Beyond the Cusp

December 30, 2014

Palestinian Statehood Will Not End Occupation Claims

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The mainstream media has spent gallons of ink on newssheet and/or ASCI code on digital memory storage mediums covering the Arab proposal before the United Nations Security Council. This proposal, which Jordan has initiated for the Palestinian Authority (PA), is seeking a Chapter 7 binding resolution. This would result in forcing a mere twelve months for negotiations after which the United Nations member states would be put upon to enforce vacating all Israelis, both civilian and military and security personnel from all the lands gained during the Israeli defensive war known as the Six Day War of early June 1967. Pushing Israel back behind the Green Line, regardless of whether any agreement was attained during the period of negotiations, places the nation into what former Israeli Ambassador to the United Nation Abba Eban referred to as the Auschwitz borders due to the threat and indefensibility these borders entailed. The twelve months for negotiations was added in order to satisfy and quell the complaints voiced by some Security Council member states including one or two permanent member demands for the inclusion of at least token negotiations. These negotiations have little if any ability to alter or effect the final enforcement sought by Jordan and the PA as the resolution itself presupposes the final solution when it demands for United Nations enforcement to return all Israelis back within the Green Line regardless of any other influences or alterations. Currently the PA is continuing to add amendments and change the wording softening some assumptions while playing with the time frames and addressing other concerns in order to gain more nations’ support and potentially avoid the veto from any of the permanent members. These alterations and refinements are presumably a worthless waste of time as it is assumed that the United States will veto the resolution should it ever receive sufficient support for ratifications. Granted, the United States has not stated openly that it will veto the resolution though its representatives have expressed displeasure with the resolution in each and every rendition and form.


The main reason for the Arabs to seek an imposed solution, which sidesteps a negotiated settlement with Israel by having the United Nations enforce the formation of a Palestinian Arab state without demanding or requiring any agreement reached through negotiations or reaching an actual peace agreement with Israel, was to be able to continue their terror war as they will have gained the desired territories without needing to declare an end to hostilities. This is the alternate method that Mahmoud Abbas has sought through pressuring nations worldwide as well as seeking United Nations organizations, accords, committees, treaties and courts to officially recognize a Palestinian Arab state as a member or observer state as it is all about those statehood recognitions. The aim by the PA has nothing to do with establishing their statehood over the lands lost by Jordan and Egypt in the Six Day War, it is about the definition given by Yasser Arafat, and echoes and repeated by Mahmoud Abbas and other Arab leading representatives, when he claimed to be following the plan for defeating the Zionist entity (Israel) in stages of which reclaiming the lands lost by Egypt and Jordan in 1967 was simply the first and very important stage. The concept, as defined by both Arafat and Abbas, demands that first one needs to gain as much lands through negotiations as is conceivable even if such required expanded terror wars and a lengthy time before such a deal was granted and then restart the terror war while demanding further lands be ceded until defeating the Zionists becomes readily simple and easily achieved and then executing that final battle. There is no expectation for establishing two states for two peoples living side-by-side in peace, security and economic prosperity; they have and still do seek a one state solution where an Arab state replaces all of Israel covering the lands from the Jordan River to the Mediterranean Sea. That right there is the definition and description as to why there will never be an agreement but only the leadership of the PA seeking to circumvent having to negotiate and thus will consistently refuse to recognize Israel as the homeland of the Jewish People and they continue to refuse to ever agree that the occupation has ended, further that a treaty ends all claims, any agreement signifies the end to resistance of the Zionist occupation of Arab lands and amongst other forms of actively maintaining aggressive acts against Israelis they refuse to alter the textbooks and teaching of incitement radicalizing their children such that they learn that dying as a martyr by killing Israelis who are the reason for poverty and all social and individual ills which plague each and every Arab as well as their families and friends whether they perceive it or not.


