Beyond the Cusp

February 5, 2019

New York Times Admits Palestinian Reality


It took the Palestinian Authority (PA) government to fold for them to finally be recognized by the New York Times (NYT). We just have to quote their first paragraph just for the sake that it is so telling in revealing the lie which the NYT has tendered for years that the Palestinian Arabs were occupied by the oppressive Israeli government. It negates their insistence that Israel prevented the Palestinian Arabs from ever being permitted to vote. Now, all of a sudden there was this entity, the Palestinian government, which prevented their holding elections because, as we have pointed out incessantly, Mahmoud Abbas knew he faced no chance of winning another term and he and his family simply were making too much money to surrender their stranglehold on power. Paragraph also tells us that there is a political terrorist entity which rules the Palestinian Arabs in Gaza, it is called Hamas. Imagine that, the Palestinian Arabs in the West Bank (Shomron) and the Palestinian Arabs in Gaza both had their own government and in neither case was Israel involved. With that said, allow us to quote their first paragraph.

The government of the Palestinian Authority tendered its resignation on Tuesday, a move that reflected rising public discontent and the failure of efforts to reunite the West Bank, where the Authority is based, and the Gaza Strip, controlled by the militant Islamist group Hamas.

There are some qualifying follow-on statements which have a bearing on what exactly will be the near future. First, as the NYT provides, “The cabinet’s resignation still has to be accepted by the Authority’s president, Mahmoud Abbas, and cabinet officials said it would continue to function until a new government was formed.” This requires some further elucidation as its true meaning is, as is almost always the case when Mahmoud Abbas is involved, obscured and needing of explanation from those who are a little closer to the problem than New York City, a whole lot closer. Mahmoud Abbas will hold up accepting their resignation until his demands for his having strict control over who may be permitted in the next government. His continuance as President of the PA will need be accepted such that he need not run or face even the weakest of opposition, and he will, of course, have some say in who may and may not rule for any positions. The demands have already begun and in order to appear not involved, it was Fatah which recommended that the next government have a, “stronger political component, to be made up mostly of members of Fatah and possibly some other factions, but excluding Hamas.” What one need know about this is that the Fatah Chairman is also Mahmoud Abbas, so when Fatah states something, it is actually Mahmoud Abbas who is stating something.


The NYT had to bring in a completely unrelated slant concerning Israel when stating, “uncertainty and disarray that has characterized Palestinian politics after more than a decade of deep divisions between the West Bank and Gaza, and with peace talks with Israel long at an impasse.” What the peace talks with Israel, which have been refused and held up by, you guessed it, Mahmoud Abbas, has to do with anger from the Palestinian Arab people is that they have been denied elections for over a decade and there has been no unification between the PA ruled region and the Hamas ruled Gaza. The anger from the Palestinian Arab people has had no component aimed at Israel and they are not concerned with Israel; they want to have representative governance and are tired of the Abbas dictatorship. According to the reporting, the last straw was apparently, “a new tax to finance a fund to cover pension benefits, proved particularly unpopular.” The reasoning presumably for this anger was explained by Ghassan Khatib, a political scientist at Birzeit University in the West Bank, who the NYT quoted as saying, “The public became unhappy with the whole idea, mainly because it has no confidence in the stability of this authority, or in the performance of the government on such a huge project, and because of other factors like corruption.” Did they say corruption? The leadership of Hamas has made three men into billionaires and Mahmoud Abbas and family are probably not far behind, something difficult to determine as their wealth has been secreted away for a very long time. Abbas was the understudy of Yasser Arafat whose wife continues to lead a life of excess on the wealth Arafat left her with her main concern being how she will get the rest of the cash he hid in Swiss accounts and did not live long enough to give her the information. We can be assured that the Abbas family could go and live along the Rivera and never need to worry about money, people attempting to murder them, perhaps that might be a concern, but money would not be a problem.


