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Middle East Optimists, Be Wary


Here is more proof that Mr. Kushner is on a fool’s errand. On November 2, 2017, the 100th anniversary of the Balfour Declaration was celebrated. Arabs mourned. That simple declaration of support for “a national home for the Jewish people,” which does not delineate borders and which is silent about Jerusalem, is intolerable to the Arabs.

Non-negotiable Arab position

The monomaniacal aim of Arabs is a “Palestine” which extends “from the river to the sea.” The expression erases the State of Israel from the map. Implementation of the expression would erase the Jews in the Land of Israel from the world population.

No peace deal is possible when, as Dennis Prager put it, “One side [the Arabs] wants the other side [the Jews] dead.”

Jihad

Negotiations between Jews and Arabs will fail, because Arabs are Muslims. They are enlisted men, non-commissioned officers, and officers of the anti-West jihad of Islam. The jihad is fourteen centuries old. The jihad is world-wide.

Antipathy to Jews and detestation of Judaism are strands of the jihad.

The most-recent phases of the never-ending jihad are the Islamic Insurgency (1979–2001) and the Islamic War Against the West (2001–present).

The Islamic Insurgency began in 1979, when Iranian Muslims stormed the United States embassy in Teheran. In 2001, the terrorist attacks by Saudi Arabian Muslims against the United States upgraded the Islamic Insurgency to the Islamic War Against the West.

In this seventeenth year of the war, the West is being thrashed, due to continued importations of Muslims into Western countries, the United States among them. Due to official pap about “lone wolves” and “unknown motives.” Due to purblind refusal to monitor mosques and imams. Due to artificial distinctions between “mainstream Islam” and “militant Islam.” Islam is Islam.

Lost territory to date, among countries of Western Europe, includes the United Kingdom, France, sand Germany. Still-Christian countries in Eastern Europe, such as Hungary, Poland, and the Czech Republic, are under Soros-financed assaults.

The wider context of potential Jews-Arabs negotiations is the perception of Muslims that, in the twenty-first century, victory in the jihad is achievable. The West is weak, and uncaring about its survival. When victory comes, the State of Israel will fall, for lack of the American guarantee of its survival. Arabs have no incentive to sign a treaty with Jews, which gives them part of what they want, when patient awaiting of victory will give them everything which they want.

Real estate

The premise of the Kushner-Greenblatt-Powell-Friedman diplomatic efforts is that the Land of Israel is just another piece of real estate. That the Land of Israel can be broken by the big powers into two pieces, in the manner of the breaking, by the big powers, of the Republic of Serbia into the rump republic and “independent” Kosovo.

The Land of Israel is not just another piece of real estate. It is the God-given, irrevocable inheritance of Jews. They are in the Land of Israel of right. The territorial extent of the Land of Israel is as delineated in the Bible. The inheritance and its territorial extent are not negotiable.

If God and the Bible are not the foundation of the Jewish presence in the Land of Israel, then Jews hold the Land of Israel by conquest. Arabs may conquer the Land of Israel, as soon as their military might is sufficient to that task.

Subjects of negotiations

Were Jews and Arabs to sit at the same table, they will be at loggerheads, due to zero-sum territorial circumstances. Either the Jews or the Arabs get Jerusalem, or get Judea and Samaria, or get Gaza, or get the Golan Heights, or get the Sheba’a Farms.

The predicate of a successful negotiation is that each side has minor points to give up, to gain major points. However, neither Jews nor Arabs consider Jerusalem, or Judea and Samaria, or Gaza, or the Golan Heights, or the Sheba’a Farms, to be minor points.

United States and Canada

Boundary disputes between the United States and the United Kingdom, concerning the boundary between the United States and Canada, were resolved by negotiations and treaties. The International Boundary Commission maintains the boundary.

War-free establishment of the boundary, and its friction-free maintenance, rest on the bedrock of the same language and similar cultures of the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom. It is otherwise in the Middle East. The languages and cultures of Jews and Arabs are antagonistic. Successful negotiation of a boundary between Jews and Arabs is impossible.

