This Week In Israel - Nov 25, 2009
 A conservative Commentary on events in israel

Hello Everybody,

Well, I guess the time has arrived to say it…

I TOLD YOU SO! (Uttered humbly, but accurately.)

No I’m not talking about the socialist regime that Obama has instituted in Kremlin West.

I’m talking about the fact that America has its own terrorists operating inside our borders.

One Time Messengers – Prequel and One Time Messengers – Book One are both in the oven. Won’t be long before they are ready for you….

BUT in the mean time, get your copy of The El Agha Conspiracy. Click on the book cover on the home page and it will soon be on the way to you.


US: 4 arrested for alleged plan to buy weapons for Hezbollah

Plot to buy machine guns for Shiite organization thwarted by undercover operative
Associated Press

A federal grand jury in Pennsylvania indicted four men Tuesday for an alleged plot to support the Lebanon-based group Hezbollah through illegal schemes, including buying the group more than 1,000 machine guns.

The indictment comes just a day after officials in Philadelphia said they disrupted a similar scheme to acquire anti-aircraft missiles and send them to Syria, although in that case, authorities have yet to accuse anyone of trying to help a specific terror group. Hezbollah, a Shiite organization in Lebanon, is on the US list of terror organizations.





This week “Climategate” has erupted all over the media. Well, perhaps not all over it. The Times and other blind and leftist papers are missing it. But still a blogger in England blew the top off the scam of Global Warming.

Before I get there, let me remind you that all the twitching about the dangers of CO2 is baloney. Trees use CO2 and “exhale” oxygen. Plant more trees, weeds, etc. and relax.

Now to the blog:

Climategate: the final nail in the coffin of 'Anthropogenic Global Warming'?

By James Delingpole Politics Last updated: November 20th, 2009

If you own any shares in alternative energy companies I should start dumping them NOW. The conspiracy behind the Anthropogenic Global Warming myth (aka AGW; aka ManBearPig) has been suddenly, brutally and quite deliciously exposed after a hacker broke into the computers at the University of East Anglia’s Climate Research Unit (aka CRU) and released 61 megabytes of confidential files onto the internet. (Hat tip: Watts Up With That)

When you read some of those files – including 1079 emails and 72 documents – you realise just why the boffins at CRU might have preferred to keep them confidential. As Andrew Bolt puts it, this scandal could well be “the greatest in modern science”. These alleged emails – supposedly exchanged by some of the most prominent scientists pushing AGW theory – suggest:

Conspiracy, collusion in exaggerating warming data, possibly illegal destruction of embarrassing information, organised resistance to disclosure, manipulation of data, private admissions of flaws in their public claims and much more.

One of the alleged emails has a gentle gloat over the death in 2004 of John L Daly (one of the first climate change sceptics, founder of the Still Waiting For Greenhouse site), commenting:

“In an odd way this is cheering news.”

But perhaps the most damaging revelations – the scientific equivalent of the Telegraph’s MPs’ expenses scandal – are those concerning the way Warmist scientists may variously have manipulated or suppressed evidence in order to support their cause.

Here are a few tasters.

Manipulation of evidence:

I’ve just completed Mike’s Nature trick of adding in the real temps to each series for the last 20 years (ie from 1981 onwards) amd from 1961 for Keith’s to hide the decline.

Private doubts about whether the world really is heating up:

The fact is that we can’t account for the lack of warming at the moment and it is a travesty that we can’t. The CERES data published in the August BAMS 09 supplement on 2008 shows there should be even more warming: but the data are surely wrong. Our observing system is inadequate.

Suppression of evidence:

Can you delete any emails you may have had with Keith re AR4?

Keith will do likewise. He’s not in at the moment – minor family crisis.

Can you also email Gene and get him to do the same? I don’t have his new email address.

We will be getting Caspar to do likewise.

