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May 24, 2018

Gaza Borders and the Reality of Human Rights

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The United Nations Human Rights Council recently decided to investigate the events concerning the Israeli reaction to the peaceful protests on the Gaza border. There was not even consideration of investigating the violence and attempts to destroy property and swarm the border in order to murder Israelis by the masses Hamas has encouraged to perpetrate these violences along the Israeli border. Let us consider the vote by nations where twenty-nine voted in favor, two voted to oppose and fourteen abstained from voting with two nations not voting (see image below). The nations voting in favor were Afghanistan, Angola, Belgium, Brazil, Burundi, Chile, China, Cote d’Ivorie, Cuba, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ecuador, Egypt, Iraq, Kyrgyzstan, Mexico, Nepal, Nigeria, Pakistan, Peru, Philippines, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates, and Venezuela. The two who voted against were Australia and the United States. Those abstaining were Croatia, Ethiopia, Georgia, Germany, Hungary, Japan, Kenya, Panama, Republic of (South) Korea, Rwanda, Slovakia, Switzerland, Togo and Great Britain. The two nations not voting were Mongolia and the Ukraine. Reading the names of those voting to investigate Israel, most were either Islamic or dictatorial nations with a few whose own human rights actions are of questionable respectability. Those who abstained or voted with Israel were almost all democratic nations whose people enjoy maximum rights and have excellent human rights records. All in all, this vote could be said to be more revealing of the voting than it was of Israel. Let us look into the situation more deeply together.

 

UNHRC Gaza Vote to Investigate Israeli Actions of Self-Defense

UNHRC Gaza Vote to Investigate Israeli Actions of Self-Defense

 

The first item one need consider is what exactly are the driving realities behind the Gaza-Israeli border and the conditions within Gaza. One claim heard is that Israel is responsible for providing electricity, water, gas, and all other goods as the occupying power. Every one of these items is false and anything Israel permits to enter Gaza is a gift granted solely because Israel actually cares more for the people of Gaza than does their government. Yes, Gaza has a government, presumably has utilities and is actually responsible for providing for the people of Gaza. The Gazans elected Hamas to be their governing body. The border between Israel and Gaza is an international border. The electrical shortage in Gaza is not due to Israel reducing the amount of electricity crossing the border, it is because the Palestinian Authority, in an attempt to press Gazans into turning against Hamas and allowing the Palestinian Authority to regain control over Gaza, cut funds which prevented Hamas from purchasing fuel oil for their electrical generating plant. The recent interruption of natural gas provided to many Gazans is due to the rioters on the border setting the pipeline on fire after rupturing the pipeline while also destroying the crossing used by Israel to provide aid to Gaza (see image below). The destruction of the crossing also made the import of goods to come to a halt. These were very likely actions which were planned by Hamas as they continuously tell their people that their problems are all because Israel exists and if they could just destroy Israel they would all live the good life which Israelis live. What the world does not bother to note is that the electricity, water and other utilities, which Israel provides for Gaza and the Palestinian Authority, are seldom paid for and this causes prices for Israel to be higher leading to difficulties for many Israelis. Some Israelis go without airconditioning during the summer and set their heaters at a lower temperature and wear heavy sweaters inside just to make their electricity and gas bills more affordable. The sewage treatment plants in Gaza are left in disrepair despite Gaza being provided with the required piping and cement to repair these systems repeatedly but these items are misappropriated for building infiltration tunnels and bunkers rather than repair of these plants.

