Beyond the Cusp

November 17, 2014

Escalating Palestinian Violence Triggers European Timidity

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Over the past decade to decade-and-a-half back to September 11, 2001 terrorism has threatened the Western world in ways unforeseen and with an unexpected ferocity which was beyond virtually every prediction made even at the very end of the last century. This has presented security challenges which have required changes to our lives with security checkpoints, airport security inspections, terror alerts and other precautions and inconveniences, some mildly annoying with others excessively invasive and others completely unseen but even more depersonalizing than anything imagined by the average citizen. Probably the most feared factor from terrorism has been the inability to predict or foresee the next attack, not its location, not the time, not the number of terrorists, not the form of attack, not the reasons that inspired the hatred fueling the attack and not the complete ramifications that would result from the attack. There has been one fact about terrorism which, though undeniable, is likely not very consoling, the fact that Israel has been on the receiving end of the vast majority of such attacks compared to the other nations. This comparison is valid in total casualties, numbers of attacks, and virtually every other category except for the sheer size of single terror attack and its severity as that was reserved for nations many multiples the size and population of Israel, a small country which is often misconceived as having greater size or population than her actual numbers. Israeli population is just over eight-million, ranking ninety-ninth amongst nations and containing eleven-hundredths-of-one percent (0.11%) of the world’s total population. Israel is the one-hundred-fifty-third largest nation making it smaller than El Salvador, the smallest country in continental America, by just over one-hundred square miles measuring merely eight-thousand and twenty square miles making Israel represent four-thousandths of one percent (0.004%) of the total earth area and just under fourteen-thousandths of one percent (0.014%) of the total land area of the world. Israel is dwarfed by the Arab world which contains over three-million square miles of land compared to Israel’s just over eight-thousand yet Israel is the threat to the Arab world and not the reverse if one is to believe much of the Arab media or even the New York Times.


Meanwhile, there has been, despite Prime Minister Netanyahu’s denials as he is attempting to minimize the threats and presumably keep a lid on the escalating attacks by Arabs, both Palestinians and even a percentage of Israeli Arabs, another intifada being perpetrated against Israel. The main focus of what has been labeled the ‘Silent Intifada’ has been the Temple Mount and much of Jerusalem, concentrated in East Jerusalem, the Old City, the Mount of Olives Cemetery, the Jerusalem Light Rail System, and even the Kotel (Western Wall areas) plus extending throughout Judea and Samaria along with parts of Benyamin and the Galilee including a recent riot which broke out in the Western Galilee which resulted in a face-off between Israeli Arabs and Israeli Druze in a village shared by the two populations. The Druze were defending Israel as their homeland where they serve in the IDF and consider themselves to be as loyal a group of Israeli citizens as any group and have taken upon themselves the same identical obligations to the state of Israel as is expected of Israeli Jews. What has been obvious since the beginnings of the Silent Intifada about three or so months ago has been the European nations as well as the European Union placing the blame on the Israelis claiming that it has been the Israeli perceived refusal to agree to the formation of a Palestinian state and blaming the Israelis for the breakdown of the peace talks and being the blocking party from renewed negotiations. The Europeans ignore the demands from Mahmoud Abbas for Israel to cede all of Judea and Samaria, East Jerusalem and grant free access between Gaza and Judea and Samaria without security checkpoints before Abbas is willing to engage in further talks. Never mind that Abbas is demanding that Israel concede every single final status point before there can be negotiations which Abbas will agree to participate. That leaves the question as to exactly does Abbas expect the two sides would need to negotiate if Israel has already surrendered to allow a Palestinian state with the 1949 Armistice Lines as their border and with East Jerusalem as its Capital and accept the right of return for the five million Palestinian refugees into pre 1967 War Israel changing Israel into a nation with a large Arab majority population which would become a second Palestinian state after the next election and likely merge the two Palestinian entities into the dreamed of Palestine from the River to the Sea and then move to cleanse their newly merged state of its Jewish population. There just might be some completely understandable reason for Israel to refuse to agree to such preconditions as Abbas has demanded in order to restart the peace talks. Talks should require that not every negotiable difference be decided and surrendered by one side to facilitate the ruse of negotiations they are offering.


