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June 11, 2019

So, You Thought Hezballah was Merely an Israeli Problem?

 

You read the news and almost every time, if not every time for most, when the Hezballah is reported, it is virtually always to do with Israel or some other conflict in the Middle East. Hezballah is mentioned in threats to fire missiles striking in Israel, tunneling beneath the Lebanon border into Israel with intent of infiltration raids on Israeli civilians, fighting alongside Bashir al-Assad Syrian forces aided by Iran and the IRGC in Syria, aiding with training as well as fighting allied with the Houthi rebel forces in Yemen and in that rare occasional report which mentions the tri-border region in South America where Hezballah has a series of training areas where Argentina shares borders with Brazil plus Paraguay. The areas you almost never hear references to Hezballah is in Europe, Asia, North America and southern Africa. Perhaps this is due to such events being swept neatly under the legal carpet presumably for the common good of the society. After all, no political figure wants to hear the news reporting of any Hezballah plots to carry out an attack using three or so metric tons of an explosive, say, ammonium nitrate, anywhere near their district, city, county, state or country, all depending on the political level which would be so threatened. Perhaps the political pressures could affect the way in which any such threat would be detected, investigated, possibly prosecuted or, to avoid any undue strain on the body politic, and arrange for other means of handling those involved.

 

Well, guess what. That is right, such a terror threat which was foiled with minimal fanfare and without anyone being charged, that despite one initially being arrested, all because the timing was off. This has come to light thanks to a deep investigation carried out by The Telegraph where it was reported that Hezballah had been caught planning a terror strike in or around London with, you guessed it, using metric tons of ammonium nitrate. MI-5, assisted by the London Police Department, uncovered the stash containing thousands of disposable ice packs filled with ammonium nitrate. This amount was considerably more than was used in the Oklahoma City bombing that killed 168 people and damaged hundreds of buildings. The raids were carried out on three businesses and one home in North West London by MI-5 and authorities after a months-long investigation. It was stated that MI-5 was acting on a tip from a foreign government which uncovered the major terrorist plot linked to the radical Islamist terror organization and Iranian ally, Hezbollah.

 

Here is where everything becomes interesting and contains a political attempt to cover up the entire series of events as they came at an inconvenient time. What makes it all the more intriguing was that there was one suspect, a man in his forties, arrested in connection with the raids, though he was later released without charge. The fact that only one person was detained, and then no charges made concerning a plot of such size makes for numerous questions to arise. What had authorities so worried that there was a code of silence concerning the entire affair and no arrests, trials or other ramifications from a months long investigation. Presumably, citing “well-placed sources”, the report claimed that the terror plot had been disrupted by a covert intelligence operation “rather than seeking a prosecution,” which is puzzling. Where things become somewhat clearer is when we are told that this plot was timed during the time of the negotiations and pending of the Iran nuclear deal. This was where The Telegraph suggested that the matter was withheld from the public in order to keep “the Iran nuclear deal afloat.” Still, it was reported that the plot was so serious that then Prime Minister David Cameron and then Home Secretary Theresa May were personally briefed on the discovery of the explosive material. One need not read much further to see where to begin to look to see the origination of the demand that this be kept as quiet as possible and not to make any large display including arrests which could have led to some very uncomfortable complications. After all, this was around the point that the Iran nuclear deal (JCPOA) and we all knew instinctively that nothing, and we mean nothing, was to come between the P5+1 and the Iran deal.

 

UK supporters of extremist group Hezbollah

UK supporters of extremist group Hezbollah

 

The British public has every reason to be quite put out by such political suppression of such an important investigation to the point that there were no arrests or other actions taken beyond raids to impound the explosives while not pursuing further actions. We ask, how is it possible to have such a plot with three-metric tons of explosives but not have any people involved with the use of the explosives or even a group planning for its use. Nobody was found or even to be of interest to MI-5 or the London Police concerning what was definitively a major pending terrorist attack. This cover-up probably extended to high officials in the British government requesting the silence on whomever the unidentified foreign government which provided the initial tip to the British assisting in their preventing a potential tragedy. They were likely contacted and had the situation explained and thus the request for not reporting their efforts in preventing the attack. The threat of terrorism is far too great and is of great importance to the people of every nation. Such an attempt would be politically important as well as the right for the people to know the truth about the world we all live within. But the news and the ruling elite do not treat the people in all too many countries as being capable of handling the truth. Kind of reminds one of the critical lines from some movie. So, because the people are too unsophisticated, too ignorant, so delicate, so uneducated and so emotionally unstable that they are deemed not capable of living in a world where they are told what the reality actually is. This is why the news granted for public consumption is not the reality of the world but a picture of a world with just the right kind of problems which permit the political class to remain in power unchallenged and apparently with everything under control. Telling the people that a significant threat of a terror attack was planned in their precious city and was very probably prevented due to some unmentionable country providing a warning with sufficient information that MI-5 and the police could clean up the threat without even a ripple being told to those who were under this threat. Makes one feel as if the public is not entitled to the truth as they presumably cannot handle the truth.

