Coming Summer 2015 Ethan’s New Book Liars And Whores


Liars And Whores

This July will be the world-wide debut of Ethan Bearman’s new book, Liars and Whores: How Big Government And Big Business Are Working To Save Their Own Asses, Not Yours

The book is a challenge to you to read beyond the headlines, you can find the truth and Ethan will help you on your journey!

Make sure to sign up for the weekly newsletter in the upper right corner of your screen as their will be a free chapter giveaway soon.

This book will be available as a traditional printed paper book, ebook, and audio book, so whichever works best for you, it will be there.

Stay tuned for further announcements!

Islamofascists Murder 12 for Exercising Free Speech

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Our core value of free speech has been under attack. Now free speech is physically under attack with the murder of 12 people, two of whom are police officers, at the offices of the satirical paper Charlie Hebdo in Paris, France by Islamofascists claiming to be part of Al Qaeda.

From The Guardian:

France Info radio has been speaking to witnesses, several of whom are journalists working at a press agency in the same building as the Charlie Hebdo offices.

“We heard shouting in the street,” one man, Benoit Bringer, told the station. “We saw hooded men carrying Kalashnikovs enter the building. We called the police. After a few minutes we heard heavy firing, a lot of firing. We went upstairs on to the roof.

“And then after about 10 minutes we saw two armed men come out into the street. Three policemen arrived on bikes but had to leave because the men were armed, obviously … There was a lot more shouting in the street, a lot more gunshots. The attackers took off in a car.”

France’s President François Hollande immediately called the attack terrorism. These 12 people were murdered for offending Islamists by publishing Mohammad cartoons, among other offenses.

Charlie Hebdo reprinted the Danish paper Jyllands-Posten Muhammad cartoons in 2006. I recently interviewed the cultural editor of Jyllands-Posten, Flemming Rose, regarding his experiences coinciding with the release of his new book, “The Tyranny of Silence.”

Mr. Rose made a very important point in our interview. He said that we need to have insensitivity training in the interest of free speech.

You have the right to be offended.

According to Merriam Webster’s Dictionary, apostasy is renunciation of a religious faith and blasphemy is something said or done that is disrespectful to God or to something holy.

The Pew Research Center has a report detailing the countries which outlaw apostasy and blasphemy in the year 2012. This is just the list with apostasy laws: Afghanistan, Bahrain, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Malaysia, Maldives, Mauritania, Nigeria, Oman, Pakistan, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, United Arab Emirates, Yemen.

Do you see the common thread? Islam. There isn’t one Christian, Hindu, Buddhist, Atheist, Shinto, Jewish, Zoroastrian, or Satanic country listed.

Now add in the fact that President Obama, like President Bush before him, has made every effort to call Islam the religion of peace. The majority of the followers of Islam practice the religion peacefully. The problem is that so many support these terror attacks.

For example, the Pew Research Center’s Muslim Americans found that 19% of American Muslims support suicide bombings (page 65) and 51% say that there is support for Islamic Extremism in the Muslim American Community (page 69).

Immigration is what The United States of America is built on. The U.S. already has the most welcoming legal immigration in the world. We allow over one million legal immigrants per year, which is more than all other countries on Earth combined. The problem is the U.S. has immigration policies which allow people who hate our freedom of speech to come here from their countries which ban free speech due to their religious sensitivities. Why?

There are two ways for us to address the horrible murders in Paris, France today. First, apply all diplomatic and cultural pressure on those countries listed above to accept freedom of religion, freedom of conscience, and freedom of speech. Second, pass legislation to cease all immigration of people who do not support our basic freedoms.

All freedom loving people deserve protection from these murderers. And you have the right to be offended, get over it.

EDIT 1/7/2015 12:30 PST – These are the cartoons Charlie Hebdo published courtesy of The Huffington Post

$1.1 Trillion Spending Bill Passed Saturday Night and Both Parties Make Compelling Points

Ethan brings us up to speed on the $1.1 Trillion spending bill passed Saturday night in the halls of the capitol buildings in Washington D.C.

