Beyond the Cusp

June 24, 2018

The Spreading Iranian Plague

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The entirety of the events makes for a grand conspiracy or the script for a Hollywood movie script. The miracle is that if the story which we will lay out has any validity, then the American people intervened to foil the grand scheme and likely hardly realized their miraculous part in foiling the great laid plans of mice and men thus, as oft claimed, went awry. So, let us dive into a little theater of the absurd and believe that there might have been a master plan. It all starts with the events around the Arab Spring which, as we all remember, became more of an Arab Winter. One need inquire as to what avail and whose advantage would a plan to turn the Arab world upside down serve. Looking at the current picture and the answer becomes plain to see, it would serve allowing Iran to extend their power across the entirety of the Middle East and on to North Africa in the process taking control of the Arabian oil fields and the Suez Canal. This part almost came to fruition only being prevented by the Egyptian Military ending the Muslim Brotherhood taking over Egypt and Saudi Arabia coming to the rescue of Bahrain when the Shiites rose to overthrow their Sunni rulers. Without these two events, Egypt would have been weakened to such a point in the ensuing two years as the Muslim Brotherhood eviscerated the military command to solidify their hold, or so they would believe, and given Iran, the real beneficiary of the Arab turmoil, a solid foothold completely surrounding Saudi Arabia and for taking the rest of the Gulf States. Once Iran held the areas of Bahrain, United Arab Emirates and Oman in addition to their ally Qatar and their hold of Yemen using the Houthis as their advance force, then strangling Saudi Arabia into eventual submission would have been set in motion. The completion of such would have left Kuwait equally vulnerable along with its oil wealth. Add in a weakened Egypt and Israel would have had the only force of equal or superior ability to prevent an Iranian assault. This was part of an initial phase which might be called the southern front.

 

Map of Face-off had Iran Taken Gulf States in Addition to Iraq Syria and Yemen

Map of Face-off had Iran Taken Gulf States
in Addition to Iraq Syria and Yemen

 

The northern front was a greater success as the great enabler needs only pull the United States military out of Iraq and leave the door open and the equipment in place for the taking. Once President Barack Obama pulled out the American forces, the Shia majority in Iraq quickly accepted Iranian assistance in routing their Sunni adversaries and taking their revenge for the years of suffering under Saddam Hussein. Iran is now assisting in the final part of the Shiafication of Iraq with the pressing the Kurds further and further north with Turkey now pressing them in Syria sweeping towards the Kurds in Iraq who will eventually find themselves fighting on two fronts. It will be interesting to see what develops when the Turkish push against the Kurds meets the Iran-Iraq push on the Kurds, which will not be of any advantage at that point for the Kurds. The final hurdle was taking the American equipment such as Abrams Heavy Battle Tanks and armored personnel carriers into the hands of Hezballah. This is where the plan received a probably unexpected break when the Islamic State rose up in the Sunni areas of Iraq and in Syria, where a civil war had left a large power vacuum, and brought much of that equipment into Syria where Iranian assisted forces of Hezballah and Iraq mopped up after the Kurdish forces had done the heavy lifting against ISIS. After the fall of the Islamic State, there were pictures of Iraqi and Hezballah troops riding around in their newly acquired Abrams tanks and armored vehicles. Iran, with an assist from Russian air cover, is now winning the war in Syria slowly taking back the rest of the beleaguered country. The Houthis have almost completed the taking of Yemen to the point that they now take an occasional missile strike against Saudi Arabia. Once Yemen has been completely subdued, Iran will hold control over two main choke points for all naval trade going through the Middle East from the vantages of the Strait of Hormuz and the Bab-el-Mandeb Strait (see map below). The Strait of Hormuz controls the passage for all oil shipments from Kuwait and Saudi Arabia while and the Bab-el-Mandeb Strait controls the southern entrance to the Red Sea and thus the Suez Canal. With these two waterways controlled by Iran, all naval trade through the Middle East can be choked off by their shore batteries.

 

Strait of Hormuz and Bab-el-Mandeb Strait

Strait of Hormuz and Bab-el-Mandeb Strait

 

As everything stands, Iran is slowly solidifying a large swath across the Middle East from the Indian Ocean to the Mediterranean Sea. They hold this through Iraq, Syria and Lebanon which they either are actively stationing forces or have their proxies holding the areas. The two areas they have left to complete are restoring Bashir al-Assad in Syria and completing their conquest of Yemen. Without Oman and the Gulf States, Iran is still stymied in their desires to take over the Saudi Arabian oil fields and coming up along the Red Sea coast to take Mecca and Medina which would permit Iran to claim that they were now the guardians of the Two Holy Cities of Islam. Iran also desires one more prize in Jordan as control of Jordan would provide them with an ability to strike the western coast of Saudi Arabia from both the north and south and complete their virtual surrounding of Israel leaving on the Sinai Peninsula border, which is held by Egypt which is why weakening Egypt was furtherly important, though Iran has injected some terror forces as well as Hamas aiding these forces from Gaza which Iran also controls. All of this brings us to the question of what exactly is going to happen this summer in Israel.

