Beyond the Cusp

November 20, 2015

Indyk Displays United States Misconceptions

 

Martin Indyk not only displayed total misconceptions, a total lack of knowledge of history, erroneous assumptions of what is necessary for peace, complete ignorance of with whom the onus lies for refusing to make peace, his obsession with forcing solely Israeli concessions forgetting, or likely because that the Arabs have never made a single compromise while claiming that Israel had been inflexible and that this is the cause for his fixation with the anti-Semitic belief that only Israel is to blame for the perpetual standoff. This was made all the more obvious when Martin Indyk spoke at a conference in Tel Aviv recently. This ignorance and presupposition of a false and selective knowledge base when he claimed that Mahmoud Abbas would “become a partner tomorrow for the deal you’d like to make if there was a settlement freeze.” This can be proven false in so many ways that it borders on insane and tortuous for our readers, editors and the letters on my keyboard for the words “settlement freeze” have worn off making it difficult to type at times as my typing is a sight driven rather than a touch driven system. There was the ten month building freeze in response to a very insistent President Obama who in his first year was hoped to be at least on a steep learning curve about the Middle East and the Arab-Israeli conflict. Well, here we are well over half way through President Obama’s second four year term and almost ready to enter his final and eighth year of his two terms and yet one of his personally assigned State Department experts who was the main contact person for Secretary of State Kerry and his entire peace push from the last year or so and Indyk has less of a clue anyone dependent of the BBC, CNN, PBS and the NYT for all their news and opinion articles. Wait, that explains it, we likely just described where the State Department and the Obama administration do rely in for their news, I almost forgot.

 

But Mr. Indyk was far from over, he had far more ignorance to spout but one more should suffice. He had the audacity to claim “I can tell you, from personal experience, they (the settlements) are the problem.” Israel, believe it or not because even the supposedly most pro-Israel news coverage would likely leave the average viewer with the opinion that Israel has never sacrificed for peace because had Israel been ruled by reasonable Prime Ministers and governments then Abbas the ‘mild’ would have leapt at any reasonable offer. Unfortunately for Mr. Indyk, Israel has not constructed a new settlement since the establishment of the Oslo Accords as under a request for Israel to show their undeniable desire for peace was lodged by then President Clinton thus Prime Minister Rabin made such Israeli policy and every Prime Minister since then, including Prime Minister Netanyahu, ever since then. Yes, there have been some tenders taken and even accepted to build new areas beyond the Green Line but the freeze has stalled them from moving forward. Yes, there has been building within the perimeters of existing settlements but the building has been greatly offset by demolitions ordered by the Supreme Court and already conducted leaving a number of families homeless. Additionally, Prime Minister Netanyahu has enforced a complete building freeze ever since President Obama entered his second term. As with every previous concessions the pattern has remained the same as it always has demanding every concession possible from Israel while coddling Abbas and having his coffers constantly filled and still Abbas claims that the whole world had deserted him and his government is broke and cannot meet wages. This is usually followed by the European Union sending cold, hard cash while insisting that the rest of the world, defined Western world, send emergency relief funds in order to keep the Palestinian government well paid and happy otherwise Abbas might become upset and throw a hissy fit. What it comes down to is easy to see if you just watch the news every so often and you will eventually realize that the entire Arab-Israeli, or Palestinian-Israeli conflict is actually Israel vs. the World. The European Union which just ordered the labeling of Israeli products made in what the world had determined to be occupied but which are technically and legally Israeli liberated lands which were formerly occupied by Jordan. But the world has this very unique rule which only applies to Israel and it goes like this, if Israel wins a conflict which was brought against them by whatever combination of neighboring countries, then Israel will be made to return all those lands despite their presumed ability to retain such lands until that time which they feel comfortable about returning but may retain all lands as necessary for the defense of that nation. If any nation takes Israeli land in a war of their starting with the intent of annihilating every Jew in Israel then they may retain such lands as was the case in the 1948-9 war of annihilation against Israel where Jordan retained Judea and Samaria lands which they even went so far as to rename them as the West Bank. Just because Jordan renamed these areas does not make them any less Jewish ancient homelands nor does it remove any Israeli right to retain them as they were part of Israel when the seven Arab armies invaded her immediately after her statehood was established.