Only a corrupted process could spend that much money in a convoluted 1,603 page bill.

In an unusual twist, Ethan agrees with both the conservative right (Senators Ted Cruz-TX and Mike Lee-UT) and liberal left (Senator Elizabeth Warren-MA) in their objections on the bill and he gives us the bottom line.

Sony Pictures Entertainment Hack Attack is a Preview of World War III

Ethan discusses the attack on Sony Pictures Entertainment by North Korea and why this is a critical event that shouldn’t be ignored.

The Sony Pictures Entertainment hack has cost millions of dollars in direct cost, massive lost productivity for over 6,000 employees, was malicious by destroying data and stealing movies and proprietary financial information for online posting.

Movies, documents, and sensitive information were hacked from Sony’s system leaving employees with nothing but ink and paper until things could be restored, costing the company millions of dollars in losses.

Ethan tells us why these cyber attacks may just be a preview of the possible face of WWIII and the importance of online security for businesses and individuals.

Do you thinkIs this is what World War III will look like?

Win Two Tickets To Ride The Chanukah Train In Santa Cruz

ChanukahTrainEnter to win two (2) tickets to Roaring Camp Railroad’s Chanukah Train at the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, Santa Cruz, CA, December 18, 2014 at 6 p.m!

Gather at the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk on the 3rd night of Chanukah for the lighting of the menorah and then set off on an incredible train ride in Roaring Camp’s comfortable excursion cars adorned with thousands of shining lights and Chanukah decorations.

We’ll share in Chanukah traditions and ride the train through the streets of Santa Cruz listening to Chanukah stories, playing dreidel and enjoying kosher refreshments provided by Chabad by the Sea. Evening also includes your choice of mini golf, laser tag or arcade games.

Please click THIS LINK to enter to win!

You can also buy your tickets NOW from Roaring Camp Railroads


Latest Unemployment Statistics Paint A Misleading Picture

In this video, Ethan discusses the latest unemployment report from the United States Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), dated December 5, 2014.

The headlines in media and pundits all over were touting the huge success of this report with a number of 321,000 new jobs. While getting Americans working in full-time jobs is something worth celebrating, the truth is different from the 321,000 number.

In reality the numbers look like this: 119,000 new people entered the labor pool, 115,000 people lost their jobs, the number of full-time jobs decreased by 150,000, and part-time jobs increased by 77,000. Not as good as the headlines is it?

The U-3 official unemployment rate stayed steady at 5.8%. 321,000 new jobs but unemployment stayed the same? That’s because the net new jobs was only 4,000.

That official unemployment number never tells the true story anyway. They don’t want to scare the masses and speak the truth. You CAN handle the truth. The truth is the U-6 unemployment number. The U-6 unemployment rate is 11.4% or 1 in 9 Americans.

According to the BLS, U-6 is total unemployed, plus all persons marginally attached to the labor force, plus total employed part time for economic reasons, as a percent of the civilian labor force plus all persons marginally attached to the labor force.

What that means is that 1 in 9 Americans either can’t find a job for the past 27 weeks (the number in U-3), can’t find a full-time job only part-time, or have fallen out of the stats because they have been looking longer than 27 weeks.

Not quite the rosy picture now, is it? What are the politicians doing to reduce red-tape, streamline bureaucracy, allow innovation to flourish, and simplify the tax code thus vaulting the United States to the top of business competitiveness?

Later in the video, Ethan covers some of the fallacies of the massive lithium-ion battery because of the sources of lithium.

Artificial Intelligence Could Destroy Us All

Ethan brings us his technological perspective on artificial intelligence, the importance of self-driving cars, and our exponential growth toward A.I. He discusses some of the worlds most brilliant scientists, like Stephen Hawking and Elon Musk, and how they are now fearing that a self replicating artificial intelligence may be the end of the human race like the movie “The Terminator.”

Remember that this technological singularity was first predicted and described by John Von Neumann in 1958.

Don’t be the last to know. Click the links at the end of the video or right here and don’t forget to subscribe to this page so you never miss a beat!

Special thanks to Bird Creek for supplying the closing track, “Surfing Lama.”

