Beyond the Cusp

March 25, 2015

Unfortunately Their Scorn Still Hurts Deeply Within

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One thing which I always held dearly within my deepest thought was my ability to see the conflicts and other concerns which I had believed were being debated within Israel with an eye which could only be found in some Sabras, native Israelis from birth, and not with a Western eye, in my case an American eye. During my teens I read some editorials about Rabbi Meir Kahane and then found some materials written by the Rabbi and about the Jewish Defense League he had founded which stood for defending Israel by any means necessary. Rabbi Meir Kahane warned of a future Israel where terror and violence would become commonplace against the Jews leading to terror wars and wars with her neighbors with genocidal intents. Much to the consternation of my parents I took a great interest and made a grave misjudgment and brought up some of Rabbi Kahane’s views and was roundly reprimanded and demanded that I promise never to mention him ever again in the presence of my parents, their friends or any of the children of their friends, which in the 1960s meant not speaking of him to any of my friends, especially the Jewish friends from the neighborhood or from our synagogue. This did not prevent my reading about Rabbi Kahane and marveling at his views and depth of knowledge of Jewish Law, Torah, Bible and other writings of which I had little exposure. Perhaps should my retirement last a sufficient length with my mind intact I will be fortunate enough to remedy that problem with a patient teacher, a very patient teacher. With this bit of background it is probably not much of a challenge to believe that I was mostly shunned in almost every congregation I had belonged to in the United States and have been pleasantly thrilled with the strength and breadth of strongly Zionist Jews which I have met since making Aliyah. Perhaps this is because I chose to live in what is referred to as the periphery and nowhere near, well, as not near or far as Israel permits, from Tel Aviv and the central core which many like to believe is all of Israel. But even here where I am largely amongst people who share my all-encompassing love of Israel and firm desire to live around and be able to regularly, when the call drives me, visit any of the historic sites from Biblical times and other historic periods of Hebrew, Judean, and Israelite histories at my leisure I find the media, with a few wonderful and often brilliant exceptions, are just as condescending before the leftist views existing in Europe and around the western world.

 

I still feel the pangs and the disbelief and confusion when encountering news articles from the Diaspora, and especially the United States news and editorials, where the Jews reject Zionist views and question the electoral decisions, the government’s positions and anything, especially if it disagrees with their socialist, progressive world views, leaves and irreparable rift between the two societies. The most hurtful views come from those who want Israel to surrender to the whims of her enemies simply so the Jews in Europe, the United States and throughout the remainder of the western world cannot be pressed by their leftist friends and associates to explain and standup for Israeli government and Prime Minister’s opinions and political views. Probably the worst are the Jewish media personalities and especially news reporters and editorialists who write articles critical of Israel and insisting that Israel bow before her betters from around the world, also known as her critics, and demand that Israel meet the most anti-Israel, anti-Zionist and anti-Semitic demands from the Arab and Muslim world, the European Union, the United Nations and especially the demands from the most antagonistic of all present political leaders on the face of the Earth, President Obama. Before anyone jumps to demand I retract that last presumed slur, let me save you the effort and wasted time, President Obama has shown a distaste for Israel and has been attempting to force Israel to kowtow to President Obama’s preconceived notions that it should be brought low before the Arab and Muslim worlds and especially before Iran and any other Islamist supremacist entity which stands against Israel. President Obama would order that all bombing of ISIS be restricted to the fronts against Bashir al-Assad and Iraq should ISIS ever turn their savagery towards Jordan as be allowing ISIS to occupy Jordan it would then be a short jump to engage Israeli forces and potentially have some modicum of success if left to do their worst. Should such a confrontation ever come to fruition it could be expected that President Obama would once again order that the State Department in conjunction with the Department of Transportation restrict all United States air traffic into or out of Israeli air space and the cancellation of all flights in and out of Ben Gurion International Airport for the duration of the conflict and possibly once again place an intermediary step requiring the State Department sign off on any rearmaments being designated for Israel thus preventing the direct resupply of the Israeli Defense Force directly by the Pentagon as has been the routine and necessary method by agreement. These were the acts which President Obama instigated during this past summer during Operation Protective Edge which was noticed and will long be remembered by many Israelis as such a situation existing in a longer and more difficult operation could prove costly in lives, something taken very seriously as amongst the majority of Israeli Jews, we view each other as family, close family as the thousands who showed up recently for the burial of the seven Jewish siblings who were killed in a horrific and devastating house fire in Brooklyn this past weekend and were buried here in Israel. The same was more often the case for the burial of the soldiers who gave their lives in the operations unless the families requested otherwise though often many would visit the graves the next day of their own volition in order to pay their respects and say good-bye and gain closure as they felt as if their own family member was laid to rest. It is a feeling which is very difficult to describe until one experiences such closeness and interconnectedness.

