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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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      Cheshvan 13, 5769, 11/11/2008

      True Leaders

      The worst thing about election time is trying to find a political party worth voting for. We have to weigh ideology,
      We need a King David.

      leadership and the chances that it will pass the minimum number needed to get into the Knesset.

      Like in the Biblical Days of Judges, we have anarchy, people just do "their own thing."

      Bibi hasn't waited until getting into office to show that he will continue with present policy of "trying to find a solution." Now Do You Understand Why I Don't Trust The Likud?... And This Is The Type Of Campaign Arieh Eldad Should Be Running.

      Some people think they can "prop up" honest figures and turn them into leaders.  It didn't work with King Saul, and it won't work today.

      We need a King David.  He doesn't have to "look like a king.  He mustn't be dependent on "advisors."  His faith in G-d must innate, unabashed and uninhibited.

      It's all in the eyes, the vision...

      Cheshvan 8, 5769, 11/6/2008

      The Likud's Not For Me

      FYI I'm now on YouTube.

      The statement in the title can be read at least two ways.

      • The Likud is not my party of choice to vote for in the upcoming Israeli Elections.
      • The Likud doesn't promote policies I consider necessary for the survival and growth of the State of Israel.

      Yesterday, for the second time in less than a week, I ran into an old friend who touts himself as pro-Land of Israel, Right wing etc, but he's a loyal Likudnik. We had one of those quick, straight to business, talks on the sidewalks of Jerusalem. He considers himself a pragmatist, a realist, and that's why he thinks it's important to support Bibi Netanyahu and the Likud.

      I also consider myself a pragmatist, a realist, and that's why I'm not supporting the Likud. He is encouraged by the addition of strong ideological Israelis, such as Benny Begin, but I'm disappointed. Benny has returned to his father's party, which has made the sentimental and nostalgic very happy.

      My sentiments are here in Shiloh, the center of Israeli political history, where the Jewish People became a Nation, the first administrative and spiritual Capital, which lasted 369 years.

      The two Binyamin's, Begin and Netanyahu have mentioned nothing about the importance of Israel holding onto and strengthening its presence in Judea, Samaria and specifically Shiloh. All we hear are platitudes about an undivided Jerusalem and the importance of security.

      Well, there's no security without land. It's that simple. The cease-fire lines after the 1967 Six Days War gave Israel security. Successive governments bumbled, stumbled and weakened us by handing over land and sovereignty to the Arabs. Every step in the "peace process" has increased terrorism. Much of Eretz Yisrael, the Land of Israel, is Judenrein, scoured/empty of Jews, and the Likud party is not promoting anything to change it.

      I hope and pray that there will be a political party I can vote for with a clean conscience, a political party I can promote and work for without embarrassment and the need to make excuses for. All I want is one with a very simple platform.

      Zot Shelanu!

      All of the Land of Israel

      For the Betterment of Israeli Jews

      Cheshvan 7, 5769, 11/5/2008

      "The Rockets' Red Glare, The Bombs Bursting In Air..."

      Our Arab terrorist enemies have been celebrating.  Isn't that why they've again broken the cease fire?

      During the Arab "wedding season, we're "treated to" loud music, guns going off and fireworks from Arab towns.  Is that why the Arab terrorists bombarded Sderot and Ashkelon today?

      What were they celebrating?  Could it have been Barack Obama's victory?  Or was it in memory of Yitzchak Rabin who gave them weapons as part of the Oslo Accords?

      And my question now is:

      What will the State of Israel do?

      What would any normal country do?

      For once, being normal would be a good thing.

      Cheshvan 6, 5769, 11/4/2008

      Those Phone Calls Again

      It's good news, bad news.

      The good news is that Israel's election season is much shorter than the American one, which can be best described as never ending. The bad news is that ours has begun. Even if I didn't keep up with the news, I'd know now, because...

      I got one of those phone calls:

      "Please answer this survey. It's only one question:
      Any guesses which number I pressed and why?

      In the Likud primaries, would you vote for Land of Israel loyalist Michael Kleiner, who is running with Benny Begin?

      • Press one for yes,
      • two for no and
      • three for undecided."

      All I could think of was who's this Michael Kleiner? Where has he been the past few years? If he's such a Land of Israel Loyalist, why hasn't he been busy working, campaigning, demonstrating etc? MK's Arieh Eldad and Effie Eitam were injured at Amona. Where were Kleiner and Begin? They haven't visited endangered villages like Shiloh.

      Now that it's election time, suddenly they're interested!
      Former MK Michael Kleiner who left the Likud party a few years ago together with MK Benny Begin, speaks with ...
      Sorry Charley, or should I say Mickey?  Suddenly, you woke up?  Why haven't you been crying out in pain for the sake of Eretz Yisrael all along, or at least since Arik Sharon announced his dangerous Disengagement Plan?  Benny Begin may be considered the most honest and uncorruptable in Israeli public life, but his, your timing makes you both look like opportunists.
      As I tried to explain to the Hatikvah leadership, those delusioned idealists trying to promote MK Dr. Arieh Eldad as the "last hatless hope" for Israel's right wing, there are tried and true, tested and reliable techniques and tactics for promoting ideas.  One thing is that you must constantly work, not just during official campaigns.  Politics is a very complex profession.  You must work at it all the time, have stamina, endurance.  You must promote an encouraging message, a vision to galvanize the people.
      Any guesses which number I pressed and why?

      Cheshvan 5, 5769, 11/3/2008


      For sure the venerable Yosef Burg is rolling in his grave, possibly even more than after some of son Avrum's statements.

      The news is that the Mafdal, National Religious Party leaders have disbanded the party.  No, they haven't left politics.  They have just decided that the party should metamorphis into something new, more marketable.  So, is the NRP dead?

      I don't think so.

      Read the fine print.  And stay tuned.  MK's Orlev and Elon are calling it a religious party with non-Orthodox MK's too.  Let's see what happens.

      Israeli politicians, Left, Right and Center, are running around in a panicky tizzy.  It reminds me of the game "Musical Chairs," when the music stops and everyone's trying to quickly find a seat, so they won't be left standing and then forced to leave the game.