Jew Hatred Reaching Heights Not Seen Since Nazi Era

Ethan exposes the mounting Jew hatred. All while Palestinian-Arab leadership doesn’t want peace, it’s not good for their personal bank accounts!

Palestinian-Arab terrorism reaches new levels against Jews with the murder of four rabbis and a Druze policeman in West Jerusalem, Israel. Continued attempts to delegitimize Israel, yet Egypt razes Gaza homes and nobody cares.

Ethan also discusses a new indoctrinating video game from Hamas where a suicide vest is a valuable item.

Welcome the New Producer For The Ethan Bearman Show – Leigh Wolf

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Leigh Wolf with actor/director Gary Sinise

I am proud to announce the new Producer of Genesis Communications Network nationally syndicated Ethan Bearman Show, Leigh Wolf!

Leigh Wolf is a veteran of the United States Marine Corps, having served two combat tours in Afghanistan. Prior to joining the Marine Corps, Leigh was a conservative political activist at San Francisco State University (SFSU) where he constantly challenged the entrenched interests of leftists radicals and Islamic fundamentalist on and off campus. He organized counter-demonstrations to protect the Marine Corps recruiting center in Berkeley, defended the San Francisco Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC) program when it faced defunding and challenged the left wing establishment of San Francisco at every corner. His exploits have been featured on Fox News, countless radio programs, as well as local tv stations. Leigh is also currently the producer of the Ethan Bearman Program on 560 KSFO in San Francisco. Contact Leigh on Twitter @LeighWolf or email producer AT ethanbearmanshow DOT com

Interviews with Flemming Rose on Free Speech and Dr Kit Yarrow on Shopping

When the Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten published the cartoons of the prophet Mohammed in 2005, Denmark found itself at the center of a global battle about the freedom of speech. The paper’s culture editor, Flemming Rose, defended the decision to print the 12 drawings, and he quickly came to play a central part in the debate about the limitations to freedom of speech in the 21st century. In his new book, The Tyranny of Silence, Mr. Rose writes about the people and experiences that have influenced the way he views the world and his understanding of the crisis, including meetings with dissidents from the former Soviet Union and former Muslims living in Europe. He provides a personal account of an event that has shaped the debate about what it means to be a citizen in a democracy maintaining free speech and how to coexist in a world that is increasingly multicultural, multireligious, and multiethnic.

Kit Yarrow, Ph.D., is an award-winning consumer psychologist, a professor, author, consultant and speaker. Her home base is Golden Gate University, where she is a jointly appointed professor of both psychology and marketing. As part of her ongoing research on the psychology of consumers, Dr. Yarrow conducts interviews and ethnographies on a regular basis. She shares her findings and analysis in her books, Decoding the New Consumer Mind (Wiley, 2014) and Gen BuY (Wiley, 2009) which Ethan discusses with her in this interview.

KSFO, GCN, and WPHT all this weekend

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wpht Looking for a variety of shows to listen to covering topics like current events, entertainment, technology, and lifestyle? Look no further!

I am pleased to announce that this Thursday and Friday I’ll be filling in for Brian Sussman on Cumulus Media’s Hot Talk 560 KSFO in San Francisco, CA from 5 to 9 a.m. Pacific Time on AM 560 or online at

Saturday is my regularly scheduled Ethan Bearman Program on Cumulus Media’s Hot Talk 560 KSFO in San Francisco, CA from 4 to 7 p.m. Pacific Time on AM 560 or online at

Sunday is the Ethan Bearman Show on affiliates of the Genesis Communications Network from 7 to 9 p.m. Eastern Time. Click HERE to listen or learn more about the show.

Then Sunday night I am hosting the 11 p.m. to 1 a.m. slot on CBS Radio’s WPHT AM 1210 Philadelphia, PA from 6 to 9 p.m. Eastern Time. Click HERE to listen or on the app on your smartphone.

Thanks for tuning in and remember to visit the podcast site should you miss a show or want to listen again!

WPHT, KSFO, and GCN all this weekend


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There are a great many opportunities to catch me on-air the next several days and I couldn’t be happier to speak with you.

