blessings of the Arab nations continue to demand their 22% of the land, the rest of the land would be more accurate, and demanding that the Jews return to the nations from which they came, except for the ones who used to reside in their Arab lands as they will need to go elsewhere. Odds are that many of the lands from whence the Jews came would also not welcome them back as they have Syrian refugees to start to integrate into their already unassimilated Muslim communities. The strangest of all maladies is the, “What do we do with those Jews,” malady. When they are in the midst of the rest of the world they are demanded to go to Israel, also known as where you people belong and not amongst us grander people and when they are residing in Israel they are told that they do not have any right to that land or any homeland. Add that Germany resumed printing Mein Kampf, but with notes about how wrongheaded it was and how the author was not exactly sane. I am sure these added commentaries will prevent anybody from taking the wrong message from reading the howling cries of a madman. Did we mention that Mein Kampf also became an instant best seller? Who’d have thunk that? We mean it is not like Europe was once again turning to flaming anti-Semitism, oh, wait, yes they are. The Foreign Minister of Sweden Margot Wallstrom has no idea how she got preferential treatment for housing in the capital getting a luxurious apartment but she is certain that the Jews are mucking it up wherever they happen to be. She has nothing against Jews as long as they are far, far away and that does not include allowing them to reside and have their own nation. Foreign Minister of Sweden Margot Wallstrom would not be so odious except that even if she was forced from office there are still so many who have minded their words who are still in positions where they likely are causing Israel more harm than Margot Wallstrom ever could. One example from the past has the conversation between Sarkozy when he was President of France and President of the United States Barack Obama spoofed in the image below, but it really was no laughing matter. Then French President Nicolas Sarkozy told President Obama, “I can’t look at him [Netanyahu] anymore, he’s a liar.” In response to this Obama retorted to Sarkozy, “You’ve had enough of him, but I have to deal with him every day.”

 

 

Sarkozy and Obama discussing Netanyahu and by so all of Israel

 

 

There is no lack of politicians, NGOs and governments who work to destroy the Jewish State of Israel simply because it is Jewish and at the same time complain to the Jews that they cannot protect them from the many haters who in Europe have begun to attack synagogues and Yeshivas (Jewish schools). In Malmo the situation has gotten so dangerous that the 4,000 souls which made up the Jewish community just five years ago now numbers under 500 souls. Malmo will soon be devoid of Jews as will an increasing number of cities which used to support rather large Jewish communities. The Jews in Europe have been seeing the signs in ever increasing numbers with many of the Jews fleeing to Israel and for those Jews we would love to welcome them home. If this were the end of the story, that would be a happy note with a happily ever after tinge. But it is not the end.

 

There is still a large Jewish community spread throughout the United States though it is concentrated in the larger cities, especially in the northeast of the nation. These Jews are currently not feeling the heat. This does not mean there is no heat, it just means they are happy in their ignorance and it has yet to reach proportions where it becomes undeniable except Jews are very good at willful blindness and deafness. Many American Jews even when confronted with undeniable anti-Semitism will discount it so they can continue believing as the Germans Jews of the Weimer Republic had before them constantly believing despite the signs, “It can’t happen here.” The problem with that attitude is that it stands contradicted by reality and the rise of anti-Semitism in the United States. Is it at levels anywhere near as bad as in Europe, not yet, but it will get there within the next decade. Will the American Jews realize the danger they will be facing as it continues to mount and the attacks on Synagogues, Yeshivas and increasing attacks on Jewish businesses, homes and individuals. No, not even if they themselves are the victim of such a crime, it will be sloughed off as a rare and unlikely scenario and never the true sign of an increasing problem. The majority of the generation who could have sounded the alarms when they saw such signs have almost all passes and the rest of the Jews pretty much avoid history all together, let alone learning from it. No, seventy, eighty, possibly ninety percent will wait until it is too late to get out safely. When we returned to home and Israel has proven to be just that, a homeland where we feel at home, only a few people understood, a very few, but one was Rabbi who showed honest glee at our decision and joined those welcoming our choice. We kidded about how Rabbi was actually happy to be rid of his gadfly but we both know he had grown to really like us though our initial melding to the community took time and Rabbi was somewhat distressed with our overly conservative views. What warmed him was a confusion he felt when he and I saw eye to eye on issues though for somewhat different reasons. We suspect Rabbi knew we would be more comfortable in Israel and he was right. The American Jews will continue to tell themselves that those people doing these things are not the majority nor will they ever represent the majority forgetting that the Nazis were a minority and we now know that a dedicated minority can hijack an entire nation and half the continent will go with you even if you don’t believe you can just as long as you claim to have a plan. The time is approaching and this is all part of Hashem’s plans to bring his children home to Eretz Yisroel and the current violence and political oppressions are His challenge for us to overcome and the answer is simple and can be expressed in a single world, Torah.

