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West Bank Briefing Book – By Mark Langfan dated 8/2/2011
In memory of Daniel Viflic
A. PLEXI GLASS PIECE USES by Mark Langfan, 1992, www.MarkLangfan.com see “Articles”
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It is the west bank of the Jordan River. Jordan is the east bank.
King Hussein of Jordan attacked Israel first from the West bank because Egypt had falsely told him that Israel had been effectively destroyed and Egypt was offensively attacking Israel. www.MarkLangfan.com “briefing book” pages 73-97.
“It was at this point that we received a telephone call at Air Force Headquarters from U.N. General Odd Bull. It was a little after 11 AM.
The Norwegian General informed me that the Israeli Prime Minister had addressed an appeal to Jordan. Mr. Eshkol had summarily announced that the Israeli offensive had started that morning, Monday, June 5, with operations directed against the United Arab Republic, and then he added: “If you don’t intervene, you will suffer no consequences.”
By this time we were already fighting in Jerusalem and our planes had just taken off to bomb Israeli air bases. So I answered Odd Bull:
“They started the battle. Well, they are receiving our reply by air.””
Pg 64-65 of “Hussein of Jordan: My “War” with Israel,” As told to and with additional material by Vick Vance and Pierre Lauer, 1969.
To view the actual pages the book ‘Hussein of Jordan: My “War” with Israel” please visit my website, www.MarkLangfan.com “briefing book” pages 73-97.
The mountains of the West Bank and also the Golan Heights form and integrated fresh water system and recharge the coastal plain aquifer with fresh water. The West Bank fresh water recharge prevents salt water intrusion from the Mediterranean Sea.
Sources in million cubic metres per year:
(Source: Israeli government)
“In the 1967 war Israel gained exclusive control of the waters of the West Bank and the Sea of Galilee, although not the Litani.
Those resources – the West Bank’s mountain aquifer and the Sea of Galilee – give Israel about 60% of its fresh water, a billion cubic metres a year.
Heather arguments rage about the rights to the mountain aquifer. Israel, and Israeli settlements, take about 80% of the aquifer’s flow, leaving the Palestinians 20%.
Israel says the proportion of water it uses has not changed substantially since the 1950s. The rain which replenishes the aquifer may fall on the occupied territory, but the water does flow down into pre-1967 Israel.
. . .
In the 21st Century Israel has tried to solve the Palestinian problem unilaterally, pulling troops and settlers from Gaza and building a barrier around West Bank areas with the largest concentration of Palestinians.
Although Israel says this is a temporary security measure, the barrier encroaches deep onto occupied territory – especially areas of high water yield.”
Obstacles to Arab-Israeli peace: Water
Highlands are main recharge area for Israel's coastal aquifers; there are about 355 Israeli civilian sites including about 145 small outpost communities in the West Bank and 32 sites in East Jerusalem (2010 est.)
https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/geos/we.html (expand geography tab – under Geography notes.)
Negotiations Affairs Department – Palestinian Liberation Organization
In 2010, The Civil Administration, the Israeli military body responsible for governing those parts of the West Bank still under its control, gave top priority to shutting pirate wells. It also moved to end practice common in the area around Hebron, in the south, of stealing water from pipes belonging to the water company.
Israeli officials – as well as their counterparts in the Palestinian Authority – are worried that illegal tapping of water is going to exacerbate an existing water crisis. It threatens to empty the aquifers - huge natural underground reservoirs under the West Bank – and makes it more difficult for the legal drilling of wells to obtain the water they are entitled to.
Experts point to the Gaza Strip, where some 6,000 wells have caused the aquifer to go saline as seawater fills in where fresh water is depleted.
. . .
The big aquifers of the region lie mainly under the West Bank, the area Palestinians claim for their future state. But Israel draws from the aquifers and under the Oslo agreement its security personnel can enter any area of the West Bank, including areas under Palestinian rule, to stop illegal drilling and other such activities because water is considered a joint resource. A joint Israeli-Palestinian water commission gives permits to drill.
