Month: February 2016

Moral and Political Degradation of America

http://renegadetribune.com/moral-and-political-degradation-of-america/

 

Dr. William Luther Pierce doing what he does best on a classic broadcast with a great video presentation about how we have allowed jewish minds to turn us inside out and upside down.

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The Cherrie On Top Of Life….

For my personal narrative today, I have decided to go in a different direction and conduct an interview I scheduled yesterday afternoon with a young woman named Sharea L. Quarles.  She is the first person that I have ever interviewed for this website and her organization inspires others to try and change the world for a better future by focusing on helping the youth.  Her organization is called Cherrie On Top and I consider myself very fortunate to have met her this year at our place of employment.  Enjoy the interview!

 

BEGINNING OF INTERVIEW

HHG: Please tell us some facts about yourself

SQ: My name is Sharea Quarles and I grew up in Northwest Houston, born in September 1986.  I love working with inner city and at risk youth and I own a BA in Science and Human Performance at Texas Southern University with a Masters in Public Administration.  I have been the CEO of Cherrie on Top since the organization was founded about five year ago.

 

HHG: What inspired you to start this organization?

SQ: I was a director at the YMCA office at habitat for humanity and the woman and the children at that location wanted me to buy the place when it went out of business.  Sadly I couldn’t afford to do so, but the children gave me the idea for “Cherrie On Top” because one of my nicknames is Sherrie and the color red due to the red roof on the building.  I want to teach youth the life skills that they were supposed to learn while they were in elementary.  I also wish to eliminate much of the injustices I see in the economy and the large divide in wealth all over the world.  I am also curious of world affairs when I went to Ghana to learn about my own background and the African culture, of which I belong to.

 

HHG: What is the core message and goals of your organization?

SQ: I want to help inner city youth to be able to improve their life skills, skills like anger management, job placement, resume building, writing resumes, how to cook, how to care for their families, and making better choices.  My other goal for the organization is to gather enough funds to buy a bus and later buy more buses so that we can travel to different parts of the city to public events and serve our communities.  My final goal is to have a home headquarters and to make this organization a global force to help with all injustices facing the world like income inequality, human, poor home lives, and many other wrongs.

 

HHG: How does your organization function without a primary headquarters?

SQ: We use locations in libraries, the Lone Star college libraries, and businesses since this is a great way to network with other potential clients and those interested in what we do to serve the community.  We receive funding thanks to an 80-20 ratio of individual funding to corporate grants and funds.  Eventually I wish to make that ratio a 50/50 proposition so that the organization is able to sustain growth for the future.

 

HHG: What programs do you offer to the community?

SQ: I wish to offer a bus service with a couch and computers and technology where the youth can meet with mentors, do their homework, offer musical relaxation, and where they can learn about proper social skills.  Eventually I plan to have the bus rented out for corporate events to add more revenue to our portfolio.

 

HHG: What are your current views as it relates to the current state of affairs in America?

SQ: I believe the Reagan Era did a lot of damage to trying to eliminate poverty in America because when he initiated his budget cuts to the federal assistance programs, it really hurt a lot of minorities and their families.  This along with the war on drugs that has placed hardcore narcotics and hard drugs into black neighborhoods that have helped to destroy the Black family because our men turn to selling these drugs for income as jobs have become very scarce for African Americans since the Reagan Era.  Minorities were thriving before the late 1980s prior to the arrival of hardcore drugs like cocaine and heroin.  The only way that I believe that  we can change this negative culture is to positively impact the community and raise a community of selfless leaders to take a stand for our people.  We must also invest in our population by cutting away military spending and eliminating tax loopholes for corporations so that we can bridge the wealth divide for so many Americans.

 

HHG: What is the structure of your organization?

SQ: My organization is made up of three board members and a “Dream Team” that consists of six more members.  The Dream Team helps to run the organization section of voluneers, social media, networking, marketing, and human resources.  The ability to network has helped our company thanks to my active life on different social media websites.  I understand that our organization must leverage the advantage that technology gives us the ability to interact with the world and open doors to different people that we wouldn’t have been able to reach decades ago.

