Beyond the Cusp

September 8, 2019

Israel and International Laws and Treaties

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Almost every article we have the displeasure of reading while performing research all seem to be missing or not understanding the rights and guarantees as well as the limits placed upon Israel and its Arab neighbors and citizens under International Laws under the various treaties reached after World War I and subsequently with the establishment of the United Nations under their Charter. We figured we would touch upon some of these misconceptions and misrepresentations which apparently abound. These include the litany of rights Israel is bound to provide its citizens and what limitations can be placed and by what criteria. They also present a solid and set boundaries for the Jewish State which apparently have been completely ignored by much of the world including, unfortunately, many Israelis and their politicians. What makes matters even worse is that there is virtually no discussion which includes these facts when addressing the steps which are available which can be taken to resolve all the issues simply by applying these International Laws which are bound to be enforced by the United Nations.

 

One vital bit which is often misrepresented are the set boundaries for the Jewish State under the laws and treaties including the San Remo Conference, the Treaty of Sèvres, the Mandate System and enforceable under Article 80 of the United Nations Charter. The original borders laid out under the San Remo Conference, the international agreement which took the Balfour Declaration and legalized its intents under International Law defined Israeli borders as currently exist with Lebanon in the north and with Egypt along the Negev-Sinai border and parts of the Golan Heights as the border with Syria and the Jordan River as the eastern border with Jordan. Under the expectation there would be a population exchange which did occur, but only in one direction, the eight-hundred-thousand-plus Jews expelled from the Arab and Islamic world (see map below). There were no Palestinian Arabs and no Arab state west of the Jordan River. The problems arose after the Arab forces which attempted to destroy the Jewish State upon her founding realizing territorial gains where Gaza was illegally occupied by Egypt and Judea and Samaria (Shomron or West Bank) was illegally occupied by Jordan. These regions were left open for Arabs from the surrounding nations to relocate, which many did, simply added to the Arab populations with Jordan relocating thousands of Jordanians into the region they illegally declared to be included within the borders of Jordan. Jordan applied not only political control of the area, but also provided Jordanian citizenship to the Arabs who resided in the West Bank. Were Israel to be treated as any normative nation, the Arabs in the West Bank and Gaza would have been relocated to Jordan and Egypt respectively once Israel liberated their regions freeing them of their occupying powers of Egypt and Jordan.

 

Definitive Map of Israel

Definitive Map of Israel

 

This was what was applied when India was split making Pakistan as a neighboring Islamic country. Millions of Muslims left India relocating to Pakistan and millions of Buddhists and Hindus left the area renamed as Pakistan for India. Similarly, areas of Germany, Russia and Austria-Hungary which were formed into new nations including Poland, Czechoslovakia, Yugoslavia, Romania and Lithuania were made to absorb their native populations back within Germany, Russia, Austria and Hungary respectively as part of the new map in Europe after World War I (see maps below). Exchanges of populations in order to retain national identities and populations has been the rule of thumb used in various resolutions with about the sole exception being the Jewish State. Much of Israeli history has been an example of how the world treats the Jews as an exception to the rules everybody else are held with the decisions always falling on the side which, for any outside and truly neutral observer, say an alien from another star system, would appear to have singled out one peoples for specifically strict and stifling application of completely unique application of political and geographic applications apparently with the intent of the destruction of this people and anything they build. This has been the case since the conquest under Alexander the Great and the Hellenistic Greek Empire continuing through the Roman conquest and continuing in the modern times with the British and the United Nations and other world powers and entities into the present. Apparently, Israel and the Jewish People are being demanded that they accept any Jews the world decides they do not desire remaining within their borders while also being forced to surrender lands to any and every claim which comes down the pike. This logic of accepting an ever-increasing population while retaining ever smaller areas of land is ridiculous and something being solely applied to Israel, the Jewish State.

