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May 6, 2019

Israel Watching World Reaction to Terror War

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The first thing which must be understood, should Israel wish to conclusively end Hamas and Islamic Jihad, not just their rocket launches, shooting, sniping, launching balloons and kites to spread incendiaries, but end all of it and their ability to even throw a rock at Israel, could be ended. Israel could decide to target the commanders from unit commanders up to Yahya Sinwar and be done with this within a week. Decapitate both terror armies leaving them with absolutely no leadership, political or military, it makes no difference, they just dress up differently so that the Europeans can claim they are dealing with civilized people. None are civilized as their methods prove beyond any doubt. But they know that Israel would never resort to such tactics as it would verily upset the Europeans and the United Nations. They might even be tempted to remove Israel from the United Nations claiming that Israel was no longer welcome at their table. They could ban the Israeli Ambassador from the Cafeteria or take away his executive washroom key or find some other means of showing Israel they were displeased. But it is not their citizens sleeping in bomb shelters nor are they hearing sirens even when they are not sounding because their citizens have nerves on a rough edge. Their societies do not have to adapt each month to the latest forms of terrorist attacks. What will it be this month, rocks the size of cantaloupes thrown through car windshields, Molotov cocktails at busses thrown in groups of twenty to fifty engulfing the bus with fire, cars or trucks speeding through crowds or bus stops or down sidewalks, drive-by shootings, knifings or possibly a mass assault on the Western Wall? Their citizens are not facing such a wide range of attacks, but be assured that if it works in Israel, then it will be spread around the world over time. These tactics will never just end with Israel unless the world allows Israel to put down such terrorists. Such a world would provide the sign necessary to bring terrorism worldwide to an abrupt end. It would be that simply, allow Israel to prove terror cannot work and will bring only death and not allow the massing of money as the terror leaders now do living on the backs of their people and living it large.

 

Were the world to be serious about ending terrorism, then we would see such in their reactions to the attacks on Israel. If you are going to fight terrorism, then it starts in Jerusalem and Gaza and the Shomron and in Israel where its deepest roots are planted. The world cannot hope to end terrorism and to continue to allow huge amounts of aid monies to go to the terror masters in Gaza and the Shomron, beyond the Golan and the Blue Line, and from here to the world backed by the Muslim Brotherhood and Iran, Saudi Arabia and Pakistan, Islamic State in Nigeria, across the Africa Transition Zone and in the Sinai Peninsula. The same terror that strikes Sri Lanka, Melbourne in Australia, Coptic Christian monastery in Egypt, Amsterdam in the Netherlands, the Jordanian town of Fuheis, and we could go through the entirety of this list and bore every reader to tears, so instead that link. Terrorism is a disease on society and the tool of evil. Terrorism makes no difference between military and civilian and when the terrorist does differentiate between military and civilian, they will more often target civilian over military. Should the world allow terrorism to defeat Israel or make Israel uninhabitable, then the forebearers of terror will set out to do the same to the rest of the world. Each time that terrorists attack, the world is dealt a test of their fortitude and resolve. Will they simply turn their heads away and pretend that nothing of questionable origins actually happened? That is the reaction which we witness more often than actually addressing the situation and admitting that the world has a problem. The world leadership at least is consistent, they demand that Israel not take actions against terror and they ignore terrorism in their own backyards. This head-in-the-sand reaction to terrorism will simply empower the terror masters and postpone taking the required steps potentially making the eventual task of ridding the world of terrorism being put-off until it will have become a far greater effort. The world is critical of Israel reacting to a terror attack by neutralizing the perpetrator claiming that such should never be the reaction and that the terrorists should be negotiated with or allowed to escape rather than use force. Force has become taboo as a modern world need not resort to the use of violence, the death penalty or anything which causes a loss of life, well, except terrorism which apparently is permitted provided the chosen target is considered acceptable.

 

Rockets fired into Israel and one anti-missile interceptor launched

Rockets fired into Israel and one anti-missile interceptor launched

 

