Sunday, April 1, 2018

Korban Pesach and Israel’s Redemption


The Palestinian Authority recently condemned Israel for allowing Jews to “worship” near the Davidson Complex, in the vicinity of the Temple Mount. Denouncing the Jerusalem District Court decision, to allow Temple Mount Activists to re-enact the bringing of the Korban Pesach – Passover Offering – near the Temple Mount, the holiest site in Judaism, the Palestinian Authority called the re-enactment a “dangerous precedent.”
Also, Sheikh Ekrima Sabri, Imam of Al-Aqsa Mosque, conflating previously planned Land Day protests with the Korban Pesach ceremony said recently, “We will not recognize the court’s decision because it has no right to discuss this subject. The decision harms and provokes the faithful, especially as this Friday marks Land Day.”

Mohammad Momani, Jordanian Minister of State for Media Affairs, also condemned the Israeli decision to allow the re-enactment. Momani demanded that Israel stop all actions that offend Muslims worldwide and fuel religious conflict and extremism in the region.
Similarly, in a statement published last Pesach, Sheikh Muhammad Hussein, Palestinian Authority Grand Mufti of Jerusalem, said that if Jews ‘’...hold Pesach (Passover), religious ceremonies on the Temple Mount...and continue attacks against the Muslim and Palestinian holy sites...it will turn the entire region into a ticking time bomb and cause a religious war, who’s results cannot be fathomed.”

Basically, he threatened war if Jews tried to fulfill their religious commitments. And, Temple Mount activists did re-enact the Passover Offering, again this year, as they do every year. About 1,500 people participated, the most ever, including Rabbi Aryeh Stern, the Chief Rabbi of Jerusalem as well as Yehudah Glick, a Likud MK.
In fact, every red-blooded, living, committed Jew desires the return of the Bet HaMikdashthe Holy Temple, the House of God – on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem. But even before that, Korban Pesach, the Passover Offering, can be brought. There are no halachic – Jewish Law – problems, to prevent it from being carried out properly. Every year at the Passover Seder – as a reminder of Korban Pesach – we substitute the Afikoman at the end.

But we could be doing the real thing, what God commanded Jews to do in the Torah!
Quiz time: What do 1948, 1967, 1973, in fact every situation of total war where the modern State of Israel was fully committed to victory, have in common? The God of Israel gave victory to the Jewish people.

HaShem Ish Milchama...’’ God is the Lord of War (Exodus 15:3). This was sung by the Jewish people on the seventh day of Passover, after they crossed the sea, and after the God of Israel drowned the Egyptian Army in that sea.

Why do I remind you of this? Because I find it a joke, when Arabs, Muslims, Palestinians, ISIS, Iranians, etc. regularly threaten a religious war, as if that isn’t what’s been going on already, since the beginning of Zionism, Kibbutz Galiyot – the prophesied return of the Jewish people to the Land of their forefathers, the Land of Israel – and with all of Israel’s wars.

Interestingly, there is a similarity between Korban Pesach and Israel’s redemptive process unfolding before our eyes today.

The Passover Offering, unlike all other Korbanot – offerings – can be brought even if the majority of the nation is Tamei – Ritually Impure. So too, Israel’s Redemption comes whether the Jewish People are religiously observant or not. See Talmud Sanhedrin 97b, where Rabbi Yehoshua insists that “even if Am Yisrael does not do Teshuva – repentance – they will be redeemed.” So, God has His own plan...
Whether Jews of little belief understand it or not, every stabbing, every shooting, every act of terror and war by Arabs and Muslims against Jews, is a part of a long religious war taking place. That’s how they understand it.

Well, let me tell you, there are Jews who understand this too!

AND, YOU DON’T SCARE US WITH YOUR THREATS!

...A religious war, who’s results cannot be fathomed,” Hussein quipped. Well, we know what the results will be, just like every other war against the State of Israel, victory for the Jewish people again. See Talmud Megillah 17b, “The beginning of redemption comes through wars.”

HaShem Ish Milchama...’’ The God of Israel is a Warrior, the Lord is his name (Exodus 15:3).

This is the same Sheikh Hussein, who declared back in August 2016, that the entire city of Jerusalem belongs to Islam and the Arabs, and must be defended against the Jews. Hussein asserted then that “each floor of the holy city, every remnant of the city, and every centimeter, attest to the fact that it is an Arab and Islamic city, whose roots lie deep in history and culture.”

So, we’re familiar with his constant rewriting of history, lies and incitement to violence. Other PA leaders from Abbas on down, have mouthed these lies also, even claiming ridiculously, to be Canaanites or Philistines. But, everyone in the world knows Jerusalem is the capital of the Jewish people, whether they like to admit it or not. America, to their credit, recently admitted it.

What prompted this outburst of the mufti last year? The mere attempt to re-enact Korban Pesach – not even the real thingby the Temple Institute and other Temple Mount organizations, near, but not on, the Temple mount in Jerusalem.

Maybe we should be bringing the real Passover Offering on the Temple Mount, instead of just re-enacting it nearby?

As thieves and occupiers of someone else’s inheritance, the so-called Palestinians, rightfully fear the process of history unfolding in our days. Their Islamic lies, their claim of God’s rejection of the Jewish people, are regularly being proven false, by the ongoing redemptive process of Israel, taking place today.