All’s Well that Ends Well? Chasing W. Bank Water Pirates
3. How much fresh water is supplied to Israel from these areas, and how much could be affected by a transfer of the West Bank and/or Golan Heights to the Palestinian Authority and/or Syria?
According to the BBC approximately 690 cubic meters are related to the West bank and 700 cubic meters are sourced from the Golan Heights. Only 400 comes from other sources. All the pre-1967 Israel replenishable fresh water supply is affected by any “peace” deals involving these areas.
4. Why is the West Bank topography important for the areas of high Palestinian population concentrations?
The Western 3/5ths is a gradual slope suitable for living, but the Eastern 2/5ths is extremely steep and generally incapable of building housing. Almost all the Palestinians live in the Western 3/5th of the West Bank, except for Jericho.
5. Why is the topography of the West Bank important for military purposes to protect pre-1967 Israel, and didn’t General Allon say you could give back part of the West Bank?
ANSWER: The Jordan Valley area of the West Bank is the steep Eastern 2/5ths of the West Bank and is a natural tank trap and prevents any rapid movement of Arab armor into range of pre-1967 Israel. Since this militarily valuable area had almost no Palestinian population, General Allon, a Labour General, in 1970 proposed annexing the Jordan Valley Eastern 2/5ths as a security belt and buffer for pre-1967 Israel. Labour built Israeli settlements in these areas. This is exactly the opposite of common sense logic: Israel “keeps” the Eastern 2/5th, the Jordan Valley which is far away, but gives up the closer Western 3/5th to the Palestinian State. Therefore, Israel’s defense -- Jordan Strip would be disconnected from its populated centers, so the areas cannot be easily mobilized into in the event of a military crisis.
6. How did Likud settlement building differ from the Labour settlement building?
Likud settlement building included putting settlements of the West Bank water aquifers in the Western portion of the West Bank, the Trans-Samaria highway connecting Tel Aviv to the Labour Jordan Valley settlements. Also, Likud built a more robust presence around Jerusalem.
Obstacles to Arab-Israeli peace: Jerusalem
7. What’s a Katyusha and what’s a Kassam?
Katyushas are pipe fired missiles usually fired in salvos of 40, from a medium-sized pickup truck but are mostly fired singly from the Gaza Strip, and Kassams are glorified stand-alone rockets fired from portable metal railing launcher.
Photo: Home-made Terrorist Rockets
Postcard back – www.MarkLangfan.com (postcards)
Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs
Hizballah's Rocket Campaign Against Northern Israel: A Preliminary Report
By Uzi Rubin
Iranian Fajr 3 Rocket
8. What’s the difference between a Katyusha and a Kassam?
Katyushas can be racked on top of a highly mobile flat-bed truck in a groups of 32 and fired in one salvo (TNT explosive equivalent of 4 “Iraqi” scuds), but a Kassam is just a single rocket but can be fired simultaneously in groups of 4-8.
Russian forces use BM-27 rocket launchers during the Second Chechen War (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Katyusha-chechen-war.jpg) (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Katyusha_rocket_launcher)
9.How far can a Katyusha or Kassam fly?
Kassams have range of about 5-8 miles and Katyushas about 12-20 miles
Because 70/80 concentration of Jerusalem in this 10x40 strip, any aerial attack from the West Bank will not just “cut Israel in two,” but will occupy the whole Jewish population.
10. What’s a scud?
A scud is a huge missile mounted on a large fire truck size military vehicle which has a long range and large payload.
11. What the difference between a scud and a Katyusha or Kassam, and why is the difference important?
Scud is so-large and incapable of being easily hidden and deployed quickly so that it can only be fired be a country’s military and is an “undeniable” state act of war if fired. A Kassam or Katyusha can be easily fired by a lone “terrorist” from a populated city area, and the Katyusha/Kassam is a perfect ”deniable” terror act that the local Palestinian Government can and will deny any responsibility for, and will claim the rocket is not an “act of war” by the Palestinian government, but an unauthorized unsanctioned act of terror by uncontrollable terrorist “elements.” When Fatah controlled Gaza, it was “Hamas” who fired the rockets. Now, Hamas says “it’s the Salafists.”