Proof of how Hamas imposes restrictions even to the point of preventing orphans taking a trip during which they might actually enjoy themselves and even, dare we say, smile and laugh with members of the Zionist occupiers; Hamas Interior Ministry spokesman Iyad Al-Bozom wrote this entry on his Facebook pages Sunday, “Security forces prevented thirty-seven children of martyrs from entering the land occupied in 1948 for a suspicious visit to a number of settlements and occupied cities. This move came in order to safeguard our children’s education and protect them from the policy of normalization.” Iyad Al-Bozom was referring to an invitation by Israel’s Kibbutz movement and two Israeli Arab towns for the orphans going to visit were not part of what the world is told is “occupied territory.” Hamas was harping on the occupied places defining them such that every place on their itinerary was Israeli territory. This defined even those lands prior to the Six Day War in June 1967 which was defined as Israel, that is Israeli within the Green Line, was also defined as “occupied territory.” This meant that Hamas held the same views which the Palestinian Liberation Organizations (PLO) held and defined in their charter as “occupied territory” by the Zionist entity in 1964 when it was formed. The same definition passed on to Fatah which was to be the political arm of the PLO adopting and based on the same premises even though Yasser Arafat always permitted the western representatives to differentiate between the two entities claiming that Fatah did not view Israel within the Green Line as “occupied territory” thus making them a viable entity with which Israel had a partner for peace. Carrying the entire political splitting of hairs even further the western nations and their leadership then allowed the formation of the Palestinian Authority which, being one step further apart from the PLO and also a step away from Fatah, simply had to be the Israeli partner for peace which obviously had to meet the western definition which separated the lands gained by Israel in 1967 as separate from the lands Israel gained in the defensive war in 1967, the Six Day War.


In reality, Yasser Arafat and his second in command from the very forming of the PLO in 1964, a time before there existed any “occupied territory” by Israel, all three entities defined in their charters the terminology defining everything between the Jordan River to the Mediterranean Sea as occupied Palestine, an Arab state which must be made Judenrein, devoid of any and all Jews. This western self-delusion has continued from the very start through to and continuing today and is at the heart of the efforts by the United States to forge a peace deal between Mahmoud Abbas and the PA with Israel. This western delusion is also very much the reason that the Israelis now demand that any peace deal, in order to be considered and acceptable to Israel, must include two stipulations which the PA must agree with; first, the PA recognizes that Israel is the nation state of the Jews and second, the PA must recognize any peace as an affirmation that all grievances are settled and no further claims or violence be instituted by either side. Because both Fatah and the PA are actually in complete agreement with Hamas on the what the definitions of “occupied territories” consists of that Mahmoud Abbas cannot agree to any peace which ends the conflict and also makes all territorial claims satisfied as neither stipulation is true. This is why Mahmoud Abbas is seeking for the United Nations to institute the Green Line as the borders for the Palestinian state as having those gains guaranteed by the international powers, Abbas, and thus the PLO, Fatah and the PA, can agree to this being enforced without having to recognize Israel or having to end incitement and their terror war with Israel continuing to claim the rest of Palestine is occupied and thus the interim solution was exactly that, an interim solution, or a Hudna as it is define by the Islamic laws and customs.


The fact that the PLO, Fatah and the PA are in complete agreement with Hamas as far as territorial claims, the sole difference is one of authorization of the claims to all of the lands between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean Sea. Hamas claims the lands based on their religious grounds where the Quran defines the areas considered a part of Dar al Islam as once lands are so defined it becomes every Muslim’s religious obligation to assure that these lands remain forever within Dar al Islam and thus Israel is a religious abomination which must be returned to being Dar al Islam which requires that Sharia be the ruling law and that Muslims are the rulers with all those outside of Islam accept their Dhimmitude, their lower position as second class citizens beneath any Muslim accepting of their demeaning restrictions both socially and before the law. This further causes problems for Hamas as the Israeli justice system does not differentiate thusly though many Israelis would beg to differ with such a claim as they view decisions by the Supreme Court of their lands. On the other hand, both the PLO and Fatah are secular nationalists and claim the lands as part of the political entity of the Caliphate which was defeated and cut into separate national identities of which both Israel and Lebanon were unacceptable as they were denoted to be lands not under the autocratic or religious rule under an Islamic governance. Thus the PLO and Fatah held the same belief but under slightly different reasons which while accepting the required dictates of Islam, they did not accept Sharia as the basic law of the lands. This led to a simple confrontation of secular socialists and the Islamic Fundamentalists, the very same battle being waged between Saudi Arabia and Iran as well as the difficulties Egypt is facing against the Muslim Brotherhood. No matter how one parses the differences between Hamas and the other entities, Hamas is a product of the Muslim Brotherhood while the PLO and Fatah are ghosts resulting from the efforts of the Soviet Union’s subversive outreach with the KGB playing a strong role which resulted in numerous nations which practiced secular socialism to varying degrees as long as these beliefs did not necessarily run contrary to Islam.


