Beyond the Cusp

August 13, 2017

Why the Arabs Will Never Make Peace with Israel

 

There exist three Muslim wars against Israel, two Sunni and one Shiite, and none can make a peace because Islam forbids such a peace. Against infidel, Islam will only permit their forces and leaders to make a ten-year truce called a Hudna. This truce may be broken at any point the Islamic forces believe they have sufficient strength or tactical advantage to defeat their adversaries. Meanwhile, their adversaries must observe the ten-year respite from violence and are often thought to be a permanent cease-fire by the non-Islamic side. Should the Islamic side continue to believe they are unable to defeat their adversary, they too might allow a Hudna to continue despite their history reporting that a prolonged and strategic battle was being fought using diplomacy as their sword. This is often exactly the case in which Israel finds herself. So, with who are these separate and concurrent wars?

 

Let us start with the easiest of these conflicts to describe, the one against the Shiite power. The immediate enemy had been Hezballah which exists in Lebanon. This Shiite militia is backed and armed by Iran and the Grand Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei as its ultimate leader. In Lebanon, their leader is Secretary-General Hassan Nasrallah. What is usually unannounced has been the merger of the Lebanese military and the Hezballah Militia. This has provided Hezballah with some very impressive modern American, European and Russian weapon systems. This merging of the two forces and upgrading of the Lebanese Army by President Barak Obama with the full knowledge that the weaponry was to be used by Hezballah against Israel and in the Syria civil war was the reasoning which led Israel to inform the leadership of Lebanon and Hezballah that any attack by either would result in total warfare against both and would include all of Lebanon. This was necessitated by the weaponry given to Lebanon which will now also be at the ready for Hezballah and the fact that Hezballah officers may now order Lebanese troops including pilots necessitating the destruction of the Lebanese air forces in any war with Hezballah, especially any assets taking to the air. Truthfully, Hezballah is at the tip of the spear which is controlled by Iran and used in Syria and Iraq against the Islamic State. Currently, the Syrian war has Iran and Hezballah fighting about all they can handle, and possibly more than they can handle.

 

Turning now to the most ardent of the Sunni, we find ourselves looking to Gaza with Hamas and beyond to the Muslim Brotherhood. This is the direct line of support for Hamas which attempts to supply them via the Mediterranean Sea using fishing boats as curriers or via Sinai Peninsula-Gaza crossings and any remaining tunnels. Both Israel and Egypt face threats from Hamas so both attempt to prevent these provisions from reaching Hamas. Also in Gaza is Islamic Jihad who receives aid from the Muslim Brotherhood as well as from Iran. During periods when Hamas and Israel, Iran’s aid to both groups usually peaks as they attempt to meet such immediate needs, especially with rocket motors. Rocket fire across the border and tunnels under the border are the two major means by which Hamas, Islamic Jihad and minor groups attack Israel. The most prized result from these efforts would be the capture of an Israeli soldier or civilian to hold for ransom. The last ransom was for Gilad Shalit and numbered over one thousand terrorists. Yes, you read that correctly, over one thousand for one soldier. Hamas is currently holding four Israelis, two Israeli citizens who crossed into Gaza on their own accord and the bodies of two soldiers killed in 2014’s Gaza war. Hamas likes to report that there are no negotiations ongoing for the release of either the living civilians or the bodies of the fallen soldiers. This is likely only a valid point due to Hamas demanding extravagant amounts of concessions for the release likely of every terrorist held by Israel. This was their starting point in the last round, demanding the release of approaching five-thousand and finally agreed to just over eleven-hundred. Hamas is also demanding that the embargo on goods used for enforcing bunkers and other military needs be dropped and they permitted full range of freedom on imports to include heavy weaponry. Such concessions would place an army of undeterminable size and equipment on the southern border of Israel posing a far greater threat than is currently faced not to mention they could import tunneling machines capable of even more advanced and larger tunnels into Israel under the border.

