This Week In Israel - Jun 2, 2009
 A conservative Commentary on events in israel
But I Heard it on CNN!

Hello Everybody,

As it happens we are still in the travel mode, but want to provide you some interesting news and commentary. I hope you enjoyed last week’s piece on how the Palestinian Authority operates it’s scams.

I had an interesting experience this week. I was approached by an American woman who had seen the Abbas – Obama CNN report.

“What do you think about what happened today?” she asked. I was nonplussed. Usually I’m pretty good at keeping up.

Duh. What happened?

“It was on CNN!” she said. That bit of information was a tip off.

“Palestinian President Abbas was with President Obama. He said that he can’t talk peace until Israel is all out of the West Bank!”


6/1/2009 - Palestiian Prophecy? Settlements? What Settlements? Moore Musings

At first I thought maybe she knew me and was jerking my chain. Then I realized she was totally serious.

“Okay, let me help you. First of all, you were watching CNN. Bad move. They cannot get an Israel story straight. They are so anti-Israel it is almost funny. Almost.

“Second, Obama is naïve about the Middle East. He thinks since he’s King of America that he’s also King of the World. Except the world ain’t got the message. Especially Israel.

“Third, there is not a serious peace negotiation going on right now, not because of Abbas, but because Prime Minister Netanyahu has said he will not talk about sustentative issues until the terrorists are disarmed. That’s what he means when he refers to the ‘Road Map.’

“It’s been fifteen years since Oslo and none are, unless it’s Israel killing them or arresting them and taking away their weapons.

“I am telling you now that there will not be a two state solution any time soon.”

She looked at me, rolled her eyes, and I could hear her thinking, “But I saw it on CNN!”

Why do I even bother with these people?!

ISRAEL’S COLLAPSE.

On May 7th, the PA Ambassador to Lebanon (as if failed pseudo-governments really have ambassadors!) said that "With the two-state solution, in my opinion, Israel will collapse, because if they get out of Jerusalem, what will become of all the talk about the Promised Land and the Chosen People? What will become of all the sacrifices they made - just to be told to leave? They consider Jerusalem to have a spiritual status. The Jews consider Judea and Samaria to be their historic dream. If the Jews leave those places, the Zionist idea will begin to collapse. It will regress of its own accord. Then we will move forward." (courtesy of GPO)

 

I want you to read the above paragraph again. This is an Arab “ambassador” from a place that is not even a state. They go about pretending, but it is all smoke and mirrors.

Secondly, their side is the one that wants the two-state agreement. (Maybe he’s let the cat out of the bag, regarding that.

Then he’s talking about exactly what the “greater Israel” folks are saying. They (we) agree that the land belongs to Israel exactly because God promised it to them. I hasten to add that since Solomon’s kingdom there has not been that border.

Finally the pseudo-ambassador prophecies that Zion will die if the Israelis pull out of Samaria, Judea and East Jerusalem. That is nonsense, but note the last of his statement: “Then we will move forward.”

The Arabs have always planned on eliminating all of Israel, not just part of it. Somebody call the White House!

GAZA STILL A HOT ZONE

May 25th, 2009

Warning Leaflets Dropped Throughout Gaza Strip

This morning, the IDF dropped leaflets throughout the Gaza Strip, warning the general public not to approach the security fence between Gaza and Israel at a distance of less than 300 meters. IDF forces will operate against all those who approach the fence, due to the threat that they pose to the civilians of the State of Israel.

Last Friday, two armed gunmen were identified approaching the Gaza Strip Security fence north of the Kerem Shalom Crossing in an attempt to plant explosive devices. An IDF force crossed the fence and fired at the gunmen, who also began firing. During the exchange of fire, the gunmen were killed, and on their bodies the forces uncovered an explosive device, two AK-47 rifles, hand grenades and military vests.

Later that same day, an explosive device was detonated against an IDF force near the fence in the northern Gaza Strip, in the Nahal Oz area.

Additionally, on May 18th, Palestinians detonated two explosive devices against IDF soldiers patrolling on the Israeli side of the security fence in the northern Gaza Strip. No damage or casualties were reported.