 

HHG:  Where do you see this organization headed in the next 10 to 15 years?

SQ: This organization will have a global reach to help those in poverty in Africa; the business model will be web based in order to reach many different parts of the world.

 

END OF INTERVIEW

 

If you are interested in learning more about Sharea Quarles and her organization, Cherrie On Top, check the following links to her public Facebook pages:

https://www.facebook.com/sharea.quarles?fref=ts

https://www.facebook.com/CherrieOnTopYouth/

 

Sharea also has a Go Fund Me link where she takes donations to help her help the African American community here in North Houston and in many parts of the city.  Here is the link:

https://www.gofundme.com/cherrieontopbus

 

And of course, here is her website for the organization:

http://www.becherrie.org/

 

 

Scientists find Zika increases risk of rare neurological illness

French scientists say they have proved a link between the Zika virus and a nerve syndrome called Guillain-Barre, suggesting countries hit by the Zika epidemic will see a rise in cases of the serious neurological condition.

Guillain-Barre (GBS) is a rare syndrome in which the body’s immune system attacks part of the nervous system. It usually occurs a few days after exposure to a virus, bacteria or parasite.

In a retrospective study analyzing data from a Zika outbreak in French Polynesia during 2013 and 2014, researchers led by Arnaud Fontanet of France’s Institut Pasteur calculated the estimated risk of developing Guillain-Barre Syndrome (GBS) at 2.4 for every 10,000 people infected by Zika.

“This work is significant because it allows for the confirmation of the role of Zika virus infection in the occurrences of the severe neurological complications that constitute Guillain-Barré Syndrome,” said Fontanet, Pasteur’s head of the emerging diseases epidemiology.

“The regions which are affected by the Zika virus epidemic are likely to see a significant increase in the number of patients with serious neurological complications, and when possible, should increase the capacity of health-care facilities to receive patients needing intensive care.”

The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared an outbreak of the mosquito-borne Zika virus spreading from Brazil an international health emergency.

This declaration was largely based on evidence linking Zika to a birth defect known as microcephaly, marked by a small head and underdeveloped brain, but the WHO is also concerned about rising reports of cases of GBS in countries hit by Zika.

It is not yet clear whether the Zika virus actually causes microcephaly in babies, but experts say the evidence of a link is growing.

Fontanet’s team analyzed data from 42 patients who developed GBS at the time of the French Polynesian epidemic and found that every one had evidence of a previous infection with Zika.

Tests also showed 93 percent of them had been infected with Zika recently – within three months prior to developing GBS.

Jeremy Farrar, an infectious disease specialist and director of the Wellcome Trust global health charity, said the study, published in The Lancet medical journal, “provides the most compelling evidence to date of a causative link” between Zika and GBS.

“The increase in reported cases of Guillain-Barré in Brazil and other South American countries seems to suggest that a similar situation may be occurring in the current outbreak, although the link here is yet to be proven definitively,” he said in an emailed statement.

According to WHO, even with the best healthcare services available, some 3 to 5 percent of GBS patients die from complications, including blood infection, lung clots, cardiac arrest and paralysis of the muscles that control breathing.

Argentina’s Debt Settlement Ends 15-Year Battle

The announcement of a $4.65 billion agreement between the Argentine government and four “holdout” hedge funds promises to end a 15-year battle that started when the government defaulted on $100 billion in debt in 2001.

The hedge funds refused to accept a steep discount in two restructurings over the years, while others took 30 cents on the dollar. The agreement announced on Monday gives the four holdouts — Paul Singer’s NML Capital, Mark Brodsky’s Aurelius Capital Management, Davidson Kempner Capital Management and Bracebridge Capital — 75 percent of their claims. Two other hedge funds struck an earlier agreement for 75 percent of their claims. The deal is subject to approval by Argentina’s Congress.

Here’s a look at some crucial moments of the fight over the years.

Oct. 11, 2012 Mr. Singer’s NML Capital persuaded the government of Ghana to freeze the Argentine Navy’s training ship, the Libertad, in port until Argentina put up millions of dollars. Months later, a United Nations tribunal ordered Ghana to release the ship, and it was allowed to sail home.

