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November 25, 2017

The Tzipi Hotovely Extravaganza

 

Israeli Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely is, for all intents and purposes, and in reality, the Foreign Minister refusing the actual ministership as a matter of modesty so she would not be placed above the men in the Cabinet. This was done out of her religious convictions and out of respect of the advice she received from some rabbis she respects. This has not prevented her from standing tall and strongly stating truths as she sees things. This, as one might guess, has a distressing habit of ruffling feathers placing Prime Minister Netanyahu under pressure to dismiss her. That would be a mistake as she is going to be part of the future of the Likud Party if it is to remain as the leaders of the conservative center-right and any claim to leaders of the Zionists even if largely the secular Zionists. Prime Minister Netanyahu took the politically correct path surrendering to pressure from the leftist Jewish leadership of the United States and rebuked his fellow party member and actual acting Foreign Minister. This will not satisfy the leftist Jewish leadership of the United States as they are out for ultimate blood and they smell blood in the water. They want Tzipi Hotovely removed from any position of power in the cabinet and then will possibly pressure for more. What more, you ask? Well, Ms. Hotovely removed from the Knesset. That demand will be the test case as if they can get her removed from the Knesset, they will feel empowered to go for the entire ten yards, to us American slang.

 

Israeli Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely

Israeli Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely

 

First, what was it that Israeli Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely actually said? We have included the entire interview below. It has the parts where she was attacked about not bending to the leftist Jewish pressure to impress American secular-leftist-faux-Judaism which is more interested in a woman’s right to abortive services and other unJewish stands which would not be acceptable to the majority of Israeli Jews who are growing more and more religious, the opposite direction from the American leftist Jews, yet believe that their Judaism must be imposed in Israel. They demanded their own sectarian place at the Walls of Jerusalem and were told that one already existed. They demanded that this was unacceptable as it was separate from the traditional Western Wall and demanded that they be granted a section of the main wall in order to practice their irreligious actions in plain view of religious Jews. Their demands were not for a space but for a stage in order to be able to insult religious Jews with what to those Jews would border on idolatry or a direct insult to religious Jews. Memo to those paying attention, the more sectarian area of the wall is most often empty and hardly used. If this was where it ended, that might be able to be worked out. They have taken names to disguise their ulterior motives by calling their reform and reconstructionist congregations by names including the word orthodox. They used New Orthodox, Open Orthodox or other “adjective” Orthodox and demanding that their conversions as well as Conservative and even Reform and Reconstructionist conversions, which are not accepted in Israel by the Rabbinical Organizations, be accepted. These are branches of Judaism which include same-sex marriages, inter-religious marriages and numerous other activities and practices completely unacceptable to the orthodox and Torah observant Jewish mainstream in Israel. Their demands are that Israel and her Jews must become leftists and all but join the Democrat or Green Parties in order to be acceptable to American Jews. Their belief is that without the United States and the American Jews, Israel would collapse. We will discuss that in a moment.

 

 
First thing we would like to place as Exhibit A is a survey review by the Pew Research Center. The Pew Report, published a few years ago, reported there were the truths that seventy percent of American Jews have no connection to Jewish identity. This includes their lack of any connection to Israel. Over seventy percent of American Jews voted for Obama and Clinton in the last three Presidential elections despite their animosity towards Israel and favorability towards Arab Palestinian claims over all of Israel. This indicates that Israeli Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely was not particularly telling any untruths. But the leftist Jews see a crack of light in the wall and a hint of light. Their first wedge was to get Tzipi Hotovely rebuked by Prime Minister Netanyahu and receive the demanded apology from Ms. Hotovely. These they won easily and now for the next level. They passed level one receiving everything they demanded, but now they are going for round two. Round two is getting Tzipi Hotovely fired from her position as Israeli Deputy Foreign Minister. Should they manage to have this granted, then they will enter the bonus round which will be their attempt to have Tzipi Hotovely removed from the Likud Knesset membership and preferably replaced with somebody only if they are approved by the American Jewish leadership. Then they get to go for level three where they can win one of either two ways. The first would be for Prime Minister Netanyahu to step aside and be replaced by somebody from Likud more acceptable to the American Leftist Jews. Failing this, their secondary target would be to cause the government to fold and a call for new elections. Then Israel can expect a slew of political advisors and campaign experts to swamp Israel to assist the left most Israeli parties into power and forming the next government. That will prove difficult, as Israel has been moving inexorably rightward. The only means they might find which would work is to run such a negative campaign as to poison the political waters suppressing voter turnout. Their ultimate prize is the end of Prime Minister Netanyahu and the rise of a left wing government led by Meretz or the Labor Party.

