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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:

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      Tammuz 22, 5770, 7/4/2010

      "Paying The Price"


      Shavua Tov, Have a wonderful week. It's summer here in Shiloh; the land is drying out. 

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      me-ander and lots more of my political observations on Shiloh Musings.

      I was debating between two posts for this site, one discussing whether or not it's enough to be spiritual, or do you really need to follow Halacha, Jewish Law.  You can read it by clicking the preceding highlighted text.  And here's:

      Here's the text of Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu's statement (click) concerning his capitulation to the demand that he release dangerous terrorists in exchange for Hamas held IDF solider Gilad Shalit.  Yes, I call it a capitulation, because even though Bibi knows very well that these terrorists are dangerous enemies he's still willing to free them from Israeli jails.

      The Prime Minister has given in to media pressure and gone against his common sense and painful knowledge of history agreeing to release one thousand (1,000) very deadly, unrepentant Arab terrorists.  The verb, "to pay the price" is the crucial term here:
      "The State of Israel has always been prepared to pay a heavy price for the release of its hostages."
      "The German mediator's proposal that we decided to accept requires the release of 1,000 terrorists. This is a price that I am prepared to pay in order to bring Gilad home."

      "However, there are prices that I am not prepared to pay that are not included in the proposed deal."
      "The call to pay any price is a natural cry from the heart of any father, mother, grandfather, sister or brother."
      "The State of Israel is prepared to pay a heavy price for the release of Gilad Shalit but is unable to say "at any price"."
      I have no doubt that Netanyahu thought hard over every word and nuance when writing this statement.  I don't like the decision.  I think it's a mistake.  Remember that the terrorists haven't agreed to it.  They've, rather expectedly, raised their demands.Last night on the TV news here in Israel, someone (whose name I didn't catch) criticized the government's offer saying he's "willing to pay any price" to get Gilad Shalit back home.  There are other Israeli Leftists saying the same.  I heartily suggest that they contact the Arab terrorists and offer them their names, addresses etc and of their spouse, children, family and close friends and tell them that they shouldn't bother attacking others, like my family and friends who aren't willing to "pay the price."  Fair is fair, nu?  They're the ones who have been pushing the deal.  They should pay for it!