Fantasies of violence against prominent Climate Sceptic scientists:

Next time I see Pat Michaels at a scientific meeting, I’ll be tempted to beat the crap out of him. Very tempted.

Attempts to disguise the inconvenient truth of the Medieval Warm Period (MWP):

……Phil and I have recently submitted a paper using about a dozen NH records that fit this category, and many of which are available nearly 2K back–I think that trying to adopt a timeframe of 2K, rather than the usual 1K, addresses a good earlier point that Peck made w/ regard to the memo, that it would be nice to try to “contain” the putative “MWP”, even if we don’t yet have a hemispheric mean reconstruction available that far back….

And, perhaps most reprehensibly, a long series of communications discussing how best to squeeze dissenting scientists out of the peer review process. How, in other words, to create a scientific climate in which anyone who disagrees with AGW can be written off as a crank, whose views do not have a scrap of authority.

“This was the danger of always criticising the skeptics for not publishing in the “peer-reviewed literature”. Obviously, they found a solution to that–take over a journal! So what do we do about this? I think we have to stop considering “Climate Research” as a legitimate peer-reviewed journal. Perhaps we should encourage our colleagues in the climate research community to no longer submit to, or cite papers in, this journal. We would also need to consider what we tell or request of our more reasonable colleagues who currently sit on the editorial board…What do others think?”

“I will be emailing the journal to tell them I’m having nothing more to do with it until they rid themselves of this troublesome editor.”“It results from this journal having a number of editors. The responsible one for this is a well-known skeptic in NZ. He has let a few papers through by Michaels and Gray in the past. I’ve had words with Hans von Storch about this, but got nowhere. Another thing to discuss in Nice !”

Hadley CRU has form in this regard. In September – I wrote the story up here as “How the global warming industry is based on a massive lie” - CRU’s researchers were exposed as having “cherry-picked” data in order to support their untrue claim that global temperatures had risen higher at the end of the 20th century than at any time in the last millenium. CRU was also the organisation which – in contravention of all acceptable behaviour in the international scientific community – spent years withholding data from researchers it deemed unhelpful to its cause. This matters because CRU, established in 1990 by the Met Office, is a government-funded body which is supposed to be a model of rectitude. Its HadCrut record is one of the four official sources of global temperature data used by the IPCC.

I asked in my title whether this will be the final nail in the coffin of Anthropenic Global Warming. This was wishful thinking, of course. In the run up to Copenhagen, we will see more and more hysterical (and grotesquely exaggerated) stories such as this in the Mainstream Media. And we will see ever-more-virulent campaigns conducted by eco-fascist activists, such as this risible new advertising campaign by Plane Stupid showing CGI polar bears falling from the sky and exploding because kind of, like, man, that’s sort of what happens whenever you take another trip on an aeroplane.

The world is currently cooling; electorates are increasingly reluctant to support eco-policies leading to more oppressive regulation, higher taxes and higher utility bills; the tide is turning against Al Gore’s Anthropogenic Global Warming theory. The so-called “sceptical” view – which is some of us have been expressing for quite some time: see, for example, the chapter entitled ‘Barbecue the Polar Bears’ in WELCOME TO OBAMALAND: I’VE SEEN YOUR FUTURE AND IT DOESN’T WORK – is now also, thank heaven, the majority view.

Unfortunately, we’ve a long, long way to go before the public mood (and scientific truth) is reflected by our policy makers. There are too many vested interests in AGW, with far too much to lose either in terms of reputation or money, for this to end without a bitter fight.

But to judge by the way – despite the best efforts of the MSM not to report on it – the CRU scandal is spreading like wildfire across the internet, this shabby story represents a blow to the AGW lobby’s credibility from which it is never likely to recover.



We knew the cry would not be long in coming, but from just where was anyone’s guess. Columnist for the J-Post, Michael Freund voiced it clearly this week:

“Abbas's volatile and unstable behavior should put to rest once and for all the notion that he is a viable partner with whom Israel can reach a lasting agreement. Despite being 74 years old, he still hasn't decided what he wants to be when he grows up, let alone figured out where he is going.