 

The one myth which appears to exist on both sides of the world is that Israel is dependent on American money and that the American Jews are the larger Jewish community. The current Jewish populations, using Core Jewish Populations, are approximated to be the United States 5,300,000 and Israel 6,399,000. But that is the least of the changes. Below we have two very telling graphs. The top shows United States aid dollars measured in billions of dollars. The interesting revelation here is that until 1970 the United States gave Israel virtually no aid despite the common rumor that the United States has been Israel’s main and most dependable aid since her founding. Not exactly a valid statement, as military aid was illegal for much of Israeli existence from 1948 through the Six Day War. The truth be known, the United States took an interest in Israel after the Israelis won the Six Day War despite facing massive Arab military advantages in manpower, tanks, planes and every imaginable category. When Israel prevailed against the odds, then Lyndon Baines Johnson sat up and took notice and Richard Nixon increased aid, particularly military aid, considerably during his years in the White House. Looking at the aid from the United States, one can state that Israel received a steady average of 3.0 billion dollars which we will use as the benchmark level of aid. In 1960, the Israeli GDP was almost 2.6 billion dollars and by 1970, the GDP has gained reaching just over 6.25 billion dollars. Using our benchmark 3.0 billion dollars of aid then the United States aid was almost fifty percent of Israeli GDP. That is significant and the kind of aid that a nation could not survive as well without. Part of this aid was to compensate Israel for their not producing their own developed military aircraft and instead being dependent upon United States military aircraft. This had negatively affected Israeli nascent aircraft industries who were ready to move into production on the Lavi fighter (pictured below). Israeli GDP had increased by 1980 reaching almost 22 billion dollars reducing the United States aid package to less than fourteen percent, a drastic decrease from ten years before. Moving to 1990, Israeli GDP had become just short of 52.5 billion dollars thus reducing United States aid to around five and three-quarters percent. In 2000, the Israeli DGP reached just over 132 billion dollars making the three billion United States aid sinking to a mere two and three-elevenths percent. Moving along to 2010 the Israeli GDP rose to slightly over 233.75 billion dollars leaving the United States aid to fall to under one and one-third percent. The last year for which we have data is 2016 where Israeli GDP reached just short of 318.75 billion dollars reducing United States three billion dollars of aid to under one percent. In just forty-five years, the aid given Israel by the United States has shrunk from slightly below fifty percent to measurably below one percent. So, obviously Israel should no longer be dependent upon aid moneys from the United States.

 

United States Israel Aid (Military)

United States Israel Aid (Military)

 

 

Lavi the Lost Dream

Lavi the Lost Dream

 

So, what does keep the Israelis dependent upon United States aid? That is simply, military aircraft. Israel gets the F-35’s plus has a large number of F-16’s and F-15’s left from the deal made to become dependent upon guaranteed air-superiority provided by the United States in exchange for Israel dropping plans to manufacture their own military aircraft which would have added more competition to the American aircraft being sold to the world. The United States manufacturers of the F-15 and F-16 and others planning on providing the next generation fighters were concerned with the Lavi, which Israel had just completed air trials and was going to put them into production. The United States stepped in and offered the Israelis a deal they could not refuse, F-16’s in numbers to replace the Lavi at a lower price and the F-15’s almost for free. Israel has since purchased additional fleets of these aircraft to reduce her dependence on the F-4 Phantoms and French Mirage Interceptors and other older aircraft. This has placed Israel dependent upon the United States for updates, upgrades, software patches and spare parts. Further, no longer manufacturing aircraft domestically, Israel has also become dependent upon American helicopters, largely the AH-64 Apache, CH-53 Stallion, UH-60 Black Hawk, SH-60 Seahawk and the Eurocopter AS565 Panther. Should Israel decide that she needs for her own security and to remove dependence from a vital military set of components, namely aircraft, both fixed wing and rotary wing, could they afford to go without the United States aid package and military aircraft? This is a question which plagues every sector of Israeli society’s political debates.

