Beyond the Cusp

March 28, 2018

The Threat Israel Cannot Defeat Alone

 

If Israel has a mortal weakness, it is that she cares too much for the protection of innocents even if those innocents are trying to destroy her. That is the most serious threat she currently refuses to face and which will do everything to destroy Israel if only to prove they are correct. The current cases are the numerous NGO’s and the Left wing American Jews who support these insidious organizations working to destroy Israel. The leftists within Israel are also contributing to this situation and the potential of ending the Jewish homelands. Part of the attack comes at the religious in Israel who are also the main answer to allowing Israel to defeat the demographic threats. One of the demands made by many on the left is that Israel must forsake Traditional Orthodox Judaism and instead become a purely secular democracy which favors no religion and allows that all peoples of all religions, and particularly no religion, to live within in harmony. The proof Israel can provide for accepting these demands are to first accept the Two State Solution giving over to the Palestinians all the lands beyond the Green Line and secondly permit those Palestinians in refugee camps permission to return to their homes even if those homes are theoretically within the Green Line and would lead to the Jews being outnumbered by Arab Muslims. When Israelis claim that would be the end of Israel, they are told that this is an unfair accusation as how can Israelis claim that this Arab population cannot also operate within a multicultural democracy if they have not given them any opportunity to do so? They do not accept Gaza as having been a fair example and demand Israel again make the sacrifices and accept their promises that the Arabs will work with the Jews in harmony. When asked what happens if this proves to not be the case, their response is that the Jews can come to the United States or they simply reprimand such as naysayers who have no faith in the powers of Democracy. This is especially true of those on the farthest leftist Jews, even more so those residing in the United States.

 

There are many things which separate the American leftist Jews and their brethren in Israel and much of that have led to numerous misunderstandings. The leftist Jews believe that because Israeli mainstream Judaism is a collection of different Traditional Orthodox forms of Judaism including many Haredi and Hasidic branches, Chabad, numerous Traditional Orthodox congregations and, this may shake any number of American Jews so we advise you be seated, numerous Conservative, Reform and other nonconventional congregations of Jews as well as a fair number of purely secular people of Jewish extraction. The main Rabbinate is selected from the majority and several forms of Orthodox Judaism. There is a reason behind having the Orthodoxy as the prevalent form of Judaism in Israel, and that is because it follows the traditional laws and all the Commandments of Torah, the exact ideas and ideals that even the socialist Zionist founders foresaw as the true future for the State of Israel mixed with Socialism. Israel, politically, still has too much socialism practiced by the government but that is slowly evolving to a more functioning entrepreneurial nation based on the start-up concept allowing for investments to spur the movement of capital and thus leading to a stronger economy and providing higher wages in the future. But the religious base will remain Traditional Orthodox while permitting every other form but retaining the controlling religious administration with the Traditional Orthodox. This is why all marriages and conversions are required to meet the strict Rabbinate restrictions. These religious restrictions are actually sensible in many ways which become more readily obvious once you come and actually live in Israel.

 

First off, a confession, at least one of us is a long time Zionist but spent much of their life completely divorced of any practicing of Judaism. Even when returning to Judaism after a tragedy in the family, still attempted first to join a Reform Synagogue but there were personality differences with the Rabbi so we tried the other Synagogue which was Conservative and that Rabbi was wonderful. What was curious was that the Conservative was very similar services wise to the Reform services remembered from childhood. If questions had been thrown at us back in the United States, we would have been just as confounded by the insistence on only the Orthodoxy having the main levers of power within Israel and been somewhat upset about many of these demands. So, the question is what do we now feel?

 

Star of David Ornate

 

Since moving to our little corner in Israel we have found how much easier it is to be completely Jewish in Israel. Keeping Kosher is as easy as shopping at the food store and only a couple in town needs to be avoided. Many of the restaurants are certified Kosher. Services are easier to attend as there is almost a guarantee that you will discover one within four or five blocks, if not several. With this all taken care of, being Orthodox, Traditional Orthodox, becomes fairly simple requiring even less effort than being any kind of semi-observant Jews in the United States. Given another few generations and while Traditional and other forms of Orthodox Judaism will be prevalent in Israel, other than Orthodox Judaism, mostly Hasidic and Haredi, one will be hard pressed to find other congregations in the vast majority of the United States and all but gone from Europe. This will be due to the rampant intermarriage which will quicken the exodus of Jews from their religious upbringing, assuming they ever received a Jewish upbringing. One quick way of determining the accuracy of our dire prediction would be to simply ask the few Jews you may know who are not Orthodox whether they attended and partook of a Passover Seder and whether it was held in English or Hebrew. Do not be surprised if the answer shows a lack of Jewish participation. Then ask them what does Seder mean and pray they do not say dinner or story or other wrong answer. When they surrender, the actual translation of the Hebrew word Seder is Order, as in structured or delineated. The main defining part of the service is the reliving of the leading events to the Exodus of the Jews from Egypt and the initial part of the years in the wilderness.

