Proliferation in the Age of Technology

Greed for Power and/or Money has created an entire world armed to the teeth with weapons of mass destruction and moreover even deadlier technology!

A recent and potentially critical example of the proliferation of not only the usual WMD’s (nuclear weapon technology and components, chemical and biological weapons) but of today’s cutting edge cyber warfare and killing technology is seen in the Russian involvement in Syria and Iran, the US involvement in Afghanistan, Pakistan and now, Iran.

Advanced Weaponry

It has been reported that a recent and large shipment of advanced cruise missiles was sent to Syria by the Russians.  These will be very effective for attacking US, Israeli or Turkish ships off the coast of Lebanon.  Hizballah will be quite pleased to cooperate with Syria and Iran just to get their hands on the means to increase the threat to Israel.

Syria  has an advanced military with massive stockpiles of chemical and biological weapons (some thanks to Saddam Hussein’s demise).  They don’t have the technological superiority to design the high end delivery systems but they don’t need it.  The training they need to handle the weapons has long been supplied in Moscow and the advanced technology with some of it’s handlers is a “gift” of the Russian government.  Syria is Russia’s toe-hold in the Middle East and Russia doesn’t intend to let it go down with (or without) Assad at the helm.

This last week has seen the capture of the stealth drone the RQ-170 Sentinal.  This extremely advanced and secret intelligence tool is now being examined very minutely by at the very least Iran and Russia, with China most likely participating.  If it is successfully reverse engineered, they will be flying over every area of the world any hour of the day or night.  In addition, the cyber warfare likely used to down the UAV will soon be available to all.  Does this mean we won’t be killing soldiers and civilians any longer, but ‘killing’ and disabling robots??  Would that this would be the case.

Hi-Tech Intelligence and Killer “Robots”

If one takes the example of the increased use of the UAV’s by the US and Israel, the effort to take out targeted leaders, weaponry or other targets very often incurs what is nicely called ‘collateral damage’.  That damage could be my family and yours,  just as those families living near terrorists in Pakistan and Gaza have found themselves in the bull’s eye.  If these UAV’s were limited to intelligence-only or defensive use, perhaps the collateral damage could be argued as the cost of stopping attacks with an even greater loss of life -like the Hiroshima, Nagasaki unending now-philosophical disagreement.  But the argument is once again not just philosophical. More critically, the increased spread of this machine that can be used for intelligence or as a robotic killer, will also now allow use by rogue dictators and evil regimes bent on conquering others.

It’s a moot point if the US was at fault (or maybe it was a deliberate way to deliver ‘something’ to Iran??) for the loss of the drone. What’s critical is that one super-aggressive power and two potentially very aggressive powers now will have this same technology within their means.  Israel can find and strike a terrorist in the midst of sending out his killing team in a street in a high population center.  What’s to stop Iran (who has already planned an attack in the US)  from deciding to take out the President or the Secretary of Defense at the Pentagon or the CIA director?  What’s to stop Syrian Shiites or Hizbollah from bombing Israel’s Defense Minister or other high official?

There is no end to the likely outcomes of the spread of technology meant for use in war. Nuclear and chemical warheads are now more than equaled in their threat to the whole world. Without the new delivery technology they would be even limited comparatively. They too rely on the cyber war capabilities.

Now, think about the anti-personal bombs and even more critical to survival, the electronic warfare that will knock out all communications systems, electrical grids, and infrastructure subsystems over whole countries. Hacking into the Pentagon is a child’s game beside what is hidden in today’s headlines – a secret technology drone was stolen by Iran. So few words……such unimaginable outcome.

UPDATE:  Iran barters examination of US drone RQ-170 for Russian & Chinese  weapons and assistance.

Just in case you think that arms dealers are all shady characters hunted by Interpol, meeting in darkened corners, murdering the competition and bribing 3rd world countries to buy their wares, think again. National and International Intelligence agencies, diplomats, and legal arms manufactures lead the rush to arm every country on earth with weapons that can end life as we know it.

Mostly, we commoners never hear even about the official deals, let alone the machinations of the underworld,  but once in a while a headline hits the news: US threatens to withhold technology from Israel if Israel sells xxxx planes or yyyy arms  to India.  Same news media, two months later: US signs large contract for xxxx planes or yyyy arms with India. You figure it out!

Now Iran has the latest and greatest arms prize and is brazenly auctioning it off to the highest bidders, likely to be the Russians and Chinese since they built much of the existing infrastructure in Iran. Some  experts wonder if and, if so, who helped Iran ‘break the tether’ and land the drone in working order. It’s the perfect setup: If the drone had come down in Russia or China (or any other country, for that matter), US pressure would have forced them to return it. Few places would be currently rogue enough and immune to US pressure than Iran.

Iran is driving a hard bargain for granting Russian and Chinese teams access to the US stealth drone RQ-170 it captured undamaged last week. DEBKAfile reports: The price, they were told, includes advanced nuclear and missile technology, especially systems using solid fuel, the last word on centrifuges for enriching uranium and the S-300PMU-1 air defense system, which Moscow has consistently refused to sell Tehran. Israel’s prime minister sent foreign minister Avigdor Lieberman to Moscow to try and stop the deal. []

[more to come…]


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Ignorance is No Excuse #5

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 more out of place now as the distortion and rewriting of history has grown bolder in order to promote an ideological agenda. And what was taught under the rule of dictators or the traditions of various peoples was even less faithful to the political and social history their region and of the world than the distorted books of the west. While the peace seekers were sleeping, those seeking power and to wage the war to obtain it have been remembered and taken action: He who teaches the children forms the future. Following are some examples of incitement, hatred towards Israel and antisemitism, according to subject:

