Intifada Averted
The Temple Mount Crisis and the Contours of Cold Peace
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  • D4x

    Will have to cancel my TAI subscription since I can not find a way to use WordPress to comment only, and refuse to use the other options.

    July 31, 2017: the day TAI betrayed their subscribers.

  • D4x

    How does the ToI news report of “Hundreds of Jordanians held a protest near the Israeli embassy in Amman on Friday” become Bernard’s “the Amman protests” and “popular outrage across the Arab and Muslim world.” ??

    Jordan has a population of 7.9 million, with 94% literacy. That 7.9 million does include 2.1 million registered-as-permanent refugee palestinians; probably includes 200,000 once-refugees from Iraq; does NOT include the estimated 600,000 to 1,400,000 refugees from Syria; and then “there are also hundreds of thousands of guest workers from Egypt, Syria, Indonesia, and South Asia, who work as domestic and construction employees.” https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Demographics_of_Jordan

    It is probable those “hundreds of Jordanians” were palestinian citizens of Jordan, the ONLY nation which has fully integrated the perpetual refugees of 1948.

    “(fully half of the PA budget is now designated to the families of “martyrs.”)”, also known as Pay-to-Slay. That is the policy, and teaching incitement in the schools, that POTUS, and most of Congress, wants Abbas to end, which Abbas refuses to do.

    The real story behind this recent Temple Mount chain of events was triggered by the targeted assassination of two Israeli-Druze Border Police on July 14: http://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Israeli-Police-confirms-two-officers-killed-in-Friday-Temple-Mount-attack-499707

    The three assassins were Israeli muslim citizens, from Umm el-Fahm in northern Israel, on the Israeli side of the 1949 Armistice Line. Interesting location since 1949: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Umm_al-Fahm

    “Al-Aksa is in danger” is the slogan of the banned northern branch of the Islamic Movement that ran the Umm el-Fahm
    municipality for 21 years and still has many sympathizers. From July 17, 2017:
    http://www.jpost.com/Arab-Israeli-Conflict/In-Temple-Mount-terrorists-hometown-its-all-about-al-Aksa-is-in-danger-499906

    Whoever did plan this trigger was really good at planning and recruiting, so why not take credit?
    Liel Leibowitz makes his case that it was Iran, which never takes credit for their terror:
    http://www.tabletmag.com/jewish-news-and-politics/241879/iran-behind-violence-temple-mount/?print=1

    Iran, and Iran’s creation Hezbollah, have the most at stake in breaking up the USA/Sunni coalition against Iran, the Sunni states which quietly do “prefer to work with Israel”, and the trilateral negotiations in Amman between the USA, Jordan, and Russia that led to the July 7 announcement of a ceasefire in the de-escalation zone of southwest Syria. Hezbollah also stands to lose if Lebanon’s Druze political party stops being neutral in the government split (too complicated to write about here), and, knew that Lebanon’s PM Hariri would be meeting Trump at the WH on July 25: https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2017/07/25/remarks-president-trump-and-prime-minister-hariri-lebanon-joint-press PM Hariri specifically cited UNSC Res 1701 in his first comment.

    The media focused on Trump’s introductory comment as a gaffe, except for “Trump Didn’t Misspeak on Hezbollah: The president’s
    line that Lebanon is ‘on the front lines’ against its own political coalition aligns with what Trump told Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri
    privately.”
    By Paul D. Shinkman, Senior National Security Writer | July 26, 2017, at 11:30 a.m.
    https://www.usnews.com/news/national-news/articles/2017-07-26/trump-didnt-misspeak-on-hezbollah

    Abbas, and Hamas will take money from Iran, which has plenty of money since O44’s JCPOA, a ‘treaty’ never presented to the U.S. Senate for ratification, which Trump also wants to re-negotiate.

    I really thought TAI stopped using Disqus today, just to stop me from commenting on Andrew Bernard’s posts. This one is sure to disappear soon 🙂

  • Fat_Man

    Cut off the PA’s money.

  • FriendlyGoat

    I’m not sure what the temporary ban of men under 50 was about, but perhaps it ought to be permanent. It would be reasonable to ask why any people under 50 from any religion need or ought to be on this site. It is an old place, mostly suitable for old people.

  • If a Jewish man had killed several guards in Saudi Arabia’s city of Mecca, then there would probably be a genoicial war against Jews from the Muslim world right now.

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