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Graffiti in Buenos Aires depicting an American judge and “vulture” investors behind bars.CreditJuan Mabromata/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images 

June 15, 2014 The United States Supreme Court refused to hear the Argentine government’s appeal on court orders to pay back the debt to the American hedge funds. It also voted 7-1 that bondholders could force Argentina to reveal where it owned property around the world.

June 15, 2014 Argentina’s president, Cristina Fernández de Kirchner, said she would refuse to pay back $1.5 billion to the “vulture” hedge funds despite a court order. She called it extortion and said paying it could set off $15 billion in cash payments to other bondholders, which would be half Argentina’s central bank’s foreign reserves.

Sept. 29, 2014 Judge Thomas P. Griesa of the Federal District Court in Manhattan ruled that Argentina was in contempt of court, saying it would face repercussions for going against his orders on payments to bondholders.

2014 Graffiti around Argentina’s capital, Buenos Aires, called the hedge funds “vultures” and popularized slogans such as “Homeland or vultures” and “Sovereignty or vulture swindle.” Judge Griesa’s caricature appeared in graffiti depicting vultures behind prison bars.

Nov. 22, 2015 Argentina elected Mauricio Macri as its new president, promising free-market policies in contrast to President Fernandez’s refusal to negotiate with the hedge funds. He has moved quickly to settle with bondholders, including a $1.3 billion deal with Italian investors.

Feb. 19, 2016 Judge Griesa lifted an injunction that barred Argentina from raising new money in bond markets or paying its creditors. The ruling depends on two things: Argentina has to repeal a law that prevents it from paying the holdout hedge funds, and it has to make full payments to bondholders who settle by Monday.

Syrian opposition says government wrecking truce deal

A senior official from Syria’s main opposition group said on Monday that a fragile international attempt to halt nearly five years of fighting was in danger of total collapse because of attacks by government forces.

The cessation of hostilities drawn up by Washington and Moscow faced “complete nullification” because Syrian government attacks were violating the agreement, the official of the Saudi-backed opposition High Negotiations Committee (HNC) said.

France said there were reports of attacks on opposition forces in breach of the deal, which came into force on Saturday, and countries backing the Syrian peace process met to try to clarify the situation.

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said the pause in the fighting was largely holding, despite some incidents that he hoped would be contained. The Kremlin said the process was under way, although it had always been clear it would not be easy.

In Washington, the White House said the United States remained committed to implementing the cessation of hostilities despite reports of violations over the weekend.

The cessation deal does not include jihadist groups such as Islamic State and the al Qaeda-linked Nusra Front, however, and Russia, which is backing the Syrian government with air power, has made clear it intends to keep bombing these groups.

An aide to Saudi Arabia’s defense minister said on Monday, meanwhile, that defense ministers from the U.S.-led coalition against Islamic State had discussed the possibility of a Syrian ground incursion two weeks ago in Brussels.

“It was discussed at the political level but it wasn’t discussed as a military mission,” Saudi Brigadier General Ahmed Asseri told Reuters. “Once this is organized, and decided how many troops and how they will go and where they will go, we will participate in that.”

The cessation of hostilities agreement, the first of its kind since the Syrian civil war began in 2011, is a less formal arrangement than a ceasefire. It is meant to allow peace talks to resume and aid to reach besieged communities.

The British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said it was largely holding with casualties greatly reduced compared with before the agreement took effect.

Syrian forces made some gains, however. The Observatory reported they had taken territory near Damascus on Monday after a battle with the Nusra Front and other Islamist rebels.

Syrian government forces also regained control of a road to the northern city of Aleppo after making advances against Islamic State fighters.

Aid trucks carrying non-food items such as blankets on Monday entered Mouadamiya, a suburb of Damascus under siege by government forces, the Syrian Arab Red Crescent said.

The United Nations and other agencies hope to deliver aid to more than 150,000 people in besieged areas over the next five days.

GLOOMY ASSESSMENT

Asaad al-Zoubi, head of the HNC’s delegation to the peace talks, gave a gloomy assessment of the truce. “We are not facing a violation of the truce … we are facing a complete nullification,” he said on Al Arabiya al Hadath TV.