PRESIDENT PERES HAS SEEN THE LIGHT

I was present when President Peres gave a speech in a conference in Tel Aviv year before last. On the podium was a retired Jordanian General, Saeb Erekat, and a host of Oslo Accord players. It was tedious at best.

During that time, Mr. Peres talked about a host of interesting things, but especially about his dreams of peace through Oslo.

Today he is sounding like Menachem Begin. He is a tough old bird and speaking out about the fact that Israel’s granting concessions to the Arabs had brought on the rocket fire from Gaza!

It is amazing to hear such things coming from Peres!

Of course what he is saying is what some of us have been saying for decades, but it is nice to see the President now aware that the promises from the Arabs are nonsense.

 

SPEAKING OF BRIGHT PEOPLE, HERE’S KRAUTHAMMER

Obama in Bush clothing

May. 25, 2009
CHARLES KRAUTHAMMER , THE JERUSALEM POST

We were able to hold it off with George Bush. The idea that we might find ourselves fighting with the Obama administration over these powers is really stunning.

- Unnamed and dismayed human rights advocate, on legalizing indefinite detention of alleged terrorists, The New York Times, May 21

If hypocrisy is the homage that vice pays to virtue, then the flip-flops on previously denounced anti-terror measures are the homage that Barack Obama pays to George Bush. Within 125 days, Obama has adopted with only minor modifications huge swaths of the entire, allegedly lawless Bush program.

The latest flip-flop is the restoration of military tribunals. During the 2008 campaign, Obama denounced them repeatedly, calling them an "enormous failure." Obama suspended them upon his swearing in. Now they're back.

Of course, Obama will never admit in word what he's doing in deed. As in his rhetorically brilliant national-security speech on Thursday claiming to have undone Bush's moral travesties, the military commissions flip-flop is accompanied by the usual Obama three-step: (a) excoriate the Bush policy, (b) ostentatiously unveil cosmetic changes, (c) adopt the Bush policy.

Cosmetic changes such as Obama's declaration that "we will give detainees greater latitude in selecting their own counsel." Laughable.

High-toned liberal law firms are climbing over each other for the frisson of representing these miscreants in court.

What about disallowing evidence received under coercive interrogation?

Hardly new, notes former prosecutor Andrew McCarthy. Under the existing rules, military judges have that authority, and exercised it under the Bush administration to dismiss charges against al-Qaida operative Muhammad al-Qahtani on precisely those grounds.

On Guantanamo, it's Obama's fellow Democrats who have suddenly discovered the wisdom of Bush's choice. In open rebellion against Obama's pledge to shut it down, the Senate voted 90 to 6 to reject appropriating a single penny until the president explains where he intends to put the inmates. Sen. James Webb, the de facto Democratic authority on national defense, wants the closing to be put on hold. And last Tuesday, Democratic Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said no Gitmo inmates on American soil - not even in American jails.

That doesn't leave a lot of places. The home countries won't take them. Europe is recalcitrant. Saint Helena needs refurbishing. Elba didn't work out too well the first time. And Devil's Island is now a tourist destination. Gitmo is starting to look good again.

OBSERVERS OF ALL political stripes are stunned by how much of the Bush national security agenda is being adopted by this new Democratic government. Victor Davis Hanson (National Review) offers a partial list: "The Patriot Act, wiretaps, e-mail intercepts, military tribunals, Predator drone attacks, Iraq (i.e. slowing the withdrawal), Afghanistan (i.e. the surge) - and now Guantanamo." Jack Goldsmith (The New Republic) adds: rendition - turning over terrorists seized abroad to foreign countries; state secrets - claiming them in court to quash legal proceedings on rendition and other erstwhile barbarisms; and the denial of habeas corpus - to detainees in Afghanistan's Bagram prison, indistinguishable logically and morally from Guantanamo.

What does it all mean? Democratic hypocrisy and demagoguery? Sure, but in Washington, opportunism and cynicism are hardly news.

There is something much larger at play - an undeniable, irresistible national interest that, in the end, beyond the cheap politics, asserts itself. The urgencies and necessities of the actual post-9/11 world, as opposed to the fanciful world of the opposition politician, present a rather narrow range of acceptable alternatives.

