Beyond the Cusp

December 27, 2013

Where are the Foundations of Netanyahu’s Building Tenders?

As we approach the third in the presumably four terrorist murderer releases, Prime Minister Netanyahu has also included, as he has with the previous releases, a slip of paper and an announcement that another so many thousands of tenders to build houses beyond the Green Line. This cannot be confused with contracts with construction companies to actually build housing, it is a slip of paper promising to claim to want to build houses though they likely will never be constructed. These tenders to build are simply placebo documents meant to assuage the pain of those who have suffered the loss of loved ones to those very same terrorists as well as give the left something to complain over thus lessening if not drowning out the protests from the Zionists. These slips of paper issued by Prime Minister Netanyahu are just that as Prime Minister Netanyahu has already made a backroom deal and caved to Palestinian Authority Chairman Abbas demands and backed by United States Secretary of State Kerry.

 

It is part of the assurances Secretary Kerry presumably made with Chairman Abbas to fulfill every last one of his list of preconditions. This agreement came after the release of the first group of terrorists as Prime Minister Netanyahu issued the standard bromide of housing tenders along with the terrorists and Chairman Abbas demanded from Secretary Kerry that none of the plans to build could be allowed or the Palestinians would walk from the meetings and break off all negotiations. This arm twisting came after Chairman Abbas had agreed to allow Israeli construction east of the Green Line as he decided to choose the release of arch-terrorists over a building freeze. Of course Abbas knew that all he would need do is complain and put on his irritated look threatening to scuttle the peace process and he could have both the terrorist release and the building freeze. Secretary Kerry was a sure fire slave to any and all of Chairman Abbas’s demands as Kerry will do virtually anything to allow the peace process to appear to have any future life. This means nothing is beyond reason to grant the Palestinians as all they have to do is ask and threaten to walk while no threat is off the table to threaten the Israelis to force them not only to continue the negotiations but to grant any demand that Secretary Kerry carries over to them after receiving his marching orders from Chairman Abbas.

 

Many people wonder why this arrangement is permitted to continue by the Israelis as they are slowly being torn asunder and having the very existence of Israel as the home for the Jews utterly and completely destroyed. The truth is this building freeze has been enforced by Netanyahu since returning to the office of Prime Minister. Initially, Prime Minister Netanyahu tasked Minister of Defense Ehud Barak with the unenviable job of enforcing by any means necessitated a building freeze for all areas beyond the Green Line in Judea, Samaria and Benyamin or the entirety of the so-called West Bank. This channeled great amounts of scorn to fall upon Minister Barak which many believed he deserved due to his positions and established participation in the initiation and structuring of the Oslo Accords. With Ehud Barak finally deciding to leave political public service, Prime Minister Netanyahu no longer had someone to rely upon who has as proven, faithful and untarnished record of liberal progressive anti-Zionist views and opposing all construction in what they honestly believed was destine to become a part of the Palestinian State to enforce his building freeze. Thus, Prime Minister Netanyahu has allowed truth to surge forth that it was his view all along that a building freeze be enforced in order to genuflect to the Palestinians and the demands and preconditions of Chairman Abbas. What makes this even more perilous for Israel is that both President Obama and Secretary of State Kerry are fully aware that they have a compliant, malleable and weak person as Prime Minister of Israel who can be forced and pushed and will not stand firm, all he demands is to be permitted to talk a good game pretending to strongly support a Zionist position. Prime Minister Netanyahu may even truly feel and hold a Zionist position but has shown only the ability to talk the game and has virtually always fallen short of enforcing and implementing a Zionist agenda. Perhaps Netanyahu could be given a position where all he is required to do is give speeches supporting Israel, Zionism and Torah.