 

Gas Pipes Set Ablaze at the Kerem Shalom Gaza Crossing to Israel

Gas Pipes Set Ablaze at the Kerem Shalom Gaza Crossing to Israel

 

There have been no schools or hospitals built in Gaza and numerous apartment buildings remain destroyed and not replaced simply because Gaza places a higher importance on their tunnels and bunkers and less on providing for their citizens. Should Israel be providing the construction of new hospitals, new schools and repairing apartment buildings destroyed when destroying rocket launching pads from the past wars? At this point, allow us to restate that the Gaza border is an international border with the same legal restrictions and implications as the border between any two nations, in this case adversarial nations where one, Gaza, has sworn itself to the destruction of the other, Israel. Also, there is another such border between Egypt and Gaza and there have not been as many demonstrations along the Gaza Egypt border and Egypt has kept that border completely closed to all traffic almost continuously for years. Israel has sent trucks with supplies, tractor-trailer trucks, recently with medical aid considered to be in short supply and desperately required in Gaza and Hamas refused the aid. Additionally, the normal aid convoys were interrupted as the crossing was destroyed by Hamas activities causing Israel thirty-million shekels, eight and one-third-million dollars in repair costs. We found an interesting video on Haaretz, an Israeli strongly left-leaning news source, which gave time to all sides making their points both supporting Israel and blaming Israel that we decided to include despite some ideas with which we have some issues with their presentation of their facts.

 

 

Back to the ideas, we would like to press about these confrontations, and they are not protests and no longer rioting but an actual military confrontation with Hamas using their own population as cover for military attacks. In the past week, anybody keeping abreast have realized that Hamas has made announcement which, to say the least, have been contradictory. One set of spokespeople have claimed they have demanded that their citizens not approach the border fence while others have told them to bring wire and bolt cutters to make a breach in the fence, and others have stated the Gazans should breach the border and swarm across into Israel forcing a direct confrontation with the IDF and if able to get beyond into Israel to, with the words of Hamas leader Sinwar, they would “eat the livers of those besieging” them. He had previously told the Gazans that their boys would “tear out their hearts from their bodies.” (see video below) These are the hopes and aims of the man who rules Gaza and heads Hamas and was the one who called for this attempt to infiltrate Israel. This was his declaration of war and there are Gazans who are now angered because they saw no gains from the price the people paid. They expected something greater and had real reasons to actually expect results, as we will discuss next.

 

 

Sinwar had promised that the border would be erased, the blockade would come down and they would be swarming into Israel murdering Israelis, taking their lands, their goods, their treasure and returning to their presumed properties while gaining everything the Israelis have and assuming their way of life as if even had the Gazans sent every Israeli Jew leaving Israel, they could not continue to have the same standard of living that the Israelis live and have established. They had been given the idea that they were certainly going to completely swarm through large areas of destroyed border fence and were provided maps with the fastest routes to the closest Israeli population centers, towns, kibbutzim and cities also denoting the places where the border fence was to be breached (see image below). Remember, this border fence denotes and international border between Israel and Gaza. Israel does not rule Gaza, has no actual effect on the Gaza economy, and Israel is not by any means stealing virtually all building materials to build terror infiltration tunnels and underground bunkers for Hamas operatives and terrorists only and denied to the Gazan population when Hamas makes active war firing rockets into Israel as in the three Gaza-Israel wars. The infrastructure in Gaza is in disrepair and all provisions for repair have been used for tunnels and bunkers. So there was no border breach and they are not going to conquer Israel slaughtering the Jews as promised. The blockade, a legal blockade approved by the United Nations as Hamas is a terror organization and Gaza is considered a terror state and thus can be prevented from having the right to freely importing weapons and large weapons systems. Hamas and Islamic Jihad have still received advanced rockets and missiles with better accuracy, longer ranges and heavier payloads to have gone from rockets with a five to ten kilometer range and one to five kilogram payload to today having missiles which can reach Tel Aviv, Jerusalem and Haifa with one-hundred and even, it is believed, larger payloads. These additional abilities have been provided largely by Iran which is also sworn to destroy Israel as well as the United States. These are some of the realities which Israel has to face and make decisions, and find some means by restricting the damage to civilians and try to prevent innocent deaths. Hamas, on the other side, wishes to maximize the numbers of innocent deaths to parade before the world which is all but salivating to denounce Israel for not simply rolling over and being killed. So, how does Israel handle these challenges?

