Israel in the Crosshairs…Again

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Author’s Note: As I finished writing this article the 72-hour ceasefire between Israel and Hamas ended as Hamas fired more

Thankfully, the midterm elections are over and we surely need a political breather before we gear-up for 2020. And with 2020 being a presidential election year we will see the Democrats making sure it will be even nastier and dirtier than their 2018 midterm trial-run was. And while many crybaby Democrats still cannot accept the fact that Florida is staying in the ‘RED’ column and that Stacy Abrams is not Georgia’s next governor, the world outside the U.S…as in those nations wishing for Israel’s demise…is still trudging forward on its usual ever-focused agenda of telling both the Jewish State and her allies what Israel can and cannot do with her own sovereign land.

Let’s start with known anti-Semite and in-our-face islamic condoner German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who we are now just learning once again channeled her inner ‘Hitler’ earlier this year. The very woman who in a 2008 speech before Israel’s Knesset proclaimed that Israel’s security interests are “non-negotiable,” and who now single-handily destroyed today’s Germany with her laying out the welcome mat for the muslim still ongoing invasion of Europe, this woman “strongly urged” Romania…who had abstained when a U.N. Resolution condemned the Trump administration’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and move our embassy there…not to move their county’s embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

In fact, last April, Merkel took it upon herself to personally call Romania’s President Klaus Iohannis to “urge” him to stop the relocation plans initiated by Romania’s Social-Democrat lead government and Social Democratic politician Liviu Dragnea. And that was after those plans had been announced on Romania’s Antena 3 television station for all the world to hear…plans that stated that Romania’s government “had adopted a memorandum deciding to start the procedure to effectively move the embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.” But this call by Merkel then led center right-leaning independent President Iohannis to call for Romania’s pro-Israel Prime Minister Viorica Dancila’s “ouster” solely based upon this relocation matter.

Bowing to pressure and/or threats from Merkel, Iohannis issued a statement saying that, “At this stage a transfer of the embassy would represent a violation of international law…and could only be finalized after the conclusion of peace talks.” A shameful act of cowardliness and betrayal on President Iohannis’ part if you ask me.

And it seems Chancellor Merkel also called numerous other European leaders “urging” them not to move their county’s embassies to Jerusalem. And with Germany’s refusing to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital…Merkel’s Germany as it is barely recognizes the Jewish State at all…directly led a Merkel administration spokeswoman to tell the Jerusalem Post that the “status of Jerusalem should, in the framework of an agreement, be clarified.” In other words, give the nonexistent Palestinians however much land they want in exchange for a peace agreement on paper…an agreement not worth the cost of the paper it’s written on as it’s signed by those with fingers crossed behind their backs.

Adding that a solution to the conflict between the Palestinians and Israelis can take place only with an agreed upon two-state solution, this unnamed spokeswoman also stated that, “Until such an agreement is reached, all sides should avoid steps that sharpen the existing tensions and complicate a peaceful solution of the conflict.” But the thing is that as long as Iranian funded Hamas keeps firing rockets into Israel and as long as they keep attacking innocent Israeli civilians there can be no peace because sometimes peace…a truly lasting peace…can only be achieved when there is a definitive winner and a definitive loser in the game called war…and most specially in the Israeli/Palestinian war. And make no mistake it is a war of sorts albeit an undeclared war that the media calls a “conflict,” but like with all wars it is a “conflict” ripe with ceasefires that are anything but.

And know that Israel does not respond well…nor would we…to Hamas’ almost daily barrage of rockets being fired at her cities and towns. And now, thankfully, some Arab countries at peace, if you will, with Israel understand this as well. In fact, an Egyptian military intelligence source recently confided in exiled Jordanian Opposition Coalition Secretary General Mudar Zahran…the very man poised to bring secular democracy to Jordan once the “kinglet” is removed from power…that Egypt…that President el-Sisi…conveyed a stern message to Hamas. Telling Secretary General Zahran that the message stated the following, “Unless you stop, President Trump will allow Israel to annihilate you,” these words now have set the stage for either an all-out war between Israel and Hamas…a war that Israel really does not want…or as a means to diffuse a war Hamas is told they want by Iran who is leaving out the fact that it’s a war Hamas cannot win even with Iran’s military assistance.

But given the latest developments why does Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu not want to fight Hamas or Iran at this specific point in time…because he knows Iran wants war and logic dictates never give the enemy what they want. As per his article Why Israel Doesn’t Want A War With Gaza published in The America Thinker, Zahran states that, “It is my experience that when an enemy is so determined to get into an armed conflict, one must be very careful not to give the enemy what they want.” Extremely wise words that should have been learned from the lessons of history but apparently have not been learned by some key players. And Zahran rightfully added that, “…we have to realize this: those pushing the Hamas buttons are heavily financed by Iran, through the mother group, the Muslim Brotherhood, who is also deeply in bed with Iran”…and that “…the military actions started shortly after US sanctions on Iran took effect,” which is a truth too many refuse to see.