 

 

This is where society has reached, the stage where there are two worlds, the one we are all left sleeping peaceably in our beds each night assured that all is well meanwhile the elites know the reality that they are fortunate that terror threats are discovered and it matters not by whom as long as the people are able to be left in blissful ignorance. This is a sad commentary on our societies as it provides a picture where the people are expected to simply accept the reality fed them by a coordination of the political class and their media allies. The media also does not believe that the people can handle reality, so they sell the people a story-line which lulls them into a sense of being fully protected and safe. The powers that be insist on keeping everyone within the lines they set out for the public and the media and the politicians work to provide as little of the real threats from being identified as it might upset their ability to be reelected, and that is all that matters, right? Why should the people expect for their ruling elite who are chosen time after time to return to their comfortable little jobs while the decision to place trust in these elected officials is all a mirage. So we have what is an important treaty in the wings, well, better not tell the people that those who the politicians are about to make a deal concerning the manufacturing of nuclear weapons were planning what would have been one of the largest terror attacks for somewhere in London to be executed by the terrorist groups which handles the worldwide terror network for the Iranians. The politicians wanted the treaty as it would allow for trade and making large profits for the people who really matter, so the regular folk need not be troubled with any such information which could be distressing. This goes double if it might make for difficulty in carrying on business as usual and making their financiers happy. So, rest easy, they made raids and took away all the explosives and nobody was responsible for the planned terror strike or for hiding three metric tons of explosives, it all just assembled all by itself without any human intervention. And not to worry, the people planning the attack would never attempt to try so again, they probably promised. You know, they promised that they would go home and never try such an attack as was spoiled again just as Iran has promised not to manufacture nuclear weapons or more advanced ballistic missiles, you know, just like the ballistic missiles they have been testing. Read about these tests here, here, here, here and here. We hope you have a nice day and remember not to worry; your worrying would only upset the governing class.

 

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June 3, 2019

Palestinian Terror Leaders Pose Threat to Trump

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President Trump is allowing the first glimpse of what he has in store economically for the impetus for an Arab-Israeli solution. The one thing we have noted about every slight hint about the Trump plan for an Arab-Israeli solution has had some terminology normally attached to every previous plan noticeably missing. There has been next to no mention of Jerusalem, no hints at borders, not even any call for elections nor any apparent desire to entice the terror masters of the PLO and Hamas, and let us not make any mistakes, we are dealing and have been since the start of the Palestinian Authority with the PLO wearing a mask which has become torn and tattered to the point the PLO has been showing through for quite some time. The final revelation of what was behind the mask was revealed when they began paying openly for terrorists to murder Israelis and rewarding openly all those who had done such. There has been no approaching Mahmoud Abbas or Ramallah or Gaza. It is as if the Trump “Deal of the Century” will be implemented without anything required from the current terror masters who are oppressing their people for their own financial gains. The executing arm of world anti-Semitism which has been supporting the PLO, Hamas, Islamic Jihad and all the other various terror entities are critically invisible in the leaks which have trickled out so tantalizingly slow. What could President Trump have up his sleeve, can he pull it off and will there be a Trump Tower built at the center of his planned megalopolis? This and more will become ever so enticingly anticipated to be part of the result of the upcoming Manama Conference to be hosted by Bahrain to be held on June 25-6, 2019.

