Beyond the Cusp

February 7, 2019

The Same Tired Old Accusations Against Israel


These overly-worn accusarial slurs still echo throughout much of the world’s leftist media and taints their politics just as deeply. One cannot be a Zionist, a supporter of Israel or one who is proud that Israel is the home of the Jewish People without also being labeled a fascist, racist and a supporter of Jewish supremacism. Such labels are reserved, as it seems, for any and all those who believe that the Jewish State, that Israel has every right to exist and the names become even more shrill if you believe that the world should live up to the promises made to the Zionist Congress and the Jewish People at the end of World War I when the map of the world, or at least of central and eastern Europe, the Middle East and northern Africa were being redrawn. Where these names go astray of the realities is a matter of deep division. Those who demand that Israel be torn down and returned to the Arabs as the Jews have become a threat to their peaceful neighbors is such a falsehood that if it was not so vile and such a threat would be laughable. Supporting Israel does not make one a fascist any more than a Frenchman supporting France, the British supporting Britain, a Chinese person supporting China, an India person supporting India or an American supporting the United States. But at least when it comes to the United States, Europe and Israel, if one is even the slightest to the right politically than the far left, they are considered to be first and foremost a racist and next they are accused of being fascistic. In this current political climate, anyone who displays the slightest passion for their homeland and avers their patriotism are no longer nationalistic, that is too soft, gentile and moderate a designation; these people must be referred to such that they are extremely dangerous and aberrant to be acceptable in decent company. Anyone who has such love for their nationality, religion or any other identifier is automatically a pariah and must be called out. They are to be deemed any and everything derogatory which one can label them and it always starts with racist and fascist.


The first things one need know are some facts. Israel is a multi-racial, multi-ethnic nation which is home to numerous religions including having one of the two shrines of the Baha’i faith (the other is in India) which includes a gorgeous landscape (see below). In the late 1970’s, Prime Minister Menachem Begin accepted for Israel to accept approximately three-hundred-sixty Vietnamese boat-people granting them full citizenship as Jewish memory includes the ordeal of the voyage of the damned, the voyage of the MS St. Louis, and as such felt a duty to do that which our little nation was able. Further, Judaism is a multi-racial religion. Jews are a people, a religion, a nation and a family. The family has accepted many who wished to join by converting to Judaism, but mostly we are the descendants of Abraham, Izaak, Jacob and his twelve sons who make up our tribal identities, though ten of the tribes were conquered and lost to us until quite recently when many of these tribes which had retained much of their original ties to Judaism started to return to us in Israel. Basically, referring to a person who identifies with the Jewish faith and is supportive of Israel as a racist is simply wrong and quite inaccurate. So, what about the accusation that supporters of Israel are fascist?


Bahá'í Gardens in Haifa

Bahá’í Gardens in Haifa


Accusing anyone who supports Israel as a fascist is as ridiculous as calling any person who identifies and is proud of their heritage and ties with a certain nation as a fascist. Fascists are a political persuasion which is completely independent of any national heritage. But then we read and hear all too regularly the accusation that President Trump is a fascist. Fascism, according to WikipediA is defined as “a form of radical authoritarian ultra-nationalism, characterized by dictatorial power, forcible suppression of opposition and strong regimentation of society and of the economy, which came to prominence in early 20th-century Europe.” It is most often attributed to the Axis Powers of Germany, Italy and Japan though Japan was not fascist but was a monarchical system under the Emperor. The label fascist is used today as a derogatory reference to anyone who opposes internationalism, the erasure of borders, the breaking down of Western dominance and is supportive of Judeo-Christian ethics which has been the basis of Western Culture. The term is most often used to force those opposed to the ultra-liberal leftism into having to defend their beliefs where anything they might claim to support their nationalism is simply redefined as proof of their being a fascist. Loving one’s country, ethnic background, religion or history does not make one a fascist otherwise the vast majority of the world would consist of tiny little fascist running all over the face of the planet. This accusation is used largely and almost solely by people to degrade the Ethno-European world plus Israel. This was the label leveled against Marine Le Pen and her National Front Party. Where she and her party are nationalist, the correct political term for their views is populist, but populist sounds friendly, thus the retagging of any populist party or politician as fascist. This was also the case with Donald Trump whose platform, while not exactly a typical Republican platform, was a populist platform, but that, of course, makes him a fascist to those who opposed his candidacy and has continued as they oppose his Presidency and everything he has done. Right wing and nationalist politicians cannot escape the tagging as fascist and even should they support some policies which their opposition would normally approve or even tout as their own, they will be opposed and labeled fascist simply because they are not being performed by the right people.


