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      From the Hills of Efraim
      by Yisrael Medad
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      Yisrael Medad is a revenant resident of Shiloh, in the Hills of Efrayim north of Jerusalem.  He arrived in Israel with his wife, Batya, in 1970 and lived in the renewing Jewish Quarter, eventually moving to Shiloh in 1981. 

      Currently the Menachem Begin Center's Information Resource Director, he has previously been director of Israel's Media Watch, a Knesset aide to three Members of Knesset and a lecturer in Zionist History.  He assists the Yesha Council in it's contacts with the Foreign Media in a volunteer capacity, is active on behalf of Jewish rights on the Temple Mount and is involved in various Jewish and Zionist activist causes.  He contributes a Hebrew-language media column to Besheva and publishes op-eds in the Jerusalem Post and other periodicals.

      He also blogs at MyRightWord in English and, in Hebrew, at The Right Word.

      Cheshvan 2, 5768, 10/14/2007

      Dig We Must


      On Oct. 7, I wrote about a potential "major intervention" that may interfere with the Annapolis Conference.  While we have our work to do regardless of our belief in miracles or whatever, it's nice to know that the possibilities exist.

      Like the news that Israel is to restart the Mugrahbi Gate digging, seeking archeological evidence.

      Already Jordan's ambassador, Ali Ayed (whose country, incidentally is planning a $1.5 million rennovation at the Temple Mount) is seeking clarifications (did Israel ask Jordan why it is sinking such sums?).  He suggests that this just might sabotage the conference next month.

      Tsk, tsk.

      Shall we adopt a new slogan - "DIG WE MUST"?

      And see this.

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      U P D A T E

      Oops.  I forgot there's an Arab in the cabinet who acts in a suspiciously subversive manner.

      He's stopped the dig.  See here.

      This isn't the intervention I was expecting.