Beyond the Cusp

April 23, 2019

Why the World is Always Attacking Israel

 

The easy answer is that it is because Israel has far more nations which have developed a bifurcated set of relations with Israel; one condemnatory taking the Arabist view that Israel causes conflict as they attempt to incorporate more land and the other taking any and all the advances which the world is benefiting from as Israel writes new Apps, compiles programs upon which computers are run and for protecting computer systems from malware and attack as well as discoveries and inventions too numerous to list. Israel and her people have no problem with the world gaining from her efforts in more areas than people realize. Without Israeli inventions and programs, the cellphone you rely upon so heavily might not even exist and if it did, it would be bulkier and more problematic. Almost all malware and virus protection software were developed in Israel. Add to this list drip irrigation, hybrid plants which grow in arid climates, stents used to open arteries which also deliver medicine and anti-clogging drugs for months after their insertion, procedures for treating heart problems in infants, and being one of the first nations to arrive providing assistance after a disaster. We could add much more to this list making an article in and of itself, but those interested can find most of this information with a basic search. But in this article, we are more interested in the reasons nations utilize to denigrate, belittle and attack Israel and the reality which the world appears to have completely forgotten.

 

The best place to start is with the period towards the end of World War I and the ensuing decade after peace was established. To believe that anti-Israel screed, one does need to ignore this period as well as numerous other promises made to the Zionist Jews. The initial document which eventually established Israel was the Balfour Declaration of 1917. This was subsequently followed by the San Remo Conference which was officially published on April 25, 1920. From this conference there were numerous treaties including but not limited to the Treaty of Sèvres, the Treaty of Lausanne and the Treaty of Versailles which set up the original rules and powers of the League of Nations. The results from all these many treaties, conferences and other legal papers became the Mandate System for control of the various regions of the defeated Ottoman Empire and rearranged, to include forming new nations for indigenous peoples in the Balkans and other regions which had been ruled by the Austro-Hungarian Empire and Greater Germany. This already puts to a lie the claims made that it was only the Ottoman Empire which was made into several countries by the Europeans after World War I. The map of Eastern Europe was also drastically altered in much the same fashion as was the Ottoman Empire as shown in the two maps below which compare the before the war and after the war carving of Eastern Europe into several new nations for indigenous peoples.

 

German Empire and Austro-Hungarian Empire Before WWI and After WWI

German Empire and Austro-Hungarian Empire Before WWI and After WWI

 

So, the truth was that the two empires which lost along with the Ottoman Empire were also chopped up creating Poland, Yugoslavia, Czechoslovakia, an enlarged Romania and a far smaller and separate Austria and Hungary with Germany also forgiving large sections of lands. This is easily found as it is basic history regarding the ending of The War to End All Wars, also renamed later as World War I (as we had another one soon thereafter). But the propaganda being sold is that only the Ottoman Empire, and specifically the poor Arabs, were cheated out of their rightful Caliphate. They decry that after the war in which the Ottoman Turks were roundly defeated with numerous Arabs assisting in that struggle that they were not given all the Ottoman lands in one chunk such that they would have their empire back despite losing. Basically, their complaint is that they did not get a do over after losing the war because they cannot lose any war as the Quran states that they will always be the victors, thus they have to get everything back as it was before they lost.

 

This should sound familiar to some people out there as it is the same argument they are using against Israel. The Arabs started the wars in 1948, 1956, 1967, and 1973. After their loss in 1956 Suez War, Egypt demanded Israel return the Sinai Peninsula. As both Russia and the United States insisted Israel return the Suez Canal as Egypt has promised to never attack Israel or close the Straits of Tiran to Israeli shipping (this cuts off Israel’s only port leading to Asia and as such its closure is a casus belli as an act of war). When Egypt again closed the Straights of Tiran to Israeli shipping, itself an act of war, and, along with their ally Syria, massed troops and armor along the Negev-Sinai border and along the Golan Heights overlooking the Galilee with Gamal Abdel Nasser threatening to utterly destroy Israel in 1967, once the dust settled Israel had taken the Sinai again as well as the Golan Heights from Syria, and as Jordan also joined the war on Israel, Israel liberated Judea and Samaria, the Shomron which Jordan calls the West Bank. Notice that when it came to the lands which Jordan had occupied for nineteen years illegally with only Pakistan and Great Britain recognizing their annexation of lands which were promised to Israel, we rightfully refer to that as liberating these lands as that is actually the reality. For this we refer back to all the events after World War I when the lands for Israel were set aside. After the war of 1973 Israel was wrestled back across the Suez Canal as threats from the United States Department of State of dire consequences should Israel not retreat from their advances on Cairo and Alexandria in Egypt and Damascus in Syria back to the lines of the 1967 armistice such that the Arab nations did not lose additional territories to Israel including both national capital cities.

 

The original agreed upon division of the British Mandate lands was so simple that it is hard to understand why the world cannot grasp exactly what was laid out. The League of Nations approved it unanimously, the Zionist Congress agree to the plan, and the British claimed that they would back this division with the British Crown. The division of the British Mandate made two states for two peoples before that was even a buzz phrase most often deployed against Israel when it should be the Israeli defense against the packages of lies she must contend with. There would be a Jewish state referenced as Palestine (at this time a Palestinian was a Jew residing in the holy lands and Arabs were called, well, Arabs) and an Arab state which became Jordan and the Hashemite tribe was granted to rule so as to allow the British to keep their promise to grant the sons of King Faisal lands over which to rule (his other son became the King of Iraq). The lands were divided fairly, or at least that is what the Arab League agreed upon at the time of the decision, with the Arabs receiving 78% of the lands, those which lie east of the Jordan River and the Jews got 22% of the lands, those which lie west of the Jordan River. This is really crucial as this is exactly what international law and any decision from the World Court, the Court of the Hague, the International Court of Justice, International Criminal Court and presumably at the United Nations which is bound to enforce the Mandate System according to Article 80 of their charter. Just because it is so easy, we figured we would include a map below which depicts the British division of their Mandate lands using the Jordan River as the border between the two nations. These are the pertinent facts about Israel and her intended and internationally agreed upon borders. Even the Arab League originally signed on to this division made by the British. Their agreement might have been due to the Jews getting the short end of the stick or the tiniest of the lands except for the French nation which was supposed to be Christian, that being Lebanon which is currently all but ruled by the Iranian terror arm, Hezballah.

