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A QUICK BRUSH OVER THE TOP

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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JUST CAN’T GET ENOUGH OF THAT GOOD OLE TERRORISM!

            Like the endless TV show LAW AND ORDER, we can’t seem to get away from one channel of haunting  installments of the latest in terrorism. Every week there’s a new episode of the awful pictures of what’s going on. This past week, America wiped out  the Afghan Taliban chief Hakimullah Mehsud in a drone attack. He was responsible for the December 2009 suicide bombing that killed seven Americans at the Forward Operating Base Chapman in Khost, Afghanistan as well as attacks in Pakistan that killed thousands of civilians and security forces.

            Yeah! One for our side. Now let’s see who “they” kill next. (You understand that I’m joshing – not meant to be taken literally)

Another aspect of the story has just been uncovered in Israel where the IDF (Israeli Defense Force) uncovered a tunnel running from the Gaza Strip across the border into Israel near Kibbutz Ein Hashlosha. Such a tunnel could have been used to abduct Israeli soldiers just as Palestinian militants did with Israeli soldier Gilad Schalit in 2006.

A group of journalists toured the tunnel and found they could stand upright. The tunnel had been equipped with electric lights and a telephone line. Ironically, the tunnel was constructed with Israeli concrete slabs the IDF had allowed into Gaza to ease the civilian crisis in the construction sector. Hamas must have invested tens of millions of dollars in constructing the tunnel.

The only conclusion that could be drawn was that the Hamas regime in Gaza cynically exploited the good intentions of Israel. Ah, the fun never stops! (Again, meant as a jest)

Why would Hamas make such an investment? The fall of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt has placed them in a position of strategic deterioration. Currently, they are under pressure to make some aggressive gesture. This one failed.

Maj. General Sami Turgeman noted that if Hamas did attack, the IDF was ready and Hamas would pay a significant price. Prime Minister Netanyahu underscored that Israel maintains an aggressive policy against all forms of terrorism. The success of this approach is reflected in the fact that the past year has been one of the quietest in over a decade. Does this mean terrorism will stop? No.

Tragically, this form of violence has become part of the world scene and through the media seeps into American life. The truth is that we’ve all have more than enough. Can’t we find another channel?

 

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THE COMPLICATIONS IN THE MIDDLE EAST STRUGGLE.

            The amateur is quick to make assessments and projections about what comes next in the continuing struggle in the Middle East, but one must avoid being presumptive even after all the facts are in. The Arab world can change as fast as the spring winds reverse themselves. The better path is to maintain a continual watch for what happens next. Egypt is a prime example.

            Interesting enough, the Egyptian military is forging a new alliance against Arab terrorist operating in the Sinai. The IDF (Israel Defense Force) and the Egyptian Army are  together attempting to stop the terrorist attacks that are a problem for both countries. Perhaps, you will recall that Israel captured this entire area during the Yom Kippur war, but in a peace agreement with Egypt gave it back. It has since become a wild almost no-man’s land of bedouins firing rockets primarily at Israel.

As a result of the coup that brought Morsi down, violence against Egyptian security forces by Islamists has resulted in a deepening concern about attacks on Egypt.  It is to the benefit of both countries to halt these assault. The new status of cooperation is an important sign for the future. It was generally recognized that Morsi, the deposed president, would eventually have abrogated the peace treaty with Israel. As it now stands, no one will have to face this problem.

As a matter of fact, renewed cooperation seems to be blossoming across the Middle East. Saudi Arabia and Egypt are developing better relationships. With the exception of Qatar, connections are improving with Egypt across the region. These same relationships have been through a roller-coaster ride during the past few years. Saudi Arabia was deeply shocked when 16 of the 18 perpetrators of the terrorist attack on the Twin Towers turned out to be from their country. They discovered that the Muslim Brotherhood had introduced Jihad and were raising young terrorist. As a result, the king expelled the Muslim Brotherhood in a way that both sides won’t forget.

On the other hand, Iran has been stung by the downfall of Morsi and further isolated. With tough Western sanctions strangling the country, their staunchest ally Bashar Assad is struggling to survive. When Assad called in Hezbollah, thousands of their best soldiers were killed. Even Hamas had to close its offices in Damascus. In Egypt, there has been a groundswell of support for  non-Islamic movements. The bottom line is that the rise and fall of the Brotherhood will be a serious blow to Islamic terrorism and to Iran’s regional ambitions.

A year ago, Western interests had to be discouraged with what appeared to be ahead. At this point, the tides have turned and come back to shore. If we went back to the week after Morsi’s election, no one would have predicted that in a year, he’d be gone. But the winds shifted.

This past week Secretary of State John Kerry released a statement declaring the ouster was not a coup and money could keep coming from the USA to Egypt. Well, my, my, who would have thought America would wind with that position? Obviously, America is enthusiastic about the downfall of Morsi.

And so the story goes. Stay tuned. More on the 10:00 news.

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