I am pleased to announce that this Thursday and Friday I’ll be filling in for Rich Zeoli on CBS Radio’s WPHT AM 1210 Philadelphia, PA from 6 to 9 p.m. Eastern Time. Click HERE to listen or on the app on your smartphone.

Saturday is my regularly scheduled Ethan Bearman Program on Cumulus Media’s Hot Talk 560 KSFO in San Francisco, CA from 4 to 7 p.m. Pacific Time on AM 560 or online at

Sunday is the Ethan Bearman Show on affiliates of the Genesis Communications Network from 7 to 9 p.m. Eastern Time. Click HERE to listen or learn more about the show.

Then Sunday night is my inaugural show in the 11 p.m. to 1 a.m. slot on WPHT AM 1210 Philadelphia, PA.

Thanks for tuning in and remember to visit the podcast site should you miss a show or want to listen again!

L’Shanah Tovah Tikatevu 5775


Traditional foods served during Rosh HaShanah

May you be inscribed (in the Book of Life) for a good year.

Rosh Hashanah is the Jewish New Year and literally means “head of the year.”

Rabbi Benjamin Blech has an insightful article titled “Jews Don’t Say Happy New Year” on Rosh HaShanah. An excerpt quoting Kathleen Vohs, “”Happy people get joy from receiving benefits from others while people leading meaningful lives get a lot of joy from giving to others.” In other words, meaning transcends the self while happiness is all about giving the self what it wants.”

After a year in which Jew Hatred reared its vile, ugly head across Europe (synagogues firebombed in Germany and Belgium, Jews viciously attacked at a synagogue in France), and around the rest of the world surrounding Israel’s war with Gaza.

Let us all, Jews and Gentiles alike, pray for peace. Pray for people to value life more than death, pray for our children to be the future of goodness, pray for the hate-filled to become love-filled, pray for the angry to let it go, pray for the righteous to shine joyful light on the darkness that lurks and leaps, and pray for leaders to step forward.

In this New Year, may peace, prosperity, and joy find you and your family.

Reflections on My First Day in Israel

I travelled to Israel July 29 through August 1, 2014 to see for myself and report what was happening on the ground in Israel.

My desire was and is to bring another perspective to my readers, listeners, and fans that may very well be quite different from what they have seen in the news.

The morning of the second day, I shared my thoughts reflecting back to my first day on the ground.

Videographer: Joshua Fleisher

My Interview of Yishai Fleisher

My first night in Jerusalem, Israel I had the great pleasure of meeting and interviewing father, talk radio host, columnist for Jerusalem Post Magazine, and IDF soldier, Yishai Fleisher of the Voice of Israel. We spoke in their brand spanking new studios, which they opened before their planned date due to the war.

Thanks to Chanan Elias with The Face of Israel for the video work and Binyamin Nakonechny our senior chief engineer working the board.

Day 4 in Israel: Jerusalem and Tel Aviv

My final day in Israel, a 72 hour cease-fire announced, a chance for two hours of tourism in Jerusalem, and a final interview from Israel in Tel Aviv.

Chanan Elias from The Face of Israel met me first thing in the morning to head over to the Old City of Jerusalem and the older City of David. The place is the center of the universe for Judaism and Christianity, and the third most important city in Islam behind Mecca and Medina.

This is the location of so many major biblical events. Fascinatingly, over the past 150 years archaeologists have uncovered evidence supporting the events and continue making new finds to this day. I needed to see it first hand.

City of David Excavation, Jerusalem

City of David Excavation, Jerusalem

We began at the City of David, the much older and original Jerusalem, outside of the great walls that we see today. The sun was already beating down from a cloudless blue sky, slow-cooking the top of my head. It was truly magnificent to see the thousands of years of history uncovered in front of my eyes, the layers so carefully scraped back so we could see many different epochs ruled by the various dynasties.

The variety of ethnicities and religions represented by the tourists visiting was astounding. Represented were Africans in traditional wear, Arabs with hijabs, Germans in their sporting gear, Israelis with their small children, what appeared to be an American college-aged group, and more. There were far fewer numbers than normal due to the war.

