Beyond the Cusp

March 28, 2014

Israelis and Palestinians Each Using Language Their Side Understands

Anybody who wishes to understand the crux of the debate and what each side seeks, treasures, understands and desires most, all one has to do is read the statements and use their own choice of words, stated desires and central positions to get a solid understanding. Both sides have a very consistent message and it is best revealed when they speak to their own populations but can still be discerned from their general public statements spoken when the press is present or filed with the media as part of a released statement. One does not even need to learn either Hebrew of Arabic to understand as both sides have sufficient material which is translated by the various media sources plus if you understand English then you even have access to a plethora of statements from both sides, each with a slant critical of both sides. On the Israeli side there is Haaretz which is extremely critical of the Netanyahu government and especially of Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu, Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman and any of the reputedly Zionist Knesset Ministers. On translating the Palestinian and Arab perspectives there are a number of sources, two of which are Palestinian Media Watch (PMW) and Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI) which translate a vast bulk of Palestinian and Arab media, press releases and transcripts of speeches.

 

Some of the general tendencies which have been noted boil down to a relatively few basic themes and reiterations of offshoots from these central tenets of each side. Let us start with the Palestinian’s central arguments and points concerning the negotiations and their desired end results. One repeated theme revolves around their claim that no matter what is agreed upon between the two sides, the struggle to liberate all of Palestine from the River to the Sea cannot and will not end until Israel as the state for the Jewish People has been subsumed and the Jews turned into Dhimmis, expelled or killed. This concept is further reinforced when one inspects the maps, textbooks and other material used in their schools and in many of their themes and instructional materials used in educating their children from an early age. One peculiarity which can be discerned from viewing recordings of school children where each child can tell you from what village or city they call home and every single name is of a place within pre-1967 Israel. All of the children apparently came from places such as Tel Aviv, Haifa, Jaffa, Ashkelon and other Israeli cities with none of them coming from Ramallah, Gaza City, Rafah, Bethlehem or any other city from within the disputed territories. These are all signs that the real objective of the Palestinians is not two states living beside each other in security and peace but one state ruled by Palestinian Arabs with the Jews either subjected or removed completely.

 

Another repetitive pattern is the Palestinian demands that they be given enticements before they will agree to even talk, let alone make peace. Along with these demands for concessions is their obsession with demanding that once the Israelis have agreed to any demand that the demand be then made and enforced as a permanent concession. Whenever such turns out not to be the case, the Palestinians complain and demand that the other previous demands that were met should be still enforced in the next round such that they can win every argument individually and then apply all the separate pieces into one grand surrender on all points. A perfect example of this is the Palestinian demands throughout this current series of talks that Israel must be made to adhere to an imposed building freeze in what are often referred to as settlements. The problem with the Palestinians demand is that when presented with a choice of either terrorist prisoners being released or a building freeze, they chose the terrorist prisoners being release and not the building freeze. They basically started from day one complaining that Israel was planning to build in the areas where the Israelis had previously granted a building freeze almost five years ago and that must be enforced on the Israelis and they must never be permitted to build because they promised to implement a building freeze during those negotiations and the Palestinians insist that any concessions Israel makes must be made into a permanent requirement. This is the basis behind the Palestinian repeated demand that Israel meet all of its obligations. These obligations were concessions relented and granted by the Israelis for a set amount of time often during which negotiations are being held. The Palestinians know this full well but prefer to pretend that they understood the promises to be open ended and thus forever enforceable.

 

The final point we will discuss of the Palestinians, but not the last in existence by far, is their penchant for violence. This is exemplified by their actions such as their throwing of rocks the size of cinderblocks and even larger at motorists usually aiming for the driver side of the vehicle in hopes of causing a crash. This is at the root of their threats of Intifada and it is a core part of the curriculum in their school system, children’s camps and numerous other integral parts of their society. The approval of violence, especially if it results in dead Israelis, is on full display in the funds spent by the Palestinians in their budgets to terrorists in Israeli prisons and to the families of those terrorists who died while making their attack, often a suicide attack. The Palestinians are currently demanding that their monetary backers make new pledges and send more funding as they are over four-billion dollars in debt and cannot meet their payroll yet they announced an increase in the payments to relatives of terrorists who died as martyrs which will require at a minimum seventy-five-million dollars. You can bet that these payments will be made before they pay their payrolls as one is of far more importance than the other. This also reveals that in Palestinian society those who have died are of greater importance than the living, especially if they died attempting to murder Israelis or Americans.

