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Category Archives: Ignorance is NO Excuse
Remember this when the world forces compromise! This is the Palestinian interpretation of the 2-state solution!
Most Americans are our friends; the extreme left, Hamas in the US, most Palestinians in the US, and much of the top echelon of US defense, intelligence and government are NOT our friends. Decent law-abiding Americans, many Christians, most moral … Continue reading
A little dose of logic: That is what happened 7 days ago. In Israel. To unexpecting, unprepared civilians, men, women and children. Early on a quiet Sabbath morning. Among the slaughtered were infants, beheaded! Did they attack or defend themselves? … Continue reading
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Israel’s Iron Dome anti-missile defense intercepted an incoming Palestinian rocket Friday night. After a second rocket fell short inside Gaza, the IDF responded by attacking Hamas positions in the Gaza Strip. The response the following day from Gaza was an announcement that there would be joint action by all of the terrorists groups in response to Israeli attacks. (This after years of denial by Hamas that it was responsible for the constant attacks by other terrorist organizations.) They also threatened immediate “response” to any Israeli retaliation and warned that the death of any of their leaders would be avenged by attacks on “specific targets’ in Israel. This is, of course, does not acknowledge 17 rockets fired from Gaza into Israel and 30 “balloon” ignited fires in Israel on Friday alone. However, it must be said that even if Israel wanted to strike the leadership from the top, many have fled to very nice lives in Turkey, leaving the poor in Gaza to suffer whatever response Israel makes to the bombs and rockets incessantly aimed at Israel.
Severely complicating the issue, Turkey is now a prime factor to be considered in any retaliation Israel contemplates. There is a strong Turkish encouragement for the unification of Hamas, Hizbollah, and other terrorist groups in Gaza, the West Bank and Lebanon/Syria in the effort to destroy the State of Israel.
Multiple international news outlets and intelligence sources report with official photos that Turkish President Recep Erdogan received Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh in Istanbul on Saturday, Aug. 22, this after a week in which 15 Palestinian rockets and hundreds of fire-bomb balloons were launched into Israel from the Gaza Strip.
Turkey has reportedly allowed Hamas to establish a high-powered staff of 60 in Istanbul for planning and funding terrorist attacks in the West Bank and Jerusalem using sleeper cells. Israeli intelligence has confirmed that Erdogan has even given citizenship to a dozen Istanbul-based top Hamas brass which includes Turkish passports. Now they will have freedom to travel and threaten Israelis in countries where Hamas itself cannot openly operate. Worse, they are by in large convicted murderers who have served long sentences in Israeli prisons for terrorist attacks and the ensuing multiple murders of civilians. They were, against the advice of many Israelis, freed in order to gain the return of an Israel soldier, Gilad Shalit, in the 2011 prisoner swap. As a result of this and more, Israel now considers Turkey not far behind Iran in terms of enmity toward Israel.
Israeli and foreign news and intelligence sources report that following direct Israeli cautions about Hamas activities in Turkey, in a clearly in-your-face decision, Mr Erdogan met Ismail Haniyeh, the head of Hamas in an internationally publicized official event. It is also reported that Turkish intelligence agents maintain close contact with the group’s operatives in Istanbul. To eliminate any doubt, Turkish President Erdogan asserted, “We will keep on supporting our brothers in Palestine.”
Turkey agreed in a US-brokered 2015 deal with Israel to stop Hamas planning attacks from its soil but has consistently failed to honor the agreement, Israeli officials said. Hamas is considered a terrorist group by the EU and US. Its armed wing has been designated a terror group by the UK. In February Hamas assigned a Palestinian to assassinate Jerusalem’s mayor, an Knesset member from PM Netanyahu’s party or Israel’s chief of police. The plot failed. In another case, a Hamas operative offered to pay $20,000 to the family of any would-be suicide bomber. However, a Turkish diplomatic source of course officially denied Hamas was planning these attacks from Turkey, adding that Hamas is “not a terrorist organisation” but a legitimate Palestinian political party. However, there are transcripts of Israeli police interrogations with the would-be assassin and others that show senior Hamas operatives are using Turkey’s largest city to direct the operations in Jerusalem and the West Bank.
