Beyond the Cusp

March 31, 2017

ISIS is Not the Progenitor of Vehicle Terrorism

 

Going back we have seen attacks where vehicles were driven through crowds of pedestrians or people at festivals in London, Brussels, Paris, Munich and Nice. In each of these attacks ISIS took credit hours later or even a full day or two as if they heard the news reports and decided that they could use claiming these attacks to sell their relevance. What was disgusting was the way the media played up their claims and stated that this was a new form of terror assault which was being used against the West. The media knows what they are selling is a completely false face for reality. They are fully aware because they have previously mentioned, we cannot quite claim they actually reported as they would give it play for a few hours before the story would quickly fade from the front end loaded news. These attacks where a terrorist uses a truck or car to run into people waiting at an inner-city light rail station or at bus stops or tourist attractions and when the vehicle finally was prevented from further rammings, they would then proceed to stabbing or shooting until finally and permanently prevented from attacking more innocent victims which have been occurring for over a decade. What, you do not remember these attacks? Well, do not worry, that has been the entire desired effect of the media reporting and why they reported these attacks for a couple of hours before retreating them to the running news stories at the bottom of the scene and then soon thereafter only mentioning it deep inside section B of the newspapers reporting them because these attacks have taken place in Israel. But why would the news do all they could to hide the news of these attacks in Israel?

 

There is a reason which actually only minimally has to do with Israel. What it has to do with is the fact that these vehicular, shooting and stabbing attacks are incited by and committed by the Palestinian Authority and the Arab Palestinians. These are the same Palestinian Authority and the Arab Palestinians which the European Union, United Nations, European nations, United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and many of the NGO’s from the free and developed world finance with ever increasing amounts of funding. Sure all the funding comes with the caveat that the funds must not be used for terrorism but for humanitarian uses. What is the dirty little secret is that the Palestinian Authority, Fatah and the PLO all give large sums of cash to the families of terrorists who either are imprisoned or have died committing terrorist actions commensurate with the numbers of Israelis they murdered and injured and list these dispensations as being humanitarian funding. This means simply that they are using the funds from the West to pay the families of terrorists because of the terrorism committed by their relatives. These funds are also used for their advertising which incited for terrorist acts to be committed in addition to their schools teaching their children to be future terrorists over their other lessons. They name schools, parks, streets, soccer tournaments, children’s camps and virtually anything possible after terrorist martyrs, another term used to glorify terror, martyr. Below are some of the advertisements from the Palestinian Authority, Fatah and the PLO inciting the use of vehicles in terror attacks from the past decade. The ones towards the bottom are the most recent and most violent in its intent.

 

Incitement for Vehicle Terror Attacks by PLO, Fatah and Palestinian Authority

Incitement for Vehicle Terror Attacks
by PLO, Fatah and Palestinian Authority

 

As is evidenced above these advertisements for terrorist acts using vehicles have gotten more polished and professional with time. There is also the incitement in children’s television shows and also on radio programs. The news reports on the terror attacks play up each attack as being committed by a proud and valued citizen of the Palestinian Authority and a role model for children and their funerals are turned into parades and great celebrations given to a lost hero of their revolution against the Zionist occupiers. And one more truth, the Zionist occupiers are every Israeli. Let us clarify, not every “settler” but every Israeli. When Mahmoud Abbas speaks of the occupation he claims that Haifa, Tel Aviv, Ashkelon, Ashdod, Eilat, Beersheva and all the rest of Israel as being occupied by the Zionists and as Palestine. He often states, even reported in Western media, that they consider all of the British Mandate as Palestine and the commentators in the media restate this as Abbas only meaning the West Bank, only Judea and Samaria, when they know just as we do that he means all of Israel. This is why he has stated that even when the two state solution is settled and the “peace” treaty signed; it will not bring an end to the popular protests against the rest of the occupation. It should be noted that popular protests actually means terror warfare and intifadas and other acts against Israel just as they use currently and they will continue to claim that they be funded by the world because there is still the remainder of the occupation. Trust us when we tell you the world will rush to write him more checks despite their own financial destitution because he is fighting the good fight, he is killing the Jews. Please prove us wrong but as he has received ever increasing amounts of funding as the Palestinian Arabs have murdered more Jews, is that simply coincidence or should more be read into this seeming correlation.

