Beyond the Cusp

January 5, 2018

President Trump has Changed the Game

 

President Trump may have some appearance to playing the same old-same old game in the Middle East, but the past few months have displayed a large difference. President Trump has taken a large step towards allowing a peace to become fathomable one way or the other between the Arabs through the Palestinians with Israel. When Mahmoud Abbas lied blatantly in President Trump’s face during a joint White House press opportunity, he spoiled the milk of kindness which had been the central pillar of the American assistance to the Arab Palestinians (see video below). This and continued intransigence to any proffering for returning to the peace table led to the taking of Jerusalem off the table and handing it to the Israelis. This move put Palestinian Authority (PA) on notice that if they desired playing hardball and demanding everything while offering nothing, then they were going to lose the greatest allies for opportunity for peace, the United States and Israeli public desire to have continued dialogue with Mahmoud Abbas and the entire PA gang of unrepentant terrorists. That was the message from the Jerusalem recognition as the capital of Israel, though President Trump still left an opening for anything from no PA presence to returning to a divided city but President Trump left that offer in the hands of the Israelis and not to any outside nations or organization.

 

 

President Trump has completely reevaluated his and thus the United States’ vision of the Middle East as a whole and the Arab Israeli conflict which has been falsely placed as the central and most pivotal problem. President Trump laid down the new law at his Riyadh Summit as he met with leaders and representatives of fifty-five Arab and Muslim countries. The specifics about their talks and what President Trump had defined as the position of the United States going forward in his administration were never released, only broad statements which left enough wiggle room for a fair sized planet such as the Earth to pass through comfortably. That wiggle room is narrowing as President Trump moves to apply the definitions of his programs laid out at the Summit. The first has been that the Arab-Israeli conflict is important but the PA may no longer be the representatives of the Arab side and may have forfeit all rights to represent anybody. It was immediately after the Riyadh Summit that Mahmoud Abbas was called to meet in Saudi Arabia where there were rumors that he was instructed to accept the peace plan that President Trump was going to deliver or step down and allow somebody able to take orders to replace Abbas. So, how was it that Mahmoud Abbas understood and acted accordingly after being read the riot act?

 

Mahmoud Abbas changed nothing in his behavior and acted so churlishly that President Trump saw a need to remove one of the larger stumbling blocks often used by Mahmoud Abbas to destroy any hopes for a compromise and remove it from the table. So, with Jerusalem conveniently and ceremoniously placed within the Israeli’s pocket with it being named as the rightful and historic Capital City of the Jewish State as it has always been for the past three-thousand plus years. One might have thought Mahmoud Abbas might take that announcement as a wake-up call that his actions and intransigence was destroying the Arab Palestinian’s position and costing them dearly and try to talk peace as soon as Israel was ready and willing. The fact that Israel is in a constant state of willing when it comes to a true, honest and lasting peace, the other vision widening truth President Trump has noticed. Abbas responded stating that the United States “has essentially announced its withdrawal from its role as a sponsor of peace negotiations” One could argue that such a response was calm and neutral, but only compared to what Hamas said claiming that President Trump’s announcement “opened the gates of hell,” calling on Arabs and Muslims to “undermine the US interests in the region”’ and to “shun Israel.” Mind you, Abbas did declare that this Jerusalem decision “will lead to wars without end,” adding that Jerusalem was the “eternal capital of the State of Palestine.” Abbas just does not get it and as long as he sees his position is rejecting everything until the world destroys Israel for him, he and the PA will no longer be considered acceptable in Washington D.C., and that Trump is the only person who matters at this juncture. “With this announcement, the American administration has chosen to violate all international and bilateral agreements and resolutions and it has chosen to violate international consensus,” Abbas announced continuing on saying, “the extremist groups which try to turn the conflict in our region into a religious war that will drag the region… into international conflicts and endless wars.” And such would be different exactly how?