The Korban Pesach, I might add, represents complete faith in the God of Israel and his redemptive process and total rejection of any fear of the gentile. In Egypt, sheep were worshiped, yet the Children of Israel were commanded by God, to tie up sheep in a publicly visible way, so that the Egyptians could see what was happening to their “god.” Then later to sacrifice and roast the sheep, for the first Pesach Seder, to show the complete impotence of the Egyptian god. The next day, the Jews left Egypt in broad daylight, heads held high, so that the whole world could see Israel’s redemption.

The Egyptians could do nothing to stop them.
The same is true today, of the current redemptive process taking place; the Arabs, the Muslims, Iran, Hezbollah, Hamas, the EU, the UN, no one can stop it. Rewriting history, lies, terror, war or threats of war, will not stop the forward march of the Jewish people toward their destiny.
The God of Israel, wants all his creatures to live in peace, and create a world of good, but not at any cost, evil and lies must be vanquished first.

HaShem Ish Milchama...’’ God is the Master of War (Exodus 15:3).

Happy Passover!

Ariel Natan Pasko, an independent analyst and consultant, has a Master's Degree specializing in International Relations, Political Economy & Policy Analysis. His articles appear regularly on numerous news/views and think-tank websites and in newspapers. His latest articles can also be read on his archive: The Think Tank by Ariel Natan Pasko
(c) 2018/5778 Pasko

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Last Time Iraq, This Time Iran, Time For Purim



(short version)
There they go again, threatening to wipe out Israel, “...We will level Tel Aviv to the ground and will not give any opportunity to Netanyahu to flee,” Mohsen Rezaie, Iran’s expediency council secretary said recently. As did, al-Quds Force commander General Qassem Soleimani, speaking at a Tehran ceremony, marking the tenth anniversary of the assassination of Hezbollah terrorist mastermind Imad Mughniyeh, Soleimani said that the punishment for shedding Mughniyeh’s blood is “not launching one missile or killing one person, but the dismantling and uprooting of the baby-killing Zionist regime.”

Big deal, they’re just the latest in a long list of Persian/Iranian threateners, starting with that evil man, Haman, continuing through Ayatollah Khomeini and former Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, right up to the present leadership.

Ahmadinejad suggested, during “The World Without Zionism” conference in Tehran in 2005, that Israel should be “wiped off the map”. Referring to Ayatollah Khomeini, Ahmadinejad said, “Our dear Imam said that the occupying regime must be wiped off the map and this was a very wise statement. We cannot compromise over the issue of Palestine.”

I guess they never heard of the Purim idea, V’Nahafoch-hu/a complete reversal – what they planned for us, coming back on their own heads – Rezaie, Soleimani and the rest of the current Iranian leadership, should read the Megilat Esther, before it’s too late for Iran.

Saddam Hussein threatened Israel before them, in April 1990, to wipe out half of Israel with chemical weapons, “I swear to God, we will let our fire eat half of Israel if it tries anything against Iraq.” Saddam also said, “We don't need an atomic bomb, [after Israel bombed Iraq’s Osirak reactor] because we have advanced chemical weapons.” And, as late as 2000, Hussein was still threatening that his country could destroy Israel, if it was given access to land next to the Jewish state.
Stop and think for a moment: the first Gulf War in 1991, ended erevjust before – Purim. The second Gulf War in 2003, began motzeijust after – Shushan Purim. Get the picture? In between, “The Jews had light, and gladness, and joy, and honor,” (Megilat Esther 8:16). Look what happened to Saddam Hussein and Iraq. Hussein was hanged like Haman, get it! And, Iraq isn’t a threat to Israel anymore.

But, we already knew that wars are for us – i.e., the Jews and Israel. Chazalour sages – throughout the ages have explained the Torah, telling us that everything that happens in the world is for the benefit of the Jewish People. As it says in the Talmud, “Every war in Israel is a stage in the redemption of Israel,” (Megillah 17b). The Redemption occurs in stages, war after war.
Read the Purim story in Megilat Esther again, it’s a rags to riches story on a national scale. Haman, the proto-typical anti-Semite, plans mass murder of the Jews and in the end pays with his life, the life of his ten sons – all hanged – and the Jews kill 75, 811 members of the anti-Semitic – i.e. Nazi – party of the time.

This is not so different from the Nuremberg Trials after World War II, when 23 Nazi war criminals were tried. Originally 11 were to have the death penalty imposed if found guilty. Everybody in those days thought that they would be shot – as is customary in military executions – or get the electric chair – as was common in the United States. But when the judges announced the verdict of guilty, they also said that hanging would be the method of execution. Two hours before the execution, they found Hermann Goering dead in his cell. He had committed suicide. Interestingly, it is said about Goering, that he liked to dress up in feminine attire. His cross-dressing and suicide would parallel Haman’s daughter, who also committed suicide. That left only 10 Nazis to execute, just like Haman’s sons.

There is more to this story than meets the eye. In Megilat Esther (9:7-9), when it describes the execution of Haman's ten sons, their names are listed in a vertical column. If you look at the Hebrew closely, you'll notice extra-small letters in three of the names. The first name, Parshandata, has a small tav. The seventh name, Parmashta, has a small shin. The tenth name, Vayzata, has a small zayn. Hebrew letters are also used as numbers, as well as for dates in the Jewish calendar. Tav, shin, zayn, which numerically is 707, corresponding to the year 5707, which began with Rosh HaShanahthe Jewish New Year – on September 25, 1946.

