This Week In Israel - Dec 3, 2009
 A conservative Commentary on events in israel

Hello Everyone,

Has it occurred to you that not only is Rush Right but that Beck is not boring and conservatives will likely have their day? …

All this, is of course, depending on the Obama Regime (including the run-away, rabid Congress) just continuing to do what they have been doing – DRIVING AMERICA TO BANKRUPTCY, all the while telling us that it is for our own good and that we are just too stupid to know it.

Here are a few examples of the upside down way that the AG Holder, the “pc political leadership inside the military” and the rest of the Maoists are ruining our nation. And at an alarmingly fast pace:

12/3/2009 - Free the Seals; The Lie of Global Warming; Israel's Building Freeze!?


Navy SEALs have secretly captured one of the most wanted terrorists in Iraq — the alleged mastermind of the murder and mutilation of four Blackwater USA security guards in Fallujah in 2004. And three of the SEALs who captured him are now facing criminal charges, sources told

The three, all members of the Navy's elite commando unit, have refused non-judicial punishment — called an admiral's mast — and have requested a trial by court-martial.

Ahmed Hashim Abed, whom the military code-named "Objective Amber," told investigators he was punched by his captors — and he had the bloody lip to prove it.

Now, instead of being lauded for bringing to justice a high-value target, three of the SEAL commandos, all enlisted, face assault charges and have retained lawyers.

Matthew McCabe, a Special Operations Petty Officer Second Class (SO-2), is facing three charges: dereliction of performance of duty for willfully failing to safeguard a detainee, making a false official statement, and assault.

Petty Officer Jonathan Keefe, SO-2, is facing charges of dereliction of performance of duty and making a false official statement.

Petty Officer Julio Huertas, SO-1, faces those same charges and an additional charge of impediment of an investigation.

The three SEALs will be arraigned separately on Dec. 7. Another three SEALs — two officers and an enlisted sailor — have been identified by investigators as witnesses but have not been charged. (


And that number, according to a Rasmussen poll is up 5 points in the past two months!

Tie that to the fact that 46% are VERY ANGRY and you have the makings of a ballot box revolt that will make Newt Gingrich’s ‘94 movement a non-affair.

And yes, I am one of those angry white men who outnumber women in the above results. Why more men than women? Probably because the feeling of helplessness is exacerbated by all the pols who just aren’t listening. Many of us fought for our nation to keep it free and make sure the Constitution was upheld.



The normally calm and erudite Charles Krauthammer has a few things to say about the threatening health care takeover. I think it might be wise to listen…. Oops, I forgot – situational deafness is the new political “in thing” to acquire.

Maybe when the ballot boxes come out and new faces are elected – as I pray – new and conservative faces, some people will listen then.


Kill the Bills. Do Health Reform Right.
The bill is irredeemable.
By Charles Krauthammer

The United States has the best health care in the world — but because of its inefficiencies, also the most expensive. The fundamental problem with the 2,074-page Senate health-care bill (as with its 2,014-page House counterpart) is that it wildly compounds the complexity by adding hundreds of new provisions, regulations, mandates, committees, and other arbitrary bureaucratic inventions.

Worse, they are packed into a monstrous package without any regard to each other. The only thing linking these changes — such as the 118 new boards, commissions, and programs — is political expediency. Each must be able to garner just enough votes to pass. There is not even a pretense of a unifying vision or conceptual harmony.

The result is an overregulated, overbureaucratized system of surpassing arbitrariness and inefficiency. Throw a dart at the Senate tome:

You’ll find mandates with financial penalties — the amounts picked out of a hat.

You’ll find insurance companies (who live and die by their actuarial skills) told exactly what weight to give risk factors, such as age. Currently, insurance premiums for 20-somethings are about one-sixth the premiums for 60-somethings. The House bill dictates the young shall now pay at minimum one-half; the Senate bill, one-third — numbers picked out of a hat.

You’ll find sliding scales for health-insurance subsidies — percentages picked out of a hat — that will radically raise marginal income tax rates for middle-class recipients, among other crazy unintended consequences.

The bill is irredeemable. It should not only be defeated. It should be immolated, its ashes scattered over the Senate swimming pool.

Then do health care the right way — one reform at a time, each simple and simplifying, aimed at reducing complexity, arbitrariness, and inefficiency.

First, tort reform. This is money — the low-end estimate is about half a trillion per decade — wasted in two ways. Part is simply hemorrhaged into the legal system to benefit a few jackpot lawsuit winners and an army of extravagantly rich malpractice lawyers such as John Edwards.

The rest is wasted within the medical system in the millions of unnecessary tests, procedures, and referrals undertaken solely to fend off lawsuits — resources wasted on patients who don’t need them and which could be redirected to the uninsured who really do.