  1. The Jewish people – the textbooks are replete with antisemitic expressions of hatred and hostility towards the Jewish people, including references from the Koran attesting to the corrupt, dishonest character of the Jews, who are also anti-Islam. They claim that, according to the Talmud, the Jews believe that the human animal was created to serve them and that it is permitted to deceive the gentiles, who have satanic souls.
  2. Jerusalem – Israelis covet Jerusalem above all else. They burned the Al Aksa mosque in 1969 as part of the Zionist plan to take control of Haram al-Sharif (the Temple Mount) and to destroy the Muslim buildings there, in order to build their Temple. It is incumbent on the Arab army to liberate the mosques from the thieving conqueror.
  3. Zionism – Zionism is a threat to the Arabs, and all Arabs are obligated to fight it; the Zionist germ must be expunged from the Arab nation. Teachers’ guides for the 10th and 12th grades explain that Zionism is a racist movement that aspires to Judaize Palestine by expelling its Arab residents. Furthermore, Zionist ideology is more racist, extremist and aggressive than other ideologies (of the 20th century) and established a Jewish political entity in Palestine that threatens the security of the Arab homeland.
  4. Jihad – already in the 2nd grade, Palestinian pupils learn that Jordanian young men are eager to sacrifice their lives for the jihad, to defend the Arab character of Palestine. Another textbook states that the Arabs and the Muslims will fight the Jews who evicted them from their homes. In the 8th grade, the students learn that the usurpers have crossed all boundaries and therefore the time has come for jihad, to unsheathe the sharp sword.
  5. The Iz a-Din al-Kassam receives much praise in descriptions of Palestinian bravery, and the battle of Karama is described as resulting from the Zionist lust for expansion. Stone-throwers are also glorified in these books.
  6. Israel – The name “Israel” does not appear on the maps, and Jewish cities are not mentioned. Tel Aviv is called “Jaffa.” In the 5th grade, discussion is devoted to the question: Why must we fight the Jews and expel them from our land? In the 7th grade, the children learn that 1948 was the year of “the Great Crime,” when “the gang state” was established by seizing control of cities and villages and mistreating the residents.
  7. The “Right of Return” – Eighth-graders are taught a song about Jaffa, promising to return from the diaspora and the prisons. An 8th grade history textbook explains that Israels close ties with imperialism made its establishment possible.

Textbooks in the schools indoctrinate the children with false history and hatred. But it’s not only the textbooks, not only the teachers….

The latest episode of “Tomorrow’s Pioneers,” broadcast last week on January 22 on Al Aqsa (Hamas) TV, features a young host asking a 10-year-old girl whether she was afraid of dying last year during the fighting between IDF soldiers and Hamas terrorists. No, I wasn’t afraid,” the little girl answers proudly. “I wished for Shahada (martyrdom) – Shahada for Allah.” IsraelNationalNews To celebrate the Muslim holiday of Ramadan, Palestinian TV has launched a new program called “The Best Mothers.“ But who constitutes the ”best mothers” according to Palestinians? Apparently ones whose children were suicide bombers who killed innocent Israelis and themselves, and hence, became “martyrs.” The 10-minute segment, that reportedly airs every day, features a different Palestinian mother in her home, talking about the children of whom she is most proud. The Blaze

And it’s not only the government-controlled organized media…. The culture is infused with glorification of suicide martyrs, terrorist who are in Israeli prisons for cruel and bloody murder of infants, children, teens and elderly people, some in their beds, others eating a pizza.  There are holidays, banners, demonstrations, and official celebrations of their bloody work. In addition acclamation of the martyr in song, poetry, the families often receive thousands of dollars from the government (funds often coming from Saudi Arabia or other foreign sources) and are themselves seen as heroes for giving their sons and daughters for their religious beliefs and ideology.

According to the Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research, approximately 87% of Palestinians support armed attacks against soldiers and settlers in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip. There is little surprise that many also support those who sacrificed their lives to attack Israelis. In fact, they are viewed as heroes or martyrs and are openly celebrated. Carrying out suicide attacks for the sake of God and nation is considered not only a worthy thing to do, but is actively facilitated by some community and mosque leaders, schools and even the Palestinian media. Palestinian extremists feel that the suicide attacks are just and something that Westerners will never understand because of cultural and religious differences. Martyrdom is considered to be one of the highest achievements a person can attain. The American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) stated that martyrdom increases one’s “social status after death, as well as that of his or her family.” Martyrs are glorified and their names and faces often decorate walls and posters throughout many Palestinian communities. Some families even encourage their relatives and children to engage in martyrdom. Parents of suicide terrorists often feel a sense of pride for the retaliatory act their children have carried out against Israel. It is often believed that the act is a religious duty that is for the benefit of all Palestinians. According to a PBS interview by Martin Himmel, the father of a suicide terrorist stated that the martyr “gives his soul as a gift” to society by sacrificing themselves. The Palestinian beliefs concerning martyrdom are not unique to the Middle East and flourish in the Western world. For example, shortly after September 11, a Washington Post columnist visited an Islamic school in the wealthy Washington suburb of Potomac, Md. He was shocked to find that the corridors of the school were filled with the photos of Palestinian suicide bombers, even though the children who attended the school were American citizens and Arab diplomats, not Palestinians. [italics by author] TruTV

Until a generation arises that wishes to live in true peace with their neighbors, the world is in immanent danger of self-destruction.  So it’s not looking positive over the short-term. When the central faith of the majority of a people is in a religion that promotes physical jihad and total rule over all non-believers, nothing but absolute defeat will still their bloody quest….and then (according to their teachings) only until they can become strong enough to raise the attack again.

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Ignorance is no Excuse #4

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 documents in order to shed the light of truth on an historical event. We know that “history” is indeed an imprecise recording by human, thus subjective, witnesses, often very distant from time and place of the event.  Keeping that in mind, however,  Eli E. Hertz, author of the article below has been found time after time to present objective information, supported by quotes from the relevant source documents and and the views of widely respected scholarship to present his concise snapshots of history. By doing so, he indeed penetrates the fog created by time, distance, error and deliberate distortion. [RKnews]

UN Resolution 181 – The Partition Plan

A “Green Light” for Jewish Statehood – A ‘Dead’ Blueprint for Peace November 29, 1947

Eli E. Hertz  (website:  Myths and Facts )

In 1947 the British put the future of western Palestine into the hands of the United Nations, the successor organization to the League of Nations which had established the Mandate for Palestine. A UN Commission recommended partitioning what was left of the original Mandate – western Palestine – into two new states, one Jewish and one Arab [Not a Palestinian state]. Jerusalem and its surrounding villages were to be temporarily classified as an international zone belonging to neither polity.