 

German Empire and Austro-Hungarian Empire Before WWI and After WWI

German Empire and Austro-Hungarian Empire Before WWI and After WWI

 

Under the agreements by which the Jewish State of Israel was reconstituted has some very easily understood rules, restrictions, applications and defined legalities which include set borders and the rights which must be granted to citizens both Jews and Gentiles. By strictly applying these statutes, which the United Nations is obliged to accept and enforce as their commitments under the Mandate System, Israel could end all the many various attempts to delegitimize the Jewish State and reorganize, restructure and reestablish Israel as an Arab nation where the Jews would soon find themselves once again without a country. The International Law requires that Israel provide those residing within their borders, the borders defined above, with religious rights, social rights, freedom of movement within the same restrictions as Jews, economic rights, legal rights, residential rights, commercial rights and virtually all the rights permitted the Jews with an exception. This exception is where the world would go absolutely bonkers without having a leg to stand on under International Law. Israel may provide political rights to those who are not Jewish as they decide serves her best interests. This exception was applied to the Arab citizens of the annexed parts of Jerusalem. These Arab citizens were granted the right to vote in Jerusalem elections and those of smaller neighborhood political entities. These Arabs will not be able to vote in the coming national elections on September 17th as these are restricted from their limited autonomy.

 

The same could be applied to the Arabs of the Palestinian Authority once their current political structure is reconstituted allowing these Arabs to vote for their own leadership for the first time since the 2005 election of Mahmoud Abbas. Israel has not denied these Palestinian Arabs the right of voting for their own governance, Mahmoud Abbas has refused to allow elections knowing he would lose his position and then possibly his life if he did not depart quickly enough. These Palestinian Arabs would finally be electing their own leaders and be liberated from the oppression of the Palestinian Authority and Mahmoud Abbas. But their election of their own local leaders could be where their restricted political power would be permitted. Should any Palestinian Arabs relocate to another area within Israel, their right to vote in local elections would need to be decided upon by the Knesset and the courts but under International Law they would have negated any political rights by relocating. They would retain all other rights which are guaranteed under International Law with the exception of political rights. This also means that the Palestinian Arabs would not be permitted on any national ballot or list of any political party though they would be permitted to run in localized elections where their limited political rights would allow them to vote. This would grant the Palestinian Arabs semiautonomous political rights in selecting their immediate governance while remaining under Israeli laws. Of course, they would always retain the right to leave and emigrate to any other nation in the world which is willing to accept them. This is a far more workable solution than the other most obvious alternative, driving them into Jordan across the Jordan River and into Egypt across into the Sinai Peninsula. Such a solution would break the rules imposed under the British Mandate, a solution put in place by the British with the intent of preventing the Jewish State from ever being realized, but would remain within the rights Israel retains as the results of the lands liberated in response to an offensive war brought against Israel in June of 1967 and the Six Day War.

 

While completely complying with the various treaties, conferences and other legalities, Israel could extend her border to its rightful place, the Jordan River, expel and exile the leadership of the Palestinian Authority and all members of any of the various terrorist entities legally barring them from entry within the Israeli borders due to their taking positions as enemies of the State of Israel and sworn to her destruction. This is no longer applicable to Gaza as Israel released her claims to this region though at any point where Hamas, Islamic Jihad or any other entity within Gaza launches rockets or other attacks upon Israel, then Israel could retake Gaza and expel the terror entities extending Israeli rule over Gaza while providing the Palestinian Arabs residing within the same rights and conditions as they would provide to the Arabs residing currently under the Palestinian Authority. In both locations, Israel would be replacing dictatorial regimes with smaller entities which would be of a democratic nature with regularly held elections which would be overseen such that they would be fair and free elections where all would be permitted to run and vote from within the defined region. Both Gaza and Palestinian Authority Arab communities would be permitted, if desired, to elect a single governance over their respective areas. This would permit the Arabs to have immediate local governance and a regional governance if they so desired, though the larger the area governed, the greater the opportunity for returning to the same governance as is currently causing the vast majority of their difficulties.