 

British Mandate with its division between an Arab State of Jordan and Palestine denoted to be the Jewish State later named Israel

British Mandate with its division between an Arab State of Jordan and
Palestine denoted to be the Jewish State later named Israel

 

With all the preliminaries and history out of the way, please allow us to move to recent events since Israeli independence was announced on May 15, 1948 (actually the evening of the 14th as Jewish days begin at sundown thus the declaration of independence bringing the state of Israel officially into the world was made on the evening of May 14 and officially regarded by the rest of the world to have been the 15th, confused yet?), and then the violence began. The first and biggest lie is that Israel has never lost a war with the Arabs. Israel could be said to not have won but have survived the war which started the morning of May 15, 1948, the first morning that Israel came into existence. Six Arab armies invaded Israel that morning. They were Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Lebanon, Syria, Jordan and Iraq (map of their invasion routes included below). The United Nations had made an attempt to prevent the war by offering a solution which would have divided Israel into two nations, another Arab nation within what had been the British Mandate and a Jewish nation. Most of the Jewish lands were in the Negev Desert (see lower map with patrician on left and original intent on the right). The Arab League refused the compromise as they had their own plan to deal with the Jewish State, an invasion which was intended to wipe the Jewish state from the map of the world. The invasion was described by Azzam Pasha, Secretary-General of the Arab League at that time who stated, “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.” When the Arab League refused the United Nations General Assembly suggested compromise, that nullified that proposed solution permanently. That meant that Israel on the morning of May 15, 1948, had as her eastern border the Jordan River and her southern border at the line between the Sinai Peninsula and the Negev Desert, this was an approximation of the River of Egypt also called the Wadi of Egypt. After this war, Israel had lost Gaza to Egypt and most of Judea and Samaria to Jordan. When you lose lands in a war, that is not a victory. But because Israel staved off utter destruction, the claim is Israel won because she still existed. Had the war played out as the Arabs expected it would, then there would be no Israel and a second Holocaust would have come to pass and the prediction of Azzam Pasha would have also come to pass. The main item to remember is that Gaza and what would be renamed West Bank were lands lost by Israel from an invasion by the Arab world leaving these lands as illegally occupied. This was the real and only occupation.

 

Initial Invasion Routes by Arab Armies on May 15, 1948

Initial Invasion Routes by Arab Armies on May 15, 1948

 

 

Left UN Partition Plan Resolution 181 Rejected by Arabs Making Original British Partition Arab and Jewish Lands as Only Standing Agreement Supported in 1921 Arab League and Zionist Congress Backed by British Crown as Valid

Left UN Partition Plan Resolution 181 Rejected by Arabs
Making Original British Partition Arab and Jewish Lands
as Only Standing Agreement Supported in 1921 Arab League
and Zionist Congress Backed by British Crown as Valid

 

After the 1948 war, Jordan claimed to have annexed the parts of Judea and Samaria they had taken and, more importantly, extended citizenship to the majority of the Arabs residing in these lands. Jordan also forcibly relocated tens of thousands of her own citizens into these lands so as to prevent their being liberated by or returned to Israel. Egypt simply extended military control and rule over Gaza. In 1956 was the Suez Canal crisis when Nasser nationalized the Suez Canal and cut off its use to European nations while closing the Straights of Tiran to Israeli shipping. This causes France, Britain and Israel to ally setting a time which if there were no resolution, then the three nations were to attack Egypt. That hour came and Israel did what she was assigned, take the Sinai and the eastern side of the Suez Canal. The British and the French opened up negotiations with Egypt. Egypt set the return of the Sinai as their demand before they would agree to open up the Suez Canal to all shipping. Well, you can guess what came next, universal demands that Israel, in order for there to be peace, must return the Sinai Peninsula. Another case of an Arab loss of lands and their main concern is the return of those lands such that they get a do over. Then came the 1967 Six Day War and Israel once again took the Sinai from Egypt and took control of the Golan Heights from Syria and liberated the West Bank returning the rest of Judea and Samaria back to Israel after nineteen years of its Jordanian occupation. Then in 1973 the Syrian and Egyptians attempted once more to erase Israel from the map. This time Israel initially was losing and things appeared desperate. Eventually the Israelis turned the tide and by the time the world reacted, Israeli troops were almost at Damascus in Syria and well on their way to Cairo and Alexandria in Egypt. Can you guess what the world demanded and was all upset appearing on the verge of busting blood vessels. That’s correct, they demanded that Israel return to the lines left from the Six Day War and return every inch of Arab lands Israel stood to gain. Israel eventually returned the Sinai to Egypt in exchange for peace and Egypt surrendered any claims to Gaza. When Israel reached an agreement with Jordan, Jordan released her illegal claims to the West Bank and they returned to being Judea and Samaria.

