Saturday, December 27

The Kurds Deserve a State of their Own

English: The state flag of the Islamic Caliphate.
English: The state flag of the Islamic Caliphate. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Flag of Islamic State of Iraq .
Flag of Islamic State of Iraq . (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
The scenario of IS (Islamic State - note that this savage and cruel organization was called ISIS - Islamic State of Iraq and Syria,  whose aims were to establish an Islamist Caliphate in these two countries. Their ambitions have gone beyond that to include the whole Middle East, including Israel) plundering and killing non-Muslims as well as Muslims (who do not share their world view) in Northern Iraq and Syria is horrendous! Be-headings, raping of women and ruthless murder, in the name of their despicable and cruel Islamist world view, leaves the civilized world with a sense of horror, but nothing more than that.

These IS savages seem to be above International Law. The stuttering and hesitant EU (European Union), including the US and their allies, are not doing very much to halt the spread of this cancer, not only in the Middle East, but also in their own countries. These savages have mosques in the main capitals of Europe, with hate-filled charismatic Imams preaching their propaganda against Jews and non-Muslims. They attract many non-Muslim youth to their hateful, cruel causes, recruiting these wayward youth to undergo Islamist brainwashing in their mosques and eventually sending them to Turkey, where they continue their journey to join the ranks of IS savagery in Syria and Iraq after further brainwashing and military training. The hateful racist rhetoric coming from mosques in Gaza has a great similarity to the IS-affiliated rhetoric against Jews and Christians in European countries. Imams, who indulge in Nazi-like diatribes, ought to be expelled to the countries of their origin instead of the appeasing Neville Chamberlain-like Scandinavian policies towards militant Islam.

After receiving training, these European Islamist converts return to their countries of origin for carrying out terrorist attacks against innocent people in their quest to create a Caliphate-ruled Europe. The cry of "Allahu Aqbar!" is their credo as they go on a killing spree, usually as rabid savages with sick minds.

The borders of Syria and Iraq have almost ceased to exist. IS plunders and leaves a bloody trail of human headless bodies in their ruthless quest of establishing an Islamic State Caliphate. The EU, US, Canada and as far afield as Australia, are not immune to this savagery and barbaric cruelty. The statements of condemnation coming from the leaders of these respective countries are so impotent and naive. There does not seem to be much effort on their part to get rid of this cruel terrorist organization as it affects the security of their own citizens as well.

The US has made some impotent attempt at bombing these savages, but without much success. The attempts at some unity to rid the world of this cancer is half-hearted, ineffective and pathetic! Is it apathy or maybe a policy of appeasement of terror in the hope that their countries will be immune from IS savagery and terror? Or - are they all so preoccupied with condemning Israel in the UN for so-called human rights abuses against Hamas and allies to be bothered with IS savagery? We have witnessed terror attacks by IS associated psychopath individuals in Sydney, Australia as well as in France, Belgium and of course Hamas terror in Israel. This is just the beginning of Islamist terror committed by individual psychopathic murderers.

The only nation that is motivated in fighting these IS savages are the Kurds. They are more effective than the US and its allies with a fraction of the resources to do so. The Kurds are the largest, stateless nation on earth! The Kurdish women fighters are brave and resilient, deserve much credit in their fight against the IS savages. They need all our support in their amazing motivation against incredible odds to rid this blight against their people, the Middle East and the world that has occupied large sections of Iraq and Syria. Hopefully the territory under IS control will be re-conquered by the Kurdish guerrilla fighters and become the basis of the establishment of a Kurdish State, even if it includes  IS conquered Iraq, Syria, Turkey (who is also playing a dubious role by acting as a transit point for the transferring of IS trainees to Iraq and Syria), and Iran.

If there is a nation that deserves a state, it is the Kurds. Kurdistan can once more be the nation that it once was. The world must wake up and help the Kurds to achieve this. We all have a historic opportunity to facilitate Kurdish independence - more than anytime in history with IS on our doorstep in areas that overlap historic Kurdistan.

There will be those who maintain that Palestinians are also stateless and deserve a state. Most Israelis agree that they do, including myself. However a Hamas-controlled Palestinian State alongside Israel threatening Israel's security, oppressing their own people and becoming no less barbaric than IS is no option, not for Israel or the Palestinian People. The Kurds are different and are not into terror for achieving a state.

The world owes the anarchy in Iraq and Syria nothing! They are responsible for the IS gaining strength in these countries by the US failure in Iraq. Saddam Hussein was defeated and a vacuum for IS domination began its roots there and in Syria. Oh, I almost forgot there is also Jabhat al-Nusra - offshoots of Al Qaeda.

Even Hamas Palestinian terrorists are adopting IS tactics against innocent people. Individual terrorist acts are part of the same tactic used by "Allahu Aqbar!" screaming, murderers both in IS and Hamas. Their ruthless and cruel behavior makes Al Qaeda almost angelic in comparison!

Saturday, December 20

The Upcoming Israeli General Elections of 2015

It is not surprising that 20 months after the last elections, the coalition has collapsed. Many issues are facing Israel including economy, social, educational issues, as well as improving infra-structure and affordable housing for young couples. Much money was funneled into the illegal settlement enterprise - the baby of the ruling right wing at the expense of solving many of these problems.

