Beyond the Cusp

July 17, 2017

Terror Attack Grants Israel Prime Opportunity

 

The terror attack at the Lion’s Gate on the Temple Mount where three Arab Palestinians armed with two rifles and a pistol intentionally targeted three police officers killing two and leaving the third with severe to moderate wounds in the extremities, neck and torso according to one early report was simply a reinitiating of the terror paradigm resulting from Palestinian leadership’s payments to terrorists and terror families. Below we have included a brief interview with an MDA medic summarizing the attack. United States Ambassador to Israel David Friedman stated to media, “I am shocked and horrified by the despicable attack today in Jerusalem. Terrorism must be condemned by all and defeated. We pray for the victims.” This is the unfortunate response we get time after time, attack after attack, fatality after fatality and still the world demands that Israel cater to and bend before every demand made by the same institutions which condone and support the murderous terrorism. These are the same institutions which pay terrorists in Israeli prisons and the families of terrorists who were eliminated in their murderous acts thousands of dollars making murdering Israelis the highest paying profession for the Palestinian Arabs.

 

 

We did see a quote with which we could work with as apparently somebody else has reached well past the point of believing it is time for an alteration to be made. Israeli Culture and Sport Minister Miri Regev offered the following commentary and a good suggestion, “The murderous terror attack which occurred today immediately after the terrorists left the Temple Mount, forces us to examine thoroughly the Temple Mount’s status-quo. It’s time the Temple Mount was opened to everyone, without limiting the hours they can come or the areas which they can visit. The Temple Mount should be like any other site in Jerusalem. The Waqf should only run the mosque – not the entire Temple Mount, which is under Israeli sovereignty and is the responsibility of the Israeli government. This is the only way we will be able to restore quiet and security to the Temple Mount and the Old City. We will all pray for the welfare of the victims, and we wish them a speedy recovery.”

 

We discussed the so-called status-quo several times over the years here, here, here and here. Now is the time for a change whether the rest of the world approves or not, it is time to do just as Miri Regev stated and just open the Temple Mount to the world. I can almost hear the world’s reaction to Israel doing exactly the correct act in response to this murderous terrorist attack. There will be cries from Europe that punishing the Palestinian Arab Muslims by taking away their Holy Site because of a terror attack which they had no responsibility. That is the big lie that will be sold and Israel should simply not allow that to pass unopposed and without revealing the payouts from the Palestinian Authority (PA) to terrorists and their families, the incitement that permeates Palestinian Authority media, television, schools, children’s camps, naming of soccer tournaments, parks, roads, schools and the immortalizing of terrorists all to encourage their youth to want to be terrorists, some even to be martyrs. Don’t believe us, here it is in their own words and from the mouths of babes in the videos below, which is such a crime it actually makes us sad because these youths are not naturally evil but are corrupted by an evil regime which thinks nothing of the lives of their own children.

 

 
 

 
 

 

The Waqf will demand that the status-quo of no Jews permitted onto the Temple Mount except through the most stringent of circumstances and that only Muslims have the right to pray and all non-Muslims also have to use the Jewish entrance, as the main entrances must be reserved only for the holy people, the Muslims. The Israeli response should be to inquire, would you wish to be responsible for the Mosques on the Temple Mount or not. The Waqf will simply demand as their Allah given right to monitor and control the entire Temple Mount and will try and instruct Israel that they have no power against their rights which come from Allah. At this point, Israel should inform Jordan that their Waqf are no longer permitted in Israel and will be returning to Amman, Jordan immediately and escort the Waqf and the security personnel who are Jordanians to the Allenby Bridge and see that they cross and not permit their return. Then Israel should declare the Temple Mount open to all people using all entrances as an Israeli World Heritage Site. When UNESCO then informs Israel that their having decided that the Temple Mount belongs wholly to the Muslims and that there can be no Jewish claims or control allowed, Israel should simply challenge them to enforce their preposterous declaration. In the meantime, until they successfully enforce their declaration the Temple Mount will remain an Israeli site and open to the general public. Israel also will not permit UNESCO to influence their decision in any way, period. Israel should still enforce the sanctity of the Mosques and if the Muslims decide they do not allow non-Muslims to enter the Mosques, then so be it, that is not an Israeli concern, just the open areas where tourists can experience this holy ground. As for the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, its visitation rights will be left to the numerous religious priests who care for this Christian holy site as to whether they will permit tourists or just restricted supervised tours or closing it to the public, it will be their call. Then, once the noise and declarations of extreme aggravation and indignation finally calms, then Israel might desire to make plans for the construction of the Third Temple on some open area of the Temple Mount and until the Temple is built, there should be no further Mosque construction or extensions permitted and this should be strictly enforced otherwise there would be massive mosque construction simply to cover every piece of open ground just to deny it to the rest of the world. We provide a picture of how the Third Temple can be placed on the Temple Mount without any damage or impingement on the other holy sites already on the Temple Mount including the al-Aqsa Mosque and the Dome of the Rock below.

