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June 17, 2018

Netanyahu Success in Revealing Establishment Europe

 

Israeli Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu returned from his European trip with a few nice souvenirs from the gift shop, a hefty trip ticket, receipts, a few renewed memories and little else. His intended trip to Gay Paris, Merry olde London town and unified Berlin was to attempt to pry these leaders into joining United States President Trump by pulling their support from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). This was going to be a tough sell as these nations are enriching their otherwise sagging economic outlook with what they believe will be substantial economic trade with Iran. Tiny little Israel, despite the fact of her economy being far greater than her size, does not have the purchasing power presently coming from Iran. The problem is that some of these trade items come under dual use equipment as they are utilized in the nuclear industry as well as in medical and other industries. Special blends of steel and aluminum, magnets and capacitors, strobes and filaments, microprocessors and integrated electronics can be used in various industries such as medical lasers, X-ray machines, MRIs and all forms of special equipment used across numerous industries as well as used in the nuclear industry for everything from reactors for power to nuclear warheads for power projection. This is what makes many forms of trade with Iran so potentially precarious.

 

The promise of good relations and a new market was the sole concern for the three M’s, Merkel, Macron and May. The rulers of France, Germany and Britain gave Netanyahu a warm and fuzzy cold shoulder. They refused to advise any changes to the JCPOA and definitely refused to withdraw from the agreement. Their claim was that their nations had given their word in good faith and to break their word was unthinkable. Really? Telling Israel that France, Germany and Britain were seriously concerned about their word being their bond was brazen audacity. We would try to count the times and ways that these three nations have reneged on promises to Israel and to the Jewish People but doubt such is really necessary. But Prime Minister Netanyahu should have known this before leaving which leaves one wondering why he even bothered to try other than to placate the left and be able to at least claim he gave it an effort. The trip may have been to inoculate himself from just another pointless politically motivated attack for pushing Europe away when, according to the critics, the European acceptance is necessary if Israel expects to have a future. Well, that is a nice concept providing you are backwards looking. The truth is that the future for Israel economically, politically, and societally is not looking to Europe and the past but to the future and upcoming nations such as India, China and the working democratic, free-enterprise nations in Africa and South America. But when there are those seeking to attack you, they will blame Netanyahu for the rejection by France, Germany and Britain but had he not approached them he would have been criticized for not going. It is the old you can fail by trying or fail by not trying, either way your failure will be attacked.

 

Israel Willingly Reaching Out to the World

Israel Willingly Reaching Out to the World

 

The reality is that politically France, Germany and Britain wish Israel, and by Israel the Jewish People, would simply be overrun and removed from their consciences. They blame the Jews for surviving the persecution heaped upon them by Christians and the Greeks and Romans before Nazi Germany almost succeeded in Europe. These leaders will make nice statements and even provide security after each attack, but they believe that their future is to adapt and make their Islamic immigrants become good Europeans. The more likely result will be the Europeans with become nice Dhimmis in an Islamic centric society likely within the first half of this century or by the end at the longest. Imagine Britain under Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn, France under Union for a Popular Movement leader Jean-François Copé or Germany under Alliance 90/The Greens Party leader Annalena Baerbock, all heavily pro-immigrant parties and candidates who see the future of Europe as reaching a working alliance with a large percentage of Muslim immigrants welcomed into the nation to replace the numbers of youth not being birthed by native Europeans. Germany (below 1.5 children per woman), France (hovering around 2.0 children per woman) and Britain (approximately 1.9 children per woman) all have reproductive rates below the 2.2 children per woman required to simply have replacement rate. This has been the plaguing problem, with the only reason that these rates are increasing is due to the high birth rates by incoming immigrants, thus since the early 1970’s Europe has been looking at a disappearing native population. This changing demographic has brought on a backlash of anti-immigrant political demographic which has been latched onto by the far right parties. The futures of the nations of Western Europe are being wagered on building their new nation largely upon immigrant populations. This will take them politically further and further from Israel politically and in policy. Israel need accept this reality and come to the realization that though Europe provides markets in the here and now, the future will not be in Europe, at least not in Western Europe. Israel would be better served to work with the former Warsaw Pact nations, assisting them in modernization and build relations with that sphere.