 

Once Israel would annex either region, their utilities and infrastructure would be repaired, upgraded and improved making their lives healthier and far more pleasant. These are areas the current governance sees little reason to perform regular maintenance, let alone improvements, has led to some health problems from contaminated ground water, lack of sewage treatment, inadequate electrical generation, lack of clean drinking water and various other problems currently being ignored. Once annexed, these problems would be resolved with proper repairs and upgrades being provided. In exchange, Israel would expect that their laws be followed and terrorism to come to an abrupt halt. Well, we may be dreamers, but our eyes are open and we realize that terror would continue but, hopefully, at an ever-decreasing rate. Israel would likely find it necessary to change her laws regarding terrorist acts. The main change would need to make terrorist acts potentially punishable by exile after their prison sentence has been served or as simple as exile being conducted immediately upon conviction. Israel would have every right under current International Law for any of these options with the option of declaring the Jordan River as her eastern boundary being the necessary first step.

 

There would be some degree of pushback. Within Israel such pushback would come from the left side of the political spectrum and would take every step of this before the Supreme Court often using judge shopping to find the perfect panel which supports their political agendas. This is only in Israel to the best of our knowledge, but a Supreme Court decision on these matters could be in turn taken before a larger panel of Supreme Court judges and overturned. (We know, first the mess currently swirling around how justices are chosen and other procedural items need be ironed out, but all in good time.) The European Union, United Nations, UN Human Rights Council along with other UN agencies, numerous European countries, more than just numerous NGOs and who knows how many other entities will all be clamoring and demanding that Israel cease and desist from these actions. This can be stated in a more concise manner which the left uses almost every time they do not get their way and another policy is initiated instead by their normal complaint, ‘What will the world say. They will be so upset and will take serious exception to such actions.’ Our reply is actually quite simple, ‘They already complain about anything we do which is in our best interests. The world wants us destroyed now and whatever we do will not make it any better as long as we continue to exist as the homeland for the Jewish People. They want Israel replaced by another Arab dictatorship and the Jews made homeless once more so they can persecute us and we will have nowhere to go where we could be safe.’ An even simpler means of saying all this is to simply inquire how any action Israel does in her own interest changes the rejectionism suffered under current conditions. Israel will be denounced simply for existing and desiring to continue to exist. As long as we are being denounced, it is best if we are denounced for building our nation and making it a safer place for ourselves and any tourists visiting.

 

While we are acting in our own interests, Israel should immediately take complete control of the Temple Mount making it open to everyone and allowing all the entrances to be used universally and none reserved for any single group. Israel should also take control of Hevron and the Jewish Holy Sites in that region including but not limited to Joseph’s Tomb (Kever Joseph) and the Tomb of the Patriarchs and Matriarchs (Machpelah) where Abraham, Sarah, Isaac, Rebekah, Jacob and Leah are entombed again making the site accessible by all with equality and any other religious sites including those of Christianity and making them all more readily accessible. The first step in this process will be the most difficult, and it will entail the Israeli leadership actually fully understanding that Israel has equal rights and should not bow to international pressure and instead pursue the agenda which is best for Israel and allow the world to do what they will. Whatever their initial reactions, with time they will adjust and adapt to the new reality and since Israel would have International Law behind these actions, even if they brought Israel before the world court system, we have the treaties and other agreements which would allow for a slam-dunk easy win for the Israeli representatives. Even the United Nations could be taken to these very same courts and be forced to allow the application of the terms and borders laid out in the Mandate System agreements. When the International Law reinforces your position, that is a position of strength which used to its fullest would greatly enhance and improve the positions which Israel will soon be forced to take when the world has their inevitable conniption fit.

