The Micah Report Columns Thoughts Predictions About Micah Archives Contact
The Micah Report
Huge Raid On Cyber Mafia
By Micah Halpern

Friday December 2, 2016

I've Been Thinking:

Ten countries from around the globe worked together, coordinating their efforts, utilizing their counter cyber resources, and arresting and shutting down one of the largest cyber crime syndicates in history.

Germany was the focal point of the raid. In the end, 16 people were arrested in 10 countries, but the group carried out their investigation in 40 countries.

Here are some impressive numbers. 39 servers and 50,000 computers were confiscated. It is the biggest botnet ever, actually a zombie army infecting over 900,000 routers.

The routers were all infected with malicious software, each of them sending out notes that asked recipients to click or open an email. If they clicked, their system became part of the botnet. Deutsche Telekom was attacked. They repelled the attack but it brought the entire German internet to a freeze for a few minutes.

Over a million emails were sent each week. The objectives were numerous. The cyber terrorists were gathering and selling information and intel as well as gaining access to many high value targets.

And now, it's over. Mission accomplished.

Read my latest book THUGS. It's easy. Just click.
http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss_gw?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=halpern%2C+micah

To reprint my essays contact sales (at) www.featurewell.com
Follow MicahHalpern on Twitter



The Trump Bump
By Micah Halpern

Thursday December 1, 2016

I've Been Thinking:

On Sunday Austrians will go to the polls and vote for a president.

Ever since the US presidential results came in, pundits in Austria and throughout Europe have been talking about The Trump Effect and the Trump Bounce.

One Austrian candidate is a populist named Norbert Hofer. He is pit against liberal, left leaning, Alexander Van der Bellen. As of now, Hofer is up in the polls.

Elections everywhere across the world are trying to tap into the phenomenon of Trump Energy. Elections are often more about the candidates than about issues, this election broke even those barriers.

In order to duplicate Trump-like effects you can't just be like Trump, you have to be Donald Trump himself.

Read my latest book THUGS. It's easy. Just click.
http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss_gw?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=halpern%2C+micah

To reprint my essays contact sales (at) www.featurewell.com
Follow MicahHalpern on Twitter



Russia Setting Up Hospital in Aleppo
By Micah Halpern

Wednesday November 30, 2016

I've Been Thinking:

Russia has decided to send a field hospital into Aleppo, Syria. This hospital will provide 100 beds and will be able to serve 420 people daily in outpatient services.

So many Syrians have been displaced and so many need medical help. Now Russia is bringing in medical care with trained medical professionals.

It is not pure altruism. Aleppo is in crisis and Russia sees that it is in their interests to help avert more civilian crises.

Russia only acts when it is in their best interests. They know how dangerous and how problematic the situation in Syria is, especially in Aleppo. But they need to secure the support of the masses against ISIS and al Nusra, a branch of al Qaeda.

With the help of the masses Russia can re-establish power and provide Syria with the stability that the Syrians so badly need.

Read my latest book THUGS. It's easy. Just click.
http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss_gw?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=halpern%2C+micah

To reprint my essays contact sales (at) www.featurewell.com
Follow MicahHalpern on Twitter



Mosul- Not Over Yet
By Micah Halpern

Tuesday November 29, 2016

I've Been Thinking:

Iraqi forces have killed as many as 1000 ISIS fighters in Mosul.

Only one Iraqi unit actually entered into Mosul from the East where the massive fighting was - this group is called the Golden Division and they are an elite, highly trained, unit.

The advance on Mosul has taken 6 weeks. The momentum is now squarely on the side of the Allies and the Iraqi establishment.

But ISIS has constantly been surprising the allies. I predict that they have other surprises up their sleeves in Mosul.

Read my latest book THUGS. It's easy. Just click.
http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss_gw?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=halpern%2C+micah

To reprint my essays contact sales (at) www.featurewell.com
Follow MicahHalpern on Twitter



Iran Wants Navel Bases in Syria & Yemen
By Micah Halpern

Monday November 28, 2016

I've Been Thinking:

Iran is planning to open distant naval bases - in Syria and in Yemen.

This is a very aggressive and telling move for Iran. It should be extremely worrying to the Sunni Muslims in the region. But they are not the only country which should worry, this move is also a threat against the rest of the world.

The plan was made public in a news piece published in the Shargh daily newspaper, an official news outlet. It quoted an important general.

"We need distant bases, and it may become possible one day to have bases on the shores of Yemen or Syria, or bases on islands or floating (bases)," said General Mohammad Hossein Baqeri, quoted by the Shargh daily newspaper. "Is having distant bases less than nuclear technology? I say it is worth dozens of times more."

To even suggest that these bases are more important than the nuclear deal is huge. These new bases will be asserting a new power and putting Shiite Iran in close range of almost every regional center in the Middle East.

Read my latest book THUGS. It's easy. Just click.
http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss_gw?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=halpern%2C+micah

To reprint my essays contact sales (at) www.featurewell.com
Follow MicahHalpern on Twitter



Fires in Israel
By Micah Halpern

Sunday November 27, 2016

I've Been Thinking:

The fires ravaging Israel are acts of terror.

Several people have been arrested. Police have videos of people lighting fires. Entire communities have been evacuated - hundreds of thousands of people.

Thankfully, there have been no arson-related deaths, but many have been hospitalized for smoke-related injuries.

Minister Naftali Bennett said the terrorists "tried to kill an entire town". Bennett and Minister Avigdor Lieberman say that the answer to this type of terrorism is rebuilding and then building even more.
The cost of the fires will easily top $2 billion, maybe even $3 billion.

Terrorists have struck at the heart of the every single Israel. Israeli education stresses the beauty and the importance of nature and the value of land - especially the land of Israel.

Even those whose homes have not been threatened, or those who live out of the danger zone, are in pain about the loss and the damage.
Why would terrorists destroy the very same land that they want and claim to love?

Because, Palestinian terrorists gladly cut off their own arms when it results in Israelis losing a finger.

Read my latest book THUGS. It's easy. Just click.
http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss_gw?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=halpern%2C+micah

To reprint my essays contact sales (at) www.featurewell.com
Follow MicahHalpern on Twitter



Terrible Fires in Israel
By Micah Halpern

Friday November 25, 2016

I've Been Thinking:

Tens of thousands of Israeli's have been evacuated from their homes.
The University of Haifa was evacuated. The major prison in Haifa was evacuated. It is a devastating situation. It is a catastrophe.
Every Israeli is wrenched and pained by the fires ravaging the land and the lives of their fellow citizens.

It was undoubtedly arsonists who set the first four fires. The wind has helped to spread the circle of destruction. The police have made arrests. They say that the arson was nationally/politically motivated. That means terror.

Who would burn the land they supposedly love? Who would want to throw Jews out of their homes?

Cyprus and Greece sent four planes to help fight the fire. Russia, UK, Turkey, and Italy have also sent fire fighting planes. Prime Minister Netanyahu called on Evergreen, a US based company that has a 747 filled with water and was used to help fight the Carmel fires in 2010, and asked for their assistance. The plane drops 94,850 liters of water. Even the Palestinians sent four teams of firefighters.

Israel is usually front page news, but not this time. The devastation, the national pain, the fires burning through Israel have hardly made a blip on the international news cycle. The reason should be obvious. No deaths. No abuse of Palestinians. This story does not have any of the requisite elements needed to make international headlines.

Read my latest book THUGS. It's easy. Just click.
http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss_gw?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=halpern%2C+micah

To reprint my essays contact sales (at) www.featurewell.com
Follow MicahHalpern on Twitter



Mosul Close to Liberation
By Micah Halpern

Thursday November 24, 2016

I've Been Thinking:

Since the assault to take back Mosul began last month, on October 17th, there has been slow progress towards achieving that goal.

But yesterday a major blow was struck against ISIS. The main supply road linking Mosul, Iraq to Raqqa, Syria was taken over by the Iraqi Shiite Militia, known as Hashed al Shaabi.

Air support was provided by the United States, but the ground fighting against ISIS was done by Iraqi Shiites.

On the very same day the US air-force destroyed the 4th bridge crossing the Tigris River into Mosul.

Cutting off the trade and travel route is very important. The entire route is 182 miles long. If it is interrupted it will make it nearly impossible for ISIS to send fighters from Raqqa to reinforce and help their fighters in Mosul.

These are their two remaining strongholds.

Iraqi sources estimate that there are between 5,000 to 10,000 ISIS fighters in Mosul. Amassing outside of Mosul are close to 100,000 Iraqi and other troops.

The battle is not over yet - but the end is in sight for liberating Mosul from ISIS.

Read my latest book THUGS. It's easy. Just click.
http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss_gw?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=halpern%2C+micah

To reprint my essays contact sales (at) www.featurewell.com
Follow MicahHalpern on Twitter



Ex Nazis Still Drawing a Pension in Germany
By Micah Halpern

Wednesday November 23, 2016

I've Been Thinking:

It is possible that 10's of thousands of Nazis are still collecting pensions from Germany.

There were 50,000 suspected Nazis working in Germany and as of 20 years ago Germany passed a law stating that suspected war criminals were to be stripped of their pensions.

After an investigation, it was uncovered that over the years of the 50,000 suspected workers, only 99 people have lost their pensions.

The German Ministry of Labor would not comment on this figure or about why so many suspected Nazis have continued to draw money from the state.

This is a terrible abuse of taxpayer money. Money should go to victims - not to murderers.

Read my latest book THUGS. It's easy. Just click.
http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss_gw?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=halpern%2C+micah

To reprint my essays contact sales (at) www.featurewell.com
Follow MicahHalpern on Twitter



Iran Exporting Heavy Water
By Micah Halpern

Tuesday November 22, 2016

I've Been Thinking:

Iran has too much heavy water. It is a violation of the infamous nuke deal signed 18 months ago between Iran and the six world powers.

Heavy water helps cool down the technology that enriches plutonium.

Iran has decided to export the extra heavy water. It's not a lot, it comes to about 220 pounds of heavy water.

How is that done? How do we even know about this? The Iranian media ran a piece yesterday citing diplomatic sources who said that the heavy water was already sold and shipped to Oman.

This is not a violation of the infamous agreement. Actually, it is the objective of Iran and has been from the start. Iran has always wanted to supply the rest of the world with nuclear materials. Iran was angered and insulted that the United States would not permit other countries to have nuclear materials.

Iran is doing what they want to do - just as they always do.

http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss_gw?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=halpern%2C+micah

To reprint my essays contact sales (at) www.featurewell.com
Follow MicahHalpern on Twitter



Assassins in Egypt
By Micah Halpern

Monday November 21, 2016

I've Been Thinking:

Two assassination attempts against Egyptian President al Sisi were just foiled by Egypt's police. The assassins were members of ISIS.

Egypt is experiencing very difficult economic and social tensions. Al Sisi is working hard at keeping terrorists at bay, but it is a difficult battle.

One of the assassination plots was to be carried out at the Clock Tower Hotel in Mecca during the president's pilgrimage to the Hajj.
The plan was for the wife of the plot organizer to put on a suicide belt and blow herself up. The suicide bomb was intended to serve as a distraction for al Sisi's guards and he would be killed.

At the same time that al Sisi was being murdered, the ISIS plotters planned to assassinate the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia, Muhammed bin Nayyef.

Egyptian police also uncovered a second ISIS plot. They call the plotters the bearded police and they have been arrested and charged.

Assassination is a commonly used weapon in the Middle East. ISIS is exploiting those who are loyal to the cause, many of whom work inside mainstream professions, by getting them to hand over information and facilitate access to targets. That is exactly what happened in Mecca and in Egypt.

Read my latest book THUGS. It's easy. Just click.
http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss_gw?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=halpern%2C+micah

To reprint my essays contact sales (at) www.featurewell.com
Follow MicahHalpern on Twitter



Palestinian Civil War
By Micah Halpern

Sunday November 20, 2016

I've Been Thinking:

There is a significant movement rising up against Palestinian leadership in the Palestinian Authority.

The movement includes violent armed conflicts and shootouts with PA security and police pitted against armed locals in villages and towns like Ballata.

Ballata is a refugee camp outside of Shechem/Nabuls.

What makes this current internal conflict different from previous conflicts is that this time those fighting the establishment are not from Hamas - they are true blue Fatah supporters and always have been. They are people who have gotten to the point where they can no longer tolerate Palestinian corruption.

They support Mohammed Dahlan.

Dahlan is in exile and living in Abu Dhabi. Once upon a time he was one of Arafat's fair-haired boys and was the strong arm power of the PA in Gaza. Abbas and Dahlan came into conflict when Dahlan accused Abbas' two sons of corruption by using their power to amass personal financial success.

Dahlan was then convicted, in absentia, of corruption and of besmirching the name of the president.

The corruption is just one element of the discontent and resulting armed conflicts.

Palestinians are rejecting PA leadership because they have come to the full realization that there is no hope for change in the leadership. People are discouraged. Jobs are given only to insiders and their families.

The situation is getting so bad that the shootouts themselves have claimed the lives of at least 12 people and resulted in the wounding of dozens others.

Read my latest book THUGS. It's easy. Just click.
http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss_gw?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=halpern%2C+micah

To reprint my essays contact sales (at) www.featurewell.com
Follow MicahHalpern on Twitter



MidEast Importing US Natural Gas
By Micah Halpern

Friday November 18, 2016

I've Been Thinking:

The US is exporting natural gas from shale to the Middle East.
Two shipments of liquefied natural gas went to Kuwait, one to the United Arab Emirates and two to Jordan. This is mind boggling.

Kuwait and the UAE together hold 40% of the world’s natural gas reserves. And they have more than 100 years of natural gas reserves.

So why are they importing US natural gas?

The answer is that they have a shortage of usable natural gas.
How? Here's how. They have heavily subsidized gas and fixed prices and they have a huge amount of wasted energy. Prices are so low and demand is crazy high --- so they need much more. Their gas is sour which means it has to be purified. It contains far too much hydrogen sulfide. That is expensive -- way above the price being charged per
BTU in these gas rich Middle East countries.

And that's why it is getting cleaner gas from the US makes sense, even if it is counter intuitive.

Read my latest book THUGS. It's easy. Just click.
http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss_gw?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=halpern%2C+micah

To reprint my essays contact sales (at) www.featurewell.com
Follow MicahHalpern on Twitter



Bibi on Russia
By Micah Halpern

Wednesday November 16, 2016

I've Been Thinking:

Yesterday Prime Minister Netanyahu spoke about Israeli Russian relations. Given Russia's new role in Syria and the Middle East, everyone is concerned that an unintended skirmish might accidently become a reality.

Netanyahu said: "We are in close contact with Russia. I met four times over the last year with Putin in order to avoid any clashes that nobody wants between the IDF and the Russian army. So far, there has not been one and we hope there will not be one. The reality in the Middle East changes extremely fast and not always to our detriment. We need one thing and that is to be strong."

Yesterday, on Monday, Russia increased its intense bombing in Aleppo. The air attack originated from the aircraft carrier they have stationed off the coast of Tartus. That is the same carrier where, on Sunday, a MIG-29 crashed while landing.

Accidents happen in the air. But Israel and Russia want to make certain that, just in case, they will not be in one another's.


Read my latest book THUGS. It's easy. Just click.
http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss_gw?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=halpern%2C+micah

To reprint my essays contact sales (at) www.featurewell.com
Follow MicahHalpern on Twitter



Israel is the World's Best
By Micah Halpern

Tuesday November 15, 2016

I've Been Thinking:

The World Health Organization (WHO) has awarded Israel the honor of being the country with the best disaster relief system in the world.

Israeli field hospitals are now ranked the best in the world.

The WHO said that Israel has a unique ability to deploy large, fully outfitted, medical teams with field hospitals at a second's notice and travel all over the world. The WHO evaluated Israel's teams as highly skilled.

People who monitor Israel and people who monitor world catastrophe know full well the grand and spectacular role Israel plays.

This is not an award - it is an honest evaluation. The truth is that whenever there is a world crisis, Israel volunteers and is almost always welcome.

Israel saves lives and teaches others how to save lives.

Read my latest book THUGS. It's easy. Just click.
http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss_gw?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=halpern%2C+micah

To reprint my essays contact sales (at) www.featurewell.com
Follow MicahHalpern on Twitter



Iran's Oil Production
By Micah Halpern

Monday November 14, 2016

I've Been Thinking:

Iran is once again violating their OPEC agreement.

This is upsetting Saudi Arabia more than anyone else. Iran is a member of OPEC and has agreed to their production quotas.

The purpose of the production quotas is to keep the price of oil as high as possible without creating a crisis that would stimulate research for new alternatives to fossil fuels.

Iran has begun producing about 250,000 barrels from the Karoun River valley, up from 65,000. President Rouhani says that productions in the valley should reach 1 million barrels per day --- ASAP. "Oil production west of Karoun must reach one million barrels per day," Rouhani said, referring to the North Azadegan, Yadavaran and Yaran fields. "This is a realistic goal, and we need investment and technology."

This will be a massive change in Iran's production. There is no doubt that the increase in oil production will have two effects. More cash will flow into Iran and the price of oil will drop.

Read my latest book THUGS. It's easy. Just click.
http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss_gw?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=halpern%2C+micah

To reprint my essays contact sales (at) www.featurewell.com
Follow MicahHalpern on Twitter



Iran Violates Nuke Deal
By Micah Halpern

Sunday November 13, 2016

I've Been Thinking:

Once again, Iran has violated the nuclear agreement.

This time around they violated the agreement at the very moment that they were warning President Elect Trump not to walk back on the famous agreement.

This information comes from the Associated Press.
AP saw a copy of a secret UN report by the IAEA stating that Iran has recently exceeded their agreed upon heavy water limit, which was 143.3 metric tons.

Iran went over by .10 metric tons.

The significance of this is enormous. Heavy water is an essential component of refining plutonium for use in nuclear technology.

Reports of these violations are few and far between. That's because few people want to harp on the inadequacies of the agreement and the policing process.

This is just one example. Like so many others, this violation went without notice. This was not the first violation and, worse still, it will not be the last.

Read my latest book THUGS. It's easy. Just click.
http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss_gw?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=halpern%2C+micah

To reprint my essays contact sales (at) www.featurewell.com
Follow MicahHalpern on Twitter



Rebels in Syria Prefer Turmp
By Micah Halpern

November 11, 2016

I've Been Thinking:

From what I am hearing, seeing and reading, Donald Trump's election to the presidency is seen as a positive by the rebels in Syria.

The rebels see Trump's ascent as a welcome change. They were very disappointed with Obama's lack of action = especially after Putin and Russia put boots on the ground in order to secure president Assad of Syria.

The rebels realize that Trumps has been very clear about ISIS and about taking the fight to ISIS. But they are also frustrated that the United States has not supported them in their battle against Assad and ISIS and al Qaeda and Hezbollah.

The rebels needed the US and Obama would not help. Now they are hoping that this new president will act and give them the weapons and the support they need to adequately fight ISIS and bring down Assad.

Read my latest book THUGS. It's easy. Just click.
http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss_gw?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=halpern%2C+micah

To reprint my essays contact sales (at) www.featurewell.com
Follow MicahHalpern on Twitter



What Really Happened in the Election
By Micah Halpern

Thursday November 10, 2016

I've Been Thinking:

Trump's election to the highest office in the land has many stunned.

Strange reasons were given for his victory.

The entire paradigm has shifted. The Democratic and Republican parties are no longer what they once were.

The Republican party is no longer the party of the wealthy and the elite. It is the party of the blue color worker and those who want to eek out an honest living.

The Democratic party was once the party of the worker, not just the organized worker. The Democratic party has been transformed and is now the party of the elite intelligentsia.

The former elite party is now the party of the honest worker. The former party of the workers, the party that looked out for the little guy, is now a party of people who are detached from workers, their needs and their issues.

It's quite an inversion.

Read my latest book THUGS. It's easy. Just click.
http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss_gw?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=halpern%2C+micah

To reprint my essays contact sales (at) www.featurewell.com
Follow MicahHalpern on Twitter



Long Live the King
By Micah Halpern

Wednesday November 9. 2016

I've Been Thinking:

The king is dead -- long live the king. That is how Charles VII of France was ushered onto the throne after the death of his father, Charles VI.

It is all about a smooth transition of power.

Mr. Donald Trump is the next president of the United States.
Most of pundits were wrong, they misread the polls and the numbers.
Analysts misunderstood the tone and the basics of what was happening in America. They could not - or did not, place proper weight on the messages and the answers that were given to them in the polls.

Establishment leaders and mainstream media could not admit that average Americans were feeling betrayed. There is a class divide.
While the country's leaders and elite could not believe that anyone would vote for Republican candidate Donald Trump, the people, in fact, voted for him resoundingly

It is clear that change is the best theme for a successful campaign. In fact, that was the theme that got Barack Obama elected in both his campaigns.

This is a revolution, a real change.

Read my latest book THUGS. It's easy. Just click.
http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss_gw?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=halpern%2C+micah

To reprint my essays contact sales (at) www.featurewell.com
Follow MicahHalpern on Twitter



Election Day
By Micah Halpern

Tuesday November 8, 2016

I've Been Thinking:

It's Election Day. Certainly, an exciting day.

As I mentioned, Ivanka Trump and her husband Jared Kushner visited the grave of the Lubavicther Rebbe the other day. Yesterday, the Satmar Chasidic sect endorsed Hillary. Satmar is divided into two large groups and both they support Hillary.

This is very unusual. The vast majority of the Orthodox Jewish community in the US will vote Republican. The vast majority of American Jews in general will cast their votes for Democrats. That's the history of American Jewry.

On the other hand, the Satmar have a long history of supporting the Clintons.

Read my latest book THUGS. It's easy. Just click.
http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss_gw?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=halpern%2C+micah

To reprint my essays contact sales (at) www.featurewell.com
Follow MicahHalpern on Twitter



Egypt To Buy Iran's Oil
By Micah Halpern

Monday November 7, 2016

I've Been Thinking:

The Egyptian oil minister took a trip to Iran yesterday. It has been a very long time since any senior Egyptian official traveled to Iran.

The reason for the visit is that the Saudis suspended their oil deal with Egypt last October after Egypt supported a UN resolution on Syria. It was a resolution that the Saudis opposed vehemently.

This entire move is very unusual.

The Saudis have supported Egypt since al Sisi took over. They have been Egypt's financial safety net. By going to Iran a new avenue for oil is opening for Egypt. It could be a gesture of independence on Egypt's part or, it could be simply a head fake.

Saudi Arabia was a major Egyptian benefactor. If Egypt actually does sign a deal with Iran it could shake up the entire balance in the Middle East.

Read my latest book THUGS. It's easy. Just click.
http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss_gw?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=halpern%2C+micah

To reprint my essays contact sales (at) www.featurewell.com
Follow MicahHalpern on Twitter



Ivanka Visits Grave of Rebbe
By Micah Halpern

Sunday November 7, 2016

I've Been Thinking:

Here are two interesting tidbits to mull over on the eve of the US Presidential election.

# 1: Ivanka Trump and her husband Jarred Kushner visited the grave of the Lubavitcher Rebbe. The obvious reason was to court a very powerful and influential segment of the Orthodox Jewish community, a community which is already voting Republican.

The second reason is that they really were appealing to the awesome power of the Rebbe to help and assist Donald Trump in the election process. I am certain that they are not alone. Many people are praying for their candidate to win.

# 2: In the ISIS online journal called Al Hayat which is produced by the communications team of ISIS a call went out for US Muslims to boycott the presidential election and, instead, vote with blood by attacking Americans.

The very long article was filled with pictures and quotes from the Koran speaking about the "Murtadd." The Murtadd is an apostate, a former Muslim who must be killed. ISIS identifies US Muslim leaders as Murtadd.

There has been actionable intel of threats on election day in New York City, Texas and Virginia.

What we have here in these two tidbits are two sides of the coin.

Read my latest book THUGS. It's easy. Just click.
http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss_gw?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=halpern%2C+micah

To reprint my essays contact sales (at) www.featurewell.com
Follow MicahHalpern on Twitter



Israel Warns Iran Controls Syria
By Micah Halpern

Friday November 4, 2016

I've Been Thinking:

Avi Dichter, chair of Israel's Knesset Defense and Intelligence Committee, reported to the Swiss Parliament that Iran is commanding a force of 25,000 fighters in Syria. The force is actually a foreign legion composed of Pakistanis and Afghanis ... not Iranians.

Iran trained, commands and supports the fighters.

Dichter explained that Iran has brought both this force and Hezbollah into Syria. He said that these forces are not fighting ISIS at all. They are fighting the rebels and any group challenging Assad. He also described their advanced weapons and their skills.

Bottom line: Hezbollah has gained much needed experience while fighting in Syria and defending Assad. All courtesy of Iran.

Read my latest book THUGS. It's easy. Just click.
http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss_gw?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=halpern%2C+micah

To reprint my essays contact sales (at) www.featurewell.com
Follow MicahHalpern on Twitter



Putin Defies Sanctions
By Micah Halpern

Thursday November 3, 2016

I've Been Thinking:

Putin and Russia defy the world. They have snubbed their proverbial noses at UN Security Council sanctions that were slapped on them after the 2014 land grab of Crimea.

Russia ordered two Mistral helicopter carriers from France. But sanctions did not permit France to deliver the ships.

Now fast forward to the end of September 2016.

That's when France delivered two Mistral carriers to Egypt. Supposedly, the Saudis paid for the ships.

The delivery was covered in the Egyptian press with great fanfare. Then the carriers disappeared. They have now re-appeared off the coast of Tartus, Syria as Russian helicopter carriers. Is anyone surprised?

The Polish minister of defense uncovered the entire story and made it public by announcing that the Egyptians sold the French ships to the Russians for a single dollar. The minister said that his intelligence was reliable.

This is a blatant end around UN sanctions. It completely demonstrates how all the parties involved in this charade simply do not care what the UN decrees and will do whatever they can and whatever they want to advance their own goals.

Read my latest book THUGS. It's easy. Just click.
http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss_gw?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=halpern%2C+micah

To reprint my essays contact sales (at) www.featurewell.com
Follow MicahHalpern on Twitter



Israeli Mr Universe
By Micah Halpern

Wednesday November 2, 2016

I've Been Thinking:

Remember Arnold Schwarzenegger. He won the Mr. Universe title four times in the under 23 year old under division.

This week in Birmingham, England, Israeli Kobi Yifach won the same title of Mr. Universe. This is a huge feather in the cap of Israel.
As Kobi said "It's an amazing feeling to wrap myself in the Israeli flag. I came from such a small country and became the center of attention. This is unprecedented!"

Israel is a tiny country not only in the world of body building but in the world in general. This victory puts Israel on both maps.

Mr. Universe is the most prestigious of all body building awards.
Future competitions will tell whether Israel is a fixture in the body building community of simply a blip on it radar.


Read my latest book THUGS. It's easy. Just click.
http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss_gw?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=halpern%2C+micah

To reprint my essays contact sales (at) www.featurewell.com
Follow MicahHalpern on Twitter



UAE Convicts Hezbollah Cell
By Micah Halpern

Tuesday November 1, 2016

I've Been Thinking:

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) convicted and sentenced 7 people to sentences of up to life in prison for being members of a cell connected to Hezbollah, which is a Shiite group sponsored by Iran and headquartered in Lebanon.

The 7 were tried and convicted of various degrees of espionage.

Cell members transferred pictures of oil fields and maps and the locations of gas fields. The convictions prove that the Sunnis of the UAE are actively trying to stop Shiite organization and aggression.

This is no small act on either side.

Hezbollah's objective is destabilize Sunni centers of power. The Sunnis are trying to repel Shiite incursions into their homes.

Read my latest book THUGS. It's easy. Just click.
http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss_gw?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=halpern%2C+micah

To reprint my essays contact sales (at) www.featurewell.com
Follow MicahHalpern on Twitter



OPEC Disagreement
By Micah Halpern

Monday October 31, 2016

I've Been Thinking:

OPEC had their meeting on Friday and the 14 oil nations could not agree on a central issue.

Iran and Iraq want to continue to produce more oil. They need the money - their main source of revenue is oil.

The other members said that Iran and Iraq need to hold to their production quotas to keep the market stable. This is especially true now as the price of oil is increasing --- if they flood the market with more oil, the price will certainly drop.

OPEC set another meeting for November 30.

In the meantime OPEC members will meet with other oil producing countries.

OPEC is trying to collude, they want to confirm that all oil producing countries are on the same page.

Read my latest book THUGS. It's easy. Just click.
http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss_gw?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=halpern%2C+micah

To reprint my essays contact sales (at) www.featurewell.com
Follow MicahHalpern on Twitter



Shiites Shoot Missile Toward Mecca
By Micah Halpern

Sunday October 30, 2016

I've Been Thinking:

The other day the Shiite Houthis of Yemen launched a missile into Saudi Arabia. The missile was intercepted 40 miles from Mecca by a Patriot anti missile battery.

The Shiite Houthis are involved in a civil war in Yemen backed by the Iranians. They claim that the missile was not aimed at Mecca but rather, it was aimed at their second largest city Jeddah with a population of 4 million.

The Saudis say that this attack was a terrible violation. It effectively broke through the glass ceiling. The Shiites respect Mecca as a Muslim site, but they resent Saudi control over the site.

This assault was a massive game changer.

There is no doubt that Saudi Arabia will respond to an attack of this magnititude with a serious and significant counter attack.

Read my latest book THUGS. It's easy. Just click.
http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss_gw?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=halpern%2C+micah

To reprint my essays contact sales (at) www.featurewell.com
Follow MicahHalpern on Twitter



Abbas Meets W Hamas Leaders
By Micah Halpern

Friday October 28, 2016

I've Been Thinking:

Mahmud Abbas, the leader of Fatah and the President of the Palestinian Authority, met yesterday with the two leaders of Hamas. The meeting took place in Doha, the capital of Qatar. It was sponsored by the Qatari foreign minister.

The objective of the meeting was a reconciliation between Fatah and Hamas. Abbas did not want to meet with the Hamas leaders. His advisers and handlers repeatedly said that there were no plans for a meeting in Qatar despite rumors from Hamas and Qatar leadership.

An official statement from Abbas' office said that the meeting was a business lunch and the objective was to try to reconcile the two sides.

Despite the fact that they had lunch together, there is no chance for that Hamas and Fatah will get together. They hate one another and do not trust each other.

This is just the most recent set of events resulting from the election that Abbas cancelled and that Hamas barred Fatah from participating in.

Read my latest book THUGS. It's easy. Just click.
http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss_gw?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=halpern%2C+micah

To reprint my essays contact sales (at) www.featurewell.com
Follow MicahHalpern on Twitter



Saudis Sign Nuke Deal
By Micah Halpern

Thursday October 27, 2016

I've Been Thinking:

Yesterday, World Nuclear News published an announcement that Kazakhstan and Saudi Arabia have signed a nuclear pack.

Saudi Arabia has plans to create 300 nuclear facilities over the next few years and this agreement with Kazakhstan is a huge component of the larger picture. Kazakhstan sits on 12% of the world's uranium. Together with Russia, which will enrich the uranium, Saudi Arabia can now create the nuclear material that will enable them to create nuclear plants.

Saudi Arabia already has nuclear deals with Argentina, France, China, Finland, Hungary, Indonesia, Russia and South Korea.

This agreement with Kazakhstan puts Saudi Arabia squarely on the nuclear map.

Read my latest book THUGS. It's easy. Just click.
http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss_gw?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=halpern%2C+micah

To reprint my essays contact sales (at) www.featurewell.com
Follow MicahHalpern on Twitter



Cyber Attack on Friday Was a Warning
By Micah Halpern

Wednesday October 26, 2016

I've Been Thinking:

Friday's cyber attack is an important warning to us all.

On Friday, Twitter, Snapchat, Vox, Reddit, Etsy, Netflix and Amazon all came under cyber attack.

They all went down.

This was an amazing cyber attack and it was spread through kiddy cams and home routers.

The essential point is that future conflicts will be centered around cyber attacks.

Future wars will more than likely utilize cyber attacks.

They will certainly be less bloody than traditional wars, but the fall out and the damage caused by cyber attacks is still unknown.

Read my latest book THUGS. It's easy. Just click.
http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss_gw?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=halpern%2C+micah

To reprint my essays contact sales (at) www.featurewell.com
Follow MicahHalpern on Twitter



Price of Oil is Rising
By Micah Halpern

Sunday October 23, 2016

I've Been Thinking:

Knew it would happen. It did!!!

Oil hit $50 a barrel. The Saudis are elated. So are the Iranians. And everyone else in OPEC, too.

To give some perspective: In January oil was below $30 a barrel. In February it fell even more, to $26. And now - oil is expected to hit $60 a barrel by year's end.

The changes are due to several factors.

The two most important factors involve Venezuela and Russia.

During the first week of October Iran and Venezuela agreed to freeze production in an effort to stabilize the market, i.e. to increase the price of oil. Then during the 3rd week of October, OPEC and Russia agreed to a production reduction.

There is great distrust of Russia, and yet, the price of oil is rising.

This is good news for Iran and Saudi Arabia and of course for Russia.

It is bad news for us.

Read my latest book THUGS. It's easy. Just click.
http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss_gw?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=halpern%2C+micah

To reprint my essays contact sales (at) www.featurewell.com
Follow MicahHalpern on Twitter



Iran Preps to Kidnap More Americans
By Micah Halpern

Thursday October 20, 2016

I've Been Thinking:

Iran has been positioning itself to kidnap more Americans. Just a few months ago, in a reversal of long standing policy, the US transferred $1.7 billion to Iran in exchange for freeing American hostages in Iranian custody.

Since the release of those hostages, Iran has taken more Americans.
It is inevitable that the new hostages will be ransomed for billions more dollars.

The Iranians have already begun discussions, or rather negotiations, for the lives of these Americans.

Iran wants to kidnap Americans and use them to make money. They are
already on their way.

The precedent has been set.

Read my latest book THUGS. It's easy. Just click.
http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss_gw?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=halpern%2C+micah

To reprint my essays contact sales (at) www.featurewell.com
Follow MicahHalpern on Twitter



ISIS Loses Money Sources
By Micah Halpern

Wednesday October 19, 2016

I've Been Thinking:

One of the most important effects of the United States' and Allies' strikes against ISIS in Mosul, is that the pounding and the invasion is resulting in the shrinking of ISIS resources and of monies immediately available to them.

The attack on Mosul is causing a shrinking of ISIS oil and gas and cash and bank accounts - essentials that have been the foundation of their state since 2014.

Most of these resources have now fallen back into the hands of the Iraqis.

ISIS has been forced to turn to other means of generating cash.
They are raising income by increasing their extortion and protection programs. They are also increasing their kidnapping efforts and are raising money from foreign supporters.

Without money, ISIS will die a slow death.

Read my latest book THUGS. It's easy. Just click.
http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss_gw?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=halpern%2C+micah

To reprint my essays contact sales (at) www.featurewell.com
Follow MicahHalpern on Twitter



Dropping Leaflets in Mosul
By Micah Halpern

Sunday October 16, 2016

I've Been Thinking:

The Iraqi army dropped leaflets over Mosul early Sunday morning warning residents that the final assault will soon take place.

The messages told the population that their intent is not to target civilians, and that they should avoid ISIS areas. Other leaflets announcements that the final attack to free Mosul from ISIS is about to begin.

Many say that announcements of this kind show the players' hand.
They say that the bad guys will have the opportunity to run away or to burrow and hide deeper underground or even embed themselves more tightly among the innocent population.
Israel drops these messages.

It is an important moral component of combat.

Innocent civilians should not be targeted. Inevitably, some evil characters do escape but more normally, exits are limited and only innocent people are permitted to leave.

Today wars can be surgically and successfully executed.

Read my latest book THUGS. It's easy. Just click.
http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss_gw?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=halpern%2C+micah

To reprint my essays contact sales (at) www.featurewell.com
Follow MicahHalpern on Twitter



Saudis Want Relations w Israel
By Micah Halpern

Friday October 14, 2016

I've Been Thinking:

An official Saudi lobbyist proposed closer relations between Saudi Arabia and Israel, especially economic relations. The essay with this information was published in an oped essay in The Hill, an insider DC web journal.

The author of the piece is Salman al Ansari who is the founder and president of a Saudi PAC in DC called the Saudi Public Relation Affairs Committee.

Ansari suggested "rapprochement" between Israel and Saudi Arabia. He wrote that they have many common objectives and "a more solid foundation for establishing deep-rooted ties between the two countries could manifest in the context of a mutually beneficial economic partnership."

He believes that better relations between Israel and the Saudis would create "a rare, golden opportunity for Israel to participate in and help bolster the Saudi economy."

Ansari also wrote about Israel helping the Saudi deal with issues like water and technology. Better relations "will undoubtedly promote security and weaken extremism in the region."

Read my latest book THUGS. It's easy. Just click.
http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss_gw?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=halpern%2C+micah

To reprint my essays contact sales (at) www.featurewell.com
Follow MicahHalpern on Twitter



US Warship Attacked in Red Sea
By Micah Halpern

Tuesday October 11, 2016

I've Been Thinking:

Iranian backed Houthis shot 2 missiles at a US destroyer off the coast of Yemen.

The missiles missed, but it was clear that the US destroyer was the target of the attack.

A little background. The conflict in Yemen is between Shiite Houthis and Sunni Yemeni leadership. Iran is backing, arming and helping the Houthis while Saudi Arabia is supporting Sunni leadership.

The attack took place in the Red Sea. It came on the heels of last week's bombing of a UAE auxiliary ship by the Houthis. The United States has sent in support ships to make certain that the water ways stay secure.

Iran, through their Houthi proxies, are sending a message to the United States. The message is that: We, the Shiites, are in charge.

Read my latest book THUGS. It's easy. Just click.
http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss_gw?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=halpern%2C+micah

To reprint my essays contact sales (at) www.featurewell.com
Follow MicahHalpern on Twitter



Israelis Are Fasting on Yom Kippur
By Micah Halpern

Monday October 10, 2016

I've Been Thinking:

It is the eve of Yom Kippur and Israel is preparing for the fast day.

61% of Israelis have declared that they are going to fast on Yom Kippur, 38% have said that they will not fast and 1% did not respond at all. The poll was conducted by YNET.com and by Bina, the movement for social change. They polled 500 people, with a standard deviation of 4.4%.

Fasting on Yom Kippur is a religious act. Does that mean that over 60% of the population in Israel is religiously observant? It does not. The number of religiously observant Israeli Jews is closer to 20% of the country.

The reason for the 40% disparity is simple to understand. Israel is a Jewish society. Jewish life is the foundation of the State. It's that simple. And when you understand that, you can also understand why it is that so many Israelis sit down to Shabbat dinner every Friday night.

Israel is a society where secular Israelis are not really secular. In Israel, secularism is infused with religious undertones.

Read my latest book THUGS. It's easy. Just click.
http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss_gw?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=halpern%2C+micah

To reprint my essays contact sales (at) www.featurewell.com
Follow MicahHalpern on Twitter



Russia Blocks Airstrike Resolution in Sec Council
By Micah Halpern

Sunday October 9, 2016

I've Been Thinking:

Both France and Russia had their proposals to end airstrikes in Aleppo rejected by the UN Security Council yesterday.

The French proposal, which received 11 votes in favor, was defeated by a Russian veto.

The US said that because of the failed resolution more people will die and that Russia is part of the killing process, "using tactics more commonly associated with thugs than governments."

The British UN Ambassador said - "please stop now!"

In response, the Russians presented their proposal to stop airstrikes. The Russian resolution received only 4 votes - there was no need for a veto. In order to be adopted and carry, a resolution needs a yes from 9 of the 15 members with no vetoes from any of the 5 permanent members.

The Russian proposal was not really an end to all airstrikes. They proposed using the September 8th ceasefire as the foundation of their resolution.

That would mean placing the responsibility on the local actors and permitting parties like Russia and the United States to continue to bomb at will.

Back to square one.


Read my latest book THUGS. It's easy. Just click.
http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss_gw?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=halpern%2C+micah

To reprint my essays contact sales (at) www.featurewell.com
Follow MicahHalpern on Twitter



Hackers May Sell to Terrorists
By Micah Halpern

Friday October 7, 2016

I've Been Thinking:

Eugene Kaspersky, one of the world's leading cyber security experts, just expressed one of his leading fears. He said "I am really afraid some terrorist group will pay cyber criminals to develop and deploy such weapons on their behalf."

Kaspersky said that cyber criminals often are mercenaries, providing cyber crime services to anyone who is willing to pay - anyone, even terrorists.

This is very scary. Kaspersky's comments were made in an interview he gave to ComputerWeekly.com.

Fears that a cyber weapon will be launched are real. The parties in the game will probably exercise self control. But terror groups, by definition, want to attack the most sensitive part of society and wreak havoc.

If cyber criminals are hired they will produce a devastating cyber weapon. There is no doubt that terrorists will deploy the weapon. The result will be devastating.

Read my latest book THUGS. It's easy. Just click.
http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss_gw?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=halpern%2C+micah

To reprint my essays contact sales (at) www.featurewell.com
Follow MicahHalpern on Twitter



Iran Warns Saudis in Straits of Hormuz
By Micah Halpern

Thursday October 6, 2016

I've Been Thinking:

Iranian Revolutionary Guards have issued a public warning to Saudi Arabia to stay out of Iran's territorial waters.

The Saudis have begun a five day maritime war game in the area. Iran wants to make certain that the Saudis stay out of the Persian Gulf and the Straits of Hormuz. Iran is interpreting the entire activity as a saber rattling.

Of course the Iranians would think that, and of course that is why Iran responded so forcefully. It is also of course critical to know that Saudi Arabia deliberately planned these maneuvers in order to get under Iran's skin.

The problem with all these actions and counter actions is that they continue to ratchet up tensions and intensity in the region - which is already explosive enough on several fronts.

The parties are already confronting one another through proxies in various areas in the Middle East including Syria, Iraq and Yemen.

Read my latest book THUGS. It's easy. Just click.
http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss_gw?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=halpern%2C+micah

To reprint my essays contact sales (at) www.featurewell.com
Follow MicahHalpern on Twitter



Iran Insults Germany
By Micah Halpern

Wednesday October 5, 2016

I've Been Thinking:

German Minister of Economic Affairs Sigmar Gabriel is visiting Iran. The visit has been heavily covered in Iran, in Germany and throughout Europe.

That having been said, imagine my shock when it was announced that Iranian speaker of the parliament, Ali Larijani, has cancelled his meeting with Gabriel. Remember, Germany and Gabriel have been in the forefront of leaders asserting that Iran is changing and that countries and leaders need to give Iran opportunities.

No reason was given for the cancelled meeting.

Whatever the reason - it was a huge mistake on the part of Iran.
Read my latest book THUGS. It's easy. Just click.
http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss_gw?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=halpern%2C+micah

To reprint my essays contact sales (at) www.featurewell.com
Follow MicahHalpern on Twitter



Abbas Condemned For Peres Funeral
By Micah Halpern

Sunday October 2, 2016

I've Been Thinking:

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas attended the funeral of Israel's former president, Shimon Peres. Abbas was one of 70 leaders from countries around the world who came to pay tribute to Peres, the Israeli statesman who had a real impact not only on the Middle East but also on their worlds.

During his eulogy, President Obama gave a shout out to Abbas for attending the funeral. Across the Palestinian world social media criticized Abbas for attending. It was vicious.

Some officials were extremely critical of Abbas on their private social media accounts. What they did is in violation of their employment agreements which do not permit public critique. And, in some cases, it is even illegal.

PA Military PR officer, Osama Mansour, was arrested for writing and criticizing Abbas on his private facebook page. Yes. Arrested for criticizing the President! In a democracy he would be censured and maybe lose his job - but not arrested. He would only be arrested if he had exposed national secrets.

The PA, as we know all too well, is not a democracy.

Read my latest book THUGS. It's easy. Just click.
http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss_gw?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=halpern%2C+micah

To reprint my essays contact sales (at) www.featurewell.com
Follow MicahHalpern on Twitter



Egypt Court Supports Deal w Saudis
By Micah Halpern

Friday September 30, 2016

I've Been Thinking:

An Egyptian court overruled a lower court and permitted an agreement which transferred back to Saudi Arabia two Islands in the Red Sea at the mouth of the Gulf of Eilat of Aqaba.

The agreement, which was signed during a visit of the King of Saudi Arabia to Cairo in April 2016, sparked the largest protests in Egypt since Al Sisi seized power in 2014. The agreement transferred Tiran and Sanafir to Saudi Arabia.

A lower court had earlier annulled the agreement. This court rejected that agreement. So the agreement now stands as it was signed.

This agreement also had both Saudi Arabia and Egypt negotiating with Israel which also controlled the island and wants to make certain the mouth of the Red Sea remains opens.

Read my latest book THUGS. It's easy. Just click.
http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss_gw?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=halpern%2C+micah

To reprint my essays contact sales (at) www.featurewell.com
Follow MicahHalpern on Twitter



Hit an Imam w Shoe on Live TV
By Micah Halpern

Thursday September 29, 2016

I've Been Thinking:

An Egyptian lawyer took off his shoe and started beating an Imam on live TV.

The Imam, who is from Australia, argued that a woman's headscarf is just a cultural tradition and not a legal or a religious tradition. The lawyer insisted that that it was, instead, a religious obligation.

During the conversation the lawyer took off his shoe and stood up and started hitting the Imam. The stage crew sprinted in to separate the men.

Afterward the host apologized to the viewers and said that he should have done a better job of moderating the conversation and keeping distance between his guests.

Read my latest book THUGS. It's easy. Just click.
http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss_gw?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=halpern%2C+micah

To reprint my essays contact sales (at) www.featurewell.com
Follow MicahHalpern on Twitter



Nasrallah Says Wahabi is Worse than Israel
By Micah Halpern

Wednesday September 28, 2016

I've Been Thinking:

The leader of Hezbollah, Sheik Hassan Nasrallah, told his followers that Wahabi Islam is worse than Israel. Wahabi is the sect of Islam most commonly practiced in Saudi Arabia and is most influential in directing its education and even Islamic policies

Nasrallah said: "Wahabism is more evil than Israel, especially [in] that it seeks to destroy others and eliminate whatever thing that has to do with Islam and its history."

This is more than a simple comment and a passing attack from a Shiite about Sunni Islam.

This was a cry to make certain that in the battle which is raging in Syria and Iraq the Wahabi Muslims are the enemy of Hezbollah Shiite Islam.