 

Currently, Hamas continues to hold daily rioting along the Gaza border which includes flying kites and launching balloons both carrying incendiary devices which have ignited near countless fires within Israel. These conflagrations have left millions of dollars worth of crops in smoldering ruin and destroyed forests and wilderness preserves. These riots include the burning of thousands of tires causing breathing problems and ecological damage which has risen almost off scale. The only comparable case of such damage, one which was levels of magnitude worse, was the almost unimaginable ecological damage caused by Saddam Hussein when upon leaving Kuwait he had his forces torch a large majority of that nation’s oil platforms. Hamas had fired a series of rockets early in the rioting after which Israel struck hard at Hamas and Islamic Jihad infrastructure. That had appeared to quell their desire to launch rockets into Israel for a while. They are once again firing rockets and this time in greater numbers. We suspect that this escalation has been taken at the insistence of Iran. The remaining question is exactly how far Iran will go in their attacks this summer. Always weighing over Israel like the Sword of Damocles are the over one-hundred-fifty-thousand rockets and missiles, a large number of which can strike with relative accuracy anywhere within Israel and beyond. That brings the question to the forefront, does Iran believe that an all-out war on two fronts will cause Israel sufficient damage to allow for its destruction.

 

Does Iran feel they have sufficient strength in place to destroy Israel in a single stroke lasting only a few weeks thus preventing the United States from intervening or do they believe that they are not yet prepared sufficiently to take that risk? This will be what Tehran will weigh before deciding to involve Hezballah creating a second front. There will always be the possibility that Iran would rather involve Israel in a greater conflict even believing that they will not prevail simply to consolidate their position at home. It would be a grand spectacle proving to the Iranian people that their hardship has been for a purpose, the eradication of the Zionist menace. They could even take a defeat and use it as a reason for a purge to eradicate their internal opposition thus eviscerating the political will to remove the Mullahs from power. Iran knows that even if they should be defeated, they would still hold all of Lebanon with Hezballah, Syria with Bashir al-Assad, Iraq with its Shia governance and the rest of their satellite nations. Further, a valiant effort against Israel would raise their image across the Muslim world and particularly the Arab world. This could cause unrest in Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Jordan leading to their making gains in taking control of any combination of these eventual goals. Everything has to be weighed as to how it might have an effect on the eventual Iranian goal of establishing the new Persian Empire reaching from Iran to Morocco. Unfortunately, Iran is one of those nations whose leaders honestly believe that they are destined by their supreme being, Allah in their case, to rule the world and bring everybody to believe in Shia Islam, or else. Thus, even a defeat at any one point now would not change their belief that eventually they will be victorious and glorious days will ensue as they rule the world. The one thing which the rulers of Iran must avoid is having their governance toppled, thus they will also be weighing what would be the chance that President Trump would decide that enough is enough and use the might and power of the United States to bring about regime change. This alone may be sufficient a threat to prevent Iran from pulling the trigger on Israel quite yet, but if they remain in power, the Mullahs will one day launch such an attack.

 

What might be the Israeli reaction to each of these scenarios? If Iran simply lets Hamas and Islamic Jihad carry their offensive, as long as they are not launching missiles into Israel day and night, it might remain a standoff at the level we have already witnessed. Should they start launching missiles into Israel and start striking the major population centers, then Israel will take whatever level of intervention to end their activities for the ensuing few years. There will always be the possibility that should Israel need go into Gaza once again, then they might cleanse the terror infrastructure clean including the leadership, security forces and whatever main support which exists in Gaza and turn Gaza over to the remainder of the population to elect a governance which will repair the damages which Hamas and Islamic Jihad have left untouched in order to complain and have the European Union and others send them more construction provisions which they use to construct tunnels. Gaza could be an economic power if governed correctly and could remain a troubled and economic disaster if they continue on their current path. Since Hamas and Islamic Jihad hold all the weapons and have secret police throughout the populace, there is little possibility of the people overthrowing the terrorists as they would simply kill everyone protesting and continue as if nothing had happened. When your governance is a group of terrorists, you basically are doomed to the likes of Gaza. What people have not heard is that despite there being thousands rioting, they are being paid to do so and still there are millions of Gazans not rioting despite the offer of three-hundred-dollars per day to do so. One can only hope those millions would desire new governance and an opportunity for a better life.