The Western Wall, Jerusalem, Israel

The Western Wall, Jerusalem, Israel

After visiting the Western Wall (כותל), I wanted to visit the various quarters of the old city. We started by heading to the Arab Quarter and found ourselves denied entry by the police. Why? A “Day of Rage” protest was called by the Palestinian leadership. The police said no entry due to the danger as the previous week’s protest in another area had turned violent.

So much for peace or even a cease-fire. Within 15 minutes of the cease-fire time of 8:00 am, terrorists in Gaza continued lobbing rockets at Israeli civilians. Then approximately 90 minutes in to the cease-fire, the terrorists killed two IDF solders and a third is missing. IDF soldier Hadar Goldin, an officer in the Givati Brigade, is officially listed as missing in action. (UPDATE 8/2/14 18:48, Hadar Goldin has been declared deceased)

Jerusalem Police

Jerusalem Police

The police were everywhere. Absolutely professional, even-handed in their treatment toward all, and somehow not melting in the unforgiving late morning sun.

Next up was a trip to Tel Aviv. Chanan and Shay Attias co-ordinated an interview with Sendi Bar, a well-know Israeli actress for shows like the Unit and Prisoner of War, which is the original Israeli series that Homeland is based upon.

Interviewing Sendi Bar

Interviewing Sendi Bar

An actress wanting to speak out about the war with Hamas? I was intrigued. Our intrepid videographer, Joshua Fleisher, joined us to video the interview. Once the video is complete, I will share it with you.

In the meantime, let me just say that Ms. Bar is a kind, caring, compassionate, mother who is concerned for her country. She shared an analogy about instructing her son about schoolyard bullies and Hamas. She told her son that the first time a bully hits him, try to work it out with the bully. The second time a bully hits him, tell an authority figure. And the third time a bully hits him, punch him back hard. That is how she feels about Hamas at this point, enough is enough.

After the interview I went to visit Tel Aviv’s internationally famous beachfront. It was everything you have heard: cosmopolitan and beautiful, populated with tanned and toned bodies as if in Los Angeles. Except there were fewer people than a normal, late summer afternoon.

Beachfront Tel Aviv, Israel

Beachfront Tel Aviv, Israel

Finishing up my final hours in Israel, Sendi Bar invited me to a friend’s house for Shabbat dinner. Of course I said yes.

This was a traditional, yet modern, Shabbat dinner. Generations of family members gathered around the large table outside, friends, and stranger all joined together to light the candles, eat challah, drink wine, and eat well.

After the meal, I went to Tel Aviv Ben Gurion airport to head home. This was an exhausting trip, that opened my eyes to realities on the ground across Israel and the West Bank. There will be more to come soon.

Thank you to Vicky Culver, Haole Craig, the Gorson’s, Andrew in Austin, TX, and everyone else for contributing so far.

If you haven’t yet and would like to support this trip. Please contribute what you can by clicking the Donate button below.

Contributions of $100 will receive public acknowledgement on this website’s postings from Israel.

Contributions of $500 or more will receive public acknowledgement in videos I produce and on my nationally syndicated Ethan Bearman Show.

Thank you!

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Day 3 in Israel, West Bank, Pesagot, Ariel, Samaria

Day 3 was the day to cross the infamous wall that we have heard so much about. You know, the wall the Pope kissed, the wall that supposedly destroyed the chance of the Palestinians to do anything, the wall that essentially stopped the suicide bombing attacks that killed at least 600 Israeli civilians.

To my American eyes, the wall was a jolt. As we passed through the checkpoint in a breeze, I actually had to ask Chanan Elias, my gracious host from The Face of Israel, if that was the infamous wall. His reply was yes. I incredulously asked, “That is what the fuss is all about? We have bigger walls all over the United States.” It wasn’t very big. It doesn’t loom over anything. It’s part of the way down a hill and is utterly dwarfed by everything around it.

Interesting start to the day’s adventure.

All stops on today’s itinerary were in disputed territory in the West Bank. We passed through a couple small Palestinian villages and then arrived in Pesagot.

