Beyond the Cusp

November 18, 2017

As If Israel Did Not Have Enough Problems

 

Let us start with the most bizarre of all the problems facing Israel, though this one is easily repaired, simply ignore it and it will wither on the vine, so to speak. This one comes from a nation which once upon a time was a friend to Israel. France sold Israel Mirage Jets through the 1950’s and much of the 1960’s. Those were the days, my friends, but just like the song, they did end. Now France has demanded access to prisoners by insisting for their Parliamentarians to have access to whomever they wish access whenever they are in Israel. Imagine the chutzpah French Foreign Ministry displayed releasing this statement, this audacious demand, upon Israeli authorities Monday stating they would bar entry to the country of a group of French politicians seeking to visit jailed terrorist leader Marwan Barghouti. Their hope was to raise their movement for the release of this terror master and murderer of numerous Israeli civilians so he can replace Mahmoud Abbas as the next leader of the PLO, Palestinian Authority (PA), and Fatah to continue the war to destroy Israel. This is just the most recent face of the European and world efforts to bring to fruition the destruction of Israel.

 

On the Israeli northern border along the Lebanese border (the Blue Line) and the Golan Heights from the Syrian border there lies Hezballah. They have been invigorated with fresh troops from the IRGC (Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps) and better weaponry direct from Iran are believed to be considering the means by which to calm the suspicions of the Lebanese people that Hezballah is simply using them as a base and are actually servants of Iran and Syria, nothing more. Despite that being the reality which has become obvious even to the most casual of observers, Nasrallah likes his comfortable life in the peaceful hills of Lebanon and believes it would really be a shame if he needed relocate to the burnt hills of Syria. The word has leaked that Nasrallah may be pinning his hopes to calm the rumors in Lebanon by forcing a confrontation with Israel possibly from the Syria border so as to avoid the fighting spilling into Lebanon. The entire concept would be risky as the support for such an assault would almost necessarily need be launched out of Lebanon as that is the location of the majority of the hundred to hundred and fifty thousand rockets and missiles of various size and range held by Hezballah. Such an escalation would definitely gain a response in kind from Israel which would then bring the war onto Lebanese lands. Whether Nasrallah will risk the bloodshed and ravages of another war with Israel remains to be seen. All of Israel hopes he decides not to risk the peace, safety and lives of his people and of Israel as we prefer peace but will act according to the realities presented to us.

 

Another group in the Iranian camp is Hamas and there is always the possibility that they too might decide that by provoking Israel by attacking her civilians, towns, cities, farms, kibbutzim and population centers with barrages of rockets will please their sponsors in Tehran. Further, Iran may demand of them to attack Israel ever escalating their attacks over time in order to find exactly where Israel will draw the line and respond in kind. Hamas might also be a second prong of a pincer attack striking from the north with Hezballah and the South with Hamas. Hamas, along with Islamic Jihad, have been building terror tunnels to use to infiltrate Israel intending to use them during attacks or to abduct Israelis to hold hostage and demand the release of terrorists from Israeli prisons. This has become a point of contention in some circles in Israel.

 

Then there is the rumors about a grand plan being worked upon in Washington D.C. based on the Two-State Solution. President Trump will soon attempt to bring about another round of negotiations between the PA and Israel. The rumors are that there will be concessions asked of both sides. We have been here before where the concessions from Israel are concrete sacrifices on the lands and in assigned borders granting additional facts for the PA to claim more areas while the PA and Abbas are only requested to make promises which they will never keep. It has been the same ever since the disaster brought upon Israel by the crafters of the Oslo Accords; Shimon Peres, Yossi Beilin, Ron Pundak, Yitzhak Rabin and their select group of advisers and negotiators. Since then there have been a select group who have continued to believe in the Oslo Accords and protected them always holding to the concept that should Israel only find the exact formula of concessions and enticements, then peace will break out and roses will bloom. This has been the political Achilles Heel of Israel.

 

The Truth Arab League Wants You to Know

The Truth Arab League Wants You to Know

 

Then there is a growing rift which has grown between the American Jewish communities, particularly those of a leftist political alignment. This rift has not grown between the traditional Orthodox who largely still supports Israel just as they have since her conception seeing Israel as the realization of the dream. Meanwhile, the leftist Jews are mostly made up from the Reform and Reconstructionist movements and have recently invented a new branch designed to strike from another angle, these are the New Orthodox, Open Orthodox or whatever name they will jump to using once these names has been exposed as false branches and not truly Orthodox. These pseudo-Orthodox factions believe in same sex marriage, inter-faith marriages and numerous other leftist political positions which run contrary to Halacha. They have used this front to augment the push by the leadership of nontraditional Judaism to demand Israel bend and hold to the leftist principles followed by these sects which long ago placed their leftist politics above Halachic Judaism. They demanded a mixed gender place where women could wear Tallit, put on Tefillin, and even read Torah and Israel tried to meet them on this demand. The section was not used and remained deserted but when the Israelis decided to close the section to save resources, the hue and cry went up that Israel was drawing lines on who was a Jew and who was not. Their most damaging attempt was the demand that Israel accept any conversion to Judaism from any Rabbi or source with no regards for qualitative demands, religious knowledge of the convert, desire of the convert to live an Halachic life or even make an attempt to be Jewish in any manner or fashion. The reason behind these attacks is to label Israel as rejecting their Jewishness and not hold themselves at all responsible for their complete desertion of all things Jewish exchanging them for leftist politics and their holy revolution.

