Time for consequences


Rd Map To Peace Farce toon

Blog Editor Introduction to Glick’s “Time for consequences”

Blog Editor: John R. Houk

4/28/14

(The intro is in no way associated with the Glick’s original essay.)

 

Hamas and Islamic Jihad (aka Palestine Islamic Jihad or PIJ) are both on the U.S. government terrorist list. Which translate to the fact their leadership then are war criminals. A couple of weeks ago Mahmoud Abbas signed a bunch of international protocols as if the Palestinian Authority (PA) was a sovereign nation. The PA is not a sovereign nation. The PA is an autonomous governing body legitimized by the Oslo Accords which was supposed to build a situation between the Jewish State of Israel and the PA of agreed upon building blocks that would lead to a sovereign Palestinian State. The problem has been Israel has given and given while the PA has refused to recognize Israel as a Jewish State, uses their Media and schools to inculcate Jew-hatred and demands that Jerusalem – Israel’s Capital City – should be split back to pre-1967 when the so-called West Bank was part of sovereign Jordan and that portion of the Jerusalem become a Palestinian State Capital City. Oh yes we can add to the PA demand of flooding descendants of refugees that were told to flee the new Jewish State while about 5 or 6 invading armies made an effort to drive Jews into the sea make the Jewish land all Muslim controlled. Of course all of the PA demands are unworkable for Israel to remain a secure nation. It would set up Israel for a combined Palestinian State invasion undoubted coupled with the military of other Jew-hating nations to again drive Jews into the sea and initiate yet another Holocaust. (By the way starting at sunset on 4/27/14 and lasting through sunset on 4/28/14 is Holocaust Memorial Day – aka Yom HaShoah)

 

Abbas’ signing of those international protocols was yet another breach of the Oslo Accords. Just to place the icing on the duplicitous PA intentions Mahmoud Abbas has signed a unity agreement with both the Islamic terrorist organizations Hamas and Islamic Jihad. Caroline Glick points that Abbas’s unity agreement and the signing of the international accords (like the Geneva Convention) immediately turns the PA and its new partners into war criminals. Do you think Obama will disdain the PA and Abbas in the Quartet-Israel-PA peace negotiations?

 

JRH 4/28/14

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Time for consequences

 

By Caroline Glick

April 25th, 2014

CarolineGlick.com

 

It’s hard not to admire Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas’s brazenness.

 

Two weeks ago, Abbas signed on to 15 international agreements that among other things require the PA to respect human rights and punish war criminals.

 

And this week, he signed a unity deal with two genocidal terror groups all of whose leaders are war criminals. Every leader of Hamas and Islamic Jihad, the two parties that signed the deal with the PLO, are war criminals. Under the Geneva Conventions, which Abbas signed onto just a couple of weeks ago, he is required to put them on trial, for their war crimes.

 

Here it is worth noting that under the Geneva Conventions, every single rocket launch from Gaza into Israeli territory is a separate war crime.

 

Abbas was only able to sign the Geneva Conventions on the one hand, and the unity deal with terrorist war criminals on the other, because he is utterly convinced that neither the US nor the European Union will hold him accountable for his actions. He is completely certain that neither the Americans nor the Europeans are serious about their professed commitments to upholding international law.

 

Abbas is sure that for both the Obama administration and the EU, maintaining support for the PLO far outweighs any concern they have for abiding by the law of nations. He believes this because he has watched them make excuses for the PLO and its leaders for the past two decades.

 

When it comes to the Palestinians, the Western powers are always perfectly willing to throw out their allegiance to law – international law and their domestic statutes – to continue supporting the PLO in the name of a peace process, which by now, everyone understands is entirely fictional.

 

Why do they do this?

 

They do it because the peace process gives them a way to ignore and wish away the pathologies of the Islamic and Arab world.

 

The peace process is predicated on the notion that all those pathologies are Israel’s fault. If Israel would just surrender Jerusalem, Judea and Samaria to the Palestinians, then the Arabs writ large, and the Muslim world as a whole will cast aside their support for jihad and terrorism and everything will be fine.

