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A Palestinian youth uses a slingshot to hurl stones at Israeli forces during clashes near the border with Israel, east of Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip on June 8, 2018. (Said Khatib/AFP) You won't see this on the evening news. Note the headband. Hamas, the puppet of Iran in Gaza. It always amazed me that the terrorists are willing to sacrifice their people for a headline. That headline is that Israel is a monster and killing “innocents” at the fence that separates Israel from Gaza. Of course the fence is the first barrier to protect the civilians who live and farm scant distances away. We have visit the kibbutzim and seen the horrible damage that Hamas rockets do when they explode in and near the homes, schools and playgrounds. Little children scream in fear when the explosions come. Now over 6200 acres have been torched by Palestinians who tie flaming torches to kites and float them above the security fence. It seems me only right that PM Netanyahu has decided to subtract the amount of money necessary to compensate the farmers for their losses. Palestinian protesters fly a kite with a burning rag dangling from its tail to during a protest at the Gaza Strip's border with Israel, April 20, 2018. (AP Photo/ Khalil Hamra) One of Israel's premier defense companies, Rafael is currently working on developing a defense system to deal with Gaza's terror kites. As the Times of Israel said recently, “Rafael is responsible for the Iron Dome missile defense system, its seaborne equivalent C-Dome, the Spike surface-to-surface missile and other arms. The Iron Dome system was developed to shoot down incoming rockets and missiles from Gaza, which it did effectively during the 2014 conflict with Hamas.” One idea is to shoot them down with drones. The photo I saw looked amazingly like an old Huey chopper with some enhancements. BOOK NEWS The President (Jake Crabtree Book 9)The President (Jake Crabtree) We are thrilled to share the latest Jake Crabtree novel, The President. The two different covers are first the Kindle cover and the red one is for the paperback book. Both contain the same text, but getting my original cover onto the cover is more than crazy, so we opted for the red one. The current President of the PA is five years past his ‘sell by' date, and still in office at 83 years of age. He's been in the hospital recently but still will not hold elections. The President is one possible scenario, from my imagination only. It features Jake and his team as they get to know a former PA Security chief who wants to take the Presidency. If you are a long time reader of Jake Crabtree adventures, you know that he does not live politics. This novel does have him around the edges, not of US or Israeli politics but of Palestinian events. Our novels read like they came from the headlines, but nothing is there from real live people. All the story is fiction. You may have to remind yourself of that occasionally. The books may be had at Amazon. We are sure you'll enjoy them.More ...
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WHAT'S UP, DOC?There have been some interesting events in Israel recently and in Gaza. Perhaps the most exciting event in Israel is the opening of the moved United States' Embassy.On a hillside in south Jerusalem is the location of the latest US Consulate. It resides next to the Ramat Rachael Kibbutz, in Arnona. There are actually two consulates in Jerusalem. One is located on Agron Street, near the Leonardo Hotel (the old Sheraton), and across the street from Independence Park.The other is, as we said, in Arnona, and with some adjustments, is the location of the Embassy, which has been moved from Tel Aviv. The current site is really a stop-gap situation until more new construction is completed.A friend recently asked me if the move was a good thing. Like almost everything, that depends on your perspective. Israelis, left and right-leaning are excited about the new situation.President Donald Trump issued the order, fulfilling the promises of at least four previous Presidents. They said they'd do it to get votes, and then allowed politics to keep them from keeping their promise. Trump seems the first President in decades who considers campaign promises sacrosanct and made the decision. The move was celebrated on Israel's seventieth birthday, so the celebration was a big deal in Israel, although the Prez skipped the party. Of course, the Palestinians were angry. After the zero-sum games that Obama and others played, trying to keep the PA President Mahmoud Abbas and Bibi happy simultaneously (which efforts were always doomed from the beginning). Trump, on the other hand, has maintained from the beginning that he is pro-Israel decided that enough was enough, made the hard decision and voila, the Embassy is in Jerusalem. President Abbas, who is in the ninth year of a five-year term, is his own worst enemy. As the old saying goes, he never seems to miss an opportunity to miss an opportunity. For months he has been poking a stick