 

The claims that Israel is on Arab lands and that for the Arabs who have taken the name Palestinian and built a false history which they claim goes back for thousands of years and that they predate any and all peoples in the areas enclosed by Israel from the Jordan river to the Mediterranean Sea is beyond ridiculous and beyond absurd and only the fact that the world can claim that the Arabs are being truthful and are believed by the European Union is an even worse travesty of justice, especially justice as determined by International Law. It is this fact which prevents Abbas from taking his entire claim and rushing into any international tribunal, like the World Court he keeps claiming to place the entire situation for adjudication. Arab leaders including ranking members of Abbas’s own Fatah Party (The Oslo Accords in order to make any peace, whether real or imaginary, had to first legitimize the PLO which was accomplished by inventing a political party, the Fatah Party, into which all PLO leadership were given new titles in which they were placed without their previous terrorist baggage thus any PLO executive would technically receive Fatah political cleansing in 1993 as part of the agreement, the Oslo Accords) have let slip the truth every so often and one of the biggest was when in an interview where Zahir Muhsein a PLO executive committee member, in a March 31, 1977 interview with the Dutch newspaper Trouw

“The Palestinian people does not exist. The creation of a Palestinian state is only a means for continuing our struggle against the state of Israel for our Arab unity. In reality today there is no difference between Jordanians, Palestinians, Syrians and Lebanese. Only for political and tactical reasons do we speak today about the existence of a Palestinian people, since Arab national interests demand that we posit the existence of a distinct ‘Palestinian people’ to oppose Zionism.”
“For tactical reasons, Jordan, which is a sovereign state with defined borders, cannot raise claims to Haifa and Jaffa. While as a Palestinian, I can undoubtedly demand Haifa, Jaffa, Beer-Sheva and Jerusalem. However, the moment we reclaim our right to all of Palestine, we will not wait even a minute to unite Palestine and Jordan.”
As stated by Zahir Muhsein, a PLO executive committee member, in a March 31, 1977 interview with the Dutch newspaper Trouw.

 

Of course all this matters not one iota to the modern day anti-Semites whose anti-Zionist and anti-Israel bona fides are evident to see by quoting their stated purposes as being the destruction of Israel and the genocidal slaughter of the Jews residing in Israel with many going one step further and demanding the entire world be ‘cleansed’ of the Jews. Their rallying cry has not changed as even before there was a state of Israel the pogroms were called for by their leadership with calls for the Arabs to come to the aid of the al-Aqsa Mosque as the Jews were defiling it and planning to tear down the Mosque and the Dome of the Rock in order to rebuild their Holy Temple. These were the calls used to foment the Hevron riotous assault on the city’s Jews which was the excuse used by the British for removing the Jews from Hevron for their own safety. This is part of the reason that there are so few Jews residing in Hevron as once the British removed the Jews the Arabs simply ‘inherited’ their homes and businesses. Seeing how well the Hevron rioting worked out, there were riots held in Jerusalem but this time the British did not attempt to remove all the Jews from Jerusalem but the damage had been done in Hevron.

 

 

Hevron and Jerusalem rioting once reqarded in Hevron by pulling Jews from homes and businesses and relocating them by force motivated further Arab rioting in Jerusalem hoping for similar result which was not forthcoming

So, the call for violence has not changed since the initial rioting recorded by the British to today with Mahmoud Abbas repeating the very same blood libel with an extra twist of their defiling the al-Aqsa Mosque with their “filthy feet” and that the Jews plan on removing the al-Aqsa Mosque, the Dome of the Rock and Abbas adds the Church of the Holy Sepulchre which he claims belongs to the Arabs which he is in a way correct as it had been made a historical site by UNESCO placing the responsibility and ownership as the Palestinian Authority acting in good faith for the State of Palestine. The act of incitement by the Arab leadership has not changed. Above is the result and below is the modern message in Abbas’s own words and take special note of his claim to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre whose ownership he equates as the same as the al-Aqsa Mosque, that should infuriate every Christian world-side but their indignation if often aimed and targeting Jews while giving the Arabs a complete pass as they know the Jews are civil and the Arabs would murder every Christian living amongst them should they denounce the lies from Mahmoud Abbas.

 

 

 

 

The rioting has changed but is just as deadly with the initial assaults being stabbing attacks stirred up by incitement aiding what has been a total package of anti-Semitism and anti-Zionism with claims that the Jews have no history, there never was a Temple on the Temple Mount, let alone two. On the one hand they deny the Jewish history and heritage in Jerusalem and then they turn around and adopt the Jews’ history almost straight from the Torah and Old Testament stealing all of the best known stories attaching them together as the Arab Palestinian history. This was classic KGB methodology which Yasser Arafat and Mahmoud Abbas received as part of their lessons in Moscow as to how best to defeat the Jews and usurp their land as usurp the history, usurp the modern claims and then the land is easily usurped as its history is now your own. The problems that the Arab leadership is having is there still exist in the Western World people familiar with Jewish history and are standing with Israel to fight this most modern anti-Semitism. (see video below)

 

 

 

 

The game is the same but the result must not be permitted as this game has been played by Europe and the Arab world long enough. The time has come to allow Israel to have her peace and piece of land. It is not a huge amount of land they seek. It is not like the Arab and Muslim worlds are scrunched up and out of space. Surely this one-tenth-of-one-percent of their land is not an impossible request (see map below where Israel is in red, look hard, it is there). But the problem is if Islam loses any piece of their lands then they have lost favor with Allah and may as well die. This was their way of defining the world, not the Jews way as the Jews would gladly share their lands in peace and security with the wealth being granted as to ability and willingness to work hard and diligently. But the Muslim Arabs claim if the piece of land pictured in context below falls into Jewish rule their world ends up in turmoil, and looking at much of their world one might ask what would be the difference and how would we know.

