Beyond the Cusp

November 28, 2017

Why the World Concentrates on Israel

 

We will limit this discussion to the modern Israel leaving out the three-thousand plus years since Avraham, the forefather of the Jewish People who are descended from the Hebrews who were brought out of Egypt with Moses. Zionism has much to do with the rebirth of Israel and where as the Zionist Movement was something new, Zionism defined as the desire by the Jewish People to return to their native homelands as defined in Tanach, the Torah, as the lands between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean Sea, has existed from when Joseph was taken to Egypt until Moses led the people to the Promised Land and again from the start of the Babylonian Exile until Cyrus the Great permitted the Jewish People to return and rebuild the Temple and again starting with the Roman dispersions, the first dispersion around the year 70 A.D. and the second dispersion around the year 130 A.D. causing the Jews to become the Diaspora. Modern Zionism was driven by a long held desire for Hashem to do again what he had already done twice in the history of the Jewish People, send a savior. The first savior was well known, Moses, the man who also gave the Jews their law, the Ten Commandments and the entire Torah. The second savior came from an unexpected place, a conqueror who vanquished the Babylonian Empire bringing in its place the Persian Empire; yet Cyrus saw to allow the Jews to run their lives as an autonomous region for as long as they paid their tribute. Then for century after century which became millennia, almost two millennia and still no savior.

 

Then the idea came and was championed by a few very strong and determined individuals. For a list of these impassioned men and women one can go here. They wrote, petitioned, bargained and finally found a great ally in Lord Balfour, the British Foreign Secretary and author of the Balfour Declaration. This came after World War I as part of a great reestablishing of indigenous rights and a redrawing of the maps of Europe, the Middle East and North Africa would come the San Remo Conference, the Treaty of Sèvres, the Versailles Treaty and the Mandate System. Part of this resulted in the defining once again of a Jewish homeland between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean Sea. The League of Nations placed the name of that world body behind the Mandate System and this was further endorsed as enforceable by the United Nations which recognized it as still valid in Article 80 of the United Nations Charter. Finally, on May 15, 1948 the nation of Israel was declared and came into being. Within hours, Arab armies of six nations and several militias attacked the new nation of Israel pouring over every border. Nearly two years later an Armistice was signed with the expressed insistence by the Arab parties that none of the lines drawn could ever be used to define any border with Israel, their idea. The Jewish People lost Gaza to Egypt as well as Judea and Samaria to Jordan. When peace was reached with Egypt, they relinquished their possession of Gaza and when peace was reached with Jordan, they relinquished any claims to what they renamed the West Bank, the original Judea and Samaria.

 

The world had a slow change of heart concerning the Jewish State which steadily attempted to assure there were always more Arabs than Jews in the lands designated to become Israel, something which prevented the Jews being murdered by the Nazis from having anyplace to which to run. There was a connection between the Holocaust and the founding of Israel, but it was never a direct connection. The connection was simply that the Europeans and the allied powers from World War II were so shocked and filled with guilt by the horrifying findings in the concentration camps that they were silenced and anti-Semitism took a brief holiday. There were claims made by hopeful and overly optimistic Jews and Christians alike that the horrors of the concentration camps would vanquish anti-Semitism permanently. Unfortunately, that was not the case, as anti-Semitism was never even dented by the events of World War II in the Islamic world. That anti-Semitism of the Islamic world, specifically the Arab and the Persian Islamic worlds, the hearts of the Shiite and Sunni Islamic centers in the world has grown through several defeats as they smashed into Israel in attempts to destroy what they consider the accursed Zionist entity which has stolen Islamic lands, what they call an Islamic Waqf, a holy defined area which having once belonged to Islam must never be permitted to leave the domains of Islam. Spain shares this curse, as it was once Andalusia and a part of the Caliphate. The same is true of the Balkans and certain regions of China, India, Russia and the Philippines as they were once a part of the Islamic conquests.

