Beyond the Cusp

March 20, 2015

Enough With the Doubts and Pressing Questions


One would think that with the elections over in Israel and the prolonged bartering being mostly ignored as usual until things appear to gel into something more resembling a coalition than a fish market on a Friday afternoon, that things would have smoothed over and present a more peaceful field. Not so here in the Middle East where nobody ever wants to find answers to problems as doing so only brings on even more problems and these replacements are always far more dire. The best example is the idea of dividing some of the lands liberated from Jordan in June of 1967 in order to form an Arab state, the twenty-second one if my memory and counting serves me correctly. After the Six Day War the world expected and had even mostly accepted that Israel would retain the Golan Heights and all of Judea and Samaria and those who really could not bring themselves to live in a Jewish run nation would need to resettle elsewhere, possibly even wherever they had fled to escaping what they believed would be wholesale slaughter of Arabs by the IDF; this was only one of the falsehoods of the time and may not have been the most dire and threatening. The IDF did not engage in slaughtering Arabs and was even written about later in some advanced studies undergraduate in their thesis that the <a href= target=blank>Israeli Defense Force soldiers are racists</a> and the proof was that after the Six Day War the IDF did not engage in raping the Arab women. This student claimed that the reason was not that the IDF was a civilized and merciful to those who posed the Jews and Israel no threat but because and solely because the soldiers did not consider the Arab women to be human beings.


The idea that Israel would retain the Golan Heights, Judea, Samaria and potentially Gaza continued alongside the argument that Egypt may never get any part of the Sinai Peninsula returned either. Peace came between Egypt and Israel, slightly frozen but peace just the same, and Israel returned not only all of the Sinai Peninsula but offered Gaza as well; the Egyptians refused to claim Gaza and insisted Israel retain Gaza. Later, when peace was made with Jordan Israel even offered to return the lands Jordan had occupied illegally but Jordan refused. These signs of valuing peace were taken as signs that Israel was weak and afraid which eventually led to the Oslo Accords in which the idea of an Arab state was presented. The areas of Judea and Samaria were divided into three partitions, one would remain as the core of the Arab state and one would remain as annexed by Israel. The Israeli areas included all of Jerusalem and approximately three-fourths of Judea and Samaria and the Arab state all of Gaza and the remainder of Judea and Samaria. The middle area was the contested area which was to be determined through negotiations and the so-called refugees were to be absorbed by the Arab state being formed along with the countries who held the refugees in camps refusing to allow them to integrate into their society and even forbidding them almost any human rights; but this was acceptable by the world at large.


Now the debate has come to how well armed and what size army will the Arab state be permitted and what amount of crew served weapons and rockets or missiles they may keep in their armories. It almost seems that the next demands will be to claim the Negev and the Galilee leaving the Jewish state with the Tel Aviv metropolitan areas, and a truncated metropolitan area at that. This should explain why Israel has decided that enough talk of staging the death of the Jewish state through negotiations, world pressures and demands or any other means with an emphasis on nuclear weapons delivered from the newly nuclear state of Iran as a present from the P5+1 nations and their weakness and perfidy. The fact that there is now a rumored threat that the White House is fed up with Israeli existence and their demands to be respected and have International Law enforced including little inconveniences such as Article 80 of the United Nations Charter and the San Remo Conference treaty and all that entails, then we can talk further.


One last thing, the point being made by Netanyahu when he explained that the Arab Party supporters were showing up at the polls in large numbers was reporting about the combined list which included three Arab parties and a Communist party all of whom were being brought to the polls even if they had not even given voting even the most casual of thoughts as the V15 “volunteers” under the direction of the brain trust from the United States operating on a State Department grant were going house to house and collecting people who had not shown up to vote by noon and were transporting them to the polling stations so it was a call for such mass voting to be matched, no more and thankfully no less. Had the White House not inserted their proxy to unofficially campaign against the current government of Israel and the status quo, this was their stated goal so as to get around Israeli campaign laws, and thus the slogan was, “Anybody but Bibi!” Well, the status quo has been corrected so they got half of what they desired, but as far as anybody but Bibi; well, not so much. How about an even stronger and bolder Bibi who is fully cognizant that he was elected to tell certain overbearing entities to back off and be careful how you tread on your way out the door; oh, and don’t let the door, well, you know. See ya in a while when anybody but Obummer is in the White House.


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December 23, 2014

Israeli Elections Bring One More Blast from the Peres Past

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Many Israelis had hoped that when Simone Peres retired from his Presidency of Israel that they had heard the last of his meddling and interfering in Israeli politics, but apparently they will once more be dismayed. The same people had hoped when he assumed the Presidency, a presumably functionary a-political position in nature beyond being tasked with choosing which party after elections is given first chance to form a governing coalition, that this would have marked the end of Simone Peres and his far leftist we can make peace if we simply give the Palestinians everything they ask for interjections and preaching attempting to instruct Israelis how and what to think. I do not wish to denigrate or dispute the contributions of a national hero from the earliest days of the formation of the state of Israel and before. His most recent incendiary discharge came during a speech made to a group of non-profit organizations in Yafo, Israel where he noted, “the poverty report of the Latet organization is a most serious indictment against us. It is impossible to reject or discount the figures of the report.” He followed this presenting that, “You can’t feed hungry children and elderly with talk. We are taking the future away from our children. If we don’t raise the issue to the top of priorities, maybe we will win in battles but we will lose our children. Both those who are the soldiers of the future and those who raised us.” Further, he continued, “as we knew to raise money for security and war, we must raise money to deal with poverty. The elections are a chance to do social justice so as to be at peace with ourselves and have social resilience. All of the parties must put the treatment of poverty at the head of their priorities.” All of this came after his initial targeting of one who might be considered Simone Peres’s main nemesis when he made the charge that Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s government on Monday, saying it “talks but doesn’t act” against poverty.


