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      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.

      Kislev 17, 5768, 11/27/2007

      Maybe Its Olmert Who Needs To Be Reminded?


      The report yesterday (see here and here) that Ehud Olmert brushed off American Jewish (and Christian) religious leaders who urged him to maintain Jerusalem as the undivided capital of Israel just as it is the eternal capital of the Jewish people is sad, as well as it is insentive.  His derision at their concern must have been painful for them and a lesson for them, for we in Israel have suffered similarly from Yitzhak Rabin, Shimon Peres, Ariel Sharon and now Ehud Olmert.  It is the same disdain, the same degradation.

      The incident, though, perhaps has another message.

      Was the demand that was raised that Israel be recognized as the "Jewish state" last November 11 intended for the Pal. delegation and for the American administration or, possibly, was it something that was needed for our own Prime Minister?

      Jerusalem is something else.  Jerusalem is not just a city that a sovereign state claims.  Jerusalem is a holy city.  It has varying degrees of sanctity.  All Jews, wherever they are, turn towards Jerusalem to pray.  Its unity, its security, its future, where the Third Temple will be erected, is not just an Israeli internal matter.

      I do not downplay national sovereignty.  But this is not a vote for a political party.  This is a concern that affects the Jewish people worldwide and their voice must be heard and taken into account.

      After all, Olmert, as mayor of the city, asked Jews to come here to live, asked them to contribute money, asked them to intervene on Jerusalem's behalf.  He may be tired, this Olmert, but that is no reason to ignore the Jewish aspect of Israel, the Jewish quotient of Jerusalem, the Jewish element of Zionism.

      Maybe its about time world Jewry join us in being tired of Olmert and hastening his departure from the political scene by a coalition defeat and collapse.