A scud can demolish an entire apartment building and kill everybody in the building, where a single Katyusha can destroy the top floor apartment and kill the people in the top floor apartment. If Katyushas are fired in salvos of 32-40 at a time from a flat-bed truck like they are in the Libyan conflict or second Chechen war, they have 3 times the explosive warhead of a scud spread over a sizeable area, and could demolish a neighborhood. Katyushas can carry anti-personnel ball-bearing warheads which can shred human beings. See #15.
12. Can a Katyusha or Kassam carry chemical weapons?
Yes they can. They can also contain chemical bomblet submunitions, chemical warheads, and remotely deployed land mines. The Palestinians have already fired phosphorous Katyushas from the Gaza Strip. Phosphorous is an element which is called a “metal” which is so reactive that it super explodes when you attempt to pour water on it. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Katyusha_rocket_launcher) Katyusha firing land mines or chemical munitions could paralyze Israel’s ability to mobilize in time of crisis.
Gaza attacks: Phosphorus bombs hit Israel
For the first time, Gaza militants fire phosphorus shell at Israel
13. What’s actual physical damage can a conventional Katyusha or Kassam do?
They can cave in a ceiling and kill anybody sitting underneath.
Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs
Hizballah's Rocket Campaign Against Northern Israel: A Preliminary Report
By Uzi Rubin
Impact of Hizballah Rocket on Israeli Apartment
14. Why don’t Kassams or Katyushas cause a lot of damage or kill a lot of people when the Palestinians fire them from the Gaza Strip?
The land surrounding the Gaza Strip is mostly empty farm land so the rockets mostly explode in empty fields.
... counting of the Kassam rockets which have fallen on Sderot or nearby
15. So what’s the big deal if Palestinians can fire them from the West Bank into Tel Aviv coastal plain of Israel?
The difference is between firing a rocket into an empty field as opposed to a densely populated City with millions of people and no open spaces. One rocket from Brooklyn into Manhattan would cause death destruction and pandemonium. One rocket from the Left Bank to the Right Bank would set Paris into wholesale panic. Such a single rocket would require Israel to re-invade the entire West Bank. One Katyusha or Kassam rocket into Ben Gurion airport would set many planes and all the air-craft fuel into an inferno.
16. What was so special about the Katyushas the Hezbollah fired from Lebanon in the 2006 summer war?
ANSWER: They contained anti-personnel ball bearing laden warheads that exploded on landing and because the small ball bearings were extremely hot and flew fast on the landing explosion the ball bearings could make small holes through sheet metal, tear through the skin of 747s at Ben Gurion Airport, and shred any human body in their path.
Katyusha Damage in Haifa - http://www.strategypage.com/military_photos/military_photos_2006720234926.aspx
HOSTILITIES IN THE MIDEAST: THE DEVASTATION; As Rockets Crash Around It, Squad Follows a Trail of Destruction
“Hot Rockets” by Deroy Murdock 8/9/06
Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs
Hizballah's Rocket Campaign Against Northern Israel: A Preliminary Report - Uzi Rubin
The “Peace Process” generals project themselves as “objective” “military experts,” and get paid for their lectures, get trips to the states in fancy hotels, and “security analysis” jobs. Unlike medical doctors who are objective “medical experts,” and must disclose even a 3% likelihood of complication, “Peace Process” generals just happen to be purposefully “leaving out” exactly what “100% complications” and “painful risks” they are exactly proposing Israel take in a “Peace” deal. The “Peace
Process” Israeli Generals are also purposefully “leaving out” that if the Palestinians fire any Katyusha rockets into 1967 Israel, the Israeli “Peace Process” General “thinks” Israel can reinvade the entire West Bank. It’s like a medical doctor not telling you the operation is an absolute must, but they are at the same time leaving out that there is a 100% chance of death by an easily foreseeable guaranteed complication which can be caused be one lone Palestinian terrorist with an easily available and smuggleable weapon. And a weapon the Fatah and Hamas Gaza terrorist are now, at this very minute firing into Southern Israel.