 

Mahmoud Abbas, now serving his thirteenth and about to enter his fourteenth year of a four-year term which began in 2004, will still claim that the PA is a democratically elected government representing the will of the Arab Palestinians. Apparently their desire is for endless violence, unending terrorism, constant flaring disputes, rejectionist ideology, religious tensions and the demand that the sole acceptable solution to the problems in the area is the complete and total destruction of the Jewish State and the removal of any self-rule for Jews who must be subjected to Muslim superiority and accepting of their lower position in any society simply because the Jews are not permitted any country of their own, especially in these Arab lands where the Jews, according to the Abbas narrative, have never lived because the Arab Palestinians have resided here for five to nine thousand years, depending on which PA statements you choose. Somebody need tell Abbas that Islam is merely fourteen-hundred years old while Judaism ruled the Holy Lands for almost two thousand years before Islam ever existed and have resided in the land for over three thousand years. The Arabs arrived according to historical facts around May-June of 634 A.D., almost two-thousand years after the Jews arrived in their exodus from Egypt. Should we take Mahmoud Abbas seriously about the Arab Palestinians having resided in the Holy Lands for five to nine thousand years, then they should not exist. Of all the pre-history people who resided in the Holy Lands, the two which lasted beyond the year 0 A.D. were the Israelites (Jews) and the Phoenicians. By that time, the Phoenicians had moved, having been a sea faring nation of Greek origins and had centered on Carthage. Carthage was later defeated by the Roman Empire and dispersed much like the Romans did with the Jews. The difference was the dispersion forced the Phoenicians into extinction while the Jews managed to retain their civilization because Torah united the people ignoring the distances over which they were dispersed. The Phoenicians assimilated while the Jews remain a separate people.

 

Initial Islamic Conquest of Levant and Israel

Initial Islamic Conquest of Levant and Israel

 

The world has chosen the Arab Palestinian side and the destruction of Israel and in order to do this, they have intentionally ignored history and the founding principles of Western Civilization. There is one dissenter in the Western developed world, President Trump. He has chosen to live in the world with the real history and the truth and with any luck; it will set the world free. President Trump recognizing Jerusalem as the Capital City of Israel and naming it as the central point of Judaism and a focal point of Christianity and Islam was a strong statement putting reality and relative importance of Jerusalem front and center. Since President Trump announced the United States intention for moving their embassy to Jerusalem, rumors or actual news has speculated that Honduras, Guatemala, Togo, Paraguay, Romania, Slovakia, Philippines, and South Sudan as being amongst the potentially more than ten nations currently in talks. What has been interesting has been almost every report about the potential embassy moves has included one or more pieces of bad news detracting from the announcement as Heavens forbid reputable news services reporting something purely good resulting from an act by President Trump and even more so if the act was good for Israel in any ways or means. They would list at least one of the following, the United Nations General Assembly overwhelming denouncement of President Trump recognizing Jerusalem, the United States resorting to their veto to prevent an enforceable enactment by the Security Council, the continuing protests by the Palestinian Arabs, the denunciation by United States Arab allies, the announcement by some nations of plans to open an embassy to the Palestinian Arabs in eastern Jerusalem (more about that later in this article) and a litany of other detractions. But detractions aside, there are at least ten nations including more than one European nation who are currently initiating moving their embassies to Jerusalem, even if they only plan on moving them to the western half of the city. What will be interesting is which Europeans are actually planning. The Czech Republic initially announced plans and then retracted their announcement after receiving protests and even threats according to some reports.

 

Now, as promised, our commentary on those Muslim nations who announced that in response to President Trump moving the United States embassy to Jerusalem, they plan to build embassies to the Palestinians in eastern Jerusalem. Jerusalem is a united city, a single, unified city with one government elected by the entire population as the Arabs were provided the opportunity to vote in the Jerusalem elections as citizens of the city, though they have not been granted voting in national elections. The granting of political power can be regulated or even denied the Arab Palestinians under the definitions under International Law. While they are provided by those same International Laws social, economic, religious and virtually all freedoms and rights with the sole exception of political rights which are left for the Israeli government to decide whether to grant them such rights and if so, then under what conditions and limitations. The importance here is if a nation actually desires to build an embassy to the Palestinian Arabs in eastern half of Jerusalem, they are going to require building permits, hook-ups to utilities such as water, electricity, sewage, gas and other connections and numerous other official documents and permissions. These will need to come from Jerusalem governing bodies and Israel which are highly unlikely to be granted. They could attempt to found embassies in existing buildings but would still require their utilities to be turned on and that requires the city to know who are the residents requesting service. There is the possibility of there being embassies founded for the Palestinian Arabs through concealment of their real identity when requesting utilities, but eventually they will need to announce their existence otherwise their being established would have no meaning as nobody other than possibly the Arab League or the OIC, which would still defeat their purpose. When you are founding an embassy to make facts on the ground, you need to be very public about that move which would make any actual embassy within the city of Jerusalem for the Palestinian Arabs completely dependent upon the Israeli government. That makes such unlikely but we can probably count on some attempt being made by some nation just because it would be a counter to President Trump and Israel, an irresistible twofer.

