Beyond the Cusp

June 22, 2018

Why Not Simply Face Facts


Let’s start with something simple. The Oslo Accords were originally set to provide a path to the ultimate peace within five years. Oslo II extended that another five years when one year was left in the original. That is a total of nine years and then the Oslo Accords and Oslo II applied from 1993 through 2002. When Oslo mercifully died, George W. Bush presented the Roadmap which was a three-phase plan which would design peace by the end of 2005. This too failed miserably as the intransigence of the Palestinian Authority was absolute. Then came the most wrongheaded brilliance ever imagined from the State Department and proposed by Condoleezza Rice. This was the Gaza Disengagement which revolved around two main things, first the Palestinian Arabs were to have elections for their Palestinian Legislative Council and second Israel was to pull everyone from the communities to the IDF from the Gaza Strip. The theory was that by having open elections allowing Fatah and Hamas and anyone else to freely run that Hamas would be relegated to almost no power losing in the popular elections and then the Palestinian Authority could use Gaza to showcase the wonders they could produce if given the opportunity. Well, Hamas won the elections, the split in the Palestinian Arab people became more pronounced, the greenhouses worth tens of millions of dollars were ripped apart to make rockets and because they were Jewish. The end result was Hamas taking complete control over Gaza and using it for attacks on Israel with complete disregard for the people, the economy and the world still believes that the Arab society is one. As far as what peace plan is in effect currently, there isn’t one. The Palestinian Authority has refused to even meet or speak with Israel since George W. Bush was in the White House. There was not a single meeting during the eight years when President Barack Obama was in the Oval Office. President Donald Trump has said he hopes to present the Deal of the Century once he has weighed all the options and found a path to resolve the intractable situation.


What have seen the balloons floated through leaks and other means? Well, there has been the suggestion that perhaps instead of Mahmoud Abbas, Saeb Erekat and the Palestinian Authority, engaging Jordan, Egypt and Saudi Arabia in some arrangement and having them rule over Areas A and B as denoted by the Oslo Accords. The sole concept remaining from that time is what will be done with Area C. Areas A and B would likely be consolidated such that they are contiguous with many of the main roadways being shared with Israel as these roadways are essential in connecting Israel communities, cities and workplaces. President Trump has stated numerous times that any solution would have to be acceptable to both parties which the media has interpreted as meaning the Palestinian Authority and Israel, but that may not be the case. The recent rejection of anything President Trump presents and complete rejection to even meet with President Trump’s negotiating team by Saeb Erekat, has resulted in the Trump administration demanding that he be replaced. This was met by an immediate reply by Erekat that he is indispensable and will never be replaced and that it is Trump who has caused the problems by moving the American Embassy and becoming a pawn of the Israelis. The Palestinian Authority has thrust down the gauntlet at the feet of President Trump stating in actuality that Fatah and the PLO are more like Hamas than they are to an agreeable people who are willing to meet Israel in any deal. This was the PLO, Fatah and the rest of the Palestinian Authority doubling down on their payments to terrorists and their families, being fully supportive of the Hamas violence and returning to the Arab maximalist demands for the elimination of the Zionist Entity (their name for Israel). They also want the Jews to either accept living under Arab rule as Dhimmis or sent to any place which would accept them or annihilated with the last being their preferred final solution. This is the current reality for as long as Hamas, Fatah, the PLO and Palestinian Authority are left as the leadership for the Arabs residing in Gaza and the Shomron (West Bank as it was renamed by Jordan). That leaves very little maneuvering room and add to this that Mahmoud Abbas, Saeb Erekat and the other leadership have ruled any plan from President Trump rejected upon arrival and reject the United States as a neutral mediator demanding that the United Nations General Assembly or other world body inclusive as the General Assembly to be the final deciders. Anybody who has followed the consistency with which the General Assembly decides one-hundred-plus to a mere dozen at best and thirty to forty abstentions against Israel realizes the impossibility of internationalizing this process and believing that there is the slightest chance that Israel would survive the process.