 

 

 

 

We have talked previously and given evidence of the morality of the Israeli Defense Force (IDF) with testimony from outside observers such as Colonel Richard Kemp. But there is always the academic who finds the evil lurking behind the IDF soldiers and their actions. Such was doctoral candidate Tal Nitzan from Hebrew University. Her research paper won a Hebrew University teachers’ committee prize for excellence. Her subject was to show that in the IDF that “the lack of organized military rape is an alternate way of realizing political goals.” Her paper explains, “In the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, it can be seen that the lack of military rape merely strengthens the ethnic boundaries and clarifies the inter-ethnic differences – just as organized military rape would have done.” Furthermore, she claims that because the Israeli IDF soldier sees the Palestinian women as less than human, they find them unsuitable as an object for rape. At no point does this excuse for academic research even briefly entertain the idea that the average IDF soldier might come from a community where rape is considered an unacceptable act. Nowhere is the recognized high moral conscience displayed throughout the IDF ever enter the mind of this researcher. One can only ask what kind of interaction she has had with the average Israeli and if she has had contact with Israelis, what could they have been and what might have led her to reach this completely insubstantially supportable conclusion.

 

There is a reason, a theory which might explain her reactions. Much of the IDF combat personnel are religious soldiers. Further, the Israeli public has been coming steadily more religious. The fastest growing sectors of the public are the Chassidim, the Traditional and the Religious Zionist. The Secular community still holds the majority of the highest positions in the IDF as well as in academia, judicial positions and many other power positions. They are feeling the pressure of the increasing numbers of religious soldiers who are taking the leadership and officers training courses and doing very well. The Military highest levels are attempting to protect the secular nature of the highest positions against what they see as an onslaught by religious hordes. The animosity between the secular with the religious can only be unhealthy and the religious are feeling unwanted and also are resentful of some of the conditions being foisted upon them in efforts to push them to choose their religion or the service by having mixed company functions, mixing women soldiers in combat companies formerly containing religious soldiers and the push-back in other fields is just as hard. The resistance is futile as within a decade, two at the most, the secular majority in the upper ranks will fold and the IDF will become a far more comfortable place for religious soldiers and this will make the IDF all the better for it.

 

But the anger between the secular against the religious community is often palpable. This is mostly in the singular direction as for the most part the religious are unable to understand why their needs are so difficult for their superiors to be accustom with and to accommodate. There is no religious disdain for the secular sector and most of the religious simply wish their secular brothers and sisters could understand and feel the joy they receive from their religious life. They see many of the problems and troubles apparent in the secular lifestyle and believe that a more religious life would benefit many secular Jews, but they largely keep such thoughts to themselves and not pressure the secular Jews to become religious. It is also their religious life which forbids their taking any immoral actions which obviously includes not raping the Palestinian women, nothing else. This was simply inconceivable for doctoral student Tal Nitzan which was made more than evident in her paper. From the reviews we can remember, Tal Nitzan was excessively dismissive of IDF and its increasingly religious flavor. This was a sad but definitive case of predetermination clouding reason forcing a slanting of a research paper. What is the saddest part is that Hebrew University faculty thought such a work was noteworthy and gave it a teachers’ committee prize for excellence.

 

And now let’s see something remarkable from an Arab woman’s own testimony which will allow us to conclude and make sense.

 

 

