Beyond the Cusp

February 4, 2019

Think About Where You Put the Jews Before Backing Palestinians

 

Backing the presented plight of the Palestinian Arabs, people need to think about a few other points as well. First, you have to understand that the Arab Palestinians, backed by the oil wealth of the Gulf States, present a propaganda front backed by now approaching billions of dollars in the past two decades plus. People ask why Israel does not answer and present her side. Well, first, Israel does not have the wealth required to equal the propaganda aired against her. Israel is required to remain on close to war footing at all times with the threats on her every border and this takes much of the money which could be used to counter the propaganda, but then there might not be an Israel to save. Further, all one need do is look at a map showing the Arab world and Israel and we will even provide that map below. That will also tell you something about the propaganda that Israel threatens the Arab world. That will also put in doubt the claim that the Jews are using Israel to destroy the Islamic World. There are almost, if not, two-billion Muslims in the world while the total number of Jews is approaching fifteen-million. That is approximately one-hundred-twenty Muslims per Jew on planet Earth. Another item is that both the League of Nations and the United Nations gave their blessings after the Arab League refused to any compromise on their position, which is the Jews must be ruled by the Muslims because the Quran instructs that the Jews are a lesser people to the superior Muslims, to the original promise made under the San Remo Conference that Israel was to be bordered on the east by the Jordan River. The initial idea was that the Jewish State would have occupied all of what is Israel and Jordan but the British insisted that they promised the sons of King Faisal their own kingdoms, these were Iraq and Jordan, so they divided the British Mandate evenly between the Jews and the Arabs, Jordan received 78% of the British Mandate, the lands east of the Jordan River, and the Jews received 22% represented by the lands west of the Jordan River. When the Arabs claim that all they desire is their 22% which most Western World sources interpret to mean Gaza and West Bank (Shomron or Judea and Samaria), when in actuality they mean the 22% of the British Mandate which is not Jordan, they mean all of Israel. The reason that Yasser Arafat and Mahmoud Abbas have refused every peace offer has been because they provide for there to be a Jewish State, an Israel, and not the Arabs doing as they please with the Jews. That is the reality.

 

Israel and the Arab World

Israel and the Arab World

 

The Arabs do not hide their desire and intents. They have often called for the death of every Jewish Israeli. Hamas has in their charter a call to murder every Jew. Their intent is to complete what Hitler started. One need remember that the Arab Palestinian Mufti of Jerusalem Mohammed Amin al-Husseini spent the Second World War working for and with the Nazis, sat with Hitler, met with most of the Nazis who at the Wannsee Conference decided on the Final Solution and demanded of the Nazis that they assist the Arabs with their Jew problem once they had conquered the Middle East and North Africa, with the assistance of the Arabs who the Mufti was recruiting to fight with the Nazis. This is the same Mufti Amin al-Husseini who in the first weeks of May, 1948 ordered that every Arab leave Israel and come to the safety of Jordan, Syria, Egypt or Lebanon so that the soon to be gloriously victorious Arab armies could simply invade the Zionist entity and kill every person they encountered without having to worry about killing fellow Arabs. This tells a thinking person two things. First is that it is very difficult to tell Arabs from Jews. Sure, there are some people where one would think it obvious, but you might be surprised. Second, is that most of the Palestinian Arab refugees from the 1948 Arab war attempting to annihilate Israel upon the morning of her birth left of their own free will and were not forcefully evicted from their homes and villages. When the Arab armies failed and peace, or at least an end to the active fighting, finally came over a year and half later, the Arab nations took these very same refugees which they had caused and enclosed them in camps which originally were tent cities with armed guards surrounding them with barbed wire as the Arab leaders realized that these unfortunate brothers and sisters could be used as a weapon against Israel. If nothing else, they could be used as soldiers to put at the front of any army at their next invasion, which did come in 1967 and worked out even worse than their first attempt. These are realities and truths seldom spoken of as they are called lies. Here is a link to a one-hour informative examination of the Arab Palestinian Refugee problem which does not leave either Israel or the Arab world as without some of the blame and is worth watching at least once.

 

