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February 22, 2019

Israel – Sometimes You Have to be the Majority of One

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There has been a fair amount of talk, of discussions, a few arguments and much unnecessary bending of the truth about the future of relations between Israel, the United States and the whole of the Western World. This reached a boiling point recently over the allegations recently stated and tweeted by Ilhan Omar claiming that the Jews buy the support for Israel when she tweeted that support for Israel in the United States was “It’s all about the Benjamins baby,” and, “Israel has hypnotized the world, may Allah awaken the people and help them see the evil doings of Israel,” and after demands were given from Democrat Party leadership, she made a unimpassioned apology. Unfortunately, Ilhan Omar is not the problem, she is but the very tip of an ever-growing iceberg throwing frigid cold on support for Israel on the far left. With the drift of American politics inexorably shifting leftward for over a century, what is on the far left today will be a centrist view within a decade or two at the most. We have seen how Europe has drifted away from Israel as fully on display at every United Nations vote to sanction or condemn Israel, an unfortunate reality all too often on display. As for the remainder of the world, the Group of 77 (a bloc of 134 developing nations) just unanimously chose Palestine and its dictatorial president, Mahmoud Abbas, to lead the group for 2019. On January 15, 2019, Mahmoud Abbas addressed the group at the handover ceremony where he stated in his acceptance speech, “Terrorism takes place worldwide on a daily basis. It is an epidemic and I therefore call on all countries of the world to cooperate, to put an end to terrorism, to uproot it.” This coming from the arch-terrorist who authorizes payments to terrorists and their families commensurate to the number of Israelis they murdered and maimed, who implores his people to murder Israelis in the name of Allah and whose entire government is designed around the support of terrorism. Abbas was the man who arranged and transferred monies which paid for the Munich Olympics terror attack on the Israeli Olympic Team. The belief that terrorism is a joke and something which can benefit one with great wealth and all commemorations for the victims of terrorism is just an event which is just so amusing one must grin as the Cheshire Cat from the adventures of Alice down the rabbit hole. We know you demand proof of such a defaming, or in his own admissions, credit, attack on the integrity of Mahmoud Abbas, so below is a picture of him at the memorial rally for the murdered of Charlie Hebdo as well as those at the Hypercacher kosher supermarket. The only item on the mind of Mahmoud Abbas at the memorial march was getting camera time and expressing his glee that he was permitted to participate in this event as it simply would play well in the media. The smirk on his face tell the whole story of this terrorist in a suit.

 

Mahmoud Abbas smirking while at remembrance rally for Charlie Hebdo in Paris after terror slaughter of a dozen writers and cartoonists for the satirical magazine.

Mahmoud Abbas smirking while at remembrance rally for Charlie Hebdo in Paris after terror slaughter of a dozen writers and cartoonists for the satirical magazine.

 

But Mahmoud Abbas, like his predecessor Yasser Arafat, is all about terrorism and the drive to destroy Israel. The fact he has been awarded the semi-prestigious position heading the Group of 77 is more a commentary on the sad state of world affairs than it is about Abbas. This is a club representing the majority of the nations of our little planet. This singling out of Israel, the world’s sole Jewish majority nation, while many other nations with more serious problems affecting the world is, at the very least, problematic. What is seldom reported are the times Israel has gone literally around to the other side of the globe to assist people they have little if any relationship with simply because they were suffering after a natural emergency. We have a YouTube video below of a CNN reporter who was in Haiti to report on the desperation the Haitians faced after their devastating earthquake made all the more treacherous by their brick and mortar structures which largely collapsed. What she found and was pointed to by her initial interviews was the Israeli field hospital. She gives a very brief view of the Israeli station, something which has been edited and drastically cut since its original posting, we are unable to find the original, but the one nurse states plainly that if not for the Israeli field hospital, they would have lost numerous more patients. This is far from a single episode as the IDF has units in one command which are expressly trained and equipped to handle natural and other emergencies and they often respond and are on site and operating within twenty-four hours of the event. The Israeli searchers were the first to reach Nepal and the last group to leave after their earthquake. They visited a small village while assisting in the Philippines after a severe typhoon ravaged the islands which had never received any assistance or even seen a representative of the Philippine government, let alone anyone else before the Israelis arrived. The Israelis left behind a fully stocked health clinic with monitors and other equipment and sent people back to train the villagers on the use of the technology. The Israeli disaster teams often leave the structures they erect fully stocked and often with equipment and later return with personnel who train the physicians, nurses, technicians and the leaders and more educated people of small villages where medical personnel is barely a step above a medicine-man. Below the video is a map depicting the locations of IDF Field Hospitals throughout the world up through the first half of 2015. For additional inspiration, if required, Israel 21 provides an interactive world map which can be set to show the different varieties of aid and the locations receiving aid and the reason if needed which is honestly jaw-dropping. But the world acts as if Israel is the problem.

