Beyond the Cusp

December 8, 2016

With Trump Comes Stark Reality

 

Already this last year of the Presidency of Barack Obama there has been a dozen terrorist attacks which have been verified as such. In one mere twelve hour stretch in September the American people found out it may not be safe to go shopping in a mall in Minnesota, go running a five kilometer not so fun run in New Jersey or walk window-shopping on the streets of New York City without risk of terrorism striking and potentially injuring or taking one’s most precious life. The United States has faced car bombings, remote detonated bombings, suicide bombings and shooting sprees where the attacker was only stopped when shot dead by an armed citizen or law enforcement officer. All of these terrorist styled attacks were first perfected against Israel where initially they received minimal notice by the Western World media as it was just Israel. Often any reporting on such terror attacks in Israel were covered in such a manner that it appeared as if the Israelis had shot the terrorist who then retaliated with his bombing, shooting or whatever attack as the title was often Palestinian shot by Israeli Defense Force or Palestinian Killed by Israeli Police or other misleading phrasing. As such attacks spread to Europe and across other Middle East and North African Arab nations where their Christian, Kurdish, Hindu or Buddhist minorities were often the targets with some attacks were Sunni-Shia violence and these made the reporting even in Israel more accurate. Now that attacks have spread to the United States the reporting has become stark noted by the insistence after each attack initially the authorities deny any possible tie to terrorism and warning against jumping to any conclusions that Muslims were at all involved in the attacks. Eventually the reality brakes through and the terrorist ties were obvious to the most casual of observers from the start and are finally admitted.

 

The lag time between attacks being perpetrated in Israel and their coming to the United States has thus far been measured in years if not decades granting Americans a reprieve from the more recent types of attacks used in Israel. Apparently this lag time has been shortened considerably with the terror attack at Ohio State University. The car ramming and following stabbing spree until shot by law enforcement officer November 28th brought that lag time down to the slimmest of measure as such are only the most recent of attacks even in Israel. This is not good news for Americans as there are no safe spaces from car rammings and stabbing attacks making everyone almost everywhere potentially under threat. The last couple of years in Israel had seen numerous car rammings which were all part of what was informally referred to as the Stabbing Intifada which has tailed off but not really completely come to an end. We all pray here in Israel, as you do in the United States, that this will be the only time you suffer from such an assault on your persons and communal safety; but we all know the unfortunate reality. Once a new form of terror attack is used it will continue until mitigating means are found for defeating such attacks. Here in Israel train stations and bus stops now have thick five centimeter diameter, cement filled posts a embedded deep into the pavement protecting the people from vehicle rammings. Stabbing attacks are only avoided through vigilance and a communal reaction making the attacker into the hunted as through mutual defense we are all safer.

 

Recently, though largely uncovered by Western media, Israel suffered yet another massive terror assault upon the entire nation through forest fires largely set by Arab arsonists. Neighboring nations, including Croatia, Greece, Jordan, Egypt, Italy, Russia and Turkey, responded with firefighting manpower and equipment for which we are grateful. The United States sent its “Supertanker” which is the largest firefighting aircraft in the world. Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas sent a coalition of eight fire trucks and 40 firefighters which were used largely in Judea and Samaria as nowhere was immune from the horrors. In the single week during the final days before the rains came but whipped by the high winds accompanying seasonal weather changes Israel suffered one-thousand-seven-hundred-seventy-three separate fires which consumed approximately thirty-two-thousand acres with most located in the Haifa region. In some cases fires were set and once the fire-stations responded fires were set at the station houses themselves. Despite over a hundred people suffered injuries there were no fatalities this season. Over five-hundred homes were completely destroyed while tens of thousands were evacuated at some points. As of last counting there have been over thirty arrests of arsonists all of whom have proven to be Arab terrorists. Apart from the horrific damage to the parks and some neighborhoods the next most distressing reality of this past arson season was the repeated lack of coverage in the Western media once again the reality of “it’s only Israel” coming through loud and clear. There were no Israeli lives lost and, just as important if not more so, no terrorist arsonists shot resisting arrest or in the act of setting fires. Had a single arsonist been shot or otherwise injured, the cries of using disproportional and unnecessary force would have echoed from Rome to San Francisco and from Athens to Chicago and all stops inbetween. Instead, with lack of recriminations to be aired against Israel, the wave of arson was met with deafening silence.

