Archive | August 2017

From Gaza to Las Ramblas – How Do You Have Peace With A Culture That Celebrates Terror?

The anniversary of a terrorist attack on a Sbarro’s pizza restaurant in Jerusalem that killed 15 people, including seven children, and wounded another 130 was cause for celebration by the governors of the Palestinian territory of Gaza.

Hamas, on the website of its TV channel, recalled “news of the operation made Palestinians joyous everywhere,” reported the Israeli news monitor Palestinian Media Watch.

“Masses of people went out to the streets, cheered and distributed candies out of happiness,” Hamas said on its Al Aqsa Channel website.

A similar celebration took place in the Palestinian territories after the 9/11 attacks, including the distribution of candies. In 2014, Palestinians also danced in the streets in celebration of a meat-cleaver terror attack in Jerusalem that left five people at a synagogue dead.

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The Palestinian Authority, which governs Judea and Samaria, the so-called West Bank, also honored the 2001 Sbarro’s suicide bomber by giving him a military funeral when his body was returned to the Palestinian Authority in 2014, Palestinian Media Watch said.

A PA TV reporter at the time said Izz Al-Din Al-Masri “gave his soul for the struggle of a nation that strives for freedom.”

The reporter said the “flags of the political parties were raised at this national wedding” – the suicide bomber’s “wedding” to Islam’s promised 72 virgins in paradise – “which demonstrated the national unity and cohesion among our people.”

Wednesday marked the 16th anniversary of the Aug. 9, 2001, suicide bombing at the Sbarro’s pizza shop, which, among others, took the lives of Mordechai and Tzirel Schijveschuurder and three of their children, Ra’aya, 14; Avraham, 4; and Hemda, 2.

Hamas exists to eliminate Israel

Citizens of Gaza elected the Hamas political party to lead its government in 2006. Hamas, an acronym for the Islamic Resistance Movement, has a social service wing, Dawah, and a “military wing,” the Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades, which has carried out more than 30 terrorist attacks against Israelis.

One of the most prominent Islamic public policy groups in the United States was founded by members of Hamas, the Council on American Islamic Relations.

In its charter, Hamas declares allegiance to Allah and its belief that Israel will be “eliminated” by Islam. The Hamas “slogan” is: “Allah is its goal, the Prophet its model, the Quran its Constitution, Jihad its path and death for the case of Allah its most sublime belief.”

Hamas, in its charter, denounces “so-called peaceful solutions” to the Palestinian conflict with Israel, declaring, “There is no solution to the Palestinian problem except by Jihad.”

‘Melodies of revenge’

The headline Wednesday on the Hamas TV channel’s website referred to the guitar case in which the suicide bomber hid the bomb: “The Sbarro operation – The guitar that shook the [Zionist] entity and reaped 20 Zionists.”

Hamas, according to PMW, said the “news of the operation made Palestinians joyous everywhere.”

The article noted the terrorist mingled among the customers in the pizza shop before detonating his bomb, describing his actions as “playing the melodies of revenge.”

The Palestinian Authority and its governing party Fatah also have glorified terrorists and even reward them financially.

In 2001, the Hamas student branch at Al-Najah University in Nablus celebrated the murders by creating and exhibit of the pizza shop and posting images of body parts on the wall.

Hamas terrorist Ahlam Tamimi, who led the suicide bomber to the Sbarro restaurant, was released from Israeli prison in 2011 as part of the prisoner exchange deal for Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit brokered between the Israeli government and Hamas.

She had been serving 16 life sentences.

Following her release, PA TV rebroadcast an interview with her that aired on Israeli television during her imprisonment, in which she smiled upon hearing that more children had been murdered in the bombing than she had thought.

This year, the U.S. Justice Department requested that Tamimi be extradited from Jordan to stand trial.

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Why do I link Las Ramblas to Gaza and Hamas? Because the muslim terrorist mindset is the same throughout the world. If you think terrorist atrocities committed against Israelis has no connection to you, think again, because they claim the ground under your feet for their Allah too!

And if you swallow the muslim apologist claim that it is because of your government’s foreign policies, explain their reasons for massacring Yazidis or Coptic Christians. 

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Rebirth Of The Turkish Caliphate — And Why It Matters

By Phil Mayo

 

I have provided a link below so you can read and recognise a deception that has now become so well established that some otherwise reliable Christian media outlets have let their guards down to give it publicity. I speak of the Mideast Beast, or Islamic Antichrist. 