 

Israel, on the other hand, has virtually a single minded objective, a final, comprehensive peace that will enable both sides to live with security and benefit from a thriving economy which the two states could share in forming. Israel often times will debate the wisdom of making concessions and more often than not decide to take the risk and grant some concession in the hope that the next set of negotiation will finally produce that longed for peace between the two peoples. Unfortunately, the narrative in Israel has begun to change as many have given up on the hopes that a peace can be attained with the Palestinians. They have listened to the conversations in Ramallah, Gaza, at the Arab League and around the Arab and Muslim worlds and have awoken to the vile truth that they have no partners for peace, only those who through gestures of peace seek to subjugate or even murder the Jews and other Israelis. They have even heard words beyond their belief where even the Arab Muslim population of Israel are cursed if they appear to be willing to live within the Israeli society and are not anxious to join in Jihad or in an Intifada.

 

The Israelis have mostly reached the point where they are questioning the wisdom of making concession after concession in a seemingly endless progression of ever more dangerous concessions with the last one, the release of over one-hundred terrorists, most with blood on their hands, knowing that most if not all of these terror masters will immediately return to actively murdering Israelis or making plans for others to carry out and murder Israelis. With the current series of futile talks coming crashing down without any actual possibility for making a final peace and the Palestinians demanding heavy concessions to continue the talks with no guarantee of reaching an agreement, some would claim it is more likely to have an agreement of never reaching an agreement as that has been the central message coming from the Palestinians, many Israelis are questioning the wisdom of making unending concessions if there is no potential for gain as a result. They see giving concessions for the privilege of talks but only with talks which are doomed to fail as a waste of energy and dangerous when concession release those who remain a threat to Israeli society and civilians. It has reached the point where Israelis are asking; where are the reciprocal concessions and when will we ever see something in return? The Israelis talk of peace and agreements while the Palestinians talk of Intifada and martyrdom, which side sounds like they desire to live in peace to you?

 

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January 9, 2013

Guaranteed Supporters for Any anti-Zionist or anti-Israel Standing

There are two groups of supporters who will join with any organizations, individuals, governments, groups, or academics who originate from two vastly different sources with one commonality; they are both made up of Jews. One of these groups is a closely knit, strictly religious Jews who belong to the Orthodox Jewish Neturei Karta that believe that Israel is not to be founded by man but instead must await the coming of the Moshiach, the Messiah. Their feelings are so ardent that some of their actions in the past have drawn serious criticisms from Jews from all sides, beliefs, politics, religiosity, and whether they are Zionist or not. One such activity was when a delegation of Neturei Karta Rabbis attended the October 27, 2005, Iranian conference named, “A World Without Zionism or America” which was held in Tehran, Iran. They gave Iranian President Ahmadinejad a public relations coup as he had numerous pictures showing him with these obviously religious Jews laughing and with the speeches given the conference by the representatives from Neturei Karta’s leading rabbis present. Where the members of the Neturei Karta sect of Judaism are to be permitted their beliefs and thoughts about the ideas and ideals of Zionism and the existence of Israel, they should, at the very least, refrain from giving such a media coup to somebody like Iranian President Ahmadinejad, the Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei or others whose final aim is the extermination of every last Jew not only in Israel but in the entire world, including the members of Neturei Karta.

The other groups of Jews who are facilitators for anti-Zionist or anti-Israel groups and organizations are extreme leftist secular Jews such as Professor Noam Chomsky; the Holocaust denier Norman Finkelstein; the leadership of extreme anti-Zionist NGOs such as Peace Now and B’Tselem; many other far-left academics; and many Jews who have replaced their personal performance of the Mitzvah of Tikkun Olam for voting for big government programs and leftist secular-humanist groups, organizations and NGOs supporting causes such as environmentalism, saving endangered animals, human rights, and especially pro-Palestinian and other anti-Israel NGOs. The Jews who take such stands are most often non-religious and have replaced religion with alignment with liberal, secular-humanist organizations, causes and NGOs which replace religion in their lives. These are their inspiration and give them definitions of what is right and just and what is wrong. These causes and groups supply their adherents with definitions for right and wrong, good and evil. They most closely resemble the Greek Hellenist Jews who spoiled the Holy Temple in Jerusalem by installing heathen Cyrenaic-Greek idols and performing sacrifices to the foreign idols. They, like the Hellenized Jews, often find great faults and stand in opposition of the strictly religious Jews. The really fascinating parallel is that the Hellenist Jews lived mostly along the coastal areas west of Jerusalem as well as within Jerusalem and ended up opposed and fighting against the Maccabees who were led by the Hasmonean family of Priests headed by Mattathias and who resided in Judea located east of Jerusalem while the modern secular Jews today fight against and oppose the Jewish communities built in the same Judea and are mainly religious Jews who are on the front line of defending the Lands of Israel just as did the Hasmoneans and the Maccabees. Sometimes the modern events and challenges facing the Jews residing in Israel parallel the ancient history of the original Jews, the Hebrews of historic lands which make up the current day modern Israel and Judea and Samaria. Another similarity is the fact that the modern Israeli religious Jews worst enemies are secular Jews while in ancient Israel the religious Jews were opposed by the Hellenized secular Jews. The more things change, the more they remain the same.