What resulted was Resolution 181 [known as the 1947 Partition Plan], a non-binding recommendation to partition Palestine, whose implementation hinged on acceptance by both parties – Arabs and Jews.

The resolution was adopted on November 29, 1947 in the General Assembly by a vote of 33-12, with 10 abstentions. Among the supporters were the United States and the Soviet Union, as well as other nations including France and Australia. The Arab nations, including Egypt, Syria, Iraq, and Saudi Arabia denounced the plan on the General Assembly floor and voted as a bloc against Resolution 181 promising to defy its implementation by force.

Birth of Israel in Headlines

British Mandate Newspaper Announces Birth of Israeli State

The resolution recognized the need for immediate Jewish statehood (and a parallel Arab state), but the ‘blueprint’ for peace became a moot issue when the Arabs refused to accept it. Subsequently, de facto [In Latin: realities] on the ground in the wake of Arab aggression (and Israel’s survival) became the basis for UN efforts to bring peace.

Resolution 181 then lost its validity and relevance.

Aware of Arabs’ past aggression, Resolution 181, in paragraph C, calls on the Security Council to:

“Determine as a threat to the peace, breach of the peace or act of aggression, in accordance with Article 39 of the Charter, any attempt to alter by force the settlement envisaged by this resolution.” [italics by author]

The ones who sought to alter by force the settlement envisioned in Resolution 181 were the Arabs who threatened bloodshed if the United Nations was to adopt the Resolution:

“The [British] Government of Palestine fear that strife in Palestine will be greatly intensified when the Mandate is terminated, and that the international status of the United Nations Commission will mean little or nothing to the Arabs in Palestine, to whom the killing of Jews now transcends all other considerations. Thus, the Commission will be faced with the problem of how to avert certain bloodshed on a very much wider scale than prevails at present. … The Arabs have made it quite clear and have told the Palestine government that they do not propose to co-operate or to assist the Commission, and that, far from it, they propose to attack and impede its work in every possible way. We have no reason to suppose that they do not mean what they say.” [italics by author]

Arabs’ intentions and deeds did not fare better after Resolution 181 was adopted:

“Taking into consideration that the Provisional Government of Israel has indicated its acceptance in principle of a prolongation of the truce in Palestine; that the States members of the Arab League have rejected successive appeals of the United Nations Mediator, and of the Security Council in its resolution 53 (1948) of 7 July 1948, for the prolongation of the truce in Palestine; and that there has consequently developed a renewal of hostilities in Palestine.”

The conclusion:

Having constituted a Special Committee and instructed it to investigate all questions and issues relevant to the problem of Palestine, and to prepare proposals for the solution of the problem, and

Having received and examined the report of the Special Committee (document A/364). … Recommends to the United Kingdom, as the mandatory Power for Palestine, and to all other Members of the United Nations the adoption and implementation, with regard to the future Government of Palestine, of the Plan of Partition with Economic Union set out below; …” [italics by author].

In the late 1990s, more than 50 years after Resolution 181 was rejected by the Arab world, Arab leaders suddenly recommended to the General Assembly that UN Resolution 181 be resurrected as the basis for a peace agreement. There is no foundation for such a notion.

Resolution 181 was the last of a series of recommendations that had been drawn up over the years by the Mandator and by international commissions, plans designed to reach an historic compromise between Arabs and Jews in western Palestine. The first was in 1922 when Great Britain unilaterally partitioned Palestine. This did not satisfy the Arabs who wanted the entire country to be Arab. Resolution 181 followed such proposals as the Peel Commission (1937); the Woodhead Commission (1938); two 1946 proposals that championed a bi-national state; one proposed by the Anglo-American Committee of Inquiry in April 1946 based on a single state with equal powers for Jews and Arabs; the Morrison-Grady Plan raised in July 1946 which recommended a federal state with two provinces – one Jewish, one Arab. Every scheme since 1922 was rejected by the Arab side, including decidedly pro-Arab ones because these plans recognized Jews as a nation and gave Jewish citizens of Mandate Palestine political representation.

Arabs Rejected the “Unbalanced” Partition Plan

The UN International Court of Justice (ICJ) uses the term “unbalanced”

in describing the reason for Arab rejectionism of Resolution 181. This description hardly fits reality. Seventy-seven percent of the landmass of the original Mandate for the Jews was excised in 1922 to create a fourth Arab state – Trans-Jordan (today Jordan).

In a statement by Dr. Abba Hillel Silver, the representative of the Jewish Agency for Palestine to the United Nations Special Committee on Palestine (UNSCOP), he had that to say about fairness, balance, and justice:

“According to David Lloyd George, then British Prime Minister, the Balfour Declaration implied that the whole of Palestine, including Transjordan, should ultimately become a Jewish state. Transjordan had, nevertheless, been severed from Palestine in 1922 and had subsequently been set up as an Arab kingdom. Now a second Arab state was to be carved out of the remainder of Palestine, with the result that the Jewish National Home would represent less than one eighth of the territory originally set aside for it. Such a sacrifice should not be asked of the Jewish people.”

Referring to the Arab States established as independent countries since the First World War, he said:

“17,000,000 Arabs now occupied an area of 1,290,000 square miles, including all the principal Arab and Moslem centres, while Palestine, after the loss of Transjordan, was only 10,000 square miles; yet the majority plan proposed to reduce it by one half. UNSCOP proposed to eliminate Western Galilee from the Jewish State; that was an injustice and a grievous handicap to the development of the Jewish State.” [italics by author].

Arab’s Aggression Before and After the Adoption of Resolution 181

Following passage of Resolution 181 by the General Assembly, Arab countries took the dais to reiterate their absolute rejection of the recommendation and intention to render implementation of Resolution

181 a moot question by the use of force. These examples from the transcript of the General Assembly plenary meeting on November 29, 1947 speak for themselves:

“Mr. JAMALI (Iraq): … We believe that the decision which we have now taken … undermines peace, justice and democracy. In the name of my Government, I wish to state that it feels that this decision is antidemocratic, illegal, impractical and contrary to the Charter …

Therefore, in the name of my Government, I wish to put on record that Iraq does not recognize the validity of this decision, will reserve freedom of action towards its implementation, and holds those who were influential in passing it against the free conscience of mankind responsible for the consequences.”