 

The British never lost their anti-Semitism and as the holders of the Mandate attempted to prevent Israel from ever coming into existence through forcing Arabs to be relocated into the area which was to be Israel preventing any Jewish majority. But between Arabs revolting against British rule and the Jews revolting against British rule, the British decided that enough was enough, satisfied that once they had left the Arabs would solve their Jewish problem and deny the Jews ever successfully making their nation. There were even British working assisting the Arab forces. What was somewhat astonishing were the Nazis working together with the Arabs to erase the Jewish State. The desire to bring an end to the State of Israel has grown in Europe since day one and now reached a point where the European Union is building substandard communities with improper plumbing, limited water, no waste management and all in a concerted effort to deny the Jews the lands promised them by international law. Any claim that the Jewish State and the Jewish People do not have clear and complete claim to the lands between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean Sea are lies used to attempt to bring down and destroy the Jewish State.

 

Military experts have all agreed that should Israel be forced from Judea and Samaria that the nation will become indefensible and that it will mean that the Jews will be forced from the central area including Tel Aviv, as rockets will be able to be poured down with directly observable adjustment of trajectories making the entire area uninhabitable. This will cut the nation into halves which will be able to be defeated easily. Further, all of the Israeli airports, civilian and military will be within easy range for artillery should the lands of Judea and Samaria, also known as the West Bank, be turned over to Arab Palestinians. Further, once Iran or any other hostile Arab country acquires nuclear weapons, then Israel will be facing threat of nuclear annihilation should they respond to such Arab attacks from these lands militarily. Only having the entirety of the lands between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean Sea can Israel use the Jordan Valley (see image below) as a defensive barrier against land attack and make direct threat to the population sufficiently difficult that any nations attempting such would be in obvious violation of Israeli borders and thus having committed an act of war by all definitions.

 

Cutaway View of Tactical Advantage and Necessity of the Jordan Valley and Judean Hills for Defending Coastal Plains and Israel Alongside the Mediterranean Sea

Cutaway View of Tactical Advantage and Necessity
of the Jordan Valley and Judean Hills for Defending
Coastal Plains and Israel Alongside the Mediterranean Sea

 

Israel today is facing two opposing movements throughout the world. What is truly astonishing is that these opposing forces exist in numerous nations. The developed world is very interested in the Israeli hi-tech sector and the discoveries and inventions of what is known as Start-Up Nation. Medical institutions and physicians worldwide depend on Israeli breakthroughs, surgical techniques, breakthrough drugs and other medical advances. In Africa, a number of communities are dependent upon Israeli technologies for their clean water and agricultural developments and techniques for increased crop yields not to mention the medical assistance Israel provides. Everywhere on the globe willing to accept Israeli assistance, whenever there are natural or unnatural disasters such as earthquake, volcano, tornado, typhoon, nuclear meltdown or anything you care to name, the Israeli IDF dispatch units who are often specialists trained for the difficulties faced on the ground as well as specialists for those special cases. Yet, in some of these very nations are governments who in the United Nations support any and every denunciations of Israel whenever the opportunity presents itself. In people I believe some would call it schizophrenia, with nations it is called diplomacy. On one hand, they benefit from many things which Israel does and then they condemn Israel for whatever she does or does not do or those items which she is accused of and despite all knowing her innocence, she is condemned just because they can condemn her. We attempted to talk about an idea whose time will come; it is just a matter of when. If only the world would leave Israel alone and allow her, unmolested, to finally make real peace and find a means for allowing the Arabs within her legal borders a choice; semi autonomy, relocation to their former home country or other nation willing to absorb them with a healthy relocation bonus provided to assist their futures in return for their not returning to Israel ever, or another yet undiscovered solution which can never be found as long as the world breathlessly constantly attempts to use the Arab world to destroy the Jewish state calling it the peace process. We only care to place one last item before you for consideration; why is it a requirement for the United Nations Human Rights Council to condemn Israel for any reason either general or specific as a permanent part of their meeting itinerary, their permanent schedule. It has reached such a twisted point that Nikki Haley says United States may leave UN Human Rights Council over ‘anti-Israel bias’ which would only serve as a useless gesture.

