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News & Call-In with Tamar Yonah
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:
Our enemies can talk all they want, but we're building homes for Jewish families here in Shiloh, Israel. And people are buying, thank G-d.
We're the only people who have a national history here. This is Jewish Land, our Land and there's no way to deny it.
Ehud Barak has left the Labor Party. This may be his next exit from politics. He was defeated after being Prime Minister and somehow bounced back, because Binyamin Netanyahu wanted a Center-Left government and appointed him Defense Minister.
Ehud Barak isn't all that popular with ordinary Israelis any more. I can't imagine too many people voting for a breakaway party headed by him. Like many former IDF Chiefs of Staff, he was pretty popular early on in his retirement from the army, but his reign as Prime Minister was so terrible, terrorist-terrible, that his luster was quickly tarnished. The Labor Party itself hasn't been doing well in recent elections, and a split is the last thing it needed.
It's interesting that Barak is touting his new party/faction as Center, not Left. That should have him fighting with Kadima and Bibi's vision of Likud for votes. Politics is fun to watch, to observe. I prefer it to reality TV. It's the real thing....