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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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      Elul 27, 5769, 9/16/2009

      "War Crimes," "Peace" and Other Lies


      There's more on Shiloh Musings and me-ander, which are updated more frequently.

      Is this United Nations "fact finding" mission another "dog bites man, man bites dog" expose`?  When we innocent Jewish Israeli citizens were suffering from frequent Arab terrorism, did the United Nations bother budgeting and sending out any fact finding missions to investigate the situation?  Of course not.  If they had, the conclusions would have shown pathological cruelty and violence by Arabs against Jews, and that wouldn't sell many papers.

      Israel's self-defense is not a sic "War Crime," no matter how you slice it.  Israel, like any normal self-respecting country, has the right and responsibility to defend herself against all sorts of aggression.  Israel's "crime" against its own civilians is waiting years, instead of attacking those attacking us immediately.  By accepting the rocket attacks passively all those years in silence, succesive Israeli Governments failed in their most basic role and responsibility to defend innocent civilians.


      The state of war, which predates the establishment of the State of Israel in 1948 and certainly predates the Six Days War nineteen years later in 1967, is due to Arab aggression which had been supported by the British Mandate.


      Peace is not up to Israel
      .  Peace is up to those initiating attacks.  Peace is the responsibility of the Arabs and their international supporters.  There's nothing for us to negotiate.  "Concessions" will only bring us more attacks and leave us weaker.  Organizations like "Peace Now" actually encourage war, Arab aggression, because the Arabs see a weakened Israel which lacks the motivation to fight, to defend itself.

      We will only enjoy true peace when our enemies are defeated we defeat our enemies!