 

Israel has much to offer any nation in developments and new discoveries. These will produce trade relations with every nation willing to trade. As for political alliances, Israel should not be the beggar but rather offer free trade with those nations which whom we can have strong political relations and a shared political outlook. Israel should build relations with nations who are willing to be cooperative and not constantly joining those in the United Nations General Assembly and other institutions of the United Nations condemning Israel in a near constant basis. Israel should announce that her trade barriers would be lowered for those who support Israel and would be raised on those who choose not to defend Israel from undue slanders and denunciations within world bodies. Israel need stop going from nation to nation with their hands out begging for favors. Israel need simply take care of Israel and deal with favor with those who decide they wish to join Israel into the future. Those who desire or act to the detriment of Israel, well, who needs those who show Israel no favor. Every nation has the right to deal with those who befriend them and to avoid interactions with those who do not. Israel, as most nations will do, should trade with those willing to trade unless a nation is amongst those who denounce Israel at every turn. Israel need go forward by building alliances with nations willing to stand with Israel and move slowly but surely away from any which repeatedly join in denouncing Israel. Israel should not expect any nation to bend or act against their economic future to please Israel but on the other hand, Israel need not assist those nations who choose to work with those who threaten Israel as nations we cannot count amongst our allies. Israel should work with allies made and leave the others as neutral unless they prove otherwise, and then they should be shunned.

 

Israel cannot expect anybody to respect Israel more than Israel does herself. This is another lesson which the political class need learn and learn fast. If Israel acts as if she is unsure of what is rightfully hers, then how can Israel expect others to be more assured of such than is she? That is illogical at the start. The initial step in this strengthening of Israel and her stand within the community of nations is to act with assured firmness. Step one is to annex all of Area C from the Oslo Accords in which Area C was left under total Israeli control. The existing Palestinian Arabs who are residing within Area C are doing so illegally under the Oslo Accords. They should be required to sign a non-belligerence agreement signifying that they hold no support for terrorism and no ill will towards Israel and accept residing under Israeli Law. In exchange, they will be permitted to remain as legal alien residents. Those who refuse should be offered reasonable remuneration for their property and allowed to move into Area A or Area B. Once the screaming has dimmed to a dull roar, Israel should invite Mahmoud Abbas to sit down a make peace or lose Area B. We expect that he would balk and instead run immediately to the European Union and United Nations and get as many denunciations of Israel for seeking such a meeting under dire threat. Following such a response by political attack and attempted political ostracization, Israel should simply annex Area B and offer the Palestinian Arabs residing there the same option as those from Area C. Finally, the same procedure should be exercised with Area A, the world should expect the same result, and in the end, we could send Mahmoud Abbas to live in Paris with as many of the leadership as possible with the rest being allowed to leave for whichever Muslim nations will have them. Once Israel has established her eastern border as the firmly and originally promised Jordan River, she can move forward acting as if the world has finally come to grips with its original promises. Yes, there will be a period of adjustment and France, Germany and Britain will be generally put out, but sometimes nations need to do what they need to do. Israel does not exist to make the French, German or British people and governments happy, she exists to be the Jewish State and take whatever steps are necessary for her own future and survival. The façade of a peace process has gone on long enough and it is time to settle things and bring it all to an end. The proper end would be and should be that Israel is entitled to every inch of the lands promised her by the Mandate, by the League of Nations, by the Allied Powers of World War I (it is a very old promise) and by the United Nations who promised as much in Article 80 of their Charter. That is the reality and there really should be little if any argument about this. The Europeans and their World War I allies are aware of the promises, as is the Arab League and every Arab and Muslim nation. It is inscribed indelibly in the San Remo Conference, Treaty of Sèvres, the Mandate Agreements and numerous other places, thus ignorance really has to be willingly adopted. The time has long passed for the grievance mongers to be rejected and sent upon their way into the dustbin of history and Israel to take her place as a nation without question. Those who wish to recognize her may and those with problems may have their problems, these problematic countries should not act as an excuse to deny Israel her rightful boundaries. There were promises, an Arab state was already carved from 78% of the British Mandate, and there is no agreement that a second Arab state followed by a third and a fourth until all the Jews reside in a single building in Tel Aviv is required. The time has come to end the ruse and reveal it for what it is, the dream of politicians around the world to step-by-step disassemble the Jewish State and bring the life of the Jewish People to an end where they become a scattered few who live at the kindness of others. Never Again! That phrase should become the negotiating slogan as Israel takes that which is hers and makes it final. Never Again means that we will take the interlopers injecting their politics to Israeli detriment no longer. That time has arrived and it will not take much longer before Israeli politics catch up and this becomes a reality. Prepare for this and prepare your politics for this as the end of the ruse is coming.

