Beyond the Cusp

June 26, 2017

The Gaza Ploy

 

Do you want to hear something absolutely ludicrous, that is if you have not already heard? The Gaza electricity crisis has little if anything to do with Israel and is all Mahmoud Abbas’s doing. You see Abbas, head of the PLO, the Palestinian Authority (PA) and Fatah party, wants to get Gaza back. He wants to reunify the two halves of the Arab Palestinian territories so badly that he has created a crisis for Hamas. Hamas is his terror rival which he would just love to put out of business and take over their Gaza franchise and run it from the safety of Ramallah. Why, you may ask, is Ramallah safe for him and Gaza would not be safe? Well, that is because in Ramallah when he has a problem with people trying to assassinate him, he simply relies on the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) to protect him. He would not have IDF protection in Gaza which is why he wants it. Without IDF protection, Abbas will be able to arm Gaza to the teeth just as Hamas has been doing when they can. Abbas knows he can gain an advantage Hamas cannot, funding and an open border with Egypt. How can Abbas manage that? Well, if Abbas reunified Gaza and Judea and Samaria (West Bank), he will go to President Trump and claim he has reunified the “Palestinian territories and that means the two state solution is back in play.

 

So what, you say. Well, then Abbas can pretend that he is not a terrorist as part of the Oslo Accords granted him near immunity from being accused of terrorism. That has been how he could pay terrorists and their families salaries, or rewards, based on the number of Israelis murdered and maimed plus a side bonus for getting Israeli Minister to the Knesset. Yes, we know that President Trump got all upset over this and Abbas did his contrite and mournful puppy-dog eyes routine and promised never-ever to do such a mean and nasty thing like that again. We also know that Secretary of State Rex Tillerson just went to Congress with the promise from Abbas to stop these payments and told them it was safe to restart the full flow of funding to the PA. We also know that Abbas just informed Jared Kushner that he refuses to halt pay even to worst terrorists and that the United States can suck air if it thinks he will ever stop. Yes, we know that is the opposite of what he told President Trump while in tears just a few weeks ago. That is exactly how Abbas operates, and there is more.

 

Abbas ordered the payment for fuel and electricity for Gaza terminated in order to get Gazans to remove Hamas so he will turn back on their electricity. In the meantime, they can be placed in mortal risk of unclean water, non-functioning hospitals and every ill lack of electricity can bring. Once Abbas manages, if he is able, to remove Hamas and Islamic Jihad and regain control over Gaza, he will then demand that Israel grant him the two state solution now that the Arab areas are whole again. He will run to President Trump claiming that this was promised by the United States and the United Nations (UN), and the UN will agree with him in a heartbeat or as soon as the General Assembly, and possibly the Security Council are able to vote. Yes, the Security Council hoping that the United States will not veto any such order out of confusion. Abbas will demand that Nikki Haley be told not to veto the measure. Then he will insist on the pre-Six Day War borders as promised by President Obama, likely in a secret writing of a letter which Abbas will produce, then pressing President Trump and hoping to pin him to the wall on a technicality. And yes, it is all a pack of lies, which is Mahmoud Abbas’s currency of trade, lies and swindle. How else does one believe he still holds an office that he was elected to serve a four-year term back in 2005?

 

What is scary is he just might pull this lie off before the world catches on. The Europeans will back him fully on this swindle simply because it could bring about the end of the Jewish State. They know that if he wins this round, the next step will be the demand that the Arab refugees be reunited with their homes inside of Israel. What is remarkable is that none of the refugees had homes anywhere but inside Israel. The UNRWA (United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East) schools assign each of their students a city of origin in Kindergarten which they will carry with them for life. All the cities they assign are within Green Line Israel, within the pre-Six Day War borders. This is assuredly the plan which Abbas has dreamed of being capable of pulling off if only he could be rid of Hamas and Islamic Jihad and retake Gaza for his own. The main hope is his prevarication and out-and-out lying will be brought to the fore long before anything else can be achieved by this swindler Abbas. President Trump may have come into the Middle East knowing next to nothing and much of his crew of advisors are in that same boat, some, such as Niki Haley, actually understand what is happening and will hopefully set President Trump straight before any serious damage is accomplished. But Abbas has another plan, his Plan B.