There also is the confusion as to which nations have recognized a Palestinian state and those nations which voted in the United Nations to grant elevated observer status for the Palestinian observers which granted that is referred to as Observer State but is different than a formal recognition of statehood. Further, no matter how many states recognize the Palestinian claims to a state, until the Palestinians meet the entirety of the Montevideo Convention which formalized the obligatory requirements for statehood as expressed in the Convention on the Rights and Duties of States, they cannot attain actual statehood nor assume any of the powers granted an actual state. This convention and other determinations have made clear that the existence of a state is independent of the recognitions granted by other states and entities and is determined purely on the qualifications and requirements stated in the Montevideo Convention. Simply put, even if every nation even to include Israel were to recognize Palestinian statehood, such would still be insufficient to actually grant the Palestinians an actual state and they would find themselves at a loss in dealing as an equal with the rest of the nations of the world. The seeming willingness of European nations to grant recognition to the Palestinians belief they are being granted statehood will only fuel further refusal by Abbas to rejoin negotiations as long as he believes that by continuing the frightful levels of violence the world will come begging at his door offering gifts and recognitions if only he will stop the carnage which he is utilizing as the pressure to force the granting of concessions. Israel has seen this game played before by Yasser Arafat as well as more recently by Mahmoud Abbas as well as regularly by Hamas out of Gaza where they utilize rocket attacks and infiltrations to force a confrontation with Israel only to garner pledges of five-billion-four-hundred-million dollars pledged in Cairo after a peace was finally in the works. These funds are in addition to the near ten-billion promised by Qatar which is to be used exclusively by Hamas as they see fit and nary a penny of that going to rebuilding the homes, malls, schools, clinics or hospitals for the people in Gaza, the very same people who had elected them.


These reinforcing votes from across Europe, be they actual official recognition of Palestinian statehood or symbolic nonbinding parliamentary votes simply for the solidarity of the cause, all will simply result in continued violence from the Palestinians as they have a separate game plan which does not include ending their violence simply because some Europeans gave them a friendly nod of their head and a tip of their hats. They could not have met a more ardent supporter than the newly selected European Union Foreign Minister Federica Mogherini who just breezed through Israel, Judea and Samaria (West Bank) and Gaza with one message that her aim and intent was to dedicate her entire five years as European Union foreign policy chief into forcing the formation of a Palestinian state and little if anything else. This singular dedication by the new European Union foreign policy chief must have further emboldened Abbas as did the Swedish recognition of the Palestinian state. There will now be no stopping the violence which is likely to escalate with even more cars being driven through crowds of civilians waiting for busses or at the light rail stops, stabbing of Jews walking in Jerusalem, rioting on the Temple Mount, rioting and hurling large rocks and bricks at vehicles with Israeli license plates and other escalations in an attempt to push the crisis mode as doing so has proven to garner Abbas sympathy with the Israelis facing almost all of the pressures while Abbas continues his inciting of violence claiming that the Jews are causing desecrations of the al-Aqsa Mosque, referring to Jews who try to visit the Temple Mount as herds of beasts marauding and defiling sacred Muslim grounds all while having cartoons encouraging and celebrating the use of vehicles to run Jews over in the streets and other violence. You keep with those actions which get you rewards and violence has so cowed much of Europe that they are willing to do anything to placate Abbas in the hopes the violence will not reach their cities as it has in past as a reaction to rioting in Judea, Samaria and East Jerusalem. The Europeans are aware that should Abbas start to incite for violence across all of Europe in order to protect the sanctity of the al-Aqsa Mosque, the Dome of the Rock and all the holy places in Jerusalem their capitals and other cities will be alight with the fires of hundreds of cars per night and their loss of control over their cities.


The final coup de grâce will be presented this fall where representatives of the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) will present a petition to the Security Council requesting they pass under Chapter Seven an enforceable resolution demanding that Israel vacate all occupied Palestinian lands by November of 2016, or face forced expulsion under the stipulations within the resolution and Chapter Seven rules of enforcement. The reason that Abbas is not presenting the request is so he can claim plausible deniability despite the fact that he also heads the PLO. There are many who fear that President Obama will order United States Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power to abstain rather than veto the resolution as the United States has done to protect Israel for the last six decades. The love affair may have ended as President Obama has a seemingly great loathing for Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu especially as he can expect great amounts of criticism when President Obama signs a deal allowing Iran to retain thousands of centrifuges in operating condition and not demand a deeper, more rigorous and more penetrative IAEA (International Atomic Energy Agency) inspection routine including their seeking to locate thus far concealed shadow parallel nuclear sites which could be utilized to attain nuclear weapons capability clandestinely. Ever since the high White House official stooped to what can only be defined as childish name-calling when they were quoted questioning the intestinal fortitude of Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu to the Atlantic reporter and editorialist, Jeffrey Goldberg there have been numerous sources who have questioned whether the relationship between the United States and Israel had now degraded to the point that the United States has announced or intends to refuse to continue to protect Israel in the Security Council and allow any resolutions aimed against Israel to pass without any veto from the United States. Such a situation would necessarily lead quickly to a critical confrontation pitting Israel potentially against the combined forces of the Western, Eastern and Middle East in order to enforce any Chapter Seven resolution with which Israel refused to comply. This too could be an end result of the European timidity and shrinking from the ever increasing levels of Palestinian violence against Israel and the potential for such violence to spill into Europe unless Europe capitulates to every Palestinian demand starting with statehood and ending with the attempted eradication of Israel in the name of liberating all of Palestine from the river to the sea making Palestine Jew free.