Terrorism against Israel is not only acceptable but financially rewarded by aid money coming from the United Nations, European Union, European countries, many Arab nations, Iran, numerous terror sponsors and other sources. Nations and both national and international organizations which reward terrorists with financial support are some of the most reprehensible sources of terrorism. The beginning of every terror attack begins with a source of funds. The planners, the political backing, the propaganda, the publicity and political cover all have their required cost. Those who are behind terrorist attacks may be true believers but they still require being financially rewarded. Even the most fanatical cannot survive purely on their hatred, they require food, shelter and financial rewards otherwise they might have to actually work. Getting a real job would take away from their terror organizing time, not to mention that nations involved with the spread of terror tend to have very poor economic conditions and their inattention to the economy breeds terrorists as there is nothing else which pays rewards of a similar nature. This leads to societies where hatred breeds more hatred and violence breeds more violence and there is no end to the spiral. While the people at the bottom end up giving up their lives for a cause which is thrust upon the society by people who not only would never die for that cause, but are becoming wealthy having other people die for their cause. But if the world were to be serious about ending terrorism, they would start by backing Israel doing whatever it takes to end the terrorist forces surrounding her. Such would start with Hamas, Islamic Jihad, the PLO (Palestinian Authority) and Hezballah in Lebanon and allowing Israel to do that which is considered necessary to assure her survival. That is where the problem begins and eventually goes full circle and ends at the same place, the powers that be in the European Union and the United Nations do not desire allowing Israel the right to survive. If the fight to end terrorism starts in Israel, then these people refuse to allow such to start. They claim they will fight terror once Israel has been erased. That is their most grievous mistake as Israel is not going to die which means that they will refuse to fight terrorism and it will be their society which will cease to exist.

 

Israel is where this fight must begin and the rest of the world need take steps to follow in suit to what Israel does to end terror. But if the world continues to handcuff Israel with threats and other demands warning her not to react to her people under attack, or if the world continues to ignore these rockets pouring down in Israel. How is it that over three-hundred rockets were launched into Israel in a single day and it did not make a single American news network? We are willing to bet had Israel sent a three-man team into Gaza to hunt down and destroy rocket launching positions that would have been reported as Israeli forces invade Gaza on missions of destruction. But the world has no difficulty completely ignoring three-hundred rockets launched into Israel. This is the reality which will lead to the destruction of their societies as they will be paralyzed against any terrorist attacks because they refuse to recognize the existence of terrorism as that would also require their recognition that Israel has been subjected to terror and that would allow the Israelis to fight their terror. These political leaders are willing to have their society torn asunder rather than recognize that Israel should be permitted to fight their terrorist problems. This is a sickness and one of the effects of anti-Semitism being behind decisions made at the highest levels. How many people have read about the rocket barrage thrown at Israel over the last two days? If your news sources did not report these events, then you need a better source for news. There can be no worse ignorance than one caused in order to support the destruction of another society. This is the sickness which prevented the News from reporting that Israel faced a terrorist rocket bombardment as these same news sources would jump all over any Israel strong response beyond striking the same targets in Gaza yet again. Israelis are becoming sick and tired of this game and are soon going to demand an end to these attacks, a real end to these attacks. Then it will be interesting to see the response in Europe and the New York Times whose coverage will undoubtedly be Israel destroys Gaza Moon launch facilities and they will expect people to believe them.

 

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May 5, 2019

Hamas not Observing Ceasefire as Usual

 

We all have likely seen the cartoon or the rephrasing of the main idea of the cartoon and Hamas observing a ceasefire. Well, they are at it again having launched over ninety rockets this otherwise quiet Shabbat morning. Saturdays are Hamas’s favorite time to launch broadsides at Israel as most troops are off base for the weekend and the ones remaining may not normally be assigned the positions they may be manning. This time it comes after sporadic firing on Friday afternoon along with continued rioting along the Gaza border which included shooting by Hamas into Israel at the IDF positions put in place to prevent Terrorists from infiltrating Israel and murdering Israelis. As we type this abbreviated report, we realize that this is not news, there are no big surprises and it goes without saying that Israel struck back eliminating two rocket launchers. We could list the places where warning sirens wailed, the casualties were one boy injured while dashing to make it to a shelter in time and a few cases of shock. There were reports that rockets struck highway 4 and inside one community doing minimal if any actual damage. In Israel some of the potholes on the roads are where rockets struck because they were not tracked to strike anywhere there were people. The Iron Dome did intercept dozens, let us stress, dozens of Hamas rockets which might have done inordinate amounts of damage and potentially killed or injured Israelis.

 

All of this from Hamas and Islamic Jihad comes possibly as an Iranian ordered increase in activity against Israel as a response to President Trump having cancelled the issuance of any further waivers for importation of Iranian oil. The Mullahs in Iran had threatened to attack Israel should the United States take such steps while also threatening to strike at American forces in Middle East including especially the Persian Gulf region as well as along the Strait of Hormuz which they also threatened to close to all outgoing oil shipments. This would terminate as much as thirty-percent of world oil shipments. The Iranians are not insane, they just act as if they were. They know that attacking the American fleet would bring horrific retaliation ordered by President Trump. Having Hamas and Islamic Jihad pound away at Israel causes minor resultant strikes by Israel at the usual targets more as an effort to calm the Israeli public by pretending to have actually done something. We have been writing slowly and reading social media and what few news reports we can find. Saturday, Shabbat, is not the easiest of times to receive reports, but some is getting through. There have been additional rockets fired, one home has been struck but fortunately the family has escaped, one woman has been reported to have been seriously injured and the barrage remains off the international radar. It is only Israelis being inconvenienced and there has been no war started against Hamas and Islamic Jihad and Israel has obeyed the rules and not struck anything vital and has avoided hurting any of the world’s precious little Palestinian friends.