 

What if Iran does attempt to destroy Israel by starting a war in the south with Hamas and Islamic Jihad and then opening a second front out of Lebanon and Syria with Hezballah, the IRGC and Quds Force? The main question then is would Israel hold Iran responsible for this added misery, and if so what would Israel do? The first objective would be to eliminate as many of the missiles and other armaments held by Hezballah as possible. One can be assured that the IDF has been provided with the location of the vast majority of these armaments. The only question then would be how much damage Hezballah could inflict before the Israeli Air Force destroys the vast majority of their missiles and other armaments. The next question is what would be the cost in aircraft and pilots as many of these missions would necessarily need to strike within Syria where a fair amount of Hezballah provisions and forces are stationed. Such a second front would also necessitate a far faster resolution with less concern for delicacies such as worries to eliminate collateral damage. The air assault on the Hezballah supplies would also need strike into the Baka Valley which has most of the Iranian provided anti-aircraft batteries. This is another difficulty which would need addressing. But there still is one major question, would Israel strike Iran, and if so, how? Should Israel strike Iran, it might be done covertly using commandos tasked with beheading the snake, so to speak. This would be an attempt at performing the one move which would end the Iranian threat to the entirety of the world, regime change through a quick coup. This would be coordinated quickly with those known to be trustworthy in the not so loyal opposition to the Islamic Theocracy currently enslaving Iran. This would also require that strikes be initiated against the IRGC, the Basij Militia, any known enforcement personnel, and all of the ruling elite, and that means all of the ruling elite including those who pretend to be the lesser evils, as lesser evils are still evils. The Iranians have been infamous for their double-dealing and glad-handing while stabbing one in the back. Such an attack would require stealth and strict coordination as once an alarm is sounded, the entire mission would be in danger of failure.

 

Another possibility would be a quick strike at many crucial infrastructure to the ruling Mullahs such as IRGC military bases, nuclear facilities, munitions storage, command and control centers plus whatever other vital centers within Iran. Such a strike would be at the furthest edge of the ability for the Israeli Air Force which would be greatly enhanced if they could avail themselves of a closer airfield. Such aid would be performed with the utmost secrecy as any Arab nation aiding Israel would face a severe backlash from their people even against Iran. There is this sensitivity about Muslim assisting others against other Muslims. Still, there are a few airbases which could be utilized and the blame be thrown onto the United States, and President Trump may have been elected just for such a purpose, not by the American people but by, how should we word this, the fates? The one item that is obvious is that had Hillary Clinton won the last American Presidential Elections, Iran would have had a free hand to complete their plans and taken a stranglehold of the entirety of the Middle East. There would even be the possibility that Kuwait, Saudi Arabia and even Jordan might have fallen to the Mullahs and Israel would be entirely surrounded. Unfortunately, there is still one piece of low hanging fruit which the Iranians might be able to pluck off the Middle East fig tree, the Palestinian authority and PLO. This would be difficult as long as Mahmoud Abbas remains their leader but should he fall, then it would very much depend on what ensued. Should Iran gain control over the PLO and Palestinian Authority, it would mean that Hamas and Islamic Jihad would be on the Israel eastern boundary and hold a fair amount of the higher ground. This would prove to be quite unhealthy to Israel and could not be permitted to stand. Under such conditions, Israel would have no other choice but to annex the entirety of the Shomron and remove anything related to the PLO, Hamas, Islamic Jihad or other Islamist entities. This would require being executed quickly, efficiently and with little concern for world opinion. We have to face one thing, when there is a knife at your throat, world opinion is meaningless and removing the threat is your only concern.

 

Concluding, we can pray that the Gaza front quiets and the Gazans who are participating tire of the uselessness of their actions. We might even be gifted with regime change in Gaza, Iran and that the Kurds prove victorious on both fronts and declare their own nations with President Trump visiting within the month of their doing so to move the American Embassy to their capital city of their democratic governance. Do we dare wish for Erdogan not win the upcoming Turkish elections, fat chance there. May Jordan and the Palestinian Arabs reach an accord allowing them to be Jordanian citizens and have the choice of relocating to Jordan, for which Jordan and they would be rewarded, or remaining under Israeli law as resident aliens allowing Israel to finally re-achieve the Jordan River as her rightful and legal border. Lastly, may the world find health, happiness and plenty for all, relieving all misery and disease.

 

Beyond the Cusp

 

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May 29, 2018

Reality When Bent Into Propaganda Becomes Repulsive

Filed under: Israel — qwertster @ 2:00 AM
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A Look Back at Gaza in Review

 

The media has been describing the Gaza protesters as heroes fighting against an imperial occupation by a colonial oppressor. To deconstruct this story line takes little effort and just the most simple of truths. Many of these truths used to be common knowledge and were understood by such a majority of the world that the United Nations was in agreement, the League of Nations supported and made Mandates enforcing the needful reality and the world when being redrawn after World War I dealing with the breakup of the losing empires supported the truth by their establishing the return of the Jewish People, all of the Jewish People, to their ancient homelands. The losing empires were the Austro-Hungarian Empire, the German Empire and the Ottoman Empire. The assigning of responsibilities of the lands of the Ottoman Empire is pictured below. The area outlined in red is the most important Mandates defined by the San Remo Conference in 1922 which also incorporated the Balfour Declaration almost word for word into International Law. This will be the next center of our attentions later in this article. The rest of the area became the nations of Northern Africa.