The final paragraph quotes Hamas spokesperson Hazem Qasem stating, “It is a new blow to unity by Fatah, overriding all reconciliation endeavors. The only beneficiary of this decision is the Israeli occupation.” We can see immediately why the NYT decided to end their article with this particular quote; it again brings in the completely spurious mention of Israel. Israel does not gain or lose anything by the continued turmoil within the PA or their inability to find a means of cooperating with Hamas. The problem is easily explained and has to do with the founding principles of each of these ruling dictatorships, both of which claim to give the people a say in their government. The PA was the construction of an entity which would basically remain as the terrorist group the PLO but would have the world turn a blind eye to their terrorist ties so as to force Israel into concessions which, if some of those behind this had often prayed, eventually leading to the dissolution of Israel. The PLO, and the PA after it, were both established during the pan Arabist period of Arab nationalism and is a secular-nationalist based. Hamas was established as a religious Islamist based organization which based their rule and authority on the Quran. Their claim against Israel was more general and based on the simple fact, under the Quran the Jews are to be ruled solely by their Islamic superiors. Further, Hamas includes in their Charter the following statement, “The following are considered null and void: the Balfour Declaration, the British Mandate Document, the UN Palestine Partition Resolution, and whatever resolutions and measures that derive from them or are similar to them. The establishment of “Israel” is entirely illegal and contravenes the inalienable rights of the Palestinian people and goes against their will and the will of the Ummah; it is also in violation of human rights that are guaranteed by international conventions, foremost among them is the right to self-determination.” As is often the case with Islamist institutions, they refuse to recognize anything which was performed by, and most especially, Jews as well as Christians, Hindus, Buddhists henceforth and so on to include everything not Islamic, and specifically in agreement with their view of Islam. Hamas originally had a very dim view of Iran due to their being Shia and not Sunni, but once Iran provided needed cash and weapons, specifically improved rocket motors and larger rockets, then all of a sudden, their purity was shifted aside to allow the benefits Iran proffered. Apparently, the fact that Iran was at least Islamist became sufficient. But as the PA is Arab nationalist and Islamist, Hamas cannot find any bridge with which to reach an accord. Add that on the PA side, Mahmoud Abbas refuses to allow anything which might get in the way of his living out his days in the comfort of being protected by Force 17 and living the life of a sultan in the new headquarters and living accommodations which, unsurprisingly, has billets for a couple of platoons of troops to guard the building and its most important individual, Mahmoud Abbas (see picture below). Does anybody want to talk about imperial presidency? Mahmoud Abbas is very much self-impressed and will never loose his grip on power until he takes that final trip which we all face eventually, and at over eighty-years of age and not even near perfect health, that time cannot be too far and he probably can hear the footsteps closing in on him.


Mamoud Abbas planned masion estimated cosr of thirteen million dollars but will end up costing far more after required kickbacks


What is remarkable is that any left-leaning news source would actually admit that the Palestinian Arabs are ruled over by their own governance, let alone that both those in what they call the West Bank and those in Gaza each have their own governance. They actually admitted in the NYT that Mahmoud Abbas is the President and that he ordered the government dissolved responding to an order by the Palestinian Arab top court, and has left the 98% of Palestinian Arabs of the region residing under it with the sole governance being simply the dictator, Mahmoud Abbas. For years, all they have ever been capable of claiming about the poor, oppressed, never allowed to vote and facing checkpoints to get into Israel Palestinian Arabs was how they suffered under the Israeli occupation. They never ever and consistently refused to recognize that the Palestinian Arabs were under their own self-rule which had suspended elections because the sitting President knew that he would not be reelected but somehow their not voting was because of the occupation and Israel would not let them vote. Well, of course Israel would not let them vote in Israeli elections and the reason was the same as for the checkpoints; they resided in a separately governed regions which was basically a nation protected by Israel from invasion, as if any Arab nation would ever invade them, and as such they were foreigners. Foreigners go through checkpoints to enter another nation, it is often called Customs, and foreigners are not permitted to vote in other national elections. But when it came to Israel, these were foreign ideas and not worthy of print because they did not fit the Israel, the Jewish State, is a horrid monster which should be abandoned and left for the buzzards. Now, except for the few attempts at slighting Israel, we cannot expect the NYT to completely surrender their favorite punching bag, they finally admitted that the Palestinian Arabs have a pair of governments, one for Gaza called Hamas and one for the Arabs of the Shomron called the PA. Perhaps their reason will be clarified as time continues as we fully expect that the NYT will be criticizing Israel as Mahmoud Abbas finds reason after reason to postpone or terminate any plans allowing for the election of a new government unless he is guaranteed his position does not get challenged by his needing to face election and the preferences of the people, something he dreads as he knows the result, and that he has control over who can and cannot run so as to have the echo chamber he desires. Abbas desires to have the same control as the Supreme Leader and Grand Ayatollah in Iran and, just like Iran, he wants it to be referred to as a democratic state where the people get to vote. The NYT will laud any announcement of elections though one will have to wonder at some point why there are announcements every few months about the pending Palestinian elections and never any results announced. The answer is easy; they are always cancelled because Abbas knows the result would be Hamas taking over and his head on a post.