“Amir. ARSLAN (Syria): … Gentlemen, the Charter is dead. But it did not die a natural death; it was murdered, and you all know who is guilty. My country will never recognize such a decision [Partition]. It will never agree to be responsible for it. Let the consequences be on the heads of others, not on ours.”

“H. R. H. Prince Seif El ISLAM ABDULLAH (Yemen): The Yemen delegation has stated previously that the partition plan is contrary to justice and to the Charter of the United Nations. Therefore, the Government of Yemen does not consider itself bound by such a decision … and will reserve its freedom of action towards the implementation of this decision.”

The Partition Plan was met not only by verbal rejection on the Arab side but also by concrete, bellicose steps to block its implementation and destroy the Jewish polity by force of arms, a goal the Arabs publicly declared even before Resolution 181 was brought to a vote.

Arabs not only rejected the compromise and took action to prevent establishment of a Jewish state but also blocked establishment of an Arab state under the partition plan not just before the Israel War of Independence, but also after the war when they themselves controlled the West Bank (1948-1967), rendering the recommendation ‘a still birth.’

The UN itself recognized that Resolution 181 had not been accepted by the Arab side, rendering it a dead issue: On January 29, 1948, the First Monthly Progress Report of the UN-appointed Palestine Commission charged with helping put Resolution 181 into effect was submitted to the Security Council (A/AC.21/7). Implementation of Resolution 181 hinged not only on the five member states appointed to represent the UN (Bolivia, Czechoslovakia, Denmark, Panama, Philippines) and Great Britain, but first and foremost on the participation of the two sides who were invited to appoint representatives. The Commission then reported:

“The invitation extended by the [181] resolution was promptly accepted by the Government of the United Kingdom and by the Jewish Agency for Palestine, both of which designated representatives to assist the commission. … As regards the Arab Higher Committee, the following telegraphic response was received by the Secretary-General on 19 January:


The UN Palestine Commission’s February 16, 1948 report (A/AC.21/9) to the Security Council noted that Arab-led hostilities were an effort

“To prevent the implementation of the [General] Assembly’s plan of partition, and to thwart its objectives by threats and acts of violence, including armed incursions into Palestinian territory.”

On May 17, 1948 – after the invasion began, the Palestine Commission designed to implement 181 adjourned sine die [Latin: without determining a date] after the General Assembly appointed a United Nations Mediator in Palestine, which relieves the United Nations Palestine Commission from the further exercise of its responsibilities.

Some thought the Partition Plan could be revived, but by the end of the war, Resolution 181 had become a moot issue as realities on the ground made the establishment of an armistice-line (the “Green Line”)

– a temporary ceasefire line expected to be followed by peace treaties

– the most constructive path to solving the conflict.

A July 30, 1949 working paper of the UN Secretariat entitled The Future of Arab Palestine and the Question of Partition noted further that:

“The Arabs rejected the United Nations Partition Plan so that any comment of theirs did not specifically concern the status of the Arab section of Palestine under partition but rather rejected the scheme in its entirety.”

By the time armistice agreements were reached in 1949 between Israel and its immediate Arab neighbors (Egypt, Lebanon, Syria and Trans-Jordan) with the assistance of UN Mediator Dr. Ralph Bunche, Resolution 181 had become irrelevant, and the armistice agreements addressed new realities created by the war. Over subsequent years, the UN simply abandoned the recommendations of Resolution 181, as its ideas were drained of all relevance by events. Moreover, the Arabs continued to reject 181 after the war when they themselves controlled the West Bank (1948-1967) which Jordan invaded in the course of the war and annexed illegally.

Attempts by Palestinians to ‘roll back the clock’ and resuscitate Resolution 181 more than six decades after they rejected it ‘as if nothing had happened’ are a baseless ploy designed to use Resolution

181 as leverage to bring about a greater Israeli withdrawal from parts of western Palestine and to gain a broader base from which to continue to attack an Israel with even less defendable borders. Both Palestinians and their Arab brethren in neighboring countries rendered the plan null and void by their own subsequent aggressive actions.

Professor Stone wrote about this ‘novelty of resurrection’ in 1981 when he analyzed a similar attempt by pro-Palestinian ‘experts’ at the UN to rewrite the history of the conflict (their writings were termed “Studies”). Stone called it “revival of the dead”

To attempt to show … that Resolution 181(II) ‘remains’ in force in 1981 is thus an undertaking even more miraculous than would be the revival of the dead. It is an attempt to give life to an entity that the Arab states had themselves aborted before it came to maturity and birth. To propose that Resolution 181(II) can be treated as if it has binding force in 1981, [E.H., the year the book was written] for the benefit of the same Arab states, who by their aggression destroyed it ab initio, [In Latin: From the beginning] also violates ‘general principles of law,’ such as those requiring claimants to equity to come ‘with clean hands,’ and forbidding a party who has unlawfully repudiated a transaction from holding the other party to terms that suit the later expediencies of the repudiating party. [italics by author].

Resolution 181 had been tossed into the waste bin of history, along with the Partition Plans that preceded it.

Israel’s Independence is not a Result of a Partial Implementation of the Partition Plan

Resolution 181 has no legal ramifications – that is, Resolution 181 recognized the Jewish right to statehood, but its validity as a potentially legal and binding document was never consummated. Like the proposals that preceded it, Resolution 181’s validity hinged on acceptance by both parties of the General Assembly’s recommendation.

Cambridge Professor Sir Elihu Lauterpacht, Judge ad hoc of the International Court of Justice, a renowned expert on international law, clarified that from a legal standpoint, the 1947 UN Partition Resolution had no legislative character to vest territorial rights in either Jews or Arabs. In a monograph relating to one of the most complex aspects of the territorial issue, the status of Jerusalem, Judge, Sir Lauterpacht wrote that any binding force the Partition Plan would have had to arise from the principle pacta sunt servanda, [In Latin: treaties must be honored – the first principle of international law] that is, from agreement of the parties at variance to the proposed plan. In the case of Israel, Judge, Sir Lauterpacht explains:

“The coming into existence of Israel does not depend legally upon the Resolution. The right of a State to exist flows from its factual existence-especially when that existence is pro­longed shows every sign of continuance and is recognised by the generality of nations.”