 

Colonial Structure Post World War I defined by Treaties from initial surrender in 1919 through the San Remo Conference setting up the Mandate System in 1922 plus Sykes-Picot redrawing of much of the Middle East

Colonial Structure Post World War I defined by Treaties from initial surrender in 1919 through the San Remo Conference setting up the Mandate System in 1922 plus Sykes-Picot redrawing of much of the Middle East

 

The lands across Northern Africa were divided between the Allied powers of France, Britain, Italy and Spain. The British and French were given Mandates to provide assistance in building much of the Middle East while Turkey retained some of the original Ottoman Empire, Saudi Arabia was granted immediate independence and Iran was already an independent nation which was not part of the Ottoman Empire and remained a free nation which was then known as Persia. In time, all of these areas were granted independence over time establishing much of the Arab-Muslim world as defined in the map below. These nations gained their independence either through revolution such as Algeria while others were simply turned over such as Egypt, Iraq and Jordan (originally Transjordan). All of these nations were decided by the whims of their ruling nations with borders which were largely drawn more or less at random. This has led to many of the problems across the MENA* states as these borders lumped separate and often hostile tribes into single nations and divided some tribes placing their lands inside two bordering nations dividing them thus preventing some peoples from declaring their independence. The most obvious of these peoples are the Berbers who were displaced across Algeria, Libya, Morocco, Nager and Mali; and the Kurdish People who were split into Turkey, Syria, Iraq and Iran.

 

Dates that the MENA nations received their independence after colonial rule many since the times of the Persians or even earlier

Dates that the MENA nations received their independence after colonial rule many since the times of the Persians or even earlier

 

The two main Mandates were the French and British Mandates pictured below. The French Mandate was to establish the Arab State of Syria and the Christian State of Lebanon. The British Mandate was established to provide two Arab States for the sons of Hussein bin Ali, Sharif of Mecca who had lost his standing, as the Family Saud took over the Holy Cities of Mecca and Medina and had the British promise that his sons would be provided for after World War I in exchange for his tribe’s alliance during the war. They were granted the initial rule as the Kings of Iraq and Transjordan. King Faisal I (Arabic فيصل الأول) was the first King of Iraq while King Abdullah I bin al-Hussein (Arabic: عبد الله الأول بن الحسين‎) was the first King of Jordan. The monarchy was overthrown in Iraq in July of 1958 ending their Hashemite rule while the grandson of the first King of Jordan, Abdullah II bin Al-Hussein (Arabic: عبد الله الثاني بن الحسين‎) is the current ruler in Jordan. There are those who claim that Hashemite rule in Jordan will soon end or become disempowered with a parliament replacing him with a Prime Minister and allowing for new governance. The French Mandate did actually establish the two entities, which had been Syria, as a Muslim State and Lebanon as a Christian State. Over the years the Islamic influence in Lebanon grew with Hezballah, an Islamic terrorist group financed and supplied by Iran and allied with Iran in the Syria Civil War, taking majority of the Parliament; and as their military power rivaling, if not exceeding, that of the Lebanese Army, Hezballah has taken command of the Lebanese Army and rules Lebanon. Thus, the initial intent of the League of Nations and their Mandate system eventually failed and both Lebanon and Syria became Islamic nations with Syria currently a failed state in total conflict and Lebanon threatened by the instability next door.

 

Mandate of San Remo for French and British including actual treaty demarcations for each nation

Mandate of San Remo for French and British including actual treaty demarcations for each nation

 

The remainder of the British Mandate, after Iran was formed and established as a free nation in 1930, left what had initially been lands set aside by the San Remo Conference to form the Jewish State, the entirety of the British Mandate outside of Iraq which would include modern day Jordan. The British still had a promise to keep to install a second Hashemite Kingdom, so they made an agreement with the Zionist Congress, the ruling Jewish governance, to divide the remainder of their lands along the Jordan River with the 78% east of the Jordan to become the Palestinian Arab State under the remaining Hashemite King while the remaining 22% would remain set aside for the future Jewish State and would be guaranteed by the British Crown. Obviously, the British lied, just as they did to the Kurds who they promised a nation and the British gave their lands to the Hashemite King of Iraq in exchange for rights to the Mosul oil fields. This was the border for Israel when it was founded before the Arabs invaded the morning after Israel declared her independence. The Arabs invaded with six armies and a number of militias and mercenaries from other Arab nations, often members of their military who arrived with their weapons including tanks and aircraft in some cases. The war lasted approximately one year with an armistice put in place between Egypt and Israel on January 6, 1949, with Egypt retaining the Gaza region; between Lebanon and Israel on March 23, 1949, with the Blue Line defining the actual permanent border between the nations; between Jordan and Israel on April 3, 1949, with Jordan retaining sections of Judea and Samaria which Israel refers to as the Shomron and Jordan renamed West Bank to remove the Jewish names out of history and then made the Arabs their Jordanian citizens as they annexed these lands illegally and forced a large number of their own citizens and many of the refugees to reside within this newly stolen lands; between Syria and Israel on July 20, 1949, where Syria agreed to withdraw from the area within the areas defined as being Israel to allow for an international zone denying Israel the use of the lands; Iraq withdrew its forces from the region in March 1949 never signing any armistice as they do not share a border with Israel; Saudi Arabia and the Yemeni forces withdrew on February 24, 1949, with an understanding agreement that hostilities had ended which covers the six main armies as well as the Yemeni volunteers. Other forces departed either at the date the national troops they were supporting ended hostilities or even earlier as they saw the war was lost.