 

Most Israelis have so long believed they were dependent on the United States military and financial aid that to try to go without these seemingly vital areas of aid is unthinkable. These Israelis still believe that United States aid is a sizeable part of the total of Israeli GDP. As we have depicted, this line of thinking was true into the 1980’s but since 2000 has not been the necessary measure it once was. Others have realized that Israel is no longer an economically weaker nation and has moved from her early times to become an economic force. Still, they recognize that Israel would be required to build almost from the ground up any aircraft-manufacturing sector in order to break from the United States military aircraft dependence. Israel also knows that her relations with other nations are often fluid and can be uncertain in these wildly fluctuating political environment. Even should Israel have contracted delivery or service, these agreements can be cancelled and forced to not be honored by political advocacy against Israel from leftists and other anti-Israel, anti-Zionist and other anti-Semitic forces and groups. Recently, a contract with Rafael Advanced Defense Systems worth five-hundred-million-dollars was cancelled by India after all negotiations and contracts were completed as it was on the way to be signed proving the volatility of such items when it comes to Israel. Whatever the official face-saving motives which are made public, such decisions are more often far different in reality from what is stated. Israel should contract with their aerospace industries for developing what they foresee as the next generation, sixth generation, aircraft and developments in rotary wing aircraft. Such would potentially increase Israeli GDP and advance industrial production and practices plus produce some thousands of jobs not just in the production of the aircraft themselves, but also in numerous supporting industries.

 

The relations between Israel and the United States faced some heavy strain over the last decade with the push by President George W. Bush and Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and the massive pressing for Israel to surrender the Gaza Strip which became a terrorist haven run by Hamas. Then there were deep rifts between Prime Minister Netanyahu and President Obama largely over the Iran deal and other Middle East policy decisions which the former felt placed Israel in jeopardy. This should have served to push Israel to lessen the Israeli future dependence upon the United States for aid monies and military hardware of any variety as the only prudent measures going forward would be for Israel to become completely self-dependent. Israel can no longer be dependent on any one nation for any form of aid or support as any change of which party is in power or even which person is in power, whether elected or using other means for attaining power, can result in leaving Israel vulnerable to a complete change in relations. Israel can go from good friend to mortal enemy overnight as happened with South Africa for one example. This recent dust-up with American liberal Jewish establishment over a perfectly valid observation is another example of being too reliant on the United States. Because both Israelis and American Jews believe that Israel would crumble like a stale cookie without the United States that Israeli politicians are expected to walk on eggshells when speaking about the United States. Yes, Israeli Jews love our cousins in the United States and would love to have them return home. Unfortunately, that is a foreign idea for Jews in the United States, as they believe that the United States should be the homeland for the Jews. They are assimilating into the American scene very similar to how they had in Persia as a Jewess even was chosen by the King to wed and become the Queen of Persia, which was very fortunate when Haman came to have all the Jews in Persia murdered. They are becoming as assimilated as they were in Spain right before King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella decided that Spain should be strictly Catholic and began the Inquisition. They are becoming as assimilated as they were in Germany as the 1920’s came to a close. What is strange is how whenever the Jews assimilate beyond a certain point is precisely when we get reminded exactly who we are, and it is always in a rather testy manner. There have been numerous politicians from the United States who have said very critical and often libelously false accusations and commentary about Israel and there is never a demand that the President fires them or even contradicts them, let alone censors them. We remember when we announced to our Synagogue that we were making Aliyah and moving to Israel. The majority of our Synagogue was made of your average liberal and leftist Jews with maybe between a half dozen to a dozen conservative Jews, almost all, other than us, clandestinely, as their request for anonymity, asking not to be outed as a conservative and have their political leanings revealed. Other than these conservatives, all of whom were very happy for us and some were even envious and told us of their plans for making Aliyah themselves some day, the liberal almost universally Democrat Party members were split at best with 5% supporting our move, 75% unimpressed and asking why in the world would we even consider moving to Israel with the remainder accusing us of being disloyal and hating the United States and being very accusatorial as if we had committed some form of traitorous act against their beloved homeland. The vast majority of the Jews in a very conservative region of the nation, middle of Trump country one might claim, saw Israel as a horrible and terrible place and definitely not a place that any sane American Jew could ever desire to move without some overriding threat on their heads. We probably should be happy that none that we know of called the authorities to turn us in for whatever crime we had to have committed in their minds to have us consider moving to Israel. Until Israelis realize that the friends they have in the United States consists of maybe twenty percent of American Jews (we are being very generous) and the reason the Congress and Presidents campaign on a pro-Israel platform, in as much as they have, it is because Israel has the support of the majority of Evangelical Christians, and that is a very influential and large voting block, just ask President Trump who was elected on their tepid like of his positions and their abject loathing of Hillary Clinton. Until Israel completely weans from dependence, then Israeli politicians will need to placate American groups who can make things difficult, and that includes groups which would sell Israel down the river in a second for universal healthcare.