At Pesagot we visited the winery. I might as well have been back home visiting any winery in California: the oak barrels, the fermenting tanks, the display of wines for sale. The people at the winery explained that the vines were planted on previously unproductive land, cultivated, and now are producing award-winning wines. Wines that are kosher. Kosher wines that taste good, you ask? Yes, I tasted a 2011 Cabernet and it was as fine as any.

Pesagot Winery

Pesagot Winery Photo: Joshua Fleisher

I asked about displacement of Palestinians to create Pesagot, the response was that this was not a residential or agricultural spot and hadn’t been used for a very long time.

We left the winery and drove to Ariel, location of Ariel University with 15,000 students.

During the journey, I simply could not help but notice the Palestinian villages, noted by the black water tanks whereas the Israelis use white, were almost indistinguishable as Palestinian based on the endless stories in the media about the horrid conditions forced on the Palestinians. The squalor was missing! The tin shacks of a Brazilian favela were nowhere to be seen!

Typical view of Palestinian Village in West Bank

Typical view of Palestinian Village in West Bank Photo: Joshua Fleisher

These were nice homes clustered in villages that looked like any I would expect to see, except significantly nicer. In nearly every cluster of Palestinian homes there was a beautiful three to five story mansion either on top of the hill or just in with the other houses. Sometimes there were several. One town, right before Shilo, was a Palestinian gated community of approximately 50 of these massive, beautiful, new mansions. It might have well been a tony suburb of Dallas.

The other thing I inquired about were that some cars had yellow license plates and others had white. Yellow license plates are Israeli and white are Palestinian. But they are all driving on the same roads? Yes, and I also could not differentiate the cars other than the license plate color. The Israelis and Palestinians all were driving similar cars. I would have thought, based on the news coverage, that the Palestinians only drove 30 year old Syrian hand-me-downs.

Also along the way, off to our left as we drove along highway 60, were Ramallah and Rawabi. Ramallah was a surprisingly modern looking city, only observed from a distance I realize, with several modern high rises with a very clean looking surrounding cityscape. Rawabi is a massive new city, master planned by the Palestinian Authority, to provide this a nice community for 40,000 people.

We arrived at Ariel, a hilltop, university town, with a little guard post and a single guard who opened the basic lift-arm and waved us in. We drove around and up to the main administration building. I felt like I could have been in any little college town in the United States. We were greeted and brought in to meet the Chancellor, Yigal Cohen Orgad. We had a little lunch and talked about the University. It is highly focused on medicine and biotechnology, the aim is to help the lives of people.

At Ariel University

At Ariel University Photo: Joshua Fleisher

I inquired about Palestinian students, do they attend as well? Yes, there are hundreds, plus Arab-Israelis. Have there been incidents, are the Palestinian students safe, do they get harassed? No, they are treated exactly the same as everyone else and we haven’t had incidents.

Back on the road again, this time to Samaria, our final stop of the day. An iIsraeli industrial park surrounded by Palestinian villages. Makes sense, economic activity lifts everyone right?

I went in to Shamir Salads facility. We entered a meeting room and met the CEO, Amiram Guy, and Israeli. We tasted the variety of hummus, babaganoush, and other dips they make at the plant. All were delicious by the way, and I discovered that I prefer Druze style hummus, which is slight less ground beans.

How many employees do you have and how many are Palestinian? We have 140 total employees and between 90 and 100 are Palestinian. What kind of wages do you pay them? Average they make net US $2000 per month plus health and pension, which is four to five times the average teacher salary in Palestinian controlled areas, this is a high wage for this area. Do you provide them safe working conditions? Yes, we follow every Israeli law. Do you have any issues with violence? No, we have not had any problems.

I surprised everyone when I said I wanted to go and tour the factory, see it for myself. You see, I grew up in and around the food business. I know what a U.S. factory like this should look like, smell like, safety measures, equipment, and the like.

So we went out to the factory and put on the gear to protect the food from contamination from us.

