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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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      Iyar 11, 5769, 5/5/2009

      Playing With Fire


      For many years, Israeli politicians have been trying verbal acrobatics and contortions, teasing the world with promises to work for a Pseudistinian State, claiming that:

      "No problem. The Arabs will never agree to our conditions."

      "Remember when Ehud Barak was Prime Minister, he offered the Arabs over 90%, and they said no."

      "Don't worry."

      "Trust us."

      Sorry, but I disagree. I consider it playing with fire.

      It reminds of me of the old joke, variously attributed to George Bernard Shaw or Winston Churchill and Lady Astor.

      “My Dear,” said the gentleman to the lady, “would you go to bed with me for a million dollars?”

      “Well, yes, I suppose I would,” she replied.

      “Here’s $100. Let’s go then.”

      “How dare you! What kind of person do you think I am?”

      “My Dear, we have already established that. Now we are merely haggling over the price!”

      And another dangerous game Israel is playing is having a Deputy Foreign Minister, Daniel "Danny" Ayalon, who is married to  an Evangelical Christian.  I wish I was kidding.  Read all about it!