 

British Mandate as prescribed division between Arab State of Jordan and Jewish State of Israel

British Mandate as prescribed division between Arab State of Jordan and Jewish State of Israel

 

Now we come to the current situation with the Palestinian Authority occupying the Shomron which was presumed to be part of the Jewish State by the enforcement of the British Mandate which was also backed by Article 80 of the United Nations Charter and the Hamas terror entity which rules Gaza which Israel withdrew from in August of 2005 leaving it to be ruled by the Palestinian Authority and show the ability of the Arabs to make their state function normally. The Gaza citizens elected Hamas to rule them and Hamas took control from the Palestinian Authority in a violent coup in 2007 where Fatah Party officials were thrown from rooftops of the tallest buildings, place along a wall to be shot or hung from light polls amongst other means of murdering these officials who were unable to escape into Israel and make their way to the Palestinian controlled regions. Since that coup, the region has been ruled by the terror group Hamas and Israel placed their legal and approved by the United Nations blockade such that the Israelis can assure that weapons and military use goods are not transferred into Gaza for Hamas to utilize. The rest of the goods after inspection are sent across the border usually the same day or the next day with exceptions when Hamas terrorists have destroyed the crossing points. The Hamas terrorists who are behind the current protest rioting destroyed the natural gas pipeline supplying Gaza with this fuel and also destroyed the main crossing point at the same time (see image below). This has made transfer of goods impossible and such was the intent of Hamas. Hamas is attempting to destroy a region of the current border fence before Israel completes the new border fence which is designed to be more restrictive and stronger to prevent such violence from succeeding in the future. What has been occurring along the border between Gaza and Israel is nothing short of an attempt at warfare using people as the ammunition to destroy Israel either through breaching the border and massing an attack of thousands of Arabs pouring through with armaments such as knives, machetes, rifles, assault weapons, sidearms or simple clubs sent with the intent of murdering every Jew they reach and destroying Israeli property.

 

Gas Pipes Set Ablaze at the Kerem Shalom Gaza Crossing to Israel

Gas Pipes Set Ablaze at the Kerem Shalom Gaza Crossing to Israel

 

 

Rioters Ignite Provisions, Trailers, Electrical Infrastructure, Conveyor Belt used to Transferred Goods into Gaza

Rioters Ignite Provisions, Trailers, Electrical Infrastructure, Conveyor Belt used to Transferred Goods into Gaza

 

The intent can be best described by the words of Hamas leaders themselves. Hamas leader Yahya Sinwar who has sworn they will “tear out their (Israelis) hearts” as in the video below and at this link and this link. Sinwar further insisted that the Gazans would, “shooting you (Israelis) at point-blank range,” and “eat your (Israelis) liver.” He demanded that they “can’t give up one inch of the land of Palestine,” and “We will take down the border and we will tear out their hearts from their bodies.” This is their political leader who is demanding these things some of which are in the video below while there are many more pictures and videos at the above links.

 

 

The Hamas leadership has provided maps on where the closest Israeli civilian centers are located and the quickest route to take to reach these locations as shown below. There can only be one conclusion from these maps and his proclamations, they want their people to break down the border fence and murder Israelis and destroy their property. There is nothing innocent or nonviolent about the Gaza riotous assaults on the Israeli border.

 

Hamas Maps Showing Closest Israeli Communities and Directions to use in Potential Attacks

Hamas Maps Showing Closest Israeli Communities and Directions to use in Potential Attacks

 

Even Haaretz was forced by reality to post that the Hamas leadership has proudly, on their own television channel, declared that, fifty of the recent sixty-two protesters killed were Hamas operatives and commanders leading the charge of the fence. This report was backed up by NBC News as well. We will defend what we have that remains of our ancestral lands pictured below.

 

Left side map depicts the division of the Promised Land amongst the tribes and right side map compares the modern promised land from the Jordan west to the Mediterranean Sea compared to the maximum of area during King David’s and King Solomon’s reigns.