When it is concerning Israel, they are also called oppressors of the Arabs. This is false on virtually every level. The Arabs who are citizens of Israel enjoy every right as any other Israeli including Jews, Druze, Bedouins, Muslims, Christians and many others as are listed here by WikipediA. The immediate response to anyone arguing with this reply to the charge of being the evil oppressor is that they mean the Palestinian Arabs. This argument is even more ludicrous as even the NYT admitted recently and we covered in our article from earlier this week, namely that the Palestinian Arabs are not under Israeli rule but are governed by their own governance. They are hardly occupied as no Israelis are permitted to even go shopping in the Palestinian ruled areas and there are warning signs informing Israelis, specifically Jews, that entering these regions could be very hazardous to their health (see image below). By law, Israelis are forbidden from entering the regions under Palestinian rule. That includes Area A within the Shomron and especially Gaza. Area A is administered by the Palestinian Authority under the seeming dictatorial rule of Mahmoud Abbas and Gaza is ruled by Hamas and is completely independent from Israel as of August of 2005 and the disastrous Gaza Disengagement when Israel removed every vestige of an Israeli presence right down to reinterring the deceased buried within Gaza. The occupation is part of the Big Lie being propped up through multi-billion dollar Arab League propaganda, nothing else.


Sign Warning Israelis it is Illegal to Enter Arab Region for Safety Reasons

Sign Warning Israelis it is Illegal to Enter Arab Region for Safety Reasons


Claiming that Israel is a fascist entity is as ridiculous as claiming that the United States is fascist, Britain is fascist, Poland is fascist and we could continue listing democratic nations but perhaps you get the idea. Israel is a parliamentary democratic nation where on Tuesday, April 9, 2019 Israelis, all Israelis who wish to vote, will go to the polls and choose the card of the party which they wish to lead the nation, or at least gain sufficient mandates (Ministerships in the Knesset) that the ruling coalition will seek to include them so as to form a coalition with sixty-one or greater mandates of the one-hundred-twenty seats of the Knesset. That is hardly fascist, especially when one considers the plethora of parties from which to choose. Some parties will group themselves so they are assured of breaking the threshold for seating Ministers with negotiations as which party gets to have which number in the submitted list. It gets complicated and sometimes very messy. There are Arabs serving in the Knesset, Arabs serving on the bench, even the Supreme Court, and Arabs working in virtually every field within Israel. Hardly oppressing them as the accusation goes.


Concerning the Palestinian Arabs in particular, there are things which would shock the average person protesting the Israeli occupation. The most prized jobs for Palestinian Arabs who live under the Palestinian Authority are those in Israeli companies, most of these in the areas which the Oslo Accords left under complete Israeli control, Area C of the Shomron. Two of these have made the news in the past year and perhaps their stories would provide a little insight. The more recent one was the shooting terrorist act in the Barkan Industrial Park committed by one of the Palestinian Arabs with the necessary pass to enter and work in Israeli territories who entered his workplace and tied up and murdered two employees and severely injured a third before fleeing back into the Palestinian areas. As soon as the area reopened, the Palestinian Arab employees returned to work as did the Jewish employees with many exchanging condolences and expressing their loss at the hands of this individual. The other is a lesson for all of those supporting the BDS Movement against Israel. The BDS Campaign targeted SodaStream as well as their spokeswoman, Scarlett Johansson, over the fact that their main production facility was located in Area C which are mislabeled as occupied territories, a more accurate label might be contested territories but the reality is the Oslo Accords awarded this region to be Israeli. When SodaStream required a new and larger facility, they took the BDS pressure into their consideration and built their new plant inside the Green Line, or within recognized Israel, another misnomer because the Arabs do not recognize anything as being Israel and they demand all of Israel be given to them. This has been their demand and their reason for rejecting every bid to establish peace, as they believe that the world will eventually force the Jews to surrender Israel to them and then the Jews will be forced to flee. They have an idea for a solution for any Jews who are unable to find another nation to take them in, let us just say that it very closely matches the Nazi solution to the Jews except the Arabs plan on completing their solution in under a day. When SodaStream built the new factory, five-hundred Palestinian Arabs lost their jobs as they could not attain permanent passes for entering across the Green Line. Such passes are usually temporary and granted for medical treatments. SodaStream executives attempted to get at least three-hundred-fifty passes for the majority of their Palestinian Arab employees, but only seventy-four met the stringent security standards.


