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Restraint?!

Calls for “restraint” have begun. Yes, restraint. After months of hundreds of missiles raining down on Israeli heads – murdering, injuring and destroying – Israel finally decided to do something serious. They killed a top Hamas terrorist, best known for orchestrating the kidnapping of Gilad Shalit. Oh, it was then that the world decided to finally take notice of Israel’s “aggression”.

Rather than cheering on the Israelis and complementing them on a job well done – we hear calls for Israeli restraint, even from the United States.

Obama said Israel had the right to defend itself against Hamas’ missile attacks from Gaza. But he urged Israel not to launch a ground assault in Gaza, saying it would put Israeli soldiers, as well as Palestinian citizens, at greater risk and hamper an already vexing peace process.

“If we see a further escalation of the situation in Gaza, the likelihood of us getting back on any kind of peace track that leads to a two-state solution is going to be pushed off way into the future,” Obama said.

I wonder what message this sends to the democratically elected Hamas government in Gaza – the world won’t say a word about the hundreds of rockets targeting school buses and innocents trying to live their lives – but when the world is made a safer place by the assassination of a chief murderer – “restraint” is called for. The message is clear: Jewish blood is cheap.

Not only is Jewish blood cheap – we’ll even reward these attacks by more “peace” talks, more talk of another terrorist state on Israel’s border. A second “Palestinian” state – since Gaza is State #1. Don’t escalate this war, the President warns Israel, we’re trying to have “peace” talks with these terrorists – never mind that they don’t have an interest in peace – just in seeing Israel and her citizens in pieces.

No other nation in the world would tolerate even a single missile entering their airspace. Not the French, and especially not the Germans. Imagine the United States allowing such a thing to happen without an overwhelming response. But the world calls for “restraint” from Israel even after they’ve shown restraint – allowing hundreds of rockets to rain terror on her civilians without complaint.

Jewish blood is cheap and the Arab world knows it. They know the world doesn’t care about the Jews…go ahead, feel free to send the rockets.

Calls for “restraint”? What a joke.

Egypt latest launching point for artillery strikes on Israel

Egypt has become the latest launching point for rocket and artillery strikes against Israel joining the Gaza Strip and Syria in unprovoked attacks on the Jewish state.

The Jerusalem Post reported on Friday that rockets were fired from the Sinai Peninsula towards an Isreali village on the southern border. No injuries were reported.

These latest attacks come after President Obama spoke with Egypt’s President Morsi on Wednesday and Egypt’s Prime Minister Hesham Qandil visited Gaza to show solidarity with Hamas on Thursday.

Egyptian President calls for takeover of JerusalemSpeaking in Cairo on Thursday, President Morsi said that in his conversation with Obama, he told the U.S. President that Israel’s offensive must stop while calling Israel’s defensive actions “unacceptable aggression.” President Mohammed Morsi pledged Egypt’s support of Hamas as he said that Cairo “would not leave Gaza on its own.”

The Egyptian government’s actions are no surprise. Since the rise to power of the Islamist Muslim Brotherhood in the Arab Spring, Egypt’s interest in peace with Israel has steadily lessened. It is unlikely that President Obama will be able to affect the situation as the U.S.’s influence in the region has significantly weakened over the last four years. In a separate statement, President Morsi said that “Egypt today is not the Egypt of yesterday, and Arabs today are not the Arabs of yesterday” heightening fears that Egypt is no longer a diplomatic partner in the region.

In sending the leader of the Egyptian government to Gaza in a friendly gesture to Hamas, Egypt is openly partnering with a group designated as a terrorist organization by the United States, Canada, Japan, the European Union and Israel. There is some concern that some of the more than $2 Billion in annual U.S. military and economic aid to Egypt may be funneled to Hamas.

The current crisis began as Palestinian rocket attacks against Israel were joined by Syrian artillery positions firing on the Israeli region known as the Golan Heights. Israel returned fire against the Syrian artillery.

In order to defend itself, Israel began Operation “Pillar of Defence” during which it killed the military commander of Hammas and struck numerous rocket launchers in the Gaza Strip.

News reports offer confusing timelines often tuned to show Israel as the first aggressor. These reports often ignore the continual and escalating rocket attacks that pre-dated the Isreali offensive. Isreali President Shimon Peres briefed the U.S. President informing him that the current operation was in response to Palestinian rocket attacks from Gaza.  During a visit to an Israeli border town, Peres said “”Israel is not interested in stoking the flames, but for the past five days there has been constant missile fire at Israel and mothers and children cannot sleep quietly at night.”