We can now tie everything together and have these disparate stories make sense. The slanted view of the IDF as evil and thus visualizing the lack of rapes by IDF soldiers as damning evidence of their dehumanizing their enemy and their women and not the exact opposite, the respect by IDF soldiers of all human beings as precious and worthy of respect, is simply an application of every suspicious belief by secularists that the religious are just as driven and consumed by sexual desires as are they. This was evidenced by the witness testimony of what initially appears to be a hysterical Arab woman but who is simply expressing something she witnessed which altered her life’s view of the world and the Jewish IDF soldiers. She probably had believed the stories and anti-Semitic incitement coming at her twenty-four hours a day seven days a week and when that IDF soldier entered their house, she probably expected him to start shooting everybody starting with the baby. When instead he shared food and water and then took the woman and baby along with the others to a safer location, this was a life altering event which she could not tell calmly as it was beyond believable; yet she witnessed it as it happened. The average Arab never has such a moment and continues with their belief that the Jews stole their homes and that there is no attachment of the Jews to the land of Israel. There is little hope that the incitement can be overcome as it would require each and every Arab to witness the kindness from a Jew and realize that what they were seeing was normative for the Jews and not a trick, which is what they would be told. Any kindness from the Jews is explained as a trick in an attempt to steal or gain undue advantage and Jewish kindness is to be suspect, not believed no matter how many examples one might witness. The Arabs are told that the Jews, the Israelis, are shooting their youth in the street for no reason and not because they are defending their own lives against attacks. They believe the Pallywood scenes which show the Jews murdering an innocent girl who was out picking flowers and then planting a knife and that this is the way of every case where a stabbing was the reason. Never is an Arab shot in the process of a terror attack; yet the same Arab will also be lauded as a martyr who died in an attack on Jewish Infidels. That is correct, he died attacking Jews but was murdered as an innocent and the knife placed beside him and both stories are celebrated equally and as valid. There are those Arabs who have learned the truth and now witness for Israel such as Walid Shoebat. Eventually the truth will out and the faster Israel becomes a nation of religious Jews, the sooner the truth will come through if for no other reason than that will end the tension and struggle pitting Jew against Jew, at least in Israel. As for the leftist Jews in the United States, well, they will not be Jews in another generation because already their children are mostly not considering themselves Jewish, or they are becoming religious and with a better than average chance of Zionist and will be in Israel and not the United States in the next quarter century. Things are soon to improve; and if the Western and developed world would cut off the flow of money to the Palestinian Authority, things would improve almost immediately. Once Abbas cannot pay off those protecting him, his days are over and then things will either improve or deteriorate catastrophically. Either way, the problem would then be solved definitively. Maybe then ISIS might be the next progenitor, though with the Palestinian Authority gone, ISIS too might very well evaporate into nothing more than the mist of horrific memory.

 

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March 24, 2017

London Terror and the Message it Sends

 

Imagine the horror felt by the people stuck in the gondolas of the London Eye, also known as the Millennium Wheel, the supersized Ferris wheel along the Thames River near Westminster Abbey, Big Ben, Palace of Westminster, Westminster Bridge and the Houses of Parliament as well as overlooking the entirety of the terror attack (see map below). Basically held captive while a 4X4 Enterprise rental vehicle plowed through pedestrians below on the Westminster Bridge as well as the shooting attacks which followed after the attack vehicle had slammed into the iron fence protecting the House of Commons, their ordeal had just started. After the area had been secured, authorities slowly disembarked those civilians from the gondolas one by one taking statements and debriefing each person before moving on to the next gondola. We were unable to ascertain how much time this procedure required before the final groups of people were free to leave. These poor people had paid to take a leisurely ride on the famed London Eye and instead of a fun frolic they were live, front row witnesses to a mass terror attack followed by a torturously slow and measured taking of their statements which for some the ride lasted it must have been hours of tedium. Hopefully some at least made new friends as they certainly had time for conversing while waiting to have their one on one with the police. As of this writing it has been reported that eight people arrested at six addresses, including in Birmingham and London, the death count revised to four, with at least 40 injured, seven critically, and it was released that the murdered police officer was named as PC Keith Palmer.

 

Map of London with Terror Attack Locations

Map of London with Terror Attack Locations

 

London Mayor Sadiq Aman Khan is a Muslim which simply shows that the terrorists are not as concerned with whether a nation or city has accepted members of the Islamic faith as equals or even elected them as the mayor of the city; their aim is high visibility attacks which immortalize those who plan and commit these atrocities. They cannot be appeased or accommodated, only hunted down and removed from being capable of inflicting harm on people, any people. It has been noted that the Islamic State in its various forms since its inception has murdered more Muslims than any other religion. One could make an argument that their first and foremost desire is to purify Islam allowing only those who accept their leadership and views on the teachings of their faith. This leads to a problem as there are other groups with similar goals but diametrically different views. It could easily be stated as truth that Hezballah has opposing views to the Islamic State as Islamic State is Sunni while Hezballah is Shiite, two incompatible views if one is being excessively strict as these two terror groups have proven. Hezballah has also murdered more members of the faith of Islam than other religions despite some intense efforts against Israel. One would not be far off than to expect that should Islamic State take control over an area where Hezballah has already purified the city to Shia Islam that when Islamic State left there would be no one left alive as they would purify the city in the name of Sunni Islam. An identical result could be expected should the order of occupation and pacification be reversed. Islamic State has also been at war with numerous other groups which also claim to believe in Sunni Islam which begs the question of where these groups are found deficient in their faith by the Islamic State and why these other Sunni groups fight against the Islamic State. Sometimes trying to wrap our heads around these realities makes our heads hurt badly.

