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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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      Cheshvan 28, 5769, 11/26/2008

      "I'm a Pragmatist!"



      The Arabs' aim is to destroy Israel
      We had some British Foreign Office people over this morning, and they weren't here to taste my cooking.
      I'm a pragmatist
      They weren't here to listen to me either, but.. I couldn't play Pat Nixon or Nancy Reagen if my life depended on it. I don't know how Michelle Obama's going to handle it. Hillary Clinton had a tough time.

      I put out some teas and coffee and miss-matched cups and saucers. I couldn't decide if I should hide in the den, on this seat or be "sociable." So I got up and down, putting things away and trying not to show how bored I was. Finally in the choreography of the conversation I managed to get in a few words. I made it clear that nothing I said should reflect on my husband, since we don't agree on many issues. I also tend to "call a spade a spade" and don't let the fragence of the rose mask the truth.

      "The Arabs' aim is to destroy Israel," I remeinded our visitors. "Nothing we give them or do for them will change their goal. It's important to listen to what they say and not to imagine, like John Lennon."

      "Have you seen a map?" I asked them.  "Take a good look and tell me if Israel could survive with a terror state here.  I'm a pragmatist.  The only way Israel can survive is if we stop terrorism and cease encouraging the lie that there's another people in this area .

      "You're a mother," I reminded the visitor from Great Britain.  "If a bully goes after your son, will you tell him to keep trying to buy the bully off, or will you make your son stronger and more confident?"

      That's right.  I'm no dreamer.  I see things very clearly.  I'm a pragmatist.