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:
In case you've been wondering why I haven't posted all week, we were sans Internet in Eilat. Here are some pictures. And I'll end this post with a movie from my very first trip to Eilat. I have no doubt that my support for the Ichud Le'umi, National Union, is the correct way to vote in the next Israeli elections
People have been sending me articles and letters warning that "a vote for Ichud Le'umi, National Union, will put Kadima back in power." And the NRP diehards, in their new Jewish Home hats, are claiming that "NU is a wasted vote." Shtuyot, total and utter garbage, scare tactics. And then there are others claiming that we "must vote for Likud to get Feiglin in the Knesset."
I'll take these point by point:
The Likud is a centrist party and isn't campaigning for my vote. I don't agree with most of its platform. To be a centrist party, the Likud needs the Ichud Le'umi to its right. I'm not quite sure what Lieberman's party stands for, especially after his time in Olmert's coalition. I am very suspicious of him, and Uzi Landau's presence there doesn't add anything positive. Remember how some people tried to push Landau to run for head of Likud, but he just ran away. The Likud should be campaigning to get Kadima and Lieberman supporters to vote for it and leave the Land of Israel loyalists to those truly loyal, the NU.
The NRP-Jewish Home is the wasted vote. It's just a "Kadima with a kippah." It's a "supermarket" party too small and fragile to do anything good. The old guys of the NRP thought that the public would fall for its face-lift and make-over, but the religious and nationalist public isn't that stupid. According to some polls, it won't get in at all. It was once the home of religious Zionism, but the fruits of their labor have outgrown them.
And about Feiglin, even if he gets into the Knesset, as the most hated MK in the largest party, he'll get the worst appointments and the least amount of opportunities. The NU MK's, even as, or especially as opposition, will be placed on the crucial committees, because they are opposition. They will have more speaking time, since they won't be competing with the likes of Dan Meridor and Uzi Dayan.
Yes, I have no doubt that my support for the Ichud Le'umi, National Union, is the correct way to vote in the next Israeli elections.