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Life Lessons with Judy Simon
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.
Israel's Foreign Ministress Tzipi Livni was speaking at Harvard this week. She announced that the Jewish communities in the area of the Jewish national homeland guaranteed by international law to become part of the reconstituted Jewish National Home were not "helpful" to the peace process (actually she used another word, "settlements", which I don't use except as a quotation).
That's a stupid position to take. Also immoral. Do I go around making announcements that Arab villages are unhelpful and their construction should be halted?
But that's an old issue. What was more interesting, for me as an observer of how Ms. Livni is ideologically deteriorating, is her prounouncement that she see no role for American Jews in the peace process to resolve the conflict. Really. Here, read the report in The Harvard Crimson.
American Jews can be urged to make Aliyah. Urged to donate money. Cajoled to support certain politicians. They can give awards to Israeli achievers. They can be asked to launch activist protests on Israel's behalf. They can even die on behalf of Israel. But to help Israel as regards the "conflict", naw, that's not on.
Tzipi, could it be that you require help?