18. What difference is it to a Palestinian State if Israel controls the West Bank or if the Palestinians control it?
The only way to insure that Katyushas or similar type of weapons aren’t being smuggled into the West Bank is to have close security on the level of a police force that searches houses and seize any weapons. Otherwise, Israel will rapidly lose control of territory like they have in Gaza. Any Israeli attempt to attack specific building in Gaza is a “war.”
In short, Israel either closely controls the area or has to send F-16s and bomb a whole building loaded with innocent civilians.
19. Did the “Peace Process” Israeli politicians actually know of the Katyusha or Kassam risk from the Gaza Strip before they left the Gaza Strip or made their Oslo “Peace” deal, or even after the Kassams and Katyushas had started to fall in Ashkelon and Sderot?
June 23, 1992 – “Some scary scenarios after “Peace”” Jerusalem Post by Mark Langfan and Yedidya Atlas, www.MarkLangfan.com See articles.
August 31, 1992 – “Rabin’s Allon Plan” Jerusalem Post by Mark Langfan and Yedidya Atlas (www.MarkLangfan.com, See “file”)
October 1992 - Demilitarization Risks, by Mark Langfan, Security Affairs, JINSA (www.MarkLangfan.com, See “Articles”)
August 3, 1993 – August 3, 1993 Jerusalem Post Article. (www.marklangfan.com/JP%20Article.html, See “Jerusalem Post Clipping”)
September 9, 1993 – The then Israeli Foreign Minister Shimon Peres stated: “(You) threaten that there will be Katyusha rockets landing in Ashkelon. Would you mind telling me why there are no rockets fired from Aqaba to Eilat?”
November 12, 1993 – November 12, 1993 Full page NY Times ad. (www.MarkLangfan.com, See “Articles”)
June 20, 1995 - The late then Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin(may he rest in peace in heaven) boasted: “(The Opposition) promised us Katyusha (rockets) from Gaza, but Gaza has been under the primary control of the Palestinian Authority for more than a year now, and there hasn’t been a single Katyusha.”
June 20, 2006 - The Vice Prime Minister Shimon Peres on June 20, 2006 stated, "This hysteria over the Qassams must end," he told journalists at the Knesset. "We're just adding to the hysteria. What happened? Kiryat Shmona was shelled for years. What, there weren't missiles?"
Peres added: "We must tell the Palestinians, Qassams shmassams, we'll hold firm. We won't move from here."
The vice premier also accused the management of the Israeli side: "Our response is causing the other side to strike. We must carry out a series of steps in order to take out the Qassams. Peres refused to detail which steps he meant.
Peres: Enough with Qassam hysteria
August 1, 2011 - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu would be willing to resume talks with the Palestinians on the basis of the 1967 boundary line, which would mean pulling out from West Bank territory, a government official said.
As part of Israel’s effort to return to peace talks and counter a Palestinian bid for UN recognition, Israel is willing to accept a U.S. proposal on borders, the official said on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the subject. Netanyahu had publicly rejected U.S. President Barack Obama’s call to use the 1967 boundaries as a starting point for negotiations when the two leaders met at the White House May 21.
Netanyahu Said to Be Ready for Israel to Negotiate on Basis of 1967 Lines
20. If all the Arab countries already have scuds which can reach and destroy every part of Israel, what’s the difference if the Palestinians get Katyushas or Kassams in the West Bank in a “Peace” deal?
Scuds have an “address” for Israel to respond to and therefore, there has been an effective Israeli deterrent to long-range missile attack from Arab Countries for more than 50 years. Kassams have no “address” for Israel to effectively respond to, and are totally deniable acts of terror by the Palestinian Authority. And when they Kassams and Katyushas are fired into the densely populated Tel Aviv urban area and having provoked an Israeli mobilization (in order for Israel to reinvade the West Bank) the Israeli mobilization will give the Arab countries the “perfect” legal pretext for the Arab and Muslim countries to unleash full scale scud barrages against the Tel Aviv densely populated urban areas to protect the New “helpless” Palestinian State from being re-invaded by Israel.
