This Week In Israel - Aug 5, 2009
 A conservative Commentary on events in israel

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Those of us who are old enough have heard of the school system in Communist Russia teaching the children to report their parents to the government for anything deemed disloyal.


“A leading Republican US Senator on Wednesday sharply assailed a White House request for supporters to help track "fishy" claims about President Barack Obama''s plans to overhaul US health care.

"I am not aware of any precedent for a president asking American citizens to report their fellow citizens to the White House for pure political speech that is deemed “fishy” or otherwise inimical to the White House’s political interests," John Cornyn of Texas wrote US President Barack Obama.

"As Congress debates health care reform and other critical policy matters, citizen engagement must not be chilled by fear of government monitoring the exercise of free speech rights," he wrote.

“Cornyn was responding to a message on Tuesday from Obama''s director of new media, Macon Phillips, who asked on an official White House blog for members of the public to forward questionable claims to the administration.” (


8/5/2009 - Happy 86th; A Jerusalem Waldorf; Lying and Ignoring Facts


Let us wish a happy 86th birthday to Israeli President Shimon Peres.

Those of you who are familiar with our column know I have this sort of love-hate attitude toward Peres. Let me explain.

First I absolutely believe he is one of the brightest intellectual minds on this earth. Simultaneously I think he can be a real weasel at times.

The first is based on my personal observations of Peres in person, and from a study of his illustrious career in Israeli politics. He’s served twice as Israel’s Prime Minister, neither time by winning a majority of the electorate. Read his bio for the details.

And despite orders from his reigning PM, Yitzhak Rabin, he went behind his back and began talks that eventually led to the Oslo Accords, which brought the PLO to power inside Israel.

But on numerous occasions we have, both in his Tel Aviv offices and at various conferences, listened to Mr. Peres espouse absolutely brilliant ideas that flew in the face of the established norms politically. He was and is a great proponent of the Red Sea-Dead Sea canal, has been at the forefront of Jordanian-Israeli partnerships in all kinds of areas, and is now the President of the land.

We wish him well, advise Prime Minister Netanyahu to keep his eye on the old fellow, and hope he stays in the office for years to come.

There is an article about his longevity that I think you’ll find interesting.


Pres. Shimon Peres (Ernie Moore)

President Shimon Peres (Ernie Moore)

Shimon Peres turns 86 years young today
Aug. 2, 2009
Greer Fay Cashman , THE JERUSALEM POST
President Shimon Peres will celebrate his 86th birthday on Sunday.
Prior to his assumption of the presidency, biographical data gave August 16 as his date of birth. The change occurred after he decided that from a personal standpoint, he would celebrate his birthday according to the Hebrew calendar date of Av 20, which in 1923, the year of his birth, coincided with August 2.
However, there are many people who still consider Peres to have been born on August 16, among them composer Kobi Oshrat who has set several of Peres's poems to music, and with the voluntary input of several entertainers has produced a CD which will be launched at a birthday tribute to Peres on August 16 at the Wohl Amphitheater in Tel Aviv.
Oshrat, a former cultural consul in Los Angeles, and a long time associate of the president's, has put together a 12-song album which will be accompanied by a tribute concert during which Peres will be made an honorary fellow of EMI, the Hebrew acronym for the Union of Israeli Artists. Among the performers on the CD album and/or at the concert are Matti Caspi, Izhar Cohen, Ninet Tayeb, Ofira Gluska, Arik Sinai, Miri Mesika, Arkadi Duchin, Mazi Cohen and Shlomo Gronich.
The resignation on Thursday by Fiji's president, Ratu Josefa Iloilovatu Uluivuda, who served in the post for nine years, may now allow Peres to become the world's oldest ever head of state. Ratu Josefa is 88.
Konrad Adenauer, the long serving chancellor of Germany, was 87 and three-quarters when he completed 14 years in office.
In comparison, former South African president Nelson Mandela, who celebrated his 91st birthday on July 18, was a spring chicken when he left office 10 years ago at age 81.
If Peres completes his seven-year term, he will indeed hold the record for the world's oldest ever head of state. However, the record for the world's longest serving heads of state belongs jointly to two monarchs. Thailand's King Bhumibol Adulyadej has been on the throne for 63 years and Britain's Queen Victoria was on the throne for 63. The present queen, Elizabeth II, has been on the throne for 57 years. servlet/Satellite?cid=1248277945447&pagename=JPArticle%2FShowFull


A half-block from our apartment in Jerusalem is a most interesting hollowed out site. It is the ruins and foundational beginning of a new hotel.

