Beyond the Cusp

May 16, 2016

Anti-Semitism and America

 

When people speak of anti-Semitism they normally talk about the Middle East, Europe or the Islamic lands of North Africa. If you were to claim that the anti-Semitism in the United States is actually worse you would likely be laughed out of the conversation if not the room. The problem is that you would be right in many senses of the word. The anti-Semitism in the Arab and Islamic worlds is obvious and has so few Jews on which to load such hatreds they simply aim at Israel, the new anti-Semitism which is also known as anti-Zionism or anti-Israelism. In Europe you are speaking of a similar case as most European nations outside France and Britain have negligible Jewish population on which to target their hatred so they too place their hatreds on Israel. But in the United States there are almost six-million Jews, only Israel possesses more Jews. The truth is that the vast majority of these Jews live in the ten to twenty largest cities and thus in much of the United States Jew hatred is also fixated on Israel. Where there are Jews to target they have temporarily taken a back seat to hatred of Israel but that will not last forever. Ask any Jewish student who is pro-Israel and attends one of the main liberal bastions of higher education such as the Ivy Leagues Universities, the California University System, CUNY, and any university where the BDS groups have sway and are supported by a sizeable number of professors or entertain Israel Apartheid Week or Naqba Day celebrations (which would have taken place last week and the coming week as yesterday was Israeli Independence Day outside of Israel where the Gregorian calendar is used and thus also Naqba Day. Do not accept this falsehood as the real Naqba was when the French and British Mandates divided greater Syria and those Muslim Arabs in the British Mandate feared they would be prevented from visiting Damascus which was where they were to make their Haj instead of to Mecca, a leftover from times when Mecca was blocked from the Muslims who resided in what are today Jordan, Syria, Lebanon, Iraq, Turkey and surrounding areas as they were ruled by the wrong type of Muslim, a Umayyad Dynasties before they conquered Medina and Mecca.

 

If you are a pro-Israel or religious Jew studying on an American university campus where they had Naqba Day un-celebrations, as how can one celebrate a catastrophe, then you likely already understand anti-Zionism and anti-Israelism are simply other faces of anti-Semitism as you have probably faced the fallout from these events and hate-fests. The sticking point in all of these organizations and groups who arrange these fiascos, where truth has no bearing and lies flow as truths, is their funding comes almost directly, if not directly, from the PLO or Hamas which both get the lion’s share of their monies from European nations and the United States as well as the United Nations which is largely funded by European nations and the United States. The main funnel through which these funds flow comes directly from the United States State Department which is almost always first in line in efforts to destroy the Jewish State. Such should not surprise anybody as the State Department took the lead in advising President Truman not to vote in favor of the partition plan in the General Assembly and then pressed harder along with the Pentagon to immediately invoke an arms embargo on the new Jewish State. It was fairly well known that the Arab League was going to refuse any partition plan as they were preparing for an all-out war to destroy the Jewish State and murder the Jews as soon as the British retreated from their remaining Mandate lands leaving them to the Jewish state and the Arabs to determine what would be what. The ensuing war which is often misnamed Israel’s War of Independence when in all truth it was Israel’s War of Survival which she won but in which she lost lands of Gaza, now in the hands of Hamas and its terrorist compadres, and Judea and Samaria which Jordan annexed illegally and renamed West Bank. These are the lands which in 1967 were liberated from Egypt and Jordan and in August 2005 Gaza was relented to the Arab Palestinian Authority (PA) which soon thereafter lost it to Hamas. The rest of the claims by the Arabs under the auspices of the PA which is the de-terrorized entity which replaced the PLO which was founded in 1964 by Yasser Arafat and Mahmoud Abbas with the assistance of the Soviet Union through the KGB which had as its charter the destruction of Israel as in 1964 there was no occupied lands other than Israel inside the pre-1967 borders, also called the Green Line. These are just a few of the lies portrayed as Israeli Apartheid and war crimes despite the fact that no criminal acts have ever been adjudicated in the appropriate world courts such as the International Criminal Court as those who claim that Israel has committed such crimes also know that they have no credible case to bring before an actual judicial board of international adjudicators. If any of these anti-Semites believed for even an instant that they had a valid case they would be before the world court system in a heartbeat and the fact they rely on propaganda rather than presenting factual charges is further proof they have no substance behind their claims.

