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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:
Here's The Protest Letter
Following are two recent posts from Shiloh Musings. I post there at least once a day. Other sorts of posts are on me-ander, including more personal and recipes. You're certainly invited to visit my blogs; I hope you do.
Hat tip: IMRA
Part of the self-defeating, peculiar and perverse morality which Israeli and Jewish leaders and shakers have adopted over the generations, or should I say over the millenniums, is this tendency (more ingrained habit) to absorb and accept all sorts of slights and attacks.
Jews all over the world have been at the forefront of all sorts of battles to defend civil rights, human rights of every single persecuted, discriminated against ethnic or national group or religion except for one. Yes, that one is ourselves, Jews and Israelis. Somehow we have a "vision" problem, being terribly "far-sighted," we can't see anything that's close.
I'll never forget the nightmarish sensation sitting in American MO (Modern Orthodox) synagogues on the eve of Disengagement hearing the rabbis babble about Darfur when thousands of loyal, innocent Jewish Israeli citizens were about to be thrown out of their homes for the simple reason that they were Jews. And here, in Israel, it was our elected government, elected on a pro-Jewish rights platform, which conceived and promoted that policy. Why was the Jewish world so silent? I don't expect the non-Jewish media, moralists and politicians to care more than Jews.
We Jews and Israelis are responsible for our fate and our international image. By kowtowing and cooperating with those who want to destroy us we increase the dangers.
It's time to stand tall and proud and fight with words. Done properly, we won't need bullets.
I don't blame the United States, United Nations, Europe etc for the mess Israel's in. I'm not supporting any protests to Obama which demand that he stop forcing Israel to do things which can endanger us. Obama isn't the problem, the Israeli politicians are.
Pressure must be put on Bibi and the so-called Right of Likud and the coalition to stop listening to the Left and the foreigners.
Obama only pressures Israel because he sees it working. If it didn't work, he'd stop.
Every country should do what's best for its security, economy etc, and most countries conduct themselves by that principle. Only Israel thinks that it must sacrifice its land, security, economy for some peculiar morality. Those of us in the opposition must not give up. The future of our country is at risk. We are not obligated to obey foreign dictates nor amputate our HolyLand to give the Arab terrorists a country in our heartland. And if it's true about Shimon Peres offering the Golan to Syria, he should be arrested for sedition. Even as Israeli President he does not have the authority to do such a thing or even negotiate. The Israeli President is not a political position. He's supposed to smile nicely and be polite to ambassadors etc. Nu, so what should non-Israelis say in their protest letters to Israeli politicians:
Dear -, I support the State of Israel, and it worries me that instead of doing everything in your power to protect, develop and support your country, you are endangering it by trying to please those who don't have your best interests at heart.
Don't obey Obama, the United Nations, Europe, the media and all of those on that bandwagon promoting the "two state solution," a Palestinian State. If such a state comes into being, you know perfectly well that its aim is to destroy the State of Israel. You can't negotiate with
peopleenemies like them.
If you're strong, you'll be backed. At present, you're only being pushed. And all these world leaders just want to lead you into a corner, a dead end.
I promise my support if you do what's best to be strong and think of Israel first!