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      by Yisrael Medad
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      Yisrael Medad is a revenant resident of Shiloh, in the Hills of Efrayim north of Jerusalem.  He arrived in Israel with his wife, Batya, in 1970 and lived in the renewing Jewish Quarter, eventually moving to Shiloh in 1981. 

      Currently the Menachem Begin Center's Information Resource Director, he has previously been director of Israel's Media Watch, a Knesset aide to three Members of Knesset and a lecturer in Zionist History.  He assists the Yesha Council in it's contacts with the Foreign Media in a volunteer capacity, is active on behalf of Jewish rights on the Temple Mount and is involved in various Jewish and Zionist activist causes.  He contributes a Hebrew-language media column to Besheva and publishes op-eds in the Jerusalem Post and other periodicals.

      He also blogs at MyRightWord in English and, in Hebrew, at The Right Word.

      Tevet 9, 5769, 1/5/2009

      The "Little" News

      This site and its bloggers are doing well in bringing you the news about Operation "Cast Lead".

      But, for my part, I would like to add a different element, what happens in the areas not being attacked by Hamas but rather by other Arabs.

      Here are three pictures of damage done between Shiloh and Eli by our 'neighbors', damage to agricultural work: destroying olive tree saplings:

      Those "little foxes" are at work.

      And have you read you Bible recently?

      Try Amos, Chapter One, the verses starting at 6.

      Tevet 3, 5769, 12/30/2008

      Ho-Ho-Ho and A Bottle of Manischewitz

      You have heard of the Free Gaza Movement?  (their site)
      As Arutz 7 informed us: Free Gaza spokeswoman Greta Berlin charged Israel with "piracy on the high seas."

      It seems that the Free Gaza boat, dubbed Dignity, "collided" with an Israel Navy ship.

      YNET added:

      The Israeli Navy stopped an ISM ship carrying humanitarian aid on its way to the Gaza Strip Tuesday, and ordered it to return to wear it came from. The ship carrying 16 people has begun its return to Cyprus. However, sources close to the activists on the ship claim it does not have enough fuel to reach the Island.

      and this is cute, too:

      Mercantile Discount Bank has refused to execute a bank transfer from a Spanish government agency to an Israeli human rights organization because the transfer form listed the organization's East Jerusalem address as being in "the Occupied Palestinian Territories."

      Monday, the Jerusalem Magistrate's Court issued an injunction barring the bank from returning the money to the donor until it hands down a final ruling on the legality of the bank's refusal. The injunction was issued in response to a suit by the intended recipient, the Hamoked Center for the Defense of the Individual.

      The money, totaling over 100,000 euros, has been sitting in one of the bank's Tel Aviv branches since November 21. According to Hamoked, bank officials told it that had the form not included an address at all, the money would have been deposited in its account without delay.
      Seems there are still people in Israel with imagination, creativity and good old fashioned chutzpa.
      All is not lost

      Tevet 2, 5769, 12/29/2008

      The New List - Minus and Plus

      The new Ihud Leumi/HaTikva List has been announced.

      It looks good, very good.

      And it would have even been better if there had been a woman on it, at least among the first 10.

      Lior Kalafa managed to appear both on the Ihud List, #10, and on the Bayit Yehudi List, #12. A big plus for him.

      Oh, well.

      And how many women were involved in putting the list together?

      Kislev 30, 5769, 12/27/2008

      The Goof of Gershom Gorenberg

      Gershom Gorenberg is quite anti-Yesha.  His book, "Accidental Empire"*, repeats in English what Yehiel Admoni published many years ago in Hebrew: the story of the 1967-1977 period of the renewal of Jewish life in Judea, Samaria and Gaza as well as Sinai and the Golan.

      He blogs.  Together with Haim Watzman, he can be found at South Jerusalem.

      Gershom, a kippa-wearer, has a piece in The American Prospect entitled, "The Rebel Prince", against Moshe Feiglin (and also at his South Jerusalem blog.

      I do not support Feiglin and his Jewish Leadership group, but I don't like what Gorenberg did there.

      He notes that "on the Jewish Leadership website, a Hebrew document proposes principles for a constitution for Israel". The unavoidable presumption is that the document is an official one. It's "there", no?

      But anyone with a modicum of Hebrew could have read and known that that "document" was composed by Prof. Hillel Weiss who, at the least, is well-known as an independent thinker.  Moreover, as it is written there, it was uploaded as part of an internal discussion as to the future character of a Jewish state. In the framework of a debate, many things are suggested. The implication of Gorenberg is that that document is the agreed upon approach, decided at some official convocation, but that is not only wrong but intended to be misleading.

      Goremberg compounded his error, intentional as it was, by not only publishing it at his personal blog but putting it up at a general, goyish, "liberal" forum.  And that is a shanda.

      Shame he did that 'before the goyim'.



      Read this excerpt from the book


      Kislev 20, 5769, 12/17/2008


      Our Arutz 7 website has informed us that:

      IDF legal adviser Ahaz Benari has warned Defense Minister Ehud Barak against using artillery fire in populated areas. According to Haaretz, Benari said artillery fire is “problematic” when used against rocket-launching terrorists in urban areas, and ruled, “Artillery fire is permissible only in relatively open areas.”

      Benari's response was part of a larger IDF and government effort to determine appropriate responses to rocket fire on the Gaza belt area. Gaza terrorists have fired over 10,000 rockets and mortar shells at Israeli towns over the past eight years.

      Haaretz explains further that:

      The opinion reviews international law on the matter and finds that while there is no wholesale ban on artillery fire at sites from which rockets were launched, the fire should be aimed at military targets and be able to distinguish between the target and civilians or civilian property.

      "Jewdiciary" is my term to describe what happens when Jews who have been affected with an ideological orientation that they assume permits them to use their political and bureacratic power to advance concepts of progressive and liberal actions, positions which are based on principles of false morality and are to the detriment of fellow Jews in pursuit of some supposedly higher, more ethical and more universal values of humanity. 

      Acts of a Jewdiciary nature most usually end up dehumanizing Jews and cause them harm, damage and death.

      Now, as regards the situation and proper repsonse to Gaza, I am not suggesting with do a Dresden on them:

      First of all, it isn't necessary to carpet-bomb and firebomb an entire city.  We could inform the population in Hamastanian Gaza that in the next few days, if morter and rocket fire does not cease from Gaza, that Israel will take measures which, most unfortunately, may cause collateral damage.  They have been warned and they can do one of two things: (a) they could flee and return after calm is restored [I think that's what happened in many cases in 1948 but that would be most ironic that this time around, it is Israel suggesting to them that mode of behavior rather than their own leadership]; or (b) they could kick the terrorists out and even rise up in revolt against the Hamas dictatorship [and myabe even the US would supply them with the means to do so].

      Secondly, Dresden was in February 1945 - and I am not going even to mention Nagasaki since Gaza is too close for even tactical use of weapons-of-mass-destruction, - and while the US regularly kills civilians in its strikes in Afghanistan, etc., Israel, at this time and circumstance, still has a limit to what it can do, a limit that is in place because we still hold ourselves to standards that the non-Jewish world might think, like in Georgia, is downright silly.  In other words, acts of  a Jewdiciary nature not only are injurious in the present but prevent us from doing the right thing in the future.  It works regressively.

      In any case, I would suggest thast this Benari fellow be moved to a different task in the Advocate-General's office, like prosecuting terrorists who fire Qassams and Grads. 

      Or better, assign him to the Home Front Command office in Sderot.

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