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.

After the Arab Spring?

Posted by: Gary Fine Updated: August 22, 2011 - 6:44 AM

 When Israel pulled out its last troops from Gaza, “thousands of jubilant Palestinians entered the former Jewish enclaves, and some set an abandoned synagogue ablaze”.-BBC 2005. Since then, Gaza has become a Terrorist State, rewarding Israel’s departure with unrelenting savagery.  This past weekend we witnessed another unprovoked, murderous “Palestinian rocket barrage on Beersheba…, following a weekend that saw more than 80 rockets fired into southern Israel from Gaza.”-JP, 8/20/11. 

The “Gaza Spring” - When Israel unilaterally withdrew from Gaza in 2005, they left behind an economic bonanza from which the Gazans would immediately benefit. -“Gaza had 12,000 greenhouses in the Palestinian areas…agriculture accounting for 6 percent to 13 percent of the economy.” International consultants estimated that the greenhouses would inject between $50 to $100 million into the nascent Gaza economy. “J. Wolfensohn, the former World Bank president {and} Middle East envoy, hammered out the deal to buy the greenhouses. He even gave half a million dollars of his own money to the {American Jewish} donor group that spent $14 million for them {and gifted them to the PA in Gaza}.”-T. Cambanis, The Boston Globe, Oct 2005.  But newly independent Palestinians looted dozens of their own greenhouses in several settlements. Palestinian police even joined the looters, “walking off with irrigation hoses, water pumps and plastic sheeting in a blow to fledgling efforts to reconstruct the Gaza Strip.”-AP, 2005.  The greenhouses were destroyed.

The majority of western media today describe the various liberation movements in Middle East Arab nations, almost lovingly, as an “Arab Spring”.  Yet, is this realistic?  Are Arab dictatorships “really” being replaced with western democracies, or just new versions of dictatorships calling themselves democracies?

Egypt has received just over $2 billion annually from US taxpayers since 1979, in lieu of Egypt’s peace treaty with Israel. In addition, this spring President Obama pledged an additional $1 billion in aid to Egypt and forgave roughly $1billion in debt owed the US. Yet, just this past Thursday 8/18/11, a “sophisticated, deadly, multi-pronged, combined arms assault against Israel took place along its border with Egypt” {originating from Egyptian territory and due to the complex coordination of these attacks into Israel from Sinai, there is the lingering question of Egyptian acquiescence or even support to the terrorists.} Almost immediately after the attacks took place, Egyptian military authorities denied the attackers entered Israel from Sinai.- C. Glick Aug.,2011. These denials call into question the Egyptian military government’s commitment to policing the Israeli border.

Between those who predicted a flowering liberal democracy in a post-Mubarak Egypt and those who predicted the empowerment of radical, Muslim Brotherhood aligned forces in a post-Mubarak Egypt, it is clear today that the latter were correct. Moreover, we see that the US's abandonment of its closest ally in the Arab world has all but destroyed the US's reputation as a credible, trustworthy ally throughout the region. -C. Glick 2011. Though the new Obama initiative may appear to support balanced diplomacy, it directly fosters distrust of America.

President Obama’s Middle East policy currently showers untested “Arab Spring” regimes like Egypt with magnanimous aid. This accompanies an estrangement policy by which Americas tested allies are routinely rebuffed, confronted and handicapped by abrupt US policy changes.   President Obama’s broad scale rebuff of past US-Israeli agreements includes:

1. That Israel has to concede its right to defensible borders as a precondition for negotiations. 

2. That there is to be No stated opposition to the Palestinian demand for open immigration of millions of foreign Arabs into Israel.

3. Nullifying, immediately, President Bush's 2004 letter to Israeli PM Sharon opposing a return to the 1949 armistice lines, supporting the large existing Israeli settlements, defensible borders for Israel , and opposing mass Arab immigration into Israel. 

4. The “entire” ancient city of Jerusalem is awarded to the Jerusalem Arabs, by calling for an Israeli retreat to the 1949 lines.  

5. Calling for Israel to be cut in two when he called for the Palestinians state to be contiguous. 

6. Calling for Israel to withdraw from the Jordan Valley – effectively forming an indefensible border for Arab invasion of Israel - by stating that the new Palestinian State will have an international border with Jordan.

 

 

Peace Potholes

Posted by: Gary Fine Updated: July 18, 2011 - 6:44 AM

President Obama‘s recent initiative for resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict recently received a “slamming” vote of no-confidence in a recent survey of Palestinian Arabs. This, despite the fact that the Presidents peace proposal effectually pressures Israel to self-destruct by collaborating in dismantling its own defensive capability.