Reviewing Lauterpacht’s arguments, Professor Stone, a distinguished authority on the Law of Nations, added that Israel’s “legitimacy” or the “legal foundation” for its birth does not reside with the United Nations’ Partition Plan, which as a consequence of Arab actions became a dead issue. Professor Stone concluded:

“The State of Israel is thus not legally derived from the partition plan, but rests (as do most other states in the world) on assertion of independence by its people and government, on the vindication of that independence by arms against assault by other states, and on the establishment of orderly government within territory under its stable control.”

For the article including notes and map, please go to:

Myths and Facts – Resolution 181


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Mob Rule vs ?

Definition —

Mob rule

Control of a political situation by those outside the conventional or lawful realm, typically involving violence and intimidation

2010 population of Egypt :  81,121,077 *
Numbers range from thousands, tens of thousands to hundreds of thousands in the streets of Cairo.  Let’s say for argument that the highest number of protesters in the streets of all Egypt is 1 million.  With a median age of ~24, the adult population is approximately 50,000,000. It’s difficult to assess what percent  of the 49,000,000 NOT in the streets are in support of the activities and results of the so-called Arab Spring.
No one argues the obvious fact that the past governments of Egypt (and most other Arab countries) have ruled strictly, often cruelly and corruptly, invading the daily and personal lives of their citizens and severely limiting personal freedom. But is chaos a better alternative? Will the chaos give over to a incorruptible government allowing personal freedoms? Not if the Islamic rulers are able to stuff the ballot boxes or gain control of the streets.
Who started this?  Who is keeping it stirred up? and What are the true goals?  Who is vying for power and for the wealth and glory of ruling Egypt?
For any formed (elected or not) government to reestablish order in the streets and daily life of Egyptians will demand a strong hand to enforce the rule of law.
The liklihood is that those who don’t agree will once again be in the streets to get their way. In order for a new order to effectively rule, the population   INCLUDING the street mob must willingly acquiesce to their limitation of their ‘rights’.
I don’t see that coming round the corner.
*Source: World Bank, World Development Indicators
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Why Worry? The Saga of the Iranian Nuclear Bomb

So will Israel strike Iran’s nuclear facilities, or won’t she?

Eight years is a long time to play ‘she loves me, she loves me not ‘ and the daisy’s petals have long since fallen, crumbled and gone.  However, the leaders of the free world are still passing around the daisy and pretending to see petals to pull off:  she has the bomb, has it not.   The gamble is now being exposed for the illusion it has always been. The question is now as passe as the children’s game.

While the leaders deluded themselves that they were deceiving the public in order to hide their own lack of will to find solutions, the common folk knew the truth and resigned themselves to some future catastrophe.  Their only hope was that the diplomatic theater would delay it or that somehow their world would survive it.  Today, reporters revealed that in a private conversation, French leader Sarkosy labeled Israeli PM Netanyahu a liar after which US Pres. Obama in commiseration said that he had to deal with Netanyahu daily.  Amazingly they don’t seem to realize how their ‘friends’ and especially their enemies view them!

Now the public is being told by every media channel that Obama is warning of strict economic sanctions on Iran to bring her into submission:  That was yesterday. Today, they are loudly announcing that the threat is off the table.   In any case, with Russia and China protecting Iran, the sanctions seemed certain to fail while inflicting such a serious wound to the world economy that might bring the mighty crashing down without the need for the  BOMB.  Such has been the success of Obama and his backers to break the power of the west in his 3 short years in power.

After encouraging Israel to attack Iranian submarines in the Red Sea and after delivering the bunker buster bombs to Israel in September, the White House and US State Department are raising the noise level to warn Israel NOT to undertake unilateral action.  German, Italy and NATO, trained  with Israel in Italy for long range bombing runs and military exercises, the leaders of  NATO pressured Israel (at least in the media) to draw down. Will the US now cancel the announced large military exercise with Israel in March?

The likelihood is that Israel will find itself under attack sooner or later, from any and every direction, no matter how this plays out

If Israel decides she must strike, will she be going it alone and face the counterattack isolated and sanctioned? What would be the cost this time to ‘David’ for staving off the Islamic ‘Goliath’, for buying the weak-kneed western leaders a few months or years before they will have no more options but to fight or die?  Meanwhile it is an international ‘hostage’ situation as Tehran continues to threaten that before retaliating on anyone else, millions of Israelis will die for any strike on Iran’s nuclear facilities, apparently referring to Israel’s major population areas as targets for their long-range missiles – not to mention the arms now in Gaza and S. Lebanon. Hizbollah may or may not wait for ‘justification’ to launch their 10,000 missiles against Israel.

And if Israel doesn’t, how long before Iran, Hizbollah, Syria (or what’s left of her), Lebanon and Hamas with an enfeebled Egypt decide to jointly attempt to wipe Israel off the map?  In Debkafile’s opinion, “Israel [is left] with a choice between a military strike or bowing to the Obama administration’s acceptance of a nuclear-armed Iran and learning to live with this ever-present menace.  The same stark choice confronts Saudi Arabia and the rest of the Gulf.”

Iran threatens millions of Israelis saying they will die for any strike on Iran’s nuclear facilities

And the most outrageous statement ever by Obama has been his recent threat that by the summer of 2012 “someone” must strike Iran!!!  That is so obviously a pre-election ploy. It would be meant to ensure his own reelection in the midst of the hysteria that would result immediately after the attack. It appears that his power is far more important than the lives of millions in Israel, the Middle East, Europe and America.  Just how low will he go?

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One Man Killed as Rockets, Grads Rain on Israeli Cities

UPDATE 02:00 31 October 2011:   One man, Ami Moshe age 59, of Ashdod, died  from shrapnel wounds inflicted by Grad which hit his car.  15 others remain hospitalized with moderate to serious wounds.  Israeli PM Netanyahu said there is NO ceasefire in effect as of today, Sunday.

