Beyond the Cusp

October 5, 2016

Too Many Leaves Have Fallen

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In these days between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, Jewish New Year and the Day of Atonement, Jews spend much of their free time, and some of the not so free time, reflecting on their actions and shortcomings of the last year and also their entire lives where less than golden practices became habit. In this time I have too often strayed beyond my shortcomings and looked beyond to the shortcomings of my people and the entirety of the human race. Slavery has to be a practice which was carried on far too long nearly into modern times and even now exists in some measure. We were slaves and know its hardships which we recount every year at our Seders. Passover is one of the singular observances where traditions are pretty much set in stone. The odd thing is there are different stones for Jews of different backgrounds. I should know as my father was as Ashkenazi as one can be and my mother was equally Sephardim. Perhaps this was why we only got a half serving of rice at Passover and never enough for a meal. The Seder service which is said in the home in privacy closes with an important and universal hope of all Jews, “Next year in Yerushalayim (Jerusalem). The Seder is far from the only set of prayers which end with this overriding and continual desire amongst all Jews no matter their individual customs, Jerusalem, as the Song of Babylon states, “If I forget thee may my right hand lose its cunning (strength) and my tongue cleave to the roof of my mouth.” That is the seriousness a Jew or any Israelite feels for their eternal Capital City and why the Arabs so demand they control the Old City, the part of which that pleading relates for they know that is the Jewish heart.


Remembering our past no matter where your ancestry originates there were pogroms, purifications, jihad, and just simple hatreds which drove our ancestors from their homes with what they could carry. All too often the older children had to carry the younger while father and mother carried what meager belongings they could, the Shabbat table cloth, candle holders, challah plate and cover were mother’s load in addition to what kitchen utensils she could manage while father carried his Tallits, Tefillin, Prayerbooks, Siddurim, Haggadah, necessities for his trade (which may include leading a cow or two or sewing machine, threads, cloth, butchery knives, or whatever and the Rabbi and sons carried the Torah, as many as possible and a few more as leaving even one behind was unthinkable), and whatever other items mother or children could not continue without (his was the burden of family). These fleeing Jews were often the fortunate ones as behind them were those Jews who joined the too lengthy list of fallen leaves. Every Pogrom, Purification, Jihad, forced conversions, Crusades, conquest for Allah, blame for every calamity, blame for disease in the community, and all too often just because we were Jews the leaves fell. People ask how humans could treat their neighbor so cruelly. Well, look to Europe or the past hundred years in the Arab and Muslim worlds or to Russia and remember Nazi Germany and the reasons abound.


One need understand the enormity of the history of the Israelite people. Abraham, Isaac and Jacob came from the time when agriculture and herding were just coming into their own and the city states were forming. At this point the first Jews were but a family and believe it or not we are largely still that very same family plus those we have married and the few converts over the ages, often these converts also married into the family and converted in order to do so. There are the claims that the Exodus from Egypt we brought numerous non-Jews with us and if one reads Torah they will see we know of this and these people were kept in a separate camp and were partially responsible for the sin of the golden calf. These others were sent on their separate way with many sailing to Greece with even some Jews who found our ways too difficult and desired a more earthy and pleasure seeking existence which was all the rage in those primitive times. Egypt saw us build a city to a Pharaoh who fashioned himself to be a god. The story of our exit from Egypt is chronicled in the best-selling book in history and one of, if not the, first books ever printed by the printing press. Our travels and travails of forty years in the desert are well chronicled and many youth learn of it early in their educations. The reason why is not so well noted. Put simply, we lacked faith in the promise from Hashem that the land would be granted us by His hand. Instead ten of twelve spies told of giants living in cities behind great and unbreakable walls. The illogic of giants needing walled cities never occurred to the Israelites who reacted to these recounting with great timidity and fear. The two who told of peoples in fear of the coming of the chosen of Hashem and a land flowing with goodness went unheeded as the Jewish people who had lived a life under slavery had not the bravery or independent spirit to conquer a land even with Hashem. For forty years we gave birth to a new people free of the yoke of slavery and filled with the miracles of Hashem such as the manna which fed them in the parched desert of the wastelands they traveled through.


Israelite Sin Worshiping of the Golden Calf

Israelite Sin Worshiping of the Golden Calf


Jericho put to rest the fears of the former generation as its great walls were no match for the formulae given by Hashem which brought them down. The following victory of Ai and then of the combined armies of the Kings of Canaan proved Hashem truly would grant us the land. What is often passed over is that the Torah gives the Jews the exact method we are to pursue when coming into our promised land with any tribes of people who reside within and it is a very simple method for selecting how one treats those tribes. We are to make them a simple offer. They have three choices of varying ease for their people. The most easy is to remain within the lands on the lands they hold and simply obey the Seven Laws of Noah, the Noahic Code and we will both live and prosper in peace. They can leave the lands and we will not pursue them and wish them well. The least favorable choice is they can choose to war with us at which time we will endeavor to kill every last inhabitant and member of their tribe and burn their crops, slaughter and leave for the buzzards their cattle and remove any and all record that they ever existed from the story of mankind. That was then and we no longer live in those times. What is not well known is that some of the Canaanites chose the first two options and were granted what was promised.


History passed and we had an expository period under King David and King Solomon who conquered lands until they reached the Euphrates River, the farthest we have ever reached and we desire far less today, only what was promised which is well documented and for the sake of my regular readers we will not go over this again. You’re welcome. The life went well until we had strayed from Torah and had practiced even idolatry and thus lost the guardianship of Hashem so we fell before the Babylonian sword. This was not our best of times but this exile ended when the Persians conquered Babylon and knowing of Hashem from their recounting of history beseeched that we return and rebuild our Temple and worship Hashem as we desired and simply pay our tribute to the Persians and we would be left in peace. Rather nice of them had that continued forward but there came an overachiever named Haman the Agagite and descendant of Agag, the king of the Amalekites and our saving grace in the form of the Persian Queen Esther. We built the Second Temple and in human history soon thereafter came such luminaries as Confucius, Buddha, Tao, and others who all founded various ancient religions of which a few continue into the modern era. The namedropping was more as making note in history when much of what we call a more modern age came into being and where much of Eastern philosophy had its roots. Eventually we once again gained our freedom, but wait, there’s more.