Beyond the Cusp

June 2, 2012

Secretary of State Clinton Palestinian Hallucinations

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is once again having hallucinations about the Israeli Palestinian peace process impasse. With the formation of a super coalition unity government in the Israeli Knesset, she has made a call for direct negotiations to be resumed between the two sides. Her implication is that the cause there have yet to be direct negotiations is exactly the reasons Mahmoud Abbas has been pretending is at the root that Prime Minister Netanyahu and the Israeli government refuse to come to the table. Of course whenever Prime Minister Netanyahu offers to hold negotiations without preconditions, President Abbas immediately shoots down the offer demanding that Israel meet his list of preconditions which include virtually every Palestinian side of the debate which are the final status issues. These include but are not limited to accepting the 1949 Armistice Lines as the border, Building Freeze in all of Judea and Samaria until conclusion of negotiations, East Jerusalem as the Palestinian Capital, surrender of the entirety of the Old City of Jerusalem including the Temple Mount and the Kotel (Western Wall and Plaza), removal of every single Jew from the lands which are given to form Palestine, release of all Palestinian prisoners including even terrorists serving multiple life sentences, and complete “Right of Return” for the five million plus Palestinian refugees listed by UNRWA. In response Prime Minister once floated a single precondition for the Palestinian side to agree with which Mahmoud Abbas and numerous Palestinian spokespersons immediately reacted in a vehement rage bordering on violent refusing to grant recognition of Israel as the State for the Jewish People.

Let’s allow everybody to decide for themselves exactly what Secretary of State Clinton was implying in her press conference. Here is the link to the entire transcript. And here is the excerpt which we took from the entire conference which we found most interesting.

“Well, Brad, the United States believes there is no substitute for direct talks between the parties. It is the only route to achieving what has long been not only a Palestinian goal and an American goal, but an Israeli goal, which are two states living side by side in peace and security. We have discouraged unilateral action from both sides, and in fact, we think that this new coalition government in Israel provides the best opportunity in several years to reach such a negotiated agreement. In fact, when the coalition was formed, there were four pillars of agreement, and one of them was pursuing the two-state solution. So we very much want to encourage the Israelis and the Palestinians to do that, and in fact, they have recently exchanged letters, from President Abbas to President – to Prime Minister Netanyahu, and Prime Minister Netanyahu to President Abbas that have outlined the conditions for dialogue. And in recent weeks, I’ve called both Prime Minister Netanyahu and President Abbas urging them to take this opportunity, to use this new opening that has come about because of the broad coalition that now exists that has pledged itself to pursuing a negotiated resolution. And we’re going to continue to urge them to do so…. So we believe that there is an opportunity for direct negotiations, and we hope it was enhanced by the release of bodies today by the Israelis of Palestinians whom they had either killed or who had been suicide bombers going back many years as a sign of confidence building. But they need to get to the table and start dealing with all the very hard issues we know have to be resolved.”

I really cannot hold this perceptual problem solely against Secretary of State Clinton as she shares this phobia with a rather large set of people. Currently leading the field of delusional politicians is very likely Lady Catherine Ashton, Foreign Minister of the European Union. Sharing top honors are, of course, President Obama; former Mayor of London, Ken Livingstone; not surprisingly, Mahmoud Abbas; the Leader of Hezballah, Hassan Nasrallah; President of Iran, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad; Grand Ayatollah of Iran, Sayyed Ali Hosseini Khamenei; and anybody vying for high office in the new Egypt which almost goes without saying. Of course there are numerous others who easily make the complete list but you already know a host of them without my needing to list them. It never ceases to amaze me how far some will go in twisting logic claiming that obviously the lack of peace is because Israel has refused to make sufficient compromise. My challenge is usually to inquire exactly what one thing have the Palestinians ever compromised on and actually made the commitment. When I get the usual answer that they gave up their country and the Jews stole their lands I do not even argue. At that point I realize that such a person and I have diametrically opposed world views on this subject, and very likely many, many more. I learned a long time ago that no matter what point I might bring up their answer will always be, “But it is their land.” It must be so comforting to only need to memorize one line and have that serve as your complete argument, and often their entire knowledge, on a subject.

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