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Myths of the Cycle of Violence

Posted by Atilla89 on November 3, 2008

One of the most prevailing views of the Israeli-Arab conflict and specifically between Israel and the Palestinians has been that of a cycle of violence. Basically this view opinions that one side launches an attack on the other forcing the other to attack and so on. Thus both parities are guilty of the violence. This has led to the naive opinion that if only they could just sit down with each other and work out their differences everything would be alright. At first glance this may seem to fit but after further analysis in this CAMERA article, things become a little more clearer.

‘The authors found “there is little evidence to suggest that both sides of the conflict react in a regular and predictable way to violence against them. Rather we find that the direction of causality…runs only from violence committed by Palestinians to violence committed by Israelis, and not vice versa.” They conclude “Overall we find strong evidence that the Israelis react in a significant and predictable way to Palestinian violence against them, but no evidence that the Palestinians react to Israeli violence. This stands in contrast to the popular notion that Israelis and Palestinians are engaged in a ‘tit-for-tat’ cycle of violence.”‘

Basically what this excerpt is trying to say that when the Palestinians commits acts of violence, it is almost certain that Israel will react in some sort of way. Whether it fits some people’s definition of proportionate is up for debate. However, like it says above, it is almost certain that Palestinians will not directly react to violence committed by Israel. This is a very important point because usually violence committed by Palestinians will be random. Examples of this include the recent set of attacks in Jerusalem. Most the reasons given were generic for example being against the ‘occupation’, there was nothing specific.

The reason that this article gives for the randomness of these attacks, one that I happen to agree with, is that:

‘…the authors “suggest that the Palestinians may deliberately choose to randomize the timing of their response to Israeli violence…The effectiveness of terror attacks in disrupting day-to-day Israeli life is, almost by definition, greater if these attacks are unpredictable.”‘

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How Education Is The Key For Peace Between Israel And The Palestinians

Posted by Atilla89 on August 12, 2008

If you’ve ever wondered how to stop the cycle of violence that plagues Israel and the Gaza Strip & West Bank then I have the answer for you, education. This may seem a little bit strange but education has the most say in a child’s outlook on the world. When I say education I am not just referring to going to school and then coming home to do homework and study. I am talking about the education that children receive from their parents, their friends, their religion and the media both independent and state-sponsored.

When a child learns to hate a particular people or religion from an early age, that hatred stays with them for a long time. When the message is continually hammered into them from every source of education it is almost impossible to undo the effects of such an upbringing. Of course, I am talking about the education that is continually forced upon Palestinian children. In my opinion, it would take generations to undo the damage being done to the Palestinian children in the Gaza Strip and West Bank. However outlining a brief plan of such a solution is not the point of this post. My aim is to show one particular grotesque way in which such a hatred of Israel and Jews is being fostered upon Palestinian children.

For example, a recent article in Pajamas Media titled ‘How Gaza Kids Are Spending Their Summer Vacation‘ is a great example of this ‘education’. When most people think of school holidays (especially summer) they think of going to the beach to relax, maybe going to a summer camp (known as a Sport and Recreation camp in Australia), you get the picture. However in the Gaza Strip, summer holidays means something completely different:

‘Hamas and Islamic Jihad, ever mindful of their responsibilities as pillars of the Palestinian community, are running their annual summer camps for thousands of youngsters…In addition to receiving healthy doses of religious and political indoctrination, they’ll be learning how to handle weapons and navigate assault courses.’

Hang on you say, did I read that last part right? They are letting children handle weapons? These sorts of descriptions sadly no longer surprise me (think Farfour, the Hamas version of Micky Mouse), indeed they are almost the norm now in Gaza. However to somebody else who has no idea about Palestinian society this would come as a shock and rightly so, this sort of treatment is disgusting.

‘An Islamic Jihad operative was at pains to point out to Ynet that children would only be handling dummy rockets, not real ones. Allah forbid that they should play with real Qassams or Katyushas — someone could lose an eye.’

