Beyond the Cusp

December 23, 2017

Let’s Complete the Peace Process the Only Way Possible

 

Currently there are two processes ongoing which sound very similar, share much of the same terminology but have diametrically different end results targeted. Allow us to break down the ideas on the Israeli side and see what their actual desires really are, and then we can take the Arab side. There are at least two separate paths being traveled by the Israelis, each with their own divergent groups; so we will follow the first two and perhaps comment on such divergences. The first group is the dreamers, whose links, or even contacts which can barely be described as attachments, with reality are dubious at best. This group is made up of largely wonderful and loving people who dream of a world which is described in terms and terminology which speaks to the heart and has one’s spirit soar. Just thinking of their descriptions of life and the potential future should their dreams and designs ever actually materialize leaves one almost star-struck. They view the world seeing potential utopias coming at them from every crevice, every corner, every fold and through every door. It was from amongst these dreamers along with a few manipulators working for fame, glory and gold who banded together to give Yasser Arafat a fresh start and a makeover by giving the PLO* a new name with respectability calling it the Palestinian Authority (PA). These individuals who operated in quiet behind the scenes avoiding notice from media, officials, other party leaders, their own party leaders not included or necessary, and with the aid of the United States State Department and the Norwegian Foreign Office. The Israelis chasing peace above and beyond all other reason or consideration believing that through peace all other solutions would naturally flow were:

Yitzhak Rabin — Israeli Prime Minister during the Oslo peace process
Shimon Peres — Israeli Foreign Minister during the Oslo peace process
Yossi Beilin — Israeli negotiator during the Oslo peace process
Yair Hirschfeld — Israeli negotiator during the Oslo peace process
Ron Pundak — initial Israeli negotiator with Hirschfeld before official Israeli involvement
Uri Savir — former Director General of the Israeli Foreign Ministry, head of the Israeli negotiating team

 

The United States State Department and Norwegian Foreign Office participation were facilitators who took advantage of weak willed dreamers whose connections with reality were, and for some still are, tenuous at best. Neither the United States State Department and Norwegian Foreign Office were or are friends of Israel and simply used their ability to make the necessary connection for allowing the Israeli members of the team to hand Israel out to dry with peace as the shining treasure always just beyond reach. They were more likely working with Yasser Arafat then and Mahmoud Abbas now to facilitate the destruction and terminating of the Jewish State, seemingly the preferred and pursued aim of the United States State Department and Norwegian Foreign Office. At every turn, there was a State Department or European Union official right on the scene to suggest the little gift which Israel needed to, not just offer, grant the Arabs some simple concession and recognize the Arab intentions as honest and worthwhile pursuing their lead for peace. These men would have been wise to read more Torah and Bible, Jeremiah, Chapter 6, Verses 13-15 which read:

For, from their smallest to their greatest, they all commit robbery, and from prophet to priest they all deal falsely.
And they healed the breach of My people easily, saying, “Peace, peace,” but there is no peace.
They shall be put to shame since they have committed abomination. Neither are they ashamed nor do they know to feel disgrace. They will, therefore, fall among the slain; at the time I have visited upon them, they will stumble, says the Lord.

 

These men have fumbled and been shamed and accused of having committed abominations yet they appear not to have felt ashamed nor felt disgraced despite all the horrors and losses the ensuing terror wars and other violences and wars visited upon the Israelis and the Arabs as a result of their actions. Their initiatives for peace made a swamp in which Israel was mired and what began as a few starry-eyed Utopian zealots being led down the yellow-brick road seeking the Emerald City only to fall into endless dream-state hypnotized by their dream and willing to destroy their homeland just to be recognized as one who was willing to go to the farthest ends for the illusional peace always held just beyond reach. For closing on a quarter of a century, a mirage of peace was painted on the horizon while stumbling blocks were placed in the way by the Arab Palestinian leadership. The Palestinians and their Arab allies were willing to pay any price and suffer any embarrassment to destroy the Jewish State. This had been the efforts in the initial war of Jewish annihilation in 1948-49 (the war misnamed the Israeli War of Independence), the War to Drive the Jews into the Sea (The Six Day War of 1967), the Second War to Drive the Jews into the Sea (the Yom Kippur War) and two Intifadas: First Intifada from December 8, 1987 through September 13, 1993 and Second Intifada from September 28, 2000 through February 8, 2005. The first Intifada was fought largely with rocks, bricks, Molotov cocktails, guns, rifles, vehicles and suicide bombings. The toll on both sides of the first Intifada were: Israel suffered 277 killed, 175 civilians and 102 security-forces with the Palestinians suffered 1,962 killed, 1,603 killed by Israelis and 359 killed by Palestinians. The second Intifada was fought with the same weaponry as the first with a higher reliance of firearms, vehicular assaults, bombings suicide and planted devices, rioting, stabbings and other life-threatening types of assaults. The Second Intifada was far more violent than the first and the numbers support this fact. The toll on both sides of the second Intifada was: Israel suffered 1,053 killed, 719 civilians and 334 security-forces with the Palestinians suffered 4,789 killed, 2,204 civilians, 1,671 combatant and 914 unknown. These numbers are challenged with them ranging from far more combatant fatalities to all civilian fatalities on the Palestinian side. The United Nations and Red Cross both refused to give what they would term as definitive results and regularly simply pointed to numbers given by the Palestinian Authority. All of these efforts have been to find some additional forms of piece by the Arabs, whatever pieces of Israeli territory they could force through military action to negotiations to outside foreign pressures for Israel to calm the savage violence through sacrifice to simple blackmail of agreeing to end violence for the surrender of land or the alteration of boundaries granting the Arabs additional land.