In response to reporting and editorials tilted against Israel, National Director of the Anti-Defamation League Abraham H. Foxman submitted a letter to the editor at the New York Times in which he pointed out some unfair editorialization on the conflict and how a failure to condemn Hamas’ constant attacks on Israel may have missed opportunities to prevent the escalation of hostilities.

Real understanding would be shown in discussion about how Israel is being surrounded by states and entities controlled by Islamic extremists, either the Muslim Brotherhood or Hezbollah, all committed to Israel’s destruction.

Real recognition of the problem would have been articulated by words calling on the international community to condemn Hamas attacks on Israeli civilians long before it came to this.

Three Israelis were killed and 18 injured by rockets fired from Gaza and 19 Palestinians were killed as Israel counter-attacked in defense of herself. 75,000 Israeli reservists have been called up for duty following the Palestinian attacks and resulting tensions.

Hamas is heavily supported by Iran and the Muslim Brotherhood, all vocal adversaries of the Jewish state. Armaments are steadily streaming into Gaza from Africa through smuggling tunnels in Egypt. The latest Hamas attacks included the Iranian Fajr-5 medium range guided missiles which can strike anywhere in Israel. These more dangerous Iranian arms are credited as the real reason for the Israeli counter-attack.

When Middle East Policies Collide

Tuesday, September 20, 2011 will prove to be a very busy and interesting day.  On that day, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will address the United Nations general assembly, followed soon after by Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas.

Both men will outline the state of affairs between the two peoples who reside in a very contentious region.  Their perspectives, however, are very different, and in the end, only one of them is right.

Netanyahu will start out the day in an effort to defend Israeli policy and practice.  The reception, however, is likely to be very chilly, to say the least.  The U.N. General Assembly has been known for its blatant anti-Israel stance, so Netanyahu’s message is more of a matter of record than of sway.  He simply wants to get everything out there for the world to hear, even if it’ll all fall on deaf ears.

Abbas has different motives.  He is seeking a U.N. Resolution, preferably from the Security Council that declares, unilaterally, the existence of a State called Palestine.  He wants full U.N. membership and representation, and his goal is to force Israel’s hand by having the U.N. outline the borders.  The Palestinian Authority is intent on securing borders from prior to the 1967 war.  At least, that’s the border they want to start with.

Israel, however, has argued that those borders are indefensible and negotiations must be undertaken to choose different borders.  Israel also insists that Jerusalem not be re-divided and remain the capital of the Jewish State.  One other thing that Israel wants, however, is something that the Palestinians are unwilling to give:  a declaration that Israel as a Jewish State has a right to exist.

The P.A. won’t resume negotiations until Israel stops building settlements in the so-called occupied territories.  That, of course, is a straw man being used to further the Palestinians’ goal.  They’d prefer to have the world exert pressure on Israel through the United Nations by painting themselves as the good guys.

The P.A. is undertaking this move by saying they are just copying what the Israelis did in 1948.  An article ran in the Sydney Morning Herald on August 29th in which Sonja Karkar distorted history and portrayed it as fact.  He said:

“Israel’s own unilateral move in declaring statehood after the UN’s intention to partition historic Palestine into a Jewish and an Arab state cannot be avoided. It underscores that Palestine was never a land without a people and that Israel’s existence was imposed on Palestinians, robbing them of their homes and land and destroying their proud and millenniums-old society.”

What Mr. Karkar fails to mention in his first sentence is that when Israel declared independence, they did so within the U.N. partitioned borders in good faith.  The Arab League opposed the plan.  They argued that the U.N. lacked the authority to divide the land and they viewed the division as being unfair.  On the day Israel declared her independence, the surrounding Arab States declared war with one purpose in mind:  the obliteration of Israel.  They wanted to push the Jewish infestation in Arab lands into the sea.

The Palestinians in the region at the start of the war were urged by the surrounding Arab States to leave their homes.  They were promised prime land, once Israel no longer existed.

Mr. Karkar’s reasoning again is faulty by his assumption that the “Palestinians” were actually a distinct society.  There, of course, have always been people there.  Those people come from all different sorts of backgrounds and cultures, but never once has there been a nation of Palestine that was run by the people who call themselves Palestinian.