Eventually there was the inevitable family squabble and the Tribes of Israel chose sides with the ten northern tribes taking the name Israel and the southern two tribes being called after the far larger tribe, Judah and the Priestly tribe remained spread amongst the people and largely in Jerusalem under Judah. After the ten northern tribes were carried away as slaves by the Assyrians there were just the priests in Jerusalem and the tribes of Benyamin (a smaller tribe) and Judah the lion, the defenders of the southern borders, remained where most belonged to the tribe of Judah so we became Judeans and eventually simply Jews. The Assyrian Greeks eventually defeated Judah as well and then the Polemic Greeks and one more the Assyrian Greeks followed by the Romans. The Romans got a little put out after the Jews, the name had cemented by them, did which no other people managed, threw off the Roman yoke twice. They dispersed the Jews to the far reaches of their kingdoms and everywhere inbetween such that we would never again challenge Roman rule. That worked rather well and as the Roman Empire slowly crumbled the Jews spread even further but we had a secret weapon through which we remained attached to Jerusalem and our lands always hoping for the Messiah to return us to Eretz Yisroel, and that weapon is Torah. Torah is our history, our rules for life, our traditions, and our defining center which keeps us in touch with Hashem and our covenant and the promises Hashem gave to us. The Torah has kept us a family despite great distances and the stories abound of Jews traveling to a strange place often not by their choosing and upon arrival finding family there, finding Jews who greeted them as only family greets one they have never even known existed. This too was one of the many strands of string that when twined together make the rope which will eventually be spun in Israel, in Jerusalem.


Now, as we gather slowly from the far corners of the globe from America to Europe to Japan and the Philippines and India or Ethiopia as well as South Africa, Australia, even the outback and places even stranger and more remote, the time has come to stop believing we are Jews as we no longer are. Jew was the name we were given in captivity by the Greeks and Romans who shortened Judean to Judian to Juw which became spelled Jew. The actual spellings and pronunciations are not important but what Jew came to mean to the gentiles is important. The Jew was the reason for famine, for plague, for war they were always siding with the enemy on both sides as both sides saw Jews fighting for their enemy but were blind to the Jews fighting with them in their armies. The Jew was accused of every ill and even potential harm and the fact that the Jews lived in their own small area, ghetto, and practiced a different religion, often the parent religion to the one the others practiced, they had to be the reason as they were the other wherever they found themselves. When the time came to clean the lands of the disbeliever, the Jew too was cast out or burned at the stake, hung, crucified or whatever punishment was dealt the disbeliever. Often they were simply driven from the land and forced to travel through place after place before finding one which allowed them to settle and reside for the time being. The Jew always kept a number of suitcases packed and one special suitcase in which all their religious items were kept. They would be removed when required to observe the Sabbat or to do morning prayers or observe a holiday and then carefully and respectfully repacked in case they had to leave with little notice. This suitcase was the first one grabbed by the mobs of the pogrom, Crusade or whatever reason was for killing the Jews as this suitcase must have precious jewels to be so carefully guarded. Imagine the look when all they found were some candlesticks, candles, a special tablecloth and few other religious items and books but no jewels or gold or silver other than the few religious items, often only the Shabbat candlesticks. The main thing is the Jew was a temporary guest to be bullied and thrown away when hatreds overwhelmed the people and a frenzied mob sought a target.


We are now coming home and we are not going to be bullied or thrown from our lands. We may not be granted easy access to all our lands, even our most precious Biblical Lands in Judea and Samaria. Jerusalem will hopefully not allow to be divided and we again forbidden from visiting our Temple Mount which we built during the times of the Second Temple before Christianity and long before Islam came into this world. Allowing the Synagogues we so meticulously restored or even rebuilt to once again be defiled and destroyed would be a sin of great magnitude. Where we need to try and be accommodating and live with our neighbors on this little sphere orbiting an insignificant star in a moderately large galaxy soon to be merged with an even larger galaxy, we also must remain true to ourselves, our history and, most of all, to Hashem which means that Jerusalem’s old city must remain with the Temple Mount as an intricate and vital part of Israel. The Islamics know the importance of these areas which is the sole reason they demand them to be separated from the Jews. This is the same story which was the reason there were so many wars between Christian and Muslim over Jerusalem and only Jerusalem as that was the reason behind the Crusades and the Islamic conquests, they both wanted to hold the City of the Jewish holiest of places as that is the home of Hashem which both claim to worship (the validity of such claims cannot be covered in brief even in this article). But Jerusalem must remain a part of what is Israel and that should not ever be placed in doubt and slowly the Israelis are realizing this fact.


As for the name Jew, that needs change. Those of us residing here in the Holy Lands of Israel are no longer merely Jews even if we are of the seed of Judah, we are Israelites once again. With the airlift of Ethiopians and the Bnei Menashe community from India home to Israel we are once again to be known as the tribes of Israel. There is a group in southwestern India who call themselves the Tribe of Ephraim who were found when a Chabad couple shared a Passover Seder with them. With these tribes of the ten lost tribes of Israel reappearing, the people of Israel are not all but universally of the tribe of Judah, we are once again in transition and should recognize such and refer to ourselves as what we are, Israelites, the Tribes of Israel reuniting in our ancient and holy homelands.