Iran 'increases missile range'
21. Isn’t the new Iron Dome anti-missile system a total protection against Katyushas and Kassams?
Iron Dome missiles costs $125,000 (when including the launcher and missiles) each and each Kassam costs at most $1,000. Israel will quickly run out of missiles long before Hamas or Hezbollah run out of the 10,000s of missiles. Also, Iron Dome only works against rockets which are in the air for longer than approximately 30 seconds, and therefore Iron Dome or any similar system is worthless against Kassams. Iron Dome will only reduce the number of rockets which get through and is not remotely hermetic. Also, if the missiles were simultaneously fired from discretely different locations from the West Bank with very different trajectories, the anti-missile Iron Dome systems would be overwhelmed. This is the critical difference from missiles that are now fired from essentially one vector or direction the Gaza strip as opposed to missiles that would be fired from many different locations from the West Bank. Only one ball-bearing laden rocket needs to hit Tel Aviv to provoke a total Israeli reinvasion of the different West Bank areas by Israel. And, Israel’s “reinvasion” will be obliterated by Iranian missiles before the Israeli soldiers even reach their mobilization points and reserve units.
Comment / Iron Dome success does nothing to ease rocket threat
Iron Dome system found to be helpless against Qassams
Yossi Melman / Iron Dome may not be as effective as the IDF thinks
Also, anti-missile systems like the Iron Dome are themselves subject to electronic counter-measures, and actual physical attack. By Iron Dome’s very military nature, and military function, Iron Dome or any other system needs to be deployed relatively close to the front line (which would be essentially the green line.) Iron Dome needs to be between the launch point and the landing point. The missile batteries can be easily attacked with precision-guided weapons like the Kornet anti-tank missile (which has a range of 3 miles, 5 ½ kilometers, and can be extremely effectively camouflaged and quickly activated and fired and/or fired from a roof or window of a hospital or Mosque) that was recently fired from the Gaza Strip into a moving yellow Israeli school bus of Kibbutz Nahal Oz near the Gaza Strip border which resulted in the death of a 16 year-old Jewish Israeli boy by the name of Daniel Viflic (may he rest in peace in heaven). For, if a Palestinian terrorist can fire a Kornet armour piercing anti-tank missile into a specially universally designated “Yellow” Israeli school bus murdering Israeli school children, they can fire a Kornet anti-tank armour-piercing missile into a stationary un-armored Iron Dome missile battery which needs to be placed on a reasonably high “unobstructed” prominent location to be militarily “effective” in knocking down incoming Palestinian Katyusha Rockets. This is a perfect target for a Kornet.
The Arab countries and Iran aren’t going to scrap their scud missiles in any Israeli-Palestinian “Peace” deal. So, by ceding the West Bank to a Palestinian State, Israel hasn’t reduced the long-target stud threat. Israel has only added an extra Kassam/Katyusha rocket attack to the extent long-range scud threat, which upon firing the Katyusha will actually provoke an actual annihilating multi-directional scud attack against Israel.
Kornet E is a third-generation anti-armour missile system.
Kornet E – YouTube Video
Remains of school bus showing anti-tank hollow charge impact (Photo: Edi Israel)
“Two wounded in anti-tank missile attack on school bus” - April 7, 2011
The victim being treated by paramedics
Apr 17, 2011 - Daniel Viflic, 16, of Bet Shemesh, died of mortal wounds suffered on April 7 when an anti-tank missile was fired at a school bus in the Negev near Kibbutz Sa'ad. http://www.mfa.gov.il/MFA/Terrorism-+Obstacle+to+Peace/Memorial/2011/Victims/Daniel_Viflic.htm
Hundreds attend Daniel's funeral (Photo: Noam Moskowitz)
“Teen hit by anti-tank missile dies of wounds” - 4.17.11
23. What are the IDF’s latest “anti-Kornet” anti-tank missile defense systems?
Is the IDF going to build trees along the Green Line? Trees are only going to block Israel’s ability to collect intelligence against Hamas in Gaza and later in the West Bank.
