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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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      Sivan 3, 5769, 5/26/2009

      Peace Is Not "Up To Israel"

      It doesn't matter what Israel, does, offers or says there is no chance that it will result in peace. That's because violence, tension, terror etc in the Middle-East and world are not caused by Israel.
      The Arabs don't want "peace,"

      • Israel is not the aggressor and is not at war.
      • Israel rather nebichly, pathetically tries to defend itself and its civilians.
      • All of the aggression comes from the Arabs, and that includes the 1967 Six Days War.

      Israeli political leaders sedated and brainwashed the population into believing that the precariously dangerous 1949 cease-fire lines, which excluded our holiest sites in Jerusalem, including The Temple Mount and Kotel, the Western Wall, and Judea and Samaria where most of the Biblical narrative--our ancient history--took place, were perfectly sufficient for the Jewish State.

      This brainwashing was so effective that even when G-d made a great miracle and the results of the war were that Israel had liberated Judea, Samaria, the Golan, the Jordan Valley, the Sinai and all of Jerusalem, many citizens expected to give it all to the Arabs.

      Yes, even now, forty-two years after the war, Israeli "thinkers" are still thinking of ways to give our historic Land to our enemy in exchange for "peace." There's a big problem here.

      The Arabs don't want "peace," not even among themselves. Their culture and mentality are different. That's a fact.

      Israeli politicians are still dangerously spinning all sorts of schemes and plans, egged on by the Americans and Europeans. None of this will work.

      Only one thing will be good for Israel and that's to say "No" to all the plans and just get busy building our country and destroying those who want us destroyed before they succeed.