 

The other Sunni threat comes from the Arab League and their pet project, the PLO (Palestinian Liberation Organization) and its offshoot, the Palestinian Authority (PA). The interesting item is that there no longer exists a PLO or a PA as Mahmoud Abbas dissolved the PA and removed any cause for the PLO when on Thursday, January 3, 2013, he dissolved the PA and all agreements made by the Oslo Accords and established the nations of Palestine. This was done in reaction to the General Assembly recognition and upgrading of the PA to “observer state” in the United Nations General Assembly. This vote was seen as a sign that the world had decided that Israel had to be forced to face the reality that the State of Palestine had been established as far as the mindset of the world’s governments were concerned. This is why Mahmoud Abbas is seen as the main threat to Israel when in reality without Israeli protection and the intelligence agencies of Israel, Mahmoud Abbas would already either be on some beach enjoying his stolen billions of dollars with a small army protecting him or dead and buried next Yasser Arafat if he was fortunate. Hamas sees the PA, PLO and especially Palestine to be a tool used by Israel to prevent the destruction of the Zionist Entity (Israel). Hamas knows that were they to replace the PA they would be capable of accurately striking at the heart of Tel Aviv. They are convinced that should they bombard central Tel Aviv and destroy many of the main buildings that the Jews would feel threatened and run back to wherever they came from. There are a number of problems with such a theory. The first is whether any of these nations would accept the return of ten if not hundreds of thousands of Jews. That goes especially for nations such as Egypt, Algeria, Libya, Syria, Iraq, Iran and the other Arab nations who thrust out the vast majority if not all of their Jewish populations in the years leading up to 1960. The totals were approaching, if not exceeding, millions of Jews in approximately a dozen years. Add to that the European nations, who largely would prefer not to have to explain to their public why they were accepting these Jews who left once already? Lastly, what about the native-born Jews born of Sabra parents whose families have lived in Israel, often in Jerusalem or Hevron for much of the last twenty-five-hundred years, where are they to run too if not Israel?

 

Should the day come when Arab forces diametrically opposed to the existence of Israel, which include Hamas, Islamic Jihad, PLO, PA and other Arab Palestinian groups were to gain a foothold along the Green Line and hold the commanding ridge above Tel Aviv, as soon as their first rockets struck Tel Aviv there would be launched such an answer to that attack that when the day was done there would no longer be any talks about what borders the Arabs deserved as they would all be placed east of the Jordan River. The result of this peace, the world claims, is “only fair” as the Jews stole the Palestinian Land for their state. What nobody appears capable of remembering is that there was not before at any point in time any nations named Palestine. Palestine is a region like the plains of Africa or the forests of Europe or the steppes of Russia. None of those are nations, they are locations. There has never been an Arab or other State between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean Sea since one thousand years before the start of the Gregorian calendar. That was the time of King David and King Solomon. Before them, there was King Saul and the age of the Prophets and all the ways back to Joshua which was the start of the Israelite State. No other nation has controlled this region as an independent state; it was always a part of a province or was the province of the Jews. The Arabs did not arrive until after 725 and left as soon as they could for Damascus. Should the opinion, not the facts, which give Israel all the rights to the lands between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean Sea, as long as they permit the Arabs to have certain rights, which include the right to work, freedom of religion, to pursue an education, medical care, own land, own a business, and almost any other right given an Israeli with one notable exception, they are not entitled to political rights, then progress would be possible. This means they are limited to whatever political rights and powers that the Israeli government is willing to grant to them. This is why Gaza is now the nation of Hamastan. It is a terrorist state, but it has all the makings of a nation, a dysfunctional nation, but a nation just the same. The same is not true for the Arabs residing in Judea and Samaria. They have been granted semi-autonomy which permits limited self-rule. Where they have their own budget, their own areas assigned, their own representative legislature and leadership, they are still under the sovereignty of Israel, defended by the Israeli Defense Force (IDF), may not field an army, may be permitted police powers however limited as Israel should decide, do not have to serve in the IDF, can be restricted in movements outside their assigned areas, and may have other restrictions as required for the public peace and well-being. They are not permitted the normative rights of a state and should not be accepted in international settings unless permitted by Israel as their actual overriding governance. The desires of other nations are not legally binding upon Israel and the San Remo Conference and Treaty of Sèvres grant Israel, in conjunction with the White Papers, rule of the lands from the Jordan River to the Mediterranean Sea unless Israel were to leave claim to any region such as Gaza. That is the reality and the picture below depicts an unfortunate reality.