Read my latest book THUGS. It's easy. Just click.
http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss_gw?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=halpern%2C+micah

To reprint my essays contact sales (at) www.featurewell.com
Follow MicahHalpern on Twitter



Ahmadinejad Will Not Run Again
By Micah Halpern

Tuesday September 27, 2016

I've Been Thinking:

Everyone is talking and thinking about presidential elections. And not just the US presidential election.

Iran is also having elections -- they are scheduled for May.

The former and infamous Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has expressed interest in running, once again, for the presidency in Iran.

Yesterday Ahmadinejad met with the Supreme Leader and asked not only permission to run but also for his support. In Iran it is de rigueur to meet with the Supreme Leader. Without the blessing of the Grand Ayatollah no one can win the presidential election in Iran.

The Supreme Leader denied Ahmadinejad's request.

The Grand Ayatollah told Ahmadinejad that his running would divide Iran and that was unacceptable at this time.

This effectively ruins Ahmadinejad's candidacy for president, at least for the moment. May is not yet upon us. And no one knows what will happen over the next few months.

Read my latest book THUGS. It's easy. Just click.
http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss_gw?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=halpern%2C+micah

To reprint my essays contact sales (at) www.featurewell.com
Follow MicahHalpern on Twitter



Iran Issues Credit Cards
By Micah Halpern

Monday 26, 2016

I've Been Thinking:

Yesterday Iran introduced their first credit card.

There are three different categories for the credit card. A $3,000 limit, a $10,000 limit and a $15,000 limit.

Iran is easing the credit cards into their country in the hope that it will help stimulate the economy - especially the banking system. The country needs to jump start its internal purchases.

There is an important issue still at hand.

Islam rejects the concept of interest which is exactly how credit cards work. That is the reason Iran and other Islamic countries have until now shunned the credit card.

Is business trumping religion? I wonder how long credit cards will last in Iran.

Read my latest book THUGS. It's easy. Just click.
http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss_gw?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=halpern%2C+micah

To reprint my essays contact sales (at) www.featurewell.com
Follow MicahHalpern on Twitter



ISIS Man Convicted of Hacking
By Micah Halpern

Sunday September 25, 2016

I've Been Thinking:

Yesterday a Federal Court in Alexandria VA convicted Ardit Ferizi of hacking for ISIS.

This is the first case in which a person has been convicted of hacking and helping a terror group. Ferizi is a native of Kosovo and was arrested in Malaysia. From there he was extradited to the US to stand trial.

Ferizi stole the records of over a 100,000 people from a retailer in the US and identified 1,351 US members of the military and federal employees to be targeted by ISIS.

He knew that ISIS was going to attack them and "hit them hard." He pleaded guilty to the charges.

"Ferizi admitted to stealing the personally identifiable information of over 1,000 U.S. service members and federal employees and providing it to [ISIS] with the understanding that they would incite terrorist attacks against those individuals."

ISIS is working hard to attack the US - and attack in as many ways as possible.

Read my latest book THUGS. It's easy. Just click.
http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss_gw?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=halpern%2C+micah

To reprint my essays contact sales (at) www.featurewell.com
Follow MicahHalpern on Twitter



Israeli Satellite Back on Line
By Micah Halpern

Friday September 23, 2016

I've Been Thinking:

Last Tuesday Israel launched spy satellite Ofek 11. This satellite launch brings the total of Israeli spy satellites to ten.

When the spy satellite was launched, it was malfunctioning. That's a problem. The satellite was unable to send pictures back to earth to be analyzed by Israeli defense intelligence teams.

But yesterday, Thursday, we got a report that the Ofek11 was online and transmitting very clear pictures.

The coming on line of the satellite allowed the Israeli teams to breathe a deep sigh of relief. It is very hard to fix a satellite from earth - but it seems that is exactly what they did.

Read my latest book THUGS. It's easy. Just click.
http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss_gw?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=halpern%2C+micah

To reprint my essays contact sales (at) www.featurewell.com
Follow MicahHalpern on Twitter



UK Amb Converts to Islam and Does the Hajj
By Micah Halpern

Thursday September 22, 2016

I've Been Thinking:

Simon Collis, the British Ambassador to Saudi Arabia, converted to Islam. This week Collis and his wife, who is of Syrian descent and is also a Muslim, performed the Hajj - the pilgrimage to Mecca.

The Saudi press has been filled with compliments for Collis.

There has been a ripple effect throughout the rest of the Arabic world.

Collis, in explaining his decision, said that he spent the past 30 years living in Muslim cultures.

Although conversion is a personal matter, Collis' conversion is clearly important to the Arabic world and they are literally holding Collis up as a hero within Islam.

On the other hand, I am certain that people in White Hall, the center of the British foreign office, are very concerned about this very public conversion and the attention it is getting in the press throughout the world.

Read my latest book THUGS. It's easy. Just click.
http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss_gw?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=halpern%2C+micah

To reprint my essays contact sales (at) www.featurewell.com
Follow MicahHalpern on Twitter



Russia - Egypt Tensions
By Micah Halpern

Wednesday September 21, 2016

I've Been Thinking:

Russia and Egypt are in the midst of a serious trade crisis.

Russia is one of the world's largest exporters of wheat and Egypt is the largest importer of wheat in the world.

In August a shipment of Russian wheat arrived in Egypt contaminated with a common fungus called ergot. Egypt rejected the shipment.

Then Russia rejected Egyptian citrus fruit saying that the fruit shipment was potentially rotten.

Now a special Egyptian delegation is off to Moscow to solve the problem. But Egypt will not accept tainted wheat. There is no doubt that ergot ruins wheat, but Egypt has been filling part of Russia's fruit needs since the breakdown of Russian Turkey relations earlier this year.

Egypt needs both to get Russia's wheat and to sell them fruit. Russia is in the driver's seat in this dialogue. Is anyone surprised?

Read my latest book THUGS. It's easy. Just click.
http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss_gw?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=halpern%2C+micah

To reprint my essays contact sales (at) www.featurewell.com
Follow MicahHalpern on Twitter



Israeli Embassies Drill Hostage Crisis
By Micah Halpern

Tuesday September 20, 2016

I've Been Thinking:

Yesterday in Riga, Latvia the Israeli embassy and the Latvians conducted an important drill. They simulated a full blown hostage situation.

This Latvian drill comes on the heels of a drill in Rumania and another one conducted in Kiev, Ukraine. There was also a drill in Greece.

Israel needs to drill because the possibility of a hostage crisis is everywhere. These locations utilized the host communities to practice so that both the host country and Israel can be as well trained as possible.

Every single Israeli embassy and consulate around the world has been regularly training and drilling so that, when the situation arises, they will be ready and able to protect themselves.

Read my latest book THUGS. It's easy. Just click.
http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss_gw?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=halpern%2C+micah

To reprint my essays contact sales (at) www.featurewell.com
Follow MicahHalpern on Twitter



New Muslim Poll in France
By Micah Halpern

Monday September 19, 2016

I've Been Thinking:

A recent poll in France reveals two very interesting and important pieces of information about Muslims who live in France.

30% of those surveyed said that Islamic law is more important than French law and that one should follow Sharia over French law.

The next interesting point is that it has been assumed that 10% of the 64 million people in France were Muslims. This poll halves that number and puts it at 3 to 4 million Muslims in France.

The information in the poll is important to process. It is clear that Muslims in France are less and less likely to buy into the national values of freedom, equality and fraternity.

It is also important to realize that an entire educational message needs to be directed at teaching about the importance of the Republic.

Read my latest book THUGS. It's easy. Just click.
http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss_gw?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=halpern%2C+micah

To reprint my essays contact sales (at) www.featurewell.com
Follow MicahHalpern on Twitter



Algeria Put Israel on the Map
By Micah Halpern

Sunday September 18, 2016

I've Been Thinking:

A massive crisis has engulfed Algeria. It is called "mapgate."

An educational textbook identified Israel by name on a map. It did not use the word Palestine. There are calls for the minister of education to resign. The Islamic parties are livid.

The books have been recalled.

The explanation given for the choice of Israel over Palestine was that the labeling was a mistake - that there was no intention of labeling the area Israel and not Palestine. The minister blamed the publishing house. The head of the publishing house apologized for offending Algeria sensibilities. It was called "a lapse and unintentional mistake."

The publisher said that the author was on deadline and downloaded a map from the internet without checking it.

The hatred towards Israel is so great in Algeria that they are jumping through hoops to try to justify using the name Israel. Israel, in Islamic Algeria, is quite simply an unacceptable word.

Read my latest book THUGS. It's easy. Just click.
http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss_gw?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=halpern%2C+micah

To reprint my essays contact sales (at) www.featurewell.com
Follow MicahHalpern on Twitter



Israel Drills for Massive Attack
By Micah Halpern

Friday September 16, 2016

I've Been Thinking:

Next week Israel will conduct a national drill. It will be as realistic as possible.

The Home Front Command is enacting a drill that will simulate a multi-front simultaneous attack against Israel. There will be attacks from Gaza, Lebanon, Syria, the Golan Heights and from Iran. 95% of the rockets will not hit residential areas but 1%-5% will definitely land and cause damage.

The most important part of the drill is getting emergency teams to the people and places in need and providing the necessary triage to get the wounded to the proper trauma centers.

These drills are so important.

Israel needs to constantly keep themselves as on top of their game as possible. At any time, on any day, the enemies of Israel can strike. Israel needs to be prepared.

Read my latest book THUGS. It's easy. Just click.
http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss_gw?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=halpern%2C+micah

To reprint my essays contact sales (at) www.featurewell.com
Follow MicahHalpern on Twitter



French are Cracking Down
By Micah Halpern

Thursday September 15, 2016

I've Been Thinking:

The French are working overtime to prevent terror. Just in the last week they prevented two terror attacks that were in the works from being carried out.

Yesterday France made public the arrest of a 15 year old. This teen had links to the notorious terrorist organizer Rachid Kassim. Kassim is one of the leaders of ISIS in France and has been linked to at least four, mass murder, terror plots since June.

The French have expanded their defensive net and are arresting people who are vulnerable to ISIS messages coming out of Syria and Iraq. Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve explained that the arrest of the teen was part of a larger program to target people vulnerable to "calls to carry out killings, led by certain members of Syrian actors."

This of course means that the French have broken the terrorists' communication code because, as the Interior Minister said, they "use encrypted means to encourage increasingly young people."

There is no doubt France has picked up their game. But there is still room for improvement, especially in the areas of sharing intel and info.

Read my latest book THUGS. It's easy. Just click.
http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss_gw?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=halpern%2C+micah

To reprint my essays contact sales (at) www.featurewell.com
Follow MicahHalpern on Twitter



Al Qaeda Makes Appeal to Black Americans
By Micah Halpern

Wednesday September 14, 2016

I've Been Thinking:

Al Qaeda just released a new video in honor of the anniversary of 9-11.

The video appealed to Black African Americans coaxing them to convert to Islam and protect themselves from the oppressive White Americana who are subjugating them. The video invokes the Black Muslim leader Malcolm X.

The video's objective is to stoke racial tensions in the US and push Black Americans to convert to Islam.

We will never know how successful this video will be - but it will certainly have some influence on some people.

Read my latest book THUGS. It's easy. Just click.
http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss_gw?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=halpern%2C+micah

To reprint my essays contact sales (at) www.featurewell.com
Follow MicahHalpern on Twitter



Iran's New Nuke Program
By Micah Halpern

Tuesday September 13, 2016

I've Been Thinking:

I read an insightful piece in the Japan Times yesterday. It was About Iran's new nuclear program.

According to Japan Times, Japan is offering Iran nuclear plants. The piece also noted that Russia is breaking ground on two new nuclear power plants. In addition, Russia and China have confirmed their positions as suppliers of nuclear technology. They have signed deals for 20 more nuclear sites between the Chinese and the Russians.

It seems obvious from this piece in Japan Times that Iran is already off and running on their nuclear program.

The reality is that Russia, China and Japan are jumping in and helping Iran's re-entry into this new nuclear era by supplying and building nuclear facilities all over Iran.

No one in the Western press has even begun to uncover this data or cover these issues.

Read my latest book THUGS. It's easy. Just click.
http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss_gw?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=halpern%2C+micah

To reprint my essays contact sales (at) www.featurewell.com
Follow MicahHalpern on Twitter



Germany Drops Charges Against Nazis
By Micah Halpern

Monday September 12, 2016

I've Been Thinking:

A court in northern Germany dropped charges against a 92 year old woman charged as an accessory in the murder of 260,000 Jews. The woman was a radio operator in Auschwitz.

Yes, she is old and suffers from ailments of age including poor vision and poor hearing.

But age should not be a reason to drop charges. Age can and should mitigate the punishment, not wave it away.

Shame on Germany for not pursuing justice and historical truth on behalf of victims of the Holocaust.

These are goals that trump the health of the defendant. It was the responsibility of the prosecution to pursue justice for those 260,000 Jewish men, women and children.

After being found guilty, the judge could have shown compassion and not imprisoned her, or the judge could have found an alternative punishment. Dropping the charges was taking the easy way out and tantamount to dropping the ball.

History and truth require prosecutors to prosecute - especially when it comes to Holocaust crimes. Especially in Germany in the year 2016.

Read my latest book THUGS. It's easy. Just click.
http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss_gw?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=halpern%2C+micah

To reprint my essays contact sales (at) www.featurewell.com
Follow MicahHalpern on Twitter



Palestinian Elections Delayed
By Micah Halpern

Friday September 9, 2016

I've Been Thinking:

Palestinians have postponed their elections. I knew they would.

The Palestinian High Judicial Council, the PA equivalent of a Supreme Court, has ruled that the election scheduled for October 8th has been postponed. They ruled that there are too many election related questions that need evaluation before the court to proceed with the October 8th date.

Almost all the cases have to do with lists and access to the ballot. Both Hamas and Fatah are challenging one another in court saying that they have not had proper access to voters and to the registration of candidates.

Elections are rescheduled until December. But the next case won't be heard until December 21. Hamas denounced the delay. They are demanding the elections go on as planned.

Who knows what will happen.

Read my latest book THUGS. It's easy. Just click.
http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss_gw?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=halpern%2C+micah

To reprint my essays contact sales (at) www.featurewell.com
Follow MicahHalpern on Twitter



Iran & Saudi Arabia Trade Barbs
By Micah Halpern

Thursday September 8, 2016

I've Been Thinking:

Over the past two days Iran has released some damning public critique against Saudi Arabia.

It might appear as if this is standard stuff, part of the on-going Shiite/Sunni - rift but it is much more than that. And the vitriol is far more biting.

On Wednesday September 7th, on the official Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA), Iranian President Hassan Rouhani publicly said that Saudi Arabia should be held accountable for the deaths of last year's pilgrims during the Hajj, the annual pilgrimage to Mecca.

Last year 2,426 people were trampled to death in Mecca. The tragedy was allowed to happen because of poor planning. 2,426 is an official number of deaths, but there are estimates that place the number at two times that.

464 of the dead pilgrims were Iranian.

Iran says that other Islamic states should punish Saudi Arabia. Rouhani is quoted as saying: "regional countries and the Islamic world should take coordinated measures to punish the government of Saudi Arabia in order to have a real Hajj."

This is just one example of the vitriol.

For their part, Saudi Arabia declared that Iranian Shiites are not Muslims. Saudi Arabia's grand mufti Sheik Abdul Aziz al Sheik, the most notable cleric in Saudi Arabia, said that Shiite Islam is not Islam and that Iranians are not believers in the basic tenets of Islam.

He called them Majuws. The Majuws were pagan fire worshippers and Zoroastrians.

He said: "We must understand they are not Muslims, for they are the descendants of Majuws, and their enmity toward Muslims, especially the Sunnis, is very old."

Iran and Saudi Arabia will continue to trade shots at one another. But they are taking it up a notch. The situation is intensifying.

Read my latest book THUGS. It's easy. Just click.
http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss_gw?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=halpern%2C+micah

To reprint my essays contact sales (at) www.featurewell.com
Follow MicahHalpern on Twitter



New Poll in Israel
By Micah Halpern

Wednesday September 7, 2016

I've Been Thinking:

A new poll conducted by Israel's Channel 2 News has left me surprised.

According to the poll if there were to be an election today, Yair Lapid would unseat Prime Minister Netanyahu. Lapid and his party would garner 24 seats - up from the 11 seats they received in this past election and Netanyahu and his Likud party would only get 22 seats, down from the 30 they have now.

Another big winner would be Naftali Bennet and his Bayit Hayehudi party increasing to 14 seats from 8.
Lieberman, the current defense minister would increase from 6 to 10.

The biggest news is the big losers.

Biggest is the Labor party now called Zionist Union. They will drop from 24 to 13 seats. And the Kulanu Party, headed by finance minister Moshe Kahlon, would almost disappear, dropping from 10 to 6.

Polls are never something to rely on. However, this one is very telling. Obviously Netanyahu is in a low spot in his popularity but not that bad. 22 seats to 24 seats looks more like a tie with Lapid than a dismal defeat.

The big new centers on Labor dropping even more and Bennet gaining. Israelis like Bennet because he has no guile. He is direct and honest in his vision and objectives.

The Labor Party continues to fall. It seems that the party that founded and shaped Israel for decades is having difficulty connecting with Israelis today.

Read my latest book THUGS. It's easy. Just click.
http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss_gw?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=halpern%2C+micah

To reprint my essays contact sales (at) www.featurewell.com
Follow MicahHalpern on Twitter



Israel Breaking Travel Records
By Micah Halpern

Tuesday September 6, 2016

I've Been Thinking:

September 29th is going to be the busiest day in the history of Israel's airport, Ben Gurion International. 90,000 people will go through Ben Gurion on that fateful Thursday breaking the record set this summer when 87,000 passed in a single day.

The month of September is expected to see 1.73 million passengers pass through the airport, a 6% increase over 2015, the last busiest month in history.

So why September 29? Because it is the last day people can leave or arrive in Israel before the New Year -- Rosh Hashanna, which begins early Sunday evening October 2nd.

The flights are all booked. In addition to the many tourists entering Israel, many Israelis are leaving. Some are leaving for the Holidays, flying away from the anything remotely Jewish and heading for beaches and gambling casinos.

The largest group of people leaving the country, however, is travelling specifically for religious reasons. They are headed to Ukraine, to the city of Uman where the great Rabbi Nachman of Bratzlav is buried and where tens of thousands of his disciples descend during this period.

This travel record is a huge boost for Israel. It tells Israelis that people are coming to visit, that their economy is getting a big shot in the arm and that, despite the news, people still see Israel for her true self. People see Israel as a very attractive place to visit and support.

It reinforces for Israelis the knowledge that Israel is a destination worth visiting.

Read my latest book THUGS. It's easy. Just click.
http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss_gw?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=halpern%2C+micah

To reprint my essays contact sales (at) www.featurewell.com
Follow MicahHalpern on Twitter



Israel & PA Sign a Mem of Understanding
By Micah Halpern

Monday September 5, 2016

I've Been Thinking:

Israel and the Palestinian Authority signed an official Memorandum of Understanding yesterday.

The MOU was signed in order to coordinate postal delivery. The new process will allow direct transfer of PA mail to cross into Jordan using the Allenby Bridge which is controlled by Israel and then off throughout the world.

This process will streamline PA postal service around the world and allow for more efficient movement of the mail as it moves out of the PA. Until now Palestinian Authority mail was bottlenecked and there was great difficulty getting the mail out.

The PA and Israel have come to an agreement about a small but important issue - small, but important. It's a good start.

Read my latest book THUGS. It's easy. Just click.
http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss_gw?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=halpern%2C+micah

To reprint my essays contact sales (at) www.featurewell.com
Follow MicahHalpern on Twitter



Syrian Launches Tourism Campaign
By Micah Halpern

Sunday September 4, 2016

I've Been Thinking:

Syria has just launched a tourism campaign entitled "Syria Always Beautiful."

It sounds crazy. I watched the video - looking at it you would never guess that Syria has been at war for 5 years. The campaign pushes the beautiful beaches and great historical sites of Syria.

In 2011, before the war began, 8.5 million tourists visited Syria every year. That would amount to about 15% of their annual economy.

Since 2011 tourism has dropped to nearly nothing.

They Syrians claim 400,000 tourists came in 2014. I find that number to be an exaggeration. No way did 400,000 people visit Syria - certainly not tourists using passports. Maybe, if you include the Iranian Revolutionary Guard and the Hamas fighters you might reach that number.

The irony of it all is that 400,000 is also the estimate of the number of people killed by the war in Syria.

Read my latest book THUGS. It's easy. Just click.
http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss_gw?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=halpern%2C+micah

To reprint my essays contact sales (at) www.featurewell.com
Follow MicahHalpern on Twitter



Hacker Gets 52 Months
By Micah Halpern

Friday September 2, 2106

I've Been Thinking:

The famous Romanian hacker Guccifer was sentenced to 52 months in a US federal prison yesterday for hacking. He claims he is the one who hacked Hillary Clinton's server and made it known that she had a private server in her NY home on which she was conducting State Department work.

In May, Guccifer plead guilty to crimes including the crime of unauthorized access to computers.

The Romanian hacker Marcel Lazar Lehel changed his name to Guccifer which, he feels, combines the style of Gucci and the light of Lucifer.

The United States asked Romania to extradite Guccifer because of the damage he had done here. He hacked into hundreds of official emails. He embarrassed the cyber security of the United States. He has been made an example of. But what of the illegal discovery?

Guccifer will spend 52 months in the federal penitentiary. Hillary Clinton is not even charged.

Read my latest book THUGS. It's easy. Just click.
http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss_gw?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=halpern%2C+micah

To reprint my essays contact sales (at) www.featurewell.com
Follow MicahHalpern on Twitter



Russia To Turkey - Hands Off Kurds
By Micah Halpern

Thursday September 1, 2016

I've Been Thinking:

The spokesperson from the Russian foreign ministry made a public statement yesterday.

Russia asked Turkey not to attack any group fighting ISIS - including the Kurds. The Kurds have been the most effective fighting group against ISIS.

Several important points need to be made here. First, Turkey has been targeting and attacking the Kurds and has utilized the battle against ISIS as cover to attack them.

More importantly, Russia has reinvigorated their relationship with Turkey. Turkey is highly motivated to keep Russia happy and retain Russian support and protection. So when Russia says hands off the Kurds, despite Turkish objectives and agenda, odds are that Turkey will comply.

Once again Russia is influencing the region.

Read my latest book THUGS. It's easy. Just click.
http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss_gw?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=halpern%2C+micah

To reprint my essays contact sales (at) www.featurewell.com
Follow MicahHalpern on Twitter



Kerry Says Don't Cover Terror
By Micah Halpern

Wednesday August 31, 2016

I've Been Thinking:

US Secretary of State John Kerry made an inane statement in a press conference the other day.

He said out right that the press should stop covering terror attacks. He actually said, not implied, that if the attacks were not covered people would not know about them. The implication was that without the coverage, people would not freak out and fear terror and that without the publicity the terrorists would not act.

The entire message by Kerry is a serious mistake.

Terror does not go up and down because the events are covered. A press blackout on terror would never stop events from being covered. In this day and age of media access, most people learn about things from social media and not from traditional news sources.

The most important issue here is that Kerry's entire perspective is based on the false assumption that if you de-emphasize the value of something/anything it becomes less important to everyone else. This is not true. It is a terrible fallacy.

Terror is important to the terrorists and to the victims and to the world that is at war confronting the terror. Saying it is not Islamic or not terror will not make it less important.

Read my latest book THUGS. It's easy. Just click.
http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss_gw?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=halpern%2C+micah

To reprint my essays contact sales (at) www.featurewell.com
Follow MicahHalpern on Twitter



Israel 1st To Send Aid to Italy
By Micah Halpern

Tuesday August 30, 2016

I've Been Thinking:

Most people do not know this, but the first country to send a team of aid workers to help Italy after the terrible and devastating earthquake struck on August 24 - was Israel.

Israel has volunteer teams that are always ready to hop on a plane and help people in need. They were the first in Italy, the first in Haiti and the first aid team in Nicaragua.

The teams specialize in finding victims buried under rubble and in dealing with the Red Cross, neighbors and community. Knowledge of the victim's native language, in this case Italian, is essential.

In Italy one of the main foundations of the team is a psychologist named Sylvania Winer who came to Israel from Italy as a 20 year old.

The Israelis are indentifying bodies and informing the families. Part of Israel's job also is keeping people away from the remains and from the dead bodies that are decomposing and rife with disease.

Well done Israel, we are all proud.

Read my latest book THUGS. It's easy. Just click.
http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss_gw?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=halpern%2C+micah

To reprint my essays contact sales (at) www.featurewell.com
Follow MicahHalpern on Twitter



Oct Summit in Moscow BTW Pal & Is
By Micah Halpern

Monday August 29, 2016

I've Been Thinking:

It is happening... almost certainly.... in October Netanyahu will meet with Abbas in Moscow under the sponsorship of Putin.

Originally, this meeting was supposed to take place in Egypt under the sponsorship of Egypt, but Abbas is wary of the Egyptian plan. It seems that he trusts Putin more than al Sisi.

We know that Netanyahu and Putin have been in contact over the past few days and now their teams should be ironing out the details.

Last week I wrote that Egypt's President al Sisi announced to a closed groups of select journalists that Putin was interested in hosting the meetings... and now they will all come together. Egypt and Saudi Arabia will also be part of the talks

Abbas has no idea what he wants - but he knows that he needs to stack the group against Israel.

What Abbas does not realize is that most everyone has lost their patience with him (not with Netanyahu) and as I read the tea leaves, the real pressure will be on the Palestinians (not the Israelis) to make serious concessions and move towards a real solution.

Read my latest book THUGS. It's easy. Just click.
http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss_gw?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=halpern%2C+micah

To reprint my essays contact sales (at) www.featurewell.com
Follow MicahHalpern on Twitter



Iran Attacks US Carrier- US Fires Warning Shots
By Micah Halpern

Sunday August 28, 2016

I've Been Thinking:

Wednesday and Thursday saw two aggressive Iranian actions against the US aircraft carrier Nitze.

On Wednesday four little boats belonging to the Iranian Revolutionary Guard aggressively approached the Nitze. The United States fired four warning shots at the little boats and the incident ended.

And then again, on Thursday, the rubber speed boats came in "arms length" of the US aircraft carrier. This time the US carrier fired three warning shots. The Iranian Revolutionary Guard vessel turned and left.

The White House and the Pentagon have said only that they are concerned and that this behavior is not helpful and that they do not understand the motivation behind it.

Well, I understand the motivation very well. The Iranians are toying with United States. These actions are meant to lure the United States into an irresponsible and exaggerated response.

This is a game that the Iranian Revolutionary Guard is playing.

In January the Iranians did the same thing with drones and a submarine that were close enough to nearly touch the flight deck of the US vessel.

My suggestion to the United States - don't take the bait.

Read my latest book THUGS. It's easy. Just click.
http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss_gw?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=halpern%2C+micah

To reprint my essays contact sales (at) www.featurewell.com
Follow MicahHalpern on Twitter



Bibi's Gov Almost Fell Last Night
By Micah Halpern

Friday August 26, 2016

I've Been Thinking:

A massive crisis in Israel was averted on Thursday night.

The crisis was not about peace or economics, not about the Palestinians or security or even about ISIS. And yet, it was a crisis of such proportion that it threatened to take down the government - and nearly did. Prime Minister Netanyahu spent the whole night in dialogue and negotiations to keep his government from falling.

The crisis centered on a simple Latin expression composed of 2 words: Status Quo - which means, things should stay the same. No Changes.
Status Quo. These words are the foundation of the Netanyahu coalition. It has to do with the concept of religious life in Israel, especially the role of government.

In this case religious parties in the Netanyahu government were up in arms because work on the rail lines was taking place on Shabbat.
Two ministers sent a scathing letter to the PM saying stop or we will pull our support from your government because this is a violation of the Status Quo, which is part of our coalition contract.

Israel's ministers of transport and labor said that their contracts allowed for work on Shabbat in Tel Aviv. The religious parties said no way.

Finally, the prime minister stepped in with a Solomonic resolution.
They agreed to allow emergency and safety related work to be done on Shabbat because that work save lives. For instance, major safety improvement on the Ayalon Highway may be performed so that fewer people will die in what has become a deadly roadway. But simply laying track and other non-safety related work will be postponed until after Shabbat.

A near crisis - averted.

Read my latest book THUGS. It's easy. Just click.
http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss_gw?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=halpern%2C+micah

To reprint my essays contact sales (at) www.featurewell.com
Follow MicahHalpern on Twitter



What a Shock-- Its Politics
By Micah Halpern

Thursday August 25, 2016

I've Been Thinking:

George P. Bush, Jeb Bush's 40 year old son, just returned from a trip to Israel.

The trip should come as no surprise, Jeb and his uncle George W. are great supporters of Israel.

The big surprise is that George P Bush broke ranks from his father and endorsed Donald Trump, the republican nominee. Despite the awful way that Trump attacked his father, George none the less has embraced the idea that Trump needs to win the presidency.

Currently, George P. Bush is the Texas land commissioner, elected in 2014. But he may be maneuvering for a spot in the Trump administration. This trip to Israel certainly helps secure his foreign policy exposure and experience.

Machiavelli said that politics make strange bedfellows. Here we have the perfect example.

Read my latest book THUGS. It's easy. Just click.
http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss_gw?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=halpern%2C+micah

To reprint my essays contact sales (at) www.featurewell.com
Follow MicahHalpern on Twitter



Russia to Sponsor Israel-PA Summit
By Micah Halpern

Monday August 22, 2016

I've Been Thinking:

Egyptian President al Sisi informed several journalists yesterday that Russian President Putin is offering to host direct talks between Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu and Palestinian President Abbas.

That is a very important announcement.

Originally, Egypt was supposed to host a bi-lateral summit. Now it will be Russia who hosts. It is essential that Egypt and Saudi Arabia be present. Their presence will allow Palestinian leader Abbas the illusion of protection, comfort and security that may permit him to make concessions.

Of course, the biggest questions is where the United States will be during the summit. They will unquestionably be invited - but this time around they will have to take a back seat.

This is Russia's party and the co-hosts are Egypt and Saudi Arabia.

Read my latest book THUGS. It's easy. Just click.
http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss_gw?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=halpern%2C+micah

To reprint my essays contact sales (at) www.featurewell.com
Follow MicahHalpern on Twitter



Iran's Weapons Industry
By Micah Halpern

Sunday August 21, 2016

I've Been Thinking:

Iran now has an advanced weapons industry.

Iran's motivation in creating this industry was the sanctions that the West and the world imposed on them. So far, their results have been very impressive. Iran is making sophisticated weapons, on its own.

Here's an example:

The Russian S-300 rocket system has been caught in the sanctions debate. And even though Iran signed a deal with the P5+1 last year, the S-300 has not actually been delivered.

Russia has been pressured by Israel and the United States not to send the entire S-300 order.

So, since 2010, Iran has been developing an alternative to the S-300. The Iranians say that they have successfully developed the Bavar-373. We are told that they tested the rocket and that Iranian President Rouhani actually toured and watched the launching of the new weapon.

Also on the agenda for release almost immediately is Iran's first turbo jet engine.

This info comes to us courtesy of Iran, so some skepticism is valid. Iranians are masters of deception and have, in the past, fictionalized their technical weapons development and prowess.

We just have to wait and see what the real story is this time.


Read my latest book THUGS. It's easy. Just click.
http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss_gw?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=halpern%2C+micah

To reprint my essays contact sales (at) www.featurewell.com
Follow MicahHalpern on Twitter



Turkey Confiscates Accounts of Rebels
By Micah Halpern

Friday August 19, 2016

I've Been Thinking:

Turkey is confiscating the money, property and assets of anyone they feel was involved in the July coup.

Included in the group of confiscated properties are the schools and other charities of self-exiled Turkish cleric leader Gullen who lives in a complex in Rural PA.

In addition, two Fortune 500 companies that are in Turkey have also been impacted. Their assets were taken and their company offices were closed.

The Turks will continue to crack down on everyone they think was involved in the coup.

Read my latest book THUGS. It's easy. Just click.
http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss_gw?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=halpern%2C+micah

To reprint my essays contact sales (at) www.featurewell.com
Follow MicahHalpern on Twitter



More Info About Egypt's Refusal to Shake Hands
By Micah Halpern

Thursday August 18, 2016

I've Been Thinking:

More details are coming out about that judo match between Israel and Egypt, the match in which the Egyptian refused to shake the hand of the Israeli.

Now it has been made public that Egyptian athletes have refused to ride in elevators with Israelis.

Israeli Ori Sasson has described the evil murderous looks that Egyptian Shahabi gave him before their judo match. He reports that as they began the match, Egyptian Shehabi said "Alahu Akhbar." Sasson said he could only think of the declarations make before a terror attack.

After the incident the Olympic Committee summoned the Egyptian. Shehabi was disciplined him and sent back to Egypt.

Read my latest book THUGS. It's easy. Just click.
http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss_gw?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=halpern%2C+micah

To reprint my essays contact sales (at) www.featurewell.com
Follow MicahHalpern on Twitter



Hamas Threatens PA on Elections
By Micah Halpern

Wednesday August 17, 2016

I've Been Thinking:

Hamas sent out a scathing ultimatum to the Palestinian Authority yesterday.

Hamas said that if the PA doesn’t stop arresting their people in the West Bank --- Hamas will boycott the upcoming local elections.

Actually, many of the Hamas leaders that the Palestinian Authority is arresting in the West Bank are election organizers who are motivating people to vote for Hamas over Fatah.

Fatah might actually want Hamas to boycott the local elections - it would give Fatah a hands down victory over Hamas.

The problem is that if Hamas is absent from the election, it would call into question Fatah's true popularity and give Hamas the opportunity to delegitimize the entire election.

Read my latest book THUGS. It's easy. Just click.
http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss_gw?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=halpern%2C+micah

To reprint my essays contact sales (at) www.featurewell.com
Follow MicahHalpern on Twitter



All Maps Are Political
By Micah Halpern

Tuesday August 16, 2016

I've Been Thinking:

All maps are political. And Google Maps is in the middle of a huge conflict over their maps.

Over the past few weeks Google has been accused of removing Palestine from their maps. The company has responded by saying that they never did have Palestine as a separate country. Some voices are saying that Google should show Israel's occupation of Palestine.

The argument is not unique to Israel and Palestine.

There are similar arguments about Crimea. The argument is whether Google maps should show Crimea as part of Ukraine or, now that it is under Russian control, should they show Crimea as part of Russia.

And what about the Kurds who control areas in Syria, Iraq, Iran and Turkey. Should they show the Kurdish controlled areas? And what about ISIS controlled regions? Should people know which areas are under the control of ISIS? But then again, does showing all that automatically signify acceptance of their right to control the area?

Goggle is in a difficult position. We need their maps - and we want to be up-to-date in terms of geographical shifts and changes in territory.

Read my latest book THUGS. It's easy. Just click.
http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss_gw?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=halpern%2C+micah

To reprint my essays contact sales (at) www.featurewell.com
Follow MicahHalpern on Twitter



Iran Lost 400 Guards In Syria
By Micah Halpern

Monday August 15, 2016

I've Been Thinking:

Iran's actions are often shrouded in deep secrets - even mystery.

The Iranians do not telegraph their actions. Often they become reliable sources of information about what others are doing, such as the United States. And Iran was the source of the video and the information about the $400 million in cash that the White House delivered stealthily one night, the same night that four American hostages were released by Iran.

One of the mysteries that has plagued those of us who have been analyzing Iran is how large their force in Syria and Iraq really is.

On Saturday, Iran's semi-official news agency, ILNA, reported that 400 families were being honored because they were the parents of sons who had died in Syria as fighters for the Revolutionary Guard. Yes, 400 dead in Syria.

400 dead Revolutionary Guards is a huge number. We have be shown, here and there, memorial photos of Guards killed in Syria - but we never knew how many of them there were. We also heard from other sources that the Iranians were there. We even had a vehicle filled with six Revolutionary Guards, including a general, that Israel killed in an airstrike as they were touring the Golan Heights.

Iran has made a huge investment in Syria and we always assumed that Iranian Revolutionary Guards were all over Syria attacking ISIS and Al Qaeda. Now we know for sure.

This is a very important admission and acceptance.


Read my latest book THUGS. It's easy. Just click.
http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss_gw?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=halpern%2C+micah

To reprint my essays contact sales (at) www.featurewell.com
Follow MicahHalpern on Twitter



Christians Protest in Egypt
By Micah Halpern

Sunday August 14, 2016

I've Been Thinking:

Yesterday Christians protested in Cairo on the steps of the national court house. They were demanding equal rights and equal protection.

Protests are virtually unheard of today in Egypt. New anti-protest laws are so strict that they almost certainly guarantee conviction and prison, not to mention injury caused by the police in a crackdown.

Christians number about 10 million in Egypt, which means that they are about 10% of the population. Almost universally, they supported al Sisi in his overthrow of the Muslim Brotherhood's president Morsi.

Under Morsi the Christian community was in the cross hairs. They expected improvement under al Sisi but they have not felt any significant change. Egypt's Christians want equality under the law. And they want protection from abuse.

Their demands are reasonable.

Read my latest book THUGS. It's easy. Just click.
http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss_gw?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=halpern%2C+micah

To reprint my essays contact sales (at) www.featurewell.com
Follow MicahHalpern on Twitter



Israel Ordered to Pay Iran $1.1 Bill
By Micah Halpern

Friday August 12, 2016

I've Been Thinking:

The World Court has ordered Israel to pay Iran $1.1 billion plus interest and lawyer's fees.

The decision came about as the result of an oil company created jointly by Israel and Iran in 1968. The company was created after the 1967 War during which Egypt closed the Suez Canal. Israel needed to get oil and so they created a corporation with Iran who provided the oil.

But then, eleven years later, after the Iranian Revolution of 1979, it all fell apart. And when it fell apart Israel took control of the corporation.

Now that the court has ruled (although the ruling is dated June 27) it is unlikely that Israel will pay up.

It is against Israeli law to send any money or support to Iran.
Israel cannot and will not hand over any money to Iran.

Read my latest book THUGS. It's easy. Just click.
http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss_gw?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=halpern%2C+micah

To reprint my essays contact sales (at) www.featurewell.com
Follow MicahHalpern on Twitter



US Hits ISIS Hard
By Micah Halpern

Thursday August 11, 2016

I've Been Thinking:

The United States has confirmed that they have killed 300 ISIS fighters - that is 1/4 of their fighters - including much of ISIS leadership in Afghanistan. Yes, in Afghanistan.

We think of ISIS in Iraq and in Syria and then in Libya and Yemen. But ISIS is now setting up shop in Afghanistan. And ISIS needs to be stopped.

General John Nicolson, US head of the region, confirmed the kills. He told reporters: "They killed a number of top leaders of the organization and up to 300 of their fighters".

"Obviously it's difficult to get an exact count, but what this amounts to is about 25% of the organization at least, and so this represents a severe setback for them."

This is a very important step in checking ISIS as they attempt to expand into new regions. Without this check ISIS would be free to take over Afghanistan.


Read my latest book THUGS. It's easy. Just click.
http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss_gw?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=halpern%2C+micah

To reprint my essays contact sales (at) www.featurewell.com
Follow MicahHalpern on Twitter



Iran Bans Pokemon Go
By Micah Halpern

Wednesday August 10, 2016

I've Been Thinking:

Iran joins the nations that are banning Pokemon Go.
They claim that the game is a security risk and a tool of foreign spy agencies.

Niantic, the company that makes Pokemon, never asked for permission to launch in Iran. If they had, Niantic would have had to submit an application to the Supreme Council on Cyberspace. This group was set up by the Ayatollah in 2012 in order to try to keep a handle on the cyber world inside Iran.

The Council is also responsible for a cyber defense and attack infrastructure in Iran.

Iran is one of the top 5 cyber tech countries in the world today. Obviously, the Council would have rejected Pokemon Go. But just as obviously, Pokemon Go is being played in Iran anyway. I have seen pictures and videos of Iranian teens in public parks running after those little guys.


http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss_gw?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=halpern%2C+micah

To reprint my essays contact sales (at) www.featurewell.com
Follow MicahHalpern on Twitter



Charity Aided Hamas- Countries Stop $
By Micah Halpern

Monday August 8, 2016

I've Been Thinking:

World Vision was a credible Christian charity. It was respected all over the world and it raised millions of dollars for its various causes.

The NYT scooped a story about how World Vision in Gaza was giving its charity to Hamas.

The Israelis supported the claim by saying that they had the head of World Vision in custody since June and he confessed to siphoning millions - almost all the money allocated to Gaza - and giving it to Hamas. He actually said that he infiltrated the organization with that plan in mind from the very beginning.

Now a few days later, Australia has suspended all gifts to World Vision. The Australian government gives about $4 million a year to World Vision. Germany, also, has stopped their donation dollars to World Vision. Israel is providing the evidence to any and every country interested.

Israel has also said that countries and individuals must be particularly careful about giving to organizations in Gaza. The chances of it going to Hamas are extremely high.

According to the Israeli briefing report the monies did not go to Hamas charities or their social service infrastructure. The monies from World Vision went to the military wing of Hamas and to the digging of tunnels.

That means individual Western donors and Western countries were contributing to terror infrastructure. It means that giving to World Vision was not just fraud but a violation of the anti-terror funding laws of these countries. That is a very serious violation.


http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss_gw?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=halpern%2C+micah

To reprint my essays contact sales (at) www.featurewell.com
Follow MicahHalpern on Twitter



IDF Saves Syrians
By Micah Halpern

Sunday August 7, 2016

I've Been Thinking:

The IDF released a video of its medical teams going into Syria to save Syrians who were badly injured in bombings. Two of the wounded were very young children with burns all over their bodies.

Seven medical teams went into Syria in the dead of night. This was many more than are even assigned to the special medical group designated to stealthily save Syrians. These medical teams were borrowed from the armored corps that was involved on a drill nearby in the Galil. The teams included high ranking medical personnel that had with them a huge amount of equipment to help the injured.

So dramatic were the injuries that the team called a helicopter to airlift the Syrian patients out of the area. This was highly risky and very unusual --- in an already unusual situation.

The most amazing part of the story was watching an uninjured elderly women walk alongside the gurneys to the helicopter. The children's grandmother was with them as they were dying and she joined them in Israel.

Here is a link to the video:
www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4838412,00.html


http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss_gw?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=halpern%2C+micah

To reprint my essays contact sales (at) www.featurewell.com
Follow MicahHalpern on Twitter



Egypt Kills ISIS Leader
By Micah Halpern

Friday August 5, 2016

I've Been Thinking:

The head of ISIS in Sinai was killed in an air raid conducted by the Egyptian military.

The Egyptian air force launched an attack against an ISIS weapons depot. One of the additional reasons for the strike was that according to intelligence reports they had received, in addition to the weapons numerous ISIS leaders and fighters were present at the depot.

So the strike was launched. 45 ISIS members were killed and the entire cache of weapons was destroyed.

Among the dead is said to be Abu Dua al Ansari, the head of ISIS in the Sinai. Ansari was responsible for the planning and execution of the horrific terror attack that blew up the Russia charter flight murdering all 224 people aboard the airliner.

There has been no confirmation of Ansari's death from anyone in the Sinai. No one - from ISIS to the Bedouins of Sinai have said anything about the attack or the death.

This is par for the course.


Read my latest book THUGS. It's easy. Just click.
http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss_gw?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=halpern%2C+micah

To reprint my essays contact sales (at) www.featurewell.com
Follow MicahHalpern on Twitter



Iranian Leader Says Saudis are Traitors
By Micah Halpern

Wednesday August 3, 2016

I've Been Thinking:

Iranian Supreme Leader the Ayatollah Khamenei has gone on record saying that the average Iranian has not felt any positive effect from the six month old nuclear agreement between Iran and the Western world.

The Ayatollah also accused Saudi leadership of committing treason. He was referring to a group of Saudi businessmen and a former Saudi general who recently went to Israel for a long visit and have been speaking about the experience and about how Israel is not at all what it is assumed to be by the general public and by the media.

Khamenei was livid with the Saudis. He said: "This job by Saudis is a great sin and treason but in this big wrongdoing, Americans have played a role since the Saudi government is possessed by the U.S. government while following and listening to Washington."

When the Supreme Leader speaks, the Arab world listens.

Read my latest book THUGS. It's easy. Just click.
http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss_gw?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=halpern%2C+micah

To reprint my essays contact sales (at) www.featurewell.com
Follow MicahHalpern on Twitter



Pope is Wrong on ISIS
By Micah Halpern

Tuesday August 2, 2016

I've Been Thinking:

The Pope has got ISIS and Islam all wrong. In fact, his comments actually help ISIS gain more support.

After the brutal murder of a Catholic priest in Normandy, the Pope and his spokesmen did not mention Islam. His Holiness does not believe that Islam is the issue.

Yesterday the Pope said: "It's not right to identify Islam with violence. It's not right and it's not true." He said: "I believe that in every religion there is always a little fundamentalist group."
And then he concluded "I know how they think, they are looking for peace."

Unfortunately, the Pope does not know how ISIS works. He is so very far off from understanding them.

The Pope believes that ISIS "presents itself with a violent identity card, but that's not Islam." He is wrong - for ISIS that is Islam.


Read my latest book THUGS. It's easy. Just click.
http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss_gw?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=halpern%2C+micah

To reprint my essays contact sales (at) www.featurewell.com
Follow MicahHalpern on Twitter



ISIS Terror in Europe
By Micah Halpern

Monday August 1, 2016

I've Been Thinking:

Since June 8 there has been an ISIS inspired terror attack every 84 hours in cities outside the war zones of Iraq, Syria, Sinai, Egypt and Libya. This statistic comes to us via IntelCenter a group that tracks terrorism.

According to IntelCenter over half of those attacks were outside major cities in what would be considered low risk areas. This is counter-intuitive - but it is also part of the ISIS plan.

Today Europe is flatfooted in dealing with ISIS terror. And at the same time, ISIS terror is increasing in its intensity. We will see many more attacks before the summer ends. ISIS knows that their attacks are working.

Europe is stunned. They have no idea how to respond to ISIS and now, in addition to the deaths and the fear, they are being hit in the pocket book, too.