The reality in the Arab world is that the Palestinian Arabs, be they refugees or living under the Palestinian Authority in parts of the Shomron or under Hamas in Gaza, are seen as lower Arabs less worthy than the rest of the Arab world. Their sole use is to wield as a bludgeon against Israel. Most of the protesters one will see at the so-called pro-Palestinian protests are more against Israel and Jews than they are pro Palestinian. This can be realized when one listens to many of their slogans which are often more about destroying Israel or killing the Jews in Israel than about concern for the Palestinians. This is made obvious simply by looking at a map and realizing exactly what their chant, “From the river to the sea, Palestine must be free,” which means the eradication of Israel. That is the bottom line of their reason for Palestinians, to destroy Israel. Many at these protests have no real idea what Israel is or why the Jews would even desire to live surrounded by Arabs who wish them dead. The truth is that Israel existed and was attempted to be destroyed and the Jews along with it by numerous peoples throughout history. We have a prayer included in the Passover Seder where it states that in every generation there will be those who wish to eradicate us, it says rise against us, but there is little difference when one looks at history. The following empires of history have sought to eradicate the Jewish People, Ancient Egypt, Philistine, Assyrian, Babylonian, Persian, Greek, Roman, Byzantine, Crusader, Caliphate, Ottoman, Spain, Nazi, Soviet Union, Arab World and currently the one saying it the loudest is Iran. This list pretty much covers the history of the Hebrews who would become the Judeans from which the name Jew originates. But this region is our ancestral homeland and the only peoples who were here before the Hebrews arrived at the end of the Exodus from Egypt were the Canaanites, a people who have disappeared in history. The closest that any people came to successfully destroying the Jewish People, before the Nazis almost wiped out European Jews, were the Romans. The Romans fought three wars against only two peoples and treated both identically after defeating them for the third time; these were the Carthaginians and the Judean (Jews). In both cases they changed the name of the region, in the case of the Judean they named it with the Roman name for the Philistines and attaching it to their province of Syria naming, it Syria Palaestina. It is from this name that the British and much of the world named the area which now comprises Jordan and Israel as Palestine, which was the name of a region of the Ottoman Empire and was never an actual nation. The Romans took both the Judean (Jews) and the Carthaginians and dispersed them throughout their empire and beyond as the Roman means of eradicating bothersome peoples. This brought the end for the Carthaginians, unless anyone has found one lately, but somehow the Jews survived, and their secret was simple, the Torah was the glue which kept us a people.

 

These are some of the realities of the situation and they deserve to be considered carefully before choosing which side to support, if either side. Supporting the Arabs would present the following problem, a very real and serious problem when one considers how nation after nation, including President Roosevelt and the United States, closed their borders to the Jews, and the British closed off allowing Jews to come to what would become Israel, during World War II. About the only nations who accepted Jews in some numbers were the Philippines, Bolivia, Dominican Republic, Switzerland, Portugal, Sweden, Spain, Shanghai, and, oddly enough, Japan; but none of these nations put much of a dent in the murder machine which was Nazi Germany as they took in a few thousand or tens of thousands leaving millions with nowhere to turn. Italy protected some Jews in their regions of conquest and Japan refused the Nazi demand that they turn the Jews in Japan over to them. All told, and this is a generous estimate, perhaps one-million Jews escaped by fleeing from the Nazi death machine. Jack Engelhard wrote of his family’s escape from Europe and eventual arrival in Canada in his best selling book, Escape from Mt. Moriah. We will simply say that their escape was not exactly a straight affair of going to Canada; it was an adventure with its share of perils. The reality is through the well financed propaganda against Israel and the lack of knowledge of history, let alone ancient history, and the Bible becoming unread by most youths, many people have forgotten or were never aware that the Jews come from exactly the location it now holds. The Map below shows the routes of Joshua and the Israelites took to establish their lands and on the right is the original home of the Twelve Tribes of Israel. In the map on the right in the top right is the city of Damascus, the current capital of Syria as well as many of the cities which are today parts of Israel along the coast and throughout the tribal lands. This was the reason that the early Zionists refused the offer to grant them the Island of Madagascar simply because Madagascar is not our homeland; Israel is where we originate and where we desired to return. Torah and the Old Testament along with the numerous commentaries all promised we would return and build the Third Temple which is also called the final Temple. But if the Jews are to be stripped of their homeland, what will the world do with probably seven-million Jews. Can anybody tell me a nation which would even accept half that number? If World War II is any example, then we know the answer, a few thousand here, a few thousand there, but millions left to the mercies of the Arabs who have sworn to kill every last Jew that they are able. Even once they would have Israel, their raging desire to eliminate the Jews from the world would continue as it is commanded in the Quran, as from Sahih Muslim Book 41 Hadith 6985 stating, “Abu Huraira reported Allah’s Messenger (Peace be upon him) as saying: The last hour would not come unless the Muslims will fight against the Jews and the Muslims would kill them until the Jews would hide themselves behind a stone or a tree and a stone or a tree would say: Muslim, or the servant of Allah, there is a Jew behind me; come and kill him; but the tree Gharqad would not say, for it is the tree of the Jews.” Whatever this tree is, the Gharqad tree, we should start planting groves of them.

 

Israel Through the Ages Joshua Enters to the Twelve Tribes

Israel Through the Ages Joshua Enters to the Twelve Tribes

 

Below, we decided to place a couple of videos of anti-Israel protests gone somewhat wrong. The first falls askance when they decide to take their protest into the diamond district of New York. What follows is remarkable. The second is quite different as the anti-Israel protest is disrupted, this time by a single young Jew armed with chutzpah and an Israeli flag. It is strange the reaction in both cases and especially when confronted by a sole sixteen-year-old young man with conviction and totally fearless. One they are overwhelmed by numbers and the second they are overwhelmed by courage, what a contrast.