 

Becoming a practicing Jew and following as much of the laws as possible, as we are still learning some of the rules as we go along, and some are likely obscure and will become obvious with time. One thing about Judaism is that everyone and everything is a work in progress, and some are going to take more time than others.

 

Finally, it is with sadness that we realize that once again so many of our brothers and sisters will become lost to us just as during the Exodus when it was claimed that a mere one-fourth, if that many, of the Jews from Egypt made the trip while the majority decided that they preferred remaining in relative safety and a life, though harsh, still did not require what the new life promised, challenges and the hard work of building a new land. Slavery was a hard life but the Egyptians provided for their food, shelter and other necessary needs. That is what life in the United States will promise, a land of plenty that is easy and there are very few threats in life while Israel is more of a challenge. Getting a job is more of a difficulty in Israel and as an American one need learn Hebrew, not the easiest language to learn. For the youth, there is IDF service which most American Jews would find as a threatening requirement. One of us did serve in the United States military in combat arms but very few of the Jewish kids we grew up with ever gave such the smallest consideration. Serve in the military, that was outside consideration and why so many Jews went to college. Yes, when drafted, they served and what is actually surprising is that Jews have almost always outperformed other peoples in their service in the military in the major wars in history. But the latest generation, such is not considered something a good Jewish boy or girl would want to do. So, having to move to Israel and face military service frightens many. Thankfully, and these youths are treasured and respected in Israel, there are Jewish kids from America who come to Israel with the intent of serving in the IDF and most desire to be placed into Combat Arms. These Zionist youths are a treasure.

 

Back to how to allow Israel to defeat their foes is easy. Step one; stop demanding that Israel surrender, conflicts are not won by the surrendering side. Israel must be permitted to be victorious and defeat every challenge and danger facing her and her people. Stop pretending that Israel need be more like the United States as Israel does not have Canada and Mexico as neighbors. Illegal immigrants in Israel are more likely to be terrorists aiming to murder Israelis than people seeking to make a better life and almost none are actual refugees. Step two; when Israel is forced to defend herself, kindly support her just as she supports the United States efforts in such conflicts. Finally, try to remember and understand that in Israel Judaism is not so much a religion as a way of life and Israel is the Jewish homelands where the religion, the people and society try to operate as one. Israel is also the only place where the Jewish people will be protected and cared for without question should any disaster or threat raise its ugly head threatening our fellow Jews. Israel is the Jewish safety fuse which will trip and give the Jewish People a home forever into the future. That should be sufficient reason for any Jew to do anything required to protect their safety valve. Lastly, whether they realize it or not, Israel is the homeland of the Jews and has been the Promised Land from over three-thousand years back and that only gets us back to King David, Abraham and Sarah were close to another thousand years further back. That is something which will never change.

 

Beyond the Cusp

 

February 13, 2018

Racism in Opposition to Deporting Illegal Immigrants

 

It does not matter if it is in the United States, Europe or Israel; the people who are claiming it is inhuman to deport illegal immigrants are steeped in racism. I know their main argument is the deportation is racist at its heart. The truth is it is not racist to deport illegal immigrants if the sole delineating reason in choosing those to be deported is to deport those who came into the country illegally back to the country from which they originated providing they will not be automatically imprisoned or worse. If their originating nation may be problematic and there is a third nation willing to give them refuge from their originating area of the world, then this is also permitted. Thusfar, the main nations in the Developed World who are currently in the process to deport illegal immigrants, not refugees as they are claimed to be by those opposing the action often for political reasons, such as if these people were to become citizens with the right to vote they would support their party; the UNHRC has approved these deportations. But there is one argument which is very vicious and in bad taste, that sending them back to the nation, or even continent, will lead to their being oppressed and suffering because these nations are cruel or the governance is unfit and thus makes their return impossible. These arguments have little if any evidence and are made boldly swiping entire areas as being unfit in which to live simply because of their supposed indecency to one another.

