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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:

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      Adar 9, 5769, 3/5/2009

      I Have My Doubts About The "Orange Camp"

      We're a People in search of leadership, inspiration and confidence in our National Right and Legitimacy.

      Where Has the Orange Camp Gone?

      More important:

      What exactly is, or was, the "Orange Camp?"
      As a pragmatist, I need to fully define the term. Simply, I do understand it to mean those who opposed Disengagement.
      So, if that's the case, who were its leaders? And please don't forget that Disengagement did take place. Gush Katif, Kfar Darom and northern Samarian communities were destroyed by the Israeli Government. Yes, that means that the "Orange Camp" failed.
      Again, who led it? Were they independent activists, government employees, like rabbis, or both? Were they the Women in Green or Moetzet YESHA?
      Yes, I'm repeating myself. They failed, and unless I missed something, they didn't apologize for that failure... whoever they are.
      So, as far as I'm concerned, we're probably better off without them. We need a new leadership. Yes, we need leadership. I was so enthusiastic when the Ichud Le'umi, National Union got back together. But I don't understand why Hatikvah's Ron Breiman or anyone else should be so fixated on those who failed. Why should he have any expectations?
      Orange is history. Those who led it didn't succeed in winning the hearts of the Israeli people nor the hearts and minds the Jews in the Diaspora. If they had, our IDF soldiers would never have cooperated with the army. They would have found themselves incapable of taking innocent Jews from their homes.
      We're a People in search of leadership, inspiration and confidence in our National Right and Legitimacy.

      Adar 6, 5769, 3/2/2009

      Why Are People So Surprised?

      Honestly, I'd feel safer with Bibi in the opposition. That's where he'd act more "Right."
      FYI, the reason I haven't been blogging here recently is totally technical. The "log in" 's I had been given weren't working... all of a sudden. Now I finally made contact with the tech person, who gave me yet another way to log in.

      When I wrote/composed the title I was thinking of Bibi Netanyahu's quest to form a Center, not Right wing coalition, but when I clicked the Jerusalem Post I saw a picture of a livingroom in Ashkelon destroyed by Arab-terrorist launched rockets. We shouldn't be surprised by that either.
      The recent war/operation/campaign was just "show." It didn't finish the job. It was like a cancer operation which only took out some of the tumor and then didn't treat the patient with the most aggressive chemotherapy, radiation etc. Aspirin and antibiotics don't work against cancer and food and medical aid don't work against terrorists.
      Back to Bibi... Last August at the International Jewish Blogger Convention I saw, heard and photographed him predicting, promising, to do what he is doing now, make every effort to form a Centrist coalition and woo back former Likudniks from Kadima. During the campaign there were many hints that he'd give Ehud Barak, former Reign of Terror, Prime Minister, the Defense portfolio.
      Honestly, I'd feel safer with Bibi in the opposition. That's where he'd act more "Right."

      Adar 1, 5769, 2/25/2009

      "How do you report ballot stuffing?"

      I posted this on Shiloh Musings a couple of days ago. Considering the subject, I was certain that it would make a splash, but it has been ignored. Now it's one thing if this was based on hearsay, but it isn't. I've heard the same stories from two people, first-person accounts.

      I thought the driver was going to lose control of the car. A voice from the backseat had piped up with the question. It was a big, crowded van, and I couldn't even see who was talking.

       Apparently, someone who had taken the call of Likud to supervise voting stations in Arab towns was troubled by the experience. There was obvious cheating by people with "non-standard" and multiple Identity Cards. The person talking was even offered a "tit for tat."

      "Let's go 50-50, your party and mine."

      The organizers of this operation didn't think it through. It ended up being more a smokescreen to protect the cheating. Only one person was sent to each location, and most of the police were Arabs. It was made clear that "cooperation" was pikuach nefesh, life preserving. Even worse, there was no post-election debriefing. A debriefing should have enabled the workers to report violations and help with all the bureaucracy and subsequent follow-up. For me this was deja vu, having heard a similar story about the previous Israeli Elections.

      People should be suspicious about the results of the polls in the Arab towns and cities. During Election Day the media kept reporting the quiet, how few people were seen going into vote. But when the results were counted, the percentage was surprisingly high. The media can't imagine why. Can you?

      Shevat 29, 5769, 2/23/2009

      If The "Best Defense Is Offense," Where Are We?

      IMRA reports that this poster was banned by the University of Ottawa. Very nice, but what are we doing to promote the true situation here in Israel? At the recent Jerusalem Conference I attended a session which showed us how sophisticated and professionally the Arabs are using the media to promote their lies. We just don't rate in comparison.

      I'm just a blogger. I'm not a graphic artist. I'm an amateur in the media world. Our hasbara, information campaign must be moved up a hundred notches.

      Shevat 26, 5769, 2/20/2009

      End of the Suspense, Sort Of

      Does This Make You Feel Better?

      It’s Final: Peres Entrusts Netanyahu with Forming a Government
      And we also must pray that G-d will gift our political leaders with wisdom.

      Honestly, I don't. I don't want Bibi as Centrist.

      I don't want Left nor Center as Israeli Prime Minister. I don't want the incompetent opportunists in Kadima either.

      I wish that the National Union had gotten lots more seats, so that Bibi would really need them. As is Moledet's Uri Bank just missed getting in. Ketzeleh campaigned well, but will he be effective as an MK?

      Ketzeleh signed an agreement that if he's a minister he'd resign from the Knesset to give Bank the seat. That would be great, because it would increase the power of Ichud Le'umi.

      It's minutes to Shabbat.

      We must pray for rain.

      And we also must pray that G-d will gift our political leaders with wisdom.