Beyond the Cusp

September 27, 2018

To Make a Safer Israel

 

We will take a look at what it would mean to make Israel safe for all such that none need fear a knife in the back, a gun in their face or any other threat to life and limb. Such an Israel would make life better for both Jew, Muslim, Christian, Arab, Pilipino, Druze, Bedouin and anyone else be they temporary workers, tourists and especially people living inside the borders of Israel. This will not be an easy task nor will it come without some actions guaranteed for brandishing against Israel by her consistent detractors worldwide. The storms which will follow actions intended for mutual advancement and insuring safety for all will be portrayed as racist, the favorite charge of those opposed to equality for all and seeking only power for themselves. You will not have to believe us on this as if and when any of these ideas are adopted generally within Israel, the screaming which will follow calling the people behind the changes racist will be just the start. There will be meetings demanded in the United Nations General Assembly, the Human Rights Commission, petitions of the United Nations Security Council, claims filed with the Israeli Supreme Court, emergency sessions of the European Union and these are but an introduction before the storm of protests in every western capital and major city by all the usual suspect NGO’s. Still, the safety concerns and threats to all residing between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean Sea must come to an end.

 

The main threat to all these people is terrorism. Terrorism affects every part of the Israeli community from the Jews to the Arabs and everyone inbetween. This scourge should never have been invited back into Israel with the return of Yasser Arafat. We now know that he did not return to be a partner to building the best Israel for all its peoples but as a conquering hero to deconstruct everything which had been built and accomplished by Israel and prevent all which was still to be accomplished by Israel. Oslo is now a sad fact of history and unchangeable. The Second and Stabbing Intifadas are two more sad facts of history which are not going to be easily erased. But as much as these events tore great wounds in the Israeli society and destroyed lives, we would rather not count, and been the cause of too many funerals on all sides; there is no longer reason to continue with this farce, this charade, this war by peace process. Israeli governments had every reason to end this at its infancy and at every painful growing step inbetween and must finally put this monster in its grave. Jews have born the brunt of the damage in deaths and maimed citizens. Arabs have born an unintended damage of lost trust, lost opportunity, lost liberties, loss of freedoms and loss of trust by non-Arabs. The casualties from this monster cut across racial, gender, ethnicity and religious grounds and have taken a toll on all. This must end and end immediately.

 

The initial step will be the most difficult, it always is. As every paratrooper learns if they have never jumped before, the hardest part of that first jump is the step off of a perfectly functioning aircraft. That first step is a crucially necessary yet frightening step, as are all first steps as they take us from what we were comfortable with, even if uneasily so, and place us in a new and uncertain future where things are going to need to change. The same will be true in making Israel better and safer for every one of her peoples. The first step in this case comes concerning Mahmoud Abbas and his concert of fellow terror masters. They need to be returned to where they were before Oslo, not necessarily Tunisia, but definitely exiled and persona-non-grata from Israel. Then the remaining leadership of Fatah, the PLO, Palestinian Authority, Hamas, Islamic Jihad, officers from security forces and everyone who is a known participant in the terror campaign to force the Jews from Israel and replace the Israeli democracy with an Islamic Sharia tyranny will need to be removed. This step will be opposed with force often using the very weapons Israel provided the security personnel. At the start, let it be known that every person, both Jew and Arab and all others will have a simple choice, which side they stand with. One side will be represented by the IDF and Shin Bet security agency and the other by the terrorists and their supporters. Those deciding to stand with Israel should let this be known at their earliest convenience to an IDF soldier or Israeli security personnel and you will be located in a safe place for the hopefully fairly short duration. The leadership is known to Israeli security officials and will be located and sent into exile with their ill gotten gains and can live the remainder of their lives in wealth. Those who decide that they would prefer to go out in a blaze of glory, the IDF is fully capable of providing that blaze, as far as glory, the IDF is not in the glory business, just the saving of innocents to the best of their ability.