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January 24, 2019

Disinformation, NGO’s, Deceptions and Israel


Recently, Jack Engelhard, the author of the novel Indecent Proposal, recently wrote a column titled, A Blood Libel too Far which along with this article were the inspiration for us to put forth our two cent’s worth, or is that two Shekel’s worth. We hope to take these themes in a different direction, so please return and read our opinions and information after you have read the links, and please always read at least some of the links we provide. We are going to take the tack of giving a different look at what is the occupation under the treaties and conventions which apply to the formation of Israel, promises made and broken and what it all means under International Law, you know, the laws Israel is often berated for breaking by people who either have little if any knowledge or are intentionally fabricating their own inventions to plug their hatred for Israel and probably the Jewish People.


As we have stated a few times, the applicable references under International law are San Remo Conference which codified by an international committee on April 25, 1920, the message and spirit of the Balfour Declaration, a letter written to Lord Rothschild by Arthur James Balfour, the Earl of Balfour and the British Foreign Secretary as an answer to the petition forwarded by Lord Rothschild from what would become the Zionist Congress concerning British intentions with the Mandate lands which were to be entrusted to them. The letter also pledged what the boundaries of the Jewish State were intended (map is at the link by the dotted brown line, the yellow line indicates what remained after the Arab initiated war of 1948) at the date of that correspondence, November 2, 1917. All of these and much more was internationalized and entered into International Law by the League of Nations in their Mandate System which divided up the lands from the Ottoman Empire, German Empire and Austro-Hungarian Empire defining new nations and stewardships to the allied powers to institute the desired goals set forth within the set intentions agreed upon at the League of Nations. The Mandate System ordered by the League of Nations was adopted and made enforceable by the United Nations under Article 80 and the related Articles of the United Nations Charter. These are the applicable laws, treaties, and pertinent statutes under which the lands of the vanquished powers were dealt. We often hear that only the Middle East and the Arab interests were intruded and altered and that they were the sole losers in these agreements. All one need do is look at eastern Europe today and Eastern Europe from pre World War I and one will quickly see that German Empire and Austro-Hungarian Empire were chopped up quite drastically as well and the German colonies in Africa were also stripped from Germany (see map below). The reason that so many people fall for the plight of the poor Arab people after the world imposed such draconian measures on only them is simply because there was so much resistance to allowing the Jews to return to their ancient homelands and the inter-familial rivalries over who would rule the disparate nations that unlike Europe which had been settled and done after World War I and suffered World War II while the Arabs complained. This is easy to understand as the Arabs are still attempting to destroy Israel by any means necessary with a possibility that the Persians of Iran might make an initial attempt before the Arabs go for their fourth attempt having failed in 1948 when Israel barely had a rudimentary army and little if any air force, again in the Six Day War of 1967 where they held a hundred to one advantage in virtually every military category, and their last attempt in the Yom Kippur War of 1973 after they caught Israel flatfooted and unprepared. Since then their new tactic is the plaintive wailing by the pathetic Arab Palestinians whose nation was swallowed by Israel. That is what we will be addressing along with a broader overview of applicable, related and hopefully useful information.


