Beyond the Cusp

August 13, 2013

Israel, Terrorist Release, New Israeli Building, and the Peace Process

The Israeli government just agreed to release the first twenty-six terrorist prisoners of the one-hundred-plus terrorists who are to be released as the price demanded by the Palestinian leadership in order to entice them to even come to the negotiating table. As a possible move to soften the distress and betrayal felt by many Israelis over these murderous terrorists, all of whom have blood on their hands and were serving life sentences, the government also announced tenders for building new housing in Jerusalem and areas in Judea and Samaria. Immediately after the announced tenders the Palestinian leadership, including lead negotiator Saeb Erekat, demanded Israel rescind these offers or else they would not return to the peace talks which they had agreed to hold in exchange for the prisoner release. Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu had offered Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas a building freeze in exchange for Palestinian participation in the peace negotiations but they turned down that offer instead demanding the prisoner release. Now they are backing in to also demanding a building freeze without forgoing the prisoner release. The Palestinians need to choose which concession it is they are demanding, the prisoner release or a building freeze, which one and not both. But this has been the Palestinian method of negotiating as we have pointed out before. They demand a concession, usually one that is very difficult for many Israelis to accept such as this prisoner release, in order to have them return to the negotiations and then as soon as the mood strikes they will demand yet another concessions in order to entice them to meet an additional time. Then down the road they will make another demand for another concession or they threaten to quit the negotiations. Eventually, when it appears that the negotiations are reaching a point where an agreement is imminent they make a string of demands which include certain known deal breakers such as Israel surrendering all of Easter Jerusalem along with acceptance of the pre-June 1967 Lines as the borders with the allowing five-million-plus refugees be given residence and citizenship within Israel and whatever else might strike their fancy for the moment knowing such a barrage of demands will be rejected by Israel. After Israel refuses to grant the final concessions the Palestinians claim Israel blew-up the negotiations by not meeting their obligatory commitments as demanded by the Palestinians.


This new demand for an imposed building freeze or else the Palestinians refuse to rejoin the peace negotiations is exactly what we had been expecting though some here thought it might have waited at least one or two more meetings before being rolled out. So, in review of where things stand, the Israelis offered a building freeze which the Palestinians refused demanding in its stead a prisoner release of pre-Oslo terrorist prisoners. Israel guaranteed to grant a set of staggered prisoner releases with the first twenty-six coming this week just before or at the same time as the second meeting is scheduled. Now, as Israel announced their intention to build on lands which Israel is expected to retain even after the negotiations, the Palestinians have demanded that they be granted an Israeli building freeze on top of the prisoner release or they will refuse to continue with the negotiations. One might curiously ask what exactly have the Palestinians sacrificed or contributed in order to show that they are negotiating in good faith and also showing their seriousness. Funny you should ask as the Palestinians would become very indignant should you ever ask such a question of them. You see the rules according to the European Union, many European governments, most of the Human Rights NGOs, the myriad of Palestinians rights and Palestinian peace NGOs, the Arab League, the Arab and Muslim Worlds, most of the nations belonging to the NAM (non-aligned Nations), the United Nations as well as its attendant Agencies, the United States State Department, United States President Obama, United States Secretary of Defense Kerry, European Union Foreign Minister Lady Ashton, Russia, and numerous other luminaries, the Palestinians are not  required to make concessions as they have nothing to offer as they are downtrodden and victims of cruel, oppressive treatment being ignored and condemned to misery by much of the world and must be treated as the forever injured party which is to be granted their every demand, especially and solely if those demands are for funding from the Europeans, United States and those organizations funded predominantly by the Europeans and United States or anything they dream or desire from the Israelis and must never be made to actually meet any standards or even be held to their promises because they are the Palestinians who shall never be challenged. Yes, that was a long and difficult thought string but after breaking it down and reading it two or three times it starts to become clearer. It basically says that the world had decided that the Israelis are supposed to give and the Palestinians receive, the Israelis get to bleed and the Palestinians get to dance and exchange sweets, just as the West and any nation not under the control and protection of Islam also gets to bleed while the Palestinians get to dance and exchange sweets just as they did in response to New York and Washington DC on September 11, 2001; Madrid trains and train stations on March 11, 2004; London underground and busses on July 7, 2005 then again on July 21, 2005; Mumbai from Wednesday, November 26, 2008 lasting until Saturday, November 29, 2008; and other past attacks no matter where in the world and they will likely celebrate such acts again in the future. The only way this will end is when Israel finally manages to place into the office of the Prime Minister a man with the fortitude, backbone, conscience and chutzpah to agree to one final negotiation without any preconditions or concessions and everything on the table and if no peace is forged then never again will Israel carry the burden of such humiliations and all of Judea and Samaria will be annexed to meet the definition permitted by the United Nations agreements assuring Israel be satisfied they have defendable borders and those Arabs who wish to leave will be compensated for their lands and given a generous stipend to assist their relocation and those who desire to be Israeli citizens will be given a stipulated series of requirements and after satisfying these prerequisites they will be granted citizenship dependent on a background and security investigation. The only other way this farce can end is in a final war where one side is thoroughly defeated once and for all. The other choice is for this insanity to continue ad-nauseum into the future for as far as human existence can endure. That is no future to look forward to for either side but is one of the options which will result if those of weak wills are left to decide the future. My main opinion is I am glad that I will never have to make these choices as I will never be placed into a leadership position of either the Palestinians or the Israelis and for that I am truly grateful.