The Arab confederation lost this war.  Several more military campaigns would be waged over the years and each time the result was the same:  Israel was victorious and the surrounding nations were clueless.

In 1949, the land that the U.N. had partitioned for the Arab State was firmly in the hands of the Jordanians and Egyptians.  It remained in their hands until 1967.

In those 18 years, no effort was made to establish a nation of Palestine according to the U.N. plan.  The only thing the Egyptians and Jordanians did was plan their next war.  In 1967, they lost the now so-called “Occupied Territories”.  Egypt also lost the entire Sinai Peninsula.

On the eastern side, Israel had taken the West Bank of the Jordan River along with East Jerusalem from Jordan and the Golan Heights from Syria.

Israel reunited Jerusalem, but under treaty with Jordan, left the temple mount under Jordanian control.

In 1979, Egypt and Israel signed a Peace agreement that formally ended 30 years of war.  As part of the deal, Israel gave Egypt back the Sinai Peninsula and wanted to give Egypt the Gaza Strip at the same time.  Egypt did not want Gaza.  They viewed the residents there as being problematic and preferred to leave the problem in Israel’s hands.  Once again, no effort was made by the Egyptians to secure that land, which they could have then turned around and ceded to the Palestinians.

Over the course of time, the Palestinian Liberation Organization evolved from a purely terrorist organization to a “respected” representative of the Palestinian interests.  Various accords have been signed and Israel has withdrawn from large portions of the land.  The exception would be the settlements that are being constructed in the West Bank.

This is where the racist aspect of the Palestinians comes clearly into view for those of us who want to look.  The Palestinians have no interest in having any Jews live in what will be their State and so they oppose, often violently, any Jewish settlements in those areas.  This sort of apartheid is condemned elsewhere, but for some reason, is not only accepted in this region, it’s promoted as the only way to have “peace”.

The truth is there won’t be peace in the region because there are two peoples in one region that both want the same land and refuse to live together and work together.

With the exception of re-dividing Jerusalem, Israel is more than willing to share the land with the Palestinians, side by side.  They just want to make sure their borders are wide enough to be defended.  The Palestinians, however, only view such an existence a stopgap to their goal:  A Palestinian State that extends from the Jordan to the Mediterranean Sea.

The United States wants to stop Abbas from making his demands, and Netanyahu wants to make sure the world knows why.  If both efforts fail to change the course the world is on, September 20th could prove to be a very busy, perhaps even bloody, day, indeed.

Who Does He Think He Is?

Being President does not give Barack Obama the authority to speak for us. Our “Representatives” in Congress do a poor enough job of that. Who on earth does he think he is, saying that America wishes to have Israel return it its 1967 boarders? Those boarders were crossed when the surrounding Muslim Countries decided to threaten Israel with certain annihilation.

Israel is a Democratic Republic very much like our own. They have a similar constitution, and the same three branches of government. They have one Legislative Representative Body of 120 members called the “Knesset.” The people elect the Knesset through many political parties every 4 years. The Prime Minister is now elected directly by the people. There is also a Judicial Branch with a Supreme Court much like our own. They are the only example of truly prosperous people in the Middle East.

In 1929, Arab attacks on ancient Jewish communities in and around Palestine caused them to migrate and immigrate for their lives. Between 1929 and WWII they moved throughout the world and were persecuted (Germany was but one drastic example). Only in the United States were they treated with any level of respect (certainly not without prejudice).

As is the Muslim way to stake their claim, the Arabs built a large mosque atop the most prominent Jewish place of worship. That mosque is known as “The Dome of the Rock.” Finally at the close of WWII the British, who controlled the Arab lands of grater Palestine, “solved the Israeli homeless problem” by giving them a portion of their ancient homeland to build an independent nation, “Israel.” The Dome of the Rock mosque stands in Palestine today protected by Israel as a Muslim holy sight despite the fact that it covers their own holy sight below it.

Muslim Law forbids giving up lands once conquered; therefore the existence of Israel was instantly an offense that they must rectified. This position has not changed and certainly shall not change in their eyes. In 1967, surrounding Arab nations, supplied by the USSR and fueled by Soviet misinformation, mobilized along Israel’s boarders with an expressed and undisputed intent of wiping out Israel. The Israeli Government and Military knew that allowing the Arab’s to attack first was certain death. Only after exhausting every diplomatic avenue, the Israelis pre-empted the attack with a swift and decisive 6-day victory over the many times larger Arab coalition. Thus they gained control over the West Bank, Gaza Strip, and many other large parts of the region (such as the Sinai Peninsula). Arabs to this day will point out that the Israelis attacked them without mention of their own provocation.

