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October 16, 2017

Israel Palestinian Conundrum Culmination

 

For initial articles, click for first here and click for second here.

 

Where two days ago we gave some potential options and yesterday, we gave a possible scenario; the scenario was less than wonderful for much of the free world and horrific for Israel. The fortunate thing is that none of these things are likely to occur. There is a small fly in the ointment and it is about the size of the average rhinoceros. We mentioned the problem and some of you probably caught the problem, Hamas gets to retain their twenty-five-thousand man Ezzedine al-Qassam Brigades military. This will be the central question to be resolved at the Cairo meeting on Tuesday, November 21, where the reconciliation will be finalized. The main stumbling block will be Hamas’ insistence on retaining their rather large police/security forces, well over ten-thousand strong plus their military wing, all twenty-five thousand well-armed men with a number of officers trained in Iran. The initial agreement allowed Fatah and the Palestinian Authority (PA) to station a security force numbering about ten-thousand officers strong. If you do the math, it turns into thirty-five thousand Hamas force fully armed against the PA lightly armed ten-thousand police force largely toting with side arms. It’s not really a fair fight, which is why we are glad that we are not part of their security force. Hamas has little intention of allowing the PA to actually take control over Gaza and is simply making the initial steps towards unification which will come to a crashing halt at their next meeting. This has happened before with the initial agreement being reached in order to throw a large wrench into the machinery while everything falls apart subsequently after whatever peace proposals forming are burned to ashes from whence they came. The PA and Hamas are great believers in ashes to ashes when it comes to peace initiatives. As we explained over the last two days, there are quite a few peace proposals being initiated or given some trial run and the PA was getting quite nervous that things just might turn against them and they would be trapped by Trump or Mudar Zahran or whoever so they turned to their supposed rivals for a little cooperation for a period of time sufficient to destroy all peace proposals.

 

What it comes down to is that Mahmoud Abbas, the leadership of Hamas, of Fatah, of the PLO and of the PA have millions of reasons why they do not desire peace at any price. Each of those reasons has a Dollar or a Euro attached to them and amount to millions per year except for Mahmoud Abbas and family where it comes to millions per month. They cannot accept any form of peace treaty where Israel remains as a Jewish State. It could remain as an Islamic run state under sharia law where the Jews are subject to the Jizya and the Jews, Christians and anyone not within the PA, PLO or Fatah are dhimmi subjected to the shame and degradations which goes along with dhimmitude. The problem for Mahmoud Abbas is he promised to destroy the Zionist Entity otherwise known as Israel or the Jewish State. He promised to accomplish this by swamping Israel with millions of displaced Arabs, something he actually did not have until recently with the destruction and dissolving of Syria, Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, and the Arab world in general after the Arab Spring initiated by President Obama with the able support of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Hamas has an even larger promise they intend to keep. They also want to destroy Israel as the Jewish state but want to also eradicate the Jewish population. Just to make things clear, Hamas wants to eradicate the entirety of the Jewish population everywhere. The rest of the terror groups are either attached to the PA, PLO plus Hamas or they are permitted to operate within the areas under their control. Islamic Jihad is one such group who operates within Gaza and is aided by Iran and work cooperating with Hamas. Sometimes Hamas uses the presence of Islamic Jihad as an excuse for terror strikes when they need to explain attacks against treaties. There are a number of other minor groups operating in Gaza plus rumors that al-Qaeda, Islamic Jihad and Muslim Brotherhood have been known to operate command and control people out of Gaza controlling their Sinai Peninsula forces. All of these groups depend on there being no peace with Israel to continue their operations.

 