 

Sometimes the problem appears to be not so much the form of Islam but the historic tribe or groups one’s origins are derived. This is made excessively evident when it comes to the Kurds. They are apparently hated by Sunni and Shiites alike and seem to have no friends with which to ally. Their manner of observing Islam is apparently different than most of the others as they took great risks in rescuing the Yazidi as best as they were able when the Islamic State stood poised to slaughter the entirety of these people. While the rest of the world stood paralyzed unable to formulate any plan for saving these people, the Kurds simply went to where the Yazidi were holed up on Mount Sinjar and rescued as many as they were able and provided them with protection. The Yazidi practice a religion which is based purely on their Oral traditions which include a blending, a syncretic religion, influenced by pre-Islamic Assyrian traditions, Sufi and Shiite Islam, Nestorian Christianity, and Zoroastrianism. This blending of religions has left the Yazidi basically with no allies as almost all look upon them as those things which make them different and not the fact that they have anything in common with their neighbors, which is why they remained together as a tight tribal groups heavily dependent on each other for protection. Against the Islamic State the Yazidi had neither the manpower nor the weapons to defend themselves. Their one link is that they are a Kurdish speaking minority which is probably the familial identity they shared with their rescuers.

 

This brings us back to the London terror attack which Islamic State, or ISIS, claimed responsibility and took great pride in their destruction. The attacker who they claim was one of their “soldiers” and he was, according to Prime Minister May, “What I can confirm is that the man was British-born and that some years ago he was once investigated by MI5 in relation to concerns about violent extremism. He was a peripheral figure. The case is historic. He was not part of the current intelligence picture. There was no prior intelligence of his intent or of the plot.” Another victim of this horror was Spanish teacher and department head Aysha Frade, 43, worked at DLD College, London and was married with two daughters. She was believed to have been crossing Westminster Bridge to pick up her children aged eight and 11 from school when she lost her life in the attack. One of the more moving of the stories of the tragic events was that of Foreign Office Minister Tobias Ellwood who was among those who rushed to help PC Keith Palmer. Mr. Ellwood, who lost his brother in the Bali bombing, was seen pumping the officer’s chest then standing above him, his hands and face smeared with blood as was reported live from the scene by numerous reports. His bravery and efforts as well as those of all involved, police, emergency medical teams, ambulance crews and those other civilians who lent a hand in assisting the many wounded and giving comfort to those around them most in need from the shocking scenes all witnessed and the order which was kept and especially to those people who waited patiently, or not so patiently, in the gondolas and then gave full accountings to the authorities after, what for some must have been insufferable, long waits to finally disembark and end their ordeal. The fact that most remained and assisted as best they were able is a testament to British comradery and pulling together and showing their best in a difficult and horrific situation.

 

Terror Victims PC Keith Palmer and Aysha Frade

Terror Victims PC Keith Palmer and Aysha Frade

 

We can hope that this will be the final time we need to review the heroism, bravery and other stand-out performances by regular people, law enforcement and emergency crews, people from all walks and from diffuse backgrounds all assisting people they likely never met before but giving them somebody to lean on for support, working to save a life, preventing further harm, stopping an attacker or other general acts of bravery or relief in the immediate and tumultuous aftermath of a terror attack like those we have seen far too many times. Paris, London, New York, Jerusalem, Istanbul and Cairo are all amongst cities struck by these horrors while there is apparently nowhere on Earth perhaps other than Antarctica is safe from such violence. The world sometimes appears to be awakening to the threats yet all too often after attacks such as what we saw in London we all jerk ourselves and scream in our minds that this must be fought with more than words and within a few days, hours for some and moments for others, we fall back into our nominal state of dealing with those daily tasks and requirements of our jobs, families, friends and getting the car repaired, paying bills, food shopping, kids science project, you name the distraction, it takes our minds back to the everyday. That complacency needs to be shaken up and dispelled such that we take the needful steps to end these attacks by whatever means are required. We owe it to those whose lives we have already lost, their families and friends, their coworkers and people they simply may have once given a smile making their day and we owe it to those who have not yet been the tragic target and their friends, families, coworkers, people they attend religious services with or those who will not get that needed smile because we did not take the steps immediately such that they never face the horror of being caught in such a nightmare. These are the prices we have paid and we need to prevent those costs from rising any further than unavoidable and that will take remembering those we lost and taking the needful steps to demand that those who are in our governments and have the responsibility to prevent these events do so. That is what we need demand and stop with the petty day-to-day bickering between parties and unite and do what is right finally and for a change, please.