 

Taking such a swipe at the developing world is basically racist as it takes entire regions and claims that because of their populations and the governments they choose and their ways of life are so substandard that they are unfit for life. Swiping Africa, South America or the Islamic world as being unfit place to live and defining life there as torturous for their citizens, does not mean that every nation in the developed world must automatically grant economic asylum to anybody who originated from these areas and have managed to enter the nation in question by any means. Such an argument, if carried to the ultimate, would mean that if somebody from Greece or Italy took a trip to Canada, Britain or Germany they should be permitted to live and work there and become citizens because they came from a nation which was economically less well off. Such an argument carried to the logical conclusion, the entire world would be on their way to Germany, the United States, Britain and Israel and even some locations in China and the remainder of the world would become depopulated. Why not take people and move them to places where their lives would be easier? Well, because it would not take long before the migration was complete, the nations which had been economically well off would become third world nations as they would not be capable of employing or handling the invasion of immigrants. There are reasons that nations need and must be permitted to control the immigrants who enter across their borders. The days of uncontrolled immigration ended with the onset of the industrial revolution as this produces a more skilled workforce with specialized skills and required a more structured and intensive education.

 

It does not do the immigrant any favors to place them in a nation which has a considerably better economic environment if they are not skilled or sufficiently educated to take advantage of the presumed opportunities. If the immigrant is only capable of taking is menial jobs which pay minimal level salary their life may end up less rewarding and with less advantages than they would have had in their native country. There exists a similar example with the dark side of affirmative action in higher education. Too often a minority student who is quite capable of excelling at their State University are admitted to an Ivy League University filling their affirmative action quota, and it really is a quota system, will not succeed and end up failing and once they have failed, finding a university which will accept them becomes more difficult and thus even the State University where they would have excelled will now no longer admit them, or at least not for three or more years. This is described in the book “Please Stop Helping Us” which is summarized in this article by Thomas Sowell. The book also covers such actions with other areas including foreign aid being counterproductive especially when the aid is agricultural products being sent to a nation which had an agrarian economy.

 

The describing the originating nations and continents where these immigrants originate as being so inferior and backwards that even existence in these places should be considered torture is unbelievably racist. Many of these nations are making great strides towards modernity and their standard of living is approaching European standards and exceeding the standard of living in a number of European countries. One can only wonder why it is that these supposed pro-immigrant individuals who are really only pro-illegal-immigrant as they would be against illegal immigrants say from France or Italy being permitted to live despite being illegal in Sweden or the United States. They even are against European immigration to the United States and demand that all immigrants be from Third World as European immigrants are unworthy and do not need the advantage of moving to the United States. They only scream when illegal immigrants are to be returned to their nation of origin or neighboring country willing to take them. A perfect example is in Israel where thirty-thousand illegal immigrants are to be returned either to their nation of origin or a third country willing to accept them as immigrants. The nation which is willing to accept them has a higher-level economy than their nation of origin. Israel is not deporting those who are married, women, children, their parents and those from Darfur. Those being deported are being awarded approximately the equivalent of three-thousand dollars to facilitate their relocation. Still, there are people from the left politically who are demanding these illegal immigrants be permitted to remain in Israel. Some have also made the claim that Israel should be open to any such refugees from Africa or Asia in any numbers which would prefer living in Israel. What these people are actually proposing is the death of Israel and the Jewish Homeland.

 

Those desiring making Israel simply a democracy where anybody in any number be permitted to enter the nation to take advantage of the better economy simply want to end the idea of a Jewish State. We would bet that they would not make the same demand if the nation in question were Japan. The requirements to become a citizen of Japan are:

1) Continuous residence in Japan for five years or more
2) At least 20 years old and otherwise legally competent
3) History of good behavior generally, and no past history of seditious behavior
4) Sufficient capital or skills, either personally or within family, to support oneself
5) Stateless or willing to renounce foreign citizenship

Requirement number three precludes citizenship for illegal immigrant. So, should Japan be required to make an exception and permit citizenship for illegal immigrants from economically challenged nations as is being demanded of European countries, Israel and the United States? Imagine thirteen million Chinese peasant farmers, one tenth the population of Japan’s one-hundred-twenty-seven-million, made their way to Japan, should they offer them citizenship? It should be mentioned that Japan discourages those not of Japanese heritage, even if married to a Japanese spouse, to try to become a citizen. Japan desires to remain the homeland of the Japanese people. Israel has merely eight and a half million citizens, seven percent the population of Japan. Japan has a total area of three-hundred-seventy-eight thousand square kilometers and Israel has a mere twenty-one thousand square kilometers which is five and a half percent. Israel has just over four-hundred citizens per square kilometer and Japan has just over three-hundred-thirty-five citizens per square kilometer.