The reconciliation, as we keep stating, was used as it always has, to destroy any possibility for any peace talks or other potential for ending the Palestinian cause which has been used as a center for terror operations worldwide. Hezballah in Lebanon has been used as a conduit by Iran to funnel weapons into Gaza for Islamic Jihad and at times for Hamas as well. Hezballah is not just a terror group working for Iran in Lebanon as well as Syria but also worldwide with a large base in the tri-border area in South America where Argentina, Paraguay and Brazil borders meet. Hezballah uses the area for training and attack simulations for operations anywhere in the world. They work with the Iranian IRGC (Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps) which includes a special group, the al-Quds force, which specializes in attacks to attack Israel in general and Jerusalem in particular (al-Quds is the Muslim Arab name for Jerusalem). The faithful execution of any missions such cells may be utilized to commit is often assured through holding family members within Lebanon as persuasion over their actions and trusted loyalty. We know Iran has extensive abilities to strike anywhere within the Americas as we witnessed in two separate bombings in Argentina; the first was the bombing of the Israeli Embassy on March 17, 1992, with the second being the bombing of the Asociación Mutual Israelita Argentina (AMIA) on July 18, 1994, both in Buenos Aires. The IRGC likely cooperating with Hezballah have also attacked American interests such as murdering United States Marines in their barracks in Lebanon as well as assaulting the United States Embassies in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania and Nairobi, Kenya. All of these attacks were either simulated in Lebanon, Iran or the tri-border area before being triggered on their actual targets. Iran also supplies Islamic Jihad and often Hamas and has attempted to make inroads into Fatah and the PLO as they try to encircle Israel. This is information which should be sufficient evidence that the terrorism which starts with Israel will not remain contained in Israel. This lesson has been pressed on Europe as their Islamist infiltration has brought with it terrorism similar in nature as Israel faces. The United States has also been targeted by terrorism including the horrific attacks of 9/11 and numerous others since and before.

 

Tri_Border Region of South America Terror training haven and Iranian proxy state in the Americas and Base of operations for the 17 March 1992 Israeli Embassy Bombing murdering 29 injuring 242 and the Asociación Mutual Israelita Argentina (AMIA) 18 July 1994bombing murdered 85 injured over 800 and now we must add the murdered Argentine Prosecutor Alberto Nisman to AMIA fatalities

Tri_Border Region of South America Terror training haven and Iranian proxy state in the Americas and Base of operations for the 17 March 1992 Israeli Embassy Bombing murdering 29 injuring 242 and the Asociación Mutual Israelita Argentina (AMIA) 18 July 1994 bombing murdered 85 injured over 800 and now we must add the murdered Argentine Prosecutor Alberto Nisman to AMIA fatalities

 

The real problem is that there can be no solution to the Arab-Israeli conflict which allows for the continued existence of Israel as the Jewish state. Where many within the European power structure appear to be fine with solutions which would erase the Jewish nature of Israel if it would bring their Islamist problem to a close, it would actually change nothing. Additionally, Israel as the Jewish state is not going anywhere and is back to stay. Further, the United States is linked with Israel though there are signs that this bond may be weakening. The Democrat Party has decided that Israel is expendable while the Republican Party has become the pro-Israel party. This might appear strange as most Jews support the Democrat Party with blind passion. The reality comes down to the fact that the Evangelical Christians support Israel and are an important group for the Republican Party. Completely opposite of what many claim, often vindictively, the United States supports Israel because the Jews control the government when the reality is the largest group in the United States supporting Israel are the Christians. This is not hard to see, as Jews are, at most, a mere two and a half percent of the total population. Israel is once again a political football which will be fumbled by many amongst the Democrat Party only to now be picked up by the Republican Party, a change from the earlier periods of Israel. The United States may find itself more alone in supporting Israel and this could lead to more challenges ahead. There are some who predict that the United States may soon find Israel too much a burden to continue their support and this leads these people to claim that once Israel no longer has American protection they will face an isolation which could spell the end of Israel. They claim that Israel is completely dependent upon American military aid.

 

The reality is that Israel can survive without the military aid providing Israel takes the steps necessary to become self-sufficient militarily. This would require Israel to begin making their own weaponry including the ammunition. Israel currently uses the .223 ammunition which is consistent with NATO despite Israel not belonging to NATO. The advantage is Israel manufactures this ammunition, as do numerous nations. Israel makes very fine rifles and their Merkava tank is first rate. They are capable in almost every area with two main weaknesses, ships and aircraft. The Israeli Navy is dependent upon Germany for her submarines which are all Dolphin class and depends on European shipyards for their Corvette class ships. Israel might be capable of constructing her own ships and even submarines if pressed as she does much of the outfitting of her ships and adapting the submarines to fit her requirements. The challenge Israel would face would be manufacture of her own aircraft, something Israel should start to consider seriously. Israel is receiving the United States fifth generation fighter F-35 JSF. This is a decent stealth airframe but they are also very expensive. Fortunately, the United States gave Israel financial assistance, something which will become more difficult as the United States debt situation grows, for reasons which historians will be dumbfounded to explain, makes supporting anybody impossible. Israel has sufficient GDP to afford the costs of developing her own aircraft and the additional jobs would be a boost to her economic health providing well paying jobs. Further, Israel could enter into the arms market and if past developments of technology, then any aircraft she produced would very likely be of a quality worthy of competing with that of any other nation and in demand on the world market. The avionics for the export model along with weapons targeting and other systems would be different than those she produced for her own use which is the same as every other nation. Most nations prefer placing their own systems of avionics and weapons rather than depend on other nations systems for such sensitive equipment.

