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:
Shevat 17, 5769, 2/11/2009
... Bibi would have won.
I wasn't really surprised by Bibi's failure to win big. Honestly, how many people like raw, unflavored tofu? How much satisfaction does one get from eating the bagel's hole? Bibi ran circles rather than giving the public solutions to our many problems.
Avigdor Lieberman read the polls correctly. The people want the Right answers, not diplomatic plattitudes. The Israeli media electioneered consistently for Tsippi, trying to show her as fun, human and the person "everyone" really wanted. So the confirmed conformists voted for her instead of putting the Retirees back to work in the Knesset.
Many of us who wanted straight, clear answers and principles voted for Ichud Le'umi.
Of course, it didn't get the publicity, nor have a leader with the power and charisma of Lieberman.
Election Day was stormy.
We braved the weather and voted, thankful for every drop of rain.
Now we must pray that those elected will be gifted with wisdom, G-d willing.