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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.

      Adar 27, 5768, 3/4/2008

      Two Banks Hath The Jordan River


      When the late Morty Dolinsky was in charge of the Government Press Office in the 1980s, he once famously replied to a reporter, who asked for information about the West Bank, that he knew no West Bank as he banked at Leumi.

      I would hope that many reading this blog know that Ze'ev Jabotinsky penned a song entitled "Two Banks Hath the Jordan" expressing in a literary form his outlook of the territorial integrity of Eretz-Yisrael and protesting British Colonial Office policy which led to Transjordan being separated, first administratively, then as regards settling on the land and purchasing it and then having the Hashemite Kingdom declared independent.

      It's refrain went: "Shtey Gadot Layarden; zo shelanu, zo gam ken" which I'll translate as "two banks hath the Jordan; this one is ours and so is the other".

      According to my source, (and thanks to HR), Jericho is now being supplied with electricity from Jordan.

      One could, of course, see this as a step in regional economic cooperation.  It could be seen also as 'who needs to supply electricity to Arabs?'.  It also could be seen as inviting Jordan in to Palestinain Authority areas and supplant Israel's role.  Many, true, have demanded that Israel forget about Gaza's electric supply.  So, "is this good for the Jews?"

      It's a tough decision to relent on vestiges of Israel sovereignty in any shape over areas of the Land of Israel.  And for me, that continues to remain the principle that the Jordan River runs through our homeland.