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March 18, 2019

Hamas Irks Egyptian Peace Delegation

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There are ways to pursue peace which are well understood and there are ways to completely ruin any hope for peace which are equally well understood. From the recent series of events, one can only assume that Hamas and friends are about as interested in making peace, even with using Egyptian go-betweens, as they are in living peacefully with Israel and developing their economy and assist the Gazan population lead normative lives. There are reasons why Hamas and friends divert, plunder, misappropriate, loot and steal over three-fourths of all aid, monies, building materials and almost everything else using total disregard for the betterment of their society or the comfort of its people to have decent, if any, housing using these ill-gotten-gains to supply their terror and war production, build infiltration tunnels, construct military infrastructure and to advance their own financial gain. The friends of Hamas include Islamic Jihad, Islamic State and numerous other terrorist or criminal groups. They share two main commonalities, hatred of Israel and the Jews and a disregard for the well-being of the residents of Gaza. This was made excessively evident within the past week. The events unfolded around Hamas and their scheduled meeting with an Egyptian mediating team working to find some middle-ground within which Hamas and friends could live for a hoped extended time with Israel in peace and quiet, especially the quiet as the weekly rioting along the border has continued into just short of one year. We will use the words of an Egyptian mediator as reported to us here.


“At the beginning of the meeting, the atmosphere was very relaxed,” the Egyptian official told Israel Hayom’s Daniel Sirioti. “We had just returned from Israel with answers, we estimated that Hamas would accept them and allow us to begin a stable, long-term peace. A few minutes later, one of the Egyptian delegation’s aides entered the room looking worried, and gave the delegation leaders his cellular phone.”
“The smiles immediately turned into frowns, and senior delegates turned to Hamas leader Yahyah Sinwar and yelled at him: ‘Where do you think you’ll end up with your double play? We’re sitting here to finalize a peace agreement with Israel, and behind our backs you allow your people to fire missiles at Tel Aviv??’
“‘If Israel decides to start a wide-scale operation in Gaza, this time we’re not going to do anything to stop the Israeli attacks. Even if Israel decides to bring down your rule in Gaza by assassinating every single one of you, while they reconquer Gaza. Egypt and its regional allies will not lift a finger to stop the Israeli response.’”

 

You definitely read that correctly, somewhere within the military command of the terror forces in Gaza from Hamas and friends decided that perhaps it would assist with the peace efforts if they fired a couple of rockets in the direction of Tel Aviv. The only controls over where these projectiles might strike are the functionality of each rocket as quality control has been an issue at times, the range of the rocket itself, and whether or not the Iron Dome intercepts them, at which point they fall relatively harmlessly to the ground. The IDF reported that one rocket was intercepted by the Iron Dome system with the remains falling in northern Tel Aviv and that there was an explosion reported in the city of Or Yehudah near Tel Aviv. Fortunately, no injuries or damage were reported. Islamic Jihad terrorist organization claimed responsibility for the rocket launches which bares full acknowledgement. Islamic Jihad is allied with Hamas and the two terror groups often work together and just as often work independently. Islamic Jihad is also tightly aligned with Iran, while Hamas is more loosely aligned with Iran. Hamas is more independent of Iran than Islamic Jihad and Islamic Jihad takes orders directly from Tehran as well as any IRGC command officer. Whether this launching on Tel Aviv was ordered by Iran or was a means used by Hamas to sabotage the peace negotiations while retaining sufficient deniability blaming Islamic Jihad as acting independently without coordinating with Hamas. This could also be the leading edge of Hamas and friends testing the waters to see how far they can go attacking Israel with everything from rockets to incendiary balloons, from explosive kites to rolling burning tires at the border fence or from sniper fire to even infiltration with the intent to kidnap and murder Israeli civilians. This has been a standard means of getting away with murder used by the Palestinian Authority as well; it is called attacking during peace talks and claiming that the attacks were rogue elements and not ordered by their leadership who claim complete ignorance as to the attack. This ploy is so overused that it should not surprise the Egyptians and definitely not surprise the Israelis.