 

I have written about the recent unnecessary protestations and inane absurdity which has defined the actions of President Obama during his Presidency and particularly since the Israeli elections and falls short of describing the disproportionate, to use a word often utilized against Israel, exaggerations made by President Obama which have not only continued day after day but are apparently gaining in their impetus with ramifications and ever growing chastened retributions levied against the entirety of Israel for the audacity of electing the candidate which President Obama and the Europeans had invested so much effort, funding, manpower, organization and leadership to defeat in favor of what were expected to be more pliable and easily managed leadership. I would apologize except I so strongly resent the use of NGOs, a State Department indirectly funded group by the name of V15 or V2015 and funded via another group name OneVoice which had received $350,000 at the least from the State Department right before the elections were officially announced but will within the time period where the coming elections had become obvious even to the most casual of observers, and was further financed either directly, through other NGOs or through OneVoice by tens if not hundreds of thousands of dollars and euros by Europeans, Americans, and even European governments many of which were from the Scandinavian areas. Had Israel ever interfered with a European’s or United States’ elections even to one-millionth of the amount that was put into defeating the reelection of Benyamin Netanyahu as Prime Minister there would have been a declared state of war and very possibly charges brought against Israel before the United Nations or one of the courts set up by the United Nations for bringing such nations interfering to such a degree to trail for their criminal efforts.

 

Now that the Israeli public had the overbearing chutzpah and pugnacious defiance to actually still vote for the Likud Party and other right wing, Zionist, nationalist, and religious parties such that Netanyahu would be returned to the office of Prime Minister, then Israel must be brought low and dragged through the grinder thus being torn asunder until the Israeli public rises up and demands Netanyahu’s head on a poll and new elections where this time the Israeli electorate will follow the instructive efforts of their betters electing empty shells who can be directed from New York and the United Nations, Washington D.C. and by President Obama and finally Brussels and the European Union as well as whatever input the remaining European governments decide they would demand and then wait for instructions from now and forever before ever casting a vote again. Perhaps the misunderstanding actually was unavoidable as the leaders of the western world are no longer all that familiar, for the most part, with the writings of Torah, the first five books of the Bible, the Old Testament I believe the Christians as do others refer to it, particularly in Exodus where it is repeated regularly noting that our ancestors were a stiff-necked and stubborn people that even the L0rd our G0d had difficulties gaining our ancestors’ attention and keeping them on the straight and narrow. This trait was so deeply ingrained in our ancestral personas that when Moses was a mere few hours late in returning after what he had promised would only take forty days and already evening was approaching and the start of the forty-first day that our misguided, obstinate and back-sliding instigators demanded an idol, a golden calf, and you want us to remember your distress with a certain leader which has caused you some difficult moments, sorry, we do not bend that easily even if it would be for our betterment.