 

Terrorism is Light’s Out

 

After the leadership has been removed, the remainder will be more at ease and able to decide their own future. This offer will be made to all residing between the Jordan River and Mediterranean Sea, and it will be a one time offer for each to choose including those who are Jews as we would not desire to leave out any from even amongst our own who have questionable loyalty. For Israelis, it will be assumed that you are loyal to Israel and if this is a problem for you, it would be to your advantage to avail yourself of one of the deals which places you outside Israel; otherwise, it will be assumed that you have accepted the loyalty oath. For those residing in Palestinian Arab regions, if you desire to remain within the borders of Israel (River to the Sea), then you will be required to sign a loyalty oath where you are simply promising to never take up arms against the country of Israel nor intentionally harm those residing within her borders. What are the other alternatives should you decide not to sign such an oath? They are very simple. There will be an offer to buy your properties for which you can prove ownership and then you can leave Israel never to return. It is likely that there will be a sliding scale bonus which is intended to make any relocation more easily accomplished. This relocation bonus will start at some set figure and then each month that passes it will be reduced by ten percent and after the tenth month will no longer be available, so if you are leaving, haste is to you own interests. After a year has passed from the completion of removal of the leadership and known terror planners, bomb makers, rocket makers, terror trainers and all the other people deeply entrenched in the terror trade, those remaining who have not signed the loyalty oath will be found and forced into exile as they will be assumed to be sympathetic to the causes of terror and intend to destroy the Jewish state. From this point forward, any act of terror will result in exile with no opportunity for return for the terrorist and every last person who aided the terror. Those who decide that Israel was joking about permanent exile and return into the borders, they will be arrested and their penalty will be simple, first offense will result in exile and second offense will have a sentence of life imprisonment or the death penalty. The latter will be more likely if the return was with the intent of causing an insurrection or for the commission or coordination of acts of terror.

 

We can propose what we view as the best hope and opportunity for the Palestinian Arabs as have a number of other editorialists and political scientists, and each of our plans will give a disparate group an idea of how their area would best be served, and their situations may change while they adjust, but they all have the same shortcoming, they are not able to be implemented as long as Mahmoud Abbas has the heaviest and largest group of guns and the thugs to use them. Nobody is going to step forward to take any of these opportunities is doing so will only get them dead. That is where Israel will need to step up to the plate and remove the threats hanging over these people’s heads and give them one final shot at freedom and the management of their own lives. They will also need to understand that this is their last and final shot at living real, ordinary lives and that it is going to take all of them working to realize a true and tangible, honest and viable peace with Israel or they will force Israel’s hands, and those hands have even more and bigger guns than Mahmoud Abbas, the PLO, Hamas, Islamic Jihad and all the other terror and criminal gangs combined. Israel can and should offer the Palestinian Arabs willing to sign an agreement where they will no longer wage a war of any kind against Israel in exchange for the managing of their own lives freely and with the rights they are willing to grab. If the Palestinian Arabs cannot take over their own lives and allow criminals or terrorists to take over once again, then they will have spoken for their area and will face the appropriate action in return. Mess up this opportunity and lose your opportunity to remain within the borders of Israeli provided protection and the result is you will likely find yourself in Jordan if lucky and Syria if not or potentially anywhere inbetween where somebody is willing to take you. But this final opportunity will obviously not be won independently by the Palestinian Arabs without Israel first removing the threats from around their collective necks. Initially, this will be peace at the end of a collection of IDF bayonets as Israel provides the initial fertile ground for the Palestinian Arabs to show their true colors.