On October 16, 1946, as foreshadowed in the names of Haman's ten sons, ten Nazi leaders were hanged as war criminals. And if that doesn't impress you, out of nowhere, with the rope around his neck, Julius Schtreicher – editor of Der Sturmer, the Nazi propaganda newspaper – shouted out with flaming hatred in his eyes, just as the trap door opened, "Purimfest 1946!" It was reported in the international press of the day.
Another example of the Purim idea, V’Nahafoch-hu/a complete reversal – what they planned for us, coming back on their own heads – in action.

In ancient Persia, the proto-Nazi party was wiped out, and so too, in modern times, Nazi Germany and Saddam’s Iraq were defanged. Like I said earlier, Rezaie, Soleimani, and the rest of the Iranian leadership, should read the Megilat Esther, before it’s too late for Iran… Happy Purim!
Ariel Natan Pasko, an independent analyst and consultant, has a Master's Degree specializing in International Relations, Political Economy & Policy Analysis. His articles appear regularly on numerous news/views and think-tank websites and in newspapers. His latest articles can also be read on his archive: The Think Tank by Ariel Natan Pasko.
(c) 2018/5778 Pasko

(long version)

There they go again, threatening to wipe out Israel, “...We will level Tel Aviv to the ground and will not give any opportunity to Netanyahu to flee,” Mohsen Rezaie, Iran’s expediency council secretary said recently. As did, al-Quds Force commander General Qassem Soleimani, speaking at a Tehran ceremony, marking the tenth anniversary of the assassination of Hezbollah terrorist mastermind Imad Mughniyeh, Soleimani said that the punishment for shedding Mughniyeh’s blood is “not launching one missile or killing one person, but the dismantling and uprooting of the baby-killing Zionist regime.”

Big deal, they’re just the latest in a long list of Persian/Iranian threateners, starting with that evil man, Haman.

I guess they never heard of the Purim idea, V’Nahafoch-hu/a complete reversal – what they planned for us, coming back on their own heads – Rezaie and Soleimani should read the Megilat Esther, before it’s too late for Iran.

But Rezaie’s and Soleimani’s outbursts aren’t anything new, Iranians have been threatening Israel for a while. Even before the 1979 Islamic Revolution, Ayatollah Khomeini, during his campaign to overthrow Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, began calling Israelwhich had relatively warm relations with the Shahan “enemy of Islam” and “The Little Satan.”

When former Iranian President Mohammad Khatami, a so-called reformer, was elected in 1997, some thought Iran-Israel relations would improve, until he called Israel an “illegal state” and a “parasite.” And, in a 1999 military parade, slogans in Farsi and English read, “Israel must be wiped off the map.”

After Khomeini’s death, no change with the new ayatollah.
In December 2000, Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei told thousands of Muslim worshipers in Tehran, “Iran’s stance has always been clear on this ugly phenomenon (Israel). We have repeatedly said that this cancerous tumor of a state should be removed from the region.” In February 2010, Khamenei said the destruction of Israel was assured. Khamenei told Palestinian Islamic Jihad leader Ramadan Abdullah Shallah, “Israel is going downhill toward decline and fall and God willing its obliteration is certain.” And again in 2015, Khamenei said Israel would become extinct in 25 years.

In May of 2010, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s chief of staff, Esfandiar Rahim Mashaei, speaking at a political conference of ultra-conservatives in Iran’s north, Mashaei threatened, “If the Zionist regime attacks Iran, the Zionists will have no longer than a week to live.”
Concurring, Iran's Military Chief of Staff, Maj. Gen. Hassan Firouzabadi said in a speech to a defense gathering in Tehran in May 2012, “The Iranian nation is standing for its cause and that is the full annihilation of Israel.”

During August of 2012, Brigadier General Gholam Reza Jalali, who heads Iran's Passive Defense Organization, said ahead of al-Quds Day, that Israel must be destroyed, saying, “al-Quds Day is a reflection of the fact that no other way exists apart from resolve and strength to completely eliminate the aggressive nature and to destroy Israel.” And, Ayatollah Ahmad Khatami, a senior cleric and Tehran’s provisional Friday Prayers Leader, speaking about al-Quds Day, called for the annihilation of the “Zionist regime,” emphasizing that the spread of the “Islamic Awakening” in the Middle East “heralds annihilation of the Zionist regime.”
In September 2012, during a military parade in Iran to mark the beginning of the Iran–Iraq War, the Iranian air force chief, Amir Ali Hajizadeh, threatened that if conflict between Iran and Israel broke out, Israel would “manage the beginning of the war, but the response and end would be in our hands, in which case the Zionist entity would cease to exist. The number of missiles launched would be more than the Zionists could imagine.” And, General Mohammad Ali Jafari, the commander of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards, referred to Israel as a “cancerous tumor.” He said that eventually a war with Israel would break out, during which Iran would eradicate it.

On September 23 of 2012, Hajizadeh threatened to attack Israel and trigger World War III, saying that “it is possible that we will make a preemptive attack” which would “turn into World War III.” In the same statement, Hajizadeh threatened to attack American bases in the Middle East as well. Hajizadeh said that as a result of this attack, Israel would “sustain heavy damage and that will be a prelude to its obliteration.” The same day, Deputy Commander of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Brigadier General Hossein Salami said that while Iran isn't concerned by Israeli “threats” to strike Iranian nuclear facilities, such an attack would be “a historic opportunity for the Islamic Revolution to wipe them off the world's geographic history.”