Turkey has proved such a welcoming environment for Hamas that the group’s deputy leader, Saleh al-Arouri, who has a $5 million (£3.8 million) US government bounty on his head, travels freely to the country without fear of arrest. This week a relaxed Arouri posed for photographs with other Hamas leaders in Istanbul. “We reject all claims that Turkey is being used for anti-Israel activities,” a source said. Amid the increasingly dire humanitarian and economic situation in Gaza, large numbers of Palestinians are leaving the Strip and traveling through Egypt to Turkey to start new lives. An estimated 35,000 left in 2018 and did not return.
So then, is there a solution?
Retaliation doesn’t work. Cutting off aid (except all humanitarian aid) doesn’t work. The leaders aren’t there to suffer! and the money to pay poor Gazans to suffer and carry on with the primitive but effective attacks is provided by Turkey and others. Limitation of fuel for electricity or other necessities only punishes the poor who are then an easier target for recruitment of suicide bombers and terrorists. The power and wealth of the leadership must be, if not eliminated, then at least be diminished. And here we enter the quagmire of political, both national and international, concerns. Here we enter the world of humanitarianism and the calculation of the human cost of any effective solution while trying to identify those who are willingly active in terrorist activities for monetary, emotional, political, spiritual or other reasons.
So is there a solution?
In spite of the casual – even official – use of the word “war” to describe modern armed conflict/warfare, there have been no real definitive wars since WWII. Most of the military conflicts that a normal person might term ‘warfare’ have been designated ‘conflicts’, ‘actions’, etc. And, worse, even the few that were officially named “wars” (Iran, Iraq, Afghanistan) there are no clear losers, no clear winners. No country has paid the ultimate price of carrying out an military/armed attack on another nation from within or without since Germany and the Axis powers. North Korea? Vietnam? Lebanon? Since there are no winners, no losers and only armistices with some artificial borders, they have become wars of attrition from without and from from within. Frequently, instead of state armies, there are organizations of resistance, terrorists, and government sanction. intermittent attacks.
A few pay the price, but never the official network of powerful instigators and supporters and the perhaps well-intentioned humanitarian groups even thwart minimal efforts to stop the chaos. Whole populations are fleeing, many with nowhere to go because the wealth and power of the UN and the EU, as well as non-governmental organizations do not permit dethroning the murderous conquerors (or leaders) of their respective countries. And when some of these murderers cloak their militancy in a spiritual guise, their fanaticism often gains untold thousands of followers and destroys the lives of millions.
And if a solution is found, who indeed has the ABILITY and the WILL to implement it?
The Scots who head the Church of Scotland appear to be suffering from a common malady whose cause is arrogance and whose most obvious symptom is blind ignorance. Whatever is causing them to stubbornly and publicly refute proven historical fact … Continue reading
You would think that outrageous myths of the dark ages of mankind would be long consigned to some dusty books in library archives. You would think. Most recently, a Saudi cleric repeats a charge that any educated, intelligent person would … Continue reading
Most of what you see and read on political issues is slanted, ergo propaganda. It’s in and on the news. It’s in the history books. It’s in the documentaries. It’s in the images. It’s all over the Internet. And it’s … Continue reading
Is Israel a Warmonger? How can anyone seriously ask that question? Why on earth would anyone whose home is essentially on the front lines want to start a war? Consider: The talking heads dramatically proclaim: “Israeli will not inform the … Continue reading
Indoctrination of the Next Generation: Perhaps naively, my generation was taught to believe the history books, to trust the teachers, and to see history through the eyes of western public education. That belief was naive and inaccurate then, and it’s … Continue reading
UN Partition and the Birth of Israel: An immeasurable amount misinformation and politically-motivated propaganda has been published in every possible venue, from academia to the latest docudramas. One who seeks the truth must hunt for and through thousands of source … Continue reading