 

The recent car ramming and stabbing attack does pose as a warning shot before the bow on the streets of America as it signaled a closing in the delay time between introduction of a newer terror wave in Israel and its application in the United States. We have already witnessed the use of ramming in Europe with the van being driven through a Nantes, France crowded market injuring almost a dozen and killing one victim plus the absolutely horrific Nice, France assault where a van filled with grenades and weapons was driven through a crowded 14th of July Bastille Day celebration killing eighty-four people, which included several children. The short delay from the wide use in Israel of car and vehicle rammings and stabbing attacks to their use across Europe and then to the United States bodes a troubling future for all three. Other places across Europe and Canada suffering ramming terror attacks have been but not limited to Glasgow International Airport attack in Scotland; Dijon, France; plus another attack with the Saint Jean sur Richelieu attack which occurred in Quebec, Canada on October 20, 2014. Now with the Ohio State University attack the United States has suffered its second vehicle ramming, the other being the SUV attack at the University of North Carolina. Then there were the greatest and most horrific rammings of the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center Towers, Pentagon and the foiled attack which was brought down by the heroes of that day, the passengers on Flight 93 southeast of Pittsburgh.

 

Nice, France Van Terror Attack Carnage

Nice, France Van Terror Attack Carnage

 

The fear now should be from arson attacks, especially those set upwind a relatively short distance from built-up areas such as apartment complexes, business parks and housing developments. Also vulnerable would be deserted areas within some of America’s cities where a fire could be sparked that would then threaten downtown areas where urban renewal borders deserted areas yet to be rejuvenated. There should be some research performed to determine if previous fires may have been started as a form of terrorist attack as such arson attacks often target not only forest and scrublands but also target close-by developed regions. Israel has faced these firestorm attacks twice yearly, the spring winds and the fall winds which provide the necessary impetus for the use of directional winds to fan flames towards their real target, people. One can only pray that through vigilance and the formal fire-watch systems in place in the United States Park Systems stems any arson and other fires before they can rise and threaten people’s lives and property. Sufficient damage occurs already and needs little boost from intentional arson fires set with damage of people and structures as their actual target. Then there were the recent fires in Tennessee which are still being investigated by authorities.

 

But with the coming of the new administration of President Trump there will be a new attitude towards terrorist attacks and how they are treated by the FBI, Justice Department and other enforcement agencies within the government. No longer will the initial reports be that there is absolutely no indication that what appears to have been a terrorist attack actually is a terror attack. Rather any caution shown will still recognize that terror is always a potential cause and if it looks like terror, feels like terror and sounds like terror, then there will be the recognized likelihood that terror was a possibility. Under President Trump there is not to be the candy-coating of reality and the American people will be trusted with being given truth, often unvarnished truth as they will finally be seen and treated as grown-ups who can handle the truth. There will be no condescending hierarchy who claim that the American people cannot handle the truth and that only they, the elite have the capability to handle the truth and thus they claim they stand on the wall deciding what you deserve to know and what you must be protected against. We will have to wait and see which Americans are capable of handling the unvarnished, unsoftened, straight truth and which Americans will be demanding safe-spaces placed and trigger warnings with their newscasts. With a more open and honest evaluation of reality and the inclusion of the American people in the decision process by having an open debate, the United States will likely return taking their place as a leader of the free world. It will likely make most Americans pleased to be treated as the adults they presumably are, and we pray we have not misjudged our friends across the waves. It will be wonderful to have an ally back.