So Hamas’ latest saber rattling and rocket attacks on Israel are actually nothing but a diversion even though a recent Israeli intelligence gathering operation went awry leaving a senior Hamas commander, six Hamas fighters, and an Israeli lieutenant colonel dead, thus setting this current scenario in motion.

And the truth is that these latest rocket attacks on Israel actually made no sense even with the above stated deaths, because things were going well for Hamas, and again according to JOC Secretary General Mudar Zahran, “On the very day Hamas began firing rockets, they received $15 Million from Saudi Arabia and $60 Million from Qatar to pay its public servants who have not received pay checks. As a result, a joyous atmosphere was dominant in Gaza.”

So why then did Hamas lob 400+ rockets into Israel…again it all comes back to ground zero…Iran. Iran told Hamas…ordered Hamas…to do so as Iran is both economically and politically hurting from our recently reimposed no-holds-barred sanctions. Iran desperately needs war to hold onto any semblance of power it has with both its people and on the world stage, and the looming threat of war…a true Israeli/Palestinian war…helps to put the world’s spotlight back onto Hamas, who doesn’t really have all that much to lose, while Iran on the other hand has much to gain…as in garnering needed support for and an opportunity to wipe Israel off the map. And it seems that right now Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is the only one who understands the truth of what’s going on.

How so…make no mistake Benjamin Netanyahu is not afraid of war nor is Israel, but the timing of war must be right and must be of Israel’s choosing alone. Going to war because your enemy wants war more times than not brings more civilian casualties and hardships than either side most likely intended. And Netanyahu understands well that sometimes peace cannot be achieved through war but through statesmanship…a vastly different animal than mere diplomacy…but that said statesmanship must be brokered with a clear head and a definitive plan and not through mere emotional outbursts.

Outbursts like this…“Surrendering to terrorism” and “gutless,” said Avigdor Lieberman to describe what he felt was the behavior of both the Israeli government and Netanyahu himself, as well as to justify his own resignation as defense minister simply because Netanyahu agreed…for now…to a ceasefire…a ceasefire brokered by Egypt and Qatar with backing from the Trump Administration.

So as Netanyahu faces flack at home for not rushing into war after the newest round of Hamas attacks, and as he hears himself being called both “gutless” and a “coward,” the truth is that Benjamin Netanyahu is neither for he is a man who puts Israel and her interests first not unlike our President Trump who wisely puts America and America’s interests first.

From the time he first became Prime Minister in 1996 and with his return to power in 2009, Benjamin Netanyahu has remained unwavering in his wanting to prevent the establishment of a so-called Palestinian state…he knows the Palestinians have a homeland and it’s called Jordan…for a Palestinian state as wanted by both Hamas and Iran would have it extend from the Jordan River west to the Mediterranean Sea with the Jewish State of Israel no longer on the map.

So why then did Benjamin Netanyahu agree to this ceasefire knowing that it could end his political career come the next election? Why…because he knows that as long as Hamas controls Gaza, where most of the rockets are launched from, it helps to solidify the ever growing rift between P.A. President Mohmoud Abbas’ secular Fatah movement (which is still open to negotiations with Israel) and islamic Hamas (who wants armed resistance alone), and it’s a rift Israel can use to its advantage in the long run. And Netanyahu sees this as the “big picture”…as in Hamas being the unknowing catalyst that helps to stop the formation of a Palestinian state…while others in Israel’s Knesset are shortsighted and only deal in the emotion filled present. If only Israel’s party leaders understood that it’s their shortsightedness that can cause Israel more harm than any Hamas rockets ever could maybe then they’d work with Netanyahu instead of against him as they are doing right now.

Statesmanship unlike diplomacy is surely a hard game to play but if played right…as Benjamin Netanyahu truly is trying to do…statesmanship can in the end attain the desired peace with Israel and Israel alone calling the shots…even though now entering center stage is the same non-binding United Nations General Assembly resolution that is voted on every year…the resolution that calls for Israel to return the Golan Heights to Syria, something Israel rightfully will not do.

But this time there is a difference…a big difference…as the United States for the first time ever voted against the resolution thus signaling a dramatic shift in U.S. policy toward the occupied territory, and it’s thanks to President Trump.

“Given the resolution’s anti-Israel bias, as well as the militarization of the Syrian Golan border, and a worsening humanitarian crisis, this year the United States has decided to vote no on the resolution,” our ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley thankfully said for she knows well that with the U.S. covering Israel’s back the U.N. can only go so far with its demands before both the U.S. and Israel reach their breaking points and pull out of the U.N. sending it crashing to the ground.

So while we take a well deserved Thanksgiving holiday breather from politics here at home, know that in today’s volatile world politics itself never takes a breather…it especially lurks in the shadows of those from within and from the outside wishing to do the Jewish State of Israel harm.

Copyright @ 2018 Diane Sori / The Patriot Factor / All Rights Reserved.

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