 

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November 22, 2017

Trump Warning to Palestinian Authority Much ado About Nothing

 

The end of last week President Trump gave official warning to the Palestinian Authority (PA) that they had violated the terms under which they operate offices in Washington D.C. demanding that they enter talks with the Israelis in order to prevent their being shuttered. Some news termed these as the PLO offices which are simply further proof that there is no difference between the PLO and the PA thus they are either both patriotic peace seeking entities or terrorist entities to be shunned and shut down. This has been hailed by supporters of President Trump as an unprecedented move. Sorry folks, this has been part of the threat and promise operations since President William Jefferson Clinton had their office permitted, breaking numerous regulations and initiating something new and giving the State Department responsibility for seeing to it that the move resulted on a positive peace. Nobody ever actually defined positive but the State department saw positive as meaning giving the Arabs everything they desired and forcing Israel to commit suicide in the process. One need remember that it was the State Department which was so over the top opposed to permitting Israel to be recognized under President Truman. Fortunately, President Truman put more faith in what his strongly Christian mother taught him about the Bible including the Old Testament and especially Hashem’s promise to Avraham and repeated to Isaac and repeated again to Moses, that the lands between the Jordan River and the Great Sea were the Holy Land belonging to Hashem and for the Chosen People, the Jews being the remnant which remained, and that they would one day return and build a nation which would give man blessings and wonders. President Truman ignored the State Department and the Pentagon and virtually every advisor in his Administration and listened to his heart and the teaching of his childhood and recognized Israel despite the swarm of naysayers surrounding him screaming, “NO!” Mankind has not completely realized yet the great good President Truman committed on that day but anywhere on the globe willing to allow Israel to help has been thankful ever since. Israel has often reached a disaster area and set up before even the United States and is invariably the last nation to leave and they always leave the place better for their having been there.

 

But this threat to the PA is a meaningless gesture made to coerce, not intended to be carried out. This threat is in addition to the gifts Israel will be forced to turn over just so President Trump, Secretary of State Tillerson, if he is fortunate, the Middle East team members and Prime Minister Netanyahu and chief terrorist and President of the PA Mahmoud Abbas of the Munich Olympics terror attack fame, can all stand on the White House lawns on a sunny day with just the right number and size of puffy white nonthreatening clouds and have a thousand pictures per minute snapped by an overly eager media to eat up the momentous occasion of yet another handshake which will have the President centered watching and nodding approvingly. President Obama weaseled a handshake for the historic photo to put somewhere in his Presidential Library. President George W. Bush did not get his handshake mostly because he did not try and left well enough alone until Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice whispered in his ear the sweet nothings about the Palestinians deserving an opportunity to prove their great and wondrous ability to form an excellent and industrious state capable of great things. That was the start of the Gaza debacle which is responsible for the rocket attacks and terror tunnels in the Hamas, Islamic Jihad and other various undesirables’ war of attrition against Israel. Hamas took Gaza from the PA in a fairly quick and violent coup where the PA turned tail and fled. The one honest item which came from this disaster was the facts were made obvious that the Palestinian Arabs do not desire their own lands as much as they desire the destruction of everything Jewish. Hamas is honest enough in their charter to claim their goal is the destruction of the Zionist entity, Israel, and then the death of every Jew on the planet and world conquest. In all honesty, it is part of the Islamic religion as it is currently taught and interpreted by their leading Imams, that they are entitled to rule the world and must take it through violence and any means necessary as Allah has promised them victory in all things.