 

Plan B has to do with getting the Egypt entrances to the Gaza region opened to permit the Arabs there to be capable of buying things not available in Gaza. This will allow him, in his theory, to bring weapons into Gaza and arm the enclave even more. Fortunately, Egypt also does not desire the Arabs in Gaza armed any further as they pose a threat to Egypt in the Sinai Peninsula. This means that Egypt also has a vested interest in keeping weapons out of Gaza. Abbas will then allow the Arabs in Gaza to fire rockets into Israel hoping to get a response from Israel. Abbas will use such a scenario to claim that if he is granted full autonomy over Gaza free from Israeli interference, then he can pacify the Arabs there by granting them electricity and sufficient water but only if those mean and horrible Jews are forced to meet their responsibility of providing these necessities. Abbas will claim that Israel is denying Gaza the electricity they used to provide as well as cutting their water and that Israeli wars destroyed the power stations and water treatment plants and Israel must replace and repair them.

 

Here is where things get tricky again as Abbas is the consummate liar. He will claim that Gaza had more than one electricity generating plant and additional water treatment plants and all other forms of infrastructure. He will turn to the European Union (EU) and European nations along with the General Assembly of the UN and Arab League, all of which will back everything he claims in order to harm Israel. We realize it sounds like the Israelis are simply paranoid but the truth is that the Europeans have never gotten past their innate anti-Semitism. For the proof of this one need look no further than the history of the Jews and their being driven from one nation to the next throughout history in Europe. Further, the actions of many of the nations conquered by the Nazis tell of their exceeding the quotas set for them by Germany for deporting their Jews to the concentration camps. Some nations, France for example, actually pleaded with the Nazis to please take the children as well as the Vichy French made better Jew haters than the Nazi troops stationed in France. Russia too has a horrific history of treatment of her Jews and the Arab world’s slaughter and mistreatment of Jews, as well as every other religion including other versions of Islam, found within their borders. One need look no further than the definition of Dhimmi in Islamic Law to see the inherent hatred for all things foreign (or watch video below). Dhimmis are permitted to live in their disgraced inferior place until their Islamic rulers decide the time has come for their conversion to the Muslim faith (the claimed true faith) or die. As we have seen of late in Egypt with Coptic Christians, sometimes death is delivered to Dhimmis without the offer to convert, they are just chosen to die, and the Coptic Christians have been Dhimmi for centuries and presumed to be protected by such status. The Jews were expelled after the formation of Israel leaving the Christians in the Islamic world to be the vulnerable.

 

 

Abbas does not dream of a day when he can make Dhimmis of the Israeli Jews, just the Christians, Baha’I and other minorities. Jews have gone beyond Dhimmitude for most of Islam and must now simply be put to the sword. This will not be admitted though almost every Jew which the Islamists have ever taken hostage have been murdered, some in gruesome fashion such as a Jewish French youth plied by a woman into an Islamic trap. He was tortured in an apartment building for three weeks before being found battered burned and handcuffed to a tree, he died soon after. The French media hid the reason for why Ilan Halimi was tortured to death, that it was because he was Jewish and for no other reason. The people in the apartment building where he screamed for weeks never thought to call authorities and instead many would knock on the apartment door and request to be able to join in the frivolity. Abbas would like to perform such on the over six-million Israeli Jews which is why he pays the terrorists according to the number of dead Jews they were able to cause. Many are making six figure incomes and most earn more than PA government employees. These are the elite, high paying positions in the PA, Jew killing terrorist; it pays in Mahmoud Abbas’s realms. Abbas sees Gaza as his own future personal free-fire zone for targeting Israel protected by the EU and UN.

 

Ilan Halimi

Ilan Halimi, another victim of Islam whose death passed with not much notice.
The fact that those in the building asked to assist makes this crime ever more horrific.