 

Another peril for Israel is the rising anti-Semitism in Europe and starting to spread throughout the world. This is an Israeli problem as Israel has a responsibility to fight to protect the Jews everywhere. By fight, we do not mean literally but politically and socially. The best antidote for anti-Semitism is a strong and proper Israel and Israeli people living proper and Torah observant lives. Israel must also be the refuge for any Jews who find themselves threatened where they reside giving them a place to which to flee should things turn that badly. This was the case throughout the 1950’s as Jews faced pogroms and exile from their homelands across the MENA region as the Arab and Muslim rulers demanded their Jews flee after stripping them of all their wealth. This was the case as the Jews fled the Soviet Union in the 1970’s through the 1980’s. This will be the unfortunately necessary case when Europe decides they no longer care to countenance their Jewish populations. This will be far from the first time that Jews have been expelled from European nations or threatened with genocide should they not exit quickly enough. This was the reason the Holocaust came about as Hitler initially demanded that the Jews be permitted to return to their homelands in what would become Israel. The British who controlled the lands at the time responded to Arab rioting at the idea of permitting European Jews to flee to Israel refused them entry. Now there is no external power preventing Israel from being the last and best hope for the Jewish People. If or when places around our world decide to expel their Jews, today there is a land which will gladly give them a home and assist them in adjusting to their new life, and that is Israel. We have heard people argue that the United States would accept Jews in distress but all we can ask them is if they have ever heard of the steamship St. Louis. Usually their answer is no and they need be educated that this was evidence of exactly what the United States did when Jews were in desperate need of assistance and were within sight of the American shoreline as well as the Coast Guard ships escorting their slow cruise along the eastern seaboard on their trip back to Frankfort. Israel is the guarantor that such a travesty never happens again. Israel is the enforcement behind the phrase, “Never Again.”

 

And now another disaster appears on the horizon. Former Prime Minister and Defense Minister Ehud Barak said on Wednesday he is seriously considering running for Prime Minister. There are also reports that he has been contacting leaders of several parties and is most seriously considering joining the Zionist Union assuming the top spot from Labor chairman Avi Gabbay. Ehud Barak was quoted by Hahadashot stating, “Today I am more mature and qualified to lead the State of Israel than any candidate around.” Yes, Ehud Barak never has suffered from excessive modesty. But please do not take our word for this, from his own mouth, “I do not need reinforcements – I am immodest enough to notice that in terms of record, experience, international familiarity, intimate familiarity with security problems, economics, etc. I am now more mature and qualified to lead the State of Israel than any of the candidates around, including Netanyahu.” This from a man who has never found any proposed sacrifice as being too excessive if their might be a Nobel Peace Prize for finally reaching a deal with the PA. Ehud Barak has taken great hope from a poll which he claims he does not know the source, really likely, which he describes stating, “I also have a poll, which I do not know who initiated, but on the question, ‘If there was a direct election for prime minister and Netanyahu and Barak were candidates, who would you vote for?’, I beat Netanyahu among the secular public.” He probably has not heard that Israel while being a secular state politically, is a largely religious state. This explains the sabotage and condemnatory statements regarding Prime Minister Netanyahu over the past eighteen months while claiming to have no interest in running for political office. We have suspected he was once again planning on running for Prime Minister as he cannot believe he is not running everything from Israel to the United Nations, the Nobel Committee and the planet, after all, he is not “immodest” by admission. Who are we to argue with Mr. Perfect?

 

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November 2, 2017

Manhattan Terror and More

 

The terrorist attack in Manhattan was horrific and abhorrent in every manner. The terrorist was required to jump over five yards or more and avoid hitting the trees parked along the median separating the bicycle lanes from the traffic lanes. Then he accelerated to run down approximately twenty cyclists and murdering eight of those he struck. The terrorist has been identified as 29-year-old Sayfullo Saipov. Terrorist, please excuse our jumping to conclusions as he has not been convicted, just caught in the act, shot, hospitalized and hopefully at least arraigned, Sayfullo Saipov entered United States through Diversity Visa Program. He came to the United States seven years ago from Uzbekistan carrying a Diversity Visa, which has been, importantly, a part of President Trump’s proposed revisions for his “extreme vetting” program.