 

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September 1, 2019

The World Proves Futile

 

Israeli Prime Minister along with IDF spokespeople released a summation of IDF activities working within Lebanon, Syria and Iraq in order to destroy the upgrading of Hezballah rockets into guided missiles. Included in the release was information tracing the history from 2016 to the present. The reason for the release of this information again after it had been discussed is the steps had progressed requiring different and more difficult operations to continually destroy these elements. It is frightening enough knowing that Hezballah has within their one-hundred-fifty-thousand plus missile arsenal numerous rockets which can strike anywhere in Israel, even including Eilat at the southern tip of Israel. All too often, these targets have to be struck precisely and using the most appropriate warhead in order to minimize risks of collateral damage. The Israeli attempts to control this threat have sufficed up to now but as the Iranians have ramped up their efforts to provide targeting modules for the Hezballah rockets installing the systems over an area which includes Iraq, Syria and Lebanon making Israeli air strikes ever more dangerous, Israel has turned to the international community. What could possibly go wrong?

 

Hezbollah’s Secret Sites for Conversion of Inaccurate Rockets into Precision Guided Missiles

 

Well, let us discuss the ugly realities Israel is about to experience yet again. The one which stands out more than all the others is the complete dead silence this report and its media presentation will cause. Most Western media outlets might mention the Israeli event placing those comments buried in Section A or really bury it in Section F while giving the single mention a mere paragraph taking up perhaps three or four lines filling in between the advertisements. I believe we are all pretty certain that the reaction from President Trump will be abrupt and a repeat of the message he has sent all along implying that Israel must step up to the plate and knock one out of the park. Thus far, Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu, who is also the Defense Minister, has pretty much whiffed at the previous hints. Perhaps Bibi was not even giving the task at hand the correct attentions it deserves. These hints have begun to take center stage as the next elections get ever closer, just a little more than a month away, which is as it should be occurring. The hints also have been anything but subtle often shaking windows and rattling doors.

 

The hints have included moving the American Embassy to Jerusalem while recognizing Jerusalem to start the string of hints. Also, President Trump rushed the delivery of F-35 JSF stealth aircraft. Then, President Trump pulled the American financing of UNRWA as he stated that UNRWA was hindering peace and furthering the unrest while educating the children for war. Embracing Israel solving her own problems and doing so quickly as their cover is still in the White House, would be the logical way to go. There have been rumors about a terse phone conversation where President Trump told Prime Minister Netanyahu that Israel had received three-billion-dollars in military aid and with that assistance, Netanyahu should look to himself and the IDF to put in place and enforce a grand measure of peace and stability ending the corrupt nepotism thus freeing the people and their economy who are currently suffering from the oppressions of the Palestinian Authority and its graft machine. But Bibi never took these hints, or that is what one would assume as there has been no action to show for these hints. But President Trump went further by closing the PLO offices in Washington D.C. and most recently President Trump ordered Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to strike all references on maps, records, articles, the Web etc. to the Palestinian Authority as well as Palestine references. This has all but muted Mahmoud Abbas but he remains boisterous as he has ever been. We honestly believe that President Trump would be glad should Israel simply decapitate the Palestinian Authority and provide the remaining Arabs the choice of relocating after receiving a buyout of their home and business plus a relocation fund usable at their new destination where they will call it home and start over. Those who choose to remain to live in Israel will be watched carefully. Further, those who remain will be instructed that they will be expected to live up to the Noahic Code, the Seven Laws of Noah. Lastly, those remaining will be held accountable for the actions of family members and should any member of a family engage in acts of terrorism, the entire family will be exiled and forbidden from ever returning to Israel.

 

President Trump is fully aware that Israel has the unarguable right to all the lands west of the Jordan River to the Mediterranean Sea. He knows all of the promises made, including the Americans after their signing the Anglo-American Treaty of 1924, binding the United States as another enforcement for the Mandates. This binds the United States to enforcing the original Mandates as agreed upon by the Allies after World War I and still enforceable by the United Nations under Article 80 of the Charter. But, in reality, Israel will end up enforcing her rights to these lands and not give them up to any other entity. Israel does not need to cater to a people invented in Moscow in order to rid the world of the Jew, in this case an entire Jewish nation. Many around the world are aware that should Israel fall as a failed state, be it destroyed in a grand explosion from terrorism, financially failing due to effective BDS support around the world, or Israel could fall victim to natural disasters as we sit atop the place where three fault lines converge, then the Jews will almost disappear as their numbers in mass assimilate. Sure there will be small enclaves of religious Jews, but the Jews will resemble the Mennonites, small groups centered around a Rabbi teaching them or a family business providing for their secular needs while strength with prayers hoping for the Messiach to come and actually bring the final Redemption; we hope this will happen while Jews continue to exist in worthwhile numbers and even better, while we are alive and cognizant of those around us.

