Beyond the Cusp

January 22, 2017

The Clocks Are Ticking Bibi

 

We understand that for a brief period you might slowly back away from your pushing the Two State Solution and replace it with a final ultimatum to Mahmoud Abbas, negotiate in good faith or all agreements are now null and void. Set a deadline like, oh, say the first of July, or perhaps June. Then, when Mahmoud Abbas instead makes demands at the United Nations General Assembly claiming that Israel refuses to negotiate honestly, remind him that technically the Oslo Accords had an end by date which was passed long ago and any allowance Israel has made by not deporting him and his merry band of cutthroats has been good faith times ten. Then remind him of the deadline and that this is as far as Israel is willing to extend the moribund Oslo Accords. Remind him that once the Oslo Accords are made defunct, that he no longer has any authority and his Security Force of enforcer thugs will be disarmed and disbanded as Israel will be reclaiming her weapons and enforcing all Israeli laws about firearm ownership. Further, point out that abiding by International Law that once the Oslo Accords are considered abrogated, that there is no Palestinian Authority and the PLO returns to being a terrorist organization and Fatah has no standing as it only existed to serve as the terrorist party which ran the Palestinian Authority as a dictatorship. Remind Abbas that his term of office ended years ago and that Israel will be holding new election across the areas of Judea and Samaria for local offices in every town and city. These elections will be monitored by Israel and Fatah will not be on any ballots because he and his merry band of thieves are going to be back in Tunis or wherever they can find someplace which will accept them. You might want to mention that Syria is the default location for his banishment so he had best find someplace a little less terrifying unless Syria suits his ideas for the future. That is what should happen and what many Israelis are hoping will happen.

 

President Obama is gone and United Nations Security Council (UNSC) Resolution 2334 is an advisory resolution with no enforcement or even advisory status and the nations who are now committing to boycotts are using UNSC Res 2334 as their cover and would use anything they might ever find, even a call from Mahmoud Abbas or any of his henchmen as reason for boycotting Israel. You will notice their boycotts are selective in that they are only boycotting items which they are able to buy elsewhere and not Israeli technology, medical breakthroughs, agricultural developments, communication devices and all other wonders from Israel and aiming for retail items. Perhaps Israel should start a boycott of the nations who are boycotting Israel by refusing to allow them anything Israeli, except that is not how Israel or the Jewish People work as we try to be a better people by not stooping to the low levels others may take against us. Israel refuses to give up on peace despite everything that has worked to make that overly costly and cheated us of the lands we were promised by the world for over fifty years. We gave peace and the Arab Palestinians every opportunity including the Gaza Strip to show their true colors and their idea of what peace should be. They showed they defined peace as dead Jews, an Israel bombed and rocketed back to the Stone Age and in ruins, a desolate ruin with six-million Jews murdered, preferably in their sleep as that makes them unable to fight back. Whenever they attempted to destroy Israel by force they failed because we fought back, period. Every time Israel made a concession, surrendered control of land to the Arabs or anything else to forge peace we were answered with violence and terrorism. No more as we have had enough and we demand our government give our ultimatum and make peace now or end the farce.

 

