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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:
It's going to be hard to get into the beauty and spirit of Shabbat after reading this headline and its short article:
I don't want a "breakthough" unless it's a total breakdown! Our country is being led by a very dangerous man.
Would You Trust a Thief With Your Family's Jewel's?
Or would you deposit your money in a bank you know isn't trustworthy?
Now, more than half the Israelis polled think Olmert the most corrupt Israeli politician.
So why is he being allowed to conduct "negotiations" with countries that plan our destruction?
What is wrong with us? And yes, I say us, even though I'm trying to fix things. We are all one People.
Hear no evil. See no evil. Speak no evil.
Hear no evil.
Your ordinary Israeli, so busy trying to make a living. His standard of living is so much lower than the stories about Olmert, he can't even relate to them.
See no evil.
Olmert's friends, peers, fellow politicians, friendly businessmen and the media. They just don't see anything wrong with what Olmert's doing. Decades ago, nobody cared that Moshe Dayan had a Mistress. Talented leaders are held to different standards. That's what Ben Gurion told Dayan's wife, Ruth.
Speak no evil.
The religious "leaders" aren't about to say anything or they'll lose their funding. It cost a lot of money to run yeshivot, schools and other holy do-gooding organizations.
I'm part of a "group" of independent individuals who are trying to chip away at Olmert's power. Each of us tries in our own way. We're not really in touch, but we know that we can't allow Olmert to stay in power.
It's absurd. Fifty-six percent of the Israeli population, up from 42% last year, polled consider Olmert the most corrupt politician. So how can they so calmly allow him to "negotiate" with people who want to destroy us.
And what sort of negotiations, when the main Annapolis Conference organizer, US's Rice has a dream of being the one to establish a "Palestinian" State right here, yes, here in Shiloh and the rest of our Biblical Heartland? That is her dream and that is her aim. She has admitted that it will endanger Israel, and she doesn't care. And she is the chief representative of the one country Israel relies on as a "friend." Is that a friend?
With friends like that...
No, I wouldn't trust a thief with my family jewels.
No, I wouldn't deposit my money in a bank, which is know to be untrustworthy.
I wouldn't trust Olmert to protect us. If he truly cared about our precious country, he wouldn't be talking to Rice and he'd refuse to attend her party in Annapolis!