 

Attacking while pretending to negotiate in hopes of reaching an agreement which would permit a period of peace, this has proven in the past to work in the favor of the Palestinian Arabs. They attack during peace talks and the world warns Israel not to retaliate or take any punitive measures because it may upset the chances for peace to be negotiated. The Arab Palestinian terror leaders know they are not really interested in peace. The Europeans, United Nations and United States State Department are all aware that the Arab Palestinian terror leaders are not interested in peace. There is another item that all these parties are aware of, that the one common denominator is the destruction of Israel and an end to the remaining Jews left on the planet. Of course, such talk is never stated loudly, it is more of a shared secret which is not all that secret. It became known after the Second Intifada that the explosion of suicide bombers and other terror attacks had nothing to do with the stated excuse that Ariel Sharon had dared to walk upon the Temple Mount. When the IDF was required to enter the Palestinian Arab areas and bring the violence to an end, they also took control of the Palestinian Authority’s main offices in Eastern Jerusalem. There was a treasure trove of papers detailing the planned attacks which were already ready to go while Yasser Arafat was playing President Clinton and Ehud Barak at Camp David and then Paris and beyond all the while knowing that the terror war was planned with bomb-belts readied and the suicide bombers all lined up and ready to go the limit. The Second Intifada cost over a thousand Israelis their lives and thousands more with horrible and often debilitating injuries as in these attacks they had impregnated the belts with nuts, screws, nails, shards of glass and soaked these materials in rat poison to make for more horrendous injuries.

 

So, this may have been a ploy by Hamas to throw a wrench into the peace talks being carried out through Egyptian mediators, or it could be Islamic Jihad attempting to blow up the peace talks, or it could be Islamic Jihad ordered by Iran to toss rockets on Tel Aviv into the mix to harm the peace talks, the one item which is consistent is that such actions, as noted by the Egyptian mediator, is not helpful and only makes reaching a settlement that much more difficult. We see this also as a test of where exactly the Israeli resolve to respond to such attacks three weeks ahead of the elections. Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu has an unenviable task choosing precisely the right response which inoculates him from being called too soft from political groups to his right, actually more Zionist or nationalist would be more accurate as there is no definitive right and left in Israeli politics. There is a left, a far left, actual communists, the Arab list, Zionists, Religious, Haredi (an entire host of groups included within), Religious Zionist and Secular Nationalist. The media are the ones along with some of the political class attempting to dumb down the many parties, as it is simpler to use generic terms such as left and right than to actually define terms and explain the subtle differences. Still, Prime Minister Netanyahu also has to avoid too harsh a response which might cause world condemnation which could cloud the election picture as well. Finally, the one thing Bibi can be assured of having happen is that Gantz and Lapid will insist that he was far too soft and they would have been more assertive and would have gone in and cleaned out Gaza.

 

Two Rockets Fired at Tel Aviv from Gaza

Two Rockets Fired at Tel Aviv from Gaza

 

The Blue-White Party of Gantz, his fellow generals, and Lapid main aim in the lead-up to election day is they want to draw as many voters as they can from the nationalist camps, both secular (Likud, New Right, Yisrael Beiteinu) and religious (Jewish Home, National Union, Zehut, Tkuma, Otzma Yehudit) by making all the sounds and noise one would expect the farthest nationalistic party might utilize. What gives them away is their wording is often somewhat clumsy as often occurs when somebody is pretending to be something they are not. But attacks such as the one on Tel Aviv provide these charlatans with the perfect soapbox to stand upon and crow about how they will be tougher on terrorists than Bibi. What is a real shame is that General Gantz when approved to be Chief of Staff by, of all people, Bibi Netanyahu, he proved to be an embarrassment often appearing to be asleep at the switch or ill prepared at best. The IDF also suffered under his tutelage which took nearly five years of intensive training and cleaning out the mess Gantz left behind with Headquarters Company in complete disarray and no operational plans ready for contingencies, something the Chief of Staff is wholly responsible for overseeing and monitoring as those are the plans which one pulls out when faced with a situation requiring a military response. Time and again, these were lacking while Gantz served as Chief of Staff. This should not be the person we want in the catbird seat should a war come to our doorstep, at least one other than Syria and more targeted at Israel.

 

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March 12, 2019

Watchwords of a Leftist are Racist and Fascist

 

It is so easy to tell when somebody is suggesting concepts, laws or ideas where government power is reduced, private rights extended and the “deep state” has a tooth pulled, the person or group engaged in such tactics will invariably be called either a racist or a fascist if not both. These words are used as a rallying cry to engage the intersectionality engine so as to get all the other support groups to circle the wagons around their target and all engage their chosen chant pointing at their now vastly outnumbered victim while the words “racist” and “fascist” ring in their ears. The circled wagons are almost always a sign for the media to gather and quote the chanters in their articles making sure to emphasize that this capitalist or libertarian individual who believes in the rights of the individual over the rights of the collective has for now and evermore been labeled either a “racist” or “fascist” or received the worst charge, a racist fascist. There are so few other accusations which get broader use than racist and fascist, despite the fact that the people being harangued often are anything but what they are accused in order to dismiss their position out of hand. What need be understood is that “racist” and “fascist” are utilized instead of mounting a cogent argument proving that the leftist concept is superior, instead they simply label the person and all they stated as racist or fascist and that dismisses their ideas. Why bother with tedious arguments proving your point and ideas are superior, you are already convinced your ideas are superior and thus any other position is racist or fascist.