Then, lastly, there are the innumerable terror attacks by Palestinian Arabs and the incessant demands that Israel return the land they stole and allow the reestablishment of Palestine. Israel never fought a war with any nation called Palestine. Israel has fought Jordan, Egypt, Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia and militias from the Arab League, the Mufti of Jerusalem and the Muslim Brotherhood. These were the Arab militaries which invaded Israel on the morning she was born with the genocidal intent to murder every Jew in Israel. This was stated well by Azzam Pasha, Secretary-General of the Arab League at that time who stated, “It will be a war of annihilation. It will be a momentous massacre in history that will be talked about like the massacres of the Mongols or the Crusades.” Since then Israel has fought wars with the nations of Syria, Jordan, Egypt and Lebanon which at times were supported by units from other Arab League nations but none were called Palestine. The truth is that there has never been a nation called Palestine in all of history. Further, there has never been anyone other than Israel who has used Jerusalem as their capital city. Jerusalem is not even mentioned in the Quran, and that includes Mohammad’s nighttime trip on flying horses. That trip was described as his initially going to the furthest Mosque, that is where the popular name for Mosques as al-Aqsa originates, and there are many including one in Philadelphia. When Mohammad died there still was yet to be a Mosque in Jerusalem or anywhere in what today is Israel including Gaza and the Shomron. There never has been a Palestine and, Hashem willing, there never will be a nation called Palestine or if one must exist, it will not be within the lands promised Israel. Israel has agreed to allow for a nation of Palestine and the first time they ended up calling it Transjordan which later became Jordan, the next was in November of 1947 when Israel agreed to the United Nations partition plan, the Arab League refused that outright, again in 2000 in conjunction with President Clinton’s efforts, Yasser Arafat refused that time, and in 2008 in the closing months in office by President George W. Bush which Mahmoud Abbas immediately rejected. Israel has not been the problem, the Arab demand that Israel be erased from the map has been the problem, is the problem and will continue to be the problem as President Trump likely already realized and is why if he ever produces the Plan of the Century, it will be rejected by the Arabs and Israel will be blamed. We have been to this dance before and we know the music and the steps and we are tiring of the deceit. If only the world would awaken and realize that it is not always the Jews fault, and we are not racist or fascist.


Beyond the Cusp



February 5, 2019

New York Times Admits Palestinian Reality


It took the Palestinian Authority (PA) government to fold for them to finally be recognized by the New York Times (NYT). We just have to quote their first paragraph just for the sake that it is so telling in revealing the lie which the NYT has tendered for years that the Palestinian Arabs were occupied by the oppressive Israeli government. It negates their insistence that Israel prevented the Palestinian Arabs from ever being permitted to vote. Now, all of a sudden there was this entity, the Palestinian government, which prevented their holding elections because, as we have pointed out incessantly, Mahmoud Abbas knew he faced no chance of winning another term and he and his family simply were making too much money to surrender their stranglehold on power. Paragraph also tells us that there is a political terrorist entity which rules the Palestinian Arabs in Gaza, it is called Hamas. Imagine that, the Palestinian Arabs in the West Bank (Shomron) and the Palestinian Arabs in Gaza both had their own government and in neither case was Israel involved. With that said, allow us to quote their first paragraph.

The government of the Palestinian Authority tendered its resignation on Tuesday, a move that reflected rising public discontent and the failure of efforts to reunite the West Bank, where the Authority is based, and the Gaza Strip, controlled by the militant Islamist group Hamas.

There are some qualifying follow-on statements which have a bearing on what exactly will be the near future. First, as the NYT provides, “The cabinet’s resignation still has to be accepted by the Authority’s president, Mahmoud Abbas, and cabinet officials said it would continue to function until a new government was formed.” This requires some further elucidation as its true meaning is, as is almost always the case when Mahmoud Abbas is involved, obscured and needing of explanation from those who are a little closer to the problem than New York City, a whole lot closer. Mahmoud Abbas will hold up accepting their resignation until his demands for his having strict control over who may be permitted in the next government. His continuance as President of the PA will need be accepted such that he need not run or face even the weakest of opposition, and he will, of course, have some say in who may and may not rule for any positions. The demands have already begun and in order to appear not involved, it was Fatah which recommended that the next government have a, “stronger political component, to be made up mostly of members of Fatah and possibly some other factions, but excluding Hamas.” What one need know about this is that the Fatah Chairman is also Mahmoud Abbas, so when Fatah states something, it is actually Mahmoud Abbas who is stating something.


