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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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      Av 29, 5769, 8/19/2009

      Voted Feiglin, Got Barak, The Jewish National Psychosis


      There's lots more to read on my other blogs, Shiloh Musings and me-ander.  And here's a "reading comprehension test" about Mike Huckabee.

      -- Voted for Feiglin And Got Barak or The Jewish National Psychosis

      Many Israeli voters are pro-Jews for Land of Israel, lots more than the numbers who voted for Ichud Le'umi, The National Union. The NU was the only political party not willing to compromise on our Jewish National Civil Rights.

      Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has no pride, endangering the country to please U.S. President Obama.

      What's the point of restricting Jewish life? In all honesty, what's the difference between Bibi's policies and what Tsippi Livne and Ehud Barak support?

      • Why have successive Israeli Governments, whether elected as Right, Left or Center given such authority to the United States?
      • Why is our government negotiating with the United States about our basic rights as an independent country?
      • What is wrong with us?

      Ever since I began sending out my articles, and later on blogging and getting published in a few periodicals, I'm asked the same question:

      Why aren't Israelis out in the street protesting?

      There seems to be a serious national psychosis, personality disorder, which affects most Jews both in Israel and the galut, abroad.

      Jews are always in the forefront of all civil rights protest movements, except when Jews are the victims!

      Even though successive "gestures" to our enemies have only brought us terrorism and war, we keep trying to give them more.

      Patriotic Israelis who support Jewish Rights in the Land of Israel voted for the Likud, even though Bibi Netanyahu made it clear that he was pushing "Center" policies and disenfranchising the more Right wing members of the Likud, especially Moshe Feiglin.

      I'm a pragmatist, maybe simplistic in my logic. I see things clearly. I look at the facts, the actions. Don't try to sway me with theory and wishfulness. It just doesn't work on me. I'm probably a bad candidate for hypnosis.

      My priorities are simple.

      • The Land of Israel for the People of Israel, the Jewish People!
      • We can't trust anyone but ourselves and G-d Almighty!

      The Jewish Month of Elul, the preparatory month before Rosh Hashannah and Yom Kippur, the High Holidays, begins tonight.

      Chodesh Tov

      May it be a good month,

      A month of Tshuva (Repentance) and Blessings.