J Street is Beyond the Pale

Yisrael Medad,

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Yisrael Medad
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 was Information and Content Resource coordinator for the Begin Heritage Center. I am now Deputy Editor of the critical edition in anthology of Jabotinsky's writing in English.

Have you read J Street's release on the new US Ambassador to Israel, fellow A7 contributor, David Friedman?

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"J Street...said in a statement that it was “vehemently opposed to the nomination.”

“As someone who has been a leading American friend of the settlement movement, who lacks any diplomatic or policy credentials,” it said, “Friedman should be beyond the pale.”"

Beyond the pale? Have they any idea of the historical resonance of that?


"The Pale of Settlement ְַָֹּּּּֿ́́ was a western region of Imperial Russia with varying borders that existed from 1791 to 1917, in which permanent residency by Jews was allowed and beyond which Jewish permanent residency was generally prohibited. However, Jews were excluded from residency in a number of cities within the Pale..."

Of course, they do get credit points for an oblique reference to the term "settlement" but those points are a minus.

"Settlement" was in the Galut, the Diaspora and we had no control. The authorities did.

In our homeland of Eretz Yisrael, we have returned to Zion, we are residents, we are the revenants who have come back after a long time to out heartland.

We live in communities which are villages, towns and cities and agricultural, urban or mixed in character.

If anyone, J Street is beyond the pale.And their policies pale in comparison to what Jews and Judaism and Zionism are really.