“I believe the international community has totally failed in all its experiments, and must take real, practical measures toward the (Syrian) regime,” Zoubi said, without elaborating.

He said there were no signs of any preparations for peace talks, which the U.N. wants to reconvene on March 7.

Talks in Geneva in early February collapsed before they started, with rebels saying they could not negotiate while they were being bombed.

HNC spokesman Salim al-Muslat said the truce was a step in the right direction, but a mechanism was needed to stop such violations and encourage negotiations.

“There has to be a power that really stops what Russia and what the regime is doing,” Muslat said in a television interview with Reuters in Riyadh. “Today there [were] about 10 Russian air strikes, about 16 air strikes done by the regime.”

Syrian officials could not immediately be reached for comment on claims that government forces were violating the cessation. The government has said it is abiding by the agreement.

However, a Syrian foreign ministry official accused Saudi Arabia of trying to undermine the cessation of hostilities agreement by saying there would be a “Plan B” if it failed. He did not give details of the plan, which is believed to include military action.

Russia on Monday also rejected any suggestion of a Plan B, which has been alluded to by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry.

Countries belonging to the “International Syria Support Group” (ISSG), led by the United States and Russia, met in Geneva on Monday.

They are supposed to monitor compliance with the deal and act rapidly to end any flare-ups.

“We have received indications that attacks, including by air, have been continuing against zones controlled by the moderate opposition,” French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault said in Geneva. “All this needs to be verified.”

AIR STRIKES ARE HEAVY

The HNC said the cessation of hostilities was broken by the Syrian government 15 times on the first day, and that there were further violations by Russia and Hezbollah, both allies of President Bashar al-Assad.

On the ground, rebels said the violence was below pre-ceasefire levels in some places and little changed in others.

Colonel Fares al-Bayoush, head of a Free Syrian Army group called the Northern Division, told Reuters: “The air strikes are heavy today, especially by Russian planes.”

Abu al-Baraa al-Hamawi, a fighter with the Ajnad al-Sham group in northwestern Syria, said the government had shelled a number of villages. “It is regular bombardment, no change. The regime after the truce is as it was before.”

A fighter in the Aleppo area said the overall level of violence had gone down, but there were many violations and people were pessimistic.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which monitors the war through a network of contacts on the ground, said the number of people dying each day had gone down substantially since the cessation started.

“Yesterday, around 20 people died, both fighters and civilians. Before, there was an average of maybe around 180 people a day. It’s a big reduction in terms of human losses,” Observatory director Rami Abdulrahman said.

Moscow Nanny Accused of Beheading Toddler, Lighting Home on Fire

A Moscow nanny has been arrested after waving the dismembered head of a toddler around a subway station on Monday.

The woman has been identified Gyulchehra Bobokulova, an Uzbek national believed to be in her late 30s. Bystanders said Bobokulova was clad in all black when she was seen holding a small package, yelling “Allahu Akbar” and threatening to blow herself up. Then Bobokulova pulled the head of 4-year-old girl from the package and began waving it around.

“I hate democracy! I’m a terrorist!” she yelled before being tackled by police, according to TV Rain.

 

The whole incident lasted about 15 minutes, Rain TV reports, adding that despite her threat, no explosives were recovered.

Earlier in the day, a fire had torn through the apartment of the girl’s family. When first responders arrived, they reportedly found the girl’s headless body.

Bobokulova had worked for the little girl’s family for three years, with no complaints about her from the parents. Russian newspaper Moskovsky Komsomolets reported that the mother indicated the girl had a serious developmental disability, and that the parents were preparing to take her to Germany for surgery.

Authorities have scheduled a psychiatric evaluation for the woman, to determine whether she understood the gravity of her actions. One law enforcement source suggested to the agency that the nanny might be under the influence of psychoactive drugs.

In response to the incident, Russia’s child protection ombudsman called for parents to get psychiatric evaluations for nannies before hiring them.

Russian federal migration service spokeswoman Olga Kirillova told Interfax that Bobokulova was working as a nanny illegally, without a worker’s permit, though she had registered with a migration office and was in the country legally.