President Trump

On behalf of the United States, President Trump announced recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. That benefit to the State of Israel came with two catches. In the announcement:

1. President Trump referenced the United States policy of Middle East peace through a two-state “solution.” The proviso was that both sides have to want that “solution.” The essence of that “solution” is additional territorial losses by the State of Israel.

2. President Trump required that there be no change of the status quo at the Temple Mount. Meaning, the Waqf is in charge of the Temple Mount. Jews may worship only at the Western Wall. They are excluded from the Temple Mount. Muslims may pray at Al-Aqsa Mosque. They have unlimited access to the Temple Mount.

The requirement makes Muslim sovereignty over the Temple Mount permanent. Israeli police will continue their shameless role of dhimmi enforcers of the anti-Jews and anti-Judaism exclusion promulgated by the Waqf.

Saudi Arabia

There is talk about joint efforts of the State of Israel and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to counter Iran.

“The enemy of my enemy is my friend” is a principle which rationalizes the sharing of counter-terrorism intelligence.

Sharing would not erase multiple verses in the Koran which demonize Jews and Judaism. Would not eliminate hostility to Jews and Judaism, taught in Arab elementary-school and secondary-school class rooms. Would not silence advocacy by imams of wholesale slaughtering of Christians and Jews, and placing survivors under the cultural boot and the economic boot of Islam.

Conclusion

Dr. Martin Sherman, executive director of the Israel Institute for Strategic Studies, hit the nail on the head. He formulated the humanitarian paradigm (his term). Pay the Arabs to move out of Judea, Samaria, and Gaza. Subsidize new housing, somewhere in the 5,000,000 square miles of Arab territory, for them. They would be freed thereby from the squalid conditions in which they live, and from oppression by the “Palestinian Authority” and Hamas. The Jews would get all of the 12,000 square miles of the Land of Israel.

Happy ending.

The writer is a lawyer in Hong Kong. Comments are welcome. Contact the writer on krugerwork@yahoo.com.

Arabs who live in Judea, Samaria, and Gaza (who are not to be called “Palestinians” — a misnomer when applied to them) remain unappreciative of giveaways and potential giveaways — beneficial to Arabs and self-destructive to Jews — offered by the State of Israel. Oslo I Accord (1993). Oslo II Accord (1995). Clinton Parameters (2000). Olmert Plan (2008).

Arab lack of appreciation proves that Mr. Kushner won’t get anywhere, any more than other intermediaries (e.g., former Sen. Mitchell, former PM Blair) did.

Here is more proof that Mr. Kushner is on a fool’s errand. On November 2, 2017, the 100th anniversary of the Balfour Declaration was celebrated. Arabs mourned. That simple declaration of support for “a national home for the Jewish people,” which does not delineate borders and which is silent about Jerusalem, is intolerable to the Arabs.

Non-negotiable Arab position

The monomaniacal aim of Arabs is a “Palestine” which extends “from the river to the sea.” The expression erases the State of Israel from the map. Implementation of the expression would erase the Jews in the Land of Israel from the world population.

No peace deal is possible when, as Dennis Prager put it, “One side [the Arabs] wants the other side [the Jews] dead.”

Jihad

Negotiations between Jews and Arabs will fail, because Arabs are Muslims. They are enlisted men, non-commissioned officers, and officers of the anti-West jihad of Islam. The jihad is fourteen centuries old. The jihad is world-wide.

Antipathy to Jews and detestation of Judaism are strands of the jihad.

The most-recent phases of the never-ending jihad are the Islamic Insurgency (1979–2001) and the Islamic War Against the West (2001–present).

The Islamic Insurgency began in 1979, when Iranian Muslims stormed the United States embassy in Teheran. In 2001, the terrorist attacks by Saudi Arabian Muslims against the United States upgraded the Islamic Insurgency to the Islamic War Against the West.