 

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June 11, 2018

Trump Russia Probe is Now All About Israel

 

We know what many are shaking their heads asking, ‘Really BTC, not everything is about Israel.’ Well, true, but let’s dive down this rabbit hole and see where it leads us. The reporting we saw came from an article titled Does Mueller have an Israel problem? Quoting from the initial paragraph, it states the following;

According to The Conservative Review’s Jordan Schachtel, Special Counsel Robert Mueller has exhibited a “disturbing pattern” of suspicion directed against Israel over the years – which continues to this day.

Ominous start, but why not explore the remainder and then all make up our minds. Looking at Jordan Schachtel’s article in Conservative Review titled “Robert Mueller’s Israel Problem,” we read in his first paragraph,

As the Mueller probe drags along into year two of its supposed investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election, a disturbing pattern has emerged. The special counsel has become obsessed with the state of Israel. The former FBI director is deeply suspicious, to the point of total paranoia, that there is a grand conspiracy involving the Trump campaign and transition officials as potential agents for the Israelis.

Is this starting to get a little more interesting yet? Well, we also went through a number of the Daily Caller articles where we finally found the source for the initial intrigue where presumably George Papadopoulos plead guilty to lesser charges in order to avoid the threat from Mueller that he would prosecute him as an Israeli spy. That source was presumably George Papadopoulos’ wife, Simona Mangiante. While looking at the Daily Caller articles on the Mueller Probe, and they apparently are obsessed with this probe, we found this little jewel,

Special counsel Robert Mueller’s team is looking into White House adviser Jared Kushner’s contacts with Israeli officials in the days leading up to the election.

 

Eventually, running all of this backwards far enough and we find the Wall Street Journal article, “Special Counsel Mueller Probes Jared Kushner’s Contacts With Foreign Leaders” where our suspicions were finally verified on what the entire Mueller Russia Probe is all about, the United Nations Security Council Resolution 2334 condemning all Israeli settlement activity beyond the Green Line (the 1949 Armistice Line) including East Jerusalem and everything that entails claiming it constitutes a “flagrant violation” of international law and has “no legal validity”. It demands that Israel stop such activity and fulfill its obligations as an occupying power under the Fourth Geneva Convention. We all remember the claims that President Obama had absolutely no part in the authoring of this resolution, and we agree as it was entirely written in Tehran and was last swipe at Bibi Netanyahu and a conjoined effort by the Mullahs of Iran and President Obama probably with Valerie Jarrett acting as the go-between. So, one last quote from Conservative Review’s Jordan Schachtel,

The special counsel has become obsessed with the state of Israel. The former FBI director is deeply suspicious, to the point of total paranoia, that there is a grand conspiracy involving the Trump campaign and transition officials as potential agents for the Israelis.

 

President Obama probably with Valerie Jarrett acting as the go-between

President Obama probably with Valerie Jarrett acting as the go-between

 

Now we can continue with the rest of this now that we have found that kernel of reality, which binds it all together. Mueller, who is a close friend of President Obama and was hand picked by the Deep State at the Justice Department with high recommendations from then FBI Director James Comey was chosen to lead this expedition as revenge for President Obama on President Trump because Trump had the audacity to make an attempt to thwart President Obama’s United Nations Security Council Resolution 2334 with which he was going to show those upstart Israelis who really holds the power. Can one really believe this entire mess has been a personal vendetta also joined into with the Clinton’s as Trump had just bested Hillary Clinton in an election which was supposed to coronate her as the heir to the throne. One can only be tempted to substitute these characters into the series “Game of Thrones” and debate who is going to have their head chopped off next. Just to set things straight, Mueller would be the Ice King’s dragon sent forth to destroy the normal with the Ice King and the second in command being Obama and Hillary and the Ice Wall was the Constitution of the United States, that which protects individuals from political vendettas. Now back to our regularly scheduled article.