 

 

Locations of IDF Field Hospitals throughout the world up through the first half of 2015

Locations of IDF Field Hospitals throughout the world up through the first half of 2015

 

Israel aids nations and areas which are distressed, including the United States after Katrina and Sandy, a pair of particularly damaging hurricanes. So, many nations send aid all over the world. The difference is that Israel is quite a bit smaller than most of the other nations. The only means of depicting such is a comparative map which we made comparing Israel depicted to size compared to Great Britain, the United States, Australia and India (see below). We have learned through comments and even some insults, such as Israel has taken over much of the Middle East, an outrageous a statement as one could imagine, that there are many people who believe that Israel is the size of America or at least larger than most European nations. That is about as preposterous and plain wrong as one can be. The fact that Israel often manages to perform tasks and leave her mark in such an obvious and unmistakable impression that people are led to see Israel as much larger and populous than she really is. According to United Nations statistics, Israel is the one-hundredth largest nation by population and the one-hundred-forty-ninth largest nation by area while having approximately thirty-fifth highest GDP per capita and is considered to be the eleventh happiest nation in the world. Those figures hopefully give a more balanced view of Israel, the not quite super-power nation. We understand the fact that Israel has repulsed attacks by several Arab nations who were attacking her in coordinated fashion and that this has led to a warped view of Israel as being larger and far more potent militarily and otherwise than she actually measures when done scientifically. Further, the numbers of developments, medicines, treatments, agricultural advances and other scientific and economic accomplishments also add to this image, but Israel is actually a tiny nation geographically. Even should Israel retain all of the Shomron (disputed territories formerly illegally occupied by Jordan from 1949 until the June 1967 Six Day War) Israel would still only be approximately fifty miles in width.

 

Four Maps of Great Britain, the United States, Australia, and India with to scale map of Israel super-imposed for comparison on each map depicting her actual rather than perceived size.

Exactly How Small is Israel
A Comparison Against Four
Well Known Countries

 

The IDF has estimated that it would take an invading aircraft a mere few minutes after crossing into Israel proving ill intentions before they would be overflying Tel Aviv, Israel’s largest metropolitan region, and would reach Jerusalem in half that time and Jericho in seconds. Another reason Israel feels she has to retain control of the Jordan River Valley and the cliffs overlooking this natural geographical defensive position against ground assault is made obvious in the image below depicting this barrier. Further, the cliffs above would provide Israel with positions for RADAR systems used as an early warning system of aircraft approaching from the east. The arguments for annexing the Golan Heights, which Israel officially did on December 14, 1981 are virtually identical to those for the Jordan River Valley and overlooking cliffs plus as a defensive measure to prevent Syrian snipers from shooting at farmers in the Galilee valley and other agricultural regions near the Syrian border. What the world refuses to consider is that Israel, except for the Judean Hills, which are part of the disputed territories, and Golan Heights is mostly flat coastal plains. Without the disputed territories, Israel around the Tel Aviv metropolitan area would be a mere nine to twelve miles wide, less than the width of Washington D.C. which is barely over fourteen miles. This is part of the reason finding an agreeable position which balances the Israeli military and land use concerns with the Arab demand that Israel be erased from being ruled by Jews and become an Arab majority nation after the influx of over five-million ‘so-called refugees’ who are spread throughout the Palestinian ruled areas and the surrounding Arab nations is necessary.

 

Cutaway View of Tactical Advantage and Necessity of the Jordan Valley and Judean Hills for Defending Coastal Plains and Israel Alongside the Mediterranean Sea

Cutaway View of Tactical Advantage and Necessity
of the Jordan Valley and Judean Hills for Defending
Coastal Plains and Israel Alongside the Mediterranean Sea

 