 

The “Prosperity for Peace Conference,” as the Manama Conference has been titled, will be attended by Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Qatar along with the hosting Bahrain while on the opposite side of this venture, Russia and China have declined attending claiming that they back the Palestinian terrorists demands for Israel’s head. Oh, have we mentioned that Hamas and the PLO are both vehemently opposed to the meeting believing that it is a ruse to undermine their authority and the rights of their people to their promised lands. Saeb Erekat, the Palestine Liberation Organization’s secretary general, argued in The New York Times in his editorial titled “Trump Doesn’t Want Peace. He Wants Palestinian Surrender,” claiming, “There will be no economic prosperity in Palestine without the end of the occupation.” But President Trump appears to be willing to bet that there is an alternative means for a healthy and economically prosperous Palestinian settlement which will relieve Israel of their terror threats and other economic, political and demographic risks. The centerpiece to his plan is the NEOM development and communal project. The plan is to initiate an entire new region investing $500 billion to build and establish the futuristic city in Saudi Arabia with a bridge across the Red Sea into the Sinai Peninsula, Egypt and potentially Africa (see map below). The region is scheduled to include the symbol of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s ambitions for life after oil. It covers an area of 10,000 square miles (25,900 square kilometers) have been allocated for the development of the urban area, which will stretch into Jordan and Egypt. Israel is a mere 8500 square miles (22,072 square kilometers) by comparison. The first phase of the project is set to become known as the NEOM Riviera with high end spas, hotels and other services for the intended resort area. The other projects include futuristic industrial centers, research and development areas and other commercial and industrial parks with residential and other necessities to support the intended population. Previous attempts around the world to construct such developments have by and large been failures.

 

NEOM is the Dream Solution to Arab

NEOM is the Dream Solution to Arab

 

This matches with the hints from about a year ago that a large part of the Trump Middle East peace offer was to be an opportunity for the Palestinian Arabs to relocate to a region with residential construction and a plethora of employment waiting to be filled allowing for their starting their lives anew in an area designed for their ability to succeed. That was met with threats from the PLO, Palestinian Authority and Hamas et al. Mahmoud Abbas and others have stated that the Palestinian Arabs would never surrender their claims to their rightful land from the River to the Sea. To the end, the terror masters only desire is the destruction of Israel no matter the human cost in lost lives of the refugees and those Arabs under their rule. Hamas has turned Gaza into an open-air prison where they refuse to permit their people the right to relocate to another region. The Palestinian Authority, the PLO with a nice tie, is just as adamant that the Arabs under their control would never leave and have no desire to relocate no matter how promising the offers might be. They claim that they desire merely to return to their homes, all of which just happen to be within Israel and, of course, they would never care to live with any Jews allowed in their country, but the world claims Israel, with an Arab population reaching twenty-percent living as equals with the Jews in Israel, are the racists. Can President Trump pull this rabbit out of his hat? That will depend on how he is able to arrange for the Arab Palestinians to be permitted to be freed from the oppressive rule of their two dictatorial regimes, Hamas and Islamic Jihad in Gaza and the PLO in Judea and Samaria, the Shomron.

 

That is the crucial turning point of President Trump’s gambit for resolving the Arab-Israeli conflict. How to wrench and ply the Palestinian Arabs out from the controlling arms of those who are willing and have sacrificed the futures and livelihoods of the people in their care under their rule. The Palestinian Authority has taken a drastic step which depicts their lack of concern for their own people as they have ceased allowing Palestinian Arabs to be treated in Israeli hospitals claiming they are sending them to hospitals in Jordan and Egypt, except this is also not being permitted and their people are now going without potentially life saving treatments. This plan, should it ever actually materialize, will hit its major stumbling block when the time comes to transport Palestinian Arabs to this new megalopolis and their potentially new future full of opportunities outside the oppressive control of their current leadership. It is important to remember that Hamas, assisted by Islamic Jihad, rules Gaza by fiat and Hamas chooses their leadership and their government only employs those faithful to Hamas and the terror structure. This includes the teachers in their schools, medical personnel and every other position under government control. The Palestinian Authority, which claims to be a democracy, has not had an election since 2006 as Mahmoud Abbas knows that he would not be reelected and that this fact is so obvious that open elections are impossible in producing with him reelected, thus there will be no elections. Further, Hamas and the PLO are so opposed to one another that there will never be any hope of reconciliation between the two, especially as such would call for elections. Under this scenario, one must ask the question, how does President Trump expect to free the Palestinian Arabs from their leaders who will not even permit them to leave to receive medical treatments. Then there are the “refugees” who are the result of the Arab countries taking the Arabs who followed the Mufti of Jerusalem demanding they leave their homes in 1948 and again in 1967 so the Arab armies could simply destroy everything and everyone they found as they destroyed the Zionist Entity, Israel. When they did not succeed in this effort, they took these Arabs and locked them in camps and have kept them there for generations now. Only a minority percentage of the Arabs placed in these camps were expelled by Israel which was necessitated by a number of Arab communities who sided with the Arabs and were shooting at the Israeli soldiers from behind their lines and thus required being placed on the other side of the war. In total, these Arab refugees number far less than the over eight-hundred-thousand Jews expelled by the Arab world. Still, President Trump is going to have to find some means for extracting those Palestinian Arabs who wish to restart their lives elsewhere out from their regimes’ control. As one of our favorite shows often exclaims, “There’s your problem.”