Our friend Gil Zohar, who is a tremendous writer, did an article on the project for the Jerusalem Post Magazine this week. It has lots of interesting history in it, and will give you some great reading.

A New Waldorf (Ernie Moore)

A New Waldorf (Ernie Moore)

Grand hotel

Jul. 30, 2009

After a decade of delays, Jerusalem's Palace Hotel project is finally getting under way - soon. At present, the combined five-star hotel and luxury condominium, to be known as The Palace Jerusalem-The Waldorf-Astoria Collection, consists of a huge excavation pit, the ornate arabesque façade of a historic building propped up by a steel scaffold, and two enormous cranes waiting for the long-delayed municipal permission to begin construction. A faded sign announces "Waldorf Astoria opening December 2010," while two smaller signs discreetly proclaim the equally unrealistic "Opening 2011."

With the Jerusalem Regional Planning and Building Committee's finally authorizing the municipality to issue a building permit for the $107-million project at the end of June, even that optimistic occupancy date seems years off.

Being built by IPC Jerusalem Ltd., owned by haredi tycoon Paul Reichmann of Toronto, and members of his family, the project comprises the historic Palace Hotel and the now demolished Mandate-era Customs House in central Jerusalem. Located at the corner of Agron and King David streets, close to the Mamilla shopping and luxury residence complex, the David Citadel Hotel and the Old City, the hotel will have 180 rooms and 40 suites, while the adjoining eight-story residential building will have 28 units - likely to be purchased by wealthy Orthodox Jews from outside Israel seeking a holiday home in close proximity to the Western Wall. Rehov Rabbi David Ben-Shimon, the narrow street between the Palace Hotel and former Customs House, will be transformed into a cobblestone pedestrian zone.

The project's Waldorf Astoria label makes it a brand of Hilton Hotels Corp., which operates two hotels in Israel - the Hilton Tel Aviv and the Hilton Eilat Queen of Sheba.

The Palace has been subject to many objections over the years. The site is listed for preservation, and the local planning committee instructed the developers to preserve the original hotel's façade and lobby in keeping with its listed status.

The Palace, which opened its doors to great fanfare in 1929, was the first European-standard hostelry in the city.

"The Palace Hotel is the best example of affluent Arab architecture on the western side of the city built during the Mandate period," says David Kroyanker, an eminent Jerusalem architect, preservationist and author of more than a dozen books on the city's buildings and neighborhoods, who drew up plans to restore the Palace 30 years ago at the request of then mayor Teddy Kollek. The project is an excellent example of finding a new use for an old structure, he says.

But renovations are often more expensive than new construction.

"I was asked by the Jerusalem municipality to prepare an outline plan for the building, including a new wing, so that the project would be economically viable in terms of the number of rooms," recalls Kroyanker. …

The Palace Hotel symbolizes the checkered history of Jerusalem since the Ottoman Turks lost the city toward the end of WWI. Following the establishment of the British Mandate over Palestine in 1922, Jews and Arabs were vying for dominance in the burgeoning colonial capital. The British, hoping to placate Arab public opinion following the bloody 1921 Jaffa riots, appointed Haj Amin al-Husseini (1893-1974) to the newly created position of Grand Mufti of the Supreme Muslim Council.

Just as Husseini restored the historic shrines on the Haram ash-Sharif (Temple Mount) to burnish Jerusalem's status in the Muslim world, so with the Palace Hotel he set out to enhance his personal prestige by creating one of the most impressive structures in 1920s Palestine.

"The Supreme Muslim Council saw in it a political goal - to show they could construct a building of high quality in a short time," says Kroyanker. "The facade consists of lovely broad arches. On the upper stories are horseshoe-shaped windows and stylized balconies. The style is neo-Mauresque, which was common in Muslim Spain, and in its stone details there is the pendant motif familiar from Mameluke architecture."