 

Let us talk about something which is seldom mentioned. That is the economics behind these attacks. These rockets being fired out of Gaza are inexpensive ranging from a mere tens of dollars to potentially possibly as high as a thousand dollars for their highest range and largest rockets. Then we look at the Israeli side of this economic equation and we find that each interceptor costs approximately fifty-thousand-dollars each. As Israel has very probably intercepted dozens of rockets, that would likely require anywhere from exactly two-dozen to as many as several dozens of these Iron Dome interceptors. This runs the cost of this one day of protection for all Israeli citizens from half-a-million-dollars to as high as two-and-a-half-million-dollars. Yes, what you read is accurate and is also the major differentiation between the two sides. Hamas and Islamic Jihad both receive or steal from supplies provided into Gaza by Israel after it has been checked for weapons and certain military use materials. Still, Israel is consistently forced to permit tons, literally tons, of building provisions such as cement, concrete, steel, aluminum and others which Hamas and Islamic Jihad take over ninety-percent of these provisions leaving the Gazans without sufficient materials to rebuild their shattered lives. Hamas and Islamic Jihad use these materials to construct bunkers, tunnels, underground rocket firing positions and infiltration tunnels which Israel largely (if not entirely) detected and destroyed which simply drove Hamas and Islamic Jihad to simply build more believing Israel has just been getting lucky.

 

This theft of material and other criminal activities conducted by the Gaza terrorists is what is causing the financial, economic, societal and environmental collapses and the destruction of those items most necessary for life. There have been reports that virtually all ground-water in Gaza has become undrinkable and may soon reach the tipping-point where it will become unable to support normative forms of life. This has been a direct result of a total disregard for the people, their health and the environment by those who rule in Gaza. This has nothing to do with Israel. Some Gazans, when they are assured of having total anonymity, have expressed their desire for Israel to takeover Gaza such that their lives would improve. Similar reports have also come from the areas under the Palestinian Authority. Many Palestinians are becoming very sick and tired of having their lives destroyed by the very people who are supposed to care for them. In Israel there are some who also call for the retaking of Gaza and of all of Judea and Samaria removing the terrorist infrastructure and remove the terror leaders who are behind much of the terrorism. In Gaza the children are trained in school to hate Jews and Israel and are indoctrinated into believing that if they give their lives while murdering Israelis they will go to heaven and live a life they could only dream of living. Mahmoud Abbas has gone further by paying the Palestinians for murdering Israelis at such a rate that their family could live comfortably on such a stipend. This will eventually have two effects, numerous families, eventually a majority, will rely on these payments for their support. Both societies are dysfunctional and becoming worse and less stable. The governances are unstable as they steal from the economies slowly destroying the society and all which is dependent upon a solid and steady economic stability. These kleptocracies are destroying their societies through their steady theft of resources draining resources as the leadership enrich themselves. Despite the Palestinian Arabs being the most well-supported groups receiving far more aid than any other group (see graph below), despite the receipt of the greatest amount of aid by the Palestinian Arabs, outside of the terror leaders and criminal gangs, the people themselves are amongst some of the poorest. That is far more accurate in describing Gazans while there are some who have found a means of enriching themselves through shrewd dealings but the average Palestinian leads a meager life compared to their counterparts within Israel.

 

Graph of Aid Money to Palestinian Territories and other needful locations

Graph of Aid Money to Palestinian Territories and other needful locations

 