Because that is any better…

Of course, this not anything new. During March I wrote a post very similar to this one in which I showed a video of children giving out flowers and lollies to passing Palestinians celebrating the recent (then) terrorist attackat Dimona. These sorts of actions just illustrate my point of how education is the key to stopping this conflict. Golda Meir, a former Prime Minister of Israel got it right when she said that peace would only be possible “when the Arabs love their children more than they hate us”.

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Does Someone Smell A Jerusalem Rat?

Posted by Atilla89 on July 29, 2008

Yes guys it that time of the year when the PA decide to run another vilification of the Jews. As you know, (if you have been following Palestinian Media Watch PMW), this is nothing knew. In fact you can see examples of Jew vilification here and here. Now here’s the new one from the PA, according to them, Israel is using a special genetically altered kind of rat to drive out Arab families from the Old City of Jerusalem. In fact:

‘According to the PA papers, the Israeli-Jerusalem rat is:
1. Immune to rat poison
2. Aggressive and larger than usual
3. Unafraid of cats and able to scare them away
4. Highly fertile, with females giving birth to 140 young rats a year, four times the normal average
5. Highly selective, as Jewish residents of Jerusalem apparently are not affected by these rats’

Bear in mind that this isn’t coming from some fringe media source or anything like that. It’s coming from Al-Hayat Al-Jadida (you can get google to translate the paper) which is controlled by the PA. In other words these paper prints what the PA wants it to, I’m sure you can see just how serious the PA is with negotiating with Israel. I’m sure you can see the stupidity of Olmert and Bush in trying to make a peace agreement with these so-called moderates. In fact I met the ambassador of the PA to Australia earlier on in the year, you can see a synopsis of that meeting here.

PA's Super-rat

PA’s Super Rat

This is just another lame attempt by the PA to alter the image of Israel and Jews in general. It should be pretty obvious to most that this is complete crap, but still its funny nonetheless.

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Second “Copycat” Terrorist Attack In Jerusalem

Posted by Atilla89 on July 23, 2008

In just two weeks Jerusalem has faced two terrorist attacks each following an identical style of attack from men who are both citizens of Jerusalem (specifically the largely Arab eastern section).

For the second time in three weeks, an Arab bulldozer driver from east Jerusalem rammed his construction vehicle into a city bus and several cars on a central thoroughfare in the capital on Tuesday, wounding 16 people before being shot dead by a Druse border police officer and a civilian passerby.

Firstly a congratulations is in order for police officer Amal Janam and Yaki Asa-El who was the one that actually shot the terrorist, Ghassan Abu Tir dead.

The border policeman who shot...

The border policeman who shot the terrorist in Tuesday’s bulldozer attack, Amal Ghanem, speaks to the press. Photo: Channel 2

In a previous article, I mentioned that:

Hopefully, next time Israel will do a better job in not letting these people get citizenship. I really think that a citizenship test should be given to every Israeli citizen. Of course this begs another questions, why are we issuing Israeli ID cards to a possible fith element anyway?

In this particular attack, no one was killed but 16 people were wounded. However, this is not the point. The point is this, Israel has a very real fifth element which can actively organise itself into a new terrorist group which will be able to strike quite easily within Jerusalem. The official view is that these attacks were not coordinated with the bigger terrorist groups.

Like on July 2, security officials said Tuesday’s attacker apparently acted on his own, underscoring what police said could be a series of attacks by “lone attackers” in the short-term.

Some of the solutions to combat this fifth element include the destruction of the terrorist’s home and the expulsion of those who helped them from the city of Jerusalem. These are not new suggestions, and were in place during the second Intifada before eventually being dropped because of pressure from such groups as B’Tselem. As well as this,

He [Public Security Minister Avi Dichter] also proposed carrying out background checks on Arab employees who work with heavy construction equipment, but noted that Israel faced “not simple” legal obstacles to carrying out such moves.

