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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:

      Shiloh Musings



      Nisan 16, 5770, 3/31/2010

      Stop the farce now!

      Chag Pesach Sameach!  For those of you in Israel, I hope you'll be visiting the Festival at Tel Shiloh.  Today and tomorrow from 10am-5pm.  There are workshops, tours and more activities for the entire family. Check out the Artisans' Fair and eat at the Tabernacle Cafe`.

      There's more than this blog for those interested in reading my articles; check out Shiloh Musings and me-ander.

      What's A Mediator? or Why Israel Should Ignore American Pressure?

      I got a kick out of seeing something in Israel's extreme Left Haaretz newspaper which echoes what I blog about the United States and its mediation sic between us and the Arabs.

      What's a mediator?

      Mediation, a form of alternative dispute resolution (ADR), aims to assist two (or more) disputants in reaching an agreement. Whether an agreement results or not, and whatever the content of that agreement, if any, the parties themselves determine — rather than accepting something imposed by a third party. The disputes may involve states, organizations, communities, individuals or other representatives with a vested interest in the outcome.

      Mediators use appropriate techniques and/or skills to open and/or improve dialogue between disputants, aiming to help the parties reach an agreement (with concrete effects) on the disputed matter. Normally, all parties must view the mediator as impartial.

      Mediators don't impose, especially prior to mediation.

      United States President Barack Hussein Obama is so sure that his agenda is the right one that he is not embarrassed to go against all principles of mediation.  Yes, he's a fraud; he's not a mediator.  The United States is putting unprecedented pressure on Israel to impose its pro-Arab position.  It's time for Israel to declare American "mediation" ended, null and void.


      Stop the farce now!