What is further troubling about the rockets out of Gaza is that they are occurring in the immediate aftermath of the establishing of another ceasefire. It has become the signature of almost every Hamas agreement to the imposition of a ceasefire. For their firing rockets, launching incendiary kites and balloons, shooting at IDF units and other offensive attacks for hours beyond the official time set for the ceasefire, their hopes are that Israel will react strongly and then they will scream to the European Union, the United Nations and to countless NGO’s pointing at the Israeli breaking of the newly established ceasefire. The fact that Israel was responding to Hamas, Islamic Jihad and other violence against Israel is considered inconsequential as attacking Israelis using terror is considered a normal activity and thus must be understood, not reacted upon. The world basically desires for Israel to simply take whatever punches are dealt to us; while were they attacked by one-thousandth the terror in a single attack on their nation, then they would be screaming war and demanding blood. But Israel is supposed to tolerate the terrorism against us. After all, did not Israel build the most awesome interception system called Iron Dome? That keeps you safe as we have noticed and the poor Gazans do not have such a device. This is not Israel’s fault as Hamas and Islamic Jihad have spent more on terrorism than Israel spent in the development of the Iron Dome; so it is obviously a matter of priorities. The Israeli priorities are the safety of their people and the preservation of life while Hamas and Islamic Jihad invest in destruction and deal in death, both their own people and Israelis. Hamas and Islamic Jihad use the death of Gazans as a weapon against Israel and use all their funds in attempts to develop means of destroying Israel. Hamas and Islamic Jihad claim they love the land but their every act appears to be attempts to completely destroy that same land. But what is the worst are the actions of the world in their demands that Israel absorb all the terrorism thrown at her while allowing every other nation to react militarily against any group perpetrating terror violence against them. That is the worst of all the double standards Israel receives. It is completely uncovered in that Israel is forced to accept rockets launched into her territory for the hours ensuing the initiation of a ceasefire as if the ceasefire actually states that Israel cease hostilities at some adopted time while the terrorists get to continue shooting at Israel for a number of hours after the onset of the ceasefire. This double standard is unsustainable.

 

What the world is unaware of is that many Israelis are becoming sick and tired of the double standards and being a punching bag. Many have come close to the end of their patience and others have reached the end of our wits. Prime Minister Netanyahu, Bibi, is the master at doing as little as required to get around actually addressing the situation. His reluctance to act has thus far worked to continue to allow him to remain as the Israeli Prime Minister. The fact is that Bibi is seen as the most capable to protect Israel from much of the world including those hotbeds of anti-Israel, anti-Zionist and anti-Semitic activists such as the United Nations and the plethora of organizations it supports. While Bibi is pretty much safe from any challenge from the left, something this past election proved as he faced what many in the media predicted was going to be his final comeuppance. Where Bibi is vulnerable is from a competent leader with the correct view willing to propose ending the terrorist governances threatening Israel from within her borders. A candidate who would inform Mahmoud Abbas and the leaders of Hamas and Islamic Jihad that no longer would Israel tolerate their terrorism nor would it tolerate their subjugating their people to line their pockets. A leader who promised a new day where Israel would no longer tolerate terrorism of any nature and if necessary was willing to take over the regions and replace their terrorist leadership. The main idea which would cause a challenge for Bibi is somebody finally coming out and credibly laiding out the plan to address and end terrorism either by the Palestinian Arab leadership otherwise Israel will take all the steps required to end these threats. All Israel requires is just such a leader, if only we knew where to find such a person.

 

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April 22, 2019

Terror Strikes Sri Lanka

 

Already the death toll has been reported to be approaching three-hundred and is likely to exceed that number when the final count is known plus approximately five-hundred have been wounded after three churches and three hotels were targeted with explosions this Sunday in Sri Lanka. The hotels struck were the Shangri-La, Kingsbury Hotel and Cinnamon Grand; all of which are high end luxury hotels favored by tourists, specifically European and other Western nations. The churches attacked were St Anthony’s Church in the capital, St Sebastian’s in Katuwapitiya, north of Colombo, and local media has also reported a church in Batticaloa in Eastern Province (maps posted below). The targets are obvious, western tourists and Christians attending Easter Mass. We pray that these are the last of such on this day so holy to much of the world. Yet another attack has been reported at a house in Mahawila Gardens, Dematagoda which caused an ensuing fire.

 

Sri Lanka Map Displaying Terror Strike Locations

Sri Lanka Map Displaying Terror Strike Locations

 

 

Central Colombo and Terror Bombing Locations in the Capital City of Sri Lanka

Central Colombo and Terror Bombing Locations in the Capital City of Sri Lanka

 

There is no mystery to why terror strikes holy places on the most holy days of the year. In military jargon, these are target rich environments, when your main two goals are to murder as many infidels as possible and causing fear around the world for as many people as possible. The next question would be, why Sri Lanka. One reason is that the terrorists have easy access and another is these attacks will make the news across the world potentially causing some to forgo Easter Services this year. To some in Islam, this would prove a lack of faith and devotedness by Christians thus proving to them that Islam is the superior religion, the more powerful religion.

