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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 21, 5770, 12/8/2009

      "For We Are Paupers Without It"


      Yossi Melman of Ha-Ha-Haaretz has clarified the extent of post-Zionist pottiness.

      In his "Give Up Jerusalem" op-ed, he kisses Jerusalem good-bye.  From the text:-

          There are about 200 countries in the world, but it seems that only two attribute holiness to their capital: Israel and Palestine...Jerusalem has always been an obstacle to a settlement...The leaders on both sides, not only the religious leadership but also secular politicians, consider Jerusalem not merely their "eternal capital" but attribute holiness to its stones, its homes and its symbols.

          ...it might be better if they agreed on the following: Israel would announce that at least temporarily it would move its capital to a different city...In parallel, the Palestinians will agree that Jerusalem will not be declared their capital...Would this mean that Israel is giving up on the Jewish connection to Jerusalem? Of course not. The religious, historic and emotional connection will remain, precisely like it did during 2,000 years of exile, which did not blur that link. Does this mean that the two sides are relinquishing their historic rights or sovereignty over the city? Of course not...Even if the proposed hiatus does not advance peace, it may bring healing to the dying city. And when Jerusalem goes back to being Israel's capital it will also be a city worthy of such standing, a city in which life is good...

      Ha-Ha-Haretz strikes again.

      Uri Tzvi Greenberg expressed it well some 50 years ago:

      "כל העולם לא כדאי לנו באין זיו מקדש ירושלים.
      שבעים אומות – שבעים אימות, באין כתר ירושלים.

      שקול שקלנו בהר הבית כנגד כל זהב פרוים
      ובאינו-עוד זה שקלנו אביוני ירושלים.

      גם כל יהב גאוננו המון שלכת אלי מים
      כי מה ערכנו בלאומים בלי כבוד-ישות ירושלים..."

      For us, the entire world has no worth without the shine of the Temple in Jerusalem
      Seventy nations - seventy fears, without the crown of Jerusalem.
      We have measured our shekels on the Temple Mount more than all the gold of their furs
      And without it, we are the paupers of Jerusalem.
      All our hope of pride is also as the mass of fallen leaves at the water
      For what is our value amongst the nations without the honor of essential being that is Jerusalem.

      Collected Works, Vol. 11, p. 168

      If Melman represents the level of secular nationalism, of a-historicism, of the total lack of political astuteness of Israel's elites, woe are we.