Gary Fine

Gary Fine is a biblical researcher and writer, specializing in topics specific to ancient Israel. He is a retired Air Force captain, a lifelong Minneapolis resident and a graduate of the University of Minnesota. Fine is an individual advocate for a strong America, a secure Israel, and a strong American-Israel partnership.

Palestinian Refugee Primer

Posted by: Gary Fine Updated: December 12, 2011 - 6:01 AM

 

Above Video: ‘The Truth About the Refugees’- by D. Ayalon, was played before the UN.

Israeli Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Danny Ayalon, at a UNHRC event on 12/08/11, called for the United Nations to end the “morally unacceptable and unequal treatment of refugees”, whereby the Palestinian refugee problem is perpetuated without any resolution. He also raised the issue of Jewish refugees from Arab lands.

“While the UNHCR has found durable solutions for tens of millions of refugees, the agency created specifically for the Palestinian context, UNRWA, has found durable solutions for no one,” D. Ayalon

“It must not be forgotten that the Arab Higher Committee encouraged the refugees flight from their homes in Jaffa, Haifa, and Jerusalem.”-Near East Arabic Broadcasting Station, Cypress 1949

“the Secretary General of the Arab League, Azzam Pasha assured the Arab peoples… that the millions the Jews had spent on land and economic development would be easy booty, for it would be a simple matter to throw Jews into the Mediterranean…advice was given to the Arabs of Palestine to leave their land, homes, and property and to stay temporarily in neighboring fraternal states,”-Sec. General of the Arab League-(spokesman for the combined Arab States) Habib Issa, Al Hoda, NY Lebanese daily, June 1951.

 

United Nuthouse?

Posted by: Gary Fine Updated: November 28, 2011 - 3:20 PM

Syria was unanimously elected to serve on UNESCO’s 58 member board Nov. 2011

 

UNESCO’s executive board: including Britain, France, the US and other democracies elected Syria to two committees, one dealing directly with human rights initiatives-- even as-- Assad tightens his grip on Syrian liberties, hunting down and murdering dissent along with approximately 3500 Syrian protesters over the past eight months.

“It’s shameful for the UN’s prime agency on science, culture and education to take a country that is shooting its own people and empower it to decide human rights issues on a global scale.” –H Neuer UN Watch

The election occurred just one day before the League of Arab States moved to suspend Syrian membership from the same organization.  UNESCO just recently became the first U.N. agency to grant the Palestinians (which includes terrorist Hamas) full membership.

“The Arab League’s suspension of Syria is stripped of any meaning when its member states elevate Syria to UN human rights committees,” says Hillel Neuer, executive director of the Geneva-based monitoring group UN Watch

The US pays for 22% of the budgets for all UN committees, approaching 70 million dollars annually. With so many worthwhile causes in need of dire support, why are US taxpayers still supporting the UN?

PM Netanyahu addresses the UN

Posted by: Gary Fine Updated: September 25, 2011 - 6:48 AM

 For those who are truly interested in understanding Israel’s “viewpoint” on all disputed issues concerning Palestinian Arabs, Arab nations, militant Islam, the UN, Iran and the US.-  It is an absolute necessity that you hear and that you watch the ENTIRE address of Israeli PM Netanyahu to the UN, Sept. 23, 2011. After personally “hearing” Mr. Netanyahu’s unadulterated, uncensored statements, I believe that all fair minded individuals can reach a “real”, balanced, understanding to Israel’s side on these issues. –His statements clearly contrast with the heavily doctored portrayal of Israel, which we have become so accustomed to receiving from the greater majority of international media sources for far too long.

Israeli PM Netanyahu:  

A Question of Legitimacy?

Posted by: Gary Fine Updated: September 19, 2011 - 8:15 AM

 PA Pres. Abbas seeks recognition of a Palestinian state in the “west bank”, Gaza and E. Jerusalem, this week at the UN.  Since the 1970s, the UN has been routinely used as a diplomatic tool to delegitimize Israel. This week, a PLO rep. in Washington told reporters that the future state of Palestine will ban Jews and homosexuals.

“Every Year, the US and Europe transfer collectively approximately a billion dollars in various forms of aid to the Palestinian Authority, and yet, the PA has failed to develop a market economy capable of supporting the Palestinians without foreign assistance.  Rather, they have developed a welfare society where most economic activity stems from foreign handouts.”-

Rather than feel embarrassment at their failures, PA leaders use their economic corruption to continuously threaten their patrons. If aid is cut off, they say, the PA will disintegrate and the far more popular Hamas movement will take over, and then, woe of woes, the peace process will be destroyed.  Of course, Hamas is also sustained by Western aid money. Every month, the same PA that warns of the dangers of a rising Hamas transfers tens of millions of dollars in foreign aid to Hamas-controlled Gaza to pay salaries of Hamas “government” employees.  Yet despite its mafia economy, and its exploitation of their aid funds to support a terrorist organization, the US and EU insist on maintaining the PA’s status as the largest per capita foreign aid recipient in human history. -C. Glick 9/15/11

Native American’s “legitimate” historical land claims in the US more closely align with and resemble Israel’s ancient land claims; than those of nomadic Arabs of various origins who presently reside in the “Land of Israel”, and who today, collectively, refer to themselves as Palestinians.  Can anyone question the legitimate rights of the Native American people to their ancestral homelands? Are Americans unaware that Native American lands were unjustly and forcibly taken from them by the ancestors of their current owners and by later immigrants? 