 

We have Papadopoulos pleading guilty to lesser charges after Mueller, the Great Inquisitor, threatened him with prosecution as an Israeli spy. Papadopoulos knows there is virtually no evidence which would link him with being an Israeli spy, but also knows that there are many people out for blood in this matter and he did not desire any of it being his. He probably thought it is better to require a Band-Aid than surgery to treat the wounds he was going to receive. So, he pleads guilty, turns evidence as to whatever Mueller demands and walks away a few months later with all his parts in order. We understand completely, when choosing between a cement truck and a tricycle, you pick being run into by the tricycle over run over by the cement truck. We now know how they got the presumed goods from Papadopoulos to go after General Michael Flynn with misleading the FBI about his conversations with the Russian ambassador about a UN anti-Israel resolution in December of 2016. This is an easy trap to set; you have Papadopoulos swear in a deposition that he heard General Michael Flynn say something simple. Then you have James Comey claim in his deposition that General Michael Flynn also said the same something simple. Both agree that what Flynn stated to the FBI was not the actual truth and bingo, two against one. Now you have General Michael Flynn caught in the Mueller bear trap with the intent of turning him against President Trump and then you have impeachment proceedings to remove Trump, or better yet, conspiracy to alter the outcome of an election to take to the Supreme Court in order to overturn the election results because there was tampering with the vote and really Hillary Clinton won the election. That would really be selected, not elected, the chant we heard back during George W. Bush’s first term in office after the Florida debacle.

 

But there is still the matter of Barack Obama getting his revenge on Trump for attempting to get Russian President Putin to have his United Nations Ambassador veto President Obama’s United Nations Security Council Resolution 2334 against Israel. Well, it failed anyway probably because President Putin, like President Obama, is allied with Iran and as they wrote the resolution, or helped possibly, he had to back his important Syrian ally. What is so very interesting is what has happened since. President Putin was following what then President Obama desired probably figuring that Trump would be a one-term President and a complete fiasco and failure having no influence or power. President Obama had all the signs of power and was the safer bet. Putin likely wishes for a do-over as President Trump has proven to be far more than an empty suit. Nowhere has this been more evident than concerning Israel with the official recognition by President Trump that the United States sees Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and moving the embassy to Jerusalem with great alacrity. That, in and of itself, has all but cancelled President Obama’s Resolution 2334. Yes, we know that President Trump gave lip-service to the moving of the embassy has nothing to do with the final borders the two sides might agree to in the end. With all that has happened in the past year, it has become obvious that it has been the Palestinian Authority which has prevented any steps towards peace to even those who have been asleep for the past fifty years.

 

Further, Mueller, as part of his pursuing charges against President Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner’s part in the attempts to shoot down President Obama’s United Nations Resolution 2334, sent an investigatory team to Israel to speak with as many people who might have had contact with Kushner. This effort was all part of seeing if Kushner might be acting as an Israeli agent which would bring him instantly under charges. They turned over every leaf, combed every paper trail, and still came up empty. Interestingly, quoting once again from Conservative Review’s Jordan Schachtel,

Mueller’s suspicions of Israel — and Jews as a whole — go back to his early days as the FBI director.
In 2004, the Mueller FBI alleged that a massive Israeli spy ring was operating out of the Pentagon. The stunning revelations sent shockwaves throughout the intelligence community, and it was followed by endless editorials painting Israel as a nefarious actor seeking to undermine the United States.
Yet it later turned out that the allegations were completely bogus. There was no Israeli spy ring, but rather, what appeared to be a deliberate attempt to target Jews for prosecution. There were several disturbing instances of the Mueller FBI running sting operations attempting to “tempt Jews” to betray their country. “All turned down the offer,” according to the Washington Post. Mueller’s attempts to lure Jews into a trap failed. The botched operation confirmed the troubling reality that elements of the U.S. intelligence community remained attached to anti-Semitism.

Meanwhile, the investigatory team sent to Israel was tasked specifically to track down the activities of at least two Israeli social media and consulting firms. Mueller and his prosecutors suggested in leaks to the media, something done way too freely by everyone from the Justice Department, that the Israeli firms probably have colluded with the Trump campaign to secure his election victory. After all, it simply could not have been the will of the American electorate, those ones which President Obama once quipped, “They get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren’t like them or anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations.”