And in October 2012, Hojjat al-Eslam Ali Shirazi, the representative of Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei to the Iranian Al-Quds Force, threatened that Iran required only “24 hours and an excuse” in order to eradicate Israel. Shirazi said that Israel was “close to annihilation,” and sought to attack Iran out of desperation.
And, with all these threats of annihilation, I haven’t even mentioned former Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad yet, who consistently threatened Israel’s destruction during his presidency. Just a few examples will suffice

Ahmadinejad during “The World Without Zionism” conference in Tehran in 2005, suggested that Israel should be “wiped off the map”. Referring to Ayatollah Khomeini, Ahmadinejad said, “Our dear Imam said that the occupying regime must be wiped off the map and this was a very wise statement. We cannot compromise over the issue of Palestine.”
In December 2006, at an international conference of Holocaust deniers in Tehran, Ahmadinejad said, “Thanks to people’s wishes and God’s will, the trend for the existence of the Zionist regime is headed downwards...The Zionist regime will be wiped out soon, the same way the Soviet Union was, and humanity will achieve freedom.”

On Israel's 60th birthday in May 2008, Ahmadinejad said, “Those who think they can revive the stinking corpse of the usurping and fake Israeli regime by throwing a birthday party are seriously mistaken…this regime is on its way to annihilation.”
The Iranian presidential website at the time stated, “The Zionist Regime of Israel faces a dead end and will, under God’s grace be wiped off the map,” and “The Zionist Regime that is a usurper and illegitimate regime, and a cancerous tumor, should be wiped off the map.”

And, in July 2012, ahead of al-Quds Day, Ahmadinejad said that “Any freedom lover and justice seeker in the world must do its best for the annihilation of the Zionist regime...”
Post- Ahmadinejad Iran, under so-called reformist President Hassan Rouhani, has continued it’s threats, Rouhani himself has called Israel, “the great Zionist Satan,” and in 2013 said, “Close Iranian-Syrian ties will be able to confront enemies in the region, especially the Zionist regime.” It seems that recent Iranian moves in Syria are building towards that goal.

In March of 2015, the commander of the Basij militia of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard, Mohammad Reza Naqdi, said that “erasing Israel off the map is not negotiable.” And, in March 2016, Iran tested a ballistic missile capable of reaching Israel, painted with the phrase “Israel should be wiped off the Earth” in Hebrew. And recently, they penetrated Israeli airspace with a drone.
Iran continues to threaten...

But then, so did Saddam Hussein before them. Hussein threatened in April 1990, to wipe out half of Israel with chemical weapons, “I swear to God, we will let our fire eat half of Israel if it tries anything against Iraq.” Saddam said, “We don't need an atomic bomb, because we have advanced chemical weapons.” And, as late as 2000, Hussein was still threatening that his country could destroy Israel, if it was given access to land next to the Jewish state.
Stop and think for a moment: the first Gulf War in 1991, ended erevjust before – Purim. The second Gulf War in 2003, began motzeijust after – Shushan Purim. Get the picture? In between, “The Jews had light, and gladness, and joy, and honor,” (Megilat Esther 8:16). Look what happened to Saddam Hussein and Iraq. Hussein was hanged like Haman, get it! And, Iraq isn’t a threat to Israel anymore.

But, we already knew that wars are for us – i.e., the Jews and Israel. Chazalour sages – throughout the ages have explained the Torah, telling us that everything that happens in the world is for the benefit of the Jewish People. As it says in the Talmud, “Every war in Israel is a stage in the redemption of Israel,” (Megillah 17b). The Redemption occurs in stages, war after war.
Simply put another way, if all the world is a stage, then the Jews – and especially those in the Land of Israel – are the lead actors on the stage of history, and the goyimthe nations, i.e. the gentiles – have supporting roles, while the evil-doers are props and background scenery. As our tradition states, G-d – the great playwright – created the world for the sake of the Jewish People, and it is our responsibility to implement the Torah – absolute morality and the blueprint of creation – in it.

Read the Purim story in Megilat Esther again, it’s a rags to riches story on a national scale. Haman, the proto-typical anti-Semite, plans mass murder of the Jews and in the end pays with his life, the life of his ten sons – all hanged – and the Jews kill 75, 811 members of the anti-Semitic – i.e. Nazi – party of the time.

This is not so different from the Nuremberg Trials after World War II, when 23 Nazi war criminals were tried. Originally 11 were to have the death penalty imposed if found guilty. Everybody in those days thought that they would be shot – as is customary in military executions – or get the electric chair – as was common in the United States. But when the judges announced the verdict of guilty, they also said that hanging would be the method of execution. Two hours before the execution, they found Hermann Goering dead in his cell. He had committed suicide. Interestingly, it is said about Goering, that he liked to dress up in feminine attire. His cross-dressing and suicide would parallel Haman’s daughter, who also committed suicide. That left only 10 Nazis to execute, just like Haman’s sons.

There is more to this story than meets the eye. In Megilat Esther (9:7-9), when it describes the execution of Haman's ten sons, their names are listed in a vertical column. If you look at the Hebrew closely, you'll notice extra-small letters in three of the names. The first name, Parshandata, has a small tav. The seventh name, Parmashta, has a small shin. The tenth name, Vayzata, has a small zayn. Hebrew letters are also used as numbers, as well as for dates in the Jewish calendar. Tav, shin, zayn, which numerically is 707, corresponding to the year 5707, which began with Rosh HaShanahthe Jewish New Year – on September 25, 1946.

