Beyond the Cusp

August 3, 2017

Temple Mount Show and Tell the Truth

 

Three Arab terrorists entered the Temple Mount followed briefly later carrying a satchel with fully automatic weapons and one pistol (see video below). They use al-Aqsa Mosque to exchange the weapons and then another mosque in which they change clothing making themselves ready for their attack. When entering the Temple Mount they wear light clothing so as not to raise suspicions wearing heavy clothing. The jackets used to conceal the weapons were likely in the same satchel as the weapons. They put on their jackets used to conceal their weapons until they launch their attack, their design was to murder Jews, to commit Arab terror (no longer will BTC use the term Palestinian in reference to these murderous terror prone groups and will reserve it for the true Palestinian Arabs of the Jordan Opposition Coalition (JOC) headed by Mudar Zahran).

 

 

The next video is what followed, the Arab terror assault on two police guarding one of the areas just off the Temple Mount, a relatively narrow passage with little room to move to escape the automatic fire. The attack murders two police and injures a third police officer (see video below). The two police officers were Druze, not Jews as the terrorists were hoping to murder, and are just as mourned as any Jewish officer for they are also our brave youth. This was the reality faced by Israel and the people desired, demanded, action from their government. The ability to use the Temple Mount for terrorist attacks and infiltration with weapons had to be prevented as such actions threaten every Jew throughout Israel and all feel the possible threats.

 

 

This was what brought the instillation of magnetometers at the entrances in order to prevent anyone from taking weapons up onto the Temple Mount. These scanners were placed outside the Temple Mount entrances, not inside so as not to change the atmosphere on the Temple Mount. The Arabs rioted because they demand to have the right to carry weaponry onto their sacred grounds and possibly stash arms in numbers inside al-Aqsa. This would simply be an escalation as not that long ago the Arabs stored rocks of throwing size and other objects including Molotov Cocktails which used to be employed to attack police on the Temple Mount in the last round of riots (see image below). This is the inside of the precious and most holy of places for Muslims in Jerusalem, presumably the third holiest city in Islam currently (that denotation changes as history unfolds), the al-Aqsa Mosque. This is a place that the Arabs demand that Israeli police must never be permitted to enter, as that would defile the sanctity. The pile of rocks apparently does nothing to the sanctity.

 

al-Aqsa Mosque Rock Pile for Rioting

al-Aqsa Mosque Rock Pile for Rioting

 

That was the picture inside the al-Aqsa Mosque a few year ago after Mahmoud Abbas demanded that Arabs protect the sanctity of the al-Aqsa Mosque when he first used the video he made, the same video which was released again just over two weeks ago on July 19 in our article Rebroadcast of Abbas is Declaration of War where we warned that another round of violence was being readied. The murder of the two police and the murder of three members of a family and the severe wounding of a fourth attacked while having a celebratory Shabbat dinner after the birth of a grandson discussed by us in our article It is a War and the War Claimed Four More Victims. Now we would like to do a thought experiment. No, don’t fret, we promise that it will be an easy thought experiment. Remember the picture above of the weapons, the throwing rocks, in the al-Aqsa Mosque. Replace each rock with one of the items below which were the new weapons smuggled onto the Temple Mount, into the al-Aqsa Mosque and then used to murder the two Israeli police officers (see picture below). Imagine what would happen with a riot breaking out on the Temple Mount and hundreds of Arab young men and women storming out from the al-Aqsa Mosque into Jerusalem murdering as they swarm across the city’s western business districts. Perhaps Prime Minister Netanyahu desires preventing just such a result by placing the detectors outside the entrances to the Temple Mount. Should something like this actually happen and the Israelis manage to prevent a worsening situation resulting in close to or over one hundred Arab deaths, the world media would run headlines which would resemble this, “Israeli Response Kills Hundreds of Arabs in Jerusalem,” and you would read until the fourth or fifth paragraph out of seven, eight or at most nine before you would find reporting that it was a response to Arabs attacking Israelis. The words which would never make it into their reporting would include, but not be limited to, Israeli defenders, Arab terror, or anything else which would clear the picture and illustrate that it was not an Israeli attack where the Arabs were on the defensive but actually the opposite, an Arab mass terror attack initiated from the al-Aqsa Mosque with hundreds of armed Arabs storming the western end of Jerusalem murdering all they encounter until stopped by the Israeli emergency response. Why the world, especially leftists in the media, will blame Israel, as they have in every previous such event, is a question which can have only one answer, anti-Semitism.