Among them: reviving the tradition of military tribunals, used historically by George Washington, Andrew Jackson, Winfield Scott, Abraham Lincoln, Arthur MacArthur and Franklin Roosevelt. And inventing Guantanamo - accessible, secure, offshore and nicely symbolic (the tradition of island exile for those outside the pale of civilization is a venerable one) - a quite brilliant choice for the placement of terrorists, some of whom, the Bush administration immediately understood, would have to be detained without trial in a war that could be endless.

The genius of democracy is that the rotation of power forces the opposition to come to its senses when it takes over. When the new guys, brought to power by popular will, then adopt the policies of the old guys, a national consensus is forged and a new legitimacy established.

That's happening before our eyes. The Bush policies in the war on terror won't have to await vindication by historians. Obama is doing it day by day. His denials mean nothing. Look at his deeds.

- Washington Post Writers Group

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STEVEN EMERSON – BRIGHT LIGHT ON TERRORISM

It is true that this man is an expert, pulls no punches and will speak out regardless of the political correctness around him.

If you have kids in school, then you should watch for the kind of pap that is coming out of our State Department. It will find it’s ways into the schools unless I’m wrong.

Read on:

 

State Department's love affair with Islamists

May. 24, 2009
STEVEN EMERSON , THE JERUSALEM POST

With the United States battling Islamist extremists, making America's case to Muslims around the world has never been more of a priority for policymakers. Unfortunately, the State Department continues to take a counterproductive approach: serving as a veritable infomercial promoting Islamist organizations like the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC) and the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) while giving the back of the hand to the very anti-jihadist Muslims that Washington should be cultivating.

The latest example is a State Department booklet issued in March titled "Being Muslim in America." The 64-page booklet seeks to arm consular officers and diplomats with information they can take to Muslims around the world to rebut slanders about US "persecution" of Muslims. The booklet deluges readers with color pictures, statistical tables and individual profiles in an effort to show the world that American Muslims are a success story, noting that they have become entrepreneurs, professional athletes, entertainers, doctors, soldiers, firefighters, politicians, fashion designers and pianists.

The booklet aims "to disabuse people of wildly false myths of the United States - that 'Muslims are repressed, marginalized,' fill in the blanks," said Michael Friedman, division chief of print publications with the State Department's Bureau of International Information Programs.

The government has not produced similar booklets for any other faith, Friedman said. With limited funding available, the decision to produce a publication on American Muslims came because "the struggle against Islamic terrorism is a struggle for hearts and minds in the Muslim world."

Unfortunately, the booklet perpetuates the mythology that American Muslims are united in the belief that law enforcement and the public are willing to flout innocent Muslims' civil rights post-September 11, describing American Muslim reactions to the attacks as follows: "A new, truly American Islam is emerging, shaped by American freedoms, but also by the aftermath of the September 11, 2001 attacks - planned and executed by non-Americans - [which] raised suspicions among other Americans whose immediate responses, racial profiling among them, triggered in return a measure of Muslim-American alienation."

This is an extremely tendentious, even intellectually dishonest, description. From reading it, one would have no idea that there have been numerous convictions and guilty pleas on terrorism-related charges since September 11 that involved Muslims living in the United States. This includes terrorist plots to attack the military base at Fort Dix, New Jersey, to create a terrorist training camp in Bly, Oregon and to attack US military and Jewish targets in California.

THE BOOKLET makes no mention of the fact that organizations like CAIR and the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) were listed by the government as unindicted coconspirators in the successful Hamas-support prosecution of the Holy Land Foundation for Relief and Development (HLF). But from reading this passage in "Being Muslim in America," one would get the impression that public concern about Islamist terror has no basis in reality and is merely the result of backward Americans' "discrimination and resentment."

Zuhdi Jasser, an Arizona doctor who heads the American Islamic Forum for Democracy, likened the booklet's depiction of Muslim life in the US to Cold War-era propaganda falsely portraying communist dictatorships as "worker's paradises" in which everyone was working toward a common goal. American Muslims are divided between Islamists seeking to establish a caliphate and non-Islamists who want to live under the American Constitution on equal terms with non-Muslims, Jasser said. And similar divisions exist in the Middle East between non-Islamists and Islamists.