 

There is one very large item which needs to be mentioned. Nowhere in all these wars and the ongoing conflict was there ever any nation called Palestine and the one main reference to Palestine was it being the Jewish State. In 1964 the Arab League in conjunction with the KGB initiated the greatest hoax in all of history, we think even greater than the Trojan Horse, and founded the PLO, the Palestinian Liberation Organization, a terrorist group which would bring such things into the world as plane hijacking, suicide bombing and almost every other terrorist act in use today. The concept was for the Arabs to now claim that they are the Palestinians and use that to claim all of Jewish history since the Romans renamed the region after the second (or third depending on your sources) Jewish uprising against Rome. The Palestinian Arabs have also claimed to have been the Canaanites, to have resided in the region for nine-thousand years, have invented the Palestinian-Canaanite Language including writing five-thousand years ago (a good two thousand years before cuneiform, the first written language according to anthropologists) and that the Jews invaded Palestine which was entirely Arab with not a Jew residing there before their May 1948 Jewish invasion. There are so many holes in each of these and numerous other arguments made by the Palestinian Arabs but the world just gobbles them up and claims they are delicious, do you have anything else we can blame on Israel, the Jewish state. There are those who ask why Israel does not fight back against the multi-billion dollar a year Arab propaganda war. The answer is easy, Israel spends an inordinate amount of her budget on defensive weapons such as the Iron Dome, offensive weaponry such as the Merkava tank, and training their service members in the various arms of the IDF. Israel does not have oil and is not being funded by any of the oil producing states in the region, imagine that. Israel has and does attempt to discredit the lies but apparently the media does not care as they have taken the Palestinian Arab side in this disagreement. The United Nations only knows one item, Israel is to blame for any and everything. The Human Rights Commission passes a resolution condemning Israel at the start of every meeting. The General Assembly celebrated the rights and future of the Palestinian Arabs several times each year. They seldom have a nice word for Israel. There was that one time where the United Nations named the IDF emergency response teams as the best in the world, imagine that.

 

The reality is that Israel’s eastern border is the Jordan River, period. Her borders are set by international conferences, treaties and agreements. This will remain her border until and unless Israel signs an agreement where her borders are altered. This has been true even when Jordan held lands west of the Jordan River as that was the illegal occupation as was Egypt holding Gaza. There are some who believe that Israel signed off on Gaza, but that agreement was that this was to be a trial to see if the Palestinian Authority was capable of ruling itself. The obvious answer was a resounding no. Israel could enter Gaza and force out every person whether terrorist or civilian and it would technically be legal. Yes, we realize it would never be allowed to stand and the world would then demand Israel make a nation out of Gaza with Hamas terrorists as their governance. The same applies to the regions currently under semiautonomous rule of the Palestinian Authority. The Arabs residing in Gaza and the Shomron are not Israeli citizens as they were on the other side of the armistice lines which took effect in 1949. Technically, these Arabs became citizens of whatever nation they were in when the war ended, be it Egypt, Jordan, Syria or Lebanon. The original Arab so-called refugees were less than seven-hundred-thousand, measurably less than the over eight-hundred-thousand Jewish refugees thrown out by the Arab world across the Middle East and Northern Africa. This should have been made into a swapping of citizens, Jews went to Israel and Arabs to the Arab world. This is what occurred with India and Pakistan, Germany and Poland, Germany and Czechoslovakia, Turkey and Greece in Cyprus and between numerous nations after wars or the founding of a new state for a displaced group such as was the case with Pakistan where they hoped was to separate Muslims, Hindus and Buddhists so as to lessen tensions. But these unfortunate Arabs have been locked away in camps for generations solely to be used as a weapon with which to threaten Israel. Everyone knows that these Arabs will never be resettled in Israel as that would be suicidal for Israel (which is why so many are behind this idea). The only legal and proper means of settling the Arab Israeli conflict is to apply the assigned borders to Israel and relocate those Arabs who do not wish to live under Jewish rule. Those who remain will be treated as a legal foreign alien who could be granted the right to elect local leaders but would not have full citizen style rights which means they could not vote in Israeli elections and numerous other details. They would not be permitted an armed police force. Their law enforcement would necessarily be provided by Israel and according to international law, this would be required to be a military enforced law. It would even be wise to provide those Arabs who decide to leave not only fair market price for their properties, but a relocation stipend making their relocation go easier. The one thing which is becoming obvious, this situation cannot be permitted to continue to exist. Israel needs to set an ultimatum that either they accept an offer cobbled together by the Knesset in conjunction with whatever foreign powers would need be included, and that if refused, then negotiations have failed and any act of terrorism will be responded to with extreme responses and the entire family of a terrorist will be forced to leave Israel permanently. Their return would be considered a capital offence which could see them receiving a life sentence or even the death penalty. Repeated attempts to return or any future terrorist act by a deported family member would require either aforementioned sentencing. Yes, that is unfriendly, but the terrorism against Israelis is not exactly friendly even if you wish Israel would disappear, a stance being taken by even some political representatives in Europe and the Americas. Israel should not have to live with such hatred sitting within her borders. Nations have rights on what they can do with uninvited individuals and it is past time for Israel to ignore the Europeans and their constant whining about how evil Israel is and just do that which is necessary. No other nation would have tolerated such within their borders for one tenth of the time. Proof, look at how Britain handled the IRA, France the Yellow Vests, China handled Tienanmen Square or any number of uprisings or extended protests and you will see that Israel has put up with enough and time has come to bring these problems to the point they will eventually reach, the point where Israelis have had more than they can take and demand action from the government, and if they do not get their desired results, then expect the next government to understand the ultimatum the people are making. There will be an end and it will come suddenly probably in response to a terror wave or prolonged rocket firing into Israel. This end will be applied to Hamas, Islamic Jihad, PLO, Palestinian Authority, Hezballah and any other entity wishing to destroy Israel or murder all the Jews on the planet. We hope the Arabs see it coming and leave peaceably, but for some reason we just cannot see such ever evolving from the situation. That is so very unfortunate as there are many Arab Palestinians who would rather just live in peace and under honest leadership and not kleptomaniacs such as they have now. The problem has only gotten worse because of the concerted effort to use the schools, sports, entertainment and everything they can twist to produce new generations who hate Israel and Jews more than the previous generation, and they are succeeding. This will force the issue all the faster, and it will not be good for anyone when the end comes.