 

 

Display of the Muslim Nations of the World in the Middle East, Asia and Northern Africa in Green with Israel depicted in Red making the relative size of Israel evident and consisting of under one percent of the land mass

Display of the Muslim Nations of the World in the Middle East, Asia and Northern Africa in Green with Israel depicted in Red

 

 

Perhaps somebody should send a copy or two of this map to the State Department with additional copies addressed to Martin Indyk and Secretary of State John Kerry so they can get a frame on the reality of the situation and ask how is Israel going to conquer all of the lands from their little starting-point? That might be a good question with overlay for the projector next time the State Department makes a briefing with a projector. Just saying.

 

Beyond the Cusp

 

July 19, 2015

Israel Unfortunate Choice Ahead Due to State Department

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It has long been obvious that though the Pentagon, many on both sides of the aisle in Congress and throughout numerous other Cabinet departments and through numerous sectors and individuals in the United States support Israel and treat Israel as a friend. The animosity which originates from the Department of State sours much of the relations. Israel and the military and intelligence agencies share much information and their different avenues complement each other. There is a long history of Israeli innovation being returned to the Pentagon for incorporation on the United States equipment. One of the earliest of such improvements was what became known as the Super Sherman Tank which Israel redesigned the transmission, engine and upgraded main gun which prolonged the use of this weapons system for many additional years before finally being replaced in the early 1960s by the M60 Tank. One of the more recent and inexpensive upgrades came to the vaunted F-16 Jet Fighter which provided a means for the pilot at a glance to check his six, as looking for somebody coming up behind him as a threat is called. This upgrade consisted of attaching an extended automobile sport side-view mirror; the sport mirror was chosen to reduce drag. Sometimes the simplest of improvements prove just as valuable as retooling entire systems. Then there were the upgraded specifications to the Bradley Fighting Vehicle, many of which were eventually adopted by the United States. Israel also has often been the initial test case for United States weapons systems tests in actual combat, something the Israelis would rather avoid more of in the future but such is not always her choice. But even back in May of 1948 the State Department advised against the United States recognizing Israel when it declared its coming into existence as was also the advice of the Defense Department and virtually any Cabinet Member in President Truman’s staff as well as his closest advisors. One of the stories as to why President Truman went against such advice and recognized Israel immediately after their announced statehood was he was simply remembering the teachings his mother had instilled in him as a young child telling him the Biblical stories about the Hebrews, the Jews and the Exodus and that Israel was the Jewish ancient, and now modern, homelands. If such is a true story, then we thank Mrs. Truman, Harry Truman’s mother for such wisdom in raising her son while thanking Harry S. Truman for his fortitude in the face of raging advice to recognize the Jewish State.

 

An aside, does anybody know what the ‘S’ stood for as his middle name and the entire story behind it? Oddly enough, Harry Truman believed that all great men and especially Presidents had and always should have a middle initial even if they had no middle name from birth. Harry, for reasons unknown, chose ‘S’ for his middle initial though he never attached an actual middle name. This led some to call him, and not all that affectionately, Harry ‘S’ for nothing Truman. President Truman was also the President who first had a wooden nameplate which instead of his name stated, “The Buck Stops Here.” Sure is a far cry from recent Presidents who if they had a sign it would read, “The Buck Never Got Here and I Found Out About it Just Like Everybody Else in the News This Morning.”

 