In this seventeenth year of the war, the West is being thrashed, due to continued importations of Muslims into Western countries, the United States among them. Due to official pap about “lone wolves” and “unknown motives.” Due to purblind refusal to monitor mosques and imams. Due to artificial distinctions between “mainstream Islam” and “militant Islam.” Islam is Islam.

Lost territory to date, among countries of Western Europe, includes the United Kingdom, France, sand Germany. Still-Christian countries in Eastern Europe, such as Hungary, Poland, and the Czech Republic, are under Soros-financed assaults.

The wider context of potential Jews-Arabs negotiations is the perception of Muslims that, in the twenty-first century, victory in the jihad is achievable. The West is weak, and uncaring about its survival. When victory comes, the State of Israel will fall, for lack of the American guarantee of its survival. Arabs have no incentive to sign a treaty with Jews, which gives them part of what they want, when patient awaiting of victory will give them everything which they want.

Real estate

The premise of the Kushner-Greenblatt-Powell-Friedman diplomatic efforts is that the Land of Israel is just another piece of real estate. That the Land of Israel can be broken by the big powers into two pieces, in the manner of the breaking, by the big powers, of the Republic of Serbia into the rump republic and “independent” Kosovo.

The Land of Israel is not just another piece of real estate. It is the God-given, irrevocable inheritance of Jews. They are in the Land of Israel of right. The territorial extent of the Land of Israel is as delineated in the Bible. The inheritance and its territorial extent are not negotiable.

If God and the Bible are not the foundation of the Jewish presence in the Land of Israel, then Jews hold the Land of Israel by conquest. Arabs may conquer the Land of Israel, as soon as their military might is sufficient to that task.

Subjects of negotiations

Were Jews and Arabs to sit at the same table, they will be at loggerheads, due to zero-sum territorial circumstances. Either the Jews or the Arabs get Jerusalem, or get Judea and Samaria, or get Gaza, or get the Golan Heights, or get the Sheba’a Farms.

The predicate of a successful negotiation is that each side has minor points to give up, to gain major points. However, neither Jews nor Arabs consider Jerusalem, or Judea and Samaria, or Gaza, or the Golan Heights, or the Sheba’a Farms, to be minor points.

United States and Canada

Boundary disputes between the United States and the United Kingdom, concerning the boundary between the United States and Canada, were resolved by negotiations and treaties. The International Boundary Commission maintains the boundary.

War-free establishment of the boundary, and its friction-free maintenance, rest on the bedrock of the same language and similar cultures of the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom. It is otherwise in the Middle East. The languages and cultures of Jews and Arabs are antagonistic. Successful negotiation of a boundary between Jews and Arabs is impossible.

President Trump

On behalf of the United States, President Trump announced recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. That benefit to the State of Israel came with two catches. In the announcement:

1. President Trump referenced the United States policy of Middle East peace through a two-state “solution.” The proviso was that both sides have to want that “solution.” The essence of that “solution” is additional territorial losses by the State of Israel.

2. President Trump required that there be no change of the status quo at the Temple Mount. Meaning, the Waqf is in charge of the Temple Mount. Jews may worship only at the Western Wall. They are excluded from the Temple Mount. Muslims may pray at Al-Aqsa Mosque. They have unlimited access to the Temple Mount.

The requirement makes Muslim sovereignty over the Temple Mount permanent. Israeli police will continue their shameless role of dhimmi enforcers of the anti-Jews and anti-Judaism exclusion promulgated by the Waqf.

Saudi Arabia

There is talk about joint efforts of the State of Israel and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to counter Iran.

“The enemy of my enemy is my friend” is a principle which rationalizes the sharing of counter-terrorism intelligence.

Sharing would not erase multiple verses in the Koran which demonize Jews and Judaism. Would not eliminate hostility to Jews and Judaism, taught in Arab elementary-school and secondary-school class rooms. Would not silence advocacy by imams of wholesale slaughtering of Christians and Jews, and placing survivors under the cultural boot and the economic boot of Islam.