In The Shamir Salads Plant

In The Shamir Salads Plant Photo: Joshua Fleisher

Indeed, nearly every worker was Palestinian, and this was a modern, food processing facility. It looked like it could have been anywhere in the United States, all equipment looked similar, basic processes were identical, standard safety procedures were in place, except there was mainly Arabic in the air and not English or Spanish. Amazing.

We made one additional stop to visit the Israeli local governing body. The mayor was a kindly man who took pains to explain to meet their desire to work with and help the Palestinians, regardless of the top diplomats. He explained how when they purchased new municipal water filtration equipment, they offered free water, no strings attached, to the surrounding Palestinian communities but the Palestinian authorities flatly rejected it.

Finally back to Jerusalem. We arrived back at the vaunted wall and highly publicized checkpoint. I made sure to really look around and observe the area. I spotted one Palestinian family camped out near the wall, it appeared they were just there temporarily for the day. Otherwise, this looked far less ominous or dominating than the U.S. border near Tijuana, Mexico. I almost laugh to compare the two, especially with the furor over this checkpoint expressed in the international media.

We drove up, there were multiple lanes for traffic, armed Israeli soldiers manning each lane, checking the papers of people passing through. We got the twice over because of me in the passenger seat not speaking to the guard in Hebrew. I observed a van of Palestinians, to my right, having their papers checked. And then we were waved through.

Has no journalist ever crossed the Mexico/U.S. border from Mexico? You have got to be kidding me. Crossing from the Palestinian side to the Israeli side was a simple compared to crossing from Mexico to the U.S. at a border checkpoint. Getting into the U.S. takes hours waiting in line, far more visible security cameras and device, a more menacing looking facility, and a near interrogation from U.S. officials.

I understand that I didn’t visit any refugee camps today that still exist in the West Bank. But clearly, what has been portrayed in the media is far away from the reality on the ground.

Thank you to Vicky Culver, Haole Craig, the Gorson’s, Andrew in Austin, TX, and everyone else for contributing so far.

If you haven’t yet and would like to support this trip. Please contribute what you can by clicking the Donate button below.

Contributions of $100 will receive public acknowledgement on this website’s postings from Israel.

Contributions of $500 or more will receive public acknowledgement in videos I produce and on my nationally syndicated Ethan Bearman Show.

Thank you!

Please note that donations to Ethan Bearman Company are not a tax deductible charitable donation

Day 2 in Israel, Ashkelon and Sderot

What I am calling Day 2 was really my first full day in Israel.

It started with a beautiful sunrise in Jerusalem. A real National Geographic moment looking out of my hotel room at the gentle pink and gray colors washing over the mostly tan colors of the buildings.

I joined Chanan Elias with The Face of Israel, our videographer Joshua, and our driver Alexey, for a winding drive through central Israel. A variety of agricultural passed by, improved by the Israeli created drip irrigation systems: grapefruit, corn, grapes, watermelons, sunflowers, and more.

We arrived at the outskirts of Ashkelon, 15 km from Gaza. We stopped to look at an Iron Dome defense battery. The soldier at the guard post firmly waved us back as we approached, giving instruction on what pictures were not allowed. So, we moved the approved distance back, stood in a recently tilled field, observed and discussed the Iron Dome system, the growth of the city, and listened to the distant sounds of war.

Iron Dome outside Ashkelon

Iron Dome outside Ashkelon Photo: Joshua Fleisher

Next, we drove in to Ashkelon proper to meet with Dr. Alan Marcus, Director Strategic Planning Branch and Chief Resilience Officer for the city of Ashkelon. He showed us the combination bomb shelter and brains of the city’s emergency response and monitoring facilities.

Ethan with Dr. Alan Marcus in Ashkelon

Ethan with Dr. Alan Marcus in Ashkelon Photo: Joshua Fleisher

It was a fascinating insight into what a government agency can achieve. Dr. Marcus brings an inventor or entrepreneurial approach to problem solving. How best to serve and protect citizenry when rockets are hitting your city with regularity? He leveraged his background in Geographic Information Systems (his PhD) and built an advanced system to layer resources such as the handicapped, elderly, and children, alongside where industrial chemical in the city are stored. Then, when a rocket strikes the emergency responders know exactly who and how to help, what are the dangers, and what kind of psychological response team might be necessary.