Some may ask what should become of the Arab Palestinians. Well, we can offer them three choices. They can live in their own area under their own leadership in a semiautonomous area within Israel where we promise them security and to live in peace and in return they obey the Noahic Code, or they can leave and settle elsewhere in the world and we will wish them safe travels and the best of luck and promise not to pursue them or do them harm as they leave, or they may choose to treat us with violence and hate and do injury to us as a form of war for which we will do as we can to destroy their existence and to erase the fact that they ever resided amongst us. That is what any other people would do and for those who doubt such we would like to point to items such as Northern Ireland and the British.


Continuing on, other examples abound such as the Spanish and the Tribes of the Basque and Spain and even France, the many different tribes which made up Yugoslavia until they each went their separate ways, the Czech Republic and Slovakia which separated from Czechoslovakia and the numerous nations which were formed by the victorious powers after World War I that make up much of the Arab Islamic world today and which are now breaking even further into tribal regions, and the conquered lands which now live under the fist of their conquerors such as Tibet or those threatened by nations claiming their right to regain control of these areas such as Taiwan and Mainland China (Red China if your old enough to remember that term) and also Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Belarus and the currently challenged Ukraine all of which are currently under direct or indirect challenge from Putin the Invader’s Russian bear. The changing tides of war and the formation and dissolution of nations has not ended as many wished to believe and world wars are no longer unimaginable. The claim that after the fall of the Soviet Union that history had ended and everything was now at peace and in equilibrium leading Francis Fukuyama to write a piece titled, “The End of History?” which has proven as much folly as the claim once made by the Commissioner of the United States Patent Office in 1899 who it is (attributed) claimed to have said, “Everything that can be invented has been invented.”


With all the turmoil in the world today, it is beyond reasonable but is yet true that the world considers what the Israelis do within the lands granted under international laws and treaties to them for their homeland dating from the early 1920’s and the numerous conferences, treaties and conventions which were signed by all the parties involved including the Arab League and King Farouk granting the lands west of the Jordan River to the Mediterranean Sea to be the area for the land of Israel to be formed. We, the Israeli people ask for no more than that which all powers, even to include the Arabs and Japan, British, French, German, Ottoman, Russian, and eventually the United States, League of Nations and United Nations all recognized and gave their blessings and agreement and yet to this day this is contested. The facts are not contested, just the realization, and there appears to be an undercurrent which is driven by the concept that by ridding the world of Israel, and with it the Jewish people once and for all, will end their ever considering having a real home anywhere on Earth. This is considered a desirable and possible eventuality by the leaders of the Western World to appease and pacify the Arab World. There is one answer for such people, and it is what we promised, “Never Again!”


Beyond the Cusp 


September 23, 2016

Can There be a Single Palestinian State?


This question has been raised numerous times as has the other question of whether or not the lands west of the Jordan River were recognized until the November 29, 1947 United Nations illegal vote to further divide the area set aside for the Jewish State under International Law which was rejected by the Arab League who decided on a war of genocidal annihilation and for taking all the land over the dead bodies of the Jewish State and every Jew they could lay their hands upon. It was not Israel’s fault they were unable to defeat the nascent Jewish State. It was not the fault of Israel that Jews have been persecuted and expelled from most Middle East Countries and they managed to find refuge in Israel, a country smaller than New Jersey. reported that since 1948, 850,000 Jews have been expelled from Algeria, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Libya, Lebanon, Morocco, Syria, Tunisia, Yemen and other Middle East Countries. Israel is not “Occupied Palestinian Land”. Israel is the homeland of the Jewish People and the only safe haven for Jewish Refugees in the Middle East. Israel knows that should the entirety of the case for another Arab failed state to be formed from the lands which were the British Mandate ever come before any International Court including, or even especially, the International Court of Justice (ICJ) all the Israelis will need do is present the Balfour Declaration, the San Remo Conference Report, the Treaty of Sèvres and Article 80 of the United Nations Charter and the court will have no choice but to award the lands west of the Jordan River in its entirety to Israel and the Jewish People and possibly allow for the placing the entirety of the “Palestinian People” across the Jordan for the Arab League to decide their fate. We already know what the Arab League will do, they will immediately capture and hold every last Arab and place them is squalid camps to rot until time and the wearing down of the will of the world results in a war against Israel in order to give these people, the new refugees plus all the old ones, a land atop the dead bodies of the Jewish State. The Arabs will become additional refugees cared for by UNRWA which will demand funds from the Western and non-Arab Worlds with the Arabs pledging but rarely providing any aid except in the form of explosives for bomb-belts for terrorists to use to blow up Israelis, most often women and children as those setting the explosives are just as craven and cowardly as their leadership. But what about the viability of an Arab Palestinian State, is such a thing possible?


Ah, yes, that chimera known as the Arab Palestinian State. That would require the impossible, the locating of leadership acceptable to the entirety of the leadership, the most fractured of leadership, of the so-called Palestinian People. Such an entity would be as impossible as resolving the untying of the Gordian Knot, the knot which Alexander the Great was unable of untying and instead cleaved in two with his sword instead. The initial problem is the obvious need for reconciliation between Hamas, Islamic Jihad and the Arab Palestinian Authority (PA) as well as Fatah which rules the PA. Hamas is an Islamist group which is largely sponsored by Iran though remaining loyal on paper to the Muslim Brotherhood (MB) and their being a sworn Sharia State of religious extremists sworn to the annihilation of the Jewish State and every citizen within including the Arabs and the further extermination of all Jews throughout the world on their way to establishing the World Caliphate. The PA is a nationalist entity also sworn to the destruction of the Jewish State, the Zionist Entity as they have refused to accept the statehood of Israel, and the murder of every Zionist and Jew found within replacing it with another Arab democratic dictatorship where the casting of votes is secondary to who does the counting and verification of the election and the votes cast. This is the simplest of problems facing unifying the Arab Palestinians and forming a state, the unification of the governments in Gaza and Nablus is the obvious divide and step one.


