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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 3, 5768, 10/15/2007

      How Many "States"?


      Over at my more veteran blog, I had posted a while back my thoughts on the fact that with the Hamas take-over of Gaza a fait accompli, Israel is now facing a three-state solution, not the traditional (and still dangerous and inimical) two-state solution.  Hamas in Gaza, Fatah in Judea & Samaria and Israel somewhere in-between.  Not very good, not very smart, not very Jewish or Zionist.

      Lo and behold, I saw a reference to this situation in an interview Secretary of State Condi Rice gave to Israel's Channel One TV.  Ayala Hason had asked Ms. Rice is maybe what there is to talk about is "a three-state solution" and she replied:

      "Oh, it will have to be a two-state solution."

      And she intimated that if Hamas doesn't like it, it will be outside the consensus.  It will be rejectionist (but will it be rejected, too?).

      Hason then asked if Hamas does not come in, well, there still is the possibility of two distinct territorial units, Gaza and Judea & Samaria (okay, she used the term "West Bank").

      And Rice responded: "No, no, no...there ultimately has to be unity for the Palestinians".

      Well, Ms. Rice, the Pals. have never really been united.  In the 18th and 19th centuries, there were the 'northerners' (Qaysis) and the 'southerners' (Yamanis) and in the 20th century, the Husseinis and the Nashashibis and today, Hamas and Fatah and a few other sectarian, social and ethnic divisions.

      They only unite on their animosity to Jews, the hatred of Zionism and their desire to kill, maim and injure.