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Gaza – A Port is No Panacea for Poverty

Saturday, May 28th, 2016

Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I’m not sure about the former.

Attributed to Albert Einstein

 Just when you thought that you could not possibly hear anything more preposterous on how to help resolve the  conflict with the Palestinian-Arabs, somehow someone always manages to prove you wrong—and comes out with a policy proposal so glaringly absurd that it transcends what you  mistakenly believed was the pinnacle of imbecility.

 

Harebrained and hazardous

Disturbingly, precisely such a hopelessly hare-brained scheme is now being repeatedly bandied about by Israelis in positions of influence.

This is the idea of providing Gaza with what, in effect, will be a detachable civilian port under Israeli supervision , built on an off-shore artificial island, connected to the mainland by a bridge over 4 kilometers long, which can, according to its proponents, easily be disconnected should the Gazans “misbehave”.

Actually, this nonsensical notion has been around for quite some time. Indeed as early as 2011 the British daily, The Guardian, reported that Yisrael Katz, Israel’s minister for transport, was pursuing the idea, which he estimated would cost $10 billion and take about a decade to complete.

Lately, however, it has been raised with increasing frequency in the media, and publically endorsed by both government ministers and senior IDF brass.

Thus, earlier this year, Maj.-Gen. (res.) Yoav Galant, currently Construction Minister, formerly head of Southern Command expressed his support for the idea in an interview with Bloomberg (March 1).

Just prior to that, Haaretz (February 24) reported that “Senior Israel Defense Forces officers are in favor in principle of a port for the Gaza Strip”, and just last week the Jerusalem Post (May 21) wrote: “High up within the defense establishment, some believe that the time has come for Israel to set up a civilian seaport for the Gaza Strip”.

 

Detachable port? Detached from reality!

Indeed, at a conference held this weekend in New York, Yisrael Katz, who now, in addition to his former transport portfolio, holds the newly created post of intelligence minister, reiterated his previous support for the construction of a port of Gaza on an artificial off-shore island,: “The off-shore project could provide Gaza with an economic and humanitarian gateway to the world without endangering Israeli security.”

This, of course, is demonstrably detached from reality—but more on that a little later.

I confess that the first time I heard of this appallingly absurd idea was in a private conversation several months ago with someone (whom I shall leave nameless) recently designated as a serious contender for the position of head of the Mossad, to replace previous director, Tamir Pardo.

I remember at the time being taken aback by an idea, so clearly ill-conceived and  ill-fated, being promoted by someone so senior – but took (false) comfort in the belief that it was so wildly outlandish that it would never be given serious consideration by those in authority.

As it turns out, I was sadly mistaken—as this perilous proposal continues to enjoy sustained attention in the discourse.

 

Soldiers turned sociologists?

Perhaps most disturbing are the reports of the support the idea received from senior IDF officers – both past and present—and the rationale that this support appears based on.  For typically, it has nothing to do with any military considerations or operational advantage Israel might gain from the provision of such port facilities to the terrorist-controlled enclave—but rather on a (highly questionable) assessment of socio-economic trends in Gaza, the ramifications this may have for the Gazan public, and how a port might allegedly address it.

Thus one well-informed correspondent on military affairs describes reasons that underpin that “rationale” for want of a better word: “Hamas, the argument goes, would be hard pressed to careen down the slope of a new war with Israel, even if it wanted to, if the Gazan economy were to begin to take off, enjoying imports and exports, allowing for jobs and income, and giving the civilian population something to lose. While there is no doubt that Hamas is responsible for Gaza’s dire economic state by insisting on jihad with Israel rather than investing in its people’s welfare, Israeli defense officials still feel that they can and should assist the Gazan people attain a better life.”

While some may find this professed concern for the welfare of enemy civilians both noble and a reflection of “enlightened self-interest”, in truth it portends ominous outcomes for Israel and Israelis.

For it is a position that is so diametrically at odds with past experience, and flies so directly in the face of the facts of recent decades that it is difficult to know what is more disturbing: Whether the supporters of the proposal really believe what they are saying; or whether they are saying it despite the fact that they don’t.

 

Reinforcing the rationale for terror

Of no less concern is that this position echoes the sentiments expressed by both Ministers Katz and Galant  that “The biggest danger to Israel is a humanitarian crisis in Gaza…If Gaza had the ability to bring ships, and goods, without posing a security problem, that is in everybody’s interest.”