I personally think that Israel should go further with that suggestion and do background checks on anyone from the West Bank who works in Jerusalem or even the rest of Israel for that matter. However, I will save the best for last.

The attack was condemned by Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, who was meeting with President Shimon Peres at Beit Hanassi several blocks away. “I condemn the attack and as always I wholeheartedly oppose all acts of terror,” Abbas said.

Uh huh, yes, good work Abbas, you showed what a caring person you are. No really just ignore what you said and did one week ago.

Palestinian Presiden Mahmoud Abbas on Wednesday welcomed the execution of the prisoner exchange deal between Israel and Hizbullah. Abbas congratulated the family of released Lebanese murderer Samir Kuntar and sent his condolences to the Lebanese families receiving their loved ones’ bodies as part of the deal.

Such a moderate people, lets give them a state!

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Peres: “It would be very hard to reach an agreement”

Posted by Atilla89 on July 6, 2008

Yes this is your one-time burst of sanity from the Israeli government. Shimon Peres, the peacenik that everyone believes he is, actually said something that might be considered intelligent today. He decided that he agreed with ‘…a well-known “dovish” attorney, who said Israel had no chance of reaching an agreement with the Palestinian Authority under Mahmoud Abbas’ leadership.’ How could this happen to the most famous of all Oslo participants? Maybe he is becoming a little more realistic in his political views?

Well you would be half-right if you believed that. Peres, however, ignores the elephant in the room once again and dismisses the Palestinian Authority National Charter, which believes that:

‘The Palestine National Council, in the name of God, and in the name of the Palestinian Arab people, hereby proclaims the establishment of the State of Palestine on our Palestinian territory with its capital Jerusalem (Al-Quds Ash-Sharif).’

And instead of bringing this up, Peres said ‘…Abbas had no support among his people, no power to carry out security agreements and that any agreement Israel and the PA made crumbled a day later due to the PA’s weakness.’ These reasons that are suggested are all true, but it would not be correct to say that they are the main stumbling blocks in the many negotiations that happen between the PA and Israel. What Peres is missing is the fundamental reason why these negotiations will fail. It is not because the PA has no security forces they can deploy in the West Bank or any other similar problems, this can be fixed. It is because their fundamental beliefs and ideals are against it.

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Talk With Spokesperson For The Israeli Embassy In Australia

Posted by Atilla89 on May 27, 2008

So sorry about the large gap between posts, I have been very busy with work and the like. I have another big load of work coming up in the next few weeks so regular posting won’t be back for a while yet, here’s a few tasters just to let you know that I’ve not given up on this blog. Anyway, two really nice articles from FrontPage.

  1. Iraq Rising
  2. Behind the Israel-Syria Talks

Just to let you know, last Wednesday (May 21), I heard Mr Dor Shapira, spokesperson for the Israeli Embassy in Canberra discuss the future of Israel for the next 60 years. I didn’t really learn that much primary because he went into the history of Israel, of which I am quite versed. Interestingly, one the questions asked was (paraphrasing here), what sort of contingency plan is there if talks with Fatah don’t work out (or Fatah is taken over by Hamas)? Mr Shapira didn’t really have an answer for it. He went on about trying to keep Fatah going but eventually admitted that Israel would be in ‘deep shit’ if that happened. I myself asked the question what sort of chance is there for Israel and Syria making peace? The answer that I got was its not likely that peace would achieved, it is doubtful that Syria would want to cut its relations with Iran and all the other terrorist groups. He also mentioned that it was a kind of cycle, every three years or so there would be talks but no real action.

That’s pretty much all the exciting things that have happened to me this week, yay… Once again hopefully I will have some more posts for you all.

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Double Post: New IDF Technology and US Rewarding Arab Terrorism

Posted by Atilla89 on March 25, 2008

Sorry everyone about the lack of posts; I’ve been really busy. I want to let you know, and this is in all seriousnous that because of the lack of time that I have, expect these sorts of gaps between posts (plus nothing much has really been happening politically). Two things, first, a really cool new device from the IDF.