 

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January 26, 2017

Perhaps Netanyahu is not the Answer

 

There is the possibility that Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu is not the one who makes Israel whole and annexes Judea and Samaria. What if the answer comes from another source, another place and another person? We prayed and realized that what needs to be will be and Hashem will have his designs, desires and will completed, just not necessarily in the manner which is most straight forward. But first perhaps we should share that which we expect and then try to figure out the remainder of the puzzle.

 

We know that Prime Minister Netanyahu had a brief conversation with President Trump on the phone this weekend. We know the call lasted under thirty minutes and that the end result is President Trump has invited Prime Minister Netanyahu to visit in February in Washington D.C. We can extrapolate that one of the men, more likely President Trump, refused to talk about any plans or the “peace process” preferring to talk mano-a-mano so that Trump can take the measure of Bibi and ascertain what truths he is able to glean and judge the Israeli position on everything from there. We need to remember that President Trump prefers to take the measure of people in person and often gets it right when feeling the pulse of the other people face to face. President Trump is a people person and not likely as much prone to discuss things of an important nature with a person he has no yardstick established or any real measure of the person as to their truthfulness and the validity which can be assigned their words. President Trump can likely see a huckster from a mile away after dealing with some of the greatest showmen and women on the planet in New York real estate and other ventures around the world. Trump may not have the wealth he claims but he does have the sense for business and the ability for deal making where a deal is possible. So step one with Israel is to take a measure of Bibi and at the same time ascertain to what extent Israel has been the problem and what extent the victim.

 

So what is step two? Step two is taking a measure of Mahmoud Abbas and the Arab or Palestinian side of the equation. The one truth we know about Mahmoud Abbas is that he believes himself to be a slick trickster who easily plays on European ingrained anti-Semitism with great success. He hit a chord with President Obama and Obama virtually went to work for Abbas against Israel. Now Abbas is going to try and out hustle a hustler and that will be an interesting scenario. The question is not will Donald Trump see through Abbas, it is how long it will take before he sees through Abbas and his façade and lies. We doubt it will take too long as the very first item Trump will see is a simple visualization. His discussion with Bibi will be all about peace and what Israel would do for peace and little if any demands of the Arabs other than peace and recognition that Israel exists and will continue to do so. Abbas, on the other hand, will also talk of peace but will be setting goals and demands to be met in order to even sit down and talk about what other demands he can make before the world peace is permitted to even be mentioned. That is when and where Trump will see that Abbas does not desire peace, he is after a military victory through negotiations. Trump has likely run into Abbas type people throughout his childhood and has maybe been taken by a few of the first hucksters, but he has also hit the big leagues and dealt with the likes of the Reverend Sharpton and his ilk. Trump will see what is what and who is who and quickly make his reconnaissance and all which will remain is his solution. That might take up to six months to a year depending on time invested.

 

Mahmoud Abbas, Donald Trump and Benyamin Netanyahu

Mahmoud Abbas, Donald Trump and Benyamin Netanyahu

 

That brings us to step three, the deal. This will at best be a conference possibly in Abbas’s home court of Paris, France. Netanyahu will also be invited and both men will be told to bring their advisors and be ready to get the deal done. The pot may be sweetened by inviting the French President and his advisors and even invite another Abbas facilitator, the High Representative of the European Union (EU) for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini and whomever she would like to be her escort and figurehead advisor. There might even be the chance for the evil one, at least according to the New York Times, Vladimir Putin brought onboard just for that extra panache. Once the stage is set, the show can commence. By the time this confab has been arranged, The Donald will already have spoken with both of the main members of this conference, Abbas and Netanyahu, and have reached his verdict and little if anything will be capable of changing that mind. Trump will know which he believes is the honest broker and which is the huckster attempting to pull one over again. Trump may already have a fair idea and be predisposed in one direction and everything else is part of the show, we have to put on a show as how often does one get to play on a stage this grand and elaborate in front of the eyes of the world. This is a once in a lifetime appearance and President Trump will make the most of his opportunity. Do not for a minute as the conference unfolds believe it will not go exactly as President Trump desires as he is the main attraction, the master of ceremonies and the man who can deliver the goodies.