 

 

Tel Aviv Now Before Green Line Peace and Tel Aviv the Day After Green Line Peace

Tel Aviv Now Before Green Line Peace
and
Tel Aviv the Day After Green Line Peace

 

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August 9, 2017

Bondi is Part Australia’s and Part Israel’s Fault

 

First, in case you have not yet heard, in Bondi, Australia the city blocked the building of a Synagogue in a residential area near the people it would serve because it might be a tempting target to attract Islamic terrorism. The Jewish community brought this before an Australian court which upheld the city’s prohibition finding the threat sufficient reason to prevent the building of a Synagogue in an area near the people it would serve, or in simple terminology, no Synagogue in a residential area, even a mostly Jewish residential area. Perhaps the next thing will be that Jews need to live in a separate residential area as they too might pose a threat for terrorist attacks. When this story broke around a week or so ago, we waited to write about the situation simply because we desired to give Australia an opportunity to correct this offense to Jews of Bondi, of Australia and of the world. Apparently, the Jews who desired to build their house of worship are not going to be receiving any support for their quest from their presumed friends in the Christian community organizations. Apparently, nobody desires a synagogue in their neighborhood as it is a threat to destroy the kismet of the neighborhood because anything Jewish is a terror magnet so much so that perhaps all Jewish stores, houses of worship and organizations should have bullseyes painted on them for easy identification. What will be next, demands to close the kosher deli or kosher restaurant or kosher grocery store? What about a small grocery store with an aisle of all kosher food, should that be outlawed as it taints the rest of the grocery store? Maybe the next thing will be to push all the Jews into a special neighborhood, not a ghetto, nope, we won’t call it a ghetto, it is just an exclusive Jewish neighborhood, as we cannot have the Jews living with normal people because their houses might be terrorist targets. Where has been the Israeli outrage, the calling of the Australian Ambassador to explain? Such is the least of a reaction from the Jewish State, from Israel, but so far silence?

 

Preventing the building of a synagogue because Jewish houses of worship are more likely to be targeted by Islamic extremist terrorists but churches are fine, as they have not risen to the top of the target list, as there are still Jews in Australia. Tell you what, ask the Christians in Egypt, Nigeria, Sudan, Libya, Algeria, Syria, Iraq, Iran what happens once the Christians do not back the Jews and allow the Jews to be chased from the country. You know exactly what they will tell you, the churches and Christians will become the targets of choice and the government will not protect them any more than they have the Jews. Wait a minute. Why wait for the terrorists to come seeking just the right synagogue to use as their next target. We checked and there are a fairly significant number of these terror targets better known as synagogues or houses for worship already strewn throughout the greater Bondi area (see map below). Why would it not be smarter to have them all closed and build one great synagogue and place all the Jews to live in the neighborhood surrounding this new great synagogue. Why there could even be a high wall with fencing around the top of it and the Jews only permitted out for short periods each day and they should probably have to wear something special such that any Islamic extremist terrorist would know whom to target, maybe a bulls-eye with a Star of David in the center which would look like the picture right below the map. If it cuts down on terrorist strikes in Bondi, of which there have been none yet we understand their fears as a planned terror attack was recently prevented from striking a plane presumably at the Sydney International Airport with four of the plotters arrest just a week or so back on July 29, 2017. Perhaps this is what has spooked the good people of Bondi, Australia.

 

Synagogues in Greater Bondi Area Where Danger of Terrorist Attacks are Potentially Imminent

Synagogues in Greater Bondi Area Where Danger
of Terrorist Attacks are Potentially Imminent

 

Jewish Identity Armband

Jewish Identity Armband

 

Still, you have sufficient numbers of synagogues to keep even a hyperactive terrorist busy planning for so long that they are bound to get caught before they figure out how to strike them all in one really busy afternoon. The option you have taken by refusing to permit another synagogue be built because it might some day become the target of a terror attack when you have many synagogues strewn across your area already that if this is really that serious of a concern to you, the entire community would have to be tranquilized just to walk down the street. There are easily over a half-dozen synagogues in the immediate area of Bondi that adding another would not increase your vulnerability in the slightest. There are also an equal number of churches in the same relative area which would pose the same threat once any synagogues would be removed (see map below). Would the same zoning officers also refuse to permit a church be built in a similar neighborhood, as it too would represent an inordinate possibility for becoming a target of an Islamic extremist terrorist attack? If that became or ever would become the case, then please explain how such an area like Bondi, Australia would be any different than say Saudi Arabia where it is illegal to construct or repair any religious building other than Mosques and other Islamic buildings. Has Bondi decided to invoke Sharia replacing the civil laws of the country of Australia in their little section of Down Under?