Despite Israel’s lack of size and being greatly outnumbered by the surrounding Arab World, Israel has never requested for any other nation to fight with her in any of the wars she has been forced to fight. The United States did provide, at their insistence, crews to operate the wide-band over-the-horizon RADAR System they loaned Israel, but that was to prevent Israel getting too close to the advanced technology provided by the United States. Apparently, the technology transfers, including military technology such as the complete schematics and programs for the Iron Dome Systems, only flow in one direction for the most part. That was fine as Israel developed such a system. Israel even gave the United States an upgrade for the F-16, rear-view mirrors. On the military and defensive front, Israel prevented Saddam Hussein and Iraq from producing nuclear weapons by destroying the French provided Osiris-class nuclear reactor on June 7, 1981, which would have permitted Iraq to have had nuclear weapons before the First Gulf War, something which then President George H. W. Bush thanked Israel. Israel was condemned by President Ronald Reagan after the attack as the State Department and Intelligence Agencies had assured the President that Saddam Hussein was not pursuing nuclear weapons. Israeli intelligence services disagreed with that conclusion which was more based on promises by Saddam Hussein. Israel performed a similar raid preventing Syria from developing nuclear weapons when Israel bombed the Al Kibar site on September 6, 2007 preventing them from producing nuclear weapons. This was a North Korean designed and built reactor which the United States refused to act claiming the building was not a nuclear reactor. North Korea condemned the Israeli action as ten North Korean nuclear scientists were allegedly killed, but it was not a nuclear reactor, really, it wasn’t, RIGHT! Israel also managed to remove half a ton of secret nuclear documents from central Tehran in under six and a half hours detailing the entirety of the Iranian nuclear programs including likely vital information of which many of these were the sole record thus sending the Iranian nuclear scientists scrambling to recollect and do the math for configurations and other specifics from the program. Israel would be very hard pressed to actually perform a similar strike to prevent the Iranian or North Korean nuclear programs, though STUXNET computer virus did destroy a fairly large number of the Iranian advanced centrifuges. But a military strike would be problematic, but surprises are one thing Israeli has been very adept at performing, but some things might be that one-step too far.

 

F16 with After Modification Rear-view Mirrors

F16 with After Modification Rear-view Mirrors

 

These and the many inventions, assistances provided, emergency service in times of disaster around the world, preventing nuclear proliferation, providing intelligence to the United States and others who are incapable of accessing Middle Eastern nations and in almost countless other areas and ways, Israel is the majority of one. We described a number of areas where Israel has produced benefits which she has given to the developing world, many of the nations being members of the Group of 77 mentioned earlier. They were included in our article Were Israel Ignored by the World where we included a plethora of links. Israel could be referred to as the little nation that could, and then did. Israel realizes that she will often be that singled-out nation if for no other reason than she is the State of the Jewish People. Israel is the only nation in the world with a Jewish population that is above five-percent, and actually is majority Jewish. Israel is the only nation in our region where the people enjoy freedom of religion, freedom of speech, equality under the law, freedom to work in any profession in which you are trained, universal voting rights for her citizens, political freedom and a host of other freedoms, rights and liberties. The Palestinian Arabs are not suffering because of Israel as the ones in the Shomron are ruled by the Palestinian Authority and Mahmoud Abbas who has refused to hold elections for a decade and a half, and ruled by Hamas in Gaza where they don’t need no stinkin’ elections as Hamas knows best who should be in charge. Those are the real and truthful reasons that the Palestinians have not voted in an election. They do not vote in Israeli elections for a very simple reason, they are not Israelis nor are they ruled by Israelis. Germans do not vote in the elections in the United States, Britain, Russia, China or anywhere other than Germany. If Angela Markel were to declare herself Chancellor of Germany for life, then Germans would no longer vote either. That is kind of what Mahmoud Abbas has done making himself President of the Palestinian Authority for life, Chairman of the PLO for life, Chairman of Fatah for life, President of the Popular Resistance Committees for life, Head of the Palestinian Central Council for life, President of Palestine for life and who knows how many other posts he holds for life. Palestinian Central Council recently recognized Mahmoud Abbas basically as President for life officially, so not all of these are made tongue-in-cheek, they are serious. Israel, on the other hand, is a parliamentary democracy which operates under the rule of law where all are equal under the law. Despite this, Israel is constantly called-out for presumably having a double-standard with two classes of people, Jews and often it is just Arabs and other times it is Jews and everybody else. All Israelis, Jews, Arabs, Druze, Bedouin, Muslims, Christians, Baha’I and any others all have the same rights, period. But Israel will always be singled out until the world finally realized that Israel is a blessing and is unlike other nations in so many wonderful ways, which makes her a majority of one as far as we are concerned, and hope you get a chance to visit and you will very likely reach the same conclusion.