Beyond the Cusp


July 22, 2012

World Comments About Israeli Victims of Terror in Burgas

Following the heinous terrorist suicide bombing attack in Burgas, Bulgaria, comments of condolences and support were issued throughout the rest of Wednesday and into Thursday, as one must choose the words carefully and not rush out such statements which required time leaving some remarks to come the following day. Commenting on the attack itself, the President of Bulgaria, Rosen Plevneliev, told local media that the authorities in Bulgaria held a meeting last month with representatives of the Israeli Mossad but that they did not warn the Bulgarians against a possible attack. He was further quoted while visiting the scene of the bombing commenting that his country had taken every precaution to protect the lives of the victims of the attack. He added that there are good relations between Bulgaria and Israel, and that his country would have acted seriously had it been warned of a possible attack. So, are we to understand that before any Israelis go on vacation outside of Israel, especially if they are traveling as a group on a planned tour, that the Mossad needs to perform a full security sweep and be given sufficient time to research for any possibilities of a terror attack and without such warning being issued by the Israeli Mossad, no country can be expected to take any steps to prevent terrorist attacks upon Israelis visiting their country? This is preposterous and a simple case of laying the blame on the victims and skirting any responsibility. It is also a rather disgusting response.


The sympathies expressed for the victims of this horrid slaughtering of innocents by the purveyors of terrorism were, while commendable, missing one important reference, the mention that this was an act of terrorism. United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon issued a condemnation through his spokesperson and despite his claim of condemning the attack “in the strongest possible terms,” he omitted any reference to it being an act of terrorism, referring only to the deadly “bombing” of Israelis. This stands in stark contrast to Secretary General Ban Ki-moon statement two weeks ago on the bombing of the Christian Churches in Kenya where he rightly spoke of “terrorist” attacks … saying the perpetrators “must be held to account.”


Next up is the President of the United States, Barack Obama, who was quoted by Reuters as saying, “The United States will stand with our allies, and provide whatever assistance is necessary to identify and bring to justice the perpetrators of this attack.” They further quoted his observation that the attack was “completely outrageous.” President Obama was later quoted commenting while speaking at a gathering of activists in Florida where he said that the attack was “barbaric” and added, “I want everybody here to know under my administration, we haven’t just preserved the unbreakable bond with Israel, we have strengthened it.” The term that is once again obvious due to its omission is any reference to terror, terrorists or terrorism. President Obama later telephoned Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and expressed his condolences for the deaths of Israelis.