 

 

The obvious truth is should the Arabs ever destroy Israel, then the Jews remaining there on those final days will be slaughtered. The Palestinian Arabs and numerous Arab spokespeople have all made this evidently clear. It is a staple of the diet used to stoke protesters in the Western World, use to mollify the masses in Arab countries as well as Iran, and a staple in the Palestinian vision of their eventual return which will be over the bodies of every Israeli, by which they mean Jew though some include all Israelis with very few exceptions which would include many Arab Israelis. The obvious alternative is for the Jews to flee. Some show their lack of knowledge when they simply claim that the Jews can all return to the country they originally came from. Well, the throngs who came after the Holocaust had no nation to take them, the Jews expelled from the Arab world cannot return to Algeria, Syria, Iraq, Yemen or the many other Islamic nations which were their families’ homes in some cases for close to two-thousand-years and most of the rest for many hundreds of years, and the Jews from the Soviet Union would not likely be welcomed in Russia, same with the Ukraine and numerous European nations would be unsuitable and that leaves Canada, the United States, Central and South America and the Far East which is not exactly a place where Jews have resided in great numbers. In all honesty, within a couple of decades we doubt that the United States would even consider allowing a large number of Jews to make a new life there and the same with much of Europe. Perhaps the Jews could all climb onto a large interstellar spacecraft and head for Planet Israel. Perhaps it is actually out there.

 

Planet Israel

Planet Israel

 

Israel is the home of the Jewish People and has been for approaching four-thousand years. Granted we were kicked out and dispersed throughout the world. We survived and we came back to claim the land which was stolen from us. The world knows that the Arabs were and are not native to the area of Israel. They originated in the Arabian Peninsula, broke out in the early Seventh Century, and spread throughout the Middle East and North Africa and into Europe from both the east and west before finally meeting a limit to what they would conquer. We saw above that Israel is not exactly threatening the Arab world or spreading and becoming a threat to all Islam. The Jews are a small minority of the world populations, approximately 0.2%, and we are not demanding a large tract of land, just our own little corner which does not even have oil. Is the world so anti-Semitic that it refuses to permit the Jews a refuge to call their own where they can simply assist nations which have had catastrophes, be they natural or man-made, invent things and share them with the world as we have done since our founding, find cures for cancer and other debilitating or fatal diseases and, most of all, study Torah and worship Hashem having a little peace at long last. Apparently, that appears to be too much to ask of this world.

 

Beyond the Cusp

 

Advertisements

February 1, 2019

Iran Collecting All the Best of Friends

 

One of the questions Israelis with friends in Europe and North America hear much of the time asks if we worry about our enemies. By enemies, they most often mean those nations on our borders and, of late, they add in Iran. Our answer usually goes something near to we worry more about those professing to be our friends than our declared enemies. We tell them that we know exactly what to expect from each of our enemies but it is our friends who we cannot predict how they will act according to stimuli, react to the changing world, handle pressures we see coming at them and proactively act to avoid some of the worst problems they are soon to face. Our friends find our concern for their well-being and safety often misplaced and think we should be far more concerned about the threats being made against us and all the moves by the United Nations to single us out, Ireland passing legislation criminalizing trade with businesses run by Jews in the Shomron, the one-hundred-thirty-thee nations which make up the “Group of 77” electing Palestine under Mahmoud Abbas as their leader to represent them (146 countries voted for this Resolution whilst only three – Israel, the U.S. and Australia – voted against, 15 countries abstained and the remaining 29 states did not vote) or the recent American elections where anti-Israel positions took center stage. This is all not to mention the European Union, Britain about to elect Corbyn as Prime Minister, France playing with their own BDS movement, Italy doing the BDS thing as well with the rest of “free” Europe and Canada having a growing BDS movement north of the border. Why should we worry about the Arab world who only threatens to kill us when our friends are dancing with the devil, so to speak, and flirting with slowly cutting their relations with Israel. When I warned of this many decades ago while still in the United States, people claimed I must be losing my mind or I required psychiatric help with the number one answer always being, “America would never turn against Israel. That is the one constant that Israel can rely upon.” What scares me even worse is that most Israelis believe that to be true as well. Our advice to both of these camps, be afraid, be very afraid because what is coming will be a blizzard affecting United States-Israel relations and they are going to become very cold indeed, just wait a decade or two. Most of our friends are sliding in a direction which will lead to their separating from Israel and eventually turning to the other side unless some awakening occurs and they realize the dangers facing their societies and governances.

 

Meanwhile, allow us to start with Iran and the problems coming from that front. We just recently wrote an article titled, “Iran Threatens Israel with Missiles from Lebanon and Gaza” where we spoke about General Ali Shamkhani, Secretary of the Supreme National Security Council of Iran who was also making threats of the overwhelming military troubles which would befall Israel were she to “act stupidly.” What is always amusing is the constant use of the phrase, “Israel act stupidly,” which is almost always preceded and followed by all forms of threats. Well, now we have another Iranian military genius threatening Israel. He is the Deputy Commander of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC), Hossein Salami, and he recently warned Israel that, well, in our words, Armageddon is perched on our doorstep and ready to pounce in order to, “wipe out wrongdoers,” and further, “Today, the Zionists know that in any war they start, Lebanon would not be the only battlefront. They know that a new war would lead to their annihilation.” And then there is the list of nations which he claims are on the bandwagon and fully behind the Mad Mullahs of Tehran. Perhaps before continuing, we should allow you to hear him and if you do not speak Farsi, MEMRI has translated the video.