 

Bill Clinton looks on as Yitzhak Rabin and Yasser Arafat shake hands during the historic signing with Mahmoud Abbas standing at right edge of picture

Bill Clinton looks on as Yitzhak Rabin and Yasser Arafat shake hands during the historic signing with Mahmoud Abbas standing at right edge of picture

 

 

President Obama got the Handshake between Prime Minister Netanyahu and Terror Organizer of Munich Olympics Mahmoud Abbas

President Obama got the Handshake between Prime Minister Netanyahu and Terror Organizer of Munich Olympics Mahmoud Abbas

 

Moving back to the present, President Trump has one of his trusted and top team manned by such people of importance as his son-in-law and chief Middle East adviser Jared Kushner; Jason Dov Greenblatt who is the executive vice president and chief legal officer to Donald Trump and The Trump Organization as well as a top advisor on Israel; the United States Ambassador to Israel, David Friedman, who is a renowned Zionist and friend of Israel, which is something almost an oddity with all things considered; and lastly some State Department officers and personnel which includes Deputy National Security Adviser for Strategy Dina Powell. It is truly an all-star team and is in pursuit of what President Trump calls “The Ultimate Deal.” The team has spent the last ten months educating themselves on the world’s most intractable dispute and its various complexities. Jason D. Greenblatt was quoted speaking for the entire team presenting the facts as, “We have spent a lot of time listening to and engaging with the Israelis, Palestinians and key regional leaders over the past few months to help reach an enduring peace deal. We are not going to put an artificial timeline on the development or presentation of any specific ideas and will also never impose a deal. Our goal is to facilitate, not dictate, a lasting peace agreement to improve the lives of Israelis and Palestinians and security across the region.” We have a really short and single piece of information which we bet the dream team might have overlooked when discussing what Mahmoud Abbas, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Jordan, the Arab League and just about every other entity which pretends to care about the Palestinian Arabs insist as part of any final solution, the complete, total and permanent eradication of the country known as Israel. Anything short of this makes the deal null and void and of little interest other than keeping the United States, United Nations, Europeans and any other fools in the world sending their millions of dollars and euros.

 

President Trump probably honestly believes that there is a deal he can reach which protects and preserves the country of Israel, makes some arrangement for the Arabs to govern themselves without posing any further threat to Israel and the other Arab interests will be ready to cooperate on finding some solutions to problems such as Syria, Lebanon, Iraq, Iran and anything else that pops up or they forgot such as Libya. Fortunately for President Trump, there will be no miracle peace plan which Mahmoud Abbas will accept no matter how much the Saudi Royal Family threatens him. That is the secret which has preserved Israel even when the most gullible of political parties were elected and were willing to give away the farm, or almost if not all of Judea and Samaria in the name of peace and cooperation. Even the most presumably enticing offers have been turned down by Yasser Arafat and, after his death, then Mahmoud Abbas. There will be no peace deal now, next month, next year or ever as long as any deal allows Israel to remain. Oh, remain what, you ask? Simply remain as in exist; occupy any area on a map. The Ayatollahs of Iran made the only acceptable solution when they permitted then President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to state, “Israel, a small country of less than eight million people, looks out at a world where leaders of much larger nations threaten to wipe it off of the map.” There has been contention that the actual translation should have been that Israel would collapse. According to the Washington Post, “in the 1980’s Khomeini gave a speech in which he said in Persian ‘Een rezhim-i eshghalgar-i Quds bayad az sahneh-i ruzgar mahv shaved.’ This means, ‘This occupation regime over Jerusalem must vanish from the arena of time.’ But then anonymous wire service translators rendered Khomeini as saying that Israel ‘must be wiped off the face of the map,’ which Cole and Nourouzi say is inaccurate.”

 

President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad

President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad

 

All of the efforts will prove to be in vain. This is a case where the best plan is absolutely leave it all alone. Look at the world and ask yourself a simply question, is the Arab-Israeli conflict honestly the biggest problem facing humankind? Is this problem worse than Syria, Iraq, Iran, North Korea, China, Russian collusion or, wait, it might be a bigger problem than Russian collusion except that problem suffers from the same problem as the Arab-Israeli problem, the media have blown both way out of proportion. If the media and the rest of the world would ignore the Arab-Israeli problem for say six weeks, is that possible? Well, if it were ignored for six weeks, it is probable that it would be forgotten and would eventually solve on its own or simply melt like ice cream on a summer afternoon. Some day soon, we will discuss what makes the Arab-Israeli problem into a vital and central issue that the world cannot ignore or else. They never explain or else what because there is no actual or else. But that too is a secret.

 

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November 19, 2017

Apocalypse Israel Skewered by Trump and Company

 

President Trump has assembled a group to formulate the most marvelous peace proposal which they will craft such that Mahmoud Abbas will feel comfortable taking it demanding two or three adjustments and Israel will be informed that their military is so dependent on American provisions that they can simply sit down, shut up and take their medicine because the object is to allow Trump to accomplish what no one before him had been able to do, and if Israel must suffer some inconvenience, well it is about time and this time they will simply bite the bullet and take whatever is coming. A senior White House adviser said Trump’s Mideast peace plan would attempt to tackle hot-button issues such as the status of Jerusalem and West Bank settlements.