 

Map of Japan with Israel Imposed to Scale

Map of Japan with Israel Imposed to Scale

 

So, if you thought that Japan should not be required as, like most people, you believed Japan to be overcrowded already, well, Israel has a slightly higher population density than Japan. What this comes back to is one of our least favorite but consistent threat, those who desire to erase the Jewish State by any means possible. Forcing Israel to accept any and all illegal immigrants who cross their border would be a guaranteed method which is probably why a five judge panel of the usually leftist Israel Supreme Court ruled against the complaint filed demanding that these illegal immigrants be granted refugee status due to economic reasons. This infuriated many leftist NGO’s, mostly those who despite registering as Israeli are funded and have their main operations and financing from outside Israel along with American and European NGOs whose main area is targeting Israel for complaints and court actions have now decided to raise as much noise and negative publicity as they possibly are capable. This racket is manufactured and actually has little actual support with Israelis. Many of the people protesting are in Israel on a protest vacation, and why not as Israel is a nice place to vacation and they are actually here for the Tel Aviv nightlife, so daytime protests can be accommodated providing they are not too early in the day. There are some who are protesting online or from their home location. It is all simply noise which is much ado about nothing as the decisions have been made, the arrangements completed, and everybody is being tight lipped about everything. Why allow for additional aggravation or allow the busybodies more targets. Israel has wisely decided to be the only target while not letting on where these illegal immigrants are destined until it is too late to pressure that nation. But at least Israel, and likely the United States as well, are used to receiving grief for anything and everything the government does with demonstrations and court actions. At least this time the Supreme Court of Israel actually made a good decision for the preservation of the state.

 

Beyond the Cusp

 

March 29, 2016

Soldiers Can be Right; Dead Right

 

The world has mostly seen and made up their minds about the action in a moment of great stress where an Israeli Defense Force (IDF) soldier shot an apparently unarmed and defenseless Arab Palestinian terrorist who had just taken part in a stabbing assault on the soldier’s unit’s posting. Whether the soldier was reacting to an actual stimulus or some information we are never to be privileged in sharing. The only truth will remain known between the soldier’s heart and mind and the all-knowing of Hashem, the rest of us are reacting on partial information. Fortunately the technology is not yet ready for prime time to read one’s memories and intentions at the time of any specific action. Rather than rehash the accusations from those who ultimately hold responsibility for this entire driven provocation, and also the “human rights” groups who assured their video went viral beyond just their closed reinforcement echo chamber which used can push any video into the general viral presence. We all know that with a fairly smallish number of people using numerous e-mail and on-line identities can propel anything from the most shocking video to the cutest puppy/kitten interaction into the viral neighborhood using mass hits in a short period of time. Let us instead draw on some personal experiences from a veteran of the United States Army. There is little duty less enviable than guard or checkpoint duty as if everything goes extremely well you serve your hours and return to billets. Anything which takes away from supreme boredom, contrary to the stories old soldiers love to tell, there never was an instance where we faced a battleship approaching the ammo dump. For those who never had such duty, let it allow that that was often the bonus question to the troop who were challenged as to what they would do. My answer, which always seemed to please, was that I would stand aside and call the commander of the relief for further instructions. Oddly, the powers that be would prefer you ask before acting, probably the one step missed in this instance, though not unsurprising.

 

The first thing we will never know, because nobody is going to come rushing to this young man’s defense when doing so could pull the laser beam of close inspection down upon them. We will never know if they were informed of some intelligence pointing to a stabbing/suicide bombing possible in the immediate future or if they were given no special instructions, often the worst set of instructions as it gives no special situations they should be aware of. Such leaves everything as an open ended list of possibilities. The one item which made this particular episode different was the presence of “human rights” documenters who double as the instigators who often entice Palestinian Arabs to take on IDF soldiers in the hopes of catching anything untoward and they hit their jackpot on Saturday. They know exactly what raises a soldier’s adrenaline, nature’s way of clouding judgement. These provocations are unfortunately not that uncommon as there is an entire cottage industry which works with European and United Nations funding and full support whenever they get incriminating evidence against members of the IDF and other Israeli security units and police. When these provocations are executed the instigators attempt to make as much confusion as they can hoping to pressure a mistake which they can utilize in their concerted and dutiful work of assisting the IDF with their human rights image. Honest, that is what these NGOs claim is their d’être. You would think if their actual intent was to assist the IDF and Israeli security forces in their human rights treatment of Arabs and anyone else they contact they would work with the IDF and not tempt and document any reactions. They would be playing such clips before IDF commanders who could in turn use these as training aids better preparing troops for any confrontations.

