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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:

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      Tamar, War Isn't So Simple


      It's not enough to send our soldiers to war. Tamar Yona discusses it on her radio show and blogged about it, too.

      We did defeat the Arabs in 1967, and the Moshiach was here, but then the politicians gave the key to Har Habayit to the Moslems and sent the Moshiach away.

      For a war to be totally successful, we need the right political leadership and the left is fighting us with everything they have and we have to fight back and not be like Menachem Begin, who kept turning the other cheek, Altalena etc.

      Sending our soldiers with Olmert, Barak, Mofaz etc in charge is to kill them for nothing. You can't just let soldiers fight without a leader with vision, who knows what we're all fighting for. Anarchy isn't a solution.  Our soldiers are too precious to be used to prop up corrupt regimes. 

      And to those who aren't full and active citizens of the State of Israel, like the Chareidim and Jews who live in Galut, you just weaken us. Why should our sons be your cannon fodder?

      The Moshiach won't reveal himself until we all unite and fight together.

      The Reed Sea didn't open up until Nachshon entered, and it took until the water was up to his nose. And if Avraham had refused to take Yitzchak to be sacrificed, he would have been punished for disobeying G-d's command. Remember that Yitzchak lived, he wasn't killed or sacrificed, but he had to see the glint of the knife without flinching, or he wouldn't have been saved.

      So all of you standing on the sidelines of Jewish History, hiding out in the Beit Medrish or your favorite kosher pizza place in Toronto or Glatt Kosher restaurant in Golders Green, the Moshiach is waiting for you here in the Holy Land. There's an army uniform sewn and ready and a Teudat Zehut (Identity Card) waiting for your name.

      Don't you dare give us orders form afar. How can new leadership be voted in without your votes?

      We have a beautiful Land with room for all of you. Hurry, please.