 

Israel also has to take charge of the entire peace process. This can only be accomplished once Israel is completely self-sufficient militarily and in most other industries as well as food production leaving very little to outside providers. Israel is one of the few, if not the only, nation which could conceivably face a complete embargo from the industrialized world or even the entire world. This would mean that Israel would, and needs to face this soon if not immediately, needs to rely totally on her own production of weapons, food, automobiles and all other products which Israelis could need or simply desire. Finally, many of these items from cell phones to cherry tomatoes to software were invented or developed in Israel. The gaps which Israel faces also includes their not having a domestic vehicle, car or trucks of all sizes, production but for a nation with the capabilities Israel has shown, they will most likely produce a vehicle which runs on air and water. Any nation capable of such inventiveness will pull through despite what challenges the world throws at her. And the peace will only work when the reputed but disputed words of Golda Meir, “Peace will come when the Arabs will love their children more than they hate us.”

 

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October 14, 2017

Israel Palestinian Conundrum

 

There is action again on the pretense of making some form of peace out of whole cloth. President Trump said at the UN General Assembly in September. “I certainly will devote everything within my heart and within my soul to get that deal made.” Meanwhile, there is a conference to be held in the Menachem Begin Heritage Center in Jerusalem convened by Mudar Zahran, Secretary-General of the Jordan Opposition Coalition, to pursue his concept of “Jordan-is-Palestine” starting Tuesday, October 17, 2017. Then there was the recently completed initial step towards reconciliation between Fatah and Hamas presumably to permit the Palestinian Authority (PA) to resume civil control over Gaza once more. Hamas will be permitted to retain their police force, which is a twenty-five-thousand man military force, the Ezzedine al-Qassam Brigades, not so much a police force. Lastly, there was the response to the reconciliation which we concur with by Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu, who claimed this was nothing more than a rouse to make peace agreement, and we add especially the Jordan conference by Mudar Zahran, completely impossible. Now, please allow us to attempt and untangle this bird’s nest.

 

Let us start by taking the promise by President Trump which derives back to the debates where he made the claim that his business was built on making deals, and finding the deal to make peace in the Israeli-Arab conflict would be making the deal of a lifetime and that this challenge was one he dreamt of taking on and succeeding. This was a great story and campaign dream to tell the world, but accomplishing such is an entirely different matter. I would not demean the President of the United States by claiming that other capable men have tried for the past quarter century with nothing to show for it except a weakened position for Israel. These stabbings at peace have allowed the constant Israeli concessions for the privilege of shaking the hand of the source of the terror sent to murder Israeli citizens, both Arab and Jew, both Muslim and Jew; and Arab propaganda eroding the Israeli position calling into question International Law and the rights under treaty and resolved again under Article 80 of the United Nations Charter which called for enforcement of the Mandates from the League of Nations which defined the Jewish State as from the Mediterranean Sea to the Jordan River. President Trump will unfortunately also fail for a very simple reason; the Arabs will only accept Israel Destroyed and the Jews all dead. If one were to read the Hamas Charter, they would find that after Israel they want to next murder every Jew on the planet and then rule the planet as the Caliphate leadership enforcing their version of Sharia. It would be more beneficial for President Trump to learn the reality before he too demands another set of concessions from Israel for the pleasure of shaking the hand of the leader of those who wish to murder them in their sleep. Unfortunately, President Trump will press on and in the end, he too will run out of time as has every President before him as eight, or a mere four, years pass quickly.

 

The Menachem Begin Heritage Center will definitely be an interesting place on Tuesday. There will be some arguing, some congratulatory rhetoric, mutual support pledges, numerous declarations predicting a future of peace and prosperity and hopefully it will end quietly and everybody will go home with hope in their heart. As far as the realization of a Palestinian homeland in Jordan with King Abdullah II abdicating allowing a peaceable transference of power, that future has little hope. The Middle East is a strange place where the strong horse gathers followers and the weak horse ends up in exile in London and talks about a glorious future where democracy wins the day and the people prosper all as a ruse to gain wealth from the crazed Westerners who invest in pipe dreams. The conference will have a number of people with reputable names and great credentials, which explains why we were not invited, and their names will definitely add to the credibility of Mr. Mudar Zahran allowing him to probably rake in much needed funds to continue paying his supporters and others their salaries for their hard work at selling the dream. Do not get us wrong, we would like to see this idea of Jordan is Palestine actually occur though we envision such with King Abdullah II still ruling the western parts of Jordan with his supporters retaining their leader. The hope for a democratic Palestinian Arab state in Jordan has as much chance as the Arab Spring (we called it the Arab Winter way back) resulting in a democratic Middle East and North Africa. The only good thing is as long as there is no civil war in Jordan, then Jordan will not end up like Libya, Syria, Iraq and Lebanon where the people have no real government and their countries are dysfunctional. But a democratic Jordan, when peace comes to Israel and the two might actually be linked, who knows.