 

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December 11, 2015

Once Again the Discussion is How to Satiate Mahmoud Abbas

 

Israeli President Reuven Rivlin, a presumably apolitical position of honoraria, told reporters on Wednesday after his meeting with United States President Barack Obama that during discussions the American leader expressed strong, almost obsessive concern over the future of Palestinian Authority (PA) and its leader, chairman Mahmoud Abbas, the man President Obama apparently bases all efforts to attain peace upon and his being sated. Fears that this may be impossible, considering the light of the disconnect with Israel, was the President’s main concern. Remarkably the discussion with an Israeli leader through whom President Obama could deliver a message to Israeli Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu centered on fears for the Chairman of the PA, Mahmoud Abbas, and made his being satisfied and aided in preventing any damage which may threaten the continued ability for the PA to hold its power and control over the lands it has under semi-autonomous rule apparently, in President Obama’s world, is a problem Israel is responsible for preserving. The problem is that Chairman Abbas has recently and by all possible measures, been giving himself and the other officials plus his security personnel and at different but overlapping times made comments or orders of actions which have served to inflame the situation even further escalating the ongoing intifada which bothers the United States President, not.

 

The use of the hashtag {#so_what}, as we mentioned in yesterday’s article Stabbing Their Way to a State we also provided the Palestinian Media Watch {PMW} video half way down the article where a very young little girl who at every cue yells the hashtag, social media and publically chanted in the streets of ‘so-what’ as a response implying the necessity to continue the stabbing and vehicular assaults in attempts to make that seminal mass slaughter on the level of Paris if only the right conditions present themselves; otherwise they will continue to carry out solo attacks always with the hope that other Arabs who call themselves Palestinians in the area will join the attack making a chain reaction which leads to the general mayhem and more murders.

 

 

President Reuven Rivlin on Wednesday during his meeting at the White House with United States President Barack Obama where the American President expressed concern over the future of Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas in light of the disconnect with Israel.

President Reuven Rivlin on Wednesday during
his meeting at the White House with United States
President Barack Obama where the American President
expressed concern over the future of Palestinian Authority
Chairman Mahmoud Abbas in light of the disconnect with Israel.

 

 

Where is the man of peace? The Pope’s Angel of Peace? The Europeans’ greatest hope to tame the Jew; to tame Israel, to correct the mistake from 1920, the promise from San Remo Conference which formalized the Balfour Declaration into International Law adopted by the United Nations under Article 80 of its Charter. End the place where a Jew can and will defend themselves with guns and aircraft and ships and tanks and live under their own government. Bring back the ‘Good Jew,’ the ‘Passive Jew,’ the ‘Defenseless Jew.’ The anti-Semitism has started to surface disguised previously as anti-Israel, meaning the government and not the Jews, just the rule of the only Jewish nation predominantly by Jews, that is the problem; or anti-Zionist, against the Jew standing proud of their state and actually willing to defend themselves and use the same weapons previously reserved for their betters, their oppressors who could assist the Jew in his being compliant, being behaved, tamed. This is what leads so many to make the differentiation between terror by Arabs against Jews and the terror, if targeted, to what are considered regular people, real terrorism as compared to the Arab Palestinians desperation which forces them to resort to violence. And who causes their desperation? Israel does, the Jews do and that is why the Jews deserve the terror aimed at Israel while any other terror is mad destruction beyond any reason against purely innocent individuals.

 

And what has been the most visual vision of the Prince of Peace, the Hero of Europe Mahmoud Abbas, he has declared every attack as blessed, every injured or killed Arab attacker as a Martyr, the blood spilled he claims is holy blood for the al-Aqsa Mosque. His perfidy is plain for all to see in this Middle East Media Research Institute {MEMRI} translates his words for all wishing to view the reality, the truth of their man of peace, this Mahmoud Abbas, or under his nom de guerre, Abu Mazen.

