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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.

      Cheshvan 19, 5769, 11/17/2008

      Here Comes The Siege?


      According to Haaretz:

      "European diplomats, speaking on condition of anonymity as a fresh economic offensive on the West Bank settlements has not been officially approved, said Miliband has been trying to muster support in Brussels for tougher implementation of existing customs regulations in the hope that settlements, a core issue in the Israeli-Palestinian dispute, could be placed under a siege that could help hasten their dismantlement"

      A siege?

      So, do we call for international solidarity?

      And, as we can't ask friends to come in by sea on boats from Cyprus, maybe we'll need to dig tunnels?

      But, of course, this is a very nasty, immoral approach.

      We're not allowed to lay siege to Gaza claim the Europeans, Sec'y of State Condi Rice, International Solidarists and other loonies but, they are more than willing to consider Jewish civilian residency in Judea and Samaria as more evil and more responsible for the lack of peace than Arab terror.

      Here's a recent document on the British orientation (that was a pun)

      We've got our work cut out for us.

      P.S.  Can't read the letter?  Go here.  And here for update and background.