No matter the route one takes be it down the religious demand of Hamas or the secular socialist demands of the PLO, Fatah or the PA, Israel poses a problem as she resists being subverted and surrendering to the powers of Islamic society be that religious or strictly political surrender. The key word in both instances is surrender. We have taken a long route back to a premise we investigated in our article, ” Similarities Between Islam and Communism.” What we discussed was how in both Islam and Communism both systems demanded that the nations of the world necessarily must eventually surrender and accept being ruled under such a system. Thus both Islam and Communism demand not only one’s surrender to the will of either but also to recognize their eventual unavoidable and unalterable victory over all competing ideas and ideals. The failure of both systems to produce productive societal frameworks is due to this surrender as well. Both systems claim the reason behind their inevitability is a more perfect vision of the future with a society filled with fellow believers whose acceptance of either Islam or Communism is part and parcel of the definition accepted by Islam or Communism. What is interesting is that Communism purports that there is no G0d and the state runs supreme while Islam claims the Allah is the one and only and, just as important, the deity over the final incarnation of G0d and will rule over all of society in some perfect end-times. Either philosophy taken by the Arabs claiming to be the Palestinians will have similar arguments which are backed up with claims that their demands are valid because they who know the only truths that matter are making those demands. Their argument goes one step further and posits that their victory is guaranteed simply because they are the followers of the final victorious political or religious entity depending on which you support, Hamas or PLO/Fatah/PA. Where it gets interesting is within the PA, which claims to include both Fatah and Hamas, it is pretended that both systems are permitted and which one prevails will very likely be dependent upon which one has the support of the larger numbers of people, currently that appears to be Hamas but that will probably change with whomever controls the economy and other portfolios in any future Arab government. Ruling the Arab areas is actually the recipe for failure which will result in the winner simply being the last man standing. Currently polls show the PA as favored to win in Gaza which has been ruled by Hamas while the PA ruled Judea and Samaria are expected to vote overwhelmingly for Hamas should elections be held in the near future. Such an outcome is unlikely as Mahmoud Abbas has resisted holding elections regularly since 2006 when the last elections were held for the parliament and Hamas proved victorious. This fact led to the cancelling of elections for the leader of the PA, a position which Abbas has clung to ever since those cancelled elections in 2006.


There are a few things which we can expect in the near future other than no PA elections, or at least not for the office held by Mahmoud Abbas. The lack of such elections will eventually cause the rift between Hamas and Fatah and the PA to widen eventually leading to a return to Hamas control in Gaza and the PA clinging to control in Judea and Samaria for as long as the Shin Bet (Israeli intelligence) and the IDF continue to patrol and control checkpoints. Abbas will be in no hurry to force the Israeli security forces from Areas B and C as their operating is a large part of why Abbas remains in office. This became evident when the IDF arrested a group of Hamas members who had been tasked by their leadership in Turkey to foment violence and lawlessness which they were to utilize removing Abbas from office. So, Mahmoud Abbas may allow a vote on the resolution currently before the United Nations Security Council but he will find some manner or path by which to make it impossible to implement the expulsion of the Jewish settlers along with the Shin Bet and the IDF and thus the PLO and Fatah will survive remaining in control of Judea and Samaria for the foreseeable future. After it becomes plainly obvious that Abbas is refusing to fully implement any of the agreements by which a unity governance agreement was reached with Hamas being permitted reentry to the PA which was presumably leading to elections with the appointment of a board of members to run the PA until new leadership had been established, those elections will be postponed indefinitely. At the Security Council of the United Nations the current resolution in its eight-hundred-fifty pound form will be postponed and withdrawn such that it can be reworked making the phraseology more acceptable. In the meantime the French initiative for a solution will make its way to the floor of the Security Council where the United States may be less likely to use their veto provided the resolution is merely a Chapter 6 and not Chapter 7 thus making it not much more significant as a resolution than had it been passed by the General Assembly. This will be followed by the usual protestations by Mahmoud Abbas as he demands that Israel be forced from the lands as suggested by the Security Council’s non-binding resolution. This may even lead to the PA petitioning the International Court of Justice (ICJ) or the International Criminal Court (ICC) immediately after being accepted, and as Abbas and the PA have been tentatively approved by the ICC, which tries war crimes and crimes against humanity, the threats to drag Israel before the court on charges are already being made. Things between Israel and the United States will continue in their downwards trending until a new election for President has been held and the new President sworn into office. This will remain true no matter who wins the upcoming Israeli elections. Meanwhile, the United Nations Security Council has been rocking back and forth between permitting a vote or further postponing the PA initiative. Any prediction this far out on the Israeli election when not even all the candidates and leaders of the parties have been chosen in the party primary elections, makes prediction nearly impossible and quite worthless. The daily polls continue to place Labor and Likud tied which is not surprising as that is exactly what one would expect this early on. The real winner has been undecided as when that option has been offered the polls show it having the largest number of votes usually having comfortably over fifty percent. My prediction is that will change and eventually undecided will lose its leading slot.