For it is a message that strongly reinforces the rationale justifying terror, implying that it is largely economic privation that is the primary cause of the Judeocidal terror emanating from Gaza, and if the residents of that ill-fated strip were afforded greater prosperity, this would operate to stifle the motivation to perpetrate acts of terror.

This is a thesis that is wrong on virtually every level. Firstly, it is risible to believe that Hamas, that has deliberately put its own civilians in harm’s way, gives a hoot about their economic well-being. After all, if it has scant regard for their lives, why should their livelihood be of greater concern?

Indeed, it is far more likely that if the general economic situation were to improve, Hamas would coercively appropriate much of this new found wealth for its own belligerent needs–with prosperity thus making it more potent–not more pacific.

Perversely, perhaps a more effective, but heretically politically-incorrect, suggestion for removing Hamas would be to allow socio-economic conditions to deteriorate so drastically that the general populace would rise up against it, depose it and ensconce a hopefully more amenable regime, with greater sensitivity for its needs.

But I digress.

To suggest that by alleviating economic hardship, Israel could alleviate terror is, in effect, not only inverting the causal relationship between the two, but it also implies that the victim of terror is to blame for his attackers’ aggression against him. Little could be more counterproductive—and misleading for Israel.

 

Port no panacea for poverty

Of course, as I have demonstrated at length elsewhere, the allegedly dire situation in Gaza is not the cause of the terror that emanates from it. It is the consequence of that terror. The onerous measures that Israel is compelled to undertake to ensure the safety of its citizens is not the reason for, but the result of that terror. If the latter were eliminated, there would be no need for the former—and far more rational solutions than a multi-billion dollar artificial island could be found to facilitate the flow of goods and people to and from Gaza.

Indeed, no great analytical acumen should be required to swiftly bring us to the conclusion that a port in Gaza will never be a panacea for the poverty of the population.

Hamas, and its other terrorist cohorts, are not burrowing tunnels because Gaza has no port. They are burrowing them despite the fact it does not have one.

After all, Gaza does have a modern port, under Israeli supervision, at its disposal barely 35 km. north of it, in Ashdod.

Under conditions of peace (or even credible non-belligerency), Ashdod can supply all Gaza’s supervised civilian needs, without squandering billions on a fanciful floating island port.

However, under conditions of on-going belligerency, even under the strictest Israeli supervision, there is no way—short of taking control of Gaza—to ensure that dual purpose material such as cement, fertilizer and steel will not be used for belligerent objectives

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“Hamas stealing 95% of civilian cement…” The intensity of this problem—and the futility of a Gaza port as a means of solving ,or even alleviating it, was vividly highlighted  by a recent report in the International Business Times (May 26).

It cited the director-general of Israel’s Foreign Ministry, Dr. Dore Gold, who speaking at the UN World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul, revealed that Hamas has been siphoning off 95% of the cement transferred into the Gaza Strip intended to rebuild homes, so that it can use it for military purposes and tunnel construction. Gold told the conference: “From our own investigations we found that out of every 100 sacks of cement that come into the Gaza strip … only five or six are transferred to civilians.”

So, even if the island port were under tight inspection, how could Israel ensure that the building materials that went to construct the recently discovered tunnels would be used for more benign purposes? How could it ensure that steel was not being used to fabricate missiles and the means to launch them? Or fertilizers being diverted for the manufacture of explosives?

Moreover, one might also ask how, as opposed to the case of Ashdod port,  is Israeli supervision to be maintained, and the safety of the Israeli personnel be ensured in the isolated off-shore port, should they–as is far from implausible–be set upon by a bloodthirsty local mob?

 

Humanitarian solution for humanitarian crisis The grave economic situation that plagues Gaza will not be alleviated by giving Gaza access to port facilities, which it, in principle, already has available to it.

As noted earlier, Israeli restrictions on the flow of goods are not the cause of Arab enmity, but the consequence thereof. The crippling unemployment, reportedly above 40%, will not be alleviated by transferring Israeli supervision from Ashdod and the Gaza border crossings to an off-shore islet.

There is soaring unemployment because any creative energies that might exist, are not channeled by those who rule Gaza toward productive/constructive goals, but into fomenting violence against the hated “Zionist entity.” A port will not change those realities.

Indeed, it is likely to exacerbate them.

The penury of the enclave is not due to lack of resources, but to the preferences and priorities of the brigands who govern it, and as events have shown, the only way Israel can determine who governs Gaza – and who does not – is by governing it itself.

Katz, Galant and IDF senior brass are , of course, right that Israel should defuse the brewing humanitarian crisis in Gaza – which is demonstrably the consequence of the ill-conceived two-state approach and misguided attempts to foist statehood on the Palestinian-Arabs.