Conclusion

Dr. Martin Sherman, executive director of the Israel Institute for Strategic Studies, hit the nail on the head. He formulated the humanitarian paradigm (his term). Pay the Arabs to move out of Judea, Samaria, and Gaza. Subsidize new housing, somewhere in the 5,000,000 square miles of Arab territory, for them. They would be freed thereby from the squalid conditions in which they live, and from oppression by the “Palestinian Authority” and Hamas. The Jews would get all of the 12,000 square miles of the Land of Israel.

Happy ending.

The writer is a lawyer in Hong Kong. Comments are welcome. Contact the writer on krugerwork@yahoo.com.



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The Israeli Government and the Jewish People


It is said that the government of Israel is prevented from negotiating with the Arabs who live in Judea, Samaria, and Aza, because they have no government which is authorized to negotiate, and to enter into an agreement, on their behalf.

That is true, but secondary. The essential point is that no negotiation should be conducted, unless both parties have some claim to the disputed property.

Example 1: I lent NIS 10,000 to Mr. B. He did not repay the principal of the loan, and he did not pay the interest on the loan. Inasmuch as Mr. B has no claim on my money, there is nothing to negotiate.

Example 2: M, a manufacturer, sold and shipped NIS 5,000,00 worth of goods to D, a dealer. Some of the goods were defective. D lost money, because it did not have enough goods on hand to meet customer demand. M has a claim against D: payment for the shipment. D has a claim against M: fewer sales than expected. When each party has a claim, there is something to negotiate.

Regarding the Land of Israel, there is nothing to negotiate. The Land of Israel belongs to the Jewish people only

Ditto for unified Jerusalem, inclusive of the Temple Mount and the City of David. They belong to the Jewish people only.

The Temple Mount is sacred to the Jewish people only. The Moslem fairy tale, which does not reference Jerusalem, about a journey on a winged steed, is a laughable basis for Moslem barking about the Temple Mount. The fairy tale is rubbish (a) of itself; and (b) in contrast with the 4,000-year association of the Jewish people with the Land of Israel, beginning with the Patriarchs; and (c) in contrast with the 4,000-year association of the Jewish people with the Temple Mount, beginning with the presence of Abraham and Isaac on Mount Moriah.

The government of Israel falls down on its job of representing the Jewish people, by ignoring that only the Jewish people have historical, political, economic, and cultural connections of with the Land of Israel, inclusive of Judea, Samaria, Aza, Jerusalem, and the Temple Mount. The connections are irrevocable. To the contrary: Netanyahu, Herzog, Lapid, Livni, and others prattle about two states for two peoples. Their starting point is the falsehood that Arabs have a legitimate claim to the Land of Israel. In their view, there is something to negotiate. That is a disservice to the Jewish people.

POINT II. Language matters. That’s why lawyers choose their words carefully. That is why “alleged” and “asserted” are used by lawyers to maintain the idea that something is disputed. If I represent Mr. P, and he disputes that he signed a contract, my obligation is to say “the asserted contract”. I cut the ground out from under Mr. P, if I am careless with words, and I refer to “the contract”.

The government of Israel is careless with its words, to the detriment of the Jewish people. “West Bank” is used by the government of Israel, no matter that the term concedes the legitimacy of the illegal takeover by Jordan, in 1948–1949, of Judea and Samaria. The government of Israel should use “Judea and Samaria”, which concedes nothing.

The same for Aza — “Aza”, not “Gaza”. The latter term concedes the legitimacy of the illegal control of Aza by Egypt, which began in 1948–1949. The government of Israel should use “Aza”, which concedes nothing.

Also, it is harmful to the Jewish people for the government of Israel to use the term “Gaza Strip”. In the territorial context, “strip” indicates land which is politically different from nearby land. “Aza” means that the 140 square miles controlled by the Hamas terrorists are part of the Land of Israel. “Gaza Strip” means that the 140 square miles are not part of the Land of Israel.