 

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December 23, 2016

Jerusalem Challenge for New President Trump

 

Bill Clinton and George W. Bush but not Barack Obama had promised while campaigning to move the United States Embassy to Jerusalem, like Donald Trump, but all three were consistent in signing the waiver every six months at the advice and under pressures of their own State Department taking advantage of a compromise between the Administrative wing and Congress which had the waiver placed in the original Jerusalem Embassy Act of 1995 which was also due to overt State Department pressures intervening in Congressional actions. The one constant has been the State Department insistence that moving the United States Embassy to Jerusalem as called for in the Jerusalem Embassy Act of 1995 would result in unrepairable damage to American credibility in the Middle East, troubles with European nations, potential sanction from the United Nations and international ramification unpredictable in their severity and potentials for violence. It is nice to know there are fiction authors working in the State Department who can invent horror stories based on their hatreds for the Jewish State. This is the result of the Arabization of the United States Department of State. This is the Department of State which advised President Truman against voting for statehood for Israel and advised against recognizing Israel or even having an Embassy in Israel then demanding the Embassy be placed in Tel Aviv and never moved to Jerusalem, advised President Eisenhower to press Israel to return all lands gained during the Suez conflict where Israel allied with France and Britain over the theft and nationalizing of the Suez Canal by Egyptian President Gamal Abdel Nasser in 1956, advised Presidents Johnson, Nixon and Carter to have Israel return all lands gained from their defensive war against Egypt, Syria and Jordan during the June 1967 Six Day War especially the Sinai Peninsula again until Israel did so on their own when making peace with Egypt. This Egyptian-Israeli peace was almost destroyed by President Carter and the State Department trying to include Israel returning the Golan Heights, Judea, Samaria, Gaza (which Egypt had already denied to have returned) and half of Jerusalem as part of making peace with Egypt. Fortunately Egyptian President Anwar Sadat and Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin stuck to their agreements presenting a unified refusal to the American demands finally forcing President Carter to accept the original agreement reached between the two leaders and give up doing additional damage to Israel because he thought he could force such through pressure and meddling. The State Department has supported every Palestinian claim while condemning Israel regularly in press releases as well as recommendations to Presidents and Congress. Their pressing for never moving the Embassy to Jerusalem is simply another standard of State Department malice towards Israel and her people.

 

President Obama just recently signed yet another six month waiver of moving the Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem leaving the funding already allocated in limbo. With a waiver in place, one can expect the State Department to raise a full court press to make the waiver equate to a ban, not something which President Donald Trump can simply cast aside and move ahead with his announced plans to finally recognize the Israeli Capital City of Jerusalem with the jewel of the United States Embassy sitting in the city of King David, the city where King Solomon built his Temple and finally where an American can lead the world by placing their Embassy in Jerusalem at last. President Trump can expect a full court press to prevent his making good on his campaign promise with not only his own State Department but pressures from many heads of state from Europe, the Arab world, Russia and leftists worldwide. There will be demonstrations across Europe and the major cities in the United States and who knows what levels of violence will be wrought against moving the Embassy to Jerusalem and actually recognizing the actual declared capital of Israel since 1950 and the establishment of a secure State of Israel after the new nation surviving eighteen months of genocidal war waged against the nascent nation by more than a half dozen national armies attempts to destroy the nations of a Jewish State in the Middle East. The naming of Jerusalem as the capital city of the Jewish State was not a surprise as Jerusalem was also the capital city in the times of King David and King Solomon and where King Solomon built his Temple and where the Second Temple was built and where, Hashem willing, the final Temple will be erected in our lifetime. Once the United States has moved their Embassy to the city where it belongs, Jerusalem, then the rest of the world will have one less reason for refusing to move their embassies as well.