 

So, why has the world media, specifically the European and leftist mainstream media been so absolutely critical and enraged with Israel defending their border the same as any normative nation would do facing the same threats? Part of the European anger is based on their refusal to protect their borders from the influx of “refugees” from the MENA nations. They wish to demand that Israel become just another dying, soon to become formerly free and democratic nation, as those in much of Western and Scandinavian Europe who have refused to close their borders and protect their own people. They are upset that Israel is reproducing comfortably above replacement rate amongst its Jewish population as well as Christian and other minority populations and that the future for Israel appears to be full of health and productivity. They resent Israel being proud and Jewish instead of apologetic and downtrodden Jews as they remember having had in Europe a century past. They are upset and demand that the Jews go to their deaths timidly and with little bother and absolutely no noise. Israel will not act as the second-class citizen we were forced to live in Europe through the ages and in the Islamic world as Dhimmi over the ages. We have returned to our ancestral home where we resided proudly and had the two Temples, the First Temple built by King Solomon and the Second Temple started after Cyrus the Great allowed the Jews to return home from their Babylonian exile and was completed by Herod the Great. Jewish history is filled with over three-thousand-years of history with much of it recorded in the Old Testament all before the birth of Christianity or Islam. We have a claim to the lands of Israel which predates and extends for longer than either Christianity or Islam has existed. Our Prophets predicted our long awaited return and even mathematically predicted in the year 5708 on the Hebrew calendar which worked out to 1948 on the Gregorian calendar. We are here and prophesy tells us we are back to stay to await the final days when the Messiah will come and the world will be perfected. We will live here proudly but with reverence and humility when we are able but do not ever think that means that we will bow before others. We will give to the world all the discoveries we make in medicine, physics, mathematics, agriculture, chemistry, biology, computers, computing, astronomy and all the sciences and other helpful concepts, ideas, inventions and methods to accomplish wonders. We will be capable of giving the world more wonders if we did not need to support a war time military at all times just to remain in our land and further if we did not lose some of our brightest and most vigorous youth defending from terror threats from all sides and need to build interceptors and shelters to protect from rockets and the potential Iranian threat, particularly should they develop nuclear warheads, something many of us believe they have already accomplished and are currently building.

 

Meanwhile, things were relatively quiet over Shabbat, but we are talking about relativity here. The question is how long before they attempt their next escalation which may be another attempt at using the Gazan people as the front protective edge of their human battering-ram to breach the border. The next assault could be barrages of rockets into southern Israel and even Tel Aviv. The only guarantee is that Hamas will start another assault before the summer officially arrives and then when they find something which the media is completely sympathetic with, and then they will escalate and escalate until Israel finally responds. Then the media will be all over how Israel attacked Gaza for no reason and without anything which might be considered a provocation warranting an Israeli response. The media writes depicting everything as the Jews, Israelis, must simply take whatever abuses are unloaded upon them. Jews, Israel, are to be timid and suffer whatever wrath is inflicted upon them simply because they are Jews, Israelis. What the world may not be ready to accept should be the Israeli response, as soon as Hamas, Islamic Jihad and the other criminal and terror elements in Gaza pose any direct threat to the Israeli civilians, then Israel should completely disinfect the entirety of the Gaza from terrorist and criminal elements. All the people who are within the Hamas and Islamic Jihad alliance should be swept from Gaza and the people of Gaza offered one chance to elect a governance which accepts Israel. When they decide to elect the lesser Hamas and criminal elements which remain and they then begin forms of attacks on Israel, then the Gaza should be stripped clean entirely and absorbed into Israel. No exceptions should be permitted to the final sweep in Gaza as they elected Hamas initially and should they continue in that direction, then they have no redeemable element and should be treated as such. All foreign news media within Gaza who are not Gazan should be taken into Israel and be debriefed to glean any needed information and then permitted to return to their home nation. Then Gaza can become the glorious vacation haven it potentially could have been for the Gazans had they elected proper leadership.

 

Beyond the Cusp

 

* MENA = Middle East and North Africa

 

May 24, 2018

Gaza Borders and the Reality of Human Rights

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The United Nations Human Rights Council recently decided to investigate the events concerning the Israeli reaction to the peaceful protests on the Gaza border. There was not even consideration of investigating the violence and attempts to destroy property and swarm the border in order to murder Israelis by the masses Hamas has encouraged to perpetrate these violences along the Israeli border. Let us consider the vote by nations where twenty-nine voted in favor, two voted to oppose and fourteen abstained from voting with two nations not voting (see image below). The nations voting in favor were Afghanistan, Angola, Belgium, Brazil, Burundi, Chile, China, Cote d’Ivorie, Cuba, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ecuador, Egypt, Iraq, Kyrgyzstan, Mexico, Nepal, Nigeria, Pakistan, Peru, Philippines, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates, and Venezuela. The two who voted against were Australia and the United States. Those abstaining were Croatia, Ethiopia, Georgia, Germany, Hungary, Japan, Kenya, Panama, Republic of (South) Korea, Rwanda, Slovakia, Switzerland, Togo and Great Britain. The two nations not voting were Mongolia and the Ukraine. Reading the names of those voting to investigate Israel, most were either Islamic or dictatorial nations with a few whose own human rights actions are of questionable respectability. Those who abstained or voted with Israel were almost all democratic nations whose people enjoy maximum rights and have excellent human rights records. All in all, this vote could be said to be more revealing of the voting than it was of Israel. Let us look into the situation more deeply together.