 

Now there are many leftist Jewish columnists, editorialists and talk show hosts who have taken very stridently to calling for sanctions to be levelled against Israel and denoting their support to back President Obama in any punishment he determines is appropriate. Already we have witnessed the first strike against Israel with the claim that Israel has been spying on the Paris P5+1 negotiations with Iran and using any information gleaned through such spying to inform the United States Congress of what is occurring in the talks such that the Congress can attack President Obama and his, outside those Israeli reports, brilliant maneuvering and holding the line against the Iranian nuclear program and thus Israel is interfering in the governance of the United States just as deeply and just as furtively as the efforts to unseat Netanyahu were this making the two sides equal except the Israeli crime was more serious thus they still need further punishment. Of course it never does enter the United States mind that just as the British have been known to keep the Saudi Royals updated on the negotiations that the French might also be informing the Israelis and potentially the other members of the P5+1 might be talking to the Egyptians and others who might have an interest in the particulars and the likelihood that Iran will be left a mere hop, skip and a jump from attaining deliverable nuclear weapons and assembling an arsenal of deliverable nuclear weapons and the ballistic and intercontinental ballistic missiles with such warheads. In President Obama’s mind the culprit must be Israel as Israel with Prime Minister Netanyahu has been the bane of President Obama’s existence and the perceived source of all perversities foiling President Obama’s brilliant designs for the future world he desires to mold. What has been the central problem that many Israelis have had with President Obama has been his desire to remake the world without there being an Israel as a Jew state replaced by an Arab state called Palestine which will necessarily be free of any Jews. Where the Jews are supposed to go has not been considered. Perhaps President Obama believes as did former White House correspondent Helen Thomas who suggested when being asked for her opinion of Israel, “Tell them to get the hell out of Palestine.” She continued referring to the Arab Palestinians stating, “Remember, these people are occupied. And it’s their land.” She concluded insisting the Jews should “go home” to Poland, Germany and America. The video is below.

What neither Helen Thomas or the others who share her belief which some claim includes President Obama is where do the nearly one million Jews and their descendants who were exiled or threatened and faced violence chasing them from their homes where many of the families had resided for over a thousand years within the Arab and Muslim worlds where the vast majority lost nearly everything from their monies in bank accounts, homes, businesses, stocks, bonds and family records including art collections and everything within their homes ending up in Israel starting from scratch, many glad to just be alive. Will the world now demand that these Arab and Muslim nations including Syria, Libya, Iraq, Iran, Egypt and others now take their Jewish refugees who were welcomed and incorporated into Israeli society and would now once again be thrown out of their homes and facing having absolutely no nation willing to receive these Jews, where do such Jews turn? Would President Obama be willing to take in the just over six million Israeli Jews and give them land and homes in the United States in order to guarantee their safety once their homeland of Israel becomes untenable with the entirety coming within range of rockets fired from the Judean highlands overlooking the heavily populated center of Israel. Once the Jews have been forced from the center, that leaves the most southern parts of the Negev and the very north of the Galilee which Hezballah has promised to take at will should they ever desire to do so. Where are the Jews of Europe supposed to find refuge within the next decade as their continued residences in Europe become untenable? Will the United States then be the succor that cares for the entirety of world Jewry? How long would the United States continue to provide such safe haven for the entirety of the Jewish People? The signs of anti-Semitism have already begun to show their ramping up with bared teeth and clenched fists. Some estimate that the United States will have largely become unsafe for Jews to practice their religion as such would identify them and leave them targeted as unwanted and a danger to the societal health and general welfare. President Obama has once again made mention of his challenge for Israel to unilaterally pull back completely within the pre Six Day War, 1949 Armistice Lines, the Green Line, and then wait for the Palestinian Authority which presumably represents the Arabs in Judea and Samaria (West Bank) to then feel that Israel is ready to make a deal and they will come willingly to negotiate the final treaty. Did President Obama really think this might work and result in the Arabs thanking the Jews and recognizing Israel as the Jewish State when every week, every day, perhaps hourly somebody representing the Arab Palestinians, Muslim Brotherhood in all its forms, Iranian, Iraqi, Egyptian, Saudi Arabian or somewhere in the Arab or Muslim world, maybe every minute or second there is a call to kill the Jews, death to Israel or something quite similar. The Hamas, Hezballah, Fatah and other charters all call for removing the Jews from every inch of Muslim lands and some go further demanding the death of Jews wherever they be found but President Obama demands that the Jews leave their safety and future up to Islamic generosity which will flow like milk and honey if only Israel gives Mahmoud Abbas the small patch of land he desires of Judea and Samaria with East Jerusalem as their capital and peace will blossom and Jews and Arab Muslims will pray together on the Temple Mount and sing Kumbaya together. There will not be a steel rain falling on Tel Aviv and the surrounding metropolises bringing down skyscrapers and numerous other buildings murdering hundreds of thousands before they can escape to the periphery until Hamas strikes out of Gaza, Hezballah sweeps in from Lebanon and the Golan Heights and the Muslim Brotherhood and ISIS launch their assault from the Sinai, that will be the dance we would witness, well, for a short period unless a major miracle swept down from on high in Heaven. No thank you President Obama, we will see to our own problems and find our own solutions and leave the real problems such as ISIS and the rest of the terrorists including those answering to Tehran, you know, the terror masters who will have, if they do not already, nuclear weapons and the guided missiles on which to place them and send them to any point on Earth, yes, that will surely end well for all, won’t it. We elected our leader and he is perfectly capable of running things here as we desire and as you dislike working around Prime Minister Netanyahu, allow us to suffer his rule and the troubles and solutions which come with our elected choice. You just make speeches and leave the rest to those who have a grasp on reality, thank you.