 

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March 18, 2016

One Single Terror Attack Very Revealing

 

At 11:13 yesterday morning a single event occurred thus revealing so much of what Vice President Biden’s trip amplified but was the mirage of a lie not telling the whole truth. A young twenty year old woman soldier was stabbed in her neck and upper body by a pair of terrorists who were intercepted by Ariel city security officials. The terrorists refused to disarm and were engaged by the security officers who responded killing the two terrorists. The young woman was transferred to Beilinson Hospital after initial treatment by Magen David Adom (MDA) where she was still conscious but in moderate to serious condition with wounds to her neck and upper body. The young soldier, a young woman, was fortunate to have survived and in Israel, as in many places throughout the world, we see her survival from such a life-threatening assault as a miracle, and we celebrate all miracles be they large or small.

 

When Vice President Biden visited Israel and also met with Mahmoud Abbas, he reportedly sternly insisted that the Chairman of the Palestinian Authority (PA) denounce the terror attack where an American veteran and Vanderbilt student, Taylor Force age 29, who was visiting the many wondrous places of religious and historic significance, was murdered along with a number of people also assaulted and injured before the terrorist was eliminated. Abbas expressed condolences over the murdered American veteran but refused to denounce the terror attack, instead pressing that he was acting beyond the PA ability to affect and they were responding to the settlements and that Israel had murdered over one hundred PA citizens while very few Israelis had died since last October. Never in much of the news reports in the United States which we were able to sample was mentioned the instigation by PA media, television, radio, social media or the support given paying terrorists families a monthly stipend if a family member dies committing a terror attack against Israelis and salaries in the thousands of dollars per month to terror prisoners serving in Israeli prisons. The instigation used by the PA claims that the Jews are defiling Islamic holy sites, planning on destroying their holy sites and holding demonic services in the al-Aqsa Mosque. All these claims are not only unfounded but truly ludicrous and beyond belief from any reason but the instigations are so pernicious and permeating the PA society at all levels often working on pure emotion of the impressionable youth who are encouraged to grab a kitchen knife or even scissors and the plan is to make life dangerous for Israelis. They care little to nothing for their own young and impressionable children’s lives as those who die will have their families paid far more than even PA government employees are paid and these deaths will be flaunted before the world in efforts to besmirch Israel and demand Israeli leaders be condemned for these unfortunate young victims lives which they flaunt while refusing to live up to their unceasing incitement.

 

 

American Veteran and Vanderbilt Student, and Terror Victim Murdered by Palestinian Authority, Taylor Force

American Veteran and Vanderbilt Student, and Terror Victim
Murdered by Palestinian Authority, Taylor Force

 

Back to the young soldier who was attacked at a much used by both Israelis and Palestinian Arabs bus and hitchhiking stop where she was assaulted by the two young Palestinians Arabs who likely attacked her without any warning as she likely thought nothing of their approach as this was a shared use location. Her wounds were sufficiently severe and at least one stabbing wound to her neck could have easily been fatal rather than simply life threatening and her vital areas so barely avoided in the assault that Hashem was watching over her and her being spared was very fortunate. Her life is not immediately threatened but she is reported not to be completely out of danger though she is expected to recover. This makes her far more fortunate than approximately score and a half other Israelis whose families mourned a great loss as they fell to the terror wave being orchestrated by Mahmoud Abbas and the rest of the PA assets and multiple instigations and provocations. Just as the Israelis victimized by these terror attacks there are others also victimized by these viscous attacks, and those are the families of the other terror victims, these impressionable youths responding to the incessant driving propaganda being treacherously used to sacrifice Palestinian youths in the hope that each can murder at least one Israeli before being stopped. The PA would gladly trade ten young Arabs in order to murder one Israeli as they honestly believe that such a trade-off would work in their favor as they constantly claim, they celebrate death as the Jews love life, and this terror wave they are impelling is all the proof any observer would honestly need to understand the reality, but honesty and truth are another victim of the propaganda as the rest of the world refuse to understand the motivation behind the attacks and instead rush to blame Israel for, you probably can guess where this is going, blame Israel for using disproportional force. That would be like blaming police for using disproportional force because more criminals resisting arrest violently are killed than police officers were murdered by the criminals. After some of the recent events that received unimaginable media coverage when police could have been said to have used disproportional force even if a different terminology was used, the claim was the same and just as ludicrous in most if not all instances.