The State Department animosities towards Israel is one item which cannot be laid at the feet of President Obama as the history of such difficulties may have started even before May of 1948 as they likely were opposed to the United Nations vote which suggested a plan by which Israel would have shared the sliver of land allowing for a Arab State next to the Palestinian Jewish State, as the Jews were called Palestinians in 1947-8 and on until the name was appropriated by Yasser Arafat in 1964 when founding the PLO (Palestinian Liberation Organization) which the KGB assisted in forming three years before there were any occupied lands unless all of Israel is considered occupied lands, the claim of the PLO, Arafat and his trusted number two, Mahmoud Abbas. The KGB wrote the charter and fashioned the PLO to mirror the same exact claims made by the Zionists except substituted Arab for the word Jew and even went so far as to adopt much of the Old Testament as being Arab and not Jewish history just leaving out the names but keeping the events in a manner. The KGB plan was to use the same tactics and arguments the Jews had made as the Zionist Congress which gained the promise of the world, including the leader of the Arab world, King Faisal I bin Hussein bin Ali al-Hashimi, when the treaty of the San Remo Conference was adopted as part of the peace agreements ending World War I and also affirmed, adopted and enforced by the League of Nations through the Mandate System all of which was adopted subsequently by the United Nations under Article 80 of the United Nations Charter. The KGB saw the advantage of making the PLO the underdog making the identical claims the Zionists had put forward starting before the dawn of the Twentieth Century dating back to the 1897 founding of the Zionist Congress, the culmination of Theodore Herzl’s dream and life’s work which predated the founding by some years and cemented by the Alfred Dreyfuss conviction for treason for which he was later exonerated and the actual traitors found out after a prolonged agonizing series of events which was heightened and succeeded in very large part to Alfred’s wife, Lucie Eugénie, and the support by Émile Zola who wrote the scathing article, “J’Accuse” on January 13, 1898 (see article below).

 

 

J Accuse Emile Zola critique the wrongful conviction of Alfred Dreyfuss of treason solely as a Jew he made the perfect scapegoat behind which the General staff of the French Army could conceal perfidy of one of their own royalties as anti-Semitism played a high motivating factor in belief that Alfred Dreyfuss was guilty as Jews were rumored to be of untrustworthy nature and not loyal to the state. This was played up in his trial but in the end Alfred Dreyfuss became the only man ever released and exonerated after being imprisoned on Devil’s Island Prison.

J Accuse Emile Zola critique the wrongful conviction of Alfred Dreyfuss of treason solely as a Jew he made the perfect scapegoat behind which the General staff of the French Army could conceal perfidy of one of their own royalties as anti-Semitism played a high motivating factor in belief that Alfred Dreyfuss was guilty as Jews were rumored to be of untrustworthy nature and not loyal to the state. This was played up in his trial but in the end Alfred Dreyfuss became the only man ever released and exonerated after being imprisoned on Devil’s Island Prison.

 

A full English translated transcript of the J’accuse article by Émile Zola is posted here.

 

Meanwhile, the little trip to review L’affair Dreyfuss simply shows that the United States Department of State is anything but alone in possessing such a history and with the current tone and direction in Europe, and even signs in the United States, has company in the present as well. There are those when the largest challenge facing the United States was Soviet Communism claimed that the State Department was staffed primarily with Soviet Communist sympathizers or possible agents, which was given great validation with the trial and conviction of Aldrich Ames and Alger Hiss. Much of the rest of the attitudes of the public that there was a definitive Soviet strain running through the State Department also made sense as the people most desired and required by the State Department were people fluent in Russian and most of the applicants historically had been leftists which immediately sends up red flags (all puns intended) that large numbers of Communist populated the State Department. Now the emphasis for the State Department is the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) and Muslim nations including non-Arab states such as Iran, the Philippines, Malaysia and other Asian Islamic majority nations plus some of the Northern African and Horn of Africa Islamic nations. This has brought a number of Arabic and Farsi speaking individuals into the State Department and, as can be expected, the conspiracy theories are all about the Muslim Brotherhood, al-Qaeda, Iranian, Saudi and a myriad of other Islamic infiltrators taking over where the Communist infiltrators left off in the who has infiltrated the State Department paranoia. Of course one must keep in mind that just because one has paranoid delusions that one is not actually correct in their suspicions. With either theory, whether it be Soviet agents or Islamic agents infiltrating the State Department, either or both were not exactly close friends of Israel; one might even venture to place them as enemies of the Jewish State.

 

The suspicion that the State Department has a distinct dislike of Israel does not need much investigation to realize the reality of such accusations. Add the current White House and the fact that an Iranian born person is currently a close advisor to the President and the tracing of a small but not insignificant number of Muslim Brotherhood related, linked or having strings which lead to the Brotherhood individuals employed by the White House in different advisory and support positions explains the reasoning that President Obama had as his plan from day one to, in his world, “put some daylight between the United States and Israel,” and he has succeeded in this endeavor with great achievements. The President’s other claim upon entering the White House of making Iran a member of the clubs of world nations and placing them as the leading influence in the Middle East as well as the rest of MENA and, if the Iranians get their greatest of desires, far more including Europe and beyond. When President Obama initially stated his desire to bring Iran into the clubs of nations few expected at first that one of those clubs was the nuclear weapons club, one of the more exclusive clubs soon to become the fastest growing club with new members galore within the next eighteen months or less. The world may as well face the facts that unless another nation steps forward to enforce the Nuclear Non-Proliferation treaty (NPT) then not only will Iran be nuclear armed within the rest of the term of President Obama as they are highly unlikely to bet the house and the opportunity to become a nuclear power on the next President honoring the promises made by President Obama and otherwise treating them in the same vein as he treated those of his predecessors, President George W. Bush in particular. If this is the Iranian deadline one can bet that it is everyone’s deadline.

