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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 22, 5769, 2/16/2009

      The Will of The People

      I have no way of knowing what's happening behid the scenes in the coalition negotiations, but my kishkes (gut feeling) tells me that it's no good.

      Following is a post from Shiloh Musings.

      The media keeps telling us that because Kadima got a few more votes, equaling one more Knesset seat than the Likud, it means that the people chose Tsippi Livni to be the next Prime Minister of Israel.

      The Israeli political system is not all that simplistic.  We have neither a two nor a three party "situation."  These big "winners," in Kadima got less than 25% of the popular vote!

      That is the truth.  There are one-hundred and twenty, yes 120, Knesset seats, so you need thirty to have one quarter of the Knesset.  And a majority, more than half, means a coalition of more than sixty.  Whether 27 or 28, that means that the "ruling party" will be less than half of the coalition.

      I'll start a new paragraph to give you time to digest it.

      The Israeli media is working overtime to promote little (she's tall in body, but obviously short in leadership qualities) Tsippi.  It's rather pathetic how hard the media has to struggle to make her seem like Prime Minister material.

      Bibi is more intelligent and has more grass-roots support, but he hasn't shown true leadership.  His disgusting maneuver to change the Likud primary results made him look like a mean cheat, not a true worthy leader.

      So, we're stuck between the devil and the deep blue sea.

      I find this Jerusalem Post survey very revealing.  Of course, the participating public was readers of the Jerusalem Post.

      Forming a new government won't be easy for either party, and if they manage something, it will be so top heavy and expensive with every MK and his/her mother as a Minister or Assistant Minister, "Volvos & driver plus."

      And if a government isn't formed, then we're stuck with Olmert for even longer, and we'll need new elections, which may have even less clear results.

      I've been taking a course in Matan about our ancient prophets, and it's horrifying to see the paralells today, thousands of years later. Hashem Ya'azor, G-d, please help us.