Sources told Interfax that they are looking into whether Monday’s events might have been precipitated by Bobokulova’s trip home to Uzbekistan around Jan. 1. Russian special forces are collaborating with their Uzbek counterparts to piece together details of her travels, the agency reports.

Meanwhile, Moscow’s head Imam issued a statement asking people not to link the brutal murder with Islam. “We’re talking about an absolutely inadequate person, so it’s completely incorrect to associate these actions with Muslims and Islam just based on her dress or some kind of slogans,” Ildar Alyatdinov said.

At least 12 percent of Russia’s population is Muslim and Uzbek immigrants make up a large percentage of migrant labor in the country.

Dutch find 30 war crimes suspects among refugee wave

Dutch officials have identified 30 war crimes suspects, including 10 Syrians, among tens of thousands of asylum seekers who arrived in the country last year, the justice ministry said Monday.

Immigration authorities found the 30 after investigating 170 people, Deputy Justice Minister Klaas Dijkhoff told parliament in a letter following questions from MPs.

Ten of the suspects were from Syria, while the others are from Eritrea, Nigeria, Sudan and Georgia, he said.

Under the Geneva Convention, refugees can be refused asylum “when serious grounds exist to believe that they are guilty of war crimes, crimes against humanity, or other non-political serious crimes,” Dijkhoff said.

But 20 of them could not be sent back because of ongoing wars or fears of inhumane treatment.

A similar Dutch investigation in 2014 identified 50 war crimes suspects, even though the number of refugees reaching the country was much lower.

The Netherlands took in 58,800 migrants last year, almost double the number which arrived in 2014 as Europe grapples with its worse refugee crisis since World War II.

The issue is polarizing Dutch society and boosting the popularity of the far-right populist MP Geert Wilders and his Freedom Party.

Several anti-immigrant demonstrations have turned violent, with refugee centers attacked and damaged.

Netanyahu to visit Africa, first Israeli PM to do so in 50 years

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday announced his intention to travel to Africa this summer, in what would mark the first visit by an Israeli leader to the continent in 50 years.

“I received an invitation from the president of Kenya to visit Africa and I intend to do so around the 40th anniversary of the raid on Entebbe. It was a dramatic national event with great personal consequence for me,” he said at the launch of a new Knesset caucus to promote Israel-Africa ties.

Operation Entebbe was a daring operation to liberate Israeli hostages in Uganda on July 4, 1976. Netanyahu’s brother Yonatan, who led the Israeli commandos, was killed in action.

Netanyahu met with Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta in Jerusalem last Tuesday. The two leaders signed a joint statement focusing on water and agricultural issues, promoting cooperation and establishing a joint bilateral committee.

Yoni Netanyahu, in a photograph taken shortly before his death at Entebbe in 1976 (Wikipedia)

“Israel is coming back to Africa. Africa is coming back to Israel. It’s happening in a big way,” the prime minister said Monday in the presence of Israeli lawmakers and several ambassadors from African countries. “It’s happening now because it’s so clear that it’s good for Africa and good for Israel.”

Aside from Kenya, Netanyahu is also expected to visit Uganda on the trip.

“I look forward to my visit in Africa. If I could, I’d like to visit every one of your countries,” he told the foreign envoys.

Islamic terrorism is the world’s greatest challenge, and it threatens the entire African continent, Netanyahu said. Its nexus is in the Middle East but it is rapidly spreading, he said, adding, “It can be stopped if nations threatened by it make common cause.” Israel is willing to help Africa defeat Islamic terrorism, he vowed.

 Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu attends a conference on Israeli-African relations, organized by Likud parliament member Avraham Negusie (in cap), at the Knesset on February 29, 2016. (Miriam Alster/FLASH90)

The Jewish state is furthermore ready to assist Africa in the areas of health, science, agriculture, tourism, science and cyber technology, Netanyahu said. Any country can be brought to its knees without cyber-security, but Israel is now a “world power in cyber-security,” he added.

Also speaking Monday at the launch of a new Israel-Africa caucus, Knesset speaker Yuli Edelstein mentioned that ties with the continent have been an Israeli priority since the 1960s.