 

Living on the left is an easy place to reside. Mostly, nobody calls you out and there are very few rules by which one must live. Once you have mastered intersectionality, which we discussed here as well as here, you then have a guideline of the acceptable causes and the remainder are fascist and racist by definition. The basis for being accepted on the left is to support every protest with equal enthusiasm even should you have no idea what the protest is demanding. The only other item is that you never condemn or criticize any of the other leftist causes included as part of intersectionality and you never ever support those causes which are on the short list of items which are forbidden. These include anything to do with securing the borders, forcing a path to work from welfare or limitations on how long one is allowed to collect government benefits and the most stringent rule is Israel is an evil, apartheid, racist and fascist enterprise to be reviled and anybody who supports Israel is to be driven from the ranks as they are unacceptable. Another item which must always be remembered is that criticism of Israel is always valid by definition and has absolutely nothing to do with anti-Semitism. You can demand that Israelis and their IDF meet standards which are not expected of any other nation because those Israelis, never Jews, always just Israelis though we all know we actually mean those Jews, believe and claim to be better than others, so make them prove this is so. Remember, every time the fascist and racist policies and actions of those Israelis are exposed, it is one more proof that every accusation we have made is valid. Further, anybody stupid enough to try and counter our convictions against Israel, by their actions and acts, they have proven that they are one of those Jewish supremacists who believe that the Jews stand above everyone else. Defending Israel is racist according to the leftists and their intersectionality. When the action was taken by the Israeli government, then it is not only racist, it is also another movement towards complete fascism which is how the Israelis rule their areas, just like fascists. They have elections where only Jews can vote, well, the Arabs are not permitted to vote, well, the Palestinian Arabs. They claim that they have their own government but we know the truth, that Israel rules them and will not allow them a voice because they are racists.

 

Racism is easy to find. Whenever there is a Republican in the White House, that is a racist President. If that Republican President is actually accomplishing what he set out to accomplish, then not only is the government racist, it is also fascist. When a Democrat is in the White House, then everything, no matter what they have done, is considered to be near to if not perfect. If a Democrat President is being blocked by the Congress, then the Congress is racist and using fascist principles to block the word of the people. Anyone who votes for a Republican is racist and may actually also be a fascist. If one votes for the Democrats, then they are enlightened and intelligent. Republicans are always boorish racists and strong-arming fascists. Democrats are enlightened, intelligent and sensitive to the desires of the true American people. An easy way to remember this is, Democrats equals good and Republicans are always evil.

 

This intersectionality thing is also easy to remember and works to one’s benefit. Any cause which has been accepted as meeting the qualifiers to be considered part of intersectionality must be supported by all other groups who have been accepted into intersectionality. These are easily recognized as they meet at the least much of the politics of the Democrat Party. But be wary, as there are certain protests and groups which do not meet the qualification of intersectionality and instead are bigoted, racist and very likely fascist. If you are at a protest and there are no people from the Rainbow Coalition, Boycott-Divestment-Sanction of Israel (BDS), Black Lives Matter, We Are the 99%, abortion rights activists, then you may have joined a racist, fascist and hate-filled rally. Remember, it is not about right or wrong, it is about one of us or the enemy. We on the left are wonderful, accepting, open to discussion (as long as you do not mind one talking in bromides and self-fulfilling circular reasoning), warm and only take strong stands against those things which are racist or fascist, something we allow our all-powerful and super-intelligent leadership to decide.

 

Now the Democrat Party is involved in a movement of flux, a period where changes are taking place. The new face of the Democrat Party consists of people such as Bob Bland, Linda Sarsour, Carmen Perez and Tamika Mallory on the women’s rights front, with new members of Congress backing them up consisting of but not limited to Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn. (who else would top this list), Senator Bernie Sanders D-Vermont (yes, we know he was born a Jew but even Jews have their misguided idiots), Rashida Tlaib D-Mich., Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez D-N.Y. (our chief editor calls her the gift which keeps on giving) and there were the standard bearers of the far left and the far right. The anti-Semites on the far right are not as dangerous as they are rejected by much of the mainstream conservatives. There are those on the left who will be shielded by the media and their fellow leftists as long as they stay away from obvious statements as have already gotten Sanders, Tlaib, Ocasio-Cortes and Omar, especially Omar, in trouble deep enough that even the media has had to call them out.