 

Hamas Maps Showing Closest Israeli Communities and Directions to use in Potential Attacks

Hamas Maps Showing Closest Israeli Communities and Directions to use in Potential Attacks

 

During the wars with Hamas, Israel would drop leaflets warning civilians of coming attacks, made thousands of phone calls warning of coming attacks and did all they could to warn the civilians even of the time and direction from which IDF troops would approach. I hear the gasp and the question as to would that not also warn the terrorists? Well, of course it would, but Israel believed that this was a small price to pay if it prevented innocent people being killed. When the Israelis sent aircraft to strike a rocket-launching site they would either have the pilot send images of the target site back to Command or a drone would be sent beforehand and send back images to Command and then officers including human rights expert lawyers would decide if the attack would be safe and not risk innocent life to the best of their ability to determine. If it appeared safe, then the attack would be authorized and when a drone was present they could call off the attack should civilians appear close to the target. I hear the question; would this not cause Hamas to use such rules to prevent Israeli airstrikes? Well, Hamas left a large number of women and children on the roof of the buildings they were using for command and control and they placed their central command bunker in the basement of the Al-Shifa Hospital in Gaza City (see image below). Another question is always would this not permit Hamas to set up an ambush for IDF infantry when they know their route of approach? Well, they did and it resulted in a multi-hour battle which all but destroyed the neighborhood and led to what was claimed a great number of innocent deaths which subsequently were proven to be terrorists from the actual battle and thus legal targets. What Hamas does when one of their fighters is killed, they take away their weapons and remove any headdress or other signs that they belong to Hamas and then claim that they are civilians. What is the worst of all possible results is that by having their main command center in the Al-Shifa Hospital, Hamas has made the hospital into a legal military target and thus making it a legal target as it houses a military installation which is why placing any military use inside a hospital is considered illegal and a war crime. Terror groups really could not care less about committing war crimes as such is part and parcel of their day-to-day operations.

 

Gaza Al-Shifa Hospital

Gaza Al-Shifa Hospital

 

Hamas has even made claims that Israel struck with missile fire the Al-Shifa Hospital and the Shati Refugee Camp. Their claim ran into a problem as Israeli Iron Dome tracking systems had tracked the four rockets fired from a mobile launcher. The tracking showed their striking the Al-Shifa Hospital and the Shati Refugee Camp with the remaining two rockets heading for Ashkelon in Israel, which was intercepted, and off into the Mediterranean Sea. For the map showing the tracing use this link. Of course, by the time Israel went through their logs and found the proof that the rockets striking these locations were actually misfires by Hamas themselves came days later after the world and the media had dragged Israel over the coals and through the mud. That is another item Hamas relies on which is best represented by the quote of Sir Winston Churchill stating, “A lie gets halfway around the world before the truth has a chance to get its pants on.” This is even worse today as those lies now get around the world almost countless times, are discussed repeatedly, condemnations made and considered complete and all responsibilities assigned with the United Nations and its agencies already performing several investigations before the truth even finds its pants. From Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice, Act 2, Scene 2, states, “truth will come to light; murder cannot be hid long; a man’s son may, but at the length truth will out.” From this we get the phrase “Truth will out,” meaning that with time the truth will win and become known. This no longer applies as once social media decides an issue, and they jump so quickly even rivalling the speed of light, their initial conclusion never dies without long and tedious explanations as to how the truth was proven, and on social media anything longer than two-hundred-eighty characters is just too long to read and such a pain. Well, that is Twitter’s idea of limit to speech. With the media in so many forms so eager to prove that Israel is such a horrible and corrupt entity, the truth will out but so many just do not care. That is the reality and eventually it will cost the world a great debt which will eventually come due, they almost always do.