“But the chairman's volatility is more than just a quirky personality issue or an unruly psychological phenomenon. It is a potent and dangerous reminder of the ease with which the Palestinians can generate international pressure on Israel in an attempt to squeeze out further concessions. …

“Hence, Israel should move ahead with steps to formally and legally incorporate all of the Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria into the Jewish state. This will serve as a tangible and reasonable response to the Palestinian attempts to circumvent the bilateral negotiating process.

More importantly, it will at last delineate the Israeli stance on the final disposition of these communities. This will effectively close off the troublesome debate within Israeli society over the future of the settlements, which has bred so much division and disunity, and ultimately enable us to present a more unified stance vis-à-vis the rest of the world.

“In recent days, a number of leading Israeli politicians have thankfully begun to voice such proposals. The talented and articulate environment minister, Gilad Erdan of the Likud, told Israel Radio on Tuesday that if the Palestinians adopt a unilateral stance, then Israel should also consider "passing a law to annex some of the settlements."

Likewise, Likud MK Danny Danon called for annexing all of Judea and Samaria with the exception of the Arab-inhabited cities.

“Of course, annexation should not merely be viewed as a tit-for-tat response to unilateral Palestinian moves, for that casts it in a negative light, presenting it as merely a punitive or retaliatory measure.

“In reality, annexation is justified for the simple reason that this land belongs to us, and to nobody else. The act of asserting Israeli sovereignty over the Jewish communities of Judea and Samaria would mark the closing of a historic circle, reviving our formal dominion over these areas after an interlude of nearly 2,000 years.

“These areas are ours by Divine right, and we should not shy away from asserting as much. The Palestinians do not hesitate to invoke their beliefs, so why on earth should we? Just think how refreshing it would be to hear an Israeli leader stand up and declare this most elementary of truths to the world: that the Land of Israel belongs to the people of Israel because the God of Israel said so.” (J-Post)

Our radio broadcasts this week and next are tied to the issue of talking peace and the political benefits of such. Clearly Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has learned this lesson. Listen in by clicking on the link on our home page, upper left corner.

Having said that talking peace has its positive aspects, regardless of whether there is any peace or not, there is also the reality that Israel is also always ready for war.

As former IDF Chief of Staff Giora Eiland once told me, (and I paraphrase) “Neither side is ready for peace. The status quo is better than for Israel to make the kind of concessions the Arabs want and the Palestinians cannot get their people to come to a sensible realization that they are not going to get everything they want – all of Israel’s land.”

With that being true, and we believe it is, where does the process go?

As Freund said above, what about annexation? In other words proclaiming the West Bank areas of Samaria and Judea a part of Israel. Other countries have done it after vanquishing the warring nation that previously held real estate.

What’s wrong with the idea? From my position, nothing. From a political reality, well… lots of things.

For instance, allowing the Arabs to keep Hebron in the south, Nablus on the east-central part of Samaria, Jenin on the western border, and Bethlehem only five miles south of Jerusalem, just to name the major cities is nonsense.

For the citizens of those cities to be able to make a living they would have to be able to travel both between their various towns and into Israel, Jordan, etc. to buy and sell their products. Otherwise they would be reduced to being welfare cases.

Of course, they are basically that right now, existing on Western foreign aid, and the tax income that Israel pays.

Then there is the issue of 5 battalions of US and Jordanian trained “security police” that now answer to PA President-for-now Mahmoud Abbas. Where do they go and what do they do?

They go to the cities, and some scatter into areas of undeveloped Samaria and Judea where they become the Palestinian equivalent of Afghanistan’s terrorists.

In other words, Israel will have to re-conquer the West Bank again, as it did in 1967. I believe it would be possible, but it would be a bloody war that would certainly take more than six days.