 

 

We used to believe the Mueller Probe was largely about overturning the Presidential Election as well as, failing that, preventing President Trump from accomplishing much of his program by hogtying as many in his administration with fighting against seemingly honest efforts to remove Trump from office. This has so catastrophically failed that even many Democrats now see the Mueller Probe as a boat anchor preventing their ship from sailing. Trust that it is more than that anchor as the mainstream stalwarts of the Democrat Party insist on firing their cannonades through the decks and the bottom of the boat which is sinking their hopes for the midterm elections. The Republican Party stands to gain in both houses despite recent efforts by retiring Speaker Paul Ryan to sabotage Republican gains. All the Republicans really need control is President Trump and his Tweeting something horribly offensive or some other unforgivable gaff. Also, the Republicans should do everything quietly and behind the scenes to encourage Mueller to continue full speed ahead and continue leaking like a sieve. The media will take care of the rest, as they cannot help themselves. If they even get a whiff of something anti-Trump, they are right on it and running with it to their ever-appreciative editors. But could we ask one more favor of Mueller while he is running to and fro attempting to chase his personal daemons, could you actively attempt to link Israel with Trump and Russia and spell it all out in the media and throw in a full recounting about how the Israelis foiled you uncovering their spy ring in the Pentagon and how this is all about Israel preventing you from finding the truth about Trump because, well, you know, they control Trump and the government. Of course that would mean they chose you knowing that you are looking for the Israel angle almost as hard as you are the Trump and Russia angle. Keep up the good work, really.

 

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May 24, 2018

Gaza Borders and the Reality of Human Rights

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The United Nations Human Rights Council recently decided to investigate the events concerning the Israeli reaction to the peaceful protests on the Gaza border. There was not even consideration of investigating the violence and attempts to destroy property and swarm the border in order to murder Israelis by the masses Hamas has encouraged to perpetrate these violences along the Israeli border. Let us consider the vote by nations where twenty-nine voted in favor, two voted to oppose and fourteen abstained from voting with two nations not voting (see image below). The nations voting in favor were Afghanistan, Angola, Belgium, Brazil, Burundi, Chile, China, Cote d’Ivorie, Cuba, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ecuador, Egypt, Iraq, Kyrgyzstan, Mexico, Nepal, Nigeria, Pakistan, Peru, Philippines, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates, and Venezuela. The two who voted against were Australia and the United States. Those abstaining were Croatia, Ethiopia, Georgia, Germany, Hungary, Japan, Kenya, Panama, Republic of (South) Korea, Rwanda, Slovakia, Switzerland, Togo and Great Britain. The two nations not voting were Mongolia and the Ukraine. Reading the names of those voting to investigate Israel, most were either Islamic or dictatorial nations with a few whose own human rights actions are of questionable respectability. Those who abstained or voted with Israel were almost all democratic nations whose people enjoy maximum rights and have excellent human rights records. All in all, this vote could be said to be more revealing of the voting than it was of Israel. Let us look into the situation more deeply together.

 

UNHRC Gaza Vote to Investigate Israeli Actions of Self-Defense

UNHRC Gaza Vote to Investigate Israeli Actions of Self-Defense

 

The first item one need consider is what exactly are the driving realities behind the Gaza-Israeli border and the conditions within Gaza. One claim heard is that Israel is responsible for providing electricity, water, gas, and all other goods as the occupying power. Every one of these items is false and anything Israel permits to enter Gaza is a gift granted solely because Israel actually cares more for the people of Gaza than does their government. Yes, Gaza has a government, presumably has utilities and is actually responsible for providing for the people of Gaza. The Gazans elected Hamas to be their governing body. The border between Israel and Gaza is an international border. The electrical shortage in Gaza is not due to Israel reducing the amount of electricity crossing the border, it is because the Palestinian Authority, in an attempt to press Gazans into turning against Hamas and allowing the Palestinian Authority to regain control over Gaza, cut funds which prevented Hamas from purchasing fuel oil for their electrical generating plant. The recent interruption of natural gas provided to many Gazans is due to the rioters on the border setting the pipeline on fire after rupturing the pipeline while also destroying the crossing used by Israel to provide aid to Gaza (see image below). The destruction of the crossing also made the import of goods to come to a halt. These were very likely actions which were planned by Hamas as they continuously tell their people that their problems are all because Israel exists and if they could just destroy Israel they would all live the good life which Israelis live. What the world does not bother to note is that the electricity, water and other utilities, which Israel provides for Gaza and the Palestinian Authority, are seldom paid for and this causes prices for Israel to be higher leading to difficulties for many Israelis. Some Israelis go without airconditioning during the summer and set their heaters at a lower temperature and wear heavy sweaters inside just to make their electricity and gas bills more affordable. The sewage treatment plants in Gaza are left in disrepair despite Gaza being provided with the required piping and cement to repair these systems repeatedly but these items are misappropriated for building infiltration tunnels and bunkers rather than repair of these plants.