 

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May 13, 2018

A New Type Arab-Israeli War is Brewing

 

Everyone who knows anything about the Middle East knows about the Arab-Israeli conflict. There have been a number of wars where initially the Arab powers themselves, Egypt, Syria, Jordan, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, Iraq and the rest of the Arab League fought against Israel attempting to erase the Jewish State. Recently, we once again related just a few of the prophesies which actually predict the reestablishment of the Jewish State, Israel, in 1948 and how its growth and return to following the ways of Hashem and rebuilding his Temple would be a slow process. The Arabs are intent on proving that Allah is more powerful than Hashem and that Allah will once and for all extinguish Hashem from ever existing in their Middle East. Well, the old alliance which consisted largely of the nations above has finally been pressured by threats within Islam in putting aside their obsession with Israel, at least temporarily. But that is where the new problem comes for Israel. The new threat comes not from a purely Arab nation but from an old foe from deep into the history of the Jewish State, Persia. Yes, you read that right, Persia, known today as the Islamic Aryan State, Iran. They chose to name their country using the Farsi pronunciation of Aryan, Iran, and they are the new nemesis for Israel.

 

So, who will be in this new Iranian alignment against Israel, who claims to be the Islamic power that will inforce the will of Allah and destroy Israel, the Jewish State and remove the influence of Hashem from their Middle East? Iran will be the general using their proxies of Hezballah and Syria along with Lebanon, Iraq and Hamas with a potential inclusion of the Palestinian Authority who will join under their PLO terrorist nom de guerre (see map below). The war has already begun. Oddly enough, it was not anything Israel has done or not done that is pushing things faster towards conflict, it has been President Trump. When President Trump recognized Jerusalem as the eternal capital of Israel and began and soon will dedicate the new American Embassy being opened in Jerusalem, this is what dropped the proverbial gauntlet. President Trump has also placed his confidence and trust behind Israel by respecting their independence as a nation and reminding the world that Israel, as is true of every nation, has the right to defend themselves from all threats by whatever means are required. President Trump through that recognition also implied a promise to block United Nations Security Council condemnation of any legal defensive steps which Israel finds necessary to protect her people and nationhood. For his faith and friendship, Israel worked with the United States being advised and shared with them the treasure trove of records, information and definitive proof of Iranian cheating in all forms breaking their commitments under the JCPOA (Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action) reached with the P5+1+EU and Iran. The bond between President Trump and the Jewish State is very similar to the bond between the American People, especially those who supported Trump’s campaign, and Israel. There should be one warning for the Jewish State, President Trump will only be President for a fixed period, four years or eight years, the American People will hopefully make that choice, and after him, the possibilities are complex, complicated and nearly endless. Israel believed that they had a friend in President Carter only to later realize the harms he attempted to foist upon Israel such as returning the entirety of Gaza, the Shomron, and the Golan Heights as part of the treaty with Egypt. This almost had Egypt ready to leave the negotiations. Fortunately, Sadat and Begin worked beyond and around President Carter quietly and without causing him political harm allowing them to reach the agreement despite interference. Then we found out that President Carter was not the worst which could be placed into the American Presidency. We could find out that there are even worse surprises and that is one reason for Israel to make do with the opportunities of which she can currently take advantage.

 

Iranian Axis Aligned Against Israel

Iranian Axis Aligned Against Israel

 

The conflict with Iran and her allies and proxies has been being waged for a few years ever since the first war with Hezballah in Lebanon. Since then Hezballah has gone from a terrorist group anchored in Lebanon to the main ruling force in Lebanon and now controls the Lebanese Army and all that entails. The war escalated just the past week as we discussed recently with the Quds Force launching at least twenty rockets at the Israeli forces and citizens stationed and residing within the region of the Golan Heights. Iron Dome intercepted many of the rockets, some fell short in Syria and others struck empty areas. Israel returned attack for attack striking numerous Iranian and Hezballah rocket launchers, stockpiles and other bases within Syria. The largest threat is any Iranian ICBMs tipped with thermonuclear or EMP weapons. Just behind those are the over one-hundred-fifty-thousand rockets and missiles of varying sizes, capabilities and range of effectiveness held by Hezballah in the Bekaa Valley and Southern Lebanon. These have been placed with Hezballah by Iran to be an existential threat to Israel. One can be assured that Israeli Intelligence knows the placement of the vast majority of those rockets and missiles. Imagine that a nation would arm a terrorist group with sufficient missiles and rockets to annihilate eight and a half million people consisting of over six-million Jews, over one and a half million Muslims, almost two-hundred-thousand Christians, almost one-hundred-fifty-thousand Druze and over three-hundred-fifty-thousand of various other faiths or no faiths plus whatever numbers of tourists. That is the level of evil within the leaders of Iran as well as a measure of their hate for Israel and Jews in general. Additionally, Iran has a similar loathing for the United States and honestly has been planning numerous differing scenarios with which to destroy America and replace them as the world leader. Iran is willing to almost destroy the world and everybody in it if that is what is required for them to be the rulers of the planet and to make Shia Islam the sole religion. They are willing to destroy the rest of Islam, all of Sunni Islam, if they cannot be converted and the same convert or die ultimatum is what Iran desires to impose on the entirety of our world. Their plans span all the time into the future and will not be quenched by anything less than complete victory over everything and everyone. This is how the Ayatollahs interpret Islam and the Quran.