The most important problem facing us is the solution of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict. Israel's relations with the US, EU and many other countries in the world are influenced by the way Israel deals with this issue. We have not had any word yet on what the contesting parties intend to do in order to jump start peace talks with the Palestinians. The solution can only be achieved by negotiations with strong motivation on both sides to end the conflict. Israel’s international image has never been as poor as it is since the Likud coalition had been in power within the last couple of years.

We all know what has occurred on all these various issues over the last 20 months especially. The Likud coalition has achieved very little in the economic sphere, prices have soared, salaries have remained static and there is hidden unemployment.

In July 2014, there was Operation Protective Edge and despite Hamas being heavily bruised, they were not defeated and the war ended inconclusively with Hamas coming out of their holes under the debris and massive destruction in Gaza. Time will tell how soon the next round of fighting between Israel and Hamas will recommence. Hamas has been holding massive demonstrations of strength in rhetoric with their militants parading in army uniforms. The usual, hate-filled stereotype slogans of fantasy and glory are becoming common place in Gaza Street including the firing of an occasional missile into Israel despite the cease-fire.  Nothing has been done to alleviate the stressful situation of the citizens of Gaza including rehabilitation of homes destroyed in Operation Defensive Shield.

Voting at the Polling Station in Israel
There were the tragic terrorist attacks in Jerusalem with terrorists using vehicles as killing machines against innocent people waiting for public transport. Stabbings and violence undertaken by Palestinian terrorists against anybody that happens to be doing their routine business in Supermarkets, even those who were at prayer in a neighborhood synagogue in Jerusalem were not immune to the shocking violence and Palestinian terrorist killing sprees.

In the background of all these security threats, Netanyahu's coalition partners have not been playing Netanyahu's game and were demanding various reforms that Netanyahu was not prepared to concede. He decided to hold elections in the hope that he will strengthen his hand after the elections assuming that his Likud Bloc is re-elected.

The Labor Party under Yitschak Herzog and Hatnuah Party under Tzippi Livni have decided to run on one ticket against the right to extreme right Netanyahu-led Likud bloc. These two party leaders have formed a center-left bloc and it remains to be seen who else will tag onto their list. Avigdor Lieberman, a right wing leader of Israel Beitenu, whose views on transference of Palestinians with Israeli citizenship to the autonomous areas of the Palestinian Authority are well known, has indicated that he has no problem joining the left of center bloc or the right wing bloc, thus ensuring a seat  for himself and a cabinet post in the new government.

The Shas Party of ultra-Orthodox Sephardim is splitting with the resignation of Eli Yishai, one of the leaders of the party, to form his own party. What is interesting is the new party formations such as Moshe Kahlon's right of center, Kolanu Party. If one seeks a party that has an ideology which has stood the test of time and with which one can identify, it will not be easy. Even the traditional difference between left wing and right wing is becoming more blurred than ever before.

The situation in Israel  is very fluid electorally with new alliances forming between most unlikely bedfellows which changes on a daily basis. The polls by the various polling organizations show that the left of center block and right of center to extreme right are garnering equal support of 50 - 50 with the center block, Yesh Atid, holding the balance. The ultra-Orthodox Parties could support either side. The split in Shas will cause Shas to lose a lot of support forcing it to become marginal.

The main blocs are bending over backwards to get support from doubtful voters. Party loyalty to any party other than being left or right wing is not as strong as it was in the past. The race seems to be for egotistical reasons by getting a seat in the Knesset at all costs even if it means changing loyalties.

The situation is very unpredictable at this stage and the various polls are showing trends rather than predicting who will win.

When one goes to vote, the voter will land up with a coalition that would be ungovernable and many people refuse to go out an vote for this reason.
When one is faced with such a strange mix of parties, many of whom do not reflect the desires of many voters makes the choice difficult. Partisan parties that are one-issue parties and only represent a section of the population rather than all Israel's citizens is not good for the country. The newly elected government must represent all Israel's citizens irrespective of race, color or creed and solve the various communities' problems as they arise.

It is preferable to vote for a party that will not sacrifice its ideology for coalition wheeling and dealing for the sake of a Knesset seat. There are very few parties in that category. The Arab parties are partisan and do not represent the interests of the Arab communities, who are citizens of Israel. They could have done this as well as being a bridge for facilitating peace talks between Israel and its Palestinian neighbors, rather than rabble-rousing pro-Palestinian sentiments in the Knesset that were unproductive as well as being divisive. The religious parties join any coalition in order to get money for their yeshivot and religious coercion that is so-called "status quo". They have no problem being part of any government coalition with the exception of Eli Yishai's ultra-Orthodox breakaway party that has stated it will support Bibi Netanyahu as prime minister.

This leaves us with only two parties that over the years have retained their ideologies and will not join any coalition that is anathema to their ideology as well as being relatively non-partisan. These two parties are Meretz and Hadash, the latter is a joint Jewish-Arab party and is non-Zionist, while the former is left wing and Zionist with a social democratic basis that is social issues and peace-oriented. For those voters who still believe in  integrity and no automatic tagging onto a coalition that is opportunistic and does not lead us to the reforms that are necessary for all Israel's citizens, are really faced with these two choices, including advancing the peace process as well as an end to the occupation.

There will also be no compromise on terror and no government, whether left or right, will tolerate a Palestinian State alongside Israel that is ruled by Hamas that will dig tunnels to facilitate terrorist group infiltration into Israel for establishing an Islamic state and massacring hundreds of innocent civilians. Hamas record of accomplishment for peace with Israel is non-existent by their admission and charter.