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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:
Elul 16, 5770, 8/26/2010
I guess you all know that the world is ganging up against us. They want us to hang ourselves, give the Arabs terrorists our Land for another state. It's history repeating itself. Nobody defends the Jews. The United States entered the fighting against the Nazis to salvage their own honor and help Great Britain and then European countries to roll back the Third Reich. Nobody cared that Jews were being slaughtered and tortured and murdered.
So, I'm a pragmatist. I don't care what the world thinks. I keep writing the same message over and over on Shiloh Musings. I write about more mundane things on me-ander. This blog is updated a couple a times a week with whatever post seems most timely.
Dry Bones has a brilliant, as usual, post about Hitler and Nazism. The cartoon is minor in this one. So read the entire post, please.It's so totally outrageous and immoral that people all over the world, including Israel, have no problems with the demand that parts of the world including the Jewish National Homeland, the Biblical Land of Israel, be judenrein, cleansed of Jews. That's racist. That's immoral. And that's part of the Nazi ideology. Connect the dots.
No matter how hard the media and politicians keep pushing the "negotiate with our Arab enemies" line, most Israelis do admit that it won't work. This isn't like trying fly to the moon with paper wings, just foolish unless you count on the wings holding you up when you jump off a cliff. If that's the case, it's suicidal.
Actually, the chances of real peace and security for Israel to be the results of a negotiated "peace treaty" with the likes of Abbas and his terrorist buddies really do compare with a safe and successful flight to the moon flapping paper wings. Are you a believer?
I'll never forget how around twenty plus years ago I begged our school to stop teaching Hebrew reading and writing with the "Bli Sodot" method. Not only did it remind me of the terrible method which had been used to teach English reading and writing to my eldest when we were in England, but it required very skilled fine motor coordination beyond the level of some kids. When seeing frustrated and miserable little kids who couldn't cut the tiny words and sounds, I called it:
"No cuttee, no readee."The school principal replied:
"But we just invested so much money in the videos."Well, after many parents complained about having to invest in assessments and tutoring, they finally went back to a more traditional and successful phonics method.
As hard as it may seen today to call these negotiations all off, it'll be harder tomorrow. There's no light at the end of this tunnel. One just must drill up and climb out. They say that if you discover you're walking in a mind field go back exactly the way you came. So, whichever method they choose, it's fine with me. Just escape!
These negotiations won't bring peace!