 

Mahmoud Abbas Meeting with President Trump

Mahmoud Abbas Meeting with President Trump

 

The team includes Jason Greenblatt, son-in-law and chief Middle East adviser Jared Kushner, Deputy National Security Adviser for Strategy Dina Powell and US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman with this four-member team reportedly also consulting with State Department officials along with US Consul General in Jerusalem Donald Blome. This was meant to impress everybody and with Jared Kushner and David Friedman on board, Israel should have nothing to worry about, right? We have seen dream teams before and we can only hope that this will be the final dream team, whether they succeed or fail. Every time there is one of these great ventures, Israel is pressured and forced to surrender lands and sovereignty to the Arabs and the Arabs are to make promises with their full intention of ignoring them two minutes later, if that long. Israel should work to minimize the damage which will be coming simply because President Trump is the greatest deal-maker in the world and he will make this deal, he has promised exactly that. Unfortunately, President Trump will deliver on this deal even if it all but kills Israel in the process, if not then, the coming war will be moments after everybody finishes glad handing one another over the miracle they had achieved.

 

Chief Middle East Adviser Jared Kushner

Chief Middle East Adviser Jared Kushner

 

Perhaps this is the time for a few quotes from the past week or so about these developments would be in order. First up is Middle East envoy Jason Greenblatt who told The New York Times, “We have spent a lot of time listening to and engaging with the Israelis, Palestinians and key regional leaders over the past few months to help reach an enduring peace deal. We are not going to put an artificial timeline on the development or presentation of any specific ideas and will also never impose a deal. Our goal is to facilitate, not dictate, a lasting peace agreement to improve the lives of Israelis and Palestinians and security across the region.”

 

Middle East Envoy Jason Greenblatt

Middle East Envoy Jason Greenblatt

 

The New York Times reported also that both sides would be required to commit to confidence building measures, so, here we go again. “For Israel, it could include limiting settlement construction to current blocs without taking new land, recommitting to a two-state solution and redesignating a small part of the West Bank to give Palestinians more control.” Here we go again, no more houses to be built in the towns and not more construction even of places which would provide jobs for Israelis and Palestinians alike and growing families forced to live generation upon generation in a single dwelling. Meanwhile the European Union and Arabs may build freely even in places where the Arabs are forbidden by the Oslo Accords but rules do not apply to the Arabs as the whole idea is to destroy Israel.

 

United States Ambassador to Israel David Friedman

United States Ambassador to Israel David Friedman

 

“For the Palestinians, it could include resuming full security cooperation with Israel, holding off seeking further international recognition and ending payments to families of Palestinians imprisoned for terrorist attacks. Arab states, particularly Saudi Arabia, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates and Jordan, could add their own commitments, like overflights by Israeli passenger planes, visas for business people and telecommunications links.”

 

United States Consul General in Jerusalem Donald Blome

United States Consul General in Jerusalem Donald Blome

 

Note the difference; Israel surrenders actual concrete items and actual ground while the Palestinians only are required to end payments to terrorist’s families who are imprisoned. What about those who died in their terror attack, do they still pay those families, not to mention they will simply rename these payments and continue them while claiming they have ended. We can hear Abbas now; we have ended the payments to the families of terrorists while in reality they now receive monthly patriotism reward payments for their families’ contribution to the greater effort. In the end, there will be one small item which Abbas just cannot agree unless the item is included. Then the pressure starts on Israel and as Netanyahu slowly concedes, Abbas hints, suggests the advantage, requests, then says he will walk unless this additional item is included and the final request is something he recently promised the Arab world. According to Abbas and his latest stand, he explained, “We won’t relinquish the ‘right of return’.” This is the one demand which Mahmoud Abbas knows that Israel cannot accept as it would mean many millions, anywhere from four or five million to uncountable as every Syrian refugee in any camp would probably claim to be of Palestinian decent just to be in Israel for a better life plus all the Hezballah, IRGC, Islamic State and other Islamic groups flooding Israel with possibly twenty million Arab refugees with potentially three-quarters of them being terrorist plants specially sent to destroy Israel.