Interestingly, the pattern is: Terrorists fire on or bomb Israel then quickly call for international help in imposing a ceasefire to escape retaliation against those ordering or attacking Israeli civilians. Well, guess what?  It took us a while, but we are ‘onto them’!

30 October 2011:  From 17:00 Saturday (Sabbath) IST more than 25 rockets and missiles explode in Ashdod, Ashkelon, Gan Yavne and other cities in southern Israel.

Schools closed tomorrow in most area cities. Israel responding to bomb attack sites in Gaza.

Islamic Jihad Islamic group is responsible. In response to their attack last week, Israel struck and killed a top leader and several operatives in Gaza.

Hamas claims it doesn’t want the conflict intensified, but it’s clear they are able to take control if they wish. These are long range rockets and Grad missiles, not small shoulder-held Katushas.

Meanwhile, Israel cannot absorb multiple attacks on civilian populations without response.

South Israel to remain on alert status throughout the night.

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Who Benefits from the Chaos?

When International Organizations, whether Labor, Leftists, Rightists or extremists with any agenda can manipulate hapless citizens to violence in the streets in order to achieve a “regime change” or a “spring”, they affect the whole interconnected world — for good or for bad.

When chaos reigns, the average citizen will gladly hand over his freedom and all his worldly goods just to obtain safety, security, food and shelter. When this happens that citizen cannot place total blame on those Organizers: They can only succeed if the citizens have shown total indifference to the health of their society at a local and national level.

Apathy and ignorance is what has made the average citizen gullible and vulnerable. The price in blood and the future enslavement of untold generations is described vividly through thousands of years of world history.

The goal of social and economic destabilization is not difficult to achieve with sufficient propaganda and money. The question is, to what end? What is the plan for re-creating stability and a positive governance? What does the average citizen want, in Egypt, in Libya, Syria, Tunisia, etc? To do more than just survive? To live securely? To have a good quality of life with adequate food and shelter for his family? It sounds so simple and are worthy goals.

Are those taking this citizen into the streets doing so to give him what he wants? Does the average citizen understand that his blood may be spilled and what comes may be worse than what was?

Who is asking what THEY want? Who ARE those ‘selfless’ leaders in NY or London who are creating the chaos?  It’s not hard to find out.

Unfortunately, many of the leaders, financiers, and ‘community organizers’ are not so selfless as they seem. They are vying for the spoils: POWER, WEALTH, and CONTROL, enslavement of the masses for their own comfort and to satisfy greed. I wonder if it’s too late to stop them….

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Gilad Shalit – Prisoner Exchange

Sunday Israel and Hamas revealed the names of 477 Palestinian prisoners to be released.    This will begin the first stage of the prisoner exchange. The remainder are to be released after Gilad is transferred to Israel.  But it must be pointed out:  Gilad and the PA prisoners were not all judged and sentenced to prison for equal crimes. This is NOT an  equal trade between Gilad and the terrorists. And we do not refer to the number: 1027  for  1.

Among the 477 PA prisoners in the first release are many who directly murdered Israeli civilians  — not in self-defense and not in battle: In a pizza shop, in their homes, in a hotel, and so forth.

On the other hand 20 year-old Gilad Shalit was kidnapped during an ambush of his patrol INSIDE Israeli territory by terrorists operating from Gaza.  They came from within “their own territory” into Israeli sovereign territory.  They were not attacked,

Sign of life - Gilad Shalit

Kidnapped soldier Gilad Shalit holding a newspaper to prove he is alive in Hamas custody.

nor were they being threatened. Gilad Shalit was kidnapped to be held for ransom.  He was held in isolation, underground, with no contact from the IRC or other agents, for five LONG years. For a long time there was even no proof of life given to provide hope to his family. Over five years his family received three letters, an audio tape, and a DVD for which  Israel had to release 20 female PA convicts.  NO ONE YET KNOWS how he was treated, what he suffered during that time.

Would that no murderers ever be traded to redeem the innocent:  But it’s neither black nor white.  Most civilized countries refuse to ransom kidnap victims.  The country then pays the price of watching it’s own slaughtered – sometimes beheaded, on TV and Internet screens around the world. The families pay the price many times over for the rest of their lives.   However, paying a ransom encourages kidnappers. So they say and so it is.

It is more difficult in Israel because it’s a very small country in land and population. It’s like an extended family. Everyone knows someone who knows someone who knows or is related to the family in such a tragedy.  When a attack happens almost everyone is within a driving time of from a few minutes to 3 hours. When a bus blown up or a restaurant is bombed, the whole country comes to a halt. Cell phones no longer work as the system is overwhelmed with people trying to locate loved ones who were to be in that location. Hospitals set up special phone lines that are often overloaded and all media is focused on the attack.  Normal life and work comes to a stop while everyone who can watches and informs those who can’t. No one is untouched which fulfills the precise definition of terrorism and intent of the terrorists. All are praying that there are no dead or maimed and watch helplessly as the numbers rise.

So, it was with the ambush and when we were informed that one soldier (or civilian) was kidnapped. We all mourned the dead and injured and became Gilad’s family – and the terrorists know it.

Where then does that leave us? What are our alternatives?

On the personal level:

Gilad is coming home bringing if not a complete and immediate end to his suffering, at least relief to be in the warmth of his family whose whose own suffering has been agonizing over the last 5 years. The healing for him and for them can begin. Who doesn’t feel the pain of this soldier and this family?

On the national level:

Soldiers who risked their lives to capture the murderers of Israeli civilians, men, women and children, will now be free to kill again, even to attack those very soldiers and their families. Hamas and other terrorist groups have already announced that they will seek more soldiers (and/or civilians) to kidnap. So other soldiers, other families are at an even greater risk. Who doesn’t feel the frustration and pain of the soldiers who captured these murderers and the survivors of those whose blood was spilled.

And how will people at both levels feel when the next murderous attack comes, on another bus or in a restaurant or or in a school?

Where is the balance here?  Which is the highest moral value? Which is the best decision for Israel and for Jews  worldwide?

We are paying a very high price and we will feel no assurance that it will be honored until we see Gilad in the doorway of his home.

Was there no OTHER way to set our captive free?