We next ventured over to Barzilai Hospital. This is the closest hospital, not a Level 1 Trauma Center, closest to Gaza. It is renowned not just for its proximity to the zone where fighting occurs, but the fact that Palestinians, and Hamas fighters in particular, are treated here. In Israel. In my short time near the emergency entrance, at least a half-dozen military vehicles delivered wounded patients. An equal number of ambulances and private vehicles brought in wounded and injured as well.

Barzilai Medical Center, Ashkelon, Israel

Barzilai Medical Center, Ashkelon, Israel

Time to get closer to the combat zone.

15 minutes down the road from Ashkelon is Sderot. The town center is one mile from Gaza. In Ashkelon you have 30 seconds to get to a bomb shelter when the Red Alert sounds, in Sderot it is 15 seconds.

Here is where the threat from rockets hung heavily over the town like a fog. No children outside. Little activity on the streets. A rougher look to the buildings with litter strewn about. There is a bombed out side of a house.

A man and his daughter took us to cheerful looking children’s playground. It was eerily deserted, quiet. She spoke little English and told Chanan she wanted to talk to me and share her story.

Legacy HeritageP ark of Good Wishes, Sderot, Israel

Legacy HeritageP ark of Good Wishes, Sderot, Israel Photo: Joshua Fleisher

The last 14 years of her 23 years on earth in her hometown of Sderot were filled with the constant fear of rockets. Since the second Intifada started by the late PLO leader, Yasser Arafat, rockets have been exploding in Sderot. I thought it was only since Hamas took over in 2006, but sadly, no.

She shared with me her psychological trauma of caring for 15-20 children, the Red Alert sounding, her own panic to find immediate shelter, but needing to stay calm and cheerful for the children as she ushered them to safety. The regular explosions of rockets landing. Her fear of having a family and raising children where they are never safe.

I asked about all of the times when there wasn’t a flare up in violence or war. Much to my surprise since we never hear this, the rockets rain down even during peacetimes and ceasefires.

The whole time I could hear the irregular thumping of explosions, be it artillery or otherwise. Time to go to the hill the overlooks Gaza. The hill made infamous by social media and CNN where the local population, traumatized by 14 years or rockets falling from the sky, go to see what is happening a half-mile away.

On The Hill in Sderot, Israel

On The Hill in Sderot, Israel Photo: Joshua Fleisher

While on the hill, I called in to the KSFO morning show. Sheri Yee answered the phone and put me on live with Brian Sussman and Katie Green. While sharing my experiences, a volley of artillery fired. It was so intense, my call was interrupted. After the call I turned to look toward Gaza.

It was here that I felt the stress, this deep emotion, the subconscious recognition of danger, as I observed smoke in the distance, military vehicles nearby, explosions of a terror tunnel being blown up, the earth shaking from howitzers.

I now understand some of the people of Sderot wanting to observe from the hill. It isn’t some sick, twisted, perverted hatred of the people in Gaza. They want to see their military stop the rockets falling. Stop the need for their children to play in underground bunkers. End their children screaming in the night to find shelter. They seek safety and security. It is distant enough to not see any more than I have described. It is a hope that their daily fears might be diminished.

As we left the hill, we stopped by the police station in Sderot where they collect the rockets for documenting and recording. Somehow, the national spokesperson for the police, Micky Rosenfeld, was there. He gave me a first-hand explanation of the different type of rocket husks they had piled around. Of particular concern, which can be seen in pictures not here, is the fact that the warheads are stuffed not just with explosives, but ball-bearings. Ball-bearings in a warhead serve no purpose other than to destroy people. Oh, and because they are superheated, they can start fires. Sick.

Israel Spokesperson Micky Rosenfeld with Ethan

Israel Spokesperson Micky Rosenfeld with Ethan Photo: Joshua Fleisher

Back to Jerusalem we went for another series of interviews in the studios of the Voice of Israel. Then I collapsed in an exhausted heap.

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