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News & Call-In with Tamar Yonah
Batya Medad made aliya from New York to Israel in 1970 and has been living in Shiloh since 1981. Recently she began organizing women's visits to Tel Shiloh for Psalms and prayers. (For more information, please email her.) Batya is a newspaper and magazine columnist, a veteran jblogger and recently stopped EFL teaching. She's also a wife, mother, grandmother, photographer and HolyLand hitchhiker, always seeing things from her own very unique perspective. For more of Batya's writings and photos, check out:
"Before the Jews came, we had such beautiful Christmas pageants."
Chamberlain's "Peace in our time" didn't protect Great Britain. Nor did American isolationism keep the United States out the war.
Even when I have nothing new posted here, please don't forget that I blog on Shiloh Musings and me-ander much more frequently. Please visit those blogs, thanks.
My father is back to watching his World War Two documentaries on DVD. He's as fascinated as if it's the first time he has seen them. I'm horrified by the parallels I see to today's news. It's like those books I don't finish, because I can too easily predict what dangers and predicaments the characters will get themselves into. It all seems so obvious, but they act oblivious.
I feel the same way watching the news. How many times can our politicians make the same mistakes? Don't they remember the previous times they tried bribing the Arab terrorists with land and privileges the results was that our security only lessened and terrorism increased? My father has an excuse for not remembering. Some of his brain cells have "expired."
The people leading the State of Israel supposedly have all their faculties. What's their excuse? Chamberlain's "Peace in our time" didn't protect Great Britain. Nor did American isolationism keep the United States out the war.
It's Friday afternoon, my time is short. Shabbat is approaching. I'm glad to have Shabbat to escape a bit from This World, Olam Hazeh.
Better late than never and better partial than nothing at all. G-d willing this is the first step in trying to unify our battling nation. What's the "this" I"m referring to? As a former English Teacher, that's a reading comprehension question I had asked many times. The answer should come before the pronoun, but I purposely left you in suspense. That should get you guessing.
I'm referring to the law passed in the Knesset (Israeli Parliament) which will cancel the police records for the majority of those arrested for anti-Disengagement protests. It's not a blanket amnesty, and many of those who will be pardoned have already served their sentences and suffered for their dissident opinions.
Israel's history, beginning from the early pre-state days, is plagued by conflict between the Zionist Left and a series of opposing groups, Revisionists, Etzel, Lechi, Herut, "settler," anti-Disengagement and "settler," yet again. We've been accused of numerous crimes, the murders of Allozoroff, Rabin, Dir Yassin sic massacre and being sic anti-peace. There were probably some other crimes the Left tried to pin on us. If I've forgotten any, please add in comments.
We Right wing pro-Land of Israel nationalists are the "Israel of Israel." Just like the State of Israel gets accused of all sorts of things on the international scene, we get the same treatment in Israel. And just like Israel doesn't properly defend itself in the international arena, we don't do it well at home. Actually, things were starting to improve when Arutz 7 had its radio station. The message was getting out, so the government closed it down.
We mustn't be shy about standing up for our rights and true justice. A tiny grain was moved, and if we keep working it'll all tip in our favor.
Please listen very carefully to the reporter as he tells about the great job the Israeli team is doing rescuing people in Haiti.
And then, towards the end, few of his lines seem scrubbed of necessary and obvious details.
Davka this morning, I received the perfect youtube film clip "response" from Boris.
Clint Eastwood in White Hunter Black Heart.