The hotel's atrium lobby and octagonal skylight provided an element of luxury that didn't exist in Jerusalem at the time, he notes, while the eclectic use of Art Deco plaster reliefs and period lighting adds to the building's unique character. Atop the four-story facade is a monumental stone dedication tablet carved in Arabic calligraphy citing the Koranic verse: "Constructed and built just as they [our fathers] did and built." The reference is to the Dome of the Rock and al-Aksa Mosque. …

Life in 1920s Palestine was not as segregated as it is in Israel today. Employing Turkish architect Nahas Bey, Arab contractor Sami Awad with Jewish partners Baruch Katinka and Tuvia Donya, and a team of stonemasons from Egypt, Husseini completed his palatial inn in 11 months - remarkable to those familiar with contemporary Israel's belabored construction sector.

During excavation for the foundations, Arab workers uncovered Muslim graves. In his memoirs, Katinka wrote that upon the discovery of the human remains, he rushed to Haj Amin's mansion in Sheikh Jarrah. The mufti, afraid that his political rival Jerusalem mayor Rajib an-Nashashibi would issue a cease work order, told Katinka to quietly rebury the bones elsewhere. The secret got out, however.

Shari'a law permits the transfer of graves in special cases with the approval of a qadi (Muslim judge). Husseini, acting as head of the Supreme Muslim Council, authorized the disinterment. But rival factions disagreed and filed a suit against Husseini at the Muslim court, arguing that he had desecrated ancient graves.

The mufti's fatwa has reverberated for decades. In 1963 a protest arose among Arab Israelis after Tawfiq Asliya, the qadi of Jaffa, permitted the removal of graves from Tel Aviv's Abad an-Nabi cemetery on the seaside promontory where the Hilton Hotel was subsequently erected. Israel supported the sheikh, ironically citing the mufti's precedent.

A further echo is the current controversy over the proposed Museum of Tolerance in downtown Jerusalem to be built atop the deconsecrated Mamilla Cemetery - and across from the once and future Palace.

Opening in 1929 at a cost of £70,000, the Palace Hotel boasted unheard-of luxuries such as central heating in 145 rooms, 45 of them with baths, elevators and telephone service. Alcohol was served. Run by a Jewish hotelier named George Barsky, the hotel reached its zenith in 1931. That year the mufti convened a pan-Islamic conference there, attracting delegates from as far as India, whose subjects were also chafing under rule of the Raj and the Union Jack. The same year, the even more lavish King David Hotel opened its doors, quickly eclipsing the Palace. Four years later, Husseini's hotel closed.

Expropriated by the Mandate government, the Palace was turned into offices. After 1948, the nascent State of Israel "temporarily" housed the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Labor there. The ministry finally relocated to the Givat Ram government district in 2004.

Kroyanker's 1983 preservation plan gathered dust until 1997, when bureaucrats decided to make the project more economically viable by including the customs building. The plan was approved in 2000, and Regency Jerusalem associated with Hyatt International submitted the highest bid for the property - $14 million.

But then the second intifada erupted, and the project was put on hold yet again. Meanwhile, the area around King David Street increasingly turned into a gilded ghetto with luxury apartments sitting empty most of the year.

In Kroyanker's view, the exclusive buildings for wealthy foreigners, even if empty, are "a lot better than dilapidated buildings," which have dominated prime Jerusalem real estate for years. "I am for anything that eliminates blight. Anyway, there is nothing we can do about it because it's a free market, and there are no compulsory residency laws for foreign purchasers of real estate in Israel," he says.

While the condo project seems to make shekel sense, the wisdom of Paul Reichmann's "build it and they will come" attitude is less clear. Occupancy rates have rebounded from their dismal lows during the intifada, when some hotels were mothballed, but there is a surfeit of five-star accommodation downtown. Time will tell if Reichmann's gamble synchronizes with the next tourist boom.

However handsome Bader's design, the Palace annex risks becoming a luxury ghost town like the nearby David's Village, which comes alive only during Pessah and Succot, while the hotel itself, like London's Canary Wharf initially, could prove to be an investment in the right place but the wrong time. servlet/Satellite?cid=1248277931779&pagename=JPArticle%2FShowFull


As anyone who follows US politics in this day and age knows President Obama can lie effortlessly. No new taxes for the middle class? Well, now there will be. No goal to stamp our private health insurance companies? Well now that’s a goal. One after another the Obama campaign promises fall faster than popcorn explodes in a hot pan.