“Over the years there were better and worse periods. What we see in the last several years is a revival and renewal of our relations,” he said. “We have a lot to offer and a lot to learn.”

Likud MK Avraham Neguise, chairman of the Committee for Immigration, Absorption and Diaspora Affairs. (Government Press Office)

The Ethiopian-born MK Avraham Neguise, who chairs the new caucus, quoted Zionist visionary Theodor Herzl as saying that once he witnessed the Jewish people’s redemption he would like to see the same for Africans.

“The Jewish people and the people of Africa have a sense of sharing a common destiny. Both have suffered from discrimination and foreign rule. In this way both nations are united by a common historical struggle against colonization. This struggle can bring us together,” he said.

At Sharon memorial, Netanyahu laments Gaza pullout

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday raised his grievances over Israel’s 2005 exit from the Gaza Strip at a Knesset memorial service to mark two years since the passing of Ariel Sharon.

In 2005, Sharon was prime minister and the mastermind behind the unilateral evacuation of Jewish settlements in the coastal enclave and handing the area over to Palestinian rule.

At the ceremony, which was attended by President Reuven Rivlin and Sharon’s sons Amir and Gilad, Netanyahu recalled the late prime minister’s lasting contributions to the development of the Israel Defense Forces and the settlement movement as well as his influence on Israeli politics, but criticized the Gaza pullout as failing to bring peace.

“To my regret, transferring responsibility for rule to the Palestinians not only didn’t set us on the path to peace, it increased the arming of terror groups,” Netanyahu said.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu seen in the Knesset during a special plenum session in memory of late Israeli prime minister Ariel Sharon, on February 29, 2016. (Miriam Alster/FLASH90)

However, the leader of the opposition, Zionist Union chairman Isaac Herzog, championed Sharon’s boldness in pushing ahead with the Gaza disengagement.

“During his last term, Sharon identified and saw the demographic threat, Herzog said. “[He] identified it, spoke out, and took action. He saw the one and half million Palestinians in Gaza increasing in number, and decided to separate from them. So that they wouldn’t be part of Israel; to preserve Israel as a Jewish state.

“I hear all those who want to annex Judah and Samaria, with the Palestinians, to Israel,” Herzog continued, using the Hebrew names for the West Bank areas. “They continue to attack Ariel Sharon over the separation from Gaza. But, it is interesting, I don’t hear even one of them say that we should return to Gaza.”

A Jewish settler argues with a female soldier during the disengagement from the Gaza Strip on August 17, 2005. (photo credit: Yossi Zamir/ Flash90)

One of Israel’s greatest and most divisive figures, Sharon rose through the ranks of the Israel Defense Forces, moving into politics and overcoming scandal and controversy to become a highly popular prime minister at the time of his devastating stroke in 2006. Sharon died in January 2014 after being hospitalized in a vegetative state for eight years.

A prominent hard-line voice over the decades, he was elected prime minister in 2001.

In mid-2005, he directed a unilateral withdrawal of Israeli troops and settlers from the Gaza Strip, ending a 38-year military control of the territory. It was a shocking turnaround for a man who had been a leading player in building Jewish settlements in the West Bank and Gaza Strip.

Netanyahu resigned from Sharon’s cabinet in protest of the Gaza withdrawal.

Sharon bolted the Likud soon after and established the centrist Kadima party, where he was joined by Ehud Olmert and Tzipi Livni. He appeared on his way to an easy reelection when he suffered a severe stroke in January 2006. His deputy, Olmert, took over and was elected prime minister a few months later.

Late former prime minister Ariel Sharon. (photo credit: Flash90)

Sharon had a first, small stroke in December 2005 and was put on blood thinners before experiencing a severe brain hemorrhage on January 4, 2006. After spending months in the Jerusalem hospital where he was initially treated, Sharon was transferred to the long-term care facility at Sheba Medical Center in Tel Hashomer Hospital.

Doctors said that Sharon suffered renal failure, which led to multiple organ failure and death. He was 85 years old.

