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      From the Hills of Efraim
      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.

      Kislev 9, 5769, 12/6/2008

      A Need for Rethinking

      Nadia Matar has written:-

      I am convinced that had we managed to keep over a thousand people in Bet Hashalom also on Thursday, the expulsion would not have taken place and may this be a lesson for us in the future.

      Why were there not 1000 people there?

      Or 5000?

      Could it have been that some people, after seeing and reading about the actions of the few undisciplined violent persons there, and who were not forcefully denounced by the 'leaders', simply stayed away and even left when there?

      Is that the lesson? Is that a lesson?

      Maybe many hundreds of persons did not think that the defacing of tombstones, painting graffiti on walls and other actions - and I am not referring to defensive actions taken against Arabs who attacked Jews (although I am  admittedly not sure or convinced fully that the stone-throwing incidents could have been avoided even if nothing had been done by young Jews with too much time and enthusiasm on their hands) - was part of keeping control of a house legally purchased and therefore, did not come or left?  Is it a possibility?

      And if it is, what can be done to assure that as many persons as can be gathered will come to the next event?  Should the struggle escalate and become even more violent?

      Or, should there be a think session to come to a consensus how to reach out to all, or as many, of those who are loyal to, and love and support, Jewish residential rights throughout the Land of Israel?

      Should not our youth be trained, professionally as possible, in the methods of direct non-violent protest?  It works in other corners of the globe, so why not here?  No one assures complete success but then even Gush Emunim in its heyday never succeeded in one fell swoop (Elon Moreh took 8 attempts to set up).

      Of course, if there are people who think they they know it all simply because they are on the front-lines, perhaps my suggestion will be met with disdain.  But if this is the ultimate goal, according to Nadia,:

      Our main revenge will please G-d come on February 10, election day, when the people of Israel will expel this anti-zionist, anti jewish bolchevic regime and will bring to power a national government.

      then it is unavoidable to consider that if Yesha activists expect to actually have enough votes to effect a change, then perhaps tactics should be altered.

      UPDATE (December 18)

      It has just come to my attention that in an op-ed sent around by Elyakim Ha'Etzni, he added at its beginning these words:

      "This article is dedicated to those wonderful youth who, with selfless dedication and love of the Land of Israel, defended the "Peace House" in Hebron but not to those who attacked IDF soldiers and innocent Arabs nor those who damaged property and who vandalized the Arab cemetery and mosques."

      My thoughts exactly.

      Kislev 7, 5769, 12/4/2008

      Barak Will Face Another Government Inquiry Commission

      Minister of Defense Ehud Barak acted as a commando and as a politician.  Nothing less should have been expected.   He also acted with gross negligence and so, once again, we are faced with a need to appoint a commission of inquiry to investigate what were the facts.

      Just as at the start of the Second Intifada in September-October 2000, when the Arabs managed to place Barak up against the wall, almost at the stake, so too will he find himself, if our leaders act wisely, inthe same position.

      Kislev 5, 5769, 12/2/2008

      Just Plain Wrong (Updated)

      The current campaign for protecting and assuring the continued Jewish possession of the Peace House is wrong.

      And more than wrong, it is plain stupid.

      No protest activity can ever succeed without a plan and without disciplined force.  And good leaders.

      The way things are going now, and the results - no matter who is at fault and how much the media is biased - are the proof, there has to be a serious rethink.

      I hope that young boy lives and does so with full health.  For his sake, I want to hear from his teachers, his Rabbis and all those who, supposedly, "are in charge":

      What is now happening, and again, no matter how much enthusiasm and dedication and being convinced of the right and justness of the cause there is, even while being right you can lose.






      Kislev 3, 5769, 11/30/2008

      Road Terror

      Many people can become so one-dimensional.

      For example, you say YESHA and either you get a very positive or a very negative reaction based on whether you think we Yesha residents are heroes or fools, whether Arabs have rights or what rights, etc.

      But there is also a normal life out here.  And "normal" means also traffic accidents.  Some are caused by lousy driving.  Some are caused by unavoidable cricumstances, others by rain or oil spills.  And some by bad road infrastructure.

      Here are pictures of a traffic accident on Friday along the Shiloh entrance road:

      People need to be so careful. Including safety belts.

      And if roads need to be improved, too sharp curves that need to be straightened out, then those in responsibility must be pressured to do their job.

      Kislev 1, 5769, 11/28/2008

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