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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:
I am posting this at the tail end of Israel's Soldiers and Terror Victims Memorial Day. In a very short time we will transition from mourning to celebration. I consider the connecting of our Memorial and Independence Days to be among the wisest decisions made by our early leaders. There wouldn't be a state if we hadn't fought for it. John Lennon was wrong in claiming that an ideal world is one in which you don't have to die for anything. If it's not worth dying for, it's not worth living for. The recent addition of terror victims to Memorial Day is also very important. Our enemies attack us all, not just our soldiers. They don't distinguish between civilian and military.
Veteran readers of this blog know that I blog elsewhere, on Shiloh Musings and me-ander. Please visit those blogs. I've been debating which of my recent articles to post here. In the end I decided to fly the flag of the State of Israel. Please read U.S. Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates Admits: "The Emperor Has No Clothes!" and Ehud Barak, Wrong Again. "Brave Decisions" Don't Bring Peace by clicking the titles. Thank you.