"In some ways, it's insulting to Muslims in the Middle East - if we need to portray Muslims as being 'normal' in America," Jasser said. "It's almost as if we have something to be sorry for in America." Jasser would prefer that the State Department not be in the business of distributing a booklet about Islam in this country. "But if it decides to get into it, it needs to talk about the ideological differences" among Muslims in the US, he said.

Non-Islamist Muslim organizations like Jasser's AIFD and Muslims Against Shari'a were ignored in "Being Muslim in America." The State Department's Friedman dismissed concerns about the pro-Islamist bias of the material. "The US government is not endorsing any of these people or organizations," he said. "Our audience is more likely to be an Indonesian schoolchild who is not likely to be Googling the names of the organizations" like CAIR, MPAC or ISNA, Friedman said.

The government's intent in publishing the booklet is to help a "young foreign service officer who is going into a room in Indonesia or Nigeria, and those kids are looking at him and saying: 'Don't they hate Muslims in America?'"

"Being Muslim in America" is "essentially a picture book intended on disabusing people of the horrible myths of what goes on here. To get into [philosophical debates about the direction of Islam] in the context of a lighter essay detracts from the particular, narrow context of this publication," he added.

 

NON-ISLAMIST MUSLIMS who have read the document strongly disagree.

Khalim Massoud, president of Muslims Against Shari'a, said the State Department booklet "absolutely" legitimates Muslim Brotherhood-type organizations and undermines non-Islamists like him. "It boggles my mind how people who are supposed to protect us [the government] are advancing our enemies' agenda," he told IPT News.

According to AIFD's Jasser, by quoting Islamists like ISNA president Ingrid Mattson, the State Department is "reinforcing continued denial from Muslims that we have any role to play in a counter-jihad within Islam." When the State Department gives a platform to members of organizations like CAIR and ISNA (while ignoring the other side), "it sets things back, telling Muslims they don't have to reform their own house," Jasser said. "You tell Muslims these [Islamists] are the people we need to deal with."

In short, the State Department continues to send foolish - even dangerous - messages to both friends and enemies of freedom in the Muslim world.

The writer is the executive director of the Investigative Project on Terrorism, a nonprofit research institute that investigates the threat of radical Islam in the United States and abroad. He is also the author of six books and one documentary, called Jihad in America.

www.investigativeproject.org

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NO FAN OF FRANK, BUT YOU MIGHT BE INTERESTED IN THIS!
Just read the piece.

 

'We must let you make your decisions'

May. 28, 2009
Judy Siegel-Itzkovich , THE JERUSALEM POST

While bombing Iran's nuclear facilities should be regarded by Israel as a "last resort" to halt the threats to wipe out the Jewish state, and would endanger the free world, US President Barack Obama "can never dictate to Israel to follow a path that would lead to harming itself," Sen. Frank Lautenberg of New Jersey told The Jerusalem Post on Wednesday.

Interviewed during a short visit, Lautenberg - a consistent backer of Israel who is also a Democratic Party supporter of Obama - said, "Israel didn't ask us permission to drop bombs twice on Syrian nuclear facilities. I didn't hear America scolding Israel for what it did then. Hypothetically, if Israel were able to get rid of Iran's nuclear bomb-making capability, I'm sure that America would not send Israel a chastising e-mail message. We have to give Israel the courtesy of [allowing it to] make its own decisions."

He added that if Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad failed in his bid for reelection on June 12, "we'll celebrate - unless there is someone worse in his place... Bombing Iranian nuclear facilities would be a desperate act for Israel. I'm certainly not promoting it. But all free countries are endangered. The battle has to be fought together. Obama is a leader, and he will do what is necessary."

The senator - one of 13 Jews (not all recognized as such according to Jewish law) in the 100-member Senate - said he disagreed with Obama's policy of linking US action against Iran with an Israeli limitation of settlement activity.

"I agree that each is a major problem deserving of attention, but one is not dependent on the other," he said.