 

 

 

 

And more lies from the man of piece, this piece of land, that piece of land, every piece of land, just not peace over the lands so people can live normal lives, but then again, he does not know normal; he knows only lies and propaganda such as you murdered our innocent child. This innocent child committed an act of terror and suffered severe injuries but survived and was treated at an Israeli hospital as can be viewed below.

 

 

 

 

Mahmoud Abbas has made some of the most outrageous statements recently included but not limited to declaring that Israel had Jews who were ready to overwhelm the Muslims and enter the al-Aqsa Mosque and were preparing to conduct those Jewish Satanic services and making the al-Aqsa Mosque impure and desecrated. This broadcast came after his severe warnings about the so-called trampling the al-Aqsa Mosque by the Jews with their filthy feet which as can be seen in the following viewed in the video below.

 

 

 

 

Additional effrontery comes from the mouths of the elite of western democracies, the nations who claim to be multi-cultural, multi-ethnic and the most openly accepting of all peoples. This definition is apparently only applied to those minorities in the population much as women (53% of the population and the leading gender sensitivity victims) who have their priorities such as they are, yet all sorts of people, even ones you would less suspect, will be the leaders in denouncing one peoples solely because they hold the oldest of all libels, anti-Semitism.

 

Some of such prima facie evidence of blatant anti-Semitisms by simply calling out Jews or judging Israel by a separate set of criteria came fast and furious after the Friday the 13th attacks of last November leading off with United States Secretary of State John Kerry who commented about the horrific murders saying, “There’s something different about what happened from Charlie Hebdo, and I think everybody would feel that. There was a sort of particularized focus and perhaps even a legitimacy in terms of – not a legitimacy, but a rationale that you could attach yourself to somehow and say, okay, they’re really angry because of this and that. This Friday was absolutely indiscriminate. It wasn’t to aggrieve one particular sense of wrong. It was to terrorize people.”

 

But the American Secretary of State John Kerry was far from alone in his finding a separate set of rules for the Charlie Hebdo and Hyper Cacher terror murders from the Friday 13th terror murders from last month. Gérard Araud, the French Ambassador to the United States made a somewhat similar differentiation when he stated, “These are the foundations of our model of society that the terrorists seek to destroy: Yesterday journalists and Jews; now ordinary citizens whose only crime was to enjoy life on a Friday night in Paris.”

 

Another politician whose language presumably is more measured, we have another Foreign Minister, Margot Wallstrom, a Swedish Social Democrat who linked the Paris massacre to the Palestinian conflict by remarking, “To counteract the radicalization, we must go back to the situation such as the one in the Middle East of which not the least the Palestinians see that there is no future: We must either accept a desperate situation or resort to violence.”

 

Back in 1980 when a bomb exploded next to the Paris liberal Synagogue in the Rue Copernic, amongst those killed were three passers-by. Raymond Barre, Prime Minister at the time, suggested that the murderers hit the wrong targets when he said that it was “a scandalous attack which wanted to hit Jews who were in the synagogue and hit innocent Frenchmen who were crossing Copernic Street.” He added that these people were killed despite lack of any connection to “this issue” upon which author Claude Lanzmann called Barre an anti-Semite.

 

Reaching back we find a similar strain of anti-Semitism when in 2011 after a lone terrorist, Anders Breivik, killed seventy-seven people in Norway. The then Norwegian Ambassador to Israel, Svein Sevje, implied that Palestinian terror against Israelis is more justified than terror against Norwegians.

 

Allow us to have this closing video which is a combination of some pertinent and necessary commentary from across the board from Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu to Denis Prager to Rania Fadel, a Stand With Us Volunteer to Danny Ayalon all discussing truths often left from the argument as these truths describe the realities on the Israeli side of the war zone. The world tends to discount the traumas and loss of security living within easy rocket range from Gaza and the Hamas, Islamic Jihad and sundry other Arab terror groups presumably now with Islamic State funded forces added to the ample funding from Iran, but the suffering and threat to their lives is just as real as are the actions of Hamas et al to the Palestinians as Hamas gains when there is death, destruction and carnage on either side, in Israel dead and homeless Jews and in Gaza dead and homeless Palestinians to parade before the obliging World Media who get out exactly the story Hamas demands from them to be permitted to report from Gaza. Unlike Israel where the media report openly and can question to the point of hounding any IDF general or Knesset Minister until they break and give a curt, sharp and short response as nerves and patience run out and then they have their news story while they report from Gaza what Hamas allows and nothing else or they face being thrown from a building of Arab stringers to banning their news reports from Gaza, thus everybody plays by Hamas’s rules and allows their editing so as to continue reporting. Our final video is below.