Gordian Knot and Alexander the Great

Gordian Knot and Alexander the Great


Then there are the additional problems facing anybody seeking the real and true leadership of the two separate and unequal factions of Hamas and the PA. Let us take the Gaza Strip and the rule there of Hamas and see what is within that onion as we peel back the layers to the very cores hidden within. Hamas currently controls the majority of the lands and people but faces threats to their claim to the throne by a number of other groups, some even more viable than Hamas can itself offer. The most evident threat comes in the form of the true and faithful representative of the MB which has not been corrupted by Iran, the Islamic Jihad group. Just as Hamas was the religious fanatic groups against Fatah, Islamic Jihad is the pure entity uncorrupted by power and outside influences carrying on the good fight for the MB. They claim to be the true and clean representatives for the religious Jihad being waged against the Jewish State and accuse Hamas of corroborating with Israel whenever they face political realities and enforce a ban of the firing of rockets into Israel. The enforcement on bans of firing rockets until such time as an actual attack plan on Israel has been formulated and formalized is imposed by Hamas, waiting until then for choosing an actual warring front against Israel being readied and the supporting rocket fire planned and to their (Hamas’s) advantage. Until that time Hamas is unwilling to choose to fight Israeli presumed oppressive and subjugating rule and occupation in Gaza. The problem with this presumption is simple as Israel departed the entirety of Gaza in a painful destruction of the Israeli Jewish communities which some remain unable to restart their lives and farms within Israel. Israel turned the entirety of Gaza over to the PA who simply handed it over to Hamas after Hamas won the elections within the PA legislative body largely on the support from the Gazans voting in their favor. They then conquered Gaza taking it in an abrupt and short coup where a fair number of PA members were killed or sent fleeing back to Nablus in Judea and Samaria and the center of power for the PA. That would be the final rift to repair and likely the most difficult.


Islamic Jihad likely has the support of what would become their rivals should the Islamic Jihad Islamists ever take control of Gaza. Hamas has become detested because they refrain from firing rockets into Israel before they have actual achievable objectives which are feasible and the detailed plans worked out and practiced. Hamas rules Gaza through intimidations and a strict enforcement by their Force 21 elite fighters. Hamas has also enlisted the support of many of the Tribesmen who also sport fighting units which they control and could turn on Hamas immediately as they would show weakness and vulnerability. Islamic Jihad could likely expect the support of the Islamic State, al-Qaeda, and various other crime bosses and Islamists itching to constantly fight against Israel with no real game plan or overriding planning which Hamas insists are a necessary evil best carried out in calm but seething silence. Further, the Islamic State would like to see their leadership become the ruling force in Gaza as well as in Judea and Samaria which would assist their claims to proper rule representing the will of the people. If either Islamic Jihad or Islamic State were to assume power in Gaza, they would be ruling under their claim to have replaced Hamas completely. Should such a coup occur the initial signs would be the slaughtering or execution of the leadership of Hamas along-side any Hamas known allies caught using mass hangings with which to clean the area of “traitors” and all opposition.


Such a sustained journey to capture any and all their leadership would present such a challenge that the immediate response would result in a reduction in numbers which Hamas claims is the heart of the resistance as well as the knowledge of where the supplies are stored which would be required to continue the war of attrition against the State of Israel. As soon as Islamic Jihad or any other group might rise to power they would be facing the same threats to their rule as currently are faced by Hamas. They would necessarily immediately execute massive rocket fire on Israel which would be countered by the Iron Dome Systems placed near every main city and targeting the front lines against any current Hamas rocket and missile threats. The group taking over Gaza would face the daily problems of housing those whose homes have been destroyed or rendered unsafe through action taken in response to former threats from Israel. The new leaders in Gaza would learn quickly that running a city, a province, requires people dedicated to cleaning of Gaza and providing security, the rule of law and a myriad of other services plus the need under all of this of a fully volunteer force which would do as their passage to safety. Ruling a people requires such not so trivial problems such as a currency valued to continue trade of goods and services, trash pick-up, power generation, water purification and distribution, sewage treatment and numerous other relative works required by any modern society. Much of what Gazans receive are gifts provided through Israel which includes electricity, water, natural gas and other seemingly necessary items. The demands of leadership such as these and a million other otherwise petty actions would take on lives of their own demanding resolutions and access to resources, resource management would become an important and new task requiring a talented entity to carry out such a demanding position. Any new leadership would face a very steep learning curve and an unforgiving public demanding immediate attention and relief.


Then there soon comes the challenges of payments for services provided and rendered which requires a tax or other money stream and sooner or later the Islamic Jihad becomes the Israeli puppet masters preventing near constant rocket fire not desiring the additional need to command during a raging conflict with Israel and Hamas would now become the pristine and clean choice to attack Israel unmercifully. These comparisons and different leadership eventually would require some form of coalition of the groups sharing the same philosophy concerning Israel to lead in Gaza. Whomever it turns out to be leading such a groups would necessarily be a religious jihadist who believes that Islam must invariably rule the entireties of planet Earth, that Islam will eradicate the Jews from the Holy Lands and then the rest of the Jews around the world, and further that Allah will solve every problem and break down every barrier they might face. Should such a force become a viable leader for the entirety of the planet, the industrialized and modern world could forget all about individual freedoms as under Sharia it is all about the collective underlying Ummah which blindly obeys the Imams who rule religiously over the planet taking from it any will to live free and act independent of the Imam’s choking iron fist. That is the promise Gaza offers for the Arab Palestinians and eventually the world. There is no difference between Hamas, Islamic Jihad and the Daesh, the Islamic State (ISIS).