In his recent public address, Pres. Obama stated that “there should be two states: Palestine as the homeland for the Palestinian people and Israel as the homeland for the Jewish people.” As in the past, this initiative is likely destined for the garbage bin as a result of Arab and not Israeli intransigence. In a July 2011 face to face survey, by American pollster S. Greenberg conducted in Arabic to Palestinians in Gaza and the West Bank (Judea/Samaria), the results were not encouraging for the Presidents peace plan. Fully 60% rejected a 2-state solution. 66% said the “Palestinian’s real goal should be to start with a two-state solution but then move to it all being one Palestinian state {effectively ending Israel’s existence}.” Further, 73% of Palestinian Arabs “agree with ‘hadith’ quoted in the Hamas charter {covenant} about the need to kill Jews hiding behind stones and trees.”-G. Hoffman JPost 7/15/11.  In other results, 62% supported kidnapping Israeli soldiers as hostages and 53% favored teaching hate songs {about Israel} in Palestinian schools. The poll was coordinated between the Beit Sahour-based Palestinian Center for Public Opinion and the international nonprofit Israel Project.

Contrasting the Obama Administrations often contentious disputations undermining Israel’s positions vs. the Palestinian Arabs, there is clearly no ambiguity about Minnesota Congresswoman Michelle Bachmann’s pro-Israel views on the same subject:

 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-RWYFWpMp-o

Humanitarian Hypocrisy

Posted by: Gary Fine Updated: June 27, 2011 - 7:51 AM
Freedom Flotilla-2, this time larger and with greater international presence and fanfare will soon launch.  The espoused “peaceful” purpose for this and previous flotillas is expressly single-minded, to break Israel’s naval blockade of Hamas’s Gaza. Yet in reality, the purported “humanitarian” mission is just another in a series of subterfuges (sideshows), whose current mission is to avert public attention away from the daily atrocities committed by Arab governments against their own people.  Israel has maintained its blockade of Gaza in response to thousands of unprovoked missile attacks and terrorist incursions from Gaza. Additionally, the Hamas leadership has been unwavering in its dedication to the destruction of Israel and its replacement with an Islamic state. Israel has no choice but to defend itself. From the Hamas Charter: ‘Israel will exist and will continue to exist until Islam will obliterate it, just as it obliterated others before it’.- “Hamas has repeatedly refused international community demands to recognize the right of Israel to exist, abrogate its charter and abide by the previous commitments of the Palestinian Authority”-A. Isseroff 1/11/09. "We will not rest until we destroy the Zionist entity"-Hamas leader Fathi Hammad , Gaza, BBC,01/02/09.
 
To those tireless flotilla activists, I would ask-When will Freedom flotillas be launched against Arab oppressors in Syria, Libya, Yemen, Gaza, and Iran? Where are the humanitarian sponsors for these flotillas? History suggests that we should not hold our breath waiting. Like a cancerous explosion of cockroaches, these flotilla proponents rush to criticize, confront and lay blame on Israel. -Yet are all but invisible, stealthily silent against the regular and truly inhumane actions by the many oppressive Middle-East Arab dictatorships.
 
Then there is Gilad Shalit, a soldier of Israel, in a country where most pre-college citizens (male and female) become soldiers by necessity of national survival. Gilad was abducted by Hamas terrorists from Israel 5 years ago at age 19. At 24 he still sits in confinement, not allowed humanitarian visits by the Red Cross or any friendly face. His only prison visits are from his terrorist jailers in Hamas’s Gaza. They are among those who are supposedly so desperately in need of international aid and sympathy as has been expressed so vehemently by flotilla sponsors. It has been suggested that Israel has previously and/or is currently considering a thousand political prisoners release, including mass murderers and terrorists in exchange for Gilad. But even this uniquely generous, if not suicidal, type offer from Israel has failed in the past to persuade the terrorist Hamas regime to give up Gilad Shalit.  Israel’s Jewish population numbers under 6 million, and is surrounded by Arabs numbering over 200 million. 
There is considerable public pressure in Israel on the government to secure Gilad’s release. "Even if some of [the Palestinian prisoners] have blood on their hands, or are hard-core murderers of civilians, and there are risks involved in releasing them, it is the only alternative if we want to see Gilad returned alive," – Gilad’s father Noam Shalit.
The cold international silence to Gilad’s predicament, contrasts starkly against the boisterous International outcry to aid his terrorist captors-the Hamas regime.
Freedom Flotilla 2 is “expected to sail to …the Gaza Strip within a few days’ time in an effort to break the embargo on the enclave. US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton rejected on Friday the humanitarian effort as a provocative act against Israel.”- KUNA, (Kuwait News Agency) 06/ 25/ 2011.   “The US has announced that sending a new aid flotilla to the blockaded Gaza Strip would be "irresponsible" and "provocative.”" State Department spokesperson V. Nuland …claimed that the situation in the Gaza Strip had improved significantly over the past year, with a broader range of goods and materials available.”-PressTV 6/25/11. 