 

There is no doubt that anti-Semitism is becoming mainstream and accepted in certain circles within Europe. There are claims that anti-Semitism has always been at these levels in the hearts and minds of the people. We cannot verify or argue that point, we just know that anti-Semitic acts have become regular events in too many places around the world. We discussed some about this and had two very revealing videos included in our article Palestinian-EU War on Israel which spells out the truth and reality which is at the heart of the Arab World. Israel has had strong support from the United States and the fact that President Obama could not do the level of harm he intended to inflict upon Israel is because the American people would not stand for such acts. That appears to be changing, more so in the cities and metropolitan regions than in the rural climates. The colleges and Universities are another problematic area when it comes to Israel with numerous Islamic tied groups working in concert to persuade entire student bodies that Israel is evil. They tell how according to the laws of Allah; the Jews are the worst kind of people as they act and perform in a foreign way which is fully contested and defeated by Islam. I am a proud Jew who takes the condemnation by Arab leadership calling for my death and the death of my country, Israel as proof that we Jews have our act together and are doing what Hashem desires, or at the very least, we are far from Allah and closer to Hashem.

 

The difficulty is we and many around us can see the day approaching when the United States simply cuts all ties with Israel. The Democrat Party leading politicians running to become the Democrat candidate for President in 2020 all with the possible exception of Joseph Biden are pro BDS and anti-Israel through and through. Should any Democrat become President it will place the number of days Israel can expect a friend in America, and that day will depict a very small number. We just wish that Israel would be more obvious that they have prepared to become self-sufficient in all things, specifically aircraft to replace the fighters now in service when the United States has decided that Israel is a liability and there are more Muslims than Jews in the world. Well, there actually are just a few more followers of Islam as there are approximately two-billion Muslims while Jews only count for eighteen-million, the Jews number less than one-percent compared with Islam. It is the facts of the small number of Jews which makes having a homeland with highly defensible borders a necessity. That is why the Arab forces are driving at denying Israel having her promised border along the Jordan River and the valley it has cut. We have listed the reasons legally why the Jordan River is our eastern border, but in this new age world, rules do not seem to matter unless you like them, and as Jews we seldom get to define the playing field as even the rules of warfare are altered when one side is the Jewish State.

 

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August 27, 2019

Initial Terror Reports Were Frightening

 

Residing in the north of Israel places one thus far outside the ranges of the rockets from Hamas. Living close to the coast makes us less prone to attacks by the Arabs under the Palestinian Authority. So, we should feel safe and outside any real threat. That feeling was shattered this last few days. The initial reports were not all that informative beyond that Iranian forces, the IRGC, had launched a terror attack against northern Israel. There was no specification stating where along the north this attack was launched. The good news was that it had been intercepted by the IDF and the launching point of the drones eradicated. Still, hearing that Iron Dome units had been placed in the north as preparation for this anticipated assault is fine, but were we the target or somewhere else? Well, as with all things, time will tell. Still, hearing about such a threat which had some unthinkable result as several drones laden with explosives was the one clear item we heard the morning after the Sabbath. It was not until several hours later, as everything was slowly coming back into full operation after the Sabbath that we heard that the attack came well east of our town. There is nothing like reports of terror attacks potentially being in one’s area to bring home that everywhere in Israel is within any number of Arab forces sworn to our destruction and the death of as many Israelis as possible. Sobering would be a definitive understatement.