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Ignorance is no Excuse #3

The Big Lie:

The PLO aka Palestinian Authority, its leader Abbas and his henchmen only want a small peaceful state along the pre-1967 borders.

Abbas holding the "future" State of Palestine.

Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Aug. 21, 2011

Evidence to the contrary? There’s so much, it’s hard to decide where to start, what to put in and what to leave out. Certainly no person who really wants to know the truth doesn’t already know it and doesn’t need this blog.  So, is it possible to ‘inform’ one who  doesn’t REALLY want to be informed?  Probably not, but here goes…

1.  Background

Take a look at important parts of the PLO National Covenant of 1964, amended in 1968, and still the effective foundation on which decisions are taken and policies established yet today (see end of article for references).

The Palestinian National Covenant or Palestinian National Charter       —    transliterated as al-Mithaq al-Watani al-Filastini was written by Ahmad Shukeiri, the first chairman of the PLO.  This ‘covenant’ or ‘charter’  was adopted  in 1964 forming the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) in what wasIgnorance is no Excuse #3 then Jordanian-ruled eastern Jerusalem. It basically stated the aims of the organization. Another document known as the Basic Constitution or Fundamental Law of the PLO was approved as the basis for structure and procedures. Changes were made and articles added: Following the 1967 war when Israel took the whole of Jerusalem and the western bank of the Jordan river from Jordan,  some specific changes were made which more narrowly defined people who would be known as ‘Palestinians’. At this time “Jews” who from before the time of the British Mandate had been included in the category of  “Palestinians” were removed.

The initial articles  call for Palestinian unity in armed struggle, deny the legitimacy of the establishment of Israel, deny the existence of a Jewish people with a historical or religious connection to Palestine, and label Zionism a racist, imperialist, fanatic, fascist, aggressive, colonialist political movement that must be eliminated from the Middle East for the sake of world peace.1

The argument is put forward with “proof” (including a large number of conflicting quotes from letters and public declarations, some by Arafat himself to President Clinton, and in official documents given to the US and the UN as part of various negotiations). These state that the Covenant has been changed and these provisions eliminated. But in fact, all are verbal and written communications in English translation and  disputed by the fact that the original charter of 1968 remains unchanged and in force. This is testified to by Arafat in the following statement:

The text of the Palestinian National Covenant remains as it was and no changes whatsoever were made to it. This has caused it to be frozen, not annulled. The drafting of the new National Covenant will take into account the extent of Israeli fulfillment of its previous and coming obligations… evil and corrupt acts are expected from the Israeli side… The fact that the PNC did not hold a special session to make changes and amendments in the text of the National Covenant at this stage… was done to defend the new Covenant from being influenced by the current Israeli dictatorship.2

So, though some changes were even voted on  (in 1996, even voiding the part that denied Israel’s right to exist), the text of the legal charter was never changed. No matter how many times in the light of the cameras and presence of Prime Ministers, Presidents and the whole world, it is stated that they recognize Israel, nothing has changed and certainly no specific borders for an Israeli  state in the territory of “Palestine” have ever been described or approved in the charter.

Palestine (Arabic: Filastin/Filas??n/Falas??n/Filis??n), officially declared as the State of Palestine (Arabic: Dawlat Filastin) is a state that was proclaimed in exile in Algiers on 15 November 1988, when the PLO’s National Council (PNC) adopted the unilateral Palestinian Declaration of Independence. At the time of the 1988 declaration, the PLO did not exercise control over any territory and its claimed territory remains under Israeli occupation. It claims the Palestinian territory and has designated Jerusalem as the capital of Palestine despite Israeli control.3

2.  Current Events

So, when Abbas comes to the UN waving a banner or showing a map of Palestine without the State of Israel in its place, it is clear that what it SEEMS to say is what it DOES say. He knows that many, perhaps a majority, just won’t believe he MEANS it. Sound familiar?

When the head of PLO holds this model and demands a PA state based on the 1967 borders, he is NOT saying ‘and forever limited to’ such borders.  For him, it is just one step forward in negotiations.  A:  ‘stop settlements’.  Israel stopped. B: ‘stop settlements AND 1967 borders.  C:  if Israel looks pressured and may give in to that, D:  add  the right of return.   He knows that whether Israel agrees or doesn’t he gets the message out to Palestinian supporters and they will pressure their governments, rioting in the streets and universities to achieve these ends.  But will Abbas (or the next PLO Chairman) accept an agreement then? NO, of course not. For then the next step is E.  push back toward the 1948 armistice lines. All along use Arabs living outside of the Israel to make claims for return and ‘return’ of land (which quite possible was Jewish-owned prior to the riots during the Mandate).

Fatah Central Committee Member Abbas Zaki Calls Netanyahu and Obama "Scumbags" and Says: "The Greater Goal Cannot Be Accomplished in One Go" Al-Jazeera TV (Qatar) - September 23, 2011 - 01:49


Abbas Zaki, a senior member of the Fatah Central Committee told Al Jazeera television on September 23rd that any negotiated “settlement” should be based on 1967 borders…..But listen further. Zaki then goes on to say, “When we say that the settlement should be based upon these borders, President (Abbas) understands, we understand, and everybody knows that the greater goal cannot be accomplished in one go.”

If at any stage along this line of negotiations, physical war seems profitable instead of  or alongside a renewed intifada, terror or assassinations,  then it too is always an option.  This will depend on how much money the PA can accrue and how strong a limit  the US/UN and EU place on Israel’s determination to fight back. It will also depend on the participation of Hizbollah, Syria, Iran, Jordan, Hamas and Egypt.  Anyone following the news knows that this is a matter of preparedness and opportunity, often instigated by a planned provocation.  Any and all of these stages can be re-ordered or skipped, so the time line is not clear. But this indeed the  direction and the goal, made even more obvious by the Palestinian State request documents submitted in September by Abbas to the UN.


3. Petition to UN

Making false or deceptive statements (lying, in western parlance) is a strategic tactic in war — whether physical or diplomatic. Blatantly used and condoned in the East, it is secretly used and universally condemned when exposed in the West. But it is widely used in normal foreign discourse and in positions of power by both government and civilians.

