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      From the Hills of Efraim
      by Yisrael Medad
      This blog will be informative, highlight foibles, will be assertively contentious and funny and wryly satirical.
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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.

      Iyar 27, 5768, 6/1/2008

      This Hurts

      This is a view of Neveh Dekalim today:-


      From an Haaretz story:-

      One person who visited Gaza last week says that the Netzarim settlement, for example, has been completely wiped off the face of the earth and the area where it stood is now desolate. Aside from the empty streets and hothouses, he said, nothing is left. Not even the rubble of the houses...

      ...Palestinian merchants are using the Kfar Darom area as a market; the Rafiah Yam settlement in the Katif Bloc is being used by Palestinian fishermen; and open areas between the settlements have been turned into Hamas military compounds, which most residents of the Strip do not enter either.

      ...The buildings in the Neve Dekalim settlement, which was the largest in the Katif Bloc, were mostly left without windows and doors. Two structures that remained were put to use, however: The settlement's local council building and school have been converted into premises for Al-Aqsa University, which was renovated and is operated by the PA. A mosque has been built nearby and Hamas guards are posted at the entrance to the campus to ensure that students do not bring in any weapons.

      And so, 1000+ days after the expulsion and several hundreds of Qassma rockets and Grad missiles later, Ehud Olmert and Co. would have us presume that peace and security and economic prosperity and coexistence are just around the corner.

      Actually, the only thing that seems sure is Olmert's disengagement from power and position.

      Is a cell his next location?

      Iyar 25, 5768, 5/30/2008

      How Much Is Olmert Worth?

      How much is Ehud Olmert worth politically?


      And how much is Olmert worth morally?


      And, how much is worth Olmert ethically?


      He's not worth very much, is he?

      So, who needs him?

      Ehud Barak, do you want him?


      No, huh?

      Tzippi Livni, do you want him?


      Oh, well.  Bye-by, the, Mr. Olmert.


      Iyar 17, 5768, 5/22/2008

      Can I Get You Dizzy?

      Ehud Olmert, Prime Minister of Israel, is suspected of taking either bribes and/or illegal election campaign donations.

      Olmert's aide and confidant, Shula Zaken, is suspected of keeping track of the movement of funds.

      Uriel (Uri) Messer, Olmert's personal lawyer, is suspected of receiving those funds and passing them to Olmert and the movement of such funds was monitored by Shula who reported to Ehud.

      Moshe Talansky is suspected that he provided those funds.

      Is this all clear?

      Okay, now things begin to get complicated.

      Menni Mazuz, the Attorney-General, seems to have had evidence, in the form of memos that Shul Zaken recorded on the computers at the Ministry of Commerce and Industry, for several months before giving the material to the police so they could investigate.  In other words, was the prosecution simply bumbling or purposefully sabotaging the police ability to do its job?

      Messer's wife, Davida (Didi) Lahman-Messer, just happens to be the Deputy Attorney-General, Mazuz's chief assistant.  Yaron Zelicha, who was forced out of his position as Accountant General for being a whistleblower on government corruption, has accused Didi of overt and unwarranted inteference on behalf of a client of her husband, Uri.

      Mazuz's sister, Yemima, has, for the past 12 years, been the Legal Advisor of the Ministry of the Treasury.  She is just now moving over to Tenuva, the Histadrut dairy conglomerate.  The last previous Minister of the Treasury, Avraham Hirshson, a lonmg-time friend and comrade of Olmert, is now on trial for the theft of 1.2 million NIS.

      More details here.

      Now, would you trust Ehud Olmert to make the correct and moral decision regarding the Land of Israel, Israel's security, diplomatic arrnagements, peace agreements, protection of Sderot and Ashkelon, et al., and whatever else a Prime Minister is supposed to be doing when he's not (suspected of) stealing/misappropriating/embezzling monies?