A new IDF automatic fire system was installed Monday in the Netiv Ha’asara neighborhood which will enable the army to fire at Palestinian gunmen near border fence without the need to deploy manpower.

The system, which was installed in a number of locations in the Gaza periphery, can be activated by soldiers located at an observation post outside the Gaza Strip.

I am hoping that it looks something like the automatic machine guns guarding the doors to the main command area in the movie Aliens, that would be awesome.

The second thing is about the blunders that the U.S. government have been making in the Israel/Arab conflict. I am talking about the aide given to the ‘moderate’ Fatah leader, Abu Mazen. Hat tip to FrontPage.

For the first time, the Bush Administration plans to give $150 million in cash directly to the Palestinian Authority (PA) Treasury, as part of a $496.5 million “aid” package, including $410 million for development programs. This added to the $86.5 million for CIA “security training”, which Congress authorized in April 2007.

What the..? Um, lets go back a bit in time, this is the same organisation a few years ago under the leadership of Arafat which either put that aide money into their (the leaders of that organisation) own personal bank accounts or used it to help fund the 2nd Intifada.

The CIA has apparently assumed the Palestinian terrorist-training role previously held by the former Soviet Union. Since 1994, the CIA armed and trained thousands of Palestinian “security forces”, who subsequently joined every Palestinian terrorist organization.

CIA Palestinian training success is best described by a member of the PA’s Chairman own security unit – Force 17, officer Abu Yusef: “The operations of the Palestinian resistance would [not] have been so successful and “would not have killed more than 1,000 Israelis since 2000, and defeated the Israelis in Gaza without [American military] trainings,” he boasted in August 2007.

Which now begs the question, exactly why in the first place, are we even trying to negotiate peace with these thugs, let alone give them lots of money???

Since the Oslo Accords, the PA received some $14 billion to $20 billion in international aid, according to a 2007 Funding for Peace Coalition (FPC) report to the British Parliament. [emphasis added] Each Palestinian received $4,000 to $8,000 per year. In comparison, the US Agency for International Development (USAID), provided $1 billion in humanitarian aid for 2.5 million Darfur refugees from 2003 to 2006 – only $100 per person annually. Moreover, of the $7 billion pledged international aid, only $5 billion were spent to assist more than 5 million Tsunami victims in more than 15 countries on two continents.

The PA received “the highest per capita aid transfer in the history of foreign aid anywhere”, [emphasis added] according to former World Bank country director for Gaza and the West Bank, Nigel Roberts.

People continue to talk about negotiating peace with Abbas. Bush, Rice and Olmert are forever telling us that Fatah is the moderate party here and that we should keep trying. To that, I say bullshit.

Like Muslim Brotherhood, Marxist–trained Jihadist Arafat, neither does Abbas “recognize that confronting terror is essential to achieving a state where his people can live in dignity and at peace with Israel,” as President Bush declared.

Abbas remains committed to the organization’s raison d’etre – destroying Israel and expelling the Jewish people from the region. Despite public Fatah-Hamas leadership disagreements, branding one another “murderers and thieves”, Abbas arranged on Jan. 30 to give Hamas $3.1 billion of $7.7 billion that international donor community pledged last December in Paris.

Look at that, even though there was a civil war, they still support and give aide to each other. Its just another logical reason why negotiation at the moment is useless and downright stupid.

Abbas’ support for Hamas is not new. In Feb. 2007, He announced, “We must unite the Hamas and Fatah blood in the struggle against Israel as we did at the beginning of the intifada.” He stated this en route to Mecca to meet with the Saudi King, and Hamas terror chiefs Khaled Mashaal and Ismail Haniyeh. The Saudis pledged hundreds of millions of dollars in “humanitarian aid” – which, like previous pledges, they failed to deliver.

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