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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 16, 5769, 6/8/2009

      Obama, They Love Him Or Hate Him


      Report From Golus (The Diaspora, Chu"L, Galut)

      I've been here less than a week, and it seems very clear that people either love or hate their new U. S. President Barack Obama.  Should I have added his middle name, Hussein?  He did at his inauguration.

      After I landed I had to go to a bank, and the "Head of Customer Relations" talked politics to me.  He does not like, trust or anything very good or positive when it comes to Obama.  He also asked me some interesting questions about Jews and Israel:
      "Why are American Jews more liberal than  Israeli ones?"
      I told him that for American Jews life is more theory than real.  Liberals don't like facts getting in the way of their dreams.  In Israel we have to deal with reality, with the real dangers of war, up front close, very intimate.  As a survivor of a terror attack I can't be bothered with fancy words and dreams.  I know that the Arabs are out to kill us.  The Arab terrorist who knocked me down seriously wounded one and murdered another.

      Back to Obama.  The Obama worshipers (and that includes member of my family) are totally and utterly enamored with him and his family, including that horrid unflattering dress Michelle wore to the inauguration.  I guess it is similar to the Kennedy worship of the early 1960's.  That continued to when the airport authorities allowed John-John to fly even though he wasn't fit, which resulted in his crashing, killing himself, his wife and his sister-in-law.

      Another person I spoke to about Obama stressed that he has no track record as an administrator, and they don't think his knowledge and experience in finance is suitable to pull the U.S. out of the depression it's now in.

      Obama's visit to Egypt and his statements there about the Pseudistinians, are so anti-Israel, I wish that Jews and Israelis would listen carefully.  He strongly identifies with them.  He claims to "care about Israel," but that's just words, words he must say for political reasons.  As usual, I wonder who wrote the speeches, obviously a committee.