 

 

Burning Israel Star of David

 

 

But this has not prevented their subverting young minds with the willing assistance from professors of Middle Eastern Affairs which are almost universally funded by Saudi Arabia and the Gulf oil states placing their own chosen professor in these departments. These departments support every other liberal cause even if they are revolted by these acts. They support women’s rights despite the misogyny practiced in their homelands. They support same sex marriage and the rest of the LGBT agenda despite the fact that such practices are punished by death in their home nations. They support every leftist cause for the same reason others support every leftist cause, if you support me we will support you. Through such actions they are perceived as being tolerant and open minded thus making Israel the enemy of all these groups. Never mind that Israel is the only nation in the Middle East which has an open LGBT community, is the only nation where women have equal rights, are allowed to drive, go out on their own, vote and every other right enjoyed by men and the only truly open and equal society under the law and in practice. Still, the leftist true to their operations manual support those who support them thus support the Arabists. But these concepts rise and run far deeper than simply protesting Israel or condemning Zionism. These actions lead where they must lead if logically followed to their conclusive end, the result of hating Jews.

 

By hating or opposing the rights of Israel to exist or for there to be a Jewish State and holding Israel to a separate and equally impossible standard of actions while expecting nothing from those who wish to destroy Israel, one is attempting to deny the Jews their right to self-determination and to having their own state. When one claims that Israel must use methods of fighting against Hamas, a declared terrorist organization by the European Union and the United States as well as many individual governments throughout the world even in some Arab and Muslim nations, and that Israel must suffer equal numbers of casualties and deaths otherwise they are fighting unfairly are acting from a base of anti-Semitism. They are demanding of Israel what has never been demanded of any military or nation previously in the history of the world, namely suffering equal casualties and deaths in a war. By this standard the British and Americans are just as bad or worse with their treatment of the Nazis and the Japanese. The entire object in the use of a nation’s military is to maximize casualties on their enemy while suffering as few casualties as possible. The leftist and anti-Israel groups are demanding that Israel be punished for taking care and spending resources to defend their people while Hamas does everything in their effort to maximize the numbers of their own citizens suffer and become casualties as they possibly are capable. Israel works to minimize Arab Gazan’s casualties and deaths while Hamas uses civilians as human shields while targeting civilians, a double war crime.

 

Still there is a trending amongst the college educated youths to loathe Israel, Zionism and whether they will admit it or not, loathe Jews as well. These are the next leaders of the United States. President Obama is just the tip of the spear, and the first spear at that. Should Hillary Clinton or Bernie Sanders win the election this fall, there are two things we can guarantee will prove true, Israel will be vilified and reviled while Jewish students and those who support Israel will be treated as pariahs. Even Jews supporting the BDS groups will find themselves treated with suspicion and wild accusations. If the youth attend a college which supports BDS, especially if it is supported by professors, then they are going to be bludgeoned and set upon as murderers and baby killers. Eventually these individuals are to be our new leaders who will have taken the positions of power and control the ballot box electing those who are like-minded. There will be the temptation to use the same canards taught them during their years in university protesting Israel and sloganeering about the evil Israelis and use this to apply the same labels to the Jews in their midst. Their hatreds learned protesting the presumed evils of an Apartheid Israel which victimized Arabs and Muslims will become societal truths and when they turn on Israel in foreign policies their will be the temptation to victimize the Jews found in their nation making them equally responsible for any perceived hatreds and inequalities in their lands. The term Israel will become synonymous with the Jew and Israeli with Jewish and by this equality which was part and parcel of their BDS schooling and their hate for Israel will bring a society which holds the Jews responsible for all that is wrong in their lives. Should the economy hurt, the Jews are to blame. This story has been played out before in our history. As soon as we appear to assimilate there comes a hatred to remind us that we are different somehow. It will matter not that the Jews were contributing members who gave great advances to their society; the Jew must be separated from the society. Jews were amongst the leaders of the Civil Rights movement and are today blamed for much of the economic inequality in much between the races. How much worse will it become throughout the society when the aim will be to separate the Jew from the society as the Jew will have become the ills that are present in that same society. Any act will become the next reason that the Jews were to blame and just as in university where they desired to destroy Israel this will translate for most to destroy the Jews as doing so will equate to destroying Israel herself.