 

The reason there can never be an agreed peace agreement is because while Israel is seeking peace, the Arabs simply want every piece of the lands between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean Sea. This reality can be witnessed at many of the college and university pro-Arab demonstrations usually sold as being pro-Palestinian. There will likely be a slogan chanted which goes, “From the River to the Sea, Palestine must be free.” That pretty much sums up the entire Arab side of the entire Peace Process which they see as a Pick up all the Jew Pieces Process. It is the Arab Piece Process running concurrently yet in opposition to the Peace Process the world claims they are operating and demanding more cooperation from Israel in the form of giving the Arabs what they desire most, pieces of Israel. Resultant from the Six Day War there was quite a lot of Israel to take. Egypt succeeded in grabbing the greatest part when they traded a cold peace agreement for the entirety of the Sinai Peninsula. Jordan simply traded Peace for Peace refusing to demand return of what they had renamed the West Bank, as they were probably well aware that their continued hold of these lands was illegal, as they had occupied them since 1949 against International Law. They had gained these territories, the areas of Judea and Samaria, from Israel by a war of aggression making the seizure illegal. Syria, well, Syria was never getting the Golan Heights returned simply because this area had been used by Syrian snipers to murder Israeli farmers and others who were within range driving down the road, walking to the market or simply tending the garden or repairing their house. Currently, there is no Syria to negotiate with in all reality. The problems with Lebanon resulted in two wars and eventually Israel returned every inch of land according to United Nations inspectors and surveyors, which did not satisfy Hezballah who has demanded an area which had belonged to the Golan Heights and Syria claiming it for Lebanon, and strangely enough, Syria agreed. Anything for the cause.

 

There is one guarantee which must be dealt with before any true Peace Process can move forward, and until it is settled, there will only be a Piece Process. That is what is used as the final stumbling block which is that Israel must either be destroyed or given over to Islamic rule and the Jews either enslaved or removed by whatever means are required. There is a piece of history which would shine the light of truth on this entire situation and the Arab demands. The originator of the Arab demands was also the most influential individual in one young Egyptian’s life, one Yasser Arafat. Quoting from an article in the Washington Times titled “Yasser Arafat: Nazi trained”, “Since he was a teenager in the 1940’s, the co-winner of the 1994 Nobel Peace Prize has ordered the murder of thousands of civilians while waging war against the Jews.” The article continues, “Mr. Arafat’s mentor, Haj Amin Al Husseini, the grand mufti of Jerusalem, indoctrinated him with hatred toward Israel. The grand mufti led Palestinian Arabs from 1920 until Mr. Arafat succeeded him in 1967.” Then, speaking of Haj Amin Al Husseini, the Mufti of Jerusalem as well as a native Egyptian, the article informs that, “During World War II, the mufti journeyed to Nazi Germany where he personally begged Adolf Hitler to invade British-ruled Palestine and rid it of Jews. The mufti received sympathy, but no help, from Hitler. Nevertheless, he broadcast radio tirades approving Hitler’s ‘final solution’ of the Jewish problem.” The article also tells that “In 1929 and 1936, the mufti personally led large-scale riots against Jewish settlers.” The article then moves on to Yasser Arafat reporting, “Palestinian politics and was the first Palestinian nationalist to declare, ‘Violence is the only solution,’ that ‘Liberating Palestine could only take place through the barrel of a gun.’” We are told that Yasser Arafat was an Engineer yet he made his life as a terror master and deceiver. We are finally informed that Yasser Arafat was somewhat less than popular once he left Israel and entered Arab countries where, “Mr. Arafat and his ruthless PLO terrorists were violently expelled from three different host countries: Syria in 1968; Jordan in 1971; and Lebanon in 1982.” We are told that Arafat supported Saddam Hussein during the 1990-91 Gulf War and closes hoping that, “Mr. Arafat now seemed discredited.”