 

 

 

 

In summation we can easily witness that the Arab-Israeli, or Palestinian-Israeli, conflict is an intractable and impossible conflict to resolve. Where Israel has offered complete and viable solutions to the conflict; the Arab leadership, whether it is the Arab League or Yasser Arafat or Mahmoud Abbas, there can be no solution because all of these entities agree upon one truth, they favor a one state solution, an Arab state free of any Jews. Mahmoud Abbas repeatedly demands that any and all Palestinian lands will be Judenrein, emptied of any Jews. Abbas has also never hidden the fact that even were he to ever accept a two state solution, such an agreement cannot include the end to all conflict as he has sworn to continue the fight until all of Palestine has been freed from the River to the Sea; he could not make it any more clear. He will only settle for replacing Israel, not residing side by side in peace and security.

 

 

Royal Families Picture the Obamas and the Erdoğans Pictured from Left to Right Emine Erdoğan, Michelle Obama, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, President Barack Hussein Obama

Royal Families Picture the Obamas and the Erdoğans
Pictured from Left to Right Emine Erdoğan, Michelle Obama,
President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, President Barack Hussein Obama

 

 

In the mean time we can look around the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) and observe the complete disaster which has replaced the old leaders often for anarchy, chaos, death and suffering. Syria and Iraq have dissolved into a Sunni against Shiite war with the added Baathists behind Bashir al-Assad fighting to regain his rule. In the north of both Syria and Iraq we find the Kurds who are deserving of that homeland promised them by the British at the end of World War I. This was before oil was discovered around Mosul making for a reassessment of promises and an estimate of who could permit the best possible deal on that oil and as they already had a generous agreement with the Iraqi leaders of the age. Looking further westward we find Tunisia holding to their fingernail grip on free and open governance, which gives them an advantage over Libya which has completely devolved into tribal factions each with their own territories. Back in the Middle East we have Turkey which has been steadily devolved from the secular and dynamic governance where the keepers of the democracy were the military into a strongman Islamic governance with cronyism as its political power all vested in a man rather than in the law. Turkey has devolved from a land ruled by laws to one ruled by a ruthless dictator who is removing any and all opposition. This dictator’s name is Recep Tayyip Erdogan whose rule was in danger of being challenged and his government dissolved by the military back in the early 2000 to 2005 range but President George W. Bush and the European Union demanded that the military which was tasked by the Turkish Constitution with guarding the democracy from extremists from performing their task as it was claimed that no modern Western nations had such rules and if Turkey was ever expecting to be permitted entry into the European union they should refrain from such tawdry affairs. The Turkish military took their message to heart and Erdogan the dictator soon followed ending the chance that Turkey would remain a modern and secular nation. Now it is just a matter of time before Erdogan cements his rule at the expense of Turkey’s future, especially as he has replaced these General who had attempted to replace Erdogan and his government. These Generals have been forced to retire or otherwise been drummed from power leaving all the power now completely resting with Erdogan. He has neutered all of the upper officer’s corps replacing them with his own chosen lackeys protecting Erdogan from being removed from power or challenged in any manner much to the dismay of many a secular Turk. Though there are very few who may still fight the good fight, I doubt their chances for success. Such is the spreading mood outside Turkey where there had been hope for freedoms but is lost wherever the Muslim Brotherhood is capable of advancing their form of Sharia. The die has been cast and it is just a matter of time before we realize what was cast; now it is but a matter of time before we see the results we shall reap the ills spread across MENA.