In the 4,000-plus pages of the two bills, there is no tort reform. Indeed, the House bill actually penalizes states that dare “limit attorneys’ fees or impose caps on damages.” Why? Because, as Howard Dean has openly admitted, Democrats don’t want “to take on the trial lawyers.” What he didn’t say — he didn’t need to — is that they give millions to the Democrats for precisely this kind of protection.

Second, even more simple and simplifying, abolish the prohibition against buying health insurance across state lines.

Some states have very few health insurers. Rates are high. So why not allow interstate competition? After all, you can buy oranges across state lines. If you couldn’t, oranges would be extremely expensive in Wisconsin, especially in winter.

And the answer to the resulting high Wisconsin orange prices wouldn’t be the establishment of a public option — a federally run orange-growing company in Wisconsin — to introduce “competition.” It would be to allow Wisconsin residents to buy Florida oranges.

But neither bill lifts the prohibition on interstate competition for health insurance. Because this would obviate the need — the excuse — for the public option, which the left wing of the Democratic party sees (correctly) as the royal road to fully socialized medicine.

Third, tax employer-provided health insurance. This is an accrued inefficiency of 65 years, an accident of World War II wage controls. It creates a $250 billion annual loss of federal revenues — the largest tax break for individuals in the entire federal budget.

This reform is the most difficult to enact, for two reasons. The unions oppose it. And the Obama campaign savaged the idea when John McCain proposed it during last year’s election.

Insuring the uninsured is a moral imperative. The problem is that the Democrats have chosen the worst possible method — a $1 trillion new entitlement of stupefying arbitrariness and inefficiency.

The better choice is targeted measures that attack the inefficiencies of the current system one by one — tort reform, interstate purchasing. and taxing employee benefits. It would take 20 pages to write such a bill, not 2,000 — and provide the funds to cover the uninsured without wrecking both U.S. health care and the U.S. Treasury.





Only in the UN

According to the bumbling and inept White House Press Secretary the “science is settled” about global warming.

Oh? At a press conference on Monday one reporter asked if Gibbs was aware that over 31,000 scientists around the world had signed a statement wherein they doubted the accuracy of the global warming / carbon threat, and that over 2,000 of them were scientific PhDs. Gibbs dismissed it with a “deer in the headlights look” that is now becoming so familiar to American who tune in to his briefings.

Now back to the face above. He is the UN’s answer to Algore. See below:


“There is "virtually no possibility" of a few scientists biasing the advice given to governments by the UN's top global warming body, its chair said today.

“Rajendra Pachauri defended the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) in the wake of apparent suggestions in emails between climate scientists at the University of East Anglia that they had prevented work they did not agree with from being included in the panel's fourth assessment report, which was published in 2007.

“The emails were made public this month after a hacker illegally obtained them from servers at the university.

“Pachauri said the large number of contributors and rigorous peer review mechanism adopted by the IPCC meant that any bias would be rapidly uncovered.

"The processes in the IPCC are so robust, so inclusive, that even if an author or two has a particular bias it is completely unlikely that bias will find its way into the IPCC report," he said.

"Every single comment that an expert reviewer provides has to be answered either by acceptance of the comment, or if it is not accepted, the reasons have to be clearly specified. So I think it is a very transparent, a very comprehensive process which insures that even if someone wants to leave out a piece of peer reviewed literature there is virtually no possibility of that happening."

“The IPCC, which was set up by the UN in 1988, is the world's leading authority on climate change. It advises governments on the science behind the problem and was awarded the Nobel peace prize along with Al Gore in 2007.

“Pachauri was responding to one email from 2004 in which Professor Phil Jones, the head of the climatic research unit at UEA, said of two papers he regarded as flawed: "I can't see either … being in the next Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report. Kevin [Trenberth] and I will keep them out somehow – even if we have to redefine what the peer-review literature is!"

(The UK’s Guardian)



If you have a moment and want to read about all the bigwig hypocrites, you can go to


and have some fun reading about the lavish lifestyles of the very people who are telling you to put on a sweater and turn down the thermostat. It’s good entertainment, but will probably cause you to join the 71% of angry Americans.



The answer is that he’s trying to keep his coalition together.

What am I talking about? If you’ve been to our pages very often you have seen reports of how the radical Haredim are ruining Jerusalem (and much of Israel). I remind you that not all are this way, but the numbers are skyrocketing.

In the recent past, they have rioted over the government locking up a member of their sect who slung his infant son against the wall and smashed his brains out to shut up his crying.

They wanted him freed and even some decried his prosecution. He should not be accountable to the government’s law, they said.