 

A greater resolve would lead to the disbanding of what has become a less than perfect tool obsessed with destroying the Jewish state and being utilized as a tool for the anti-Semites disguised as anti-Zionists of the world, and they are Legion. Why is the world so obsessed with Israel and destroying the Jewish state and then the Jewish People if permitted the opportunity. There is one thing which makes all these efforts possibly futile, and it is what has allowed Israel to survive as they did against all odds in 1948 and again in 1967 and 1973 and continued to survive ever since. How was it that Israel was predicted in the Old Testament, Isaiah 66:7-8, to become a nation in a single day. Below are the words in context where they speak of things but in verse eight, it tells of Israel being reborn in a single day in almost straightforward language. The prophet Isaiah lived 740-681 B.C.E. which was over two and a half millennia ago and stated a reality which became true on May 15, 1948, how could one doubt that Israel will be protected as promised as well, that this is the final and permanent return of the Jewish People to their homeland promised to Avraham, Isaac and Yaakov? Israel can be the greatest gift and benefit to all of mankind as Hashem promised, she just requires she be given the opportunity. Israel desires not more land than what was promised to Avraham, the land between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean Sea, no more and no less. Give Israel a chance and she will produce for humanity as she promised. She is largely responsible for much of cell phone technology, security software and medical and science breakthroughs and if these do not grab your attention, then remember that Israel gave the world cherry tomatoes.

 

5. Hearken to the word of the Lord, who quake at His word, “Your brethren who hate you, who cast you out, said, “For the sake of my name, the Lord shall be glorified,” but we will see your joy, and they shall be ashamed.
6. There is a sound of stirring from the city, a sound from the Temple, the voice of the Lord, recompensing His enemies.
7. When she has not yet travailed, she has given birth; when the pang has not yet come to her, she has been delivered of a male child.
8. Who heard [anything] like this? Who saw [anything] like these? Is a land born in one day? Is a nation born at once, that Zion both experienced birth pangs and bore her children?
9. “Will I bring to the birth stool and not cause to give birth?” says the Lord. “Am I not He who causes to give birth, now should I shut the womb?” says your God.
10. Rejoice with Jerusalem and exult in her all those who love her: rejoice with her a rejoicing, all who mourn over her.

 

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July 6, 2017

Trump Said Go Slow, not Stop Altogether

 

Let us start with a direct Trump quote on the whole building in Judea and Samaria, particularly in Area C which rightfully all but belongs to Israel according to the Oslo Accords. President Trump stated, “I would like you to hold back on settlements for a little bit.” This was reported back on February 15 2017, and included the advice to “wait for a deal” and since that statement there have been some earth-shaking developments which have revealed truths putting any hope for a deal completely torn to shreds. But for the sake of clarity, let us review what has gone down since Netanyahu had that, which was for me, upsetting little discourse before the White House press corps and the world. So, let us begin.

 

There was the wonderful virtual stomach-wrenching adoration affair soon after with President Trump speaking of promises and other great and wonderful results which were to come from his meeting with Mahmoud Abbas. Then there was the statement by Abbas where he blatantly lied stating, “Mr. President, I affirm to you that we are raising our youth, our children, our grandchildren on a culture of peace.” Abbas claimed “And we are endeavoring to bring about security, freedom and peace for our children to live like the other children in the world, along with the Israeli children in peace, freedom and security.” Netanyahu’s reactions came upon President Trump’s visit to our region after his historic meetings in Saudi Arabia. He took the opportunity to show President Trump evidence, which revealed the lie completely and compellingly, likely using video materials similar to those we have included below, with each starting with Mahmoud Abbas lying to the President of the United States’ face. (In these videos, there are some mistranslations as they report them as saying Zionists when the word heard is “Yahud” which translates to “Jew”). Reports came after his meeting with President Trump and presenting him with information his own advisors should have had the duty to inform him about. The fact that it took Netanyahu to show President Trump the truth that put to lie his statement affirming that they “are raising our youth, our children, our grandchildren on a culture of peace,” is frightening as it shows that President Trump’s advisors are clueless on the entire truth of the conflict involving Israel and the Arab world. This was proven further when even after being schooled on Abbas lying; President Trump left his Bethlehem meeting with Abbas accepting his promise that they would no longer pay terrorists salaries.