Beyond the Cusp


June 6, 2013

How Israeli Leaders Should Solve the Peace Negotiation

With the appointment by President Obama of Samantha Power to replace Susan Rice as the United States Ambassador to the United Nations; the Israeli leadership has been put on notice that they no longer have a friend in the leadership of the United States. There is no reason for anybody who supports Israel to be comfortable with this appointment. Ms. Samantha Power has been quoted responding on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict that it may necessitate using armed military forces, “a mammoth protection force” and an “external intervention”, to impose a settlement between Israel and the Palestinians. This was to be implemented even if it would result in “alienating a domestic constituency of tremendous political and financial import…or investing…billions of dollars, not in servicing Israel’s military, but actually investing in the new State of Palestine.” Where Samantha Power has not actually called directly for the use of troops to force Israel to remit their control and forcefully remove all Jewish influences from the West Bank in order to fully complete founding of a Palestinian state, this has been the heavily implied and many have taken the collective body of her commentary on this subject and concluded she would be supportive of such a policy and be pleased with such an outcome. This appointment of Samantha Power as United Nations Ambassador is a perfect complement to having John Kerry as Secretary of State and tasking him to mold a final settlement of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict by any means necessary. It has been made perfectly clear that President Obama and his entire Administration favors the formation of a Palestinian State utilizing all of the West Bank as the basis for the State’s borders with Eastern Jerusalem, including the entirety of the Old City and Temple Mount, to serve as the Capital City for said State. The recent moves, appointments, press releases and comments by President Obama and members of the foreign policy departments of his Administration with the new changes made for his second term should give the Israeli leadership sufficient warning that they will need to take actions to resolve the impasse with the Palestinians using whatever political force and capital necessary.


There will be those who will support Samantha Power explaining that she is not anti-Semitic, anti-Zionist or anti-Israel but simply stands up for the Palestinians’ rights to their own State and respect for their human rights. Ms. Power is a well-respected human rights activist and a leader in that movement. As such she takes the ‘human rights record’ of Israel as a habitual offender as factual. This goes a long way to explaining why after the United States had withdrawn most of its diplomatic participation from the noxious United Nations’ World Conference Against Racism in Durban, South Africa, better known as Durban I, Ms. Power remained to participate in the discussions. This was the conference which transformed from a conference to discuss and address problems relating to racism, xenophobia, and hatred but almost immediately broke down and wallowed in the fetid swamps of anti-Zionist, anti-Israel anti-Semitic blood libels and hatreds while ignoring every other human rights ills anywhere else in the world. The conference was chaired by Samantha Power’s friend Mary Robinson who had no difficulty allowing the laser focus on the purported human rights violations by Israel on the Palestinians, Arabs, and all non-Jews worldwide. With her background and track record displaying such a deep seated disdain and contempt for the State of Israel, how is it going to be possible for the United States to continue to support the Israelis in the United Nations Security Council when a United States veto is politically desired, or even convince Israeli leadership that the United States still presents a credible supporter? The new reality taking shape in President Obama’s second term administration should give Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu and his coalition pause and question exactly what steps Israel needs to initiate to avoid being overrun by an adjusted, pro-Palestinian United States Middle East policy.