Tourism in all the traditional European tourist sites has plummeted. Even fellow Europeans are not travelling within Europe. Certainly Americans are not interested in visiting traditional European centers of tourism.

The loss - both financial and psychological, is devastating.

Read my latest book THUGS. It's easy. Just click.
http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss_gw?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=halpern%2C+micah

To reprint my essays contact sales (at) www.featurewell.com
Follow MicahHalpern on Twitter



Hezbollah Tatoos & Islam
By Micah Halpern

Sunday July 31, 2016

I've Been Thinking:

I just read an eye opening essay about Hezbollah supporters and fighters tattooing themselves with Shiite images and even tattooing themselves with pictures of Shiite leader Sheik Hassan Nasrallah.

Most Muslim authorities forbid permanent tattoos. Henna and non-permanent body art is ok according to all Islamic authorities.

The Koran does not mention tattoos but the Hadith which is the oral teachings of Mohammed does. This Hadith, recorded by Bukhari, reads: "It was narrated that Abu Juhayfah (may Allah be pleased with him) said: "The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) cursed the one who does tattoos, and the one who has a tattoo done."

That is pretty clear.

No reason is given for the prohibition, so Muslim thinkers can only speculate as to the motivation behind it. The answers are obvious. Tattooing mutilates Allah's original creation. It was a tradition of the pagans. It covers the natural body.

Getting tattoos, even Shiite tattoos with quotes from the Koran or pictures of Mohammed's sword or similar depictions are not in line with majority Islamic tradition.

But the people being tattooed do not seem to care.

This may change, however, when they are killed by other Muslims because of their tattoos and because they are Shiites.


Read my latest book THUGS. It's easy. Just click.
http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss_gw?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=halpern%2C+micah

To reprint my essays contact sales (at) www.featurewell.com
Follow MicahHalpern on Twitter



New Elections Slated in Iran
By Micah Halpern

Thursday July 28, 2016

I've Been Thinking:

Iran has announced that next year on May 19th they will conduct presidential elections. The decision was made by the Iranian Guardian Council.

President Rouhani is expected to run for election. If he does not run and win, he will be the first president in the history of Iran since the 1979 not to win a second term.

The real power in this election will not be the voice of the people. The real power will come from the Supreme Leader, The Grand Ayatollah Khamenei.

We do not yet know who the other candidates will be. But we do know that that there has been serious tension between The Grand Ayatollah and the current president. May 19, 2017 will be the perfect time for the Ayatollah to remove Rouhani from office and from power.

But removing Rouhani from the presidency could cause a huge loss of confidence in Iran. It could be devastating for the future of Iran.

Read my latest book THUGS. It's easy. Just click.
http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss_gw?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=halpern%2C+micah

To reprint my essays contact sales (at) www.featurewell.com
Follow MicahHalpern on Twitter



ISIS Murders in a Church
By Micah Halpern

Wednesday July 27, 2016

I've Been Thinking:

ISIS terror strikes Normandy in northern France. Two terrorists enter a Catholic church and slit the throat of an 85 year old priest. The terrorist then tape themselves declaring their goals and their motives.

One of the terrorists was on a watch list and was outfitted with an electronic ankle bracelet to monitor him activities. He was, however, permitted to remove it for several hours each morning. And indeed the murder took place at 9:30 AM. His mother turned in her son saying that he had become an extremist.

The West was shocked by the murder.

This murder in a church is exactly what ISIS wants. It proves ISIS' superiority and demonstrates the inferiority of Christianity. ISIS wants to attack the essence of Western and Christian values and traditions.

ISIS is trying to attack the very heart of the West. Going into a church is part of that plan. For ISIS it is even more important than attacks against Shiite mosques or pilgrimages.

Read my latest book THUGS. It's easy. Just click.
http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss_gw?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=halpern%2C+micah

To reprint my essays contact sales (at) www.featurewell.com
Follow MicahHalpern on Twitter



Iran Destroys 1 Mill STV Sat Dishes
By Micah Halpern

Tuesday July 26, 2016

I've Been Thinking:

Iran destroyed 100,000 private satellite dishes yesterday in its capital Teheran. All the satellite dishes were handed over by their owners in order to avoid a stiff $2800 fine for having the TV dish.

The general in charge of destroying the satellite dishes, General Reza Neghdi, said that these dishes "deviate morality and culture." They are un-Islamic. They "increase divorce, addiction and insecurity in society."

He said: "Most of these satellite channels not only weaken the foundation of families but also cause disruptions in children's education and children who are under the influence of satellite have improper behavior."

Iran leadership as well as Iranian citizens know that there is a vast world of ideas out there. Their leadership wants to shut out that influence. But people in Iran yearn for that which their leaders shut out - information and news.

Read my latest book THUGS. It's easy. Just click.
http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss_gw?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=halpern%2C+micah

To reprint my essays contact sales (at) www.featurewell.com
Follow MicahHalpern on Twitter



Saudi Delegation Visits Israel
By Micah Halpern

Sunday July 24, 2016

I've Been Thinking:

A group of Saudi businessmen and academics wrapped up a three-day visit to Israel. The delegation was led by former high ranking Saudi general Anwar Eshki.

The delegation met with high level Israeli diplomats.

The objective of this visit was to resurrect the 2002 Saudi- Arab peace initiative. The essence of the initiative was land for peace wherein Israel was to give the Palestinians land taken during the 1967 Six Day War. In exchange for the resolution, the Arab world would normalize relations with Israel.

The messages we are receiving are that the meeting was very successful. More important, however, is the message that comes with that success: Creating a solution to the Palestinian question is a priority for moving ahead on the diplomatic front.

This was not General Eshki's first meeting with Israelis. Last year he met with Dore Gold, director general of Israel's foreign ministry. They met in the United States.

The photo-op for this meeting took place at the history-infused King David Hotel in Jerusalem.

Read my latest book THUGS. It's easy. Just click.
http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss_gw?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=halpern%2C+micah

To reprint my essays contact sales (at) www.featurewell.com
Follow MicahHalpern on Twitter



Abbas' Brother Dies
By Micah Halpern

Friday July 22, 2016

I've Been Thinking:

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas is in Qatar. He went to Qatar from Paris.

Abbas went to Qatar to bury his brother Omar who just died from cancer.

Omar Abbas, also known Abu Loway, died at the age of 76. I have discussed his cancer and his medical care in the past. Abbas' brother received regular cancer treatments at Asuta, a private hospital in Tel Aviv.

Of course they have hospitals in Qatar, world class hospitals. But they are not even close to providing the level of quality of Israel's hospitals. They were not good enough for the brother of the Palestinian president.

Despite all the myths and all the lies, Palestinians get the best medical treatment in the world - in Israeli hospitals.

Arab news outlets never covered the fact that Omar Abbas was treated in an Israeli hospital. It does not fit their narrative. In their narrative all of Israel and all Israelis are evil.

Read my latest book THUGS. It's easy. Just click.
http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss_gw?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=halpern%2C+micah

To reprint my essays contact sales (at) www.featurewell.com
Follow MicahHalpern on Twitter



Erdogan:Outside Countries Sponsored Failed Coup
By Micah Halpern

Thursday July 21, 2016 I’ve Been Thinking:

Turkish President Erdogan gave an interview to al Jazeera. In the interview Erdogan said that foreign governments had a hand in the failed coup in Turkey last week.

The Turkish president did not mention any governments by name but he said he knows that this is very clear.

I can go through the list of countries who were happy about the attempted coup and crushed to discover that the coup failed.

These are countries in the Middle East and in Europe and even in the Americas.

It should be very clear that Erdogan knows who his enemies are and who are his friends.

Read my latest book THUGS. It's easy. Just click.
http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss_gw?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=halpern%2C+micah

To reprint my essays contact sales (at) www.featurewell.com
Follow MicahHalpern on Twitter



Bibi Send Message to Abbas Via Youtube
By Micah Halpern

Wednesday July 20, 2016

I've Been Thinking:

Prime Minister Netanyahu posted a YouTube video directed at Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.

On his video, Netanyahu spoke directly to Abbas saying: "President Abbas, over the past several years, you refused to meet me and sit down and negotiate peace, I hope you'll hear this message."

Netanyahu's message to Abbas was, let's talk and make peace - we owe it to the future. He said the time has come to stop supporting terror and that he needs to put an end to the statements of his underlings who repeatedly make comments supporting terror attacks.

Finally, Netanyahu asked Abbas to stop paying premiums to the families of terrorists. That, according to Netanyahu, only incentivizes terrorism.

Now we wait and see if Abbas responds to the Netanyahu message.

Read my latest book THUGS. It's easy. Just click.
http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss_gw?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=halpern%2C+micah

To reprint my essays contact sales (at) www.featurewell.com
Follow MicahHalpern on Twitter



Russian Delivers S-300 Part to Iran
By Micah Halpern

Tuesday July 19, 2016

I've Been Thinking:

Iranian news sources have confirmed that Russia is sending them components of the S-300 missile system and that a significant segment arrived yesterday.

The news report said that the S-300s components will be delivered in their entirety by the end of the year.

The S-300 is a surface-to-air system. It is not the best Russia, has but it will definitely improve Iran's ability to respond to incoming missiles and aircraft.
Israel has voiced their disapproval over the deal, but they have not raised a huge stink - probably because the old S-300 has serious weaknesses and can be gamed. In other words, Israel has a defense against it.

The Russians said that they would slow down the delivery - which they have done. But eventually they must live up to their obligations and contracts with Iran. This agreement is over a decade old.

The most troubling part of the arrival of the S-300 components is that this marks another new stage, a period in which Russia and Iran are engaging in important weapons trade.

Russia has a difficult time saying "no" when it comes to the money and influence side of the weapons market.

Read my latest book THUGS. It's easy. Just click.
http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss_gw?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=halpern%2C+micah

To reprint my essays contact sales (at) www.featurewell.com
Follow MicahHalpern on Twitter



Syrian Rebels Fear Loss is Near
By Micah Halpern

Monday July 18, 2016

I've Been Thinking:

Syrian rebels are taking the US to task. They are publicly saying that the US is not calling Russia out on their massive violations.

The Russians are supporting Assad and in the process they are perpetrating war crimes. Basma Kodmani, the spokeswoman for the resistance, has been very vocal about the Russians and the United States. "What we lack here is a serious reaction to Russian behavior on the ground" she said.

Kodmani is a member of the main opposition High Negotiations Committee.

All this comes as the resistance is watching the noose tighten around Aleppo. Assad, his allies and Russia are closing in on the resistance stronghold. There is no doubt that the High Negotiations Committee and all the those fighting against Assad fear that if Aleppo falls to Assad the entire battle to oust Assad will be lost.

That is why Kodmani is making such strong statements and accusations against the US. She needs the United States to act against Russia. She is trying, in her own way, to guilt them into it.

Read my latest book THUGS. It's easy. Just click.
http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss_gw?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=halpern%2C+micah

To reprint my essays contact sales (at) www.featurewell.com
Follow MicahHalpern on Twitter



France: 17 Unidentified Victims
By Micah Halpern

Sunday July 17, 2016

I've Been Thinking:

French officials still have not identified 16 of the dead and one of the wounded from the devastating Islamic terror that rocked Nice.

The numbers of dead and wounded are mind blowing. One single person, in a truck, killed 84 men, women and children and wounded 202 more people in a low tech attack using the simplest of weapons. All that was required was a terrorist to drive a truck into a crowd and murder as many holiday revelers as he could until he, himself, was killed.

The number of unidentified victims is a telling statistic.

Most of the 16 unidentified bodies, people with no discernible i.d. on their person, were probably tourists or individuals out on their own to enjoy the evening - and no one has yet to notice that they were in Nice and that they are missing. The unidentified injured victims have wounds that do not allow them to aid in their own identification.

The lives of the 202 injured are forever changed. The lives if families and friends of all the 84 murdered have all been irrevocably altered.

The terrorist successfully struck at the heart of France and the West. For ISIS this is another huge victory. Their web sites claim that this style of attack is an effective tool - a model that should be duplicated throughout the West against the enemies of Islam.

Read my latest book THUGS. It's easy. Just click.
http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss_gw?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=halpern%2C+micah

To reprint my essays contact sales (at) www.featurewell.com
Follow MicahHalpern on Twitter



Why Bastille Day
By Micah Halpern

Friday July 15, 2016

I've Been Thinking:

Over 80 dead and hundreds wounded on Bastille Day in Nice, Southern France.

Clearly, an act of terror.

The symbol of the day is so important - it cannot be ignored. The prison, the Bastille, was stormed on July 14, 1789. The prisoners inside the Bastille were freed. That act became the symbol of the French Revolution which, in turn, triggered the birth of the modern state in which individual rights and freedoms are the hallmark of modern society.

Bastille Day is a symbol even more powerful than July 4th. It is the foundation of the revolution that heralded the assumption of all future modern states that every individual is created equal.

For the Islamic terrorist the ideas of equality and freedom are the antithesis of everything they believe in. Every citizen of France understands the deep significance of Bastille Day. They have internalized the knowledge that all the terror that has been targeted at France rises out of what France represents and what it demands.

France demands freedom and equality. France demands that all those who enter their country adhere to the principles of freedom and equality.

That is an idea that extremist Muslims, that Muslim terrorists, cannot abide.

http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss_gw?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=halpern%2C+micah

To reprint my essays contact sales (at) www.featurewell.com
Follow MicahHalpern on Twitter



England's New Foreign Secretary
By Micah Halpern

Thursday July 14, 2016

I've Been Thinking:

The new prime minister of England has appointed Boris Johnson as her foreign secretary.

Johnson served two terms as Mayor of London and has a huge amount of foreign affairs experience as a politician, a news editor and a political columnist.

Concerning Israel and the Middle East, Johnson has proclaimed himself a proud Zionist who supports Israel's right to exist even if he disagrees with some of her policies.

When he visited Israel he announced that the Boycott Israel Movement was a group of "Lefty Academics." As a result of that comment many of Johnson's meetings with Palestinians in the West Bank were cancelled.

This is a very good appointment. Johnson will serve well and he will be an honest friend. Most importantly, when he disagrees with policies, he will disagree with respect and his style tends not to be patronizing.

This may be the beginning of a new era of Israeli // British relations.

Read my latest book THUGS. It's easy. Just click.
http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss_gw?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=halpern%2C+micah

To reprint my essays contact sales (at) www.featurewell.com
Follow MicahHalpern on Twitter



Jews Say NO to Abbas Invite
By Micah Halpern

Wednesday July 13, 2016

I've Been Thinking:

Mahmoud Abbas, the president of the Palestinian Authority, has invited a group of Israeli and Jewish leaders from Arab lands to meet with him.

The group, which is made up of seventy leaders from The World Federation of Moroccan Jewry, has already met with Abbas several times. Their meetings have been very productive and have helped to move issues and dialogues along.

This time, however, the group rejected the invitation from Abbas.

The leader of the group, Sam BenShitrit, said that they would not meet with Abbas until the Palestinian Authority president publicly condemned the recent stabbing of Hallel Jaffa - the 13 year old Israeli girl stabbed to death by a Palestinian intruder while in her bed.

BenShitrit also pointed out that Abbas refused to meet with Israeli President Rivlin in Europe at the EU meeting.

And finally, BenShitrit explained that after their last meeting with the PA president he wrote to Israeli PM Netanyahu paving the road for face to face with Abbas, but Abbas still has not pursued that meeting.

BenShitrit feels that it is not useful to continue meeting with the head of the PA when Abbas does not follow through with their previous agreements.


Read my latest book THUGS. It's easy. Just click.
http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss_gw?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=halpern%2C+micah

To reprint my essays contact sales (at) www.featurewell.com
Follow MicahHalpern on Twitter



Terrorist Prisoners Watch Soccer
By Micah Halpern

Tuesday July 12, 2016

I've Been Thinking:

The Eurocup2016 was played on Sunday night. It was watched all across the Middle East. Like the World Cup, or Mondial as it is called, hundreds of millions of people tune in to watch the game.

For the purpose of our discussion, it does not matter who won or lost. It is about watching the game.

What matters is that the Supreme Court of Israel decided that Hamas prisoners convicted of mass murder and terrorism were entitled to watch the game.

Families of the victims of the crimes perpetrated by these prisoners petitioned the Court to disallow them the pleasure of taking in the game.

But the Court ruled in favor of the prisoners.

Call me crazy, but I don't believe that pleasures like this should be rights --- they should be rewards for cooperation, insight and information.

Watching the Eurocup could have been used an incentive to leverage information from prisoners. Now watching soccer has become a right.

What's next?! What a missed opportunity.

Read my latest book THUGS. It's easy. Just click.
http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss_gw?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=halpern%2C+micah

To reprint my essays contact sales (at) www.featurewell.com
Follow MicahHalpern on Twitter



Mideast Countries Issue Travel Warnings on US
By Micah Halpern

Monday July 11, 2016

I've Been Thinking:

Two Middle East countries have issues travel alerts about the United States. Add to that The Bahamas which also said that their citizens should exercise judgment and avoid protests and any interaction with police while in the United States.

The United Arab Emirates embassy in Washington DC has issued a warning that their citizens should stay away from big city protests. In addition, the government of Bahrain tweeted that their citizens should maintain distance from protests in the US.

There is no real threat to citizens in the United States - especially relative to the dangers of the Middle East. The United States is safe for Americans and for tourists.

The subtext of the warnings these countries are releasing is that the Black Lives Matter movement and their protests are likely to be violent and police are on edge and they may react which could lead to more deaths.

Read my latest book THUGS. It's easy. Just click.
http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss_gw?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=halpern%2C+micah

To reprint my essays contact sales (at) www.featurewell.com
Follow MicahHalpern on Twitter



Hackers and Cyber Terror
By Micah Halpern

Sunday July 10, 2016

I've Been Thinking:

Hackers are starting to ask questions about cyber terror.

Hacktivism, the online hacker journal, published an essay saying that new definitions of cyber terror are important and cyber attacks really do not meet the current criteria.

The current definition, according to the journal, reads:
"An act must be illegal and violent or endanger human life, be coercive or intimidating, and occur in whichever jurisdiction fits. The code does not say that terrorism must meet one or all, but "means activities with these three characteristics." Most acts of hacktivism only tick one or two of these boxes, if at all."

They are correct.

Most cyber hacks are illegal - but not terror.

Most cyber hacks are denial of service when they flood a website and bring it down. That makes for a minor inconvenience and an illegal act, but hardly an act of terror.

Read my latest book THUGS. It's easy. Just click.
http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss_gw?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=halpern%2C+micah

To reprint my essays contact sales (at) www.featurewell.com
Follow MicahHalpern on Twitter



Israel Creating Laws Against Facebook
By Micah Halpern

Friday July 8, 2016

I've Been Thinking:

Israel is advancing legislation to limit hate speech on Facebook and other social media. They want to scrub it.

Israeli Minister of Public Security Gilad Erdan said yesterday:

"Some of the victims' blood is on Zuckerberg's hands."

"Facebook has turned into a monster. The younger generation in the Palestinian Authority runs its entire discourse of incitement and lies and finally goes out to commit murderous acts on Facebook's platform."

There is much support for these laws - and not just by Israelis.

The evidence seems pretty clear that there are direct links between terrorists, their Facebook accounts and the incitement they are exposed to.

Normally we would say that people still have the ability to choose between good and evil, that just because, for example, someone watches horror movies they are not turned into a potential mass murderer.

But, in defiance of all logic, these kids are different. For some reason, these young Palestinian kids who go out and become terrorists seem to be different from the norm.

Read my latest book THUGS. It's easy. Just click.
http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss_gw?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=halpern%2C+micah

To reprint my essays contact sales (at) www.featurewell.com
Follow MicahHalpern on Twitter



Davos Report: Israel Top in Tech
By Micah Halpern

Thursday July 7, 2016

I've Been Thinking:

The World Economic Forum, also known as Davos, has released a report on Global Information and Technology.

The report puts Israel in the top group of nations that benefit from technology and digital innovations. The report actually said that it is private individuals who are driving the progress - not government or business

In order, the United States, Singapore, Finland, The Netherlands, Sweden Switzerland and Israel are the countries that gain the most from technological innovation.

The most troubling part of the report is that the gap between those gaining from technology and those not gaining is growing very quickly.

Read my latest book THUGS. It's easy. Just click.
http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss_gw?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=halpern%2C+micah

To reprint my essays contact sales (at) www.featurewell.com
Follow MicahHalpern on Twitter



Hackers Attack Olympics
By Micah Halpern

Wednesday July 6, 2016

I've Been Thinking:

The Olympics are scheduled for this August, this summer.

It looks like the hacker community is talking a lot about the Olympics, too. These hackers are not out to wreak havoc and terror on the Olympics, these hackers are selling knock off tickets and other memorabilia.

Hackers are luring people into honey traps by offering travel packages that include flights, hotels and tickets to the games ... they are all fake.

This is the classic hacker model. Most black hat hackers are after the quick buck. They almost always go for the simple easy buck.

Most hackers are petty thieves and con artists - not evil masterminds. They lead people down a path, deceive them and simply steal from them by entrancing them with the excitement of the con.

The hacker community is talking about their plans in great detail.

Caveat Emptor. Buyer beware!

Read my latest book THUGS. It's easy. Just click.
http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss_gw?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=halpern%2C+micah

To reprint my essays contact sales (at) www.featurewell.com
Follow MicahHalpern on Twitter



ISIS Is Back in Full Force
By Micah Halpern

Tuesday July 5, 2016

I've Been Thinking:

ISIS plans to end Ramadan with a blast.

Over the past few days ISIS has orchestrated terrible attacks in Bangladesh, Iraq and Saudi Arabia. The attacks have all been timed to coincide with the final days of Ramadan - a three day festival called Eid el Fidr which marks the conclusion of the month long period of introspection.

Yesterday three attacks took place simultaneously in Saudi Arabia. The day before a car bomb blew up in Iraq killing over 200 people. The intentions are obvious, the attacks were devastating.

The targets have been Shiite and Sunni and even Western diplomats.

ISIS has made it clear that they are attacking across the board. No established group is safe. ISIS may be Sunni Muslims, but they are also attacking Sunnis - Sunnis who do not specifically subscribe to ISIS' understanding of Sunni Islam.

In the world ISIS occupies, if you subscribe to a more liberal form of Islam you're a heretic and you can be killed.

Sadly, it does not look as if these attacks will die down after Ramadan. A new momentum has been created and we must watch and determine how powerful this surge of ISIS violence and terror becomes.

Read my latest book THUGS. It's easy. Just click.
http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss_gw?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=halpern%2C+micah

To reprint my essays contact sales (at) www.featurewell.com
Follow MicahHalpern on Twitter



Turkish Ship Arrives in Israel Gaza Aid
By Micah Halpern

Monday July 4, 2016

I've Been Thinking:

The first Turkish ship carrying aid and journalists to Gaza has arrived in Ashdod port in Israel.

This arrival of the ship comes as a result of the agreement that was signed between Turkey and Israel as they normalized diplomatic relations only last week. The aid must come through Ashdod and then it can be transferred to Gaza over land.

This ship was carrying medicine, food and toys.

Taken together with yesterday's public criticism of the original flotilla by Turkish leader Erdogan, it seems as though a new era of interaction between the two nations has begun.

There are those in Israel who are against the transfer of aid to Gaza.

Their reasoning is that Hamas has still not given Israel any information about the bodies of Israelis soldiers or the whereabouts of two Israeli who stumbled into Gaza. They argue giving aid is unilateral and Israel gets nothing for giving the aid.

The argument continues. If Hamas has either info on the bodies or on the kidnapped boys, they should inform Israel and then and only then should they receive aid - any aid, even aid from Turkey.

Read my latest book THUGS. It's easy. Just click.
http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss_gw?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=halpern%2C+micah

To reprint my essays contact sales (at) www.featurewell.com
Follow MicahHalpern on Twitter



Bibi on Historic Africa Trip
By Micah Halpern

Sunday July 3, 2016

I've Been Thinking:

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will begin a four country African visit tomorrow.

Netanyahu will start his trip in Uganda on July 4th, the day that marks the 40th anniversary of the heroic rescue in Entebbe where, in 1976, his brother Yoni was killed while leading the historic and dazzling mission.

This is the first time an Israeli prime minister will have visited the sub-Saharan Africa region in over three decades. Israel has a long history of aid and involvement in Africa, especially dealing with technology, water and agriculture. Most of those interactions have been behind the scenes and kept very quiet.

Israel is now ready to open a new era in their relationship with that region of the world. Part of Israel's objective is to challenge ISIS and radical Islam.

Africa is the future - and Israel needs to have a presence.
So over the next few days Prime Minister Netanyahu will visit Uganda, Rwanda, Kenya and Ethiopia. A truly historic mission of his own.

Read my latest book THUGS. It's easy. Just click.
http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss_gw?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=halpern%2C+micah

To reprint my essays contact sales (at) www.featurewell.com
Follow MicahHalpern on Twitter



Assad Says West is Helping Him
By Micah Halpern

Friday July 1, 2016

I've Been Thinking:

Reuters has released a sneak preview of an interview with Syrian leader Bashar Assad scheduled to be broadcast on Friday on Australia's SBS news channel.

The quotes are very damning -- damning of Western countries.

Assad is quoted as saying that Western countries condemn his government politically but then send security advisers to help fight ISIS and al Qaeda. He also gave a big dig to the United States saying that Western countries simply mimic what the US wants them to say.

One of the important revelations in this interview is that Assad tells the Australian media that their country, Australia, is among those countries who show their duplicity.

"They attack us politically and then they send officials to deal with us under the table, especially the security, including your (the Australian) government."

"They don't want to upset the United States. Actually most of the
Western officials, they only repeat what the United States want them to say. This is the reality."

It is befitting that Assad sees the world through his own unique lens - before becoming a ruthless dictator, he was, after all, a card carrying MD and licensed eye doctor.

Read my latest book THUGS. It's easy. Just click.
http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss_gw?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=halpern%2C+micah

To reprint my essays contact sales (at) www.featurewell.com
Follow MicahHalpern on Twitter



Iran Favors Brexit
By Micah Halpern

Thursday June 30, 2016

I've Been Thinking:

Iran is elated about the Brexit vote.

The Iranians claim that they believe in democratic voting and so they supported the vote about leaving the EU. The Foreign Ministry statement read "As a democratic establishment, the Islamic Republic of Iran respects the British people’s vote on leaving the European Union, and considers that as being in line with the will of majority of that country’s people to adopt their own foreign policy."

It sounds good, but it is truly irrelevant.

The real reason Iran supports Brexit is because the United States was in support of remaining.

In addition, the Iranians perceive England to be a huge trading partner and they want to expand their trade with Iran.

Every country has an agenda. Iran is no exception.

Read my latest book THUGS. It's easy. Just click.
http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss_gw?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=halpern%2C+micah

To reprint my essays contact sales (at) www.featurewell.com
Follow MicahHalpern on Twitter



Germany to Lease Israeli Killer Drones
By Micah Halpern

Wednesday June 29, 2016

I've Been Thinking:

Israel will lease 5 drones to Germany in a deal worth 600 million Euros.
There are two fascinating components to this deal. The first is that Germany did not lease or buy the US drones, but chose Israel instead. After all, the US Predator and Raptor drones are part of the United State’s highly developed weapons cache.

Israel has a wide range of drones and they are the leaders in technology in the field. The Germans are leasing the Eitan which is called the Heron TP.
It is huge, weighing over 5 tons. Its wingspan is 86 ft and it is 43 ft long. The Eitan can carry an additional 4000 lbs of equipment. (bombs).

And that leads to the second very interesting dimension to this deal. The
Germans said that the Heron can carry and shoot missiles, rockets and bombs. The Germans used older versions of these drones to attack in Afghanistan.

The Germans were revealing a well hidden secret
Israel has never admitted that they make drones that can be armed with weapons. The Germans just disclosed that very important piece of information.

Read my latest book THUGS. It's easy. Just click.
http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss_gw?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=halpern%2C+micah

To reprint my essays contact sales (at) www.featurewell.com
Follow MicahHalpern on Twitter



US May Buy Iron Dome
By Micah Halpern

Tuesday June 28, 2016

I've Been Thinking:

The US is considering buying the short range interceptor missile, the famous Iron Dome, from Israel.

The idea is to use the Iron Dome in Europe to protect against Russian missiles that could attack European cities. The US already has anti missile batteries in Poland and the Czech Republic. Russia has interpreted this as a major threat against them and an increased US direct involvement in Central and Eastern Europe.,

US Major-General Glenn Bramhall of the US Army's Air and Missile Defense Command just visited Israel and discussed details of buying the Iron Dome or major segments of it.

Israel developed the Iron Dome with the financial help of the United States.

There were many conditions placed on the money. Israel cannot sell it to just anyone. But they can certainly sell it to the United States.
Interestingly, there have not been many potential buyers for the missile despite it 90% success rate against the rockets shot at Israel from Gaza.

The original Iron Dome was limited to a range of only 3 - 43 miles. But with improvements that expand its range to 95 miles this short range interceptor now encroaches into the range of a mid range interceptor allowing for a near total defense shield.

The United States is thinking critically and strategically with this military purchase.

Read my latest book THUGS. It's easy. Just click.
http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss_gw?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=halpern%2C+micah

To reprint my essays contact sales (at) www.featurewell.com
Follow MicahHalpern on Twitter



The Pope & Turkey
By Micah Halpern

Monday June 27, 2016

I've Been Thinking:

Pope Francis just finished a visit to Armenia and, as expected, he ruffled Turkey's feathers.

When the Pope arrived he made a clear declaration condemning the Turkish- led Armenian Genocide as a planned attempt to murder Armenians.

In response the Deputy Prime Minister of Turkey, Nerettin Canikli, called the Pope’s declaration "greatly unfortunate." He said that the Pope was showing a bias that resembled "the mentality of the Crusades."
Last year Pope Francis made a similar statement condemning the Armenian Genocide which resulted in the deaths of 1.5 million Armenians. As a result Turkey withdrew its ambassador from the Holy See for ten months, only now returning to their post in Rome. The Turks accused the Pope of spreading lies.

The Turkish claim is that people died on both sides and that it was the middle of WWI just as the Ottoman Empire was breaking down. They also simply say that the number 1.5 is a huge exaggeration.

Turkey is in the midst of trying to resurrect diplomatic relations with Israel. The day before the preliminary deal was signed Turkey hosted a formal meeting with the head of Hamas.

Turkey appears to have a warped sense of the code of conduct for the art of diplomacy and they just don't know how to get along with others.

Read my latest book THUGS. It's easy. Just click.
http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss_gw?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=halpern%2C+micah

To reprint my essays contact sales (at) www.featurewell.com
Follow MicahHalpern on Twitter



Muslims Sworn into IDF
By Micah Halpern

Sunday June 26, 2016

I've Been Thinking:

Muslim soldiers were recently sworn in to the IDF.

Most of the soldiers are Bedouins. They were sworn into the Desert Corp. They will probably be trackers, a task that Bedouins have traditionally excelled in for decades.

These Muslim soldiers swore their allegiance to defend the State of Israel. They each received a weapon and a Koran.

The ceremony took place at the Memorial for Fallen Bedouin Soldiers in the Negev Desert in the southern part of Israel.

Israel wants and needs Bedouin input in the IDF and in Israel society.

Read my latest book THUGS. It's easy. Just click.
http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss_gw?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=halpern%2C+micah

To reprint my essays contact sales (at) www.featurewell.com
Follow MicahHalpern on Twitter



New ISIS Hit List
By Micah Halpern

Friday June 24, 2016

I've Been Thinking:

ISIS just released a new hit list of 8318 people from around the world and almost all 8000+ were from the US.

The United Cyber Caliphate put the list on line. The list includes names, addresses, and email addresses belonging to 8,318 people.

Names come from the United States, Australia, Canada, Belgium, Brazil, China, Estonia, France, Germany, Greece, Guatemala, Indonesia, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Jamaica, New Zealand, South Korea, Sweden, Trinidad, and Tobago. On Vocativ reports of the 7,848 Americans listed, 1,445 had addresses in California, 643 in Florida, 341 in Washington, 333 in Texas, 331 in Illinois, and 290 in New York.

An interesting point is the Vocativ also found that 4000 names and details were found on an earlier hit list from Linkedin created in 1999.
This new ISIS list was unique in its own way. While it was a list of enemies - earlier lists were actually entitled hit lists. This list was not.

Read my latest book THUGS. It's easy. Just click.
http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss_gw?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=halpern%2C+micah

To reprint my essays contact sales (at) www.featurewell.com
Follow MicahHalpern on Twitter



Israel & Turkey to Mend Relations
By Micah Halpern

Thursday June 23, 2016

I've Been Thinking:

Israel and Turkey will normalize relations this weekend. The information was leaked yesterday. This will bring a final conclusion to six full years of diplomatic conflict between the two nations.

There will be an official announcement at a joint meeting between Israel and Turkey and then ambassadors will once again be dispatched.

Israel had earlier agreed to compensate the families of the ten Turks killed in the Israeli operation that stopped the flotilla of Turkish ships from breaking the sea barricade against Gaza.

Israel announced that they "regretted what happened." At the time, that was not enough for Turkey - they wanted an apology. Israel did not want to issue an apology. That would have meant that Israel's actions were wrong and unjustified. And of course Israel does not think they were wrong or unjustified.

Six years later Israel issued an "apology". There are two reasons for the change in terminology. One is that Israel wants Turkey back on board. The second reason is that six years is enough time for the people of Israel not to be upset and may not even see the difference in meaning between regret and apology.


Read my latest book THUGS. It's easy. Just click.
http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss_gw?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=halpern%2C+micah

To reprint my essays contact sales (at) www.featurewell.com
Follow MicahHalpern on Twitter



Hamas To Import Israeli Watermelons
By Micah Halpern

Wednesday June 22, 2016

I've Been Thinking:

In Gaza this summer the price of watermelons is going through the roof. And in Gaza, watermelons are a staple of the summer season. They are eaten in the evening, the afternoon and just about every other time all summer long.
Right now, the price of the melons is prohibitive. So the Hamas Ministry of Agriculture came up with a plan to lower the cost of watermelons for the people of Gaza.

Hamas is letting in Israeli watermelons. For three days the market will be flooded with Israeli watermelons in the hope that the Israeli melons will flood the market and bring down the price.

I'm a bit skeptical.

Three days is not a lot of time and while it will most probably artificially alter the price, it will then re-adjust and come back to normal.
Or, the Israeli watermelons will prove superior in taste and quality and they will become even more expensive lifting the price of both Gaza’s and Israeli watermelons.

The final possibility is that the demand will be so great that Gazans will want more Israeli watermelons and other produce and Hamas will let in more and more. If that should happen then the price of watermelons will drop as the market will naturally force down the price of produce.

The plan may just work. Then again, maybe not.


Read my latest book THUGS. It's easy. Just click.
http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss_gw?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=halpern%2C+micah

To reprint my essays contact sales (at) www.featurewell.com
Follow MicahHalpern on Twitter



Hackers Hit Airlines
By Micah Halpern

Tuesday June 21, 2016

I've Been Thinking:

I read with amazement a report by the Israel Aircraft Industries (IAI) that most commercial aircraft and airports are susceptible to hacks.

I was astonished to find out just how many hacks have grounded flights around the world.

The worst part of it all was that when I investigated the hacks, I discovered that they were very simple hacks.

About a year ago a hacker grounded and disrupted Polish Lot Airlines. And when a Spanish cargo plane crashed it was discovered that three of the four computers on board were totally wiped clean.
Four people were killed in that crash.

There are all kinds of hacking. Some are just for fun. Flights where everyone is served a vegetarian meal is harmless - and maybe even healthy. But a hack is a hack is a hack.

We need to make certain that our planes and airports are in our control and not under the control of some outside power.

You never know what power may be lurking behind a hack - even an innocuous hack..

Read my latest book THUGS. It's easy. Just click.
http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss_gw?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=halpern%2C+micah

To reprint my essays contact sales (at) www.featurewell.com
Follow MicahHalpern on Twitter



Iran is Pumping Much More Oil
By Micah Halpern

Monday June 20, 2016

I've Been Thinking:

Iran is now producing oil at a rate that makes them a major player in the oil world.

In January, when the sanctions were lifted, Iran produced 1.3 million barrels a day. By April, they were producing 2 million barrels per day.

May's figures put Iranian oil production at 3.64 million barrels per day.

Several problems emerge.

One problem is that Iran is making such serious headway that they are creeping up into the Saudi market.

A bigger problem is that fewer people are buying the oil. The market is weakening and just because the Iranians are pumping oil, it does not mean they have someplace to unload it.

Read my latest book THUGS. It's easy. Just click.
http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss_gw?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=halpern%2C+micah

To reprint my essays contact sales (at) www.featurewell.com
Follow MicahHalpern on Twitter



Iran Buys 220 Passenger Planes
By Micah Halpern

Sunday June 19, 2016

I've Been Thinking:

This past week Iran signed a deal with Boeing for 100 passenger jets. And a few weeks earlier Iran signed a deal with Airbus for 118 planes.

This is enormous. The newest Iranian plane was a 1994 Airbus. Their fleet is so old that most of the planes are from the 1970’s - from before the revolution.

The condition of Iran's planes and their safety was so poor that they are not allowed fly over Europe. This is all the results of the sanctions that did not allow spare airplane parts to be imported to Iran.

Before this purchase Iran only had 46 jets. Now they will have nearly 220 brand new planes and the EU has already approved flight plans with the new planes.

The price of the planes will total about $60 billion. It is an investment that will have huge benefits for Iran.

We are seeing more and more doors opening for Iran. We are witnessing massive changes. It signals that there will be almost no way to snap sanctions back on sanctions Iran. Actually, just the opposite.


Read my latest book THUGS. It's easy. Just click.
http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss_gw?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=halpern%2C+micah

To reprint my essays contact sales (at) www.featurewell.com
Follow MicahHalpern on Twitter



Obama Caused ISIS Attack in Orlando
By Micah Halpern

Friday June 17, 2016

I've Been Thinking:

Yesterday Senator McCain said that President Obama was responsible for the ISIS terror attack in Orlando.

What he meant was that the policies of the president led to the creation of ISIS and that with different policies there would never have been the rise of ISIS and, consequently, there would never have been an attack on Orlando.

President Obama visited Orlando yesterday and met with victims and families of the victims.

He told them that they, or their loved ones, were killed and shot by a single individual. This is so dishonest.

The president paralleled this terror in Orlando with Aurora, Colorado Newton and Connecticut. How wrong. This was terror not a crazed individual. This terrorist was part of ISIS.

ISIS does not require or need membership - it just requires watching internet videos or reading a website.

Those who believe the president simply do not understand the nature of ISIS and the modern face of terror.

Read my latest book THUGS. It's easy. Just click.
http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss_gw?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=halpern%2C+micah

To reprint my essays contact sales (at) www.featurewell.com
Follow MicahHalpern on Twitter



ISIS Terror Squads on Way to Europe
By Micah Halpern

Thursday June 16, 2016

I've Been Thinking:

An ISIS Terror squad is en route to Belgium and France. They are traveling through Turkey and Greece.

The intelligence message was sent to Belgium and the Belgians sent it on to France. They are evaluating the information.

Neither country yet increased their threat level. They explain their inaction by saying that France and Belgium constantly get alerts and cannot change their status on a whim without evaluating the threat. The say that their threat level is already at 3 or 4. It is very serious but not the highest

The description of the ISIS squad is very clear and the targets are obvious.

Not raising the threat level is irresponsible at best and possibly even criminal.

We hope that the plans of the terrorists will be foiled. But unless France and Belgium tighten their defenses, attacks will be successfully carried out.

Read my latest book THUGS. It's easy. Just click.
http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss_gw?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=halpern%2C+micah

To reprint my essays contact sales (at) www.featurewell.com
Follow MicahHalpern on Twitter



Muslims Supporting Orlando Terror
By Micah Halpern

Wednesday June 15, 2016

I've Been Thinking:

The dark web has been full of praise for the terrorist Omar Mateen.

There have been some condemnations, but those are relatively tepid.

The essence of the praise arcs over two topics. One is the attack against the infidel. The other is the attack against gays.

One blogger wrote that the terrorist will have a place in Jannah. Jannah is Arabic for heaven. The word has the same root as Gan in Hebrew which means garden, as in the Garden of Eden.

Another writer, this one named Ahmed, is very verbose and graphically praises the terrorist.

He writes "He is a hero -- Let me kiss your hand ... Finally a martyr died in place where people deserved to die not in a Mosque"

"Those who apologize are stupid donkeys. I hope a Civil War breaks out and kills the Americans"

"Allahu Ahkbar - Allah brought the battle to their doorstep ... This made me very happy."

These were some of the less inflammatory praises heaped on Mateen. The other stuff is really ugly.

Read my latest book THUGS. It's easy. Just click.
http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss_gw?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=halpern%2C+micah

To reprint my essays contact sales (at) www.featurewell.com
Follow MicahHalpern on Twitter



It's Called Terror
By Micah Halpern

Tuesday June 14, 2016

I've Been Thinking:

Terror hit Orlando. Do not be deceived. It was ISIS terror. It was Islamic terror.

Not to call it terror is not simply a mistake but it is also a hindrance.

Not to call it terror is an obstacle in confronting terror.
One needs to know what one is confronting in order to stop it.

Terror, Islamic terror in particular and ISIS terror in the West especially in the United States, is a very particular terror.

This terror cannot be confronted in the same way that normal police activity and investigations deal with terror.

To confront Islamic terror, authorities need more latitude. But if you don't acknowledge acts as being Islamic terror, that latitude will never be given. And our risk of attack is heightened.

Read my latest book THUGS. It's easy. Just click.
http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss_gw?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=halpern%2C+micah

To reprint my essays contact sales (at) www.featurewell.com
Follow MicahHalpern on Twitter



US Calls on Israel to Not Respond to the Terror
By Micah Halpern

Saturday June 11, 2016

I've Been Thinking:

The United States State Department issued a statement on Thursday about Israel and the Palestinians.

According to the statement: Israel "must" avoid an increase of tension with the Palestinians in the aftermath of the terror attack perpetrated in central Tel Aviv that resulted in the murder of 4 Israelis and left another sixteen people murdered.
Excuse me? Israel "must"!

Does the US Department of State expect Israel to kiss the Palestinians for this? What would a responsible US response be in such a situation?

Israel always exercises restraint. Otherwise there would be wanton killing and counter attacking. And when Israel does launch an operation is it a surgical strike and carried out with the utmost care to avoid civilian casualties.

Palestinian terrorists, on the other hand, embark on missions to murder and injure as many civilians as possible.

It is hard not to be incensed by these boneheaded official directives cum statements issued by the United States.

Read my latest book THUGS. It's easy. Just click.
http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss_gw?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=halpern%2C+micah

To reprint my essays contact sales (at) www.featurewell.com
Follow MicahHalpern on Twitter



PA Condemns Terror
By Micah Halpern

Friday June 10, 2016

I've Been Thinking:

The terror that rocked Tel Aviv killing four innocent people and injuring another sixteen is still very raw.

In an official statement the Palestinian Authority rejected the act of terror but made no mention of Tel Aviv. That was not an oversight. It was a deliberate omission because Tel Aviv is a modern Zionist city created in 1909 next to the Arab city of Jaffa.

The condemnation statement was issued in writing from the office President Mahmoud Abbas. It read: the PA "reaffirms its rejection of all operations that target civilians from any background regardless of the justifications."

The statement continued: "Achieving a just peace and creating a positive climate is what (will) contribute to removing the causes of tension and violence in the region."

The statement concluded saying: "Achieving peace requires everyone to stop taking any action that will increase tensions and resorting to violence."

According to a recent study, Palestinian support for terror is down slightly from three months ago when a similar study was done. The study focused on stabbings.

Three months ago 58% of Palestinians supported stabbings, now 51% support stabbings.

Three months ago 65% of those asked thought that violence would lead to an Intifada that would lead to improvement in their lives in a way that negotiations would not. Today 58% believe in that theory.

Sometimes small gains are the most important.

Read my latest book THUGS. It's easy. Just click.
http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss_gw?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=halpern%2C+micah

To reprint my essays contact sales (at) www.featurewell.com
Follow MicahHalpern on Twitter



NATO & Security
By Micah Halpern

Thursday June 9, 2016

I've Been Thinking:

For more than a year I have been arguing that the Western world lacks a true understanding of the terror threat.

Now, finally, NATO is discussing the appointment of an assistant director of intelligence. They are finally thinking about creating a position specifically designed to confront ISIS.

There are those who are in favor and those who are still opposed to creating this new position. It is not yet clear whether NATO will indeed create the position and allot for the clout and the funds and the personnel necessary to create a division to confront ISIS through the establishment of a unified intelligence system.

Should it ever come into existence, the new division must place emphasis on cyber terror, cyber trolls and intel. They will need to get up close and personal in the dark web and watch ISIS very carefully.

One major problem that NATO will confront if this unit were to be created is that the unit will step on the toes of other, non-aligned, nations. That issue will need to be resolved.

Read my latest book THUGS. It's easy. Just click.
http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss_gw?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=halpern%2C+micah

To reprint my essays contact sales (at) www.featurewell.com
Follow MicahHalpern on Twitter



Putin & Bibi Meet
By Micah Halpern

Wednesday June 8, 2016

I've Been Thinking:

Putin and Netanyahu met again today in Moscow.

This is their fourth meeting in six months.

Netanyahu has met with Putin more often than he has met with US President Obama. That small fact speaks volumes about relationships within this triangle.

Unlike the emergency meeting six weeks ago when, on the eve of Passover, Netanyahu ran to Russia to clarify and correct some communication problems with the Russian and Israeli air forces, this meeting was more diplomatic. The trip involved meeting the Jewish community. It was an official diplomatic outing which also combined cultural and social events.

Of course, there were official and obligatory press conferences and photo ops.

Putin wants to be a major force in the Middle East. He has set up operations in Syria and is continuing in his effort to expand his influence.

In order to be effective Putin needs a very good and strong working relationship with Israel. That is now his mission.

Read my latest book THUGS. It's easy. Just click.
http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss_gw?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=halpern%2C+micah

To reprint my essays contact sales (at) www.featurewell.com
Follow MicahHalpern on Twitter



Ramadan Has Begun
By Micah Halpern

Tuesday June 7, 2016

I've Been Thinking:

Ramadan, the month-long fast in Islam, started yesterday.

