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      by Yisrael Medad
      My blog from the heart of the heartland of the Jewish People in Eretz-Yisrael with thoughts, observations and ideas.

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      I am a resident of Shiloh, with my wife and children, and now grandchildren, since 1981, having come on Aliyah in 1970.  I have served in a volunteer capacity as a Yesha Council spokesperson, twice a member of Amana's secretariat, Benjamin Regional Council plenum member and mayor of Shiloh.  I was a parliamentary aide for Geula Cohen and two other MKs, an advisor to a Minister, vice-chairman and executive director of Israel's Media Watch and currently, am Information and Content Resource coordinator for the Begin Heritage Center.

      Tishrei 28, 5774, 10/2/2013

      Yes, Better

      The essence of the conflict that is termed the Israel-Palestine Conflict is that we Jews as Zionists challenge the Arabs not only nationalistically and politically as regards whose country is this land - Eretz-Yisrael or Eretz-Yishmael - but the issue is on a more fundamental intellectual, theological, philosophical and cultural level.

      We challenge those who term themselves Palestinians to define who they really are.

      We challenge them to coexist with us.

      We challenge them to share a Holy Site.

      We challenge them to be tolerant.

      We challenge them to be more liberal and humanist.

      We challenge them to adopt a different moral code of behavior.

      We challenge them to be more democratic.

      We are not perfect but we are better even as we know we can be better.

      Do they want to be better?

      Do they wish to liberate themselves mentally, emotionally and psychologically from their hate and rejection?

      Can they accept sharing and cooperation, even on water and sanitation issues to save and preserve this land?