‘Anti-Missile Trees Are Latest IDF ‘Weapon’
“The recent use of anti-tank fire was unusual. It’s something we considered a threat, however, the attack on the school bus crossed every line,” explains Commander of Territorial Defense in the Gaza Division, Lt. Col. Ilan Dayan, to IDF Website, about the anti-tank Kornet missile shot at a school bus last week. As a result of the attack, 16-year-old Daniel Wilpich was severely injured.”
IDF adapts to anti-tank missile threat from Gaza
B. “Hidden Highways
Israel ‘Solves’ Missile Attacks by Building ‘Hidden Highway’
Is Israel going to “hide” Jerusalem and Tel Aviv?
23. Won’t the Palestinians population growth overwhelm Israel if Israel doesn’t cede the West Bank in a “Peace” deal?
One cannot disconnect the likelihood (which is a virtual absolute certainty) of a necessary Israeli reinvasion of the Palestinian West Bank State from a Katyusha attack from the Palestinian population growth “demographic” analysis. Gaza’s Palestinian population hasn’t magically “disappeared” because Israel retreated from the Gaza Strip, the Gaza Palestinian population has only metastasized and become infinitely more lethal and populated by the mass influx of hardened terrorists in the wake of Israel’s withdrawal. Any Israeli retreat from the West Bank will result in a massive influx of hardened Iranian and Hezbollah terrorists into the West Bank so any Israeli “reinvasion” will have to contend with not only the “base” population but also the extra post-Israeli-retreat population of new West Bank terrorists. If the current Israeli “occupation” is impossible, a future “post-Katyusha attack” Israeli occupation will be impossible to the googol order of magnitude. That is even assuming a reinvasion is possible, given that the second Israel “mobilizes” every Arab and Muslim country will have a perfect legal reason to unleash a New Holocaust producing chemical scud missiles barrages into Israel’s coastal plain dense population areas.
Additionally, there are 4.6 million Palestinian refugees who will move into the West Bank when a Palestinian West Bank is established. Therefore, when Israel reinvades the West Bank after a Katyusha rocket attack, Israel will have an additional 4.6 million Palestinian that it will have to deal with above the baseline Palestinian population that Israel has to deal with today.
Obstacles to Arab-Israeli peace: Palestinian refugees http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-11104284
Obstacles to Arab-Israeli peace: Jerusalem
24. What’s the “solution.”
There is no easy answer but if the Jews are divided and don’t understand the looming catastrophic dangers to Israel, Israel and 6 million new Jews will be annihilated.
West Bank Palestinians under Israeli control now have more “democracy,” self-determination, and equal protection, and a normal life under the rule of law than any other Arab country in the world. Is it perfect? No. But will the West Bank Palestinians have more civil rights and rule of law than the Gaza Palestinians living under Hamas/Iranian “rule of law”? or in any other Arab or Muslim country including Turkey. Turkey is now an Islamic dictatorship. Just look at the Turkish general who just resigned.
25. Who cares? Isn’t Israel is an “apartheid” state and the “cause of instability” in the Middle East and the reason for high gas prices?
In the wake of Israel’s destruction there would be an independent Palestine, there would 6 million dead and massacred Jews, and an Iranian-occupied “Israel.” There isn’t an independent Lebanon, there is an Iranian-occupied Lebanon. A defeated Israel would be occupied exactly as Lebanon is occupied by Iran, if not worse. The Iranian Hamas and Hezbollah would decimate, and occupy every vestige of Jewish life and existence inside of 2 days.
Israel is the shining beacon of freedom, the rights of man, equality, rule of law, and sole rock of Western stability in the Middle East. If Israel were to be destroyed, the price of oil would rocket to $500 a barrel, gasoline to $30 a gallon and the Middle East would be taken over by an Iranian/Muslim Brotherhood caliphate. Such an Islamic entity would have a lock over the Suez Canal and a death grip over the Saudi Peninsula where 65% of the world’s oil would be under the control of the caliphate. The Levantine/Persian caliphate wouldn’t control OPEC, they would be OPEC. All the Caliphate’s petro-dollars would go to funding Islamic military arsenals and bankrupt the West.
(www.MarkLangfan.com, See “Articles” Iran: The 4th Reichastan)