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      From the Hills of Efraim
      by Yisrael Medad
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      Yisrael Medad is a revenant resident of Shiloh, in the Hills of Efrayim north of Jerusalem.  He arrived in Israel with his wife, Batya, in 1970 and lived in the renewing Jewish Quarter, eventually moving to Shiloh in 1981. 

      Currently the Menachem Begin Center's Information Resource Director, he has previously been director of Israel's Media Watch, a Knesset aide to three Members of Knesset and a lecturer in Zionist History.  He assists the Yesha Council in it's contacts with the Foreign Media in a volunteer capacity, is active on behalf of Jewish rights on the Temple Mount and is involved in various Jewish and Zionist activist causes.  He contributes a Hebrew-language media column to Besheva and publishes op-eds in the Jerusalem Post and other periodicals.

      He also blogs at MyRightWord in English and, in Hebrew, at The Right Word.

      Sivan 10, 5769, 6/2/2009

      I Admit: It's All Unnatural


      For anyone reading the reports in the media, in blogs and elsewhere on the issue of natural growth, the amount of material and its complexity is overwhelming.  Well, it certainly is for me.  It is also, sometimes, frustrating.  Take this New York Times graphic presentation, for example.

      It appears quite impressive but what it is actually doing is imparting a sense of Jewish dominance, of something slithering along.  First of all, besides four Arab cities, where are the hundreds of Arab villages.  Second, if Arab population growth were placed on the same map, it would overrun the outlines and become a blob.

      I am sure that if I had a real head for mathematics I could explain issues such as demographics, density, birth rates, etc.

      I don't so just let me say: I admit it.  There really is no "natural growth".  It's all unnatural.

      Jews have returned home.  They are revenants, coming back to their ancestral homes after centuries.

      Despite difficulties, terror, opposition from within, pressure from without and many other obstacles, our growth is almost miraculous.

      Maybe we do have God on our side.