 

Meanwhile, the State Department is patting each other on the back for another fantastic success just like the success they made in North Korea. One need understand that the State Department is always shocked when the other side of these actually very weak agreements fails to even bother to take ten minutes aside and rejoice their victory before setting about to break every promise and stipulation in the deal they just signed. Perhaps if we made it a rule to sign all agreements the morning of the day observed as their weekend then their employees tasked with enforcing agreements would take at least the remainder of the signing day off before working to invalidate every last word including ‘of’, ‘the’ and ‘and’ of that agreement. There is an exception, and that is Israel. Israel is held by the State Department to a standard unparalleled throughout all of human history. The State Department does not only hold Israel to the terms of every agreement but even believes Israel should also be forced to commit to upholding State Department inter-office memorandums and bullet points. These are not parts of treaties or agreements; these are simply the dreams and other machinations from the dark recesses of the twisted minds of people who really do not like Israel. The animosity towards Israel from the State Department is palpable. This was made evident during the administration of President George W. Bush amongst others before him back to November 29, 1947, or at the least May 15, 1948.

 

To give a prime example of the brilliance in making the world that little bit extra tough for Israel, the State Department will always be there with its version of tough love, let us look at the foremost action taken at largely the behest of the State Department as communicated to President George W. Bush by then Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. We need to remember that George W. Bush, despite his insistence that Israel be divided further ignoring international law and treaties which give Israel the undivided lands west of the Jordan River. Also in plans to assist Israel by applying the deeply rooted, if not thought out, plan that democracy instituted allowing the citizenry to vote will produce leaders who will be willing to work towards the same goals as the Western Democracies, all will result in more fanfare than progress or change. Never mind that the people in many of these nations and populations have little if any concept on freedom, independence of the ballot box and anonymous voting rights meaning their recorded vote theoretically is untraceable back to them or any other individual. They do not believe that their cast vote matters unless it is cast to retain those in power otherwise when they return to power life will not be comfortable, and one can rely on the promise that they will return to power and their vengeance will be swift and brutal. Only if they are replaced by somebody even more brutal and strong enough to resist any and all attempts to steal their position by coup does this new ruler remain in power. This was recently made very evident when Egyptian President Morsi despite attempting to replace some of the ranking Generals in the military was unable to rid himself of Commander of the Armies Sisi who removed him, set up an interim government run by military council sans himself and while he appeared bold and favored to be the next President. This came to pass and in his first year as President of Egypt he has removed much of the leadership of the Muslim Brotherhood as well as tried former President Morsi for criminal intents thus guaranteeing he will never return to office.

 

When President George W. Bush insisted that the new election in the Palestinian autonomous regions of Gaza, Judea, and Samaria allow anybody and everybody to be permitted to field candidates, even Hamas, Islamic Jihad, al-Qaeda of Gaza, the various criminal gangs and on and on; Arab Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas protested vehemently but to no avail; Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu warned exactly as had Abbas and with the same results; everybody who knew anything about the Middle East would have realized that Hamas would likely defeat Fatah and the other so-called moderates would lose. Abbas even made sure his office was not included in the coming fiasco. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice echoed the concept that elections would solve all the ills and with proper representation and the terrorists embarrassed sufficiently and out of power as no rational people would choose terrorists, especially known terrorists to lead their society as to do such would be madness. This line of reason was solidly purported by the State Department, the source of this misbegotten concept that democracy, especially democracy where there is absolutely no history of independent thought and even the predominant religion was based on surrender of the self to the whole we were told, the entire world was told, that democracy cures all ills. Well, guess what, Hamas won and won easily. Their electoral victory was muted as much as Abbas was able which may have partially led to the Hamas coup to take complete control in Gaza. Now it is that same State Department which calls for Israel to allow these “Freedom Flotillas” to pass unmolested through the arms sea embargo enforced by both Egypt and Israel claiming that it could do no harm. Israel, quite rightfully, maintains that once a single such flotilla was granted free pass the next ones would be chocked full of arms. Still the State Department is right there looking over Israeli shoulders for the slightest innuendo that Israel may be about to act is done in a manner which the State Department current directives and policy statements. As far as the State Department is concerned, Israel is a wholly owned subsidiary of the United States and is ruled over as a protectorate under State Department management. The State Department has been working endlessly and with unceasing efforts to undermine every Israeli attempt to mitigate the Iranian nuclear threat. It has perhaps the State Department and White House concerted efforts to prevent Israel from taking any action. They leaked the information that Israel had arranged to lease for training purposes a pair of Azerbaijan airfields which had the immediate effect the Israeli hope to use that military option President Obama and the State Department not only were dead set on keeping said military plan firmly cemented on the table but to also cement any Israeli hope to terminate the Iranian immediate nuclear threat their own method. There was another leak; this time from the White House ending the hopes being granted overfly permission by Saudi Arabia. Every time there has been a plan it has been blocked either by the White House or the State Department. It was a report from the State Department which advised every President to demand that Israel return all of the property she may have gained even in defensive wars where she was the attacked and thus aggrieved nation and had every right under international laws to retain any and all lands gained in such a defensive war such as were deemed necessary to provide for defense or that had other valuable resources which would aid in future efforts and discourage their enemies from again bringing war against the aggrieved nation. But instead of the winner getting to dictate the peace, the State Department with valuable assists from the European Union and its member nations, along with the Arab League and the aggressor nations have an almost universal privilege at determining where the boundaries will be drawn almost exclusively placing the lines in some manner forcing Israel all the way back to her previous position reinstating the Green Line placing Israel into jeopardy once more.