On October 16, 1946, as foreshadowed in the names of Haman's ten sons, ten Nazi leaders were hanged as war criminals. And if that doesn't impress you, out of nowhere, with the rope around his neck, Julius Schtreicher – editor of Der Sturmer, the Nazi propaganda newspaper – shouted out with flaming hatred in his eyes, just as the trap door opened, "Purimfest 1946!" It was reported in the international press of the day.

Another example of the Purim idea, V’Nahafoch-hu/a complete reversal – what they planned for us, coming back on their own heads – in action.

So, in ancient Persia, the proto-Nazi party was wiped out, and so too, in modern times, Nazi Germany and Saddam’s Iraq were defanged. Like I said earlier, Rezaie, Soleimani, and the rest of the Iranian leadership, should read the Megilat Esther, before it’s too late for Iran… Happy Purim!

Ariel Natan Pasko, an independent analyst and consultant, has a Master's Degree specializing in International Relations, Political Economy & Policy Analysis. His articles appear regularly on numerous news/views and think-tank websites and in newspapers. His latest articles can also be read on his archive: The Think Tank by Ariel Natan Pasko.
(c) 2018/5778 Pasko


Monday, January 1, 2018

Time to Start Imagineering a Post-Ayatollah Iran


A concerted effort on the part of Iranian citizens rioting, backed by cyber warfare, American air-power, and Israeli counterintelligence operations, would succeed in taking down the brutal Iranian regime. The hour of truth is now. It’s time to start imagineering a post-ayatollah Iran.

Over the years, I’ve written about Jewish indigenous rights to the Land of Israel, and how Israeli foreign policy should support the non-Arab/Muslim indigenous minorities throughout the Middle East and North Africa – such as the Kurds – and roll-back the 7th century Arab/Muslim imperialist conquest of the region. To help create a New Middle East.

Now, because the Iranian people are voting in the streets, it’s time for it’s corollary, a post-ayatollah democratic Iran. Something that would greatly benefit the Iranian people, America, Israel, the West in general, and all the peoples of the region. And, disengage Iran from North Korea; George W. Bush’s “Axis of Evil.” See my “North Korea: The Israeli Connection” to better understand their relationship.

The last couple times there were large protests against the government in Iran in 2009-2010 and again in 2011-2012, the Obama administration wasted its opportunity to help liberate the Iranian people from the mullahs, and put the nuclear facilities in the hands of level-headed people.

Judith Miller, a Pulitzer Prize winning journalist and adjunct fellow of the Manhattan Institute for Policy Research, in a recent interview stated, “...that might have happened in 2009 if Pres. Obama had lent any support. Pres. Trump is now in this. I’m hoping the Iranian people get rid of this regime...this is the most serious set of protests since 1979.”

Former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff under Bush and Obama agrees, Retired Adm. Mike Mullen, wants the Trump administration to not make the same mistakes as the Obama administration, and fully back protesters in Iran.

Reza Pahlavi – Crown Prince of Iran and son of the late Shah – see’s the historic opportunity and has called on the people of Iran to participate in acts of civil disobedience, similar to Lech Walesa/Poland, Nelson Mandela/South Africa, and what occurred during the fall of the Soviet Union and Berlin Wall.

Alireza Jafarzadeh, an active dissident against the Iranian government, formerly the chief congressional liaison and public spokesperson for the US office of the National Council of Resistance of Iran, and best known for revealing the existence of clandestine nuclear facilities in Iran in 2002, stated that, “riots have broken out in over 80 cities throughout Iran.”

In a recent interview, Jafarzadeh explained that the riots started because of the economic situation, and accusations of corruption against the regime, and quickly morphed into an anti-Khamenei, anti-Rouhani, anti-regime movement. He stated, “people see the money that came from America, from Obama’s Iran deal, that the regime had promised would help improve people’s economic situations, going instead, to the Iranian Revolutionary Guard, to Syria, Iraq, Yemen, Bahrain, Gaza and Lebanon.”

Jafarzadeh said the Iranian people do not support the foreign interventions and terrorism that the government has been involved in. He claimed that, “The situation now is more serious than in 2009, because, leaders of the regime are divided themselves.” He called on the West to designate the leaders of the regime as, “major violators of Human Rights,” and weaken the regime further by applying new sanctions to it.

The Trump administration can do a lot to bring about regime change in Iran, and they shouldn’t hesitate to take advantage of this G-d given window of opportunity.

Big protests in Iran,” Trump tweeted. “The people are finally getting wise as to how their money and wealth is being stolen and squandered on terrorism. Looks like they will not take it any longer. The USA is watching very closely for human rights violations!”

And then Trump tweeted, “Iran is failing at every level despite the terrible deal made with them by the Obama Administration. The great Iranian people have been repressed for many years. They are hungry for food & for freedom. Along with human rights, the wealth of Iran is being looted. TIME FOR CHANGE!”

Israeli PM Netanyahu echoed Trump’s sentiments in a video posted to his Facebook page saying, “Brave Iranians are pouring into the streets. They seek freedom. They seek justice. They seek the basic liberties that have been denied them for decades. Iran’s cruel regime wastes tens of billions of dollars spreading hate,” in the region. “This money could have built schools and hospitals.” Netanyahu continued, “This regime tries desperately to sow hate between us. But they won’t succeed. And when this regime finally falls, and one day it will, Iranians and Israelis will be great friends once again,” (as before the 1979 Islamic Revolution).

US Vice President Mike Pence also tweeted support for the protesters, saying “We will not let them down.”