But it is a humanitarian crisis that requires a genuine humanitarian solution: Generously funded humanitarian relocation of the non-belligerent Arab population elsewhere, out of harm’s way, and extension of Israeli sovereignty over the region.

 

“Perhaps now would be a good time…

Indeed, there is no other approach –whether with a port or without it — that can:

• Provide a durable solution to the problem of Gaza;

• Eliminate the threat to Israel continually issuing from Gaza; and

• Preclude the need for Israel to “rule over another people.”

Indeed, as one appraisal of the port proposal in the Jewish Press (March 24)  concluded its critique “Perhaps now would be a good time to put into action one of those programs that advocate paying local Arabs to [e]migrate to better places..”

Indeed, perhaps it is.

Dr. Martin Sherman

More than 25,000 Responded to Mossad Recruiting Ad

Thursday, May 19th, 2016

A unique recruiting ad the Mossad published in an Israeli newspaper on the eve of Passover, in the form of a coded riddle, received an unprecedented response — more than 25 thousand visits were recorded, of Mossad hacker wannabes. Most failed and gave up at the early stages, but a few hundreds managed to get to the coveted page where they were requested to upload their CV. Out of those, a few dozens were deemed fit to start the recruitment process. (See our story, Crack this Code and Join the Mossad).

The Mossad folks had expected the unusual ad to generate much interest, but did not expect it to be such an enormous hit. Many of the inquiries came from abroad. And we’re told a few foreign intelligence services plan to adopt the Mssad’s method.

David Israel

Crack this Code and Join the Mossad

Friday, May 13th, 2016

In a style reminiscent of John le Carré novels, the Mossad Cyber-Operations Arm published a recruiting ad with a series of columns of numbers and letters, four pairs of which were highlighted, along with the clandestine unit’s logo, complete with its slogan—a verse from Proverbs, as befits a Jewish clandestine operation— “Where no counsel is, the people fall: but in the multitude of counselors there is salvation” (Proverbs 11:14). To the side of all that came the ad’s recruitment call: “Are you ready for a challenge?”

Since this was a recruitment appeal to folks who think outside the box and enjoy nothing more than cracking riddles and codes, the highlighted group of numbers of letters had to be in the Hexadecimal positional numeral system, which is a base-16 system using the digits 0 to 9 to represent values zero to nine, and the letters a,b,c,d,e,f for the values 10 to 15. And so, the group of four pairs in the ad, “82, d3, 54, aa,” actually stood for an I.P. address of four groups of numbers, which is what every World Wide Web address looks like before it is dressed up with a name.

So, if you’re a devoted code cracker, it should have taken you under 5 seconds to figure out that the highlighted pairs in the ad referenced the I.P. address 130.211.84.170 — where the real challenge began.

“Challenge #1” declares the web page at said I.P., and proceeds:

“Good morning Agent C!

“We require your skills for an urgent search & rescue mission.

“One of your colleagues has been taken hostage by an unidentified group, and is being held in a previously unknown holding facility. Our SIGINT squad has been successful in geo-locating the facility and found indications of an electronic lock mechanism in the main entrance.

“The rescue team needs your help in opening this mechanism so they can enter and search the premises.

“Good luck, A.”

When Agent C clicks the “Start Challenge,” he or she reach a Login prompt, asking them to “Please submit your security token,” which is a challenge since none has been awarded. There’s also a cute icon of a lock with “MaxSec Prison” written underneath, presumably to enhance the tension. The page wants you to upload the security token from your own computer—it notes “File missing” if you sign in without one.

A group of wannabe hackers on Israel’s citizen reporter website Rotter has been attempting to crack the Mossad challenge since Wednesday this week, which is where we’ve dug up much of the information we laid out so neatly for you above. Some of the participants were true hackers, and they were the ones having the most fun, while revealing no real clue as to what happens once you’ve gone past the login page.

One suggested reverse engineering, saying it was fairly easy once he got that part figured out. We have no idea what he meant.

Another suggested saving the little MaxSec Prison icon and then uploading it as the security token. Well, we tried it and received the unkind response: “XMODEM-CRC not matching.” But then another Rotter participant said “the error message suggests an ancient communication protocol,” which used to be popular in the 1980s in BBS groups (If you’re younger than 50 you won’t understand).

One Rotter member offered an official Mossad help wanted page, where one can apply without those clandestine games. Maybe they’ll dispense you a clue if you went over the counter…

Here’s an intriguing message from a member: “If you convert this hexadecimal code using a CRC calculator you get a CRC value for XMODEM which is 2BAD — is that a clue?”