Ramadan is one of the five pillars of Islam. The objective of the fast is to gain introspection, self-improvement and atonement.

1.6 billion Muslims around the world are said to be fasting. That is over 22 % of the 7 billion people on earth. I'm not certain how many Muslims actually fast, but even if it is half that number, it is still a huge and significant number.

During Ramadan Muslims break their fast each night at sundown. As an aside, our English word breakfast originates because we break our fast every morning after not having eaten all night. Muslims break fast after not having eaten all day.

In the Koran the original Muslim fast was only one day long. It paralleled the Jewish holiday of Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement. But after the Jewish tribes of Arabia rejected Muhammed's message, he changed the single day-long fast into a month-long fast.

That change along with other changes was designed to break from Judaism and "one up" the tradition on which Islam was based.

It was at this time that Islamic prayer turned its back on Jerusalem and began praying towards Mecca. It was also when Islam moved from praying three times a day to five times a day.

ISIS is calling on Muslims around the world to attack infidels during Ramadan. ISIS and other terrorists see this month of introspection and atonement as well suited for attacking their enemy, the Western infidel, who abused and attacked Islam.

Read my latest book THUGS. It's easy. Just click.
http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss_gw?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=halpern%2C+micah

To reprint my essays contact sales (at) www.featurewell.com
Follow MicahHalpern on Twitter



Another Hamas Tunnel Digger Arrested
By Micah Halpern

Monday June 6, 2016

I've Been Thinking:

The IDF has allowed the publication of a report on the arrest of a 17 year old Palestinian boy from Gaza to go public. He was a tunnel digger, the third Hamas tunnel digger to be arrested by Israel in the past few weeks.

The 17 year old was arrested last month after he infiltrated into Israel. The boy had no weapons - but he was a treasure trove of information about Hamas, especially their tunnels.

The boy told his interrogators about his training and about the purpose and design of the tunnels. He described how the exits are all situated around schools and mosques. This we all knew, it was just confirmation, but much more information was gleaned from the interrogations.

This terrorist had no contact with the other two tunnel diggers who are also in Israeli custody.

There is clearly a large cadre of tunnel diggers and they are spread throughout Gaza.

The big mystery is why these three Gazans crossed the borders. What did they hope to accomplish? In the case of this young boy, he had no weapons and no direction. He was caught upon his exit.

It is entirely possible that these boys are dupes, sent over by Hamas
to test the response time of Israel to a border crossing. You can never tell when dealing with Hamas. And you can never be too careful. Hamas leaders are very casual about using their people as human guinea pigs.

Read my latest book THUGS. It's easy. Just click.
http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss_gw?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=halpern%2C+micah

To reprint my essays contact sales (at) www.featurewell.com
Follow MicahHalpern on Twitter



ISIS Has A Plan B
By Micah Halpern

Sunday June 5, 2016

I've Been Thinking:

The West is successfully striking at ISIS in Iraq and in Syria.
ISIS is taking serious hits. Recent victories by the West in Fallujah, Hit and Ramadi as well as a pounding from increased air strikes have begun to take a toll on ISIS.

Recruitment for ISIS is at an all time low. To rectify that situation, ISIS is in need of a huge public attack and a real victory.

But ISIS has a plan B.

Plan B is already in operation. ISIS has already pulled out much of their forces from Iraq and Syria and established a new front and base of operations - in Libya and in Yemen.

ISIS knows that they need to move on and that they are out-skilled and out-gunned in Iraq and Syria. Their downsized recruits and recruiting tell the story.

ISIS will now romanticize their struggle in Libya and in Yemen.

Read my latest book THUGS. It's easy. Just click.
http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss_gw?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=halpern%2C+micah

To reprint my essays contact sales (at) www.featurewell.com
Follow MicahHalpern on Twitter



Abbas Will Speak to Israel's New Foreign Minister
By Micah Halpern

Friday June 3, 2016

I've Been Thinking.

A delegation of Israeli mayors met with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas yesterday.

The timing of the meeting is very important -- the Paris Conference, which is Europe's attempt to solve the peace issue between Israel and the Palestinians, begins today.

Israel has also empowered Egypt to create and initiate a peace conference.

The mayors were optimistic with the result of their meeting with Abbas as were the Palestinians.

The great surprise was that Abbas said that he would speak to Israel's new minister of defense, Avigdor Lieberman.

Abbas said that even though Lieberman referred to Palestinian leadership as "diplomatic terrorists" he also spoke positively about the Two State Solution. Abbas said that he was not dealing with Lieberman's past, just his present and his future.

Palestinian President Abbas is under huge amounts of pressure to meet with Israel. These comments are telling. They show an openness on Abbas' part and a willingness to sit down and negotiate with Israel.

Read my latest book THUGS. It's easy. Just click.
http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss_gw?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=halpern%2C+micah

To reprint my essays contact sales (at) www.featurewell.com
Follow MicahHalpern on Twitter



The Presidential Election
By Micah Halpern

Thursday June 2, 2016

I've Been Thinking:

I've Been Thinking:

The most common question I get nowadays is about the presidential candidates.

The big question on people's minds is which candidate is better for Israel. Everyone wants to know which candidate is better on security. Of course, people also want to know which candidate has the best chance of winning.

Now that we are down to two candidates - even though the third party option has also emerged --- it is time to clarify some essential points of presidential politics.

The excitement about these issues will grow as we approach summer and the conventions which will be held at the end of July.
The conventions formulate and cast the candidates in the context of their parties.

Conventions ground the candidates and force them into a platform. For better or for worse, no matter which party you cheer for, the convention merges the candidate with the party.

We need to watch and see if either candidate wants to abandon ship or the party.

Until the conventions are over it is impossible to answer questions - even questions as simple as who is best for Israel's security, for US security, and who has the best chance to win.

Patience is the name of this game.


Read my latest book THUGS. It's easy. Just click.
http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss_gw?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=halpern%2C+micah

To reprint my essays contact sales (at) www.featurewell.com
Follow MicahHalpern on Twitter



Israel Bolsters Northern Border
By Micah Halpern

Wednesday June 1, 2016

I've Been Thinking:

Israel is worried that ISIS and Hezbollah are building fronts from which to strike and attack their northern border.

So the Israelis are implementing a strategy that is reminiscent of Lebanon in the 1980's and 90's. Israel has created and is now expanding a 'liaison unit' for their northern border.

The job of the liaison unit is to reach out and create positive and essential relations with villagers and leaders in Syria. So far, it has been a very effective plan. Locals have informed upon and even convinced ISIS, al Qaeda and Hezbollah not to attack Israel.

Since the conflict in Syria began, thousands of wounded Syrians have been picked up by the IDF inside Syria and brought to Israeli hospitals. The wounded are treated, healed and sent back. These people have become important liaisons, too.

When Israel carried out this plan in Southern Lebanon, it began with humanitarian aid and health care and then moved to helping the locals fight for themselves. Eventually the Southern Lebanese Militia was actually under the authority of the head of Israel's Northern Command.

That situation created a safer Israel - until it all collapsed.

I hope that Israel will learn from its mistakes.

Read my latest book THUGS. It's easy. Just click.
http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss_gw?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=halpern%2C+micah

To reprint my essays contact sales (at) www.featurewell.com
Follow MicahHalpern on Twitter



Iran India Agreement
By Micah Halpern

Tuesday May 31, 2016

I've Been Thinking:

Several days ago India and Iran signed a groundbreaking set of agreements. 12 sets of agreements in all.

They agreed to fight terror, radicalism, drug trafficking, cyber terror and other societal ills. They agreed to share intelligence and to work together.

The agreements were signed in Teheran by Iranian Prime Minister Rouhani and Indian Prime Minister Modi.

The jewel in the crown of the agreements was that India and Iran will mutually develop Chabahar port. Chabahar is located in the south of Iran outside the Persian Gulf. It is to the West of India and it is very important for them. The Indians are investing $500 million in the port - and it will be a significant conduit for them in the region.

India hopes that this will be the start of "bi" and "tri" level transit. If it all works out, the third party to this part of the agreement will be Afghanistan.

This new deal shows just how eager countries are to get Iran back up and moving forward. This deal with India illustrates how Iran can easily become a major player not just in the region, but also in Asia.

And that is a significant part of Iran's long term goal.

Read my latest book THUGS. It's easy. Just click.
http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss_gw?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=halpern%2C+micah

To reprint my essays contact sales (at) www.featurewell.com
Follow MicahHalpern on Twitter



Oil Nearly $50/ Barrel
By Micah Halpern

Monday May 30, 2016

I've Been Thinking:

The price of oil is almost $50 a barrel. The price has continued to creep up even thought Canadian Suncor Energy oil-sands project is about to hit the market.

In addition OPEC will be meeting on Thursday and they will certainly be discussing the issue of supply.

The price of oil continues to slowly climb and that has important ramifications - and not just for our pocketbooks. If oil continues to climb beyond $50 and goes to $70 or $75, it will empower Iran and Saudi Arabia.

Iran and Saudi Arabia both suffered when oil prices dropped. Saudi Arabia lost power and influence. Iran nearly went bankrupt.

The tide is turning once again - and that is not good news for the West. Oil is the tool that greases the wheels of power and influence in large parts of the world.


Read my latest book THUGS. It's easy. Just click.
http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss_gw?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=halpern%2C+micah

To reprint my essays contact sales (at) www.featurewell.com
Follow MicahHalpern on Twitter



Turkey Livid with US
By Micah Halpern

Sunday May 29, 2016

I've Been Thinking:

Turkish President Erdogan is livid with the United States. He is angry after viewing pictures of US Special forces wearing Kurdish insignias while training YPG and PYD Kurdish groups in Syria.

Erdogan said that this was a violation of the agreements that the US and Turkey had made.

The US Defense department acknowledge that it was a mistake and the issue is now being corrected and dealt with. The official word was that the forces on the ground should not have been wearing the insignias.

Obviously there is a tightrope here. The Turks want to destroy the Kurds. And the Turks will do anything and everything to prevent the Kurds from getting an independent territory. They have used the ISIS conflict to inflict serious damage on he Kurds - killing about 5,000 of them,

But the US needs real fighters on the ground - reliable and dedicated fighters to fight ISIS. The only group that meets those qualifications is the Kurds. So the US will continue support the Kurds and that upsets Turkey.

Kurds will not risk their lives and families simply to fight for either Iraq or Syria. The Kurds need to know that they are working toward their goal of territorial independence.

Read my latest book THUGS. It's easy. Just click.
http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss_gw?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=halpern%2C+micah

To reprint my essays contact sales (at) www.featurewell.com
Follow MicahHalpern on Twitter



Muslims Attack Christians in Egypt
By Micah Halpern

Friday May 27, 2016

I've Been Thinking:

The Christian population in Egypt constitutes a large minority, numbering about 10 million people which puts them at 10% of the entire population. And yet, Egypt's Christians live in fear.

Christians living in Egypt are Coptic Christians.

In a village south of Cairo, seven Christian homes were recently burned and an elderly, 70 year of Christian mother, was stripped, beaten and dragged through the streets.

The woman's son, a Christian, was the real target of the attack. The son managed to escape as the mob shot thousands of bullets into the air. The attackers were so angry at not being able to find the son, that they grabbed the mother and attacked her. They also burned and looted neighboring homes.

Police arrived two hours after the attack. They arrested six people and are looking for twelve others. According to witnesses the angry crowd was as large as 300 people all shouting in unison "Death to the Infidel." President el-Sisi has condemned the act of violence.

Rumors had spread that the son was involved with a Muslim woman - a practice that is shunned in Egypt. And the son actually called the police the day before the attack issuing a complaint about threats that he was receiving.

The Christian community feels threatened. This is just one of many examples.

It should be noted that had it been a Muslim man and a Christian woman - there would have been no reaction from the Muslims.

Read my latest book THUGS. It's easy. Just click.
http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss_gw?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=halpern%2C+micah

To reprint my essays contact sales (at) www.featurewell.com
Follow MicahHalpern on Twitter



Hacking Middle East Banks
By Micah Halpern

Thursday May 26, 2016

I've Been Thinking:

Middle East banks are now the targets of a massive hack. This hack is happening only one month after the largest bank in the Middle East - the Qatar National Bank (QNB), was hacker and 1.4GB of data was stolen.

That hack was traced to a Turkish hacker group which eventually did take responsibility for the hack on YouTube.

This new set of hacks is different from previous hacks. Those responsible are not taking anything, they are just searching for things. The new hack is not for exploitation, it is just for reconnaissance. And that leaves analysts asking a lot of questions.

In this latest hack emails were sent to people in the banks as if they were from co-workers. When the emails were opened, downloaded and forwarded the infection went with them.

It is not clear how many banks have been hacked... but it is safe to say that many more than a handful fell victim to this new cyber attack. More than one and less than 50.

The looming question is, who stands to gain from the knowledge that was gained. I have a few ideas.

Read my latest book THUGS. It's easy. Just click.
http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss_gw?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=halpern%2C+micah

To reprint my essays contact sales (at) www.featurewell.com
Follow MicahHalpern on Twitter



New Head of Iran's Powerful Assembly of Elders
By Micah Halpern

Wednesday May 25, 2016

I've Been Thinking:

Ayatollah Amhed Jannati was elected to be head of the Assembly of Elders in Iran. This is one of the most powerful positions in Iran - it is the Assembly of Elders who select and support the Supreme Leader.

Jannati is an extreme ultra conservative. He won hands down receiving 55 votes in the internal election cast by the 88 members of the Assembly of Elders.

Here are some examples of Ayatollah Ahmed Jannati's attitudes:

In April 2008, Jannati said: "You cried: 'Death to the Shah,' and indeed, he died. You cried: 'Death to Israel,' and it is now on its deathbed. You cry: 'Death to America,' and before long, Allah willing, the prayer for the dead will be recited over it."

And on 17 September 2010, he claimed that "opinion polls reveal[ed] that 84 percent of the Americans consider the US administration responsible for 9/11 attacks."

This is a national leader in Iran who has been in central positions since the revolution in 1979. He is the overwhelming voice in the most powerful body in Iran.

This is hardly a liberal and open Iran.

Read my latest book THUGS. It's easy. Just click.
http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss_gw?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=halpern%2C+micah

To reprint my essays contact sales (at) www.featurewell.com
Follow MicahHalpern on Twitter



PA Museum is Just Sad
By Micah Halpern

Tuesday May 24, 2016

I've Been thinking:

The Palestinians opened a museum of Palestinian history and culture in Ramallah last week- and it was empty of exhibits. That is both funny and tragic at the same time.

It is also an unbelievable metaphor. A $28 million dollar building that took decades to create was opened to huge fanfare - and there were no exhibits inside.

They said that people will come anyway, just to see the gardens - which are not completed. They admit that the leadership of the museum was in conflict and could not decide what type of direction the museum should take - so it took no direction.

Palestinian leaders opened a satellite museum in Beirut, Lebanon the same week which focused on Palestinian embroidery. The theme of that exhibit is that embroidery is a significant part of Palestinian culture. The hope is to open other satellite museums around the
world in the next year.

The entire idea has been a mess. This is the biggest single project the Palestinian Authority has embarked upon and it is a colossal failure in almost every way - especially in its symbolism and the message it is conveying to the Palestinian people.

For instance, there is no shortage of Palestinian architects, but a Dublin firm was commissioned to design and build the museum. And the heralded gardens are landscaped by a Jordanian firm. Even the director is not a Palestinian - he was hired under the pretense that he was the head curator at the renowned British Museum - but now it has been disclosed that he is not a curator at all, just a visiting scholar.

You can't make this stuff up.

Read my latest book THUGS. It's easy. Just click.
http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss_gw?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=halpern%2C+micah

To reprint my essays contact sales (at) www.featurewell.com
Follow MicahHalpern on Twitter



Building in Saudi Arabia Drops 51%
By Micah Halpern

Monday May 23, 2016

I've Been Thinking:

Building in Saudi Arabia has dropped 51% compared to last year at this time.

The drop is due to low oil prices.

Saudi Arabia has scaled back on all their building. The building that is going on is the result of contracts that are already signed and buildings in the midst of being built. Most are in the tourism and business areas.

Tens of thousands of jobs have been eliminated and many foreign workers have left the kingdom.

The cost of the war in Yemen in which the Saudis are supporting a regime against an Iranian insurgence is also tapping the Kingdom's reserves. Add to that the enormous cost of supporting the movement against Syrian leader Assad while Iran is propping him up.

Despite being the second largest exporter of oil in the world, Saudis are hemorrhaging money and no longer making what they once made. They are in trouble.

Read my latest book THUGS. It's easy. Just click.
http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss_gw?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=halpern%2C+micah

To reprint my essays contact sales (at) www.featurewell.com
Follow MicahHalpern on Twitter



ISIS Vid Calls for Small Attacks
By Micah Halpern

Sunday May 22, 2016

I've Been Thinking:

A new ISIS video has been posted by Abu Mohammed al-Adnani, the spokesman of ISIS. He is calling on followers to strike at as many targets as possible during the Muslim month of Ramadan.

The nearly 30 minute long message was very explicit - calling on ISIS supporters to advance the cause everywhere they live.

Ramadan is a month long Muslim fast dedicated to introspection. It begins, for most Muslims, on June 6th and ends on July 5th. Muslims fast during the day and eat at night, after sundown.

Al-Adnani said: "Ramadan is coming, the month of attacks and jihad, the month of conquest so be prepared and be on alert, and make sure that everyone of you spends it (Ramadan) in the name of God on the attack. Requesting from God that it (Ramadan), God willing, be a month of calamity on the non-believers anywhere, especially by those soldiers and supporters of the caliphate in Europe and America."

"The smallest action you do in their heartland is better and more enduring to us than what you would if you were with us. If one of you hoped to reach the Islamic State, we wish we were in your place to punish the Crusaders day and night."

These comments are a call to arms for followers and lone wolves to do whatever they can, however they can, wherever they live.

Read my latest book THUGS. It's easy. Just click.
http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss_gw?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=halpern%2C+micah

To reprint my essays contact sales (at) www.featurewell.com
Follow MicahHalpern on Twitter



Let Saudis Sell their US Interests
By Micah Halpern

Friday May 20, 2016

I've Been Thinking:

Saudi Arabia has threatened to pull out their US investments and sell their ownership of US companies if the United States permits 9-11 victims to sue the Gulf oil state.
This is a serious threat and people are rightfully taking it seriously.

And yet, it is also an empty threat and would prove to be a silly move.

Saudi Arabian interests in the United States total about $750 billion. Selling all that, over a period as short as a few months, will cause be a huge loss to the Saudis. Actually, good estimates say that if the Saudis sell their US assets, they will take more than a 50% loss on the sell. That would mean $750 billion will melt away and be reduced to something just over $300 billion. That is a huge loss - and a colossal failure.

The Saudi own $117 billion in US treasury bonds. Even if they liquidate all the bonds overnight, it will not have a huge impact. The daily treasury market is about $500 billion. China sold off their bonds in order to raise cash and it did not impact the market.

If Saudi Arabia did choose to try to sell their interests, there would be a long line of interested people excited about picking up those investments at a price way below market value. Many of those new buyers may actually be Americans.

If the Saudi follow through with their plan, it will backfire and the result may actually be better for the United States.

Read my latest book THUGS. It's easy. Just click.
http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss_gw?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=halpern%2C+micah

To reprint my essays contact sales (at) www.featurewell.com
Follow MicahHalpern on Twitter



Bibi Stabilizes His Government
By Micah Halpern

Thursday May 19, 2016

I've Been Thinking:

The government of Bibi Netanyahu just got stronger and more stable.

Lieberman and his party of six have just agreed to join the Netanyahu coalition. That decision will further guarantee Netanyahu's positions and power.

In joining the coalition Lieberman will become the defense minister and his party will receive several other governmental positions.

The additional six Knesset seats give Netanyahu a total of 67 seats - seven more than the majority he needs to hang on as prime minister
.
The dynamics of this new expanded coalition pushes the Netanyahu government further to the right, but it also insulates the prime minister from any harm the two religious parties in his coalition can do to him - he can now survive if either of those parties leaves, he has the votes.

Netanyahu was not only negotiating with Lieberman, he was also negotiating with Labor. And they almost succeeded in joining a coalition. But, as they say, almost doesn't count.

Labor has 24 Knesset seats. Had they joined with Netanyahu they would have received the foreign ministry portfolio. That move have put Netanyahu in the center left position and stabilized him even more with 85 seats.

And if both would have joined the coalition that would have made it 91 seats.

Some things, it seems, are just not meant to be.

Read my latest book THUGS. It's easy. Just click.
http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss_gw?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=halpern%2C+micah

To reprint my essays contact sales (at) www.featurewell.com
Follow MicahHalpern on Twitter



Pope Tells West to Stop Cultural Colonialism
By Micah Halpern

Wednesday May 18, 2016

I've Been Thinking:

The Pope has taken Western countries to task about, as he calls it, their cultural colonialism. He is speaking especially about the United States.

The Pope has been very critical of the desire of Western countries to impose democracy on others, without relating to or concerning itself with local cultures.

In an interview with the French Catholic paper La Croix, the Pope said: "Faced with current Islamist terrorism, we should question the way a model of democracy that was too Western was exported to countries where there was a strong power, as in Iraq, or Libya, where there was a tribal structure."

"We cannot advance without taking these cultures into account. As a Libyan said some time ago: 'We used to have one Gaddafi, now we have 50 of them!'"

The Pope is not anti-democracy. He is simply suggesting that respect for local culture will more effectively achieve the end results of democracy without creating a buildup of resentment.

On Islam, the Pope said that he does not think that Europe or the West is anti-Islam. Rather, they are anti-ISIS. There is a huge difference.

Read my latest book THUGS. It's easy. Just click.
http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss_gw?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=halpern%2C+micah

To reprint my essays contact sales (at) www.featurewell.com
Follow MicahHalpern on Twitter



Jordan Won't Let Gazans In
By Micah Halpern

Tuesday May 17, 2016

I've Been Thinking:

The Arab world has a very harsh approach to towards Palestinians.

Since last summer Jordan has not permitted Palestinians from Gaza to pass through Jordan. For the past several years Egypt has not permitted the movement of Gazans.

The most ironic element of the story is that while Israel is permitting more and more Palestinians exit and transport over Israel, they can't leave because they have no place to go. Jordan will not let them in. Because of Jordan, Gazans are stuck in Gaza.

The reasons should be obvious. Gazans are thought to be terrorists and affiliated with Hamas.

Gazans who are attempting to go to work, to the hospital, to the university, cannot go even when the destination is Jordan. A Jordanian university may accept a student from Gaza, but that same student will not be able to attend the university because of the Jordanian law.

This is a problem. It is not a problem caused by Israel.

Read my latest book THUGS. It's easy. Just click.
http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss_gw?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=halpern%2C+micah

To reprint my essays contact sales (at) www.featurewell.com
Follow MicahHalpern on Twitter



They Mourn Israel's Creation
By Micah Halpern

Monday May 16, 2016

I've Been Thinking:

Yesterday, May 15, the Palestinians commemorated Israel's 1948 creation in what they called the catastrophe, or, the Nakba. It is a yearly tradition.

They mourned the creation of the State of Israel which took place 68 years ago. In Palestinian eyes, Israel's creation was their destruction.

In Palestinian cities and villages throughout the West Bank a siren rang for 68 seconds. One second for every year of Israel.
Palestinians stood still in mourning, mimicking the siren that Israel sounds for Holocaust Memorial Day and for the day that memorializes Israel's fallen soldier heroes and victims of terror.

They created a model train out of cardboard, put it on wheels and had it run from Dheisha, a refugee camp just south of Bethlehem, to Rachel's tomb in northern Bethlehem.

It was an effective use of a near life size model train which they called "The Train of Return." Only one or two people were on the train but they used large model keys symbolizing the keys to their family homes that they still hang on to and hand down to younger generations. The idea is to use these keys to return home.

Of course there were riots.

The creation of Israel displaced many people - including millions of Jews across the Arab world who had to escape the Arab world and run to Israel for refuge.

Palestinians tell just part of the story. Yes, Arabs living in Israel left their homes. But one of the major forces telling them to leave was Arab leadership which told them to clear out while they destroyed the Jews and forced them into the sea.

The saddest part about the Nakba is that it places all the blame on Israel. It does not consider the Arab role. Israel won the war - that was not part of their consideration at the time. That was a tragedy.

The other tragedy is the incongruity - this day bemoans the creation of Israel in 1948. It does not focus on the territories. Dhesisha and Bethlehem and the entire West Bank were part of Jordan after 1948, all the way up until 1967.

Palestinian sadness is real. But Israel is only partially responsible. Only after they realize this will there be a possibility of living together. Otherwise, Palestinians will continue to wish and work for the disappearance and destruction of Israel.

And that is not going to happen.

Read my latest book THUGS. It's easy. Just click.
http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss_gw?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=halpern%2C+micah

To reprint my essays contact sales (at) www.featurewell.com
Follow MicahHalpern on Twitter



Ex Syrian General Wants Peace w Israel
By Micah Halpern

Sunday May 15, 2016

I've Been Thinking:

An ex-Syrian brigadier general named Nabir al Dandal recently sent a letter to Yuli Edelstein, speaker of the Israeli Knesset.

Al Dandal said that the Syrians want and need peace with Israel. They want it now more than ever. The letter was sent through academic researchers.

In a phone interview with Ynet, a leading internet source of Israeli news, al Dandal said: "When I was a part of the regime, I was convinced that former President Hafez Al-Assad missed an opportunity to make peace like former Egyptian President Anwar Al-Sadat. But when you serve the regime, you need to say what it wants (you to say) and not what you really think."

Al Dandal expressed his frustration that Israel has not supported the Syrian resistance against Assad. "Israel has an opportunity to make peace with the Syrian people, who now, since the revolution against al-Assad, have made sense of many things including the lie that the regime is selling regarding its resistance to Israel."

The ex-general and former high level Assad government leader made it clear that he wants real peace - as do the people of Syria.
"Indeed, those who believed and those who were Jews or Christians or Sabeans - those (among them) who believed in Allah and the Last Day and did righteousness - will have their reward with their Lord, and no fear will there be concerning them, nor will they grieve."

Al Dandal also said that: "The Syrian people want to emphasize to the Israeli people that it wants to separate itself from wars and that it is ready to take the necessary steps to build the infrastructure for religious coexistence in the homeland of Moses and Jesus."

This is very important. It shows a real opening in dialogue between Israelis and Syrians. It shows potential. Al Danadal, who says he is not just a one man voice but rather the voice of many people is bemoaning the fact that there was no diplomatic movement to normalize relations with Syria as there was with Egypt - and he is hoping that that normalization can still be brought into play.

Read my latest book THUGS. It's easy. Just click.
http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss_gw?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=halpern%2C+micah

To reprint my essays contact sales (at) www.featurewell.com
Follow MicahHalpern on Twitter



Tensions Btw Iran and Saudis
By Micah Halpern

Friday May 13, 2016

I've Been Thinking:

Tensions between Iran and Saudi Arabia just got worse. Of course - like always, it is all about the Shiite Sunni conflict.

In this latest chapter of the conflict, Iranians will not be able to attend the Haj in January. Iran blames Saudi Arabia for not being able to work out the details so that, like all religious Muslims, Iranians pilgrims can make the religious trek to Mecca.

Last year during the Haj over 2000 people were trampled to death. 464 of the dead were Iranian.

Also this year, Saudi Arabia cut off diplomatic relations with Iran.
It happened in January after Iran burned and attacked the Saudi Embassy in Teheran after the Saudis executed a Shiite religious leader.

These tensions make normalization very difficult. The two states are not allies. They are rivals for the leadership of the Islamic world. There is no way to make their interaction less contentious.

It all goes to prove, once again, that the internal conflicts of the Middle East are rooted in divisions that have nothing to do with Israel. And these tensions are not likely to be resolved.

Read my latest book THUGS. It's easy. Just click.
http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss_gw?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=halpern%2C+micah

To reprint my essays contact sales (at) www.featurewell.com
Follow MicahHalpern on Twitter



Israel Strikes Oil
By Micah Halpern

Thursday may 12, 2016

I've Been Thinking:

They struck oil in Israel. You know ... black gold, Texas tea.

Oil not gas.

Gas has been in the news a lot lately, mostly due to the huge reserves discovered and now being tapped in the Mediterranean Sea.

But now we're talking about oil. A group of companies have partnered together in order to pump the new found oil.

The oil was found near the Dead Sea in a place called Marimur. It was discovered by the same group that first discovered oil in Halamish in 1995 and is located very nearby.

Ever since 1995 there was believed to be a small but significant oil reserve at that spot. At the time, the low price of oil helped the owners' investors make the decision not to drill.

But now, despite the low price of oil, things might be different.

This is very big news.

It will not make Israel a large oil producer or even exporter--- but it will put her on the oil producing map.

Read my latest book THUGS. It's easy. Just click.
http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss_gw?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=halpern%2C+micah

To reprint my essays contact sales (at) www.featurewell.com
Follow MicahHalpern on Twitter



Muslim Terror Strikes in Munich
By Micah Halpern

Wednesday May 11, 2016

I've Been Thinking:

He shouted Alahu Akbar-- Allah is Great in Arabic - as he stabbed four people on a train platform 20 miles east of Munich in Germany.

One of those stabbed died from his wounds. It all took place just before 5 AM as people were commuting to work early on Tuesday morning.

It is hard not to call this Islamic terror. And yet, people are calling the terrorist crazy or psychotic deranged. They say he was talking drivel when apprehended by the police.

People are making excuses for this act of terror.

Europeans are looking for reasons. Was this man brainwashed or encouraged by a radical Islamic group? Was he a member? They will search his computer to see if he was part of the now infamous, loosely linked, cyber community that supports ISIS. A community you do not join or sign up for - all you do is click on and watch, read and write about radical Islam.

It does not matter if the terrorist was officially part of an established organization. The current hi tech world of ISIS stimulates lone wolves and very small units to act on their own.

If he was just a kook, he would not have been shouting Allah is Great as he stabbed people. People who stab other people and shout out Alahu Akbar are Muslim terrorists.

Period, end.

Read my latest book THUGS. It's easy. Just click.
http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss_gw?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=halpern%2C+micah

To reprint my essays contact sales (at) www.featurewell.com
Follow MicahHalpern on Twitter



Prof Thought to be Terrorists b/c of Math
By Micah Halpern

Tuesday May 10, 2016

I've Been Thinking:

Imagine you were doing a complicated differential equation while sitting on a plane. You scribble away and your seat mate thinks you are plotting in Arabic and planning a terror attack.

Well, that is exactly what happened on an American Airlines flight flying from Philadelphia to Syracuse.

The person doing the math was a world renowned math professor from the University of Pennsylvania who on his way to give a lecture on math. His name is Guido Menzio and he is originally from Italy. Was he surprised.

The humor cannot be lost. The person who reported the "math attack" asked to get off the plane claiming that she was ill. But once she deplaned, she said the real reason was her seatmate's scribbles.

What is shocking is that this entire non-incident could not be dealt with quickly and dismissed. Instead, the flight was delayed two hours.

This is a no brainer. Actually, all you need to do is use your brain and you would know that this was not a terror threat.

Read my latest book THUGS. It's easy. Just click.
http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss_gw?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=halpern%2C+micah

To reprint my essays contact sales (at) www.featurewell.com
Follow MicahHalpern on Twitter



ISIS Attacks Cairo - Kills 8 Police
By Micah Halpern

Monday May 9, 2016

I've Been Thinking:

ISIS attacked and killed 8 Egyptian police in Cairo yesterday.

The ISIS terrorists attacked a minibus filled with police, including an officer. They killed everyone inside the vehicle and stole their weapons before running off.

ISIS has claimed responsibility.

ISIS has long been active in the Sinai and now they have expanded to the northern Sinai. While they have attacked in the cities several times before, it has not been a regular occurrence. Their style in cities until now has been small attacks or explosions - not massive attacks against large numbers of police. This attack is a watershed event.

Over the past few months Egypt has been clamping down on the expansion of extremists, especially trying to stop ISIS. Egyptian fears are real and not imagined. They walk a very thin line when it comes to cracking down on freedoms and Egypt's extremists are using those freedoms to organize and to popularize their particular points of view.

Egypt understands the potential risks.

Yesterday's ISIS attack in Cairo - and not in the Sinai, proves just how important it is to keep the pressure up against ISIS.

Read my latest book THUGS. It's easy. Just click.
http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss_gw?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=halpern%2C+micah

To reprint my essays contact sales (at) www.featurewell.com
Follow MicahHalpern on Twitter



Muslim Mayor of London - Not an Anti Semite
By Micah Halpern

Sunday May 8, 2016

I've Been Thinking:

Sadiq Khan assumed his new job as mayor of London Saturday. Khan is a Muslim, his parents and grandparents came to England from Pakistan just before he was born. Khan's election was filled with tension.

On Sunday his first full day in office in his first official act, Khan, went to the National Holocaust commemoration in London.

This was a very important gesture for unity and it dispelled any feeling that people might have that Khan holds the same feeling towards Jews as does Ken Livingston, a former Labour party London mayor who was removed from the Labour party for making statements comparing Israel and Hitler. (Actually, on Sunday, Livingston said that it would have been better had Israel not been created.)

In a previous position, Khan headed Ed Miliband's successful election team and that thrust him into politics. It should e noted that Miliband and his twin brother, both important British political Labour leaders, come from and continue to be active and proud Jews.

While Khan is undeniably Muslim, it is clear that he does not toe the Muslim line. There was even a fatwa (a religious edict) pronounced against him because of his support of same sex marriage.

Britain's Labour pary has its fair share of anti-Semites. And they are getting more and more obnoxious. But I do not see Khan as one of them. Actually, I would guess that a trip to Israel is the works -- even by the end of this summer.

Read my latest book THUGS. It's easy. Just click.
http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss_gw?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=halpern%2C+micah

To reprint my essays contact sales (at) www.featurewell.com
Follow MicahHalpern on Twitter



Hamas Needs to Decide
By Micah Halpern

Friday May 6, 2016

I've Been Thinking:

Hamas and the Palestinian Islamic Jihad are shooting mortars from Gaza into Israel.

The mortar attacks are a direct result of Israel's discovery of another underground terror tunnel.

The logic works like this: Israel is searching for tunnels and Hamas is shooting at them to slow the search process down.

It is clear that Hamas and Israel do not want the situation to escalate into a war. But Hamas has a serious question to answer.

Because Israel is searching and has found two tunnels within ten days, Hamas is in danger of losing one of its most effective weapons.
Should Hamas abandon the weapon, or will they use it as they can in order to attack Israel before they lose it totally.

The reason Hamas does not want this to escalate is because they are not prepared for an all out conflict similar to the conflict of two summers ago. So Hamas is taking the middle position. They are hitting Israel and hoping not to escalate.

Israel struck back with their air force. Thus far this is not a significant change in the status quo. But it is a balancing act.

Hamas is counting on knowing the proper calculus - one that will not break the paradigm. If Hamas pushes too hard, it could force Israel's hand. And Hamas fully understands that.

Read my latest book THUGS. It's easy. Just click.
http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss_gw?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=halpern%2C+micah

To reprint my essays contact sales (at) www.featurewell.com
Follow MicahHalpern on Twitter



Iran Threatens to Close Hormuz
By Micah Halpern

Thursday May 5, 2016

I've Been Thinking:

Rhetoric between Iran and the US is ratcheting higher.

On Monday the Iranian Supreme Leader called attention to US naval activity in the Straits of Hormuz. He reminded the world that Iran controls the Straits and the United States is permitted there only by Iranian largesse.

And yesterday, the deputy head of Iran's elite Revolutionary Guard announced on Iranian national television that if the United States continues it aggression against Iran --- Iran will close the Straits to the US and her allies.

Them's fighting words.

One third of the world's oil passes through the Straits every day.

I cannot determine if this rhetoric is the onset of new tensions between the United States and Iran or if it is a revival of old tensions.

What I can say is that Iran is speaking very boldly.

Read my latest book THUGS. It's easy. Just click.
http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss_gw?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=halpern%2C+micah

To reprint my essays contact sales (at) www.featurewell.com
Follow MicahHalpern on Twitter



Rouhani Is a Reformer
By Micah Halpern

Wednesday May 4, 2016

I've Been Thinking:

President Rouhani of Iran spoke about reforming Iranian society while at the International Book Fair in Teheran.

Rouhani said that people who criticize the government should not be arrested. He said "critics should not be detained, critics should not be sent to jail."

This has been Rouhani's platform since his election in 2013. Rouhani leads and represents the reformists in Iran. He believes that Iranian law has gone too far in limiting the freedoms of expression.

The February elections and the run-off elections for the parliament showed that Iran's reformists have a powerful groundswell and have a serious plurality that cannot be ignored. The fact that their leader is also the president adds credibility to their cause and their numbers will continue to grow.

And yet, it is essential to understand that change in Iran can only happen with the blessing of the Grand Ayatollah also known as the Supreme Leader.

The Grand Ayatollah has been touched by this reform movement. That is the reason he tapped Rouhani in the first place. But the Ayatollah is uncertain about what this all means and he has not implemented any significant changes in Iran.

Iran's parliamentary election is the most important vehicle the country has with which to inform The Supreme Leader of the true voice of the people.

Read my latest book THUGS. It's easy. Just click.
http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss_gw?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=halpern%2C+micah

To reprint my essays contact sales (at) www.featurewell.com
Follow MicahHalpern on Twitter



US Cyber Warriors
By Micah Halpern

Tuesday May 3, 2016

I've Been Thinking:

In a Senate hearing last week, the US Secretary of Defense and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff laid out an usually clear and detailed description of what the United States is doing to disrupt and attack ISIS through cyber attacks.

The objective is to disrupt ISIS' chain of communication and prevent them from moving money and even to block them out of access to their money. The US Cyber Command Center, headquartered in Tampa, FL, is spoofing ISIS and disturbing the very heart of the Islamic State.

The US cyber team is trying to isolate ISIS.

According to Ash Carter, the US Secretary of Defense, "The objectives there are to interrupt ISIL command and control, interrupt its ability to move money around, interrupt its ability to tyrannize and control population, interrupt its ability to recruit externally."

And, of course, -- "All of that it does in a cyber-enabled way."

One of the 27 US Cyber teams is dedicated exclusively to ISIS. It is made up of many Arabic speakers and hackers. US Cyber teams are a combination of military and civilian contractors specializing in hacking. Eventually there will be 133 different teams - each team composed of 45-60 people. In the end this division will to have 6,187 people hacking. We can call them cyber warriors.

They are coordinating their cyber attacks with their ground strikes.

Part of the US objective in cyber attacking ISIS is to take away their method of communication - including their hand held devices.
The United States can shut the devices down, but tapping them and tracking them leads to better results. (This is something the US defense leaders did not say in their testimony).

For some time now, ISIS has preferring using handheld phones and texting as opposed to internet.

And of course, the US Cyber team is also attacking recruiters and other ISIS sources in Europe and throughout the rest of the world.

Most dangerous of all is that ISIS has contracted outside freelance hackers to do their bidding. According to the Senate testimony the US Cyber team has been monitoring and dealing with them, too.

Read my latest book THUGS. It's easy. Just click.
http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss_gw?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=halpern%2C+micah

To reprint my essays contact sales (at) www.featurewell.com
Follow MicahHalpern on Twitter



Israel Lets Cement into Gaza
By Micah Halpern

Monday May 2, 2016

I've Been Thinking:

Israel is now again permitting cement to be brought into Gaza.

Why? After all, it is clear that Hamas has used the cement to build and fortify their tunnels of terror and their command and control bunkers. The reason is that Turkey and others, especially the UN, are asking nicely.

Israel wants to renew relations with Turkey. This gesture will go a long way towards achieving that goal.

Israel had stopped the movement of cement into Gaza. The cement was supposed to be used by UN and other sources to rebuild Gaza's infrastructure and buildings, especially housing and schools. But much of the cement was either pilfered by Hamas for their purposes or stolen and sold at huge gouging prices.

Israel actually embarrassed Hamas' deputy economics minister in Gaza, Imad al Baz, who was responsible for the stealing of the cement and its resale and for appropriating it in order to build tunnels.

Israel embarrassed al Baz by using social media pictures and short videos to show how he redirected the cement away from UN projects and into the hands of Hamas.

Now Israel is going to try again.

Read my latest book THUGS. It's easy. Just click.
http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss_gw?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=halpern%2C+micah

To reprint my essays contact sales (at) www.featurewell.com
Follow MicahHalpern on Twitter



Runoff Elections in Iran
By Micah Halpern

Sunday May 1, 2016

I've Been Thinking:

Results of the runoff elections for parliament in Iran are now coming in. The first elections were in February. In that election, 68 spots were too close to call or no candidate received the minimal required number of votes to win a seat.

Friday April 29th was the day the runoff took place.

Thus far it looks like the reformers who support the current president, Rouhani, received a plurality of the 68 spots. 30 of the 68 runoff seats will side with Rouhani. The remaining seats are split between the conservatives, the arch conservatives, and the independents.

The Iranian parliament has 290 seats. After all the votes and seats are finalized this election will give reformists a strong presence in public government.

This is a huge show of support for Rouhani and a terrible blow to Iran's religious leadership - especially the Supreme Leader, the Grand Ayatollah.

Read my latest book THUGS. It's easy. Just click.
http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss_gw?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=halpern%2C+micah

To reprint my essays contact sales (at) www.featurewell.com
Follow MicahHalpern on Twitter



Hamas Defeats Fatah in University Election
By Micah Halpern

Thursday April 28, 2016

I've Been Thinking:

Over the past few months there have been many surveys of Palestinian attitudes. Some of the results have been surprising, some have supported conventional wisdom.

Conventional wisdom says to follow student body elections at universities in the West Bank and Gaza. If nothing else, you get a sense of the educated elite's point of view and you may get a picture of the direction of future Palestinian leadership. This, however, is a problematic barometer as the election results have swung back and forth from year to year.

That said, Bir Zeit University just trounced Fatah and elected Hamas. Bir Zeit is by far the best name in Palestinian higher education. It is located in Ramallah and offers a full array of subjects. For students staying close to home, it is the most respected of all Palestinian institutions of higher learning.

So the swing to Hamas - and away from the mainstream Fatah party that rules and controls the West Bank and the PA, is significant. It indicates that Abbas and his party have lost the faith of Palestinian youth.

How significant is it? I do not know, but that election is as telling as any other survey or any other student election.


Read my latest book THUGS. It's easy. Just click.
http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss_gw?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=halpern%2C+micah

To reprint my essays contact sales (at) www.featurewell.com
Follow MicahHalpern on Twitter



Saudis Testing the Waters
By Micah Halpern

Wednesday April 27, 2016

I've Been Thinking:

Testing the waters. That's when leaders send out a message and see how it is received.

Saudi Arabia is testing the waters about diplomatic relations with Israel.

Retired Saudi General Anwar Eshki, who was a significant power and influence in Saudi strategic decision making, made an announcement that if Israel accepts Saudi Arabia's peace plan, Saudi Arabia will begin building an embassy in Tel Aviv.

Eshki, who was quoted in an extensive interview in Al Jazera, is a very high level source. He is trying to figure out if it is worthwhile to have diplomatic ties with Israel and what the blow back is going to be if Saudi Arabia normalizes relations with Israel.

The answer is pretty clear. And it seems that the Saudis are interested in floating the idea.

So far there has been no negative feedback. But it only became public a few minutes ago.


Read my latest book THUGS. It's easy. Just click.
http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss_gw?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=halpern%2C+micah

To reprint my essays contact sales (at) www.featurewell.com
Follow MicahHalpern on Twitter



ISIS Cyber Threat
By Micah Halpern

Tuesday April 26, 2016

I've Been Thinking:

Over 2/3 of tech professionals surveyed said that they believe there will a cataclysmic cyber attack against the United States within the next two years.

Over 90% of those surveyed think that private companies and government agencies should invest more money and effort protecting themselves.

In addition, the tech professionals believe that companies and corporations are more likely to be attacked and are more vulnerable to a cyber attack than government.

This is not good news.

ISIS and other terror groups are getting better at hiding themselves and their activity. It should be clear that terror groups are recruiting computer experts who can hack and attack and their attacks can be not only irritating, but far reaching and dangerous.

An attack against the electric center or water distribution source of large or even small cities would create mass hysteria.

Attacks are just a question of time. The United States must prepare itself. They need to be able to both defend themselves and respond and repair the damage immediately.

Read my latest book THUGS. It's easy. Just click.
http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss_gw?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=halpern%2C+micah

To reprint my essays contact sales (at) www.featurewell.com
Follow MicahHalpern on Twitter



MidEast Oil Losses 1/2 $Trillion
By Micah Halpern

Monday April 25, 2016

I've Been Thinking:

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has revised its assessment of Mideast oil production profits and losses.
The IMF is an international agency whose objective is to stimulate international economic growth. The IMF loans money and directs money. Its' assessments on profits and losses is essential in plotting and anticipating investments.

Originally the IMF said that gulf oil exports should anticipate a $360 billion drop in profits. They have revised that number to $390 billion.

In addition, the IMF is predicting a half trillion dollar reduction of profits for next year.

Read my latest book THUGS. It's easy. Just click.
http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss_gw?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=halpern%2C+micah

To reprint my essays contact sales (at) www.featurewell.com
Follow MicahHalpern on Twitter



US ISIS Terrorists
By Micah Halpern

Saturday April 23, 2016

I've Been Thinking:

Terror is in our midst --- here in the US. Not a group of crazies, but real dedicated ISIS players who swear their support to abu Bakr Baghdadi, the leader of ISIS.

Yesterday two men in Boston had additional charges added to the original charges against them for attempting to decapitate police officers. The added charges were terror charges.

They were plotting to decapitate police in the name of ISIS. The two, David Wright and Nicholas Rovinski, are now in prison.

While in prison Rovinski is recruiting for ISIS. He is continuing to try and convince his fellow inmates to decapitate non-believing inmates and then, when they get out of prison, to decapitate other non-believers. Rovinski is so committed to ISIS that he scribbled a pledge to support ISIS and Baghdadi on his charge sheet.

Funny thing is that both Rovinski and Wright pleaded not guilty to the charges -- despite the written pledge.

Obviously, ISIS does not consider their actions terror. They think that it is justifiable to decapitate police and non-believers.