Beyond the Cusp


November 25, 2014

The Status Quo is not Acceptable Mr. Prime Minister

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The status quo on the Temple Mount is a form of making the Israelis and in particular, Jews, all into Dhimmis in their own nation and on its own grounds. Has Israel not annexed all of Jerusalem and made it the Capital City of Eretz Yisroel? Has Israel not a law as part of the Basic Laws, the closest thing Israel has as a constitution, which grants religious freedoms throughout the lands which gives every Israeli the right to worship as and where they please throughout all of Israel, especially in its Capital City and at its holiest place on Earth? If these are truths, then the status quo is most definitely not acceptable. Nothing about the restriction placed on Jews and Christians is acceptable or legal under the laws of the land. I should not have to even point this out as you are as aware of these truths as am I. If we surrender the Temple Mount, what will the rioters demand from us tomorrow, the Machpelah, the Cave of the Patriarchs, or Kever Yoseph, Joseph’s Tomb or the Western Wall, the Kotel? Where do we draw the line? Are you even capable of standing firm and drawing a line or are you now so cowed and removed from those days where you had exemplary bravery and stood for Israel. We will stand with you and if this continues you will see that at some point we will stand without you. When we stand without you, as it appears we may have to, will you then arrest us in the name of the ever shrinking status quo or will you finally remember the promises you gave when you sewed the brigade patch on your shoulder upon graduating the toughest training of your life? This was the fight that your promise was designed so you would pass this and the coming tests. I may not have served in the IDF but I did serve in a military before I made Aliyah and would step forward for the IDF the day they take people our age Mr. Prime Minister. Then we can stand shoulder to shoulder as we should do now while we visit and use a mikvah and enter the Temple Mount from any entrance and not the sole entrance with all the restrictions, where Dhimmis under the law of the WAQF enter, with care to avoid the central areas which may have been where the Temples stood. We can enter from the Lions Gate and be the Lions of Judah who resolutely stand against those who say that a Jew is not equal to other men. Let us have back the pride and rights which were foolishly surrendered by General Dayan in very likely the worst decision of his life, even worse than not being prepared for the invasion during Yom Kippur of 1973.