Over in Nablus is a different monster and it goes by the name of Mahmoud Abbas and his sons. They have an economic relationship with power and found that power enriches at a level commensurate with corruption. Mahmoud Abbas at age eighty will eventually fall and then comes the free-for-all to determine his successor. There is no heir apparent though there are a few favorites. There is a list of who’s-who of the Fatah ruling elite all of which desire to replace Abbas. Here is that list with their jihadist names in parenthesis and then we will talk about some of the more powerful and likely successors to Mahmoud Abbas (Abu Mazen): Al-Tayyeb Abdul Rahim (Abu al-Tayyeb), Zakaria al-Agha (Abu Ammar), Azzam al-Ahmed, Mahmoud al-Aloul (Abu Jihad), Marwan Barghouti, Ahmad Sakhr Khlousi Basseiso (Sakhr Basseiso), Mohammad Dahlan (Abu Fadi), Hassan Ahmad Abu Einein (Sultan Abu Einein), Saeb Erekat (Abu Ali), Othman Abu Gharbieh, Muhammad Ghneim (Abu Maher), Muhammad al-Madani, Sharif Ali Meshaal (Abbas Zaki) (Abu Meshaal), Jamal Muhaisen, Nasser al-Qudwa, Jibril Rajoub (Abu Rami),Nabil Abu Rudeinah, Nabil Shaath (Abu Rashid), Hussein al-Sheikh, Mohammad Shtayyeh, Tawfiq al-Tirawi (Abu Hussein), and Salim Zanoun (Abu Adib). Saeb Erekat (Abu Ali) had the misfortune of being the heir apparent to Mahmoud Abbas but Abbas is viewed with such a jaundiced eye by the Arab Palestinians that anybody Abbas would support they would equate with poison. Saeb Erekat has another problem in that while he would be a competent leader he does not have the stomach for what would be demanded of him to remain in office. Marwan Barghouti is another of the terrorist arm of Fatah and is currently serving five life sentences in an Israeli High Security Center in which the “inmates” who are all Arab Palestinian terrorists and their planners and bomb makers, a really sweetheart of a group, live with generous conjugal visitation rights, sporting events such as volley ball, soccer and others, often hold extended family picnics and other activities more in common with summer camp than prison camp which was proven when a terrorist stabber a few years back was insistent that the IDF security checkpoint soldiers arrest him to the point of repeatedly attacking them until he got his wish. When his case came before a judge he pleaded to be found guilty of the crimes he had confessed to having committed despite the judge knowing different. When finally he was broken down to giving an honest confession it turned out he wanted to be sentenced to life in prison for having killed at the least five Israelis so he could be well employed and eat well and having his family be financially well off and taken care of due to his “criminal acts murdering Israelis.” He confessed that he could not find work as a carpenter as those jobs were given to family and friends and not to actual carpenters. He eventually was simply released and cleared of all charges and was warned that should he come before the courts again he would be tried for perjury and imprisoned with no Israelis lives to his discredit. Back to Marwan Barghouti, possibly a competent leader but also a terror mastermind who plans bombings which has made his the poster child of the European Union, many European government agencies and the United States State Department. His candidacy is supported by many in the West which may be his undoing. Already there are calls from across Europe for his release so he can run against Abbas should there ever be elections. Ever be elections, now That’s Funny but also so predictable and tragic.


Mohammad Dahlan (Abu Fadi) is one of the favorites of the rank and file terrorist members of Fatah and a solid politician in the most corrupt of ways, which is what qualifies him for the job of replacing Abbas. He is another one the Western World finds irresistible. We believe we have figured out why the West falls for some of the worst of these candidates, they support any of the terror masters who can wear an Armani suit and look comfortable doing so. Dahlan is another of those who sends others to their deaths in the cause he believes people should commit even unto death to believe in. He claims to have such strong beliefs in the elimination of the “Zionist Entity” yet somehow he is still with us. Some of the others with which we are familiar include Jibril Rajoub (Abu Rami), Nabil Shaath (Abu Rashid), and Tawfiq al-Tirawi (Abu Hussein). We copied the original list from a PDF formatted report titled Fatah Central Committee Profiles which has a complete profile for each person and far more information than we could ever contain in a single article. We advise those interested to seek this and use it as an introductory piece covering the aspirants to succeed Abbas as Chairman of the Fatah Party. Whether that would suffice to give them a leg up for assuming other positions Mahmoud Abbas holds which include but are not limited to Fatah Chairman, Palestinian Authority President, Secretary General of the PLO (Palestinian Liberation Organization terrorist group), and considered the general spokesperson free from terrorist ties. That position is held despite the common knowledge that Abbas was instrumental in the planning and arranging finances and travel for the Munich Olympics terrorist squads who murdered the Israeli Olympic Team and coaches. It is also known that Abbas has taken numerous other planning and financing position assisting with terrorism. Still, as anyone can see, once Mahmoud Abbas no longer rules in Nablus the ensuing warfare which will come before a new leader emerges guarantees the next leader will be the person with the deepest terror support and a man of weapons, not peace, thus changing nothing.


So, even if one could arrange the two main geographic sides settling their differences and expectations through elections, there would be no guarantee the elections would resemble anything representative and is but a pipe dream. Even after complete elections there will be those on either side who will desire contesting the results by assuming whatever power they are capable through force of arms. Then one need address the individual elements within each side and arrange for a period of international control preventing any criminal tampering with the election material such that their preferred candidate, often themselves, wins the positions desired. Then would be the real and actual fun of assuring those elected would survive long enough to assume their office and then actually get to conduct business without the same corruptions taking over the government.