 

Yasser Arafat had an understudy, Mahmoud Abbas. Both were trained by and supported by the KGB who was instrumental in the 1964 founding of the PLO. The founding date for the PLO is very informative in and of itself, as it was founded in 1964 to liberate Palestine, all of Palestine, before the Six Day War by almost three full years. What was the Palestine they were founded to liberate? Jordan held Judea and Samaria and Egypt held Gaza which leaves Israel within the Green Line. That was exactly what the PLO was founded to liberate and their Charter gave the destruction of Israel as one of the goals, just as the Hamas Charter names the destruction of Israel as one of its goals. The biggest difference between the two Charters is that Hamas also calls for the completion of the ‘Final Solution’ and the killing of every Jew on Earth. Yasser Arafat and Mahmoud Abbas have played one consistent part of the entire negotiating process; they are the final backstop who will accept only the complete and utter destruction of the Jewish State and anything short they reject. Their usual card of last resort has been the repatriation into Green Line Israel with guaranteed full citizenship of five to eight million Arabs who they claim are refugees or descendants of refugees or their descendants onto the future with no end date. The United Nations set up UNWRA** to care for the original Palestinian refugees, most of which were people who obeyed the Mufti’s demand that all Arabs leave Israel for the neighboring Arab states so that their invading armies could murder everyone on sight. The majority of Arabs left Israel and those who remained are today, along with their descendants, full citizens in Israel with full rights including the right to vote in any and all elections, serve in any profession, live wherever they please and anything else any other citizen of Israel is entitled. UNWRA decided that not only were the refugees permitted refugee status but so would their descendants and their descendants henceforth and forever into perpetuity. All other refugees have their status die when they die and their descendants are resettled into whatever country they may be located, but not the Arab refugees who can be utilized as another means for destroying Israel and as a bludgeon with which to smash any hope of peace. Israel cannot allow the resettlement with full rights of these Arabs as that would end Israel and the Jewish State instantly. This is the Ace in the Hole which is pulled out and demanded as the Demand of Last Resort to make any peace deal untenable to Israel. The Palestinian Arabs then claim that Israel broke off negotiations and are completely unprepared to make peace and etcetera, etcetera, etcetera. The European and American leftist media jump all over the Arab story and rejoice in skewering Israel in news and editorial. This becomes the story that the world celebrates while they berate Israel for their intransigence and that is when they destroy Israel ‘in pieces’ comes into play. Now the United States, often at the behest of the State Department or the President on the advice of the State Department, along with the European Union, the United Nations and the Arab League with countless NGO’s operating on petro-dollars plus European funding and State Department grants all demand that Israel make penance for their refusal to commit suicide and now surrender some property, some lands to the Palestinian Arabs. This is accomplished either by redrawing boundaries or by ripping up plans to build in Area C, the area according to the Oslo Accords intended for Israel to retain, or the destruction of housing already with Jews residing within the community tearing down their homes and businesses all to mollify the Arabs who refuse to be mollified. Then when the next President is elected or before one is leaving office, the world starts again with the mantra, pressure Israel and make them bend to our will and if that means the Jews must go, that is just fine with us.

 

Food for Thought

Food for Thought

 

It is simply remarkable how the world looks at the Jews who, in a whole, have been such an advantage and given the world so many wonders, and their share of evils as well, though the good far outweighed the rest. Just as it was during World War II and during the Russian pogroms, the Spanish Inquisition, the Purification of France, the expulsion of the Jews from Britain and numerous other persecutions of the Jewish People, the world today still wants the Jews and especially the Jewish State gone. Things were not all that rosy for the Jews in the Arab world who were forced to live as Dhimmis with limited rights and no legal right to vote or in court or any standing in society. Sure there were times and places where the Jews lived productive lives both in Europe and in the MENA^* states of Islam but these times were never permanent. The MENA nations from 1948 through 1960 expelled almost one-million Jews as their reaction to the founding of the Jewish State. Unless these refugees who had their wealth stripped, their jewelry confiscated, even their precious metal picture frames taken before being deported, had relatives in Europe or the Americas; they were rejected by virtually every nation on Earth except, you guessed it, Israel. This made Israel a far richer nation with a much more diverse population. Israel has also taken in Ethiopian refugees, Indian Jews and Russian Jews amongst Jews from all the corners of the globe. Still, the Arabs will continue to hold out for the destruction of the Jewish State. The recent appearance of warming has simply been a reaction to the Iranian threat to the Sunni Arab supremacy. Once that passes or some means is found to rejoin Shiite and Sunni Islam, the destruction of Israel will return to front and center of their demands.

 