 

There are two types of far right, also known as paleo-conservatives such as Pat Buchanan, who are anti-Semites and their main difference is where they place their Jew hatred. The Nazis and allied others place the Jews at the top of their hate list with Blacks and Hispanic close behind while the KKK and their ilk place Blacks and Hispanic ahead of Jews on who to hate. The leftists are a more unique breed as they place Jews at the top of their list and anything conservative closely behind. The leftists do not hate most other groups outside of Jews and are willing to accept Jews, tentatively at that, as long as they are willing to denounce Israel and support the Arab cause against the Jews. These Jews are the useful idiots, as should these people they are aligning themselves with ever gain control over the levers of power, it will not matter if a Jew supported their hate for Israel or remained Zionist; they will at that point simply see Jews and for them Jews are to be eradicated, not just hated. Examples of anti-Semites protected by the majority of those on the left include Al Sharpton, John Lewis, Eleanor Holmes Norton, Maxine Waters, Sheila Jackson Lee, Danny Davis, Andre Carson, Cory Booker and many other members of the Black Congressional Caucus. What makes this so sad is that the Jews marched right alongside Blacks in the Civil Rights movement as they saw this as a mutual concern. That generation of Blacks who knew these Jews are no more and their next generation did not know these Jews just as the new Pharos did not know Joseph. This has led to one of the most drastic and quick turnarounds in political history as the Blacks went from joining with the Jews to being diametrically opposed to the Jews and the Jewish State. Making this turnaround even more tragic is it only occurred for one side as the Jews still support equal rights and freedom for all.

 

Thus it has become that should a Jew support Israel, they will no longer be permitted to even join protests for other communities which became so very evident at the Chicago Dyke March where LGBTQ Jews who arrived with rainbow flags with a Star of David were banned, scorned and belittle as not being true to the cause as they apparently supported the racism and fascism that is presumably Israel. Because their flags had that abhorrent Star of David, these supporters were rejected and denied the right to march for a cause which they were just as involved and ardent about as the other marchers. The problem is that they were considered to be antagonistic to the Palestinian cause and supportive of Israel. This crosses the intersectionality agreement where in order to be accepted, one must accept those causes which are acceptable to the rest of the leftists and if one should break ranks in any means, then they are no longer permitted to enjoy the right to protest which is a denial of their right to free speech.

 

Multi-Colored Flags with a Star of David

Multi-Colored Flags with a Star of David

 

If we may close speaking about Israel and the consequences of supporting her right to exist, we will appreciate such. According to the ‘Lords of Intersectionality,’ Israel must be rejected as they have determined that Israel is racist and fascist. Why is Israel racist? Well, because she refuses to permit people from a separate nation, the Arab Palestinians, to vote in their elections and to claim any and every inch of the country followed by their long awaited and desired slaughter of the Jews which will resemble, allow us to quote Azzam Pasha, Secretary-General of the Arab League who stated as the armies of six Arab nations reinforced by numerous militias organized to attack Israel on the morning Israel declared her statehood on May 15, 1948 in what the Arabs called their War of Annihilation, “It will be a war of annihilation. It will be a momentous massacre in history that will be talked about like the massacres of the Mongols or the Crusades.” This has also been phrased as the Jews ending up in the sea. It was at a speech given as part of the “>a href=https://archive.org/details/arabstatesandthe012664mbp target=blank>The Arab States And The Arab League A. Documentary Record Vol. I Constitutional Developments,” where Dr. Fadhil Jamali, Iraqi Representative to the United Nations, speaking to the Arab League, February 6, 1955, stated (direct quote is provided by Algemeiner),


I asked them (Arab League members) how Palestine was lost. It had been lost for two basic reasons: one, because we deluded ourselves by underestimating the power of our opponent and by thinking that the Jews were not powerful. The highest official in the League said that with 300 soldiers or North African Volunteers we could throw the Jews into the sea. The war started and His Excellency then said that with 3,000 North African Volunteers we could throw them into the sea. The second reason was that we thought that we were strong enough to face the world but the fact was that we did not estimate our own strength correctly. This then was the issue of Palestine. It seemed a trifling thing at the time but we did not know that behind the Jews of Palestine stood World Zionism with its resources in every major country.