 

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April 19, 2019

How to Recognize Arab-Israeli Acceptable Peace Plan

Filed under: Israel — qwertster @ 1:58 AM
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There exist certain exacting criteria which have become the watchwords demanded of any peace plan if its presenters expect general support. Without these particulars incorporated into your plan, then you are doomed to fail finding yourself left out in the cold space of rejection. The Arabs will laugh in your face, then when you pivot, you will receive a full and proper scolding, all as openers for putting their stamp of approval upon your plan, but not until they are permitted to amend your plan bringing it in line with their experts. Who, you might ask, are the experts and how did they become such experts? Well, that is not as difficult an answer as you may think. An expert is anyone who has published works which insist on a solution where the lands gained (liberated from illegal Jordanian rule) in the Six Day War are returned to their rightful owners, the Palestinians. As an expert, you are completely convinced and aware that the invented convention that the Palestinians have this country called Palestine and the Jews made an amphibious assault taking the beaches in May of 1948 and from that established beachfront, the Jews expanded threatening to conquer the entirety of the Arab World. Fortunately, the Arab armies managed to stop the Jews at what is called the Green Line, thus at least this should be the border. Jerusalem must also be split in half as that was the way it was supposed to be. As long as your scholarly opinion is in agreement with the Arab and European talking points, then praises will be heaped upon you, you will receive invitations to address scholarly conventions with others who believe as do you. Your plan is safe as long as it meets with “the requirements” which everyone who is anyone should be familiar with the points. Vary from the well-worn path which all previous failed plans traveled before yours, then you must be a racist, a radical, you are an instigator who is not serious about reaching a solution. These are the rules for all proposed plans for settling the Arab-Israeli Conflict. Oh, and one last word to the wise, we who decide all do not use the dated terminology of Arab-Israeli Conflict, the newly discovered term which we insist has always been how the problem has been framed, it is now called the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict. Get with the program if you ever expect to address the Human Rights Council or even the big time and address the General Assembly.

 

This is the atmosphere into which President Trump will be placing his “Deal of the Century” aiming to settle the problem upon which, according to those experts we referenced earlier, any solution must meet with their approval. Further, according to these experts, there must be another nation for the Arabs, oh, sorry, we stand corrected, the Palestinians must receive their rightful state no matter how much the Jews whine about their needs for a secure and defensible set of borders. We experts realize that is just code wording for establishing a “Greater Israel” over half of the Middle East. All of we experts are aware of the deep hidden desire the Jews have to rule over the world and control all the governments. That is why it will be so important that those who have been gifted with recognizable enlightened knowledge be permitted to dictate a proper solution to this conflict respecting the dignity and historical perspectives. We have the credentials given us by our governments who rely upon us to set the height of the bar and the parameters any plan must meet if anything is expected to result from its presentation. We are aware that this set of parameters has been tried repeatedly with the same results, no peace and further increases of terrorism. But trust us, this time it will work if only Israel would allow additional lands to be turned over to the needed Arab entity.

 

Let us look at the Israeli demands which are largely directly attributable to her security and ability to defend her people. The main pieces to any settlement have changed since the Oslo Accords, both I and II, are dead and buried. Mahmoud Abbas has declared this repeatedly, and for a change he is correct. Israel insists on retaining the Golan Heights and the Jordan River Valley (it more resembles a steep sided gorge) and the western cliffs overlooking the river. These are the strategically necessary positions in order to both stop a land assault from the east as well as serving to prevent any Arab entity from importing heavy weaponry. The reasons for the strategic land positions become very evident on the map below which shows the Golan Heights and the Jordan River Valley in topographic relief. Another reason for retaining the overlooking cliffs is for eastward facing radar for early warning of any approaching aircraft. There was a period immediately after the Oslo Accords when Israel offered over ninety percent of the former West Bank (the Shomron or Judea and Samaria) and proffered land swaps in exchange for the main settlement blocks and was also offering the return of eastern Jerusalem. These offers were put forward by both of the left-wing governments, one headed by Ehud Barak and the other by Ehud Olmert. These offers were co-authored by President Clinton assisting Ehud Barak and by George W. Bush with Ehud Olmert. President Clinton had even twisted Barak’s arm until he agreed to every demand by Yasser Arafat. Arafat then refused his own terms and returned via Jordan and finished implementing his plans for the Second Intifada. Even the most minimal demands, actually more like requests, by Israel are unacceptable to the Arab side.