Israel is a "humane democratic society, a bastion of decency and freedom. It is a vital asset for America. It deserves not only respect but support," said Lautenberg, who has visited Israel 80 times since 1968. "It is a necessity for the US, a drop of sanity in the middle of so much madness."

When Lautenberg, who after 24 years in office has served longer than any other New Jersey senator in history, said that at first, he had worried that he might have to face a situation in which America's position stood in blunt contradiction to the good of Israel.

"There have been occasional moments when relations were chilly, but [a confrontation between the two countries] has not been a problem," he said.

The 85-year-old senator said he was sorry that Obama's image in Israel had been negative so far and that polls had shown that only 31 percent of Israelis considered the president's views pro-Israel.

"Obama has many Jewish supporters in the US. Israelis' opinions about him are neither fair nor accurate. He has a different style than [former president George W.] Bush, who conducted a discredited presidency that was bad for world stability. A lack of world stability is not good for Israel," he said.

"Obama has come to change the status quo and not to alienate the rest of the world from the US," he continued. "To be a leader, you have to talk to other countries. We have to talk even to Iran."

Commenting on concerns in Israel that Obama would not take strong action against North Korea for its illegal nuclear testing this week, Lautenberg said that Obama "cannot shoot from the hip. With his strong standing, he will take action. Everyone - including Russia, South Korea, Japan and Taiwan - is worried about North Korea and Iran. The president has an opportunity for leadership after America lost its standing in the world over the last eight years. Obama is out to regain it."

While US government policy has consistently been for Israel to return to the pre-Six Day War lines, Lautenberg said that Israel "won't return to the '67 borders. They are insufficient to permit Israel to function. I can't predict what the map will look like. As for the old settlements, Israel captured the territories when it was attacked, and it won the war. It was entitled to build defenses to promote its security. Older settlements are a reality. But the newer settlements and outposts are counterproductive and threatening in a way that almost prevents discussions with the Palestinians."

The senator met with Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman during his visit and held meetings in Jericho and Ramallah.

"Some accommodations with the Palestinians have to be made," Lautenberg said.

But he said that due to Palestinian demographics, "I frankly think that the only solution" to their conflict with Israel is the two-state solution.

"If you look at Palestinian population growth in the territories, you can see that one day in the not-too-distant future, there will be a Palestinian majority. Israel must talk to people in the West Bank and offer them help with agriculture, education and the necessary structure for a functioning society when they get a state of their own."

A news feature on Sen. Frank Lautenberg will appear next week.

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UAV’S – IN OTHER WORDS, DRONES.

At Nellis Air Force Base US Air Force pilots are flying combat missions in Iraq. Yes you read that right.

They go into dimly let trailers with lots of computer hardware and boot up a Drone that takes off in Iraq and flies recon or sometimes combat missions like the one that happened in Yemen when some of the al Qaeda leaders involved in the USS Cole bombing were taken down.

And Israel a month ago took out a truck convoy loaded with weapons for Gaza – in the Sudan.

You will enjoy learning some of this.

One more off subject matter: A Middle Eastern nation “loaned” Israel some MIGs so the Israeli Air Force pilots could dog fight with them in practice missions. For raids where? No one is discussing it, but anyone with any sense is saying, “Iran?” Naw.

 

IAF presents: Long arm via joystick
Israel Air Force plans to increase fleet of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles used for operational missions by up to 50% in next two decades. 'We try to use drones wherever there's no need to use manned planes,' says squadron's deputy commander
Hanan Greenberg

The Israel Air Force's busiest operational tools have to be its Unmanned Aerial Vehicles. Several of them roam the skies at any given time, controlled by a command center at the Palmachim base in central Israel.

The drones handle about a third of the IAF's missions. "They fly wherever needed, even if it's a long-range flight," Major Gil, deputy commander of the IAF's UAV squadron, told Ynet.

Nicknamed the Shoval ("Trail"), the UAV can stay airborne for nearly 40 hours and reach faraway destinations at that. "It can take on any mission the Air Force wants it to," said Gil, following foreign publications suggesting drones took part in an alleged Israeli strike on an arms convoy in Sudan, in early 2009.

