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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.

      Cheshvan 3, 5768, 10/15/2007

      How Many "States"?


      Over at my more veteran blog, I had posted a while back my thoughts on the fact that with the Hamas take-over of Gaza a fait accompli, Israel is now facing a three-state solution, not the traditional (and still dangerous and inimical) two-state solution.  Hamas in Gaza, Fatah in Judea & Samaria and Israel somewhere in-between.  Not very good, not very smart, not very Jewish or Zionist.

      Lo and behold, I saw a reference to this situation in an interview Secretary of State Condi Rice gave to Israel's Channel One TV.  Ayala Hason had asked Ms. Rice is maybe what there is to talk about is "a three-state solution" and she replied:

      "Oh, it will have to be a two-state solution."

      And she intimated that if Hamas doesn't like it, it will be outside the consensus.  It will be rejectionist (but will it be rejected, too?).

      Hason then asked if Hamas does not come in, well, there still is the possibility of two distinct territorial units, Gaza and Judea & Samaria (okay, she used the term "West Bank").

      And Rice responded: "No, no, no...there ultimately has to be unity for the Palestinians".

      Well, Ms. Rice, the Pals. have never really been united.  In the 18th and 19th centuries, there were the 'northerners' (Qaysis) and the 'southerners' (Yamanis) and in the 20th century, the Husseinis and the Nashashibis and today, Hamas and Fatah and a few other sectarian, social and ethnic divisions.

      They only unite on their animosity to Jews, the hatred of Zionism and their desire to kill, maim and injure.



      Cheshvan 2, 5768, 10/14/2007

      Sink S.I.N.K.


      There's another article in the august New York Times today on what Israel did to a nuclear reactor-in-the-making in Syria.  This, following an earlier piece that set out to "set the cat among the pigeons" by quoting unnamed sources in Bush's administration that Condi Rice didn't like what Israel did because she wasn't convinced that the intelligence Israel showed America justified the strike.

      Let me "cut to the swift": the civilized world, led by Israel, needs to "Sink S.I.N.K", with S.I.N.K meaning the Syria-Iran-North Korea Axis.



      Cheshvan 2, 5768, 10/14/2007

      Dig We Must


      On Oct. 7, I wrote about a potential "major intervention" that may interfere with the Annapolis Conference.  While we have our work to do regardless of our belief in miracles or whatever, it's nice to know that the possibilities exist.

      Like the news that Israel is to restart the Mugrahbi Gate digging, seeking archeological evidence.

      Already Jordan's ambassador, Ali Ayed (whose country, incidentally is planning a $1.5 million rennovation at the Temple Mount) is seeking clarifications (did Israel ask Jordan why it is sinking such sums?).  He suggests that this just might sabotage the conference next month.

      Tsk, tsk.

      Shall we adopt a new slogan - "DIG WE MUST"?

      And see this.

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      U P D A T E

      Oops.  I forgot there's an Arab in the cabinet who acts in a suspiciously subversive manner.

      He's stopped the dig.  See here.

      This isn't the intervention I was expecting.



      Tishrei 30, 5768, 10/12/2007

      Ann Coulter - Facts and Opinion


      For all the videos and transcripts, only after which one can make a judgement call, visit here at my MyRightWord blog.

      There is little doubt that this item will be very hot for a good few days, unfortunately, the level of interest in it will be more than what the invidious anti-Israel and anti-Zionist Left is doing and planning and saying.

      It will also serve those who wish to sever the link to the Christian Zionist movement and that would be a shame.  No one of us demands that these pro-Israel Christians become Jews and we should reject attempts by certain Christians that we adopt their religion.  And make that clear to them in no uncertain terms.

      But that is one playing field.  The other is whether Israel and the Jewish people can survive without friends and without support.

      So, can we all come together and focus on what I think is the real, the immediate and the more dangerous threat to Jews and our religion - the attempt to besmirch Israel, denude it of its security and ultimately to see the country dismantled as the national expression of the Jews.



      Tishrei 30, 5768, 10/12/2007

      It Started in 1930


      Too many Jews and supporters of Israel assume that our rights to the Temple Mount and the Western Wall, despite the claims of Muslims otherwise, are quite clear and its just a matter of ignorance, cosyness with Arab oil or plain hatred of Jews that allows them to ignore our rights.

      Well, for all our attitude, it's not that simple.

      If you click on over here, you'll be able to read a long and depressing report of an international commission that concluded in 1930 that the Temple Mount area and the Western Wall courtyard (it was then a small enclosed alleyway) are Waqf property and Jews are to be severely limited in what they can or cannot do.

      Most notably, it was the prohibition on blowing the shofar that drew attention to the report.

      It was established by the British, in coordination with the League of Nations Mandates Commission, after the 1929 riots which the Arabs, in the chutzpah, insisted was the result of Jewish provocations over the past year in asserting their rights to the Western Wall and our supposedly secret desire and plan to take over the Temple Mount.

      During Rosh Hashana 1928, the British tore down the mechitza that had been set up after the Mufti complained that the status quo was being violated.

      We may laugh or ignore it but it was PLO Chairman Arafat that continuously referred to "Muslim rights" and successive Israeli governments paid no attention to the potential weight this report carries.

      I deal with the issue a bit more extensively here and I invite you to deliberate and debate.



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