Beyond the Cusp

April 3, 2014

Disastrous Faults Within Peace Process Evident in Catastrophic Collapse

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The fatal flaws plaguing the Israeli Palestinian peace process have been blatantly evident since within weeks of the September 1993 signing of the Oslo Accords when it became evident that the Palestinian tactic of placing demands and preconditions front-loaded on the negotiations forcing the Israelis to surrender, sacrifice and compromise on vital and central issues of disagreements before they will agree to enter negotiations. This has been the main and central tactic used by the Palestinians for advancing their positions and demands safely without the necessity of negotiating honestly or even having to compromise on any of their absolutist demands such as their refusal to recognize Israel as the nation of the Jewish People, demanding the redividing of Jerusalem placing all of the holy sites in the Old City and the Temple Mount beyond the reach of Israelis and the world’s Jewry, Israeli building freezes throughout the entirety of the disputed lands including all of the West Bank (Judea and Samaria) and Jerusalem, their insistence on resettling over five-million refugees and their descendants within Israel using the flood of Arab Muslims to fundamentally change Israeli demographics thus destroying the Jewish majority and defeating Israel through democratic voting at the next election and their demand which resulted in the latest impasse, the release of terrorists including terror masters as well as others who have Israeli and Jewish blood on their hands often having murdered numerous men, women, children and even infants. The exchange which was supposed to be the measure for the continued releasing of Palestinian terrorists was to be progress in the peace negotiations leading to a permanent resolution establishing a stable peace providing security and two independent nations living in peace side-by-side.

 

One might note that the initial indications that the negotiations were doomed to failure became evident when the Palestinians early in the talks began stating red-lines which were basically tailored to refuse or directly counter every position expressed by the Israelis. When Prime Minister Netanyahu mentioned in a speech that just as he had recognized the Palestinian right to have their own state, he insists that the Palestinians recognize Israel as the home for the Jewish People. Mahmoud Abbas held a press conference the next morning to announce his red-line that the Palestinians and the entirety of the Arab world would never recognize Israel as the home for the Jewish People. Abbas went even further claiming that Judaism is a religion and as such was not entitled to establishing a home nation and instead should live within states under the rule of others. When the Mayor of Jerusalem at a celebratory event mentioned the advances and successes that the reunified Jerusalem has enjoyed since June of 1967 emphasizing the more recent advances under his time as Mayor, a Palestinian leader demanded that Israel commit to the dividing of Jerusalem returning Jerusalem to the Palestinians as it was their eternal capital city despite there never having been a Palestinian nation in all of history and no nation for which Jerusalem was its capital city other than the Jewish States over the past three-thousand-five-hundred-plus years. The final stumbling block was the rising angst that arose within much of the citizenship of Israel, with the obvious lack of any progress, the Palestinian obstructionism and refusal to negotiate in good faith, the measurable increase in terrorism, which possibly could have been a result of the terrorist releases leading to mass protests, and a political crisis developed threatening to topple the governing coalition should the final release of twenty-six of the worst terrorists had been executed. The straw that very likely broke the camel’s back was a statement by Palestinian chief negotiator Saeb Erekat positing last month that Abbas was staying in talks solely for the sake of the terrorist releases. This was a major prompting for Israeli officials to reconsider completing the deal for as was mentioned above, the releases were always to have been contingent on real progress in the talks, something the Palestinians have fought to prevent at every turn.

 

Over the past week the recriminations have flown back and forth each side blaming and condemning the other for intransigence and destroying the opportunity for peace. The Israelis released statements condemning the Palestinians for their obstructiveness and threatening to apply for memberships to numerous United Nations and other international organizations establishing their statehood without needing to reach a peace with Israel. The Palestinians continued to insist that Israel release the remaining terrorists, continued threatening to establish their statehood independent of negotiations with Israel through joining United Nations and other international organization, demanded that United States Secretary of State Kerry intervene and force Israel to release the remaining terrorists. The Palestinians even volunteered their demands for extending the negotiations past the scheduled April ending date. They expected that the United States would pressure the Israelis by any means necessary to release four-hundred additional terrorist prisoners including arch terror master Marwan Barghouti, enact a complete building freeze within all the areas the Palestinians claim to have title over, and Israel guaranteeing to accept the “Right of Return” for all five-million plus refugees. Needless to point out that both sides were feeling tense and suspicious with both sides blaming the other for blowing-up any chance for peace.

 

The emergency forced Secretary of State Kerry to make a special trip to try and put the negotiations back on the rails. He held an emergency meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu before returning to Europe for another scheduled meeting fully expecting to return and speak with Palestinian Chairman Abbas. Chairman Abbas did not wait to even hear what Secretary of State Kerry had to say and instead signed the paperwork which sent the requests for membership to fifteen international agencies, some agencies of the United Nations and others were simply international groups. The associations the Palestinian has applied to join are:

1. The Four Geneva Conventions of 12 August 1949 and the First Additional Protocol.

2. The Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations.

3. The Vienna Convention on Consular Relations.

4. The Convention on the Rights of the Child and the Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on the Involvement of Children in armed conflict.