 

 
At least that is how Abbas analyzes the situation.

 

And so far, the US has not disappointed him.

 

The Obama administration’s immediate response to Abbas’s unity with terrorist war criminals deal involved pretending it didn’t understand what had just happened.

 

In a press briefing on Wednesday, shortly after Hamas war criminal Ismail Haniyeh signed the deal with Fatah and Islamic Jihad, State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki acknowledged that the deal is bad for the peace process. But she wasn’t willing to reach the inevitable conclusion.

 

Rather, she averred, idiotically, “I think the ball, at this point, is in the Palestinians’ court to answer questions to whether this reconciliation meets the US’s long-standing principles.”

 

Two days before the unity deal, a reporter from Al-Monitor asked Hamas leader Mahmoud Zahar if Hamas has given up terrorism.

 

Zahar responded, “Anyone who claims so must be drunk. How has Hamas abandoned the resistance [that is, terrorist] effort? What are the manifestations of it doing so? Where have we prevented the launching of rockets?” No ambiguity whatsoever there.

 

And Abbas just signed a deal Hamas, and with Islamic Jihad, the official representative of the Iranian mullahs in the Palestinian war criminal lineup.

 

No ambiguity there, either.

 

If the US is willfully blind to who the Palestinians are, what they are doing, and what they stand for, the Europeans are so committed to the Palestinians that they invented an imaginary world where international law protects war criminals and castigates their Jewish victims as international outlaws.

 

In the EU’s view, Hamas is an attractive organization.

 

During a meeting with Abbas last October, Catherine Ashton, the EU’s foreign policy chief, urged Abbas to sign a unity deal with Hamas. A statement from her office read that she views reconciliation between Fatah and Hamas “as an important element for the unity of a future Palestinian state and for reaching a twostate solution.”

 

And while unity between terrorist factions is something that Ashton considers conducive to peace, in her view, Jewish presence in Jerusalem, Judea and Samaria is tantamount to a war crime.

 

In a statement released by her office last week, after Baruch Mizrahi was murdered by Palestinian terrorists while driving in his family car, with his wife and young children, to a Passover Seder, Ashton gave no more than a perfunctory condemnation of the war crime.

 

 
Four-fifths of her statement involved condemning Israel for respecting Jewish property rights and the rules of due process and international law in Jerusalem, Judea and Samaria.

 

In the EU’s imaginary world, being in Judea, Samaria and Jerusalem while Jewish is a war crime. Murdering Jews is merely impolite.

 

The deal signed on Wednesday is the fourth unity deal Fatah has signed with Hamas. After the first one was signed in 2007, the so-called Middle East Quartet, which includes the US, the EU, the UN and Russia, issued three conditions for accepting the unity government: Hamas has to recognize Israel’s right to exist, abjure terrorism and accept the legitimacy of the previous agreements signed by the PLO with Israel.

 

As Zahar and every other Hamas leader has made clear repeatedly, these conditions will never be met.

 

But regardless of how Hamas views them, in and of themselves the Quartet’s conditions are deeply problematic. They themselves constitute a breach of international law.

 

The Quartet’s conditions assert that if Hamas and Islamic Jihad agree to them, they will be accorded the same legitimacy as the PLO. In other words, the Quartet members have committed themselves to granting immunity from prosecution for war crimes to all Palestinian terrorists.

 

Providing such immunity is arguably a breach of international law. And it exposes a profound and irrational dependence on the mythical peace process on the part of Western policy-makers.

 

Reacting to this week’s unity deal, Economy Minister Naftali Bennett said, “The agreement between Fatah, Hamas and Islamic Jihad brings the Middle East to a new diplomatic era. The Palestinian Authority turned into the largest terrorist organization in the world, 20 minutes from Tel Aviv.”

 

And under international law, including the agreements that Abbas acceded to just two weeks ago, Bennett is absolutely right.