 

One thing many people around the world are often unaware is exactly how small Israel actually is. People we have met believe that Israel is around the size of the average European country while some actually believe that Israel is close to half the size of the United States. The look of disbelief on these people’s faces when they are informed that Israel is approximately the size of New Jersey with a much narrower midsection is priceless. This means that much of Israel is within strike distances from outside her entire perimeter. Hamas can reach over two-thirds of Israel from their Gaza location which is beyond the reach of the IDF without necessitating a full invasion by soldiers as Israel refuses to utilize the tactics used by the United States, Russia and most of the rest of the world where air-power is used to eviscerate any target as well as much of the surrounding region. Israel uses ground forces when it becomes necessary to destroy the Hamas forces, rockets, mortars and other offensive operations and operators. The Palestinian Authority has taken a completely different route to increase their terrorist capabilities. Rather than expend the effort, time and their security forces, they instead pay any terrorist and their family a hefty salary for life for every Israeli they murder. This investment has led to knifing attacks, shootings, car rammings and other forms of attacks which are launched in shopping centers, at bus stops or any other location where a group of people make for ample targets. Even the sole individual is vulnerable as even a single Israeli murdered means that your family will live well into the future. But the real threats come from, you guessed it, the north. That threat is traceable directly back to Iran and takes the form of Hezballah and the IRGC which are spread across southern Lebanon and all across Syria.

 

Four Maps of Great Britain, the United States, Australia, and India with to scale map of Israel super-imposed for comparison on each map depicting her actual rather than perceived size.

Exactly How Small is Israel
A Comparison Against Four
Well Known Countries

 

Hezballah and the IRGC pose such a special threat that they deserve additional comment. Where Hamas is limited to Israel south of Haifa, Hezballah and the IRGC have missiles and rockets which are capable of reaching all of Israel and beyond (see map below). Additionally, these two militaries, and they are both legitimate military terror armies, are backed by Iran and everything they have is stationed from the Indian Ocean to the Mediterranean Sea. This includes ballistic missiles and weapons loaded with anything from nerve agents, biological agents, chemical agents and, once they produce them, assuming they have not already, nuclear warheads. Further, Iran could use any exchange, such as the events over the past weekend, as an excuse for declaring any strike they launch against Israel was in response to any Israeli response to terror assault whether they be rockets launched from neighboring countries, ambushes along their borders, drone attacks such as the recent ones or any interception of terror forces across these borders. Iran has often rattled her sabers after Israeli forces have intercepted across border attacks or struck rocket and artillery platforms used to strike into Israel often launching air to surface missiles from within Israeli airspace across into Syria and Lebanon as necessary. These two armies, IRGC and Hezballah, directly take their orders from Iran and the majority of their attacks are ordered from Tehran. These are just some of the threats which Israel faces, but things will become worse in the not too distant future unless the world awakens to the threats being faced by Western civilization.

 

Hezballah Rocket & Missile Threat

Hezballah Rocket & Missile Threat

 

The main step away from Israel which has infected too much of Europe will take root and infect the United States. Anti-Semitism has been increasing at rates formerly believed impossible over the last decade and it promises to accelerate and soon becoming beyond political will to resist the growing hatred. One need simply look at the candidates seeking the Democrat Party candidacy for President in the 2020 elections. Even Joseph Biden was forced to alter his expressing support for Israel making that a minor backside issue in his campaign. The remainder sound more like Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib than they do the Democrat Party of our youth. Bernie Sanders holds Israel in the deepest of contempt while defending himself from claims of anti-Semitism claiming he is Jewish and thus cannot be an anti-Semite while his history is replete with statements forsaking anything to do with his birth religion. This is far from unusual for far-left Jews of Western civilization as they defend their anti-Israel positions with the claim that they are Jews while declaring their atheist beliefs forsaking the tenets of Judaism. Their Judaism is nothing other than a shield they wield to deflect criticism of their positions against Israel and Zionism while ignoring every other nationalist movement and government on the globe. Should the Democrat Party continue their slide into anti-Semitism, anti-Zionism and anti-Israeli political positions, when they inevitably resume the handles of power, Israel will find herself cut loose of United States support. That should stand as a double warning, one to Americans and the other to those in power in Israel who will be required to address such an eventuality.