 

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March 18, 2015

Long Night Births Hard Questions on Israeli Election Results

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With virtually all the votes counted we have the preliminary picture but the lines are fuzzy and the results produce more questions than answers. Likud is leading the pact with 29 seats with the “Zionist Camp” of Labor and Hatnua following with 24 and the Joint Arab List has 14 seats, followed by Yesh Atid with 11, Kulanu with 10, Jewish Home has 8, the Haredi parties Shas and United Torah Judaism tied at 7, Yisrael Beytenu has 6 and Meretz closes out the list with 4 seats and unfortunately Yachad party will be left out. The raw numbers would indicate a huge win for Netanyahu and loss for the “Zionist Camp” falling well behind due to Likud exceeding its lower polling and Labor-Hatnua equaling expectations. A closer look reveals where the Likud came by its higher numbers and it appears that Likud gains came at the expense of largely Jewish Home and potentially prevented Yachad from making threshold. The other obvious change has been that instead of preventing the fragmentation and reducing the number of minor parties the raising of the threshold only served to drive the smaller leftist, anti-Zionist Communist and Post=Modernist parties into a single block under the name of Arab Block and given them two to three additional mandates making Zoabi and Tibi appear all the stronger. These raw results are meaningless until the different parties, unions and blocks make their desires and support clear to President Rivlin producing a clearer picture who should be given first shot at forming a coalition.

 

The raw data would make Likud out to be the victor and to the victor go the spoils, but what spoils? The name of the game is coalition making and hopefully doing so with in kind minds and supporters of your positions. This means that any seats gained by Likud at the expense of Jewish Home makes the resultant total possessed by the two presumed to be allied parties no different and all the Likud gains from Jewish Home losses as simply rearranging the chairs on either a cruise ship or the Titanic. The truth is that Netanyahu does not really want the religious, Zionist, nationalist allied parties to be the base of his support when forming his coalition. Netanyahu wants to have as much political leeway allowing him to go in whatever direction provides him with the easiest path in the new government. By Netanyahu weakening the standing of Jewish Home, when forming any coalition now would make Yesh Atid’s Yair Lapid and Moshe Kahlon’s Kulanu parties more important and carrying a greater influence than Jewish Home and making Naftali Bennett’s voice virtually powerless and squelched while Yair Lapid and Moshe Kahlon will be the roaring lions in the government and also place them ahead of Jewish Home in choosing the Ministerial position of power in the cabinet. This will give Netanyahu the leftward freedom to ignore the demands of the Religious Zionists as he desired. Netanyahu’s ploy of assailing Jewish Home voters laying any loss he might face to Hertzog and Livni at their feet just as he had done previously except this time he did so with no apparent loss in voter totals that he faced in 2013.