 

We could easily contest the every major country part of the statement as the only nation to provide weapons which Israel desperately required in 1948 was Czechoslovakia. The commonly made statement that the United States has always stood behind Israel is patently false. This can be proven with the simple graph below which depicts the total aid given Israel by the United States by year and one can easily see that United States aid to Israel did not become a major factor until the early 1970’s. Allow us to explain the situation with Israel by a simple analogy. You receive information that there is a group of a couple hundred people in a field a mile from your house preparing to come and burn your house down. What would you do? Call the police, right. Where the police would tell you there is nothing they can do until a crime has been committed and that you can call back once they have started, you would get upset and still they would claim they will send a car by. They won’t. But these people who wish to burn your house down want to intimidate you first, so they stand surrounding your house and start throwing rocks through your windows. Now, when you call the police, they will hopefully respond. This is the case with Israel. The Arab world has wanted to burn our house down for over one-hundred years, even before we had fully moved in and declared the house ours. They had this strange habit of screaming warnings and threats and launching projectiles while massing on the Israeli borders. The police Israel calls is the IDF, and as they take orders from the people placing the call, they respond quite quickly. For some strange reason, probably we have found that when the Arabs claim they are going to come to dispossess us of our homeland and kill most if not all of us in the process, they mean it and will attack very soon. So when this happens we call the IDF, they respond, and then the media will cover the attack by Israel. Meanwhile, they had largely ignored the projectiles launched into Israel and the fields which were burned down costing farmers that year’s crop and burned down orchards which take many years to replace as well as forests and game reserves. This was not worthy of a report in much of the media. But as soon as Israel attacks, then come the headlines which tell the entire story, except the part about the past three months of rockets and other projectiles launched into Israel are in paragraph twelve of the fourteen paragraph story because research has informed the media that the third from the last paragraph is the least read in any article over eight paragraphs. Tricky, those media people, tricky they are. The last Gaza war, Operation Protective Edge it was called, before Israel attacked with ground forces, over two to three thousand rockets had been launched into Israeli cities and it was not until the daily numbers exceeded one hundred per day and Hamas and Islamic Jihad began using their largest rockets targeting Haifa, Jerusalem and Tel Aviv that Israel responded. Another misrepresentation is the media claiming that Israel sends in ground forces in order to maximize damages and casualties. The reality is exactly the opposite. Israel sends in ground forces so as to target only combatants and to minimize civilian casualties. We need to point out that the Terrorist rulers of Gaza will remove the ammunition, weapons and identifying markers from a dead terrorist and then call the media to take pictures of the latest civilians killed. If Israel so desired to minimize IDF casualties, she could sit outside Gaza and use aircraft, naval artillery, and tanks and level all of Gaza killing tens of thousands and largely not lose any IDF soldiers. Israel does not take the indiscriminant mode of simply kill everything and instead sends in ground forces who will enter buildings to assure that the target they shoot is a combatant as often the snipers force entire families to sit with them as shields.

 

United States Israel Aid (Military)

United States Israel Aid (Military)

 

Lastly, the accusation that Israel is racist because they only target Arabs and Muslims is false. First, there are Arabs living in Israel who are Jews, Christians and Muslim as well as other faiths. These people are treated exactly the same as every other Israeli. For those who refuse to believe such, we invite you for a visit or a few weeks or months to see for yourself. Yes, we treat the Arab Palestinians differently just as the United States treats Mexicans, Canadians and North Korean differently. The Arab Palestinians inform us with their every broadcast that they are our implacable enemies and want us all dead. This is not exactly the form of activity you perform if you wish to be accepted. Yes, they go through checkpoints as they are entering another nation from a semiautonomous zone if they are living under the Palestinian Authority and a separate nation completely free of Israeli interference except when they push for a war, something they are currently threatening and Egypt is desperately attempting to stave off such an eventuality. Israel left all of Gaza even to the point of reinterring our dead within Israel otherwise, they would have been dug from their graves and desecrated. We left millions of dollars worth of functioning greenhouses already planted so they could have a start at an economy. The greenhouses were destroyed and the piping turned into rockets and sent back to Israel with an explosive charge atop. The rockets launched from Gaza are seldom targeting any military target and instead are intentionally targeting civilian locations. Hamas and Islamic Jihad claim that every Israeli from the unborn to someone over one-hundred years old are all combatants because every Jew in Israel desires killing an Arab. This claim is the greatest example of projection one will ever find as the Quran is interpreted by many to guarantee a Muslim be placed in paradise should they murder a Jew. It does not matter if the Quran actually guarantees paradise for the murdering of a Jew, it only maters that they believe the Quran promises them this. If the Palestinian Arab is from the Palestinian Authority and murders a Jew, they and their family are guaranteed a payment, for as long as Abbas can find the cash, into perpetuity, and it is a very healthy check which guarantees one’s family living the good life. This is important in an area where jobs are scarce and becoming more scarce thanks to the BDS movement. Those “evil” Israeli companies beyond the Green Line employ tens of thousands of Arab Palestinians at the same rate the Israelis earn and at these plants, the Arabs often are managerial position and have Jews working under them. Each time the BDS succeeds in closing one of these companies, hundreds or even thousands of Arab Palestinians lose their well paying job. When SodaStream relocated inside the Green Line, five-hundred Arab Palestinians lost their jobs. Finally, we hear about the fact that Palestinians go through checkpoints in order to enter Israel, ever wonder what Israelis have to do to enter the Palestinian areas? Well, here is a picture worth a thousand words which depicts what an Israeli is told about entering the Palestinian areas, and the information on the sign is beautified compared to the reality if they were caught within these areas.