 

Churches in Greater Bondi Area Where Danger of Terrorist Attacks are Potentially Imminent

Churches in Greater Bondi Area Where Danger
of Terrorist Attacks are Potentially Imminent

 

This is starting to become the way of things not only in Australia but in Europe and soon to come to Canada and areas of the United States we fear. This hysteria once it gets going will see no stopping point and soon religion other than Islam will become banned from the public square. Then where will we be? As long as people believe in freedom of religion, then they have to act accordingly. Banning the construction of a place of worship because it might offend people of other faiths is not what the Western Civilization was founded upon. This battle was fought once and it was called the Reformation. We did away with Inquisitions and the burning of witches and heretics and permitted free choice. That had been the strength of Judeo-Christian culture. What we fear here the most is that this was not done honestly because of a fear of terrorism but because people have decided that it is too dangerous to allow Jews the same freedoms which everybody else will be granted. Trust us when we tell you that what starts with the Jews never ends there and it will spread to either the Christians or the Muslims being told they too cannot build their holy buildings or practice their religion freely. Is this truly the direction society desires to go? If that be the case, then we are glad we live one place where that will never become the situation generally and hopefully the one small instance here will fall as will the one small instance in Bondi, Australia. If one religion is banned, soon many religions are banned until either only one faith is permitted or no faith is permitted, and there really is no difference as where there is no faith permitted, the state becomes the end-all and consumer of all power and the leaders become despots expecting all to revere them and that itself is a strange and horrid religion where men are worshiped as gods. They become Caesar, Pharos or Führer. Does anybody really want such a world again? Then why start down that road again?

 

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August 3, 2017

Temple Mount Show and Tell the Truth

 

Three Arab terrorists entered the Temple Mount followed briefly later carrying a satchel with fully automatic weapons and one pistol (see video below). They use al-Aqsa Mosque to exchange the weapons and then another mosque in which they change clothing making themselves ready for their attack. When entering the Temple Mount they wear light clothing so as not to raise suspicions wearing heavy clothing. The jackets used to conceal the weapons were likely in the same satchel as the weapons. They put on their jackets used to conceal their weapons until they launch their attack, their design was to murder Jews, to commit Arab terror (no longer will BTC use the term Palestinian in reference to these murderous terror prone groups and will reserve it for the true Palestinian Arabs of the Jordan Opposition Coalition (JOC) headed by Mudar Zahran).

 

 

The next video is what followed, the Arab terror assault on two police guarding one of the areas just off the Temple Mount, a relatively narrow passage with little room to move to escape the automatic fire. The attack murders two police and injures a third police officer (see video below). The two police officers were Druze, not Jews as the terrorists were hoping to murder, and are just as mourned as any Jewish officer for they are also our brave youth. This was the reality faced by Israel and the people desired, demanded, action from their government. The ability to use the Temple Mount for terrorist attacks and infiltration with weapons had to be prevented as such actions threaten every Jew throughout Israel and all feel the possible threats.

 

 

This was what brought the instillation of magnetometers at the entrances in order to prevent anyone from taking weapons up onto the Temple Mount. These scanners were placed outside the Temple Mount entrances, not inside so as not to change the atmosphere on the Temple Mount. The Arabs rioted because they demand to have the right to carry weaponry onto their sacred grounds and possibly stash arms in numbers inside al-Aqsa. This would simply be an escalation as not that long ago the Arabs stored rocks of throwing size and other objects including Molotov Cocktails which used to be employed to attack police on the Temple Mount in the last round of riots (see image below). This is the inside of the precious and most holy of places for Muslims in Jerusalem, presumably the third holiest city in Islam currently (that denotation changes as history unfolds), the al-Aqsa Mosque. This is a place that the Arabs demand that Israeli police must never be permitted to enter, as that would defile the sanctity. The pile of rocks apparently does nothing to the sanctity.