 

 

Wasn’t that just one of the most breathtaking speeches you have ever heard from an Iranian military commander. So, he informed Israel specifically and the world indirectly that Lebanese, Iraqis, Afghanis, Pakistanis, Iranians, and Yemenis are in Syria, and that is the new, modern, combat tested, trained and ready to go “united Islamic army.” Isn’t that simply the most terrifying thing you have ever heard in your lifetime, well, us neither. We thought about half or so of these nations are ones where Iran has all but taken over complete control. Let us see what we can see as Lebanon is basically run by Hezballah, Iran is rapidly and already, for all intents and purposes, is western Iran with a fair number of IRGC and regular Iranian Army units assisting with their war on the Kurds and the Sunni Muslims. Moving right along to Yemen, there are numbers of IRGC and Hezballah fighting troops and trainers working with the Houthis to rule that country. Syria is the crux of the fighting where Iran is calling in every and anybody to assist them in propping up Bashar al-Assad as the ruler of Syria and Iranian puppet even if they are required to kill the vast majority of Syrians and destroy most of the nation’s infrastructure to do so. The main concern of Iran has been their taking control of Lebanon (which they have controlled through Hezballah for decades now), Iraq, Syria and Yemen in order to establish their Shiite Iranian Crescent across the Middle East (see map below and the star in the Iranian Crescent covers Mecca and Medina which they have often claimed they will soon control). That leaves Afghanistan and Pakistan who Iran claims are there defending Bashir al-Assad and ready to pounce on Israel if the Zionists act stupidly and start a war. These Iranian military top brass sure are convinced that Israel is about to jump up and start a war with one of their friends. Of all the nations above which Iran appears to be unified with, the only ones in the correct proximity for Israel to attack are Syria (what’s left of it) and Lebanon. So, perhaps that should be explored.

 

Shiite Crescent including Lebanon, Syria, Iraq, Yemen and Iran

Shiite Crescent including Lebanon, Syria, Iraq, Yemen and Iran

 

The first item one need know is that the forces fighting in Syria with Iran and Hezballah are irregular units from Afghanistan and Pakistan, not troops provided by these two nations. These are forces which worked with other bands which most nations recognize as the terrorist parties assisting Iran with their efforts against other groups such as the Kurds and, at some future point, potentially the Russians and Turkey. Currently Turkey is sweeping norther Syria in what they informed President Trump was their final sweep to eradicate the last vestiges of the Islamic State. The unfortunate result of the Turkish military actions is that they appear to have an identification problem, as they are more often sweeping through Kurdish towns and cities and murdering civilians as well as fighting the Kurdish Militias, some of the same militias which assisted with ridding Syria of the Islamic State and with whom the United States was allied. Turkish President Erdogan has stated his desires to include Aleppo and Mosul into Turkey as the beginning of the reestablishing of the Ottoman Empire and he will be the first Sultan of the Second Ottoman Empire. Dreams of grandeur and it is all nothing but smoke. Meanwhile, many people have the mistaken thought that Iran and Russia are allied in their efforts to assist Assad. This is untrue, as they both desire the Syrian Mediterranean ports. They both see themselves as the main ally who controls Syria. The Russians would settle for just the ports along the western coastline and Damascus for the international airport to use for supply and troop movements. The Iranians desire these as well as the southeastern border with Iran to provide them a road link through which to send their missile carriers and other heavy weapons. For Iran, Syria is the direct link for providing Hezballah with better weaponry, particularly guidance systems for their larger rocket making them into guided missiles, and with placing their IRGC troops with their required weaponry perching them on the northeastern border of Israel as well as the northern border of Israel with Lebanon. Iran also desires to have a longer border with Saudi Arabia which is behind their Iraqi and Yemenis efforts giving them the ability to threaten the Saudi Arabian oil fields which lie largely in northeastern Saudi Arabia as well as a front along the Red Sea in order to threaten Mecca and Medina, another prize the Iranians covet. This places another country at risk of the Iranian hegemonic plans, and that is Jordan. Were they to take control over Jordan, this would give them a border with Israel stretching the entirety of the eastern Israeli border, the entirety of the northern border of Saudi Arabia allowing them to strike from the north and south along the Red Sea in order to take Mecca and Medina, the two holy cities of Islam.

 

Final Conflict for potential nuclear standoff after Iran starts producing its missiles and warheads which is likely already going on in secret enrichment warhead factories buried under Tehran hospital

Final Conflict for potential nuclear standoff after Iran starts producing its missiles and warheads which is likely already going on in secret enrichment warhead factories buried under Tehran hospital

 

