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Life Lessons with Judy Simon
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 was in Jerusalem today. No, I didn't go to the Jerusalem Demonstration, and I'll explain why later.
I was looking for justice, and to get to the Supreme Court, I passed through a tunnel, part of a road named for Yitzchak Rabin, of all people. Rabin's second reign as Prime Minister was a dark time, darker than the tunnel.
He was the Oslo Prime Minister, and his aim was very similar to Olmert's. He planned on destroying Jewish Shiloh, among other Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria and planned on making me and my neighbors homeless. He also tempted Syria by mentioning that he'd be willing to "talk" about the Golan. Don't you remember those "The People are With the Golan" banners? During his reign there was also police brutality against protestors.
At that time most of our politicians fought like the lions in the tunnel for Jerusalem. It was unheard of to turn back the clock and divide it like the 19 nightmarish years before the Six Days War. Now our politicians have other priorities and patriotism and loyalty to our precious Historic Homeland aren't on the "must do" list.
I didn't find any justice, but I did see some kids handing out some pale, goldish ribbons, sort of like the color of Jerusalem stone. They didn't offer me any, but they tried to give their ribbons to cars stopped at red lights.
Their ribbons weren't gold and their campaign is also faulty.
There are some demonstrations planned to "protect" Jerusalem from Olmert's willingness to sign parts of it away to the Arabs in Annapolis.
I don't support those demonstrations.
It's not because I want to give away Jerusalem. G-d forbid! I want those horrid walls destroyed and the city to be totally united. If Arabs can live in French Hill and Pisgat Zeev, then Jews should live in Beit Chanina or whatever Arab neighborhood they wish.
Those demonstrations are dangerous.
They're dangerous, because they indicate that they've given up on Judea and Samaria. They're not fighting for the preservation of our Historic Biblical Homeland. They've written us off without a fight. They accept the Arab and American demands of a juden rein Judea and Samaria. They're accepting that hundreds of thousands of Jews will be exiled and homeless.
Do they honestly believe that Jerusalem will survive surrounded by another Arab State, one conceived through murder and terrorism?
Do they honestly believe that the State of Israel will survive with such borders?
This isn't 1948, when the entire area was poverty-stricken and weapons were primitive. Only 19 years later, in 1967, the surrounding Arab countries threatened us with extinction. They bragged that they would drive us into the sea. The UN Peace-Keeping Forces fled.
The world waited and watched, expecting an Arab victory. None of them helped us.
Jews all over the world prayed.
Instead of being wiped off the face of the earth and buried at sea, Israel, tiny, weak, poor Israel was victorious. Finally we found ourselves with defensible borders. Finally we found ourselves in possession of our Biblical cities, Hebron, Beit El, Shechem, Shiloh and the Western Wall in the Old City of Jerusalem. Baruch Hashem!
The world was in awe. They recognized the great miracle.
But how did Israel react?
"We don't need it."
"Let's use it to bargain with the Arabs for peace."
In 1967 we had peace. The Arabs accepted our victory. Just the left-wing Israelis in power didn't. The media and the intellectuals weren't interested in our Biblical Homeland. The new Jew, they had invented, worshipped the legends of the kibbutz, not the Biblical History which took place in historic Judea and Samaria.
They succeeded in turning our victory and peace into a terror-filled nightmare.
The Arabs wont give us peace no matter what "gifts" they're bribed with. They'll just demand more.
The world will never fully recognize us a legitimate country with Jerusalem as our capital. But they'll add annexes to their Holocaust Museums to memorialize the State of Israel that self-mutilated, proving that Jews are cursed to wander.
G-d forbid it should all end like that.
We have to fight for all of our Land, not just Jerusalem. We must never give up!