 

There have been signs that the Arab and Islamic world, the ones the mainstream media always adds the classification of extremist or other denotation implying that they are not “real” Muslims. But Muslims are encouraged to attack non-Muslims, specifically Christians and Jews (some fatwas include Buddhists and Hindus as well as any idolater, agnostic, atheist or any unbeliever essentially as they have expanded definitions in the Quran over the years broadening the areas and regions which are to be brought under Islam. Eventually, Allah has promised that Islam will be the only religion practiced on the Earth. We found these definitions explaining the difference between offensive Jihad and defensive Jihad and under what conditions each is practiced. Assuming we read them correctly, every Muslim leader is required to employ offensive Jihad against the Kuffar such that there would never be the need for defensive Jihad as the Muslims would always be the aggressors which would so terrorize the Kuffar that they would live in abject fear too frightened to attack the Islamic regions because of their greater strength. From what we read, the Muslims are either performing offensive Jihad to sufficient levels, otherwise they will face defensive Jihad. This would imply that Islamic nations which border any non-Islamic nation, they are either to make periodic attacks, at least once or twice each year, so as to place the fear of the Jihadists to such a point that these nations would never even consider attacking their Islamic neighbors. What if their neighbors had no intention of ever attacking their Islamic nation? This would be interpreted as proving any offensive Jihad was working exactly as in the Quran and the Hadiths. This is a self-fulfilling set of prophesies as if an Islamic is attacked, it is punishment for not being forceful enough in their offensive Jihad and if they are not attacked, that is because they have fulfilled their required offensive Jihad.

 

The terrorist attack in Sri Lanka is not an isolated case. Across the world there have been a consistent number of terrorist attacks mainly on Churches, Synagogues and Temples. There is the ongoing war waged by Boko Haram against the Christians and Animists in the regions centered on Nigeria but spreading across the entirety of the African Transition Zone (see map below). It was in response to these attacks that the French deployed troops to Mali to assist in preventing an Islamic takeover of that nation by force. The problems in Somalia are threatening of spreading into Kenya and there is still ongoing violence by the Sudan against the breakaway nation of South Sudan. Many of these internecine wars have existed for years and have simply become more intense over time. This violence is in addition to the tribal warfare still going on across Libya. And the violence between Islam and the rest of the world is not limited to Africa.

 

African Transition Zone

African Transition Zone

 

Terror has become a worldwide epidemic reaching into virtually every nation. In France over five-hundred churches have been firebombed or otherwise attacked since 9/11. The number of attacks worldwide is absolutely astonishing as depicted in the map below. We believe the yellow dots are domestic terror attacks such as the referenced “lone wolf” terror attacks while the red are parts of international terrorism. The numbers of attacks are indicative of where Islam is targeting. Currently the concentration has been in the Western world, specifically the regions under Judeo-Christian influence and the regions neighboring Muslim countries. Watching the news, one does not get much of a feel for the frequency and near universal direction where these attacks have targeted. The media attempts to cover up terrorism by downplaying the attacks. Often, as soon as such violence is perpetrated the media and the applicable law enforcement agencies including, or especially, the FBI immediately claiming that the attack definitely is not terror related. Then, after a few days when the news of the attack is all but forgotten comes the admission that it was indeed a terrorist attack. This is already counted as old news as the attack was days ago and the media has moved on thus the admission becomes back page news buried deep in the paper.

 

Terrorism Attacks 1970-2015

Terrorism Attacks 1970-2015

 

Eventually, the terrorism will reach such a point that it will no longer be something which can be ignored or minimized. When the people finally call upon the government to stand up and actually act to prevent these attacks. The people will demand that the government not only address the terrorism within the national boundaries, but to attack the sources and remove the people who are behind the attacks wherever in the world they may be found. Until that point is reached, these attacks will continue and only increase in frequency and severity. When will the world finally take the spreading terrorism seriously? Not until it becomes such a problem such that it can no longer be ignored. Government seldom take care of problems when they might be easily addressed but wait until the problem becomes impossible to leave along the side of the media coverage and becomes central to the news cycle as it has risen beyond any reason. This is a growing problem that will be pushed aside and the claim that it is beyond their ability to address as the government will wait until the people are willing to accept further curtailing of their freedoms in response to the attacks. The government never wants to address problems until they can use the problem in order to gain additional power depriving the citizens of rights such that the government gains more control. The government will demand that the people grant it additional power and accept restrictions to their freedoms before they will finally act and accept that the problem exists. Some places have already reached the point where they had no choice but to address the problem such as Israel, African Transition Zone, India and a growing situation across Europe. The United States is trailing Europe by a mere five years or there about. How long before this reaches a head? We wish we could tell you but that is beyond our ability of prognostication.

 

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