That is your Arab Palestinian State, part fascist, part religious fanatics, all violence and tampering with government and all this with an undercurrent of a terror war with Israel driving decision making and diversion of funds to weapons purchases and development. As we have witnessed in Gaza, the allotting of concrete and cement with rebar and much other construction materials being provided under the demands of the European Union for the rebuilding of the residential structures so the hundreds, if not thousands, of homeless Gazans could return to homes and apartments has failed. All that has been built are tunnels under the border into Israel for kidnapping Israelis or attacking Kibbutzim. There was sufficient provisions for the rebuilding of numerous apartment buildings yet almost none were constructed. Instead of apartments or other facilities for the people of Gaza over ninety percent according to estimates was confiscated for use in building tunnels under the border and into Israel to carry out terror attacks. The redirecting of these provisions was committed from under the “watchful” eyes of the United Nations and European Union. What was the suggested solution to this theft and tunnel construction? The forces that are in the positions of power decided that what was required would be a constant stream of construction materials until the apartments and other structures would be completed claiming that not all the material could be stolen if sufficient were passed across the border daily. They also pointed out that the only way that sufficient material could be transferred would be to remove the restraints and allow trucks to cross freely into Gaza from anyplace and at any time. Hamas and Islamic Jihad could not steal that much that fast and that would end their interference with the rebuilding projects. These people are simply brilliant beyond comparison such that it makes one wonder where they find such mentally defective people. The alternative is even more frightening to contemplate, that these people are actively trying to assist in the murder of over six-million more Jews in Shoah II, the wrath of the European Union with the return of the fascist anti-Semites. When the Jews stated emphatically and resolutely, “Never Again,” we meant “Never Ever Again” even if we need take on the entire world, something that often appears to be knocking at our doorstep ever closer each day after the last. Be warned that if that is what the world doth demand of us, then that is where we will stand, but do not expect us to fight alone as there are a few hundreds of millions for whom standing with the Jews this time will be their pleasure though they fathom it as a calling not to be denied.


Beyond the Cusp


September 18, 2016

Palestinian Elections Cancelled Again and Why


There was little if any surprise when the local elections in the Arab Palestinian Authority Areas and Gaza were cancelled. We understood that the probable results would very likely place Hamas representatives elected over anyone thought to be acting under orders from the Palestinian Authority (PA). The elections were shaping up to be a vote of no confidence over the lack of any real and meaningful progress towards peace with Israel. The reality would be something far different as wherever the PA currently ruled the elections would favor Hamas and in Hamas controlled areas there would be internecine killing as well. The groups of Arab populations who live under either the PA or Hamas would be seeking new leadership and this would necessarily start at the local areas. The problem is that neither the PA nor Hamas can allow their citizenry to elect people from the other side. As each is not exactly popular whence they rule, neither would consider elections to be to their advantage. Further, both sides have good reason to suspect the elections on the other side would be tainted and that the reality would come down to who counted the votes, not who cast them. That is the real reason the elections were cancelled, neither side was willing to subject the local political base under each respective population to be allowed openly to vote for the representatives in their own neighborhoods. Had the elections gone forward there would have necessarily been bloodshed as part of the campaign on both sides in an attempt to strengthen their grip on their respective areas. Hamas representatives and candidates would be arrested in Judea and Samaria to ensure they would have no direct effect upon the elections and Hamas would remedy their problem in a similar manner just with less media attention.


Israel also has reason to be relieved as the elections were poised to give Hamas large areas of control in Judea and Samaria. Hamas would have retained their control over local governance in Gaza by any means necessary which would have resulted in murders of any remaining PA sympathizers. Similar actions would take place where the PA rules except Hamas sympathizers would have simply been jailed and not permitted to vote and the most adamant of the Hamas representatives would have met with a fatal accident. Further, should these local elections have occurred, then both sides would have taken drastic and direct actions to retain their control. The rulers in Gaza, Hamas, and Judea and Samaria, the PA, have both become quite unpopular to a large segment if not a majority of their constituents for similar reasons. Where there being no hope of any final peace with Israel, a governance of Kleptocrats stealing them blind and no peace talks by the PA being scheduled and no reconstruction instead of tunnel building in Gaza has made both segments of their populations ready to demand change. The change might also take the form of local leaders more willing to work with the Israelis than with their respective governments and possibly even demanding relief from either Hamas or PA rule. There is far too much money being siphoned off by both sides to permit any threat to their road to untold wealth. The most obvious recipients of said siphoned funds are Mahmoud Abbas, Khaled Mashal and Ismail Haniyeh respectively; multimillionaire or potentially billionaires all (see picture below).


Mahmoud Abbas, Khaled Mashal and Ismail Haniyeh

Mahmoud Abbas, Khaled Mashal and Ismail Haniyeh


The concept that there is no money to be made in terrorism has been proven time and again to be a fallacy. For the terrorists presumably fighting against Israel, fighting against the Jews and their Jewish State, the world is willing to spend an unlimited amount of money to undo what they believe was their biggest mistake ever, the founding of Israel. Israel was founded under the premise that the Arab forces would remove it immediately after it was founded and they got the united Arab States surrounding Israel (Syria, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Yemen and various militia forces, plus the Mufti of Jerusalem’s forces, the precursors to Hamas and PA) to all attack Israel as stated yesterday with the map below. These combined forces had some initial success but were soon being repulsed requiring the world to demand ceasefire after ceasefire allowing the Arab Armies which were in disarray to regroup. Each time the results were the same, initial Arab gains due to surprise as they were breaking the truce and Israeli forces were presumably in stand-down rather than combat modes.