We took back lands illegally held by Jordan from 1948 through June of 1967. We pleaded with the King of Jordan telling him that the Egyptian and Syrian broadcasts of their great victories and their being on the outskirts of Tel Aviv were lies and the reality was they were being pushed back on all fronts and to please just sit this war out. He did not and attacked later that second day of the Six Day War and paid by leaving the occupied lands and they were returned to us and we could have made our nation whole. We showed timidity and listened to the outside world and simply prepared to return the lands we gained in order to placate the world. The world cannot be placated as they want Israel erased. While we continue to exist they will hound us and demean our existence as being a curse that must be dispelled. The Green Line is not sacred and once we retreat behind the Green Line there will be claims on the Negev and the world will support those claim and hound us to found a nation out of the Negev. Then the Palestinian state we allowed will claim they must have the farms in the Galilee reunited with their historic state because the Arabs there are being oppressed and cheated of their rightful freedoms. We surrender our rights on the Temple Mount then where is it our rights become uncontestable? We surrender the Temple Mount we surrender East Jerusalem. We surrender East Jerusalem we surrender Judea and Samaria. We surrender Judea and Samaria we surrender all of Israel for if Judea and Samaria are not part of the Jewish homelands there are no Jewish homelands. Once you start to take the path of least resistance and simply take the easy path it becomes very difficult to dig in your heels and make a principled stand. The slaughter of our holy men was not committed in any occupied lands, it was committed within the Green Line by what might be referred to as Palestinian Arabs but they were Israeli citizens, so tell me where do we stand? We cannot forget the assassin which attempted to murder Yehuda Glick for working within the system and who obeyed the status quo on the Temple Mount and gave him no immunity and in many ways he was any of us. We have seen the daily stabbings of Jews in Jerusalem, the regular attempts and successful instances of Arabs using their vehicles to run down Jews, especially police and those waiting in groups such as for the light rail, bus stops, and even waiting for the crosswalk to change just to cross the street. Assaults on relatives and others who dare to try to visit the tombs of their loved ones or of the many great scholars and rabbis buried in the Mount of Olives Cemetery face a gauntlet of rocks and bricks being rained down upon them threatening their very lives. Where do we draw the line and take back our country and send those who are stealing our lands and history and fill the world with lies which are being consumed with glee all around the globe, in the mainstream media both newspapers, television, radio, and especially on this world wide web, the Internet. There are those politicians throughout Europe, the United States and the vast majority of the United Nations as we see in every vote before the General Assembly, the United Nations Human Rights Commission, and from those charged with world policies such as the High Commissioner for Human Rights Navanethem Pillay, European Union Foreign Ministers, the former Catherine Ashton and her replacement Federica Mogherini, and heads of nations across the globe all see Israel as the expendable nation if it gains them any peace of mind and eases their current problems. The world may do as it pleases but if Israel is to continue then the status quo on the Temple Mount must be challenged and dashed into a million pieces destroyed beyond resurrection and Jews, Christians and anybody must be permitted full access from all the entrances to the Temple Mount and have freedom to pray as they see fit on the Temple Mount. If the WAQF cannot adjust and permit such freedoms, then they must be returned to Jordan with all the tenderness and care but as firmly as necessary. The Temple Mount belongs equally to the world and especially to the Jews for we have a three-thousand year history with this mountain top and thus we must keep safe for Jews their rights and freedoms to ascend to the Temple Mount as it is the closest we can be to Heaven here on Earth. Can we need any further reason? Can you?


I wish to end quoting a wise and scholarly man far wiser and observant and learned in Torah than I will likely ever be, all my desires aside, the great Rabbi Hillel who said, “If I am not for myself, who will be for me? If I am not for others, what am I? And if not now, when?”


Beyond the Cusp


July 12, 2014

Gaza and Israel Terror War, When Will it Stop?

Reading the Western mainstream media reports on the current fighting between Hamas and the other terrorist entities in Gaza against the IDF you would not get a very accurate appraisal of the reasons and order of events. Some articles do not even mention the fact that Hamas and Islamic Jihad had been ramping up the numbers of rockets and mortars fired at Israeli residential and commercial areas seeking to maximize the damage and death toll of Israeli civilians. The number of rockets fired into Israel had reached over fifty per day before Israel responded. The final days of increased rocket and mortar fire came while an Israeli demand that the firing stop or face military intervention. The terrorists in Gaza not only refused to heed the warning but actually continued ramping up the violence. Had Hamas ordered all to stand down during the two-day warning period then the entirety of the IDF actions would have been avoided. Israel did not start their intervention until three days after the warning had been issued thus Hamas could have prevented the entirety of the confrontation had they simply ceased firing rockets and allowed peace to return to the border. The real insanity came immediately after Israel launched their Operation Protective Edge military response.


