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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.

      Kislev 6, 5770, 11/23/2009

      Jerusalem to Berlin: No Regrets


      Chancellor Angela Merkel's spokesman opened his mouth:-

      "We greatly regret the recent decision to allow the construction of new homes in East Jerusalem," spokesman Ulrich Wilhelm told reporters at a regular news conference.

      "Settlement building in East Jerusalem is a major stumbling block on the road towards sustainable progress in the Middle East peace process," he said, adding Merkel would discuss the matter with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu next week.

      Major?

      Regret?

      Well, Germany is just going to have to get over it.

      The city of Berlin was eventually unified.

      Jerusalem was eventually unified.

      Jerusalem shall remain unified.

      That is the major reality.

      And no regrets.