So, where does this leave the entire predicament, and it is a predicament if one is going to address this in any normative means. The first thing one need realize and internalize is that the Palestinian Authority was dissolved on January 3, 2013, by Mahmoud Abbas when he declared that he was establishing the Arab State of Palestine. This was accompanied by their changing all their official documents to read “State of Palestine” and Mahmoud Abbas declared himself President. This move invalidated every applicable document, plan and decision made over the past five plus years which mentioned Palestinian Authority which should also include numerous denunciation of Israel in reference to Israeli steps taken against the Palestinian Authority as one couldn’t act against something which no longer exists. Further, this declaration brings to an end any and all agreements between Israel and the Palestinian Authority and these agreements would need to be reestablished if they are to be valid and made between Israel and Palestine. Further, every act of violence by Palestinian Arab terrorists are now grounds for a declaration of war if Palestine is meant to be an actual nation. Also, all Palestinian Authority offices around the world including in Washington D.C. and the United Nations are no longer valid and should be shuttered. Further, the representative for the Palestinian Authority no longer represents a real and existing entity; the United Nations must discharge him from all duties. Finally, Palestine would need to reapply for membership or observer status at the United Nations before they could bring any new motions and any motions brought over the past five years need be invalidated, as they had no entity with which to bring these motions. This also ends all debate over the two state solution and things from there start to get very interesting.


The realities of the situation with Palestine and with Hamas bring everything into an interesting place. We have no doubt that a nation called Palestine would receive recognition, and already has, from a great number of nations of the world including many in Europe. The question now is what are its borders with Israel? The common knowledge of facts on the ground and agreements would permit the nations of Palestine to claim Area A and need to negotiate with Israel over the division of Area B and they would have no claim to Area C. This is resultant of the original divisions under the Oslo Accords where Area A was under Palestinian Authority, the predecessor from which Palestine would receive their validity, control while Area B was under joint Israel-Palestinian Authority control and Area C was under complete Israeli control. If Mahmoud Abbas really desires to claim that the Palestinian Authority has been laid aside and replaced by a nation called Palestine, that is fine and Israel should immediately annex all of Area C and deport any and all Palestinian Arabs into Areas A and B. Then the state called Palestine can decide whether or not they care to discuss the division of Area B, the right of way permissions for roadways which would now lie in the respective nations and other arrangements. This would be to their advantage, as would their making very sure they do not make any moves which might be interpreted as an act of belligerence which might result in a state of war with Israel. Also, this state of Palestine had best take measures to prevent any act of terrorism from their citizens against Israel as that could result in an impasse where a state of war might result. Perhaps Mahmoud Abbas might best reconsider that declaration and do so with urgency.


This leaves President Trump with really no viable options as by becoming a nation, actually two nations, the Palestinian Arab leadership has left no room for negotiations. This has become a three way state of war with Israel in the middle and Hamastan in Gaza in an obvious state of war and Palestine encroaching, with assistance from the European Union (see image below), into Area C which is Israeli sovereign lands currently under military rule but which could be placed, and should have been long ago, under civilian Israeli law and annexed freely and formally into Israel.