When we elected your party we did so because we desired an end to the roundabout of demands followed by terror attacks followed by further demands then terrorism over and over endlessly and we were told that this would end. Then came President Obama and a threat over our heads held by the United States President who had nothing but spite and hate for Israel and religious Jews. He favored Iran controlling the Middle East and Israel a secondary power and soon to be a relic talked of fondly as they always do once the Jews have been defeated. After the Shoah we heard the sorrow and apologies and the claims of “We didn’t know.” The lies and the regrets over the dead Jews when the real sorrow was there were live Jews who were now demanding their nation which had been promised already for twenty years and counting. The British did everything they were able to arm the Arabs who were dedicated to murdering the Jewish State at her birth and who rose up with the Mufti of Jerusalem, the Mufti just returned from spending the war in Berlin and attending the Wannsee Conference where he was considered an advisor and expert on how to address the Jewish Problem. There exist reports which give the Mufti credit with suggesting that the Jews be liquidated completely and requested that when the Nazis conquered the Middle East and allowed him to rule it that they assist him with what would be his Jewish Problem. He definitely organized militias and rear attacks by numerous Arab villages during the war of elimination waged against Israel in 1948. The Mufti of Jerusalem commanded a division called the Arab Brigade which was made up of Arabs who had been living alongside the Jews in the lands of the British Mandate west of the Jordan River. These forces already held most of Jerusalem and much of Judean Hills and Samaria as well as parts of the Galilee and Negev as well as what is today called the Arab Triangle in the southeastern Galilee bordering Judea and were well armed allowing the Arab armies from six nations plus volunteers to gain large swaths of what the world had promised Israel including all of Jerusalem. It took the Israelis most of a year to slowly regain land and open a road to Jerusalem and manage to take the western end of Jerusalem but were unable to take the Old City, Temple Mount and much of the historic Jewish Capital City. When that war was ended we heard again how sorry the world was that they had to allow the Arabs to retain lands which were promised Israel. They then armed the Arabs and by 1967 they were ready to try and extinguish Israel once again. The world was quick to stop that war after one week as it became obvious after Israel surrounded the Egyptian Third Army in the Sinai Peninsula, had taken the Golan Heights and were a threat to Damascus and pushed Jordan from the areas of Judea and Samaria and liberated all of Jerusalem. The world was again sorry that they did not allow Israel to force their enemies to surrender but instead allowed them a noble end to the fighting. Then they regretted but started demanding Israel return land, just land and later the land and now all the land. The world is sorry so they demand to set up a rematch this time with Hamas and Hezballah along with Iran and who knows who else. Bibi, the world is always sorry and we always accept their apology. Let us give them a reason to be sorry again except this time because we asserted to take that which is ours.

 

Mufti of Jerusalem During Nazi World War II Where He Met the Highest Officers And Attended the Wannsee Conference

Mufti of Jerusalem During Nazi World War II
Where He Met the Highest Officers
And Attended the Wannsee Conference

 

There is no more threat coming from out of Washington D.C. and we have a friend in the White House. We need act because any friend in the White House will face pressures from the enemies of Israel and her Jews in the American government. They exist in the State Department through and through and they are at the United Nations and a swarm of hundreds of antagonistic NGO’s plus enemies in the Congress and who knows where else. All of these will begin pestering President Donald Trump making his life difficult and being such a bother that eventually he will simply grant them a morsel just for a moment’s peace. That will be a brief respite before the spite returns and demands another morsel. We must act before he is forced to grant that first morsel because once that has happened, we will have lost our golden opportunity. Opportunities for Israel and for Jews are a rare and seldom held jewel. Often when these rare jewels do arrive we find that many amongst us become timid and worry that perhaps we need consider the ramifications of acting too fast. They demand we stop and debate the best course. They want a plan laid out with every step planned and the i’s dotted and the t’s crossed before even taking that first step. Our enemies do not plan; they simply attack and attack never giving a moments rest to those who try to assist us. They cannot help us more than we help ourselves. When we falter, they falter as they are not going to stand someplace we refuse to stand ourselves. We must stand forth now and make our position known and strongly stated. We must make the alternative to Abbas negotiating honestly and immediately with our relegating the Oslo accords to the trash bin of history where it should have been tossed years ago. Time ran out on Oslo long ago during the last century and Oslo II has also passed its use by date and belongs next to Oslo in that trash bin of history. The lands of Judea and Samaria belong to Israel by International Law and we all know this. Time has come to annex them and unite them with the rest of Israel. The first thing after that will be to extend Israeli law to all of Judea and Samaria and allow for the sale of land by its owner to whomever they please for whatever price they are able to get without any threat of death from their government. We must bring the rule of law equally to the Arabs who have been deprived their true freedom to grow and gain wealth. Within the first six months there should be elections in every town, city, community and hamlet and the disbanding of the Palestinian authority. Mahmoud Abbas and the rest of the officers and Security Forces need be fully vetted and if any link to terrorism is found, then they need to be deported. There is an alternative and that is to hold an open and free election in Judea and Samaria and allow the Arabs to choose leadership. All the candidates must be vetted by Israel and be free from any terrorist ties. Regular Israeli laws must be extended to all of Judea and Samaria should Abbas refuse again to negotiate in good faith. Breaking off negotiations or demanding unacceptable conditions will not be tolerated and there should be a deadline for reaching an agreement or Israel annexes everything. No more the Arabs demand, break negotiations and then pick up demanding additional concessions before breaking off negotiations again and repeating this in efforts to gain everything without giving in on anything. This has to end now.