Read my latest book THUGS. It's easy. Just click.
http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss_gw?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=halpern%2C+micah

To reprint my essays contact sales (at) www.featurewell.com
Follow MicahHalpern on Twitter



US May Buy Iron Dome
By Micah Halpern

Friday April 22, 2016

I've Been Thinking:

The Iron Dome was just used to shoot down a drone in the United States.

It was a test.

The purpose of the test was to evaluate the Iron Dome and see if it could be used against a variety of weapons, including US drones. This is the first time the Iron Dome was shot in the US. Most importantly, the US wants to purchase the Iron Dome but only when they know that it can work against various weapons.

In the past year the Iron Dome has been upgraded to strike a multitude of targets. That will make the weapon marketable. As of now the Iron Dome has not been sold to anyone.

Since 2011 the Iron Dome has shot down 1500 targets - that was a success rate of 90%. There are not many defense systems in the world that have that level of success.

The fact that the US is showing interest in the Iron Dome is huge.
The fact that Israel's Iron Dome is unique and one of a kind and will probably be purchased by the US is an enormous success.

Read my latest book THUGS. It's easy. Just click.
http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss_gw?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=halpern%2C+micah

To reprint my essays contact sales (at) www.featurewell.com
Follow MicahHalpern on Twitter



Saudis Not Opening Up to Israel
By Micah Halpern

Thursday April 21, 2016

I've Been Thinking:

Much has been written in Israel and across the Arab world about a new relationship emerging between Saudi Arabia and Israel.
I hate to be the bearer of bad tidings - but the perception is simply not correct.

Yes, lines of communication about security and terror and Islamic extremism are open and working. And two summers ago both Saudi Arabia and Egypt were kept up-to-date on Israel's actions against Hamas and they even egged Israel on to destroy Hamas.

And yes, Egypt just handed back to Saudi Arabia two Islands in the Straits of Tiran, the islands of Tiran and Sanafir. And the transfer of these Islands required Israeli approval -- so Saudi Arabia and Israel and Egypt engaged in important albeit indirect discussions.

BUT --- and there is a big but, the new Saudi King acts with a plan. And clearly, he has no plan to open relations with Israel - otherwise he would be doing that, even behind closed doors.

Saudi / Israeli interaction is only about achieving pragmatic small goals. It is that and nothing more.

We should continue to watch and see if more interaction and more expansive sharing takes place. That will be the sign of a real change in Saudi / Israel relations.

Read my latest book THUGS. It's easy. Just click.
http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss_gw?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=halpern%2C+micah

To reprint my essays contact sales (at) www.featurewell.com
Follow MicahHalpern on Twitter



AntiSemitism in Romania
By Micah Halpern

Wednesday April 20, 2016

I've Been Thinking:

Anti-Semitism can be found not only among the uneducated.

In Romania, a candidate for mayor named Marian Munteanu from the National Liberal Party, Romania's second largest political party, declared that Jews in Romania exaggerated the number murdered in the Holocaust in order to get more money.

The would-be mayor said Jews lied in order to "obtain illicit moneys from Romanian people through disinformation and manipulation of public opinion, with the complicity of treacherous elements who infiltrated the Romanian institutional structures."

Munteanu defended himself saying that he was not an anti-Semite. He also said that there was hardly any anti-Semitism in Romania because --- "there is hardly anti-Semitism, rather xenophobia. We are all philo-Semites because we are Christians."

Of course, he is wrong.

Just last year National Romanian TV broadcast a Christmas special that glorified the burning of Jews. The station was fined.
Anti-Semitism is, to this day, deeply entrenched in Romania.

Read my latest book THUGS. It's easy. Just click.
http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss_gw?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=halpern%2C+micah

To reprint my essays contact sales (at) www.featurewell.com
Follow MicahHalpern on Twitter



Yesterday Was a Bad Day
By Micah Halpern

Tuesday April 19, 2016

I've Been Thinking:

Yesterday, after the terror attack that rocked Jerusalem, an announcement glorifying the attack came out of Gaza.

Not a surprise.

The terror attack came right after Israel announced that they had discovered a terror tunnel from Gaza that opened into Israel. The tunnel was 100 feet deep.

Hamas and Gaza also issued a press statement, also typical. It was a report that five Palestinians had been convicted and sentenced to death for collaborating with Israel. Four of the collaborators were to be hanged and the fifth was to be shot by firing squad.

The five were convicted of informing Israel about the tunnels and telling them where they were located and where Hamas members lived.

There is no doubt that there are hundreds if not thousands of Gazans who relay information to Israel. That information, together with satellite and drone and other intel like computer intel, allows Israel to strike at Hamas and other terror groups in Gaza.

Hamas needs to intimidate their residents and strike fear into them. It is another form of terror - this time directed at their own.

What Hamas does not realize is that the people helping Israel are not just doing it for the money. These assets in Gaza do it because they hate Hamas and think that Hamas is destroying their society.

All the fear and all the terror of Hamas will not change that perception.

Read my latest book THUGS. It's easy. Just click.
http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss_gw?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=halpern%2C+micah

To reprint my essays contact sales (at) www.featurewell.com
Follow MicahHalpern on Twitter



Iran Says They will Protect MidEast from Terror
By Micah Halpern

Monday April 18, 2016

I've Been Thinking:

Yesterday Iran's President Rouhani gave a speech addressed to the Muslim world, especially to her Arab neighbors, saying that Iran will defend everyone from terror threats and from Zionists threats.

Rouhani said: "If tomorrow your capitals face danger from terrorism or Zionism, the power that will give you a positive answer is the Islamic Republic of Iran."

"The power of our armed forces is not aimed at any of our neighbors ... Its purpose is to defend Islamic Iran and act as an active deterrent."

There are several important things happening in this speech.

Most importantly, Rouhani spoke at an army parade. It was the annual army parade in Iran during which the newest and most modern Iranian weaponry is displayed - it is intended as a source of great pride.
This parade showcased many of the new Russian arms that Iran has received since the arms embargo was lifted last year. Especially present was the newly acquired Russian S-300 missile system. (Actually, it is not certain how much of the missile system Iran received or if Iran actually received the entire system.)

Next in importance is that Iran wants everyone to understand that they are the protectors of the region. This is a theme that Iran has been pushing for some time. They want to usurp the roles of Egypt and Saudi Arabia as caretakers of the region. People on the Arab street are starting to believe them.

Iran also wants to emphasize that the people they support are not terrorists. In other words, in their eyes Hezbollah is not a terror organization.

And finally, Iran is taking a strong stand against those countries that are warming up their relations with Israel. Egypt and Saudi Arabia have agreed to exchange the Island Tiran. That exchange involves Israel. Iran is challenging anyone who would deal with the Israel, or as they call it, the Zionist Entity.

Read my latest book THUGS. It's easy. Just click.
http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss_gw?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=halpern%2C+micah

To reprint my essays contact sales (at) www.featurewell.com
Follow MicahHalpern on Twitter



France Terror Tip Line
By Micah Halpern

Friday April 15, 2016

I've Been Thinking:

French President Francois Hollande said yesterday that France has created a national hotline for tips and information about Islamic extremism and terror.

The hotline has already received 9,000 tips.

Not all the tips are real, actionable intel - but the sheer number tells an important story. It tells us that the French are worried and that they are no longer playing the role of uninterested bystander and instead, telling national authorities if something appears out of place or unusual.

France has been stunned by terror. They sit in the epicenter of Islamic attacks.

At first it was unclear how the French people would respond. In the past, after the dust settled, and after the protests, people just picked up their same old habits and ways.

Now it seems that French citizenry is still shaken and their lives have been changed. Now the French, or at least the 9,000 people who contacted the hotline, are stepping forward to say that they want to help stop the scourge that has been attacking their country.

The nation and its leaders must motivate the masses and turn this into a national teaching moment. Local leaders and normal folk need to understand that terrorist recruiters are as dangerous as the terrorists who blow themselves up.

Recruiters and the organizers must be stopped. That is the only way to truly halt the murderous campaign of ISIS - in France and around the globe.

Read my latest book THUGS. It's easy. Just click.
http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss_gw?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=halpern%2C+micah

To reprint my essays contact sales (at) www.featurewell.com
Follow MicahHalpern on Twitter



Abbas' Brother in Israeli Hospital
By Micah Halpern

Thursday April 14, 2016

I've Been Thinking:

PA President Mahmoud Abbas' younger brother, Abu Louai, is in being treated in an Israeli hospital.

Abu Louai is 76 years old and suffers from cancer. He lives in Qatar. The PA press has not and probably will not publish this information - neither will the rest of the Arabic press.

The decision by the brother of the Palestinian president to enter an
Israeli hospital is not surprising. He is just one of many

Palestinian elite and their family members, including family members of Hamas leaders, who have entered Israeli hospitals to get help and to have their lives saved by Israeli medical teams.

It seems like the height of hypocrisy.

Israeli health care is arguably one of the best in the world. And when it comes to the life and death of loved ones the leadership of the arch enemies of Israel, or of those who are trying to pressure Israel at the UN, in the international court and around the world, will "use" Israel.

Unfortunately these leaders hide the truth from the masses. The reality is that, if there were peace, Israeli knowledge, technology and health care could easily be shared with Palestinians.

Read my latest book THUGS. It's easy. Just click.
http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss_gw?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=halpern%2C+micah

To reprint my essays contact sales (at) www.featurewell.com
Follow MicahHalpern on Twitter



Why Palestinian Terror is Down
By Micah Halpern

Wednesday April 13, 2016

I've Been Thinking:

There has been a significant drop in Palestinian terror attacks over the past few weeks.

It is too early to say that the six month long wave of terror is over, but what I can say is that a slew of new techniques and activities undertaken by various groups have been at work and they are, now, coming together and seem to be effective.

First and most important, Israeli military leadership has conducted a series of sit-downs with Arab village leadership. Not threats, real sit downs. The price of the terror is clear to the leadership - but never the less, the IDF decided to give incentives to stop it. They started building soccer fields and parking lots and opening up new entrances to the villages.

In response, local Arab leaders spoke out against violence. They gathered their communities together and said that the violence is hurting them - not helping them.

It also became clear that much of the violence was incited via internet. The IDF cyber squad gave over info to IDF force commanders and they arrested those people who were posting the incitement. If there was not enough evidence to arrest the person, the IDF paid the hosts a visit.

The IDF has been very vigilant and continues to prevent attacks before they happen. Sometimes attacks are aborted and sometimes terrorists are stopped on their way to perpetrate their attacks.

There have also been changes in procedure to make certain that people cannot walk through certain roadblocks.

The Palestinian Security Services is also arresting terrorists. They have confiscated many weapons and PA police have made it clear that they are clamping down on acts of violence and terror. They are even going into schools and instruct children not to plan or perpetrate attacks. They are searching backpacks and school bags.

These and many other tactics are making a big difference.

Read my latest book THUGS. It's easy. Just click.
http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss_gw?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=halpern%2C+micah

To reprint my essays contact sales (at) www.featurewell.com
Follow MicahHalpern on Twitter



Gaza Tunnels Collapse
By Micah Halpern

Tuesday April 12, 2016

I've Been Thinking:

Another tunnel collapsed in Gaza. Three people were killed.

The news was reported on Channel 2 News in Israel, despite a media blackout by Hamas. Hamas does not want information to be given out about neither the deaths nor the collapsed tunnel.

A few hours before the tunnel collapse, the Egyptians blew up a tunnel that they found on their side of the border.

All of this tunnel activity took place in the area of Rafah. Rafah is a city that sits half in Egypt and half in Gaza.
This is the 11th tunnel to collapse since February.

From the point of view of Hamas the tunnels are a huge operation that
lends them pride and power.

Hamas employs over 1,000 people in various digging operations across Gaza. Tunnels used to be primarily for smuggling and the smugglers invested a lot of money and care in the construction of their tunnels. But the days of private enterprise are long gone.

Today Hamas digs and controls all the tunnels and it is a great source of revenue - they both charge for passage through the tunnels and tax everything that passes through the tunnels.

Tunnels are a major component of the Hamas economy. Collapsed tunnels cannot fill their coffers.

Read my latest book THUGS. It's easy. Just click.
http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss_gw?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=halpern%2C+micah

To reprint my essays contact sales (at) www.featurewell.com
Follow MicahHalpern on Twitter



PA Arrests Terrorists
By Micah Halpern

Monday April 11, 2016

I've Been Thinking:

Palestinian Authority Security (ISA) arrested 3 terrorists from Hebron on Saturday.

The combination of this announcement and these arrests are intended to signal a renewed sense of cooperation between the PA and Israel.
The PA was under tremendous pressure to step up and try to stop the wave of terror against Israelis that has been so commonplace and was even supported by PA leadership.

This arrest came with a further announcement explaining that recently PA security services have prevented 200 attacks and arrested 100 people and confiscated numerous weapons.

It is not clear that this is a new era of cooperation. But it certainly is an important symbol. Hamas responded by condemning the arrests and called the PA, its security forces and even its leadership "collaborators".

Israel responded to the ISA announcement saying that, as of late, there has been a huge drop in terror attacks. The prime minister is being cautiously optimistic about this ... but regardless - this is a very good sign, even if it is only temporary.

Read my latest book THUGS. It's easy. Just click.
http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss_gw?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=halpern%2C+micah

To reprint my essays contact sales (at) www.featurewell.com
Follow MicahHalpern on Twitter



Straits of Tiran Now in Saudi Control
By Micah Halpern

Sunday April 10, 2016

I've Been Thinking:

Yesterday Egypt and Saudi Arabia signed an agreement resolving a maritime border dispute that has lasted since 1906. This agreement will have huge implications for the safety of Israel and its shipping
trade.

Here's a quick history and geography lesson:
In 1906 the Ottomans and the British demarcated two islands Tiran and Sanafir, which we refer to now simply as the Straits of Tiran, to be under the control of Egypt.

In 1967 Egypt closed the Straits of Tiran to Israeli ships. The Straits of Tiran are at the mouth of the Gulf of Aqaba which leads up to Eilat, one of Israel's largest sea ports. The Straits are between Egypt on the west and Saudi Arabia on the east.

When Egypt shut the Straits they were committing an act of war. That act of war precipitated the strike which, after escalating, is now called The Six Day War or The '67 War.

Saudi Arabia gave over control of the Straits of Tiran to Egypt in 1950. It became part of a larger plan to cripple Israel and, in 1967, the Arab League supported the closure.

After the Six Day War, Israel took charge of the islands, aka the Straits, to ensure free movement for Israeli shipping. After the Camp David Accords between Israel and Egypt were singed, Israel returned the Straits to Egypt.

Now that the islands of the Straits of Tiran fall into the hands of Saudi Arabia the obvious question arises: Will the status quo continue?

At this point I am almost certain that the status quo will continue as is.

Read my latest book THUGS. It's easy. Just click.
http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss_gw?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=halpern%2C+micah

To reprint my essays contact sales (at) www.featurewell.com
Follow MicahHalpern on Twitter



Palestinians Made A Memorial Garden for Terrorists in Jerusalem
By Micah Halpern

Friday April 9, 2016

I've Been Thinking:

Israel destroyed a memorial garden yesterday in Jerusalem. The garden was a memorial to 47 terrorists killed in the act of terrorism.

The garden was the undertaking of local Palestinians. A tree had been planted for each terrorist and a large placard-sized picture of each terrorist was placed in the garden.

The garden was located in the community of Raz al Amud, also known as Maalei Hazeitim, which abuts the Cemetery of the Mount of Olives. The garden was on Jerusalem public property.

The Jerusalem police and the Israeli army uprooted the trees and destroyed the pictures.

There is no doubt that Israel was 100% correct in tearing down a memorial that glorified acts of terror and the men and women who perpetrate terror. There is no way that Jerusalem could sanction attitude and mind think.

The biggest issue is that the Palestinians do honor terrorists. They build memorials for terrorists, name stadiums after terrorists and set them up as role models and heroes.

That is nor the Israeli way.

Read my latest book THUGS. It's easy. Just click.
http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss_gw?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=halpern%2C+micah

To reprint my essays contact sales (at) www.featurewell.com
Follow MicahHalpern on Twitter



BDS Isn't Scarying these Musicians
By Micah Halpern

Thursday April 7, 2016

I've Been Thinking:

BDS has been pressuring musicians not to come to Israel. Even more
horrific is the pressure BDS is applying to force those musicians who have already scheduled concerts in Israel to cancel their trips.

And yet, despite the pressure, this summer's music schedule is very impressive. Here is just a short list.

Julio Iglesias will perform in Israel on May 7th.
Deep Purple will perform on May 22nd.
Michael Jackson's Thriller will be performed May 19 - 24.
Elton John will perform on May 26th.
Brian Wilson of the Beach Boys is performing on June 8th.
Alice Cooper will perform on June 16th.
Duran Duran is coming in June and Bruce Springsteen is coming to Israel in July.
Beyonce is performing on August 3rd.
Dire Straits will be in Israel in September.
On March 1st Pat Boone performed in Israel.

This is simply a partial list of names on the list ... They are the performers I know best. Groups like Die Antwoord, Symphony X and

Realestate are also coming to Israel to perform. I assume that these groups are very popular because of the price of their tickets and the venue of their concerts.

The beat goes on - despite BDS!

Read my latest book THUGS. It's easy. Just click.
http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss_gw?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=halpern%2C+micah

To reprint my essays contact sales (at) www.featurewell.com
Follow MicahHalpern on Twitter



US & Israel Cooperate of Cyber Security
By Micah Halpern

Wednesday April 6, 2016

I've Been Thinking:

The United States and Israel are cooperating on cyber security, especially as it refers to energy.

US Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz is in Israel. He said that the US and Israel must coordinate and cooperate on energy issues even more than they have in the past because “a very large fraction of cyber attacks involves the energy sector and that's a recent experience.”

He went on to say that the United States must learn from Israel about cyber security especially in protecting government operations and agencies.

The visit was not without both some humor and some tension. Moniz was the point man for the nuclear deal. He was the main US expert and the most important voice in the ear of US President Obama. Moniz was the voice that asserted that the deal was good.

His counterpart in Israel, Yuval Steinitz, reminded Moniz of the issues that they were deep in conflict over last year. Moniz quipped back laughing that Iranians chanting "Death to Israel" are matched by their calls for "Death to America".

The United States and Israel signed two agreements about energy. The first agreement is about cooperation on issues related to natural gas, electricity, energy and cyber security. The second agreement is to provide scholarships for Israeli post-docs to study and work at institutions in the United States that do energy-related work.

Seems like a win-win for both nations.


Read my latest book THUGS. It's easy. Just click.
http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss_gw?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=halpern%2C+micah

To reprint my essays contact sales (at) www.featurewell.com
Follow MicahHalpern on Twitter



Cyber Terror Links w Brussels and Paris
By Micah Halpern

Tuesday April 5, 2016

I've Been Thinking:

A cyber tech firm that specializes in cyber security and hails from Israel discovered a link between cyber terror attacks and murderous terror attacks.

Cytegic based their studies on the terror attacks that rocked Brussels and Paris.

Not surprisingly, they discovered that after the terror attacks there was a significant increase in cyber attacks. According to Cytegic most of those cyber strikes were DOS attacks. A DOS attack is an attack in which the cyber terrorist attacks by sending a deluge of emails that forces the site to crash. Other forms of attacks that they discovered included posting pictures and phishing and social engineering hacks. In the end, they are pretty low level hacks.

Low level hacks or not - many people, including the anarchist group called Anonymous, are trying to fight the ISIS hacks.

Cytegic also discovered that there was a slight dip in terror attacks before the murderous attacks in Paris and Brussels.

The most important point in the Cytegic findings is that there is a short lag time between the physical attack and the computer attacks.

In that break, targets - including countries, agencies, corporations and individuals have a window which can be used to bolster their defenses.

Read my latest book THUGS. It's easy. Just click.
http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss_gw?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=halpern%2C+micah

To reprint my essays contact sales (at) www.featurewell.com
Follow MicahHalpern on Twitter



Iran Has Water Shortage
By Micah Halpern

Monday April 4, 2016

I've Been Thinking:

Iran will face a serious water crisis this summer. The numbers are frightening. And it appears as if it is too late to turn the situation around.

The numbers I have seen estimate that as many as 37 million people will suffer from dehydration in Iran this summer. That is just under 50% of the country.

The crisis is totally man made. And while it is too late for the summer of 2016, future crises can be solved by Iranian leadership.
Iran's average water consumption is almost twice as large as the world average. Iranians totally misuse their water - rain water, ground water and river water.

Agriculture uses 93% of Iran's water. That is crazy and it should be cut in half. Iranians need to filter and recycle water. As a society they also need to stop wasting water. When farmers drop their water usage, their crop size will plummet.

From experience in Israel they should learn to plug industrial leaks. That is where most water is wasted - water linkages and open pipes. Not in homes, but all over the country.

If Iran's leaders can teach their people to be more water responsible and if they can plug the leaks and reuse water after it is treated -- next year may be a much easier summer.

Unfortunately, there is very little that can be done in the next eight weeks to solve Iran's water problem.

Read my latest book THUGS. It's easy. Just click.
http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss_gw?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=halpern%2C+micah

To reprint my essays contact sales (at) www.featurewell.com
Follow MicahHalpern on Twitter



Pendulum Swings in Syria
By Micah Halpern

Sunday April 3, 2016

I've Been Thinking:

For those who thought that the pendulum had swung and that Russia and Iran were helping Assad secure Syria by conquering strategic sites like Aleppo -- wrong.

Over the weekend, starting on Friday, al Qaeda's affiliate al Nusra has been taking back Aleppo. Al Nusra began their assault with three simultaneous car bombs and then they ambushed Syrian forces while they were on the move.

According to sources, dozens of Syrian forces were killed while only sixteen al Qaeda/al Nusra forces were killed in the fighting.
Syrian forces and their allies are now responding and trying to take back the areas that they lost on Friday and Saturday.

Al Nusra, with the help of other rebels, targeted some of the most strategic zones around Aleppo.

The most important element to understand is that the fight continues - section by section, city by city, neighborhood by neighborhood. Control of strategic locations often swings back and forth. Control is wrestled from one group and then from another.

This conflict is far from over.

Read my latest book THUGS. It's easy. Just click.
http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss_gw?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=halpern%2C+micah

To reprint my essays contact sales (at) www.featurewell.com
Follow MicahHalpern on Twitter



Iran Knows There's No Punishment
By Micah Halpern

Friday April 1, 2016

I've Been Thinking:

On March 8th and 9th Iran test launched Shahab -3 and Qadr -1
missiles.

The United States, France, Great Briton and Germany all said that the test launches were a violation of the nuke deal and that sanctions should be re-imposed on Iran by the UN Security Council.

They said that the missiles are "inherently capable of delivering nuclear warheads." That status means that the test launches violate both the agreement and Security Council Resolution #2231. Iran claims that these missiles do not and cannot carry nuclear warheads.
Iran has a plan.

The Security Council is meeting today, Friday, April 1st, to discuss the matter.

Iran knows that despite the debate in the Security Council sanctions will not be imposed and no significant punishment will emerge. Here is the comment made by Iran's defense minister, General Hossein Dehghan: "I am certain that the Security Council and the United Nations will not respond as our actions are neither a breach of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (the July nuclear deal) nor are they against Resolution 2231."

Why is he so sure?
Because Russia is against imposing new sanctions on Iran.

The Russians have been saying for months that they will not tolerate new sanctions against Iran. Russia will veto any move to sanction. They are permanent members of the Security Council and all permanent members have a veto.

Iran has, once again, found the back door they need to accomplish exactly what they want.


Read my latest book THUGS. It's easy. Just click.
http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss_gw?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=halpern%2C+micah

To reprint my essays contact sales (at) www.featurewell.com
Follow MicahHalpern on Twitter



Russia Arrests ISIS Recruiters
By Micah Halpern

Thursday March 31, 2016

I've Been Thinking:

Russia arrested twenty ISIS recruiters yesterday in Moscow. Russian news agency RIA broke the story. The arrests came as the result of a joint operation between the police and the FSB, the Federal Security Service.

Here is the quote. "During a joint operation of the FSB (Federal Security Service) and the police, around twenty people suspected of connections to ISIS (Islamic State) were arrested."

ISIS was recruiting young Moscovites. Many of those arrested for joining the terrorist organization originally came from Uzbekistan which is a former Soviet Republic.

There were many things that were confiscated in the operation. The ISIS recruiters had an entire collection of fake ids, especially fake Turkish driver's licenses. They were clearly forging materials to help the recruits make their way into Turkey and from there into Syria.

Russia knows that they are high on the ISIS target list. And the Russians are responding by increasing security and by doing everything they can to try and locate the ISIS organizers that might be planning attacks.

This is just one example of Russia's private war against ISIS in their country.


Read my latest book THUGS. It's easy. Just click.
http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss_gw?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=halpern%2C+micah

To reprint my essays contact sales (at) www.featurewell.com
Follow MicahHalpern on Twitter



Leave Turkey Now!
By Micah Halpern

Wednesday March 30, 2016

I've Been Thinking:

On Monday Israel issued a travel warning. Do not travel to Turkey and if you are in Turkey, leave immediately.

On Tuesday the United States issued an evacuation order for all families and non -essential personnel to immediately leave southern Turkey. The US order also said that those remaining in Turkey may not travel outside the compounds.

Southern Turkey is more than simply dangerous. It is where ISIS transfers people and goods - including produce and including oil.

This is where it would be easy for ISIS to attack. Even easier than when they attacked in downtown Istanbul a few weeks ago killing three Israelis.

ISIS knows the area and they can easily fit in. It is very hard to protect people when the enemy is so familiar and so conversant with the lay of the land.

The best response is to get out.

Israelis and Americans are easy targets. Turkey must begin to assert control over their southern regions and oust ISIS. They must begin the process now.


Read my latest book THUGS. It's easy. Just click.
http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss_gw?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=halpern%2C+micah

To reprint my essays contact sales (at) www.featurewell.com
Follow MicahHalpern on Twitter



Kuwait Deports 60 Hezbollah
By Micah Halpern

Tuesday March 29, 2016

I've Been Thinking:

Kuwait is deporting 60 Hezbollah members. Their residency permits have been withdrawn because they are members of a terrorist organization.

Since last month's decision by the Arab League and the GCC (the Gulf Cooperation Council) to label Hezbollah a terrorist group, member countries have been stepping up their pressure on Hezbollah.

The decision by the Arab League and in the GCC was not due to a new vision of the world nor to a recognition of Western concepts of terror. The decision was made because Hezbollah, like Iran, is supporting and defending Assad in Syria. This decision was split straight down the Shiite Sunni rift.

Hezbollah is a Shiite group sponsored by Iran and Assad is part of the Allawites a break-off from Shiite tradition. They are pitted against the Sunnis.

The GCC is all Sunni and the Arab League is mostly Sunni. The only voices who voted against the declaration to label Hezbollah a terror organization were Lebanon and Iraq.

Once you get your bearings and figure out who is who, it all starts to makes sense.

Read my latest book THUGS. It's easy. Just click.
http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss_gw?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=halpern%2C+micah

To reprint my essays contact sales (at) www.featurewell.com
Follow MicahHalpern on Twitter



Hamas Egypt Summit #2
By Micah Halpern

Monday March 28, 2016

I've Been Thinking:

The Hamas delegation departed for Egypt on Sunday. A second round of Hamas / Egyptian talks will begin today.

Hamas has done their prep work for this second round of talks. They have consulted with Qatar about significant details that caused the breakdown of the first round of talks.

The major stumbling block during round one was Hamas' involvement in and admission of knowledge about the assassination of the national prosecutor of Egypt.

I expect that Hamas will come forward with the name of the group and people who were involved in the assassination. I also expect that those involved are, by now, long gone and far away.

I expect Egypt will demand that they be handed over. Hamas will not comply and the talks will break down again.

Typical.

Read my latest book THUGS. It's easy. Just click.
http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss_gw?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=halpern%2C+micah

To reprint my essays contact sales (at) www.featurewell.com
Follow MicahHalpern on Twitter



Russia Helps Syria Attack ISIS
By Micah Halpern

Sunday March 27, 2016

I've Been Thinking:

Remember that announcement Russia made about withdrawing from Syria? Remember that I called it a re-adjustment and not a withdrawal?

My point was proven yesterday...

Syrian forces are now retaking the city of Palmyra. ISIS took Palmyra last May and destroyed its centuries-old Roman archeological remains. The Syrians have control over three major neighborhoods and continue to wrestle the city from ISIS.

Syrian forces are not alone in this battle. The Russians are allowing the Syrians to fight ISIS and giving them air support.
Russia fighter jets flew 40 sorties and hit 150 targets killing over
100 ISIS fighters.

This is the new Russian status in Syria.

Russia has not and will not withdraw from Syria. Instead, they are moving into the position of helping the Syrians fight ISIS by giving Syrian forces the cover they need to force ISIS out of their positions.

Not what you'd call a withdrawal by any stretch of the imagination.

Read my latest book THUGS. It's easy. Just click.
http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss_gw?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=halpern%2C+micah

To reprint my essays contact sales (at) www.featurewell.com
Follow MicahHalpern on Twitter



ISIS is Taking Losses in Iraq
By Micah Halpern

Friday March 25, 2016

I've Been Thinking:

Iraqi forces are taking back the villages around ISIS controlled Mosul in northern Iraq.

The Iraqi forces are working together with the Peshmerga, also known as the Kurdish fighters, and are being aided by US and coalition air support. Progress in taking back these villages is slow.

Today is the second day of the offensive and they have successfully taken back three villages. They are preparing to move against several more.

The reason the offensive is going slowly is because ISIS has booby trapped the roads and many of the buildings. Clearing mines is a slow process.

The fighting is only sporadic. There do not seem to be a lot of ISIS fighters in these villages.

Mosul is the second largest city in Iraq with over two million people. The villages around Mosul are essentially suburbs. This the first stage in isolating and attacking Mosul.

I would expect the attacl against the big city of Mosul in the next few weeks.

Read my latest book THUGS. It's easy. Just click.
http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss_gw?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=halpern%2C+micah

To reprint my essays contact sales (at) www.featurewell.com
Follow MicahHalpern on Twitter



Israeli Tech Firm Hacking the iPhone for FBI
By Micah Halpern

Thursday March 24, 2016

I've Been Thinking:

YNET news reports that an Israeli company named Cellebrite is the third party helping the FBI crack the encryption on the iPhone 5C that belonged to one of the San Bernardino terrorists, the phone that Apple is refusing to unlock even after federal judges demand their help.

There has been much discussion about how to break the codes on cell phones and chat forums are filled with ideas.

Cellebrite, which is headquartered in Petah Tikva, has been on contract to the FBI and the Justice department since 2013. One of services they provide is cracking encryption codes by means of software that they have developed.

Cellebrite has also been known to strong arm and break individual codes. Another part of their business is data backup and diagnostics. They can run retrieving programs on 15,000 different cell phone models.

The Israeli company provides their service to over 90 countries. Most of their subscribers are intelligence agencies, security agencies, armies and governments. The company has been able to help solve crimes perpetrated around the world by getting information off phones that have, supposedly, been wiped clean.


Read my latest book THUGS. It's easy. Just click.
http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss_gw?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=halpern%2C+micah

To reprint my essays contact sales (at) www.featurewell.com
Follow MicahHalpern on Twitter



Mistakes in Belgium
By Micah Halpern

Wednesday March 23, 2016

I've Been Thinking:

The terror in Belgium is a terrible tragedy. It is a terrible tragedy that could have been avoided.

The United States had announced that they had information of an impending attack - but nothing specific. The Belgians had the same info. I had the same info. It was clear earlier in the week, after the Belgians and the French had captured the leader of the Paris attacks, that there were plans to attack Belgian and French sites.

Salah Abdeslam told his interrogators, just days ago, that he had several ISIS terror cells in place and poised to attack.

Knowing that info and not increasing security at Brussels' main train station and airport is irresponsible.

Ever since the 1970's, when Palestinian terrorists attacked Israeli tourists in Brussels and hijacked planes, Israel gave Belgium important tactical plans to beef up security. Had those plans been in place it is unlikely that yesterday's attack would have been successful.

The basic concept of security at these sites so beloved by terrorists is called the layered approach. A defense system is set up to catch unusual threats and what is not caught in the outermost layer is caught by a layer within. It is not good enough to simply have a security screening station for people with boarding passes as they go to their gates.

This was a huge failure by Belgian security and by those who determine threats to their nation. They should all resign.


Read my latest book THUGS. It's easy. Just click.
http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss_gw?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=halpern%2C+micah

To reprint my essays contact sales (at) www.featurewell.com
Follow MicahHalpern on Twitter



ISIS Attacks Secret US Base in Iraq
By Micah Halpern

Tuesday March 22, 2016

I've Been Thinking:

Firebase Bell is a secret US special-forces base in northern Iraq.
The US base came under rocket fire attack by ISIS on Monday. Two days earlier another rocket attack killed a US Marine.

Staff Sergeant Louis Cardin is the marine killed by the ISIS rocket that struck the base. The number of injured during the attack has not been released. We do know, however, that the company at the base is composed of less than 200 soldiers.

ISIS discovered the US base and figured that they could hit it from a distance by launching rockets into the camp.

That maneuver was so successful that ISIS returned two days later and did it again. This is a major flaw in US security.

ISIS rocket launchers and shoulder launched multi-purpose assault weapons (SMAW) are easy to carry - but the United States needs to prevent ISIS from getting close enough to shoot at their base.

If the United States does not make this correction ISIS, will continue to shoot at them, day after day, damaging the base and putting the lives of the military stationed at Firebase Bell at risk.

Read my latest book THUGS. It's easy. Just click.
http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss_gw?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=halpern%2C+micah

To reprint my essays contact sales (at) www.featurewell.com
Follow MicahHalpern on Twitter



Time Is Shamed into Correcting Story
By Micah Halpern

Monday March 21, 2016

I've Been Thinking:

It happened in October. Two Palestinians terrorists murdered three
Israelis. One of the terrorists, Bahaa Allyan, was a graphic designer.

It took Time Magazine 5 months and much pressure and international shame before they finally corrected the dots in this story.

Originally, on October 15th, Time Magazine ran a story entitled "The Desperation Driving Young Palestinians to Violence," which simply referred to Bahaa Allyan as "a graphic designer" who "was killed by Israeli security forces after allegedly trying to carry out an attack in Jerusalem."

The piece totally ignored the fact that the graphic designer was a mass murderer and that he was killed after killing three Israelis and would have, if permitted, killed many more.

Allyan and his accomplice overtook a bus in Jerusalem. They stabbed and shot and continued to shoot and stab. The terrorist (aka graphic artist) locked the bus door not letting anyone escape and preventing defense teams from boarding.

The terrorist was killed when an Israeli anti-terror team shot him from outside the bus.

The important part is not that he was a graphic artist ... NO! He murdered three innocent people by taking over a public bus in Jerusalem.

Only now, 5 months later after being shamed into clarifying their original story Time Magazine finally made a correction - one that fell far short of an apology. In Time's words, they added a component to the website and the story "to give a fuller account of the attack."

Think about it - 5 months need to pass to get to the truth.


Read my latest book THUGS. It's easy. Just click.
http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss_gw?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=halpern%2C+micah

To reprint my essays contact sales (at) www.featurewell.com
Follow MicahHalpern on Twitter



Why Sanders is Skipping AIAPC
By Micah Halpern

Sunday March 20, 2016

I've Been Thinking:

Bernie Sanders made a very big mistake. Deciding not to speak at the 18,000 strong AIPAC Conference on Monday in Washington DC shows that Sanders is not as pro-Israel as he says he is.

All the other candidates will be speaking on Monday. Hillary Clinton will present in the morning and the three republican candidates will take the stage and deliver their own messages in the evening.

Max Blumenthal, a rabidly anti-Israel writer, created a petition for Sanders not to attend the AIPAC Conference and 5,000 people signed it. Blumenthal is the son of Sidney Blumenthal who is one of Hillary Clinton's closest confidants.

Sanders said that he is too busy campaigning. Well - so are all the other candidates. He said that the will be on the west coast and cannot make it back to the east coast. Well - the conference is several days long.

Sanders asked to remotely speak, but AIPAC policy is no remotes except for the Prime Minister of Israel. Remotes just do not work well. Sanders suggested that the conference distribute the speech he would have given. He told AIPAC that the text of the speech should be ready by Monday.

Bernie Sanders has a problem. Many of his supporters are vehement critics of Israel and going to the AIPAC conference would alienate his base.

Israel might not be as important an agenda item to Sanders as he says it is. With Sanders, what you see is, very often, what you get. This is probably no exception.

Read my latest book THUGS. It's easy. Just click.
http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss_gw?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=halpern%2C+micah

To reprint my essays contact sales (at) www.featurewell.com
Follow MicahHalpern on Twitter



Iran-Turkey Summit
By Micah Halpern

Saturday March 19, 2016

I've Been Thinking:

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammed Zarif is visiting Turkey today, Saturday.

This is a follow up visit.

Earlier in March, Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu visited Iran.

Relations between Turkey and Iran are strained - and Turkey needs those relations to improve.

Turkey and Iran each back opposing sides in Syria, but they are united against the Kurds and Kurdish independence.

Iran and Turkey are not natural allies. There is so much that separates them. But at this point they are united against Western influences - specifically Russian and US influences in the region.
The Turkish-Russian conflict has become a big issue in the region and it is not going away.

It is possible that, with these visits, Iran might just be able to mollify the tension with Iran. We need to watch carefully and monitor what happens.

Read my latest book THUGS. It's easy. Just click.
http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss_gw?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=halpern%2C+micah

To reprint my essays contact sales (at) www.featurewell.com
Follow MicahHalpern on Twitter



British Kids Joining Terror Groups
By Micah Halpern

Friday March 18, 2016

I've Been Thinking:

The British police have announced that over the past year they have arrested a record number of children under the age of 18 for terror. The number they have given is -16 !

They have also arrested 45 women for terror - another dramatic increase over the previous year.

All in all, there were 280 terrorism-related arrests in England last year.

The numbers are actually very small considering how many terror cells must be active in the entire country and how many kids are on the internet.

Many more than 16 kids under 18 have gone and joined ISIS by traveling to Turkey and crossing the border into Syria.
Something is wrong with these numbers.

There must be thousands of youth engaging in conspiracies that include planning and plotting terror attacks. Most are learning and reading and watching all the time. Some are actually buying plane tickets and joining terror groups.

Who knows how many have returned and are recruiting new, potential terrorists.

The British police are not sharing the real numbers. Why?

Read my latest book THUGS. It's easy. Just click.
http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss_gw?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=halpern%2C+micah

To reprint my essays contact sales (at) www.featurewell.com
Follow MicahHalpern on Twitter



Iraqi Forces Free Yazidi Women
By Micah Halpern

Thursday March 17, 2016

I've Been Thinking:

On Wednesday Iraqi forces conducted a raid into ISIS controlled territory and freed Yazidi women.

During the summer of 2014 ISIS captured 5,000 Yazidi women and turned them into sex slaves for their forces. Over the past year about, 2,000 of the women have escaped.

The exact numbers that were freed was not made public in the announcement that was issued by the Iraqi defense ministry. The covert operation was extremely important.

ISIS considers Yazidis to be Satan worshipers because their religion is a combination of Islam, Christianity and Zoroastrianism.

Many in the region thought that there was no possibility of either freeing any of the captives or of striking deep in the heart of ISIS controlled areas. This is a massive shot in the arm for local Iraqi forces - it is a dramatic success for good against evil.

Read my latest book THUGS. It's easy. Just click.
http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss_gw?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=halpern%2C+micah

To reprint my essays contact sales (at) www.featurewell.com
Follow MicahHalpern on Twitter



Hamas - Egypt Summit Fails
By Micah Halpern

Wednesday March 16, 2016

I've Been Thinking:

Hamas and Egypt held a summit in Cairo yesterday. Their agenda was to iron out differences and, hopefully, start working together.

The summit failed miserably.

Each side came with its own agenda and neither side would budge.
Egypt wanted Hamas to accept responsibility and help find the people who assassinated their Prosecutor General, Hisham Barakat.

It is clear to Egypt that the assassins were trained by Hamas and they want to bring the perpetrators to justice. Hamas offered small gestures but no real help.

Egypt also wants Hamas to protect the border.

Hamas, on the other hand, wants nothing to do with protecting the border and is accepting no responsibility for the assassination.

Hamas wants intelligence cooperation. They want to know what Egypt knows about terror groups and about goings-on in the region, especially what's going on with Israel.

Egypt is not interested in that kind of cooperation.

There is very little hope that the government of al Sisi in Egypt will ever, actually, make peace with Hamas.

Read my latest book THUGS. It's easy. Just click.
http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss_gw?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=halpern%2C+micah

To reprint my essays contact sales (at) www.featurewell.com
Follow MicahHalpern on Twitter



Saudis Looking for a Loan!
By Micah Halpern

Tuesday March 15, 2016

I've Been Thinking:

We live in a strange world.

Word is that Saudi Arabia is applying for an $8 billion loan from international banks.

We all know that the price of oil has dropped over the past 18 months - dropped by 60% to 70%. But Saudi Arabia is still making money - a lot of money, just not the amount their economic forecasters had projected and budgeted for.

Consider that over the past decade the Saudis have amassed $600 billion in surplus. But last year they ran a $100 billion deficit.

Now they need to make up the deficit.

Saudi Arabia has already started selling domestic bonds, but that will not be enough. Once they get their $8 billion loan, they will start selling international bonds which will allow people to invest in their national energy (oil and gas) resources.

There are also rumors that Saudi Arabia may sell off Aramco, which is the Saudi Arabia oil company, or parts of Aramco. It is their greatest national asset. Perhaps they will sell off part of the company, perhaps they will sell bonds in the company. It is, however, more likely that the Saudis will take Aramco profits and invest them aggressively.

Oil is now hovering between $38 and $40 per barrel. The situation is far improved today than it was over end of January and the entire month of February. The price of oil is slowly creeping up. But Saudi Arabia needs the cash now.

This crisis has taken a big chunk out of Saudi power and Saudi influence. It is the wrong time for Saudi Arabia to feel the pinch of a reduced cash flow. A reduced cash flow will result in a reduced Saudi influence and imprint - not what the world needs right now as Iran and Russia are increasing their respective roles.

Read my latest book THUGS. It's easy. Just click.
http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss_gw?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=halpern%2C+micah

To reprint my essays contact sales (at) www.featurewell.com
Follow MicahHalpern on Twitter



Israeli Arabs in ISIS
By Micah Halpern

Monday March 14, 2016

I've Been Thinking:

An Israeli Arab was killed by the United States in Syria. He was fighting for ISIS and was killed as part of a US aerial attack against ISIS.

According to Israeli sources about 50 Israeli Arabs have gone to Syria and Iraq to join ISIS. It is hard to imagine why people from Minneapolis or London join ISIS. But why would they leave Israel and join ISIS -- Israel says that 7 of the 50 have been killed fighting.

Israel is prosecuting the family members still living in Israel who are supporting their siblings and/or children who left Israel and are in Syria and Iraq fighting for ISIS. On Sunday an Israeli court indicted the brother of an Israeli Arab who transferred $1500 to his brother now fighting alongside ISIS. According to the indictment the
Israeli Arab transferred three separate $500 gifts to his brother.

Israeli Arabs are mesmerized by the same videos that convince young people across the world to join ISIS. Many "experts" have claimed that these young people are brainwashed in mosques. A lot of brainwashing may be going on in mosques, but rest assured that mosques in Israel are not preaching and suggesting that people go and join ISIS.

The internet is the great equalizer in terms of ISIS recruitment. Internet sites suggest going to on Turkey and then crossing over the southern border into Syria.

Getting to Turkey is very easy for Israelis. Upon arrival, most of them are picked up by handlers and couriers at the airport and then shuttled to a safe house where plans are made to bring them across the border at the perfect and safest time. These times change by the moment.

Once inside Syria the new recruits head to their assigned positions.
There is always a training assessment and training period. Each volunteer comes with different skills. Each volunteer is evaluated and assigned a role which will best meet the needs of ISIS throughout their Islamic State.

It is a streamlined procedure. ISIS has their recruitment process down to a science.

Read my latest book THUGS. It's easy. Just click.
http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss_gw?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=halpern%2C+micah

To reprint my essays contact sales (at) www.featurewell.com
Follow MicahHalpern on Twitter



Another Shift in Syria
By Micah Halpern

Sunday March 13, 2016

I've Been Thinking:

To best understand extended conflicts in the Middle East it is important that we look at momentum and at shifts in momentum.

Of late, it looked like ISIS and al Qaeda backed groups were being beaten back and that Russian, Iranian and US forces and air power have finally started to take a toll on them.

But there are always setbacks and these setbacks can cause the momentum to shift. Some shifts can have a huge impact on the overall conflict.

Last night, on Saturday March 12th, al Qaeda affiliate Al Nusra attacked and captured several Free Syrian Army bases in the North East. Dozens of prisoners were taken.

These Free Syrian Army fighters were part of the 13th Division. Al Nusra said that they were responding to attacks against them by the 13th Division.

The Free Syrian Army fighters were US-trained and US-armed.

Yes, just as you guessed. Yet again, modern, advanced, US weapons were captured and are now in the hands of al Qaeda. Some of these weapons include sophisticated anti-tank missiles.

The momentum has shifted. This is not a good sign.

Read my latest book THUGS. It's easy. Just click.
http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss_gw?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=halpern%2C+micah

To reprint my essays contact sales (at) www.featurewell.com
Follow MicahHalpern on Twitter



Abbas Rejects US Peace Plan
By Micah Halpern

Friday March 11, 2016

I've Been Thinking:

US Vice President Joe Biden met with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas yesterday in Ramallah.

The US VP offered Abbas a bare bones deal to bring the Israelis and Palestinians together and create a peace deal. According to Palestinian sources the deal consisted of four simple points.
Abbas rejected the deal.

The meeting between Abbas and Biden lasted over two hours but Abbas thought that the deal would only result in a presidential letter or a UN Security Council resolution. Abbas thought that it would not change the situation on the ground.

Biden's four points were:
1- East Jerusalem is the capital of the Palestinian State
2- Building in the West bank and in East Jerusalem ends
3- Accept Israel as a Jewish State
4- Disavow the Palestinian right of return

Each side needed to compromise on two items. It would be the foundation of a long term agreement --- of a Palestinian state.

