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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.

      Kislev 30, 5769, 12/27/2008

      The Goof of Gershom Gorenberg


      Gershom Gorenberg is quite anti-Yesha.  His book, "Accidental Empire"*, repeats in English what Yehiel Admoni published many years ago in Hebrew: the story of the 1967-1977 period of the renewal of Jewish life in Judea, Samaria and Gaza as well as Sinai and the Golan.

      He blogs.  Together with Haim Watzman, he can be found at South Jerusalem.

      Gershom, a kippa-wearer, has a piece in The American Prospect entitled, "The Rebel Prince", against Moshe Feiglin (and also at his South Jerusalem blog.

      I do not support Feiglin and his Jewish Leadership group, but I don't like what Gorenberg did there.

      He notes that "on the Jewish Leadership website, a Hebrew document proposes principles for a constitution for Israel". The unavoidable presumption is that the document is an official one. It's "there", no?

      But anyone with a modicum of Hebrew could have read and known that that "document" was composed by Prof. Hillel Weiss who, at the least, is well-known as an independent thinker.  Moreover, as it is written there, it was uploaded as part of an internal discussion as to the future character of a Jewish state. In the framework of a debate, many things are suggested. The implication of Gorenberg is that that document is the agreed upon approach, decided at some official convocation, but that is not only wrong but intended to be misleading.

      Goremberg compounded his error, intentional as it was, by not only publishing it at his personal blog but putting it up at a general, goyish, "liberal" forum.  And that is a shanda.

      Shame he did that 'before the goyim'.

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      Read this excerpt from the book