 

The end must come within this first six months as to expect President Trump to tolerate endless fake negotiations is ridiculous. Making the Israelis put up with terrorists governing Judea and Samaria teaching hatreds raising generation after generation of new terrorists is unacceptable. All of this ridiculous allowing endless terrorism with wave after wave must not be tolerated any further. The time has come and the opportunity with it for Israel to demand an end. We, the Israeli people, your people, we have endured intifadas, rocket attacks in the thousands, terrorists tunneling under our towns and coming up near our schools and kindergartens threatening our children. No more terror and safety for our children and ourselves. We demand life and our government should provide us with everything for the safety of our towns, cities, kibbutzim and every last farmhouse. No more terror, no more rockets, no more intifadas and no more incitement which will grant us life because our enemies are correct, we choose life and we value life. The Arabs likely also would choose life providing their lives were made worth living. Under the terrorist government they suffer, their lives are made worthless and their opportunities are stolen before they can be realized. Israel must change that for them because doing this and giving them freedom and opportunity will change their views and many will choose life for themselves and their children. We must choose life and give the Arabs the opportunity to choose life and make life worth choosing. The real thing that is debated and negotiated is and always has been life, our lives and the chance for the Arabs to live free as well. Now is the time that we can make this be a real opportunity for the Arabs and giving them the opportunity to thrive and be really alive, will make a real difference and that opportunity cannot be squandered. Too many times we have squandered real opportunities and we the Israelis demand this one not be lost. If you are unable to commit to progress and life for all within our lands then please resign and hold an election so we can find somebody willing to act and do that which is required to make good on this opportunity we have been presented. We want to choose life and freedom without the fear of terror which had plagued us since Oslo and shortly before committed to push us to the false Oslo promise which was actually a promise of a slow death. We choose life, end this tracking of death and let us choose life.

 

Beyond the Cusp

 

July 3, 2013

Who Blinks First in Egyptian Stare-Down?

UPDATE: Morsi removed by Egyptian military, with head of the Supreme Constitutional Court Adly Mansour placed as interim President and tasked with forming ruling council and setting up new elections for new Parliament and President.

As if there were not enough explosive conflicts and standoffs around the world with a cluster centered within the ever troubled Middle East with Iraq sliding back into Sunni-Shiite violence with multiple bombings each week, Afghanistan is slowly being subsumed by the resurgent Taliban which is refusing to even talk with representatives of the United States vowing instead to simply wait for the last of the troops to depart so they can retake power; Turkey is facing ongoing Shiite demonstrations and riots; Libya still has residual tribal conflicts preventing any effective unified governance to unite the nation; Yemen has dual civil wars with Sunni-Shiite violence in the north and al-Qaeda terrorism in the south; Lebanon, Jordan, Turkey and Iraq are being overrun by refugees from Syria; and civil war continues unabated in Syria with much of the country virtually destroyed and the death toll well over a thousand innocent civilians just one part of the toll. Now Egypt has entered into a stare-down between the Muslim Brotherhood standing behind President Morsi against the Military each demanding they take control of the escalating situation addressing how to resolve the massive demonstrations threatening to devolve into a civil war. So, let us continue our coverage and attempts to make sense of the threats developing in Egypt and try to identify the probability of a peaceable resolution versus the outbreak of another Middle East civil war.

