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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:
Nisan 13, 5769, 4/7/2009
Could Second Try Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu have positioned Minister of Foreign Affairs Avigdor Lieberman as his lightning rod to get the flack, while he tries to steer the country into safer waters? Please forgive me for the mixed metaphor.
The Arabs are uncompromisingly and very clearly aimed to destroy us.
If that's the case, it's good news. Lieberman's the right guy for the job. He loves attention and knows how to rile and tease the media. Too bad this isn't some movie or TV series. It's a casting director's dream.
At this point it seems that they're the two most skilled politicians in the field here in Israel. Both are masters at composing great "sound bytes." But I can't imagine them saying the same things.
They're like mirror images of each other. Bibi's gut instinct is more Right, but he talks Left, and Lieberman talks Right, but in terms of Israel, he's more Left. The big problem is that neither seem to have much of a religious, spiritual connection to our Land and People.
None of the inner circle of Bibi's bloated cabinet are religious. Minister of Environmental Protection Gilad Erdan admitted at the Jerusalem Conference that he's a graduate of an elite yeshiva high school. He's ambitious, but at this point, young enough to be Bibi's son, he must wait his turn.
I don't think that's the right strategy at all. Obama, with all of his power and media backing, isn't the problem. The problem is here in Israel where most politicians and the media are supporting the same thing. They all want a new Arab state in our Holy Heartland. Israel wouldn't survive, and once it's in place, there's no turning back.
The result would be a hundred years or more of suffering, death and destruction until with G-d's help we're again in a position to rule in our HolyLand.
There's no "conflict" here. Compromise wouldn't help. The Arabs are uncompromisingly and very clearly aimed to destroy us. Just listen to what they say, not other people's pretty words. The only "peace" they promise is the "peace" of death.