But, ‘vicious’ tweets and Facebook videos won’t do it. In his recent national security speech Trump said, “To counter Iran and block its path to a nuclear weapon, I sanctioned the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps for its support of terrorism, and I declined to certify the Iran Deal to Congress.” With Iranians now rioting in the streets, America must step-up to the plate and commit itself to absolute victory in Iran, using it’s massive firepower, for the good of the world.
 
As Trump said, “A nation that is not prepared to win a war is a nation not capable of preventing a war.”

Open US support for the Democratic Revolution in Iran, the protesters, backed by American air-cover to prevent Iranian security from mowing them down, would go a long way. Add to that, missile strikes against selected command-and-control systems, nuclear facilities, government media outlets, and other selected infrastructure, and you have a lethal combination, to empower the Iranian people to overthrow their ayatollahs.

Israel’s contribution can be significant too. Remember Stuxnet, the malicious computer wormuncovered in 2010 by Kaspersky Lab – it was responsible for causing substantial damage to Iran’s nuclear program up to that point. The worm was believed to have been a jointly built American/Israeli cyberweapon. Israel is one of the acknowledged world leaders in cyber warfare.

And, according to Ronen Bergman, senior correspondent for military and intelligence affairs for Yedioth Ahronoth, Israel’s Mossad, has been carrying out counterintelligence operations for some time in Iran, including sabotage and the assassination of nuclear scientists and others, involved in Iran’s nuclear program. Bergman in the past justified the operations, citing former Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who regularly said that Israel should be wiped off the face of the earth. Ayatollah Khamenei and others continue in his footsteps.

Bergman said, refering to Meir Degan, the former chief of the Mossad, “… he hung a photograph behind him, behind the chair of the chief of Mossad, And in that photograph you see – an ultra-orthodox Jew – long beard, standing on his knees with his hands up in the air, and two Gestapo soldiers standing beside him with guns pointed at him. One of them is smiling...Degan used to say to his people and the people coming to visit him from CIA, NSA, etc, ‘Look at this guy in the picture. This is my grandfather just seconds before he was killed by the SS,’ we are here to prevent this from happening again.’”

So, one can understand Israel’s high motivation to bring down the mullah regime in Iran.

Supporting the creation of a pro-western independent Kurdistan bordering Iran, as a bulwark to help prevent a pro-Iranian Shiite Crescent, from Iran through Iraq, Syria, and Lebanon, to the Mediterranean, should be of immediate interest to policy makers in America, Israel, the Sunni Arab Coalition, and the West. So too, should they actively resist, Iranian penetration of neighboring states, support for international terrorism, and the development of nuclear weapons.

Better yet, it’s time to start imagineering a post-ayatollah Iran. A democratic Iran, denuclearized, and welcomed back into the family of civilized nations, good to its citizens, and at peace with its neighbors. The hour of truth is now, enough poli-talk, it’s time to act!

Ariel Natan Pasko, an independent analyst and consultant, has a Master's Degree specializing in International Relations, Political Economy & Policy Analysis. His articles appear regularly on numerous news/views and think-tank websites and in newspapers. His latest articles can also be read on his archive: The Think Tank by Ariel Natan Pasko.
(c) 2018/5778 Pasko

Sunday, December 17, 2017

Treating Peace Process Delusional Disorder in Israel and Worldwide


Peace Process Delusional Disorder (PPDD), the obsessive and delusional drive to create an dangerous Arab/Islamic state in the Land of Israel, has plagued many leaders and activists throughout the world, and in Israel, and might soon be listed in the DSM-6. After having smoked the peace pipe for almost twenty five years, many Israelis on the left of the political spectrum, need help recovering from their delusions and peace addiction. Not only the Israeli far-left, Breaking the Silence, Peace Now, Meretz and the other addicts like them in Israel, but those who unwittingly imbibed second hand smoke as well, like grassroots BDS activists worldwide, urgently need help, overcoming their debilitating PPDD.
PPDD caused by Peace Addiction, has become the scourge of the new millennium. A new twelve step program of recovery, Peace Addicts Anonymous (PAA), has to be promoted vigorously, to rid those afflicted in Israel and globally. 

And what is Peace Addicts Anonymous (PAA) twelve step program, you ask?

1. We admit to being powerless over the peace drug. Our lives have become contumacious and endangered.

2. Came to believe that a power greater than ourselves could restore our security.
3. Made a decision to turn our political will over to the God of Israel as understood by the Jewish sages.

4. Made a searching inventory of ourselves and the anti-Israel propaganda we've spread.
5. Admitted to God and to society, the destructive nature of radical Islam and peace addiction.

6. Were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of political analysis.
7. Humbly asked Him to fix our moral compass.

8. Made a list of all persons injured and murdered because of our political arrogance and became willing to support Israeli communities throughout the Land of Israel.
9. Made direct amends to such people and communities wherever possible.

10. Continued to take personal inventory and strive to reset our moral compass when we saw how wrong we were.

11. Sought through prayer and political activism to improve our contact with the God of Israel as understood by the Jewish sages, praying for knowledge of His will for us, true political insight, and the power to carry that out.
12. Having had a spiritual and political awakening because of working these steps, we tried to carry this message to all peace addicts, and to practice them in our lives and political affairs.

A new dawn is arising, change is coming, the light of day is shining on a world where only Islamic darkness, addiction and despair had previously reined. Islam calls itself the “Religion of Peace,” yet almost everywhere on the globe where you find war and terrorism, you find Muslims perpetrating it.
Donald Trump seemed until recently, to understand who the enemy is and said it publicly, Radical Islam.

