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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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      Shevat 21, 5769, 2/15/2009

      Two Dimentional, Too Inaccurate


      As much as I love the Jerusalem Post's Ruthie Blum Leibowitz, she missed the biggest mistake in the media coverage of last week's Israeli elections.  All the talk in the media has been of Right and Left, even though the two largest parties, Kadima and Likud consider themselves Centrist.

      The tragic irony of it all is that the public is mostly Left or Right.  Center is a cop-out.

      In simple math that means:
      Bibi + Tsippi = no principles
      other than holding onto their seats

      At the recent Jerusalem Conference, we heard Left wing Ofer-Peenes complaining about the "sixty year olds" going into politics after retiring from their careers.  He insisted that  politics is a career in itself, and that just because someone is a specialist in another field doesn't mean that he should parachute into high office at the expense of career-politicians.

      Politicians who specialize in knowing how to get elected don't know bubkes about the real world.  Too bad that Bibi who does know history and economics has traded in that knowledge for election platitudes.  Pleasing the media and the world will only backfire.

      The world doesn't care what happens to Israel, just like the world didn't care when the Nazis were murdering the six million Jews in Europe.  Look at how the UN votes.

      We have to think of ourselves first, and that's it.  The Israeli Centrist politicians will only make things worse.  They don't provide leadership.  They just follow dangerous agendas.