President Trump is the first President to break with business as usual and appears to listen to the voices of the State Department, the European Union and member nations, the United Nations and the Arab League as well as Iran and other Muslim nations very politely and then do something else, something which he desires and can live with. He does temper his statements just enough so as not to destroy everything from the past, but he makes his preferences known and what he expects understood. The Arab world now realizes that there can no longer be any doubt as to what city is the capital of Israel, though President Trump did leave open the possibility for Jerusalem becoming a shared city if both sides so desired. The Arabs have already adjusted and their latest demand is that all the religious sites must remain as Muslim only. These include the Temple Mount, the Cave of the Patriarchs, Joseph’s Tomb, Rachel’s Tomb, Shechem (now Nablus) and even now the Western Wall as their aim now that they will be unable to separate the Jews from Jerusalem, from Zion; their aim is to now separate the Jews from the Holy Sites in all of the lands as the next best way to deny the Jews their history. The Arabs are plating strategy where if they can remove Zion from Zionism they believe the Jews will just shrug and give-up walking away. They are a young religion almost fourteen hundred years while Judaism is amongst, if not the, oldest religion on Earth, older than Buddhism, Confucianism, Taoism, Shinto and many others including every Christian religion coming in at over four-thousand years old. Jews have survived half of that time largely dispersed and without any true homeland or nations of their own and still retained their native language and feeling as a People returning to their ancestral homeland making the Jews the only People and religion to perform such a miracle. With everything the Jewish People have survived, a little additional hardship will not foil our efforts to return to our homelands no matter how much time it will take; we have waited longer than Islam has existed; how could they believe they will outlast the Jews, the eternal people.

 

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* PLO = Palestinian Liberation Organization, a recognized terrorist group founded in 1964
** UNWRA = United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East
^* MENA = Middle East and North Africa

 

February 21, 2017

The Sliding Scale of International Law

 

What is International Law? Well, that all depends on any number of varying particulars. The Geneva Conventions are considered by the average person as being universally applied International Law. That is not true. The Geneva Conventions only apply to the member nations. Any nation which has not signed onto the Geneva Conventions does not need abide by them. The Geneva Conventions are more of a gentleman’s agreement where thugs do not abide by them. We could call them the Marquis of Queensberry Rules for warfare. They apply to the nations who have agreed so as long as you are fighting another signatory it is as if you were fighting in the ring with rounds and a referee enforcing the rules. But if you are fighting a nation which has not signed the rules you are in an alley having a street fight where there are no rules. The problem is the nations who have signed the Geneva Conventions are required to fight by those rules no matter who the enemies are and whether they are signatories or not so the signatories fighting a war against another nation who is not a signatory is hamstrung while the other side can act however they please. This was evidenced in World War II as none of the Axis Powers (Nazi Germany, Fascist Italy and Imperialist Japan) were signatories and thus could treat prisoners of war as they desired including torture, summary executions, taking particular prisoners and treating them differently as the Nazis did with Polish and Russian prisoners and often with any British or American prisoners found to be Jews or considered troublesome such as those who had a habit of escaping and being recaptured. The movie The Great Escape was based on real events and mass escape during World War II where a large number of the men who were recaptured were simply machine gunned down in cold blood. The Japanese were equally brutal as the movie Bridge Over the River Kwai which was more loosely based on actual events and what was done to Alec Guinness’s character was just a simplified version of how the Japanese tortured prisoners but they were far more sadistic than any film could depict including beheadings and shooting squads as well as simple starvation and confinement in a metal box in the heat of the equatorial jungle. The United States and Britain were both signatories to the Geneva Conventions and as such had a code to follow in their treatment of prisoners. Many Japanese who knew how their side treated prisoners were told the Americans and British would be just as brutal which was part of why they refused to be taken and those who did fall prisoner were shocked when they were fed well and not subjected to torture. What are interesting are the claims by the Palestinians that they have rights under the Geneva Conventions as they are neither a nation nor a signatory thus the Geneva Conventions have absolutely no application nor grant them any rights whatsoever. That is just one modern example of attempting to use International Law for benefit under false pretenses.

 

Probably one of the most basic and often overlooked forms of International Law are treaties. Any treaties signed by two or more nations have the full weight of International Law. The missile and nuclear warhead treaties such as Salt and the Nuclear Test Ban Treaty are forms of International Law and are enforceable with consequences for any violations, complete with rules for enforcement and other ramifications and schedules for execution. The treaties which ended the two great world wars are still applicable today though some of the treaties from World War II superseded those from World War I such as the border definitions for Germany and France and Germany and Poland. The treaties at the end of World War I has some of the deepest ramification of any set of treaties in history as it redefined the entirety of the Balkans and eastern Europe with the breakup of the Austria-Hungarian Empire and the delineating the borders of nations carved from all of the lands from the Ottoman Empire and also lands from the retreat of the Caliphate with the exception of the lands reclaimed by Spain, Portugal and, in a sense, France. The Allied Powers (France, Britain, Italy, Russia, Japan, Poland and the United States) met in a series of Conferences, Treaties and Mandates to setup new nations across the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). Many of these nations were setup with little consideration for stability, or directly to cause instability. This was called the Sykes-Picot Agreement after the two men, one the Foreign Secretary of Britain the other the Foreign Secretary of France. Another agreement came from the San Remo Conference which formalized the Balfour Declaration and set up the Mandate System and was further included in the Treaty of Sèvres as we have discussed numerous times here at BTC.