His ideas that Israel must not settle Jews in areas that are not Jewish areas is just such an idea. The thought takes us back to another liar’s tale that there was never a Jewish Temple on the Mount by that name.

Arutz Sheva shared a report this week that presents some interesting facts:

Yoram Ettinger, a former liaison for Congressional affairs in Israel's Washington embassy, lists in the latest of his periodic position papers some of the evidence showing that Judea and Samaria has Jewish, not Arab, roots.

Area Always Known as "Judea and Samaria"
Ettinger negates Obama's claim – enunciated during his June 4, 2009 speech at Cairo University – that "the aspiration for a Jewish homeland is rooted in" the Holocaust. For one thing, Ettinger notes, many world-renowned travelers, historians and archeologists of earlier centuries refer to "Judea and Samaria," while the term "West Bank" was coined only 60 years ago. Jordan gave the region this name when it occupied it after Israel’s War of Independence. No nation on earth other than Britain and Pakistan recognized Jordan’s claim to Judea and Samaria.

Among the travelers, historians and archeologists who referred to Judea and Samaria are H. B. Tristram (The Land of Israel, 1865); Mark Twain (Innocents Abroad, 1867); R.A. MacAlister and Masterman ("Palestine Exploration Fund Quarterly"); A.P. Stanley (Sinai and Palestine, 1887); E. Robinson and E. Smith (Biblical Researches in Palestine, 1841); C.W. Van de Velde (Peise durch Syrien und Paletsinea, 1861); and Felix Bovet (Voyage en Taire Sainte, 1864). Even the Encyclopedia Britannica, as well as official British and Ottoman records until 1950, used the term Judea and Samaria, and not the West Bank.

Land Was Named "Palestine" in Order to Erase Jewish Presence
Ettinger goes even further back, and says that the name "Palestine" was given to the Holy Land for the sole purpose of erasing the previous name of the country – Judea – from human memory. The Romans, whose plan this was, similarly sought to extinguish Jewish presence in Jerusalem by renaming it Aelia Capitolina.

Arabs Came in the Last 150 Years
When speaking of “Palestinian national rights,” it must be similarly kept in mind, Ettinger notes, that most Arabs residing today in Israel – anywhere between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean - have their origin in a massive 19th-20th century migration from Egypt, Syria, Lebanon and other Moslem countries.

Town Names Betray Their True History
Finally, Ettinger says that almost all Arab localities in Judea and Samaria have retained Biblical Jewish names, thus reaffirming their Jewish roots. Examples include the following:

Anata is Biblical (and contemporary) Anatot, the dwelling of the Prophet Jeremiah.

Batir is Biblical (and contemporary) Beitar, the headquarters of Bar Kochba, the leader of the Great Rebellion against the Roman Empire, which was suppressed in 135CE.

Beit-Hur is the biblical (and contemporary) Beit Horon, site of Judah the Maccabee's victory over the Assyrians.

Beitin is biblical (and contemporary) Beit El, a site of the Holy Ark and Prophet Samuel's court.

Bethlehem is mentioned 44 times in the Bible and is the birth place of King David.

Beit Jalla is biblical (and contemporary) Gilo, in southern Jerusalem, where Sennacherib set his camp, while besieging Jerusalem.

El-Jib is biblical (and contemporary) Gibeon, Joshua's battleground known for his command to stop the sun and moon (Joshua 10:12).

Jaba' is the biblical (and contemporary) Geva, site of King Saul’s son Jonathan’s victory over the Philistines.

Jenin is the biblical (and contemporary) Ein Ganim, a Levite town within the tribe of Issachar.

Mukhmas is biblical (and contemporary) Mikhmash, residence of Jonathan the Maccabee and site of King Saul's fortress.

Seilun is biblical (and contemporary) Shilo, a site of Joshua's tabernacle and the Holy Ark and Samuel's youth.

Tequa is biblical (and contemporary) Tekoa, hometown of the Prophet Amos.

Arabs Never Wanted Palestinian State
In another of his posts, Ettinger has negated the US government position that a Palestinian state is the crux of the Arab-Israeli conflict and that its formation would resolve the situation. He cites proofs from recent history showing that Arab antipathy to Israel not only predates Palestinian concerns, but often sidesteps such interests.