Senior minister: Israel ignores imminent PA collapse at its own peril

A senior minister who serves in Israel’s security cabinet warned Monday that the Palestinian Authority is on the brink of collapse, and that ignoring the situation will lead to “anarchy.”

“The current terror wave is a sneak preview for the collapse of the Palestinian Authority,” Immigrant Absorption Minister Zeev Elkin, who is considered close to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, said during an address at Bar-Ilan University.

“The collapse of the PA is not a question of ‘if’ but of ‘when.’ For this reason, we must prepare militarily and stop the futile discussions over whether or not it will be good for the State of Israel. The PA will collapse whether we like it or not, and the State of Israel needs to understand that the train has left the station,” Elkin said.

Yet despite the signs that the PA’s collapse looms, he continued, “we haven’t sufficiently internalized” the significance of these developments. Said Elkin, a former chairman of the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee and a one-time deputy foreign minister: “We are not properly preparing ourselves.”

Israel’s defense establishment, including the military and the Shin Bet domestic security service, has maintained that such a scenario would be disastrous and that close security ties with the PA security apparatus are an important reason for Israel to avert its collapse. But several ministers, including Elkin, have reportedly argued that Israel may stand to benefit from the collapse of the PA and should not try to keep it afloat.

“The ones who will have to pay the price for anarchy in the PA are Israeli citizens, particularly the settlements, and we must therefore prepare for even worse attacks,” said Elkin, who resides in a West Bank settlement, referring to the ongoing wave of Palestinian terrorism and violence that has killed 29 Israelis and three non-Israelis since October. Over 170 Palestinians have also been killed, some two-thirds of them while attacking Israelis, and the rest during clashes with troops, according to the Israeli army.

“We were wrong when we brought the PLO leaders out of Tunis, we were wrong when we thought that they would deal with terror and incitement, and we were wrong when we allowed them to run their education system, media and addresses in mosques without supervision,” Elkin said. “All of these led to the building of a generation filled with a burning hatred toward us and causes a 13-year-old girl to leave her school and stab Jews to death.”

He said the imminent collapse of the PA was a due to the lack of a successor to President Mahmoud Abbas, an unwillingness to hold elections for the presidency, and a surplus of legal and illegal weapons in the PA’s territory.

Speaking in January, Abbas dismissed talk of the approaching collapse of the PA, the ruling body he heads that was set up by predecessor Yasser Arafat in the 1990s. “No one should dream” of such a scenario, he said, amid reports in Israel that the government has been discussing just such a possibility. He stressed that only a Palestinian state would replace the PA.

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas (L) attends a Christmas Midnight Mass at the Church of the Nativity in the West Bank town of Bethlehem on December 25, 2015. (AFP PHOTO/ Fadi Arouri/ POOL / AFP / POOL / FADI AROURI)

“There is no scenario of what will happen after the PA… because the PA will stay and any replacement must be a state,” Abbas said. The PA is “one of the Palestinians’ achievements. They won’t give up on it, and no one should dream of its collapse.”

In December, US Secretary of State John Kerry warned against moves to weaken the PA, describing the situation as teetering on the brink of disaster.

“Some officials in Israel have reportedly argued that it may not be in Israel’s interest to have a Palestinian Authority,” Kerry said at the Brookings Institution’s annual Saban Forum. The secretary said he knew that Netanyahu had acknowledged the importance of having the Palestinian leadership remain intact, but noted that “circumstances force us to consider [the collapse of the Palestinian Authority] seriously, because there are valid questions as to how long the PA will survive if the current situation continues, mark my words.”

At the same time, Kerry slammed suggestions made by Palestinian leaders that the PA could be dissolved and that Palestinians could end security cooperation with Jerusalem.

“Many of those arguing for the dissolution of the PA simply don’t believe in two states,” Kerry said. “Many current Israeli ministers have been clear that they oppose the vision of a Palestinian state, not just now – but ever.”

Elkin said Tuesday that international efforts to prevent the PA’s collapse would end up damaging Israel.

“The international community must also stop trying to strengthen the Palestinian Authority,” he said. “It is just an attempt at an artificial resuscitation that will blow up in our faces.”