How do I know this is deception? I know because its birthplace was Islamic eschatology. Its proponents would now deny this, but the fact is it began when a few of them started studying Islamic prophecy and noticed that Islam’s prophesied ‘Mahdi’ appeared to their eyes to have similarities to the Bible’s prophesied Antichrist.

Why is Joel Richardson prophesying the rise again of the Turkish Caliphate? The answer is because Islamic eschatology has it that this is where the Mahdi will arise.

Proponents of this deception are very careful to tell enquiring students of eschatology not to give credence to Islamic prophecies (I have seen Joel Richardson do this). But one of the best ways to recognise deception is to examine its birthplace. And the Mideast Beast was born of Islamic eschatology.

http://www.prophecynewswatch.com/article.cfm?recent_news_id=1489

ARABS MARGINALIZE THE PALESTINIAN ISSUE

By retired Ambassador Yoram Ettinger
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The Al-Aqsa Mosque controversy has exposed, once again, the non-centrality of the Palestinian issue in the overall Arab order of priorities.
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Contrary to Western media headlines, Arab policy-makers and the Arab Street are not focused on Palestinian rights and Al Aqsa, but on their own chaotic, raging local and regional challenges, which are not related to the Palestinian issue.
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For example, while the top Palestinian religious leader, Mufti Muhammad Hussein, castigates Arab leaders for their inaction on behalf of the Al Aqsa Mosque, Egyptian President General Sisi, and the Egyptian street, are preoccupied with traumatizing economic and social decay and challenges; the dwindling level of tourism, which is a main source of national income; the lethal, domestic threat of Muslim Brotherhood terrorism; the Libyan chaos and its effective spillover into Egypt; the entrenchment of Islamic terrorism in the Sinai Peninsula, across the Gulf of Suez; the Gaza-based terrorism; the threatening collaboration of Turkey-Qatar-Iran and Turkey’s support of Hamas; the potentially-explosive border with Sudan; etc.
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General Sisi invests much more time in geo-strategic coordination with Jordan, Saudi Arabia, other Arab Gulf States, the US and Israel – which are perceived as critical allies in combatting terrorism – than with the Palestinian Authority, which is perceived as a destabilizing entity.
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According to the July 20, 2017 issue of the London-based Middle East Monitor, “Al Aqsa has been abandoned by those who profess the leadership of the Muslim World…. [Egypt’s and Saudi Arabia’s] cold indifference…is unworthy of institutions that profess to be the preeminent leaders of Muslims around the world…. The religious institutions in Makkah, Madinah and Cairo have gone absent without leave despite the dangerous situation at the Noble Sanctuary in occupied Jerusalem…. Both countries are spearheading a regional drive for full normalization of relations with Israel. Their reasoning is that friendship with Israel is the best guarantee of US support for themselves…”
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The London-based Palestinian newspaper, Al-Quds Al-Arabi, published a cartoon, depicting the Arab World as an ostrich burying its head in the sand, while the Al Aqsa Mosque bleeds.
Since 1948, and in defiance of Western foreign policy, academia and media establishments, the Arab/Islamic agenda has transcended the Palestinian issue.
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While showering the Palestinian issue with substantial talk, the Arab/Islamic walk has mostly been directed at other issues: the 1,400-year-old regional, intra-Arab/Islamic unpredictability, fragmentation, instability and intolerant violence; the Islamic Sunni terrorist machete at the throat of all pro-US Arab regimes; the clear and present danger, posed by Iran’s Ayatollahs, to the same regimes; the destructive role played by Qatar in the context of – and in assistance to – the Ayatollahs; the lethal, regional ripple effects of the disintegration of Iraq, Syria and Libya; the inherent, tectonic (disintegration) potential in every Arab regime; the impact of the global energy revolution on the potency of the Arab oil producing regimes; and the enhanced role of Israel in the battle against the aforementioned threats.
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The dramatic gap between the Arab walk and talk on behalf of Palestinians was particularly noticeable during the Israel-Palestinian wars of 1982 (in Lebanon), 1987-1991 (the 1st Intifada), 2000-2003 (2nd Intifada) and the Israel-Hamas wars of 2009, 2012 and 2014.
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Arabs have never shed blood – nor have Arabs dedicated their economic power – on behalf of Palestinians.
Moreover, current Iraqi policy-makers and the Iraqi Street are well-aware of the intense Palestinian collaboration with the repressive regime of Saddam Hussein, which caused the Palestinian flight from Iraq following the fall of Saddam. The Syrian Street has not taken kindly to the Palestinian support of the Assad regime, which has produced an expanding Palestinian emigration from Syria since the eruption of the civil war in 2011.
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Furthermore, most Arab policy-makers consider the well-documented subversive, terroristic Palestinian track record – against fellow Arabs – to be a potential threat to domestic and regional stability. The Arab aim has been to reduce the number of stormy spots in the Middle East, realizing that each eruption of violence resembles a rock thrown into a pool, generating ripple effects throughout the pool, as has been documented by the Arab Tsunami, which is simmering in every Arab country. Thus, violence west of the Jordan River could have an infectious impact east of the river, posing a deadly threat to the pro-US Hashemite regime, which could spread southward to Saudi Arabia and other pro-US Arab Gulf states.
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In 1948-49 – as was the case in succeeding Arab-Israeli wars – Arab countries did not fight Israel on behalf of Palestinians. Therefore, Syria, Jordan, Iraq and Egypt did not share the spoils of the 1948-49 war with Palestinians, prohibiting Palestinian activities in Judea and Samaria (the West Bank) and Gaza. In fact, a Palestinian Department was established, by the Arab League, in 1949, to be dissolved in 1959.
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Sacrificing the complex reality of Israel-Arab relations on the altar of simplistic solutions – suggesting that the Palestinian issue is a core cause of Arab policy-making – has failed to advance the cause of peace.
In order to advance the cause of Israel-Arab peace, one should study the lessons of the Al Aqsa Mosque controversy, which highlight the limited (and negative) role played by the Palestinian issue in Arab policy-making and the pursuit of peace.