The Iranian reason for wanting to control Mecca and Medina is that this would remove the Saudi Royal Family claim to be the protectors of the Two Holy Mosques, one in Mecca and the other in Medina and the claim which also keeps the family Saud in power. The oil fields are in the largely Shiite region of Saudi Arabia, thus prime pickings for Iran using IRGC infiltrators to start the revolution, allowing Iranian forces to succeed in taking these regions upon which the royal family would be getting on their aircraft and heading for safer climes. Again, this would make Jordan a crucial prize which would make the Iranian efforts more likely to succeed. Another prize which Jordan provides is their border with Israel and its proximity to the Palestinian Authority. Iran has attempted to gain influence over the Palestinian Authority with no success for quite some time. Other means which the Iranians have for taking control of the Palestinian Authority would be Hamas, which they are currently supporting with arms and technology, largely rocket motors and weapons technology allowing Hamas along with Islamic Jihad to become a more dangerous threat to Israel. The play which Iran has been nurturing has been claims that they wish to be the best friend the Arab Palestinians could ever have. Part of this effort has also been to urge the Arab Palestinians within, who make up at least seventy percent of the population, to rise up and remove King Abdullah II allowing Iran to assist for which they would become another Iranian puppet. Were the Iranians able to cause a revolt in Jordan, expect for IRGC infiltrators to assist arming them and giving them intelligence and other assistance providing Iran with the inroad they would require to control Jordan. From that vantage, Iran would use IRGC and Hamas terrorists to infiltrate the Palestinian Authority regions and potentially back one of the people who believe they should be the next leader after Mahmoud Abbas has moved along. This could potentially place Iranian sponsored terrorists with opportunities to launch rockets into Tel Aviv and cause Israel some inconveniences. Iran has stated their desire to be the next Caliphate and to become such a hegemonic power across the Middle East and then either Europe or Northern Africa Making Shia Islam appear to be the strong horse and Sunni Islam to be fading. Through such events as they have designed to make their claim believable, which includes destroying Saudi Arabia and possibly taking control of the Muslim Brotherhood, changing it from Sunni to Shia, and using them to take control of Egypt as well, they honestly expect for Shia Islam to overtake Sunni Islam and have the majority of current Sunni Muslims convert along the way. With Shia Islam having between ten and thirteen percent of the number of Muslims and Sunni making up between eighty-five and ninety percent of Muslims, Iran has a very ambitious concept of their future.

 

For the immediate and foreseeable future, Iran still is attempting to consolidate their control in Iraq, have established a formidable military presence in Lebanon, are definitely a force in Yemen and Syria, two nations largely destroyed from civil strife and fighting, and beyond that they are currently stymied. Iran knows that should they attack Israel they would be playing with fire. Israel has proven their ability to strike at Iran whenever it pleases Israel, and Iran is apparently powerless to prevent such operations. The two main examples were the Stuxnet virus, a supposed joint venture with the United States aiding Israel, and the removal of half a ton of records of the clandestine nuclear programs conducted and still ongoing by Iran which assisted President Trump pulling out of the nuclear agreement with Iran. Iranians also are aware that Israel has sufficient missiles and other weapons with which to lay waste to most of Iran should Israel so choose. This would probably never occur, as Israel has no argument with the majority of Iranian citizens, it is just the government which is a problem. Further, the Iranian plans for Saudi Arabia would run afoul of the United States, which for as long as President Trump is President, there would be no telling as to what his reaction would be to an Iranian assault on Saudi Arabia. The same situation exists with Jordan which would also potentially have Israel involved. This leaves only one problem concerning Iran, and it is an enormous one.

 

The biggest problem with Iran is their nuclear weapons. We do not say their nuclear weapons program, we firmly believe they already have nuclear weapons. Iran presumably was working on nuclear weapons for over twenty years and the world deliriously believes that they were muddling through in the dark and never figured out how to make nuclear weapons. They may not have weapons as sophisticated as Russia or the United States, but regular nuclear weapons they very likely have, and have a fair number. They have been working on the missiles necessary to carry them and have a number which easily reach Israel and beyond. Iran has very likely had sufficient nuclear missile warheads to satisfy their slowing their pace until they developed the technology for manufacturing ballistic missile ready thermonuclear warheads of the miniaturized versions developed by Russia, China and the United States (many suspect Israel). The less powerful weapons Iran probably, if not definitely, possesses would be sufficient to destroy any target which they could detonate one bomb close enough to the intended target. A city such as Tel Aviv would probably require three or four such weapons of the variety and strength of what was dropped on Japan during World War II. When considering the Iranian tactics of swarming their enemies with smaller and fast attack craft, one might expect they have a similar set of tactics for the use of their nuclear weapons. They probably figure that over three-quarters of their launched missiles would operate sufficiently as to reach the target area. Then about half would be intercepted. Another ten percent would fail to detonate and some additional warheads would have guidance problems and miss the target to be sufficient distance so as to be ineffective. Using such figures and a pessimistic calculator, this would require the launch of around twenty missiles to be assured of the destruction of a Tel Aviv size city. At the very least, Iran very likely has sufficient nuclear missiles to destroy three or four central districts to any major population center which their missiles can reach. That alone is a frightening thought, but we in Israel disregard such threats.

 

Ranges and Sizes of Iranian Ballistic Missiles

Ranges and Sizes of Iranian Ballistic Missiles

 

There is a reason that Israelis do not dwell or much concern themselves with threats such as Iran. We have threats which are even more real and they occur almost daily with some terror attack from the Arabs in the Shomron from the Palestinian Arab population and less so but even from Israeli Arabs. Why would we worry about things which are very unlikely to happen immediately when we hardly worry about the terror threats all around us. Further, the government and IDF address the Iranian attempts to build a credible threat in force within Syria, especially nearest to the Israeli border. Hezballah has somewhere near or over one-hundred-fifty-thousand rockets poised to fire into Israel, so why worry about Iran which is so much further away. With Iran, counting the terrorist forces from Afghanistan and Pakistan which are assisting them in Syria as claims of allies with the countries is laughable. That is how desperate Iran is to impress the world to take them seriously. Small hint to world, take them and Islam seriously as though Iran may not reach the point where they could conquer the world, Islam could reach a point where it will be near impossible to save Europe in another quarter century and the United States soon after that. The United States could become an adversary or at least no longer providing any military aid and ending the sale of military equipment to Israel far sooner than Israel is currently prepared. Israel needs to start to develop whatever new weapons systems they require for the future, specifically aircraft and naval vessels as it is very probable that by 2050 Israel will need to be completely self-reliant militarily even down to the missiles fired by aircraft and ships to artillery munitions and grenades and bullets. Israel should also begin to manufacture her own anti-tank weapons and end her reliance on European nations, the United States, Canada and even Australia. Israel may soon find that she is very alone, and that would be great as long as we are also left alone to progress and live in peace. There is an old adage that if the Arabs all put down their weapons, bombs, warheads and ended the terror threats to Israel, there would be peace but if Israel were to act similarly and put down her weapons and defenses, there would be no Israel. We know what the threats and challenges are and Israel will do all she can to mitigate the threats and live in peace developing wonderful new things for the world to share as what good are the greatest gifts if they are never given away?