5. The Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women.

6. The Hague Convention (IV) respecting the Laws and Customs of War on Land and its annex: Regulations Concerning the Laws and Customs of War on Land.

7. The Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

8. The Vienna Convention on the Law of Treaties.

9. The International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination.

10. The Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment.

11. The United Nations Convention against Corruption.

12. The Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide.

13. The International Convention on the Suppression and Punishment of the Crime of Apartheid.

14. The International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.

15. The International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights.

 

Letters of accession to the aforementioned international treaties were signed by Palestinian Authority Chairman Abbas and directed to Paul Garnier, the permanent representative of Switzerland to the United Nations, Robert Serry, the United Nations Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, and to the deputy head of the permanent mission of Holland to the United Nations. These actions by the Palestinians resulted in Secretary of State Kerry cancelling his visit to discuss the situation with Chairman Abbas as for all intents and purposes the peace process has been exploded possibly beyond resurrection by the most recent actions and reactions with sufficient blame to allow for the supporters of either side to blame the other. I guess that is the one thing we can expect if nothing else in the near future is flying ramifications, extreme and fanatical accusations, many loud and often nonsensical tirades intended to be understood as well stated position explanations. Below are two examples of such reasoned flowing insanity.

 

Al-Damiri stated in a live PA TV broadcast of him speaking at an event marking the graduation of new officers in the PA Security Forces. “The challenges facing us… drugs. You don’t know how many problems we’ve had these past two weeks… A shocking amount of drugs that the Israeli occupation has spit up and vomited onto our land. A lab was even made in the Tulkarem District. The lab turning marijuana into heroin has been seized.”

 

Housing and Construction Minister Uri Ariel Knesset Minister from the Jewish Home Party criticized the Palestinian Authority Wednesday evening reacting to news that Ramallah had turned to the UN to apply for legitimacy and recognition breaching of the conditions set as part of the setup of the peace talks. Ariel wrote on a Facebook post, “The Palestinians applying to the UN breaks all the rules and we have to respond in kind – by canceling the Oslo Accords, which have only brought terror and murder. The Palestinians have proven once again that there is no reason to give them false gifts, and release terrorists and murderers for a process whose conclusion is well known in advance.”

 

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January 2, 2013

Fear of Netanyahu Implementing Another Disengagement too Limited

One of the major points of contention being exploited against the new Likud-Beiteinu conjoined effort in the coming Israeli elections are based on the theory that if Benyamin Netanyahu is reelected to the office of Prime Minister with a sufficient mandate by the electorate he will implement another disengagement with the Palestinians, this time in much of the West Bank. Theories about how much of Judea and Samaria Bibi will be willing to surrender to the Palestinians is the subject of pure conjecture. The most optimistic estimations claim Israel will retain all of Area C while allowing for a Palestinian State to be formed within Areas A and B while the most pessimistic predictions propose that solely the major blocks around Jerusalem and bordering the Green Line will be retained and anywhere from fifty to ninety settlements approximately may be evacuated, forcefully if necessary. This would result in anywhere from fifty-thousand to one-hundred-thousand Jews to be torn out of their communities and relocated in similar fashion to the forced evacuation of Gush Katif, and we know exactly what a series of disasters were spawned as a result. Unfortunately the truth of the matter may be far more sinister and depressing than anyone might wish.

No matter who is elected to be Prime Minister of Israel in the coming elections, that person will end up facing pressures and situations where the only available choices are bad, worse, and disastrously worse. The problem that will vex and tax the next Prime Minister of Israel will be in the form of attacks on political and legal levels married to ultimatums tied to threats of war, dissolution, abandonment or complete isolation from the rest of the nations of the world. The initial warning came with the announcement of a request, nay, a demand by the Arab League directed to President Obama to do everything in his power to force a solution that meets and satisfies the needs expressed by the Palestinian demands for their borders upon Israel. Even should President Obama choose to ignore this call from the Arab League, the Palestinians have worked in coordination with the Arab League in taking steps, measures, judicial procedures, petitions of world bodies, especially the United Nations, and alliance building in mutual treaties aimed at isolating Israel with nations sympathetic to their cause, including some of the European Union as well as most of the nations in the Non-Aligned Movement. All of these will serve to slowly force Israel into making the concessions or face what may seem to be terrifying consequences. So, it is very possible that it really does not matter who sits in the Prime Minister’s office, they will face such dire consequences that they may see no other acceptable path than to grant the Palestinians their State on the terms dictated to them as reasonable by those nations, institutions, NGOs and other alliances which have joined in the coming storm that will be aimed at Jerusalem. Yes, I mean Jerusalem as control over the Temple Mount and the Old City is as important if not more so as any other demand made by the Palestinians and their Islamic allies because by controlling Jerusalem they hold the beating heart of Judaism and a central node of Christianity and as such, possessing Jerusalem is of tantamount importance for simply psychological and propaganda purposes. For a corollary to what exactly Jerusalem means to the forces of Islam, simply read up on the conquest by the powers of Islam of Constantinople and their conversion of the Hagia Sophia Cathedral into a Mosque, transforming from the largest Cathedral of its time to the largest Mosque in its time.

