Beyond the Cusp

December 29, 2017

Yair Lapid and Avi Gabbay Show True Colors

 

Yair Lapid and Avi Gabbay each revealed their real positions and declared war on all religious, nationalist, Zionist and Conservative or right-leaning voters and the work done by the Knesset to legally pass legislation. They claim they will use the courts and all other means at their disposal in thwarting the will of the people. Their actions are simply an extension of their mutual belief that only they possess true sight and that makes their opinions more correct and necessary than that of the voters. Their inability to accept the will of the majority simple reveals their own self-derived greater-than-life image of themselves as the true prophets of our times who have been chosen by Heaven to intervene and make the government upright again. If only they actually had such insight, but alas, they only possess self-righteous pride and the belief that they know better and we must accept their wisdom or else they will go to any length to defeat our triumphs and overturn our accomplishments. Let us recount each of these gentlemen’s latest announced crusades and the revelations they provide.

 

Let us take the more reasonable Avi Gabbay who at least claims he will use legislative means to accomplish his quest. Mr. Gabbay was kind enough to spell everything out for us when he stated, “December 27 is a dark day in the history of the fight against crime and corruption. I reiterate my commitment: The government which I will head will abolish the Recommendations Law, the Supermarket Law and the Job Law.” Well, there it is. If the people of Israel would simply realize the opportunity facing them and place their trust in the Zionist Union, then they would do their best to undo everything accomplished in the past year’s efforts. You like being a Jew and think that the religion should be the basis for attitudes of the government, then Avi Gabbay is not your man. If you believe that laws need to be made by the Legislature, interpreted by Judges and merely enforced by the police, then Avi Gabbay is not your man. The simple truth from Mr. Gabbay is that he desires an Israel which is democratic and multicultural with perhaps a touch of Judaism permitted in certain neighborhoods. His vision is known as a Secular Israel where Israel is the Middle East version of the United States and he is the Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, Chuck Schumer and friends modern Democrat Party where the Zionist Union are the Democrats working for that brave new world where the government is supreme. They also have a problem fulfilling their party’s name, Zionist Union. They have the Union part down pat if they are referring to Union as in Soviet Union as they love all things leftist but they are not all that much Zionist. They believe that the Arabs have just as much right as the Jews to the land and the Arab claim is just as historically valid as the Jewish claim. We have to wonder if Avi Gabbay was at all impressed and pleased with President Trump’s announced recognition of Jerusalem as the Capital City of the nation of Israel or would he prefer Israel moving the capital to Tel Aviv where the embassies still sit. What is the difference and why are those religious types making such a fuss, we can almost hear them asking. It has to do with the history of the Israelites and all of the generations of the Jewish people for the past three-thousand years plus. But what is the big deal, Avi just does not get it.

 

Now for Yair Lapid and his cry that every last one of the hundreds of reservations brought forward against the bill, many by his party, were being voted down one after the other, that should the Knesset pass the Recommendations Law, his party will challenge the law hoping to get it annulled by the Israel Supreme Court. This law, according to Arutz Sheva states, “According to the coalition’s conclusions, the law will only relate to the non-publication of police recommendations in the media, and will determine that in investigations in which there is an accompanying attorney, there will be no recommendation but only a summary of the hearing.” Yair Lapid recently stated that he should be considered to be the next in line for the Prime Minister position as he is the logical extension of Benyamin Netanyahu as he, Yair Lapid, is just as conservative, just as religious, just as strong a Zionist and simply more Bibi than Bibi. Apparently, the more Bibi than Bibi opposes the actual Bibi who supported the passing of the Recommendations Law and Yair ‘I’m more Bibi than Bibi’ Lapid will go to the Supreme Court demanding that they overturn the legislation immediately once it has passed, or at least some time convenient after he wakes and gets a good breakfast under his belt, then Supreme Court must act as Yair Lapid has spoken.