      Iyar 15, 5768, 5/20/2008

      Is Olmert in Nigeria? Or, Nice Political Satire

      Look what Jameel posted:-

      ---------- Forwarded message ----------

      From: Ehud Olmert <pm@pmo.gov.il>
      Date: Tue, May 20, 2008 at 5:20 PM
      Subject: urgent
      To: Jameel Rashid <muqata@

      From: PM Ehud Olmert

      Greetings from Jerusalem

      Before I introduce myself, I wish to inform you that this letter is not a hoax mail and I urge you to treat it serious. We want to transfer to overseas account (30,000.000 NIS) Thirty million New Israeli Shekels from a prime Bank here in Israel. I want to ask you, if you are not capable to quietly look for reliable and honest person who will be capable and fit to provide either an existing bank account or to set up a new Bank a/c immediately to receive this money, even an empty a/c can serve to receive this money, as long as you will remain honest to me till the end for this important business trusting in you and believing in God that you will never let me down either now or in future.

      I am PM Ehud Olmert, presently the Prime Minister of Israel. Potentially in the course of an audit next week, it will be discovered that I have a floating fund in an account opened in the bank in 1990, in which I regularly deposited envelopes full of cash. I discovered that with the audit next week, if I do not get this money out urgently it will be forfeited for nothing.

      The official owner of this account is my wife Aliza, a great artist and a resident of Jerusalem, who unfortunately never had any art skills, and it shows it what she produces.

      While we would have claimed that the deposits were for artwork, no one believes that any more, as who would actually by her crap. No other person knows about this account or anything concerning it - yet.

      The total amount involved is Thirty million New Israeli Shekels only [30,000.000.00 NIS] and we wish to transfer this money into safe foreigners account abroad. But while I know many foreigners who give me money, I don't know any foreigner who will keep their mouth shut; I am only contacting you as a foreigner because this money cannot be approved to a local person here, but to a foreigner who has information about the account, which I shall give to you upon your positive response. I am revealing this to you with believe in God that you will never let me down in this business, you are the first and the only person that I am contacting for this business, so please reply urgently so that I will inform you the next step to take urgently.

       At the conclusion of this business, you will be given 40% of the total amount, 50% will be for us while 10% will be for the expenses both parties may incurred during this transaction. PLEASE, TREAT THIS PROPOSAL AS TOP SECRET.

      I look forward to your earliest reply

      Best Regards,

      PM Ehud Olmert

      Jerusalem, Israel

      You'd think Olmert had moved to Nigeria.

      Iyar 14, 5768, 5/19/2008

      The Wrong Participant and the Wrong Message

      I hadn't know that President Bush participated in a "Roundtable with Israeli Youth" last Friday.


      In itself, what's the problem?  Well, there was one student who is quoted thus:

      the young student said, “I’m religious, but I want to give the Arabs land,’’ he said. “I feel I have a good life. Why don’t they get a good life too?”

      Here he is:


      "Giving back territory"?  (Actually, I think even Bush is looking at him a bit increduously.)  Well, besides the error in inviting him or, maybe, in not balancing him, - after all Israel is a democracy and pluralism is a freedom that we all cherish and Bush had seen the ruckus in the Knesset the previous day - there is an historical truth that was left by the wayside.

      What the student could - and should - have said is "even if we wanted to give back territory, Mr. Bush, something we were forced to do in 1923 when the British removed all of TranKordan from the administrative control of the Mandate authorities giving that part of the historic Jewish national homeland as promised in the Holy Bible and again in 1947 when the UN partitioned what was left of the original homeland area, it didn't help at the time and will not help now or in the future.  The Arab hostility and opposition to a Jewish state anywhere in the Middle East is entrenched religiously, politically and culturally.  You are, in pressing the two-state solution, making a egregious error..  And that error is not only endangering Israel, it's existence and the security of its populace, but it is one counter-productive to America's long-term well-being as well."

      Ah, to be a student again.


      White House photos by Joyce N. Boghosian

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