 

Israel will need to remove the PLO, Fatah, Hamas, Islamic Jihad and everyone else who refuses to permit the Palestinian Arabs their right to freely choose their new leaders for possibly the first and definitively their last time. Either they choose leadership capable and willing to work with and reside peaceably under an Israel security umbrella which will keep out the rain but also not permit threats of any kind from within the Palestinian Arab population. The people of Gaza were presumably given an opportunity to build the perfect Palestinian Arab society and they did this by throwing off the Palestinian Authority and PLO largely and for the main reason that they were not killing Israelis fast enough and they chose Hamas to lead them. Well, this time there will be no PLO, no Hamas, no Islamic Jihad, no Islamic State, no Iran and nothing to prevent the Palestinian Arabs willing to sign a loyalty oath declaring their intention to live at peace with Israel from choosing leadership and a form of self-governance which will work for their benefit and pose no threat to Israel. Of course, some groups of Palestinian Arabs will choose to continue the old habits under new leadership. The first ones caught heading in this direction will hopefully serve as warning to how this will end for any others contemplating their own extinction event. Israel has run out of patience with those dead-set on attempting to murder every Israeli and some even every Jew in the world. This is the one thing which will be evidenced as the quick way to lose everything. This will be the final opportunity to have self governance and for remaining within these walls. Any attempts at choosing a terror based governance or other governance evil in its outcome will result in the elimination of that group of Palestinian Arabs as they will be deported. Any group deciding to elect Barghouti or similar anti-Israel, anti-Zionist or anti-Semitic leadership will find themselves under close scrutiny and if some form of general insurrection is their true choice, well, that will be their last lost hope for independent and a free existence. Israel should be prepared for anywhere up to half of the disparate Palestinian Arab choices to result in a simple continuation of the same embezzlement and rampant violence forcing the Israelis to act immediately to counter such a choice from initiating a more dangerous and well armed core group. Any such group should be treated as the pariah as they have earned to be treated. Israel is under no real suffocation and need not permit any rejectionist groups from operating within her borders and posing a danger to her people. Any township, city or other entity resulting within the Palestinian Arab leadership inimical to Israeli interests will be removed along with those who support them. Should this result in the exile of the entirety of the Palestinian Arab population, then that will just have to be the result with which the world will simply have to adjust, even the European Union. If the European Union truly cares so deeply for the Palestinian Arabs, then perhaps this could be the place to put those whose final choice was to one last time choose those who would work to destroy Israel.

 

There have been ample opportunities for the Palestinian Arabs to find a suitable form of governance which could provide them with the means for productive lives posing no threats to Israel. Even so, this will necessarily be their final shot at a decent life of self-respect, self-reliance and peaceful coexistence with Israel. Choose poorly and one can expect consequences as the Palestinian Arabs will not be provided any more opportunity to choose wisely, carefully and fully cognizant of what a poor choice will bring upon them. Still, we figure at least one third will still choose leaders who desire to bring Jihad against Israelis before even thinking of their responsibility to govern the people for whose lives they are responsible. These will be sent to join the initial wave who voluntarily decided to leave. There will not be any further games or failures of leadership as the safety and opportunity to live full and productive lives is also the right of every Israeli. Far too many Israeli lives have been lost or shattered being sacrificed for the sake of Palestinian Arab freedoms. It is far beyond time that Israel acted solely for the benefit of her citizens and made a future for their children free from the fear, war, terrorism and the other pestilence which have plagued Israeli society as they wore the albatross of the Palestinian terrorist debacles around their necks. Israel is and always has been and will be a beacon of life and opportunity and must no longer suffer these defeatist attitudes. This may be the last time Israel will have the backing of the White House in taking such steps to bring an end to what has been the most intractable problem of the last hundred years. None of this means that Israel must act rashly or vindictively out of desires for revenge. This is an opportunity to give doing the most for the Palestinian Arabs this final time before simply cutting them out no longer permitting them the free range to harm Israeli citizens. Israel need not suffer any more deaths, kidnappings or even holding the bodies stolen from the field of battle as hostages. The time to push a new dynamic is long overdo and if Israel misses this golden opportunity, she very well may never see another such opportunity come her way for the foreseeable future. Israel no longer has any time to count her blessings and must realize they need to strike while the opportunity is available with a guaranteed veto of any Security Council sanctions. Israel, if required, must act in her highest interests which must be her own people and especially her children. Israel must suffer no further Fogel family slaughters or Salomon family slaughters who were assaulted at their Shabbat evening dinner meal, deaths of infants such as Adel Biton or Chaya Zisel Braun’s whose family were struck as part of a vehicular ramming attack at a Jerusalem light rail disembarking point (see video below), no further Park Hotel Massacres where people, largely older people, siting for a Passover Seder were gunned down where they sat or any other of the nearly uncountable terrorist attacks which have plagued the Israeli people since this war against the Jewish People began around 630 A.D. in Medina, Saudi Arabia. Israel need not lose another soldier to terror and its ramifications.