 

Israel is the initial target which Iran aims to destroy first. Their next target would likely be Saudi Arabia and the Gulf States. Then they would probably set their sights on Jordan and Egypt. Eventually they would target even those who might be their ally for a period such as Turkey. Eventually they would target Europe and move from the MENA states of the Middle East and North Africa and move south across the remainder of the African continent. Iran has a base in South America where the IRGC and other terrorists train and plan future attacks located in the Tri-Border Region along the junction of Paraguay, Argentina, and Brazil, where the Iguazú and Paraná rivers converge. From such a base with airstrips, the Iranian conquest of the Americas could be planned and brought to fruition. What the exact order of conquest the Grand Ayatollah and Supreme Leader of Iran and presumably all of Shia Islam has in mind is beyond our knowledge. We can be fairly sure that Saudi Arabia, the Gulf States, Jordan and Israel top the list after they finish reestablishing their puppet Bashir al-Assad atop his throne in Syria. The other side of the problem is that should he be called to Allah and the Assembly of Experts then appoints a new Supreme Leader, despite the office presumably enforcing the will of Allah on Earth, the new Supreme Leader just might have a different plan for imposing Shia Islam on the world. The next Supreme Leader might decide not to take on Saudi Arabia, Jordan or the Gulf States as one of the most immediate conquests, but we can assure the world that Israel will still top the list with the United States closely behind. The masses who assemble every Friday afternoon after prayers in the main square of Tehran have worked so hard at perfecting their chants of, “Death to Israel,” “Death to Yahud,” and “Death to America,” that to try and alter their rhythm might prove quite a strain on the public.

 

But not to worry, President Trump has his plan on how to affect change in Iran. According to the New York Times, “President Trump has given full-throated support to the anti-government protesters in Iran.” There are numerous other sources touting this largely as the one nice thing they can say and then advising him that everything he does is wrong. Have to love the mainstream media, always just a few steps off of the straight and narrow and leaning way to the left. Meanwhile, according to Arutz Sheva and Mark Langfan, “Trump and Mattis are carrying out a grand strategy in Syria. Kurds and Arabs have formed a pincer that prevents Iran’s road to the sea and it will soon be apparent that everyone, except Iran, is in favor.” That just might put a kink in their Shiite Crescent (see map below). The only problem with this plan is that Iran could always fly what they require into Damascus International Airport or any other airfield in western Syria. The other question would be how long the Kurds and Arabs in eastern Syria could hold out against Russian air power and al-Assad using barrel bombs and chemical weapons. The thing is that al-Assad does not care about the people, civilian or fighters are all the same to him, targets. As far as the retaliatory strikes by NATO or just the United States and Israel, what does al-Assad care, Iran will resupply him. About the only threat which might have al-Assad worrying is the threat Israel has made to possibly kill al-Assad. Imagine that right now, al-Assad may be counting on President Trump to convince Israel that killing al-Assad would prove unhelpful. We cannot imagine what argument could possibly be made to support that position, but that just may be what al-Assad is currently having to depend. Sometimes life can be so stressful, just imagine having Israel threaten you and depending on President Trump to argue your cause.