The NYT had to bring in a completely unrelated slant concerning Israel when stating, “uncertainty and disarray that has characterized Palestinian politics after more than a decade of deep divisions between the West Bank and Gaza, and with peace talks with Israel long at an impasse.” What the peace talks with Israel, which have been refused and held up by, you guessed it, Mahmoud Abbas, has to do with anger from the Palestinian Arab people is that they have been denied elections for over a decade and there has been no unification between the PA ruled region and the Hamas ruled Gaza. The anger from the Palestinian Arab people has had no component aimed at Israel and they are not concerned with Israel; they want to have representative governance and are tired of the Abbas dictatorship. According to the reporting, the last straw was apparently, “a new tax to finance a fund to cover pension benefits, proved particularly unpopular.” The reasoning presumably for this anger was explained by Ghassan Khatib, a political scientist at Birzeit University in the West Bank, who the NYT quoted as saying, “The public became unhappy with the whole idea, mainly because it has no confidence in the stability of this authority, or in the performance of the government on such a huge project, and because of other factors like corruption.” Did they say corruption? The leadership of Hamas has made three men into billionaires and Mahmoud Abbas and family are probably not far behind, something difficult to determine as their wealth has been secreted away for a very long time. Abbas was the understudy of Yasser Arafat whose wife continues to lead a life of excess on the wealth Arafat left her with her main concern being how she will get the rest of the cash he hid in Swiss accounts and did not live long enough to give her the information. We can be assured that the Abbas family could go and live along the Rivera and never need to worry about money, people attempting to murder them, perhaps that might be a concern, but money would not be a problem.


The final paragraph quotes Hamas spokesperson Hazem Qasem stating, “It is a new blow to unity by Fatah, overriding all reconciliation endeavors. The only beneficiary of this decision is the Israeli occupation.” We can see immediately why the NYT decided to end their article with this particular quote; it again brings in the completely spurious mention of Israel. Israel does not gain or lose anything by the continued turmoil within the PA or their inability to find a means of cooperating with Hamas. The problem is easily explained and has to do with the founding principles of each of these ruling dictatorships, both of which claim to give the people a say in their government. The PA was the construction of an entity which would basically remain as the terrorist group the PLO but would have the world turn a blind eye to their terrorist ties so as to force Israel into concessions which, if some of those behind this had often prayed, eventually leading to the dissolution of Israel. The PLO, and the PA after it, were both established during the pan Arabist period of Arab nationalism and is a secular-nationalist based. Hamas was established as a religious Islamist based organization which based their rule and authority on the Quran. Their claim against Israel was more general and based on the simple fact, under the Quran the Jews are to be ruled solely by their Islamic superiors. Further, Hamas includes in their Charter the following statement, “The following are considered null and void: the Balfour Declaration, the British Mandate Document, the UN Palestine Partition Resolution, and whatever resolutions and measures that derive from them or are similar to them. The establishment of “Israel” is entirely illegal and contravenes the inalienable rights of the Palestinian people and goes against their will and the will of the Ummah; it is also in violation of human rights that are guaranteed by international conventions, foremost among them is the right to self-determination.” As is often the case with Islamist institutions, they refuse to recognize anything which was performed by, and most especially, Jews as well as Christians, Hindus, Buddhists henceforth and so on to include everything not Islamic, and specifically in agreement with their view of Islam. Hamas originally had a very dim view of Iran due to their being Shia and not Sunni, but once Iran provided needed cash and weapons, specifically improved rocket motors and larger rockets, then all of a sudden, their purity was shifted aside to allow the benefits Iran proffered. Apparently, the fact that Iran was at least Islamist became sufficient. But as the PA is Arab nationalist and Islamist, Hamas cannot find any bridge with which to reach an accord. Add that on the PA side, Mahmoud Abbas refuses to allow anything which might get in the way of his living out his days in the comfort of being protected by Force 17 and living the life of a sultan in the new headquarters and living accommodations which, unsurprisingly, has billets for a couple of platoons of troops to guard the building and its most important individual, Mahmoud Abbas (see picture below). Does anybody want to talk about imperial presidency? Mahmoud Abbas is very much self-impressed and will never loose his grip on power until he takes that final trip which we all face eventually, and at over eighty-years of age and not even near perfect health, that time cannot be too far and he probably can hear the footsteps closing in on him.