 

Abbas cannot be permitted to gain control over Gaza. Unfortunately, this decision may fall upon the UN, EU, European nations and UN agencies all of which will choose whatever promises a faster and more immediate end to Israel without leaving Jewish refugees. The lack of Jews left seeking a new nation is important as then these nations will not be revealed for the blood lust they have for Jews by their refusal to permit Jews entry. Remember the ship the St. Louis and the Voyage of the Damned. History has this uncanny way of repeating itself but with a twist and a rhyme of its former examples, but with similar if not exact results. Israel cannot afford returning to the 1967 borders (lines) as such would be a guarantee of another war and this time miracles might not happen. In the Six Day War Israel was predicted to fall. So much so that Britain and France had not only cut off military aid and frozen already paid for arms, they embargoed Israel and awaited the end of the Jewish State. The United States still had an arms embargo which had been in place since the creation of Israel on May 15, 1948. That is the reality; the United States voted in favor of recognition and then denied aid which might save the nation of Israel. The United States lifted the arms embargo in 1969 for reasons we explained in our article “I Worry for Israel and Her Future.” There are many who claim that this cannot be true because the United States has always had Israel’s back. Well, it was in the Six Day War that a United States electronics warfare ship sat in the Mediterranean Sea intercepting Israeli military transmissions and passing on pertinent information to the Egyptian military command. This was the part played by the United States but if you seek validation of this incident, you will get a very different picture of the events, this we can promise. This is part of why Israel has never and will never request any foreign fighters stand with Israel in the field of battle. Israel would prefer to go down on her own merit of her own soldiers than risk the lives of any other nation’s young men and women. If there are those who choose to fight with Israel as Israeli and under Israeli control, that is different and such soldiers have come forth in Israeli history, the most famous being Colonel Markus.

 

Abbas, like Arafat before him and the Mufti of Jerusalem Amin al-Husseini, has only one idea in his head, and it has nothing to do with a state for Arabs called Palestine or with living side-by-side in peace and security, it has to do with the destruction of Israel. That is the one and only goal of Fatah, of the PLO and of the PA and as soon as they have destroyed Israel a new war will break out between Jordan, Egypt, Lebanon, Islamic State and Syria, if it exists at that time, for control of the land which will mark the graves of over six million Jews as well as many thousands of others including approximately two-hundred-thousand Christians, Baha’I and other religious minorities. This is the desire of Abbas and also Hamas except Hamas has a higher aim, they call for the death of Jews universally wherever they may be found on Earth. That is the difference between Fatah, the PLO and the PA and Hamas, they all desire the destruction of Israel and have no interest in governing anything which is why the Arabs in their care suffer so badly, they have no real government, just homicidal maniacs completely enveloped in the murdering of Jews, while Hamas desires to carry their hatred beyond Israel to the remainder of the world. Abbas must not be permitted to succeed as the destruction of Israel will all but guarantee the end of Judaism within a century, two at the most, unless some miracle were to occur to prevent the remainder of the Jewish People from assimilating to the point that they lose sight of all that makes them Jews. This has been the biggest problem faced by the Jewish leaders in the United States as the Jewish population swindles through intermarriage and assimilation to the point that many Jewish mothers no longer raise their children as Jews, and for many it is because they do not know how as their parents were mostly already assimilated. To them being a Jew meant belonging to a Jewish youth group, a Bar or Bat Mitzvah and that was it. Many even stopped belonging to a congregation or even attending services on Shabbat or the High Holidays. Perhaps they would attend a Seder at Passover if an older relative held one, but those relatives are passing on, or they might have a Hanukah candelabra which they light and keep near their Hanukah bush which has an uncanny resemblance to a Christmas tree. That is the truth and it is a sad reality that within the next generation or two, the only Jews will be those in Israel and a few communities who reside in the same area as their Rabbi and they will soon become endangered as well, if they do not make Aliyah to Israel. For almost all Jews they can make Aliyah to Israel or by the time they have grandchildren, their family will no longer be Jews.

 

Christmas tree and Hanukkah Hanukkiah

Christmas tree and Hanukkah Hanukkiah.
Assimilation is its simplest form.