 

UNHRC Gaza Vote to Investigate Israeli Actions of Self-Defense

UNHRC Gaza Vote to Investigate Israeli Actions of Self-Defense

 

The first item one need consider is what exactly are the driving realities behind the Gaza-Israeli border and the conditions within Gaza. One claim heard is that Israel is responsible for providing electricity, water, gas, and all other goods as the occupying power. Every one of these items is false and anything Israel permits to enter Gaza is a gift granted solely because Israel actually cares more for the people of Gaza than does their government. Yes, Gaza has a government, presumably has utilities and is actually responsible for providing for the people of Gaza. The Gazans elected Hamas to be their governing body. The border between Israel and Gaza is an international border. The electrical shortage in Gaza is not due to Israel reducing the amount of electricity crossing the border, it is because the Palestinian Authority, in an attempt to press Gazans into turning against Hamas and allowing the Palestinian Authority to regain control over Gaza, cut funds which prevented Hamas from purchasing fuel oil for their electrical generating plant. The recent interruption of natural gas provided to many Gazans is due to the rioters on the border setting the pipeline on fire after rupturing the pipeline while also destroying the crossing used by Israel to provide aid to Gaza (see image below). The destruction of the crossing also made the import of goods to come to a halt. These were very likely actions which were planned by Hamas as they continuously tell their people that their problems are all because Israel exists and if they could just destroy Israel they would all live the good life which Israelis live. What the world does not bother to note is that the electricity, water and other utilities, which Israel provides for Gaza and the Palestinian Authority, are seldom paid for and this causes prices for Israel to be higher leading to difficulties for many Israelis. Some Israelis go without airconditioning during the summer and set their heaters at a lower temperature and wear heavy sweaters inside just to make their electricity and gas bills more affordable. The sewage treatment plants in Gaza are left in disrepair despite Gaza being provided with the required piping and cement to repair these systems repeatedly but these items are misappropriated for building infiltration tunnels and bunkers rather than repair of these plants.

 

Gas Pipes Set Ablaze at the Kerem Shalom Gaza Crossing to Israel

Gas Pipes Set Ablaze at the Kerem Shalom Gaza Crossing to Israel

 

There have been no schools or hospitals built in Gaza and numerous apartment buildings remain destroyed and not replaced simply because Gaza places a higher importance on their tunnels and bunkers and less on providing for their citizens. Should Israel be providing the construction of new hospitals, new schools and repairing apartment buildings destroyed when destroying rocket launching pads from the past wars? At this point, allow us to restate that the Gaza border is an international border with the same legal restrictions and implications as the border between any two nations, in this case adversarial nations where one, Gaza, has sworn itself to the destruction of the other, Israel. Also, there is another such border between Egypt and Gaza and there have not been as many demonstrations along the Gaza Egypt border and Egypt has kept that border completely closed to all traffic almost continuously for years. Israel has sent trucks with supplies, tractor-trailer trucks, recently with medical aid considered to be in short supply and desperately required in Gaza and Hamas refused the aid. Additionally, the normal aid convoys were interrupted as the crossing was destroyed by Hamas activities causing Israel thirty-million shekels, eight and one-third-million dollars in repair costs. We found an interesting video on Haaretz, an Israeli strongly left-leaning news source, which gave time to all sides making their points both supporting Israel and blaming Israel that we decided to include despite some ideas with which we have some issues with their presentation of their facts.

 

 

Back to the ideas, we would like to press about these confrontations, and they are not protests and no longer rioting but an actual military confrontation with Hamas using their own population as cover for military attacks. In the past week, anybody keeping abreast have realized that Hamas has made announcement which, to say the least, have been contradictory. One set of spokespeople have claimed they have demanded that their citizens not approach the border fence while others have told them to bring wire and bolt cutters to make a breach in the fence, and others have stated the Gazans should breach the border and swarm across into Israel forcing a direct confrontation with the IDF and if able to get beyond into Israel to, with the words of Hamas leader Sinwar, they would “eat the livers of those besieging” them. He had previously told the Gazans that their boys would “tear out their hearts from their bodies.” (see video below) These are the hopes and aims of the man who rules Gaza and heads Hamas and was the one who called for this attempt to infiltrate Israel. This was his declaration of war and there are Gazans who are now angered because they saw no gains from the price the people paid. They expected something greater and had real reasons to actually expect results, as we will discuss next.