 

sykes-picot-map nation order

 

The United Nations through the Security Council can also make enforceable International Law through what are called Chapter Seven Resolutions. The serious nature of the consequences of such resolutions is partially why the five permanent members (Britain, China, France, Russia and the United States) have veto power as these would be the primary nations who would be required to enforce such a resolution. The United Nations Security Council also has Chapter Six Resolutions which carry slightly greater weight as any resolution out of the General Assembly but both are simply advisories. The major difference between these types of resolutions is if any single party to a General Assembly Resolution refuses to agree then all parties are released from the resolution and things continue as if that resolution had never been issued. These are different from resolutions which condemn a single nation which are largely statements of discontent or condemnation which in the General Assembly often are brought against Israel more than any other nation simply because the Arab and Muslim nations with their allied nations from the developing world, most belong to the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) will pass any resolution brought before the General Assembly which targets Israel and similarly against the United States, an even somewhat rarer than those against Israel as too many nations receive largess from the United States and are intelligent enough not to push their luck while attacking Israel carries less risk.

 

That brings us back to the varying sliding scale of International Law and its application. When one looks into International Law and its applications in the past century there becomes one very clear problem, why is a nation the size of Israel been targeted with so many denunciations of being across the boundaries of International Law? Israel has been accused of genocide, collective punishment, targeting civilians intentionally, war crimes, crimes against humanity, occupation and just about anything you can think of, Israel has likely been accused of wrong-doing. What makes this all the more confusing is the guilt of some of the nations which have received exactly the opposite from Israel, aid in times of distress or natural catastrophe, yet virtually no censoring by the United Nations General Assembly for their transgressions. That list includes such nations as North Korea, Iran, Libya, Algeria, Cuba, China, Myanmar (Burma), Pakistan and even Syria. Then there are those nations which are seldom censored which are as expected such as Canada, Italy, Poland, and other nations which are seldom in the news. The true test of whether or not a nation actually receives sanctions, which are presumably applied worldwide, or if nations are brought before the international courts system such as the International Criminal Court or the International Court of Justice or any special courts setup to judge genocides or other special situations, as such measures are a sign that there has been a unforgivable transgression of International Law or against humanity.

 

This is where the case we are most concerned with here at BTC, in case one had not noticed, Israel becomes interesting. There have been exceedingly few cases compared to the number of accusations spewed before the world media, which is more than accommodating when it comes to denouncing Israel, that have been brought before the world courts. The one case we can think of off the top was about the so-called Apartheid Wall, the anti-terror wall which Israel put in place to end the Second Intifada and especially to end the waves of suicide bombings. Before the wall, which is largely a barrier made up of fences and only used walls where sniper fire was a potential problem such as in cities, there were multiple suicide bombings weekly, or so it seemed much of the time, and after the construction of the wall that number dropped to zero. Terrorism also dropped off and the barrier brought an end to the Second Intifada in conjunction with an IDF operation in Judea and Samaria to clear out much of the terrorist infrastructure and restore an IDF presence which served to provide intelligence and as a preventive influence against further terror. The General Assembly voted at the urging of the Palestinian Authority observer to request from the International Court of Justice (ICJ) a ruling on the legality of the wall with the hope of gaining a ruling which would lead to its dismantling such that the terrorist operations would not be hindered by the barrier. The barrier was cleared but that was just the initial good news for Israel. In addition to being cleared of any wrongdoing, there was an advisory opinion issued as a cautionary warning by Egyptian Judge, Justice El Araby, from the ICJ and who sat in judgement as part of the panel which heard the case from the United Nations General Assembly in 2003 on the legality of the security barrier erected by Israel. The Honorable Justice El Araby warned the UNGA and others that filing further ran some risks, as he stated,

 

“The international legal status of the Palestinian Territory (paras. 70-71 of the Advisory Opinion), in my view, merits more comprehensive treatment. A historical survey is relevant to the question posed by the General Assembly, for it serves as the background to understanding the legal status of the Palestinian Territory on the one hand and underlines the special and continuing responsibility of the General Assembly on the other. This may appear as academic, without relevance to the present events. The present is however determined by the accumulation of past events and no reasonable and fair concern for the future can possibly disregard a firm grasp of past events. In particular, when on more than one occasion, the rule of law was consistently side-stepped. The point of departure, or one can say in legal jargon, the critical date, is the League of Nations Mandate which was entrusted to Great Britain.”

 

This has been one of the reasons that the Palestinian Authority, Hamas, Islamic Jihad, the Arab World, Iran, the Muslim Brotherhood and others such as the European Union and many individual European and other nations or even individuals have never challenged the claim to all the lands west of the Jordan River as being meant for anything other than Israel, the Homelands for the Jewish People, they know what the actual treaties, conferences and agreements all state clearly, the land belongs to Israel and by agreement and International Law only the Jewish People have full political rights while the others who reside in the area must be guaranteed civil rights, property rights, equality under the law, religious rights but not political rights. The agreements simply state that only the Jewish People and those they willingly extend such rights may exercise political rights. Everybody is to be granted civil rights, religious rights, property rights, and equal treatment under the law. That is the International Law as delineated by numerous treaties, conferences, agreements and is exactly what Justice El Araby, the Egyptian Judge on the ICJ, was warning the Palestinian Arabs and the Arab World about, Israel holds all the cards and other than receiving written and signed treaty with Israel, there is no legal means that the Arabs can claim even a single inch of the lands west of the Jordan River. Should they challenge such claiming anything under International Law as backing their claims, including, may we add, United Nations Security Council Chapter Sic Resolution 2334 which President Obama presented as his parting gift to the Palestinian Arabs and Mahmoud Abbas along with Iran all hoping that would cripple Israel, they will lose because Israel has every right to the lands and the best the Arabs can hope to gain, something they already have, is to live in peace under Israeli rule.