 

Beyond the Cusp

 

January 30, 2019

Iran Threatens Israel with Missiles from Lebanon and Gaza

Filed under: Israel — qwertster @ 2:58 AM
Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

 

General Ali Shamkhani, Secretary of the Supreme National Security Council of Iran, stated in reference to former Minister of the Knesset Gonen Segev, “While the affairs of corruption are about to suffocate the Israeli prime minister, whose cabinet ministers have become a source of information for Iran and under whose feet hundreds of kilometers of tunnels have been dug, he creates unnecessary noise and still claims that his regime enjoys intelligence superiority.” This barb aimed at Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu pushed the disgraces Knesset Minister Segev, who was recently sentenced to eleven years in prison, after he agreed to a plea bargain deal with prosecutors, while making threats about superior Iranian intelligence abilities as well as the terror tunnels which Israel has been detecting and destroying. Apparently, General Shamkhani has overlooked or forgotten the little fact that Israel stole half of a ton of Iranian nuclear research records from their central Tehran secure location in a single night not all that long ago (read some of the taken files here. But the Iranian General just had to gloat and follow that up with threats adding, “Accurate missiles are in the strong hands of the resistance fighters in Gaza and Lebanon, and they are ready to fire at Israel if it commits an act of stupidity. The shooting of the missiles can make their lives hell.” The problem comes when one understands what the Iranian regime considers Israel acting stupidly.

 

There are almost an infinite number of things which the Iranian regime considers stupidly. Almost all of them are in the category of nonthreatening acts and a small percentage belongs in the category of defense of border integrity or threat removal when intelligence infers that an attack may be imminent. The obvious items on the list are the attacks Israel has conducted concerning Syria. Using only Israeli air space, Israel has struck targets within Syria containing IRGC missile logistics and launch facilities. Such attacks have been utilized to prevent, as much as Israel finds possible while remaining within Israeli air space, Iranian forces in Syria from placing missile facilities which are placed for their use against Israel and not for the fighting ongoing in Syria. These have been defensive strikes attempting to limit the logistical buildup by Iran of facilities for an attack on Israel. Iran has often declared their intent to destroy Israel and have declared sufficiently loud and clear enough their intentions that a technical state of war exists between the two nations. Still, as no formal declarations have been announced, Israel takes care not to overfly Syria as much as is possible. The threat coming from the Iranian Secretary of the Supreme National Security Council refer directly to their assistance in the buildup of ever greater threats by rockets and missiles in the hands of the two main terror threats perched on the Israeli northern and southern borders. These are Hezballah along the border with Lebanon and spreading into Syria as well, plus Hamas teamed with Islamic Jihad in Gaza. Hezballah has an estimated one-hundred-fifty-thousand rockets and missiles of which about half are capable of striking anywhere within Israel even to Eilat at the southern tip. Some of the Iranian provided missiles are also capable of striking beyond Israel making parts of Egypt and Saudi Arabia susceptible to an Iranian missile launched from Lebanon. Hamas and Islamic Jihad also have some larger rockets which can potentially strike Jerusalem and Haifa which makes Tel Aviv well within the range of these projectiles (see map below for locations of these cities and rest of Israel). The stocks in Lebanon have a significant percentage of smaller rockets which can reach as far south as Haifa and can make the northern parts of Israel uninhabitable outside of a shelter should hostilities break out. By making the Iranian threat one which would have Hezballah coordinate an attack with Hamas and Islamic Jihad would make for some very trying days for all of Israel until the rocket threat had been silenced.

 

Israel with Select Major Cities

Israel with Select Major Cities

 

There are those who have claimed that all the bluster and threats made towards Israel have never come to fruition and that Israel simply overreacts to minor provocations. When challenged with this irritating little thing, facts, they will often modify their claim to say that no Arab country has ever made good on their threats. Once we reach this point, we realize that any facts we present will simply result in their making further and further qualifiers always ending with the phrasing that Israel simply overreacts to minor provocations which other nations would shrug off. Then they will group attacks by Hamas and Islamic Jihad from Gaza and Hezballah from Lebanon as simply terror attacks which too many nations have been feeling and none have attacked anyone over these incidents. Terror attacks are one thing, hundred to thousands of rockets a week, or even a day, is not just a simple terror attack. Having over half the nation living in bomb shelters is not a simply terror attack. Israel has absorbed an almost uncountable number of terror attacks and not attacked anyone either. But when rockets are raining down on most of the country, then something needs be done and done immediately.