But in his recent declaration on Jerusalem, Trump said, “Peace is never beyond the grasp of those willing to reach it...I repeat the message I delivered at the historic and extraordinary summit in Saudi Arabia earlier this year: The Middle East is a region rich with culture, spirit, and history...But the incredible future awaiting this region is held at bay by bloodshed, ignorance, and terror. Vice President Pence will travel to the region...to work with partners throughout the Middle East to defeat radicalism...It is time for the many who desire peace to expel the extremists from their midst...And finally, I ask the leaders of the region — political and religious, Israeli and Palestinian, Jewish and Christian and Muslim — to join us in the noble quest for lasting peace.”
Notice he referred to radicalism, not Islamic radicalism, and extremists, not Muslim extremists.

Has President Trump also been exposed to second hand smoke from the peace pipe?

After working on tax cuts, I hope the Trump administration overhauls Obama-care, and add a version of the PAA twelve step program to their health care system. It’s about time they start taking PPDD seriously and treat it as the public scourge it is.

And what about Israel?

The chief “peace pusher'” in Israel, Shimon Peres, retired to his new residence, permanently, not long ago. Will Israelis be treated, to get off the peace pipe? Will Israel add peace addiction recovery programs to it's basket of health services as well? Will PPDD be recognized by the National Insurance Institute as the public health and security problem it is? Will Netanyahu finally declare the two-state solution - a euphemism for Islam’s final solution - dead?

Or, does Netanyahu himself have to go to rehab? Only time will tell...

Ariel Natan Pasko, an independent analyst and consultant, has a Master's Degree specializing in International Relations, Political Economy & Policy Analysis. His articles appear regularly on numerous news/views and think-tank websites and in newspapers. His latest articles can also be read on his archive: The Think Tank by Ariel Natan Pasko.
(c) 2017/5778 Pasko

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Palestinians, Beware Jewish Days of Rage, Hanukkah is Coming to Israel!

How dare they, the so-called “Palestinians” carry out “Days of Rage,” after Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. The descendants of 7th century Arab imperialists and 20th century Arab squatters; people who have conquered and occupied the Jewish People’s patrimony. What the Torah calls “a non-people”(Deuteronomy 32:21). The Jewish people are the indigenous population to the area, not the so-called “Palestinians.” They should shut-up already and go back to where they came from, Iraq, Syria, the Arabian peninsula, Egypt (for example Arafat was from Egypt.), etc.

What the Palestinians should worry about is pushing the Jews too far. After nearly 2,000 years of exile from their homeland, they’ve returned, and nothing will reverse that divine decree. Push the Jews too far and you might just get a Jewish backlash, “Jewish Days of Rage.” The Syrian-Greeks pushed us too far, the Mityavnim (the Hellenized Jews) pushed us to far, and then Matityahu, his sons, and other loyal Jews stood up and began a guerrilla war against the Hellenistic occupation. And let’s remember, the Maccabees were victorious.

Watch out, Hanukkah is coming!

Palestinian supporters should shut-up too. They’re on the wrong side of history. After a thousand years of anti-Semitism in Europe culminating in the Holocaust, Europe has nothing to teach us about morality. Their moral compass broke eons ago.

The Muslim anti-Jewish narrative is a Big Lie too. Real Muslims, who know the Quran, know that G-d promised the land to the people of Israel, and promised to bring them back to it.

Sheikh Prof. Abdul Hadi Palazzi for example, supports the Jewish divine right to the Land of Israel, and backs his positions with citations from the Koran and traditional Muslim sources. He has a doctorate in Islamic Sciences from the Institute for Islamic Studies and Research in Naples (by authorization of the former Grand Mufti of Saudi Arabia), and ijazzah (authorization to teach) both Koranic exegesis and Islamic law from the prestigious University of al-Azhar as-Sharif in Cairo.
Palazzi believes that the Koran clearly states (Sura 5:21), that G-d granted the Land of Israel to the Children of Israel, and ordered them to settle there. In addition, it is predicted that before the end of days, God will bring the Children of Israel to retake possession of the Land, gathering them from the different countries and nations (Sura 17:104).

Sheikh Palazzi argues that Muslim religious opposition to the existence of Israel is not grounded within classical Muslim religious texts, which actually do support Israel’s right to exist. But was created by the Grand Mufti Haj Amin Al Husseini, Hitler’s friend. Husseini it must be remembered, collaborated with both Italy and Germany during World War II by making propagandistic radio broadcasts, and helped the Nazis recruit Bosnian Muslims for the Waffen-SS, who guarded train tracks to death camps.

And Palazzi’s not alone, there’s Khaleel Mohammed, a professor of Religion at San Diego State University, in California. He’s a member of Homeland Security Master's Program, and a core faculty member of SDSU's Center for Islamic and Arabic Studies. He studied Islamic law at Imam Muhammad ibn Saud Islamic University in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, and has a PhD in Islamic law from McGill University in Montreal.

Mohammed agreed with Palazzi in a 2004 interview, in which he stated that Sura 5:21 of the Quran, and the medieval exegetes of the Quran, say that Israel belongs to the Jews. He says of Israel, “It’s in the Muslim consciousness that the land first belonged to the Jews. It doesn't matter if the Jews were exiled 500 years or 2000 years, the Holy Land, as mentioned in Quran belongs to Moses and his people, the Jews.”

Then there’s Sheikh Ahmad Adwan, a Muslim scholar living in Jordan, who declared on his Facebook page in 2014 that, Palestine doesn't exist, and that Jews are the inheritors of Israel (Sura 26:59).