in the spokes of any peace moves, even discussions. At the same time, he's been talking to Hamas about taking over Gaza. Egypt wants to see an agreement between both parties, although we wonder if they don't want Gaza for themselves. At the same time, Hamas had talked about a long-term peace agreement with Israel, though no one really believes that they mean a word of it. Gaza is desperate for more money to build tunnels and rockets, so they trot out the peace ideas, and then go on as they have since 2005 when PM Ari Sharon gave Gaza back to the Palestinians.In 2007, Hamas ran off the PA security forces in an armed insurrection. Since that time the common Palestinians have seen their meager standard of living nosedive. Millions of dollars came to Gaza in the 2005 agreement that would have allowed the Arab government to build housing, infrastructure and a profitable business environment, but rather than do something sensible, the money went into the pockets of politicians and a war machine. Now electricity and water are scarce, only on for a couple of hours a day, tunnels continue to be built under the Israel security fence, and yes, leaders' bank accounts still grow. There was a statement out this week by a left-wing Israeli politician that broached the idea of Israel annexing the West Bank, all of it. That is an idea that we have long supported and written about in the past on these pages. It is a shocker, though in Israel, that a leftist would consider such a shocking idea in print. We have just completed a book that will be out in a couple of weeks titled, The President, that we think you will find interesting and entertaining if you are interested in Israel and the Middle East mess. We'll announce it on the Ernie Moore Facebook page and of course, here when we release it. Jordan's King Abdullah II is doing what he normally does. Issue statements indicting his best friend, Israel, and hoping no one starts a war that he could be dragged into. We wish he would come out of the cave into the open with statements of approval of Israel. The two nations share so much in the areas of military, education and environmental areas already, but with over 70% of Jordan's citizens being Palestinians, the political pressure is on the King and that reality makes it difficult for him to speak the truth. Politics in Israel are so predictable that we almost hate to discuss them. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is the longest serving PM in Israel's history. His popularity is a given, but men like Yair Lapid constantly are like terriers nipping at his ankles. Then there's the standard ruse to flush politicians. Accuse them of some skullduggery. Every past PM for years have been hounded from office by the combination of opposition politicians and the left-wing media. They drum up some kind of case against the man in power and keep repeating it until they get enough of the population to agree and out goes the guy. In Netanyahu's case, it's been against him and his wife, Sara, too. Sara is guilty of being a shrew, of spending money on the official residence and a private home in Caesarea. Bibi is accused of accepting gifts of cigars and wine. So goes the media, but thus far Bibi is stayed strong. And don't dismiss the charges as nothing. I invited a government official to lunch a few years back. He and I met for in his ministry's cafeteria for some conversation. Since I had asked for interview, I offered to pay for lunch. He was having none of it. “I cannot allow it!” he said. “If I accept your kind offer, I could be accused of accepting gifts and fired.” That is how serious this kind of thing is to people in government. Of course, we all know that some kind of payoffs do occur. Prime Minister Ehud Olmert went to jail for the crime. Olmert was, in my opinion, not just corrupt, but inexcusably inept, and we were not sad to see him go. But this is how Israeli politics work. If someone accepts gifts (or bribes), they will likely get caught and broomed out of power. Don't misunderstand me. I'm against pay-offs at any level, but when the leftists use the press to build their cases against people who are doing the job of protecting Israel, then it can get way out of hand. The latest US jetfighter, the F-35, recently made history. It flew its first combat mission over Syria. Some of the jets were sold to Israel and messed up some Iranian installations inside the disaster zone that Syria has become, having overseen the death of over 200,000 of its citizens. Russia's President recently requested Iran to leave Syria, but that was, of course, rejected. With Hezbollah, the Iranian proxy, in Syria, they could well do without the Iranian Revolutionary Guard there, but it seems that Iran wants to be closer to Israel, so they don't have to travel so far when the time comes to attack. President Trump has stated that he is going to pull all US troops out of Syria, and we are pleased by that decision. Iraq, Afghanistan and Syria have never turned out well for the US. We believe it is time for bringing those troops either home