 

So now we wait and see who will be chosen to form a coalition first and then suffer through six weeks of excruciatingly boring power plays which we already see Jewish Home and the Zionist and nationalists being mostly sidelined while the personal aggrandizing Yesh Atid and Kulanu parties empowering Yair Lapid and Moshe Kahlon loudly impressing their demands and thus control over the most critical areas in the next government. Lapid may demand Treasury Minister for himself and two other high position Ministerial position for his main people with Kahlon likely to demand Foreign Minister or Defense Minister and two other major Ministerial positions for his list leaving Jewish Home with second pickings of the scraps for the supporting members and a middle level leftover for Naftali Bennett. The one certainty is that the governing coalition will not be the nationalist, Zionist government that Netanyahu once again ran on but will once again claim he is prevented from pursuing due to the lack of support from, you guessed it, a weakened and ineffectual Jewish Home. As long as the religious Zionists fall for the Netanyahu cry after running a weak campaign making the certainty of his returning to the Prime Ministership a definitive possibility from the polls and then turning to the supporters of Jewish Home and the other ardent Zionist parties to vote Likud to stave off the leftist challenge then Jewish Home will be forever the bridesmaid and never the bride. Eventually the leader, be it Bennett or be it his successor or beyond down the road, assuming there is a down the road, decides to challenge and present Jewish Home as the new leadership for Israel, Netanyahu will continue to utilize this ploy of siphoning off the votes of those more Zionist than Netanyahu desires to govern with and neutering those Zionist parties from where Netanyahu glides to victory with the stolen support, then the real Zionist political power will remain neutered and voiceless in the future Likud Party led governments. For now we must wait and see what develops but be warned that the expectations of the ardent Zionists have once again been sacrificed to the Bibi and thus lower expectations are their feed in the coming government. The other reality is that it appears that Netanyahu will require Yair Lapid and his treasonous backstabbing to permit a coalition to be cobbled together, so expect new elections again in two or so years when Lapid again sees a wounded Netanyahu for his actions such as the silent building freeze or whatever other sacrifices made presumably in response to a powerful United States President Obama in order to salvage continued friendship from the White House. Anybody else notice that it is only Israel who needs to obey and bow to the will of Obama? Can bowing to golden calves or worse be far behind?

 

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April 9, 2014

Does Jobbik Party Electoral Success in Hungary Taint Europe?

If there would be an extreme and overt reaction to the election results in Hungary which gave the Xenophobic and Anti-Semitic Jobbik Party a three percent increase in the vote making them the third most popular party behind Prime Minister Viktor Orban’s Fidesz Party and the fractious opposition center-left alliance led by Attila Mesterhazy, it would come from the European Jewish Congress (EJC). The EJC claimed on Monday the success of the anti-Semitic Jobbik party in Hungary was “a source of grave concern for Europe.” Additionally, EJC President Moshe Kantor was quoted in the European Jewish Press saying, “The gains made by Jobbik, an unashamedly neo-Nazi political party, should serve as a wake-up call for the whole of Europe. Once again in Europe we are witnessing democracy being appropriated by those are the enemies of democracy. This is truly a dark day for Hungary. It is the duty of both European leaders and voters to ensure that a strong message is delivered by supporters of democracy throughout Europe to show these racists and xenophobes that hate has no place on our continent.”