 

 

Sinwar had promised that the border would be erased, the blockade would come down and they would be swarming into Israel murdering Israelis, taking their lands, their goods, their treasure and returning to their presumed properties while gaining everything the Israelis have and assuming their way of life as if even had the Gazans sent every Israeli Jew leaving Israel, they could not continue to have the same standard of living that the Israelis live and have established. They had been given the idea that they were certainly going to completely swarm through large areas of destroyed border fence and were provided maps with the fastest routes to the closest Israeli population centers, towns, kibbutzim and cities also denoting the places where the border fence was to be breached (see image below). Remember, this border fence denotes and international border between Israel and Gaza. Israel does not rule Gaza, has no actual effect on the Gaza economy, and Israel is not by any means stealing virtually all building materials to build terror infiltration tunnels and underground bunkers for Hamas operatives and terrorists only and denied to the Gazan population when Hamas makes active war firing rockets into Israel as in the three Gaza-Israel wars. The infrastructure in Gaza is in disrepair and all provisions for repair have been used for tunnels and bunkers. So there was no border breach and they are not going to conquer Israel slaughtering the Jews as promised. The blockade, a legal blockade approved by the United Nations as Hamas is a terror organization and Gaza is considered a terror state and thus can be prevented from having the right to freely importing weapons and large weapons systems. Hamas and Islamic Jihad have still received advanced rockets and missiles with better accuracy, longer ranges and heavier payloads to have gone from rockets with a five to ten kilometer range and one to five kilogram payload to today having missiles which can reach Tel Aviv, Jerusalem and Haifa with one-hundred and even, it is believed, larger payloads. These additional abilities have been provided largely by Iran which is also sworn to destroy Israel as well as the United States. These are some of the realities which Israel has to face and make decisions, and find some means by restricting the damage to civilians and try to prevent innocent deaths. Hamas, on the other side, wishes to maximize the numbers of innocent deaths to parade before the world which is all but salivating to denounce Israel for not simply rolling over and being killed. So, how does Israel handle these challenges?

 

Hamas Maps Showing Closest Israeli Communities and Directions to use in Potential Attacks

Hamas Maps Showing Closest Israeli Communities and Directions to use in Potential Attacks

 

During the wars with Hamas, Israel would drop leaflets warning civilians of coming attacks, made thousands of phone calls warning of coming attacks and did all they could to warn the civilians even of the time and direction from which IDF troops would approach. I hear the gasp and the question as to would that not also warn the terrorists? Well, of course it would, but Israel believed that this was a small price to pay if it prevented innocent people being killed. When the Israelis sent aircraft to strike a rocket-launching site they would either have the pilot send images of the target site back to Command or a drone would be sent beforehand and send back images to Command and then officers including human rights expert lawyers would decide if the attack would be safe and not risk innocent life to the best of their ability to determine. If it appeared safe, then the attack would be authorized and when a drone was present they could call off the attack should civilians appear close to the target. I hear the question; would this not cause Hamas to use such rules to prevent Israeli airstrikes? Well, Hamas left a large number of women and children on the roof of the buildings they were using for command and control and they placed their central command bunker in the basement of the Al-Shifa Hospital in Gaza City (see image below). Another question is always would this not permit Hamas to set up an ambush for IDF infantry when they know their route of approach? Well, they did and it resulted in a multi-hour battle which all but destroyed the neighborhood and led to what was claimed a great number of innocent deaths which subsequently were proven to be terrorists from the actual battle and thus legal targets. What Hamas does when one of their fighters is killed, they take away their weapons and remove any headdress or other signs that they belong to Hamas and then claim that they are civilians. What is the worst of all possible results is that by having their main command center in the Al-Shifa Hospital, Hamas has made the hospital into a legal military target and thus making it a legal target as it houses a military installation which is why placing any military use inside a hospital is considered illegal and a war crime. Terror groups really could not care less about committing war crimes as such is part and parcel of their day-to-day operations.

 

Gaza Al-Shifa Hospital

Gaza Al-Shifa Hospital

 

Hamas has even made claims that Israel struck with missile fire the Al-Shifa Hospital and the Shati Refugee Camp. Their claim ran into a problem as Israeli Iron Dome tracking systems had tracked the four rockets fired from a mobile launcher. The tracking showed their striking the Al-Shifa Hospital and the Shati Refugee Camp with the remaining two rockets heading for Ashkelon in Israel, which was intercepted, and off into the Mediterranean Sea. For the map showing the tracing use this link. Of course, by the time Israel went through their logs and found the proof that the rockets striking these locations were actually misfires by Hamas themselves came days later after the world and the media had dragged Israel over the coals and through the mud. That is another item Hamas relies on which is best represented by the quote of Sir Winston Churchill stating, “A lie gets halfway around the world before the truth has a chance to get its pants on.” This is even worse today as those lies now get around the world almost countless times, are discussed repeatedly, condemnations made and considered complete and all responsibilities assigned with the United Nations and its agencies already performing several investigations before the truth even finds its pants. From Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice, Act 2, Scene 2, states, “truth will come to light; murder cannot be hid long; a man’s son may, but at the length truth will out.” From this we get the phrase “Truth will out,” meaning that with time the truth will win and become known. This no longer applies as once social media decides an issue, and they jump so quickly even rivalling the speed of light, their initial conclusion never dies without long and tedious explanations as to how the truth was proven, and on social media anything longer than two-hundred-eighty characters is just too long to read and such a pain. Well, that is Twitter’s idea of limit to speech. With the media in so many forms so eager to prove that Israel is such a horrible and corrupt entity, the truth will out but so many just do not care. That is the reality and eventually it will cost the world a great debt which will eventually come due, they almost always do.

 

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