 

Seriously? Yes, very serious and all too true and it seems that the Jews in Israel are fighting this battle against assimilation except in Israel assimilation is believing the lies we hear from the Europeans, Arabs, too many Christian leaders and others who claim if we just give Abbas his desires then all will be well. The worst thing is the number of Jews in Israel and the United States who actually believe this. Our fear is that Jarred Kushner may be amongst those who believe the two state solution means anything other than another war to destroy Israel, seriously!

 

Beyond the Cusp

 

June 4, 2017

The World of Misconceptions About Israel

 

The first and most grievous misconception which persists no matter how many times it has been debunked is that Israel initiated the 1967 Arab-Israeli war. In order to address this there are a few facts which need discussion. At the end of the 1948-9 Arab War of Annihilation of the nascent Zionist Entity, Israel, where over a half dozen nations sent large military contingents in order to crush the life out of the Jewish State the morning of her birth, the world using either the refused division of the land or using the Peel Commission plan, they claimed Israel had conquered territory in a war the Jew started. The reality is that after the Arab League refused UN General Assembly Res. 181, it became defunct and left Israel with the Jordan River and Mediterranean as her borders that fateful May 15, 1948 morning. This means that Israel lost the areas illegally held by Jordan, Judea and Samaria (West Bank) and the Egyptians, the Gaza Strip. Unbelievably, Israel initially only held about one third of the lands between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean Sea militarily at the outset of the conflict. Making matters even more perilous, many Arab villages which were behind the lines held by the Israeli three elements of military power, the Haganah, the Irgun and the Sternists; the three were eventually combined with a mutually mostly recognized hierarchy of officers into the Israeli Defense Force (IDF), and these villages were well armed Arab units which attacked supply lines and often engaged Israeli fighters from behind their defensive positions thus making their defense facing frontal and rear attacks simultaneously. The result of this problem was the main reason that any village allowing such armed fighters were forced into the Arab side of the lines of battle as leaving them in the rear was suicidal and would have proved fatal for the nascent nation of Israel. These villagers make up the vast majority of what are claimed to be Arabs thrown off their lands and denied their return. The reality is they were ununiformed combatants, which under the rules of war could have been shot summarily as spies or as terrorists due to being behind the lines of battle and ununiformed. When the armistice was signed, one of the conditions stated in simple terminology was that the closure of the Strait of Tiran to Israeli shipping, thus closing passage through the Aqaba Gulf, is a violation and thus a legitimate casus belli. In 1956 Egypt closed the Strait of Tiran to Israeli shipping as well as the Suez Canal to western passage leading to a state of war between Israel, Britain and France, among potentially others, against Egypt. The three mentioned allied and at the agreed time for initiating actions to relieve these sieges, Britain and France began negotiations while Israel took the Sinai Peninsula and captured an entire Egyptian army. Under extreme threat from President Eisenhower and grumblings from the Soviet Union, Israel returned the Sinai Peninsula and released the trapped Egyptian Army. The armistice from 1956 also stated that closure of the Strait of Tiran to Israeli shipping, thus closing passage through the Aqaba Gulf, is a violation and thus a legitimate casus belli. Further, the Sinai Peninsula was declared to be a demilitarized zone enforced by the United Nations. Egypt placing troops into the Sinai Peninsula was also made a casus belli.

 