 

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February 11, 2019

The Gaza Conundrum

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Israel faces threats on virtually every border. From the north in Lebanon, Israel faces the Iranian proxy terrorist group Hezballah. Over the past decades, Hezballah has gained in power to the point where they are on the cusp of ruling Lebanon exclusively. Additionally, Hezballah has been armed by Iran with more than one-hundred-fifty-thousand rockets, missiles and other indirect fire heavy weapons. Hezballah also potentially could take control of the Lebanese army which would provide them with heavy Abrams Battle Tanks provided by the United States and numerous other heavy weapons as discussed here. To the northeast on the other side of the Golan Heights the threats to Israel are Iran, their Quds Force and the IRGC armed with Iranian provided rockets and missiles all while Iran is attempting to place within what remains of Syria their own forces to control Syria just as they control Iraq. To the south is the Sinai Peninsula which is a training base and regions where numerous terror groups take refuge safe in the fact that no Western nation is going to enter and fight them within any region belonging to Egypt. Some of the groups taking refuge in the Sinai include the Muslim Brotherhood backed Hamas, Islamic State, al-Qaeda and numerous other lesser-known terror groups. These groups are a threat to both Israel and Egypt, more-so Egypt, and have attempted to strike across the Israeli border and have killed numerous Egyptian troops guarding the border with Gaza and in other locations including terror attacks of Sharm El Sheikh. To the west is largely the Mediterranean Sea which initially may appear harmless but too has been the route for infiltration of terrorists which the murder of Jews is their only thought as happened in the 1979 Nahariya attack, a truly horrific example of the hate against Israel. Additionally, to the southwest is Gaza, the region which Israel disengaged from completely in August and September of 2005 leaving it for Mahmoud Abbas and the Palestinian Authority. They soon after lost it in a coup to Hamas and Islamic Jihad who are currently aided by Iran. You probably noted the one thread which connects almost all of these threats, Iran. This is all part of the Iranian intent to destroy Israel, something they repeat regularly including holding huge rallies where the throngs chant, “Death to Israel” and “Death to America” in a manner reminiscent of the two minutes of hate from George Orwell’s novel Nineteen Eighty-Four. Some have adopted the idea as their view of President Trump, possibly the only person who might be more reviled than Israel, just not in Israel.

 

President Trump and Intersectionality’s Two More Years of Hate

President Trump and Intersectionality’s Two More Years of Hate

 

We decided to use Gaza as the example for a means of ending these terror threats against Israel. The difficulty is any Israeli leader who would take this advice would be denigrated, reviled and eviscerated by much of the Israeli media and virtually all of the world’s media, especially those under government control. This might be part of what tears at Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu’s mind preventing him from implementing the principles from his book Fighting Terrorism where he advised the use of overwhelming force to utterly crush any terrorist threat making even thinking of making use of terrorism seem suicidal. This was also his basic message in his speech to the United States Congress on September 12, 2002, a year and a day after the 9/11/2001 terror attacks on the Twin Towers and Pentagon with another attack thwarted aboard flight 93 by the passengers who brought down the plane within which they flew. What is the strangest thing and also puzzling is how to reconcile the Bibi Netanyahu who wrote the book and the Bibi Netanyahu as Prime Minister of Israel over the last decade, and expected to win another term potentially overwhelmingly. Completely contrary to his writings, the tactic he has permitted, possibly encouraged, is often referred to as “mowing the grass,” by which it is meant fighting a limited engagement against Hamas in order to cripple their ability to continue their attacks against Israel every few years as required. This is supposed to be walking the tightrope between world condemnation for overt use of force and unacceptable levels of attacks continuing against Israel. The actual losers to this use of minimal force necessary for temporary quiet are the citizens of southern Israel who are on the receiving end of the initial attacks continuing through until Israel acts and ends the attacks, but often for less than a year and sometimes just a few months. Then the attacks begin again with the Israeli citizens in the south being the first struck suffering near continuous attacks with only minimal respite.

 

We have spoken about the methodology by which targets appear to be selected when engaging Hamas. Israel limits their strikes solely to the rocket launchers, control centers, bunkers, and other Hamas and Islamic Jihad centers used for attacks. This leaves the central control complex untouched as it sits in the sub-basement of the Al-Shifa Hospital in Gaza City (see picture below). For the record, we would never believe that striking the Al-Shifa Hospital or similar structure to be permissible, but that would not rule out taking over the hospital or similar structure and eliminating the central control center including the top personnel of the terror forces ensconced within, which has them feeling invulnerable and completely protected from Israeli attack. This form of using return fire to decide most of the targets leads to condemnation from all quarters of the world despite the restraint used by the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF). The very unfortunate result from this targeting is that the apartment blocks and residential areas where most of the poverty stricken Gazans reside is the destruction of their homes, businesses and complete disruption of their lives. Yes, the United Nations, European Union and a plethora of other entities have provided the necessary building supplies for the reconstruction of these buildings. This accomplished little to relieve the suffering of these Gazans but did provide Hamas with great quantities of construction equipment and provisions with which they build up their terror infrastructure, extended their tunnels throughout Gaza such that they almost never need move above ground from emplacement to emplacement, and provided ample provisions for their infiltration tunnels under the border into Israel through which they had planned for kidnappings of civilians and using them to infiltrate and attack on IDF positions from all directions including from behind their lines. Fortunately, Israel has detected and destroyed most, hopefully all, of these tunnels. Just for the record, many nations including quite a few from Europe, are once again screaming that Israel must permit for the supply of building materials in order for the Gazan’s homes and neighborhoods to be rebuilt. Perhaps those making these demands should first try and figure out why those buildings destroyed in the first Gaza war have yet to be rebuilt, and then perhaps they might be less willing to demand that more building supplies be allowed to enter Gaza, unless their intent is actually to try and assist in the destruction of Israel.