 

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May 7, 2019

When the World Offers no Solutions

 

Back in the year 2000 the world demanded that Israel surrender the final remainder of the areas liberated when they were captured during the Six Day War in 1967 and defended in the Yom Kippur War in 1973 and suffered numerous terror wars ever since. Israel was pressured to allow the Palestinian Authority to have an opportunity completely free of any and all Israeli support or interference and show their ability to form a functional society with a firm economy in Gaza. In 2005 Israel pulled all Israelis out of Gaza including every settler, every last of their dead were reinterred fearing what would happen if their graves were left behind. History has taught that their bodies would be desecrated if not removed and reinterred safely within Israel. Finally, the final steps were performed in early September of 2005 as the IDF closed their bases and after destroying that which could not be transferred, the final IDF forces left handing the keys, so to speak, to Mahmoud Abbas and the Palestinian Authority. This was the stagnated state that Gaza remained stuck in as there was little or no effort at development or improving the life of the average Gazan and terrorism continued unabated. In 2007 the tipping point was reached and Hamas declared open warfare with the Palestinian Authority. In bloody fighting, Hamas persevered taking over Gaza and have ruled the region as a dictatorial power appointing each leader rewarding those who were the most active in their war to destroy Israel. Hamas allowed for Islamic Jihad to also set up in Gaza as well as to a lesser degree the Islamic State and a collection of other terrorist entities and criminal gangs. Gaza has remained in this hellish state without any attempts to establish any economic engine other than those necessary for their war on Israel and a small sector servicing the terror leaders and their families and the relative few who have gathered great wealth servicing the terror war or operating the black market.

 

The average Gazan has a bleak outlook of the future as the economic structure of Gaza deteriorates with every offensive against Israel. Hamas and Islamic Jihad always set their rocket launchers in neighborhoods other than their own and thus have slowly destroyed much of the Gaza Strip ruining economic opportunities and making more people destitute without any future worth living. It should be no surprise that the majority of Gazans would prefer nothing more than to relocate and live anywhere that life could approach normalcy. There has been a slow and mostly illegal emigration out of Gaza without any program to aid these Palestinian Arabs in setting up a new life. Currently, the majority of electricity in Gaza is provided by Israel. The majority of natural gas comes from Israel. Much if not all of clean water comes from Israel. The Hamas and Islamic Jihad elite make sure that these provisions power their homes and lives to a far larger extent than that provided the remainder of Gazans. This is the sorry excuse for the governance in Gaza and the economic situation which it has degenerated into threatens to make Gaza into merely a terrorist engine. As far as the Hamas rulers of Gaza are concerned, the lack any semblance of an economic engine for the majority of the entire region forcing more and more Gazans into terrorist ranks is great as makes their breeding of future terrorists a far easier endeavor. For Israel, Gaza is a problem with no easy solutions and one obvious one. The unfortunate reality is the world, led by Europe, refuses to even couch the only solution for the people of Gaza, Israel and Egypt, namely for Israel to sponsor an exit strategy for the Gazans who desire starting their lives elsewhere. The European Union demands that Israel deal with Hamas through Egypt or the United Nations making ceasefire after ceasefire which they know Hamas and Islamic Jihad will break within weeks leading to their demand that a new ceasefire be negotiated with Israel being made to pay an ever greater price in blood, the cost of the interceptors and the death and injury of her people along with the lost economic production. Perhaps the time has come to ignore the United Nations, the European Union, foreign governments and every other busybody and do what will serve both Israel and the Gazan people the most favorable results to solve the situation to the satisfaction of all involved who are not involved with terrorism.