 

Shiite Crescent including Lebanon, Syria, Iraq, Yemen and Iran

Shiite Crescent including Lebanon, Syria, Iraq, Yemen and Iran

 

Concluding, Iran is currently the threat in this world and to a large number of nations. The world sits around pretending that the only real problem is Israel when they know that it is Israel standing between them and serious threats. They rely on the fact that Israel is target one for Iran, especially throughout Europe where they have enough problems. The only nation which faces an equal threat from Iran as Israel logistically is Saudi Arabia, as Iran would dearly love to take the oil fields in northeast Saudi Arabia as well as the Red Sea coastal area which include Mecca and Medina. That would be approximately where the star is in the map above, which is almost prophetic in nature as it denoted the jewel in the equation. Should Iran take the oil fields they would gain an incorruptible economy and if they should take Mecca and Medina, they could claim the right as Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques. This would also remove the justification the Saudi Royal family has used as their fig leaf covering their actions as the title infers great respect and without the title, they might face a revolt. This would also serve Iran well as they might use such an uprising as their invitation to take over all of Saudi Arabia or at least place a leader who is a follower of Shia Islam. Further, causing problems for Saudi Arabia would weaken the position of the United States should Saudi Arabia become unstable. There is one last fly in the ointment, and that is Russia. Currently Russia is being used by Iran to reestablish their hold on Syria and this is making problems for Putin back home as the war drags on and continues to drain their economy. Further, Iran and Russia are not exactly historically allies in any sense of the word. This has mostly to do with the long memories of the Persian People and the wars fought between the Russian Empire and the Persian Empire over the years. Iran actually still holds a grudge which eventually they will act upon, the only question being when. Do not think for a minute that the Russians do not remember these conflicts as they probably do not sit well with many Russians any better than with the Iranians. This would be an entire article for some history buff and will only serve here as our final thought.

 

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March 27, 2018

Israel Standing for the World Day In & Day Out

 

This tale begins on the borders of Israel and the community known as the MENA* States. In the southwest, Israel has a present provided her by President George W. Bush and Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, which has all the fingerprints of being hatched in the Deep State parts of the Department of State, the only department in the American government to get every decision wrong from day one. They supported paying the ransoms and protection demands from the Barbary Pirates and were willing partners in the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPA) which also goes by the name of the Iran Nuclear Treaty. They advised against recognizing Israel in 1948 and have opposed providing arms to Israel in every Arab Israeli conflict and were behind the Liberty intercepting Israeli military communications and providing them to Egypt, the real reason behind it being struck was because of said spying. They advised President Reagan to punish Israel for striking the Osirak reactor where Saddam Hussein was planning to make nuclear weapons. They supported President Obama in revealing sensitive information shared by Israel as agreed in private treaty when Israel told of several plans to attack Iranian nuclear sites by shaming whichever Arab or Islamic state had agreed to provide some level of aid from Saudi Arabia to Azerbaijan. They also told Israel that nothing could go wrong in permitting the Palestinian Authority (PA) an opportunity to show their honest desire to create a working and normal democratic state by pulling completely out of Gaza and turning it over to the PA. Within two years they lost it to Hamas and Islamic Jihad and friends and the rest is history. The State Department also supported providing aid money even knowing that much of it would be given to Hamas and has worked tirelessly against President Trump at every turn. Former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson fit in at the State Department like a hand in a glove which is why he was likely fired. We figure that if violence were to flare up between Gaza and Israel over the Israeli habit of destroying infiltration tunnels constructed by Hamas and Islamic Jihad, the State Department would claim that the two terror groups had a viable complaint as these tunnels are expensive and rebuilding them prevent the rebuilding of apartments and other structures destroyed from the last two wars thus Israel is causing stress and difficulties for the people of Gaza and doing so without feelings of remorse.