 

Temple Mount with Proposed Options to include Third Temple Without Destroying or Interfering Other Religious Structures

Temple Mount with Proposed
Options to include Third Temple
Without Destroying or Interfering
Other Religious Structures

 

Then the United Nations will likely decide in the General Assembly with some fair and impartial decision where the vote runs somewhere around 138 in favor to 9 against which will likely be Canada, Czech Republic, Israel, Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Nauru, Panama, Palau and the United States, with 41 abstentions which will mostly be from European nations who are too frightened to stand with Israel but still are not quite ready to turn their backs completely on their Judeo-Christian roots and a few African nations mixed in. The Security Council will likely refuse to accept any motion for them to vote on such an issue simply because the United States would use their veto and not likely bother to beg the other nations to avoid their doing so. President Trump and United States Ambassador to the United Nations Nicky Haley are likely all but drooling for their first opportunity to veto an anti-Israel motion in the Security Council simply to make a statement that there is a new sheriff in the Security Council and the old management has left the building. After this has had absolutely no effect upon any actions by Israel and the Temple Mount has become one of the favorite sites that tourists make a must see location and has been secured such that it is also extremely safe, maybe the world will simply accept the new reality. Wait, whom are we kidding. The world will continue to carry on caterwauling and screaming making the most dire claims bordering on the edge of going over the edge, beyond the cusp, into the darkness and eventually leading them to sulking when it has absolutely no effect.

 

This terrorist attack upon police officers that took the life of two and wounded a third should not be allowed to pass without making a change to the situation would be criminal and this could be used as a statement that no longer will terrorism simply pass without any consequences. This should be taken as the start of the new era where the Palestinian Arabs and their terrorist laden leadership will pay a price for every terrorist attack and that no longer will these murderous assaults be permitted to pass without consequences. The era of Israel as the world’s patsy must end and this should be the turning point where Israel now stands up and faces the world as an equal if not as one of the elite and most advanced nations on the planet with few equals. It is time Israel stands up for its rights and impress upon the Palestinian Arabs that the war is over, they lost and if they do not settle soon for what Israel will permit they could very soon have nothing at all and all be somewhere in Syria dodging Bashir al-Assad fired artillery and other forms of murderous attacks. Should the PA decide that they still have the upper hand and can get away with murder and never have to pay a price, they must be disabused of such ideas and educated that things are going to be different and their time to settle for a settlement where they get anything has become limited. Perhaps this Victory Caucus can step up and make the bold statement needed and necessitated right now. They and Daniel Pipes said that they are calling for President Trump to simply tell Israel the war is over and Israel won, well, we could use the backing and we believe that Israel needs to stand up for herself and make the move and then President Trump will find backing Israel far easier and will very likely have the opportunity soon thereafter at the United Nations, of all places. Imagine this as the events over the next few weeks. Israel internationalizes the Temple Mount opening it up to all people with free access using all gates and entrances and prayer permitted for all peoples of all religions or no religion if the feeling strikes them. The United Nations getting all their panties in a bunch and bringing a motion to the Security Council brought by Egypt and backed by China, France and the Russian Federation and President Trump making the veto for the United States in person and announcing his full support for the new Israeli initiative whereby terrorism will no longer be tolerated and will cost the PA after every attack with no exceptions. Now is the opportunity to start a new era where terrorism ends or else, no exceptions.