 

Military Type Weaponry used in Police Murderous Assault from Temple Mount

Military Type Weaponry used in Police Murderous Assault from Temple Mount

 

Now we can proceed to discuss briefly the reason the riots in Jerusalem, Hevron, in Judea and Samaria as well as in Amman, Jordan around the Israeli Embassy where a Jordanian worker stabbed an Israeli embassy guard with a screwdriver and was shot dead. The guard who shot the attacking workman was arrested by Jordan and then the real threats began. King Abdullah II then contacted the ever-ready Europeans and United States State Department claiming, that should the situation with Israel destroy the sanctity of the Temple Mount with their equipment, metal detectors and all the cameras, his kingdom might erupt and overthrow him; and he asked that they assist him in restoring the peace Israel was threatening both in Jordan and the Arab areas in Judea and Samaria. He added an addendum for the United States claiming that Jordan, under his rule and only his rule, is vital and necessary for the Trump Doctrine against terrorism will fail with devastating consequences should he be overthrown and the rioting threatened just such a consequence. Europe does not require all that much to demand Israel surrender to the Arabs at every turn. Proof comes in the buildings built for the Arabs, which all have European Union flags placed in an emblem detailing their construction and purpose, to change realities on the ground in Area C and force Israel to surrender all the lands liberated in the Six Day War. The State Department of the United States used the threat to President Trump and his efforts started in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia as their reason for pressuring Israel. Israel folded; there is nothing more to say about the result, Israel simply folded before world pressure.

 

We really hope that the Temple Mount does not become the central point and supply cache for a general revolt where arms and explosives smuggled onto the Temple Mount and stored in the al-Aqsa Mosque and other Islamic buildings spread throughout the Temple Mount. The work such as the attack which took the lives of the two police officers and the other which took the lives of three members of the Salomon family (Yosef Salomon age 70, his daughter Chaya Salomon age 46, and son Elad Salomon age 36) was that of a small group and of limited scope not expected to destroy the nation of Israel. What would be far worse would be a planned assault with grand and devastating objectives. We do not desire placing ideas in anybody’s head, but the Temple Mount had been utilized before to smuggle arms and explosives but fortunately, there has never been an organized use of such smuggling to arm an uprising with the intent of overthrowing the Israeli governance since the Second Intifada. What is unfortunate is another intifada is exactly what we expect unless security measures are returned to the entrances, every entrance, of the Temple Mount. We fear that the murders of the Salomon family and the police officers and the ensuing rioting against increased security, the metal detectors may not have even been foreseen and ended up being an added and obvious alteration around which to rally the Arab protests. Now all surveillance has been removed and that, we believe, was the intent of the riots both in Israel and in Jordan and now the Waqf will likely try to harass the remaining Israeli police forcing them from manning the entrances at least every Friday.

 

Friday may become the critical day used by the Arabs to smuggle their provisions for whatever they are planning and the world will attempt to force Israel to remain as vulnerable as possible. What will be so devastating is another intifada will very possibly be a final straw and the end of Arab hopes to force Israel to surrender even an inch of land for them to make anything. Friday is the day when the greatest numbers of Muslims attend services around mid-day, hear a riveting and stirring sermon often about supremacy of Islam, the messiah (the Mahdi) will only come when Muslims kill the Jews and often the immediacy for individual Muslims to work to bring the Mahdi as their acts may prove vital to their savior’s arrival. Friday has been the day of the week when offensives are often began which has often been the case in many of the Arab Spring revolts which toppled a number of Arab leaders and started the Syrian multifaceted warfare. It was a Friday when Saudi Arabian forces stood firm preventing an uprising in their nation. It was Friday, March 14, 2011, when those same Saudi Arabian Troops put down the uprising which had started earlier that day after services in Bahrain intending to overthrow the Saudi friendly Monarch. It was Friday, September 29, 2000, on which day the Second Intifada began with rioting on the Temple Mount replete with rocks, rods, bats and other handheld weapons which eventually led to, according to B’Tselem reports, one-thousand-fifty-three Israelis were killed and many reports claim tens of thousands of Israelis being injured with many receiving life-altering injuries. Magnetometers could prevent virtually all weapons from reaching the Temple Mount and cameras could warn of potential gathering of groups which could be a sign of impending troubles allowing for timely intervention. These were logical reactions to a situation which would be intolerable in any other civilized nation and should their leadership take similar measures after the murder of two police officers and three members of a family in their home at their dinner table. Israel, for some reason, taking the same steps which were taken internationally at virtually every international airport after the 9/11 terror strike in New York and Washington D.C. is not permitted the same response as the entire world demanded Israel leave her nation unprotected and vulnerable to terrorism and the murder of their innocents. No, Israel should take the courage and place these devices back where they will do the most good to protect their citizens and tell the world that her citizens, each and every one of them, be they Arab, Jew, Druze, Baha’I, Christian, Muslim or anything else, these individuals are more important than the opinions of every leader of every nation and Israel will serve to protect these precious denizens of Israel and they may as well not bother to say a word and just save their breath.