Initial Invasion Routes by Arab Armies on May 15, 1948

Initial Invasion Routes by Arab Armies on May 15, 1948


The Israelis still managed to turn things around rapidly and had the fighting been permitted to last longer it became obvious that the Jews would regain all the areas they had not had control after the initial burst on the morning of May 15, 1948 immediately after the British pulled out and presumably before the Israelis had gotten organized into some form of command structure tying all the disparate defensive groups together. The final result left Syria in command of the high ground of the Golan Heights, Egypt holding Gaza and Jordan occupying Judea and Samaria which they annexed illegally and renamed it something less Jewish, namely the West Bank. All of these territories were liberated by Israel in the Six Day War forced by massed troops on both northern and southern borders and the eventual joining the futile effort of Egypt and Syria despite Israeli pleas for them to remain out of the hostilities, thus allowing Israel to liberate the large areas of Judea and Samaria. The world is still pressing to force Israel back to the perilous 1949 Armistice Lines which with modern weaponry is completely indefensible while the movement for Israel to simply annex all of Judea and Samaria would leave Israel defendable with the Jordan River, Dead Sea and Golan Heights as her eastern borders (see maps below).


The Real Truth About Israel in Stark Relief Graphically Displayed Compared Indefensible Mid-Section vs. Annexed Judea Samaria and Gaza

The Real Truth About Israel in
Stark Relief Graphically Displayed
Compared Indefensible Mid-Section
vs. Annexed Judea Samaria and Gaza


With an Israel midsection cut back to the mere nine miles would allow for any new Arab invasion force to immediately cut Jerusalem from Tel Aviv making any forces or Israelis left in Jerusalem facing a similarly deadly situation as they were in 1948 when the identical strike was made and only through a herculean effort were Israeli forces able to reconnect to Jerusalem in the final days, actually hours, before the Armistice Lines were set as the front lines of contiguous forces, the reason a breakthrough to Jerusalem to relieve those still holed up there and make some claim to this holiest of Jewish cities. After cutting off Jerusalem the heart of Israel could be bombarded by direct and indirect fire from atop the Judean Hills western ledge which rises fifteen-hundred to over twenty-five-hundred feet overlooking the coastal plains below. Tel Aviv and even its central district with the tallest buildings in Israel are all clearly seen from the heights. Further, even today the old adage of he with the high ground had the advantage holds some validity. The damage which could be unloaded simply using mortars, light artillery and tank fire for fifteen to thirty minutes would prove devastating even should Israel then repulse the assaulting forces. One would not need to rely on rockets or even use aircraft to devastate Israel from the Judean Hills (they are actually mountains as seen in images below).


Images from Northern and Southern Coastal Plains Looking East at Judean Hills (TOP) and From Ridgeline of Judean Hills Looking West Overlooking Coastal Plain (Bottom)

Images from Northern and Southern Coastal Plains
Looking East at Judean Hills (TOP)
and From Ridgeline of Judean Hills
Looking West Overlooking Coastal Plain (Bottom)


By now the reasoning on why Israel must annex all of the West Bank including all of Jerusalem is far more clear and when one adds in the defensibility of the Jordan River and accompanying Valley, which must be climbed by any invading force including armor, the reasons become even more evident (see map from Jordan Valley to the Mediterranean Sea below). Giving away the high ground and the defensive virtual wall, which is the Jordan River Valley from which there are at most five passes allowing traveling to the heart of Israel, and it becomes even more vitally obvious.


Cutaway View of Tactical Advantage and Necessity of the Jordan Valley and Judean Hills for Defending Coastal Plains and Israel Alongside the Mediterranean Sea

Cutaway View of Tactical Advantage and Necessity
of the Jordan Valley and Judean Hills for Defending
Coastal Plains and Israel Alongside the Mediterranean Sea


Finally, back to the cancelled local election for all of the Palestinian Arabs under both the PA in Judea and Samaria and Hamas in Gaza and why this is simply the final nail in any potential for peace with Israel. First and foremost it must be stressed and stressed until it is fully understood everywhere, Israel had nothing to do with the cancelling of the elections. Mahmoud Abbas and the Fatah political arm of the PLO who also is President of the PA, simply put Abbas rules every possible entity controlling the PA areas, he cancelled the elections claiming difficulty in oversight in Gaza and other miscellaneous reasons. Hamas immediately followed up claiming they were postponing the Gaza elections as well. Abbas had already claimed he was cancelling the elections for all of the Palestinian Arab areas. Still, Hamas had to interject their control over Gaza as they cannot permit the PA or Fatah or any other organization where Abbas rules to make any decisions for Gaza. So Hamas rules Gaza except where Islamic Jihad and even Islamic State decide they are going to go rogue and fire rockets and mortars at Israel. This places Hamas in a tight squeeze as anything they do to end the shooting at Israel makes them appear to be doing the IDF’s job of policing any attacks on Israel. The groups who would challenge Hamas for control in Gaza already have labeled Hamas as Israeli border guards.


