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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:
I'm using a short break from Shabbat and Passover preparations to post here. Chag Kasher v'Sameach to all my Jewish readers, and best wishes to the rest of you. As you know, I post much more frequently on me-ander and Shiloh Musings.
This year there will be two days to enjoy the Pesach Chol HaMoed activities at Tel Shiloh, Wednesday and Thursday, April 20-21, 10am-6pm. Cost NS25 for an adult and NS30 for a child. For more information email email@example.com or call 02-994-4019
Shouldn't we be relating to a Peace Treaty/Agreement with as if it would be a marriage, a marriage meant to last forever? Just recently I reviewed I Only Want to Get Married Once by Chana Levitan. It's an excellent guide to what's most important when choosing the person to marry, or how to decide who's the right person for a wonderful and long-lasting marriage:
I Only Want to Get Married Once by Chana Levitan is based on ten important questions to ask yourself. The first is:
Do you share the same basic goals and values?Levitan explains what the terms are and how crucial they are in a relationship. A couple must ask tough questions before they get to the pre-engagement stage. Why waste valuable years on a relationship that can never work well? That's why even couples who had dated or even lived together happily for years find everything falling apart after the wedding and end up divorcing. When it comes to "what values they want to teach their children" they suddenly discover that they have nothing in common.
If we, Israel, are supposedly negotiating with the Pseudostinian aka Palestinian sic Arabs to make peace, let's see if we share the same basic goals and values.
Let's start with values. Based on current events and recent history, do we have the same values as the Pseudostinian aka Palestinian sic Arabs? The Arabs military method of choice is terrorism and long distance rocket attacks on civilian areas. A recent attack was when they shot an anti-tank missile at an Israeli school bus, seriously injuring a 16 year old boy, who is now on total life-support with no chance of recovering.
And what does Israel do in response? It wastes expensive weapons firing on empty buildings and open areas. When enemy civilians are unintentionally injured or killed, Israel even apologizes. No deterrent there. It's very obvious that Israel and the Arabs have very different values.
Second, what about goals? The Israeli goal, as expresssed by Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu:
"In my vision of peace, in this small land of ours, two peoples live freely, side-by-side, in amity and mutual respect. Each will have its own flag, its own national anthem, its own government. Neither will threaten the security or survival of the other."Netanyahu conditions this on points which are total contradictions to Arab actions and expressed values.
"Therefore, a fundamental prerequisite for ending the conflict is a public, binding and unequivocal Palestinian recognition of Israel as the nation state of the Jewish people."That's not happening and it won't happen, certainly not in this generation or the next, which is being raised on anti-Israel hate propaganda. The Arabs are very clear in voicing their goal. Their goal is to destroy Israel.
This week a PA TV program for teenagers included a short video clip which opened with the words across the screen: "Palestine: We will return one day to our home," and then followed with a series of pictures of cities and regions in Israel, with the names on the screen, including: Tel Aviv, Haifa, Galilee, Negev, Caesarea, Acre, and Jerusalem. PA TV also showed a picture of Masada but incorrectly labeled it "Jericho mountains."I hate to break up the party, but peace isn't on the menu. It's better to cancel the wedding than deal with a violent divorce. And it would be safer for the entire world if all financial and diplomatic support for the Pseudostinian aka Palestinian sic Arab terrorists would cease.
As the Holiday of Passover gets closer and closer, we must deal with our limitations versus cleaning up with the Cohen's, keeping up with what's really demanded by Jewish Law and our dream of an immaculately clean and chometz-less home. No doubt, I'll have to make do with bare minimum. I don't know when I'll be posting here again. You can read more of my writing on Shiloh Musings and me-ander. Stay healthy.
Hat tip (for one of the articles): IMRA
Just a few days ago, another earthquake shook up Japan. 7.1 is generally considered pretty serious, though it's small potatoes compared to the 9 plus of a few weeks ago. There's no real protection for this natural disasters. The much lauded and extremely expensive protective sea walls were easily toppled by the tsunami waves. And the high-tech protective measure didn't contain radiation at the nuclear power plants.
Many times I've said that "you can't be a little bit pregnant," and I guess I just have to say it again. The establishment of such a state would have its uncontrollable dynamic, like a tsunami. It doesn't matter what conditions Israel's Prime Minister insists on:
In a foreign policy speech Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu accepted the principle of a Palestinian state existing alongside Israel. However in his speech Netanyahu listed certain conditions that the Palestinians may have difficulty with.
Netanyahu laid out three conditions in his speech. First, the Palestinian State would have to be demilitarized. That is to say, Palestine would not have an army with which to threaten its neighbors. Second, the Palestinians and presumably the other Arab countries would not only have to recognize Israel as a country but Israel as a Jewish state. Finally, Palestinian refugees would have to be resettled outside Israel.
They will do whatever they want.
We're now in that final ten day countdown to change our homes from chametz to Passover. For thousands of years Jews all over the world perform what was probably the model for spring cleaning to celebrate yitzi'at mitzrayim, the exodus from Egypt and the beginning of the trek to the Promised Land. If I don't get to blog here again, my holiday wishes to one and all. I have a writer from Netivot, southern Israel close to where the Arabs have been attacking with rockets. You can read her latest post here. And to remind you that I do blog more frequently and on a wider variety of topics on Shiloh Musings and me-ander, where I have started keeping a listing (on the left sidebar) of various book reviews I've written.