 

This terror attack can be used as a measure for the entirety of the propaganda versus the reality, a young lady and soldier was severely injured and almost murdered while her two assailants attempted to injure others and assaulted security officers who used their weapons to stop the attacks and preserve innocent lives; but if one asked, Mahmoud Abbas would describe today’s terror attack as an Israeli soldier was slightly wounded in an attack where two Palestinian youths, innocent youths, were murdered by the Israeli who over reacted. Terror, of course not, there was only an understandable reaction to Israeli acts which drive the Palestinians to believe they have no other recourse. There is a constant drumming of provocations, propaganda, lies, deceits, and preposterous incitements pushing the youth to believe they are defending their holy places which their own government tells them are under threat because of Jewish desecrations. Abbas then claims to the world that there are provocations because Jews are stealing Palestinian lands and are building everywhere. There has not been even a single new patio constructed since the 2012 reelection of President Obama but Abbas is not referring to building beyond the Green Line, his demand is the Jews stop building on all the lands they claim as occupied, which includes all of Israel. That is the other lie which is seldom if ever mentioned. The truth can be seen simply by visiting the PA, PLO, Hamas, Islamic Jihad or other Arab social media and translate the Arabic to a language such as English for the United States, or French in France or Brussels, or German for Germany, etc.; but apparently that is beyond the ability of the western media. The political and new media are even incapable of reading the many Internet sites which translate many of these videos and other media such as Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI) and Palestinian Media Watch (PMW). Sometimes the easiest things prove to be far too difficult for politicians and media despite they are fully aware of the availability of accurate information as they prefer simply parroting that which makes them comfortable and reinforces their preferred slant on the news, the truth be damned.

 

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November 23, 2015

All That Mattered is That One Young Life Was Snuffed Out Needlessly

 

Sunday saw a day where we lost a young Jewess to the terror war which has been waged ever since Islam conquered these lands and instead of permitting the Jews to live, worship and have self-rule, they instead took it to themselves and, as the Christians had before them, gave our places, our holiest of places and renamed them and claimed from those early days forth to have supplanted the Jews in our own lands. This was a day of bloodshed, miracles and the loss of a dear soul who returned to Hashem perhaps at her appointed time but to us seemingly too early. Her name, may it be blessed for all who carry it in her honor, was Hadar Buchris (pictured below), age of only twenty-one, who was stabbed viscously in her head and succumbed to her wounds despite an all-out effort to sustain her and save her life but, alas, that was not to be. Her attacker likely was searching for another victim who then refused an order from an IDF soldier from a nearby checkpoint who had come to investigate what was probably the scream from Hadar Buchris from the pain of what was to be her mortal wounding. Ayala Eretz Hatzvi, who was Hadar’s theater teacher at Ulpenat Nov in the Golan, said that Hadar graduated after majoring in theater. “She was a charming girl, radiant and friendly, a true woman of merit and a kind of psychologist to her friends, who could always turn to her and talk until the middle of the night. She was very talented at theater, both in drama and comedy. When energy was lacking in the group, she always managed to wake everyone up.”