 

United States Deputy National Security Adviser for Strategy Dina Powell

United States Deputy National Security Adviser for Strategy Dina Powell

 

Here is where a problem just might creep into the whole equation. Let us start with a little historic story. Once upon a time, there was an America President and his Secretary of State where the Secretary of State once stated she thought of the Palestinians as the black slaves and the Israelis the plantation owners. They believed they had the solution, the grand solution by which the Palestinians would have the opportunity to prove their desire to found a state and actually make a go of it and the Israelis could see the progress and realize they should trust the Palestinians with the rest of what the world believes is legally their land. They gave Israel guarantees and assurances that everything would be protected by the United States and if anything were to go awry, then Israel and the United States would repair the damage together and put things back to the way they were. This was the great experiment where nothing could go wrong, Prime Minister Sharon fell for President George W. Bush and Condoleezza Rice and their promises and grand solution, and Gaza was given over to Mahmoud Abbas and the Palestinians to build their state. Within two years, Hamas took control of Gaza in a coup and apparently that was not something going awry as the United States did nothing to return things to the way they were. Hopefully, Prime Minister Netanyahu recalls the worth of any United States promises and assurances that they will protect anything of Israel should things from their next grand scheme go wrong. Their guarantees are worthless, as worthless as every rocket and missile that Hamas and Islamic Jihad launch and every tunnel these terrorists dig is because of the guarantees given to Israel by an American President, one who the Israelis hailed as the most pro-Israel President ever, and now Trump has that same title and is coming with another grand plan where Israel makes concrete sacrifices and makes promises and hopes for peace while the world works through Trump’s inability to comprehend that he is being used as their tool to destroy Israel one step further.

 

So, let us look at the real story. President Trump is out to prove that he is the ultimate deal-maker and he will ply and pry at Israel forcing her to give him that precious deal proving his prowess and deal-making abilities. The team is mostly made up of amateurs with no experience or real depth of knowledge of the situation. Prime Minister Netanyahu had best tell them all about the grand Gaza deal and remind them how that turned out and the lack of American response to the emergency they created. But the truth is that the Europeans are the truthful ones as the European Union builds in Israeli territories Arab housing in order to erase as much of Israeli lands as they are able. The whole of world efforts since the promise to found a Jewish homeland has been to make such impossible. From the start the British along with Arab leaders forced Arabs to move into the Jewish designated areas while forbidding Jews from entering, even making the area all but completely closed during the Shoah. Since the founding of Israel, the efforts of the world have been to force Israel to exit as many strategic areas to the Arabs as frontal assaults from Arab armies failed in 1948-9, 1967 and 1973. President Obama all but presented Iran with nuclear weapons which would eventually be used against the United States knowing that they would also be used against Israel. This was an act which all but guarantees World War III, unless the world, especially Europe, realizes what is coming and acts preventively.

 

Abbas Gives Peace This Much of a Chance

Abbas Gives Peace This Much of a Chance

 

The world has worked to destroy Israel since her inception and continued even after she became a fact on the ground. Likely the first act should the European Union build a time machine, they will send an assassin back to murder Lord Balfour before he turns ten just to be sure. For a modern day replica of what Israel faced, look no further than the Kurdish and their recent referendum. The Kurdish forces in Iraq and Syria are largely responsible for the destruction of the Islamic State in those two nations and now they are being ditched like old birdcage newspaper lining. The Zionists were fortunate to have some people in important places and with wealth to back their efforts with Lord Rothschild being one of the more prominent names. The Kurds in Iraq and Syria need to band together and tell the world that they have decided to establish Kurdistan as they were promised would happen after World War I and simply define their desired borders and prepare to defend them. Israel should be the first nation to recognize such an effort and be there to assist their defense if requested. Israel received such assistance on a person-by-person basis as soldiers from World War II such as Colonel Marcus volunteered to assist the Jewish efforts. The world still thinks that they will destroy Israel given sufficient time; the establishing of Kurdistan might just give the world more national homelands as others may follow such an effort. The Berbers in Northern Africa are another group deserving of their own lands once again as are numerous others. Instead of attempting to destroy indigenous peoples’ hopes, the world should celebrate such and a good start would be instead of trying to destroy Israel, how about freeing Tibet from Chinese occupation, or does that occupation not count. The United States was supposed to be about freedom, hope and against tyranny, when did that all change? Perhaps the time has come for the United States to return to her roots and allow others to return to their roots and even assist those denied such freedoms. But we ask too much and know this, too bad.

 

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