 

Both of these politicians suffer from a severe misreading of the Israeli public as they believe in their post-Zionist views and their anti-religious pro-governance by autocrats and the Black Robed Dictatorial Courts. We discussed this concept and its birth and continued applications and the ramifications in greater depth in Democracy’s Greatest Threat Wrapped in Black and how the current Israeli Coalition, led by Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked, has worked to change the self-replicating appointment methods of judges, particularly Supreme Court Judges, and lessen the power and range of adjudicable subjects to coral the runaway power extension and liberties taken by the Supreme Court. Their days of overturning laws passed by the Knesset, reversing decisions made by the Prime Minister, authoring laws they believe are necessary to advance society in the “correct” direction, and even countermand orders given by command level officers of the IDF during a conflict. The Israeli Supreme Court has long worked under the concept put forth by Israeli Supreme Court former Chief Justice Israeli Aharon Barak in his statement that “everything is justiciable” granting the Supreme Court and all courts unlimited power. Yair Lapid hopes to use their power to once again impose the leftist views of the court, and Yair Lapid, upon the nation overturning legislation passed by the Legislature. Yair Lapid, a former editorial newscaster who was famous for reporting the news as he saw the news. He used his name identification and popularity gained from reading the teleprompter and having good writers with whom he likely had a working relationship.

 

Minister of Justice Ayelet Shaked

Minister of Justice Ayelet Shaked

 

One thing we will give Yair Lapid credit, he can read a teleprompter with the best of them, sounds smooth, and presents well. He can tell you exactly what you should want and then convince you to vote for him to get it. Unfortunately, Mr. Lapid is most often simply reading a script constructed to make him sound exactly what the audience to whom he is speaking wants to hear and are willing to but unchallenged. To Zionists, he sounds as nationalist and pro building in the Shomron sounding like Naftali Bennett with just sufficient Bibi and a small amount of safe centrist pabulum making him too good to be true. To the secular post-Zionists, he does not even need speechwriters, as this is what he actually believes. The secular Israel is a Democracy first, second, last and everything inbetween with Judaism simply one of the plethora of religions observed here. Yair Lapid was once a proud two-state solution water carrier who believed that if Israel just found the perfect combination of land and other incentivizes then peace would be reached and the terrorism would end and everything will be perfect. One can only wonder how far from his roots he has managed to move. He claims he can out Bibi, Bibi, and can almost match Bennett but his idea is to be more logical and able to compromise where required to get the most, yet he spoke as a supporter of the Gaza pull-out. Not all that long ago, right before the last elections, Mr. Lapid stated, in clear English, “The details may be complex, but the basic idea is simple – Israel doesn’t want to absorb 3.5 million Palestinians. It is time to separate and guarantee our future as a Jewish and democratic state.” One must believe now that he is a Zionist’s Zionist? Really now, why are we having problems believing this. Of course, he can also out Gabbay, Gabbay, when speaking to the left wing demonstrators in Tel Aviv. He is the perfect politician capable of being whatever the crowd wants to hear and he counts on his true friends in the media to cover his chameleon-like presentations molding his speeches to each crowd.

 

Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely

Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely

 

The next Israeli election is going to be so much fun for us as politicians attempt to assure their leftist base that they really do not mean most of what they are having said in the media as everyone attempts to out Bibi, Bibi except for Bibi who will be attempting to out Bennett, Bennett. Unless something changes within Beit Yehudi (Jewish Home), then Naftali Bennett will run believing his time has come. The one big problem standing between Bennett from a fair chance at making it to the top spot is Bibi. Should Bibi step aside, then Likud, with a large assist from Netanyahu, needs to groom the next seemingly permanent Prime Minister and do so fast. Netanyahu has so efficiently prevented anyone challenging his position at the top of the party that there has not developed a successor. Without Netanyahu or a strong Likud candidate, then the field will be open and then who knows what will come next. The one person who would make a formidable candidate for Likud might not desire the top spot, Tzipi Hotovely. Some day Israel might face two women running for Prime Minister with Tzipi Hotovely for Likud and Ayelet Shaked for Jewish Home, now that would be a real choice of two of the most competent and complete candidates who would, either of them, make for a strong and well represented Israeli Prime Minister. That would be the political race the world would watch. For now, we are going to have to settle for the biggest question of the moment, will or will not Bibi Netanyahu run at the head of Likud, and if not, then who? Then there is another less tempting question, who will be the candidate to lead Zionist Union? Will it be Avi Gabbay or will it be Ehud Barak? Beyond these questions, there are some other side items such as who will be running under what name and in what grouping as the new election laws has had the making for strange bedfellows. Who will combine with whom and how they divide up their lists is the kind of minutia which makes this boring to all but the most invested and the people who live politics. We will try not to bore you with these items unless they are surprising or particularly amusing. You’re welcome.

