by David Israel
Mahmoud Abbas declared an end to the agreements and understandings signed with Israel and the United States and turned over responsibility over the liberated territories back to Israel. “The Israeli occupation authority, as of today, has to shoulder all responsibilities and obligations in front of the international community as an occupying power over the territory of the occupied state of Palestine... particularly the Fourth Geneva Convention of 1949, which holds the occupying power responsible for the protection of the civilian population under occupation and their property, criminalizes collective punishment, bans theft of resources, appropriation and annexation of land, bans forced transfer of the population of the occupied territory and bans transfer of the population of the occupying state to the land it occupies, which all are grave violations and war crimes,” Abbas said.
Article 49 of the Fourth Geneva Convention deals with deportations, transfers and evacuations in an “occupied territory.” But in order for a territory to be occupied, it must be taken by force from its previous owner. But the “west bank” of the Jordan River was not the legitimate property of any government since it had been abandoned on May 15, 1948 by the British government. (The Article 49 is relevant to “the Protection of Civilian Persons in Time of War” – not during the peace time! It was actually adopted almost immediately after Israel won the Independence war – to prevent removal of the enemy population from the Jewish land!)
The entire area which used to be controlled by Great Britain effectively became a no man’s land. Israel, in keeping with UN resolution 181, declared its ownership of part of the land – which was recognized by a majority of the UN member countries. Jordan, which maintained military control over the “west bank,” never received broad international recognition of its rights there, and so, when the IDF invaded the area, on June 9, 1967, it was obtaining a no man’s land. (Fake Palestinians were not even mentioned in UN resolution 242)
Also: Article 49 talks about the “occupying power” moving by force its civilians to settle them on the defeated country’s lands. But in Israel’s case, most of the moving was done through private enterprises, often against the will of the government.
Still, Chairman Abbas appears to be inviting Israel to take over his (PA controlled) territory – not for the first time. Back when the world still cared about the “Palestinians", it would make some noise when the aging dictator made these grand statements. Now, since no one in the region gives a hoot, it might be time to take him at his word. (There was never a "state of Palestine" - this is Jewish land! After reclamation/annexation of Judea and Samaria, the next step is implementation of the Sinai Option!)
Food for Thought. by Steven Shamrak
Most Jews have no knowledge of modern history or comprehension of the legality behind the creation of Israel. They must understand why the retrieval of the Jewish lands from enemy occupation after the war of the Independence and the Six Days war complies with contemporary international law! Our enemies have been accusing Israel of breaking it, but they have never been able to state which international laws Israel has actually violated! Re-unification of the Jewish land is still in progress and government of Israel needs to expedite it!
Over 255 fires broke out across Israel last week, including 196 fires in open areas, and 59 in urban areas. Firefighting planes operated in ten different locations, with 11 planes focusing on a fire set by Arabs near a military base in the Jordan Valley. Some 71 fires have erupted in Judea, Samaria, Benjamin and the Jordan Valley, of which many were deliberately set by Arabs. (They claim that it is their land, but have no respect or love for it!)
A cyber-attack on an Iranian port attributed to Israel was carried out in retaliation for a similar attack by Iran on an Israeli target. the May 9th cyber-attack on Iran was carried out in response to an attack Iran launched in late April against the water infrastructure – an attack which failed.
Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei accused the United Arab Emirates of committing “treachery” and “betrayal” after its Etihad Airways made history, flying the first known direct commercial flight between Israel and the UAE. The Etihad cargo jet, painted in all white and missing any marking, landed at Ben-Gurion Airport just after 9 p.m. after seemingly flying a roundabout route through Iraq and either Jordan or Turkey. (All the efforts were made to make the flight 'invisible' - not exactly the 'treachery'!)
The Palestinian Authority (PA) rejected a humanitarian shipment of medical supplies sent by the United Arab Emirates (UAE) because it coordinated the shipment with Israel. Most likely, much of the aid will be directed to Gaza.
Hungary and Austria, the sole EU states that opposed sharp criticism of Israel by High Representative for Foreign Affairs Josep Borrell warned against having a double standard against Israel. A Hungarian diplomatic source questioned the legality of statements that do not reflect a consensus in the EU. Austrian Foreign Minister Alexander Schallenberg said his country rejects “prejudice” against Israel and called to hold a dialogue with the new government.
Opposition leader Yair Lapid, chairman of the Yesh Atid party, announced that he would vote against the application of Israeli sovereignty in Judea and Samaria and the Jordan Valley due to the fact that it is a unilateral move rather than part of a political agreement. "I am not in favour of applying sovereignty over the Jordan Valley and over 13 points in the settlements without any coordination with the Jordanians." (Self-haters still don't get it! It is the Jewish land - Jordan was occupying it for 20 years! Our enemies do not want to negotiate. They want to see the destruction of Israel!)
Quote of the Week:
“There’s a one-time opportunity to promote annexation as long as Trump is in place... we must move forward with the annexation now because we don’t know what will happen in the US presidential election in November – Biden may win. There’s a window of opportunity now and therefore we should do it now.” - Ron Dermer, Israel’s Ambassador to the United States - Dermer is also campaigning hard for speeding up the annexation process because he is aware of the disagreements within the Trump administration over annexation - and traditional anti-Israel attitude of the State Department!
Dogs of War are still Barking
In another poisonous speech marking Al Qods (Jerusalem) Day, Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei declared on Friday, “The Zionist regime will not survive and will be obliterated.” Israel, he said, “is a cancerous growth in the Middle East.” Iran's supreme leader Khamenei spoke to the nation in a 30-minute speech aired on state television. Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said “The Zionist regime is a deadly, cancerous growth and a detriment to this region. It will undoubtedly be uprooted and destroyed.”
Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah gave a speech on Friday, Al-Quds Day. He opened his speech by saying "Palestine, the holy places, the Palestinian people, and the usurper entity is a religious and ideological position and therefore we cannot compromise or negotiate on it. Anyone who thinks they can change this position through sanctions or pressure is mistaken and must despair of their attempts to do so." (When will the government of Israel realise that only by removal of all enemies from Jewish land will this ugly status quo end? Words are hollow, real and decisive action is needed!)