 

When the United States does turn on her Jews, it will be built quietly and befall them suddenly with a ferocity and immediacy far beyond that which is witnessed today in Europe and this will seem to the Jews to have happened in an instant as they still believed they were accepted as in their circles they were treated well. The sword will fall seemingly from outside their cocooned lives but it will have built up even in those close who were simply keeping their suspicions and eventual hated silently inside as their resentment mirrored the greater societal disdain and even hate for the Jew. Perhaps not their Jew but they will still turn on them along with the rest of the Jews as some eggs must break when making this omelet.

 

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October 11, 2015

In Israel America is Still That Gleaming Land of Greatness

 

The statements in this article are formed from the Israelis I have met and is hopefully something which continues to hold truthful as my experiences broaden. The vast majority of Israelis, particularly young Israelis, have an idealized view of the United States. They believe that in the United States opportunities exist like nowhere else on Earth. They see the United States as being capable of achieving just about anything they decide to put the efforts towards. This is not to say that they approve of everything the United States does or does not do that concerns the Israelis. Despite their love affair with the United States, that love affair sours rather rapidly when one takes stock in how Israeli feel about the United States governance. There many Israelis have more difficulty understanding as they see the United States as capable of doing unbelievable good if only the government would allow the people to take care of things themselves. You see, where one’s initial observation would be that the average Israeli has a view of the United States which is unrealistic, as you delve deeper you realize that they are not seeing the United States as perfect or they believe that things in the United States are perfect. What one sees is that the average Israeli loves Americans and their forms of governance and have just as jaundiced a view of the government as the most conservative Tea Party individual. Rumor says that this belief does not extend to much of one large city where their views match closer to Boston, New York, Los Angeles or most other large cities in the United States. Thus far I have avoided visiting this one city as I like the idealized view of the United States, well, more so the views of the average American citizen.

 

This view of America, as that is the real love, is that ideal America that went to the moon in less than a decade after deciding they were to meet that challenge. They love the concepts of full equality of opportunity and the spirit which made America great and is still there as a creative spark which is inside every human being but stifled more everywhere else outside America. The America most Israelis have experienced has been through the eyes of those who have visited the United States and seen the great potential which exists in the United States and these people have not stayed in the United States sufficiently long enough for the bad shortcomings to become just as easily witnessed thus bringing even the most devoted Israeli to see that there are places where the United States falls well short of the mark. Ask the average Israeli what they think of the United States and you get the feeling they believe that America can do no wrong. Dig a little deeper and you see a people whose idealized view is of the average American and their can do attitude becomes more of a could have been attitude which is more in line with reality.

 

One looks a little deeper and one begins to understand where the average Israeli gets their views on the United States and things begin to make sense. The average Israeli forms their views of the United States on the relatively small number of Americans they meet. Here in Israel most of the people get a small sample size and have only met Americans who have afforded not only trips to Israel but many have also an apartment that they own and plan on retiring and living in said apartment, so obviously the Americans they have met are the more wealthy and additionally their sampling consists solely of American Jews who are also Zionist and tend to be more conservative. Many of these Americans have completed college and are by and large physicians with many also being surgeons. So, their sample size is rather small and more indicative of the wealthier Americans and often include other than those in the medical fields, Americans who have some form of engineering or other scientific degrees and again often post graduate work with many having gotten their doctoral degree. So, again their sampling is skewed to successful Zionists which mean that they have again met mostly conservative people who have often also formed their own companies and many also hold a MBA degree to go along with their doctoral degree. To point out these are highly motivated people who would have succeeded in almost every nation in the Western world would be an understatement. If one speaks with the Americans who reside now in Israel after holding a successful career in the United States, many also fulfilled their required service in Israel as well. The sample size keeps being refined down to a very motivated and brilliant people who are driven and who meet very high criteria in education and accomplishments to their credit. These people tend to be conservative but still often voted as a good social liberal though they often had a very simple and basic filter which was dependent on one issue. Would their preferred candidate support Israel with almost a blind zeal bordering on fanaticism.

