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      From the Hills of Efraim
      by Yisrael Medad
      This blog will be informative, highlight foibles, will be assertively contentious and funny and wryly satirical.
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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.

      Kislev 6, 5768, 11/16/2007

      Ehud, Let Me Help You


      Ehud Olmert, Prime Minister of Israel, Chairman of the Qadima Party and someone who is targetted in four police investigations,

      Dear Sir,

      We do not agree ideologically or politically, and, of course, morally, but I still recognize the position of power that you hold.  It's tough moving over from the nationalist camp to the liberal-progressive camp.  Your wife Aliza is a supporter of Women in Black, your lesbian daughter regularly participates in radical demonstrations, your two sons live abroad in NY and Paris, one a homosexual and and concientious objector and the other has also stopped serving and your other daughter, well, I really don't recall anything about her.

      Anyway, it can be lonely with Condi Rice and those police investigators.  And with Annapolis coming up, your government coalition could be out the window.  I don't want you to misinterpret my advice.  I am not coming closer to you but want you to come closer to me so that we don't lose our state. Until we can bridge the gap between us, however, I have a suggestion:

      Your "partner", Mahmoud Abbas, said this a day ago: "we must topple this [Hamas] gang that took control of the Gaza Strip" and since you are wily enough, you probably already guessed what I am going to suggest.

      Tell Condi that you haven't changed your mind about dividing Jerusalem, handing away Israel's sovereignty over the Temple Mount, bringing Qassam rockets closer to Israelis in Jerusalem, Petah Tikva, Ra'anana, et. al., freeing more prisoners, etc., etc., etc.  You still think that Abu-Mazen is capable and sincere and great all around Arab. However, you want to give hime a chance to prove his capabilities.

      It's not enough that Jake Wallis, US Consul-General, went up to Shchem and pronounced the Pal. police fit for taking on Fatah gangs.  You want better proof.  You want to wait until Hamas is out of power in Gaza.  Tell Condi that all Abbas has to do is prove his mettle.

      Ehud, come on up to Shiloh for a cup of coffee and let's think this through carefully.  But take care.  Some military commander heard from you that it's okay to remove some more roadblocks so you never know if there are some drive-by-shooting-happy Arabs on the roads.