 

The Two Gazas with One Pristine and the Other Ravaged

The Two Gazas with One Pristine and the Other Ravaged

 

The problem can be permanently resolved but only if the rest of the world simply allow Israel to resolve the challenge in a manner conducive to all involved by removing the terrorist governance and reintegrate the region under Israeli control. The first stage would come in response to the upcoming rocket barrage from either Hamas, Islamic Jihad or whatever Gazan terror outfit which decides to restart hostile action. Israel should provide the United Nations, European Union and the rest of the notable busybodies that the next failure to keep peace in Gaza will result in Israel retaking Gaza as was presumed to be what would be the result of any failure of the Palestinian Authority. As the Palestinian Authority lost control in 2007, Israel was supposed to retake Gaza immediately after Hamas took control. This was the promise of Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and United States President George W. Bush when the Gaza pullout was agreed upon by Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon. Well, when Hamas took over Gaza in a coup in 2007, those American politicians apparently had a very serious case of amnesia and Israel was not provided coverage by the American administration to retake Gaza as they had promised. The rest is, as they say, history. One of the problems is that every rocket which is detected and determined to likely strike an inhabited region, the interceptor launched to destroy each one coasts approximately fifty-thousand-dollars in order to prevent what is likely a fifty to five-hundred-dollar rocket. That is another price which Israel could live without its necessity. Every Israeli saved by the Iron Dome is priceless, but there is still a price attached to every interception. This situation as it currently exists is unsustainable for Israel and even worse for the people of Gaza.

 

The solution is to allow Israel to conquer Gaza removing the terror entities forcing their leadership into exile and starting to undo the ecological and economic disasters which have resulted from their terrorist governance and its complete lack of concern for the people and the ecological situation leading to the Gazan groundwater being unfit to drink. The lives of the average Gazan outside the wealthier strip along the Mediterranean Sea, lives in an ecologic disaster area where when the tires are being burned along the border and the wind changes and blows from out of the east, the air is choking, as already stated, the ground water is undrinkable and the economic opportunities are all but nonexistent outside of joining the terrorist armies. The solution is the same as was applied to Eastern Jerusalem where the Palestinian Arabs are permitted all rights outside of political and even there they are permitted to vote in Jerusalem and neighborhood elections. Their sole restriction is from national elections as this will need to await decisions on providing them with full Israeli citizenship at some distant time. The Gazans can be permitted to have political rights within Gaza and its cities but remain under Israeli security with the IDF being fully operational within Gaza. Gaza would be returned to Israeli rule with their former autonomy reversed as was supposed to occur should the experiment fail, which it did in magnificent fashion. As the Palestinian Authority has failed repeatedly to form a unified governance with Hamas and Islamic Jihad, then it should be the right for Israel to retake control over Gaza replacing their terrorist governance. No nation should or is forced to live with terrorist ruling a region on their borders, let alone a region which technically remains part of Israel legally. Once Israel removes Hamas and Islamic Jihad, the first step would be to offer Gazans with an incentive to relocate in such a manner that nations who desire to provide the Gazans with a place to relocate would receive incentives in proportion to the numbers they allow to relocate within their borders. The incentives will overcome the trepidation for some nations and these relocation incentives will be split between the Gazans and the nations accepting them. Then the rebuilding and cleanup of Gaza can begin. With time Gaza will once again become productive. This is the only means by which Gaza can be made livable for those who remain. Why the United Nations, European Union and so many others wish to force the Gazans to live under such oppressive and unhealthy an environment under terrorist rulers just to impose a constant threat against Israel is beyond disturbing. Such disregard for human life is horrifying and just causing Israel difficulties is not sufficient reason that these people to be left at the mercies of such horrific conditions and it does not serve Israel to permit this situation to fester. The time has come for Israel to exercise its rights under the original agreement reached for the Gaza disengagement and reestablish her rule over the region. And if such works in Gaza, then next it should be applied to the Palestinian Authority regions in the Shomron where there already is some level of such cooperation. The Palestinian Arabs should be permitted to enjoy much the same benefits as Israeli Arabs with the possibility of further political rights over time. Israel needs to do what serves her the best and if such improves the lives of Palestinian Arabs, then all the better.

 

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