Other words used, to the harm of the Jewish people, by the government of Israel, are “Palestine” and “Palestinians”. In fact, those words are associated only with Jews. E.g., “Jewish National Home in Palestine”; Palestine Post (now Jerusalem Post). Arabs resident in Judea, Samaria, and Aza usurped those words. The government of Israel goes along with the usurpation.

POINT III. The government of Israel aids the Arabs who live in Judea, Samaria, and Aza through banking services, car registrations, cement deliveries, electricity services, tax money, UNRWA support, and much else. Here’s a news flash for Knesset members generally, and for Netanyahu and his cabinet particularly: there’s a war going on. It’s Jews vs. Arabs. Jews are the white hats. Arabs are the black hats. The war is winner take all. The term for aiding the enemy in wartime is “treason”. The term for Netanyahu shaking hands with Abbas, who murdered many Jews, is “disgusting”.

POINT IV. The story of Israel should be told to the world by the government of Israel, but is not. One starting point of the story is the Bible, and the association of biblical places with cities and towns in present-day Israel. The related starting point is that biblical figures, who lived in the Land of Israel, were Jews. Not Arabs. All that is ignored by the government of Israel.

Fast forward to the 20th century. The story of Israel has to include the Balfour Declaration (1917), the San Remo Conference (1920), and the Treaty of Sèvres (1920). None of those significant events is mentioned by the government of Israel.

The extensiveness of the Jewish National Home in Palestine is not brought out by the government of Israel. The Jewish National Home in Palestine included present-day Israel, Jordan, and south Syria. The last of these took in the Golan Heights (the biblical Bashan). Over the past 100 years, the size of the Jewish National Home in Palestine has been cut, and cut some more. Israel today is 15% of the size of that which the Jewish National Home in Palestine should be. Division of present-day Israel between Jews and Arabs would be yet another cut in size.

Had the size of the Jewish National Home in Palestine not been illegally cut, there would be sufficient room to take in the Jews of Europe. They are threatened with pogroms by Jew-hating Arabs, who were allowed into Europe by globalist elitists. Yet, the Jews of Europe have no place to go. Present-day Israel, with a population of eight million, is bursting at the seams. Through advocacy of the two-state solution, the government of Israel does harm to the interests of the Jewish people.

The government of Israel does not make an effective case for the rights of the Jewish people.

POINT I. Negotiations are for solving conflicting claims.

It is said that the government of Israel is prevented from negotiating with the Arabs who live in Judea, Samaria, and Aza, because they have no government which is authorized to negotiate, and to enter into an agreement, on their behalf.

That is true, but secondary. The essential point is that no negotiation should be conducted, unless both parties have some claim to the disputed property.

Example 1: I lent NIS 10,000 to Mr. B. He did not repay the principal of the loan, and he did not pay the interest on the loan. Inasmuch as Mr. B has no claim on my money, there is nothing to negotiate.

Example 2: M, a manufacturer, sold and shipped NIS 5,000,00 worth of goods to D, a dealer. Some of the goods were defective. D lost money, because it did not have enough goods on hand to meet customer demand. M has a claim against D: payment for the shipment. D has a claim against M: fewer sales than expected. When each party has a claim, there is something to negotiate.

Regarding the Land of Israel, there is nothing to negotiate. The Land of Israel belongs to the Jewish people only

Ditto for unified Jerusalem, inclusive of the Temple Mount and the City of David. They belong to the Jewish people only.

The Temple Mount is sacred to the Jewish people only. The Moslem fairy tale, which does not reference Jerusalem, about a journey on a winged steed, is a laughable basis for Moslem barking about the Temple Mount. The fairy tale is rubbish (a) of itself; and (b) in contrast with the 4,000-year association of the Jewish people with the Land of Israel, beginning with the Patriarchs; and (c) in contrast with the 4,000-year association of the Jewish people with the Temple Mount, beginning with the presence of Abraham and Isaac on Mount Moriah.