 

 

Subsequent to his return to Washington D.C. Secretary of State Tillerman told the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, “They have changed that policy, and their intent is to cease the payments to the families of those who have committed murder or violence against others. We have been very clear with them that this is simply not acceptable to us.” This was reported on 20 Sivan 5777 or June 14, 2017. I make this date so important because this was in the morning of that date, and then everybody had lunch, and then there was the afternoon. Then, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson before the House Foreign Affairs Committee stated that the State Department had “changed their policy” on accepting that Abbas and the Palestinian Authority had certainly ceased payments to terrorists in Israeli prisons and families of terrorists and that the United States is in the middle of an “active discussion” with Ramallah on the issue. So during one day in hearing Secretary of State Tillerman had gone through a metamorphosis from telling that assurances were “given to me during the President’s visit to Bethlehem.” He then went on to further claim that he had certain “window of patience” on the matter but that if it takes too long he “will become disinterested.”

 

The entire obvious confusion and double-talking by the Secretary of State could be cleared for all if they would simply understand the report from the Palestinian Authority Prisoners’ Affairs Commissioner Essa Qaraka who said in a statement this week that payments to convicted terrorists and their families, and those of “martyrs” (terrorists killed while attacking Israelis) will certainly continue, because “almost every other household among the Palestinian people is the family of a prisoner or martyr.” So, their claim is that terrorism is so wide-spread and pervasive in the Palestinian population that virtually if not every family is receiving stipends tied to their relative ability to have murdered Israelis. Some families, it has been proudly reported, are receiving multiple stipends as more than one member had murdered Israelis in terror attacks and that the economy of the Palestinian Authority is based on murdering Israelis and that the majority of the monies provided by the United States, Europe, the United Nations and the entire world go to educating the children to murder Israelis, preferably Jews, and the remainder goes to stipends as payment for such murders with the remainder going into the pockets of Abbas and his cronies.

 

Now, I am sure there are those confused by Secretary Tillerman and other confused somewhat about the Palestinian Authority and what they intend truly to do. Let us start with the Palestinian Authority, as that is the easier of the two. The Palestinian Authority is a terrorist organization despite claims that it is an elected body. It is the elected body which resembles very closely the elected leadership of the PLO, a terror group, and the Fatah leadership, whose party chairman is Abbas. Abbas heads the PLO and is the president of the Palestinian Authority. Mahmoud Abbas also is the President of Palestine which technically replaced the Palestinian Authority which was disbanded by Abbas on January 3, 2013. On that date, the Palestinian Authority from the office of President Mahmoud Abbas issuing the following Decree:

Official documents, seals, signs and letterheads of the Palestinian National Authority official and national institutions shall be amended by replacing the name ‘Palestinian National Authority’ whenever it appears by the name ‘State of Palestine’ and by adopting the emblem of the State of Palestine.

 

The frightening thing is this idea of the existence of the State of Palestine has been accepted by 131 of the 193 United Nations Member States who supported the recent General Assembly vote recognizing the Palestinian Authority to be a member of the United Nations as the State of Palestine. The vote forced a vote in the Security Council on whether or not Palestine would be admitted to the United Nations. The Security Council vote was lobbied by the United States and subsequently failed thus it did not require the United States to use their Veto. That did not change the recognition granted by the General Assembly. The United Nations still allows the State of Palestine to sit as an observer nation under the title State of Palestine (see images below). Since then, in conflict with the charters of the individual agencies and that of the United Nations, many of the individual agencies have recognized and admitted the State of Palestine to their membership roles. The first to do so was UNESCO who has, since then, passed one resolution after another declaring initially that the Temple Mount has no connection to Judaism. They then extended this claiming that the Western Wall also is purely Islamic just as is the Temple Mount and everything upon the Temple Mount including the Church of the Holy Sepulchre are Islamic (see video below). UNICEF has also seen fit to recognize and list information about the State of Palestine including a map and statistics. What is not mentioned is the majority of the clean water is provided by Israel, as is the electricity. Most of the children in Judea and Samaria also, when needed, are given free medical care in Israeli hospitals. All of what is provided by Israel to the Arabs under Abbas and his organizations and upon which they are dependent are never paid for by their leadership thus their costs end up passed on to Israeli customers, just one more inequity which is never considered to be worthy of making the news. Other United Nations also have given recognition for the existence of the State of Palestine which might get one to wondering why there are still debates and negotiations with the Palestinian Authority which no longer exists and for the reason of establishing the State of Palestine which obviously does exist according to much of the world. Why not just set their borders as Area A and Area B and leave Area C for Israel as the Oslo Accords had relegated the dispensation of the lands and allow everything to go from there.

