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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:
Tishrei 26, 5769, 10/25/2008
I have the right according to American Law to vote in American Elections. I've never voted. It's not that I don't have any opinions about who's probably better,it's just that living full-time in Israel, I don't think I have a right to let my
Yes, I was born in the United States and lived there until a few months before what could have been my first elections.
And then we left. We made aliyah. We even changed our status so that we wouldn't miss voting in Israeli Elections. Having multiple nationalities is convenient for travelling, since we don't need to get visas to visit family in the states. But I don't feel that I'm an American in any other way. We live in Israel, pay our taxes to Israel and it's in Israel we plan on being ad me'ah esrim, unit 120, the Jewish way of saying "until the day I die."
I find it offensive, even chutzpadik, when foreign leaders politicians give Israelis "instructions" as to whom to vote for. I don't think Jewish organizational leaders should do it either. None of them know what it's really like here. My being a "nobody" lets me give an opinion, since I have no "authority." And yes, I have no problems discussing Israeli politics with those who don't live here. There's a difference. Blogging an opinion is just that, my opinion. I wouldn't tell an American that I understand their issues better than they do. I look at the United States from a distance. I live in Israel. That's why I'll only vote in Israeli Elections.