 

Further south, Israeli border problems take a very strange turn for the unpredictable. Here they border the Sinai Peninsula belonging to Egypt but controlled by Islamic State, Hamas, Islamic Jihad (last two based in Gaza), al-Qaeda, criminal gangs, Muslim Brotherhood backed groups, Wilayat Sinai, Ansar Bait al-Maqdis, Tawhid al-Jihad, Abdullah Azzam Brigades, Hasm Movement, Jund al-Islam, Takfir wal-Hijra and a myriad of other names and tribes of whom you have likely never heard. This was the situation which the al-Rawda mosque in Bir al-Abd was attack and over three hundred people were murdered and a Russian passenger plane was bombed falling from the sky and so many other attacks that Egypt has secretly granted Israel freedom to engage and even requested assistance on a few select occasions. The Sinai Peninsula has some of the roughest areas on the globe in its central spine where one could hide an army from easy detection, let alone strike forces from terrorist groups and training facilities (see image below). Israel has acted with great caution only attacking in support of Egyptian troop movements providing air support. Israel does not intend to take such measures such that she gains a new active border to add to her already serious border problems. Israel will attack when struck from the Sinai Peninsula, especially when such attacks come from Hamas, Islamic Jihad or other Gaza entities. There have been any number of such instances and the responses from Israel eventually included attacking their training places in Gaza. Israeli willingness to strike within Gaza for those attacks out of the Sinai quickly brought such attacks to a close as there was no longer any benefit if Israel was going to strike Gaza as part of their response.

 

Mountainous Sinai Peninsula

Mountainous Sinai Peninsula

 

Moving to the opposite end, at the north there is Lebanon which means Hezballah. The world must accept that Lebanon and Hezballah are one and the same as Hezballah is now part of the government and the ruling coalition, has taken control of the Army meaning they have also taken control of Abrams main battle tanks, M-113 armored personnel carriers, M-198 Howitzers and other American aid provided by President Obama after receiving guarantees that the Lebanese Army and Hezballah were completely separate entities. The fortunate item is these American arms did not include fixed wing aircraft. Still, Lebanon has capable fixed wing aircraft of Russian manufacture plus they have taken an unknown number and types of weapon systems from the war in Syria where they are allied with Syria and thus Russia and Iran.

 

This brings us to the Golan Heights in the North East bordering the sausage grinder known as the Syrian Civil War. Syria also has Hezballah and all their gained weaponry. Russia is there but has stood down concerning Israel and appears to have reached some agreement with Israel for sharing Syrian airspace. This is what has permitted Israel to strike Syrian, Hezballah and Iranian targets in Syria without facing Russian aircraft in combat. The dangers to Israel in Syria come largely from Iranian and their IRGC (Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps) forces which are in reality a second and possibly larger and better-trained military augmenting Iranian regular military placed in charge of foreign insurgencies and operations. These were the units which aided in the planning and commission of the attacks on the AMIA (Argentinian Israelite Mutual Association) and Israeli Embassy bombing and very likely took part in the murder of Natalio Alberto Nisman, Argentine Prosecutor of the AMIA bombing case. Iran has a long arm with the IRGC, not to mention a great degree of credible deniability. The destruction Iran can deliver virtually anywhere on the globe was proven with the AIMA bombing (see image below). On October 11, 2011, United States officials alleged there was a plot tied to the Iranian government to assassinate Saudi Ambassador Adel al-Jubeir in the United States. The entire width and breadth of Iranian perfidy may never be known, but the one thing history has proven is such evil must be faced as early to its discovery as the reality is waiting only permits it to grow stronger and the forces which will have to eventually fight it grow weaker.

 

Asociación Mutual Israelita Argentina Building Bombing Aftermath

Asociación Mutual Israelita Argentina Building Bombing Aftermath

 