 

They would be granted all rights with one glaring exception, the right to political power or even to vote as all political power was vested for the Jews and only the Jews and those they decide to grant such rights. Israel, counter to the claims of too many ignorant and deceiving people, has granted full political rights to those Arabs who remained within the areas she was capable of holding after the Arab assault of intended genocide against the Jews in 1948-9 when half a dozen Arab armies and numerous militias and other units attacked Israel the morning of her inception. All the remaining Arabs, the Muslims, the Christians, the Baha’I, the Buddhists, everybody residing within Israel legally once the fighting ended were granted full citizenship and full civil, religious, legal, and political rights. Jordan extended similar to the Arabs in Judea and Samaria which they renamed West Bank as Judea and Samaria sounded too Jewish, and Egypt controlled Gaza but never annexed it or gave the residents there any rights leaving them under military occupation. There was no outcry for Palestinian rights or for the founding of any Arab Palestine while Egypt and Jordan held the lands, only after the Six Day War in June of 1967 and Israel liberating these lands did the world become obsessed. After the Six Day War Jordan reneged on her offer of citizenship and even stripped citizenship from the Jordanians which had been forced or given land and moved into Judea and Samaria making them people without a country and this was the birth of the Palestinian demands for their own nation. The claim that Israel had invaded and stolen Arab Palestinian lands was born three years earlier in 1964 with Yasser Arafat and the Palestinian Liberation Organization except it was not Judea and Samaria that Israel had stolen but Israel herself was the lands claimed by Arafat. The PLO and their claims to Palestine was initially a direct challenge to Israel claiming that Israel was an illegitimate entity born atop of sacred Arab lands and that the Jews were to be exterminated if they refused to leave. After the Six Day War a readjustment was made and they now claimed all the lands west of the Jordan River, the twenty-two percent of the British Mandate which was not Jordan, this is what they claim must be given to them, not just Judea and Samaria and make no mistake. Their problem is simply, International Law actually backs the Jewish claim, it, for once, backs Israel. For once the rules actually are not stacked against Israel, though all the denunciations and referendums and resolutions and they amount to little more than noise because in the end there is only the written agreements of the nations of the world, and those all support Israel as the home for the Jewish People, just as an Egyptian Judge sitting on one of the highest courts in the world has admonished the Arabs to take note. Sometimes the noise is but an attempt to hide the truth, sometimes the truth wins out in the end. International Law, remarkable, isn’t it?

 

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February 17, 2016

The Israeli Political Class is the Problem

 

There is a malaise in Israel. The pale it casts darkens all horizons. There are those who claim they are Zionists; And those who claim they are Nationalist; And there are those hiding behind a title of Zionism and Union with the world. Let’s face it, if you are truly a Zionist, truly a Nationalist then you would hold to the dream, the dream of the great Zionist Nationalists who went before. The ones whose names precede the State of Israel; the ones whose names echo in the minds of those who have the flame within; the giants whose tombs we approached with reverential honor and a small amount of trepidation because we know those graves will ask us what we have done. What can we tell these giants who handed us a State, a Jewish and Zionist State which spread from the Jordan River to the Mediterranean Sea. They understand the land lost in the great first war where we were unable to regain Gaza and all of Judea and Samaria and even a small part of Benyamin but worst of all we lost half of Yerushalayim including the entirety of the Old City, the Temple Mount, the Mount of Olives, Mount Moriah, as well as Kever Yoseph, Kever Rachael and the Cave of Machpelah. We lost Mount Gerizim and Mount Ebal which were the Mounts of blessings and curses respectively and the curses far outnumbered the blessings, a warning we should always heed. As it was written:

Devarim (Deuteronomy) 11:29:7
וְהָיָה, כִּי יְבִיאֲךָ יְהוָה אֱלֹהֶיךָ, אֶל-הָאָרֶץ, אֲשֶׁר-אַתָּה בָא-שָׁמָּה לְרִשְׁתָּהּ–וְנָתַתָּה אֶת-הַבְּרָכָה עַל-הַר גְּרִזִים, וְאֶת-הַקְּלָלָה עַל-הַר עֵיבָל.
And it shall come to pass, when the LORD thy God shall bring thee into the land whither thou goest to possess it, that thou shalt set the blessing upon mount Gerizim, and the curse upon mount Ebal.