 

Manhattan Terrorist Sayfullo Saipov Murderer of Eight Cyclists

Manhattan Terrorist Sayfullo Saipov
Murderer of Eight Cyclists

 

President Trump sounded less than amused as he Tweeted, “The terrorist came into our country through what is called the ‘Diversity Visa Lottery Program,’ a Chuck Schumer beauty. I want merit based. We are fighting hard for Merit Based immigration, no more Democrat Lottery Systems. We must get MUCH tougher (and smarter).”

 

President Trump Tweeted, “‘Diversity Visa Lottery Program,’ a Chuck Schumer beauty”

President Trump Tweeted,
“‘Diversity Visa Lottery Program,’ a Chuck Schumer beauty”

 

The Diversity Visa Program was a State Department wonder program, as in it makes one wonder who came up with such a lame-brained idea, whereby fifty-thousand immigrant visas were made available annually and, according to the United States Citizen and Immigration Services website, applicants must prove they have a clean criminal record, have a high school diploma or its equivalent, or have at least two years of work experience within the past five years in order to qualify. One can only wonder how difficult it might be to qualify with such strict restrictions plus one wonders how were these qualifications to be verified, word of honor, scouts honor, note from your mother, or slips of paper from nations where such pieces of paper are easily attained by just about anybody and easily forged by any organization or determined individual. The program was passed through the Congress as a fine piece of progressive legislation and signed dutifully by a progressive President George H.W. Bush in 1990. These programs have been in action since the 1970’s and continued and bolstered by Democrats and Republicans alike with terrorist murderer Sayfullo Saipov having arrived in 2010. Both parties are to blame for these contemptable programs which undermine the safety of American citizens.

 

 
In the end, terrorist murderer Sayfullo Saipov rammed his rental truck (see below) into a school bus probably hoping to murder any children who may have been aboard. We believe the school bus was empty, and we are thankful of this, but murdering children is another cowardly preference these new breed of terrorists target. The other fortunate thing other than the school bus (see below) being empty was that it also brought the murderous rampage to a quick and decisive end. Still, at this point, terrorist murderer Sayfullo Saipov stepped out of his totaled truck apparently holding firearms. It turns out that his guns were toys, replicas incapable of hurting anybody and apparently were there for him to brandish in hopes of being sent to his seventy-two virgins (or raisins depending on the translation).

 

Crashed Rental Truck

Crashed Rental Truck

 

School Bus which Stopped Attack

School Bus which Stopped Attack

 

Now we will have a little good news before closing. In Israel, the Israeli Defense Force (IDF) and intelligence agencies discovered a new terror tunnel leading into Israel. The IDF believed the tunnel to be unoccupied at the time of its destruction, something the Israeli government has determined to be the best actions to use to avoid appearing unnecessarily unkind. What kind of world are we residing in when a national government has to be concerned as to whether or not terrorists are in a tunnel designed for the murder of its citizens before destroying it, but it gets even more embarrassing. There were some twenty terrorists working away in the tunnel preparing for who knows what when it was destroyed. Gaza medical authorities from deep within Hamastan reported that seven of the terrorists died resulting from the destruction of the terrorist attack tunnel burrowed underneath the Israel Hamastan (Gaza) border. Mahmoud Abbas came out to meet reporters and declare that Israel was guilty of murdering the heart of terrorism, if only that were true. Hamas denounced the needless destruction of their tunnel and the taking of the lives of seven of their finest people. Then came the saddest part of this day, the Israeli government issued a statement apologizing for causing the death of the seven terrorists working in an attack tunnel which led from Gaza under the border into Israel from where terrorists would one day emerge to murder Israelis and destroy their homes and attempt to destroy the entirety of Israel. Yes, they apologized for killing terrorists readying an attack tunnel for the assault to murder Israelis. At least the terror tunnel is destroyed and terrorists met their end and I guess we will have to live with the apparent apology for killing terrorists in a terror tunnel.

 

We understand that Israel values lives, even terrorist lives, but given a choice between terrorist lives and the lives of Israeli civilians including children, we will take terrorist lives. It was proven that terrorist target children came that same day in Manhattan as the terror attack ramming came to an end when the terrorist targeted a school bus hoping it might have children aboard. Still, the loss of life can be mourned and respected without a formal apology for killing terrorists readying their attack tunnels for their deadly purpose. Seven terrorist died and their work in the tunnel has come to an end making, hopefully, many Israelis safer as a result and that is the good news. Every destroyed terror tunnel is, in and of itself, a blessing in its own way.

 

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October 21, 2017

Hamas-Fatah Union Job Finished

 

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

 

Fatah Hamas Reconciliation

Fatah Hamas Reconciliation

 

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

 

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

 

Open Foundation Open Hillel Open to Everything but Israel

Open Foundation Open Hillel Open to Everything but Israel

 

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

 

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