 

We sort of remember a similar thing which was far smaller in numbers when France was launching rockets, unguided rockets, over the English Channel onto Britain hoping to strike the major populations centers, London in particular and the British responded with everything they could muster including bombing Berlin. Sure, it was World War II, but we remember being taught that the British public were horrified by the buzz bombs, the British name for the V-1 rockets. The British citizens soon learned that if you could hear these rockets, then you were most likely not to be struck, the next seconds one held their breath searching the sky for the trail of smoke which would signify that that bomb was headed further north. The British military and public had a far more terrifying response to the V-2 rocket, the first true ballistic rocket, as this one struck well before it could be heard thus was dealing silent, unannounced death. These were supersonic and also carried a far larger warhead and would have been capable of carrying some of the modern nuclear warheads had the Nazis developed such. They had the scientists but many theorize that the leading German scientists worked together to hamper the Nazi’s progress to develop such a weapon preventing them from achieving nuclear capabilities. The Nazis also had worked to develop an even longer-range rocket, the V-3, which was a two-stage rocket, basically a V-2 placed atop a modified V-2 used as the initial boost stage of the two-stage system, which they planned to strike New York. Hitler had dreams of New York in flames from this new wonder weapon but technical difficulties and the war ending, all worked to prevent the plan from coming to fruition. The point here was that Israel has suffered rocket attacks which exceeded those of the Battle of Britain and similar in number to the bombing runs of that period. Britain used everything they could throw into the sky in attempts to intercept the Nazis and Israel has developed means of intercepting the new Nazis who are the latest to claim they will end the existence of the Jewish People.

 

The reality is that Hamas increased gradually the number of rockets per week from one or two to fifty or so leading to each of the wars. That was a mere seven a day which within the next month became almost one-hundred per day. Then the numbers climbed above one hundred and as it reached two-hundred and return fire was not proving successful in deterring the numbers of rockets, that was when Israel responded more forcefully. The European Union, United Nations and all the rest of the usual suspects screamed about the horror that Israel was attacking innocent people who had done nothing to Israel. What one needs to understand about the world reaction to most of the violence suffered by Israel is that they believe that somehow the Jews must have done something to provoke the Arab Palestinians into attacking them. Apparently, raging hatred stoked by their governance and peddled as their education system such that the next generation will hate the Jews even more than the current group is not sufficient to cause Hamas, Islamic Jihad or Hezballah to start launching rockets and shooting at Israel. There actually is another reason for these attacks upon Israel, at least one Gaza and the Second Lebanon War were triggered not by Israel and only under direction did Hamas and Islamic Jihad in Gaza and Hezballah from Lebanon rain rockets and artillery (Hezballah) down upon Israel because Iran gave the order. There is a price that Hamas and Islamic Jihad pay and almost the sole reason Hezballah is as powerful as they are in Lebanon, and that is Iran provides the rocket engines and technologies and in return, Iran can order these terror groups to attack Israel. Asking why Iran would order an attack on Israel, and what purpose could such lunacy prevail, the answer is simple, hatred. The absolute hatred and villainous feelings the Mullahs hold for the Jewish State (Zionist Entity, as they cannot often even say Israel) would be more than sufficient to have them order such strikes, and on occasion, they order a smaller period and degree just to force Israel to respond to see how such responses damage the Israeli economy. Other times they order a ramping attack, which is usually used on the Gaza front, or a full out attack, that is usually Hezballah on the northern front with Lebanon, both with the intent on causing a war between the terrorist groups and Israel so as to divert attention from Iran. This is their means of diverting the world’s attention when they are caught doing something untoward and uncomely.

 

This current threat comes amongst a slowly escalating number of threats coming from numerous Iranian politicians and military commanders. What is their actual intent and are they going to pull the trigger at some point and lose the dogs of war? Nobody can claim that the growing frequency and intensity of the threats is not at least minimally disturbing, but in Israel, you learn to live a normal life while minimally perturbed. Asking when anything might actually happen is something at which we could take a stab. Iran is currently sailing a naval fleet to the western North Atlantic Ocean. This region has a better known name, the United States East Coast. This is the coast with some relatively important cities including but not limited to Boston, New York, Washington D.C. and Miami. Iran has made a sizable number of threats to attack and destroy the United States. They appear to believe that were they to destroy New York, Washington D.C. and perhaps a few more large cities such as Los Angeles, Dallas-Ft. Worth, San Francisco or even Chicago that the United States would seek to mollify Iran and be all but defeated. They might have decided that they wish to test their two favorite theories. The one about America having become too soft for an actual war with Iran and that they can destroy Israel with a single knock-out attack from the north and south and possible launching from within Iran, Iraq and Syria simultaneously. This would also precipitate catastrophic events as Iran was struck at by both Israel and the United States with both intending to end the rule by the current regime. Unfortunately, one nation or the other would strike hard enough, if not both, that the Iranian people would also end up paying for the mistakes made by their unelected leaders. We do not desire to debate whether or not Iran has fair elections, as it is well known that the Mullahs determine who is eligible to run in their elections thus controlling the choice the people have. There have been claims that they also manufacture the results and that even their reports on the numbers of those who voted do not correlate with the precinct reports. The reality is that at the infamous Friday rallies the crowds, often led by some of the ruling clerics, chant in turn, “Death to America” followed by “Death to Israel.” This is repeated often for as much as an hour and the rallies are held immediately after Friday services. That is the time which most of the Arab Palestinians hold their demonstrations. The Gaza rioting started on a Friday and is often stoked to a peak on Fridays and should Hamas decide or be ordered to ramp things up, such an increase will also be started on a Friday. So what will need watching is how well the Iranian naval fleet holds up or if they need to turn back short of the Atlantic and will the calls to destroy Israel continue to increase or be permitted to lessen for a while. There is a feeling here in the office, such as it is, that something is in the works and is simply waiting for certain things to line up as Iran requires. It may be that the Israeli strikes in Syria are preventing their preparations which would be just such a sad thing that we might need to celebrate.