And then there is the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs, the Lady Catherine Ashton. She was quoted to have said,    “I was appalled to hear of this afternoon’s apparent terrorist attack on Israeli tourists arriving in Bulgaria. I am deeply shocked by the scenes at Burgas airport, where what should have been the beginning of a happy holiday ended in murder. I send my condolences to the families of all those killed. Many more have been injured. We wish them a speedy recovery. The EU utterly condemns all acts of terrorism, wherever they take place. The terrorists who planned and carried out this attack must be brought to justice.” To her credit she did finally manage to refer to terror definitively in her final sentence after original reference to this calamity as, “apparent terrorist attack” earlier in her statement. The earlier qualified reference which allowed for some doubt as to whether this was terrorism takes a good deal away from the later reference to terrorists and exposes the Lady Ashton’s well established disdain for Israel and Israelis.


The worst and by far most offensive reaction to the terrorist bombing of the Israeli group’s tour bus is attributed to the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay. Ms. Pillay has been known to be one of the first to express her opinion on a wide range of incidents including her 2010 rush to condemn Israel over the Mavi Marmara Flotilla confrontation where she omitted no term of condemnation in her berating the needless slaughter of innocent protesters. But on this day where a terrorist suicide bomber murdered seven people and injured thirty more, three in serious condition, Ms. Pillay had no comment. This was an actual attack upon honestly innocent vacationers which included children, teenagers and young couples among those murdered or injured, unlike the terrorists who were engaged in martyrdom operations planned to capture and/or murder Israeli IDF security personnel engaged in enforcement of a legal, United Nations and universally recognized maritime blockade when they suffered their fate. Ms. Pillay has added yet one more disgraceful action, or lack of action, by her silence in the face of this act of blatant terrorism which she has given her own personal affirmation through her shameful silence.


Lastly we have the comments from the United Nations Security Council who apparently had not received the memo not to mention terror, terrorists or terrorism or any reference to suicide bombing when referring to the attack on the Israelis in Bulgaria. To their credit, the Security Council of the United Nations statement read, “Terrorism in all its forms and manifestations is one of the most serious threats to international peace and security. All acts of terrorism are criminal and unjustifiable, no matter the motives for them, where, when and by whom they are carried out. The perpetrators and organizers, as well as those who finance such reprehensible acts of terrorism must be brought to justice.”


One final note on a related but separate issue, United States Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and the State Department have gathered a conference of nations to discuss the many facets of terrorism and the methods which can be utilized to fight both the commission and the financing of terror in order to prevent further acts and their consequences. This gathering has been titled as the Global Counter-terrorism Forum’s High-Level Conference on Victims of Terrorism and began on July 9 in Madrid. The gathering had an interesting collection of countries who, according to much of the publicity for the “Global Counter-terrorism Forum”, were victims suffering from terror and terrorism and all associated difficulties. The member states came from two distinct groups and the entire conference was co-chaired by the United States and Turkey. The first group were the eleven member nations of the OIC (Organization of Islamic Cooperation), Algeria, Egypt, Indonesia, Jordan, Morocco, Nigeria, Pakistan, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Turkey and the United Arab Emirates. The other members are, usually referred to as the remaining members as they do not neatly fit into any group other than not members from the OIC; Australia, Britain, Canada, China, Colombia, Denmark, France, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Russia, South Africa, Spain, Switzerland and the United States. The European Union also has a seat and the United Nations is “a close partner of and participant in the Global Counter-terrorism Forum and its activities.”  There is one country that is most conspicuous by its absence from this little get-together, Israel. Fortunately rumors have surfaced naming the country which spearheaded the exclusion of Israel, Turkey. Turkey made the exclusion of Israel a condition for their participation and the State Department graciously and eagerly agreed that Israel had no place in such an important and vital conference and would likely not contribute much in the way of substance. We have our suspicions that at least another dozen of those attending countries either heartily agreed or felt no loss at the exclusion if Israel from the Global Counter-terrorism Forum.


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