 

Then there is the announced agreement between Fatah and Hamas, which gave each side what they required; Fatah and the PA can now reject any peace agreement which does not include Gaza. This puts an end to the Jordan is Palestine as Gaza was under Egyptian control and not Jordanian. This allows the PA to demand that any Jordanian resolution is unsatisfactory, as it does not allow any solution for Gaza. Gaza will be their defense claiming that Jordan and Gaza are mutually exclusive. The demand will be simple, only a return to the pre-Six Day War lines will be acceptable. Even should President Trump find some magic crystal ball granting him magical powers that such a deal is reached, then will come the demand that the Palestinian Arab refugees, all five to eight million of them, be permitted to return to Israel and be granted citizenship and payment to all Palestinians to compensate them for their losing the war in 1948 and again in 1967. The Arab world has a dream that with their new modern weaponry, which presumably is equal to anything Israel can currently field, that if only they could force Israel back to the pre Six Day War lines and have a do-over then they will prevail this time. They have likely done their math and find that their forces measure up close to the Six Day War odds and that this time they will win. Further, the idea of another try at eliminating Israel, the Zionist Entity, will somehow draw all the warring factions together in Syria, allow the Muslim Brotherhood to take power in Egypt if President Sisi refuses to join the effort and unite the Arab world into a unified force which might be able to be molded into a Caliphate. Just for an idea of the odds they hope to field, here are the odds from before the Six Day War in the image below. The Arab armies vastly outnumbered the Israeli Defense Force (IDF) yet they managed to lose. They believe they will not lose as third time’s the charm, or so they hope. You can see why the Israelis believe their win was a miracle. The odds in 1948 were even higher as Israel had no actual organized military and managed to patchwork sufficient forces to turn the tide but still lost Gaza to Egypt and Judea and Samaria to Jordan. The Six Day War saw these lands liberated and the Golan Heights taken to end the Syrian practice of using snipers to shoot Israeli farmers working their fields. This is why Israel annexed the Golan Heights quickly after the Yom Kippur War of 1973.

 

1967 Six Day War Initial Odds in Military Forces

 

The gain that Hamas gets from their reconciliation is a lifting of the strangulation imposed by Mahmoud Abbas, which left Gaza with limited electricity, and other difficulties that was going to lead to a challenge of Hamas rule. By placing the PA presumably responsible for civil rule, now they must provide electricity, water, trash pick up, sewage and other civil duties while Hamas retains their army that means that they are actually in control. Mahmoud Abbas will be permitted to visit as will other PA officials as a show of their glorious victory but it is ephemeral. The power still resides with Hamas and even Islamic Jihad will wield greater power than the PA will. At any point in the future, should Hamas decide to end the ruse; the PA will be sent scurrying back to Judea and Samaria where IDF forces and intelligence protect them from Hamas. We would really hate to be one of the PA assigned to the new governance in Gaza as that could prove to be one’s final position should Hamas become upset at Fatah. The reconciliation also has yet to be finalized and there is to be another meeting to work out the minutia around November 21 in Cairo where everything will unravel and go back to where it was before the so-called reconciliation.

 

Finally, the reconciliation between Hamas and Gaza is exactly what Prime Minister Netanyahu claims, a ruse to end any chance at peace. Hamas and Fatah already have stated to their respective citizens that nothing has actually changed as far as Israel and their efforts to end the Jewish State. The PA saw that they were about to face pressures which could have forced them to make concessions instead of Israel and feared that President Trump might actually apply leverage. Now they can count on their partners to provide the cover for rebuffing any advance by President Trump as well as make the Jordan initiative a mute point. They are getting two birds with one stone and Hamas is getting financial relief, a twofer, or does that make it a threefer? That is where the peace initiatives now lay, scattered across the parched sands of the Arab Middle East where any chance of peace is whittled and eroded away by the dry windswept sands. Israel remains an oasis of green and peace where equality exists for every Israeli citizen regardless of their heritage be it Arab, Jewish, Muslim, Christian or anything else. But once again, we are to witness the PA do whatever it takes to negate all hopes for peace.