 

As far as what could Israel be doing which would qualify as an act of stupidity. There are any numbers of things. Since there were no reprisals, stealing half a ton of nuclear documentation did not qualify, so we can rule out Israeli successes against Iranian interests. This means that the Syrian interventions are not going to be the act of stupidity. To be honest, the main act Israel can do to be considered an act of stupidity by the Mullahs is simply to continue to be and to succeed and be such an asset to the world even if most of them do not appreciate Israeli generosity. Ask any nation after a natural disaster who gave the most advanced, efficient and qualitative assistance and often the answer will be Israel and the Americans. When you compare the two nations in area, population, GDP or anything other than Nobel Prizes and Israel is insignificant by comparison but has an equal presence when people are most in need. Ask them at the United Nations General Assembly and they will denigrate Israel by large proportions every time. Israel could prevent an Iranian attack, a serious attack and not just a volley of rockets which are launched out of Syria ever so often. Fortunately, the Iron Dome systems usually intercept these before they strike any populated region. Most often, it is Israel’s existence which most upsets the Mullahs along with the financial and other successes for which Israel is famous, or infamous in certain circles, that most infuriate the Iranian leadership. Israel simply needs to continue to do what Israel has been doing for over seventy years and getting better at it all the time, and the Iranian Mullocracy will slowly boil into a frothing madness. Israel frustrates Iran because it is in the heart of the lands of Islam and was a part of the Islamic Caliphate, the Islamic Ottoman Empire and under Islamic rule for close to nine-hundred years. As the Quran promises that lands once conquered by Islam must never be permitted to leave Islam and be ruled by another, and especially not the accursed Jews, the Iranians desire to be the ones who succeed in removing this offense to Allah and drive the Jews from what the Muslims consider Islamic lands. For everyone’s information, the Muslims feel the same way about Andalusia, which is the name that they gave to the parts of Spain and Portugal which they conquered before suffering their defeat at Tours when Charles “the Hammer” Martel turned back the Islamic conquerors preventing the fall of France. The Muslims continued to rule much of Spain until King Fernando and Queen Isabella instigated in 1492 the Spanish Inquisition. Yes, we know, Columbus and all that fun stuff, but as Jews, 1492 was memorable for something entirely different in Spain, Jews became even more endangered than the Muslims. But Spain should back Israel as should Israel ever be destroyed, the Muslims will be coming for Spain. Of course, by all appearances, the Muslims are attempting to birth their third attempt at the conquest of Europe, they do not count their defeat at Tours as an abortive attempt to conquer Europe, only their attempts from the east. Both ended at the Gates of Vienna. Meanwhile, Israel continues to act foolishly and often even commits acts which could be considered stupidly simply by insisting on continuing to be successful and inventive with a healthy economy while persisting as having one of the happiest national averages for her people. Israel is also the only nation in the entirety of the Middle East to have freedom of religion, a growing Christian population as well as one of the central places for the Baha’I as well as a number of other minority populations. It is also where one can see such as the picture below and nobody finds it uncommon or disturbing. Israel is a place which is multicultural, multiracial and a free and open democracy with equality for all, every single person regardless of race, religion or ethnicity.

 

Jew and Muslim in Prayer

Jew and Muslim in Prayer

 

The only way to understand Israel well, is to visit Israel and travel her for a few weeks, not on some tour but on your own taking in the variety of life. Believing the propaganda without actually checking to see if there is any truth is what leads to Israel being protested so vehemently, especially on campuses of higher learning. The stories about the Arab Palestinians being mistreated are largely untrue or embellishments on anti-Semitic tropes being recycled now as hatred for Israel. Israel does not rule the Arab Palestinians as they are either ruled by Hamas in Gaza and the Palestinian Authority in regions of the Shomron. They are not Israeli citizens and thus are not ruled by Israel but by their own governments, both are primarily dictatorial. Israeli Arabs have all the rights, privileges and freedoms as every other Israeli including the Druze, Bedouins, Christians, Muslims, Jews and every other peoples who are citizens of Israel. Blaming Israel for the problems faced by the Arab Palestinians is the same as blaming the United States for poverty and difficulties in Mexico. Nobody, nobody who is sane at least, demands that the United States permit the people of Mexico to vote in their elections and thus Israel should not be expected to allow the Arab Palestinians to vote in Israeli elections. But these are other things Israel does that the Iranian rulers believe are acting stupidly as they believe that the Jews should be ruled over by Islam and Jews should never be permitted to rule over Muslims.

 

Beyond the Cusp

 

Next Page »

Create a free website or blog at WordPress.com.