Mamoud Abbas planned masion estimated cosr of thirteen million dollars but will end up costing far more after required kickbacks


What is remarkable is that any left-leaning news source would actually admit that the Palestinian Arabs are ruled over by their own governance, let alone that both those in what they call the West Bank and those in Gaza each have their own governance. They actually admitted in the NYT that Mahmoud Abbas is the President and that he ordered the government dissolved responding to an order by the Palestinian Arab top court, and has left the 98% of Palestinian Arabs of the region residing under it with the sole governance being simply the dictator, Mahmoud Abbas. For years, all they have ever been capable of claiming about the poor, oppressed, never allowed to vote and facing checkpoints to get into Israel Palestinian Arabs was how they suffered under the Israeli occupation. They never ever and consistently refused to recognize that the Palestinian Arabs were under their own self-rule which had suspended elections because the sitting President knew that he would not be reelected but somehow their not voting was because of the occupation and Israel would not let them vote. Well, of course Israel would not let them vote in Israeli elections and the reason was the same as for the checkpoints; they resided in a separately governed regions which was basically a nation protected by Israel from invasion, as if any Arab nation would ever invade them, and as such they were foreigners. Foreigners go through checkpoints to enter another nation, it is often called Customs, and foreigners are not permitted to vote in other national elections. But when it came to Israel, these were foreign ideas and not worthy of print because they did not fit the Israel, the Jewish State, is a horrid monster which should be abandoned and left for the buzzards. Now, except for the few attempts at slighting Israel, we cannot expect the NYT to completely surrender their favorite punching bag, they finally admitted that the Palestinian Arabs have a pair of governments, one for Gaza called Hamas and one for the Arabs of the Shomron called the PA. Perhaps their reason will be clarified as time continues as we fully expect that the NYT will be criticizing Israel as Mahmoud Abbas finds reason after reason to postpone or terminate any plans allowing for the election of a new government unless he is guaranteed his position does not get challenged by his needing to face election and the preferences of the people, something he dreads as he knows the result, and that he has control over who can and cannot run so as to have the echo chamber he desires. Abbas desires to have the same control as the Supreme Leader and Grand Ayatollah in Iran and, just like Iran, he wants it to be referred to as a democratic state where the people get to vote. The NYT will laud any announcement of elections though one will have to wonder at some point why there are announcements every few months about the pending Palestinian elections and never any results announced. The answer is easy; they are always cancelled because Abbas knows the result would be Hamas taking over and his head on a post.


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January 25, 2019

When Mahmoud Abbas is Gone


We are not going to go into depth over the facts that Mahmoud Abbas has refused to hold elections so he could remain in power while currently serving the twelfth year of his five-year term. We are not going belabor the point that Mahmoud Abbas is eighty-one years old and in less than perfect health. We are just going to assume that he has left the scene and, for all we care, decided to retire with his ill-gotten gains in Monte Carlo living in a modest mansion with his Force 17 still loyal and protecting him as he smokes fine cigars and enjoys a deserved retirement. We want to discuss the only option which makes any sense when one considers the lay of the land and the hard and biting facts which build the reality for this eventuality. So, what is really going to occur in the areas ruled by the Palestinian Authority after Abbas has left the scene? Trust us; it is not what you have been told.


The going blather is that there will be a power struggle as Mahmoud Abbas has no heir apparent and is want to name one. Abbas attempted that once and it did not go as planned. His choice was excoriated and verbally eviscerated until both he and Abbas decided to end his misery and he crawled away with permanent scars on any political future with the Palestinian Authority. The problem is that there are four, five, six, who knows how many others just waiting to pounce and name themselves the next leader and controller of the monies. Some have more support, others have a better claim and still others have some friends who would use force and there might even be a few who would be running the Palestinian Authority from an Israeli prison. The one thing all the pretenders to Mahmoud Abbas’s throne lack is an actual workable and executable plan to attain the position. What is even more interesting is that it does not matter as it is highly unlikely that any of these suitors for the crown will ever wear it because after Mahmoud Abbas, there will be no Palestinian Authority to provide that crown they seek.


Abbas answering Reporter’s question, “What you going to do next?” Abbas “I’m going to Disney World!”