To those who head their respective parties’ lists and dream of being the next Prime Minister of Israel, I have the following well known and over used admonition; be careful what you wish for, you just may get it. I really feel for the person, whoever it will be, who is chosen to be the Israeli Prime Minister as he will end up facing the most polarized divide of Israelis and have to make decisions which will make one third or more of the population call for his head on a pike. The Israeli population will divide on issues along differing fault lines depending on the subject. Some of these divides are the Secular and Religious; those living beyond the Green Line and those living inside the Green Line; the ones who still believe in the land for peace formula as a valid path to a solution and those who have completely lost any faith in peace by any means; the extreme leftists with the anarchists who support the Palestinians over Israel and those who support Israel above all else; The Ardent Zionists and the Post Zionists; and even many of the old divides found in almost every country such as the well off against the needy. The traumas that could possibly assault the Israeli population resulting from the forces aligning against the existence of a Jewish State may cause new divisions within the population that have never been witnessed before but the one thing which will act as a multiplier of any divide that forms within the public is the media and their drive to cause news and form public opinions rather than provide nonpartisan and purely factual reporting of events and situations.

There is one saving prayer that Israel needs to find is some avenue which would bring the public together and unite them in overwhelming numbers behind the Prime Minister and the government allowing them to represent a united face to the world and enable the Israeli governance to resist the pressures of an antagonistic world. This hatred and antagonism has been building for decades and has been most evident in the changing attitudes of much of Europe which have steadily moved to align with the Islamic forces which have the destruction of the Jewish State as one of their foremost priorities. Another front where a growing antagonism towards Israel and with it a resultant rise in anti-Semitism has been the campuses of universities worldwide and is manifested during the yearly campaign calling for supporting the Palestinians by agitating for countries, organizations and anybody else they can influence to join the BDS campaign against Israel and also impose boycotts, disengagements, and sanction on Israel with the intent of isolating Israel and slowly destroy the economy. The most disturbing occurrences of these efforts within the University communities which aim to destroy Israel, or at the very least remove any vestige of Jewish identity from Israel, are those which occur inside Israel on the very institutions of higher learning where a segment of ardent anti-religion leftists who call for and urge support of the BDS campaigns.

The other confrontation which will assail Israel and be a threat that the next Prime Minister will need to resolve will be a legal assault through some of the most anti-Israel, anti-Zionist and anti-Semitic agencies spawned by the United Nations at the urging of the Non-Aligned Nations, the Arab League, the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC) and others sympathetic to their ideas concerning Israel or the Jewish people. Since the United Nations General Assembly granted the PLO, and thus the Palestinian Authority and potentially all of Judea, Samaria and Gaza, nonmember statehood, there have surfaced numerous threats made by Mahmoud Abbas, other leadership from the PLO, Fatah, Hamas, Muslim Brotherhood and the Palestinian Authority to take their grievances to higher authorities and use various means and routes now made a viable for them to destroy Israel by other than military means. Some such threats may even deserve mention. One of the most laughable was the threat to take Benyamin Netanyahu before the International Criminal Court on charges of committing war crimes. There has been mention of taking a petition to the United Nations Security Council to demand an enforceable motion demanding that Israel return all of the lands beyond the 1949 Armistice Lines that they gained during the Six Day War including East Jerusalem, the Old City, the Temple Mount, the Kotel, and all of the settlement blocks placing them under Palestinian rule as well as requesting the assistance of the forces that would be marshaled to force this implementation to also assure that all Jews were removed by any means necessary. There have been references to the Palestinian “Right of Return” for five to seven million; the number varies from one day to the next, Muslim Arabs to their original homes within pre-1967 Israel along with immediate citizenship thus allowing for a Muslim majority which could vote to totally change the makeup of Israel as the Jewish State and possible vote in Sharia and thus even force the Jews to leave Israel. The ideas and avenues that granting of statehood by the United Nations General Assembly vote has opened up for the Palestinians new and simply fantastic avenues to harass and possible to eventually eviscerate and destroy Israel as it is currently understood. For this reason alone it has become of paramount importance that the people of Israel must come together or they risk losing the country which is the sole place of refuge for Jews should the world once again choose to follow the insanity which has gripped it so many times in history culminating in the horrors of the Nazi camps.

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