That brings us to May of 1967 where Egyptian President Gamal Abdel Nasser, responding to a Soviet Union report that Israel was massing troops near the Syrian border, ordered the United Nations peacekeepers out of the Sinai Peninsula, sent Egyptian troops including armored divisions into the Sinai Peninsula, closed the Strait of Tiran and placed the Egyptian army on highest alert. This was in reality three declarations of war against Israel under treaty and International Law. These three were, one, dismissing the United Nations troops, two, placing troops into the Sinai which was double compounded as they included armored troops, three, the closure of the Strait of Tiran. Israel was free to respond to these as if they were actual attacks upon Israeli cities by Egyptian forces. Egypt had already found that the report of Israeli troops massing, or even moving, towards the Syrian border was mere Soviet Union propaganda and the IDF was in a completely passive normal standing doing nothing special. Nasser had started something that he now could not stop or tune down without losing face, something he was loathe to do, thus war was coming no matter what. Nasser, despite gaining treaties of mutual defense with Syria, Jordan, Iraq and Saudi Arabia and having had Iraq and Saudi troops already sent into Jordan to await the coming war, was worried about one potential consequence to openly declaring war, the United States intervening. Egypt sent an envoy to Washington D.C. to disarm any American response and informed the waiting allied troops that he would force Israel to strike first which the Egyptians could absorb and still destroy Israel easily. Egypt had figured they would lose at most fifteen percent of their air power and be able to deliver a knockout to the far smaller Israeli Air Force. Nasser added more troops into the Sinai Peninsula and moved them closer to the Israeli border until some reached within sight of the Israeli border. Add in the rhetoric about driving the Jews into the sea and holding the war in Tel Aviv and boasting that Egypt could be in Beersheva within three hours of any Israeli attack, Nasser had boldly stated, “Our path to Palestine will not be covered with a red carpet or with yellow sand. Our path to Palestine will be covered with blood.” Egyptian media released quotes made by Nasser addressing Egyptian pilots after the Egyptian closure of the Strait of Tiran at the southern mouth of the Gulf of Aqaba to Israeli and Israel-bound shipping stating, “The Gulf of Aqaba constitutes our Egyptian territorial waters. Under no circumstances will we allow the Israeli flag to pass through the Aqaba Gulf.” These were not the words of a leader seeking a peaceful resolution to the situation that he had initiated and now could not stop, and he did not desire even trying to prevent his inevitable war. This was definitely going to be Gamal Abdel Nasser’s great war upon which he would launch his claim to the rightful leadership of the Pan-Arab unified national super-state.

 

Pre-1967 War Arab Army Advances and Positions

Pre-1967 War Arab Army Advances and Positions

 

Those of us who have studied recent history or the most stunning victories in warfare, know Israel did finally attack and within three hours they had all but eliminated the Egyptian Air Force and had complete superiority of the air. In an armor war in a dessert, controlling the air is one main definition of victory, and Israel won the air war. Second, Israel attacked the Egyptians where they were not, sending one column of naval commandos down the south side of the Sinai Peninsula to the Strait of Tiran and an amphibious unopposed landing at Sharm el-Sheikh. This combined with armored and fast assault infantry in Armored Personnel Carriers as well as in trucks are all displayed in the map below. The assaults came across every pass through the central mountain spine and was so fast that the Egyptian troops were either struck so violently that they became inoperable or bypassed and cut-off completely and forced to surrender. These Egyptian troops were returned after the end of hostilities, as Israel had no desire to house so many troops. The war was quick and over almost before the world had media there to comment and cover the entire war. Israeli casualties and losses were in total against all fronts which include Syria, Jordan and Egypt, were 776-983 killed, 4,517 wounded, 15 captured, 400 tanks destroyed and 46 aircraft destroyed. Egyptian losses were 10,000-15,000 killed or missing depending on sources, and 4,338 captured. Jordanian losses were 6,000 killed or missing and 533 captured. Syrian losses were 2,500 killed and 591 captured while Iraqi losses were 10 killed and 30 wounded. The losses in armor and aircraft are only able to be estimated with aircraft lost by all Arab forces was approaching five hundred and the total armor lost simply stated as hundreds, many hundreds. Needless to point out, the war was just as one-sided as Gamal Abdel Nasser had predicted the war would be, just not for the side he thought would win in a couple of days, maybe a week.