 

 

This must, by necessity, be the absolute final opportunity for the Palestinian Arabs to get their governance correct. Should they at any point going forward allow terrorists to take over their government, then they will have earned Israel sending their entire village, city or area into exile. It is well past time for Israel to simply say, ‘Enough,’ to all the terrorism and violence. There is no other viable option than to pacify the Palestinian Arab population by destroying their ability to do harm as well as removing those communities which pose a threat. This can be accomplished by new governance but should they choose to remain ruled by terrorist masters, then they will be ruling themselves from outside of Israel where such actions would be able to be considered an act of war, and aggression from a foreign nation upon Israel. If it becomes necessary that Israel take the position and the world be damned, then such need be the case. Anyway one slices this cake, it is the last opportunity for a group which has been granted several such opportunities and never missed an opportunity to miss an opportunity. No more.

 

Beyond the Cusp

 

January 31, 2017

How Much of a Hint Does it Take Netanyahu?

 

Trump and those around him as well as many others in and out of the media and throughout the blogosphere have been all but screaming repeatedly that Israel had the blessings of the White House to annex all of Judea and Samaria. There have even been those, and we may as well join this group as it is our hope as well, that Netanyahu could exile Mahmoud Abbas and his entire band of merry terrorists and nobody in the White House would utter a peep of objection. There are teeming commentaries all puzzled and confused at why Netanyahu and the rest of the Israeli political leaders are so filled with trepidations over doing what needs be done. It is as if they believe that Israel is loved and respected throughout Europe, the Middle East, North Africa and in all the leftist and Arabist capitals of the world and acting to annex lands which belongs to Israel by International Law and even the United Nations Charter in Article 80 would somehow make Israel disliked, unfriended on Facebook or something equally horrible. News flash; much of Europe hates Israel and are already making plans to boycott Israeli goods even with Israel doing little or nothing. The world is going to condemn Israel for simply existing and nothing the leadership does or does not do short of marching the Israeli Jews, Christians and other non-Muslims into the Mediterranean Sea will make any difference. There is nothing standing between Israel and a solution to the Arab difficulties simply by allowing the Palestinian Arabs to rule themselves in each city and community where they currently live and grant them alien resident status. Israel could end the laws restricting the sale of land by Arabs to anybody other than another Arab and even give a financial award to those Arabs who desired to move elsewhere. All of this could be done and within a few years the world would adjust to the new reality, especially if the lives of the Palestinian Arabs improved, something all but inevitable once the crooks running the Palestinian Authority (PA) are removed from the scene. That would be even more true should the world continue their financial support even at one quarter the level now being granted. Simply removing the United Nations and European Union NGOs and other organizations and replacing them with local elected Arab governance in each location and having Israel establish infrastructure and other basic services and government services would serve the Arab Palestinian population bringing them quickly near the same level as the rest of Israel in opportunities and services.