 

al-Aqsa Mosque Rock Pile for Rioting

al-Aqsa Mosque Rock Pile for Rioting

 

That was the picture inside the al-Aqsa Mosque a few year ago after Mahmoud Abbas demanded that Arabs protect the sanctity of the al-Aqsa Mosque when he first used the video he made, the same video which was released again just over two weeks ago on July 19 in our article Rebroadcast of Abbas is Declaration of War where we warned that another round of violence was being readied. The murder of the two police and the murder of three members of a family and the severe wounding of a fourth attacked while having a celebratory Shabbat dinner after the birth of a grandson discussed by us in our article It is a War and the War Claimed Four More Victims. Now we would like to do a thought experiment. No, don’t fret, we promise that it will be an easy thought experiment. Remember the picture above of the weapons, the throwing rocks, in the al-Aqsa Mosque. Replace each rock with one of the items below which were the new weapons smuggled onto the Temple Mount, into the al-Aqsa Mosque and then used to murder the two Israeli police officers (see picture below). Imagine what would happen with a riot breaking out on the Temple Mount and hundreds of Arab young men and women storming out from the al-Aqsa Mosque into Jerusalem murdering as they swarm across the city’s western business districts. Perhaps Prime Minister Netanyahu desires preventing just such a result by placing the detectors outside the entrances to the Temple Mount. Should something like this actually happen and the Israelis manage to prevent a worsening situation resulting in close to or over one hundred Arab deaths, the world media would run headlines which would resemble this, “Israeli Response Kills Hundreds of Arabs in Jerusalem,” and you would read until the fourth or fifth paragraph out of seven, eight or at most nine before you would find reporting that it was a response to Arabs attacking Israelis. The words which would never make it into their reporting would include, but not be limited to, Israeli defenders, Arab terror, or anything else which would clear the picture and illustrate that it was not an Israeli attack where the Arabs were on the defensive but actually the opposite, an Arab mass terror attack initiated from the al-Aqsa Mosque with hundreds of armed Arabs storming the western end of Jerusalem murdering all they encounter until stopped by the Israeli emergency response. Why the world, especially leftists in the media, will blame Israel, as they have in every previous such event, is a question which can have only one answer, anti-Semitism.

 

Military Type Weaponry used in Police Murderous Assault from Temple Mount

Military Type Weaponry used in Police Murderous Assault from Temple Mount

 

Now we can proceed to discuss briefly the reason the riots in Jerusalem, Hevron, in Judea and Samaria as well as in Amman, Jordan around the Israeli Embassy where a Jordanian worker stabbed an Israeli embassy guard with a screwdriver and was shot dead. The guard who shot the attacking workman was arrested by Jordan and then the real threats began. King Abdullah II then contacted the ever-ready Europeans and United States State Department claiming, that should the situation with Israel destroy the sanctity of the Temple Mount with their equipment, metal detectors and all the cameras, his kingdom might erupt and overthrow him; and he asked that they assist him in restoring the peace Israel was threatening both in Jordan and the Arab areas in Judea and Samaria. He added an addendum for the United States claiming that Jordan, under his rule and only his rule, is vital and necessary for the Trump Doctrine against terrorism will fail with devastating consequences should he be overthrown and the rioting threatened just such a consequence. Europe does not require all that much to demand Israel surrender to the Arabs at every turn. Proof comes in the buildings built for the Arabs, which all have European Union flags placed in an emblem detailing their construction and purpose, to change realities on the ground in Area C and force Israel to surrender all the lands liberated in the Six Day War. The State Department of the United States used the threat to President Trump and his efforts started in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia as their reason for pressuring Israel. Israel folded; there is nothing more to say about the result, Israel simply folded before world pressure.