 

Granted Prime Minister Netanyahu is more supportive of Zionism and Zionist principles than most of the previous Prime Ministers Ehud Olmert, Ariel Sharon, Ehud Barak and Shimon Peres. What Israel could really use is a Prime Minister in the mold of Yitzhak Shamir or Menachem Begin, both of whom stood up against pressures and demands from the United States yet managed to continue to have good relations. The truth be told, one generates greater respect and better relations by standing strongly for your beliefs even if doing so places you in opposition to the desires and positions of others. By virtually surrendering and bending over to meet every spoken desired position or policy you engender ideas which influence others to simply take advantage of your weak will and disrespect your positions disregarding them completely as they speak praises of your ability to compromise but honestly seeking your complete and final surrender. The time has come for Israel to find new leaders who are not compromised by the last twenty years. Israelis need to find the next Prime Minister who is a dedicated and forceful Zionist who will refuse to kowtow to foreign pressures and truly pursue the Zionist agenda and work to fulfill the Torah requirement to settle the land. Once Israelis and the Israeli leadership combine to present a united front that demands Israeli rights to all of our ancient homeland all the forces demanding the destruction of the Jewish state will begin their withdrawal from the debate. For those who refuse to live in Israel and recognizing that she is a multi-ethnic, multi-religious society which will be ruled with the ideals of Judaism and Zionism as the primary inspiration in the making of laws and celebrating traditions while respecting other religions, can depart and receive compensation for their losses with the granting of a one-time monetary payment to assist them in establishing a new home in whatever country they should choose to reside. The Prime Minister of Israel needs to insist that the world honor the promises and treaties made between the two World Wars which called for the institution of a Jewish state in their ancient homelands with no exception or formation of other entities within these guaranteed borders as described in these treaties and conferences. Israel and the Jewish people are not demanding anything beyond the promises and assurances made with them at the end of World War I as the remnants of the Ottoman Empire were divided up by the victors which established much of the map of the Middle East and North Africa. Just as each nation came into being, Israel was also given guarantees which inevitably grant that Israel shall be governor over all the lands between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean Sea. This is far less than the original promises which initially granted the Jewish state the lands west from the Iraq border to the Mediterranean Sea. In the Churchill White Papers the Zionists granted the one time release of the lands between the Jordan River to the Iraq border to form a Palestinian Arab state under the rule of the Hashemite family. The remainder of the British Mandate was guaranteed by this treaty to be granted to the Jews indivisible for all time. What part of indivisible does the world, which agreed to grant all of the British Mandate lands originally at the San Remo conference treaty, not understand?

 

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April 8, 2013

A Lesson from the Holocaust

Today is Holocaust Heroes and Martyrs Remembrance Day in Israel where time is taken to assure that the Holocaust is never forgotten. This year it falls on the 70th anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising against the Nazis where half-starved Jews with almost no weapons other than a few handguns and rifles stood against an entire battalion of the Nazi army and held them at bay for over a month before the entire ghetto was annihilated. This desperate final stand was a response to the planned slaughter of the Warsaw Ghetto by the Nazis which had been scheduled for the first day of Passover in order to celebrate the Jewish holiday of liberation with what the Nazis saw as a celebration of the denial of G0d and the promises to the Jewish People. Throughout the years since the Holocaust there have been many lessons drawn that mainly lead to the one singular goal, the promise Jews must revere and keep to themselves and their posterity, “Never Again!” There has always been one manner of keeping that promise which has always seemed of paramount importance which I will try to explain.

Before the horrors that were the Nazi execution of plans to conquer the world and reshape it in their own image, Germany was the leading country of the modern world with the best minds and most advanced culture. The majority of the world’s leading scientists resided there, especially in the disciplines of physics. Germany was viewed as the new renaissance with benevolent governance under the Weimar Republic. Germany was the leading republic of freedom and thought making their society the envy of many. But there was a problem with this near perfect scene that lay underneath it guaranteeing it would fail in a drastic manner. Germany was suffering under punitive laws placed on her after World War I which undercut her economic health. This eventually led to the printing of monies in order to meet payments levied against the German government. These payments along with large outlays of “investments in the future” led to runaway inflation as the German money became devalued. This led to a cycle which eventually caused unemployment and economic strife which the Nazis promised a solution and blamed it on the outside world and the plotting of those who wished to destroy the German race. Germany had also bought wholesale into the eugenics movement which had blossomed in the United States and spread through Europe. Take all these individual difficulties and social upheavals, shake well, and you do not get a happy ending.