Meanwhile the PA rules with Hamas elected to the parliament but their representatives are not permitted to attend meetings from Gaza. There are also Hamas, Islamic Jihad and Islamic State amongst others who are all prepared to shoot it out in Judea and Samaria to unseat Fatah and take over the PA. Then there are the least fortunate from amongst the Arab Palestinians from Judea, Samaria or Gaza who simply desire peace and to get on with a normal life. They would love to increase their cash flow and be as wealthy as are the Israelis. They also know they must never utter even the slightest expression of dissatisfaction with whichever group rules their little corner in “Hell,” be it Judea, Samaria or Gaza. So we have the terrorists who if they are of rank are well paid and living high. If they are the family of a Shahada, a Martyr, then they will receive a salary commensurate with the numbers of Israelis their family member murdered and injured and how serious were the injuries. If one committed a terror act and survived and were arrested, they too receive payments while in prison and their family once they are out. This payment too is commensurate with the numbers of Israelis they murdered and injured and how serious were the injuries. These payments are often higher, sometimes by multiples as high as six times, than the salaries of the PA workers who have jobs in the governing bodies. They make more than the members of the police force and many of these terrorists who have blood on their hands for murdering Israelis are also police officers and usually higher ranking members of their enforcement services. Then there is Force 17 started way back by Yasser Arafat. These fighters, almost all terrorists, often convicted but released in one of those thousands for a single Israeli, and receive healthy salaries. If you are starting to believe that the most profitable business a family can easily build would be to sacrifice a few of the more troublesome children in terror suicide bombings or other terror attack pretty much guaranteed to end with their death, and then the family is rewarded and no longer need worry about working. Where does all this money come from to pay these terrorists’ families? Where else, the United Nations through United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) which gets their funds mostly from the United States, European Union and various European governments. The United States, European Union and various European governments also give hundreds of millions to the PA, who passes knowingly half the monies to Hamas as protection as well for them to carry out attacks, of which a fair share is given to the terrorists and their families. But these funds are paid only as long as no money is diverted to terrorist activities, is that the claim? Well, it appears that everybody involved has agreed to accept Mahmoud Abbas assurances given while meeting once each year at the General Assembly of the United Nations opening ceremonies where Abbas gives a speech to a standing ovation and the Prime Minister of Israel also gives a speech at which point well over two-thirds of the representatives walk out. What was the question about funds not being used for terror again? Trust that nobody cares in all honesty and it is all a farcical circus where nobody in Israel is amused outside of some diehard leftists.


So, who does one talk to in order to establish a viable and terror-free Palestinian State? Even dropping the terror-free part, who is the one representing the majority of Palestinians? Even more poignant, who does one talk to who represents the Palestinians who want to build a working democratic state free of Kleptocrats who steal everything that is not nailed down? The answer to all the above questions is the same, nobody on the face of the earth outside of the supporters for Israel and the few Arabs stuck under the oppressive rule of either Hamas or the PA really care. The idea of a Palestinian State is simply a visor hiding the multitude of Arabs who back the destruction of Israel and a second Holocaust despite many not believing there ever was a first Holocaust. Here is where it starts to get confusing. Also desiring the end of Israel are the multitude of European Union and European government political leaders, rank and file and many moneyed interests which include George Soros for one and many others all who share the concept that the biggest mistake Europe ever made was the formation of Israel.


They reject Israel because it stands for the Jews who represent Torah and morality and the rule of law over the rule of men. Of course all these people desiring the end of Israel view themselves as part of the men part who rule the world from above all laws. Israel represents man’s covenant with Hashem and thus represent Hashem Whose Law is absolute and stands above all mankind. There are those in the United States who would also love little more than to be rid of Israel. This includes President Obama, Socialist Bernie Sanders, Hillary Clinton, and a host of other extreme left-wingers and extreme right-wingers. We are speaking of the Pat Buchanan, Lew Rockwell, and the late Joseph Sobran. As we have pointed out before repeatedly, the Democrat National Convention for the past four and possibly six or longer have voted against placing any reference to Hashem or standing with Israel or that their Capital City be Jerusalem. They are against moving the United States Embassy to Jerusalem, but they have a consulate in Jerusalem to service Palestinians though it is located safely deep within Western Jerusalem, the newer parts of the city and not near the Temple Mount or East Jerusalem.


Yes, there are conspiracies which have as their aim the termination of the State of Israel and many would really appreciate following that up with making the final solution a done deed most foul. There have been such people ever since the Israelites received Torah at Mount Sinai. The first to try and harm the Israelites after they had left Egypt was the Amalekites (if memory serves me) who preyed on the weak, the feeble, the old and those who were unable to keep up the pace and straggled behind. It was this unkind opportunism amongst other deeds so foul that the Israelites are instructed to never forget Amalek and to be prepared for them in every generation. This name became the reference for anyone who plagued the Israelites and eventually the Jews. We are also warned that in every generation there will be one who rises up against us. I may not speak for all Israelis and especially not for all Jews, but I have beseeched Hashem to please make it just one. Still, the promise to the Zionist Congress was the Jordan River was to be our eastern border and still is under international law. We gave away our claim to Gaza, so that is gone for as long as they desire to live in peace.


We should also offer to allow the PA and their people, the Arab Palestinians, to make the choice we are to proffer to the Canaanites. We will allow them some lands and as long as they live there in peace and obey the Seven Noahic Codes we will live at peace with them. They may choose to leave at which point we wish them well and will not follow after them for any reason and especially not to do them harm for they left in peace. Finally, if none of these are acceptable and they instead choose war, they need to understand the full ramifications of that act. Choosing war is an absolute choice and we will war with them until every last man, woman, child, cattle, crops and stores have been utterly destroyed. This is done so that we cannot be accused of making such a war for gains of their properties, thus we destroy everything leaving nothing for us to gain. The land was already ours and they resided amongst us under stipulation that they reside peaceably and obey the Noahic Code. It is understandable that they will refuse that offer but a percentage may come to us and surrender desiring to live amongst us as we require and make themselves separate from those who desire complete war. That will be a difficult decision which will not likely be mine to make, bless Hashem for that favor. Were I to be in that position I would likely take them at their word but warn them that if even one were to break the agreement they would all pay as they had now been warned twice. But as things stand, there is no one person with whom any peace can be established. Abbas has adamantly exclaimed that the only peace he will accept is Israel destroyed and an Islamic State to be built on the ashes of the Jewish people who were slaughtered to the last one. This is the creed by which Abbas rules, this plus speaking at every opportunity declaring that the Palestinians must cleanse the land and the earth itself of the Jews such that all others may live as they please. What is the real shame is Abbas sees nothing wrong with what he demands and believes that by murdering the Jews he will reach a greater salvation. He believes that his religion demands such of him and the Muslim peoples. Those are not beliefs of a person with whom any form of peace can be attained and is the final nail in the coffin of the two state solution as almost everyone has decided to follow Abbas descending to the most base form of humanity short of cannibalism, genocide.


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