Israel is the only stable, predictable, reliable, capable, democratic and unconditional ally of the US regionally and globally. In 1969 and 1978, the Qadhaffi and Khomeini revolutions transformed Libya and Iran from pro -- to anti - US regimes. In 2003, the rise of Erdogan changed Turkey from a US -- to an Islamic - orientation. In 2012, the replacement of Mubarak by the Muslim Brotherhood terminated Egypt's role as a US ally. A regime-change in Jordan, Saudi Arabia and other Gulf States would trigger a similar anti-US shift. On the other hand, Israel's right, left, hawks and doves are inherently allies of the US.
Israel at 65 -- Defiance of the Jagged Cutting Edge of Nature
Sixty five years of Arab terrorism and conventional warfare, fueled by global pressure on Israel, have been bumps on the road of the unprecedented Israeli surge, economically, technologically, medically and militarily to the benefit of the Jewish State and the Free World.
At 65, Israel demonstrates that principle-driven, highly motivated and defiant societies are capable of transforming tough times into challenges and opportunities, while surging to new heights.
At 65, Israel proves, once again, that pressuring the Jewish olive yields superb oil.
At 65, Israel's 6.3 million Jews include over three million Olim, who have constituted Israel's most effective growth engine. The relative strength of Israel's economy, the rise of global anti-Semitism, the gradual Islamification of Europe and the expansion of Jewish/Zionist education in major Jewish communities produce a potential wave of Aliya: 500,000 Olim during the next ten years from the former USSR, Germany, France, England, Latin America, USA, Canada and Australia. The Aliya waves of the 1930s, 1950s, 1970s and 1990s facilitated the establishment of the Jewish State and its defiance of severe military and economic challenges. The next Aliya wave -- which awaits vision-driven pro-active leadership -- will produce the critical strategic mass, which will overwhelm adversity and secure the long-term growth of the Jewish State.
At 65, Israel is -- in contrast to the tumultuous Arab Street -- the only stable, predictable, reliable, capable, democratic and unconditional ally of the US regionally and globally. In 1969 and 1978, the Qadhaffi and Khomeini revolutions transformed Libya and Iran from pro -- to anti - US regimes. In 2003, the rise of Erdogan changed Turkey from a US -- to an Islamic - orientation. In 2012, the replacement of Mubarak by the Muslim Brotherhood terminated Egypt's role as a US ally. A regime-change in Jordan, Saudi Arabia and other Gulf States would trigger a similar anti-US shift. On the other hand, Israel's right, left, hawks and doves are inherently allies of the US.
At 65, Israel's economy defies global economic meltdown and is praised by the International Monetary Fund, the three leading rating companies, major banks, astute investors, successful venture capital funds and high tech giants. Israel leads the world in research and development and features impressive economic indicators. For example, a 14.7% growth of gross domestic product (GDP) during the 2009-2012 global economic crisis was the highest among OECD countries. Israel's 2012 GDP of $250BN has multiplied 120 times since 1948. Israel's 2012 budget deficit and unemployment were 4.2% and 6.9% respectively, lower than the OECD average.
At 65, Israel's robust demography -- which leads the Free World with three births per Jewish woman -- provides a tailwind for Israel's economy.
At 65, Israel is increasingly a unique contributor to vital US economic and national security interests. Israel is the hub of research and development centers for Intel, Motorola, Microsoft, HP, IBM and other US high tech giants. Cutting edge Israeli-developed technologies are converted into US lines of production, expanding the US employment, export and research and development base. Israel's Defense Forces employ hundreds of US military systems, sharing with the US defense industry unique upgrades and modifications, enhancing its competitiveness in the global marketplace. Israel -- the largest US aircraft carrier without a single American on board - provides the US with more intelligence than all NATO countries combined.
At 65, Israel is grateful to the USA, the senior partner in the increasingly mutually-beneficial, two-way-street, win-win US-Israel alliance.
First published in Mideast Outpost Monthly, May, 2013
“The effectiveness of a guarantee depends upon the willingness of the guarantor to react to a threat, and upon his ability to react with sufficient force…. [For instance,] fear of disrupting American relations with Arab states was a factor in the 1967 US decision not to force open the Red Sea Straits of Tiran to Israeli ships [contrary to the US commitment in 1957, in return for a full Israeli withdrawal from the Sinai Peninsula]..
In 2017, conventional “wisdom” maintains that the Palestinian issue is the crux of the Arab-Israeli conflict, a core cause of Middle East turbulence and a crown-jewel of Arab policy-making. However, conventional “wisdom” was trounced on the rocks of Middle East reality, as it was when: the State Department appeased Egyptian President Nasser (1950s); facilitated the toppling of the Shah of Iran by the Ayatollas [1977-78]; embraced Saddam Hussein, and inadvertently encouraged his August 1989 invasion of Kuwait
The assumption that inherently tenuous, intangible, open-ended and reversible US security commitments constitute an effective compensation for critical Israeli land, tangible, irreversible concessions – such as a retreat from the strategically and historically critical mountain ridges of Judea and Samaria – reflects detachment from the Washington constitutional labyrinth and recent precedents, engendering a false sense of security, thus compromising the existence of the Jewish state, transforming Israel from a robust national security producing asset to a frail national security consuming liability, undermining US interests and US-Israel relations.
Since 2004 he has been writing academic articles, social commentaries and photographic 'Stories from China' both here at KingsCalendar, and formerly as a contributing columnist at Magic City Morning Star News (Maine USA) where from 2009 to 2015 he was Stand-in Editor. He currently has a column at iPatriot.com and teaches English to Business English and Flight Attendant College Students in Suzhou City Jiangsu Province People's Republic of China.)
BenDedek originally created the site to publicize his research results into the Chronology of Ancient Israel. Those results were published under the title: 'The King's Calendar: The Secret of Qumran.' Whilst there have been many attempts to solve the chronological riddle of the Bible's synchronisms of reigns of the kings of Israel and Judah and their synchronism with other Ancient Near Eastern Nations, no other research is based on a simple mathematical formula which could, if it is incorrect, be disproved easily. To date, no one has been able to dismiss the mathematical results of this research.
Free to air Academic articles set forth Apologetics for and results of his discovery of an "artificial chronological scheme" running through the Bible, Josephus, the Damascus Documents of the Dead Sea Scrolls, and Seder Olam Rabbah. Check the Chapter Precis Page to see details of each chapter and to gain access to the Four Free to Air Chapters
(The Download book does not contain a section on Seder Olam)
Definition: King's Calendar Chronological Research
The Premise: Between the 5th and 3rd centuries BCE (but continuing down to at least 104 BCE), Sectarian redactors transcribed the legitimate 'solar year' chronological records of Israel and Judah, into an artificial form, with listed years as each comprised of 12 months of 4 weeks of 7 days, or 336 days per year, thus creating a 13th artificial year where 12 solar years existed.
When the Synchronous Chronological Data provided in the Books of Kings and Chronicles for the Divided Kingdom Period are measured in years of 336 days, the synchronisms actually align. [Refer to Appendix 5. to see how it synchronises the Divided Kingdom Period]