Then there are numerous political experts and others who believe that Israel will step in and solve the problems caused by the power vacuum at the top of the Palestinian Authority by appointing the leading clans in each city and town to run their area and leave the Arabs with presumably better leadership with less graft. Such a system has been lauded by some political analysts and sociologists as likely the most advantageous system for the people. There are other plans and visions of the future for the Palestinian Authority and the region under its control. All of these predictions and plans have one thing in common and that is the reason they are all wrong, they all believe there will be a Palestinian Authority after Mahmoud Abbas leaves the arena. That is a very mistaken belief even if it remains in name only. The Palestinian Authority and Mahmoud Abbas are still here because Abbas allows the Israeli intelligence services operate even in Area A, as he knows that they will keep him from harm. And Israel has protected Mahmoud Abbas from numerous plots all while making little if any noise about these efforts. This also aids Israel as while protecting Abbas, the Israeli intelligence and security personnel also gain knowledge which is used to thwart terror attacks. Thusly, it serves both sides well.


Once Mahmoud Abbas retires or expires, the fight to take over his beleaguered Palestinian Authority will be over very likely within hours and replaced with another Arab on Arab war in the Middle East. Israel has thwarted a number of attempts by Hamas to take control of the region ruled by the Palestinian Authority in order to have a base which would threaten all of central Israel, specifically the greater Tel Aviv metropolitan area and Ben Gurion International Airport and the majority of Israeli infrastructure, industrial regions, population areas and all but cut Israel in two while cutting out her heart. This has been accomplished through targeted arrests of Hamas rings by Israeli security forces or through tipping off the Palestinian Authority to the potential threats. Once Mahmoud Abbas departs the Palestinian Authority, the power struggle will divide the security forces of the Palestinian Authority into the separate individuals each sector supports for the new leadership. This struggle to take the helm will likely not be completely peaceful and will not be limited to just those from within the Palestinian Authority. Hamas will also be making its move to assume the position closing the power vacuum and, they more than likely already have their plan ready, thus are simply biding their time. Hamas will have the added advantage of backing from Iran who could even have already placed IRGC agents within the region under Palestinian Authority control who are waiting for the signal to act. Additionally, the Arabs under the Palestinian Authority support Hamas measurably more than they do anyone from the Palestinian Authority. While there may be two or three officials or power players from the Palestinian Authority who might have a following, Hamas has the logistics and will not be afraid of using excessive force, they are likely planning on exactly that, using excessive force. Once Hamas pulls the trigger on whatever plan they have, it will be a matter of a few hours before they will have taken as much power and control as they are able. That is when everything becomes very chaotic.


The question will soon turn to when and how will Israel act. Should there develop total anarchy with numerous factions fighting one another plus an attempted coup by Hamas, Hamas could very readily start to assassinate those they believe are a threat to their taking power. As soon as it becomes evident that Hamas is operating with any level of force such that it becomes a threat to Israel, expect the world to begin to act in ways which are both unhelpful and completely contrarian to the reestablishing of order. The United Nations, European Union, numerous European nations, a plethora of NGO’s, the United States State Department along with numerous United Nations agencies will all be clamoring for Israel to stand off and allow the Palestinian Arabs to choose their new leadership free from Israeli meddling. These interventional forces are not concerned for the Palestinian Arabs, they simply desire for the worst possible outcome to be permitted such that they can then demand that Israel learn to live with Hamas perched on the high ground overlooking the Israeli coastal regions. Many Europeans still desire deep in their darkest regions of their hearts for Israel to be destroyed and the Jews right along with their state. Israelis can only hope that whoever is their Prime Minister along with the parties of the coalition are willing to act despite the screams from the world. Israel should be ready to act immediately as they learn of Mahmoud Abbas retiring and preferably before violence erupts. Thinking on that, we doubt even Israel could react as quickly as violence will erupt upon the departure of Mahmoud Abbas. That result will be almost immediate with some vying for power, some simply celebrating, some simply out of fear for what might be next and Hamas backed by Iran to try and establish a new front for use against the Zionist entity.