 

Gas Pipes Set Ablaze at the Kerem Shalom Gaza Crossing to Israel

Gas Pipes Set Ablaze at the Kerem Shalom Gaza Crossing to Israel

 

There have been no schools or hospitals built in Gaza and numerous apartment buildings remain destroyed and not replaced simply because Gaza places a higher importance on their tunnels and bunkers and less on providing for their citizens. Should Israel be providing the construction of new hospitals, new schools and repairing apartment buildings destroyed when destroying rocket launching pads from the past wars? At this point, allow us to restate that the Gaza border is an international border with the same legal restrictions and implications as the border between any two nations, in this case adversarial nations where one, Gaza, has sworn itself to the destruction of the other, Israel. Also, there is another such border between Egypt and Gaza and there have not been as many demonstrations along the Gaza Egypt border and Egypt has kept that border completely closed to all traffic almost continuously for years. Israel has sent trucks with supplies, tractor-trailer trucks, recently with medical aid considered to be in short supply and desperately required in Gaza and Hamas refused the aid. Additionally, the normal aid convoys were interrupted as the crossing was destroyed by Hamas activities causing Israel thirty-million shekels, eight and one-third-million dollars in repair costs. We found an interesting video on Haaretz, an Israeli strongly left-leaning news source, which gave time to all sides making their points both supporting Israel and blaming Israel that we decided to include despite some ideas with which we have some issues with their presentation of their facts.

 

 

Back to the ideas, we would like to press about these confrontations, and they are not protests and no longer rioting but an actual military confrontation with Hamas using their own population as cover for military attacks. In the past week, anybody keeping abreast have realized that Hamas has made announcement which, to say the least, have been contradictory. One set of spokespeople have claimed they have demanded that their citizens not approach the border fence while others have told them to bring wire and bolt cutters to make a breach in the fence, and others have stated the Gazans should breach the border and swarm across into Israel forcing a direct confrontation with the IDF and if able to get beyond into Israel to, with the words of Hamas leader Sinwar, they would “eat the livers of those besieging” them. He had previously told the Gazans that their boys would “tear out their hearts from their bodies.” (see video below) These are the hopes and aims of the man who rules Gaza and heads Hamas and was the one who called for this attempt to infiltrate Israel. This was his declaration of war and there are Gazans who are now angered because they saw no gains from the price the people paid. They expected something greater and had real reasons to actually expect results, as we will discuss next.

 

 

Sinwar had promised that the border would be erased, the blockade would come down and they would be swarming into Israel murdering Israelis, taking their lands, their goods, their treasure and returning to their presumed properties while gaining everything the Israelis have and assuming their way of life as if even had the Gazans sent every Israeli Jew leaving Israel, they could not continue to have the same standard of living that the Israelis live and have established. They had been given the idea that they were certainly going to completely swarm through large areas of destroyed border fence and were provided maps with the fastest routes to the closest Israeli population centers, towns, kibbutzim and cities also denoting the places where the border fence was to be breached (see image below). Remember, this border fence denotes and international border between Israel and Gaza. Israel does not rule Gaza, has no actual effect on the Gaza economy, and Israel is not by any means stealing virtually all building materials to build terror infiltration tunnels and underground bunkers for Hamas operatives and terrorists only and denied to the Gazan population when Hamas makes active war firing rockets into Israel as in the three Gaza-Israel wars. The infrastructure in Gaza is in disrepair and all provisions for repair have been used for tunnels and bunkers. So there was no border breach and they are not going to conquer Israel slaughtering the Jews as promised. The blockade, a legal blockade approved by the United Nations as Hamas is a terror organization and Gaza is considered a terror state and thus can be prevented from having the right to freely importing weapons and large weapons systems. Hamas and Islamic Jihad have still received advanced rockets and missiles with better accuracy, longer ranges and heavier payloads to have gone from rockets with a five to ten kilometer range and one to five kilogram payload to today having missiles which can reach Tel Aviv, Jerusalem and Haifa with one-hundred and even, it is believed, larger payloads. These additional abilities have been provided largely by Iran which is also sworn to destroy Israel as well as the United States. These are some of the realities which Israel has to face and make decisions, and find some means by restricting the damage to civilians and try to prevent innocent deaths. Hamas, on the other side, wishes to maximize the numbers of innocent deaths to parade before the world which is all but salivating to denounce Israel for not simply rolling over and being killed. So, how does Israel handle these challenges?