 

Topographic Map of Golan Heights and Jordan River Valley

Topographic Map of Golan Heights and Jordan River Valley

 

So, what exactly is the Arab side of the argument. What exactly will they accept in order to make peace? Unfortunately, their demands are spoken of only in Arabic, but thanks to MEMRI, Palestinian Media Watch, Honest Reporting, CAMERA, Stand With Us as well as blogs such as ourselves and Chaim Report, Elder of Ziyon and many other worthy efforts, these speeches have been translated and, except for the United States State Department, anyone can go to these locations and find what Abbas and the rest of the terrorist entities both in Gaza and in Judea and Samaria have been saying to their own people. The first realization one reaches is that what they say in Arabic contradicts almost everything said in English. Odd as this concept may seem, but this form of lying to the infidel in order to advance the conquests, interests, positions or simply to obscure the truth of Islam is a religious obligation known as Taqiyya. There is a saying that the way to know when an Arab leader is using Taqiyya is very simple, if it is in English, it is Taqiyya and if it is in Arabic, then the odds drop to around fifty percent depending largely if the speaker will gain from what they are communicating. But when they are using English and placing it for Western consumption, when stating such things as Islam is the religion of peace, terrorism is against Islamic principles and other such statements, it is most definitely Taqiyya so you would be closer to reality by negating everything presented which one finds pleasing to hear. These are stories told to lull the West, the enemy, into a false sense of calm and security all the while undermining everything they are able, and infiltrating the rest. There are exceptions such as when emotions get the better of them and the truth tumbles out. The most obvious recent example has been Mahmoud Abbas consistently stating that President Trump and his Deal of the Century are going to be refused because President Trump has proven by moving the American Embassy to the Capital city of Israel, Jerusalem, that he is biased and serves only Israel. This was simply telling the truth that any peace deal, it does not matter whose it is, as they refused President Obama’s overtures, is dead on arrival if anywhere within the peace plan the Jews are permitted self-rule. There is one point which the Arab Palestinians insist upon in any peace agreement, that they rule all the lands from the Jordan River to the Mediterranean Sea and that the Jews are removed completely from these Islamic Waqf or they will remove them in their fashion. Abbas has repeatedly stated, nay, insisted that every millimeter of lands under Palestinian Arab rule must be free of Jews. He has stated that he does not care where they go, just that they go. So, if Abbas and his Hamas, Islamic Jihad and whatever other terror groups currently are nested in Gaza or Judea and Samaria are ever granted their state of Palestine from the river to the sea (Jordan River to the Mediterranean Sea), there will be no room for the Jews and Israel will have been destroyed. These are the demands of the Arabs, that the Jews be returned to their proper place of a people without a country chased from one nation to the next cursed by Allah. Anything short of a complete victory and the utter decimation of Israel leaving the Jews at the tender mercies of the world is unacceptable to the Arabs and they will simply walk away from any negotiations which grant them less and claim Israel is not serious about making peace.

 

The one item which is in Israel’s favor is that according to international law derived from the San Remo Conference, the League of Nations unanimous decision for the establishing of the Jewish State and the Mandate System set up for that expressed purpose, all of which is further backed by the United Nations Charter Article 80 which placed the full enforcement of the United Nations towards realizing the results spelled out in the Mandate System, mean that unless Israel signs a treaty forgoing her ownership of any of the lands west of the Jordan River, the lands are legally all belonging to Israel. Currently, Gaza is a semi-autonomous region ruled by Hamas and parts of Judea and Samaria are a semi-autonomous region ruled by the Palestinian Authority. Neither of these governing entities has held elections for over a decade and Mahmoud Abbas is in his fourteenth year of a four-year term. Whenever it appears that there will be an agreement between Hamas and the Palestinian Authority, some technicality or misunderstanding always prevents their union and the holding of elections. Every time elections have been scheduled by the Palestinian Authority, some problem or emergency has caused Abbas to cancel the elections. These are the real reasons that the Palestinian Arabs have not voted for a long time and it has nothing to do with Israel. At least Hamas has declared themselves to be a dictatorial ruling power, Abbas claims to be a democracy where elections just never materialize. Mahmoud Abbas knows he would lose any election and that Hamas would be the victor and unless he escapes in time, he would be tried and hanged. But the media refuses to report the reality as they have taken a position critical of the Jewish State and forgiving of all sins towards the Arab entities. The Europeans have worked with great diligence in their attempts to rid the world of the Jewish State starting even before Israel had declared her independence.

 

This is where the Arab refusal to accept Israel ruled by the Jews in any size or configuration has saved Israel almost despite herself. When the United Nations on November 29, 1947, in the United Nations General Assembly adopted Resolution 181 which would have divided the lands west of the Jordan into equal sized states, one Arab and one Jewish; the Jews accepted this terrible idea and were saved because the Arabs refused to permit any Jewish state and had already planned to invade Israel immediately after she declared her independence. This was the war which began on May 15, 1948, and is misnamed the Israeli War of Independence, but we like to give it its real name as described by Azzam Pasha, Secretary-General of the Arab League at that time who stated, “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.” That is what the Arabs expected, a war of annihilation where every Jew and probably others even including some of the Muslims who did not hate the Jews with sufficient fervor. Six Arab armies invaded Israel as described on the map below and somehow, without an actual organized military, Israel survived. Israel lost Gaza to Egypt and parts of Judea and Samaria to Jordan. When the PLO was founded in 1964, three years before the Six Day War, their claim was to destroy the Jewish State and turn the lands where Israel had existed over to Jordan and Egypt. They expressly laid no claim to Gaza or the parts of Judea and Samaria under Jordanian control as they were in Islamic hands and did not require cleansing. After the Six Day War, their claims immediately changed to specify the regions lost by Egypt and Jordan claiming in English that this was all they desired.