 

We really hope that the Temple Mount does not become the central point and supply cache for a general revolt where arms and explosives smuggled onto the Temple Mount and stored in the al-Aqsa Mosque and other Islamic buildings spread throughout the Temple Mount. The work such as the attack which took the lives of the two police officers and the other which took the lives of three members of the Salomon family (Yosef Salomon age 70, his daughter Chaya Salomon age 46, and son Elad Salomon age 36) was that of a small group and of limited scope not expected to destroy the nation of Israel. What would be far worse would be a planned assault with grand and devastating objectives. We do not desire placing ideas in anybody’s head, but the Temple Mount had been utilized before to smuggle arms and explosives but fortunately, there has never been an organized use of such smuggling to arm an uprising with the intent of overthrowing the Israeli governance since the Second Intifada. What is unfortunate is another intifada is exactly what we expect unless security measures are returned to the entrances, every entrance, of the Temple Mount. We fear that the murders of the Salomon family and the police officers and the ensuing rioting against increased security, the metal detectors may not have even been foreseen and ended up being an added and obvious alteration around which to rally the Arab protests. Now all surveillance has been removed and that, we believe, was the intent of the riots both in Israel and in Jordan and now the Waqf will likely try to harass the remaining Israeli police forcing them from manning the entrances at least every Friday.

 

Friday may become the critical day used by the Arabs to smuggle their provisions for whatever they are planning and the world will attempt to force Israel to remain as vulnerable as possible. What will be so devastating is another intifada will very possibly be a final straw and the end of Arab hopes to force Israel to surrender even an inch of land for them to make anything. Friday is the day when the greatest numbers of Muslims attend services around mid-day, hear a riveting and stirring sermon often about supremacy of Islam, the messiah (the Mahdi) will only come when Muslims kill the Jews and often the immediacy for individual Muslims to work to bring the Mahdi as their acts may prove vital to their savior’s arrival. Friday has been the day of the week when offensives are often began which has often been the case in many of the Arab Spring revolts which toppled a number of Arab leaders and started the Syrian multifaceted warfare. It was a Friday when Saudi Arabian forces stood firm preventing an uprising in their nation. It was Friday, March 14, 2011, when those same Saudi Arabian Troops put down the uprising which had started earlier that day after services in Bahrain intending to overthrow the Saudi friendly Monarch. It was Friday, September 29, 2000, on which day the Second Intifada began with rioting on the Temple Mount replete with rocks, rods, bats and other handheld weapons which eventually led to, according to B’Tselem reports, one-thousand-fifty-three Israelis were killed and many reports claim tens of thousands of Israelis being injured with many receiving life-altering injuries. Magnetometers could prevent virtually all weapons from reaching the Temple Mount and cameras could warn of potential gathering of groups which could be a sign of impending troubles allowing for timely intervention. These were logical reactions to a situation which would be intolerable in any other civilized nation and should their leadership take similar measures after the murder of two police officers and three members of a family in their home at their dinner table. Israel, for some reason, taking the same steps which were taken internationally at virtually every international airport after the 9/11 terror strike in New York and Washington D.C. is not permitted the same response as the entire world demanded Israel leave her nation unprotected and vulnerable to terrorism and the murder of their innocents. No, Israel should take the courage and place these devices back where they will do the most good to protect their citizens and tell the world that her citizens, each and every one of them, be they Arab, Jew, Druze, Baha’I, Christian, Muslim or anything else, these individuals are more important than the opinions of every leader of every nation and Israel will serve to protect these precious denizens of Israel and they may as well not bother to say a word and just save their breath.

 

What Israel should do quietly and through political maneuvering would be to promote Jordan Opposition Coalition and a compromise that will permit King Abdullah II to remain with a nation while the Palestinians in Jordan are permitted to establish what the British denied them by forcing the Hashemite Family over them. Once the true Palestinian Arab State, which was supposed to be the reason for Jordan, has been established, they will be able to give their fellow Arabs the homeland in which to have self-rule. Mudar Zahran, the chairman of the JOC, has promised democracy and a home for all Arabs who wish to come and live in the new Palestine, the name he intends to give his new nation. Israel and President Trump would be wise to assist Mudar Zahran while guaranteeing King Abdullah II that there will be a nation of Jordan where he will remain the monarch, which is better than his uncle did in Iraq, and allow him to separate from a disgruntled majority of his people before there is an Arab Spring style revolt against his rule. This would be the smart route to ending the strife between the Arab populations of two nations and provide peace, even if it will come at the price of the dethroning of Mahmoud Abbas, a President in the twelfth year of his four-year term. Perhaps his retirement is well overdue.

 

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