German Empire and Austro-Hungarian Empire Before WWI and After WWI

German Empire and Austro-Hungarian Empire Before WWI and After WWI


The first thing which nobody ever appears capable of understanding is what war on what dates and through what imaginative manipulations did Israel ever fight an actual war with any nation named Palestine. There is an honest and easy answer, it never occurred. The next and slightly more general question is when was any nation named Palestine declared and what were its borders, leader, currency or anything else which can be verified to prove its existence beyond the letterhead currently decorating the Palestinian Authority, a renaming of the PLO so as to allow them not to be seen as the international terrorist organization which invented such things as plane hijacking, suicide bombers and a host of other terrorist tactics. We can guarantee you that anybody asking such idiotic and completely irrelevant questions of supporters of the Arab Palestinians will quickly be shouted down if not violently attacked by the supporters of the fictitious state of Palestine. Palestine was half of the name given to the province of Judea by the Romans after their defeat of the Judeans, already referred to simply as Jews (Rome spelled it simply Ju) so as to remove any reference to the Hebrews, Israelites, Judeans, Samarians or anything else which related to the people they were about to disperse so as to remove them from history. Anybody will tell you that the first thing you need to do to erase a people from the remembrance of humankind and write them out of history is you must change the name of their area and its capital. So Judea became part of greater Syria and to rub salt into the wounds of the Judeans, they gave their region the subtitle Palestinia which was the Roman name for the Philistines, which is strange that the Romans chose a name of an already dead and gone from the world stage peoples in order to make the Jews disappear from history. That is the reference the Arabs also chose in order to finish what the Romans failed to do, rid the world of the Jews, or at least the Jewish State. As for the being assaulted either verbally or physically, trust us, one of us has been foolhardy enough to ask such questions and received various levels of brutalizing, but he can handle that.


There is nothing which differentiates the Arabs who go under the name of Palestinians from the Jordanians, Syrians, Egyptians, Saudi Arabians, Iraqis and a number of other Arab nations as these were the places from which they emigrated to the region after the mid nineteenth century after the arrival of the earliest Zionist Jews who understood that their was a primary requirement if Zionism was to succeed, that was water. They began very early with water conservation and irrigation and found means of preserving water, any water, they could from the rainy season to use the rest of the year. A short detail of the history of Israel and water can be read here from Wikipedia. With an economy which was growing and far exceeding the neighboring Arab states, Arabs came to Israel for the jobs, as well as some who came to steal from and shoot at the Jews. What people do not tell is that the approximately twenty-percent of the Israeli population which is Arab have every and exactly the same rights as every other Israeli; be they Jew, Bedouin, Druze, Baha’I, Hindu, Buddhist, Muslim, Coptic, Christian or any of the numerous other peoples who are a part of the patchwork quilt that is Israel. The Arab Palestinians who reside in the regions formerly illegally occupied by Jordan after the 1948 war, renamed it West Bank from Judea and Samaria for the same reason the Romans had renamed it to make it not sound as Jewish, are not Israeli and Israel does not rule them, the Palestinian Authority, or more accurately, Mahmoud Abbas rules them. In the region, which Egypt illegally occupied after the 1948 war known as Gaza are also not Israelis and are not ruled by Israel but by Hamas under a dictatorship where the terrorists of Hamas choose the leadership and the people obey. Guess what that means, there is no occupation of the Palestinian Arabs because Israel does not rule over them. What it also means is they are sitting on Israeli lands, that part they have correct as is their claim that there is an occupation, and there is, and it originates with the Jordanian illegal occupation of the parts of Judea and Samaria (they renamed West Bank as stated above) and with the Egyptian illegal occupation of Gaza. So, the real question which requires a truthful answer is who is occupying whose lands. The reality is the Arabs are occupying Israeli lands.


