By Ernie Moore on Saturday, June 29, 2013
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Amir Peretz was in Labor, then joined Kadima. He served as the Colombo of that administration when appointed Minister of Defense and joined with PM Ehud Olmert and Tzipi Livni who reportedly did not even check with the IDF’s generals before starting the ruinous 2006 Lebanon/Hezbollah War.

That’s him in the photo on the right with the caps on his binoculars while nodding and acting like he could see something. It was an inglorious moment for a man who later redeemed himself in the eyes of many with his idea of building the Iron Dome anti-rocket system.

Now, he’d discovered a new crisis.

Sport hunting...
By Ernie Moore on Friday, June 28, 2013
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There has been much discussion lately about comparing the many scandals in the Obama administration like Benghazi, IRA, NSA, spooking on reporters, etc. to the Nixon administration.

For you who are too young to remember...
By Ernie Moore on Thursday, June 27, 2013
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They were the Batman and Robin of a new political wave. Naftali Bennett and Yair Lapid came to politics from business and television respectively. They caught the eye and imagination of Israeli voters because they seemed to have new ideas and new ways of looking at today’s problems.

And they gave Benjamin Netanyahu dyspepsia when they got elected and actually ramrodded some of their ideas into the formation of the new coalition.

Now not so much. The issue that seems to have divided them is the peace process.

“For me, there’s no other game in town but...
By Ernie Moore on Thursday, June 27, 2013
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Did Russian President Vladimir Putin blink or is he just confronting the facts on the ground in Syria and pulling all his countrymen out before Assad a. bugs out for some place like France, b. gets killed by his own men in the name of sanity, or c. gets killed by Syrian “rebels” as they finally take control of the country?

Our guess is that Putin got his people out of Dodge because he knows that the end is near.

Arutz Sheva reported that “Russia has withdrawn all its military personnel from Syria and left its strategic Tartus naval center unstaffed because...
By Ernie Moore on Wednesday, June 26, 2013
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Rand Paul is not his father. That, though not voiced in those words, seems to be the sum of a meeting between Senator Rand Paul and the Republican Jewish Coalition recently.

“There were some pleasant surprises,” Matthew Brooks, the Republican Jewish Coalition’s director, told the Washington Post’s Thursday edition, speaking of the meeting last week between Paul (R-Ky.) and the RJC board.

“While there may be areas of disagreement, he is very, very different — and certainly different with regard to his father,” Brooks said.

Ron Paul, Rand’s father, in...
By Ernie Moore on Tuesday, June 25, 2013
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It’s back, on the heels of the recent troubles in the Golan between Israel / Rebel / Syrian forces. What’s back? Talk of moving international peace keeping forces to replace the UN “peacekeepers” that are stationed along the thin slip of land between Syria and Israel.

This is often the talk of the diplomatic-types who see image as far over reality.

Israel Hayom recently commented:

“Yisrael Hayom analyzes the role of international forces in the Arab-Israeli conflict in light of suggestions to station international...
By Ernie Moore on Tuesday, June 25, 2013
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These were but some of the kids who live in an “unrecognized” Bedouin village outside of Beersheva.

Yesterday I traveled with other journalists to Beersheva in the Negev Desert to get two sides of the Bedouin relocation issue.

The government plans to move some of the tens of thousands of Bedouin who live in the desert to cities just for them where they can have basic utilities, streets, schools, and other amenities that most people take for granted.

Before I continue, I feel that I should tell you that throughout the day my...
By Ernie Moore on Monday, June 24, 2013
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INSS released a briefing at the beginning of this month that you may be interested in. My comments are, as usual, inside brackets.

The American-Russian-Turkish Triangle and the Civil War in Syria

INSS Insight No. 431, May 27, 2013

Heller, Mark A.

Ex-empires may all be equal, but some are apparently more equal than others. Since he became US Secretary of State in February 2013, John Kerry has met with Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu four times. Only one other foreign dignitary has spent more time with Kerry – Russian...
By Ernie Moore on Sunday, June 23, 2013
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Notice the Hezbollah salute. Look familiar?

Recently a friend and I were discussing the current trend in many Arab lands against Hezbollah. Headquartered in Lebanon, sending upwards of 9,000 fighters to side with Assad and Iranian troops in Syria, and once moving freely around the world to do commit their crimes, the Iranian-proxy is now getting some bad press.

That likely means that they will also find it more difficult to gain access to many nations for their terrorist acts.

My Israeli friend then said, “It’s all tribal, you know.”

That slowed...
By Ernie Moore on Saturday, June 22, 2013
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We have kept pretty quiet about the whole government surveillance issue that is keeping the media busy.

There are a couple of reasons for this. Primarily, I don’t think anyone, including those in the media really know what went on, is going on, and certainly now what will happen.

The other reason is that I am really divided on the issue. I believe in the government programs for cyber surveillance. I know it works.

I served in military intelligence decades ago, holding a Top Secret Crypto clearance. I know what...
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