Then there were the endless riots in my own neighborhood over the secular Mayor of Jerusalem’s approval of a parking lot being opened on the Shabbat (Sabbath). These got a score of police officers injured, and even a very few of the miscreants arrested.

And most recently is Andy Grove’s Intel office in Jerusalem. Seems it was operating on Shabbat. Riots there too. When Intel said they would only have “secular” Jews work on Saturday, that wasn’t good enough.

I have a question. Where were the Hassids when people were working there for over three years on all those Sabbaths? Did they object before the riots?

Oh, and here’s another question… What about the fact that the riots only began after the “religious” mayor was beat out by a secular candidate.

One more question: what about the act of traveling to the riot scene at Intel, pushing the trash containers and “making fire!” when they set ignited them? Isn’t that against Sabbatical Law? Are these guys worthy of stoning for their deeds?



The same kind of kooks have started to take over Bet Shemesh, which used to be a wonderful, quiet little town west of Jerusalem.

I have two personal friends who live there and both are seriously considering selling their homes and moving somewhere else in Israel. It is getting too dangerous for their families to be out and about in the city.

One man told me the story of driving into town when he came upon a mob scene in the street ahead of him.

The looney tunes were stoning a car that was stopped. Inside was a woman and her baby. She was Orthodox, but not enough so to satisfy the mob. They smashed her windshield and had begun to try to get her out of the car.

My friend goes armed, so he pulled his pistol and ran to the rescue of the woman, forcing the men back until the police came, whereupon the black-clad mob returned to their places under the rocks until next time.

This is only one of the stories that abound there.

I might tell you about the deli on the coast that was burned because the Russian Jew who owned it sold pork. But I should add that there is one here in town that has a Hassidic man who runs in with a bag containing a list and money. He darts out, the owner fills his pork list and makes change. Five minutes to the tick, he runs back in, grabs the bag, “Toda,” (thank you), and disappears back to his place in Mea Shearim.

As a committed bacon lover, I have to wonder what his neighbors think he is cooking when that bacon starts to sizzle?! It ain’t Gefilte fish!


According to an Ha’aretz headline this week, the Minister of Religious Affairs has taken it upon himself to appoint “dozens of Shas activists to religious councils.”

May I tell you that Shas is among the most radical and most money-grubbing of all the political parties in Israel. They barter their votes in a way that makes Louisiana’s Mary Landrieu look like a novice.



The intrigue is still building as discussions proceed about the price of freeing now-Sergeant - Shalit. Grabbed at the Gaza fence in a sad affair by a tribe of Arab criminals and traded to Hamas, he has been a political pawn ever since.

The rumors are building but the reality is somewhere near this: Israel is about to trade about 980 terrorists and criminals who are currently in Israeli jails for this one prisoner.

You might say that it is too high a price. Unless he is your son or brother.

My attitude is that there is nothing new in this swapping of a couple of Israeli prisoners for a boat load of terrorists. It’s been going on for decades.

I send you back to my attitude that all the prisoners held in Israeli jails should be shoveled off to Gaza and if any are caught again they should be summarily shot! Saves money, saves time and lets everyone know where Israel stands. That isn’t going to happen, so we’re back to square one.


As we have already reported, terrorist Marwan Barghouti is on the list. Believe me, the PA Chairman, Mahmoud Abbas does not want him turned loose. He would be a shoo in for the next election to replace the inept Abbas. He’s killed Israelis, been in and Israeli prison and the media loves to talk about him. What could be better.

He might immigrate to the US and be able to be the next SNEAKER OF THE HOUSE IF THE DEMS KEEP CONTROL!!

Alas, Thursday’s press announced that Barghouti will stay in prision. Good!



For the thinkers among you, I suggest that you go to servlet/Satellite?cid=1259010971558&pagename=JPArticle%2FShowFull

and read this article. It is dead on (pardon that phrase) about the coming moves of Islam politically.

Pipes is a thinker, and this piece will drive your mind to how Europe – AND THE US – is being inundated by a blossoming number of mosques and burgeoning population numbers of Muslims.

This is no idle threat to those of us who hold to the idea that our nations (plural) should not be under Islamic law. But it is already happening. Read the article, then share it with your friends, please.


They should be. The current tax on buying a new car in Israel will go to 83%. Ah, but the kindness of the Knesset… they were going to put it at 90%.

We had been informed a few years ago that it was then 125%. See, Yacov, your life is getting better here in Jerusalem.

Oh, I forgot to tell you that our water bill has doubled in the past few months, with less water usage on our part.



Who gets to build a porch? Who gets to watch their building materials hauled away?

Whose house is legal and whose is doomed to dozers?

These are just a few of the questions that people around Israel are asking. Let’s begin with some definitions:

Settlements: Towns and indeed, cities that are located inside what was once Jordan’s West Bank. Biblical Samaria and Judea. Also known as the Land of Israel for 3,000 years.