 

Six Day War Battle Assault Advances of Israelis in Sinai Peninsula

Six Day War Battle Assault Advances of Israelis in Sinai Peninsula

 

After the war, there was discussion as to who initiated the war. The United States and Soviet Union actually agreed that it was Israel which had initiated the war. They ignored every single one of Egyptian transgressions which each were a breach of treaties and were each a legitimate casus belli, or in regular English, a legal declaration of war by Egypt upon Israel. These transgressions made any response by Israel to be legal and in defense of her rights under our favorite subject, International Law. What becomes the most malleable item when discussing anything with reference to Israel and her Arabs Neighbors? The answer is International Law. This has been true with dealing with any Arabs, including the Palestinians who have gotten in on the act since 1964 when their declaration was to replace Israel and made no claims on Judea and Samaria (West Bank) or the Gaza Strip as the first was being illegally occupied by Jordan and the other illegally occupied by Egypt. They, as now, only wanted the lands which the Jews were living in, and all of that land just as now. Why does International Law become so difficult to understand and become applied in ways that it would never be applied in any other conflict? Part of the reason is the Arabs and oil plus their ability to almost control the discussion as they can invest hundreds of millions of dollars into the information war which has taken a new front on western college and university campuses. Thus it was little surprise that initially the entire world was screaming that Israel started it, Israel started it! After things quieted down and a more reasoned examination was able to be performed, it became evident that Israel did not start the war. Egypt initiated the conflict. After Israel responded to the Egyptian closure of the Strait of Tiran, ordering the United Nations peacekeepers from the Sinai Peninsula and then the final move of placing troops and then armor into the Sinai Peninsula; these were each the equivalent of a declaration of war. Then Syria leveled artillery from the Golan Heights to which Israel responded taking the Golan Heights in three days of heavy fighting. Jordan did not enter the war until day two and Israel pleaded with Jordan not to join the war explaining that the Egyptian and Syrian broadcasts of their advancing on Tel Aviv were propaganda and the truth was that Israel was advancing on all fronts. Jordan took the Israeli pleading as a sign of weakness and that they truly had to be losing badly and Jordan wanted in on the kill and to take extra lands. This led to their being pushed back across the Jordan River and the change in the PLO and their now claiming they would liberate Judea and Samaria (West Bank) and then the remainder of Israel. Israel responded to the Jordanian attack from their higher placements on the Temple Mount and along the higher ridges overlooking Jerusalem. The Saudi and Iraqi troops attacked, either with Jordan or were left standing with the Egyptians depending on which front they had joined the war. Lebanon played a minor part in the war with their losses existing as a single aircraft, yes, that’s right, a single aircraft. The oddities in the implementation of International Law after the Six Day War making the victim into the aggressor and excusing any and all violations by the Arab nations as excusable while Israel defending herself judged to be illegal gives one a true vision when explaining the same practice of twisting International Law into a corkscrew and worse in order to place all blame away from the Arab states when it comes to matters concerning Israel. You could call the game the blame Israel debacle. But that will be for another day.

 

Beyond the Cusp

 

May 5, 2017

Abbas, Trump and Middle East Peace

 

Well, here we go again. Once again down the primrose path to oblivion. All you needed to do was listen to Palestinian Protagonist Abbas’s message at the Trump and Abbas Press Conference to hear the lies, distortions and false temptations followed immediately behind with ensconced demands blended in behind misdirection and pure blather. Trump spoke like any and every American President since William Jefferson Clinton with the requests couched as if they were demands for Abbas and the Palestinian Authority (PA) to cease with their incitement and to end their payments to terrorists commensurate on the numbers of Israelis they murdered, maimed, disfigured, hobbled for life or merely injured and to make the Palestinian people ready for peace. Abbas promised all that and so much more providing the Arabs get what they demand as the only solution for peace, no Israel and every Jew dead. The key words were snuck in here and there throughout Abbas’s meandering and he spoke in Arabic thus making the denial that he never said what the translator interpreted as they misrepresented his meaning. Most of us have watched this dog and pony show numerous times with each President since 1993 and the ill-fated signing of the Oslo Accords. The best part is to simply take Mahmoud Abbas’s actual words and interpret their actual meaning as he defines them, not necessarily as others will read hopes of their own into them.