Israel returned much of the captured land with the exception of those areas of Palestine necessary for their security. They relocated all the Arabs living there to other Arab nations and took in about as many Jewish refugees from those Arab lands. Muslim sects, (mainly Shi’a & Sunni), as well as Arabs of different nationalities, harbor a great deal of distain for one another. Therefore displaced Palestinians were generally treated poorly in other Arab nations. However, Israel is a common enemy for which they readily conspire and literally compete to destroy. These Arab nations actually care very little for Palestinians, yet the “plight of Palestinian refugees” has become the single largest excuse for Arab hatred toward Israel. They call Israel the “Little Satan” and the US is called the “Big Satan” because we so strongly support Israel. Although generations have passed, the business of hating and destroying all Jews (Christians, and the US) has become central to a great portion of Arab culture.

Since the establishment of the Jewish homeland in 1948, the US has been the largest supporter of Israel. Despite having no oil, Israel has flourished as a shining successful Jewel of democracy in the Middle East amongst a host of oppressive oil rich Arab tyrannical regimes. The recent revolts in Tunisia, Egypt, Syria, Libya, and spreading throughout Arab nations are anything but a transition to democracy. It is an open blatant expressed and obvious “Caliphate” to a unified Muslim cause. Sharia Law is absolutely not democratic or sensitive to human rights. Although Muslims sects bicker bitterly and lethally, they are uniting under a common cause to slay the Jews, then to create a prophesized worldwide blood bath for anyone who is not Muslim.

Political Cartoon - A.F. Branco - SchooledHistory demonstrates that Muslim fanatics need no more than an excuse to carry out the most heinous of attacks. For the US President to say that our nation desires Israel to revert to its 1967 borders is tantamount to a promise in their eyes. Our politicians’ practice of taking quotes out of proportion and context is novice by comparison to the misinformation machines known as news in the Arab world. Although Israel could never consider such a thing, President Obama continues to recklessly promote the pre-1967 borders without consideration for our actual desires or what that mere suggestion will do to fuel Arab Muslim dissatisfaction. Arab hatred for Israel will run ramped each time Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu has to disillusion and disappoint them contrary to President Obama’s words.

Who does he think he is making promises that Israel cannot possibly keep? He also proclaims US intentions to insure Israel’s safety and security. However those two statements are mutually exclusive, short of permanent US military occupation of the Golan Heights and Gaza Strip, we could not possibly insure any such security. Clearly no one, Arab, US, or Israeli, wants that.

There are only two reasons a President would advocate such an untenable deal. The first is that he is that ridiculously unaware of the historic, social, and religious powder keg dynamics of the region. It is nearly irresponsible for a man in such a powerful position to act so recklessly even if he didn’t know any better. The second is much worse, that he does know better. It is shockingly disturbing to realize that this is the more likely case, given his heritage, upbringing, education and interests.

That would mean President Obama wishes to put Israel in another impossible position similar to 1967 where they would have to fend for themselves against an even larger Arab Muslim Caliphate Coalition bound by generations of festering hatred. The thought of a sitting US President being that tainted, is unfortunately beyond most citizens’ ability to comprehend. Therefore too many Americans will dismiss it with all other things too complicated to understand and left to our “authorities.” But isn’t that the problem? Given enough authority, a President need not be careful, benevolent, or accountable.

In typical Liberal/Progressive politically correct doublespeak, President Obama will travel to Egypt in June for a “Peace Talk” that will almost certainly fan the flames of Arab Muslim expectations. Israel cannot possibly extinguish such an inflamed Caliphate without igniting a backfire of great proportions. It has become all too predictable that Liberal/Progressive terms actually mean exactly their opposite. President Obama’s “peace plans” and “peace talks” shall have exactly the opposite effect.

Who said, “By their fruits ye shall know them.”? Oh yes, Jesus the Christ, a Jew from Nazareth (in Northern Palestine) some 500+ years before Mohammed was born. Can you give something back to someone who did not exist when it was built?

God knows what will happen.