 

What Israel should do quietly and through political maneuvering would be to promote Jordan Opposition Coalition and a compromise that will permit King Abdullah II to remain with a nation while the Palestinians in Jordan are permitted to establish what the British denied them by forcing the Hashemite Family over them. Once the true Palestinian Arab State, which was supposed to be the reason for Jordan, has been established, they will be able to give their fellow Arabs the homeland in which to have self-rule. Mudar Zahran, the chairman of the JOC, has promised democracy and a home for all Arabs who wish to come and live in the new Palestine, the name he intends to give his new nation. Israel and President Trump would be wise to assist Mudar Zahran while guaranteeing King Abdullah II that there will be a nation of Jordan where he will remain the monarch, which is better than his uncle did in Iraq, and allow him to separate from a disgruntled majority of his people before there is an Arab Spring style revolt against his rule. This would be the smart route to ending the strife between the Arab populations of two nations and provide peace, even if it will come at the price of the dethroning of Mahmoud Abbas, a President in the twelfth year of his four-year term. Perhaps his retirement is well overdue.

 

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July 19, 2013

Kerry Challenges Israel Implement Arab Plan While Abbas Nixes Hope for Talks

United States Secretary of State John Kerry returned to Jordan for meetings with Arab League representatives and Palestinian Authority chairman Mahmoud Abbas aiming for a restart of the Peace Process. Initial reports depicted a scene where Secretary Kerry was making sufficiently good progress working with both groups that he sent a feeler challenging Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu to give serious consideration for the Arab Peace Plan (aka the Saudi Initiative). Secretary Kerry said Allen is “working with our team and with the Defense Department and with the Israeli forces” and then plans to meet Palestinian Authority offices in the West Bank “to make evaluations on a professional military basis about the nature of threats.” A Palestinian Authority official, who requested anonymity, told AFP that things were moving and Kerry is “determined” to announce a resumption of talks before leaving by the end of the week. Secretary Kerry also suggested that the Israelis take a “look hard” at the now ten year old Arab Blueprint for Peace. Kerry claimed that the Arab Peace Proposal “promises Israel peace with 22 Arab nations and 35 Muslim nations — a total of 57 nations — that are standing and waiting for the possibility of making peace with Israel.”

The Saudi Peace Plan was recently rejuvenated when Qatar’s Prime Minister mentioned his nation’s willingness to meet its terms should Israel return to the June 4, 1967 borders. The Saudi Plan was explained to the press as stating “The Arab Peace Initiative, unveiled in 2002 by Saudi Arabia, says that 22 Arab countries will normalize ties with Israel in return for an Israeli withdrawal from Judea and Samaria.” If only this summation of the Saudi Plan were anywhere near accurate. Truth be told, the Saudi Initiative for Peace does place the condition that Israel return to the 1949 Armistice Lines, also called the Green Line, the 67 borders or most accurately, June 4, 1967 borders, but beyond that the rest of the summary paints a far more rosy picture than the actual wording of the proposal contains. What is promised is should Israel surrender every inch of the lands gained through the Israeli victory in their defensive actions during the Six Day War including much of Jerusalem, all of Judea and Samaria, all of Gaza (already returned to the Palestinian authority who were promptly kicked out by Hamas during a short but very violent coup), the Sinai Peninsula (already returned to the Egyptians as part of the Israel-Egypt Peace Treaty), and the Golan Heights and any contested lands to Syria and Lebanon, then the Arabs will give consideration to discussing to recognize Israel and may even go so far as to offer normalized relations. So, Israel gives away the store and then the Arab League and Muslim States promise to discuss voting on establishing normal relations with Israel. There is no promise that they will recognize Israel, let alone establish normal relations. The truth is once Israel has ceded every inch of the contested lands the Arab League and any others who they invite will discuss whether to take into consideration anything referring to Israel and will most likely simply decide to reissue their Khartoum Resolution of September 1, 1967 which included the “three no’s”; “no peace with Israel, no negotiations with Israel, no recognition of Israel, and ‘maintenance of the rights of the Palestinian people in their nation.” Sorry Secretary Kerry but the actual Saudi Peace Initiative is a complete non-starter for Israel, not now, not ever.