 

We have repeatedly spelled out how Israel could liberate the Arab Palestinians and even allow them a path for becoming Israelis if they so desired. In the meantime allowing them to elect new leadership is a healthy first step to solving many of their problems. Secondly, having their education system teach skills, math, science and the rest of a regular curriculum instead of using the schools for fomenting hatred and terrorism would ready their youth for a rewarding future filled with opportunity. Giving them a culture based on living and promise rather than on death and destruction and removing the oppressive governance and dictatorship of corruption and violence which has been imposed upon their society under the PA and Mahmoud Abbas. When one discovers that Mahmoud Abbas and many of his cronies have embezzled hundreds of millions of dollars and Euros since taking over the PA after Arafat died with billions of dollars and Euros in Swiss accounts which his wife now lives a royal life in Paris, their anger should assist in the impetus to drive them into exile. Right now if an Arab living under the PA is accused of selling land or even an apartment to a Jew they can be sentenced to death. What is even worse is that once one is accused of such a serious criminal act under the Jordanian Law which Israel allows the PA to impose, whether they are found guilty or not makes little difference. What is horrifying is that despite Abbas not allowing a single execution for committing this crime there have been numerous individuals executed by enforcers often from the PA security forces or simply their fellow Arabs simply because of the anger quipped up by their peers. Removing such a societal violence and the rewarding encouragement by officials and replacing them with normal civilization based on law and order enforced fairly with a high level of normalcy will alter their subconscious normalcy to that of a productive society. With time and positive enforcement the Arab Palestinian society can be returned to a civil and ordered society based on the greatest good rather than their current societal norm of hate, violence and destructive behavior. None of this is possible without the initial step of Israel taking responsibility for all the people living within her borders and granting to all the same opportunity for well-being, wealth and a normal and healthy life equipped with an education which allows for the pursuit of a happy and productive future.

 

Mahmoud Abbas, Donald Trump and Benyamin Netanyahu

Mahmoud Abbas, Donald Trump and Benyamin Netanyahu

 

The sooner that Israeli leadership takes responsibility and gives equal opportunity for a productive and normal future, the sooner such will become the norm for both Palestinian Arab and the rest of Israeli population. The biggest problem is the Palestinian Arabs are now forced to live under corrupt and unhealthy governance and are being forced by the world to undergo such negative reality. The Palestinian Arab population should be annexed and granted the same opportunity, education, societal normalcy and employment granting them a positive future free of the PA oppressive governance, then they will emerge in time to accept the normalcy and join in striving for a better future and adopt normalcy. So, what are you waiting for, Netanyahu, somebody to spell out that you have the world’s permission to do the right thing for all involved? That is never going to happen as the world does not want Israel to succeed. The world wants Israel to fail and be destroyed. Israel will not be rewarded for any act and each time Israel gives in and surrenders even an inch, the result will always be demands for a yard or two. Israel cannot give enough to make the world accept her amongst the nations of the world. Israel surrendered the entire Sinai Peninsula and the world turned around and claimed that Israel had not sacrificed for peace. Israel returned all of the area of Lebanon after the attacks by Hezballah and the world demanded the Sheba Farms and the Golan Heights, both areas which were never part of Lebanon. Israel gave the PA Gaza and they lost it to Hamas. Now they demand Israel give Judea, Samaria and half, the old city and Temple Mount included, of Jerusalem to the same PA claiming that Israel has not given them a chance at governing themselves. What about giving them Gaza? The world acts as if Israel gave Gaza to Hamas, not the PA. Does anybody believe that after giving the PA all the lands that constitute the area Jordan occupied illegally will be the end of things? Trust us when we tell you that if we give the PA all the world is demanding for them the next thing will be a demand that the Negev belongs to the Bedouins or that the Galilee belongs to some other Arabs or that Israel should accept eight to ten million Arab refugees and allow them to be instant citizens. The world will continue to demand until Israel is subsumed by its enemies and will not allow the Jews to retain even Tel Aviv. The world wants to have their nationless Jews living at the behest and under the kindness or hostility of others. Truth be told, the world will not be happy until the Jews completely disappear by whatever means they must find. The only means the Jews have of honestly surviving is to annex all of the lands we were promised by the San Remo Conference and a series of other treaties and charters, period. Once we have all of our land we can then work for the betterment of all the people within the borders including the Palestinian Arabs living as legal resident aliens, like many Baha’I, Philippines, Indians and others who have been hired to assist the many elderly to reside on their own despite requiring a legal helper to do shopping and other services. These people are allowed to reside in Israel as legal resident aliens thus legal but not voting residents of Israel. So, Prime Minister Netanyahu, be bold, act now, stop putting off that which most of the population of Israel would advise, if only you would ask. If you refuse to act, then allow a new leader who is willing to act for the future of Israel to lead. We believe you can find it within yourself to act and there is no requirement to ask Donald Trump even though he is the President of the United States. You do not need to wait for him to move the United States Embassy to Jerusalem, you annex our ancient core of the homelands, all of Jerusalem has been annexed but the world is still attempting to steal away half of our eternal capital including the Temple Mount, the Old City and the Jewish Quarter. The world will never say we can have our land, any of our land. Declare our sovereignty over Judea and Samaria and send Mahmoud Abbas and his merry band of crooks back into exile. Be bold like your military background should have granted you as an ability somewhere in your memory. Reach back and grab your boldness and do what you know is the right thing and annex our land and send that nemesis back into oblivion. Do it now as we have the coverage in Washington D.C. as he signaled during the campaign. We all but guarantee that once you annex that which is ours and guarantee that for the future all of Jerusalem will remain in the hands of Israel, then we will find an American Embassy being constructed in Jerusalem before you know it. Not only will you feel better, you will be elected for the next decade and we will not even begrudge you all the ice cream you can eat.