 

On Monday, the Supreme Council which leads the Armed Forces gave President Morsi until Wednesday to reach a solution ending the strife from the demonstrations and riots between the pro-Morsi and the anti-Morsi factions. Responding to the military’s ultimatum, President Morsi released a statement decrying the military’s declaration explaining it had no authority as it had not been cleared by the Presidency which could only cause confusion and not settle the serious problems. Taking the confrontation into the virtual world, President Morsi released another statement via the Egyptian Presidential Twitter account where he posted, “President Mohammed Morsi asserts his grasp on constitutional legitimacy and rejects any attempt to deviate from it, and calls on the armed forces to withdraw their warning and refuses to be dictated to internally or externally.” I am not exactly sure what the use by Morsi of electronic social media to get his message out is supposed to imply unless his aim was to make a statement that the social media was not solely the domain of those opposing his Presidency. This defines the situation within Egypt’s borders where at some point on Wednesday either one side will blink and allow the other to prevail or Egypt may fly beyond the cusp and into the fiery chasm of civil war.

 

Meanwhile, the situation had claimed between one and two dozen lives and injured hundreds and possibly over a thousand people sufficiently injured as to require some degree of medical treatment. In the city of Minya, in front Al-Rahman Mosque, Al-Ahram newspaper reported that number of pro-Morsi people gathered and marched to Palace Square in order to confront where hundreds of anti-Morsi protesters were staging a sit-in against the recently appointed Islamist pro-Morsi Governor. Upon their arrival the confrontation took a horrific turn when they fired at the anti-Morsi protesters. There report did not include if there were or the numbers of casualties whether injured or killed. Either way, this was the initial use of firearms which very well could be but a precursor of much worse events escalating at some point on Wednesday.

 

Reports on Tuesday claimed the Egyptian military had drafted a political plan which suspends the Egyptian constitution, dissolves the Muslim Brotherhood and Salafist dominated Parliament, and replaces the President and Parliament with an interim council with the Chief Justice taking the lead position staffing the council with civilians from different political backgrounds and experiences making up the body of the council. President Morsi has completely rejected this idea or any other proposal which includes removing him from office or calling for early elections. Morsi is demanding that the current elected government must be allowed to settle the differences finding a resolution to end the demonstrations. He has warned the military to rescind their ultimatum and sworn to resist by whatever means are necessitated should the military continue on their current trajectory. As we stated yesterday, this will be a test which will reveal the truth that the Muslim Brotherhood does indeed possess military arm with which to enforce and support President Morsi and the Parliament remaining in power and resisting the demands for early elections. Thus far the numbers of demonstrators have slightly favored those opposing President Morsi which should be expected as more often than not those demanding changes in governance turn out in greater numbers than those who have no demands or complaints about those in power and their actions. Should violence explode on Wednesday, then we can expect the numbers supporting President Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood to appear in far greater numbers. Add to this that any organized forces which the Muslim Brotherhood probably can call up to utilize as a form of shock troops and you have the makings for the start of another Syria style civil war in Egypt by the end of the week. I guess the Arab Spring has firmly advanced through the Summer and Fall and now we have definitely entered the Arab Winter, a cold long Arab Winter.

 

Beyond the Cusp

 

November 19, 2012

What is the Real Message of Israeli Ultimatum?