 

Further proof was provided during last summer’s Operation Defensive Edge where the State Department was assigned final clearance for any and all shipments of arms to Israel including guaranteed by documented arms agreements, the kind President Obama claims he was arranging with Iran with one very significant difference, the Israeli arms agreements had been ratified by Congress receiving near unanimous support from Congress. This one extra signoff should have been merely a formality but instead became a complete arms embargo for the duration of the conflict. The coordinated assault meant to force Israel into a defenseless position as she might have run out of munitions, in particular JDAMs and other smart weapons which minimize collateral damage as best as possible which weapons are vital to reduce civilian casualties which Hamas and Islamic Jihad and other groups fighting against Israel who locate their emplacements instead of out in open areas use the heavily populated cities, and Gaza had large areas of farmlands (as depicted in map below showing population distribution in the Gaza Strip) and is not packed border to border with people. Central Israel where Hamas aimed most of their M 75 and the M 302 missiles has a greater population density than does Gaza. Jerusalem neighborhoods would rival Gaza City for population density as would Akko but these facts never quite make it onto the facts sheet the State Department puts out for the media and news shows to utilize as presumably unbiased reporting.

 

 

Population density map of the Gaza Strip where the display shows large open areas with little population where Hamas, Islamic Jihad and other combatants could operate without threat to the population but instead choose to place the entirety of their rocket and missile systems within Gaza City, Khan Yunis, Deir al-Bala, and Jabalia Camp. The Israelis, on the other hand, set up well outside the inhabited areas such as Sderot to assure the civilians are in minimal danger though these efforts are wasted as Hamas and Islamic Jihad fire their missiles and rockets and mortars into the Israeli civilian centers hoping to murder noncombatants through their actions, both Israeli and Gazan which doubles the war crimes committed by Hamas, Islamic Jihad and the rest.

Population density map of the Gaza Strip where the display shows large open areas with little population where Hamas, Islamic Jihad and other combatants could operate without threat to the population but instead choose to place the entirety of their rocket and missile systems within Gaza City, Khan Yunis, Deir al-Bala, and Jabalia Camp. The Israelis, on the other hand, set up well outside the inhabited areas such as Sderot to assure the civilians are in minimal danger though these efforts are wasted as Hamas and Islamic Jihad fire their missiles and rockets and mortars into the Israeli civilian centers hoping to murder noncombatants through their actions, both Israeli and Gazan which doubles the war crimes committed by Hamas, Islamic Jihad and the rest.

 

 

Israel has no choice but to believe that Israel may not ever return to the trust level shared for almost half a century. This may mean that the F-35 Jet Fighters will be the first and last stealthy airframes purchased from the United States. As another source would just as likely to become problematic with time, perhaps some serious consideration should be given to produce all vital military components and complete systems within Israel dependent only on the outside world for raw materials such as iron, carbon and fuel. The designs and manufacture should be completed at home. We have the ability and the facilities as is proven by the drone manufacturing where the Hermes 900 drone which is virtually the size of a modern fighter just differently powered and unmanned. On that note we should point out that going pilotless with each fighter pilot placed on the ground nearby or in a squad aircraft which would carry a set of up to twenty-five pilots with each controlling his aircraft inside an escort plane sitting twenty to thirty miles from the deployed aircraft keeping them safe while allowing greater maneuverability for their aircraft no longer subjected to human limitations. Each aircraft is also set automatically to using defensive maneuvers and returning to its home base or returning to the arena should its pilot regain control. Such a system would maximize safety for pilots and Israel could use their advanced drone knowledge to accomplish this system before the rest of the world if only we would take the leap and have the faith in our engineers and technicians to work out such a system where each pilot sits in a mock-up canopy with all the controls just as they are in the aircraft just like the trainers are today except this system does not need to try and mimic the movements and G-forces. The sooner we stress this as Israel’s future air force the sooner it will be the Israeli Air Force (IAF). What’s the saying, “The future is now!” Why not make that the motto of the Israel Defense Forces (IDF), the Army, Navy, Air Force, Border Patrol and even Law Enforcement, time to get smart, efficient and a step ahead.