 

Gaza Al-Shifa Hospital

Gaza Al-Shifa Hospital

 

The other ramification from this method of targeting is that the houses and recreational areas of the wealthy and the leadership of Hamas and Islamic Jihad as well as those who have made much of their wealth through smuggling weapons and other provisions which Hamas taxes heavily providing them with more revenue which they invest in their personal wealth as well as building more rockets and launchers and other tools of the terror trade. The result is there become two Gazas and two sets of Gazan society, those who stand protected residing near the leadership away from the rocket launchers and those who provide protection for the rocket launchers paying the price of the actual fighting (see image below). Hamas refuses to repair any of the destroyed buildings for a number of reasons. First is that they need all of the building provisions for their terror infrastructure, terror tunnels and bunkers. Second is that after each war they pretend that the destruction from the first is new and thus it makes it appear that Israel has done far more damage then actually resulting from the latest conflict. Third is it provides excellent propaganda footage in claiming that Israel is refusing to permit rebuilding and has stolen the building supplied rather than permitting them into Gaza. Fourth is it provides disgruntled people who are told repeatedly how it is the fault of the Israelis that their homes were destroyed and their hate should be focused on the Jews, something that many are prone to believe after years of propaganda rivaling that of the Nazis in form. Fifth and lastly is it provides them with malleable youth with a chip on their shoulders, anger in their heart, a predisposed hatred of Jews and Israel and a readiness to join Hamas or Islamic Jihad and extract vengeance against the people who ruined their lives and are refusing to allow a world lining up to help to have the opportunity to do so. Much of the propaganda fed the people in Gaza is done through the education system which gets full backing from UNRWA who mostly hires Hamas and Islamic Jihad terrorists as their teachers and administrators of the schools and cooperates fully with the programs provided by the terrorist leadership. If this were a perfect world, those whose homes have been destroyed by the wars provoked by Hamas and Islamic Jihad would rise up and take their vengeance on those who are actually impoverishing them and not vent their roiling hatred at Israel who is not denying the rebuilding of their homes as they have permitted building provisions in innumerable times. Here are some articles on Israel permitting or preventing construction materials into Gaza for your reference, some friendly and some adversarial towards Israel. Gisha, Jerusalem Post, Israel Foreign Ministry, Human Rights Watch, Mission of Israel to the UN in Geneva, B’Tselem, and Morocco World News 

 

The Two Gazas with One Pristine and the Other Ravaged

The Two Gazas with One Pristine and the Other Ravaged

 

There would be another means of addressing the Gaza situation which would have extremely different results, and the results might prove most favorable for the impoverished Gazans and Israel. The advantages, and we feel we better list them first before we upset people, would be the permitting of Gazans to elect their own governance and choose what form of governance they prefer. This was allowed once back when Hamas was assured that they overwhelmingly would vote for Hamas, as they hated the incompetence and corruption of the Palestinian Authority. Since that election, there has not been another despite Hamas changing the leadership twice. The initial leadership of Gaza under Hamas left and went to live in Qatar where they were welcomed along with the billions of dollars they had “earned” off of terrorism and foreign bankrolling their occupation. The leadership of Hamas, along with the wealthy people who mostly have made their wealth by providing for the terrorist entities to smuggle in weapons, rocket motors, ammunition, explosives and the other required elements including people, live separately from the areas they cause to be destroyed. Egypt, back in 2014 (image below), decided to put an end for the time being to the smuggling operations by demolishing homes along their border with Gaza on the Gaza side and numerous tunnels which were revealed. Surprisingly, the world sat in silence to the Egyptian demolitions, the same world which almost blew a gasket when Israel performed a similar operation on a far smaller scale previously. The areas where these leaders reside are never utilized for launching of rockets, as they do not desire for their homes to become targets for Israel. This is a large part of the reason that they do not fear waging war against Israel. Their safety is all but guaranteed as the European Union, United Nations, numerous human rights groups and others who simply despise Israel have combined to demand that Israel not employ targeted assassinations of Hamas and Islamic Jihad leaders including those directly responsible for planning terrorism against Israel. Responding to these demands and attempting to minimize world uproar demanding the prosecution of Israeli civilian and military leadership if such policies were to be reinstituted. This unfortunate situation is partially responsible for the regular and incessant attacks from Gaza simply because those who make such decisions are never made to pay a price and those whose lives are made to pay the price provide the fertile ground producing those willing to die if they can kill some Israelis in the process. This is also what needs to change if the terrorism originating in Gaza is ever to be prevented and the Gazans ever to realize normalcy.