US Investments

Posted by: Gary Fine Updated: June 12, 2011 - 3:44 PM

 As the Obama administration’s new and expanding policy pours tens of billions of dollars in aid and weaponry into Arab countries with, at best, questionable results, the US, and the world, harvests immense present and future tangible benefits from US-Israel investment, ties and economic relations.

 

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CeVvMJdvEX8

 

In light of the decade(s) long Arab intransigence to “real” peace negotiations with Israel, the present adversarial Obama Administration policy regarding Israel is, at best, unfortunate; and will likely serve only to encourage additional increased Arab intransigence(reluctance to negotiate) resulting in war, not peace.

“The President’s peace proposal is a formula for war”…”It isn’t often that this or any other US President welcomes a foreign leader (Israel’s PM Netanyahu) by sandbagging him with an adversarial policy speech a day before the visit…When this President wants to make a show of his exquisite diplomatic sensitivity—burgers with Medvedev, bows to Abdullah, New Year’s greetings to the mullahs-he knows how.  And when he wants to show his contempt, he knows how, too.”- Bret Stephens,WSJ ,An Anti-Israel President”,5/24/2011

Palestinians Arab Refugees - by Choice

Posted by: Gary Fine Updated: May 20, 2011 - 6:24 AM

 Though implored and welcomed by the Jews of Palestine to stay as citizens of the new State of Israel in 1948, the majority of Palestinian Arabs instead “chose” to leave Israel during and just prior to Her War of Independence.  Arab leaders promised a quick victory, with spoils. The Palestinian Arabs were urged to leave, and ensured that they would swiftly return to their homes and enrich themselves with the plunder from the defeated Jews.  Great numbers of Palestinian Arabs “chose” to leave.  Israel won.  Why, now, should Israel be required to take in those “refugees” and their descendants as part of a peace agreement?  Shouldn’t this be the responsibility of the pan-Arab leadership?

The Palestinian Arab refugee camps were initially temporary housing, but were ingeniously retooled, by Arab leaders, to lay blame squarely on Israel for the retched state of their occupants. This deception, then as today, has been routinely endorsed by the UN and the international media. It has been used strategically to suggest that the Palestinian Arab refugees are deserving of a” law of return”, equivalent to the worldwide historic return of the Jewish refugees to their homeland after 2000 years of exile. But the Jews never left by choice, they were forced out.  In addition, magically magnified numbers of Palestinian refugees, living today, have fictitiously grown to innumerable multiples which can be traced to generously imaginative Arabic sources. Their current inflated numbers operate similar to American voter fraud, social security or welfare fraud.  They boast increased payouts and benefits to an infinitesimal number of questionable refugees. This is in addition to their prominently endorsed message that “the root cause of the Arab refugee crisis”, is supposedly, all Israel’s fault. -Though facts suggest a total fabrication. 

Included among these refugees rolls are:

Unrecorded Dead Palestinians.  Over 60 years of deceased Palestinians are still counted as living refugees while their relatives acquire international aid and UN relief benefits. – see -UN Document A/4478 p.13

Pre-State of Israel Palestinians. Current and past Arab residents of the “West Bank” of Jordan and the Gaza Strip are registered as refugees.

Jordanian border communities with “refugees”, and self-supporting former refugees in Syria, Lebanon and Jordan.

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 “The Arab states encouraged the Palestine Arabs to leave their homes temporarily in order to be out of the way of the Arab invasion armies.”- Jordanian newspaper Falastin, Feb. 1948

“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. Gen of the Arab League-(spokesman for the combined Arab States)Habib Issa, Al Hoda, NY Lebanese daily June 1951

“The refugees were confident that their absence would not last long,, and that they would return within a week or two.  Their leaders had promised them that the Arab armies would crush the “Zionist gangs” very quickly and that there was no need for panic or fear of a long exile”- Sada al Janub, August 1948

“The fact that there are these refugees is the direct consequence of the action of the Arab States in opposing partition”-Sept 1948 Daily Telegraph

Haifa’s Arabs “fled in spite of the fact that the Jewish Authorities guaranteed their safety and rights as citizens of Israel” “Every effort is being made by the Jews to persuade the Arab populace to stay… to be

assured that their lives and interests will be safe.”-Bishop Hakim to Rev K. Baehr, Ex. Sec. of ACPC.1948.

Palestinian Arab refugee ration lists from Jordan alone “are believed to include 150,000 ineligibles and many persons who have died.”-UNRWA Director, 1959

Palestinian Arab “births are always registered for ration purposes, but deaths are often, if not usually, concealed…” –UN doc. A-1451 UNRWA Director, 1950

Refugee rolls ultimately included “any” Arab in need of “support” as a result of the 1948 war.  

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