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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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      Adar 9, 5769, 3/5/2009

      I Have My Doubts About The "Orange Camp"


       
      We're a People in search of leadership, inspiration and confidence in our National Right and Legitimacy.

      Where Has the Orange Camp Gone?

      More important:

      What exactly is, or was, the "Orange Camp?"
       
      As a pragmatist, I need to fully define the term. Simply, I do understand it to mean those who opposed Disengagement.
       
      So, if that's the case, who were its leaders? And please don't forget that Disengagement did take place. Gush Katif, Kfar Darom and northern Samarian communities were destroyed by the Israeli Government. Yes, that means that the "Orange Camp" failed.
       
      Again, who led it? Were they independent activists, government employees, like rabbis, or both? Were they the Women in Green or Moetzet YESHA?
       
       
      Yes, I'm repeating myself. They failed, and unless I missed something, they didn't apologize for that failure... whoever they are.
       
      So, as far as I'm concerned, we're probably better off without them. We need a new leadership. Yes, we need leadership. I was so enthusiastic when the Ichud Le'umi, National Union got back together. But I don't understand why Hatikvah's Ron Breiman or anyone else should be so fixated on those who failed. Why should he have any expectations?
       
      Orange is history. Those who led it didn't succeed in winning the hearts of the Israeli people nor the hearts and minds the Jews in the Diaspora. If they had, our IDF soldiers would never have cooperated with the army. They would have found themselves incapable of taking innocent Jews from their homes.
       
      We're a People in search of leadership, inspiration and confidence in our National Right and Legitimacy.