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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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      Tammuz 28, 5768, 7/31/2008

      Don't Get So Excited! There's A Trick


      Yes, There's Always a Trick!

      Olmert's too smart to just fade away.  And he hasn't resigned.  He's just planning on resigning.  At least that's
      All this excitement over his "resignation plans" reminds me of the people spending their winnings before the money's in their hands.
      what he says.  I'll believe it when I see it.

      I'm ready for a new protest movement:

      The law is very complicated. 

      Background: Basic Law and Resignation of Prime Minister
      Dr. Aaron Lerner IMRA 30 July 2008

      While Prime Minister Olmert clearly stated that he would resign after the
      election of a new Kadima head in the upcoming Kadima primaries, Israel Radio
      has been broadcasting the following clarification in its hourly news
      bulletins starting with the 9 PM news:

      "Our state affairs correspondent Shmuel Tal clarifies that the person who is
      elected to head Kadima will be asked to form a government and until he
      succeeds in doing it Olmert will continue to serve as prime minister. If
      the new chairman of Kadima fails to form a government Olmert will serve as
      prime minister until after the coming general elections." click for complete article

      All this excitement over his "resignation plans" reminds me of the people spending their winnings before the money's in their hands.  Ehud Olmert has not yet resigned.

      The Kadima Party, full of egotistical opportunists all running to grab "the ring."  Actually, one very astute member of its leadership has been very quiet.  You always see him loyally at Olmert's side.  I wouldn't be surprised if when the dust settles after an inconclusive Kadima Primary, Tzachi Hanegbi will suddenly appear looking very mature and competant.

      It breaks my heart to think that Geula Cohen's son is Ehud Olmert's protege`, but it seems pretty obvious.


      Don't Get So Excited! There's A Trick

      I'm a CPA's daughter and a lawyer's mother;  I'm very grounded and pragmatic.  As far as I'm concerned, until Ehud Olmert actually hands in a letter of resignation and the "cancellation" time is up, he hasn't resigned, and I'm not celebrating.  So far, like his dramatic announcement of Prostate Cancer, which never needed treatment, this resignation is just a smoke screen.