 

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March 24, 2017

London Terror and the Message it Sends

 

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

 

Map of London with Terror Attack Locations

Map of London with Terror Attack Locations

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Terror Victims PC Keith Palmer and Aysha Frade

Terror Victims PC Keith Palmer and Aysha Frade

 

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

 

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February 10, 2017

More Signs of Impending Violence

 

Many people throughout the developed world hardly ever hear when Hamas fires rockets into Israel except perhaps as an afterthought towards the end of a news story about the horrific toll suffered by the Arabs in Gaza from the dastardly Israeli air strike. The story inverts the events making it seem the Hamas rocket fire was in response to the Israeli bombing, not the actual path of the events. Hamas initially fired four rockets at Eilat at the southern tip of Israel, a popular Israeli resort town. We have heard subsequently that the Islamic State terrorists claimed credit for the attack they say was launched from the Sinai. This is likely a small difference as many of the rockets used by the terrorists in the Sinai were either from Gaza or supposedly on route to Gaza and purloined for other usage. One missile landed in an open area and no Israelis died though there was a number treated for shock trauma in the local hospital. The other three rockets caused Israeli loss of revenue of over $150,000 as three Iron Dome anti-rocket missiles had to be fired to intercept these three rockets which were projected to strike within inhabited areas of Eilat. Where this may be a one off from Hamas in Gaza as they have tended to fire a salvo of rockets into Israel from time to time just to remind the Jews that their Islamic betters have not forgotten them or the promise Hamas has made to eradicate Israel and then every Jew on Earth. Usually these single salvos are smaller rockets and they tend to be targeted at the Kibbutzim and towns like Sederot. These rockets were far larger than the usual rockets, which usually indicate they will be the first of what will slowly become an ever escalating barrage until Israel is forced to use the IDF and end the attacks. These attacks in this potential future will also include terror tunnels and attempted kidnapping of soldiers or civilians, Hamas considers even the most aged and the youngest baby as just as grave a threat as any Israeli; they see the Jews in the same light as the former Mufti of Jerusalem Haj Amin al-Husseini (see image below) who served the Nazis residing in Berlin for much of World War II and attendee of the Wannsee Conference where the Final Solution was formulated. The intent of the ruling terrorist government in Gaza has been evident since their initial days after they ejected Mahmoud Abbas and his Palestinian Authority (PA) and PLO terrorist out of Gaza back to Ramallah. Hamas established their rule after executing numerous PA political and military officials by firing squad, hanging or simply dropping them off the roof of some of the tallest buildings in Gaza.

 

Mufti of Jerusalem Haj Amin al-Husseini

Image with our appreciation thanks to
Shoebat.com Awareness and Action

 

Their ruthlessness has since mostly been turned towards Israel and in assisting terrorist groups in the Sinai Peninsula who are working to overthrow Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi. Hamas also allows Islamic Jihad to operate in Gaza provided they share resources received largely smuggled from Iran which supports Islamic Jihad and occasionally Hamas as well despite the fact that Hamas is Sunni and Iran Shiite and Hamas is an offshoot of the Muslim Brotherhood, not one of the Iranian approved organizations. This recent rocket attack is worrisome in other ways as intelligence reports place the newest rockets held by Hamas and Islamic Jihad to have increased range capable of easily striking Tel Aviv and Jerusalem as well as most everywhere south of and including Haifa. Even more troubling is rumored intelligence, though unconfirmed, that Iran may have smuggled plans for guidance systems which could be installed in the larger rockets making them guided missiles though the guidance uses dead reckoning and once fired cannot be adjusted and the accurate will not be as pinpoint accurate as modern missiles in Israeli or American arsenals but when you are aiming at entire cities, the demand for pinpoint accuracy is not demanded. Hamas will suffice to strike with an accuracy of within a quarter mile as that would be far more accuracy than their former rockets promised. Hamas also claims to have learned from their last conflict with Israel and have promised “swarms of rockets which will overwhelm the pathetic Israeli Iron Dome” systems. This is why Israel has been attempting to produce as many new Iron Dome systems as they have been able.