 

 

 

The most pernicious statement was amongst his initial barrage where Abbas called for, “a comprehensive and just peace based on the two-state solution, such matter would give a great impetus to the Arab peace initiative and the other initiatives, international initiatives,” which calls into account any number of questionable scenarios. The most glaring item is his reference to the “Arab peace initiative” which is a piece of work in itself based loosely on the original Saudi Peace Plan. Both of these plans call for resettlement of any Palestinian Arab desiring such inside of Israel which would likely result in anywhere from five to over eight million Palestinian Arabs moving into Israel where Israel would also be required to provide them with housing commensurate with their family dwellings as they recollect them to have been, likely they all came from very wealthy families who held estate like holdings. Further, they would still also receive compensation for their years as refugees as if this was Israel’s fault and not their Arab brethren who refused to allow them to leave the camps. And the final sword into the heart of this plan is the instant citizenship these Arabs are presumably entitled to such that at the next election the Jews would play the sheep living with a pack of wolves all voting on what’s for diner. This has been treated by many in Europe as a great plan, but then Europe has yet to ever have proven they have had Israeli interests in mind. President Obama also showed a preference for this plan. Do I even need to comment? The Arab world loves this plan, as it does not even require an Arab invasion to conquer Israel.

 

Abbas was not finished, as he also believes, “I also believe that we will be able to resolve the issue of the refugees and the issue of the prisoners.” The issue of the refugees is obvious as we covered that as part of the Saudi or Arab peace plan above. The prisoners have another wonderful solution if you listen to Abbas. Israel simply empties their prison system of Arab criminals and drops all charges granting them complete amnesty. Israel is to ignore those who are in prison on multiple murder charges as well as terrorism charges because they only did that because they did not have their own state. This would include those from before the Six Day War when the entire idea of Yasser Arafat and the PLO was the destruction of Israel and to murder Jews. These were hardened terrorists as were those from the Second Intifada such as Marwan Barghouti, a five-time murderer and terror planner responsible for far more. He is serving five life sentences plus a few decades on another terror related charge. But Israel is supposed to free him with absolutely no fears that he won’t return to his terrorist activities because Abbas promises. Perhaps this might be a good time to mention that Abbas has yet to keep a single promise he has given to the Israelis, Americans or anytime he claimed he would end incitement and prevent terrorism by disarming terrorists. He actually allows terrorists to be his officers for the PA Security Forces.

 

Abbas Accepting Map Depicting Palestine Replacing all of Israel and Looking Extremely Pleased

 

Another winner is the Abbas statement for a settlement for, “a Palestinian state with its capital of East Jerusalem that lives in peace and stability with the state of Israel based on the borders of 1967.” Abbas knows full-well that Israel has annexed Eastern Jerusalem making the city whole and that the only thing Israel may find agreeable would be having a PA parliament building in the eastern suburbs of Jerusalem but not to returning to the 1967 lines where Jerusalem was cut in two and the entirety of the Temple Mount and surrounding areas were beyond the reach for Israelis and parts of West Jerusalem had to be abandoned as sniper fire made walking in these areas impossibly dangerous. Further, Israel cannot accept the pre-Six Day War borders as to return to those would invite another all out Arab assault as soon as they could straighten out Syria as they would require the Syrian territory to assault the Golan Heights. They would want Hezballah freed from the Syrian War to also launch tens of thousands of missiles and rockets into Israel in the opening hours; Iran would require Syria as a launching ground for their tens upon tens of thousands of missiles they would launch from such close proximity in addition to likely close to one hundred thousand missiles launched from Iran herself; plus they would require overthrowing President Sisi in order to have Egypt add a southern front and one of the best trained and largest Arab armies to the fight. Their final hope would be to include Turkey in such a manner that Turkey could claim that Israel had attacked them shooting down innocent Turkish planes flying innocently over the Mediterranean Sea. The fact they were flying in excess of Mach-1 heading southeast from Cyprus and Israel intercepted them within five miles of the Israel border would be completely inconsequential, they were out on practice maneuvers and the fact that they were carrying full bomb loads was part of the exercise. This way Turkey could then demand NATO support in her life or death engagement with those Israelis dragging Europe and hopefully the United States into the war against Israel. Did we mention they also would need to wait for a different American President, say maybe Elizabeth Warren (aka Pocahontas)? Should Israel be forced to return to the 1967 lines (borders) then Israel would need one of the greatest miracles of all history right up there with the splitting of the Red Sea (we do not believe the reconstructionist history which claims the Jews waded through the marsh called the Sea of Reeds) and numerous others which are recorded in the Torah and throughout the Bible.