Once again, Abbas chose rejection over acceptance. The reason should be obvious - Mahmoud Abbas does not, cannot, will not, compromise.

Read my latest book THUGS. It's easy. Just click.
http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss_gw?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=halpern%2C+micah

To reprint my essays contact sales (at) www.featurewell.com
Follow MicahHalpern on Twitter



Iran Launches Another 2 Missiles
By Micah Halpern

Thursday March 10, 2016

I've Been Thinking:

Iran launched two ballistic missiles at a target that was 870 miles (1400 kilometers) away.

Supposedly, on the rockets was a message written in Hebrew for Israel and the world to see. The words read "Israel must be wiped out."

The Iranian Deputy Commander of the Revolutionary Guard General Salami said that the launch was dedicated to the Palestinians, the Lebanese, the Syrians, the Iraqis and all oppressed Muslims around the world.

US Vice President Joe Biden who is on a visit to Israel right now said that the launch of these ballistic missiles is a violation of the agreements with Iran and it will be investigated.

Hillary Clinton said that this act was a serious violation and Iran needs to know that. She said: "Iran should face sanctions for these activities and the international community must demonstrate that Iran's threats toward Israel will not be tolerated."

White House Spokesman Josh Earnest said that he expects more launches. He said that the US is dealing with the Iran and added: "We will continue to redouble our efforts with our allies and partners in the region to try to limit Iran's ability to continue to develop their missile program."

The most important point here is that the flight distance from Tehran to Tel Aviv is 988 miles. If these missiles are placed between Teheran and the border of Iran and Iraq, they could easily target any location within Israel. Tehran is only about 450 miles from the border with Iraq - the distances are much shorter than one would think and this medium range rocket can just make it.

It is a very dangerous scenario. The situation is getting worse.

Read my latest book THUGS. It's easy. Just click.
http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss_gw?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=halpern%2C+micah

To reprint my essays contact sales (at) www.featurewell.com
Follow MicahHalpern on Twitter



Real Jew Hatred
By Micah Halpern

Wednesday March 9, 2016

I've Been Thinking:

Anti-Semitism is becoming institutionalized.
One of the largest saving banks in all of Germany, Sparkesse Bank, refused to allow an Israeli to open an account in a Berlin branch.

After taking Yakir Avraham's Israeli passport to another room, the teller returned and said: "I'm very sorry, but we cannot open up a bank account for you here. We aren't allowed to open accounts for citizens of countries under embargo."

We can assume that the teller was not alone in the room, or that he spoke to someone on the phone, sent an email or checked via computer. It is unimaginable that the teller would make this decision alone and use the nomenclature "citizens of countries under embargo."

The Israeli contacted YNET, an Israeli media outlet connected to Yediot Ahronot. YNET called the bank. The bank conducted an investigation.

This is the statement issued by Sparkesse Bank: "It's clear that this isn't our business policy. This is an unfortunate mistake made by a young colleague who is still in training, and who didn't know how to deal with the situation properly. She deeply apologizes for the mistake. We hope that Mr. Avraham accepts our explanation and apology."

The apology is not relevant. Avraham can accept or reject it. Denying an Israeli a bank account is against the law in Germany just as it is against the law in the EU. And the language used by the teller explaining her actions is a racist act.

The bank, the teller, and any supervisor who approved the initial refusal to open an account for an Israeli passport holder must be charged and tried for racist anti-Semitic behavior. The German state prosecutor must be alerted. This act must be investigated and charges must be proffered.

This is no small act. This was not a small mistake. This is rabid anti-Semitism.

Read my latest book THUGS. It's easy. Just click.
http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss_gw?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=halpern%2C+micah

To reprint my essays contact sales (at) www.featurewell.com
Follow MicahHalpern on Twitter



Expect More From ISIS
By Micah Halpern

Tuesday March 8, 2016

I've Been Thinking:

Western intelligence is saying that we should expect ISIS to attempt to perpetrate large spectacular attacks against Western targets. The intel is talking about attacks like the Paris attack of last year that claimed the lives of 130 people.

In London, the Assistant Metropolitan Police Commissioner Mark Rowley, is reporting that ISIS is broadening their threat. "You see a terrorist group that has big ambitions for enormous and spectacular attacks, not just the types that we've seen foiled to date."

At the same time the West, and especially the United States, is stepping up the intensity of their attack against ISIS in Syria and Iraq.

A Kurdish media outlet reported that the United States has nearly completed construction on two airports with extensive airstrips for military and commercial planes. The airports are in Kurdish areas of Syria. These new airfields will allow the US better access to the region. Most importantly it will put US forces close by and they will be essential in securing the airstrips.

This is war. ISIS is entrenched. They will take prisoners, but they prefer deaths.

Read my latest book THUGS. It's easy. Just click.
http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss_gw?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=halpern%2C+micah

To reprint my essays contact sales (at) www.featurewell.com
Follow MicahHalpern on Twitter



Hezbollah Lashed Out at Saudi Arabia
By Micah Halpern

Monday March 7, 2016

I've Been Thinking:

The leader of Hezbollah, Sheik Hassan Nasrallah, said that the plans of the Saudis will fail. Saudi Arabia led the Arab League in declaring that Hezbollah is a terrorist organization.

On Sunday, Nasrallah lashed out at the Saudis. He said that the motivation behind the Saudi Arab / Arab League declaration was the normalization of relations with Israel.

In reality, the announcement was a result of the Sunni Shiite conflict taking place in Syria where the Saudis back the rebels and Hezbollah and Iran back Assad.

During the funeral of the Hezbollah commanders who were killed this week Nasrallah asserted that: "The reactions in the Arab world mostly support rejection and this is different than the position presented by some Arab regimes, mainly in the Gulf."

Nasrallah offered a psychological explanation for the Arab League announcement. Nasrallah said, "He who fails gets angry and the one who gets angry makes decisions that vent his rage and frustration and looks for scapegoats, and this time Hezbollah and Lebanon became the scapegoats."

We must not forget that there are some very serious problems facing Arabs and the Arab world is not at all united. When left to their own devices they are divisive, dismissive of each other and downright cantankerous.

And that makes it very hard for the region to move forward and achieve any of their stated goals.

Read my latest book THUGS. It's easy. Just click.
http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss_gw?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=halpern%2C+micah

To reprint my essays contact sales (at) www.featurewell.com
Follow MicahHalpern on Twitter



Russia Suspends Arms Deal to Iran
By Micah Halpern

Sunday March 6, 2016

I've Been Thinking:

Russia has cancelled the further delivery of the S-300 anti-aircraft missile to Iran.

This important news was reported in a Kuwaiti paper.

The reason given for the cancellation is that Russian President Putin says that Iran violated their agreement when he transferred high tech weapons to Hezbollah. The weapons he is referring to are SA - 22 surface-to-air missiles.

The intel was given to Putin by Israel. It was irrefutable proof that, on multiple occasions, Iran has transferred weapons to Hezbollah.

In addition, Russian pilots flying across Syria and Lebanon have reported that they detected highly sophisticated radar and missile systems operating on the ground.

Iran and Russia signed an $800 million arms deal in 2007 for the S-300 but the deal was suspended due to the UN sanctions. The deal was resumed when sanctions were lifted. Now Putin has, once again, suspended it.

Major components for four S-300 missiles have already been delivered to Iran. The radar system has almost totally been assembled in Iran. But there are still significant components that need to be delivered. Without those elements the S-300 is incomplete and not usable.

This is very good news.

Read my latest book THUGS. It's easy. Just click.
http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss_gw?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=halpern%2C+micah

To reprint my essays contact sales (at) www.featurewell.com
Follow MicahHalpern on Twitter



Visiting Israel
By Micah Halpern

Friday March 4, 2016

I've Been Thinking:

United States chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff is visiting Israel. General Joseph Dunford is in Israel meeting with his counterparts, sharing ideas and strategies and, most importantly, making certain that both the United States and Israel are on the same diplomatic page.

Israel and the US share important goals in the Middle East. Their most essential goals are defeating extremism and maintaining stability. To that end they are sharing info and intel.

These are never simple objectives - and they are made even more difficult given the current situation.

The United States has an added agenda item for this trip. Dunford is there to make certain Israel does not act rashly against Iran or against any other target.

Next week US Vice President Joseph Biden will visit Israel.

Biden's objective will be the same as Dunford's objective. The United States wants to make doubly certain that Israel realizes that they are united in their goals, that they are in this together.

Read my latest book THUGS. It's easy. Just click.
http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss_gw?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=halpern%2C+micah

To reprint my essays contact sales (at) www.featurewell.com
Follow MicahHalpern on Twitter



Turks Want Drones from Israel
By Micah Halpern

Thursday March 3, 2016

I've Been Thinking:

Turkey wants to resume diplomatic relations with Israel. The Turks are insisting that in order to move forward they get Israeli weapons - especially drones and spare parts.

According to a report in a Kuwaiti newspaper, a special envoy was dispatched to Israel to negotiate this deal.

Israel will not provide the weapons unless they get absolute confirmation that the drones and other materials will not be used against the Kurds.

Moshe Yaalon, Israel's defense minister, actually said that he is not hopeful that Israel and Turkey will come to an agreement because Turkey continues to fund ISIS.

He said "I am not sure if we can arrive to an agreement" if they continue funding these extremist organizations." Yaalon also said. "They must comply with the terms of our agreement so that we can overcome these obstacles."

Two weeks ago Yaalon made a public statement condemning Turkey for buying oil from ISIS.

There is no way that Israel can transfer weapons including drones if Turkey is supporting ISIS.

Read my latest book THUGS. It's easy. Just click.
http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss_gw?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=halpern%2C+micah

To reprint my essays contact sales (at) www.featurewell.com
Follow MicahHalpern on Twitter



ISIS Executes ISIS Members
By Micah Halpern

Wednesday March 2, 2016

I've Been Thinking:

ISIS has executed eight of its own members.

The eight ISIS members were all Danish, they were executed by ISIS in Raqqa.

These eight Danes were part of a larger Danish ISIS group that came from the Netherlands. The Danish government says that over 200 of their countrymen have made their way to the Middle East in order to join ISIS. They claim that most of these recruits originally came from Morocco. They also report that of the 200, at least 50 are women.

We do not normally think of The Netherlands as a hotbed of extremism but it is now becoming one - much like France and Belgium. Europe has changed. Nothing in Europe is the same as it was only a few years ago when it comes to terror and Muslim extremism.

In this case ISIS claims that the eight Danes were trying to desert. According to reports there was conflict between the Danish ISIS recruits and ISIS intelligence forces from Iraq.

ISIS leadership sent an intermediary to resolve the problem.

The mediator was killed.

And so ISIS leadership ordered the arrest of these eight Dutch members. And then they were executed.

As this was happening, other Dutch members of ISIS in Raqqa arrested several non Dutch ISIS members and killed one of them. He was beaten to death during an interrogation.

Read my latest book THUGS. It's easy. Just click.
http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss_gw?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=halpern%2C+micah

To reprint my essays contact sales (at) www.featurewell.com
Follow MicahHalpern on Twitter



Iran Election Results
By Micah Halpern

Tuesday March 1, 2016

I've Been Thinking:

The elections in Iran are over. Now we need to understand the results.

Simply put, moderates and reformers won big - and the hardliners lost. This is a huge success for President Rouhani.

In Teheran, the reformers and moderates won every single seat up for election. In the rural areas, the hardliners won more convincingly.

Some of the candidates who lost the election were the most publicly anti-reform and anti-Nuke Deal. For instance, after the deal was signed, Mehdi Kochakzdeh called Iran's foreign minister and chief negotiator, Javad Zarif, a traitor. Rouhollah Hosseinian said that he would bury all the nuclear negotiators under cement because they had capitulated to the P-5 + 1.

Fifteen of the sixteen seats that were up for election in the powerful 88 seat Assembly of Experts went to reformers. Two extremely important hardliners were ousted - the chairman of the Assembly, Mohammad Yazdi, lost his seat.

Maybe even more significant is that Mohammad-Taghi Mesbah-Yazdi, an arch-conservative who was widely seen as the spiritual mentor to conservative former President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, also lost his seat on the Assembly of Experts.

So far it looks like reformers got 30% of the vote, hardliners 40%, independents who can go both ways got 17% and 13% will be runoffs which will take place in April.

Considering that in the last election for Majlis reformers only had 10% of the parliament, this is a huge move toward progress in Iran.

Read my latest book THUGS. It's easy. Just click.
http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss_gw?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=halpern%2C+micah

To reprint my essays contact sales (at) www.featurewell.com
Follow MicahHalpern on Twitter



Apple Invested $1.2 Bill in Israel
By Micah Halpern

Monday February, 2016

I've Been Thinking:

The culture of Apple is even more top secret than that of the CIA - at least, that is what the Apple folks like to brag about.

Apple has invested over $1.2 billion in Israel over the past three years. They have opened two huge centers and employ 800 creative thinkers. 400 employees were recruited over the past two years.

Apple in Israel has developed new chips and new designs, especially on the security side. Steve Jobs loved the idea of working with Israeli brainpower and Tim Cook followed suit. Cook secretly visited Israel last February.

Secrecy is a value at Apple. Apple workers cannot even speak to other Apple employees outside their neighborhoods (the Apple term for their insulated work group) about the material they are working on.

Yes, Apple has purchased several Israeli companies for hundreds of millions of dollars, but that is nothing compared to the investment they are making in tech teams in Israel.

The head of the Israel component in Israel is in the inner circle of the innermost circle of Apple. Johnny Srouji is the senior vice president for hardware technology. There are only two other Apple hardware development centers in the world - one in Austin and one in Silicon Valley.

Apple is going to continue to recruit and grow in Israel. That's because Israel is the ideal place to develop people, ideas and of course, product.

Read my latest book THUGS. It's easy. Just click.
http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss_gw?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=halpern%2C+micah

To reprint my essays contact sales (at) www.featurewell.com
Follow MicahHalpern on Twitter



Saudis in a Cash Crunch
By Micah Halpern

Sunday February 28, 2016

I've Been Thinking:

Saudi Arabia is in a cash crunch. The Saudis have burned through almost $100 billion of their cash reserves putting them way over budget. They are even thinking of selling shares of Aramco, their state owned oil company.

Aramco could be the most important company in the world right now. Selling part of it could be a huge risk, or, it could buy Saudi Arabia the time they need to prop themselves back up.

The Saudis are in this financial hole as a direct result of the drop in oil prices.

Given the oil market and given the nature of the Saudi oil reserves which stands at about 300 billion barrels, Saudi Arabia has only 5 to 7 years left as king of the mountain.

They need to get the price of oil back up and they need to start being more fiscally responsible.

Saudi Arabia is trying to do good in the region. Most of the $100 billion deficit that is now crippling them comes from their decision to protect the Arab world and keep it in relative check.

If the Saudis lose their power it is not they alone who will suffer. If the Saudis lose their position of power, it will result in a reshaping of the Middle East.

We, the West, have an interest in this, too.

Read my latest book THUGS. It's easy. Just click.
http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss_gw?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=halpern%2C+micah

To reprint my essays contact sales (at) www.featurewell.com
Follow MicahHalpern on Twitter



Elections in Iran Today
By Micah Halpern

Friday February 26, 2016

I've Been Thinking:

Today is the day. It is election day in Iran.

Two elections are taking place. One election is for the Majlis which is the Iranian parliament. One election is for the Assembly of Experts.

Today's elections could reshape Iran as we know it - but the deck has been stacked against change.

There are 6,200 candidates running for about 290 seats in the Majlis. The exact number will be determined in relation to the total number of voters.

There are 88 slots in the Assembly of Experts.

Every candidate running for either the Assembly or the Majlis must be vetted by a special committee. Most candidates running for the Assembly of Experts did not pass the vetting process. Only 1% of the 3,000 reformist candidates passed the process making it almost impossible for them to actually get elected.

The moderates have united with the reformers in the hope that, against all odds, if they are well organized, they can beat out the hardliners who will divide the vote.

The moderate/reform unity group has issued a list of suggested candidates. The list was published on social media and contained only 30 recommended candidates for the Majlis and 18 for the Assembly of Experts.

They need many more than 30 members of parliament. However, 30 is a modest expectation and can serve as an important bulwark for their platform.

It is possible that there are other underground lists. If there are, in the end the unity group could garner 146 seats and that would certainly change Iran.

Read my latest book THUGS. It's easy. Just click.
http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss_gw?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=halpern%2C+micah

To reprint my essays contact sales (at) www.featurewell.com
Follow MicahHalpern on Twitter



Iran Will Pay Terrorists $7000
By Micah Halpern

Thursday February 25, 2016

I've Been Thinking:

On Wednesday Iran once again showed their true colors.

Iran's ambassador to Lebanon held a press conference on Wednesday and announced that Iranians will not abandon the cause of the Palestinians.

And I quote: "Iran will not abandon the Palestinian people, who are faced with killing, theft, and expulsion." He continued: "The blood of the martyrs will bring the liberation of all Palestine from the sea to the river."

The ambassador announced that Iran will pay $7,000 to the family of every terrorist who dies while trying to perpetrate their act of terror. He also announced that Iran would pay $30,000 for every home that is demolished by Israel. "The decision firstly includes giving an amount worth $7,000 to every family of a martyr of the intifada in Jerusalem."

Iran is trying to exercise influence in the region. They want to be seen as the patron of all Islamic activity against outside, non-Islamic, influences. Do not be fooled - they are not building bridges with Sunnis and Shiites.

Plain and simple Iran wants influence and power and they want to be seen as the only Islamic authority that has challenged Western powers like the US and Israel.

Iran is quick to tell everyone who will listen that after all the challenges they have been put through, Iranians have emerged victorious. They encourage all other nations to follow them to grandeur and greatness.

Read my latest book THUGS. It's easy. Just click.
http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss_gw?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=halpern%2C+micah

To reprint my essays contact sales (at) www.featurewell.com
Follow MicahHalpern on Twitter



OPEC Will Not Cap Output
By Micah Halpern

Wednesday February 24, 2016

I've Been Thinking:

When you join a cartel you are making a commitment to live up to the agreements made by the cartel. OPEC is no exception.

So when a decision is made to cap oil production, like OPEC and Russia did last week, everyone else must fall in line.

There is, however, an incentive to cheat - an incentive to sell more and make more.

Last week's agreement was an attempt to stem the 18 month long downward price of oil. The agreement was to cap production at January's levels.

And then Iran decided to reject the agreement. Actually, Iran's oil minister called the entire plan ridiculous and a joke. Iran wants to produce more and more oil because sanctions against them have been lifted and they are not yet up to their full potential.

In other words, they need the money.

So does Russia, Venezuela, Qatar and Saudi Arabia. If Iran continues to produce more and more oil thereby lifting the ceiling, the price of oil will drop even more. And all those oil producers whose breakeven point is above $35 to $40 will be crushed.

And that, of course, includes Iran. Saudi Arabia's breakeven point for the production of one barrel of oil is $30. The Saudis can afford to make only $5 per barrel. They will make less, but in the long run, as other countries drop out, they will make more.

Now we know that the other OPEC members did not agree with the Russian deal on limiting the output of oil.
We will see what happens next.


Read my latest book THUGS. It's easy. Just click.
http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss_gw?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=halpern%2C+micah

To reprint my essays contact sales (at) www.featurewell.com
Follow MicahHalpern on Twitter



China's FM Visited Iran
By Micah Halpern

Tuesday February 23, 2016

I've Been Thinking:

Yesterday I wrote about the Russian defense minister's visit to Iran. Today I want to tell you about the visit of Wang Yi, the Chinese foreign minister, to Iran.

Iran wants Chinese tourists.

The Iranians just concluded a huge tourism fair and China was there for the second year. If Iran can woo Chinese tourists they can profit exponentially. Since the movement to lift sanctions began nearly a year ago, Iran has been investing in convincing Chinese leadership and tourists to come and visit.

Iran has invested hundreds of millions of dollars in improving their hotels and in creating a tourism infrastructure. They hope to lure 3.5% of the traveling Chinese tourists to Iran.

Several universities have started offering Chinese language courses.

But most importantly, the Iranians have streamline the visa process to less than 48 hours for a 6 day visa which can then be extended to 30 days upon arrival.

There are now direct flights between Iran and China three times a week. This will make vacation travel much easier and it will also make business trips much easier for the Chinese. An automatic outgrowth of the improved travel and the streamline visa process is that many more Chinese companies and investors will arrive in Iran to evaluate the potential risks and growth.

These are very good signs - for Iran.

Read my latest book THUGS. It's easy. Just click.
http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss_gw?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=halpern%2C+micah

To reprint my essays contact sales (at) www.featurewell.com
Follow MicahHalpern on Twitter



Russian Def Min Visits Iran
By Micah Halpern

Monday February 22, 2016

I've Been Thinking:

Most of the international media reported that US Secretary of State John Kerry met with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in Jordan on Sunday.

Yet none of the media that I read even mentioned that on Sunday Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu arrived in Teheran Iran.

This is very important news. Both Iran and Russia are allied in Syria and are propping up Assad and preventing ISIS, al Qaeda al Nusra and the rebels from ousting the Syrian dictator.
Thousands of Iranian advisors and revolutionary guards are on the ground in Syrian and in Iraq directly confronting ISIS, al Qaeda al Nusra.

The Russian defense minister needs to strategize and make certain that everyone is on the same page. Russia is aggressively bombing and they are weakening the ISIS and al Qaeda / Al Nusra stronghold and even passing those cities back to the Syrian army.

Russia's biggest obstacle right now is maintaining the newly freed regions. Iran and Russia need to figure out how to make certain that ISIS and al Qaeda and al Nusra do not retake these strategic areas. This is the reason for the recent horrific terror attacks in Damascus.

In order to understand what is happening out there we need to look beyond our limited US news coverage and see a bigger and broader picture of events.

With this larger and more informed view our own leaders will be able to make better decisions that take into account the many factors that are at stake. We need to take off our blinders and take in the big picture.

Read my latest book THUGS. It's easy. Just click.
http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss_gw?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=halpern%2C+micah

To reprint my essays contact sales (at) www.featurewell.com
Follow MicahHalpern on Twitter



Russia Ups the Stakes Again
By Micah Halpern

Friday February 19, 2016

I've Been Thinking:

Russia has once again upped its game in the Middle East.

The Russians are carrying out 100 bombing sorties per day. They are covering the entire region and succeeding in their game altering plan.

They have deployed their most sophisticated spy plane. The plane is called the TU-214R and it is the size of a commercial airliner. The TU-214 actually is a commercial plane, adding the letter R signifies that it has been modified and turned into a spy plane.

This plane can track communication - including US transmissions. It takes photo-like images with perfect clarity. It tracks hidden and camouflaged targets. It is outfitted with SAR (Synthetic Aperture Radar) which enables it to see things up close, deep inside targets. It has electro optical systems letting the Russians see all around the region.

This plane is the best and latest technology when it comes to spy equipment. Imagine US AWACS on steroids.

There is a caveat. The TU-214R is a slow moving plane. It needs protection. That protection comes from jets and ground support.

The deployment of these planes and this game changing move proves, once again, that Russia does what Russia wants to do. They know that the United States will not shoot their planes down.

This is a new level of interaction between the United States and Russia who have, up until now, kept the lines of communication open vis a vis air missions.

In a related issue - the United States asked Russia not to strike at its special forces that are on the ground now is Syria. The US is worried that Russian sorties will also target the US military.


Read my latest book THUGS. It's easy. Just click.
http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss_gw?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=halpern%2C+micah

To reprint my essays contact sales (at) www.featurewell.com
Follow MicahHalpern on Twitter



Israel Preps for Cyber Terror
By Micah Halpern

Thursday February 18, 2016

I've Been Thinking:


Israel is merging eight of their cyber units and forming one, large, cyber defense division. This division will be responsible for the defense of Israel's infrastructure.

It was a good decision. In Israel today, the water, electric, communication systems and even airports are all vulnerable to cyber attacks.

This new division will be tasked with stopping the two greatest cyber threats facing Israel and all other nations.

One threat is the injection of malware that will, when commanded, cause extensive damage and harm and shuts down its target.

The other threat is the threat of spying, it is the threat of a malware program that allows the enemy to see inside deep and hidden secrets.

The threats are not merely theoretical. Because of one of these attacks Turkey recently lost electricity for 20 hours. The country was left the country powerless and in crisis. And in December, Ukraine was hit by an attack that left 33% of the country without electricity for 3 weeks. The airport in Kiev was shut down for 48 hours because they had no electricity.

Israel's systems are off line. They do not use public internet, instead, they use an internal communication system. That makes the system more secure - but not impenetrable.

There is no doubt that a huge attack is around the corner. It is just a question of when and where and how much ultimate damage will, or will not, be caused.


Read my latest book THUGS. It's easy. Just click.
http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss_gw?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=halpern%2C+micah

To reprint my essays contact sales (at) www.featurewell.com
Follow MicahHalpern on Twitter



Politicians Lie
By Micah Halpern

Wednesday February 17, 2016

I've Been Thinking:

Politicians lie - especially when they deliver speeches and hope to convince the audience of their point of view. And once a politician, always a politician.

It came as no surprise when former President Bill Clinton said that the San Bernardino terrorists never visited the Middle East.

This is what he said:
"We got to have a strong defense, we got to have tough diplomacy. Also, in a world where the borders look more like nets than walls."

"Keep in mind, the people that perpetrated that travesty in San Bernardino had never been to the Middle East. They were converted over the social media."

WRONG!!!

Yes -- Tashfeen Malik was born, in Pakistan but she lived in Saudi Arabia for most of her life. Her husband and American born citizen, Syed Rizwan Farook, visited Saudi Arabia numerous times. He even went there for several weeks in 2013 as part of the Hajj, the pilgrimage to Mecca.

We need to keep the facts straight.

Read my latest book THUGS. It's easy. Just click.
http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss_gw?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=halpern%2C+micah

To reprint my essays contact sales (at) www.featurewell.com
Follow MicahHalpern on Twitter



Iranian Elections in 10 Days
By Micah Halpern

Tuesday February 16, 2016

I've Been Thinking:

Ten days from now, on February 26th, elections for the Iranian parliament and for the even more important Guardian Council will be held.

In a new move, Iran's reformers and moderates are merging to create a united list called "The Alliance of Reformers and Government Supporters." This group combines those who want reforms with Rouhani supporters - which explains the rather unusual choice of name.

The group is, of course, running against much more radical candidates and parties. Their hope is that by uniting they will succeed.

This election is seen as a referendum for or against Rouhani and his moderate stance - including the now infamous nuclear deal with the West. The most significant reason for Rouhani winning the previous election and becoming president of Iran is that the parties on the right of Iran's political spectrum split their vote. There are many more conservative hard liners parties than rightist parties in Iran, and during the last election the moderates were able to unite around Rouhani.

There are 290 seats in the parliament. 12,000 candidates were originally hoping to run but that number is now down to a mere 6,200 which includes 586 women.

The reformers are hoping that they will draw the young vote. 60% of Iran is under the age of 30.

If the hardliners remain divided and if the youth come out to vote for the moderates, there is a strong chance that Rouhaini and his cohorts might actually take over the Iranian Parliament and if that happens it could be an electoral earthquake.

Imagine Iran with a parliament that supports Rouhani and his moderate outlook.

Read my latest book THUGS. It's easy. Just click.
http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss_gw?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=halpern%2C+micah

To reprint my essays contact sales (at) www.featurewell.com
Follow MicahHalpern on Twitter



Turkish AntiSemitism
By Micah Halpern

Monday February 15, 2016

I've Been Thinking:

The ruling party in Turkey is the AKP and it is an Islamic party. Erdogan, the president of Turkey, is the head of an Islamic party.

And yet, I was still surprised to read in Vahdet, the official Islamic newspaper of Turkey, that a major Turkish writer and thinker said: "I believe that the gorillas and chimps living today in the forests of North Africa are cursed Jews. They are perverted humans that have mutated."

The author and thinker is named Syefi Sahin. He writes regularly for the paper and deals with issues of Islam. His bio says that he is a physician which should imply education and exposure to science.

Sahin says that "Jews terrorize the scientific world" and claims that Darwin was a Jew. In his world view, "The aim of [Darwin's] theory is to turn the non-Jews away from their religion, to harm their faith, and to make them suspicious about their religion. Darwin, being a Jew, believed, lived, and was buried according to his religion. His real targets were the Muslims."

Sahin says that monkeys came from Jews and he quotes from the Koran "Whomever Allah has cursed and punished, and those he turned into monkeys, pigs, and Satan worshipers, occupy the worst place [in his eyes], and they are perverts that have deviated from their path."

Sahin claims that the Jews convinced the world that Darwin was right and that they control the banks and science.

He defends Islam when he says that we Muslims have our brains and the truth and Allah and that will protect us from the Jews.

Syefi Sahin is not some nut on the fringes of Turkish and Islamic society. These thoughts and writings are published in a mainstream paper in Turkey and the paper is a mouthpiece of the ruling party.

The significance of this is gigantic. It underscores a serious and gaping synapse between the point of view presented by the leadership of Turkey to the outside world and the point of view disseminated to the people of Turkey who read the country's mass circulation newspaper.

Turkey has a serious ax to grind.

Read my latest book THUGS. It's easy. Just click.
http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss_gw?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=halpern%2C+micah

To reprint my essays contact sales (at) www.featurewell.com
Follow MicahHalpern on Twitter



Not A Cold War
By Micah Halpern

Sunday February 14, 2016

I've Been Thinking:

Putin and Obama spoke today.

They talked about the Syrian talks and the future cease fire in Syria. It seems that Putin and Obama have had an understanding about what should happen in Syria for quite some time and it is only now becoming public.

The plan, or even better, the understanding between Russia and the United States was drawn up, but Obama was queasy about it. The reality is that Russia is bearing the lion's share of the work. That is because Russia is on the ground in Syria. Yes, Russia has gone above (literally) beyond their role and has shut down the airspace of Syria for most of the day by enacting their own anti-air defense system which protects Assad and that infuriates Obama.

The basic understanding is that Russia will confirm that Syrian forces and Iranian and Hezbollah forces as well as their own forces will hold to the cease fire. But the United States must get the rebels to stop - and that is the stumbling block. All the rebel groups do not agree to this agreement and they certainly are not at all connected to the US, especially because many of them are al Qaeda connected. It's a mess.

The saving grace is that I can finally prove to people that the United States and Russia are not engaged in a modern day "Cold War" - it is a question I get all the time. Obama and Kerry and their underlings are in constant contact with their counterparts in Russia. That's called communication, not a Cold War.

Yes, they certainly have significant differences of opinion and objectives, but they are also working together. Yes, Russia is making a play for a greater role in the world and wants to become a major power, but they are not yet there. Yes, Russia is gaining in influence, but they are still playing catch up. We are not on the brink of a world war and it is not in Russian's interest to promote a world war.

Russia's main interest is to propel itself into an even more relevant player.

Read my latest book THUGS. It's easy. Just click.
http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss_gw?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=halpern%2C+micah

To reprint my essays contact sales (at) www.featurewell.com
Follow MicahHalpern on Twitter



Turkey Gives US an Ultimatum
By Micah Halpern

Friday February 12, 2016

I've Been Thinking:

Turkey has thrown down the gauntlet with the US. Yes - with the United States of America!!!

Turkey has almost no allies anymore. The United States has been a strong friend of Turkey for the past 60 years. But Turkey has chosen to give the US an ultimatum - it is accept our ultimatum, or else.
The US must abandon the Kurdish fighters in Syria or lose Turkey as an ally.

The idea that Turkey would even think of saying this publicly, that they would call in the US ambassador to Turkey and issue the ultimatum is just mind boggling. Russia, Saudi Arabia, Israel and even Iran have all deserted Turkey and are no longer their allies.
The United States used to refer to Turkey as their "most reliable ally in the region." No more.

The Kurds of Syria are the only true fighting force that has had any real success against ISIS. The raid at Tishrin, for example, was a joint operation that was successful only because of the Kurds who were the foundation of the raid.

But the Democratic Union, aka the PYD in Syria, is an outgrowth of the Kurdish Workers Party - the PKK. And the PKK has been at war with Turkey since 1984.

Turkey has used the cover of ISIS to strike at the Kurds and the Kurds have hit back at Turkey.

The United States cannot abandon the Kurdish PYD. That would mean cutting off and abandoning their only reliable set of trained and vetted fighters on the ground in the region. These Kurds are great fighters. They are fighting for their land, for their families and for their lives. If they lose to ISIS they will lose everything - including their heads.

These Kurds will not run away like Iraqi soldiers or Syrian Sunnis did. They are motivated to fight. The United States needs them.
Turkey is over playing their hand. They have not even offered all that much in the first place.

Read my latest book THUGS. It's easy. Just click.
http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss_gw?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=halpern%2C+micah

To reprint my essays contact sales (at) www.featurewell.com
Follow MicahHalpern on Twitter



Twitter Shuts Down Terrorists
By Micah Halpern

Thursday February 11, 2016

I've Been Thinking:

Twitter has stepped up and shut down 120,000 accounts that have supported terror. Bravo!

Since the summer of 2015 Twitter has increased the number of their teams that respond to complaints and have dedicated other teams to searching on their own to make certain that user rules are not abused.

This was their post: "We condemn the use of Twitter to promote terrorism and the Twitter Rules make it clear that this type of behavior, or any violent threat, is not permitted on our service."

"As the nature of the terrorist threat has changed, so has our ongoing work in this area."

"We also look into other accounts similar to those reported and leverage proprietary spam-fighting tools to surface other potentially
violating accounts for review by our agents."

"We have already seen results, including an increase in account suspensions and this type of activity shifting off of Twitter."

Much of this material is in English. One in five people creating these types of accounts preferred English. And 75% preferred Arabic.

Twitter is starting to take this situation seriously. They are not the purveyors of this message - they are simply the tool. At first, all social media hosts claimed they even though they had no responsibility, they would examine and investigate and even remove those who preached hatred and death.

That is a passive approach. It responds only to complaints. Now
Twitter is actively going further and investigating on its own. This is a must do. All other social media providers should follow Twitter's lead. They must be proactive and seek out and investigate sites similar to those already removed.

Read my latest book THUGS. It's easy. Just click.
http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss_gw?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=halpern%2C+micah

To reprint my essays contact sales (at) www.featurewell.com
Follow MicahHalpern on Twitter



Shocking Response by Arab MKs
By Micah Halpern

Wednesday February 10, 2016

I've Been Thinking:

Three Arab members of the Israeli Knesset have been have been punished by the Ethics Committee for visiting the families of terrorists and broadcasting it on their social media sites.
This is not a significant story. One would expect that.

But when one of the Knesset members, Basel Ghattas explained the entire situation on Israel Army radio -- that is what should have caused a volcanic eruption and a public outcry. Yet surprisingly there was almost no coverage of his comments and no real response.

These were his words.

"If [Israel] wasn't occupying the West Bank, these children would not have to kill Jews." He synopsizes the entire issue and lays blame at the "occupation". He makes his inflammatory claim on Israeli army radio and it goes almost without response.

That is shocking.

Read my latest book THUGS. It's easy. Just click.
http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss_gw?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=halpern%2C+micah

To reprint my essays contact sales (at) www.featurewell.com
Follow MicahHalpern on Twitter



Does Iran Support Hamas
By Micah Halpern

Tuesday February 9, 2016

I've Been Thinking:

Hamas has announced numerous times that they have not received any monetary support from Iran since 2009.

But the new spokesperson for the Iranian foreign ministry, Hossein Jaberi Ansari, said that Iran does support Hamas, in principle because part of Iran's foreign policy is to support Hamas in its fight against Israel.

The messaging is unclear. Does "support" mean actual money, or doesn't it.

And certainly, since 2011 when the Syrian crisis began Iran was livid that Hamas supported ousting Assad while Iran was propping him up.

At this moment, even if Iran gave money to Hamas they might reject it, despite their massive need for funds. They might reject Iranian Shiite help because it might upset the Sunni leaders that have stepped in to fill the void in supporting Hamas and the Palestinians in Gaza.

Iran is interested in erecting another front in the region and they will want to bribe Hamas - but it looks like some of the people in the region are not interested in having Iranian/Shiite influence re-arrange their lives.

Talk about mixed messaging.

Read my latest book THUGS. It's easy. Just click.
http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss_gw?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=halpern%2C+micah

To reprint my essays contact sales (at) www.featurewell.com
Follow MicahHalpern on Twitter



Hamas Executes Leader
By Micah Halpern

Monday February 8, 2016

I've Been Thinking:

Hamas has executed one of their senior leaders. His name is Mahmoud Eshtewi and he was convicted of unnamed "moral and behavioral violations." A Hamas tweet said that Eshtewi confessed to spying for Israel since 2007.

They later said that he was executed for various crimes.

Mahmoud Eshtewi disappeared from his family last year. He was arrested and interrogated and confessed. He came from a very prominent family and the family protested outside the home of Ismail Haniyah, the head of Hamas in Gaza, to find out where Eshtewi was being held. Security services threatened the family and dispersed them.

Hamas has executed dozens of people for collaborating with Israel. In this case, Hamas believed that Eshtewi gave Israel the location of Mohammed Deif the Hamas strategic mastermind. Israel attempted to target Deif at least four times.

Hamas could not tolerate even the thought that one of their senior leaders gave Israel the most secret location of their most treasured symbolic military leader. He needed to be executed and everyone needs to know that.

Read my latest book THUGS. It's easy. Just click.
http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss_gw?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=halpern%2C+micah

To reprint my essays contact sales (at) www.featurewell.com
Follow MicahHalpern on Twitter



Did Israel Destory Gaza Tunnels
By Micah Halpern

Sunday February 7, 2016

I've Been Thinking:

Does Israel have a secret weapon that can make tunnels in Gaza collapse?

Over the past two weeks nine Palestinians, including at least two high level Hamas commanders, have been buried alive in two or three tunnel collapses.

There is no doubt that Hamas has been rebuilding their tunnel infrastructure and hopes, once again, to attack Israel using this secret underground weapon. And it has been reported that Israel is fast at work developing new technology to combat the tunnels.

So did Israel cause the collapse of the tunnels?
The best answer is - maybe.

Yes, Israel is developing and testing new weapons and yes, they may have done the deed. Israel will never take credit for the sabotage, but Israel did warn Gazans to stay far away from the tunnels.

Israelis may be playing into a conspiracy that Israel has these great powers but sometime the conspiracy theories are actually true.

Read my latest book THUGS. It's easy. Just click.
http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss_gw?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=halpern%2C+micah

To reprint my essays contact sales (at) www.featurewell.com
Follow MicahHalpern on Twitter



Good News & Bad News w ISIS
By Micah Halpern

Friday February 5, 2016

I've Been Thinking:

Good news and bad news.

The good news is that the number of ISIS fighters has not increased over the past year. The bad news is that the number of ISIS fighters has not decreased over the past year.

That is the official report by the US military.
The United States puts the number of ISIS fighters at somewhere between 19,000 and 35,000. I would say that the number is between 30,000 and 40,000.

The worst news is that this handful of ISIS fighters is turning the region and the world upside down. Billions of dollars are being spent in order to confront this group and they still remain the same in numerical strength and in capabilities.

The region and the world have been dedicated fighting ISIS - and they have not yet been able to degrade their strength.

I can only hope that next year we will be able to say with conviction that ISIS numbers have been seriously reduced.

Read my latest book THUGS. It's easy. Just click.
http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss_gw?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=halpern%2C+micah

To reprint my essays contact sales (at) www.featurewell.com
Follow MicahHalpern on Twitter



CBS Distorts Headline
By Micah Halpern

Thursday February 4, 2016

I've Been Thinking:

When three terrorists attack two female soldiers in Jerusalem, murdering one of the soldiers, a nineteen year old named Hadar Cohen, and injuring the other woman - that should be news, even international news.

But when the three terrorists who attacked these female soldiers were killed, that became the headline news headline - not the terror and not the murder of the female soldier.

CBS news website plastered a headline that read: "Three Palestinians Killed as Daily Violence Grinds On."
Excuse me!

That was a perversion of the truth that does not follow the story line and, moreover, is simply not true.

The Palestinians were terrorists. Two of them had guns, the third had a knife. They had already shot and stabbed the soldiers and were continuing on their way when they were stopped. You do not stop terrorists by asking them to put down their weapons. You neutralize them. You stop them from murdering more innocent victims. Yes, they died -- but hardly in the fashion described in the CBS headline.
CBS later changed the headline to: "Palestinians Kill Israeli Officer, Wound Another Before Being Killed."

We have come to expect sensationalism of this type from Al Jazeera. Their online English website ran the headline: "Three Palestinians Shot and Killed by Israeli Police At Damascus Gate in Occupied East Jerusalem. More Soon..."

The Israeli Government Press Office is considering rescinding press credentials of the CBS staffers responsible for the headline. This is, they maintain, much more than shoddy or amateurish journalism or amateurish. This is a blatant rewrite of the facts. And that is reprehensible.

The person or persons responsible for this slanted portrayal of the news should at least be disciplined, perhaps even lose their job.

Journalists have a responsibility - they must present that facts and tell the truth in an unbiased way.

Read my latest book THUGS. It's easy. Just click.
http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss_gw?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=halpern%2C+micah

To reprint my essays contact sales (at) www.featurewell.com
Follow MicahHalpern on Twitter



Russia Ousting Saudis As Oil Seller to China
By Micah Halpern

Wednesday February 3, 2016

I've Been Thinking:

Russia is now ousting Saudi Arabia as the main supplier of oil to China.

This is a major move and it is critical in understanding the power of one country and its influence on the world.

If Russia is now out playing Saudi Arabia in oil in China, it is not only getting more cash in its coffers, but it is also seen on the world stage as upstaging Saudi Arabia at its own game.

That translates back to important issues in the Middle East where Russia, along with Iran, is supporting Assad in Syria and Saudi Arabia is doing everything in order to oust Assad and harm Iran and Russia.

In 2010, Russia was only providing 7% of Chinese oil while the Saudis supplied 20%. Now it looks like they are both somewhere between 13% and 14%. And for several months last year Russia won the oil export game.

Russia is making a serious move and the Saudis are trying to fight back.

Yes, they all can use the money given the drop in the price of oil. But more than money - what they really need is influence and prestige.


Read my latest book THUGS. It's easy. Just click.
http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss_gw?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=halpern%2C+micah

To reprint my essays contact sales (at) www.featurewell.com
Follow MicahHalpern on Twitter



Iran & Their Newfound $Billions
By Micah Halpern

Tuesday February 2,2016

I've Been Thinking:

Iran has announced through their media that all $100 billion of frozen assets are now unfrozen.

Most of the money was kept in banks in China, South Korea, Turkey, India and Japan. It sat and earned interest.

The Iranians are now accessing those assets.

Iran is now reconnected to SWIFT, a Belgian-based cooperative that transfers monies from bank to bank. For years no foreign banks were located in Iran so all funds needed to be transferred through SWIFT.

Much of the money will remain abroad. This is telling. It tells us that the Iranians are nor fearful that their funds will be frozen again in the future.

Keeping the money abroad makes it very simple for Iran to transfer dollars after they purchase the many, much needed, goods - like planes from France, that Iran needs and Rouhani plans to procure.

Watching how Iranian leadership conducts itself now that the sanctions against them have been lifted is an important key in understanding how Iran views the future.

Read my latest book THUGS. It's easy. Just click.
http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss_gw?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=halpern%2C+micah

To reprint my essays contact sales (at) www.featurewell.com
Follow MicahHalpern on Twitter



ISIS Attacks Shiites
By Micah Halpern

Monday February 1, 2016

I've Been Thinking:

ISIS exploded three bombs in southern Damascus yesterday. The bombs exploded nearly simultaneously, killing over sixty people and wounding many more.

The first was a car bomb, the other two were suicide bombers who ran into the crowd of those who were trying to help the car victims, blowing up as many people as they could.

The location was very critical for ISIS. It was a Shiite holy site and the traditional burial place of Zaynab. The site has been very well protected by Syrian and Hezbollah forces because of its symbolic value.

Zaynab was the daughter of Ali and Fatima. Fatima was the daughter of Mohammed. That means Zaynab was the maternal granddaughter of Mohammed. The split between Shiites and Sunnis is all about Zaynab and her parents.

In the famous battle of Karbala, the brother of Zaynab, named Hussein, leads the battle and loses the battle. Zaynab tends to the wounded and is then brought to Damascus. The Koran records how the severed head of each leader was held up and displayed. With each head a story is told.

According to the Koran, Zaynab is making noise and the leader asks an adviser "who is this arrogant woman?" Zaynab answers, "Why ask him, ask me. I am daughter of Fatima granddaughter of Mohammed."

One of the major tensions between ISIS, al Qaeda, Salafis and other Muslims - especially Shiite Muslims, is over holy tombs and holy sites. ISIS views their very presence as pagan and wants to destroy them.

This ISIS attack in Damascus was not simply aimed at murdering the masses. It was a direct strike at the hero of Shiite Islam and the traditions of Shiite Islam.


Read my latest book THUGS. It's easy. Just click.
http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss_gw?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=halpern%2C+micah

To reprint my essays contact sales (at) www.featurewell.com
Follow MicahHalpern on Twitter



US & UK Hack Israel's Drones and Jets
By Micah Halpern

Sunday January 31, 2016

I've Been Thinking:

Israel has been hacked - by the United States and by the United Kingdom.

A huge intelligence hack was exposed on Friday. The United States and England broke the computer codes of Israel's drones and fighter jets all the way back in 1998. And ever since then, they have literally had a "virtual seat in the cockpit" of Israel attacks.
They were watching the video of drone attacks and jet attacks.

The hack and the intelligence operation against Israel are called "Anarchist."

They hacked in and used the British air force base in the Troodos mountains in Cyprus as their listening center - it sits on the highest mountaintop in the region, Mt Olympus. This is the most elite intelligence hub in the entire array of British intelligence centers known as the Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) intelligence agency.

From their mountaintop vantage point the United States and Great Britain were able to watch armed Israeli drones fire on their targets. As an aside, Israel is one the of the world's biggest producers and suppliers of drone technology and they have never admitted to having armed drones.

The leak of this hack is part of the Wikileaks that Ed Snowden stored and released.

According to the leak, the hack gave the United States the ability to read the drone monitors in real time as Israeli drones and fighter jets fired at their targets. And it is not a stretch to assume if they accessed the video, they could also INTERUPT the mission. So far there is only evidence that they observed, but they could also take control. That is the massive nature of the breach.