 

Beyond the Cusp

May 18, 2014

Can Israel Move Forward Without Peace with Palestinians?

Whether or not the Israeli people and government can move on with life after the breakdown of the peace talks with the Palestinian Authority mediated by the United States is a larger issue than most would believe. The problem is not whether the Israeli nation, people and government will continue on, as there is no doubt they will, but whether it will be possible for all three to take the necessary steps and express and support needful positions that will serve their homeland and facilitate the storybook ending of, ‘they lived happily ever after.’ The one response which they must avoid and should be guarded against is functional political paralysis, a disease which prevents the afflicted from taking steps in their own interest due to their insecurity and predisposition to be assured of a general acceptance of their intentions before committing to any act. This is the form of insanity which most often strikes down even the fiercest warrior once they take on the political mantle of unrivaled leadership, also known as Prime Minister or part of the Security Cabinet. Nobody can doubt the bravery in the field of battle of the likes of former Prime Ministers Sharon and Barak and present Prime Minister Netanyahu. Both men served in exemplary leadership positions in the IDF and served in elite units. Despite their military success and laudable leadership they displayed by their service, all appeared to be struck with a form of cowardice in pushing forward with a purely pro-Israeli and pro-Jewish action plans and instead showed hesitation and eventually showed signs of surrender and fatigue causing them to shrink from taking bold, Israel-first type actions. Almost every Israeli Prime Minister since the onset of the Oslo Accords has shrunk from confrontational actions instead committing themselves to a series of surrenders through concessionary measures collapsing before foreign impositions and demands often from supposed friendly nations such as the United States. These choices have done far more damage than the actual surrender of lands, positions, advantages and even the enforcement of security for the Israeli people; they have sacrificed respect for Israel and for Jews in general. It could even be stated that the high levels of anti-Semitism in the world is partially caused by the timidity of Israeli policies, especially in relations with the Palestinians.

 

Should one look back throughout the entirety of the Jewish People’s history they would find that the Jewish People experienced times of great honor and accomplishment and periods of destitution and disgrace before their enemies. The actions of the Jewish People often would follow similar lines during the periods of great accomplishment and independence as well as following an opposite and contrary line during times of destitution, affliction and subjugation. During the epochs of triumph such as under the guidance of King David and King Solomon the Jewish People stood proudly and defended their way of life and bowed before no enemy. During the times of duress the Jewish People often knelt before adversity, whining and slinking in the shadows attempting to make themselves so little as not to be seen. The attempts to hide from their afflictions never produced the hoped for security of inconspicuous anonymity while the times depicted by pride and bold defense of their heritage, lands and treasure produced great strides and the protection of placing fear in the hearts of their enemies. This was very true in Biblical times and is just as applicable today in the modern era. There is another item which has gone along with these two mutually exclusive societal personae borne by the Jewish People. Over the years, their worship of the L0rd their G0d and the commitment to His Commandments was evidenced as an intrinsic and central pillar in their lives during times of high self-esteem but with time this faithfulness would diminish and with it take their bold defense of self. During times of duress the trend was in the opposite direction with the initiating period was always one where their faithfulness and relations with G0d waned and their self-worth wanes in kind thus relieving the Jewish People of their strength and ability to defend against their enemies. After their inevitable collapse they would slowly repent and realize that their strength and salvation came through their love for the L0rd their G0d and with that faithfulness and love came the roots and embodiment of their strength and dignity which inevitably led them out of their enslavement or oppressive period into an awakening and return to times of great promise.

 