 

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March 8, 2019

Benny Gantz’s Israel

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General Benny Gantz (ret.) would be scheduled to be the Israeli Prime Minister for the initial two-year period before handing the office to Yair Lapid for the next two years. We are willing to bet that unless the Knesset is willing to have Israel commit suicide, there will be no handover to Lapid, things would fall apart long before two years had elapsed. All one need is to take a good hard, or possibly a cursory, look at General Gantz Chief of Staff to witness the disaster he might become as Prime Minister. Gantz was the commander of the region when the Second Intifada broke out, General Gantz was commander of the Regional Command Headquarters. When Joseph’s Tomb (Kever Yosef) was under siege and IDF Sergeant Madhat Yusef was shot by Palestinian Arab terrorists and ended up bleeding out over a period of three and a half hours, while drones were overhead feeding back live data of the situation, when IDF soldiers were holed up in Kever Yosef under constant threat and the Samarian brigade headquarters had assembled a tank battalion with two columns of Merkava tanks in place waiting for the order to enter Nablus to conduct a rescue; General Gantz, possibly after checking with Prime Minister and acting Defense Minister Ehud Barak, was at his headquarters never issuing the crucially necessary orders (source). Many of us have likely wondered time and again exactly how long and how much destruction Israel has to face before our powers that be react and bring the violence to an abrupt halt. We fear that under Gantz the wait would be far longer and potentially indeterminately longer and potentially might never come. While Chief of Staff we watch the hurried, unplanned, sloppy and confused retreat from southern Lebanon leading to the problem we see today on the northern border. He was still chief of staff when the next Gaza War ensued and again we find the IDF woefully unprepared for the tunnels and bunkers throughout Gaza and reaching under the border and fairly deep into Israel. We understand that as a general in an army which must follow civilian commands and may not act purely on its own, that sometimes a general has their hands tied such that they are ordered not to escalate a situation. We have a feeling that if even half a dozen Merkava tanks had rolled into the area around Kever Yosef, the Arab Palestinians would have fled rather than wait for what would at that point be the obvious alternative. Not preparing the IDF ground forces to be prepared for fighting an enemy which has built an extensive network of tunnels with some invading the Israeli home itself, that is simply serious dereliction of duty. Even if the excuse was that he was unaware of the extent to which the tunnels had been developed, then one has to question what orders were given to preform even rudimentary research, inspections and surveillance as a commander is presumed to be responsible for collecting in depth determinations of the enemy’s strength, weaponry, numbers, capabilities, weaknesses, strengths and have numerous scenarios all ready and troops trained to execute the plans. Anything less is incompetence. General Gantz gives off the hue of a political general whose career was designed to enter politics. Such an officer never takes risks, never steps out and takes charge, never does anything without first acquiring cover by having somebody else issue the order to him or a directive from above him and simply goes through the motions collecting schools and other items which look pretty on their record and will simply move up through the ranks without ever actually commanding.