Israel announced a thirty-six hour ultimatum after which the IDF will widen its offensive in Gaza should Hamas not ceases firing rockets and smuggling arms into Gaza according to IDF Radio Monday morning. The question this raises is exactly for whom is this ultimatum intended? It cannot be actually intended for Hamas as Israel is fully aware that Hamas is both unwilling and unable to end the rockets being launched into Israel. Hamas cannot itself actually capitulate as to do so would be a sign of weakness and surrender, something Hamas has sworn it will never do. Secondly, even if Hamas were to flinch and cry “Uncle,” the other terror groups who have been contesting to wrest control from Hamas would not end their firing of rockets into Israel, something Hamas has proven unable to truly control. Islamic Jihad and the Salafists head the pack of ravenous murderers who wait for the right moment to portray Hamas as weak and beaten and claim they are the true representatives of the cause and leaders over Gaza. So, even should Hamas claim they have had enough, without allowing for some Israeli assistance they are incapable of preventing other terrorists from continuing the offensive and allowing Israelis to assist in preventing such would be the end of Hamas in Gaza. Israel also has to know this, so why the thirty-six hour ultimatum?

Thus far Israel has had the support, even if at times tepid, from Europe, Canada, the United States and others outside of the Muslim world and those who they hold sway. This ultimatum is Israel’s way of notifying those who have been supporting their defensive moves but have already announced their limit of tolerance of Israeli self-defense to not include any ground offensive placing Israeli IDF troops in Gaza. This has been made eminently clear by the British, French, and European Union for starters. The United States has not drawn a line ruling out such support but has also advised against such a move. Much credit goes to Canada’s Prime Minister Stephen Harper whose support for Israel has been unequivocal and complete. Prime Minister Harper has proven time and again to be a true and dependable friend to Israel and as such should be given great credit and kudos. It is for those who have leaned or announced that their support for Israel has limits and that Israeli defense and protection of her citizens should also be limited to certain actions that should be left by Israel to these other “wiser and more noble” deciders of what Israel is allowed to perform in defense of her people.

What, one may ask, does Israel hope to gain by making such a statement announcing when they would initiate the next phase of their plans? Certainly announcing the hour at which the IDF would presumably begin a ground assault has to be counterproductive. All of that may prove valid, but there has been a reason that this time the Israeli defensive actions have met with any approval by the usual suspects, namely European governments, the European Union, and just about anybody who has come out with a limited and cautious support for Israeli actions thus far. Perhaps this would be the time to note that the New York times, predictably, has not been among those to support any of the Israeli actions and has on their editorial pages portrayed Israeli actions as the cause of the rockets being fired on Israeli civilians rather than the truth that the rockets have been terrorizing increasing sections of the Israeli people ceaselessly since the completion of the Gaza disengagement and Hamas taking control of Gaza from the Palestinian Authority by force. Meanwhile, the reason that the Israeli defensive offensive, Pillar of Defense, has achieved the levels of support which the previous Israeli actions in Gaza called Cast Lead which began in December 2008 and continued into January 2009 has been due to a careful and measured buildup leading into the Israeli actions. Israel began preparing the groundwork and her potential supporters for this action through months of petitions to the United Nations and other loud protestations about the rockets being fired over an ever increasing area of her population. As Hamas began to increase the numbers of rockets Israel increasingly made the appropriate complaints and filed the necessary complaints attempting to use every supposedly available avenue to put a stop to the rockets. Yes, of course the Israeli leadership knew that the United Nations and the rest of the world would yawn and ignore their petitions, but they went through all the appropriate and necessary meaningless steps. Israeli leaders laid the groundwork and gave the world and all its supposed peace agencies time and opportunity to do what was required. As expected, nothing was done and nobody lifted a finger or even seemed to turn an approving ear to entertain the Israeli complaints. Then Israel took the somewhat unprecedented step of inviting the Ambassadors of every country which has an Embassy or Consulate in Israel to a briefing where the Israeli plans were spelled out in plain and calm language and a final notice was basically placed before the world, stop Hamas and make the south of Israel safe allowing her citizens to live normal lives or else Israel would take it upon herself to do so. Nobody did anything and that is how Israel and the world got to this point.