Israel's war for its independence in 1948-9, for instance, was conducted by the Arab countries at the expense of Palestinian aspirations. Though Egypt conquered Gaza, and Jordan took Judea and Samaria, and Syria claimed the Golan, in none of these areas was a Palestinian government allowed.

When Egypt conquered the Gaza Strip, it proceeded to prohibit Palestinian national activities and expel Palestinian leadership. Not only did Jordan not grant Palestinian independence to Judea and Samaria, it actually annexed these areas to its own country. When Syria occupied and annexed the Hama area in the Golan Heights, the Arab League outlawed a provisional Palestinian government there.

In short, it can be concluded that Arab "rights" to a state in Judea and Samaria are historically weak and were long ignored by other Arab countries.

(Arutz Sheva internet)



In Bethlehem this week Fatah, the terrorist entity ruling the West Bank Palestinian areas, is meeting. Among the agenda is a threat to rip the group down the middle. Seems the “young lions” are angry with the “old goats.”

The former are the men who fought in the last major terrorist uprising (Arab: intifada) that ran from 2000 to 2003. They are threatening to fight men like Mahmoud Abbas and his ilk. In other words the gang that were Arafat’s sycophants. When the Ugly One died they moved the collection of graft from his pocket to their own.

(We shared a long article on this not long ago. And our radio report this week is on the Bethlehem meeting.)

Inside Israeli politics there is another rebellion. It is among the Labor Party.

Amir Peretz and other losers from the last election want to either kick out Ehud Barak and the winners he brought with him (who also joined the Netanyahu coalition and have some power), or they want to divide the party and start their own new party. It is easy to do this in Israel.

What will happen with either one? Don’t know. But we will keep you posted.




A day in east Jerusalem

The real Jerusalem, which most Israelis will never visit, is filled with neglect, violence and hopelessness
Sol Gelman

I put my hand out to signal the bus to stop. The people sitting at the bus stop under the bridge at the French Hill neighborhood look at me baffled and surprised. I go on the minibus with the green lines at the front and the number 74 above them. The bus is going to Beit Hanina. It's going fast and stops every few minutes, not at the regular bus stops but when people standing on the sidewalk signal it. Accordingly, the passengers on the bus who wish to get off press the yellow "Stop" button and the driver pulls over immediately, without any stops or delays.

Most of the people living in western Jerusalem have never once visited eastern Jerusalem. This, of course, does not include the market in the Old City, which everyone considers as "east Jerusalem." I mean the eastern neighborhoods like Ras al-Amud, Silwan, Beit Hanina, Shoafat, the Anata refugee camp and a-Tur.

Every day in the last month I have been going to east Jerusalem. The reason is irrelevant. I get there every day and feel like I have landed in a foreign place, went through an invisible terminal filled with invisible people. The streets look like the streets of an Arab city, lacking in resources and empty of hope.

The trash on the streets is never picked up; not manually by cleaning people, and obviously not by a special street cleaning machine. The roads are cracked and full of holes, and so the small, unventilated buses (that are designed to carry up to 10 people, but usually drive about 20) always bump into them, never missing a single crack.

The traffic lights also seem to be working against the residents of east Jerusalem. It appears that in every central intersection that borders west Jerusalem, the lights are programmed to allow convenient passage for Jewish cars, causing long lines of east city vehicles waiting for the lights to change.

Sense of violence and helplessness

Naturally, things that can be seen from here cannot b seen from the western part of the capital. The huge separation wall that divides the West Bank can be seen from the street. The residents of west Jerusalem will likely never see how this wall cuts through the houses and yards of private people whose land has been confiscated. Many will never know and feel the sense of violence and helplessness such a wall in the heart of the city creates.

Every morning I ride to east Jerusalem, see different people, who on the streets of my city would have been invisible. Tired, downtrodden people. Here in their east Jerusalem homes they are the majority. They are the ones making the decisions, at least seemingly. They live like this without asking questions. A long time ago they have given up hoping they would be able to lead a normal life like in the western city: Without having power outages every hour, cutting off the slow internet connection at the few offices that have it; without having the sewage overflow and fill the streets with a terrible stench.

This is what a day in east Jerusalem looks like. And every day when I go to Beit Hanina I am filled with rage at the fact that my friends will never step foot there. They'll never see how different this place is from other cities, even from my city – west Jerusalem.