In Intel terms this is an "earthquake." Not simply because the United States is not supposed to spy on friends but because Israel's codes were cracked.

Yuval Steinitz, Israel's minister of energy, was quoted on Israel Army radio saying "I do not think that this is the deepest kingdom of secrets, but it is certainly something that should not happen, which is unpleasant. We will now have to look and consider changing the encryption, certainly." He continued "We know that the Americans spy on the whole world, and also on us, also on their friends."

Change the encryption codes. I would certainly say so. I would also add that Israel must rebuild their entire security system. Now!

Read my latest book THUGS. It's easy. Just click.
http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss_gw?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=halpern%2C+micah

To reprint my essays contact sales (at) www.featurewell.com
Follow MicahHalpern on Twitter



How ISIS Continues On
By Micah Halpern

Friday January 29, 2016

I've Been Thinking:

How has ISIS been able to withstand the nightly bombing raids that the allies have launched against them? It seems as if ISIS has been barely affected by the bombings, almost as if they have sustained no losses from the attacks.

I've discovered how. I've discovered how and why ISIS has hardly been degraded by the 14 allied air forces that have been pummeling them day in and out.

Several reasons have been given by Intel analysts, and they all seem plausible.

The first reason is that the planes only fire on a few of their missions.

Another is that ISIS is doing what the allies did during World War II. ISIS has paper and cardboard models of convoys that they put out at night, and the allies bomb them during the day. The models look like trucks and Hummers and even half tracks.

ISIS has also created new, narrow, windy roads through fields and hills. These roads are unmapped and they travel at night with vehicles using lights that are painted blue. They travel at night and most of the allied sorties are flown during the day.

ISIS is still selling oil and their trucks are still moving and bringing the oil to their buyers. All the oil is paid for in advance. The oil trucks belong to the contractors, most of whom are Turkish and Kurdish.

Even when trucks are hit, it has no effect of ISIS, not on the money flow and not the oil flow. The contractors take all the risk.

Finally, ISIS has hired Iraqi officers who specialize in camouflage. They have dressed the vehicles to blend into their environments. They look like part of the background and it is hard to see them when scanning a satellite image on a computer screen.

ISIS has gotten very good at protecting themselves.

Read my latest book THUGS. It's easy. Just click.
http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss_gw?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=halpern%2C+micah

To reprint my essays contact sales (at) www.featurewell.com
Follow MicahHalpern on Twitter



Iran Plays Another Game
By Micah Halpern

Thursday January 28, 2016

I've Been Thinking:

Tasnim and FARS, both semi-official Iranian news agencies with very close ties to the Iranian Revolutionary Guard, have reported that on Wednesday an American naval ship turned and ran away from the Iranian navy in the Gulf of Oman.

According to the report, Iran was in involved in naval maneuvers when the US ship appeared on the scene. The Iranians told the Americans about their war games and the US ship quickly turned and left.

The United States should never have been in the area and left themselves open to another encounter with the Iranians - but once they were there, it was wise not to let this escalate and turn into "incident" or a "situation" as it did last time.

But - and this is important, this non-situation is another in a growing list of examples of how the right-wing in Iran uses mundane and simple issues to its advantage at home.

The press report describes the United States naval vessel high tailing it and running away from the awesome Iranian navy. The Iranian naval chief is quoted as saying that he thinks the US ship was there to "learn our tactics".

This kind of news plays well for those in Iran who think that conflict is good and that Iran is a peer of the United States when it comes to military strength.

Again, the United States did the right thing - it was a trap that Iran had set out for them and, this time, they nibbled, but did not swallow the bait.

Read my latest book THUGS. It's easy. Just click.
http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss_gw?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=halpern%2C+micah

To reprint my essays contact sales (at) www.featurewell.com
Follow MicahHalpern on Twitter



Israel Says Turkey Buys ISIS Oil
By Micah Halpern

Wednesday January 27, 2016

I've Been Thinking:

Israel's minister of defense, Moshe Yaalon, is a straight shooter.
It is his character.

Yesterday the defense minister was extremely critical of Turkey. He said that Turkey supports ISIS. That pronouncement was made in a press conference after a meeting between Yaalon and his Greek counterpart.

Israel and Turkey have been working hard to mend fences and reconstitute diplomatic relations. Yaalon said that Israel stipulated that the relations would get back on track only after Turkey puts a stop to several actions that support ISIS - including buying their oil.

Yes, Turkey buys oil from ISIS and that helps prop up ISIS.

Yaalon said that "ISIS enjoyed Turkish money for oil for a very, very long period of time. I hope that it will be ended." He also said that Turkey is a center for other terror groups. He called Turkey "Hamas' terror headquarters outside of Gaza."

In his most direct condemnation of Turkey, Yaalon said that Turkey has a choice to make. "It's up to Turkey, the Turkish government, the Turkish leadership, to decide... should all these stop, and Turkey will be willing to reconcile with us, then Turkey can be part of the collaborative regional effort to fight terror - instead of supporting it."

Israel has always known that Turkey was buying ISIS oil but they have kept silent hoping that Turkey would do the right thing and stop dealing with ISIS on its own. That has not happened.

So now Israel, through Yaalon, has embarrassed Turkey by calling them out for buying ISIS oil.

Turkey can't let this pass. Turkey has to respond.

Read my latest book THUGS. It's easy. Just click.
http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss_gw?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=halpern%2C+micah

To reprint my essays contact sales (at) www.featurewell.com
Follow MicahHalpern on Twitter



Good News about Israel
By Micah Halpern

Tuesday January 26, 2016

I've Been Thinking:

Good news. I seldom write about good news but this is something I must write about.

Israeli high tech raised $4.47 billion in investment money in 2015.
That is an increase of 30% over 2014 and, not surprisingly, a record high.

The rest of the world is slowing down as many tech investors have become shy and the investment market has become a bear market.

But Israel is the exception.

Of course, there are those who say that Israel is simply lagging and the reality of the market will catch up with them soon. But to the investor it is not a lag. Investors are always looking for opportunity and Israel always has great ideas that need funding, ideas that can become the newest high-tech phenomenon.

Israel's tech companies sell themselves very well and they entice investors. The promise is not just of great fortune, the promise is that the new product or company will make a huge difference and change the world as we know it.

708 deals were struck last year. $1.2 billion worth of investment was brought in during the last quarter alone.
Investors have faith in Israel and in the future of Israel.

That is a very optimistic message.

Read my latest book THUGS. It's easy. Just click.
http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss_gw?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=halpern%2C+micah

To reprint my essays contact sales (at) www.featurewell.com
Follow MicahHalpern on Twitter



Iran Pres in Europe
By Micah Halpern

Monday January 25, 2016

I've Been Thinking:

Iran's President Rouhani will be in Europe from Monday through Thursday.

Rouhani intends to buy planes and court investors. In the week since sanctions were lifted, over $50 billion in foreign investments has poured into Iran. Now Rouhani knows what he needs.

Rouhani will be in Rome for two days and then go to Paris. Iran has ordered 114 Airbus planes including the Jumbo A-380, the A-320 and the A-321 from France. That comes to a total of $18 billion.

Iran needs to renew their passenger fleet which has not been updated for nearly four decades. Airbus is a French company. Boeing, the Seattle based US company, would really like to supply Iran, too. In addition Iran wants to add at least 20 new regional planes. The best supplier for the regional jet is CanAir/ Bombardier. They are a Canadian company.

This weekend Iran hosted 300 guests from various airplane companies, luring them back into the Iranian market. Iran is becoming a serious consumer. They have the need and they have the cash. Any supplier is going to want to step up and bid to get their business.

In case you had any doubts - sanctions against Iran are a thing of the past.

Read my latest book THUGS. It's easy. Just click.
http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss_gw?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=halpern%2C+micah

To reprint my essays contact sales (at) www.featurewell.com
Follow MicahHalpern on Twitter



Elections in Iran Feb 26
By Micah Halpern

Sunday January 24, 2016

I've Been Thinking:

Important elections will be held in Iran on February 26. We should watch them carefully. The elections are for parliament and for the Assembly of Experts.

The parliament in Iran is also known as, and better translated as, the Assembly of Representatives. In Persian is it called the Majles or the People's House. It is composed of 290 members from 31 provinces and 65 districts.

Elections for the Assembly of Experts is far more significant than the elections for the Majles. It is the experts who choose the Supreme Leader.

This Assembly is composed of 88 Islamic experts. Over the years the number of experts in the Assembly has varied from 82 to 88. The purpose of The Assembly is not political, although it is supposed to hold a check against the Supreme Leader. It appoints the Supreme Leader and can also remove him if necessary. The Assembly is divided into traditional conservatives and hard-line conservatives.

The future of Iran and the direction it takes will be determined on February 26. They will be heated elections. I anxiously await the results.

Read my latest book THUGS. It's easy. Just click.
http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss_gw?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=halpern%2C+micah

To reprint my essays contact sales (at) www.featurewell.com
Follow MicahHalpern on Twitter



Important News Items
By Micah Halpern

Saturday January 23, 2016

I've Been Thinking:

Three important items need to be brought into perspective this weekend.

A- The Slovenian supermarket that was boycotting Israeli fruits has rescinded that boycott and placed a new order for Israeli produce. They government officially responded saying that there was never a boycott. The truth is that boycotts are illegal under EU law so Slovenia changed their policy.

This is an important defeat for BDS. But they will continue to try to get more European countries to boycott Israel.

B- The Israeli army gave a briefing to the communities that live along the Gaza Strip. Community leaders were told that Hamas is ready for a new conflict. The threat is from rockets and from tunnels - Hamas has rebuilt the tunnels and restocked the rockets.
The communities have been trained to counter a ground strike to hold strong until army reinforcements arrive. The IDF says that the attacks could take place at anytime, but right now it seems that Hamas is playing a calming role and cracking down on Salafi extremists who are trying to attack Israel.

C- China's President Xi addressed the Arab League on Friday saying that the Chinese support a Palestinian state within the 1967 borders.
He said "We are in favor of putting in place a new mechanism to promote peace as to the Middle East question, and support efforts made by the Arab League and the Organization of Islamic Cooperation toward this end."

He continued by saying that China: "firmly supports the Middle East peace process, the establishment of a state of Palestine with full sovereignty on the basis of the 1967 borders and East Jerusalem as its capital."

President Xi also committed to supporting a solar energy project for the Palestinians and pledged $7.6 million to that end.

These are all essential news items, they all require careful monitoring.

Read my latest book THUGS. It's easy. Just click.
http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss_gw?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=halpern%2C+micah

To reprint my essays contact sales (at) www.featurewell.com
Follow MicahHalpern on Twitter



A New Word Frenemy
By Micah Halpern

Friday January 22, 2016

I've Been Thinking:

FRENEMY - a combination of the words Friend and Enemy.
Machiavelli could have used this word.

It is the perfect way to describe those who live in the Middle East and those outside the Middle East who try to exert influence in the Middle East.

Using the word frenemy helps us understand that groups and people are not monolithic and that some things are complicated and many are never consistent. On one issue you may be aligned with a particular party or a leader and their nation and on another issue you may be on the opposite side.

That's what happens almost every time with almost every country in the Middle East.

FRENEMY is an oxymoron. It is also a portmanteau.

An oxymoron is an expression which is a contradiction within itself, like icy-fire, fight for peace.

A portmanteau was originally a 2 sided trunk. It describes a combination word. The best examples are "brunch" and "motel." Lewis
Carroll created the word when he had Humpty Dumpty explaining to
Alice the weird words like Jabberwocky... he then explains "slithy" which is lithe and slimy combined.

There is an argument as to when FRENEMY came into existence. It was probably sometime between 1970 and 1975. Some argue even earlier.

It is a word I have begun using more and more frequently.

Read my latest book THUGS. It's easy. Just click.
http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss_gw?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=halpern%2C+micah

To reprint my essays contact sales (at) www.featurewell.com
Follow MicahHalpern on Twitter



The Meir Family Are Heroes
By Micah Halpern

Thursday January 21, 2016

I've Been Thinking:

This is about a stark contrast in societies and in characters.

Dafna Meir, a young Jewish mother of six, was brutally murdered by a 15 year old Palestinian boy. Dafna was stabbed in the head, in front of her house, as she painted the trim on her front door. The terrorist struck her so brutally, he could not retrieve the knife from her skull. Robbed of the ability to also murder the children who were in the house, he fled.

The family, friends and the nation of Israel is in morning.
Natan her husband said this: "We have no anger."

"I am not angry at anyone. We do not curse Arabs. We are not people who hate. That's not how Dafna and I educated the kids. I spoke with the children yesterday and didn't hear a single bad thing. I talked to them about what we will do now. It's not simple."

When Palestinian terrorists are killed, even when suicide bombers blow themselves up, their families celebrate the suicide/death and the murders. Mothers say that they wish all their children would become martyrs. Some say they will have more children and raise them, too, to become martyrs.

Natan and his family are heroes, they are giants, they are an example of strength and humanity in the face of unspeakable tragedy.
And the world calls Israelis "oppressors."

Read my latest book THUGS. It's easy. Just click.
http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss_gw?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=halpern%2C+micah

To reprint my essays contact sales (at) www.featurewell.com
Follow MicahHalpern on Twitter



BDS Wins in Slovenia
By Micah Halpern

Wednesday January 20, 2016

I've Been Thinking:

Slovenia's largest supermarket chain, called Mercator, is now boycotting Israel. This is a major victory for the BDS movement and a significant loss for Israel.

Israeli products are now off the shelves at Mercator. Before the boycott, Slovenia imported primarily citrus products from Israel, fruits like pomelos, oranges, limes and lemons as well as avocados and dates.

What makes this decision by the Slovenian supermarket even more devastating is that the state of Slovenia itself is a significant shareholder in this national food chain.

Israel saw the writing on the wall and had been increasing diplomatic pressure on Slovenia to prevent this decision - but failed.

This Slovenian boycott does not concern itself with products from the West Bank. This policy which is framed by BDS addresses only those items imported from Israel.

Boycotts of this nature violate international law. But this is not about law - it is about hatred and bile and anger.

I hope that the Slovenian government and the Mercator supermarket chain some to their senses. Soon.

Read my latest book THUGS. It's easy. Just click.
http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss_gw?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=halpern%2C+micah

To reprint my essays contact sales (at) www.featurewell.com
Follow MicahHalpern on Twitter



ISIS is on the March Again
By Micah Halpern

Tuesday January 19, 2016

I've Been Thinking:

We are hearing that ISIS is on the run - that they have been beaten back.

I'm not too sure.

Yesterday I read a series of reports that ISIS is on the march and capturing more and more cities and villages and towns in northeastern Syria.

The province of Dayr Az Zawr is the place of most interest right not. The capital city of Dayr Az Zawr, which bears the same name as the province, is now totally under the control of ISIS. According to reports, ISIS captured their weapon depots and many other stocks of weapons.

ISIS also captured the city of Ayash which housed an army base.

All these places were snatched from Assad's forces.

ISIS will use these victories as propaganda to help propel and boost their morale and to help motivate their fighters who have been hurt by Russian and other air strikes.

The pendulum often swings in these conflicts. Seldom is the movement only in one direction.

Read my latest book THUGS. It's easy. Just click.
http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss_gw?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=halpern%2C+micah

To reprint my essays contact sales (at) www.featurewell.com
Follow MicahHalpern on Twitter



FBI Arrest 2 from ISIS in VA
By Micah Halpern

Monday January 18, 2016

I've Been Thinking:

On Friday afternoon the FBI arrested two men in Richmond, VA. One was arrested at the airport on his way to join ISIS in Syria, the other was arrested near Richmond. The second man helped plan the trip and had dropped the first man off near the airport. He took a taxi the rest of the way.

The plan was to get to Syria by flying from Richmond to Chicago and then from Chicago to Amman, Jordan. From Amman he would somehow make his way into Syria.

The FBI found out about these two men because a third person, the person coordinating the trip, was an FBI informant.

This is an important illustration of how people just get on planes and go off to advance the ISIS cause. The problem, which should be obvious, is that it is almost impossible to stop this from happening. Had it not been for the informant arrests would never have been made and the first person would be in Syria.

Joining ISIS is so easy. It is as simple as buying a ticket. In combating ISIS recruitment we need to find better ways to stop them.

Read my latest book THUGS. It's easy. Just click.
http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss_gw?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=halpern%2C+micah

To reprint my essays contact sales (at) www.featurewell.com
Follow MicahHalpern on Twitter



Inside Iran & The Nuke Deal
By Micah Halpern

Sunday January 17, 2016

I've Been Thinking:


Iranian media is revealing a split in thinking about the lifting of sanctions and the nuclear deal.

On Saturday a front page headline read "Nuclear Burial". That was a pun based on the removal and the filling of Iran's only heavy water reactor in Arak with cement.

Another paper said the filling of the reactor with cement "hurt national pride."

Both these papers side with the Iranian Revolutionary Guard. They are far right of the political leadership of President Rouhani and foreign minister Zarif.

This tension should be elevated by the Supreme Leader. But the Ayatollah seems to side with the Revolutionary Guard.

When Ahmadinejad was in power his policies were even more extreme than the expectations and wishes of the Supreme Leader.

When the Ayatollah chose the next president he selected Rouhani who was of a more liberal bent. But he is too liberal for the Supreme Leader who now seems to side more with the Revolutionary Guard.

This makes the entire situation very difficult to predict.

There is serous blowback inside Iran. If the Supreme Leader is unhappy with the deal he will need to be convinced that lifting the sanctions are a panacea for all the ails Iran is confronting.

Read my latest book THUGS. It's easy. Just click.
http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss_gw?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=halpern%2C+micah

To reprint my essays contact sales (at) www.featurewell.com
Follow MicahHalpern on Twitter



Iran Humiliated the US for a Reason
By Micah Halpern

Saturday January 16, 2016

I've Been Thinking:

It is worthwhile taking some time to understand what really happened when Iran captured 10 US sailors who, for 40 minutes, wandered off course. As of now it is clear to everyone that the ship's GPS was working and that they had plenty of fuel.

The real issue here, and the real intention, was to totally humiliate the United States. Also humiliated were President Rouhani and Foreign Minister Zarif. It was all part of the plan concocted by the Iranian Revolutionary Guard. They were behind the video taping of the US sailors and they were behind the release of the video.

US Secretary of State Kerry was immediately in touch with his counterpart, Zarif, in Teheran. The release of the sailors was a quick deal, but the Iranian Revolutionary Guard needed to exploit the matter.

The Guard does not like the nuclear deal and they certainly do not trust the United States. The deal is near completion and the sanctions are about to be lifted. The Guard knows this and is trying to agitate. They see the deal as a plot by the US and by Rouhani to topple the current regime and to break their monopoly on the Iranian economy. They want to show the United States and the Iranian people - as well as the mass media, that they will not be lured into the point of view held by the United States. The Iranian Revolutionary Guard wants to prove that Iran will neither bow to the United States nor succumb to the West and adopt Western culture.
This is a huge statement.

On the other side in Iran are President Rouhani and his foreign minister Zarif. They know that Iran needs the sanctions to be lifted especially on oil - even despite the fact that the drop in the price of oil is not helpful to their bigger goal.

The Grand Ayatollah seems to be silently on the side of the Revolutionary Guard and has only begrudgingly and cautiously permitted the nuclear deal.

The United States wants the nuclear technology to be secured and they have looked the other way regarding serious violation and saber rattling by the Revolutionary Guard - which also includes firing a rocket dangerously close to US ships and the testing of long range ballistic missiles.

The capture of the US sailors could not have come at a worse moment for the United States and Iranian leadership. It was, however, perfect timing for the Iranian Revolutionary Guard. It was just at the point of the end of the nuclear deal's timetable. And of course one could not miss that it was on the eve of Obama's last State of the Union Address.

Releasing the video was a huge embarrassment for the United States.
The video went viral around the world. What is most important is that millions of people have watched as the Iranians forced the US to their knees - literally and figuratively. Yes, the US aircraft carrier was poised to attack Iran - but Iran trained their missiles and rockets on that carrier and many other targets.

In the end the sailors were released and the situation did not escalate. But the biggest winners were the Iranian Revolutionary Guard and the biggest losers were the United States and Iranian President Rouhani.

Read my latest book THUGS. It's easy. Just click.
http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss_gw?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=halpern%2C+micah

To reprint my essays contact sales (at) www.featurewell.com
Follow MicahHalpern on Twitter



Mother Takes Infant & Joins ISIS
By Micah Halpern

Friday January 15, 2016

I've Been Thinking:

Is Tareena Shakil the new normal in our world today, or is she a lost and wayward soul? Read on.

Tareena Shakil, a 25 year old woman from England, took her 17 month old baby and traveled to Turkey, then crossed into Syria, and joined ISIS. Before choosing to live in the Syrian stronghold Raqqa, she lived in Burton-on-Trent, Staffordshire.

The 17 month old baby boy is named Zaheem and on her facebook page there are pictures of the two of them, together, in Raqqa. Zaheem is posing in ISIS clothes. Tareena claims that ISIS kidnapped her and tried to force her into marriage. Facebook and other social media show her to be a public relatons advocate for ISIS.

Before she left England Tareena wrote a farewell letter to her family. While in Raqqa she continued to correspond through facebook and texting.

She was arrested almost a year ago, in February of 2015, at Heathrow Airport when she returned to London. Her trial is beginning now.

How did this TOWIE fan from England take her infant son and join ISIS? (TOWIE, for those who do not know, stands for THE ONLY WAY IS ESSEX -hardcore English soccer fans of the Essex club).

The case against Tareena Shakil is very strong despite her claims that she was kidnapped and is frustrated and disillusioned.

European security sources say that 5,000 Europeans have made their way to Syria and Iraq to fight for ISIS. Many have been killed, many are still there and many have returned.

The question is how many of those who have returned are disillusioned and frustrated and how many are actually ISIS terrorists or ISIS recruiters.

Read my latest book THUGS. It's easy. Just click.
http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss_gw?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=halpern%2C+micah

To reprint my essays contact sales (at) www.featurewell.com
Follow MicahHalpern on Twitter



Poll of Arab Youth on ISIS
By Micah Halpern

Thursday January 14, 2016

I've Been Thinking:

The results of a very interesting survey that took place in October of 2015 have been released. They offer hope for our future.

5,374 people, both men and women, were surveyed in Morocco, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Kuwait, Jordan, and the Palestinian territories by the Zogby Research Services.

75% of people between the ages of 15 and 34 living in the Middle East said that ISIS and al Qaeda were a perversion of Islam.

They also say that the blame for the emergence of these extremists groups is corruption and leadership.

"At least three-quarters of millennial respondents in all countries surveyed" said movements like ISIS and Al-Qaeda "are either a complete perversion of Islam's teachings or mostly wrong."

In Morocco and the United Arab Emirates over 90% of those surveyed said that ISIS and al Qaeda were a "complete perversion." In Egypt 83% concurred also saying that ISIS and al Qaeda were a "complete perversion."

In the Palestinian Authority and in Saudi Arabia the numbers were lower and the sentiment not as dramatic. 55% said that the groups "were distorting Islam." It should be noted that a "distortion" is not the same as "a complete perversion."

This is very good news. Now we need to see the millennials behind these numbers standing up and stopping the perversion and the distortion. If that were to happen it would be a huge step towards defeating extremism.

Read my latest book THUGS. It's easy. Just click.
http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss_gw?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=halpern%2C+micah

To reprint my essays contact sales (at) www.featurewell.com
Follow MicahHalpern on Twitter



Bomb the ISIS Money
By Micah Halpern

Wednesday January 13, 2016

I've Been Thinking:

I just watched two videos. Both videos were almost exactly the same. One video was posted by ISIS, the other was posted by the Iraqi forces.

The videos showed a bank in Mosul after a bombing. US sources said that the United States targeted and hit the bank in the ISIS-controlled city of Mosul with 2,000 pound bombs. A 2,000 pound bomb would destroy whatever it hit. In this case it hit the al Zahour bank.

ISIS released their video as a critique of US activities. Iraqi forces show it as a hallelujah to the success of US forces.

Targeting and hitting the bank in Mosul is a very important change in US tactics. Mosul is the second largest city in Iraq with a population of two million people. The city is located north of Baghdad very close to the borders of Turkey and Syria.

The essential element of the story of banking in Mosul is that within the first day of ISIS taking over the city, they wired bank holdings back into the bank itself, automatically giving themselves control and use of nearly $200 million.

Over the next few weeks ISIS pulled the same stunt in the cities of Tikrit and Baji. Combine all three cities and ISIS probably secured nearly $500 million, or half a billion, dollars.

Today ISIS cannot use international banks - the banks would freeze the stolen money. Instead, ISIS actually keeps the cash in the banks, just like in the good old days before wire transfers and computers.

In order for the United States to strike at the heart of ISIS, they need to hit the money sources. The US has already started bombing several of ISIS' oil fields. And when they hit the al Zahour bank in Mosul, they destroyed not only the bank building, but the money that was in the bank.

There is almost no defense against a bomb of that weight. It leveled the entire area. ISIS will respond by taking money out of their other banks and spreading it out, making it harder for the United States and other enemy forces to get to the money, but also making it harder for them to monitor and control their ill-gotten money.

Hitting the cash was a very good idea. It should have been months ago. The big mistake, however, is that the United States didn't hit all the banks simultaneously. That would have dealt a crippling blow to ISIS activities.

Read my latest book THUGS. It's easy. Just click.
http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss_gw?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=halpern%2C+micah

To reprint my essays contact sales (at) www.featurewell.com
Follow MicahHalpern on Twitter



Brand New F-35s to Israel
By Micah Halpern

Tuesday January 12, 2016

I've Been Thinking:

Israel is about to receive its first set of F-35 fighter jets. These are the hottest item in the world of fighter jets at this stage.

The F-35 is a stealth fighter. It is undetectable to radar.

Israel ordered thirty-three F-35s from Lockheed Martin at a total of about $4.75 billion - about $110 million each. The thirty-three fighter planes will be housed in two airbases.

Israel has already renamed their F-35, they are calling it "Adir" which means very special.

A ceremony took place at the Texas Lockheed Martin plant where the planes are nearly ready to be shipped. All that remains are the computers and the electronics. That is what will make Israel's Adir F-35 that much more special than all the other 130 stealth fighters that have been manufactured thus far to date.

Israel is "souping them up." That is the expression used in the race car world. And in the world - and in the world of stealth fighter jets.

Read my latest book THUGS. It's easy. Just click.
http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss_gw?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=halpern%2C+micah

To reprint my essays contact sales (at) www.featurewell.com
Follow MicahHalpern on Twitter



Bibi Only Candidate on Primary Ballot
By Micah Halpern

Monday January 11, 2016

I've Been Thinking:

Benjamin "Bibi" Netanyahu is the prime minister of Israel and he is the head of the Likud party.

Registration for the Likud primary closed at 12 PM on Sunday. Netanyahu was the only candidate registered. The primaries are scheduled for February 23.

What should a party do when there is no opposition? It certainly opens up the doors for potential legal challenges if there is no opposition.

Likud leadership says that not having a primary will save them 4 million shekel, the minimum cost of a primary.

It is amazing is that there really is no challenge to Netanyahu from within the party. There is no young guard and there are no senior members of Likud willing to stand for the position of leadership.

Under normal circumstances the primary very quickly establishes the pecking order for the rest of party leadership. The primary creates a list and that list becomes an essential guideline for which person gets what position in the party and in the government.

By not having a primary the future of Likud is left in the hands of Bibi Netanyahu and his inner circle of advisers.

The lesson here is that even when it is a no-doubt-about-it shoe-in election, it is still essential to hold a primary.

Read my latest book THUGS. It's easy. Just click.
http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss_gw?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=halpern%2C+micah

To reprint my essays contact sales (at) www.featurewell.com
Follow MicahHalpern on Twitter



Saudi - Iran Conflict Will Not Become a War
By Micah Halpern

Friday January 8, 2016

I've Been Thinking:

Where is the conflict between Saudi Arabia and Iran heading?

Both Saudi Arabia and Iran want to destroy, or at least badly hurt, the other.

The conflict is centuries old. It is the continuation of a rift that was created after the death of the Prophet Muhammad at which time a challenge arose as to who would succeed the prophet.

This is the root of the Shiite- Sunni conflict.

At this stage both Iran and Saudi Arabia will continue to use proxies and the international media to stab and jab each other. It is not in either of their interests to turn this squabble into a full scale direct conflict. The cost is too great, neither country can afford it.

The Sunni and Shiite worlds are now attacking one another.

The real test is how well each country does at drawing other counties and tribes and even non=Muslim leaders in support of their cause. In the meantime they will name call and blame each other for violating the true dictates of Islam.

Right now it looks like Saudi Arabia has the upper hand. But Russia is on the side of Iran. And who knows which side the United States will choose.

Read my latest book THUGS. It's easy. Just click.
http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss_gw?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=halpern%2C+micah

To reprint my essays contact sales (at) www.featurewell.com
Follow MicahHalpern on Twitter



US Bombs ISIS Oil
By Micah Halpern

Thursday January 7, 2016

I've Been Thinking:

I've Been Thinking:

Since October, the United States has been bombing ISIS oil fields.

This was a significant change in policy - until then, oil was not touched. The thinking was that oil would be an important and immediate cash source for any new government that would be replacing ISIS.

But as of October the US changed plans, now thinking that the cash profits ISIS was getting from the oil was helping fund and run their militant, terrorist state. The United States also, finally, understood that and ISIS was not teetering or toppling.

The shocker is that this huge change in policy, a change that is intended to strangle ISIS monetarily, has to date only involved 65 strikes. The strikes have reduced ISIS oil production by only 30% - from 45,000 barrels per day to 34,000 barrels per day.

In real figures this would be a drop from $1,575,000 per day to $1,190,000 per day at market prices. The only redeeming part of all this is that ISIS is selling their oil at significantly below market price, selling at between $20 to $25 per barrel. That still means that they are making $850,000 a day on oil.

This is just another example of how the United States is only half heartedly confronting ISIS. If they want to strangle ISIS and remove their oil profits, it will require more than 65 strikes and more than a 30% reduction in oil production.

The United States is reluctant to do more. That reluctance permits ISIS to run their state and fund their fighters. The United States must decide what they really want to do vis a vis ISIS, and then go after it.

But maybe, this is what the US really wants. Many words, little action.

Read my latest book THUGS. It's easy. Just click.
http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss_gw?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=halpern%2C+micah

To reprint my essays contact sales (at) www.featurewell.com
Follow MicahHalpern on Twitter



ISIS Retakes Ramadi
By Micah Halpern

Wednesday January 6, 2016

I've Been Thinking:

Remember how last week the United States proclaimed that their Western backed forces in Iraq had finally ousted ISIS from Ramadi?

The action took days to accomplish and we were treated to an almost minute by minute accounting as Western forces went building by building and took back the city. Then the announcement came. ISIS was removed and the city is now under the control of Western-backed Iraqi forces.

So how is it possible that Arabic media websites are now filled with the story that ISIS blew up the public hospital in Ramadi on Monday?

The hospital really was bombed and there is no reason to doubt the claims that ISIS did the deed.

Clearly ISIS is still there and clearly they targeted the hospital in order to terrorize the residents of Ramadi. The selection of a target, especially a hospital, is a deliberate act. We in the West ask, how could anyone target a hospital? ISIS doesn't ask that question.

ISIS does not hold the same values and act according to the same principles that the West does. Hospitals are a perfect target for ISIS. It demonstrates their ruthlessness and it emphasizes that those people at the target site are traitors and not fellow followers of the ISIS version of Islam.

Ramadi is a city of 450,000 people it is located about 60 miles west of Baghdad. Ramadai lies on the essential trade route used by truckers making their way between Baghdad and Amman, Jordan.

ISIS is telling all those in the region that they are still active and potent in Ramadi. They are broadcasting that the earlier reports issued by the West are nothing more than anti-ISIS propaganda.


Read my latest book THUGS. It's easy. Just click.
http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss_gw?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=halpern%2C+micah

To reprint my essays contact sales (at) www.featurewell.com
Follow MicahHalpern on Twitter



Crisis in the Mideast
By Micah Halpern

Tuesday January 5, 2016

I've Been Thinking:

As I wrote yesterday, tensions between Sunnis and Shiites are becoming more and more apparent. The conflict between Saudi Arabia and Iran has spilled over into the rest of the Middle East.

Saudi Arabia announced that they cancelled all flights and all trade with Iran.

Bahrain, a Saudi ally, has also expelled Iranian diplomats from their country.

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has said that they are downgrading their relationship with Iran. They no longer have full diplomatic ties and have asked the Iranian ambassador to leave. The most senior Iranian diplomat now in the UAE is a “charge de affairs.” This is almost like expelling the entire diplomatic team - it leaves Iran with a skeleton presence in the UAE.

Sudan has also expelled their Iranian diplomats.

The lines have been drawn. Iran, Syria and Hezbollah are on one side. The rest of the Arab world is on the other side.

Now let's look at how China sees the situation. In speaking about the Saudi / Iran conflict, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying told a news briefing on Monday that: "Like the international community, China is highly concerned about the developments and expresses concern that the relevant event may intensify conflict in the region."

It is important to analyze how the Chinese see the unfolding of international issues that may have
an impact on their country. As you can clearly see, China is worried about the Middle East, especially this tension between Saudi Arabia and Iran.

Islam is filled with internal conflict. For those in the West who do not yet realize it, tensions between Sunnis and Shiites are even greater than tensions between Islam and non-believers. The non-believer can be saved, a heretic cannot be saved.

Islam, Shiite and Sunni alike, views the other as heretics and according to their belief, they are both permitted to murder the other with impunity.

That is what we are seeing.

Read my latest book THUGS. It's easy. Just click.
http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss_gw?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=halpern%2C+micah

To reprint my essays contact sales (at) www.featurewell.com
Follow MicahHalpern on Twitter



Iran Saudi Conflict
By Micah Halpern

Monday January 4, 2016

I've Been Thinking:

There is a diplomatic crisis between Saudi Arabia and Iran.

The Saudis have expelled all Iranian diplomats and are closing the
Iranian embassy there. They were given 48 hours to leave.

I wish there was a clear way to pinpoint how the current conflict started.

Many experts will say that the Saudi execution of Sheik Nimr al Nirm, the Shiite and Iranian supporting cleric, which led to Iranians storming, burning and pillaging the Saudi embassy in Teheran leaving the embassy engulfed in flames, is to blame.

Whatever the real reason, the bottom line is that the Saudis expelled the Iranian diplomats - and that's what counts.

Things have always been tense between Saudi Arabia and Iran. They represent opposite streams in Islam that have warred and persecuted and butchered each other for centuries.

The current conflict is over Yemen and Syria where, through proxies, these two sides of Islam continue their centuries old battle over the true belief.

Even when these obvious tensions of the past few days diminish, it will bring a calming of tensions. It will simply being a subsiding of aggressive conflict between the two countries.

Iran and Saudi Arabia will continue to harm each other through their proxies and in the world of politics and world markets.

Read my latest book THUGS. It's easy. Just click.
http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss_gw?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=halpern%2C+micah

To reprint my essays contact sales (at) www.featurewell.com
Follow MicahHalpern on Twitter



US #1 Threat For Russia
By Micah Halpern

Sunday January 3, 2015

I've Been Thinking:

Russia just released their new threat assessment. Their last assessment was in 2009. This new assessment places the United States as one of the prime threats against them.

The document is called: "About the Strategy of National Security of Russian Federation." It was signed by President Vladimir Putin on New Year's Eve.

The document explains that Russia has become more involved in resolving international issues and in doing so, Russia has been brought head to head with the United States and other Western countries. It also explains that significant tensions emerged after the Crimea annexation. The document also accuses the United States of supporting an illegal coup in Ukraine.

The document reads: "The strengthening of Russia happens against the background of new threats to the national security, which has complex and interrelated nature."

The new Russian threat assessment recognizes that, because Russia is more active in world affairs, it is causing tensions with the United States and has resulted in a "counteraction from the USA and its allies, which are striving to retain their dominance in global affairs."

The assessment concludes that there will be blowback - "political, economical, military and informational pressure."

The Russian assessment is correct and tensions will continue.

The most important information we garner from the document is not that the Russians have come to an honest threat assessment, but rather that Russia will continue along this vein of international activism and will continue to confront the United States on these issues.

Read my latest book THUGS. It's easy. Just click.
http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss_gw?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=halpern%2C+micah

To reprint my essays contact sales (at) www.featurewell.com
Follow MicahHalpern on Twitter



Arabs Sue US over Support of Israel
By Micah Halpern

Friday January 1, 2015

I've Been Thinking:

Two American Arabs and an American Jew have brought suit against the US Treasury for not supervising non-profit groups that are giving money to Israel. The groups receiving the monies are not named in the suit but are brought forth as examples of violations of US law and Treasury rules for tax free donations.

The complaint is 72 pages long and was formally submitted on December 16th. It claims that over $1 billion a year of US money goes to illegal causes and is tax deducted. The complaint lists many groups that they are accusing of giving money and says that there are 150 groups guilty of doing this.

The groups include, Friends of IDF, Friends of Ariel University, The Hebron Fund and The Gush Etzion Foundation. The case asserts that some of these groups have no presence at all in the United States other than a post office box. The case asserts that up to a trillion dollars of tax money is lost.

The suit claims that the money is supporting terror and violence as well as violating human rights.

This case has no merit. It is wrong and it will be thrown out.
Never the less, it is disturbing.

The problem with the case is that it is predicated on the assumption that everything that Israel does is illegal and violates international law.

The complaint says: "Treasury claims that it takes a very vigorous and active role in terms of monitoring the activities"
An attorney for the group said: "Huge tax deductions are being taken that support ethnic cleansing of Palestinians. Guess who picks up the tab? The American taxpayer. There's something wrong with that. "

The complaint continues: "U.S. tax-exempt entities and their donors, settlement leaders, and the construction companies they hired to build housing developments and shopping malls can all be criminally prosecuted because they have conspired to fund, facilitate, trespass on, demolish and/or confiscate private Palestinian property, all in the name of settlement expansion."

The people behind this suit want these groups to be called "special designated global terrorists," stripping them of their tax-exempt status and freezing their assets. The case states: "There are huge penalties that go with that."

The people bringing the suit assert that the US and the Treasury are being two-faced. That they are not following their own laws regarding Israel and have turned a blind eye for decades.

The suit states that: "the entities cannot promote or finance racially or religiously discriminatory practices, nor can they violate federal statutes in the process of raising funds and/or transmitting the funds overseas."

It is a foolish lawsuit - but it clearly demonstrates that the Palestinians and their supports, like those in the BDS movement, are getting creative in their attacks against Israel.

They are trying to hurt Israel in the pocket book.

Read my latest book THUGS. It's easy. Just click.
http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss_gw?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=halpern%2C+micah

To reprint my essays contact sales (at) www.featurewell.com
Follow MicahHalpern on Twitter



Iran Shoots at US Carrier
By Micah Halpern

Thursday December 31, 2015

I've Been Thinking:

On Saturday, December 26th, the Iranian Revolutionary Guard fired rockets dangerously close to the USS Harry Truman, the aircraft carrier of the US 5th Fleet. Also in the area was a French frigate.

The incident took place in the Straits of Hormuz. Iran gave the United States 23 minutes advance warning and then shot the rockets.

The rockets came within 1250 yards of the US ships.

The action was provocative, to say the least. There is no doubt that tensions are swelling in the region.

In the past the United States has attacked Iranian targets in the Straits and that has been the cause of great tension.

1988 was a very tense year. It all began in April when the Iranians almost sank the USS Samuel B. Roberts when it hit an Iranian landmine. Later that month the US sank oil platforms and 6 Iranian navy ships, including 2 frigates. And in July, the United States accidentally shot own an Iranian airliner killing 290 people. The US said that they mistook the airliner for an Iranian F-14 fighter jet.

Iranians still talk about these events and call for justice.

Iran has threatened to close the Straits of Hormuz. Even a brief closure would be devastating to the oil market - about 30% of the world's oil passes through those straits every single day.

Tensions must be dialed down - now.

Read my latest book THUGS. It's easy. Just click.
http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss_gw?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=halpern%2C+micah

To reprint my essays contact sales (at) www.featurewell.com
Follow MicahHalpern on Twitter



ISIS Hackers
By Micah Halpern

Wednesday December 30, 2015

I've Been Thinking:

ISIS has created an internet message forum that teaches and trains hackers on ways to invade and attack. The forum is found on a social messaging app called Telegram.
300 people have signed up.

On the site are tutorials and while most of the material can easily be found elsewhere on the net, this is one stop shopping. Many lectures and videos are in a single place making it easier for future cyber terrorists to learn their diabolical trade.

Telegram offers a 27-part video course on evaluating and then penetrating a computer system. It teaches how to find vulnerabilities and weaknesses. It gives tests and practice problems.

The hard reality is that learning these details will not convert the student into a hacker or, at least, not into a good hacker... one who can cause damage to a country or a city or a company.

Missing from this app is the creative energy and the problem solving skills. That is what really makes a great hacker.

ISIS is trying to hack. They succeeded in hacking into US Central Command's twitter feed and posted some tweets in January. But that is hardly a serious hack. Breaking into a twitter account is not like breaking into Central Command itself.

We must worry and we must protect ourselves from cyber attacks. ISIS wants to be a player in the world of cyber crime and they have some capable hackers. But in the meantime, the real threats come from China and from Russia and from the anarchists.

Read my latest book THUGS. It's easy. Just click.
http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss_gw?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=halpern%2C+micah

To reprint my essays contact sales (at) www.featurewell.com
Follow MicahHalpern on Twitter



Saudi Head Imam Says ISIS is Israel
By Micah Halpern

Tuesday December 29, 2015

I've Been Thinking:

Conspiracy is one of the hallmarks of Arabic culture and society.

But there are problems with conspiracy theories. They get in the way of history and truth. They prevent authentic evaluations. And they can be found almost everywhere, even in the highest echelons of power.

Abdul-Aziz al-Sheikh is the Mufti of Saudi Arabia. He is the most important Imam, or cleric, in the country. The Mufti analyzed ISIS and the threats made by ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi against Israel. Remember, Baghdadi released a radio message telling the world, and especially Israel, that ISIS has not forgotten the

Palestinians and that when Israel least expects it, ISIS will strike.
Saudi Imam Abdul-Aziz al-Sheikh told a Saudi newspaper that ISIS was actually Israel. He said that the radio presentation of ISIS was a hoax and that, in reality, ISIS is actually soldiers of Israel.

I couldn't make this stuff up. Here is the Imam Mufti's exact quote about Baghdadi: "his threat against Israel is entirely false. The reality of ISIS is that they are soldiers of Israel."

How can one even progress in any dialogue or any discussion when fundamental elements and facts cannot even be seen as truths?

It is like having a discussion with someone who says the world is flat or the sky is green. And this is the most important cleric in all of Saudi Arabia.

Read my latest book THUGS. It's easy. Just click.
http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss_gw?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=halpern%2C+micah

To reprint my essays contact sales (at) www.featurewell.com
Follow MicahHalpern on Twitter



ISIS in Sinai
By Micah Halpern

Monday December 28, 2015

I've Been Thinking:

The Sinai Desert might very well be where ISIS is most powerful and best organized right now. It is probably there that they are better organized than even in Syria in Yemen or even in Iraq.

The Sinai is home to Answar Bayt al Maqdis (ABM) which means the protectors of Jerusalem, aka (also known as) Wiliyat Sinai which means the Sinai Province.

ABM is over 10,000 fighters strong. That is a massive and significant number, especially considering that 30,000 is the number of fighters ISIS has in Iraq and Syria. They threaten Egypt regularly and they are right on Israel's border. Israel has increased their intelligence in Sinai as they expect that ABM will attempt an attack and there is very little chance that there will be any advanced warning.

Just a few days ago Israel's Special Forces conducted a surprise set of maneuvers in the south. They were role playing an ISIS attack in Eilat and Niztana.

ABM is the group that downed the Russia airliner in Sinai which killing 240 people. Now Israel is working very closely with Egypt and has increased every aspect of defense strategy.

What makes the fight against this ISIS affiliate so complicated is that the most feared and best organized Bedouin tribe in the region has become part of the ISIS block. The Sawarka tribe is the most brutal and the most powerful of the 26 tribes in the Sinai. Cross the Sawarka and you die.

The Sawarka began their business trade by smuggling drugs into Israel, then weapons and now people and just about everything else.
This tribe has 2,500 fighters plus 10,000 in reserve. They are divided into organized units with 75 to 100 fighters in each unit, each with clear roles and responsibilities. They are a professional fighting force.

This Bedouin tribe knows the terrain like no one else and they are extremely loyal. Right now the tribe favors ISIS - they have an alliance which will attack Egyptian forces and all Westerners.

The head of operations for Sawarka is Ibrahim al Manai. He has granted only one interview and it took place in a cafe in Caro. In the interview al Manai made it clear that his tribe is well outfitted and well trained in the use of numerous weapons and tactics.

Most importantly, it was clear from the interview that al Manai sees the Sinai as belonging to the Sawarka and they will not permit any outsider control over what it theirs.

None of this portends well.

The union between ISIS and a fierce Bedouin tribe with experience smuggling goods and people into Israel is a very serious and very dangerous nexus.

Read my latest book THUGS. It's easy. Just click.
http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss_gw?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=halpern%2C+micah

To reprint my essays contact sales (at) www.featurewell.com
Follow MicahHalpern on Twitter



ISIS Says They're Coming For Israel
By Micah Halpern

Sunday December 27, 2015

I've Been Thinking:

ISIS released a radio address on Saturday , December 26, in which the voice of their leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, is heard saying that he has not forgotten about Palestine and that ISIS is coming for the Jews.

He said "The Jews thought we forgot Palestine and that they had distracted us from it."

He continued "Not at all, Jews. We did not forget Palestine for a moment. With the help of Allah, we will not forget it ... The pioneers of the jihadist fighters will surround you on a day that you think is distant and we know is close. We are getting closer every day."

By "pioneers" Baghdadi means the first ISIS terrorists who have the plans and are plotting to attack Israel.

Israel is aware of the threat - and has been aware of it even without the warning delivered by this radio address, and is working to defend itself.

