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In my recent blogs, reports have been made about issues that may have been missed in the barrage of other pressing news. The missing flight 370 riveted attention as well as the crisis situation in the Crimea. As these episodes occurred, importance events in the Middle East continued to develop. This blog is a quick look of some of these tensions.

Several blogs back I gave a preview of an attempt to put the squeeze on Israel by employing economic sanctions against Prime Minister Netanyahu’s government. The Palestinians were attempting an end around strategy to bring concessions from Israel through economic pressure. In the most recent development, German Chancellor Angela Merkel indicated she opposes the idea of any boycott. Chancellor Merkel said this is not an option for Germany. She was not opposed to the idea of products from West Bank settlements being so labeled. At the same time, Chancellor Merkel  supported the idea that Palestinian representatives recognize Israel as a Jewish state. Moreover, Merkel noted that it was important that attention be paid to Israel’s security needs. Her position indicates strong support for the Israelis.

Chancellor Merkel has long been a staunch ally of Israel. She fully recognizes the Holocaust and has felt her own personal anxiety over the past. With the size and influence of Germany, her position minimizes  the possibility of significant economic pressure being brought to bear on Israel. Hopefully, the Palestinians will get back to the bargaining table with genuine intentions to come to agreement. As I noted earlier, the Palestinians intention to wipe out Israel has kept them from coming to any settlement that would end hostilities.

On a different front, Israel intercepted an Iranian shipment of arms to Gaza. After the ship was boarded, Israeli officers found 40 M-302 rockets with a range of  160 kilometers, 180 120mm. mortar shells, and 400,000 7.62 mm. bullets. The commandeered freighter was escorted to Eilat Port by Israeli Navy ships. Obviously, the Iranians were attempting to provide weaponry to Islamic terrorists.

As the report was released, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu noted that many nations of the world are guilty of hypocrisy because of refusing to recognize the threat that constantly surrounds Israel. While President Hassan Rouhani is negotiating armament agreements on nuclear energy, he still has work to do on stopping dangerous illegal shipment of arms.

Matters are still not going well in North Sinai. Radical Islamic nomads have proven a problem both for Egypt and Israel. Recent raids wrecked some of the area and the crackdown continues. However, the problem is that while terrorism is being confronted, there is a lack of carefully confrontation sorting out the good folks from the bad. Undoubtedly, innocent residents have been hit. The results can only further perpetuate the problem.

Stay tuned and we’ll keep you updated. More to come —

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You may have turned on the TV last week and been shocked to discover a war had broken out between Israel and the Gaza Strip. If you didn’t follow Middle Eastern events closely, you could have been completely unaware of the constant barrage of rockets fired out of this area. What started the war? Here’s the facts.

Since Israel made a unilateral withdrawal from the Gaza area in 2005, 8,500 rockets have been fired into Israel. 13,500 rockets have hit Israel since 2001. Since tht date, an average of three rockets per day have struck Israel. Currently, 5,000,000 Israelis now live in rocket range.

Why did Israel take out the Hamas military leader Ahmed Jabari as well as targeting Hamas rocket launchers? The question is not unimportant because United Nations members always blame Israel –regardless. Let’s put it like this …

Mexico starts firing rockets on El Paso, Texas at the rate of 3 a day. This goes on for 7 years. Finally, the United States bombs the launching sites in Mexico. Do you think we’d wait 7 years? 7 weeks? 7 days to stop such attacks? Probably we’d respond in less than 7 hours. The issue isn’t hard to understand.

The basic problem Israel faces is not the rockets as much as it is the Palestinian mentality. Here’s another analogy to explain how they think.

We have a Friday night football game between the Israeli Warriors and the Hamas Rockets. The warriors win by a big 50 to nothing score. The games over and the Warriors go out to get in their bus. The Rockets hide in the bushes but start throwing baseballs at the bus. No matter how defeated they have been, they are going to attack the buses until the last one of them is dead.

Make sense? No. But that’s the way it works.

Yasser Arafat could have achieved peace with a capital in East Jerusalem but he walked away when President Clinton tried to broker a deal. Why? Because the Palestinians want nothing less that Israel to be pushed into the Mediterranean Sea.

Rather than striking a deal and rebuilding their society, they continue down a path of destruction and death. From my encounters with these people, I do not believe they will stop. These attacks and responses will continue.

While no one has clarified the facts, it appears that more rockets have been smuggled in through Egypt. Of course, they are Iranian in origin. Having upgraded from liquid fuel to solid state materials, these new Iranian rockets have a much greater range even shooting at Tel Aviv and hitting Jerusalem. The Iron Dome defense system has proven amazingly accurate, knocking out 90% of the Hamas rocket attacks in this war. Unfortunately, the l0% that break through are capable of significant destruction. This fact alone suggests that Israel will not quickly end the conflict until they have cleaned out the launchers and tunnels that bring rockets in from Egypt.

Suddenly everyone from Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi to the American State Department are scrabbling to bring a cease fire. They should have been working to stop the rocket attacks years ago and there would not be a conflict happening today.

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