 

Now we are seeing the end result of the career of Benny Gantz, his move to become the Prime Minister of Israel. He will claim to have a sterling military career, having held all the correct posts, not ever having been responsible directly for any blunder or miscalculation and for being the good general who carried out his orders and respected those above him while caring for those below him. Meanwhile, according to somebody who served with General Gantz under his leadership, he claimed in his editorial that as a general, Gantz left a considerable amount to be desired. Meanwhile, one listening to Benny Gantz and Yair Lapid would believe that they are one of the most hawkish, Zionist, right-wing and sensible parties in the mix. Israelis should already know that Yair Lapid is a faux conservative and has supported a two-state solution as the road to Nirvana where peace and security are to be found. What may surprise some, but Benny Gantz is also a two-state solution person who stated that the IDF learned much from the Gaza withdrawal and the withdrawal from southern Lebanon and believes that versions of these disasters could be designed which would bring peace. The main difference, though one would never know by listening to their polished campaign or the ads run by their advisors, is that Yair Lapid is willing to return to the Green Line including dividing Jerusalem while Benny Gantz is willing to retreat to the Separation Barrier (anti-terror barrier) and divide Jerusalem, with both men qualifying it as if it would bring peace. Both men in the past have also claimed that their plan would end the struggle between the Jews and Arabs, a struggle which has ebbed and flowed but never ceased for over a thousand years. Both men claim that the reason that Israel does not have peace is because Prime Minister Netanyahu does not have the courage to step into the unchartered areas of allowing the Palestinian Arabs to have exactly that which they claim will bring peace. What could possibly go wrong if these two men are permitted to take their clown act to the Prime Minister’s house?

 

There have been times in the past when we have stated that the only thing which can save Israel from certain disaster has been Yasser Arafat and, after him, Mahmoud Abbas. When Prime Minister Ehud Barak folded before pressures brought by President Clinton in Paris and gave in to everything which Yasser Arafat had demanded, we swallowed hard and tried to find some way the Arafat could weasel his way out of the deal. We were melancholy and dejected as we saw no way that Israel could be saved from itself. We had been mistaken. Yasser came down the next morning knowing that the media was there, President Clinton was there, the build-up to something momentous had been implied, and all the formal papers and everything Arafat had demanded was sitting right there in the middle of the lobby awaiting Arafat. The drama was intense and one could feel the anticipation as Yasser Arafat was heard heading to the lobby where he made an abrupt right turn and walked straight out the front door, into his waiting limousine and sped to the airport to fly back to Jordan. That was a close one. Yasser Arafat had agreed to terms he knew no Israeli Prime Minister could accept, but he had misread how badly Ehud Barak desired a peace agreement, any peace agreement.

 

It was a few years later and a new American President named George W. Bush who with Condoleezza Rice as Secretary of State who had this brilliant idea, if only the Palestinian could be granted an opportunity to prove that they are ready to form a state and make peace, then peace would be more easily attained. But this time Israelis felt safe as the Bulldozer, Prime Minister Ariel Sharon and Likud were in the driver’s seat. With dreams of a Nobel Peace Prize, the guarantees offered by the United States, the insistence that if it does not work, then the IDF can simply move in and retake the strip and nothing lost and who can know what else was dancing in everybody’s heads. As it turned out, many of the Likud Party balked at this idea including eventually Bibi Netanyahu, but the Bulldozer did not get that moniker by giving up easily. Sharon dissolved his ruling coalition and, without a new election, put together a new coalition with many people from the left filling the vacated spots from those in Likud who refused to go along. Sharon also kept many of the centrist parties in his old coalition and took his patchwork coalition and by early September 2005, the Israelis had pulled even their dead from within Gaza and interred them safely in Israel. We all know how that Gaza Disengagement has worked, four wars later with another one all but guaranteed in the not too distant future. But George W. Bush and company were not finished, though Prime Minister Sharon was.

 

Next to step up to how big a mistake can you make was Ehud Olmert. This was 2008 and the opportunity for George W. Bush and company to collect their Nobel Peace Prizes was winding down. This time they met at Camp David and before it was over were meeting at Taba, Egypt which is just across the border from Eilat, Israel. The entirety of the final months of the Presidency of George W. Bush were spent chasing down Mahmoud Abbas offering a little more and a little more and each time coming up short. Mahmoud Abbas has made no secret of the deal he will accept, Israel completely turned over to the Arabs, the Jews gathered for a ritualistic slaughter and the United States paying a dear price in keeping such an agreement. Needless to point out, Abbas did not get the magic solution he demands. Of course Abbas is crafty and never quite states his demands and simply hints that he demands this, that and well, then we will see. When those steps are complete, then this has to give just a smidge, that is not quite acceptable, and what about this over here. This continued until Abbas ran out the clock but also not before he had gathered a plethora of new concessions. Again, another ability to miss an opportunity by the Palestinian leadership executed with absolutely no finesse. The problem is that the Arabs do not want any form of compromise, they want it all and the Jews with their necks bared ready for the Arab knives and nothing less.