Read my latest book THUGS. It's easy. Just click.
http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss_gw?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=halpern%2C+micah

To reprint my essays contact sales (at) www.featurewell.com
Follow MicahHalpern on Twitter



Arabs Heckle Arab
By Micah Halpern

Friday December 25, 2015

I've Been Thinking:

A world famous Arab expert in Islam, Dr. Omer Salem, was heckled at the University of Haifa.

From news coverage these days one would naturally think that the hecklers were Israeli Jews. But no, it was not Israeli Jews who heckled Dr. Salem.

Two Palestinian psychology students disrupted the lecture. They called Salem a collaborator and said that he had Palestinian blood on his hands.

Dr Omer Salem was born in Egypt. He teaches at Yale University. His area is what Islam thinks of Jews and the opposite and he has created an institute for bringing Jews and Arabs together. Salem focuses on Israel and also deals with other areas of the Middle East.

The hecklers shouted that "the blood of martyrs is spilled and you get the middle finger." In Arabic and Hebrew the expression is graphic and vulgar. In English - well, you get the idea. The hecklers shouted that Salem "should just go back to Egypt and solve their problems."

These two students succeeded in stopping the meeting. It was all caught on tape. Security came. The hecklers were referred to the university's committee on disciple.

The university responded by saying that it is unacceptable to disturb a presentation in an academic institution. The students will be punished. Freedom of expression and academic independence are essential.

The sad part is that these students represent the Balad party, an Israeli Arab party which is represented in the Israeli parliament. These students clearly have difficulty with freedom of speech.
There are ways to protest and ways to disagree. Heckling and being disrespectful is not a time honored democratic principle, However, freedom of speech and freedom of expression are.

Read my latest book THUGS. It's easy. Just click.
http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss_gw?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=halpern%2C+micah

To reprint my essays contact sales (at) www.featurewell.com
Follow MicahHalpern on Twitter



China's New anti Terror Laws
By Micah Halpern

Thursday December 24, 2015

I've Been Thinking:

The Chinese are about to pass their new anti-terrorism law.

Everyone in the counter terror community, including Western politicians, is waiting to see how strict it will be and how wide the span of this new Chinese law will be.

The basis of the law is that all technology will be required to have a back door and all providers will be required to provide encryption keys to the government. That includes media, internet, phones, cell phones, computers - everything.

Obviously, there are many concerns about the abuse of personal rights which, for many years, has been a concern in China.

In the West, governments have asked businesses to turn over their encryptions and so far they have declined. The most obvious example is Apple. The iPhone6 has a very simple yet highly effective encryption system. When asked by Homeland Security to turn over the encryption key, Apple demurred and said doing so would violate the privacy of their customers.

It is almost impossible to crack these encryption systems and the
more they are used by terrorists, the safer terrorists will feel and the easier it will be for them to coordinate and execute their attacks.

A balance must be achieved between preserving citizen privacy and tracking terrorists and terrorist activities.

Read my latest book THUGS. It's easy. Just click.
http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss_gw?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=halpern%2C+micah

To reprint my essays contact sales (at) www.featurewell.com
Follow MicahHalpern on Twitter



Jordan Says Hamas Leader Not Welcome
By Micah Halpern

Wednesday December 23, 2015

I've Been Thinking:

Jordan has decided not to allow Khaled Mashaal to visit their country. Mashaal is the head of Hamas.

In 1999 he was officially expelled from Jordan and Hamas offices there were closed down. Since then Mashaal, who has Jordanian citizenship, has visited only once - with permission, in 2012.

Jordanian leadership believes that Mashaal and Hamas will disrupt Jordan. They think that Mashaal will incite and agitate.

The purpose of this trip is to celebrate the release from prison of Muslim Brotherhood leader Zaki Bani Ershaid. It is Ershaid who was guilty of harming relations between Jordan and the UAE.

Jordan told Mashaal that he was not welcome at this time. In other words, circumstances might change. These things happen. At another time, he might be permitted to visit.

For instance, in 2012 when Mashaal last visited Jordan he met with the king. That is significant. Mashaal went from an audience with the king to not being permitted.

At this point Mashaal and Hamas are seen as problems by the Hashemite Kingdom. We will see what happens as time passes.

Read my latest book THUGS. It's easy. Just click.
http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss_gw?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=halpern%2C+micah

To reprint my essays contact sales (at) www.featurewell.com
Follow MicahHalpern on Twitter



Israel Targets Evil Terrorist
By Micah Halpern

Tuesday December 22, 2015

I've Been Thinking:

There is little doubt that Israel targeted Samir Kuntar, the infamous Druze terrorist and Hezbollah leader.

Israel released Kuntar from prison where he was serving successive life terms for perpetrating a horrific terror attack that included the brutal murder of a young Jewish Israeli girl. After having the child witness the drowning and shooting of her own father, he crushed her skull.

Israel released Kuntar in exchange for the remains of the bodies of two Israelis that were being held by Hezbollah.

Samir Kuntar returned to Lebanon a hero.

So why kill him?

Kuntar was not targeted for what he did - that would require a judge and jury. Kuntar was targeted because he was plotting more terror attacks. Israel had Intel that he was coordinating a series of attacks from Lebanon and Syria into Israel.

That knowledge elevated the targeting of Samir Kuntar to an act of self defense.

This was not an act of vengeance. Vengeance is not justice and vengeance is immoral -- vengance is not how Israel behaves.

Given Samir Kuntar's history and the intelligence it was clear that innocent Israeli lives were at stake. Targeting the terrorist was morally justified and it was legal.

An interesting aside to this story is that part of his exchange was that Samir Kuntar signed a contract not to engage, organize or be involved in any form of terror.

Hah!

Read my latest book THUGS. It's easy. Just click.
http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss_gw?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=halpern%2C+micah

To reprint my essays contact sales (at) www.featurewell.com
Follow MicahHalpern on Twitter



Belgium's Laws Prevent Searching for Terrorists
By Micah Halpern

Monday December 21, 2015

I've Been Thinking:

The Belgians have detained - not arrested, only detained one person in connection with last month's horrific terror attacks in Paris.

There has been very little progress that has been made public. The person detained was not the ring leader Abdelhamid Abaoud. He is still at large.

Belgium almost caught him last week. They knew where he was staying the night of the attack, but he escaped.

You will not believe this, but t is against the law for the police in Belgium to conduct a raid after 9 PM and before 5 AM.

Abaoud discovered that the police were waiting for him so he slipped out of the apartment where he had been staying, during the night.

The law is in place so that Belgian people are not disturbed by police making noise at night. It is impolite and not urbane or cultured to have such activity at night.

The laws of Belgium must be changed.

Terrorists do not care about disturbing the quiet of the night. The police cannot be limited by such ridiculous limitations. They need to find and capture the mastermind of this terror cell.

Belgium should not be a safe haven for terrorists.

Read my latest book THUGS. It's easy. Just click.
http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss_gw?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=halpern%2C+micah

To reprint my essays contact sales (at) www.featurewell.com
Follow MicahHalpern on Twitter



New Poll in West Bank Prefers Hamas
By Micah Halpern

Sunday December 20, 2015

I've Been Thinking:

Surveys and polls work one of two ways - either they surprise us or they confirm what we thought.

A new poll surveying Palestinians shows that Palestinian youth today are radicalized and think that violence is justified and that through that violence they will achieve their goals. This is a marked change.

The survey also showed that the motivation for these actions is not religious, it is political. Those surveyed say that their reason for supporting violence and the reason for violence is to achieve a political objective.

Finally, and this is the most telling of all the results of the new survey, is that if an election were held in the West Bank today, Mahmoud Abbas, the current leader of Fatah and president of the Palestinian Authority, would overwhelmingly lose by at least 10 percentage points to Ismail Haniyeh the leader of Hamas in Gaza.
This is a damning blow to the establishment.

The West Bank is becoming more and more radicalized. This new study confirms our sense that young people are disenchanted with Abbas and the Fatah establishment and that West Bank youth are embracing violence as a tool to achieve their objectives.

That thinking poses a serious threat to a peaceful resolution to the situation between the Palestinians and Israel.

Read my latest book THUGS. It's easy. Just click.
http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss_gw?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=halpern%2C+micah

To reprint my essays contact sales (at) www.featurewell.com
Follow MicahHalpern on Twitter



Kuwaiti Air Shuts Route -- Told to Accept Israelis
By Micah Halpern

Friday December 18, 2015

I've Been Thinking:

The US Department of Transportation has ruled that Kuwaiti Airlines was in violation of US law by not allowing an Israeli named Eldad Gatt to travel on their airline from JFK in NYC to Heathrow in London in 2013.

Gatt complained to the DOT. At first they rejected his claim. He appealed and the DOT found Kuwaiti Airlines in violation.

Kuwaiti Airlines said that they were following their laws which prohibit any business with Israelis or with Israel. The punishment for violating that law in Kuwait is very strict and includes imprisonment and hard labor.

The DOT ruled that "We considered Mr. Gatt's claim upon an alternative ground ... which holds that an 'air carrier or foreign air carrier may not subject a person, place, port, or type of traffic in foreign air transportation to unreasonable discrimination."

The DOT said that Kuwaiti laws do not outweigh the US law against discrimination where the destination permits Israelis to take off and land.

Kuwait appealed the ruling on November 23.

In response, Kuwait has simply shut down their NYC London route. It was very profitable route but they decided to close it rather than lose to the DOT while the case is in appeal.

Kuwaiti Air still flies from NYC to Kuwait and Israelis are not permitted to purchase a ticket. That does not violate US law because Kuwait does not allow Israeli passport holders to enter their country.

Read my latest book THUGS. It's easy. Just click.
http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss_gw?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=halpern%2C+micah

To reprint my essays contact sales (at) www.featurewell.com
Follow MicahHalpern on Twitter



US Travel Warning for Israel
By Micah Halpern

Thursday December 17, 2015

I've Been Thinking:

Yesterday The US State Department issued a travel warning concerning Israel.

The statement was issued in order to call attention to US travelers to Israel because of what it calls "heightened tensions and security risks."

The warning is worded in almost the same language as previous warnings saying that the "security situation can change day to day, depending on the political situation, recent events, and geographic area." It lets travelers know that US government employees cannot travel on public buses and that certain areas are off limits.

Then the warning editorializes, saying that these are the worse tension in over a decade.

"Since October 2015, attacks on individuals and groups have occurred with increased frequency in East and West Jerusalem, Hebron, and Bethlehem, as well as various other places in the West Bank and Israel, including Tel Aviv."

"More than 12 US citizens have been among those killed and injured in multiple attacks in 2014 and 2015," it added.

The warning asks Americans to be aware and sensitive to religious cultures, Muslim sites and increased tensions on Friday and on Muslim holidays.

The State Department needs to do this, they need to issue warning and protect US citizens.

Read my latest book THUGS. It's easy. Just click.
http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss_gw?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=halpern%2C+micah

To reprint my essays contact sales (at) www.featurewell.com
Follow MicahHalpern on Twitter



Kerry Folds to Putin
By Micah Halpern

Wednesday December 16, 2015

I've Been Thinking:

US Secretary of State John Kerry had a very long meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin. The meeting lasted three and a half hours.
Supposedly, Kerry was there for tough talks.

After the meeting Kerry said that the US and Russia see Syria "fundamentally very similarly." He added that: "The United States and its partners are not seeking so-called regime change as it is known in Syria."

I think everyone was shocked to hear this.

The United States has been pushing a regime change since the very beginning of the conflict. What was Kerry really trying to say? And how is it possible that the US and Russia see eye to eye?

The secretary of state explained it this way: "Despite the different positions of our countries, we have shown that Russia and the United States are moving in the same direction."

In Kerry's eyes he and Putin were trying to discuss items that they both agreed on. So as opposed to continuing along the same path with the United States pushing for the ousting Assad, the US Secretary of State instead spoke about creating a vehicle of political transition - which is just another way of saying let's oust Assad.

Russia knows how to play that game, too. So Putin agreed to what Kerry said, knowing full well that the only way there will be any stability in Syria is with Assad in place. Putin also knows that Assad needs to part of any political process.

Kerry also said that the United States does not wish to "isolate Russia." But from an analytical point of view, it looks like the US has capitulated to Russia. Kerry termed that "charting a course out of hell" - referring to the Syria situation.

It's no wonder Putin looked so happy in official press photos.

Read my latest book THUGS. It's easy. Just click.
http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss_gw?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=halpern%2C+micah

To reprint my essays contact sales (at) www.featurewell.com
Follow MicahHalpern on Twitter



Why People are Fighting ISIS
By Micah Halpern

Tuesday December 15, 2015

I've Been Thinking:

65 nations are part of the coalition to fight ISIS. Many of them are Muslim countries.

Do not be deceived. They are in it for their own interests, not for the common goal.

Let's just go through a few and you will understand.

Start with the Turks. Turkey's main objective is to destroy the Kurds. They are using the ISIS situation as a cover to help further their own anti-Kurd actions.

Next, the mostly Shiite Iraqi army. They are taking advantage of the situation and getting rid of Sunni tribal forces. Iran is siding with the Shiite militias and striking out against Sunni fighters everywhere. The Iranians want to attack all Sunni fighters whether in Iraq or in Syria.

As for Russia, the Russians come from the outside and they are hitting Sunni forces throughout Syria.

We think that the fighting is between the 65 countries in the coalition and ISIS. That is not true. There is a huge amount of internal fighting going on, both Sunni to Sunni and Shiite to Sunni fighting.

Some of the feuds go back centuries, others are more current battles centering on today's power struggles and the control of essential resources, roads and lookouts.

And we cannot forget that even ISIS is fighting not just against the West, but also against al Qaeda and all its various spinoffs. Almost everyone is fighting someone.

Read my latest book THUGS. It's easy. Just click.
http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss_gw?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=halpern%2C+micah

To reprint my essays contact sales (at) www.featurewell.com
Follow MicahHalpern on Twitter



MUD is Not What You Think
By Micah Halpern

Monday December 14, 2015

I've Been Thinking:

Have you ever heard of MUD. Not the dirty wet sludge that we dread when it gets on our kids' clothes.

MUD is a method of attacking social media.

Israel is one of the world leaders in understanding the internet and hacking. So why has Israel permitted such anti- Israel vitriol on the world wide web? They could easily take it down. Why have they let it go on?
MUD stands for Monitor, Use and Destroy.

This is how MUD works. First thing you do is watches the websites. That's the Monitor part.

After you watch all the websites and detect what is happening in world wide web you have your hackers use the site and try to manipulate the site through the use of outsiders. This second level of interaction tries to influence content through the users. That's the USE part.

Finally comes DESTROY. The last step is to destroy a site, to flood it and to bring it down. The problem with just bringing down a site is that, in a matter of a short period of time, the site will be resurrected elsewhere in a matter of hours, sometimes days.

Shutting down a site is not the best way to stop a message. They pop up again too quickly. The concept of using and manipulating a site through its existing users is a great risk. There is no way of knowing what will happen.

That leaves us with monitoring the sites as the best method of dealing with the anti-Semites. Israel can easily bring down these anti-Semitic sites, but the best way to really deal with these sites is to monitor them and nothing more.

Read my latest book THUGS. It's easy. Just click.
http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss_gw?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=halpern%2C+micah

To reprint my essays contact sales (at) www.featurewell.com
Follow MicahHalpern on Twitter



Gay Iranian Poet Escapes To Israel
By Micah Halpern

Sunday December 13, 2015

I've Been Thinking:

This story almost sounds like it is made up. But it is not made up and it touches on an essential difference between Iran and Israel.

A 30 year old, gay, Iranian, poet named Payam Feili escaped Iran and is now in Israel - where he wants to stay. Feili is the author of nine books and many other works including a novella which was made into a play and is now being performed in Tel Aviv. It is entitled "I Will Grow I Will Bear Fruit ...Figs."

Feili came to Tel Aviv to see his play performed.

Iranian police arrested Feili three times over four years. His charge for most of the arrests was being gay. He fled Iran because, he said, it was too much. During his last arrest, Feili was held for 44 days without being charged. He was blindfolded and kept in a shipping container. The reason for that arrest was agreeing to have his book translated into Hebrew and sold in Israel.

Human rights groups say that over the last few years, 4,000 people have been executed in Iran for being gay.

Feili has been fascinated by Israel since he was a little kid.
Tel Aviv is a very open city and is one of the most gay-friendly cities in the world. It is constantly garnering top positions as a popular Mecca for gay culture

Feili is happy to be in Israel and during an interview he said: "All the stupid and ridiculous threats the regime issues against Israel have never influenced me and will never influence me."

Iran and Israel are arch enemies. Iran has pledged to wipe Israel off the map and Iranian leaders often call Israel a cancer.

Feili is proving a point. He escaped the restrictions and rigidity and oppression of Iran and is seeking refuge and freedom to be who he is, in Israel.

This is one of those great stories where evil is evil and good is good.

Read my latest book THUGS. It's easy. Just click.
http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss_gw?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=halpern%2C+micah

To reprint my essays contact sales (at) www.featurewell.com
Follow MicahHalpern on Twitter



Catholics Church Says Don't Convert Jews
By Micah Halpern

Friday December 11, 2015

I've Been Thinking:

The Vatican's Commission for Religious Relations with Jews released an official statement which is now the official policy of the Catholic Church and is endorsed by the Pope. The new policy is very clear. Do not try to convert Jews.

The statement reads: "The Church is therefore obliged to view evangelization to Jews, who believe in the one God, in a different manner from that to people of other religions and world views."
The Church is asking Catholics: "to do all that is possible with our Jewish friends to repel anti-Semitic tendencies".

"A Christian can never be an anti-Semite, especially because of the Jewish roots of Christianity," it said.

The document called on Catholics to: "bear witness to their faith in Jesus Christ also to Jews" but that they should do so in "a humble and sensitive manner, acknowledging that Jews are bearers of God's word."

This is the most direct statement the Church has made. They are saying hands off.

This is a follow up to Vatican II which made it clear that Jews today do not bear responsibility for the death of Jesus.

This new statement says that Judaism is not some pagan, it is not a foreign tradition. It is saying that Judaism is the original tradition upon which Christianity is based and it is saying that Jesus was, unequivocally, a Jew.

The Vatican has taken a major step forward.

Read my latest book THUGS. It's easy. Just click.
http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss_gw?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=halpern%2C+micah

To reprint my essays contact sales (at) www.featurewell.com
Follow MicahHalpern on Twitter



It's Chanukah
By Micah Halpern

Thursday December 10, 2015

I've Been Thinking:

It's Chanukah and the White House hosted its annual party. This year's guest of honor, the person who lit the White House menorah, was Israel's president Reuven Rivlin.

Before the event Rivlin and Obama met and conducted a media session. The meeting went well and, so did the press conference that followed.

True to form, Obama could not let an opportunity slip by without, in some way, chastising Israel about the situation with the Palestinians. The president told Rivlin that while it may be that peace is far away, none the less, Israel should still try hard.

There was, of course, a menorah lighting service in Jerusalem at the Prime Minister's residence, as well. That ceremony was far different from the ceremony at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

The Netanyahu family dog took a bite out of both a member of Knesset and the husband of the deputy foreign minister. The medical team assigned to the prime minister treated the victims.

Four more nights to go.

Read my latest book THUGS. It's easy. Just click.
http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss_gw?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=halpern%2C+micah

To reprint my essays contact sales (at) www.featurewell.com
Follow MicahHalpern on Twitter



Terror Dolls Stopped in Haifa Port
By Micah Halpern

Wednesday December 9, 2015

I've Been Thinking:

4,000 dolls were confiscated in the Haifa port.

The dolls were packed and labeled as clothing, carpets and plastic.

Male dolls wore a scarf emblazoned with a picture of the Al Aqsa Shrine. Writing on the scarf read "Jerusalem - We are Coming," and "We are Jerusalem."

The heads of the dolls were wrapped in black and white kafiyahs, only the eyes were visible.

Each doll's hand clenched a rock and the arm was raised and cocked as if ready to throw the rock.

Inspectors stopped the dolls at the port because there was absolutely no doubt but that the toys were a tool for incitement and hatred.
Authorities termed the dolls "inciting dolls."

Thousands of containers enter Haifa every day and there is no way of checking them all. The inspectors profile each container. This container came from UAE and seemed suspicious so it was x-rayed and the dolls were discovered.

This is really a treasure trove of a toy chest.

Read my latest book THUGS. It's easy. Just click.
http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss_gw?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=halpern%2C+micah

To reprint my essays contact sales (at) www.featurewell.com
Follow MicahHalpern on Twitter



The Last Nazi
By Micah Halpern

Tuesday December 8, 2015

I've Been Thinking:

Germany is putting a 93 year old man named Reinhold Hanning on trial. Hanning is charged with 170,000 counts of accessory to murder. Reinhold was an SS guard in Auschwitz.

The trial will begin in February and will probably be one of the last Nazi trials. We will watch it carefully. The case will only be heard in two hours daily doses because of Hanning's age and health.

Hanning admits that he was a guard in Auschwitz I. Auschwitz I was a prison not a death camp. He claims that he was not in Birkenau, also known as Auschwitz II, which was where 1.1 million Jews were murdered.

The Germans will also be following this case very closely. They need to teach the lesson that evil is evil and it does not matter how old Hanning is now. What was done was wrong.

He might be the Last Nazi.

Read my latest book THUGS. It's easy. Just click.
http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss_gw?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=halpern%2C+micah

To reprint my essays contact sales (at) www.featurewell.com
Follow MicahHalpern on Twitter



Farouk's Father's Words of Wisdom
By Micah Halpern

Monday December 7, 2015

I've Been Thinking:

Sayd Farouk's father Rahil gave an interview to the Italian media outlet La Stampa. He told them how "polite" Sayd was and what a "good man" he was.

The father gave insight into the advice that he gave his son. The father's words of wisdom were, in his own eyes, supposed to calm his son and to assure us that Sayd Farouk was not a murderous terrorist.

The father said that Farouk supported ISIS and its leader Baghdadi.
He was particularly pleased with the role of ISIS as it stood to confront Israel.

This is what he said:
"I always told him, 'remain calm, be patient; Israel won't exist in another two years ... The geopolitical situation is changing; Russia, China, even the US - no one wants the Jews there anymore. They'll send them back to Ukraine."

These ideas are coming from Farouk's father and they are hardly moderate. One can only imagine how extreme the son's ideas and actions were if this is considerate moderate thinking.


Read my latest book THUGS. It's easy. Just click.
http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss_gw?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=halpern%2C+micah

To reprint my essays contact sales (at) www.featurewell.com
Follow MicahHalpern on Twitter



PA Supports Terror
By Micah Halpern

Sunday December 6, 2015

I've Been Thinking:

Let's all agree that terror is evil -- it is simply wrong and there is no excuse and no justification for terror. Especially, when the terror is perpetrated by members of the police or security forces.

On Thursday when a Palestinian security intelligence person stopped his car at Hizma junction, exited his car and opened fire wounding Israelis and a Palestinian, just north of Jerusalem. We should all agree that it was wrong.

The terrorist was killed on the spot. His name was Mazen Hassan Orbia. In 1992 his father stabbed an Israeli. In 2002 his nephew was killed stabbing an Israeli on Jaffa Street in Jerusalem. Orbia carried out his terror attack the day after the anniversary of his cousin's attack in 2002.

This is clear cut.

What is not clear is why Saeb Erakat, chairman of the Palestinian National Committee and chief Palestinian negotiator with Israel, visited the Orbia family on Saturday together with the governor of Jericho.

Palestinian leadership often visits terrorist's families - but this is the first time such a high ranking official visited a terrorist's family.

I read about the visit in MA'AN news which is a Palestinian news agency. They were very clear as to the sequence of event - the shootings and the death of the terrorist. They were very clear that Erekat visited and showed a wonderful picture of him sitting in the family living room.

Why did Saeb Erekat make this very public visit to the family of a man - a man whose job it was to protect others - a man who, unquestionably, committed a blatant act of terrorism?

The only reason I can formulate is that Erekat came as a representative of Palestinian leadership and Palestinian leadership openly agrees with and supports this kind of terror - not just stabbings, but shootings. Not just actions taken by ordinary citizens, but also actions taken by their security members.

There is no other explanation.

Read my latest book THUGS. It's easy. Just click.
http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss_gw?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=halpern%2C+micah

To reprint my essays contact sales (at) www.featurewell.com
Follow MicahHalpern on Twitter



It Was Terror in San Bernardino
By Micah Halpern

Friday December 4, 2015

I've Been Thinking:

Why is it so hard to call what happened in San Bernardino TERROR.

The answer depends on what you are hoping to accomplish and what your stance is on certain issues.

The Fort Hood terror attack is still called "workplace violence" even though the murderer was in direct email contact with Islamic radical leaders who call for mass murder and jihad against America.

The FBI says that because the perpetrator acted alone, because he was not part of a group, it is not terror.

They are afraid to call it terror - and they certainly refuse to call it Islamic terror. They refuse to see the simple reality.

Two Muslims planned and organized attacks on Americans. They were radicalized. The targets were clear and the attack precision perfect.

Many people are refusing to call it terror because that would mean that the murderers do not fit into a narrative. Instead, they put the perpetrators into a false narrative that calls them "crazy" and "unstable unwanted and troubled".

Others do not want to call it terror because people are afraid of what Islamic terror means in America.

Finally, people do not want to offend Muslims.

These terrorists were not unstable. They were cold and calculating. They were mass murderers. Repeat after me. It was an act of terror and the perpetrators of the act were terrorists. Say it again.

Read my latest book THUGS. It's easy. Just click.
http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss_gw?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=halpern%2C+micah

To reprint my essays contact sales (at) www.featurewell.com
Follow MicahHalpern on Twitter



OPEC Conflict
By Micah Halpern

Thursday December 3, 2015

I've Been Thinking:

OPEC will meet on Friday. Expect fireworks. The conflict will be between Saudi Arabia and Iran.

Many issues are at stake. The most important issue is, who sets the tone and who is leader. It is all about power.

OPEC is responsible for 1/3 of the world's oil and they have tried to control the price of oil by controlling the supply of oil. Saudi Arabia is the largest oil producer by far pumping 10 million barrels per day.

Iran is trying to re-emerge as an oil producing power and they are producing 1 million barrels per day.

But oil dropped below $40 a barrel this week and OPEC is considering limiting production. That can be dangerous.

Iran wants to limit oil in the market to drive up prices. If only it was as simple as that ubiquitous supply and demand graph in Econ 101.

In 1985 and 1986, Saudi Arabia played with supply and dropped their output from 10 million barrels per day to 2.5 million. That decision caused a drop in revenue that resulted in a 16 year cash crisis for Saudi Arabia and turned the oil market volatile.

Now, 30 years later, Saudi Arabia is thinking of suggesting a reduction of production - but that is also what Iran wants and given the tumultuous state of affairs and the conflicts between these two nations, that would be a gift that the Saudis probably don't want to give Iran.

In 2011 the Saudis walked out of the meeting because they wanted to increase production. Today the Saudis are locked in conflict in Yemen. They are locked in conflict in Syria. They are locked in conflict in Bahrain. This may be one of the most contentious OPEC meetings in their 168 meeting history.

Over the course of the past few meetings the Saudis have convinced the members of OPEC that playing with supply, despite falling prices, will hurt everyone and by keeping production stable they can predict the market.

Of course, the side benefit of keeping supply stable is that Iran cannot increase either its power ot its coffers. And that is a real benefit to the Saudis.

Read my latest book THUGS. It's easy. Just click.
http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss_gw?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=halpern%2C+micah

To reprint my essays contact sales (at) www.featurewell.com
Follow MicahHalpern on Twitter



ISIS Cell in Georgia
By Micah Halpern

Wednesday December 2, 2015

I've Been Thinking:

Georgia is a former Soviet republic.

Yesterday the Georgians arrested the members of an ISIS cell.
Counter terrorist police found stockpiles of guns, grenades, audio equipment, communication devices, computers, videos and discs.
Of course the group had ISIS flags.

The cell was situated in the area around the Black Sea. There is a significant Muslim population in that area, but traditionally, it is a Christian area and there have been no tensions.

In the past most terror cells and arrests in Georgia have taken place in the northeast of the country. The northeast is home to the many ethnic Chechens living in Georgia.

Georgia security officials are not commenting on the arrests. Nor are they discussing the dramatic difference between this group and its location versus the ethnic Chechens.

It should be obvious.

The Chechens are fighting for independence. They happen to be Muslims and they are attacking Christians, Georgians and, of course, Russians. They want a Chechen state which will be a Muslim state.

On the other hand -- and this must be worrying the Georgian authorities --- ISIS is fighting to create a caliphate. And then they want to take over the world.

There is the difference.

Read my latest book THUGS. It's easy. Just click.
http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss_gw?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=halpern%2C+micah

To reprint my essays contact sales (at) www.featurewell.com
Follow MicahHalpern on Twitter



Where Will Russian Run Escape The Cold
By Micah Halpern

Tuesday December 1, 2015

I've Been Thinking:

The conflict between Russia and Turkey has significant ripple effects.

For example, Russia is no longer importing fruits and vegetables from Turkey. The official reason for the ban is contamination of the imported produce. We, of course, know that the real reason is that Turkey shot down a Russia air force bomber.

This is a huge loss to Turkey. 20% of Russian fruits and vegetables are imported from Turkey.

Russia announced that they will pick up the difference by importing fruits and vegetables from Iran and Israel. This, in turn, will be a big boon for Israeli produce exporters.

At the same time, Russians love to escape the cold winters and they were accustomed to fleeing to Turkey. Turkish hotels and charters included very inexpensive, all inclusive, deals. No Israeli hotel can compete with the price, the service, or the standard that Turkey easily provided.

Never the less, the Israeli Hotel Association is lobbying for a huge immediate investment of government tourist advertising funds in an effort to woo this potential new tourist pool. Some Russians might be swayed to come to Israel despite the significant price difference. But most will not.

Also taken off the agenda for Russian vacationers are the chartered, all inclusive trips to the Sinai. ISIS took care of that when they blew up a Russian vacation charter jet killing 224 people.

Sinai was another perfect place for Russian to vacation during the cold winter. And again, the hotels in the Sinai were luxurious and inexpensive.

One night in a 5 star Jerusalem hotel is the cost of a week in Sinai or Turkey.

But at least Israel, along with Iran, will be providing tomatoes to Russia.

Read my latest book THUGS. It's easy. Just click.
http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss_gw?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=halpern%2C+micah

To reprint my essays contact sales (at) www.featurewell.com
Follow MicahHalpern on Twitter



Israel Did Not Shoot Down A Russian Jet
By Micah Halpern

Monday November 30, 2015

I've Been Thinking:

A Russian jet fighter wandered into Israeli airspace ... but it was not shot down. There are several reasons for that.

As I have mentioned, there are 14 separate air forces operating over Syria and there are bound to be mistakes. In this case the Russian jet flew 1.5 kilometers, or about 1 mile, into Israeli airspace and then quickly turned around.

The main reason the plane was not shot down is communication. Israel informed Russia and the Russians told their pilot to turn about.
Communication between Russia and Israel is at the highest operational level. Heads of both air forces met in Tel Aviv to discuss procedures and agreed to inform one another in advance of when they would be operating.

Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon said: "Russian planes don't intend to attack us and therefore there is no need to automatically, even if there is some kind of mistake, shoot them down."

There have been several Israeli strikes in to Syria and several Russian strikes that hit very close to Israel but they have not become "incidents."

Israel tracks and watches everything that happens in Syria. They monitor the land, sea and air. All this is done to both insure Israel's safety and to gauge the pulse and movement of the conflict within Syria.

Read my latest book THUGS. It's easy. Just click.
http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss_gw?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=halpern%2C+micah

To reprint my essays contact sales (at) www.featurewell.com
Follow MicahHalpern on Twitter



Allahu Akbar is #1 Song in England
By Micah Halpern

Sunday November 29, 2015

I've Been Thinking:

Guess what the # 1 song on the British music chart was this week.

It's a song called "Allahu Akbar." The artist performing the song goes by the name DJ Inappropriate. It repeats the words Allahu Akbar, just a dance track and the song title.

Allahu Akbar means Allah is Great.

According to Spotify rankings, "Allahu Akbar" is # 5 on the international chart. Spotify is an excellent method by which to judge the popularity of a single these days.

The song is very popular on the radio and in clubs as well.
"Allahu Akbar" is a dance song. It has been rising slowly in popularity for the past seven months. Since the simultaneous terror attacks in Paris the dance track for "Allahu Akbar" has been high up in the charts hitting the # 1 spot this week.

Some might say that this is a good thing, that it is a healthy response to Islamic terror. Dance instead of kill.

The words Allahau Akbar are part of normal parlance in Islamic prayer and Arabic interaction. In English they are parallel to saying Thank God.

But in the West, these two Arabic words are understood to be a chilling call to murder. Many of the terrorists in Paris shouted Allahu Akbar as they blew themselves up and it is the phrase that was used as other terrorists began shooting at innocent people.

We don't know the reason this title was chosen for the song. DJ Inappropriate is not coming forward to explain.

Read my latest book THUGS. It's easy. Just click.
http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss_gw?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=halpern%2C+micah

To reprint my essays contact sales (at) www.featurewell.com
Follow MicahHalpern on Twitter



Europe is Clueless
By Micah Halpern

Friday November 27, 2015

I've Been Thinking:

Europe is clueless about the scourge of terror ravaging the continent.

For decades, Europeans refused to consider themselves part of the problem and refused to entertain the notion that they needed to clamp down on the terror that was swilling around them. Even events of the past few years and these past few months did not sway them.

Leaders, governments, courts, police - none of them had any idea of how deep, how pervasive, how dangerous and how powerful the terror had grown in their own societies.

One would have thought that the Charlie Hebdo attack would have been a wakeup call. Sadly, it was not. We can only hope that the most recent attacks that horrified Paris finally woke Europe up.

There is one sign that change may be happening.

A Belgium court convicted a famous comedian of hate speech and sentenced him to two months in prison and 9000 Euros (about $9500).

Dieudonne M'Bala M'Bala, known simply as Dieudonne, has been the center of much hate humor over the past decade. He claims his material is protected by free speech and that it is political and social commentary - not hatred. The court in Belgium has disagreed.

Dieudonne is best known for his "quenelle." I call it the inverted Nazi salute. Right arm stretched down instead of up. Left arm across chest.

The "quenelle" became a symbol of anti-Semitism. Europeans took pictures of themselves posed in front of synagogues, next to Holocaust survivors, at Holocaust memorials, even in soccer matches and at the Western Wall.

Europe must crack down on hate - on symbols of hate and on hate speech. Terror organizations cannot be protected under freedoms of democracy.

Read my latest book THUGS. It's easy. Just click.
http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss_gw?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=halpern%2C+micah

To reprint my essays contact sales (at) www.featurewell.com
Follow MicahHalpern on Twitter



ISIS Recruits Friends & Relatives
By Micah Halpern

Thursday November 26, 2015

I've Been Thinking:

Scott Atran, co-founder of the Center for the Resolution of Intractable Conflict at Oxford University, made public some very interesting information about the study of ISIS recruits.

Atran said that 75% of all ISIS recruits are recruited by friends.
He also said that 20 % of ISIS recruits are recruited by family -- that means siblings and cousins.

He admitted that mosques have become radicalized but ISIS recruitment very seldom comes from the mosques.

Anecdotal evidence seems to confirm Atran's research and his assertions. We see many sects which include friends from the same neighborhood. These are friendships that date back decades. When looking at those who perpetrate terror attacks we see an uncanny number of siblings and cousins.

This means that radicalized mosques are not the hotbed of recruitment that we may have thought. And hard core recruiters are less effective than we gave them credit for.

Contacts and connections are the most effective recruitment tools.
This knowledge should allow us another set of methods to use to interrupt recruitment. Find friends and find siblings.

Read my latest book THUGS. It's easy. Just click.
http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss_gw?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=halpern%2C+micah

To reprint my essays contact sales (at) www.featurewell.com
Follow MicahHalpern on Twitter



14 Air Forces Fly in Syria
By Micah Halpern

Wednesday November 25, 2015

I've Been Thinking:

A Turkish F-16 shot down a Russian SU-24 yesterday. This is a very ominous set of events. Turkey is claiming that they warned the Russian pilot ten times in five minutes to leave Turkish air space.

Russia will not let this action go unanswered.

The atmosphere is very tense in the air in and around Syria. Fourteen air forces fly in Syrian skies. Fourteen! That fact alone is cause for worry - mistakes are made all the time.

The US, Britain, Canada, France, Australia, Russia, Israel, China, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Qatar, Bahrain, Turkey and of course Syria all fly around in Syria. They are bound to bounce up against one another and it is inevitable that some country, at some time, will fly out of bounds.

But Russia and Turkey have been testing one another for over a decade. This is not the first skirmish between them that involves planes.

The first incident took place in 2012. A Turkish F-4 reconnaissance plane was shot down. Then a year and a half later Turkey shot down a Syrian MIG and a helicopter. The Turks have repeatedly said that the Russians are violating their airspace. On October 3rd it was reported that a MIG locked onto a Turkish jet.

Russia is now expanding its plane arsenal. They are doubling their number of planes over the next few weeks.

As I said - this was not the first and it will certainly not be the last time there is an incident in the skies of Syria, and it is not the first and not the last time there will be aerial conflict between Russia and Turkey.

Read my latest book THUGS. It's easy. Just click.
http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss_gw?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=halpern%2C+micah

To reprint my essays contact sales (at) www.featurewell.com
Follow MicahHalpern on Twitter



Finally US See ISIS for What it IS!
By Micah Halpern

Tuesday November 24, 2015

I've Been Thinking:

The United States is revamping its perspective on ISIS objectives. Finally!

For the past 18 months the US has called ISIS a "regional threat" and insisted that ISIS was not interested in striking any targets outside of the Middles East.

Of course - that was wrong from the outset.

The US evaluation was so off-base that it endangered not only the US but also Western allies around the world.

To put it succinctly, the US has been absolutely clueless about anything and everything ISIS. Thankfully, they have now re-adjusted their understanding of ISIS and know that it is a world threat and a real and significant threat to the US.

The truth was staring them in the face, but US leaders refused to see it because their preferred ISIS narrative did not see them as a world danger. Not even Charlie Hebdo shook the US out of their fantasy.

The signs and signals were there. But they refused to hear the wake-up calls.

Read my latest book THUGS. It's easy. Just click.
http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss_gw?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=halpern%2C+micah

To reprint my essays contact sales (at) www.featurewell.com
Follow MicahHalpern on Twitter



Missed Red Flags Of Terror
By Micah Halpern

Monday November 23, 3015

I've Been Thinking:

Red flags were missed about the Paris attacks. And for some reason that I cannot understand, mainstream media has not made this information public. It is time for people to know.

These were not small flags, they were major flags.

The list is long. Here are some examples:

One of the terrorists had an international arrest warrant out on him, another was on an international watch list.

A third terrorist had missed his check-in with his official police monitor for three weeks in a row.

Some of the terrorist had been deported to Belgium from Turkey.
Turkey conveyed details of how the terrorists were involved in plans and other information. Then the terrorists arrived in Belgium they said it was untrue they were let go.

Several terrorists were members of a known terror ring in Belgium.

The French were warned by Turkey about this terrorist attack and only after the Friday night horror did France ask for details. Twice they were warned about the first suicide bomber Omar Ismael Msutafei.
Turkey named him by name. Sadly he was the first one identified as a suicide bomber.

According to the reports in Europe there were 24 people in the cell that pulled off the attacks. That included a sleeper cell in France and Belgium. The training for the attacks, run through as well as the planning took place in Raqqa Syria, which is an ISIS regional capital.

Aba'aoud, the ring leader, had bragged that he was able to enter and leave Belgium and Europe at will and without fear of being detained.

Two brothers, Saleh and Ibrahim Abdeslem, were on watch lists.
Ibrahim blew himself up in Paris that Friday night on Boulevard Volatire. Seleh his brother fled to escape. He was apprehended on Saturday, the day after, at the Belgium border and after a short interview he was released and is now in the wind.

Wow. I could not make up these details and they are only a handful of the snafus from before and after the horrific terror attack in Paris.

It is not just France and Belgium that are at fault - the entire system is not set up to stop these acts of terror.

Terror suspects are a different breed. They are not simply criminals. Countries need to apply a different set of conditions of due process.

The threshold for evidence needs to be changed and it needs to be lowered. Police should not need enough evidence for prosecutors to decide whether to charge and convict as they do with common criminals.

The only evidence they should need is the information necessary in order to follow, track.

Read my latest book THUGS. It's easy. Just click.
http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss_gw?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=halpern%2C+micah

To reprint my essays contact sales (at) www.featurewell.com
Follow MicahHalpern on Twitter



Pollard's 1st Wife Sues Israel
By Micah Halpern

Sunday November 22, 2015

I've Been Thinking:

Now that Jonathan Pollard has been released on parole there are other details that need to be brought out into the open.

As is often the case, t story is not so simple or straight forward.
Pollard's first wife Anne served 40 months in jail and was released early. She was part of the plea deal that Jonathan made. That deal was later thrown out by the judge.

In 1990, after she was released from prison, she and Jonathan divorced. After Anne got out of jail she came to Israel for a while, but returned to the States.

Now she is suing Israel. She says that throughout the 30 years that Jonathan Pollard was in prison, Israel portrayed her as a crazy woman.

Over the years Anne has tried to get assistance from Israel but they rejected her. She and her father live in NYC and an Israeli embassy official has visited them and discovered that they are both ill and live in terrible poverty.

Now Prime Minister Netanyahu has set up a team to help her. He is said to have told them that Israel has a moral obligation to help them.

It should never have come to this level.

The legal suit being brought by Anne Pollard against Israel has merit.

Read my latest book THUGS. It's easy. Just click.
http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss_gw?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=halpern%2C+micah

To reprint my essays contact sales (at) www.featurewell.com
Follow MicahHalpern on Twitter



What Turns A Kid Into A Suicide Bomber
By Micah Halpern

Friday November 20, 2015

I've Been Thinking:

Hasna Aitboulahcen is the name of the 26 year old terrorist in Paris who blew herself up at the safe house as police were closing in to arrest her and her colleagues.

She actually played the victim card and asked the police to come in - but only so that the closer they were to her, the more of them she could kill as she blew herself up.

Instead of police men, Diesel, the police dog was killed in her suicide explosion.

This 26 year old daughter of Moroccan immigrants was a party animal. By all accounts she loved to drink and dance. Then she became hooked on ISIS and turned herself into a suicide mass murderer.

What makes a young woman switch gears so quickly? She was clearly impressionable ... but so are many other women her age.

The answer rests with the recruitment, the recruiters and the media propaganda. ISIS PR is very slick and very convincing. They make young Muslims feel needed and they give them purpose.

Most importantly, ISIS recruiters and the accompanying ISIS propaganda lends these young men and women a tool with which they can redeem and return the honor of Islam in a world that dishonors Islam.

That is how ISIS works. That is why ISIS is so successful at what they do.

Read my latest book THUGS. It's easy. Just click.
http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss_gw?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=halpern%2C+micah

To reprint my essays contact sales (at) www.featurewell.com
Follow MicahHalpern on Twitter



ISIS Bomb
By Micah Halpern

Thursday November 19, 2015

I've Been Thinking:

ISIS released a picture of the type of bomb they used to blow up the Russian airliner that departed from Sharm el Sheik, Egypt.

It was a Schweppes Gold can. Schweppes Gold is a pineapple flavored carbonated soft drink. A huge Schweppes bottling plant is located in Egypt.

This can was put onto the plane. It was probably brought on with the refreshments and nestled between the rest of the drinks.

A tiny explosive - one as small as 500-700 grams which is about the size of a ping pong ball, is enough to blow a hole in a plane's fuselage and cause it to crash.

The soft drink can was hollow allowing for the explosive and ignition switch and timer fit in perfectly. The terrorists probably packed the can so that it did not rattle and made certain that the weight of their can was exactly the same weight as a full can.

Then the terrorists planted the bomb in the guise of a can with drinks that were being loaded onto the plane. That was probably the weakness in security to which ISIS referred.

Another possibility is that part of the cleaning and service crew planted the can in the garbage. Because, as garbage in a closed bin like one in airplane bathrooms, the can would not have been out of place and the worker would not have looked suspicious carrying a Schweppes Gold can.

This was a terrible terror attack and ISIS is rubbing our noses in it.

Read my latest book THUGS. It's easy. Just click.
http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss_gw?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=halpern%2C+micah

To reprint my essays contact sales (at) www.featurewell.com
Follow MicahHalpern on Twitter



Don't Mess w Soccer in Europe
By Micah Halpern

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

I've Been Thinking:

Europeans are very serious about their soccer or, as they call it, football. Don't ever mess with European football.

The terror in Paris on Friday messed with their football. Three near simultaneous suicide bombers blew themselves up at the stadium that was hosting a football match between Germany and France.
The bombers, as we all well know by now, never made it into the stadium - they blew themselves up outside.

And then, yesterday, European football was messed with again.
This time it was in Hanover, Germany at a match between Germany and the Netherlands. The game was cancelled 90 minutes before it began.

There was a substantial and credible threat of a bomb.

About the stadium scare - a report came in that security found an emergency vehicle filled with explosives. Police did not confirm the report. Also, a local reporter on CNN International reported that a bomb was found at a train station in Hanover. The station was evacuated and people were sent home in an orderly fashion. And then a concert that was supposed to start was cancelled and everyone was sent home.

It is hard to generalize about a large group of people, but Europeans love their soccer and they will not take kindly to people who are disturbing and interrupting their games, even exhibitions matches.

This terror may have an unintended consequence. It may rile up the Europeans enough that they start to protect themselves not only at stadiums, but at other public events and locations, as well.

Read my latest book THUGS. It's easy. Just click.
http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss_gw?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=halpern%2C+micah

To reprint my essays contact sales (at) www.featurewell.com
Follow MicahHalpern on Twitter



Hackers Declare War on ISIS
By Micah Halpern

Tuesday November 17, 2015

I've Been Thinking:

Anonymous is a confederation of computer hackers. They are a notorious group. And they have successfully attacked numerous sites around the world.

Anonymous attacked the NY Stock Exchange as part of the Occupy Wall Street Movement. In June of 2015 they shut down the entire internet system of the government of Canada. Anonymous has hacked presidents and prime ministers and defense departments.

Anonymous has also hacked and shut down child porn sites. They have hit banks and private industry like Koch Industries. They also orchestrated a large systematic attack against the Church of Scientology.

Yesterday, Anonymous posted a video to YouTube and declared w