Repressing reality

This blatant discrimination against the residents of east Jerusalem pains me personally. I have friends in east Jerusalem, and every hole on the road or a power cut pains me, simply because it is so unfair. Because life in west Jerusalem seems so different, just like being abroad.

All those Jerusalemites like myself, who grew up in the city and believe they know it inside out, are wrong. I've been living in Jerusalem for 20 years; living it like it's a part of my body, like every other Jerusalemite who hates and loves the city and chooses to stay here despite everything, feels.

But unfortunately, even Jerusalemites don't really know the real Jerusalem. The real Jerusalem is a five-minute drive from the French Hill, 15-minute drive from the dorms of Mount Scopus and six-minute drive from the entrance to Pisgat Ze'ev. The real Jerusalem is this difference – the discrimination that for 32 years has allowed repressing the other half of the city outside Jerusalem's consciousness, and at the same time to celebrate the city's reunification every year.

The writer is a student at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem



Mr. Gelman is more right than wrong about the actualities of east Jerusalem. His conclusions about the “whys” are rooted in liberal bias as much as anything else.

The streets are indeed cracked and pot-holed in many areas. The sewage does run in places and the trash does pile up in places, even fancier ones like Abu Tor.

I challenge him to visit other cities and see if there are any slums where the Arabs live. Just a thought. Perhaps it isn't all the Israelis.

Unlike his preconceptions, I have walked and driven and ridden on many of these streets. Sometime with friends, at others by myself and with some misgivings regarding my safety.

The Palestinian/Arab political leaders harangue east Jerusalem’s citizens to not vote in elections, except for those heralded by the PLO. Therefore they are poorly represented by the city council.

Granted most of the Israelis do not like the Arabs. Why should they? When Saddam’s scuds were falling in Israel the Arabs of the land marched in unity with him. When a lunatic murders Israelis in a shooting or a tractor or a homicide bombing, there is a lot of nodding and congratulations and handing out candy by those who think it’s all a great thing. This is not a way to gain support, get someone to patch the streets, etc.

And what Gelman forgets to note is that many of the houses and apartments are built by Arab slum lords who are rich Sheiks that abuse their renters, and are often responsible for the state of their neighborhoods. More often than not the buildings were built without permits and pay no taxes.

That it is all regrettable, shameful and terrible is a fact. That it is all the fault of cold hearted, hateful Jews is not a fact.

Like the American liberals who practice their own brand of hating their nation and supporting anyone else first (Like our President who trots the globe apologizing for the United States), Mr. Gelman is a liberal who is naïve, not apprised of the facts sufficiently, and may never accept them even if confronted by them.

Is East Jerusalem (and many other parts of Israel) a shame? You bet. And frankly a lot of the blame is due to Israeli government officials who tax the country to death but don’t spread the money equitably.

It is also due to the fact that because too many Arabs want to destroy Israel the land must field a gigantic military establishment. That bill demands that money which could fix road cracks and sewers is unavailable.



Hooray. Of course it was just raised a few months ago, so it’s back to the $6 plus or minus that it was before.


I kid you not!

The Euphrates River is drying up. The Turks are stopping the water in their territory and that means that Syria is not getting its fair share.

In this part of the world water is more precious than gold. And in Israel the water comes from three sources. Two of them originate in Lebanon and one in Syria and the Golan Heights.

If that area ever goes back to Syria then it is our belief that cutting Israel’s water off will be just too tempting for the Syrians.

What stops Hezbollah from damming up the other two sources? Easy question. Israel has made it very clear that they will blow any efforts to do that into very tiny pieces and keep bombing as long and anyone entertains such thoughts.

It is part of life in this neighborhood.


Here’s what immediately came to mind when I read about this…

Revelation 16:12-14 And the sixth angel poured out his vial upon the great river Euphrates; and the water thereof was dried up, that the way of the kings of the east might be prepared.
13 And I saw three unclean spirits like frogs come out of the mouth of the dragon, and out of the mouth of the beast, and out of the mouth of the false prophet.
14 For they are the spirits of devils, working miracles, which go forth unto the kings of the earth and of the whole world, to gather them to the battle of that great day of God Almighty.



Some people credit Thoreau with saying that people “live lives of quiet desperation.”

That idea could very well be true today both in America and Israel.

