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BLOG 403 September 24, 2018 

WISE ON THE MIDDLE EAST Each week Robert L. Wise, PhD, explores the Middle Eastern situation,  ranging from Egypt through Jordan, Syria, Lebanon, Israel and the surrounding area. Wise first traveled to Israel and the neighboring countries in 1968. Two his sons taught in Jordan and Lebanon universities. Wise presents an objective view of the behind the scenes situation in these countries.

On August 24, American President Donald Trump ordered the State Department to redirect the funding for programs in the West Bank and Gaza Strip to unspecified projects elsewhere. The Palestinians screamed!

PLO Secretary-General Saeb Erekat denounced the loss of funds as “disgraceful” and accused the USA of meddling in the internal affairs of the West Bank and attempting to impact their national options. The Secretary-General claimed the funds were not a gift to the Palestinians, but a duty of the international community because of the continuation of occupation that blocks the development and growth of the Palestinians.

Senior PLO official Hanan Ashrawi accused America of “cheap blackmail as a political tool.” He said further, “there is no glory in constantly bullying and punishing a people under occupation.”

The constant surfacing of the word “occupation” represents a new strategy the Palestinians have been using to present themselves as a conquered people. Of course, this is not true, but makes good propaganda. People with short memories or no information on the past are bound to take pity on their plight.

The truth is that immediately after the United Nations gave Israel the right to become an established nation on May 16, 1948, the Arab states attacked Israel. Many Arabs fled Jerusalem and other cities at the direction of Muslim Mufi Husseini (often pictured talking with Hitler). Al-Husseini opposed King Abdullah of Jordan’s plan to annex the Palestinians into Jordan (which would have solved the problem). The Arabs started a fight they could not finish. Eventually Israel erected a wall around their country because of Arab Muslim suicide terrorism inside Israel. Ever since, the PLO has been a struggling organization that will not negotiate for a settlement of boundaries because their ultimate objective is the obliteration of Israel.

That’s hardly occupation!

American Jews opposed moving the American Embassy to Jerusalem because they saw this ending any neutrality the US might have had and halting their role in bringing a peaceful settlement to the Palestinian-Israel chaos. They have been proven right to this point as America no longer has any role in negotiating peace between these two fractions. Trump’s arbitrary actions have greatly pleased Prime Minister Netanyahu at the cost of destroying any relationship the US had with the Palestinians.

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BLOG 379 January 22, 2018

Readers who stay current with the unfolding drama in the countries struggling with the upheaval across the region will want to be aware of a new dimension occurring right now. American media has not been updating the situation partly because of the never ending struggles with the Trump administration and the national political scene. However, a new conflict is brewing with Israel and Iran.

Watch out!

Followers of the Syrian civil war know that essentially it has been a cover for a war between Arabia and Iran, between Sunnis and Shiites. It now appears that Israel is on the verge of entering the fray. In November, 2017, Prime Minister Netanyahu asserted that part of the reason Iran gained a foothold in Syria was to prepare for an attack on Israel.  He said they were seeking a land and sea military presence to provide a launching pad for attacking Israel. In light of these possibilities, Netanyahu again warned that any nuclear deal with Iran must keep them from getting “The Bomb” they would use on Israel. His conclusion was that if necessary, Israel would act alone against Iran.

In a mid-December discussion, the Prime Minister told an international conference that Israel would not allow Iran to develop a military base in Syria. He called on the many nations present to assist in halting Iran’s development of ballistic missiles, nuclear power, and the support of global terrorism.

President Reuven Rivlin told Russia’s Vladimir Putin that it would be impossible for Israel to allow Syria in any form to exist on their border.

Netanyahu has spent a career struggling with the attacks from Palestinian terroristsas well as Hama and Hezbollah. During his speech, he noted that those two terrorist organizations would disappear immediately without funding from Iran.

Now that Iran is struggling to suppress demonstration by their own people, their financial vulnerability is revealed. Their own citizens are hurting the most. Money flowing out of the country into agencies attacking Israel is being paid for by the small people whose incomes are depleted by Iran aggression. Cronyism in Iran’s banks have stolen millions and fueled the current protests.

This January NATO ambassadors were told that Iran is attempting to establish an empire from Tehran to Tartus in the Mediterranean.  Consequently, Israeli jets have struck inside Syria. The strike on January 9 indicates Israel is willing to back up its talk with action.

What’s ahead? Get ready. The show has just started.

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