Once in power the Nazis began to implement purity laws which were more about punishing the impure than it was about aggrandizing the pure or master race. This, of course, was not supposed to be possible in the country which a few short years earlier had been the most liberal and socially advanced nation in the history of the world. The overriding thought to many while the initial plots were being enacted by the Nazis was one of, “It cannot happen here,” Nowhere was this denial of reality stronger than in the assimilated Jews of Germany. Many of these Jews had arrived from Russia where they suffered the pogroms under the Czars and then persecution under Stalin and the Communists. Upon their arrival in Germany the Jews tried to assimilate and weave themselves into the German society attempting to be as much like their non-Jewish German neighbors as they could. Assimilation was the answer to pogroms as they happened because the Jews had lived separately from the Russian society preferring to keep amongst themselves. It was the otherness that had caused the pogroms, not the fact that they were Jews. True, there were still some religious Jewish communities which attempted to live apart from the rest of society much as exist today in areas of Europe and the United States. But the Jews in Germany had lived assimilated and integrated into the German society more so than in previous European societies. The Jews lived lives the epitome of, “It cannot happen here.” Yet somehow it happened here in a way beyond anything that had ever come before. One of the first steps taken by the Nazis was to pass laws forbidding the Jews and other undesirables from owning firearms. They went from house to house disarming those determined to be part of the “other” in German society. Yet even this disarming of the Nazis’ future victims did not alarm anybody as they accepted that this was just being done to make society safer by removing guns. It was all done for a better tomorrow and to save the children etc.

I had mentioned that many of these Jews had fled Russia and the Czarist and Communist pogroms. One would tend to believe that these Jews who were but one or at most two generations removed from experiencing the pogroms would have been more sensitive to what befell the Jews starting in Germany and spreading throughout Europe. But what about the Jews from the Russian pogroms, why did they not realize and see the warning signs? Was it because of their separateness? Unlikely as many of the Jews provided needed skills for the Russian people amongst whom they resided. But where had these Russian Jews arrived from? Many of the Russian Jews came to Russia via numerous places throughout Europe which could be traced back to a series of singular events which inevitably nudged and shoved them to Russia. For many of these Jews the previous residence had been Germany, Britain, France, Italy and lastly, Poland. In each and every one of these countries the Jews had faced persecution. One could trace these families’ history simply be tracing where they had faced persecution and managed to get out before the final cleansing and they would flee to the nearest, or sometimes the farthest, safe haven where Jews were not persecuted. This would increase the presence of the Jews in the new country which inevitably led to the next persecution as soon as disease or hard economic times gave way to finding the others who were to blame. This was the coming to fruition of the worst of all curses which were prophesized to inflict the Jewish People. The verse is well known as it is taught in every Jewish Bible study as it is one of the most frightful passages in the Torah.

Leviticus 26:36-38 As for those of you who are left, I will fill their hearts with anxiety in the lands of their enemies. The sound of a driven leaf will frighten them, so that they will flee as one flees from the sword and fall when no one is pursuing. 37 Yes, with no one pursuing they will stumble over each other as if fleeing the sword — you will have no power to stand before your enemies. 38 And among the nations you will perish; the land of your enemies will devour you.

This history of being chased from persecution to persecution where once Jews had fled the country or province in which they were being hunted or even slaughtered as a reaction to times of trouble had one thing common to all of these troubles and persecutions, the Jews were not permitted to own weapons. Originally the laws against owning weapons were applied to entire groups or classes of societies. Only the nobles and those in their employ were permitted weapons even if one could afford such luxuries. Eventually weaponry became affordable and everybody could own them. This is when governments began the real exercise of disarming the citizenry. When the peoples under a ruler were disarmed, it was not always universal. Still, unless everybody was permitted to own weapons, the Jews were usually among those disallowed such privilege. The two most known cases were in Czarist Russia and Nazi Germany where Jews were explicitly disallowed to possess weapons and their homes and businesses searched and all weapons removed some time before the actual persecutions were begun. That is the lesson that the Holocaust and all of the similar persecutions, pogroms, purifications, inquisitions, and other oppressions throughout the ages have taught me, never allow myself to be disarmed and that if such should become the law of the land and I am not living in the Jewish homeland, move. It is that simple and I choose not to even discuss the supposed realities and niceties which always come along with those who will disarm the people before enslaving the people or worse. I forbid my continuing to reside amongst those who would disarm me. It is that simple, a lesson learned.

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