 

Apologists for Abbas note that this week’s deal is as unlikely as all its predecessors to be implemented.

 

But even if they are right this doesn’t mean that Abbas’s repeated practice of signing unity deals with war criminals should be cast aside as insignificant.

 

They expose the lie at the heart of the peace process. The time has come to call things by their names.

 

Abbas is a terrorist and the PA is a terrorist organization.

 

In light of this incontrovertible fact, the time has come to treat the PA in accordance with international law.

 

Perhaps shocked by Abbas’s behavior, perhaps overwhelmed by the serial failure of every one of its foreign policies, the administration acknowledged that Israel can’t be expected to negotiate with a government that doesn’t accept its right to exist.

 

Administration officials even said that the US would have to revisit its relationship with the PA in light of the agreement with Hamas.

 

No doubt, the administration is convinced that it can revert to form and ignore reality once again the moment the smoke as cleared. But whatever its intentions, the administration’s acknowledgment of Abbas’s bad faith opens the door to action by both Israel and the US Congress.

 

The Israeli government and the US Congress should take the steps necessary to bring their national policies toward the Palestinians into accordance with the law of nations.

 

On Thursday, the security cabinet rightly decided to end negotiations with the PA. But this cannot be the end of the line. Israel must also stop all financial transfers to the PA.

 

Just as critically, Israel must stop cooperating with PA security forces in Judea and Samaria.

 

It must end its support for US training of those forces and call for the US to end its mission to assist PA security forces.

 

 

Israel must begin arresting and prosecuting Palestinian officials who incite for the murder of Jews, and charge them with solicitation of murder.

 

The government should assist Israeli citizens in submitting war crimes complaints against Palestinian officials and the PA generally at international tribunals for their involvement in war crimes, including their incitement of genocide.

 

As for the US Congress, last week, with the passage into law of Sen. Ted Cruz’s bill banning terrorists from serving as UN ambassadors, the Congress showed that it is capable of acting to force the administration to uphold US anti-terror laws.

 

To this end, in accordance with those laws, Congress must act to immediately end US military support for Palestinian security services.

 

The Office of the US Security Coordinator for Israel and the Palestinian territories that trains Palestinian military forces should be closed straightaway. Its personnel should be redeployed out of the area forthwith.

 

So, too, given that the Palestinian Authority now inarguably meets the US definition of a foreign terrorist organization, the US must end all financial assistance to its operating budget. Also, in accordance with US law, the US banking system must be closed to PA entities. Foreign banks that do business with these entities should be barred from doing business with US banks.

 

Abbas is not interested in peace. The two-state model isn’t about achieving peace. It is about blaming the victim of the absence of peace for the absence of peace.

 

Abbas knows his apologists, both in Israel, and most important in the US and Europe. He knows they will go to any length to defend him.

 

The Israeli Left does so because without the phony peace process, Justice Minister Tzipi Livni, the Labor Party and Meretz become political irrelevancies.

 

The administration and the EU defend Abbas and the phony peace process because they don’t want to acknowledge the plain fact that Israel is the only stable ally they have in the Middle East and the stronger Israel is the more protected they are. Doing so contradicts their ideology.

 

So now Abbas is telling them that the deal is good for peace since it brings Hamas-controlled Gaza into the PLO and so reunifies the PA, which has been operating as two separate entities for seven years. And they may go along with it.

 

They’ve been perfectly willing to embrace utter nonsense countless times over the years.

 

Only the Israeli government and Congress can stop them. And they must stop them.

 

These phony peaceniks’ preference for Jew-killers over international law comes with a prohibitive price tag. Jews are murdered, war criminals are embraced, and the rule of law is rent asunder.

 

Originally published in The Jerusalem Post. 

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All right reserved, Caroline Glick.