 

Bibi Netanyahu, Yair Lapid and Benny Gantz

Bibi Netanyahu, Yair Lapid and Benny Gantz

 

That begs the question as to what harm could a Prime Minister Gantz do if the Palestinians continue to refuse any and every solution and are adamant that Israel must be destroyed? The devil is in the details and the details are the concessions. Gaza is the prime example of what can possibly go wrong if Israel elects the wrong party to run the country and form a coalition. Now we will take a moment to calm any of our American friends who have been watching the polls and are worried that Gantz may well be the next Prime Minister. Allow us to point out that Simon Peres never lost a single poll when he ran for Prime Minister and further he never won an election as Prime Minister. That is the nature of Israeli polling companies and how they arrange their sampling. To put it as plainly as we can, it is slanted leftward significantly. The main problem the next Prime Minister(s) is that they will very likely be faced with President Trump and his “Deal of the Century.” Since the word from day one has been that, neither side would be completely pleased with anything, and definitely not with everything, the fortunate central thing is that Mahmoud Abbas will never accept any deal which leaves Israel in tact. The big question comes next, how far would President Trump go in order to coax Mahmoud Abbas into coming to the negotiating table, something he has adamantly refused to do as he refuses to deal with President Trump. Israel has watched far too many people come and go all ready to sacrifice Israeli security in order to reach that ever-elusive deal. What is even more frightening is that Jarred Kushner is President Trump’s main advisor on the Israel/Arab confrontation. Jared has no real claim to fame other than having married a Trump, not exactly a stupid move, but also not exactly prime credentials for negotiating in the tempestuous Middle East where knives stuck in one’s back are commonplace. Further, with Jarred being Jewish and the American Ambassador to Israel being Jewish and at least one or two more on the team being Jewish, does anybody honestly believe Mahmoud Abbas will agree to anything which does not leave everything primed for the end of Israel? This is the problem we see in making any deal.

 

Now throw in Gantz, a man who reached the rank of general, so he is not a complete idiot and has enough sense to keep his nose clean, but also a man who takes no risks but is very good at doing what advisors say, his entire campaign has been him reading exactly what advisors have given him to read. His history would leave him vulnerable to complying with the demands of one he might see as somebody he should trust and do so implicitly. He did this while serving under Prime Minister Ehud Barak and has spoken admirably of his former boss. Somebody trusting the judgement of Ehud Barak who was prevented from making a disaster as Yasser Arafat feared being assassinated if he reached an actual agreement. One can only guess exactly how far Gantz or Lapid might go to allow for an agreement. One can only panic thinking what a party run by Gantz and Lapid might turn around and do on their path to glory and great recognition.

 

Perhaps this would be a good time to point out, which many of our readers can attest, Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu has not fared all that well on our pages. We feel he leaves much to be desired and that since President Trump had been in the White House, we find Bib Netanyahu to have been suffering from an inability of pulling the trigger and doing what needed doing. We believe that President Trump had all but instructed Netanyahu in so many terms to take the bull by the horns and solve your own messes. When President Trump made a sweep through the region speaking to each leader as part of his announcement that the United States was pulling out of Syria, his reputed commentary to Israeli leaders was that the United States is done with the wars and other messes in the Middle East and that as Israel has received billions of dollars, it was time for Israel to step it up and take care of business. That sounds like a free pass to finish the problem and finally enforce the terms of the San Remo Conference and the British Mandate, both of which are supposed to be enforced by the United Nations, do not count on that, and the world courts, there one might have a fair shot from what we have seen and read. Still, Israel has to take care of Israel and simply buying the emigration of the majority of the Palestinian Arabs after removing the main impediment to such a program, their leadership. The majority of the Arab Palestinians residing in Gaza and the Shomron (Judea and Samaria) would take a generous buyout and an enticement to seek a better life elsewhere, sufficient cash that many places around the world would see these Arabs as worthy of taking in as they would be an instant boost to the economy. There are some who claim that Israel cannot afford such a plan, but we ask how much longer Israel can continue to live in a constant state of war preparedness. President Trump has eliminated every obstacle to resolving the Arab problems which Israel faces with one exception, Israeli leadership. The time has come for a definitive new Prime Minister who will end this fiasco and do so with an urgency beyond anything any previous Israeli has attempted. We wish we could tell the Israelis who is such a person, but we can tell you that Gantz and Lapid are not even close to being in the running. Perhaps one will appear magically as the elections near, but with Netanyahu not generating any excitement and Lapid and Gantz simply generating panic, we are in a quandary.

 

Beyond the Cusp

 

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