 

Initial Invasion Routes by Arab Armies on May 15, 1948

Initial Invasion Routes by Arab Armies on May 15, 1948

 

Still, they have turned down numerous offers which would have given them almost exactly what they claimed to demand and they refused every time. There have been times that a near majority if not a definitive majority of Israelis feared the offer being made to the Palestinian Arabs as they foresaw what would follow. Each time their fears were allayed as Yasser Arafat and then Mahmoud Abbas after him refused every offer. The world knows their only acceptable peace is one where the Jews are destroyed, preferably the world over, but it is easier to blame Israel than officially recognize the truth and work from there. When will the Arab Israeli conflict end? There are two answers. One is after Israel delivers such a blow to the Arab world that they fear for their existence. The other is upon the coming of the Messiah. Until then, every president will try and fail because until a President offers to destroy Israel for the Arab Palestinians so they can have a larger failed state, there will be no solution.

 

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April 8, 2019

The Israel the Media Ignores Intentionally

Filed under: Israel — qwertster @ 1:02 AM
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There are two sides to virtually every story and by describing only half the story, the media shapes public opinions. This is especially true once political opinions and editorial censors cherry-pick what news to show and when media moguls frame an entire conflict, then the news can lead to damages which can never be reconciled. This has been very true about President Trump and especially the presumed guilt of Russian Collusion, but that we will leave for others to rectify which somehow the Mueller Report failed to close that in many eyes and they will continue to dig and claim to have found evidence demanding another Special Council. Where President Trump might lead in the one sided news stories and the framing such that every last accusation must be treated as the impeachable offense, but coming in second and being such a story for far longer has been Israel which has been hounded and scapegoated by the media consistently since even before President Carter, though his Presidency could be termed as the turning on Israel pivot by the media. We will begin our story with the Gaza regions of Israel and their largely untold story. The map below shows the Israeli cities, towns and Kibbutzim in close proximity to Gaza and there is where we begin.

 

Gaza Communities and Relative Sizes

Gaza Communities and Relative Sizes

 

There is one thing that is universal, children at play. Even in the above-pictured towns, one will find children at play. Like many children in the world, they play soccer and any picture of them playing soccer would appear to be totally normal until a second sharper and more detailed look provides what did not quite feel right upon the first glance. What appears wrong is in fact quite normal in these regions. The kids play soccer placing their goals along the mid-field stripe, one just past one end and the other just past the other end. Then they play running across the field placed sideways using the other lines on the field to designate out-of-bounds. Why would they play their games sideways when they have a complete soccer field for their use? Why would they use those easy to move goals when the field had very good permanent goals? It is not that they actually desire to play on a truncated and shortened field, but it has one extremely important quality, it helps them survive. These communities are not protected by the Iron Dome anti-projectile systems. This is because this may be the one improvement which hopefully can be made soon in the future. The reason the Iron Dome is unable to protect these places and the reason the children play soccer on a truncated-sideways field are the same, time; and its being measured at approximately fifteen seconds give or take three seconds depending on out of where in Gaza a rocket or mortar was fired. That fifteen seconds is how long these children, and all the other children outside playing, have to take shelter in any of the public shelters, the shelters which are basically shrapnel catchers often made from large pipes which are also used for water transport (see below). These shelters, which are places strategically in this region’s common areas, playgrounds, shopping centers and wherever a need is recognized, have to be close with easy access as the people and children all have that fifteen seconds to dash into one of these or other shelters. The schools of the region have been fortified with walls and especially roofs thickened with reinforced concrete such that even a direct hit would not penetrate and potentially kill children. Daycares, preschools, many shopping malls, and other stores are reinforced often at the expense of the owners and sometimes with government funding. Fifteen seconds, think about how far you can run in fifteen seconds, how about your mother or your aunt with a hip replacement, the more you think about it, the shorter fifteen seconds becomes. But running does one no great favor unless they have chosen the object into which they are running, and that fifteen seconds after the siren may be a mere seven or eight seconds as the detection took slightly longer to project potential areas which could be struck. The shelters around soccer fields are on both sides of the field at the mid-field stripe close to the benches and where fans would most likely to be situated. This is why the children bring their own goals and set them near the benches on both sides of the field, from this truncated soccer field they can play and reach the shelters most likely in under ten seconds, thus they are playing as safely as can be expected. But that is when they are even permitted to go out and play, as when the chances for Hamas or Islamic Jihad rockets is high, the children are kept at home where there is a safe room, a bomb-proof room built as a government program to retrofit every house with one such structure, most often the smallest bedroom. We would like to show a video but we are forced to provide a link and hope you view it, you will not be sorry.

 

Sderot Rocket Shelters Come Plain and Beautified

Sderot Rocket Shelters Come Plain and Beautified

 

The next subject we are going to address is a specific form of terrorism which one would not expect to specifically target children. Still, somehow it seems that the only people who suffer injury or worse, death, are inevitably children, by which we mean kids under age thirteen. One of the more recent of these events was editorialized over in this article which is just one of far too many similar events. The place for these terror strikes is almost always a window facing an Arab village in relatively close proximity, and these can be beyond the Green Line or within the Green Line, that boundary makes no difference and this proves that the Palestinian Arab fight is against all of Israel, not just the Green Line. So, it is a sunny Sunday morning and a younger child innocently walks to a window to see the wonderful sights along the valet below. The youth has stood at that window a thousand times and walked away unharmed. Yes, their overly protective mother has yelled and pleaded that they stop standing at that window, but it has the best view and we all know kids will be kids everywhere. This time there is the sound of glass being punched through leaving a hole with three or four cracks spreading a few inches. Almost like a delayed reaction, the child falls to the floor with blood dripping from their soaked shirt and they lie there motionless. The child has been shot by somebody within an Arab village hundreds of meters distant. This is exactly what happened on Sunday March 24, 2019, to a seven year-old boy in Beit El, as in the article. Just imagine that there is a potential for a person to be shot simply because they were visible through a window in the home. What is the answer to this dilemma; homes with fake windows fed either by a camera on the house or any of numerous scenes and themes from the Internet. But, honestly, there has to be a better means of addressing this potentially deadly situation. The youth referenced earlier was severely injured by the bullet but was saved by surgeons at the hospital where he was rushed. In Israel, one of the things we do with great speed and quality is emergency treatment. Most often, the first to arrive are the medics on motorcycles which carry a good-sized compartment with most of what they might require. Next will be the arrival of the ambulance with more EMT’s and these two working closely with hospitals often mean the difference between life and death. These heroes have saved many a life here in Israel and the motorcycle EMT volunteers are one of the reasons, as they can get through traffic far more easily than the ambulance even with sirens as both have sirens to alert other traffic to yield. The first few minutes after an injury are the most vital and often make the difference between life and death which is why the very rapid response in motorcycles EMT’s are such a blessing.