 

State of Palestine seats at the United Nations General Assembly

State of Palestine seats at the United Nations General Assembly

 

 

The final end should be that Abbas should be made to make his claim to the lands which he believes belongs to the State of Palestine and Israel should simply declare what areas under dispute Israel claims. Should there be any difference, which there will be, guaranteed, then a mediator should be appointed, or preferably a group of mediators and simply pound out as compromise. If there cannot be any compromise reached, then let the two then agree that a state of war exists between Israel and the State of Palestine and let things be settled by the old-fashioned means. We could predict what Abbas will claim are the borders for his State of Palestine. They would be the Jordan River, the Mediterranean Sea, the Lebanese border and the Egyptian border. His claim would include Gaza, Judea, Samaria and all of Israel because his desire is not for a State of Palestine as much as it is for the destruction of Israel. It matters not what borders Israel would claim because any land claimed by Israel would be denied by the Arabs as they refuse to permit a Jewish State with any borders, not a single square millimeter. Abbas proved this when the claim that all of Israel was a sacred Waqf of the Arab people, the Palestinians. This means very simply that the violence and terrorism war cannot end as long as any Jew resides on the land which is all of Israel. That is the end in simply language, and Hamas will demand the war continue until every Jew is dead. The reality is simply that the war is against the Jews and once the Jews are gone the war will then continue against the Christians as it has been fighting currently throughout the Islamic Arab world where the Jews were already driven from the lands and this war then continues until the final war which either Islam conquers the entire world or the world completely destroys Islam, there will not be any other settlement unless the Muslims drastically redefine their religion, so why not build in our land as whether we build or do not build, the end will still only come by the same means, the Muslims learning to live with Israel and the rest of the world or we will lose and all be destroyed. We will then know without a doubt which is stronger, Hashem or Allah. That is what will need to be decided once and for all, and the two are not the same and only one can be the true Creator of the Universe.

 

Beyond the Cusp

 

July 2, 2017

Time is Ticking and Storms are Brewing

 

A couple of weeks back we wrote a fairly vague article titled Some Cataclysm This Way Comes where we wrote that something unpleasant is brewing and then spent time speaking of how wars start from the smallest of things and can become worldwide actions. Things are heating up as the Syrian debacle winds itself down and Iran takes control over much of the Syrian territory. The most important area in Syria is a triangle initially identified by Mark Langfan in an article here (map below). The area is marked by the three cities of At Tanf, Abu Kamal, and Ar Rusafah. The area was, and some still is, held by Daesh, also called Islamic State. It is important because it controls the Iraqi-Syrian border through which Iran is now able to pass any and all military and other equipment they require freely and without interference and far from prying eyes. Of course, everything is visible both day and night to the satellites and to their eyes in the stratosphere which can read the book left open in your lap while you watch the children play. Their sight is almost as sharp at night as in midday. These are owned by the major players who are currently both diddling in the same sandbox called Syria. As was in the good old days, they are not on the same side but at least they are not entirely opposing one another. While President Vladimir Putin is supporting Syrian President Bashir al-Assad, President Donald Trump has been backing the Kurds. Both sides are fighting against Islamic State while Bashir al-Assad and his Iranian allies are attempting to destroy every Sunni group backed by Saudi Arabia. It is hoped that President Putin has at least taken the precaution of telling his “friends” to leave the Kurdish troops, the Peshmerga and civilians alone even if they are apparently Sunni, after all the Sunni did not particularly like the Kurds either. Then there are the side players, which obviously includes the Saudi Royals as well as Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan who has already felt the wrath of Russian President Putin and thus has altered his target from al-Assad to the Kurdish civilians and their Peshmerga fighters. Soon he may hear from President Trump or perhaps President Trump would have President Putin make a polite request that Erdoğan simply pass on everything Syria if he would like to be on everybody involveds’ good side. The real mess in Syria includes Iraq which is also attempting to cleanse their nation of Sunnis one way or another. All of this is to realize the Iranian dream we have been mentioning for quite some time, the Shiite crescent from the Indian Ocean to the Mediterranean Sea. Iran has accomplished its objective over the past eight years with the blessings and condoning eyes of the Obama administration. All that is left is to clean the route up and secure it for the rest of time granting them free access to the Israeli border whenever they so desire. What is reassuring for Israel is that Iran has other fish they so dearly desire to fry first and that also gives the world time to wake up to what is coming as Iran wants to control the world. That is correct, we have one more contestant who desires world conquest and apparently, President Erdoğan appears to have signed on as he has been providing troops to Qatar, the possible flash point at the moment.