Most of the reports have little if any reference to the rockets that were raining down on Israeli neighborhoods and shopping areas. The mainstream criteria appeared to be to frame the conflict as the Israeli military being ordered to take vengeance out for the kidnapping of the three Israeli youths despite the revenge murder of a Palestinian youth and still Israel invaded Gaza. While Israel is carrying out their offensive against Hamas, a recognized terrorist group, there have been rockets launched from Gaza in response. That is the slant I have seen repeatedly. Maybe I was the most unlucky person in existence and only found articles that had this slant and the rest are accurate but somehow I doubt such. Israeli military actions were not in response to the abduction of the three youths. The revenge murder of the Palestinian youth has resulted in the arrest and probable charges against three Israelis who have been condemned almost to the individual Israeli. I have yet to meet a single Israeli who thought the murder of the Palestinian youth was an act that was acceptable. In the meantime, despite Israel swearing out arrest warrants and naming the Hamas operatives who abducted and murdered the three Israeli youths, nothing had been done to arrest them or bring them to trial. They fled likely into the Palestinian autonomous ruled areas in Judea and Samaria and likely were then transported to Gaza where Israel removed the entirety of Israeli presence turing the whole of the Gaza over to Palestinian rule. The Palestinian Authority lost control of Gaza to Hamas in a coup soon after Israel had disengaged completely from the region. That is what set up the situation where Hamas, a terror organization, now rules lands that are effectively an independent nation free of any Israeli presence be it civilian or military, the Israelis even reburied their dead who had been laid to rest in Gaza as part of their disengagement. This was necessitated by calls for the Palestinians to desecrate the graves of any Jewish dead who might have been left interred in Gaza. That is the area where before the Israeli intervention were firing over fifty rockets and mortars a day and since last Thursday have fired over five hundred rockets into Israel.


Then there are the calls from all corners of the globe for Israel to cease their attacks as they are causing destruction and have killed some of the people in Gaza. There have been very few and far between demand that Hamas, Islamic Jihad and the rest of the alphabet terrorist groups stop launching rockets et al into Israel. There have been the demands which quote residents which have been presented as typical Arabs voices from Gaza when in reality these typical voices are people hand-picked by Hamas and presented to the media as just representative citizens yet somehow they all stress the exact same talking points with little variation. Yet these are the quotes I have suffered through reading in news report after news report. Then they quote an Israeli military officer who reports about the success of the Iron Dome anti-missile batteries and their effectiveness in protecting Israelis and how there have been very few Israeli injured or killed by the attacks. There was at least one Israeli lady who died of a heart attack while trying to run to a shelter after a warning alarm had sounded. That is another difference, where Israel deploys anti-missile batteries and build numerous shelters even requiring all new housing have a safe room built into every residence thus minimizing the vulnerability of the Israeli population, Hamas never bothered to do likewise but instead spent all their funds and used all their building materials to manufacture rockets and dig tunnels into Israel for the purpose of facilitating attacks and potential kidnapping of an Israeli soldier or civilian with which to barter for the release of terrorists imprisoned in Israel. This makes the comparison of fatalities and injured civilians between Gaza and Israel meaningless as Israel has spent an inordinate amount of funds in efforts to make every Israeli civilian as safe as possible be they Jew or Arab or Christian or Muslim or any other religion or origin.


While Israel still has three quarters of the country running to shelters multiple times a day and sleeping in shelter at night just as a precaution; on the other side, there was an announcement placed on the radio and television in Gaza where a Hamas spokesperson insisted that the Palestinians needed to run towards any targets in order to prevent Israeli strikes. They insisted that it was every Gazan’s personal responsibility to run towards the areas where Israel had called or dropped leaflets or dropped a preparatory dummy round as a signal of a coming attack warning the civilians and even the terrorists to vacate the area in order to protect themselves and prevent civilian casualties as much as possible. What is Israel supposed to do now if when they give warnings of a coming attack the Gazan civilians have been commanded to run towards the targeted building. Perhaps Israel could warn of a building two blocks away as the target so that everyone runs there and are safe. But then Israel would be placing the same civilians who take their children and run away from a coming attack into harm’s way as they might decide to run two blocks to what they believe is safety and get struck as they approached ground zero. For those who doubt the veracity of this claim, let me propose a scenario before giving the link to the proof. You want to capture a video of the vicious and horrible Israeli attacks devastating your neighborhood but you also do not wish to die from your efforts. What to do? Well, Israel has a plan that permits this exact scenario and they do it for every attack and at no cost to you. You simply wait until your cell phone rings, and yes, the Israelis know every single phone number and where the owner of said phone resides, and there is a message given on your phone. The message is sometimes a recording and sometimes an actual person warning you that such-n-such building or house will be struck in ten minutes and would you please get a safe distance for your own safety. We will assume the person wishing to get the picture of the Israeli brutality also desires to post it to YouTube  thus you need to be safe while getting your evidence. So, our enterprising and aspiring to be a photo-editorialist gets such a call and proceeds to a rooftop about a block or block and a half from the targeted house of a Hamas operative who likely stores explosives and other niceties required for terror and military style operations and you wait checking your watch as the phone call even gave you the approximate time the strike would occur. Then you shoot the video of the strike and memorialize the fact that the Israeli strike utterly destroyed the Hamas operative’s house but did virtually little if any harm to the houses next to it or across the narrow street from the targeted house. Then so all the world can marvel at the efficiency and care taken by Israel to target  and destroy just the individual residence is uploaded by you to the Internet for posterity which can be viewed here.