Jericho, Bethlehem, Shechem (Nablus), Hevron, and all the lands, towns, cities which existed under Jordanian occupation from 1948-9 until liberated in June of 1967 in the Six Day War are returned to Eretz Yisroel and must be incorporated into the land in order that we may settle the lands of Eretz Yisroel. As the Jordanians had granted to those who desired citizenship, citizenship which it claimed to cancel after their losing the lands, proving these Arabs, who were no different than Jordanian Arabs, had no value to their brothers unless they were displacing, what even Jordanians would call, the accursed Jews, we can just feel the warmth. Those who were granted Jordanian citizenship should have immediately been given a simple choice; remain in Israel as alien Jordanian residents of Israel; request and work through an acclimation and absorption series of classes in Hebrew, Old Testament and Jewish traditions and practices; or take a generous offer for their lands and structures such as homes and businesses and cross the Allenby Bridge all the wealthier and then proceeded anywhere in the world but Israel. This would have settled the problems with the liberation of the remainders of Judea, Benyamin and Samaria and incorporated all of the lands within their natural borders of Israel. As far as the Waqf and the Temple Mount, they could have been granted jurisdiction over actual recognized Islamic structures while the different Christian sects would work out between themselves who was responsible and was the official caretaker of what parts of which Christian holy site, and the State of Israel would guard, clear, clean and allow universal prayer rights to all across the entirety of the Temple Mount not within a structure and thus under some governance.

 

No areas of now fully liberated and free Israel other than specific holy sites would be held and governed by some foreign entity, especially a terrorist group which is exactly that the Palestinian Authority (PA) is, just prettied up by renaming the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) to Fatah and then allow an election to place them in charge of something called the Palestinian Authority (PA) and claim they are now a partner for peace. It is all a scheming lie thought out by the powers other than Israel in the rest of the world such as the United Nations, European Union and its predecessor the European Common Market, the United Nations, Soviet Union, United States, Britain, France, Germany and some individual people with more money than brains all decided that they were slowly but inexorably going to destroy Israel replacing it with an Arab State, not the Arab State but an Arab state as it would be the twenty-third Arab State because twenty-two are not sufficient so the one and only Jewish State must be erased from the earth and replaced with the twenty-third, or if Hamas makes one and Fatah makes one they would be the twenty-third and twenty-fourth Arab States. But that would not be fair to Islamic Jihad so perhaps they could have a twenty-fifth Arab State. And the twenty or so self-important families who have gained sufficient power and finances to demand their own fiefdom? We cannot slight them after all they have done to enslave Palestinians. Truth be told, whatever Arab entities are formed would all be dysfunctional requiring a constant stream of money in order to claim functionality. Thus the world would be demanded to continue the investment of billions of Dollars and Euros every year with it soon to rise to trillions except for one small item; once these entities have taken Israel out, the world will lose all interest and these entities will be on their own which would soon result in five to ten surges of refugees leaving these dysfunctional states seeking the comfort of the European Union and member state’s safety net to care for them as they plot the overthrow of whatever friendly bureaucracy was feeding them. One need remember that the sole thing these Arabs have been trained to do is throw rocks and claim themselves victim to any and all conspiracies happen to be popular, the one percenters at the bottom using the government to allow them to change places with the top one percent. Even if such were possible and the European Union actually did such a useless venture, the new top one percent would be the bottom one percent within three years and the previous top one percent would rise from the ashes as unto the phoenix reborn from the flames and depths of poverty right back to near if not in the top one percent. But the world would be left wanting, forever the poorer, if they destroy Israel.

 

 

Arab World Showing Twenty-One of Twenty-Two States with Comoros off the Map South of the Arabian Peninsula and Depicted in Bright Blue the Sole Jewish State with its Original Borders of Jordan River to the Mediterranean Sea And That They Claim is the Excessive Demand of the Jews

Arab World Showing Twenty-One of Twenty-Two States
with Comoros off the Map South of the Arabian Peninsula
and Depicted in Bright Blue the Sole Jewish State with its
Original Borders of Jordan River to the Mediterranean Sea
And That They Claim is the Excessive Demand of the Jews

 

 

Why would we claim the world would be lost without Israel? Well, that is an easy one. Should Israel disappear, as the powers that be appear to desire, then soon the world would lose the remnants of the Jewish race as with nowhere to run and find other Jews ready to defend the family, they would simply perish as their connection to Judaism, true and Torah observant Judaism, is barely tenable as it is and would be cut forever without a place to call home. The rising anti-Semitism is claiming that its roots are in Israel and the brashness and irreconcilable rejection of making peace and allowing the formation of another Arab state taken out of its lands, its hide so to speak. The British Mandate lands were supposed to be the Jewish State but the British made as a justification for stealing over three-quarters of the land that the Jews would never number sufficient population to require as much land as was set aside, as if there would never in any future be the possibility of Jews in numbers to require more than the lands left for them which are attempting to again steal pieces. Jordan ended up with the lion’s share of the land but there is no manner of way the world would have Jordan absorb these people whom they once granted citizenship and then rescinded it when the land was returned to Israel. People need to understand that on the morning that Israel became a nation, her borders included all the lands west of the Jordan River, all of Gaza, all of Judea, all of Benyamin and all of Samaria. Jordan and Egypt were the true occupiers, the real colonialists taking lands from an indigenous people. But now there has been invented a new indigenous people who have their claimed roots in Judea and Samaria called Palestinians. They never resided in Syria, Jordan, Egypt or had ancestry from the Arabian Peninsula, they have lived in the “West Bank” practicing Islam for nine-thousand years according to a statement made and then retracted from the PLO Facebook page. Never mind that they were not present in the years before 1850 and almost none were reported residing here in Mark Twain’s account of his travels in the Holy Lands, neither Jew nor Arab as the entire population was as sparse as the vegetation, look it up.

