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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:
Rosh Chodesh Nissan, Women's Rosh Chodesh Prayers at Tel Shiloh will be next Tuesday, March 16. Please join us and publicize it. Thanks
Women's Prayers תפילת נשים
Rosh Chodesh Nissan ראש חודש ניסן
Tuesday March 16, 2010
יום ג' 16-3
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Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu thinks that he has solved the "problems" of his "Ten Month YESHA Building Freeze" by offering financial compensation, as if we can be bought off, or his policies only have financial repercussions and not security or national viability or negative "Hasbara," Public Relations.
What follows is part of the official announcement:
Compensation Outline Approved for Elements Adversely Affected by the Temporary Suspension of New Construction in Judea and Samaria
(Communicated by the Prime Minister's Media Adviser)
In continuation of the Cabinet decision regarding the temporary suspension of new construction in Judea and Samaria, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu today (Sunday), 7.3.10, approved the outline for compensating the various elements that were adversely affected by the decision. The outline was prepared by a team led by Cabinet Secretary Tzvi Hauser, with the participation of professional representatives from the Finance, Defense and Justice Ministries, as well as from the Prime Minister's Office. In the framework of the outline, it was decided to set uniform criteria, for providing compensation, on three tracks:
To those who purchased apartments, to contractors and those with building permits and one-time compensation to those local councils that were adversely affected by the decision.
The detailed criteria will be issued in the coming days.
Now I'm beginning to understand how Menachem Begin protested against German War Reparations, l'havdil, to differentiate-they're not the same, but...
The most important problems, dangers from the building freeze aren't financial, but obviously those whose pockets are affected have more influence than patriots like myself. Paying off contractors doesn't solve the problem. The government is just following old mistaken policies that we "settlers" have a price and can be compensated for "inconveniences" or G-d forbid forced eviction. No way. I'm not for sale! Building freezes for Jews, whether ten months, ten years or ten minutes are dangerous. They encourage our enemies and strengthen them.
Israel isn't a viable and secure country without Judea and Samaria. That is why Jordan allied itself with Egypt and Syria to attack us in June, 1967. Every time we give the Arabs of Judea and Samaria more independence we're weakening our country.
No foreign country has ever come to our aid when we've been attacked and nobody will. And if they ever would it would be to rule us.
They'd rather add annexes to their very popular Holocaust museums. Building is life, living. You can't buy me off. I'm not for sale!