The losers in this, as is almost always the case, will be the Palestinians themselves. As the power struggle ensues, they will not be able to work or shop or anything considered normal activity as with violence erupting without notice anywhere in their region, it simply would not be safe to venture outside. At some point, Israel would be forced to intervene, if not for any other reason but to restore order and allow for normal activity to be resumed allowing the Palestinian Arabs to continue with their lives without being under threat of facing violence at any moment. Israel also cannot allow for Hamas to establish a foothold in the Shomron from which to operate and attempt to strengthen their hold on the Palestinian Authority regions. The problem is that Hamas may have a plan to simply wait for the power players from the Palestinian Authority have already taken out some of the other operatives and so they can come in as saviors expecting to be greeted enthusiastically. One need remember that in the last elections by the Palestinian Authority, Hamas won a majority in the Palestinian Parliament. This was presumably the driving reason why Mahmoud Abbas assumed dictatorial powers while disbanding the Palestinian Parliament and making it a dead body with no power. Hamas will promise the Palestinian Arabs better governance without the steeling of the funds as under Abbas. They will not deliver such and will soon ruin any workable economy for the average Palestinian Arab. One need look no further than Gaza where a large percentage of the building supplies were diverted to the building of bunkers and tunnels including the infiltration tunnels under the border into Israel. The aid monies were diverted into the manufacture of rockets and other weapons for use against Israel. The people under the Palestinian Authority should take a good long look at the life of the average Gazan Arab before believing that Hamas is their savior, they are anything but their savior.


The end result is when Mahmoud Abbas leaves the scene, things will very likely demand that Israel intervenes and restores order. Thus far, Abbas has shown no signs of making any viable plans for after he departs, as if he has thrown his hands up and decided to leave everyone to their fates. There is one item which the world should keep in mind, any violence or disorder which takes hold in the regions under the Palestinian Authority still is occurring within the current Israeli borders. This makes the violence an Israeli problem which they will be required to intervene and restore order. Should the fates smile on the Arab Palestinians, then Israel would take over their areas and appoint clans to rule the local regions until Israel could arrange for some elections and a power structure which would be less prone to encouraging terrorist attacks. The Arabs of the region could be granted same arrangement which was granted to the Arab Palestinians of East Jerusalem after Israel annexed the remainder of the city, allowing them to vote in local elections, in their case all the way up to and including the Jerusalem city elections, but not in national elections as they are not, at least not yet, Israeli citizens. They would also be included into the Israeli medical system and would have their lives normalized to a great extent. With time, there could be arrangement for them to have more liberal travel throughout Israel, but to do so immediately would be to invite undue dangers. With time, many of what are the current problems would begin to disappear. It will be after Mahmoud Abbas has moved on that the lives of the Palestinian Arabs could possibly begin to improve and they reach an even better economy and lives.


The way in which Israel could alleviate some of the problems and difficult challenges posed by the Arab Palestinians by intervening, replacing the governance over the Palestinian Authority area, allowing the Arabs to freely choose their futures. The first thing that the world need recognize is that many of these Arab Palestinians want nothing more than to return to their former home towns where the majority of their families reside. Israel could assist these families, as we have pointed out before, by offering to buy out any properties owned and an additional, and potentially large, resettlement bonus. Such an offer could be proposed to stand at what is the maximum that will be offered for a full year and then have it decrease by ten percent each month after the initial year which would have it ending in just under two years. Such a program would need to be made after order had been restored and any of the old guard and their presumed successors had been removed and sent into exile. The one thing which is obvious is that as long as any of the Arab Palestinian leadership which would refuse to permit any of the Arab Palestinians to opt to take the money and leave would need to be removed before they decided that taking such a deal, or even being rumored to having considered such, becomes yet another capital offence for assisting the Jews. This and reforming their education system to one which has normal subjects without classes on hating the Jews and reclaiming their sacred invented nation of Palestine, a nation which has never existed in all history and never had Jerusalem as their capital city as the only people to ever use Jerusalem as their capital city has been the ancient Hebrews who exist today as the Jews of Israel. With time, the population might become a normalized people once again living in a functioning economy and honest governance. That alone would be a great triumph for the future of the Arab Palestinians as their society now has an ailment consisting of the youth being indoctrinated to hate Israel and the Jews, being taught that it is their religious and sacred duty to liberate a homeland which never was. Turning their society from one steeped in hatred and celebrating death to one which is open and accepting celebrating life and all its possibilities will be liberating giving them hope for the first time since the return of Arafat in 1993. We will see whether Israel is ready to take a gamble on liberating the Arab Palestinians from the downward spiral that terrorism and government based on stealing from the people while blaming the oldest scapegoats in the planet, the Jews. All this to come in the post Mahmoud Abbas Middle East.


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