 

 

Twenty-one year old Hadar Buchris, a resident of Tzfat in northern Israel murdered senselessly. In the third such attack of the day Sunday an Arab terrorist stabbed and critically wounded her as she waited for a ride

Twenty-one year old Hadar Buchris, a resident of Tzfat in northern Israel
murdered senselessly. In the third such attack of the day Sunday an Arab
terrorist stabbed and critically wounded her as she waited for a ride

 

 

The death of twenty-one year old Hadar Buchris added to the casualty count since the violence escalated at the start of October, twenty-one Israelis have been murdered in these attacks. There were two other incidents Sunday with one of the attacks having incorporated a pair of assaults. We were fortunate that there was but one additional person injured who was able to be treated at a care facility and then released as the wounds were minor. Earlier in the day the quick thinking and in a quick but risky decision to act likely saved a number of lives. The brave act also risked the life of former Samaria Regional Council head Gershon Mesika as upon seeing an attacker wielding a large knife, he swerve launching his car striking the terrorist and landing his car in a ditch. In an interview with Army Radio, Gershon Mesika recounted stating, “I heard someone shout ‘terrorist’ and run toward a girl from Har Bracha, wielding a knife. I made a quick decision; I veered to the right and slammed into her. A soldier then came and finished it.” Gershon Mesika, a resident of Elon Moreh which is located close to the intersection, veered off the road striking the terrorist with his vehicle ramming into the female terrorist after which the terrorist apparently still determined picked herself up to continue the assault. Soldiers on duty at a nearby checkpoint heard the commotion and responded then shooting her, neutralizing her right there on-site. The terrorist was initially listed in serious condition but soon was determined to have succumbed to her wounds and was declared dead at the scene. Gershon Mesika, who is the former head of the Samaria Regional Council, came from the ordeal suffering only minor wounds best described as a few scratches from his actions in stopping the attack. The same cannot be said for his car as indicated in the picture below. Warning, picture includes the body of the neutralized terrorist lying next to the vehicle. Following, below the picture, is a recounting by Gershon Mesika of the events as he viewed them from inside his vehicle which he provided to Arutz Sheva.

 

 

Wrecked vehicle belonging to the former head Samaria Regional Council head, Gershon Mesika, whose quick thinking and self-sacrificing risk was used to initially deter the terrorist by ramming with the vehicle putting in over an embankment coming to rest as pictured which includes the body of the neutralized terrorist lying next to the vehicle who was neutralized after attempting to continue the attack despite any injuries resulting in her being shot by soldiers recognizing the threat to people at a bus stop nearby.

Wrecked vehicle belonging to the former head Samaria Regional Council head,
Gershon Mesika, whose quick thinking and self-sacrificing risk was used to initially
deter the terrorist by ramming with the vehicle putting in over an embankment coming
to rest as pictured which includes the body of the neutralized terrorist lying next to the
vehicle who was neutralized after attempting to continue the attack despite any injuries
resulting in her being shot by soldiers recognizing the threat to people at a bus stop nearby.

 

 

 

 

The other attack came soon thereafter the attack just covered occurring at Kfar Adumim junction located a little bit northeast of Jerusalem. The initial part of the terror assault was an Arab cab driver using his vehicle to ram the target vehicle in attempts to either force them to crash thus injuring the occupants leaving them either dead, badly injured or simply startled placing all in some various state of shock and near helpless to resist further attacks or to get them to stop and leave the relative safety of the vehicle and then assault them. The report shows the latter was the result after rammed the target vehicle twice, or perhaps thrice, reports vary as is all too often the case as any terror attack is stress-filled and punishing to straight and logical thought thus leaving some details seemingly occurring differently in subsequent remembrances. The cab driver then attempted to strike some pedestrians nearby before finally exiting his vehicle to carry out the attack with a knife having failed to murder anybody with his vehicle.