The Jewish People’s history is filled with great miracles and the overcoming of unfathomable odds against them yet at other times the Jewish People appeared incapable of even the simplest tasks of self-rule or even defense of the people and the State. The short history of modern day Israel is an illustration in real life of these conditions. The modern State of Israel actually had its beginning even before the first Zionist Congress which was held in Basel, Switzerland, during late August 1897. Jews had resided in the Holy Lands continuously from the return to Eretz Yisroel resulting from the Exodus out of Egypt and subsequent to the forty years of wandering in the desert. The first signs of a return of the Jews of the Diaspora came in the mid to late 1800s. The first victory in the Jewish struggle to reestablish their native homelands came in 1917 with the ratification of the Balfour Declaration and was further cemented in the declaration from the San Remo Conference held in mid-April 1920. This also established the Mandate system giving the British rule and control over the areas which were reserved for the formation of the Jewish homelands. Leading up to the onset of World War II the Jewish People in general did not take a very active participation in the Zionist movement as mostly they were content in their mostly assimilated lives in Europe and the Middle East and North Africa. This lack of driving desires to reestablish the Jewish homelands may have had some influence on the British allowing them to found an additional Arab State of Transjordan (later to become simply Jordan) within the Mandate for Palestine which was set aside for a Jewish State. The British went even further and made an agreement with Arab leadership to constrain Jewish emigrations such that the Arab Muslim population would always be more significant than the numbers of Jews thus never permitting the conditions for the Jewish homelands to become viable. After the horrors of World War II and the Holocaust, the Jewish People in Europe finally found within them a Zionist spark which was largely driven by their fears and feelings of unacceptability in European society. This led directly to the formation of Israel in May of 1948 which in turn led to the expulsion of most of the Jewish population existing within the Arab and Muslim worlds. Despite not all of the expulsions not being mandatory, when the situational oppressions, depravations, pogroms and persecution attained unbearable levels, the Jews often chose to leave despite the requirement that they leave their savings, treasures, valuables, businesses and homes without receiving any monetary recompense and often limited to a couple of suitcases per Jew to take with them. Many Jews simply packed some clothing, their prayer books, Tefillin and Tallit and left everything else behind. Those who made their way to Israel often had sworn to themselves that never again would they face such deprivations. So, the truth is that Israel was settled by an equal numbers of European Jews and Middle East and North African Jews.

 

Immediately after Israel declared her independence, the combined armies from more than a half-dozen Arab states declared a genocidal war and invaded the almost twelve hour old State of Israel. The Jews who were survivors from the European madness and from Arab denigrations and evictions were of a mind that they would fight as if there was no tomorrow. This tenacity and bravado was part of the inspirational reassurance which drove them to victory despite overwhelming odds. This do or die attitude continued through the Six Day War in June of 1967 and beyond. It was sometime soon after the onset of the Oslo Accords in September 1993 that the Israelis became almost exclusively defensive leading to a loss of faith and belief in their rights to their ancient homelands. It has been this encouragement cowardice which has eroded Israeli standing in the world. Much of the world appears to have adopted a view of why should we defend or protect Israel if the Jews themselves no longer care to defend or protect Israel. This is why the comments and degradations from leading Jews such as Martin Indyk, Milton Freidman, Jeremy Ben-Ami and Daniel Levy when they condemn and criticize Israeli citizens such as those who reside in Judea and Samaria and denounce decisions made by the Knesset or the Prime Minister have such an impact on the general conversation. By making these spurious accusations they provide others who have an open desire to delegitimize Israel with ammunition which is of incredible value as what could verify your vilifications of Israel more than having a Jewish source for your criticisms.

 

Where these Jewish degraders of Israel can and should be opposed but this is where another situation has set itself against Israel. There are those amongst the political leadership in Israel who will utilize the accusations and insults of these Jewish defamers of Israel as a means to attack their political opposition this giving even more ammunition to those who are a part of the blame Israeli first, last and only crowd.  This all is fair in politics attitude that leads to wide fissures in the Israeli body politic and has, especially in recent history, produced an immunity for those who are in the opposition which grants them free reign to criticize those in power, especially if those in power are nationalist, Zionist or overtly Israel Firsters. I have often thought Israel First would be an appropriate name for a political Party but then I realize how much fun Haaretz and other leftist news sources within Israel would have with such a name, not to mention the conniption fits the Europeans would experience just hearing such a title. At some point the Israeli political echelons are going to have to realize that they have to put aside their differences when it comes to defending Israel and the Israeli people, all the Israeli people. Expressing differences on internal issues such as the economy, taxes and most laws is all well and good, but when it comes to opposing terrorists who wish to murder every Israeli, don’t you think we might be able to form a singular position that opposes such views and the people who hold them? Supporting entities and calling for including them in negotiations such as Hamas and Islamic Jihad is likely just a plea to be placed near the end of the list for eradication, as nothing you say, even to fully supporting their genocidal aims, will save you in the end, you may just get to watch everyone else be slaughtered, but in the end you too will pay the price. We are one people and need to speak as one people when it comes to the existence of Israel as our home. That does not mean that nobody else can find a space to call home amongst us as the Torah is quite precise on the treatment of the stranger, they are to be welcomed and treated as one of our own, which may not be quite as pleasant as it sounds. But in order to show hospitality, we first need Israel in which to provide our welcoming posture. We all need to think and decide whether or not each criticism, each ridicule, each denunciation is really necessary and will serve a purpose to advance Israel and not advance our own title and reputation at the expense of Eretz Yisroel. Is that really too much to ask?

 

Beyond the Cusp

 

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