Think about it this way:  Misleading the enemy in a time of war is justified by all cultures.  The Arabs consider themselves in a constant state of war with Israel as a foreign entity in territory they consider theirs, so they can’t be faulted if the western citizens allow themselves to believe and act on statements made or even documents issued during negotiations and under duress employed by foreign powers to try to force compliance with their wishes.

In addition, if those Western leaders who should know better build their foreign policy decisions on such actions or information, it is either deliberate self-deceit or intentional deceit of their constituents. YOU need to know the truth.

Therefore, Palestinians can’t be blamed if the  non-Arab, non-Islamic peoples choose to ignore or deny the existence of this generational state of war. And of course, it is understandable that the Palestinians call it a victory when people believe and base their own policies on PA statements made or even documents signed under duress that have no relationship to their real goal.  After all, in most cases the truth is easily discovered if one wants to find it.

At the UN to from the documents submitted by Abu Abbas:

This application for membership is being submitted based on the Palestinian people’s natural, legal and historic rights and based on United Nations General Assembly resolution 181(II) of 29 November 1947 as well as the Declaration of Independence of the State of Palestine of 15 November 1988 and the acknowledgment by the General Assembly of this Declaration in resolution 43/177 of 15 December 1988.4

It is notable that the letter gives such prominence to resolution 181, the 1947 “partition” resolution which recommended the partition of    Palestine without the consent of its indigenous people.4

The Palestinian Authority is telling its people that peace with Israel is not a goal. Instead, the PA says that all of Israel is “Palestine,” and that no compromise is acceptable because this principle is “the only red line.” This message was expressed by the regular cartoonist, Muhammad Sabaaneh, in the official PA daily.

Published this week, his cartoon displayed a map of all of Israel (excluding the Golan Heights) and the PA areas, with the following text written across the map: 5


Palestine: The Red Line

The Red Line



Internal PLO Document:Covenant Frozen, Not Annulled (26 May 1996), IRIS archives.

5 © Palestinian Media Watch –

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Father and Baby Son Die While the Nations Cheer Their Murderers

While the world’s eyes and ears were focused on the UN, the direct consequences of the demands of one man, Abbas, resulted in the spilling of innocent blood.

Dateline: ISRAEL  Friday, Sept. 23, 2011

FIRST REPORT:  Around the time Abbu Mazen (Abbas) was making his demands before the UN General Assembly, a young man was driving home on a highway near Hebron with his small son in a car seat behind him.  Police said he apparently lost control of the car, it turned over and a little later he and his baby boy were found dead in the wreckage of his car.  Police report that soldiers nearby saw no rock throwing in that area and their deaths were presented to the Israeli media as a tragic car accident, probably due to speeding. 

THE CIRCUMSTANCE: Abu Mazen (Abbas) spoke at the UN claiming the right to rule a Palestinian State as the head of the PLO – a well-known

Asher Palmer & son, Yehonaton

Asher Palmer and his baby son, Yehonaton, paid the price in blood and reputation, while politicians & commanders of the police and army cower before the albeit real threat of chaos & violence. He is not only a martyr; that makes him a hero.

 terrorist organization.  In Israel a man and his one-year old son were driving home on a public highway near the ancient city of Hebron. In a terrible confluence of events, these Israeli citizens were now going to pay the price in blood for living in the UN-established State of Israel. Far-away in New York at the UN General Assembly, representatives of the world’s nations stood to cheer the very man who trains his citizens to kill. He instructs  them to murder citizens of Israel of any age, at every opportunity  in any way they can.

THE EVIDENCE: Those first on the scene could see clearly that the windshield of the car had been smashed and penetrated, but not by the accident. It had obviously been struck by a large object, the steering wheel cover was torn, the driver’s face showed injury typical of being struck in the face, without connection to the accident, and  a massive stone was seen on the front seat beside the driver with the driver’s hair and blood on it. One early responder reported that Asher’s gun had been removed from its holster.

THE BETRAYAL:  The deaths of Asher and his son, Yehonaton were reported as a tragic car accident due to speeding.  For their family and for all Israelis who must rely on the Israeli Police and IDF to protect them as they go about their daily lives under constant threat, this was/is a terrible betrayal.  The decision was made to cover up the terror attack so as not to ‘trigger riots’ while Abbas was speaking in the UN. 

Perhaps that makes sense for the policemen or soldiers who have to confront the deadly stones with shields and guns, but they are at least trained and can legally use any official means of self-defense they have at hand  — and nearly never do they stand under attack alone, exposed, with their children at their sides.  For all the protection the police and army are empowered to provide for Israeli citizens in carrying out the legal activities of their daily lives, this man and his son were essentially confronting the terrorists alone. He was simply driving home on a public highway with his child.  A car appeared in front of him and a heavy, sharp rock was thrown through his windshield, hitting him in the face and causing him to lose control of his car. He didn’t have time to draw his gun. He didn’t have time to call for help. He and his child were alone and defenseless.  But he was made guilty of his own death and that of his son in order to make life easier for the politicians, the army and the police. He stood alone as a citizen of a civilized country whose authorities cowered behind the threats of terrorists.

THE  ALTERNATIVE: Why didn’t these same officers see an opportunity to EXPOSE the lies of Abbas as he called his future state a State of peace? As he called the Jews racists and murderers? Indeed, it would have  highlighted his statement that the PLO (PA State) will NEVER recognize any Jewish State in any part of “conquered Palestine”. It would have pointed up the clear meaning of the map he shows as his ‘logo’: Palestine from Lebanon to Egypt, from Jordon to the Mediterranean Sea. There IS NO Jewish State in the future of the Middle East, only Palestine. They will get it by one means or another: through propaganda and political manipulations with the dangerously foolish West and Anti-Semitic Arab states or by spilling the blood of as many as it takes wherever in the world they deem necessary.

So, this week, the world may heave a sigh of relief that Turkey didn’t attack the Israeli and Greek ships, that Libya continues on a low fire, that Syria’s war is still contained within Syria, that Saudi Arabia is so far holding the line in Yemen, and Bahrain, though noisy, is still stable. and that Iran won’t use nuclear weapons at least while Ahmadinejad is in New York.

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