 

Egyptian Forces Destroy Rafah Homes on Border with Gaza October 2014 (photo credit: REUTERS)

Egyptian Forces Destroy Rafah Homes on Border with Gaza October 2014
(photo credit: REUTERS)

 

The answer to the threats from Gaza, potentially Lebanon, and even from Iran, is to make those who initiate the terrorism and other attacks upon Israel, as Hezballah has become a complete military force organized and trained like any national military, is to actually destroy their ability for making war and the leadership which decides to make war. When, as it is not a case of if, another round of violence out of Gaza, which is guaranteed by the mow the grass tactic, Israel needs to change their entire policy and psychology of how to conduct the war to receive the desired end to the Hamas and Islamic Jihad, and any other, terrorism and attacks. The targets need not be the regions from which the rockets are fired, though when striking the rocket and other attack positions this can be done with smaller explosives, but instead strike the areas which are important to the leadership. Israel knows where they reside, where they shop, where they go for entertainment and everything which provides for them an easy life which the wealthy of Gaza enjoy. The malls, fine restaurants and their homes can be targeted making them also share in the price of war. Wars are never ended by negotiations; they are simply postponed. Wars are won when one side no longer has the desire or ability to fight effectively. Israel should dispatch one of their elite forces to take the Al-Shifa Hospital and detain or kill, depending on the level of their resistance, the elites and upper echelons of Hamas and Islamic Jihad who hide under the beds of hospitalized Gazans. Israel could simply use demolition crews to destroy the homes of those responsible for the violence after assuring that their families are removed from the structures. That would be in keeping with not needlessly killing those considered to be innocents, though these are people who are living the good life in the funds garnered through terrorism. Mowing the grass needs to be replaced with mowing the leadership, and it does not to be targeted assassinations; it could be the direct result of fighting the conflict and targeting the people at the top. In any normative war, each side targets those most valuable from the other side. For Hamas and Islamic Jihad, and most of the other groups fighting Israel, they target what we hold precious, the innocent civilians. Our enemies claim that every Israeli is a military target because their existence in Israel is an affront and form of violence against Islam and the Palestinian Arabs. Of course this is simply their way of excusing their targeting civilians while Israel attempts to target only military targets which too often results in desperation for the Gazans. Israeli leaders and many politicians from the left, and even the right, claim that if Israel were to actually fight Hamas and Islamic Jihad, or our other enemies, as if it was an all-out war the world would protest and really be angry and upset with Israel and we could face ramifications.

 

We are not sure if they have noticed, but the BDS Movement and numerous other groups and NGO’s as well as nations as well as the numerous organizations such as the United Nations, Group of 77 and European Union amongst others already despise Israel and condemn Israel at every opportunity. The United Nations Human Right Council opens every meeting issuing a condemnation of Israel; the United Nations every November 29th issues a condemnation of Israel as well as at numerous other opportunities throughout the year; UNESCO is slowly claiming that Israel has no connection with the Jews or our history as why allow facts to get in the way; UNICEF condemned Israel for the state of children in the area under Arab rule; the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women condemned Israel over honor killings in the Palestinian Authority ruled region and Gaza which is ruled by Hamas and we could continue this list for another page or two; so how can anybody claim that the world is not already doing almost all it can to destroy Israel. If we are going to face condemnation, at least make it over providing for the safety and continued existence of our tiny little nation. Hamas, Islamic Jihad, Hezballah, Iran and all the rest of the world which is directly involved in the attempts to destroy Israel are only getting stronger every time Israel acts timidly and with restraint. Restraint does not project strength, final and total warfare projects strength. Yes, we realize this makes us sound hardhearted, but were we to destroy Hamas and Islamic Jihad and retake Gaza, the buildings would be rebuilt, the Gazans would have a normal economy and not one where the vast majority of financial power is diverted to terrorism, and in the end the Middle East would not be any the worse off. Israel is not the center of the violence in the Middle East. Israel is not responsible for the war in Syria, the violence where Turkey is slaughtering the Kurds, the violence in Iraq where Kurds and Sunnis are being hunted, the violence in Yemen, the wars across North Africa, the instability in Libya, the ongoing warfare between the Sudan and South Sudan or any of the rest of the violence being waged throughout the Middle East. Much of the violence is of direct or indirect result of Iranian attempts to establish their hegemony over the Middle East and potentially beyond.