Israel would have to have much stronger politicians than normal to withstand the media assault, the United Nations condemnation and the pressure from its allies in the White House and Europe.

The Israelis already know they will have to go it alone and that Obama is a broken reed, but to be able to say that the land is “God-given” as we believe is not something which most of the world would recognize. Especially in light of the fact that they don’t even recognize the existence of God!

Annexation of the West Bank is a nice thought from our perspective, but don’t hold your breath. There are a lot more pragmatic people in power inside Israel who know that. Any voices you hear are most likely playing to their own gallery and posturing for political gain.



I have not forgotten that some of our readers like more than politics. With that in mind, here are a couple of recipes that you might find interesting.

We eat lots of rice over here. It is tasty. My favorite is to cook it with raisins, then pour honey and milk over it. Great any time of day. Too simple for you?

Then we hope you’ll enjoy the following from Faye Levy’s writing:



This dish is a delicious accompaniment for broiled, baked or poached fish and is a snap to prepare with frozen peas. But when fresh peas are in season, this is a good dish to use them, as you don't need a large amount; you'll need only about 450 grams to give 1 cup shelled peas, and they'll need about 7 minutes to cook.

The rice is cooked like pasta and then is rinsed. I learned this technique when I worked in a restaurant kitchen in Paris. Doing this makes it easy to cook the rice ahead. All it needs is quick reheating with a little butter or oil.

To make it with brown instead of white rice, cook the rice in the water for 35 to 40 minutes.

1 cup long-grain white rice
Salt and freshly ground pepper
1 cup frozen peas
2 to 4 Tbsp. butter or 2 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil or vegetable oil
1⁄2 cup minced onion
2 Tbsp. chopped parsley

Bring about 6 cups water to a boil in a large saucepan and add a pinch of salt. Add rice, stir once, and cook uncovered over high heat about 12 to 14 minutes or until tender; check by tasting. Drain in a strainer, rinse with cold water until cool, and let drain for 5 minutes.

Meanwhile, thaw peas at room temperature or by briefly heating them in the microwave; or heat them for 1 minute in a small pot of boiling water or until just thawed.

Melt 2 tablespoons butter in a large skillet over medium-low heat. Add onion and saute about 5 minutes or until softened but not brown. Add peas, rice, and salt and pepper to taste. Heat mixture over low heat, tossing lightly with a fork, until hot. Add remaining butter if desired; cover pan and let rice stand for 2 minutes, or until butter melts. Add chopped parsley; toss again lightly. Taste and adjust seasoning. Serve hot.

Makes 4 servings.



Although this dish is generally served as a first course in restaurants, I also like it as an accompaniment for vegetarian entrees or for a mild-flavored baked fish such as cod. If you'd like to serve it as a soup, use 6 cups of broth.

2 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
1 Tbsp. butter (optional)salt and freshly ground pepper
1 medium onion, chopped
11⁄2 cups Arborio rice or other round risotto rice
1 to 11⁄2 cups frozen peas
4 cups hot vegetable broth or parve chicken-flavored broth
1⁄3 cup chopped parsley
1⁄3 cup grated Parmesan cheese, plus more for serving

Heat 2 tablespoons oil in a heavy medium saucepan. Add onion and sauté over medium heat for 5 minutes or until soft but not brown. Add rice and stir for 2 minutes until coated. Add 1⁄2 cup broth and stir. Simmer over medium heat for 1 or 2 minutes until most of broth evaporates.

Add 2 cups hot broth and stir. Simmer uncovered, stirring occasionally, 9 to 10 minutes or until liquid is absorbed. Add remaining broth, stir and cook over medium heat for 5 minutes.

Add peas and cooked for 3 minutes or until rice is just tender and most of liquid is absorbed. Remove from heat. Add butter and season to taste with pepper. Let stand 2 or 3 minutes. Add parsley and 1⁄3 cup Parmesan. Taste and adjust seasoning. Serve with more Parmesan.