As the Air Force gears for the decades ahead, the UAVs stand to be dealt a bigger piece of the operational pie: "We try to use UAVs whenever and wherever there is no relative advantage to the use of a manned plane," said Gil. "I estimate that by 2030, 50% of aircrafts used will be unmanned."

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Reaching Out and Touching...

Complexities of a joystick

The operational aspect of controlling a UAV is split between two people – the one responsible for making sure it takes off and lands safely, and the one tasked with controlling its aerial maneuvers.

Moving the control panel's joysticks may look simple, but it takes precision skills and extensive experience. The little machine has become an IDF staple, says Gil, "And every commander would tell you that he would love to have UAVs to provide him with real-time images and information.

"Its flexibilities allow us to cater to a division commander in the Gaza Strip one minute, move to a spot over the West Bank the next and fly to the northern border on the third."

Shoval UAVs are routinely used to scan the various military sectors and build the IDF's "target bank." At wartime, however, they become a major operational tool, locating rocket launching pads and fire hubs.

The Palmachim squadron is currently expanding, "as the IAF is undergoing a process of enlarging its unmanned alignment. We have quite a few missions that have gone from manned to unmanned operations," said Gil.

The UAV control center gives an accurate image of the situation on the ground. In Gaza, says Gil, "you can see the urban density and the way in which the terror groups operate, so we are no longer surprised when children arrive in live-fire areas to collect rocket tripods.

"The IDF has more operational freedom in the West Bank – we can get the intelligence and carry out our mission within hours. The northern border is something we keep track of off the time, so we won't be caught off guard," he added.

The enemy, he says, is always trying to find new ways to eliminate the IDF's "eye in the sky": "They are well aware of the fact that there are UAVs hovering over them, watching, but they can't hide forever. We have patience. The aircraft are patient and they can stay up there for as long as it takes." (ynetnews.com)

 

MOORE’S MUSINGS:

WHAT IN THE WORLD ARE “OUTPOSTS” AND “SETTLEMENTS?”

You are going to be hearing a lot more about outposts and settlements in the West Bank. Here are some definitions that may help you:

West Bank – Biblical Samaria and Judea. The land otherwise known as the Promised Land before the UN and other do-gooders started taking it away from Israel for a peace that has failed to result.

Outposts: usually a literal hand full of Orthodox Jews who have built a few concrete or plywood one room huts or pulled some cheap trailers about fifteen feet long onto a hillside in the West Bank and called it a new town for Israel to take the land back.

Settlements: more advanced outposts. These are usually house trailers, or sometimes concrete block houses. The settlement is in the West Bank, usually surrounded by barbed wire, etc. More buildings, more people, and electricity provided by the Israel government.

Note: In the first days after the 1967 Six Day War victory that placed the West Bank, Gaza and the Golan Heights in Israeli hands, even the liberal politicians were enthusiastic about building settlements and promoted it to Diaspora Jews around the world. Move to Israel and build a settlement. The government provided money, material and support, including IDF protection. Even Rabin was one of these.

Ariel Sharon when he was a conservative was known as the “father of the settlement movement.” When that became politically unpopular and he needed the support of a liberal press, then he evacuated Gaza forcefully and even some locations in the West Bank.

Ehud Olmert bragged that it was all his idea after Sharon had the strokes that have put him in a vegetative state in a nursing home.

There are also West Bank “settlements” like Ariel which are multi-thousand citizen cities in the West Bank. These are never going to be removed. What will happen if the Arabs and Israel do make a land for peace agreement on the West Bank is that Israel will cede some territory that the Arabs will accept in trade for areas around Ariel and Har Nof on the south side of Jerusalem, and just across a narrow valley from Bethlehem.

Personally, I like the land that King Solomon controlled all the way to the Fertile Crescent. It is close to that which God promised Abraham. But, speaking politically, Israel will not see that until the Messiah sets boundaries on the earth.

The Arab/Saudi/Jordanian Peace Plan calls for too many noxious ideas for Israel (at least under Netanyahu) to accept. Obama notwithstanding, he will not budge on most of the points, beginning with the “right of return.”