 

Perhaps the world would be better served if they took off their everything is the fault of the Jews and their state of Israel and addressed the real problems which would stare them in their faces were they to stop pretending it is all Israel and broadened their vision from their current tunnel vision which is laser focused in the lands surrounding Jerusalem and Tel Aviv. Israel is the one bright and productive spot of the Middle East, not the cesspool of violence and hate they pretend it is. Israel could provide the brightest of futures for the Arabs currently trapped under the corrupt, terror prone leadership provided by Hamas in Gaza and Mahmoud Abbas in the Palestinian Authority rules. The Arabs who are citizens of Israel enjoy all the privileges, economic independence and the good life which is available to all Israelis no matter their ethnicity, religion, gender, sexuality, disability or sexual orientation. Were Israel to extend rule over the entirety of the lands promised her by treaties west of the Jordan River, she could grant all of the Arabs resident alien status which would permit their voting in their local elections but just not in Israeli national elections as was granted to the Arabs of Eastern Jerusalem. That might just be the best solution which could only be enacted once the terrorist infrastructure was defeated and removed, then life could begin anew for the Arabs facing deprivations imposed by the terrorist leaders.

 

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December 30, 2018

Strange Games in Israel Played

 

Some Israelis who live near the Gaza, Lebanon, Egyptian or other borders play an odd game while going to bed and fall asleep. This game is more prevalent for those residing on the ground floor. They listen intently to the sounds working their way through their pillows and into their ears to be discerned by their brains. Is that sound reverberations from the heater or air-conditioning, the vibrations of the computer fan whirring at its higher speed, the vibrations of trucks hitting speed bumps or terrorists digging an infiltration tunnel under their bedroom. This summer the IDF also played the game of whack a tunnel. They used secret technologies and located dozens of Hamas tunnels which were exploded which destroyed millions if not billions of Euros in cash and provisions to construct. The same Euros which were intended for reconstruction of the ravages of previous wars, repair roads, water works, electrical generation and distribution and aid their economy which has suffered greatly from the dedication of their rulers, Hamas and Islamic Jihad, to terrorism and the destruction of Israel. That was the summer and now it is fall. This fall and probably into the winter, the IDF is playing that same game on the Lebanon border. Thusfar the IDF has located four or five such tunnels dug from Lebanon under the border into northern Israel which have since been demolished. We can only guess which border the IDF may find more tunnels invading into Israel from her neighbors. The border with Gaza is being updated with a version of fence which reached into the ground many meters standing as a barrier in the opposite direction from the fence the Gazan rioters are constantly threatening to destroy in order to swarm into Israel on a murdering spree where they are wildlings killing whomever they meet. Then there are the problems which no defensive wall, fence or obstacle can prevent, mortars, rockets and missiles. Hamas and Islamic Jihad have likely thousands which can reach well into Israel and Hezballah has over 150,000 rockets and missiles many of which can reach anywhere in Israel. All of these terrorist forces are allied and under the direction of Iran. Iran, that is the real threat to any possibility for peace in the Middle East and perhaps well beyond.

 

