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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:
Av 4, 5771, 8/4/2011
We're half-way during the nine days preceding the 9th of Av. May we repent and merit to see this time of the year as a great holiday
Bibi has been falling off his tightrope over and over again. In his quest to be perceived as "Center," rather than Right. Netanyahu is endangering the entire country.
The world doesn't care if Israel ceases to exist, is G-d forbid defeated, conquered by its Arab enemies. United States President Obama isn't an expert in World History. He is under the impression that Israel was carved out of a country called "Palestine," which then in 1948 ceased to exist.
That's why he is so obsessed about the pre-June 1967 borders.
When Israel was threatened with extinction in May-June, 1967 by Egypt, Syria and Jordan, the United Nations cooperated with our enemies and the rest of the world was silent. Israel had no allies, just the prayers of World Jewry and the help of G-d Almighty. Contrary to all expectations, not only did Israel survive the war, but within six days it had defeated three armies and found itself in possession of the Golan Heights, the Jordan Valley, the Sinai and Judea and Samaria including what had been Jordanian Jerusalem for just nineteen years.
There is no reason for Israel to be under any pressure to give that land to Arabs. According to all historic precedent and International Law, land held after a defensive war becomes the property of the victorious state. The fact that the Jewish People have a long history connected to the Land only strengthens our rights to it. No doubt that the State of Israel will thrive the minute we stop all this defeatist negotiation stance. Let's just build our country!
Bibi, get off the tightrope and start being a Jewish leader, not a circus performer!
Tammuz 20, 5771, 7/22/2011
PA summer camp sponsored by Fayyad names children's groups after terrorists by Itamar Marcus and Nan Jacques Zilberdik A Palestinian Authority summer camp for children divided its campers into three groups named after the terrorists Dalal Mughrabi, Salah Khalaf and Abu Ali Mustafa. Dalal Mughrabi in 1978 led the most lethal terror attack in Israel's history, in which 37 civilians were killed, 12 of them children. Salah Khalaf (Abu Iyad) was the head of the Black September terror group. He planned many terror attacks including the murder of two American diplomats, as well as the murder of 11 Israeli athletes in the Munich Olympics in 1972. Abu Ali Mustafa, General Secretary of the terror organization Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP). He planned numerous terror attacks against Israeli civilians during the Palestinian terror campaign ("the Intifada"). A fourth group was named after Yasser Arafat. The summer camp was held under the auspices of PA Prime Minister Salam Fayyad, who visited the camp to participate in the closing ceremonies, which he also sponsored.
Nothing has changed. There's nothing to talk about with those "moderate" Arabs. The safest and most secure and most intelligent thing the State of Israel can do is to ignore/resist all international and Left wing pressure to negotiate with the Arabs. They glorify terrorism and murderous terrorists. When the day comes, in a few decades or generations, when the Arabs will sincerely want to live in peace with us, they'll come running to us begging for us to talk to them. In the meantime, Israel should build (permit building) for Jews in all of the Land of Israel. There is lots of State Land, without any sign of private ownership. This was mapped out decades ago, soon after the 1967 Six Days War. Most of today's Arab agriculture is very new. I remember how the land by our roads once looked, surrounded by delicate wild flowers in the spring and parched dry in the summer. Today, there's a massive building boom in Arab towns. The newly built Arab mansions prove that the Arabs are not suffering. Money is filtering to all the clans. I'd like to know the sources.
Without a formal agreement, we have a de facto "peace" at the moment. I work in the Sha'ar Binyamin branch of Yafiz (Rami Levi) and deal with Arabs all of the time. Under Israeli rule, we work and shop together. You don't see that in any Arab country. Jews don't have full civil rights in Arab countries. And the aim of the so called "peace negotiations" is to establish a Judenrein country, which, like Jordan, would forbid Jews rights. So anyone who supports and promotes these negotiations is anti-civil/human rights. We, Jews, are human, aren't we? So, let's just go on building our country, the only truly moral, democratic country in the Middle-East, the State of Israel.
Tammuz 17, 5771, 7/19/2011
The Jewish Month of Elul, the month before Rosh Hashanna and Yom Kippur is traditionally to time for reflection, repentance, tshuva, but when you think about it, that should begin a month earlier, on the first of the month of Av.
This year it falls on August 1.
Av is a time of mourning the destruction of Jerusalem and the Holy Temple. Chazal, our sages tell us that the cause was the bad relations between fellow Jews. Because of this we enter a period of mourning from the 17th of Tamuz until the 10th of Av. It becomes most intense from the first of Av until the 9th.
For the past few years I've been inviting women to join me for Rosh Chodesh Prayers in Tel Shiloh. Shiloh is a traditional place for prayers. The Holy Tabernacle was located there for 369 years. It's where Biblical Chana successfully prayed for a son.
Sivan 21, 5771, 6/23/2011
We're really getting into summer mode here in Israel. Schools are closing for the "big vacation," and our local pool is open. You're invited to read more about my ordinary, everyday life on me-ander and more of my political observations on Shiloh Musings.
Here I'm posting two related articles.
In political speeches, like fairy tales and romance novels, reality doesn't hold a candle. You're expected to "just imagine" a world in a different dimension where the Laws of Nature and Numbers don't function.
The lines/borders are pretty straight right now. Once you start making squiggles and swaps Israel won't have defensible borders. It's very simple.
No doubt in my mind that when United States President Barack Hussein Obama and all sorts of other politicians, media people, professors etc claim that we can be safe and secure after giving Arab terrorists our Land, they are out and out lying. They don't care one iota if we survive or not.
We, Israel, don't have to please anyone. We just must take care of ourselves!
Unfortunately, some things must be seen in black and white. Negotiating in good faith would mean no prior demands and a mutual goal. We have none of that between Israel and the Arabs. Egged on, encouraged by United States President Barack Hussein Obama, the Arabs are demanding that as a condition for even beginning to negotiate, Israel must agree to a total withdrawal from the land we won fair and square in a defensive war for our very existence in June, 1967.
If that's the case, then what is there left to negotiate?
Nu, there's another problem. Israel wants peace, and the Arabs want our Land to make a new state. We don't have the same goals.
Nu, so what's there to talk about?
Talks with the Arabs will only bring us war.
It's very clear. So, let's just get on with living here. And let's stop this farce. Say NO TO NEGOTIATIONS!
Sivan 15, 5771, 6/17/2011
Regardless of the unseasonable mists here in the HolyLand, spring is turning into summer. You can read more of my articles and see more photographs on me-ander and Shiloh Musings. Shabbat Shalom and have a good week.
You must match the shapes to the holes. They need to be the right shape and size. There are many overweight children and adults who were trained to eat more "to grow taller." Basic height is genetic and can't be increased by eating more.
And dressing Arab terrorists in a suit and tie and giving them a state won't change them from terrorists to peace-loving, pro-human rights leaders.
So, what's my solution?