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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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The other day, I found myself watching an episode of the TV show "24," and I couldn't stop laughing. No, it's not a comedy, certainly not intentionally by the screenwriters. It's a very tense drama, but there was some dialogue that ran so true, I thought I was eavesdropping on high-ranking politicians/diplomats/policy-makers. One character, Jack Bauer, was looking on incredulously while the other Allison Taylor, who is supposed to be President of the USA, was insisting that his actions would damage the "peace process." She was part of negotiations to "bring peace" to a part of the world that "never had peace before." Granted, I'm paraphrasing from memory.
How many times have international and Israeli politicians/diplomats said the same fantasy-filled junk/lies?
"Happily ever after" may be the perfect ending to a fictional fairy tale, book or movie, but in real life we have enemies who can't change their "stripes," feelings, ideologies, psyches etc. Israel has Arab enemies who aren't shy about telling the truth. They want to destroy us! Ignoring this easy to verify fact is the biggest danger to world peace than any other thing going on in the world today!
In real life people are murdered by terrorists. It's irreversible.
Will there ever be peace? G-d willing, in the future there will be peace, but it's not something we can "buy," negotiate etc. True peace will evolve, when the Arabs realize that we are strong and can't be budged. So, the truth is that, yes, peace is up to us, but being "nice" won't get us peace.
Only if we're strong, determined and faithful to G-d and our Land will we have true peace!