There will most certainly be some who profess to be pro-Israel and pro-Zionist who will claim that Ms. Power’s promotion gives Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu the perfect opportunity to finally prove that Israel truly wishes for peace. They will point out that should Netanyahu make some unilateral compromises that then President Obama along with Secretary Kerry and Ambassador Power would work with him to bring Palestinian President Abbas to the negotiation’s table and the Two State Solution would finally be achieved. One group which is suspected to take such a position would be J Street. Backing them in the media one might expect that Tom Friedman of the New York Times and Jeffrey Goldberg of The Atlantic would pen flowing and glowing editorials exclaiming that a Palestinian-Israeli peace is at hand if Prime Minister Netanyahu would just grab the opportunity that would bring Secretary Kerry and Ambassador Power to Israel’s side and force Palestinian President Abbas to finally negotiate honestly yielding a resultant Two State Solution with peace and security guaranteed for both peoples. Unfortunately, such optimism ignores the one truth which nobody seems willing to identify; the truth that President Abbas cannot make peace. The Palestinian population, especially those under thirty years of age, has been raised on a visceral hatred for Israelis and Jews. They have been finely tuned to accept only a one Palestinian State solution in which the Jews are either second class Dhimmis or killed. Should Abbas ever sign a peace treaty with Israel which does not include a complete Israeli surrender his life would be forfeit in less time than Egyptian President Sadat lived after making peace before being assassinated by one of his military guard. Further, as long as the world continues to demand that Israel and Israel alone must continuously make unilateral sacrifices and surrender territory and other negotiation points, why would Abbas ever make any move towards negotiating a real peace as all he needs to do is agree to appear once every few years before the media cameras with the Israeli Prime Minister, whomever it may be, and then refuse to return to negotiate and wait for the world to force Israel to surrender everything piecemeal one unilateral concession at a time.


There is another path that would actually be productive and make Abbas and the Palestinians anxious and truly eager to negotiate and make a real and possibly lasting peace. This path demands that Israel make unilateral moves but not giving anything, especially land, to the Palestinians to bribe them to come and negotiate but to take concessions they might desire from the Palestinians, especially territory. Perhaps the first step Prime Minister Netanyahu might take to signal with a minor move would be to replace the Muslim Waqf from their supervisory role over the Temple Mount and limit their jurisdiction to the actual Islamic buildings while placing the Israeli Antiquities Authority to supervise the everyday activities and visitation to the Temple Mount. The Israeli Antiquities Authority could be tasked to form a Temple Mount Security Force in conjunction with the Shin Bet and new rules would need to be enacted allowing freedom to pray and freedom to wear religious symbols and universal access for all peoples of all religions to the Temple Mount with allowances made for major religious holy days. This would end the odious limitations currently enforced which limit prayers or other actions deemed to be of a suspected religious nature forbidden to all except Muslims. This condemnable religious stranglehold by Islam and the Waqf has been tolerated and accepted as equal religious rights under the current arrangement. Cancelling this oppressive and hateful arrangement would bring a fresh and liberating transformation to a place that is of primary religious importance to three of the world’s major religions and should never have been allowed to be restricted such that only one sole religion had rights to these holy grounds.


Should this reassignment of responsibility over policing the Temple Mount and granting equality to all to visit, pray and enjoy these hallowed grounds and religious shrines not get President Abbas and the rest of the Palestinian leadership’s undivided attention, then Israel should take a second step towards further limiting what Israel would be willing to consider to be negotiable. Annexing permanently a half dozen of the major and closest to the Green Line Jewish residential communities and the industrial, commercial, educational areas etc. would hopefully awaken the Palestinian leadership to realize that the rules have changed and they can negotiate in good faith or find Israel eventually annexing Area C and whatever locations in Area B or even Area A that are desired. Eventually Israel could inform the Palestinian leadership that Israel has annexed all the areas Israel wishes to retain as part of Israel and they have two choices, either form a demilitarized state on what remains or if they still refuse to negotiate then Israel will consider the remaining areas to be under Israeli security control while allowing it to be a semi-autonomous area within which the Palestinians living there have limited self-rule but they will not be granted Israeli citizenship. Meanwhile, whenever Israel annexed lands they would grant the Palestinians residing within a temporary status placing them on a path towards full Israeli citizenship. They would receive new identification cards which would be different from Israeli or Palestinian identification cards currently in use. They would be eligible for full citizenship in five years provided they did not support, participate, harbor, commit or allow the occurrence of any terror related activities. It has become obvious that as long as Israel is forced to give concessions there will be no peace so perhaps it is time to attempt a new approach where Israel no longer surrenders in small unilateral steps but rather takes a positive step establishing a new pro-Israel fact on the ground one annexation at a time. When you are running out of carrots and it has become obvious that carrots are not working, then it is time to try a few sticks and save whatever remaining carrots you have for when the other side truly and honestly desires to negotiate a permanent peace with security and tranquility for both peoples living side-by-side or together in the lands between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean Sea.


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