 

Rabbi Shmuel Shapira, head of the Zvia Eilat Yeshiva high-school was traveling with his staff when the assault started with the rammings. Rabbi Shapira recounted to Arutz Sheva, “We were en-route to Jerusalem, near Mishor Adumim, a yellow Arab taxi went into us. We made a few turns and the car hit us again. As we exited the car to see what was going on, the taxi driver ran toward us with a knife. One of the passengers in our car had a gun and managed to shoot him. I was close to the terrorist. I was able to get back into the driver’s seat and lock the vehicle. Then, he was hit.” Rabbi Shmuel Shapira sustained some light injuries to his left arm, which he left out of his recounting, perhaps due to modesty or simple oversight, during the attack and was taken to Hadassah Medical Center for treatment. The terrorist died of his wounds being declared dead on scene.

 

Meanwhile, there was a police statement released to the media where it described events as such, “A Palestinian man at Kfar Adumim junction in a Palestinian taxi tried to run over civilians. When he failed he exited the car with a knife and attempted to stab. The terrorist was shot by a civilian and died of his wounds.” That pretty much sums up the entire incident but for a first-hand accounting we have included below is a video of Rabbi Shmuel Shapira summing up events as best as he was able as the driver of the targeted vehicle.

 

 

 

 

These terror attacks will probably receive minimal coverage beyond Arutz Sheva even by Israeli mainstream media as media covers news events and there being three terror attacks with knives, rocks, Molotov cocktails, or firearms have become commonplace with an average of three to five every day and with rumors of coming declared ‘Days of Rage’ where mostly young men throw rocks at Israeli vehicles and often increased attempted stabbing and are only reported when somebody dies. In Arab media the coverage will tell of the proud, brave, valiant martyrs who gave their lives for al-Aqsa despite the attacks occurring a distance from the holy site, it is the central figure and the news is a constant drumbeat of how the Jews are defiling or attempting to destroy the al-Aqsa Mosque. The al-Aqsa Mosque was the rallying cry of the Hevron and Jerusalem riots in 1929, 1933, and 1937-9 all before there was any Jewish state or claims of occupied territories. The Mufti of Jerusalem Amin al-Husseini used claims that the al-Aqsa Mosque was being destroyed by the Jews. The claims of Jews assaulting or attempting to blow up the al-Aqsa Mosque or the Dome of the Rock are often used and these two structures are often mistaken one for the other. The Dome of the Rock is the gold topped building while the al-Aqsa is less ornate. The Dome of the Rock is the structure closest to where the first two Jewish Temples stood while the al-Aqsa Mosque sits in an area where the Jews had some minor structures which may have served as residences or changing rooms and Mikvah, which, for lack of a better analogy, a public bathing pool made up of collected rainwater or other considered pure sources and is used for purification not all that dissimilar in use as to a baptism except the person using the Mikvah needs to be naked such that all parts of the body have actual and complete contact with the water including the hair which must be submerged and not permitted to float on the surface. Below there is an image placing the al-Aqsa Mosque and Dome of the Rock pictures side-by-side for comparison.

 

 

Left side images Right side images al-Aqsa Mosque and Dome of the Rock Top Pictures Outsides of the Two Islamic Holy Sites Center Picture their placement on the Temple Mount Bottom Pictures are an Inside of Each Structure

Left side images ——— Right side images
al-Aqsa Mosque and Dome of the Rock
Top Pictures Outsides of the Two Islamic Holy Sites
Center Picture their placement on the Temple Mount
Bottom Pictures are an Inside of Each Structure

 

 

Looking at the image of the Temple Mount, there is room between the Dome of the Rock and the al-Aqsa Mosque where the temple could be erected or, like King Herod, Israel could enlarge the Temple Mount again making it easily large enough to handle the Temple along with a couple of Synagogues and potentially another church complex or whatever seems to be a good idea at the time. By adding more to the Temple Mount the additional area could be placed under Israeli control freeing the area from any Jordanian dictates. The options are endless but the one thing which must never be permitted is making the entirety of the Temple Mount in Arab hands as it cannot be risked that the Temple Mount and surrounding areas be forbidden for Jews to access. That too comes under, Never Again!!

 

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