SHOULD SECRETARY OF STATE TILLERSON RESIGN?


by Morton Klein
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The USA State Department released a falsehood-filled, anti-Israel Terrorism Report and Tillerson bears the responsibility for it.
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When Rex Tillerson was nominated for Secretary of State, the pro-Israel community harbored concerns about Tillerson’s reported closeness to Jim Baker, ties to Arab states such as terrorism-financier Qatar, and minimal knowledge about the Arab war against Israel. Still, we hoped those nagging concerns would prove unfounded, and that Tillerson would implement President Trump’s anti-terrorism, pro-Israel policies, and drain the notoriously biased-against-Israel swamp at the State Department.
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Unfortunately, the State Department’s new anti-Semitic, Israel-bashing, falsehood-filled “Country Reports on Terrorism 2016” (issued July 2017) – which blames Israel for Palestinian Arab terrorism against innocent Israelis – has caused us to lose confidence in Secretary Tillerson’s ability to promote President Trump’s Mideast agenda.
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President Trump’s courageous speech in Riyadh appropriately blamed extreme barbaric Islamist ideologies for terrorism targeting innocent Jews, Christians and Muslims. The President sensibly insisted that we must “honestly confront the crisis of Islamist extremism and the Islamist terror groups it inspires” and “cut off the financial channels” that enable terrorism.
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Stopping worldwide terrorism requires honestly confronting Islamist genocidal incitement to murder Jews. There cannot be a double standard when Jews are the victims. Because every method that Palestinian Arabs “pioneered” for murdering Jews – suicide bombing, truck ramming – is copied by terrorists in Boston, Nice and elsewhere.
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The report… re-characterizes the PA’s heinous payments as helpful “financial packages to Palestinian security prisoners . . . to reintegrate them into society.”
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We must honestly confront Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas’ Islamist incitement and unconscionable $355 million per year of “pay to slay” martyr payments incentivizing Palestinian Arabs to murder Jews.
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Disturbingly, the State Department terrorism report never even mentions that the PA pays terrorists to murder Jews. Shockingly, the report instead re-characterizes the PA’s heinous payments as helpful “financial packages to Palestinian security prisoners . . . to reintegrate them into society.”
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If we are serious about stopping terror, we must also honestly confront that Abbas has been inciting the ongoing deadly wave of terror by repeatedly rebroadcasting his Islamist call to spill blood to prevent Jews’ and Christians’ “filthy feet” from “defiling” Jewish and Christian sites in Jerusalem, that the Muslims are claiming as their own. We must honestly confront the PA leadership’s constant incitement against Israel and Jews in PA schools, children’s camps, mosques, newspapers and media.
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Instead of confronting these issues, the State Department terrorism report lies. It whitewashes the PA, falsely asserts that explicit PA calls for violence are “rare” and that the PA “leadership generally does not tolerate it.” Congressman Peter Roskam (R-IL), in his July 20th letter to Tillerson, correctly called those assertions “demonstrably false.”
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Congressman Roskam wrote: “The State Department report includes multiple findings that are both inaccurate and harmful to combating Palestinian terrorism . . . At the highest level, the Palestinian Authority (PA) leadership incites, rewards, and, in some cases, carries out terrorist attacks against innocent Israelis. In order to effectively combat terrorism, it is imperative that the United States accurately characterize its root cause – PA leadership. . . .”
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Absurdly, instead of acknowledging that PA incitement causes Palestinian Arab terror, the State Department terrorism report instead wrongly blames “lack of hope in achieving statehood” (although Palestinian Arabs repeatedly rejected generous statehood offers in 2000, ’01, ’08); “Israeli settlement construction in the West Bank” (an excuse that says the very presence of Jews living in the historic, legally designated Jewish homeland justifies killing Jews); “settler violence” (although this is virtually non-existent); “the perception that the Israeli government was changing the status quo on the Haram Al Sharif/Temple Mount” (although PA President Abbas’s “filthy feet” incitement caused this false “perception”); and “IDF tactics that the Palestinians considered overly aggressive” (although IDF anti-terrorism methods are humane, reasonable and necessary steps such as weapons checkpoints and arresting murderers).
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The State Department report also woefully under-reports the number of Israelis murdered by Palestinian terrorists, and tries to turn incidents of Jewish teenagers painting graffiti into capital cases, while ignoring and downplaying the real capital cases of Palestinian Arabs murdering and maiming Jews. (Since the current wave of terror began in September 2015, Palestinian terrorists have murdered 52 Jews and Americans and wounded 789 Jews, and cause Israelis enormous stress when they are simply walking the streets and going shopping).
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Interestingly, the State Department report’s litany of falsehoods and false excuses for Palestinian Arab terrorism come straight from false anti-Israel UN reports, and an anti-Israel NGO that gives the UN false information. President Trump’s excellent Ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley has been pushing the UN to retract those very same false reports!
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Notably, Secretary Tillerson was previously involved in denying and sanitizing the PA’s horrendous financial rewards to terrorists. At a June 13 Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing, Tillerson testified that he was informed that the PA had changed its pay-to-slay policy. PA officials immediately contradicted Tillerson’s testimony, and told Reuters that the PA’s “martyr” payments to terrorists “are not going to be stopped.”
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In the wake of the fact that the PA is still paying Arabs to murder Jews, it is shocking that the State Department report still whitewashed PA payments that help drive terrorism.
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We need a State Department that honestly confronts the PA’s genocidal Islamist ideology and incitement. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is incapable of leading such an effort and must be replaced.

ISRAEL: SYRIAN TRUCE PLAN LICENSE FOR IRAN FOOTHOLD  

(Debka file)
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Israel waited 10 days from Presidents Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin’s announcement in Hamburg of their ceasefire plan for southwestern Syria along the borders with Jordan and Syria, before proclaiming its “total opposition” to the plan. 

On Sunday, July 16, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu announced publicly, after meeting President Emmanuel Macron in Paris, that the plan was unacceptable. An official in the party that accompanied him to the Elyse Palace explained to reporters that Israel objected to a truce that could be used as a vehicle for “perpetuating” Iran’s presence in Syria and on its own border.