 

Abbas included the idea, “that will also lead the Arab and the Islamic countries to have normal relations with Israel based, as stipulated in the previous Arab summits,” which interestingly all include reconfirmations of the Arab League’s initial precepts made during the Khartoum Conference where the Three No’s were formulated; No peace with Israel, No recognition of Israel, No negotiations with Israel. With this out of the way, they then continue to discuss what things they should release so the world will believe that they want peace with Israel and not Israel in pieces. The Arab League has ever since 1922 decided that the only solution they can permit is no Jewish State is to exist on Arab lands. Abbas has regularly referred to every inch of land between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean Sea as a Muslim WAQF, a holy ordained and unyielding Islamic holding that can never be permitted to be under any other control other than Islamic. This means Israel could exist only if it bent before Islam and permitted the Muslims to rule over it as completely their lands and the Jews having no claims, rights or permission to reside except as Dhimmi until such time as they would be demanded to convert or die. Even when offered half the lands by the United Nations on November 29, 1947. The Arab League chose to refuse the offer from the General Assembly and instead declared war upon Israel the morning in which she became a nation, May 15, 1948 on the Gregorian calendar. Their position is and always has been and will continue to be consistent and everything else is a ruse.

 

Abbas told one whopper of a lie when he stated, “Mr. President, it’s about time for Israel to end its occupation of our people and of our land after 50 years. We are the only remaining people in the world that still live under occupation.” Really, the only people to still live under occupation. I bet the people of Tibet would love to know that China has returned their lands to them and the people of Cyprus to know that the Turkish forces have returned to Turkey. Then there is that little problem of Moroccan forces still holding large swaths of Western Sahara and the difficulties between the Sudan and South Sudan. These are just a few of others who are under real and oppressive occupation and do not have anywhere near the semi-autonomous rule enjoyed by the PA not to mention Hamastan in Gaza with is veritably a nation with very bad relations with both its neighbors, Israel and Egypt. Then there are the Kurds and the Yazidis whose homelands have been erased by the ravages of history who would love to have their homelands restored and those in the Crimea, Western Ukraine or Georgia who are under Russian control and would probably love their freedom to be returned despite what the world is told by Russia and friends. We could continue but it would be like beating a dead horse, nothing is going to move any further, point taken.

 

The real question, though, is not what whoppers and lies did Abbas pass off as diplo-speak. The question is how much did President Trump swallow and how often did he instead simply swallow hard instead of calling Abbas out as a liar and a cheat right then and there? Amongst our friends, we are hoping that President Trump does not get caught up in the art of the deal and forget to look where the deal leads. We are hoping that President Trump will enter this entire Middle East barn fire with his eyes wide open and his ears pricked up listening for even the shifting of the sands because the art of the deal in the United States is very different from the art of the deal in the Middle East. It was here where the idea of let the buyer beware originated and we might recommend that President Trump take some time out and read T. E. Lawrence’s diaries as well as Winston Churchill’s unabridged “The River War.” These two English officers, statesmen and astute viewers of the human condition were amongst the most adept at describing the difference between the Muhammadan and Arab cultures and those of Western civilization and put it in succinct and plain easily understood prose. Neither minced words or wasted time on niceties. Both would provide President Trump with information, which nobody could claim, was coming from some Republican, right wing, crazy as both of these men were historians and philosophers in their own ways and both had many an opportunity to observe about that which they wrote. The President should go into any discussion with Mahmoud Abbas forewarned and thus forearmed. If President Trump is willing to push things to the point where Abbas would have to decide whether to continue and actually make peace or flee much as Arafat had done in Paris when facing an actual peace deal which he proposed and Israel accepted, then Trump would understand that Abbas is playing games trying to get another American President to grant him money for nothing and more land for free. Thus far, he has gotten the money for nothing; let us pray he does not also get his lies rewarded with more land for free.

 

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