 

Beyond the Cusp 

 

December 26, 2013

January and the Countdown to the Next War on Israel

Come the New Year and we will find a full frontal assault on Israeli political leadership pushing them to accept the latest and greatest United States plan to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian Peace Process. Thus far the discussions with the Israelis have mostly been centered around explaining the great benefits, form a Palestinian state and still pay attention to providing for Israel’s security to the IDF top brass and exchanging ideas trying to reach some mutual middle ground. All of the actions so far have been exercises performed simply to mollify the Israeli leadership softening them up for the coming offensive. The United States has reserved fifty rooms at a luxury hotel in Jerusalem plus three floors of a conference hotel just to house computers, maps, and other displays and visuals on which to display all the great and wonderful features of the latest and greatest final solution to the Israel problem concerning the risks that a Palestinian state might cause. It is my hope that these computer simulations and other technical equipment planned to be implemented to sell this version of the Saudi Plan to Israel will function as well as the initial rollout of the program for Obamacare. These rooms have been initially reserved for three weeks but it is doubtful their reservations could not be extended into the future probably to the very last day of the Obama Presidency if that is what it takes to force this plan on the Israelis.

 

There have been some leaks and what has become known is telling and very frightening. The biggest issue for the Israelis is their being able to monitor the Jordan Valley thus controlling what can be transported into the Palestinian state keeping them from importing heavy weapons, rockets, explosives and terrorists and their tools of the trade. The difference between the Israelis and the plan that Secretary of State Kerry is selling concerning the Jordan Valley is basic, Israel insists on being able to permanently station troops to monitor this border or at least until the Palestinians cease to pose a threat. The Kerry plan places Israelis initially on the border then after two to three years the Israeli contingent will be decreased and dual partnering with Israeli and third party, probably United States forces, will take over monitoring. This will continue with the Israeli forces being replaced by third party forces until the force is purely third party with no Israeli presence. The theory is that these troops will slowly, as conditions permit, turn the border over to Palestinian forces allowing the formation of the Palestinian state to be fully realized. The initial reaction from Palestinian spokespersons has basically warned that they would attack any non-Islamic forces placed on their holy lands whether they be Israelis or any third party. They guaranteed that no foreign forces would be tolerated after the agreement has been reached. Somehow the plan to implement the American plan only addresses forcing Israel to accept the terms of the agreement and very little attentions has been shown about convincing the Palestinians to accept the plan. This may become a problem at some point.

