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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:
Kislev 27, 5770, 12/14/2009
Chag Urim Sameach, May You Have an Enlightened Chanukah!
I post more frequently and on a greater variety of topics on my blogs me-ander and Shiloh Musings, so please visit them. You'll find a very recent Havel Havelim, the floating internet magazine filled with links to Jewish blogs all over the world and the latest in the saga of my father's aliyah at the age of 89. You can also read my Dvar Torah Commentary on last week's Portion of the Week, Vayeshev.
Another thing, this coming Friday is Rosh Chodesh Tevet, and we'll be having our תפילת נשים בתל שילה, כולן מוזמנות Women's Prayers at Tel Shiloh, 9:30am. Everyone's welcome.The United States is blessed with geographic isolation. It can play its international manipulations, make all sorts of mistakes without affecting the day-to-day security of its citizens. If its military aid to Lebanon becomes the tools of death and destruction, residents of Omaha, Chicago, Los Angeles, New York etc aren't touched. If its Afghan policy becomes a boomerang disaster, the residents of Maine, Miami, Cleveland, Hollywood etc won't feel it. Israel, even at its maximum size, is minute. We don't have the luxury of space and isolation to make mistakes. If you have trouble reading the distance scales, this will give you a better idea of what Obama, Clinton, Europe, the United Nations, Appease Peace sic Now, etc are planning for us. The above map isn't even up to date. The weapons available to the Arabs today are more powerful.
Israel is about the size of New Jersey. How could anyone in their right mind promote an Arab terror state, larger/wider, in many places than Israel? The 1949 ceasefire lines is an irregular indefensible "border." There is no natural geographical or military logic to it. There's no long history to justify it. These borders only lasted about eighteen years until the neighboring Arab states, Jordan, Egypt and Syria, attacked Israel in 1967 with the aim of destroying the only Jewish country in the world.
Miraculously, yes, totally unexpectedly and beyond any military plans, Israel not only survived but liberated the necessary territory to create defensive borders. And even more unexpectedly, instead of fully annexing the land, which houses our long ancient history, successive Israeli Governments have been scheming to give it to Arab terrorists. Neither United States President Obama, nor his Secretary of State Hillary Clinton are experts in history, defense etc. They also have a stated agenda to promote a Pseudistinian "Palestinian" sic state. We in Israel have neither a legal nor moral obligation to obey their dictates.