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      by Yisrael Medad
      My blog from the heart of the heartland of the Jewish People in Eretz-Yisrael with thoughts, observations and ideas.

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      I am a resident of Shiloh, with my wife and children, and now grandchildren, since 1981, having come on Aliyah in 1970.  I have served in a volunteer capacity as a Yesha Council spokesperson, twice a member of Amana's secretariat, Benjamin Regional Council plenum member and mayor of Shiloh.  I was a parliamentary aide for Geula Cohen and two other MKs, an advisor to a Minister, vice-chairman and executive director of Israel's Media Watch and currently, am Information and Content Resource coordinator for the Begin Heritage Center.

      Tishrei 11, 5774, 9/15/2013

      Kerry Rhymes With ... ?

      According to the official announcement

      Secretary Kerry will travel to Jerusalem on Sunday, September 15 to meet with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. The purpose of the visit it to have an in-depth discussion with the Prime Minister on the final status negotiations between the Israelis and Palestinians, following on the Secretary’s meeting with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in London last Monday. They will also focus on developments in Syria.

      "Kerry" doesn't rhyme with "worry".  But "bury" comes closer.

      And there is a connection.

      The behavior of Kerry and his President is simply not encouraging for Israel as we look past Syria to Iran.



      (Communicated by the Prime Minister's Media Adviser)

      Following are Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's remarks at the conclusion of his meeting with US Secretary of State John Kerry today (Sunday, 15 September 2013):

      "We have been closely following – and support – your ongoing efforts to rid Syria of its chemical weapons. The Syrian regime must be stripped of all its chemical weapons, and that would make our entire region a lot safer.

      The world needs to ensure that radical regimes don't have weapons of mass destruction because as we've learned once again in Syria, if rogue regimes have weapons of mass destruction, they will use them. The determination the international community shows regarding Syria will have a direct impact on the Syrian regime's patron, Iran. Iran must understand the consequences of its continual defiance of the international community, by its pursuit towards nuclear weapons.

      What the past few days have shown is something that I have been saying for quite some time, that if diplomacy has any chance to work, it must be coupled with a credible military threat. What is true of Syria is true of Iran, and, by the way, vice versa.

      John, I appreciate the opportunity we've had to discuss at some length our quest for peace with the Palestinians and the ongoing talks. We both know that this road is not an easy one, but we have embarked on this effort with you in order to succeed, to bring about a historic reconciliation between Israelis and Palestinians that ends the conflict once and for all."


      Tishrei 8, 5774, 9/12/2013

      Who Is Alone?

      The Jerusalem Post is reporting that Gilad Sher, former chief of staff (1999-2001) to Prime Minister Ehud Barak when he was totally unsuccessful in reaching an agreement with the Palestinian Authority, said,

      “Any outline of two states for two people will involve the evacuation of settlements,”

      And that he estimated that 100,000 people would be required to leave their homes.

      He further stated that

      “We have to prepare ourselves in an organized way, on a national level for the time when the settlers will come back home to the borders of Israel,”

      And that a time period of three or four years is needed to draw up such a plan.

      Dov Weisglass, who was chief of staff to former prime minister Ariel Sharon, also believed that some 100,000 settlers would have to be evacuated to pave the way for a two-state solution however Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu lacks the necessary political support to come to such an agreement with that evacuation element included.  He said,

      “Netanyahu has crossed the Rubicon, but he is alone on the other side,”

      I really don't know what Rubicon he is referring to, that a two-state solution is the only option or that there are too many revenant residents in Judea and Samaria.

      But for sure we are not alone.  We're together with Mr. Netanyahu and most of Israel.


      Tishrei 6, 5774, 9/10/2013

      Today's Pithy Comment

      I am glad that political discourse now stresses

      and argues 

      over Red Lines 

      instead of a Green Line.

      Elul 29, 5773, 9/4/2013

      The Numbers Game

      The Islamists, the rioters under the guidance of Sheikh Ra'as Salah, those who would deny Jews rights of freedom of access and worship through violence, now banned from Jerusalem for 180 days and no closer than 30 kilometers, have a new symbol - four upraised fingers.

      It may be signifying the four colors of the flag of their nationalism.

      In any case. they remind us that we, too, have symbols.

      We have 3 Patriarchs, 4 Matriarchs, 10 Commandments, 13 Principles of Faith and many others.

      And 1 homeland.

      May the coming New Year bless us with achievement, with spiritual enrichment, with security and with success in all our personal and national endeavors.


      Elul 28, 5773, 9/3/2013

      Can Jews Be Special?

      We read that yesterday,, in deliberating Arab claims to property in South Hebron Hills that

          The state also wanted to make a presentation showing that the petitioners had not lived at the site before it was declared a firing zone in 1980, but Grunis suggested that instead the state go to mediation because this was “a special case.”

      So the High Court of Justice has become a mediation forum.  The law is to be tempered.

      Will Amona so benefit?

      Are - or rather can - Jews be special?

      (thanks RA)


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