 

Sample of Fake Windows

Sample of Fake Windows

 

There are more threats such as Hezballah which all but rules Lebanon and has reached an agreement, informally, with the Lebanese military, as a fair number of its recruits are also part of Hezballah as this is how they manage to train their people to use modern heavy military equipment. In our little cozy corner in Nahariya, we are informed that when the sirens sound, we have at the most thirty seconds to reach our Apartment safe room. We tested it and when the dog figured out what we were doing, well, you can guess who was the only one who made it in under twenty seconds. Were we to take the precaution of dropping all of the window steel covers before heading into the safe room it would take closer to four or five minutes. There is nowhere in Israel where one had over three minutes from siren to rocket or missile strike. If an Arab state were permitted in the Shomron, then once Hamas has again taken over the region and Iran has sufficiently armed them in the Shomron areas as they have Hezballah in Lebanon, then nowhere in Israel would more than forty-five seconds between siren and strike (see map below). The map does not show the complete range of Hamas and Islamic Jihad who can readily strike Tel Aviv if they desired so, thus one would be required to extrapolate the times reaching to Haifa and Jerusalem and figure which attack would be more imminent, Hamas and Islamic Jihad or Hezballah, but such would complicate the map considerably.

 

Time From Siren Launch Warning and Expected Strike

Time From Siren Launch Warning and Expected Strike

 

Shootings, knifings and rockets can strike anywhere in Israel, but there is another form of lethal terrorism which all Israelis need to keep eyes open seeking a safe wall or other obstacle capable of stopping anything from a car to a ten ton truck to a front loader to any other heavy equipment to sooner or later an APC or Merkava Tank. All of these can be utilized in what we refer to as ramming attacks. Our government reacted fairly rapidly to this threat and put in place at bus stops and light rail stations steel posts cemented into the ground to prevent any vehicle striking any group of people waiting for a ride. This was seen as the best means of protecting the people of Israel, specifically those simply awaiting transportation. There were certain bus stops and light rail stations which appeared to be the favorites of these vehicular terrorists. Perhaps it was ease of access, maybe a long run-up in which to reach speed, or perhaps it allowed numerous escape routs. All too often, these vehicular terrorists will race through an area attempting to ram every bus stop along the way almost inviting an Israeli to shoot if they have a carry license. These terrorists of all stripes appear to have suicidal desires as if their death while committing acts of terror against the general public but more often than not, when the terror becomes an individual attack, inevitably they tend to choose a woman. What some have done to these women is enough to cause one to be sick to their stomach. The fact that they almost always rape their victim, but it is also obvious and included in the death reports that the victim had been brutally tortured and often this brutalization would continue until their victim expired. Coroner reports have, on occasion, been unsure if the rape intercourse came before or after the victim passing from the brutalization.

 

Often, and here is a crucial point, the terrorist is incapable of understanding that they committed any criminal act. Under Palestinian Authority legal procedures, were one to even face a trial for the murder of a Jew, there would be no possibility for any conviction and by later that afternoon, they would be celebrated in their hometown and across the Palestinian Arab Territories. Yes, there are two regions where the Arabs are ruled over by their own people, Gaza under a Hamas dictatorship and Area A and B under Oslo Accords where they are ruled by the Mahmoud Abbas dictatorship as he is in the fifteenth year of his four-year term as Chairman of the Palestinian Authority. Their oppressions are at the hands of the terror masters ruling them, not Israel. In these regions, Israelis are warned not to enter due to the threat to their lives (see photo below). Should one stray into these regions, their murder would go unpunished and their body also might simply vanish from the face of the earth. Within these regions, terrorism is taught in the schools, broadcast on their televisions where it aggrandized as a courageous way to act, their streets and parks and so much more are named after the terrorists who murdered Jews. Once, a while back, two reservists took a wrong turn ending up in Nablus where they were brutally torn limb from limb by a mob which had surrounded the police building and since the lynch mob was too large for all to take part in the acts, a youth poked out a window and extended his bloodied hands for them to see and gleefully yell with excitement. This photo taken at risk to life and limb by a brave reporter and can be viewed here, warning, violent content. Just to clarify, there are no similar warnings for the Arabs residing in these Arab ruled semi-autonomous regions when they come to enter Israel. There have not been but a few cases of Jewish terrorism against the Arabs, and they have all been imprisoned or died in the commission of their attack. In the Arab media, textbooks, newspapers, radio and virtually every other medium they are fed propaganda, the same tropes, and other traditional anti-Semitic undertones. When it comes to interaction, violent or otherwise, there is only one thing which might cost a Palestinian Arab their life, which is should they sell land or any residence to a Jew. That is against the law while murdering a Jew is considered an impossibility as by murder can only be perpetrated by one human being against another human being and under their laws, a Jew is not a human being and thus cannot be murdered. The closest one can get to the way the Palestinian Arab society views Jews would be to use a term recently used by Louis Farrakhan who stated, “I‘m not an anti-Semite, I’m anti-termite.”