Well, we hope that was a refreshing and new idea for at least some to ponder. Here is another one to ponder, what is the origin of the “Palestinian Flag” and where did it come from? The easy way to figure this out is to simply compare it with another flag which we have pictured below. Further, one need look no further than the original 1964 PLO Charter Article 24 which reads, “This Organization does not exercise any territorial sovereignty over the West Bank in the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, on the Gaza Strip or in the Himmah Area.” So, the exact regions they are claiming was their precious nation of Palestine were the exact regions they made a specific disclaimer of any intent to rule them as they were already under Arab rule. Once the Six Day War ended and Israel had liberated the parts of her lands occupied illegally by Egypt and Jordan, then things changed and the disclaimed lands became the claimed lands. What is being allowed for the rest of the world to believe is that the Arabs, be they Palestinian or just Arabs, have never ceased to claim is all of Israel. The current charter still has all the statements which were within the original with their removal of the disclaimer over Gaza and West Bank” (Judea and Samaria or Shomron) but they still also claim all of Israel. They teach in their schools that the children have homes in Tel Aviv, Netanya, Akko, Ashdod, Eilat and every other city within the 1949 Armistice Line also called the Green Line. There is an easy way to remember what the Arab Palestinians really mean when they say the Jews are occupying their land, and that is to remember their chanted slogan at almost any rally held on any Western World campus, “From the River to the Sea, Palestine will be free.” That and a few other choice chants are in the video below, we apologize in advance for any insult to your ears that may be caused by the chants and their genocidal nature.


Jordanian Flag on left and Palestinian Authority flag on right

Jordanian Flag on left and Palestinian Authority flag on right




The final nail in the Arab claims coffin comes from the International Court of Justice (ICJ). The General Assembly voted at the urging of the Palestinian Authority observer to request from the International Court of Justice a ruling on the legality of the Israeli terror wall, the wall which reduced suicide bombings to none within three years, with the hope of gaining a ruling which would lead to its dismantling such that the terrorist operations would not be hindered by the barrier. The barrier was cleared as being perfectly legal and within the rights of Israel as the sovereign over the region, but that was just the initial good news for Israel. In addition to being cleared of any wrongdoing, there was an advisory opinion issued as a cautionary warning by Egyptian Judge, Justice El Araby, from the ICJ and who sat in judgement as part of the panel which heard the case from the United Nations General Assembly in 2003 on the legality of the security barrier erected by Israel. The Honorable Justice El Araby warned the UNGA and others that filing further ran some risks, as he stated,

“The international legal status of the Palestinian Territory (paras. 70-71 of the Advisory Opinion), in my view, merits more comprehensive treatment. A historical survey is relevant to the question posed by the General Assembly, for it serves as the background to understanding the legal status of the Palestinian Territory on the one hand and underlines the special and continuing responsibility of the General Assembly on the other. This may appear as academic, without relevance to the present events. The present is however determined by the accumulation of past events and no reasonable and fair concern for the future can possibly disregard a firm grasp of past events. In particular, when on more than one occasion, the rule of law was consistently side-stepped. The point of departure, or one can say in legal jargon, the critical date, is the League of Nations Mandate which was entrusted to Great Britain.”


With this advisory opinion, we will simply let things rest as it ends any honest threat as Justice El Araby warned; the International Law is not your friend against the Israeli claim. For one last item, if you wish to wish to understand where the Palestinian Arabs came up with such a complete and long history in the area of Israel, read the Old Testament and then any of the myriad of historical writings of Jews and the Jews love and remembrance of the land and their longing to return becomes evident and if you replace Jew, Jewish and Zionist with Palestinians you get their history except Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas asserts, “We said to him [Netanyahu], when he claimed the Jews have a historical right dating back to three-thousand years B.C.E., we say that the nation of Palestine upon the land of Canaan had a seven-thousand-year history. This is the truth that must be said: Netanyahu, you are incidental in history. We are the people of history. We are the owners of history.” Seven-thousand years ago, the Arab world was contained in the Arabian Peninsula where they still sacrificed people, often babies, to their plethora of gods. Some claim one of them was called Allah, we are not experts and do not know, but you can bet they had one named Baʿal or Al-‘Uzzá, Manāt, Rahman or any of the reported three-hundred-sixty idols of many gods and goddesses said to have been kept in the Kaaba itself. Palestine is the Arab attempt to erase Israel, nothing more and nothing less, but Israel intends to remain the Jewish State and under International Law they could be legally expelled from the land and sent back to Egypt or Jordan or wherever their names place their origins, but the world does not desire the Arabs to be sent from whence they came, they want the Jews, and not sent anywhere, just gone.


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January 11, 2019

You Asking Trump Where is the Plan?