 

But the threats to Israel have become but a minor front in the growing conflict between Islam and the developed world of North America, Europe and the free world. The first front in this war draws its lines along the reputed “no-go zones” across the major cities of Europe. London, Malmo, Paris, Marseilles, Munich, Berlin and Amsterdam have areas where police enter only in force. This situation exists in some non-Muslim ghettoes in Europe and the United States as well so this is not a situation which is only regarding Islamic neighborhoods and many Muslim neighborhoods are as law abiding as any other. Despite Muslims being still relatively small percentages of the total population (see map below), they are so concentrated in the cities and in many cases far more heavily concentrated in some cities over others. Marseilles has been rumored to have one of the highest concentrations of Muslims in Europe, thirty to forty percent, but that could be misleading as often much of the Muslim populations reside just outside the city limits in the suburban ghettos. Unlike the United States where most poor neighborhoods are in the center or the oldest neighborhoods of the major cities, the European poorest neighborhoods ring the outside of the major cities.

 

Percentages of Muslim Populations of Europe 2010

 

The Islamic revolution in Europe is full-on and blossoming into a major confrontation. There have been Muslim protests and signs of unity and confrontation such as prayer sessions blocking streets in Paris and other cities often organized for Friday prayers (see image below). These are blatant shows of force and a declaration that Islam will soon control the city or that they already do control the city if they should decide to take it by force. The media attempts to portray such events as minor and insignificant. Further, if any of the rest of the population should take offense or find these demonstrations of supremacy to be dangerous or a threat to the status quo, the left wing, mainstream media immediately accuses the person of committing Islamophobic crime against societal cohesion and challenging communal well-being. The politicians ostracize their cohorts who desire to address the problems and those who have been most active, such as the one we covered in our article “Geert Wilders Asks, “Who lost Europe?”” who now need twenty-four hour a day-seven day a week-three hundred sixty five day a year police protection and lives in a fortified home at an undisclosed and remote location and whose travel security when he goes almost anywhere in the world rivals that of the United States President or potentially the Pope. Perhaps whistling down the street and ignoring everything happening around one is the safest path, for now.

 

Muslim Prayer Session Blocking Street in Paris

Muslim Prayer Session Blocking Street in Paris

 

The media is blind to any Islamic violence until it reaches levels impossible to ignore. The media has assumed the position of the immortalized three monkeys of “See no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil.” There are those who are crying wolf about the problem and the media simply says there is no wolf, just a large, friendly puppy that is peaceful and does not bite. When a member of the religion of peace does act more like the wolf than the warm, fuzzy, friendly puppy and commits mass murder while screaming “Allahu Akbar!” what does the media report. They will claim there was gun violence or an explosion or workplace violence or simply not cover it at all. That has been the approach especially in the United States and the European Union for the past few decades. There are claims that a new day is dawning in the United States and the new President is hell-bent on taking a dangerous path leading to wreck and ruin. The media has instituted a cry for President Trump to be immediately impeached before he can damage the calm of the universe. There are those in the Congress of a certain political bend who are claiming that the new President’s chosen advisors, Cabinet Secretaries, and his Supreme Court choice are all extreme right wing extremists. These cries is very similar to the media in Europe, mainstream media in the United States and Haaretz description of the government currently in power in Israel. Apparently if one is willing to call Islamist terrorism by the name Islamist terrorism, that makes you an extreme right wingnut deserving of mockery and potentially imprisonment for the safety of the rest of the population. According to the leftists, the terrorism is the reaction of anybody to actual terror by noting it is terror and actually having the temerity to identify the religion of the terrorist is the real danger and terrorizing the public more than the actual acts of terror. Eventually things will get to the inevitable tipping point and the election of Donald Trump to the Presidency of the United States and allowing him a Republican Senate and House of Representatives may just be that tipping point being tripped. This will be the story to watch going forward along with the coming elections across Europe and further whether any other nations will demand a referendum about their exiting the European Union just as happened in Britain with BREXIT. Things could be on the verge of seismic change and if that comes to pass things could become interesting and less predictable. This will remain to be seen and we will comment along the way, we promise.

 

Three monkeys of “See no evil, Hear no evil, Speak no evil”

Three monkeys of “See no evil, Hear no evil, Speak no evil”

 

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