 

The fact that there has been talk that President Trump was thinking of assigning Jared Kushner, his Orthodox Jewish son-in-law, to be his special representative to settle the Israel-Palestinian conflict speaks volumes, both quantity and decibel level, about the direction Trump is leaning. Trump has met Netanyahu before and knows the man well enough to already have a good picture of his virtues and drawbacks. Trump probably has a line on Abbas and company as well as probably has their positions and bluster all summed up. The meetings now are to dress the bride for the ceremony, and only one of the potential bridegrooms get to go home with the prize while the other gets a bouquet which will rapidly wilt before he gets home. Could things turn around, sure, and I could become Trump’s Ambassador to Shangri-La and live forever in a garden paradise hidden away in some remote valley in the Himalayas. President Trump has been hiring some extremely high level firepower for much of his Cabinet and as personal advisors despite the brouhaha over his Secretary of Education pick, Ms. Betsy DeVos. By mentioning that he was considering appointing his Orthodox Jewish son-in-law to negotiate between the Israelis and Palestinians, he was signaling that his mind on the subject was made up and appointing what appears to be as biased a person in favor of Israel as humanly possible was just Trump’s way of signaling his direction. Discern what you may about his direction from such an obviously skewed choice.

 

So what remains is the set-up of the match, just like the UFC, you bring each fighter before the media, separately in this case as having them together would make for too ugly a scene and this has been choreographed to the final blow. Then you allow the media to get a feel for each side’s training camp and give everything the build-up of an impossible deal. Finally, you gather the top people, often these are Hollywood types to fill the first three rows for the UFC main event mixed in with former champions, but here it will be leaders such as we mentioned above and who you add to the list of top EU and other European officials along with Putin and possibly whoever replaces Ban Ki-moon as United Nations Secretary General and if some Arabs desire to come along, all the better. Putin will either be briefed on what to expect before he is invited to make sure he desires to be seen alongside the final deal as will a select group of others. Then there will be the three or four days of drama in the media as to whether Trump can make the deal or not, but the deal was already formulated and all but finalized beforehand and Trump is holding all the cards including, of course, the Trump Cards. When the pressure has almost peaked, as if it peaks then Abbas will spout some crazy, over the top demands and disappear showing up back in Ramallah launching the next Intifada. So, anticipating the point at which Abbas does his usual disappearing act, Trump will alert the media, close the airport and trains stations preventing anybody bolting, and the next morning the main event will take center stage, as we intimated, possibly Paris or perhaps Rome, it is beautiful there in the Spring. Trump will appear in a large press room before all the cameras and reporters with Bibi Netanyahu on one side and Abbas on the other side. Abbas will be wearing his usual “there are cameras in front of me smirk.” One can see the image below of that exact smirk which he wore when he was pictured center of the front line for the procession mourning the Charlie Hebdo and Hyper Cacher Market terror attacks. The fact that it was more a funeral than a parade is obvious from the other faces in the picture. But please never tell to Abbas such truths as that might cause laughter to accompany the smirk, especially if he knows that it was all the result of a terror attack. One need remember that terrorism is his trade coinage.

 

Mahmoud Abbas smirking while at remembrance rally for Charlie Hebdo in Paris after terror slaughter of a dozen writers and cartoonists for the satirical magazine.

Mahmoud Abbas smirking while at remembrance rally for Charlie Hebdo in Paris after terror slaughter of a dozen writers and cartoonists for the satirical magazine.

 

Before such an audience is where Trump would like to make his grand finale, but he also might end up settling for something far more low key if he decides to allow Abbas to bolt, thus hanging his side permanently. Walking out on Donald Trump because he would not give you all of the candy will not play well. Since Abbas is demanding the entire bowl of candy and demanding the Jews be removed so he can enjoy all of the candy from the Jordan River of chocolate to the Mediterranean Sea of Skittles, his idea of a good Israel is no Israel. That has been the Palestinian chant taught to college students and leftist protesters across Europe and North America and anywhere else pro-Palestinian demonstrations have been bought and paid for including the defining, “From the River to the Sea, Palestine must be free.” That sure leaves a whole lot to debate over, especially when it really is the only solution Abbas can accept as that is exactly what he has promised and so often that the people do not care or remember that there were possibilities that it would have to happen in stages. After President Obama and his grand schemes and promises and Abbas doing all he could to out-promise Obama, the Arabs expect they have already won. Nobody has told them there is a new sheriff in town, and he is taking names and numbers. At this point everything is conjecture but we feel pretty confident things should play out in some manner similar to what we have vaguely described above, or at least we like to think they will.

 

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