 

Syrian Triangle as Reported by Mark Langfan

Syrian Triangle as Reported by Mark Langfan

 

Currently Qatar has been playing a game of nerves using their media outlets to attack the Saudi Royal Family calling into question their religious observance and morals. They have accused the Saudis of allying with Israel and being the stooge of the United States. They have used Al-Jazeera, the print, on-line and television in these attacks. This started when right before President Trump made his visit to Saudi Arabia where he met with fifty Arab national leaders. There had been an agreement reached with Qatar, UAE, Bahrain and Saudi Arabia to purchase weapons and Qatar broke from the deal followed by Bahrain and UAE leaving Saudi Arabia holding the bag for the entire deal. Soon after the meeting with President Trump, Saudi Arabia led the Gulf States in pulling their ambassadors from Qatar and started to apply diplomatic and economic pressure on Qatar. Qatar has not even given the slightest sign of backing down. Additionally, one can be assured that Iran will back their friends in Qatar. Additionally, Turkey has chosen to side with Iran as well and has sent troops to Qatar. Where this will lead is anybody’s guess, and there are too many twists coming to even guess at this point. Iran is not likely ready to press too far quite yet as they have too many fronts, where they are facing opposition. They are not only stuck in the Syrian civil war but also the war in Yemen. Iran has their eyes on Saudi Arabia, and particularly the oil fields as well as Mecca and Medina, the Islamic Holy Cities. Their plan is and always has been to have two fronts, Iraq and Yemen. They also require such an attack to be made when they can apply their full force and all of this requires that they finish their wars in Yemen and Syria. The time to worry will come when the civil wars in Syria and in Yemen jump to a higher level of violence, and it will be a significant increase. When that increase brings the wars to a close, then Iran will begin their plans to replace Saudi Arabia as the main force within the Arab Middle East. That will be the start of the Iranian hopes to make Shiite Islam the dominant form of Islam replacing Sunni. After Saudi Arabia, the next target will most likely be Egypt, the most populous Arab state.

 

Obama wanted to have Iran take charge from Saudi Arabia and rule the Middle East. This will, at some point, run directly into President Trump and his backing of the Kurdish communities. What is the saddest part is the Kurds are pawns in a far larger game and they only desire one thing, their own land and to be left in peace. Unfortunately, and this is something Israel knows all too well, peace in the Middle East is a luxury bought with eternal vigilance and a very competent and well armed military. The only thing the Middle East respects is the ability to use and dispense force, and it will spread to North Africa if not stopped early. The coming struggle for the Middle East will likely be sparked through Qatar using some border infringement, real or falsely started just as the war with Poland was initiated by the Nazis which led to World War II. This all rolls back to another of our themes, there are still national leaders who have the concept of world conquest as an achievable goal and that they will be the ones who will finally accomplish the feat. Yes, I know that the nations of the Western World have long given up on world conquest while many leaders in the remainder of the world have not yet surrendered on that concept. Among the nations which still consider world conquest as something they believe could be in their future in the recent times have included Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s Turkey, The USSR, China, who may still have that idea, Iran, which definitely believes the world will become their oyster, and we are sure that there are or will be others as also in the recent past include, please do not laugh, Venezuela. The nations believing they should rule the world are a slightly longer list, but there are some crazies out there who believe they will conquer the world and we would be remiss if we did not mention our favorite certifiable dictator in North Korea, Kim Jong-un. We will need to wait and see but for the safety of the world and sanity’s sake, could somebody please change the leadership in Iran before they cause some growing conflagration? Please.

 

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