There is one more front which is to the east between Israel and the Jordan River which the world calls the Occupied Territories. The reality is it was the occupied territories before the Six Day War when Jordan occupied lands which were promised Israel under the San Remo Conference and several following treaties all the way forward to Article 80 of the United Nations Charter. After the Six Day War, eventually Jordan reached a peace treaty of 1994 where Jordan released her claims to these lands and they should have reverted to Israel. The Arabs residing within these territories mostly held Jordanian citizenship and should have been deported to Jordan or permitted to resettle wherever they chose outside of Israeli lands. The world decided that instead they would use these Arabs as tools to destroy the Jewish State. Over time the Palestinian People were invented and a mutated copy of Jewish history was woven and the world decided that this was reality. This front might actually be the most stable and predictable front and the one which poses the least problem at this point in time as it is the only one not under Iranian influence as of yet. There is a current continuing series of stabbings and vehicular rammings which are being spawned by a bounty put on every Israeli’s head. If the terrorist is imprisoned, they receive a healthy salary and if they are killed their family receives a healthy pension. The reward presumably lasts for as long as the PA has money. This is also the front where the European Union and a number of European nations practice their shams to make Israel look evil. The European Union places housing presumably for Palestinians to live in but the homes are placed in an illegal location with no planning, no electricity, no plumbing and below any reasonable building codes and are uninhabitable. These houses are put up for one reason and only one reason, to force Israel to destroy them at which point European politicians decry the demolition of these homes. Immediately thereafter the European Union puts these uninhabitable homes back up and when Israel destroys them again the same politicians claim how horrible the destruction of Palestinian homes has become. Believe it or not, the European Union reconstructed these homes again and the same results. We are waiting for the fourth construction which is sure to follow, look for it. That completes the tour as thusfar Jordan has not presented any problems but things can change.

 

Now we will cover the main problem, Iran. One might say that Israel has Iran to the south of her, Iran to the north of her, Iran to the northeast of her, and Iran now capable of taking position to the west of her on the Mediterranean Sea using Syria and Lebanese ports for supplies. Additionally, there is the threat of the Iranian bomb, the Iranian nuclear bomb, the Iranian thermonuclear bomb, the Iranian thermonuclear bomb miniaturized and packed atop any of the myriad of Iranian missiles, many developed in conjunction with Iran’s nuclear and missile developmental partner, North Korea. What we have always found difficult to understand, how is it that North Korea has developed a complete range of nuclear weapons and guided missiles, and Iran has shared in the development and testing of those missiles, how is it that the Iranians were completely left out of the nuclear weapons development. We fear they were not and have just as complete an armory of nuclear weaponry and the missiles to deliver them over a very wide area of the globe (see map below) which is made far greater by the addition of the territories in Syria and Lebanon as well as the Tri-Border-Region in South America. Given the additional launching locations, Iran can strike almost anywhere on the globe. This is why intelligence agencies in the West must make determining exactly what armaments the Iranians already posses their number one priority as to procrastinate this task would be criminal or an idea the State Department would convince Congress was wiser.

 

Ranges of Iranian Missiles

Ranges of Iranian Missiles

 

Iran is the greatest threat to the world, even greater than North Korea, China, Russia and anything else one might propose. One of the reasons is that Iran has its paws into numerous pies, many of which are terrorist in nature such as Hezballah, Hamas and Islamic Jihad. They also have the IRGC which has a global reach and well trained in the commission of terrorism including but not limited to bombings and assassinations. They have already established their Shiite Crescent reaching from the Indian Ocean to the Mediterranean Sea passing through from Iran to Iraq and Syria and Lebanon and with Yemen they gain control over the Red Sea and thus the Suez Canal. They also have influence in Gaza with direct influence over Islamic Jihad and often are able to make deals with Hamas. They also arm Islamic Jihad, Hamas and Hezballah. They operate training in South America in an area where the borders of Argentina, Paraguay, and Brazil seen in a map here. Iran is attempting to take control of the Islamic world and should they take control over Mecca and Medina as well as the Saudi oil fields, they might be able to claim to become the leader of Islam and have Sunni Islam be replaced with Shiite Islam as numerous Arabs convert pledging their support for Iran. This could lead to Iran controlling the entirety of the MENA nations which would leave Europe vulnerable. Iran is a threat gathering and this is a storm which if left ignored would be an even greater error than the Munich Pact. What makes this even more perilous is that this time it will not require anybody signing an agreement, that has been done already with the JCPA, but only require good men to do nothing while evil men plot, scheme and make irreversible gains.

 

Beyond the Cusp

 

*MENA means Middle East & North Africa

 

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