Israel's existence and the western world as we know it are in danger.
There's more in this MEMRI report, IHH Head Bulent Yildirim: 'Our Problem Is Zionism – Which, Like a Virus, Has Infected All Humanity!'
At an event in the southern Turkish coastal town of Alanya, Bulent Yildirim, the head of the Islamic Human Rights and Freedom Organization (IHH), which organized the May 2010 Freedom Flotilla to Gaza, told an audience of over 1,000 about the organization's plans to send a second flotilla to Gaza, consisting of 15-20 vessels, as well as land convoys and an airplane...
These are the things said about the total anti-Israel policies and ideologies. The Arabs are being neither secretive nor discreet about it. Listen to the Glenn Beck show to the end.
There is plenty of crucially important information. Here's another article hat tip IMRA which shows that the PA considers taking over Jerusalem as a bedrock of their aims and goals.
Abbas: "We await the day when Jerusalem is liberated..."
Take a look at the big picture and you'll see that the whole world is in danger.
Why haven't there been great cries of anger and outrage at the Israeli school bus rocketed by Gazan Arab terrorists yesterday? A 16 year old boy is critically injured. Yes, those same Arabs with whom we're supposed to "make peace," and the world wines and dines with the guilty.
The attack didn't happen in the Land Israel liberated during the 1967 Six Days War. It happened in Land that has been part of the State of Israel since 1948. The Arabs don't want Jews any place here in the Land of Israel, the Middle-East. They are just like Hitler and his Nazis. The world wouldn't have had bothered with the Nazis if Hitler hadn't been taking over Europe. Stalin first was Hitler's ally until Hitler's Germany attacked Russia. Europe, Great Britain and the United States didn't care that the Nazis were discriminating against Jews, then rounding them up into ghettos and then exterminating them. They only fought the Germans in self-defense when they were attacked. The war, World War II was to roll back time, not to rescue the Jews of Europe.
So go back to the Glenn Beck show and listen carefully.
Have a Shabbat Shalom, a peaceful Sabbath.
I'm not all that excited about the results of that poll
Israel's Daylight Savings Time began last night, shrinking sleep time and giving us an "extra" hour before Shabbat. That hour is at the expense of Friday night's sleep. Win some, lose some.
This coming Tuesday is Rosh Chodesh Nisan, and the Passover Holiday two weeks after that.
Women's Prayers at Tel Shiloh
Rosh Chodesh Nisan
Tuesday, April 5, 2011 9:30am
Dvar Torah, Short Torah Lesson
Please come and invite family, friends and neighbors
תפילת נשים ראש חודש ניסן בתל שילה
יום ג' 5-4 9:30
יהיה דבר תורה קצר
נא לבוא, לפרסם ולהזמין חברות, משפחה ושכנות
Not for the first time, Israeli political polls are showing that the people, ordinary citizens who are willing to participate in political polls, show a strong nationalist, patriotic Right ideology and voting potential. Also, many of the election results in recent decades have shown the same. But has Israel gotten governments that rule according to citizens' wishes? NO!
Time after time, from 1977 when the legendary Menachem Begin's Likud was victorious, to (the now comatose) Ariel Sharon and more recently Binyamin Netanyahu became Prime Minister the voters have been sorely disappointed. I can no longer say "shocked," because I'm not surprised. It's as if after being elected our top politicians undergo some sort of "brain transplant" or hypnotic process reversing their ideologies, making their policies unrecognizable to their voters. It was horrifying to many Likud voters who had voted Likud in 2001 and 2003 to discover that Arik Sharon was going against his promises in the announcement of his Disengagement Plan, which unilaterally handed Jewish Land-destroyed Jewish communities, businesses etc.- to the Arab terrorists of Gaza. Remember that "unilaterally" means that we got absolutely nothing in return.
A careful reading/listening to Binyamin Netanyahu shows that he never promised Israel a Right government. Even though his vast knowledge of history so easily supports the Right, he has made a conscious (illogical) decision that to be Prime Minister, he must be in the "Center."
So when many of my friends were overjoyed at the most recent election results, I knew that we wouldn't get the government we had voted for. Bibi would fashion some sort of Center-Left government and continue courting the Kadima MK's promising them almost anything to join him. That's a reason why Leftist Labor Ehud Barak rules as Minister of Defense.
So, that's why I'm not all that excited about the results of that poll. I just don't trust the politicians to give us the government we've voted for. And even worse, I don't know if the one truly reliable pro-Jews in Land of Israel pary, the Ichud Leumi (National Union) knows how to campaign competently, but that's for another post.
Never complain and never explain. Benjamin Disraeli
There's no need to apologize or "investigate" the injuring or even killing our enemies, even if they're "under age," civilians, human shields etc. That is weakness and totally removes, deletes any remaining fear they may have of us. The theory of military "deterrence" is a farce, when the enemy knows that you don't have the guts, confidence and determination to kill.
Our wars, attacks, responses to missiles and weapons being fired on us (Israeli citizens) shouldn't be against empty buildings and deserted pieces of land. Why waste our expensive weapons on shooting up some shrubs? The IDF isn't defending Israeli citizens by attacking concrete.
What was the IDF attacking?