A few members raised the valid question — what hacker reads print newspapers? Is that in itself a clue as to the kind of candidate the Mossad is looking for?

JNi.Media

Very Senior Hezbollah Terrorist Killed in Alleged Israeli Air Strike

Friday, May 13th, 2016

Mustafa Badr A-Din (Mustafa Badreddine), age 55, a very senior military leader in the military wing of the Hezbollah terrorist organization, and possibly even the number two man under Hassan Nasrallah, was assassinated in Syria.

He had replaced his brother-in-law Imad Mughniyeh (Moughniyah) who was killed in Damascus in 2008 by a car bomb, for which the Mossad was blamed.

Badr A-Din was in charge of all Hezbollah military operations inside Syria, and before that was involved in planning attacks against Israel.

Badreddine was also blamed by the UN for the murder of Lebanon’s former prime minister Rafik al-Hariri in 2005.

One Hezbollah website and some Lebanese TV stations has blamed Israel for the death of Mustafa Badr A-Din, claiming he was assassinated in an Israeli air strike. But other Hezbollah social media sources say they are still investigating the cause of death.

He apparently killed on Tuesday, May 10th, but Hezbollah only announced it on Friday.

Mustafa Badr A-Din’s assassination is a major blow to Hezbollah.

Hezbollah is a terrorist group funded by Iran and operating in Lebanon.

They have a political stranglehold over Lebanon from which they launch attacks against Israel. They are also heavily embedded in the war in Syria, acting on behalf of their Iranian patron. They’ve lost an estimated 1400 fighters in the Syrian civil war, which may be as much as a third of their fighting force.

Shalom Bear

Senior Hamas Official Salah al-Arouri Quits Istanbul

Tuesday, December 22nd, 2015

Senior Hamas official Salah al-Arouri has “voluntarily” left Istanbul as part of a deal to rebuild ties between Turkey and Israel. It is believed he is heading either to Qatar or Lebanon. However, his departure has not yet completely clarified the status between Israel and Turkey, sources for both sides said.

Al-Arouri was one of the founders of the Izz a-Din al-Qassam military wing of Hamas. He served 15 years in Israeli prison before he was expelled to Syria; in 2012, he fled to Turkey when the Syrian office of Hamas shut down.

The Hamas operative was also the main player responsible for the abduction and murder by Hamas terrorists of three Israeli yeshiva teens in Gush Etzion in June 2014. That attack ignited a series of conflicts that led to the launch of Operation Protective Edge, Israel’s counter-terrorism war with Hamas.

The departure of al-Arouri from Turkey was agreed upon between Hamas politburo chief Khaled Meshaal, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu in a meeting on Saturday.

Erdogan is deeply loyal to Hamas, as he is to the Muslim Brotherhood which spawned the terrorist group.

Incoming Mossad director Yossi Cohen met last Thursday in Zurich together with Israeli and Turkish contacts to firm up normalization of ties between the two countries. During those talks it was reportedly agreed ambassadors for the two nations would return to their respective offices. In addition, it was allegedly agreed that Israel would establish a compensation fund for the families of those who were killed in the 2010 Mavi Marmara incident; in return, Turkey would abandon any and all other claims regarding the case.

But in a statement that followed the meeting, the prime minister’s office stressed that the “understandings” still remained to be signed. A spokesperson for Turkey’s ruling (AK) Justice and Development Party said much the same thing in a statement on Sunday. He noted that although the “people of Turkey and the people of Israel certainly are friends,” nevertheless there remains much to do.

One of the unfinished issues between the two sides is Turkey’s loyalty to Hamas, and Erdogan’s unwillingness to close the offices of the terrorist group. Another is the unwillingness of Israel to remove its blockade of Hamas-run Gaza. The group is generously funded and equipped by Iran, which smuggles funds and weaponry to Gaza however possible.

Hana Levi Julian

Official PA Daily Links Mossad with Paris Massacres

Sunday, November 15th, 2015

The official Palestinian Authority daily published on Sunday an op-ed that stated that the Mossad was behind the bloody Islamic State (ISIS) murders in Paris Friday night and also ran Fatah party propaganda equating the ISIS with Israel.

The Palestinian Media Watch (PMW) translated and published the inciting material Sunday.

PMW published the image below, posted by Fatah, showing the Palestinian Authority flag along side of those of France, Russia and Lebanon, referring to ISIS attacks that blew up a Russian airplane in Egypt, the double suicide bombing in Lebanon last week and the attacks in Paris.