Adwan insisted, “I say to those who distort...the Koran: from where did you bring the name Palestine, you liars, you accursed, when Allah has already named it ‘The Holy Land’ and bequeathed it to the Children of Israel until the Day of Judgment,” (Sura 5:21).

Your demand for the Land of Israel is a falsehood and it constitutes an attack on the Koran, on the Jews and their land. Therefore you won’t succeed, and Allah will fail you and humiliate you, because Allah is the one who will protect them (i.e. the Jews),” warned Adwan.

The Jews are a peaceful people according to Adwan, who says “if they are attacked, they defend themselves while causing as little damage to the attackers as possible. It is an honor for them that Allah has chosen them over the worlds – meaning over the people and the Jinns (spiritual creatures) until the Day of Judgment...When Allah chose them, He didn’t do so out of politeness, and He wasn’t unjust to other peoples, it is just that they (the Jews) deserved this.”

And, there are plenty of other Muslim scholars who acknowledge Israel’s rights, go do the research.

So, after President Trump’s recent speech officially recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, in which he said, “...we finally acknowledge the obvious: that Jerusalem is Israel’s capital. This is nothing more, or less, than a recognition of reality. It is also the right thing to do. It’s something that has to be done,” why are the Palestinians really rioting? Why were several rockets shot into Israel from Gaza? Why is Hezbollah, Hamas, Turkey, Iran, the Arab League, the UN, even North Korea, and the rest of the usual gang screaming?

It seems that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman proposed that the village of Abu Dis become the future capital of Palestine instead of East Jerusalem, during Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas’ visit to Riyadh last month. Abu Dis is a town just outside the E. Jerusalem city limit. According to the Oslo Accords, it is classified as Area B, which is administered jointly by both Israel and the PA. Salman gave Abbas two months to respond to the offer.

According Palestinian sources, the proposal offered Palestinians a non-contiguous mini-state in Judea, Samaria and Gaza – the West Bank administrative areas A and B and 10 percent of area C – with limited self-government, while the majority of Israeli towns and villages (settlements) would remain, and Israel would be responsible for security on the borders with Jordan & Egypt. This sounds very similar to what Netanyahu has been pushing for years.

The proposal does not grant Palestinian “refugees” and their descendants living in other countries, the right of return to Israel. See my article “Who is a Palestinian Refugee?” (2003) to better understand that Big Lie.

It seems Abbas and Hamas have taken a page out of Arafat’s playbook. During the Camp David Summit in July, 2000, US president Bill Clinton, Israeli PM Ehud Barak and PA chairman Yasser Arafat met, but the summit ended without an agreement. Just as Arafat started the Oslo War (second intifadah) after being offered almost everything – 92% of Judea, Samaria, and Gaza – and then rejecting it, Abbas is starting another war.

But, notice carefuly, Trump during his speech didn’t say “undivided capital.” Trump continued, “We are not taking a position on...specific boundaries of the Israeli sovereignty in Jerusalem...Those questions are up to the parties involved.” So let’s just be clear. This “recognition” doesn’t preclude the re-division of Jerusalem into the capitals of Israel and a Palestinian state.

US Public Law 104-45, The Jerusalem Embassy Act of 1995, was adopted by the Senate (93–5), and the House (374–37). The act declares it to be US policy that:

(1) “Jerusalem remain an undivided city in which the rights of every ethnic religious group are protected.” (There is physical division and there is functional division, what did congress mean?)

(2) “Jerusalem should be recognized as the capital of the State of Israel (Which Trump just did); and” 

(3) “the United States Embassy in Israel should be established in Jerusalem no later than May 31, 1999.” (But presidents were provided with a six-month waiver option, which Trump just signed.)

Consistent with the Jerusalem Embassy Act,” Trump promised to direct, “the State Department to begin preparation to move the American embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.”

In pursuance of that act, a potential site for the future US Embassy, has been demarcated by Israel and the US, and is maintained in the neighborhood of Talpiot (in W. Jerusalem). Again, proof that E. Jerusalem could be negotiable, from the US perspective.

Trump also said, “Jerusalem is today, and must remain, a place where Jews pray at the Western Wall, where Christians walk the Stations of the Cross, and where Muslims worship at Al-Aqsa Mosque.”

Let’s be clear, whether the “Palestinians” get a mini-state with Abu Dis as their capital; or somehow part of E. Jerusalem is relabeled, so that they can claim E. Jerusalem is the capital of their state. And, the Arab occupation of the Jewish people’s holiest site, the Temple Mount continues. All these scenarios are unacceptable to today’s Maccabees. Remember, the first Maccabees fought to get the Syrian-Greeks occupation off the Temple Mount.

Judaism, Christianity (in spite of what the Pope said recently), and yes even authentic Islam, all recognize the Jewish people’s exclusive rights over it’s ancient homeland, the Land of Israel, and that includes all of Jerusalem.

The Palestinians should beware. The world should beware. Push the Jews too far and you might just get a Jewish backlash, “Jewish Days of Rage,” today’s Maccabees in action.

Hanukkah is coming!!!

Ariel Natan Pasko, an independent analyst and consultant, has a Master's Degree specializing in International Relations, Political Economy & Policy Analysis. His articles appear regularly on numerous news/views and think-tank websites and in newspapers. His latest articles can also be read on his archive: The Think Tank by Ariel Natan Pasko.
(c) 2017/5778 Pasko

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