There have been articles, other than here, postulating what exactly will be contained in President Trump’s Middle East Peace Plan otherwise known as the Deal of the Century. They have mostly missed the mark. The secret was let out just a short while back as President Trump was speaking about what it meant that the United States was pulling out of Syria. To Russia, President Trump advised they contact Israel the next time they required some discreet assistance against Iran and its hegemonic plans to rule the Middle East and later the world. To Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Iraq (those who qualified), the Kurds and the rest of the Sunni Arab States he informed them that the United States was removing herself from any and all Arab vs Arab as well as any and all Islam vs Islam wars, revolutions and other risky, no win, costly, and blood soaked conflagrations. His message to Europe has been ringing loud and clear since he took office, get your houses in order and find some means of improving those forces you laughingly call your militaries because the United States is not going to carry NATO on her back alone. But his most serious note was to Israel and we doubt that those who needed hearing it the most actually speak Trumpese, and it was a clear message which should have told them everything they needed to know about his already proposed and enacted peace plan, the Deal of the Century.


The Message he gave the Israelis this time read, it loses some in the translation from Trumpese to English (thankfully, we have not started a BTC Hebrew edition), We (read Trump) have given you (Israel) four-and-a-half Billion Dollars and you are completely capable to take care of yourselves. Their were some who claimed a secondary discreet message through the Ambassador explaining that Trump will not be the President forever as either in two years or at most six years and then eventually you will get a President who does not support you. We first had Nikki Haley take your back at the United Nations like has not been seen since Moynihan, we cut aid to the Palestinian Authority, we cut off UNRWA at the knees, we threw the PLO out of Washington DC, take the hint already and then we have had a deal, problems solved. We actually made up the second half of the message, but the first part is probably accurate. And even if that was not passed along, he is from New York and in New York; you expect equal efforts from all parties. When one person makes you an unspoken but obvious invitation t solve a problem, then you had best solve the problem while the invitation is valid, time changes things. He left Syria and wiped his hands on the Middle East and, he is looking at taking care of the United States, and the world is on its own. Life could get spooky when the sheriff up and quit monitoring your sandbox and now it is your sandbox in the middle of a bunch of basically homicidal crazies in every direction, and Russia need Israel?


The Real Truth About Israel in Stark Relief Graphically Displayed Compared Indefensible Mid-Section vs. Annexed Judea Samaria and Gaza

The Real Truth About Israel in
Stark Relief Graphically Displayed
Compared Indefensible Mid-Section
vs. Annexed Judea Samaria and Gaza


Immediately after the Israeli elections, no matter who becomes Prime Minister, they had best be ready for the Middle East without America. The rules just changed and we are all going to have to learn to play nice together, really play nice, or be prepared for serious troubles. There must be an end to the Arab occupation which began with Jordan taking parts of Judea and Samaria, they renamed it West Bank as Judea and Samaria was too Jewish. When Israel “took the West Bank” from Jordan in 1967, was actually, Israel liberated their lands of Judea and Samaria which was left with what is now several million former Jordanians. As many were forced into the region by Jordan illegally in order to erase any former presence which was Jewish owned, they are still considered Jordanians under International Law and can be forced to return to Jordan, after receiving some incentive, yes, a bribe, but a nice bribe, and leave town quietly and we will never chase you. Return requests will be considered for visit with relatives and for a determined length of time. Rules of War from treaties so old, some predate Mohammad. There legally is no problem over the West Bank; the world knows that the entire Palestine was a production of the Arab world with KGB assistance as Moscow trained both Arafat and Abbas. Abbas’s doctoral degree came from Moscow Univ. His dissertation was on the valid arguments that the Holocaust is a Jewish construct to steal European’s guilt money. That is old history, and the new people, who are becoming the new leaders in the world, this new generation, have been steeped in anti-Israel reporting all their lives. Those who know the truth and realities are passing from amongst us and Eisenhower was right when he ordered the reporters traveling with him and the military to photograph and document every last camp that they found. The American Army have the photographs and they tell the grim story about the mass murder of twelve million noncombatants who were deemed unsatisfactory humans unworthy of living with the new race they were building. Most of them would not qualify for the nightmare they were hatching. So, Israel has been told she can defend herself adequately and take care of her own difficulties, that is the Deal of the Century, and if it works, he will not be credited, and that might make many happy. Trump dies not care if he gets recognition, just as long as the job gets done.


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