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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:
Sivan 16, 5769, 6/8/2009
Report From Golus (The Diaspora, Chu"L, Galut)
I've been here less than a week, and it seems very clear that people either love or hate their new U. S. President Barack Obama. Should I have added his middle name, Hussein? He did at his inauguration.
After I landed I had to go to a bank, and the "Head of Customer Relations" talked politics to me. He does not like, trust or anything very good or positive when it comes to Obama. He also asked me some interesting questions about Jews and Israel:
"Why are American Jews more liberal than Israeli ones?"I told him that for American Jews life is more theory than real. Liberals don't like facts getting in the way of their dreams. In Israel we have to deal with reality, with the real dangers of war, up front close, very intimate. As a survivor of a terror attack I can't be bothered with fancy words and dreams. I know that the Arabs are out to kill us. The Arab terrorist who knocked me down seriously wounded one and murdered another.
Back to Obama. The Obama worshipers (and that includes member of my family) are totally and utterly enamored with him and his family, including that horrid unflattering dress Michelle wore to the inauguration. I guess it is similar to the Kennedy worship of the early 1960's. That continued to when the airport authorities allowed John-John to fly even though he wasn't fit, which resulted in his crashing, killing himself, his wife and his sister-in-law.
Another person I spoke to about Obama stressed that he has no track record as an administrator, and they don't think his knowledge and experience in finance is suitable to pull the U.S. out of the depression it's now in.
Obama's visit to Egypt and his statements there about the Pseudistinians, are so anti-Israel, I wish that Jews and Israelis would listen carefully. He strongly identifies with them. He claims to "care about Israel," but that's just words, words he must say for political reasons. As usual, I wonder who wrote the speeches, obviously a committee.
Sivan 10, 5769, 6/2/2009
Israel's Prime Minister Binyamin Bibi Netanyahu:
"You cannot freeze life"
Yes, I'm glad that he said that.
Bibi isn't a socialist. His academic training is Economics. He believes in supply and demand. Considering the terrible housing shortage in many of the yishuvim (Jewish villages and communities) like Shiloh, "natural growth" should mean being able to build houses to satisfy the demands of the Israeli citizens.
"Natural growth" should mean that young couples who want to live on yishuvim for whatever reason, whether social, family, ideological or economic should be able to build and rent homes.
"Natural growth" should mean that overcrowded schools must have new classrooms built and that well-used roads must be repaired.
Closing down construction is dictatorial and anti-democratic. Destroying* communities and banning Jews from living in specific areas for the sole reason of religion is totally immoral.
Israeli voters voted for a Right wing, pro-Jews in the Land of Israel Knesset, but Bibi put together a Left-Center coalition. That's not what the people want.
*I use the term "destroy" not "evict." You "evict" someone who shouldn't be in a place, but Jews should be allowed in The Land of Israel. We are the rightful owners.
Sivan 9, 5769, 6/1/2009
Not all that long ago, I blasted the OU for its promotion of galus, diaspora communities instead of promoting aliyah. I also ranted, because they prefer giving the Gush Katif DP's charity, instead of trying to prevent Disengagement.
Don't think that the Young Israel Movement is immune to my criticism.
Young Israel Movement Launches Shavuot Food Campaign for Gush Katif Evacuees ISRAELI POLITICAL AND RABBINIC LEADERS PLEDGE TO SUPPORT A UNITED JERUSALEM
Isn't prevention the best medicine? What's the point of promoting a "united Jerusalem" without opposing the destruction of Jewish Life, Jewish communities and sovereignty in the rest of the Land of Israel? Isolating Jerusalem and allowing a 22nd Arab State, one with a raison d'etre , clear aim/purpose/goal of destroying the State of Israel should be totally condemned.
The Young Israel was, also, silent before Disengagement, and now they enjoy giving food baskets to the innocent Jews banished/exiled/displaced from their homes. Why don't they see the connection between their passivity before Disengagement and the security problems in southern Israel?
A "food basket" doesn't make up for it!
Sivan 5, 5769, 5/28/2009
Yesterday I found myself waiting for a friend on that new road, which goes from Binyanei Ha'uma to the area of the Knesset and Israel Museum. As usual, I try to keep busy when waiting, so I took some pictures.
There's a great dynamic in Jerusalem. Things are always changing.
The area I was standing is a popular "pick-up/drop-off" for driving teachers. Nothing's boring in Jerusalem.
Sivan 3, 5769, 5/26/2009
It doesn't matter what Israel, does, offers or says there is no chance that it will result in peace. That's because violence, tension, terror etc in the Middle-East and world are not caused by Israel.
Israeli political leaders sedated and brainwashed the population into believing that the precariously dangerous 1949 cease-fire lines, which excluded our holiest sites in Jerusalem, including The Temple Mount and Kotel, the Western Wall, and Judea and Samaria where most of the Biblical narrative--our ancient history--took place, were perfectly sufficient for the Jewish State.
This brainwashing was so effective that even when G-d made a great miracle and the results of the war were that Israel had liberated Judea, Samaria, the Golan, the Jordan Valley, the Sinai and all of Jerusalem, many citizens expected to give it all to the Arabs.
Yes, even now, forty-two years after the war, Israeli "thinkers" are still thinking of ways to give our historic Land to our enemy in exchange for "peace." There's a big problem here.
The Arabs don't want "peace," not even among themselves. Their culture and mentality are different. That's a fact.
Only one thing will be good for Israel and that's to say "No" to all the plans and just get busy building our country and destroying those who want us destroyed before they succeed.