 

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May 23, 2017

President Trump Defines the “No Preconditions”

 

The Knesset has approved meeting and reviewing some or all of the “No Preconditions” at the request of President Trump hours before his arrival in Israel yesterday. These were the “No Preconditions” which are presumed to permit Mahmoud Abbas to claim he has gained the Palestinians certain items and even a potential new route for terror entry into Israel as part of the agreement for possible talks between the Palestinian Authority (PA) leader and Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu as agreed upon initially with the understanding there were to be no preconditions in order to hold the talks. Now we know what “No Preconditions” exactly means when defined by the Trump Administration and it appears President Trump has agreed that “No Preconditions” means exactly the same as what no preconditions meant to President Bill Clinton, President George W. Bush, President Barack Hussein Obama, Yasser Arafat and also Mahmoud Abbas. Now, as usual, Prime Minister Netanyahu waited until hours before President Trump was to arrive to reveal exactly what the “No Preconditions” were to be and the Knesset, with limited time to discuss and digest the ramifications and potential disaster which might be derived from meeting the “No Preconditions” as defined and explained thus far, agreed on accepting the “No Preconditions” just in time for the arrival of President Trump. So, perhaps we should discuss what exactly these “No Preconditions” are as far as has been released and the potential ramifications of these “No Preconditions” on Israel and her security.

 

The “No Preconditions” are designed, in theory, to facilitate the Palestinian economy, which is another means of saying increase the money skimmed from every venture by Mahmoud Abbas’s two sons, Tareq and Yasser, as their companies benefit from virtually every venture undertaken under their father’s tenure. These “No Preconditions” are being sold once more as “confidence-building measures” meant to assure Abbas that the Israelis are sincere about trying to make peace. One might ask where are the signs that the PA and Abbas are interested in making peace? Of course, anybody familiar with the history of the PA and Israeli relations and peace process already know that there is absolutely no interest by Abbas or the PA or the entirety of the Palestinian elite in making peace as were they to make peace the remainder of their lives would be shortened greatly as well as the lives of relatives and anybody found to have anything to do with making any form of agreement with Israel. This has been why Israel always has to meet these “No Preconditions” and the PA just has to make demands under the ersatz of “No Preconditions” and the United States will always come through and pressure Israel into meeting them. In a statement released by the Trump Administration it was stated that President Trump “has been encouraging both sides to take steps that improve the environment for peace making. He has expressed particular interest in taking steps to improve the Palestinian economy in the West Bank and Gaza Strip.” The Gaza Strip, oh this is going to be great, we can just feel it. There will be no problems making things better for Hamas and there will be no chance that Hamas will use anything provided to make more tunnels into Israel and manufacture more and larger rockets and possibly, if given the right economic assistance, accurate missiles as well.