 

More to come.

 

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August 13, 2017

Why the Arabs Will Never Make Peace with Israel

 

There exist three Muslim wars against Israel, two Sunni and one Shiite, and none can make a peace because Islam forbids such a peace. Against infidel, Islam will only permit their forces and leaders to make a ten-year truce called a Hudna. This truce may be broken at any point the Islamic forces believe they have sufficient strength or tactical advantage to defeat their adversaries. Meanwhile, their adversaries must observe the ten-year respite from violence and are often thought to be a permanent cease-fire by the non-Islamic side. Should the Islamic side continue to believe they are unable to defeat their adversary, they too might allow a Hudna to continue despite their history reporting that a prolonged and strategic battle was being fought using diplomacy as their sword. This is often exactly the case in which Israel finds herself. So, with who are these separate and concurrent wars?

 

Let us start with the easiest of these conflicts to describe, the one against the Shiite power. The immediate enemy had been Hezballah which exists in Lebanon. This Shiite militia is backed and armed by Iran and the Grand Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei as its ultimate leader. In Lebanon, their leader is Secretary-General Hassan Nasrallah. What is usually unannounced has been the merger of the Lebanese military and the Hezballah Militia. This has provided Hezballah with some very impressive modern American, European and Russian weapon systems. This merging of the two forces and upgrading of the Lebanese Army by President Barak Obama with the full knowledge that the weaponry was to be used by Hezballah against Israel and in the Syria civil war was the reasoning which led Israel to inform the leadership of Lebanon and Hezballah that any attack by either would result in total warfare against both and would include all of Lebanon. This was necessitated by the weaponry given to Lebanon which will now also be at the ready for Hezballah and the fact that Hezballah officers may now order Lebanese troops including pilots necessitating the destruction of the Lebanese air forces in any war with Hezballah, especially any assets taking to the air. Truthfully, Hezballah is at the tip of the spear which is controlled by Iran and used in Syria and Iraq against the Islamic State. Currently, the Syrian war has Iran and Hezballah fighting about all they can handle, and possibly more than they can handle.

 

Turning now to the most ardent of the Sunni, we find ourselves looking to Gaza with Hamas and beyond to the Muslim Brotherhood. This is the direct line of support for Hamas which attempts to supply them via the Mediterranean Sea using fishing boats as curriers or via Sinai Peninsula-Gaza crossings and any remaining tunnels. Both Israel and Egypt face threats from Hamas so both attempt to prevent these provisions from reaching Hamas. Also in Gaza is Islamic Jihad who receives aid from the Muslim Brotherhood as well as from Iran. During periods when Hamas and Israel, Iran’s aid to both groups usually peaks as they attempt to meet such immediate needs, especially with rocket motors. Rocket fire across the border and tunnels under the border are the two major means by which Hamas, Islamic Jihad and minor groups attack Israel. The most prized result from these efforts would be the capture of an Israeli soldier or civilian to hold for ransom. The last ransom was for Gilad Shalit and numbered over one thousand terrorists. Yes, you read that correctly, over one thousand for one soldier. Hamas is currently holding four Israelis, two Israeli citizens who crossed into Gaza on their own accord and the bodies of two soldiers killed in 2014’s Gaza war. Hamas likes to report that there are no negotiations ongoing for the release of either the living civilians or the bodies of the fallen soldiers. This is likely only a valid point due to Hamas demanding extravagant amounts of concessions for the release likely of every terrorist held by Israel. This was their starting point in the last round, demanding the release of approaching five-thousand and finally agreed to just over eleven-hundred. Hamas is also demanding that the embargo on goods used for enforcing bunkers and other military needs be dropped and they permitted full range of freedom on imports to include heavy weaponry. Such concessions would place an army of undeterminable size and equipment on the southern border of Israel posing a far greater threat than is currently faced not to mention they could import tunneling machines capable of even more advanced and larger tunnels into Israel under the border.