Illegal European Union structures bearing obvious EU Identification signs

Illegal European Union structures bearing obvious EU Identification signs


There have been calls in the past for a three state solution and if we are to take everything as it stands, that is exactly what we have. Israel disengaged and literally gave away Gaza with no guarantees or reciprocity and the Palestinian Authority lost it in a coup to Hamas who along with Islamic Jihad and support from Qatar and Iran currently rule that area independent from any other authority. With the current rioting and threats to the border and the launching of incendiary devices across the border destroying thousands of acres of forests, game reserves and fields, a state of war has been declared by Hamas who openly calls for the eradication of Israel and the death of every Jewish person on Earth. Palestine has refused to negotiate the outstanding differences they have with Israel and has claimed lands which belong to Israel. At the very least, they lay claim to parts of Jerusalem, an area which Israel has annexed and granted the residents special citizenship permitting them to vote in municipal elections though not in national elections. Should Mahmoud Abbas and the rest of what President Trump believes and too many Israelis insist on this fantasy of the Palestinian Authority really insist that they have declared independence and are the nation of Palestine, then Israel need only ask them what are the borders. The Palestinian Arab leadership should consider their answer to that question very carefully as Israelis might not appreciate their answer. The result of their overreach could easily be construed as a declaration of hostilities and in such a condition, the smallest act of violence could start open warfare. Wars have been started over far less. Currently, Israel has been far too passive over the war declared by Hamas and friends in Gaza and should begin to respond to this threat by targeting the places the leadership enjoys and even target their homes. The time has come to make those responsible for the hurtful damage to Israeli farmers’ lives and livelihoods and the destruction of crops, forests, wilderness preserves and the threat to Israeli lives pay for their acts of malicious violence. The period of passivity in the face of open aggression only encourages more of the same on an ever-widening scale. The escalation has already begun when they replaced the limited range kites with balloons with greater range. What are our leaders waiting for, Hamas and allies to start attacking with drone swarms all laden with ever-larger incendiaries? The rockets were fired again just a few nights back and we can bet that eventually the rioting will result in rockets and missiles raining down as Hamas is seeking a war in order to show off the pictures of the damage which was never repaired from the past two wars claiming that Israel has made the lives of the people of Gaza a living hell. Hamas is being far too modest; they have made the lives of the Gazan the living hell by diverting all provisions into their infiltration tunnels, making more rockets, and other provisions for their plan to annihilate all Israel. When one knows that there are those who come to kill him, he should rise early and kill them before they have the opportunity to kill him. Hamas and Islamic Jihad are trying their best to kill Israelis within ten, twenty, thirty miles of the Gazan border currently, who knows when they will extend that line another ten miles or more. Is there some unwritten law that until Tel Aviv and the high society people are threatened that Israel just takes whatever Hamas dishes out? Are the people of Sederot and the kibbutzim along the Gaza border expendable? The same goes for the knifing and ramming attacks sporadically from the Palestinian Arabs under Mahmoud Abbas. These attacks are not only encouraged by Abbas but he pays for them very handsomely as long as you succeed and kill Israelis or are killed in the process of your attack. Confessions from the terrorists themselves have stated they were committing acts of terror so their families would receive payments and that they wanted to be killed by Israeli security, police or IDF so their family would live the good life.


There is a sad reality which many Israelis realize and know that the Arab war to disestablish Israel will never end. Even if Israel was to militarily take all of the Shomron, expel the leadership and terrorists and grant the Arabs who desire to remain resident alien status with the potential to someday apply for citizenship, not immediately but in good time, this would not be the end. There would be another leadership which would live in one of the Arab nations calling itself the rightful Palestine government in exile demanding that the world completely extinguish Israel and give it “back” to its rightful Arab owners. They would continue to claim that the Jews never resided in the Middle East and that all Jews are Europeans sent to destroy the Arab lands despite their having expelled almost one-million Jews in the decade after Israel was founded. Somehow, as these Jewish refugees were not placed in camps and left there, they disappeared from history and suddenly the world decided they too were Europeans who were, we guess, hiding in the Arab Middle East and North Africa. Even the Jews who resided in the area which is Israel, mostly in Jerusalem and Hevron, and could trace their ancestry back to the times before King David, they too were declared to be European outcasts. The Arab world will continue to repeat every anti-Semitic slur against the Jews and claiming the Czarist forgery, “The Protocols of the Elders of Zion” is actually historically accurate. Mein Kampf will continue to be one of the top selling books in Arabic and the Mufti of Jerusalem Amin al-Husseini, who spent World War II in Berlin socializing with the Nazi high command and was on the list to be tried in Nuremburg but the British figured he would be better used destroying any hope for the Jews to establish their state, will still be lionized as their great leader against the Zionist imperialism. There will still be articles and cartoons depicting the Jews controlling the world through banks, government manipulations, controlling media and virtually any other conspiracy theory one can imagine, and they have brilliant imaginations. The theory is that as long as the Arabs can make life difficult for Israelis that the Jews are weak just like all the interlopers before them and will eventually surrender and leave like the British, French, Italians, Crusaders, Ottomans, Romans, Greeks (which is funny as the Arabs never fought the Greeks), the Persians (they fought Persia after Persia had been defeated and depleted by the Greeks hundreds of years earlier and never faced the Persian Empire) the Babylonians (they never faced them either) and all others, were there any others, oh yes, the Hebrews also known as the Jews. They cannot include that as it would contradict the Jews never lived here. The Arabs claim it is because they are a desert people that they have more patience than anyone else. Desert people, I seem to remember something about forty years wandering in the desert and as for patience, the Jews waited longer than Islam has existed for our return to our ancient homelands. Sure, they will out-wait the Jews because the Jews do not have the same patience as have the Arabs. That is the first thing they got correct, the Jews do not have such limited patience as do the Arabs who have no idea what patience is. Jews have waited over three-thousand-years and the Messiah still has not arrived, maybe tomorrow.


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