 

Of course the Jobbik Party did attempt to distance themselves from their former anti-Semitic and anti-Roma past reputation by presenting themselves as a more center of the road but “radical nationalist” movement focused on law and order and attacking corruption. Like many extreme fringe groups, the Jobbik rebranding of themselves to offer a more acceptable and affirming front in place of their former negative and hateful rhetoric required the relative silence of some of the more rabid old guard, something they were apparently quite successful. One such candidate is Istvan Meszaros, a candidate from Baja on the Serbian border, who is the leader of the New Hungarian Guard, a controversial vigilante group that has held torchlight marches in Roma neighborhoods, much like its predecessor, the Hungarian Guard, which was banned in 2009. Meszaros was quoted by AFP at his Baja campaign offices claiming, “Jobbik offers action, not just talk. Crime falls in those areas after(wards).” This was a reference to the measureable results of such marches. Of course, it is needless to point out that retaining candidates like Meszaros in “safe” locals fortifies the extremists from the old and less savvy Jobbik Party.

 

The question is what does their improved election results mean about the rise of xenophobia and racism across Europe? Similar results have been noted in Greece in recent elections with their Golden Dawn Party, reputed to be even more extreme group of nationalists than the Jobbik Party. There were also the gains made in France by Marine Le Pen’s Front National Party in recent local elections. In the eleven towns and districts which are now controlled by the Front National Party there has been debate on a sensitive issue about the substitution meals targeting mainly Muslim and Jewish students. Marine Le Pen told RTL radio, “We will accept no religious requirements in the school lunch menus.” She defended the decision saying it was necessary to “save secularism”. I have some problems that in some manner I can understand and even agree with Miss Le Pen’s as she has obviously discovered that Secularism is, if its practitioners were to be honest, a form of religion replete with commandments, deities, and a formative cannon. The religion of Secularism is, in many ways, one of the least tolerant religions and, as is often the case with any religion in its youth, and is determined to replace and subvert every other religion and place itself as the preeminent religion over all within any society where it gains a foothold. This is another reason for the advancement in election of the uber-nationalist as they are the purveyors on the front lines of exclusive secularism.

 

The rumors that religion has died in Europe are actually a false narrative used by the Secularists who claim that secularism is a political viewpoint and not a religion. They claim that it is anti-religion and purely logical and science based is one of the basic religious cannons of the secularists who make such claims to imply that secularism is steeped in unarguable facts and thus not faith based. Their argument is along the same line as the ecology anthropogenic global warming advocates who also claim that the debate is over and their definitions are the only acceptable and truthful views making everything else a form of apostasy. There is a fair amount of overlap between the secularists and the nationalist parties, especially when it comes to their exclusive and narrow acceptance of only those of similar beliefs and backgrounds and rejection of traditional religious minorities. Both groups also tend to be socialistic in their political persuasions. Their emotional attachment resembles religious fanatical observance to a rigid structure and defined cannon which rules out any debate or variance. Such a limited and rigid structure often leads to fanaticism and a developing hatred for those who are perceived as the other, those opposed to their political beliefs. For the secularists that includes the religious while the nationalists it includes all foreign groups and those religions other than the traditional religion or possibly a religion formed by the nationalists themselves which could easily be considered a secular belief. These groups, as they include greater numbers, can lead to oppressive societies which are often capable of victimizing minorities and whomever they label as the evil other, and the outsider is always evil simply because they are different and not in agreement with the rigid belief structure adhered to be such groups. The danger comes when they gain legitimate power through elections or other methods and can eclipse reason and acceptance of those who are labeled as unacceptable minorities who threaten to subvert the order and accepted mandates of the society. This will eventually lead to oppressive policies and animosity beyond normal acceptance under what is considered common custom. Europe has been down this road before in many different scenarios which always resulted in tragedies and abhorrent hate-filled persecutions. Hopefully the economic and social difficulties which are the driving impetus behind the rise of such fanatics will subside and the stresses relieved before Europe once again drives itself into another fanatical and hateful obsession.

 

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