 

Trump and Abbas Making the Deal

Trump and Abbas Making the Deal

 

Another effort amongst the “No Preconditions” is the enlargement of a Palestinian industrial zone on the edge of the southern West Bank. This would be one that is relatively close to Beersheva with Dimona and the nuclear reactor just a little further removed, but why worry. Another of the “No Preconditions” put into motion will be the streamlining transit procedures at Shaar Ephraim, a busy crossing point in the northern part of the occupied West Bank for Palestinian workers with permits to work in Israel. If such a streamlining comes with additional personnel and equipment such that the levels of security are not compromised, as no terrorist has ever attempted to enter Israel using another Palestinian Arab’s work identification and crossing during one of the busiest times hoping to get past hard pressed and rushed screeners trying to approve the workers as quickly while remaining vigilant for unauthorized individuals. Why should the Trump Administration worry about terrorists entering Israel when there are photo ops and a potential agreement where Israel gives and the PA takes and everyone smiles and Trump claims to have made the greatest deal ever. What could possibly go wrong. And there is even one in here that will interest Jordan. The bridge linking the PA areas to Jordan is to be opened 24/7 for crossing into and out of Jordan. Again, who is going to pay for the extra screeners and other expenses, let me guess, Israel.

 

But wait, there are two really wonderful ideas that simply cannot go wrong. First is a “No Precondition” that cannot go wrong. They want Israel to look into the possibility of extending Israel Railways services to the northern West Bank city of Jenin. You know, the same Jenin that was, and still is, such a hotbed of terrorist activity that the Israelis during the war to end the Second Intifada fought an hours long battle against terror forces while going house to house in order to prevent civilian casualties and risking planted explosives and families forced to remain in trapped homes waiting for the IDF soldiers to enter and then exploding the home in attempts to murder both the soldiers and the families inside. This brought on the myth of the Jenin massacre which even a United Nations task force proved was a complete hoax and that almost all the casualties were fighters, with Israel having twenty-three dead and fifty-two wounded and the PA had fifty-three dead (forty-eight combatants and five civilians) and numerous wounded with no definitive count given. So, sure, let us extend the Jerusalem rail lines to Jenin and see what might possibly go wrong, sounds simply marvelous. What is the final “No Precondition” agreed upon. This one is according to Haaretz and it is a great one. This “No Precondition” calls for allowing PA construction of major city centers throughout the sixty percent of Judea and Samaria under Area C, which was under the Oslo Accords to be under complete Israeli control, and no PA construction was to be permitted in this area.

 

It is also the sole area where there are next to no PA Arabs residing but with this plan that can all change and there will be thousands of new facts on the ground making it next to impossible for Israel to retain anything of Judea and Samaria and will all but assure the pre Six Day War lines will once again be forced upon Israel. Education Minister Naftali Bennett and Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked, of the Religious-Nationalist-Zionist Jewish Home party, “objected vehemently” to the building plans and we would like to join their protest and add a cherry on top just to make our feeling better emphasized. In truth there is much in this that we find abhorrent and of committing Israel to taking steps which border on a guarantee that there will be a major war between Israel and the Arab world where the weapons from the $110 billion arms deal with Saudi Arabia that President Trump just signed will come in very handy on the Arab side. Further, the weapons provided to Hezballah, otherwise known as the Lebanese Army, by President Obama which included Abrams Main Heavy Battle Tanks will also work well for the Arabs and any weapons provided in the near future, which we know will be coming down the pike real soon, with Jordan and Egypt will come in handy when they decide that getting in on the death of Israel is far more important than their peace treaty plus any weapons left in Iraq and whatever else will all come in to play. This next war if Israel is pressed back to the pre Six Day War lines will not be a replay of 1967 but a replay of 1948 where over a half dozen Arab armies attempted to destroy Israel and they nearly did. That was the war which gave Israel the problem areas of Gaza and Judea and Samaria being claimed by Arabs when Israel was to have been from the Jordan River to the Mediterranean Sea and those were her borders on that bright sunrise on May 15, 1948, mere minutes before the onslaught was to commence and by some miracle of Hashem Israel survived. A similar miracle came in the Six Day War where Hashem again gave Israel her victory against overwhelming odds. Israel does not desire any more wars and simply would accept peace if it would mean peace and not as a ruse to reset the pieces on the board to try once more to destroy Israel. This is why some of the “No Preconditions” are so dangerous.

 

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