A small aside before getting back to what will become the main theme to simply spend a paragraph listing the positions held by Simone Peres over his ninety plus years of time on the blessed planet. We have been blessed by his service and had some difficulties from others, but the man has never refused the call to serve Israel to the best of his ability as he has seen was the needs of the nation. The unfortunate item is he will be forever remembered as the man behind the Oslo Accords and then, from that point on, as the man who could not let go as if peace was the only answer. There is one piece of philosophical wisdom that Simone Peres never learned which came from, of all places, a television show, the original version of Battles Star Galactica, where Adama played by Lorne Greene said, “The opposite of war is not always peace, sometimes it is slavery.” That little quote stuck with me as somehow when I first heard that I knew it would have more meaning and importance as I grew older and it most certainly has, I just wish it had not had to be about Israel. Following is a list of the positions held by Simone Peres with minimal commentary: Deputy Director-General of the Ministry of Defense; Minister of the Knesset; Deputy Defense Minister; Minister of Immigrant Absorption; Minister of Transportation and Communications; Minister of Defense; Acting Prime Minister (under Rabin remained in office but inactive due to scandal pertaining to actions by his wife); Likud agreed to an unusual “rotation” arrangement, or unity government, in which Peres would serve as Prime Minister and the Likud leader Yitzhak Shamir would be Foreign Minister and then the two would exchange offices leading to Peres being Foreign Minister; Minister of Finance; Co-authored Oslo Accords; Nobel Peace Prize; Acting Prime Minister and Acting Defense Minister (after Rabin assassination); Minister of Regional Co-operation; Foreign Minister (again); Joined Kadima to assist in pushing Gaza disengagement; Vice Prime Minister; Minister for the Development of the Negev, Galilee and Regional Economy; President of the State of Israel (Peres became the most political President in Israeli history often expounding positions the diametric opposite of the ruling government and its Prime Minister). Where his was not the first shot, nor will have been the last, but his has been the most potentially damaging, potentially credible, and definitely the most important thus far of a coming tsunami of attacks on Netanyahu as he seeks to continue to lead his political party to control the next government which is, surprisingly, his main purpose as the leader of the party and would immediately become the most important job should somebody else replace him in the coming Liked primary elections where he does face some competition.


The interesting item until the Likud Party primaries have chosen current Prime Minister Netanyahu as their leader and presented candidate for the office of Prime Minister once again in the upcoming elections is that nobody knows for sure, though all bets are that he will continue to lead Likud, that he will actually be the person put forth. One might think that with such doubt that there might be some reason to wait an additional week or two and see if attacking Prime Minister Netanyahu claiming he was not the best qualified person to lead the Israeli government was the smartest election tactic. What happens if the New Year brings a new leader of the Likud Party and thus a new potential frontrunner for the office of Prime Minister, or perhaps a new person leading the Likud Party might make Labor Party leader Isaac Herzog along with Hatnua Party leader Tzipi Livni as the two are running on a joint ticket and both are already known party leaders entering this election cycle. There will likely be a number of fuselages fired at Naftali Bennett who currently leads the Jewish Home Party though this too could change as they are also holding new party elections going into the elections and he might, though doubtful, be replaced as well. The facts that there may be new leadership on the nationalist or right ends of the political spectrum in what are recognized as the most likely to gain the most seats and the most ardent and potentially most extreme personality pushing what the leftists like to present as most damaging and anti-peace message will make no difference in the coming weeks between now and the party elections and will thus produce extreme and strong accusations and charges against such people which will be carried by much of the Israeli media and have the greatest possibility of being covered in media sources outside of Israel. Is such totally fair, more important is does it matter.


Politics makes the strange acceptable and the acceptable strange. Watch any election cycle and watch how inter-party contests will produce some of the most heated rhetoric yet once the primaries have ended and the party has spoken, then those very same accusations made now by the opposing party are unacceptable and almost fighting words objected to and contested as untruths by the very person who originally made the accusation during the heated primary. That phenomenon is almost as beyond belief as the seemingly immediate turnaround and becoming not only supporter but almost best friends as the adversaries for the party nomination close ranks at the actual convention after a heated and unimaginably close primary election where the winner was not certain on day one and even ended up taking numerous ballots and not simply being decided in the first or second vote. That might actually be where the expression that politics makes for strange bedfellows originated. Then there are the sometimes unexplainable results in Parliamentary governments are concerned and there are multiple parties, often some new parties almost every election as previous parties have breakups or a person who lost the primary believes they would have a better possibility if they struck out on their own or the strangest when people who previously were from opposite parties join together to form a new party or somebody moves inexorably from a party at one end of the spectrum and within a relatively short period they have worked their way to the other end of the political spectrum. All of these behaviors though seemingly peculiar and hard to explain, and even more difficult to excuse by former supporters when they feel betrayed, are part and parcel of politics which is by far the strangest game people play and one which eventually reveals the worst actions and largest weaknesses of human nature. Perhaps we would all be just a little more relaxed and a whole lot less anxious if we treated politics for what we often call it, the game of politicking, just another game people play. I know, a game with potentially very dangerous consequences, but wouldn’t many if not most of those consequences occur no matter how we individuals cast our votes. Can we not always at least pretend that it was really someone else’s fault, possibly we could simply blame all those people who did not even bother to vote, yea, that’s it, it is always those people too lazy or uncaring to bother to vote who are to blame.


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