 

 

Israeli Defense Forces Seeking Far Horizons Pursuing Lasting Peace Through Eveready Force

Israeli Defense Forces
Seeking Far Horizons
Pursuing Lasting Peace
Through Eveready Force

 

These are gotcha artists registered as an Israeli NGO despite their receiving well over half of their financing from European sources including governments and the European Union as well as from United Nations sources. The Knesset has attempted to pass legislation to expose foreign funded NGOs, which virtually every democracy and free society in the world has among their laws, especially European nations. Whenever this is considered, the screams of foul play from the European Union and participating governments claiming that such a demand that NGOs receiving more than half their financing from foreign sources would damage Israeli democracy sounds hollow as were Israel financing NGOs trapping their police and security professionals through provocations would be quickly routed from the country and exposed as a conspirator force. But as we all know, whether we want to admit so or not, is that when Israel is involved the rules are particularly separated from reality anywhere else on the planet. Imagine an NGO operating in the United States attempting to set up confrontations between illegal immigrants and the Border Patrol financed by Sweden and the European Union Human Rights Agency and exposed six months of successful provocation getting Border Patrol to seemingly overreact and use undue force. Does anybody think this NGO would continue to operate inside the United States? The real question is how long will the members of this faux NGO spend in American prisons or on border community service to atoll for their sins against the United States. Change it to an NGO operating in Europe financed by the United States, same result, opposite direction. But Israel has thus far not simply stood the test of time and should pass the law to require all NGOs to reveal their financing, period. These records need not be exposed to the public except for freedom of information but for reference by reporters, journalists, editorialists and as evidence in a court of law should one of these agencies cause undeserved harms.

 

This soldier should receive a new posting and perhaps additional punishment to be determined through military channels and not before the public. The real criminal element here were those who instigated the situation where the soldier apparently overreacted possibly fearing the terrorist was concealing a bomb which posed a danger to all in the vicinity. The situation presented in the video may have been at least sound edited as such reaction from an IDF soldier was likely also in part a reaction to the excitement and threats of the moment. These are young men and women who are in very dangerous and imperiled positions which demands levels of maturity and reason not found in many much older people. They receive training but when people around you are yelling and the threat of a suicide bomber is real the potential to make an error in judgement is evident. We need to remember that the identity of the Arab Palestinian as a terrorist was already established as he had participated in a knifing assault on these very same soldiers. This individual had already proven his desire to murder soldiers and very probably would have gladly murdered any Israelis encountered. That the terrorist had a desire to murder soldiers was likely very present in each of the soldiers’ minds. Any suspicion of a bomb has to be addressed and addressed urgently. Training can prepare a soldier for any situation but no amount of training can rule out misjudgments, overreactions or simple errors. Should a soldier not act on a bomb threat when he believes the terrorist is attempting to reach and press the detonator, the end result will be very dire for all within the immediate area. We cannot say this was the case but reports from the scene told of some people fearing there was a bomb on the terrorist as he was wearing bulky clothing heavy for the weather that day. If people were fearful of there being a bomb, that could have aggravated the encounter. The members of the NGO were present to take video and edit it placing it on the Internet with the expressed purpose of damning the IDF through this one act. This they claim will aid the IDF with training. How releasing the video will aid misses us somewhere as it appears their intent was to harm, not instruct. The one thing we can hope is the soldier will gain insight and fair treatment by the IDF superiors. His trial in the media will continue but will hopefully not be decided there. The real path forward would see a law enacted forcing NGOs to reveal their financing sources. Make it all NGOs and the complaints from European meddlers will be exposed. Once these NGOs are forced to reveal their financing and thus their driving force serves a nation other than Israel, then perhaps they can be forced to file as foreign agents. That would be a revealing situation which would not prevent these NGOs from continuing to instigate confrontations; just they will do so with their sources revealed. That would be a step in the right direction.

 

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