 

Sign Warning Israelis it is Illegal to Enter Arab Region for Safety Reasons

Sign Warning Israelis it is Illegal to Enter Arab Region for Safety Reasons

 

Children in Israel are generally unbothered by the threats which abound. This is because even with terrorism, they know that it is unlikely to strike them. Many of the teenagers, like teenagers everywhere, they believe that they are invulnerable, invincible and indestructible. Israel remains within the first dozen nations of the world for happiness and our children bring us joy and are the definition of joy. What is a terrible thing is explaining to a child, five, six, seven years old, that they must never stand before the living room windows because they might be shot. We do not always see the scars caused by running to shelters sometimes multiple times each day for weeks on end. It does become evident on some children but others find some means of coping and even reaching a level of understanding. The fact that this is even permitted to pass without a solid effort to protect and serve the people, especially the youth who are our future, is a disgrace. The time has come where the citizens of Israel need to ask themselves what nation and what problems are they willing to pass off to their children. Can anybody claim that we need to pass the present broken system which allows citizens to be bombarded for as much as a week, a month or even longer off to our children where they will one day face this same dilemma? Israelis are electing the next government on Tuesday, April 9, 2019. We all need to think long and hard as to what we expect of our government. Do we want to remain with the kick the can down the road because to do what is necessary might upset much of the world. Well Boo Hoo I could cry you a river.

 

We need to report here that we belong to Jewish Home and thus are not exactly impartial. With the expected reelection of Bibi Netanyahu, we can expect that can to be kicked further down the road almost as if he prefers to retain the problems which allow him to retain his position AS Prime Minister. But perhaps the Israelis are ready to try a new and fresh approach. This could be a dangerous proposition as who would make a better Prime Minister would become the question. What we would need is somebody who understands the problems and who actually would prefer not to ever become Prime Minister and had to be coaxed to even enter the political ring. We have always thought that those who prefer not to hold power are often the most suited to wielding that same power and doing so with pinpoint accuracy. Currently, General Gantz is considered to be the main rival and he comes with Yair Lapid being Prime Minister after two years. With each man taking two years, it is doubtful much could be accomplished. Of course, that might be a good thing, as their stance on many issues would lead inevitably to a final Arab Israeli war, as the next war will end very abruptly and in a conflagration unseen by the world to our knowledge. This would be a very bad result but it would be an unavoidable result of simply providing a Palestinian State through another disengagement except this time the IDF will still patrol in the region. Their plan is to take the fiasco of the Gaza Disengagement and apply this to the Shomron and pull out the established cities and infrastructure leaving everything beyond the Security Barrier to the Palestinian Authority and top this off by leaving the IDF within lands Israel has discharged all claims of her sovereignty which is exactly the situation in Lebanon which eventually led to a disorderly and disgracing evacuation of the IDF which led to numerous complications. But General Gantz claims he has learned how to do these things correctly and yet that does not fill me with calm acceptance that he would be anything but a disaster. Of the remaining candidates, none of which have anything better than a hope and a prayer, but Israel is the land of hopes and prayers and where they can come together at the strangest times and ways. The main two choices would be Bennett and Peretz which would be a difficult choice. Of the two, General Peretz is the unknown while Bennett, along with Shaked, is known from their years with the Jewish Home Party. Well, they left that party in an absolute disaster of a state which appeared initially would be the end of Jewish Home as a viable party to reach the Knesset. Bennett claims he would be completely different from Bibi Netanyahu and that he left Jewish Home because we had caved to Netanyahu too often. Well, he was the party chairman who decided when we were to cave to Netanyahu and it was he that made those policies which we were to follow. We will allow you to draw your own conclusions from that. Ayelet Shaked did perform well and brought some miracles into the Justice System. The work there is far from done and short of forcing many of the Justices to pick up and leave a vacancy, which is unlikely. Former General Peretz is the wildcard. He was happily retired when he was approached and invited to take the lead of a damaged and injured party limping off to lick its wounds and possibly die if it failed to make the Knesset. Rafi Peretz is a man of moral leadership which he proved in numerous different roles during his time with the IDF. He was initially a combat helicopter pilot while later in his career he was the Chief Rabbi of the IDF. As a Rabbi, you know Rafi Peretz would be a moral leader, not just because he was a Rabbi but because he was selected as the Chief Rabbi of the IDF. Then one has to consider his other service as a combat helicopter pilot. This implies a man with great coordination, able of complex thoughts while engaged in the challenging piloting of the helicopter. He also knows the horrors of warfare but appreciates the greater risk sometimes caused by not acting. He has had to work as part of a team and also been responsible for actions he undertook on his own as a pilot. Where I cannot claim to have great insight into General Rafi Peretz (Ret.), my gut tells me that this is probably just the man Israel has been seeking. We will see his performance as we proceed and should he rebuild Jewish Home and make it into a party capable of challenging Likud, then we will see how much Israel can love him. Rafi Peretz taking the lead of Jewish Home has already had effects upon some friends and acquaintances who served in the IDF when he was Chief Rabbi and they respect the man so much that a fair number of them are switching parties. We are simply fortunate that such a leader has taken charge of rebuilding our party and now we will get the true measure of the man as time proceeds. Maybe the next election he can challenge for the top spot as Likud cannot last into eternity, or can it?

 

Beyond the Cusp

 

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