Makes 4 to 6 servings.

Faye Levy is the author of Fresh from France: Vegetable Creations and 1,000 Jewish Recipes.




Yes, you read that correctly. There is a village on the Israel – Lebanon border that has a fence running down the middle. It is where the war ended, and that’s that. ran the following information on it this week:

“Senior cabinet ministers, led by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, decided on Sunday to work toward a withdrawal of the Israel Defense Forces from the northern portion of the village of Ghajar on Israel's border with Lebanon.

“The ministers of the cabinet's "forum of seven" are to recommend to the security cabinet to adopt the plan of UNIFIL commander Claudio Graziano to have UN troops take responsibility for the area, while Israel would continue to meet civilian needs and residents, who are Alawi Arabs, would retain their Israeli identity cards.

“The international border between Israel and Lebanon runs through the middle of the village, and according to UN Resolution 1701, which ended the Second Lebanon War, required Israel to cease all operations north of the border, with an emphasis on military operations.”

Don’t ask how the poor people have gotten along thus far, or how they will be treated when the fence comes down. Or, for that matter, how Hezbollah will abuse the ID cards they will still carry!



That is the question I’ve been asking myself. We heard thunder and saw the lightening from the world’s leaders when Mayor Barkat announced that Gilo would get 900 apartments in the latest building plan. Gilo, by the way is a southern suburb of Jerusalem. It is found in the Bible, if you want to look it up.

But with the announcement that there would also be 5,000 Arab homes erected in various Arab Jerusalem neighborhoods the silence was deafening! And we’re supposed to be surprised?



We have Abbas’ word on it.

I wrote in this column a couple of weeks ago that Abbas could not handle another Intifada. That the people were just now coming out of the deep depression brought about by the last terrorist uprising under Arafat.

That recovery is not much by normal standards, but it means that the Arab kids aren’t getting carried home in chunks on a door taken off its hinges. That men are again finding work as investment funds are beginning to find projects inside the West Bank. Ramallah itself is booming with new construction projects, including businesses and homes.

That Abbas announced the rejection of an Intifada was not his doing along. A flock of Democrat legislators visited Ramallah and virtually held a love-fest with Prime Minister Salem Fayed over his plans to bring financial accountability, peace and prosperity to the PA population.

Sure, Abbas said he’s quitting and going to find a rocking chair for his porch, but don’t believe it. Power, wealth, and the glare of media lights keep beckoning. And then there is the constant whining of even Israel’s President Shimon Peres to stick around. Heady stuff when compared to wearing an old sweater and sipping espresso with the old men.

Oh, one more thing. Abbas’ proclamations mean nothing. I think I told you that, too.


That is the rumor that is flying everywhere this week. People are already celebrating. Hamas’ Haniya has burrowed out of his spider hole to join in the congratulatory crowds as somewhere around 70-100 Israeli terrorists are freed from prison.

Hamas has even stopped firing rockets into Israel – for now.

One of the proposed prisoners is Marwan Barghouti. He’s doing time – five life terms – for his part in terrorism inside Israel. With those credentials he may root Abbas out of office!

Stay tuned.


We want to take this time to wish all of you who celebrate it a Happy Thanksgiving. When we had a home in Pennsylvania it was always filled with people on this day. We brought in those who were away from their loved ones, folks without family and our own family too. The place was one of great joy and thankfulness. Truthfully we miss those occasions greatly.

This year we will be blessed to spend the evening with beloved friends here in Jerusalem. Our prayers and thoughts are with those far away and for those like us, who serve in distant lands. Not the least of those, are our armed forces. You are in our prayers as well, and as always.

May the Lord richly bless you one and all.

We are thankful for the support we receive from so many of you as you keep us in your prayers, read our columns and listen to our broadcasts, and of course enjoy our novels.

You mean the world to us, and we thank the Lord for you.

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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