Iran is not just sending advisers to Syria, the official said, but large-scale military forces to establish in Syria an airbase for Iranian aircraft and a naval base for Iran’s navy.
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According to DEBKAfile’s military and intelligence sources, Israel was finally galvanized into making an unqualified stand against the ceasefire plan by discovering how it was being implemented: When last week Russian troops moved into Daraa in southern Syria to police the ceasefire in that embattled town, the Syrian army withdrew – but the Hezbollah forces fighting with Assad’s army did not.
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A few days later, Hezbollah’s elite Kalibat Radwan brigade was seen digging in at Daraa, 1km from the Jordanian border, and preparing to resume the offensive at a moment’s notice for driving Syrian rebels from the town. This was despite the assurances Washington and Moscow had broadcast that the departure of Iranian and Hezbollah forces from the ceasefire zones would be ascertained. Since Quneitra is the next zone scheduled for the application of the ceasefire, Israel requested clarifications from Washington and Moscow.

RUSSIAN TROOPS FOR QUNEITRA IN DEFIANCE OF ISRAEL

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Russian army units are preparing to move into the Syrian town of Quneitra in the coming days and take up positions opposite the Syrian-Israeli Golan border, DEBKAfile reports exclusively from military sources. 
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Their function is to police the second zone of southwestern Syria designated for ceasefire by Presidents Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin when they met in Hamburg on July 7.

Quneitra is just 5km from Israel’s border and the line of IDF positions defending it. Israel has notified Washington and Moscow that it is flatly opposed to the presence of a Russian unit on its border. However, the US and Russian officers coordinating the ceasefire’s implementation agreed to recommend going forward with the Russian deployment.

The White House and the Kremlin gave the officer’s recommendation the green light, virtually imposing it on Israel against its will. Their argument is that the first ceasefire zone that was established last week in the Daraa front on the Jordanian border will quickly break down if it is not shored up by a second zone at Quneitra.

The understandings drawn up for Daraa between the US, Russia and Jordan, included a clause explicitly providing for the withdrawal of Iranian and pro-Iranian forces, including Hezbollah, to a point 40km west or north of the demilitarized town.

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This clause never stood up for one moment. As DEBKAfile first disclosed on July 16, even after Russian and Chechen troops moved into Daraa on Sunday, Syrian and Iranian forces did move out, but an elite Hezbollah unit remained. The US, Russia and Jordan decided collectively to let this breach of the ceasefire deal go without response and tried to keep it dark.

The absence of any Trump-Putin commitment on this score leaves Israel fully exposed to the presence of Iranian and Hezbollah forces within mortar range of its Golan border in an area supervised by their ally, the Russian military.