 

If one would make a list answering the question, ‘What is right about America?’ you would probably get a definition of the attitude of many of the Americans one meets in Israel. Giving even more validity to the assessment of the average American Jew who at some point after quite an impressive career decided to live in Israel and sufficient numbers of these people also gave half of their career time to working in Israel, there is an overwhelming number of the American Jews residing or regularly visiting Israel that have a less than admirable view of the current holder of the White House. As many of these people have what is called dual citizenship and are eligible to vote in the State they last resided in and do cast absentee ballots, their choices are easily researched and the story is quite telling; where in the United States President Obama won over seventy percent of the Jewish vote in both of his election victories, the Israeli Americans voted in the opposite direction with the 2008 votes exceeded three-quarters voting against President Obama and in 2012 an even higher percentage voted against his return to the White House. The consensus amongst the Americans here was obviously that President Obama was bad for Israel and the overt actions during the last Gaza war on Hamas and Islamic Jihad. They viewed President Obama directly for the closing off of Ben Gurion International Airport due to the terror threat which could have resulted in downed aircraft, something the United States had not done in Syria during the five year war continuing to rage nor have done in Lebanon, Libya or any of the nations struck by violence as a result of the Arab Spring turned into an Arab Winter despite some of the most vicious threats to flights in or out of their countries. In some of these cases the airlines themselves refused to provide service to these nations. Then there was the channeling the resupply of arms which the United States was obliged to automatically approve with the military itself charged with authorizing and supplying replacements keeping Israel provided with the means for her defense through the State Department with their withholding approval until Israel had presumably buckled to the demand to cease their hostilities in Gaza and returned control of Gaza to its ‘duly elected government’ which is the same as saying Hamas as it is their people who rule in Gaza. The White House was fully aware of this situation and the obligation of the United States which they modified so as to make their obligation into a wanted dead or dead poster on Israel, and that is not a Freudian slip, dead or dead was exactly what the White House was aiming to produce by withholding the resupply which was an agreement included in a defense treaty making it the law to make such resupply in a timely manner.

 

 

Stronger Together Enforcing Similar Ethos

Israel and America Stronger Together Enforcing Similar Ethos

 

 

This treaty was entered into for the Nixon Administration doing exactly the same withholding of the resupply to force Israel to comply with their demands that they simply cease fighting in defense against the invading forces of Syria and Egypt during the Yom Kippur War which caught Israel at her most vulnerable time with three-quarters of her military personnel in synagogues across Israel and not carrying any electronics and thus forcing the IDF to send personnel to as many Synagogues as possible and to send vehicles announcing the emergency call-up using loudspeakers and driving through one city after another. This withholding of resupply was advised by then Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, a Jew but apparently only by birth. The reasoning Secretary Kissinger gave for refusing to meet the Israeli request for resupply was that by refusing to send the arms Israel would be more vulnerable and thus far more easily forced to meet the demands which the State Department was pushing for President Nixon to demand of the Israelis. Fortunately the resupply was held a dangerous two to three days and Israel had begun to run low on some vital armaments which would have threatened their ability to defend their country had resupply not reached them in time. This was the reason a treaty was signed by the Nixon Administration after the Senate overwhelmingly approved the agreement. If one has seen a potential viewpoint against all things Israel coming from the State Department, please allow us to also point out that the State Department very strenuously objected to the decision by President Truman to recognize Israel as a new nation in May of 1948, May 15th to be exact. The State Department has been more stridently anti-Israel and anti-Zionist from their objection to the aims of forming the British Mandate in order to form a homeland for the Jews after World War I as part of the San Remo Conference which set up the French and British Mandates.

 

Fortunately most young Israelis know very little about the dastardly designs of the State Department which by their actions have proven to desire the death of the Jewish State by any and all means available. Fortunate for Israel that this is beyond the ability for the State Department to pull-off but they will apparently continue to try. The love affair which Israelis appear to have with the United States is actually more with America and the American People and independent of the government of the United States. What makes this all the more rewarding a relationship is the fact that large majorities of Americans love the Israelis as well, as has been proven in poll after poll. This is likely due to a love of freedom and a shared morality in many ways. The Israeli government often appears to take their cues from the Constitution of the United States or at least the Bill of Rights, the first ten amendments required by a number of the signatory states as a condition for their signing onto the Constitution. That is most likely the glue holding these two peoples in mutual support and admiration and it would be wonderful if their relationship continues and those values prove to be the perfect glue which both societies use as their moral guide throughout their histories. It would be quite sad should they not remain as the constant rock mooring both ships of state.

 

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