 

About Caroline Glick

Answering the Wake Up Call from Hell


Keep Jerusalem United

President Barack Hussein Obama hosted a meeting with nations representing the Quartet (EU, Russia, UN and the USA) with the addition of the Peoples Republic of China (Communist) and a representative of the Arab League. Thankfully no formal agreement came out of the meeting which GLARINGLY was absent of Israel’s presence. I say thankfully because the agenda of this conglomerate of nations with the Arab League thrown in for good measure is to dismantle Israel’s already miniscule possession of the land of Jewish heritage.

 

Mike Evans of the Jerusalem Prayer Team sent an email in an effort to bring to mind the critical nature the nation of Israel is in which includes robbing Israel of their holy city Jerusalem.

 

JRH 7/16/11

The Nefarious Anniversary of Gilad Shalit


gilad_shalit_5YRS

 

John R. Houk

©June 25, 2011

 

Roughly five years ago from today (depending where you were vis-a-vis the International Date Line) Gilad Shalit was kidnapped from within Israel and dragged back to Gaza (Gazastan or Hamastan) to be held as a captive to be used as an exchange for over one thousand convicted Islamic terrorists in Israeli jails.

 

Hamas and the Palestinian Authority (PA is recognized agent of so-called Palestinian independence) signed a unity agreement to stand together as Arabs that call themselves Palestinians to form an independent Palestine being forced down the Israeli throat by powerful Western governments and Russia. To the Western world the PA has gone on the record to recognize the existence of the nation Israel, BUT not of a Jewish State. On the other hand the Palestinian media calls for the death of all Jews and the utter destruction of Israel to form an Arab State devoid of Jews from their homeland. Hamas is less subtle. Hamas simply calls for the destruction of all Jews and the destruction of Israel openly for all to read, hear and see.

 

Hamas’ kidnapping of Shalit has placed Israel in the unenviable position of a decision: the release of a thousand plus convicted Islamic terrorists so Hamas will release Shalit or doom Shalit to a fate of being in the hands of Jew-Hating Muslims to keep war criminals in jail.

 

It is horrible but I cannot see Israel releasing Jew-haters to join the Palestinian cause to kill more Jews for the release of one Israeli Patriot. I know there have been earlier attempts to rescue Shalit, so it is quite amazing Hamas has kept him alive. In fact no official footage or contact has been allowed by Hamas of Gilad Shalit since roughly September 2009:

 

 

Indeed Hamas has taken to taunting the Israeli government with short videos glorifying the capture kidnapping of Gilad Shalit:

 

 

In the above YouTube video it shows two Hamas terrorists in the shadows making intimidating gestures of the freeze frame still of Shalit from the 2009 YouTube video. As the 24 second Islamic terrorist intimidation video comes to an end  computer symbolism showing the near completion of a download which when fully completed has some Arabic words fill the area followed shortly by the sound of gun fire including sounds of the rounds hit the ground.

 

Hamas pulls all this junk with nary a bit of pressure from the same Western powers forcing into existence a Jew-hating Palestine except to only verbally condemn Hamas. Hamas has become the master of playing on Western sympathies to keep the pressure off them by playing the victim to the West.

 

 

If the so-called Quartet is so willing to force the existence of a Palestinian State, then this Quartet should be willing to force the release of Gilad Shalit. Force should happen even if it means violence to as a show of support for Gilad Shalit. If the Quartet holds Hamas accountable and Hamas resists the power of the Quartet by murdering Shalit, then the Quartet should have enough balls to admit that a Hamas involvement in a Palestinian State/Government is impossible.

 

If a Hamas involvement in governing is impossible, then a joint Quartet and Israel Defense Force (IDF) overthrow of Hamas in Gaza should happen. With a combination of Quartet military forces (i.e. USA, EU, Russia & UN) involved then the staged murder scenes usually blamed on Israel or the death of Hamas human shields will carry less weight as it will be exposed just how evil an entity an Islamic terrorist organization like Hamas actually is.