OBSTACLES TO PEACE: A POLITICALLY-INCORRECT DIAGNOSIS  

by Yoram Ettinger (former ambassador)
Political-correctness suggests that the resolution of the Palestinian issue is predicated upon a dramatic Israeli land-concession and the establishment of a Palestinian state: the two state solution.
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Moreover, political-correctness has subordinated Middle East reality and long term national security to the achievement of the holy grail of peaceful-coexistence between Jews and Arabs west of the Jordan River. In the process, the “holy grailers” have oversimplified the highly-complex, unpredictable, violent, intolerant, fragmented Middle East.
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This is the same school of thought, which applauded the 1993 (Oslo Accord) and 2005 (uprooting all Jews from Gaza) sweeping Israeli concessions – which, in fact, escalated terror, war and hate education – and misperceived the Arab Tsunami, in 2011, as an “Arab Spring,” the “Youth Revolution” and the “transition towards democracy.”
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Political-correctness has preferred talk and assessment-based subjective “hope” over centuries-old, well-documented, objective walk-based realism.
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While political-correctness has failed to advance peaceful-coexistence, it has forced the Arabs to outflank Western pressure (on Israel) from the maximalist side, radicalizing their demands, and further intensifying the obstacles to peace.
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Political-correctness resembles a surgeon, who focuses on the spot of the surgery, ignoring the complex medical history of the entire body and its bearing upon the surgery.
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For instance, the sustained Arab war against the Jewish State has taken place in the Middle East, which has featured a systematic, regional state-of-war, terrorism, subversion, provisional one-bullet-regimes, tenuous policies and agreements, short-lived ceasefires and the lack of civil liberties since the seventh century appearance of Islam. These have been almost entirely intra-Islamic, intra-Arab wars, reflecting the (so far) unbridgeable ethnic, tribal, cultural, religious, historical, ideological battles, which have dominated the region, totally unrelated to Israel.
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The Arab-Israeli conflict and the Palestinian issue are not “the Middle East conflict” or the top priorities for Arab policy-makers, irrespective of the Arab talk, which has, historically, deviated from the Arab walk.
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Contrary to political-correctness, the Palestinian issue has never been the crux of the Arab-Israeli conflict, a crown-jewel of Arab policy-makers, nor a core-cause of regional turbulence; but for Arab talk, unsubstantiated by Arab walk.
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Political-correctness has assumed that “everyone wishes peace, prosperity and civil liberties,” ignoring the fact that the dictatorial Arab regimes have systematically denied their people such prospects. While most Arabs may hope for regional peace, and are not preoccupied with Israel, the concept of the majority-rule is yet to assert itself in Middle East political reality.
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Political-correctness has considered Islam to be another religion of peace, overlooking its fundamental tenets. For example, the constant battle between the Abode of Islam and the eventual subservience of the Abode of the “Infidel”; the determination to spread Islam, preferably peacefully, but via war if necessary; the duty to dedicate one’s life to Jihad (Holy War) on behalf of Islam; the option to conclude provisional agreements – and to employ double-speak (Taqiyya), when negotiating – with the infidel; etc.