Despite likely making the Israeli case for possibility of a ground assault during the meeting with the ambassadors and such, Israel still apparently had not convinced everybody that such could be a necessity. This thirty-six hour ultimatum is also for those who have stood warning Israel that she must limit the protection she affords her citizens that Israel will claim and take the same exact steps and go as far as is necessitated, just as any of her detractors would in the same situation, and such steps will be made available for use in thirty-six hours. Those who believe that telegraphing when the IDF may begin ground assaults is insane and likely compromises any possibility for Israeli success apparently have never paid close attention to how the Israelis fight their enemies. Israeli enemies use some of the most despicable tactics available by launching their attacks not at military targets but almost exclusively on unarmed citizen noncombatants. They do this while surrounding their weapons emplacements with civilians, often women and children, in order to maximize the number of civilian casualties they can parade before a world that will champion their cause and take their propaganda and amplify it to the world as a means of condemning Israel. Systematically Israel has revealed her enemies use of hospitals, schools, peoples’ homes, Mosques, and any type of presumably protected buildings under the rules of warfare as places from which to launch attacks and place and store their weapons and means of war. Despite all the proof that has been displayed depicting such actions, the world continues to denounce any Israeli efforts at self-defense as barbaric and against all that is permissible under the rules of engagement if her enemies make even the wildest and most absurd of claims.

Case in point was what is still referred to as the Jenin Massacre where claims were as high as five-thousand Palestinian civilians killed and an entire city destroyed. These claims were picked up by virtually every major news source on the planet and broadcast repeatedly for weeks. Eventually, the United Nations conducted an investigation which revealed that there were less than one-hundred-fifty Palestinian casualties and the greater part of those killed were combatants despite virtually every house in the Jenin Refugee Camp having been set as a trap with explosives and other devices and the Israelis resorting to a ground offensive to minimize collateral casualties, even at a higher risk to their own forces, rather than utilizing airpower as almost any other country would have done and simply leveling the entire camp and actually killing many innocents. Despite a United Nations report detailing the truth and vindicating the IDF of any crimes and actually lauding them for taking such extreme measures to limit casualties to combatants, the world still insists that the actions by the IDF were wholesale slaughter of innocents in Jenin.

Once again, in this defense of her citizens, thus far in the attacks under the Pillar of Defense initiative, Israel has utilized munitions with limited explosive charges in order to minimize collateral damage and casualties, targeted sorties which are called off even if it means deflecting a round already fired into an area where it does little if any damage if civilians should enter the targeted area; something often done by Hamas and the other terror entities to guard against Israeli targeting though Israel has used a measured approach where the level of threat is also included in decisions, decisions most countries would never even consider; and is now considering engaging ground forces in order to seek out the hidden underground rocket launchers and all munitions storage centers in lieu of a broadened campaign using indirect fire such as missiles, guided artillery, and guided bombs all of which would greatly increase the collateral damage caused. Opposite Israel’s detractors, the instigation of IDF ground forces is not done in order to increase the collateral damage or to endanger further the lives of the civilians living in Gaza, something that Israel has already been accused of perpetrating even before any ground forces have been implemented, but to keep the civilians even more safe than if airpower and indirect fire were utilized in place of the IDF ground troops. For a first-hand report of an inquiry of the Israeli Defense Forces actions during the past Gaza often condemned actions during Cast Lead, please take a moment and listen to the testimony by a retired officer if the British military who has commanded troops in numerous other places including Afghanistan, the Gulf War, and other combat zones, Col. Richard Kemp. This is the reason that the IDF is sent into harm’s way instead of simply bombing all suspected targets back to the Stone Age. This is also why Israel has literally announced when she may decide that the time has come to use a finer instrument to decrease collateral damage and casualties, to implement the use of IDF ground troops which are amazingly even more precise and practiced in the use of force while minimizing all forms of collateral casualties and damages. This move is all part of the Israeli military concept that they are to inflict only the amount of force and do only the amount of damage that is necessary and to otherwise leave as much as allowable undamaged while still completing their mission.

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