 

One might ask why there is no provisions to convince the Palestinians to accept the plan. There is a solidly good reason this is the case. Secretary Kerry learned from his earlier trip where he first met with Prime Minister Netanyahu and agreed to present some of the Israeli positions to Chairman Abbas to get the Palestinian reaction. After meeting with Netanyahu and the Israelis Secretary Kerry agreed to meet reporters and hold a short press conference. During the press conference Secretary Kerry claimed that good progress had been accomplished in his meetings with the Israelis and he expressed his assurances that after his meeting with Abbas that most of the difficulties would be behind them and an agreement might be within reach. Secretary Kerry then took the short drive to Ramallah and met with Chairman Abbas who immediately went off on Secretary Kerry rejecting every single aspect of the plan and then denounced the entire plan before the press after Secretary Kerry had returned to Israel. This left both Secretary Kerry and President Obama facing a problem, how could this be turned to make it appear that Israel had been the side causing the negotiations to fall short when Secretary Kerry had already stated that the Israelis had met him at least part way and it was evident after Chairman Abbas gave his interview to the media that it was he representing the Palestinians that had totally rejected everything. Not to fear as the Kerry-Obama team will not make this mistake again. They will now faithfully toe the Palestinian line and attempt to push every single element of the Palestinians down the Israelis throats. The mistake that will still be waiting for Secretary Kerry and company is that even should he manage to get the Israelis to agree to everything except the full right of return for the over five million refugees and descendants from the 1948 war to destroy the nascent state of Israel launched by multiple Arab nation’s armies, the Palestinians will still refuse to accept the deal as it will not fulfill their requirements, even if Israel agreed to allow a partial right of return of say two million refugees and descendants.

 

That leads to what would a plan have to include in order to have the Palestinians accept it. The first item is that whatever else the peace plan might contain, if it did not erase the Jewish nature of the state of Israel it would be unacceptable. This has been made evident and the Palestinians have become so confident that the world will back them to any degree that they have even began to state these truths in English as well as in Arabic. Over the past few months the negotiators, other high officials of the Palestinian Authority, officers from Fatah and others have come out and stated bluntly that there is nothing which will persuade them to accept Israel as the home for the Jews. They have stated that they will accept allowing the Jews to accept Dhimmi status and to live at the convenience of the Palestinian Muslims. They have even stated that they would guarantee not to allow any harm to befall the Jews as long as the Jews knew their place and did not offend them in any way. There was no explanation as to exactly what the Jews would need to do in order not to provoke the Palestinians’ wrath. The minimal conditions which the Palestinian leadership has defined will not allow for any settlement of the conflict ever, let alone in the near future. This may be the saving grace for Israel and her peoples as it is very possible that Prime Minister Netanyahu and much of the Israeli leadership, both political and from the military, will sellout and agree to conditions which would spell a deadly threat to the ability of Israel to continue to operate as a nation free of direct threats. Israeli leadership appears ready to allow the Palestinian state to exist right up to large sections of the Green Line, the 1948 Armistice Lines, which would allow for line of sight attacks with rockets and other weapons even to the heart of Tel Aviv. It is ironic that the saving grace for the nation of Israel is that the Palestinians are dead set on destroying the Jewishness of Israel through the negotiations, something that even the Obama-Kerry team would not try to sell to Israel. Then again, they just might but they could not expect to succeed. There has been one series of very troubling statements made a short while back where more than one Palestinian leadership where they intimated that Secretary of State Kerry had given Chairman Abbas and other leaders a signed letter guaranteeing that Secretary Kerry would force the Israelis to accept and agree to every last item on their pre-conditions list and necessary guarantees which they have listed knowing that they are impossible demands. That is the one guarantee, the Palestinians will always have one more demand no matter how many demands Israel may be willing to grant. Why is it so frightening having to rely on the greed and obstinacies of the Palestinians to save the Israeli people from their spineless government leadership? Irony is that had the Palestinians rational expectations and leadership they could have had their state almost any time over the past fifty years and would probably be living with a level of affluence unknown by the neighboring Arab states.

 

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