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Arab attitudes toward Israel derive from the fourteen-century-old Islamic intolerance of Christian, Jewish, Buddhist and other “infidels,” who claim sovereignty in “the abode of Islam.” The key issue has never been the size – but the existence – of the “infidel” Jewish State on land, which is, supposedly, divinely-ordained to be ruled by “believers.”
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Political-correctness has ignored, or down-played, another chief-obstacle to peace: the Palestinian track record from the wave of terrorism of the 1920s, through their alliance with Nazi Germany, the Soviet Bloc, Iran’s Ayatollahs, Saddam Hussein, North Korea and Venezuela, their training of international terrorists in Lebanon, Sudan and Yemen, and their current hate-education, incitement and terrorism. Such a track record attests to the anti-US impact of the proposed Palestinian state.
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Would it be reasonable to assume that Israel’s withdrawal from the mountain ridges of Judea and Samaria (which would drastically erode its posture of deterrence, unlike Israel’s substantial land concession to Egypt – the Sinai Peninsula) would cause the Arabs to grant to “the infidel Jewish State” peaceful-coexistence, which they have denied fellow “believers” since the seventh century?!
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Would it be reasonable to assume that the Arab Middle East, which has been merciless towards weak, vulnerable fellow-Arabs, would display compassion towards a highly vulnerable “infidel” Jewish State, if it is reduced to a 9-15 mile-wide sliver along the Mediterranean, over-towered by a mountainous Palestinian state?!
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The unfathomed gap between Middle East reality and the two-state-solution was demonstrated in 1993 when Israeli Foreign Minister, Shimon Peres, promoted the two-state-solution and his vision of peace in “The New Middle East” (Henry Holt publishing).

Attempting to rationalize Israel’s dramatic concession of its most strategic mountain ridge to the PLO, Peres asserted: “Arafat is a national symbol, a legend in his own time…. The international political setting is no longer conducive to war…. We must focus on this new Middle East reality… wars that will never be fought again….

We must strive for fewer weapons and more faith…. You could almost hear the heavy tread of boots leaving the stage…. You could have listened to the gentle tiptoeing of new steps making a debut in the awaiting world of peace….”
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In 1994, the Nobel Peace Prize was awarded jointly to Arafat, Peres and Rabin “for their efforts to create peace in the Middle East.” It was praised by the political, academic and media establishments, which chose to ignore Arafat’s track record, underlined by his 1959 and 1964 founding of Fatah and the PLO terror organizations, calling for “the liberation of Palestine” eight years and three years before the 1967 War, respectively.
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In other words, the Palestinian focus has been the de-legitimization and destruction of the pre-1967 Israel, as highlighted by the 2017 Palestinian Authority K-12 school curriculum (established in 1993 by Mahmoud Abbas), Palestinian media and Friday sermons in Palestinian mosques.
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The “two-state-solution” gospel is a miniaturized replica of the 1938 “hope”-driven Anglo-German “peace-for-our-time” initiative of the British Prime Minister Chamberlain, who sacrificed national security clarity on the altar of a peaceful holy grail. He appeased a rogue regime, yielded the most strategic Czechoslovakian land to Germany, reflected feebleness and whetted the aggressive appetite of Hitler; thus producing a robust tailwind for the Second World War.
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Will contemporary policy-makers avoid – or repeat – severe blunders?