 

Hamas Maps Showing Closest Israeli Communities and Directions to use in Potential Attacks

Hamas Maps Showing Closest Israeli Communities and Directions to use in Potential Attacks

 

During the wars with Hamas, Israel would drop leaflets warning civilians of coming attacks, made thousands of phone calls warning of coming attacks and did all they could to warn the civilians even of the time and direction from which IDF troops would approach. I hear the gasp and the question as to would that not also warn the terrorists? Well, of course it would, but Israel believed that this was a small price to pay if it prevented innocent people being killed. When the Israelis sent aircraft to strike a rocket-launching site they would either have the pilot send images of the target site back to Command or a drone would be sent beforehand and send back images to Command and then officers including human rights expert lawyers would decide if the attack would be safe and not risk innocent life to the best of their ability to determine. If it appeared safe, then the attack would be authorized and when a drone was present they could call off the attack should civilians appear close to the target. I hear the question; would this not cause Hamas to use such rules to prevent Israeli airstrikes? Well, Hamas left a large number of women and children on the roof of the buildings they were using for command and control and they placed their central command bunker in the basement of the Al-Shifa Hospital in Gaza City (see image below). Another question is always would this not permit Hamas to set up an ambush for IDF infantry when they know their route of approach? Well, they did and it resulted in a multi-hour battle which all but destroyed the neighborhood and led to what was claimed a great number of innocent deaths which subsequently were proven to be terrorists from the actual battle and thus legal targets. What Hamas does when one of their fighters is killed, they take away their weapons and remove any headdress or other signs that they belong to Hamas and then claim that they are civilians. What is the worst of all possible results is that by having their main command center in the Al-Shifa Hospital, Hamas has made the hospital into a legal military target and thus making it a legal target as it houses a military installation which is why placing any military use inside a hospital is considered illegal and a war crime. Terror groups really could not care less about committing war crimes as such is part and parcel of their day-to-day operations.

 

Gaza Al-Shifa Hospital

Gaza Al-Shifa Hospital

 

Hamas has even made claims that Israel struck with missile fire the Al-Shifa Hospital and the Shati Refugee Camp. Their claim ran into a problem as Israeli Iron Dome tracking systems had tracked the four rockets fired from a mobile launcher. The tracking showed their striking the Al-Shifa Hospital and the Shati Refugee Camp with the remaining two rockets heading for Ashkelon in Israel, which was intercepted, and off into the Mediterranean Sea. For the map showing the tracing use this link. Of course, by the time Israel went through their logs and found the proof that the rockets striking these locations were actually misfires by Hamas themselves came days later after the world and the media had dragged Israel over the coals and through the mud. That is another item Hamas relies on which is best represented by the quote of Sir Winston Churchill stating, “A lie gets halfway around the world before the truth has a chance to get its pants on.” This is even worse today as those lies now get around the world almost countless times, are discussed repeatedly, condemnations made and considered complete and all responsibilities assigned with the United Nations and its agencies already performing several investigations before the truth even finds its pants. From Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice, Act 2, Scene 2, states, “truth will come to light; murder cannot be hid long; a man’s son may, but at the length truth will out.” From this we get the phrase “Truth will out,” meaning that with time the truth will win and become known. This no longer applies as once social media decides an issue, and they jump so quickly even rivalling the speed of light, their initial conclusion never dies without long and tedious explanations as to how the truth was proven, and on social media anything longer than two-hundred-eighty characters is just too long to read and such a pain. Well, that is Twitter’s idea of limit to speech. With the media in so many forms so eager to prove that Israel is such a horrible and corrupt entity, the truth will out but so many just do not care. That is the reality and eventually it will cost the world a great debt which will eventually come due, they almost always do.

 

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