The whole idea of peace for land is idiotic. The Arabs have already publically announced that all the land, Israel, West Bank, Gaza (and even Jordan) is their plan.

"The Palestinian people does not exist. The creation of a Palestinian state is only a means for continuing our struggle against the state of Israel for our Arab unity. In reality today there is no difference between Jordanians, Palestinians, Syrians and Lebanese. Only for political and tactical reasons do we speak today about the existence of a Palestinian people, since Arab national interests demand that we posit the existence of a distinct 'Palestinian people' to oppose Zionism.

"For tactical reasons, Jordan, which is a sovereign state with defined borders, cannot raise claims to Haifa and Jaffa. While as a Palestinian, I can undoubtedly demand Haifa, Jaffa, Beer-Sheva and Jerusalem. However, the moment we reclaim our right to all of Palestine, we will not wait even a minute to unite Palestine and Jordan." (PLO executive committee member Zahir Muhsein, March 31, 1977, interview with the Dutch newspaper Trouw.)

You can whine all you want about the need for peace. It doesn’t come because people talk. It comes when all the parties agree – and do – lay down their weapons. The Palestinians are not prepared to do that. They cannot even patrol their streets and contain crime against their own people, much less disarm the terrorists among them.

Netanyahu is not a war monger. He is only saying what everyone already knows and has heretofore been unwilling to say aloud.

Obama is so taken with image that he cannot easily deal with reality. If you doubt that look at most of his picks for government high offices. They are fatally flawed, but still get approved.

It is a time that challenges us all, in both nations, but do not lose heart. What you are witnessing is, we believe, a rehearsal to the end times scenarios.

Look up, you redemption draweth nigh! And not from Washington.

Incidentally, Prime Minister Netanyahu said this week that he will not restrict the natural growth of legitimate cities and towns established in the West Bank by Israel. He will remove the illegal outposts, but the definition of even those is Israel’s not someone else’s.

DEFENDING OBAMA

I saw on Drudge that Obi took Michelle to NYC for dinner and a show. Cost $24,000. It was an outrage.

Wait a minute!! I don’t like Obama’s positions, but fair is fair. How much money did W and those before him spend on entertainment that taxpayers picked up? Harry Truman used to bop off to Ft. Myers and Key West. Roosevelt was in the south a lot. Reagan headed out to chop wood and ride horses. And how much did Gerry play golf all over the country?

Fair is fair. If Obie wants to take his bride out, then let him. There is too much worth yelling foul about to get riled up about the stupid stuff. One of the perks (necessities) is getting some great transportation as President.

I for one don’t blame him. And he didn’t even empty the restaurant like Bill and Hill used to do when they dined out at times. And so far he hasn’t swiped the dishes off Air Force One.

You can play “smash mouth” all you want to on issues of content, but let’s stop being childish.

There, you heard me say a good word about King Obie. Write it down!

PRAYER

Please pray for our friends in Pennsylvania and Florida who have lost loved ones over the past two weeks. They do not mourn as those who have no hope, but the pain of loss is as sharp. For us all.

Also please keep my dear wife in your prayers as she begins the process of exams, etc. that accompany her two cataract surgeries. She is a tremendous servant of the Lord, and we hope she can eliminate corrective lenses for good.

And pray for me also, as I fell and broke a couple of ribs. I’m getting around fine, but the grunts of pain make me wonder about the old days when my pain threshold was higher.

FINALLY

We want to remind everyone that there are lots of folks out there who seem fine, but who are experiencing some heavy trials. They may not look like it, they may smile and look fine, but they are worried, scared, sick, threatened about the future, etc.

As a friend used to say, “Be good to everybody, because everybody is having a hard time.”

And we know that trials will work sometime better in the long haul for those who love and serve the Lord. Amen.

This is Ernie Moore

Shabbat Shalom,

Genesis 12:3 And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all the families of the earth be blessed.

Psalm 25:22 Redeem Israel, O God, out of all his troubles.

Psalm 60:12 Through God we shall do valiantly: for he it is that shall tread down our enemies.

Psalm 122:6 Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: they shall prosper that love thee.

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