Meanwhile, there were a number of fairly amusing as well as interesting developments this morning in the Arab-Israeli Peace front (not Palestinian-Israeli as the Arabs invented the Palestinian in order to present a weak victim which they could claim was being dominated and intimidated by Israel which had proven impossible when the conflict was framed as Israel against the entire Arab World so, viola, the poor, defenseless, victims of Israeli imperialism, the Palestinians who have to resort to throwing stones, and bombs and rockets and Kalashnikov AK-47s, and RPG-9’s, and various size mortars. Well, all-right, they are not quite as defenseless as they are made out to be by the world’s media. Anyways, Secretary Kerry actually thought he was making great strides towards initiating another round of peace talks. Kerry had gotten President Mahmoud Abbas to agree to return to the negotiation table if only he could press Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu to accept and implement a building freeze. The first surprise was that Prime Minister Netanyahu agreed to a limited unofficial and unannounced building freeze, kind of a stealth building freeze. Kerry was probably fairly excited when he reported to Abbas that Netanyahu had agreed to a limited building freeze but such mood was soon dashed. Abbas demanded that Netanyahu announce the building freeze and make it official policy. Mahmoud Abbas likely thought that there was no way that Prime Minister Netanyahu could actually announce a building freeze without his coalition partners bolting from the coalition bringing down the government allowing Abbas to go on a world tour touting how the Israelis would rather force new elections rather than negotiate peace making Israel out to be the evil warmongers, that is his favorite subject even when he has no proof, imagine how it would have been if he brought down the Israeli government over resumption of the Peace Process. Well, imagine the shocked look and egg on President Abbas’s face when Netanyahu announced Israel was willing to enforce a limited building freeze as demanded by Mahmoud Abbas as Israel was serious about resuming the Peace Process.

Well, upon hearing that Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu had actually announced a partial building freeze as an official policy and his government did not implode, the Palestinian Authority leadership was shocked into immediate action. The Fatah leadership immediately announced, “Fatah wants to make some alterations to Kerry’s plan.” They even gave the reason as, “because the proposed ideas are not encouraging for a return to negotiations.” This was followed by Amin Maqbul, Secretary General of the ruling Fatah movement’s Revolutionary Council who claimed, “The central committee is demanding, for a return to talks… that Kerry announce they should be based on the 1967 lines.” Well, that settled the deal and Secretary Kerry realized immediately that he was not going to be able to restart the Peace Process this week, if ever. It was obvious that there would be no amount of preconditions, good-will offerings, gestures, understandings, or other sacrifices by Israel that would not be met with yet one more demand from Abbas and the Palestinians because the Palestinian leadership is unwilling to return to the negotiation table. Israel is not the impeding party to the resumption of the peace negotiations as Kerry and so many others have claimed, the Palestinians are the ones making the return to the negotiation’s table impossible with their litany of over-the-top demands, preconditions and excuses. What this has many of those who have supported Israel against the false accusations that they were responsible for the lack of progress on the Peace Process is exactly how long will Secretary Kerry and those who worked with him during this eye-opening period of revelations remember the lessons taught today in Amman, Jordan with Mahmoud Abbas and company subverting their every effort to restart negotiations. It will be difficult for them to hold on to these truths once they return to Washington DC and report to President Obama and company and are met with a barrage of discontent challenging their perception that Abbas was refusing to negotiate and Netanyahu was eager to return to talks. That will be met with great resistance as the common perceptions are exactly the opposite and the truth has little bearing on long-held inside-the-Beltway know-it-alls.

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