 

The infrastructure that keeps services running in Gaza does not come from revenue picked up through fair taxation. Rather Gaza’s operating infrastructure is operated by the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA). The UNRWA provides above $400 million in an annual budget for Arab-Palestinians in Gaza and Judea-Samaria. In an article by Claudia Rosett written in 2009 for Forbes a very good appraisal is made about Gaza; viz., that Gaza-Hamas has two components that are currently vital for administration: UNRWA and terrorism.

 

The West already condemns terrorism although the condemnation comes with a wink when it comes to Arab terrorists with the appellation of Palestinian. If the Quartet were serious about bringing peace to the Middle East it would be incumbent to take down the UNRWA followed closely by the removal of Hamas in Gaza before the Muslim Brotherhood completely runs the show in Egypt. If or when the Muslim Brotherhood controls Egypt it will be a missed opportunity to remove Hamas from any governing equation.

 

Now don’t get me wrong. I am not a fan of the terrorists that make up the PA. Basically the PA is the globally recognized entity of Arabs that call themselves Palestinians; however the reality is the PA is made up out of the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) which is an old Arab League umbrella group creation to be a thorn in the side of Israel. The biggest dog in the PLO umbrella is Fatah. The Fatah chief has served as the Chairman for the PLO and as the President of the PA.

 

Hamas is not part of the PLO umbrella. Hamas is more closely related to the Muslim Brotherhood centered in Egypt which ironically seems to be the foundation of Fatah’s original leadership. The point is though the PA has become just as corrupt as it is for the creation of a Palestinian. The corruption can be seen with all the times that the deceased Yasser Arafat refused Israel deals to establish a Palestinian State in their land of Judea and Samaria (called the West Bank by everyone that supports an idea of a Palestinian State). Because of PA corruption the Quartet and Israel can manipulate a better deal if it is a foregone conclusion to stupidly create a sovereign Palestine.

 

Frankly a PA led Palestine will probably end in a blood bath between Israel and Palestine coupled with a WWIII scenario. The existence of Hamas will make that scenario occur quicker.

 

A campaign to end Hamas for the release of Gilad Shalit should be the concerted effort of the Quartet, Israel and probably with a little money to flash – the PA. Yes, without a miracle Shalit will probably be murdered. If indeed Hamas perpetuates such a tragedy of outright murder even the face of global opposition to such an act, the determination to end Hamas will be of greater acceptance. Sealing that deal of global opposition to Hamas will be the PA to join such an anti-Hamas league. The PA would do such a deed for money to its leadership AND because the Fatah faction of the PLO-PA has some good old fashioned Arab blood revenge issues with Hamas.

 

Unfortunately if an actual Hamas-PA united stand actually happens I am fairly convinced the corrupt leadership of the PLO-PA faction will dissipate into nothingness. Hamas pushing the old guard out may actually delay the creation of a Palestinian State. However, we all know that once Hamas becomes the legitimate representation of the Arabs that call themselves Palestinians Western acceptance will eventually follow. In those days the kidnapping of one Israeli soldier will turn into the kidnapping of multiple soldiers which will probably lead to surgical strikes of the murder of multiples of Jews in rural towns and Orthodox Jewish villages.

 

Free Gilad Shalit now! Let’s make a united effort to end Hamas to prevent future Gilad Shalits.

 

JRH 6/25/11 (Hat Tip: Ari Bussel)  

How Netanyahu can out-maneuver Obama’s latest threat to Israel


Obama hates Israel

Only an idiot or an American deceptive Leftist would publically proclaim that President Barack Hussein Obama is not anti-Israel and is pro-Palestinian (in the sense that there are no such national people as Palestinian). You don’t read or hear this too often because the seemingly global anti-Semitism spreading across the globe AGAIN.

 

Caroline Glick has an excellent article that shows how much BHO seems to be committed to bringing about circumstances that will lead to Israel’s destruction and how Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu seems to be allowing BHO’s tactics to come to pass by appeasing the President and by failing to confront the global public with just how much the Arabs that call themselves Palestinian leaders are an evil group winning in the lies of historical revisionism and propaganda villanizing Israel.

 

JRH 3/12/11