 

Bernie Sanders anti-Israel Support

Bernie Sanders anti-Israel Support

 

Between the terror scare the other morning and watching as the world continues to drift away from Israel, we are concerned as to whether Israeli leadership will make the necessary adaptions to military and political stances and dependencies such that Israel does not end up blindsided when the inevitable comes to pass. The recent Rashid Tlaib and Ilhan Omar fiasco where Israel exercised the right of any nation to prevent those who work for their destruction from entering their borders, as the United States did with an Israeli Knesset Minister Michael Ben-Ari, laid a spotlight upon exactly which politicians from both parties upon which they can trust. It also was eye-opening, and not exactly a pleasant one. Israel will be required to be the sole source for whatever may be her military weaponry and other systems as well as facing the potential that she will become the outcast of the entire world with perhaps a dozen exceptions at best. This might go so far as to include agricultural requirements for feeding all Israelis, Arab, European, Asian, from the Americas as well as Jews, Christians, Muslims and every other person residing within her borders not to mention virtually every other need or requirement for a healthy and content society. Between Hamas and Islamic Jihad in Gaza, Hezballah and the IRGC in Syria and Lebanon all taking orders from Tehran and Iran also making threats against Israel (as well as the United States, Saudi Arabia, Egypt and others), the possibilities for a multi-front war with Israel facing rocket and missile attacks from the north and south, terrorist tunnels on both fronts if they have not all been detected, across border infiltrations, drone attacks at both fronts and possible military attacks complete with armor and air support from out of Lebanon and Syria plus potential assault and launchings out of the Sinai Peninsula, a hot bed of terrorist groups, Israel could face what will amount to an existential threat to her existence.

 

There is another item we used to hear when back living in the United States coming from people who otherwise supported Israel was that they never would stand for American forces to be used in defending Israel. Some who did not like Israel were somewhat more direct claiming that they would not stomach American boys and girls having their lives placed in jeopardy over a nation of Jews. Well, allow us to place these fears to rest, Israelis refuse outright and definitively do not desire for any troops from another nation to come and fight and possibly die fighting for Israel. We are totally aware that there is no faster means of losing what support Israel has with any nation than to have their young people returning in caskets because they were helping Israel defend herself. Should there be those, like Colonel Mickey Marcus who fought with the Israelis defeating largely the Arab attempt to destroy the nascent state of Israel in the 1848 War, who choose to put on an IDF uniform and fight under their own choice and not as a foreign soldier, that is an entirely different situation. Would we expect to hear pushback should any of these volunteers die, most certainly as we expect pushback over virtually any and every act taken by our government (should we ever elect a new one), military and even our relief efforts in natural disaster regions. Hey, we’re Israel, the Jew amongst the nation, we never expected anything different. Still, Israel will hopefully do whatever she is required to do to protect her people and defend her lands. Our wish is for the world to finally make good on the promises made after World War I and allow us our full borders as laid out in the Mandate System and presumably protected under Article 80 of the United Nations Charter and enforceable by the United States under the Anglo-American Treaty and by Britain, Italy, France, Russia and Japan as signatories of the San Remo Conference, the Treaty of Sèvres and numerous other agreement, treaties, accords and conferences all which referred to promises made under the auspices of the League of Nations and the Allied Powers from World War I. We do not require the world to love us, like us, approve of us or do much which would show us favor and acceptance, but we will eventually, preferably sooner rather than later, insist that promises made by the unanimous vote at the League of Nations be finally honored and once our borders have met these guidelines set out now approaching a century past, leave us in peace and we will share with the world our discoveries, new technologies, computing advances, medical cures and treatments, agricultural methods, clean water technology, communications technology, security and other software, advances in physics and virtually everything else all without attempting to be moralistic. Friendship with other nations will always be preferred, but respect has to be the minimum, and that minimum is one thing which Israel can demand as she is entitled to at least that modicum of respect, just as is every other nation.

 

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