These games are not really games; they are very serious business and very real threats. The world conveniently ignores these threats while they continue trading with Iran providing the Mullahs with a steady flow of funds. The aid they send to the Palestinian Arabs pays for those tunnels out of Gaza. Their money infused to the Palestinian Authority allows Mahmoud Abbas to have his ‘pay to slay’ program driving increasing stabbings, vehicular homicides and other forms of terrorism targeting Israelis. To all too many of the Europeans, the terrorism in Israel is deserved because the Jews actions beg for the Arabs to desire to murder them. But the terrorist acts in Europe are the fault of the Israelis because the Jews make the Arabs want to murder Europeans. At the United Nations, all the terrorism in the world can be traced back to what Israel has done and the wars, as the old trope states, are the fault of the Jews and thus caused by Israel. The growth of anti-Israelism, well, not growth but continued exploding anti-Israelism as well as anti-Zionism and anti-Semitism worldwide, are just another symptom of the spreading of an illness in the world. There is an old belief which is best stated as, ‘Hate which starts with the Jews, seldom ends with the Jews.’ The reality is that it is not really about the Jews, it is about hate. That is why hate of the Jews seldom ends with the Jews because there are and never will be enough Jews to contain the growing hate. Hate, once set free to seek targets often starts with the most vulnerable group, always a minority of which the Jews are one of the smallest, and as it becomes more accepted in the public sphere, then something begins to be evident as the hate spreads and grows, that initial minority is incapable of being the only target for the hatreds. This then spreads the hate further and includes the next minority to target. Highlander was a story which tells one what the result of these various hates lead to as people give their hate reasons because hate without reason is an abomination, this means, since those doing the hating, that their hate must be based on reality, on a logical means of reasoning, thus those they hate are impure, imperfect, diseased or whatever makes their hate meaningful. Once people start to weed out those who are beneath their expectation, then as time flows, the bar is raised and eventually it will be raised to a point that some who were once amongst those doing the hate to those who are now derided and the target of the hate and in the end, there can be only one.

 

In the End there Can Be Only One

In the End there Can Be Only One

 

Israel has found part of the answer for the missiles and rockets and other projectiles in the Iron Dome systems. The problem is that Israel would require so many of these Iron Dome systems that it would become cost prohibitive. Even further on this scale is the fact that each interceptor costs around fifty-thousand dollars while the rockets they prevent cost approximately fifty to one-hundred dollars. One does not need to be a genius at mathematics to see where the problem will arise. This is almost a universal problem when it comes to defensive systems compared to even the most simple offensive weaponry, the cost of throwing objects at an enemy are always far less expensive than the systems which defend against these projectiles. Israel is almost always on the defensive, and there is a real and ugly reason, the rest of the world. Israel could use offensive weapons which are equally inexpensive to persuade Hamas and Islamic Jihad in Gaza and Hezballah in Lebanon from launching at Israel. Israel could simply fire three or four or more rockets back at those who are firing at Israel with similar disregard for where or how close they land. This would even allow Israel not to do trajectory tracking for their response, just simply you launch three, we launch a dozen. But the world would immediately start screaming that this was collective punishment because Israel was not only targeting the terrorists but merely launching without any concern for who was struck. You see, the world is incensed should Israel kill a single Arab by mistake while targeting terrorist forces. This perpetuates the terrorists using human shields as then they can show pictures of dead innocents which the world can become enraged over. This is partly why Israel spends so much in order to prevent any dead innocents, or as few as possible. There is another reason; Israel actually cares more about Arab lives than their own governments care. Thus, Israel invests trackback targeting, Iron Dome, David’s Sling, the Trophy System and other defensive systems for protecting civilians as well as IDF soldiers. Israeli defensive systems are used by numerous nations around the world. Inventing these defensive systems consumes quite a number of brilliant engineers, considerable brain-power which could be better utilized for inventing items to help all society and not simply to protect against violence.

 

What is interesting is that Israel has been developing new technologies which can be utilized to protect people from terrorism and other threats. Soon people will be looking at many new inventions out of Israel. Some they will be looking at these systems as the system looks back at them. One might even look at people and be able to tell who is a terrorist and who is not. We could continue to list these new developments one at a time, but for convenience, here are ten surveillance systems developed or in development by Israel. These are but the tip of the iceberg of discoveries which branch across numerous different fields and sciences. As these systems are developed and their potential is fully applied to all fields and purposes, there will be both positive and negative usages. Those which protect the innocent from criminals, terrorists and other vicious intents are going to be great. Those used to monitor the people looking for those specific things which show those who are discontent with the way their lives are going and thus most in need of counselling or potentially being sent to reeducation camps. These technologies, like all technology, can be used for the betterment of mankind or the subjugation of mankind. They can be utilized to benefit the people and empower them or used to categorize people and empower government at the expense of the people. We can predict that much of the technology coming from Israel will be beneficial by making air travel and other forms of travel safer, make places where robberies are common more easily identifying potential robbers allowing for security to be activated, facial identification used to hunt for criminal elements making them more readily detected in a public crowded area, and other algorithms which will be capable of making different determinations from video data. Some of these same systems will also eventually be used in medicine just as medical X-ray went from medical use to security use at airports except some of these will go from security usage to medical usage. In the meantime, Israel will continue in making inventions which will make collateral casualties and damage less likely and rendered minimal by making weapons more accurate and targeting far more accurate. These advances will benefit all of mankind in the future and make life better for everyone.

 

Beyond the Cusp

 

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