There are tons of crackpot ideas floating around America right now. From the left, and from the right wing bloggers as well. I know I get lots of them in my email every day.

Some are scare tactics that are about laws supposedly in committee, in planning, or just passed. The sources of these emails almost always want to get us to sign a petition, email address, and of course our money. If we give them enough dollars they can turn the tide.

Better the lazy, ignorant conservatives had gotten off their rear ends and voted for a poor choice who was a definite conservative than the Communist who is only now doing what he promised during the campaign! Not one person in this country can deny he’s the first president in years who has done what he promised.

That he is a marionette is to me, more than clear. And I personally hold that George Soros is the puppeteer. But that’s another subject.


You may regret not voting, but I want to address another part of regrets.






Let’s take a look at these three:

More time in reflection.

There is much about meditation in the Scriptures. We’re not talking about getting your yin and yang in balance. Or smoking peyote so you can see the northern lights at noon.

Reflection. Thinking time. Stopping the music. Turning off the TV. Getting off by yourself.

It seems that many people (and not just the young) are afraid of quiet. Of thinking some thoughts beside what comes to them from another person.

Solitude is rare today. I heartily recommend it. Try this sometime soon. Drive by yourself for a half hour with no music on, no radio playing.

I just crossed half of America recently in a car. My dear wife is like a sweet baby. Jingle the keys and she want to go for a ride. Go for a ride, and she is soon asleep.

I don’t mind. I turn off the CD player and think. I consider my plans. Think about my family and their needs. I pray for a host of people, usually friends, those who are hurting, and on occasion for my enemies.

I cogitate on my mistakes and think about how I could have done things better.

I review my goals. Spiritual, material, professional.

I think about what’s on the horizon.

And I think about America and Israel. I miss the US when in Israel and Israel when I’m in the US. That may sound wacky, but it’s true nonetheless. I love both places, the people in both, and wish both were better.


I don’t know about you, but I was raised in a day when people sat outside in the evening after “supper.” Dinner was the mid-day meal.

They talked about things, people, events. They “visited.” Often they noted the sky, sunset, and the coming day’s events and demands. It was a quieting time.

They watched the birds and squirrels and the like.

And they seemed to be more balanced in their lives.

Old people sit in rockers on porches or in parks and are quiet. Young people think they just don’t have anything to do. Maybe that’s right. But I think sometimes they are thinking and regretting that they didn’t do more thinking when they were young.


This doesn’t mean gambling. It means that when we don’t really try to reach those impossible dreams we will someday wish we had.

“if I’da” is a mournful phrase.

What would you do if you couldn’t fail?

Some reading this are afraid of the future. I hasten to tell you that many great successes began when they were failing. James Cash Penny began his merchandising career after he heard a hymn when he was in a mental hospital. As a patient.

Well he had to have been crazy to do that. (Forgive me.)

Sit alone and write down three things that you would begin today if you were absolutely certain you would succeed.

Why not try one now? Begin small.

Let me give you some accomplishments that a man I know who was raised on welfare has seen come true:

Journalist at age 16.

Store manager at age 21 for retail giant with no college education.

Founder and owner/operation or national business.

Two doctors degrees after beginning college at age 30.

Radio personality in 50 countries.


College textbook writer.


Founder of a church and school.

World traveler.

Yes, it’s me. I am not bragging. Honest. But people encouraged me to do exactly what I am saying to you – TRY! Sure you may fail. But if you don’t try, you already have failed.

And if you do fail in the first try, then get up and try again. You will be smarter if you don’t wail and blame it on everyone else.



It is a sad fact, if we have family, that in most of our cases, our great grandchildren will never mention our names, or at least not for long.

When we die we will have nothing to outlive us.

The reason is because we work just on a material level.

I urge you to undertake projects what will have long lasting results.

Edison gave us the light bulb.

Our founders gave us a nation.

Ben Gurion and Herzl gave birth to modern Israel.

And many “little people” have served the Lord and shown others the way to eternal life.

In the final analysis it is a yes or no situation. If one is saved, then eternity is glorious. If not it is too horrible to contemplate.

You can have a hand in that. Do something for the Lord that has eternal ramifications.



Who knows, you might just fulfill some dormant dreams that you had given up on.

Let me know how it’s going.

Shabbat Shalom,

Ernie Moore

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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