On the when will this outbreak of violence, as some have referred to it, come to a resolution and everything return to its normal routine of only a half-dozen or so rockets raining down on Israeli civilians each week; I wish I could predict that for you but it is beyond my purview. I can predict one act that might end the present fighting real fast, just have Hamas stop launching rockets and mortars into Israel targeting civilians. There is always the possibility that the Israeli leadership will wilt before the international pressures to cease all Israeli attacks even should the rockets continue to strike within Israeli neighborhoods. You see, the world could not care less how many rockets are fired into Israel as in Israeli the civilian are provided with ample means of protection and thus the numbers of fatalities is minimal while in Gaza the Palestinians either volunteer or are volunteered forcefully to place themselves and their children directly in the line of fire in order to maximize their casualties as such casualties play well to the Western world and provide a plethora of pictures of suffering children and mourning mothers lamenting their dead child that they are cradling. These such pictures play so well that they even borrow pictures and videos from the Syrian civil war and the terror war in Iraq and upload them with captions claiming these are the results of Israeli raids. Even the BBC revealed the falseness of these videos. It is so seldom that I get to use BBC material to vindicate Israeli actions that I just have to find some way to incorporate such news as often as I find possible. What has been expressed by a number of Israeli Knesset members as well as muttered in whispers on the streets is for Israel to eradicate the Hamas leadership and any other terrorist groups that exist in Gaza and allow for a governance to be chosen which is willing to live in peace and hopefully mutual prosperity into the future. What many have forgotten is the fact that in the years after the Six Day War and up to when the Oslo Accords returned Yasser Arafat to rule over the Palestinians in Judea, Samaria and also Gaza that Gaza had the fastest growing economic rate in the world and the Palestinians as a whole were the Arab population with the highest per capita standard of living outside the oil producing states. Since the application of the Oslo Accords which gave the Palestinians a high degree of sovereignty over their own people and their lives making over half of the West Bank and all of Gaza a Palestinian autonomous area, their standard of living was amongst the fastest declining in the world and they returned to the levels of abject poverty they suffered through before the Six Day War. That is what happens when those governing your life take all the resources and apply them to financing terrorist activities against Israel while also stealing much of the aid monies and making themselves very wealthy. Ending this confrontation depends on Hamas ending the rockets firing into Israel whether that occurs voluntarily or if it is forced upon Hamas because their terror infrastructure is destroyed or their membership decimated, either way that ends the violence. When the World Trade Center Towers were destroyed the United States showed restraint in that they did not immediately radiate the entire Middle East. Israel is showing similar restraint in only targeting Hamas, Islamic Jihad and the terrorist infrastructure, including the residences they use to store weapons and explosives, and not touching a single blade of grass or harming a single strand of hair on anybody’s head in Judea and Samaria (West Bank as Jordan renamed it to remove the reference to the ancient Jewish ties and names) despite anything Mahmoud Abbas may be screaming to the world. What we won’t scream about is that even during this conflict, Israel has continued to provide electricity, water and transfer tons and tons in truck alter truck loaded with food and medical supplies into Gaza as they have done daily ever since the disengagement. So let mad dogs howl but find the true facts independent of the biased, hateful and lying media.


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