 

incitement-terror-is-terror-pmw

 

The op-ed on Sunday in the official Al-Hayat Al-Jadida daily stated:

It is not a coincidence that human blood was exploded in Paris at the same time that certain European sanctions are beginning to be implemented against settlement products, and while France leads Europe in advising the security council that will implement the two-state solution, Palestine and Israel – which the Israelis see as a warning of sudden danger coming from the direction of Europe, where the Zionist, occupying, settling endeavor was born…

The wise and correct thing is to look for who benefits. In short: They need to search the last place reached by the octopus arms of the Mossad… It is clear that its ‘Mossad’ will burn Beirut and Paris in order to achieve Netanyahu’s goals. He, who challenged the master of the White House, hides in his soul enough evil to burn the world.

PMW added, “The official PA daily pronounced the libel that Israel is like ISIS in the cartoon below, which shows an Israeli decapitating the Al-Aqsa Mosque next to an ISIS terrorist beheading a hostage, simultaneously and with the same sword, declaring that Israel and ISIS are the same.”

incitement-cutting-off-mosque-pmw

In case you missed it, the same Palestinian Authority daily last week ran another op-ed that blamed “Western and Israeli security services” for the explosions on the Russian airplane. The writer claimed:

The explosion of the Russian plane 23 minutes after its takeoff from Sharm el-Sheikh airport in the end of October, was not an ISIS operation but a terror operation orchestrated by international and regional security services….

If the rational estimations point to [the presence of] fingerprints of Western and Israeli security services, that leaves much room for questions… I must stress once again, that ISIS was not the one behind the destruction of the Russian plane on Oct. 31 above Sinai… this operation was beyond their capabilities, because of its meticulous implementation…. The operation was carried out by regional and international security services.”

 

Tzvi Ben-Gedalyahu

Iranian News Agency Blames Mossad, Saudis, for Staging Mina Stampede to abduct Senior Iranians

Wednesday, September 30th, 2015

(JNi.media) Iranian news agency Tasneem has issued “a new scenario,” stating that the stampede in Mina, Saudi Arabia, September 24, when overcrowding caused between 769 and 1,184 people to suffocate and be crushed to death—was the handiwork of the intelligence services of Israel and Saudi Arabia, targeting senior officials in Iran’s Revolutionary Guards and other Iranian officials, including diplomats.

Iran’s Prosecutor General Seyed Ebrahim Raeisi said on Saturday that Riyadh must punish those responsible for the stampede. “It is disturbing and regrettable for everyone to witness the guests of God (Hajj pilgrims) are hurt in this way,” Raeisi said, adding that the tragic incident should not be considered merely the Saudis’ lack of prudence and competence, but an outright crime. He warned that if Saudi authorities do not investigate the issue and punish those behind the incident, Iran will ask international courts to deal with the Saudi crime.

The Iranian news agency quotes the information as coming from European Union staff who say “they heard the whispers going on among European diplomats in Brussels who feared that what happened in Mina during the stoning ritual was an orchestrated and prepared operation” by the Israeli Mossad.

According to Tasneem, those European diplomats saw a preliminary intelligence report about the possibility of Mossad and Saudi intelligence collaborating to start the stampede and then use it as cover for kidnapping Iranian Revolutionary Guards officials, ambassadors and staff working for the office of the Supreme Leader of the Revolution Ali Khamenei.

The reason Tanseem pins the notion that the stampede was an Israeli-Saudi collaboration on information in the Western intelligence report indicating that “it is impossible that Mossad agents could carry out such an operation without coordination with Saudi intelligence, and perhaps with the assistance from one or more Western intelligence services.”

Tanseem says its sources confirmed that former Iranian Ambassador to Lebanon Ghazanfar Abadi is among the missing in Mina, and as he is one of the most important figures in the office of the commander of the revolution, and possibly the most prominent figure familiar with the secrets of Iranian armament of Hezbollah in Lebanon, it follows that he could have been targeted in the “Mossad stampede.”

Among other important figures who are also missing is Director of Strategic Studies Office of the Revolutionary Guard, Dr. Ali Asghar Fulladgr, as well as others from the Revolutionary Guards, and the Office of the Iranian Hajj Mission.

The Iranian Agency admitted its European diplomatic sources pointed out that the credibility of the “preliminary” report they had seen is yet to be confirmed, but stressed that it remains one of the possibilities that Western intelligence agencies, as well as Russian intelligence, are seriously looking into.

JNi.Media

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