By rights the American Indians should be awarded most of North and S. Dakota, a good share of Minnesota, New York and DC, etc.  This land was forcibly taken from them! Yet there is no indignant clamor of international supporters or protesters at the UN this week or any other week on their behalf.  Equally, there is no international clamor at the UN on behalf of Israel’s “legitimate” rights to her homeland.  Documented extensively in the Testaments and related writings of Judaism, Christianity and Islam, by ancient rights; Israel should be awarded all of what we call today the Kingdom of Jordan, parts of Lebanon, and all of the “West Bank” [The “West Bank”, alone, is the central ancient heartland of Israel from the time of Kings David and Solomon, and includes the entire ancient city of Jerusalem].

Instead, this week, we will bear witness to the so-called “legitimate” rights of the Palestinian Arabs exercised to its fullest in the international UN spotlight, as they call for a State of their own.  They will be supported by multitudes of peoples, including many US citizens. I am curious just how many American supporters of the Palestinian Arab “legitimacy”, would “equally” fight to support the rights of indigenous Native Americans? Also, would they be quite as indignant if their own homes, lands and communities were turned over to the “really legitimate” claims of Native Americans?  

Humanity vs Inhumanity: Perhaps in their quest for fairness, the Native American peoples, like Israeli’s, have been too humane? This is immediately evident in that similar to Israeli’s, there are no Native American suicide terrorists, murderers of innocent non–Native women, children and babies.  Maybe if Native Americans changed their tune, such as teaching hatred to non-Native Americans in their elementary schools and colleges, inciting religious hatred, launching missiles against American institutions such as the White House, and Mount Rushmore, bombing churches and school buses, and gruesomely murdering innocents, they would gain the respect, and the sympathetic ear of  the United Nations, the European Union, certain US and world leaders, the media and others on their behalf? It has obviously worked well for the Palestinian Arabs.

UN “justice” meets this week to consider the so-called “plight” of the Palestinian Arabs, and their pursuit of Statehood in the heartland of ancient Israel.  As the world body rushes to approve their plea, Israelis, like Native Americans will again be big losers.

As usual, there will be scant consideration for the following historical facts:  There has NEVER been an independent Arab kingdom in ancient Judea with Jerusalem as its capital.  There is NO mention of the city of Jerusalem in the Koran, therefore, there is NO actual religious tie between the Arab peoples and the city of Jerusalem. From the Koran, there is NO religious longing to reside in the Land of Israel. Individual Palestinian Arabs never owned their own land in Israel proper, only Arab governments controlled land ownership. Israel is the homeland of the Jewish people. 

 

Land for Peace Mirage?

Posted by: Gary Fine Updated: September 13, 2011 - 10:48 AM

Is exchanging Israeli land in increments for Arab peace agreements, in reality, a pathway for methodically destroying Israel’s capacity for self-defense?   “Land for Peace” initiatives, promoted, pursued and or envisioned by world leaders, governments, idealists, international media conglomerates and others, have for years mounted intensive pressure on Israel to exchange its land for so-called “peaceful relations” with her neighbors.

Egypt, the internationally-acclaimed “Showpiece” for all Arab peace agreements with Israel, has in the last few months encouraged the notion that its showcase peace treaty offered Israel merely a timeout, only postponing confrontation.  "This is part of the dark side of the Egyptian revolution," said Robert Satloff, director of The Washington Institute for Near East Policy. "The Egypt-Israel peace treaty is the foundation of everything we've done in the Middle East for the last 30 years. ... You're back to zero-point if that treaty falls apart." –Fox  News, 9/12/11

For years, Israel has suffered intensive international pressure to relinquish tangible enduring assets of land, etc., in exchange for these vanishing arrangements. What did Israel gain with its unilateral pullback from S. Lebanon, and Gaza?

For peace with Egypt- Israel, then self sufficient in energy by virtue of its discovery and development of oilfields in Sinai, gifted these to Egypt along with the entire Sinai land mass, then becoming energy dependent to Egypt.  Israel also gave up a natural, defensible Red Sea border to Egypt, with unencumbered international shipping access.  And now, Israel’s decades long commitments to peace with Egypt has been rewarded with the recent unprovoked attack from Egyptian territory against Israel by terrorists, accommodated by Egyptians.  This was the forerunner to the latest attack on the Israeli embassy in Egypt. The Israeli embassy attack was limited in scope only under intensive political pressure placed upon Egypt from her financial benefactor – the US.

 “The Obama administration is scrambling to contain an emerging diplomatic crisis in the Middle East, as Israel's closest Muslim allies lash out at the country in a string of demonstrations some fear could jeopardize an already-fragile peace. The latest flare-up occurred over the weekend, when hundreds of protesters in Cairo stormed the Israeli embassy, forcing Israeli diplomats to flee. That comes on top of a prior clash between Egyptian and Israeli officials after Palestinian militants coming by way of the Sinai Peninsula attacked Israeli targets last month. Three Egyptian officers were killed as Israel returned fire. “ {In addition}“Turkey earlier this month moved to expel Israel's ambassador and downgrade diplomatic ties, escalating a long-simmering dispute over Israel's raid last year on a Gaza-bound Turkish ship.”- Fox News 9/12/11

Turkeys actions were taken despite the fact that Israel clearly warned Turkey in advance , and with Turkey fully knowing that an investigative UN report concluded that Israel was within its legal rights to blockade Gaza and defend itself, and that Israeli commandos faced “organized and violent resistance” from passengers on the Turkish vessel.

Considering past and recent events in Lebanon, Gaza, Turkey and Egypt.  Should America continue business as usual, supplying tens of billions of dollars to Arab interests (substantially increased to Egypt this past spring by President Obama) in exchange for results which include non-binding  peace agreements with Israel?  Additionally, should Israel continue to exchange land for questionable , perhaps illusory, peace agreements with neighbors intent on her destruction?

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