Jerusalem: The capital of Israel since David took it away from the Jebusites, but after the captivity of Israel by the Assyrians and Babylonians, it reverted to whoever was the guy with the biggest army until 1967.

There were always Jews in Jerusalem but the eastern part of the city was under Jordanian authority after WWII when the Ottoman Empire lost it.

When Israel conquered Jordan, ran them east of the Jordan River, and took the city, it became the capital of the State of Israel. The Knesset took up residence in a small gray building on King George St. (For you tourists, that is just a block away from Ben Yehuda pedestrian mall.)


When Prime Minister Netanyahu announced the Obama-pleasing moratorium on any new building permits for the next ten months, there was anger, but the real fury was yet to come.

Then Labor’s Ehud Barak (who is weak among his own leftists), and who, as Defense Minister is in charge (sort of) of the “occupied territories” (a hated phrase by many Israelis) decided to expand the freeze to include some projects already underway.


Building inspectors fanned out across the land, some even confiscating building materials from sites already under construction. Who wouldn’t be ready for heads to roll?

And don’t forget these important points:

Bibi’s constituents are the vast majority of the conservatives in his coalition, and many live in the settlements.

The Arabs are the primary construction workers in Israel. Stopping construction may infuriate the people with the money, but it is the poorer Arabs who are going to be out of work all across the country!

Their unemployment will harm the foolish Mahmoud Abbas in the eyes of his own people because at the root of all this is the fact that he pressed Obama for a freeze – before he would even discuss coming to the negotiating table!

On that – the freeze made Bibi lots of enemies, but it is still not enough for the Arabs!!

They also want a freeze on all of Jerusalem. In other words nothing Bibi will do is going to amount to a hill of beans! Abbas wants to look tough, even if he looks stupid at the same time, to anyone who has even a room temperature IQ.


On Thursday, word came that pressure is causing the PM to force Barak to relax a bit. How much and for how long remains to be seen.

The bottom line is that the whole matter is worthless, even politically. Obama has bigger fish to fry than Israel’s building permits. Abbas will not be reconciled to talk peace at any price as long as Hamas is making headlines by talking about swapping Shalit for nearly one thousand terrorists who are sitting inside Israel’s prisons. He (Abbas) needs to look strong – what a joke!

Boogie Ya’alon announced this week that if the building freeze is not over at the end of ten months he will resign. Since he has pretty much been sidelined already, that is not a dangerous threat. I like the retired general, but he really doesn’t carry any wallop right now.


In an interesting announcement, one resident of Samaria told all his compatriots to begin buying up Arab houses. There is no freeze on that, and lots of the Arabs will sell for the right price, as was learned in East Jerusalem. They aren’t motivated by politics, but by the buck.

Stay tuned.



So, let’s see… we have the wacko-Hassids rioting, we have the secular Jews peacefully marching against the riots and meanness. We have the Arabs sticking knives in the occasional Border Guard. There are little mobs of Arab teens daily stoning any Jews that happen to drive through their East Jerusalem neighborhood. We have Hamas firing thousands of rockets over the Gaza fence, while talking about a prisoner swap with Israel.

On the northern border is Nasrallah’s toughs with more rockets than before 2006 when Olmert started his little war with them.

Now and then the Russian mob on the coast blows up a tribal rival’s restaurant with their enemies inside.

Abbas and his more peaceful thugs keep telling the media that they “reserve the right” to use violence against Israeli civilians to get Israel to “make peace” with them.

Man, living in Israel is like living in Chicago.



We are traveling this week. Pray for us for safe journeys. We live on the road a lot. It means not being able to make a nest anywhere. We are sort of like “God’s Gypsies.”

This week we saw tremendous progress on at least one of the projects we are working on.

We thank you for your prayers, your love, support and encouragement. I guess you may be thinking that I say this so much it is meaningless. Nothing could be further from the truth. We know that prayer makes a difference! We don’t think so, we know it.

One of our old preacher-heroes used to say that all our triumphs began as prayer victories first, and our failures were first prayer failures. Makes sense to me.


Let me urge you to buy one or more of our novels. Next week we will be running a couple of chapter from THE EL AGHA CONSPIRACY.

The books are full of thrills, action, insight into lots of various aspects of life in Israel and the US; of the folks who stand between us and terror. We write them entertain, to educate – enough truth to float a horseshoe! – and hopefully to make your day a little better. There is even laughter and tears.

They make a great gift for your lost friends or believers. I am telling you the truth when I say that you won’t be disappointed if you take the time to try just one of the novels. With the holidays close, they make great gifts. And you don’t need to worry about vile language or the like. Our books are clean.

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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