 

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September 27, 2015

When the Good Are Leaderless

 

This week has proven how absolutely horrific the world scene can turn when the Western governments are leaderless and not only do not have a policy but don’t even have a clue. The United States State Department has released statements explaining their expectations that Secretary of State Kerry will hold meetings with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif during the ceremonies this week at the United Nations to discuss the situation in Syria, to discuss what role the United States might play towards stabilizing the situation and combatting the Islamic State. This is the end result of Washington leading from behind. The full ramifications has yet to even begin to play out as to the far reaching effects of the surrender of any leading role by the United States over the past six plus years of the Obama foreign policy. Further tokens being cashed due to the lack of American presence, let alone leadership, will be the handing of seventy-five Russian tanks from Syrian forces to Hezballah in order for the latter to form a core around which to build an armored division. These tanks will be T-55 and T-72 models which make them outdated compared with the United States Abrams or the more modern Israeli Merkava IV tanks currently deployed by the two Western militaries, but when compared to no such force these are a definitive step up towards fulfilling the Hezballah desire to field heavy armor units. Further there are plans for Russian and Iranian tank commanders to train Hezballah in the best tactics and use of these assets. This news comes fast on the heels of Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu meeting with Russian President Putin in Moscow where Netanyahu received Putin’s guarantee that Russian forces currently being deployed in Syria were there to provide a positive influence and not to alter the balance of power. This news of the gifting of heavy main battle tanks, no matter how dated, to Hezballah is not what one might call having no deleterious effects on the current balance of power.

 

United States Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Wendy Sherman, top American negotiator for the Iranian nuclear deal, was quoted according to The Associated Press on Friday that the Obama administration is ready to open a dialogue with Iran about the situation in Syria. This comes on the heels with an Administration signaling their readiness to soften their position on the requirement for Bahir al-Assad to be removed from power in any progress in ending the carnage on the ground in Syria. Additionally the Administration has fully admitted their having no priorities nor plans for addressing the Islamic State and that the United States was taking a back seat and simply providing assistance behind the clearer vision provided by Iran and Russia as to what will be the most advantageous manner in which to address the Islamic State. Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov reportedly made it patently clear to America in the past that their assisting in taking the lead in fighting the Islamic State was predicated on their continued support for al-Assad and that the United States demands for his removal were a dead issue. It now appears that the Obama Administration is ready and willing to surrender on this issue and will be satisfied to once again to lead from behind.

 

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has made it clear previously stating, “The United States’ ‘obsession’ with Assad isn’t helping in the common fight against the threat from Islamic State… People put the fate of one person whom they hate above the fight against terrorism. Islamic State can go ‘very far’ unless stopped, and air strikes alone are not going to do the trick. If people continue to acquiesce with what is going on and continue to acquiesce with those who categorically refuse to start the political process until Bashar Assad disappears, then I’m not very optimistic for the future of this region…”

 

 

Storm Brewing and Time to Ride the Storm Out

There is a Storm Brewing and the Time Has Come to Simply Ride the Storm Out

 

 

That is as straight a manner of stating that in Syria things will be done as benefits Russia if anything is to be done with their taking the lead. This was as definitive a ‘my way or the highway’ get ‘out of town’ reading of the riot act and exactly what can be expected from President Putin as a reaction to the complete lack of United States initiative. This lack of United States policy is a large part responsible for why Egypt and Israel have both had to meet with Russia’s Putin to receive any assurances that the plans for the Middle East were not planning on eclipsing their future and stake in the Middle East and Northern Africa. Still, this lack of leadership by the United States will leave Israel in a compromised position for as long as she remains beholden to the United States as her life raft. Perhaps it would have been wiser for Israel to have read the tea leaves and departed Obama back when doing so had advantages which are no longer in play.

 

 

 

 

The best path left for Israel is to watch the upcoming elections in the United States with great interest and care and plan for either eventuality when the results are in. It would be unwise to aggravate an already untenable and shaky situation any further and probably best to attempt to prevent any further daylight to come between the allies and hope to ride the storm out. In the meantime Prime Minister Netanyahu should prepare to defend his attitude when opposition forces within the Israeli government such as Yair Lapid make as much out of this delicate balancing act. The one advantage for Netanyahu is that the Israeli electorate more than likely trust Lapid even less than they do Bibi. The one truth is that Bibi has attached his wagon to the United States and declared his decision to ride out the remaining year and a half in order to see what makes its way into the White House starting January of 2017. Bibi is betting that closer relations will become presentable with the next administration and the Israeli public appears to be along for the ride for now. This could result in a bumpy ride and make for an interesting next election cycle in Israel. Until then it is batten down the hatches and keep on riding the storm out.

 

Beyond the Cusp

 

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