 

Move American Embassy to Jerusalem

 

The resistance to President Trump moving the Embassy to Jerusalem will be legion. The New York Times will be just the foremost newspaper writing horror stories and editorials denouncing this dangerous and threatening change of policy. Change of policy by doing exactly as Congress demanded with overwhelming majorities over a decade ago and only delayed by the pressures and invented horrors from the State Department and less than confident holders of the highest office in the land, or their animosity whether conscious or subconscious. There will be every form of resistance and roadblocks thrown up by the State Department using everything in their arsenal. There will be the aforementioned demonstrations around much of the world. There will be threats from virtually every Muslim nation on the planet. The European leftist leaders will go positively apoplectic with many having seizures and possibly entering comas as the actual move approaches. There may even be some military ranking officers protesting that such a move endangers American forces in many parts of the world. Our advice would be to pull such troops from supporting whomever or whatever they are supporting unless it is a vital American interest, and for those troops, send copious reinforcements. Perhaps the best plan would be to make careful and behind the scenes verifications of the American Consulate building as to its viability to be used as the Embassy for an interim period while a new building, if required, is constructed. This may require moving the consulate personnel to Tel Aviv and allowing them to use the old Embassy building as the Tel Aviv Consulate of the United States. This will cause some interruption in the use of the Jerusalem Consulate for the United States as the unofficial de-facto Embassy to the Palestinians as it has been utilized for the past decade or so. This was evident in what has been declared as Israeli settlers attacking American consulate personnel and their convoy. The attack was in response to an attempt set up by consulate officials with Palestinian instigators attempting to force entrance to settlement without identifying as American personnel. When challenged, some of the consulate officials drew weapons and as they left their vehicles had stones thrown at them. This was used by a vast array and the State Department to crucify Israel and the settlers. The American consulate in Jerusalem has become a tool in many cases for the war against Israeli possession of any lands beyond the Green Line and a cog in State Department attacks on Israeli policies including the annexation of East Jerusalem. The State Department will also not enjoy losing what has become their advance base against Israeli settling in East Jerusalem.

 

The world reaction aside, the State Department aside, even congressional resistance and newfound regret over their actions of the Jerusalem Embassy Act of 1995 as Israel over the last decade has become a partisan issue with the political left abandoning support for Israel as they find it just a little too Jewish. This leftist turning against Israel also includes, we are sad to admit, Jews who find they are more attached to the Democrat Party than to Israel. So much for the claim that Jews care more for Israel than anything else, though we do not expect that when push comes to shove that even the most leftist Jews who have stood publically against Israel will not be included in the charge of traitors to the nation and standing accused of being agents for the Jewish State as some things never change. The leftists will welcome the leftist Jews when protesting Israel and will round them up with the rest of the Jews should that eventuality ever come. Proof was that the Jews were represented higher than any other groups in fighting for Germany in World War I yet Nazis would accuse Jews of stealing the medals they had won fighting for Germany as they knew as fact that no Jew fought for Germany as they were Jews, were they not? As stated; some things never change. Trump will face more pressure against plans to move the Embassy to Jerusalem than he will over even drilling in the arctic or fracking or virtually, if not every, other issue. This would appear ridiculous on the face of it, but mark our warnings, this will be the greatest hurdle an early Presidency of Donald Trump will face and the resistance will come from every direction with some coming out of the woodwork in the most unexpected of areas. We will even go out on a limb and predict there will be Jewish groups who will protest moving the United States Embassy to Jerusalem. You probably want names now, well, OK. We can predict that a group called Rabbis for Peace, the Anti-Defamation League, and the Central Conference of American Rabbis, J-Street and numerous Israeli NGOs such as B’Tselem and their friends. We hope that a President Donald Trump will make good on his promise which all initial signs indicate he likely will and we hope that the Israeli government offers all the support to help steel him for the arduous fight which will ensue. We pray he will not become simply the next President to promise Jerusalem her rightful respect and then sign papers denying her those honors just as others have done, too many others from both parties. Then again, Donald Trump promised to be a different kind of President, one who is his own man owing nothing to the political powers that press their influence too often to the people’s and the nation’s detriment. Please make that promise a reality.

 

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