or to be stationed in Israel as a safeguard in case of an attack there. Having them there endangers the troops for no real advantage. Incidentally, there seems to be some reporting that Obama was shipping arms to someone in Syria from Benghazi. Most likely to the supposed American allies who are/were waging war against Assad, troops. Those “freedom fighters” have sided with al Qaeda at times, and we fail to see how that bunch could be considered our allies. Better, from our perspective, to let the sides fight it out until the dust settles and see who's left standing. In Israel there have been over 200 stabbing and ramming attacks inside Israel in the past few months. Civilians are constantly at risk. Most of the victims are either the elderly, the Hasids, the infirm or the military, especially the Border Police. This last group is armed, and the attackers usually end up dead or wounded, but no one has ever said that the attackers are Mensa candidates. President Abbas, of the PA is sick. He is said to have a heart specialist that travels with him everywhere he goes. Recently he was at Johns Hopkins for a checkup. And more recently was hospitalized inside the PA for what was reported as an ear infection. An Arab newspaper showed him reading a paper with a photo of a terrorist on the front page. Abbas has been to various celebrations lifting up these “martyrs” as heroes. Until that nonsense stops, we predict that there will be no decrease in the attacks on Israelis.His spokesman reported this week that the uproar over the new Embassy location has him hospitalized. Well, that is our summary of recent events around the area. Right now, the most predictable report in Israel is the weatherman's statement that it will be hot and sunny. We will be adjusting our regular Barnabuspress.com site with a weekly analysis or report, rather than trying to keep up with events on a daily basis. And we thank all who have prayed for our recovery. We suffered two heart attacks, open heart surgery and a debilitating stroke. My wife more recently underwent her second heart valve replacement. We are both on the mend, for which we are grateful. Thanks to some wonderful doctors and therapists, both at the Houston VA hospital and other locations who have been a rich blessing to us. I'm able to walk again, though I'm not back to normal, and my wife is recovering well. Praise the Lord. More ...
clip_image002 Looking more than a little familiar, this photo of a shopper may be coming to your town. Starting out in New York and New Jersey, will the kosher grocery chain open a site near you, in light of the latest “good eating” craze sweeping America? Osher Ad will be the first Israeli supermarket chain to break into the US market, opening a number of branches in New York and New Jersey areas. A Brooklyn branch is set to be located on a 5,700 square meter plot with 300 parking spots. "We have been surveying the area for a number of years in expectation of this opportunity," said Aryeh Baum, one of the owners of Osher Ad. "Commercial properties that suit our concept in terms of size are very rare in this area, where one of the largest ultra-Orthodox Jewish communities in the world resides." A branch will also open in Lakewood, New Jersey, the city with the highest growing ultra-Orthodox Jewish population in the US, which currently stands at 60,000 or approximately half of the city. Moreover, a third branch will be opened in Munsie, a city in upstate New York, in which a large ultra-Orthodox Jewish community lives as well. "The common denominator between Israeli and American Jewish communities is the need for kosher products and low prices," noted Baum. The American network of "Osher Ad" supermarkets will be managed by a local and an Israeli manager who will relocate to the US. It will operate according to the successful model in Israel, which sells kosher products at low prices. However, the American branches will cater to the needs of the American Jewish market, providing a large takeaway section. "At the moment, we are focusing on New York and after we are established there, we will (explore opportunities) in other regions," Baum added. Rahem Moshe Margalit, Aryeh Baum, and Yehuda Lanaido, the co-owners of Osher Ad, have worked in retail supermarkets for many years. They first established Zol Poh with Co-op North and Club Market approximately 20 years ago. Zol Poh targeted the ultra-Orthodox, but also reached a large segment of the general populace when it opened a huge branch in Be'erot Yitzhak. Zol Poh has served as a model that the three owners have employed throughout their careers: big stores, a relatively small selection, large individual items, and limited service. There are no bakeries, take away stations, delis, or delivery service. After Club Market collapsed, Margalit, Baum, and Lanaido opened Alef with Supersal. However, Supersal purchased their one-third stake for NIS 100 million. The trio then took their experience and new capital to open Osher Ad. (Ynetnews.com)More ...

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