The government of Israel falls down on its job of representing the Jewish people, by ignoring that only the Jewish people have historical, political, economic, and cultural connections of with the Land of Israel, inclusive of Judea, Samaria, Aza, Jerusalem, and the Temple Mount. The connections are irrevocable. To the contrary: Netanyahu, Herzog, Lapid, Livni, and others prattle about two states for two peoples. Their starting point is the falsehood that Arabs have a legitimate claim to the Land of Israel. In their view, there is something to negotiate. That is a disservice to the Jewish people.

POINT II. Language matters. That’s why lawyers choose their words carefully. That is why “alleged” and “asserted” are used by lawyers to maintain the idea that something is disputed. If I represent Mr. P, and he disputes that he signed a contract, my obligation is to say “the asserted contract”. I cut the ground out from under Mr. P, if I am careless with words, and I refer to “the contract”.

The government of Israel is careless with its words, to the detriment of the Jewish people. “West Bank” is used by the government of Israel, no matter that the term concedes the legitimacy of the illegal takeover by Jordan, in 1948–1949, of Judea and Samaria. The government of Israel should use “Judea and Samaria”, which concedes nothing.

The same for Aza — “Aza”, not “Gaza”. The latter term concedes the legitimacy of the illegal control of Aza by Egypt, which began in 1948–1949. The government of Israel should use “Aza”, which concedes nothing.

Also, it is harmful to the Jewish people for the government of Israel to use the term “Gaza Strip”. In the territorial context, “strip” indicates land which is politically different from nearby land. “Aza” means that the 140 square miles controlled by the Hamas terrorists are part of the Land of Israel. “Gaza Strip” means that the 140 square miles are not part of the Land of Israel.

Other words used, to the harm of the Jewish people, by the government of Israel, are “Palestine” and “Palestinians”. In fact, those words are associated only with Jews. E.g., “Jewish National Home in Palestine”; Palestine Post (now Jerusalem Post). Arabs resident in Judea, Samaria, and Aza usurped those words. The government of Israel goes along with the usurpation.

POINT III. The government of Israel aids the Arabs who live in Judea, Samaria, and Aza through banking services, car registrations, cement deliveries, electricity services, tax money, UNRWA support, and much else. Here’s a news flash for Knesset members generally, and for Netanyahu and his cabinet particularly: there’s a war going on. It’s Jews vs. Arabs. Jews are the white hats. Arabs are the black hats. The war is winner take all. The term for aiding the enemy in wartime is “treason”. The term for Netanyahu shaking hands with Abbas, who murdered many Jews, is “disgusting”.

POINT IV. The story of Israel should be told to the world by the government of Israel, but is not. One starting point of the story is the Bible, and the association of biblical places with cities and towns in present-day Israel. The related starting point is that biblical figures, who lived in the Land of Israel, were Jews. Not Arabs. All that is ignored by the government of Israel.

Fast forward to the 20th century. The story of Israel has to include the Balfour Declaration (1917), the San Remo Conference (1920), and the Treaty of Sèvres (1920). None of those significant events is mentioned by the government of Israel.

The extensiveness of the Jewish National Home in Palestine is not brought out by the government of Israel. The Jewish National Home in Palestine included present-day Israel, Jordan, and south Syria. The last of these took in the Golan Heights (the biblical Bashan). Over the past 100 years, the size of the Jewish National Home in Palestine has been cut, and cut some more. Israel today is 15% of the size of that which the Jewish National Home in Palestine should be. Division of present-day Israel between Jews and Arabs would be yet another cut in size.

Had the size of the Jewish National Home in Palestine not been illegally cut, there would be sufficient room to take in the Jews of Europe. They are threatened with pogroms by Jew-hating Arabs, who were allowed into Europe by globalist elitists. Yet, the Jews of Europe have no place to go. Present-day Israel, with a population of eight million, is bursting at the seams. Through advocacy of the two-state solution, the government of Israel does harm to the interests of the Jewish people.



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