 

But that has changed, and boy has it changed. There are bustling cities with tall new buildings with their glass and steel gleaming from amongst a patina of the old which still remains and refuses to surrender its land but slowly the new replaces the old as if a correction bringing modernity to a land whose ancient roots run deep into the soil. There is a vibrancy and in the north between the rising metropolises there are farms and open grazing lands still used by shepherds and their flocks who follow ancient routes to their grazing areas doing so as they have for centuries thus knowing when to move saving the lands so it will refresh for the visit next year. The mixing of new and old is even evident in the farming as in some of the less arable lands the water is recycled constantly with nutrients carefully injected into full hillsides of hydroponics raising crops and produce year round. There are orchards of olive trees seemingly as old as the hills whose sides they cling to as if to claim their area and protect it from other plants soaking up sun and soil. There are even mixtures of peoples with some wearing the dress from centuries gone faded into the past in Europe and the rest of the Western World but preserved as so much is in this truly ancient land that is sprouting a new shape amongst the old. Israel reflects the culture in which start-up companies appear in numbers unmatched around the world and only exceeded by nations beyond comparison in size and populations. Yet there is a hesitancy amongst many who fear the world and what it might think or say. In a land where boldness exudes from every corner and people strike out to force their way into the world and high-tech is the buzzword as well as the byword for so many, but those are not the politicians. Even those who made their name in technology and innovation and have now turned to politics soon lose their formidable presence and soon become hesitant, troubled. They begin to doubt even themselves, or so it seems. The brash and strikingly bold politicians who rose and defended the land in deed and word and always with style that was proper but always gave a spark of hubris appear to have deserted Israel and been replaced with the crafty and calculating always guarding their against misstep and so carefully crafting their words that they too often nuance their meaning making it unintelligible. The glamour and wonder of your words lose effect if their meaning is not starkly defined and presented framed and complete. Israel has too little precious land and lives in the midst of a roiling cauldron with wars surrounding her and threats come even from within the Knesset itself where more than a handful of traitors do stir. They are the ones with the brash boldness from which too many wilt. When they scream and make a tempest, it is requisite upon every true Zionist to take the wind from their sails and use it to sound the ram’s horns and bring down their pedestals like we brought down the walls of Jericho.

 

Perhaps what we have are too many nationalists who can live with splitting off pieces of land arguing demographics to give this away today and Hashem knows what tomorrow. The Zionist knows the boundaries which were promised by Hashem and knows that the rest of the world is equally aware though they lie and steal ambuscading that which is known but all too seldom stood upon as the principle they are. We need more Zionists of the bravado and principle as those of ages past, those like Ze’ev Jabotinsky, Rabbi Meir Kahane or more recently Menachem Begin who was a fighter who also knew the value of an honest peace. None of these Zionists would have allowed the bringing into the lands the beating heart of terrorism and murderer of all Israel if given the slightest opportunity. There is no need for Israel to surrender even a single atom of our lands because the Europeans or the Americans say we must. We need only listen to what we know and from the words of Hashem revealed in Torah, everything else is noise and confusion. We have to deal in reality of our requirement which was spelled out for us three thousand years ago when we were instructed to go and settle the land. We were not told to go and parcel out the lands to those who would simply take what we gave them and use it to launch new wars and attacks on our people. We even tried that and Hashem has made clear what our mistakes have been, we surrendered lands which were not ours to gift as these lands belong to Hashem. They do not belong to the Ministers of the Knesset; they do not belong to the mediators such as John Kerry or previously Madeline Albright or Hillary Clinton or anybody walking the lands today, yesterday or tomorrow. Hashem made it very concise and clear, the land belongs to Hashem and we are to be the caretakers, which does not include giving it to those who will despoil the land and create abominations upon our specifically outlined duty to the land that Hashem portioned out for us to care over. Hashem did not say share the land, that was the group the “Guess Who.” We need to return to doing what is prescribed in Torah and in that pursuit we will be blessed and any deviation from that is an accursed act for which we will reap curses. Where have all the Zionists gone, certainly not into politics and we need such to sacrifice and walk into the dens of iniquity, the lions’ den and be assured that Hashem will walk with you.

 

Beyond the Cusp

 

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