 

The other Sunni threat comes from the Arab League and their pet project, the PLO (Palestinian Liberation Organization) and its offshoot, the Palestinian Authority (PA). The interesting item is that there no longer exists a PLO or a PA as Mahmoud Abbas dissolved the PA and removed any cause for the PLO when on Thursday, January 3, 2013, he dissolved the PA and all agreements made by the Oslo Accords and established the nations of Palestine. This was done in reaction to the General Assembly recognition and upgrading of the PA to “observer state” in the United Nations General Assembly. This vote was seen as a sign that the world had decided that Israel had to be forced to face the reality that the State of Palestine had been established as far as the mindset of the world’s governments were concerned. This is why Mahmoud Abbas is seen as the main threat to Israel when in reality without Israeli protection and the intelligence agencies of Israel, Mahmoud Abbas would already either be on some beach enjoying his stolen billions of dollars with a small army protecting him or dead and buried next Yasser Arafat if he was fortunate. Hamas sees the PA, PLO and especially Palestine to be a tool used by Israel to prevent the destruction of the Zionist Entity (Israel). Hamas knows that were they to replace the PA they would be capable of accurately striking at the heart of Tel Aviv. They are convinced that should they bombard central Tel Aviv and destroy many of the main buildings that the Jews would feel threatened and run back to wherever they came from. There are a number of problems with such a theory. The first is whether any of these nations would accept the return of ten if not hundreds of thousands of Jews. That goes especially for nations such as Egypt, Algeria, Libya, Syria, Iraq, Iran and the other Arab nations who thrust out the vast majority if not all of their Jewish populations in the years leading up to 1960. The totals were approaching, if not exceeding, millions of Jews in approximately a dozen years. Add to that the European nations, who largely would prefer not to have to explain to their public why they were accepting these Jews who left once already? Lastly, what about the native-born Jews born of Sabra parents whose families have lived in Israel, often in Jerusalem or Hevron for much of the last twenty-five-hundred years, where are they to run too if not Israel?

 

Should the day come when Arab forces diametrically opposed to the existence of Israel, which include Hamas, Islamic Jihad, PLO, PA and other Arab Palestinian groups were to gain a foothold along the Green Line and hold the commanding ridge above Tel Aviv, as soon as their first rockets struck Tel Aviv there would be launched such an answer to that attack that when the day was done there would no longer be any talks about what borders the Arabs deserved as they would all be placed east of the Jordan River. The result of this peace, the world claims, is “only fair” as the Jews stole the Palestinian Land for their state. What nobody appears capable of remembering is that there was not before at any point in time any nations named Palestine. Palestine is a region like the plains of Africa or the forests of Europe or the steppes of Russia. None of those are nations, they are locations. There has never been an Arab or other State between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean Sea since one thousand years before the start of the Gregorian calendar. That was the time of King David and King Solomon. Before them, there was King Saul and the age of the Prophets and all the ways back to Joshua which was the start of the Israelite State. No other nation has controlled this region as an independent state; it was always a part of a province or was the province of the Jews. The Arabs did not arrive until after 725 and left as soon as they could for Damascus. Should the opinion, not the facts, which give Israel all the rights to the lands between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean Sea, as long as they permit the Arabs to have certain rights, which include the right to work, freedom of religion, to pursue an education, medical care, own land, own a business, and almost any other right given an Israeli with one notable exception, they are not entitled to political rights, then progress would be possible. This means they are limited to whatever political rights and powers that the Israeli government is willing to grant to them. This is why Gaza is now the nation of Hamastan. It is a terrorist state, but it has all the makings of a nation, a dysfunctional nation, but a nation just the same. The same is not true for the Arabs residing in Judea and Samaria. They have been granted semi-autonomy which permits limited self-rule. Where they have their own budget, their own areas assigned, their own representative legislature and leadership, they are still under the sovereignty of Israel, defended by the Israeli Defense Force (IDF), may not field an army, may be permitted police powers however limited as Israel should decide, do not have to serve in the IDF, can be restricted in movements outside their assigned areas, and may have other restrictions as required for the public peace and well-being. They are not permitted the normative rights of a state and should not be accepted in international settings unless permitted by Israel as their actual overriding governance. The desires of other nations are not legally binding upon Israel and the San Remo Conference and Treaty of Sèvres grant Israel, in conjunction with the White Papers, rule of the lands from the Jordan River to the Mediterranean Sea unless Israel were to leave claim to any region such as Gaza. That is the reality and the picture below depicts an unfortunate reality.

 

 

Tel Aviv Now Before Green Line Peace and Tel Aviv the Day After Green Line Peace

Tel Aviv Now Before Green Line Peace
and
Tel Aviv the Day After Green Line Peace

 

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