Yisrael Medad and 35 colleagues from Jerusalem’s Menachem Begin Heritage Center just spent a week literally walking thru the former Prime Minister’s early life in Poland to understand the man on an entirely new level. What’s shaped Begin’s ideology? How did he relate to David Ben Gurion, the dominant personality of the early years of pre-state and statehood? Was he a terrorist? Did he prevent a Jewish civil war? Eve Harow discusses with Yisrael the generation of (physically) small giants whose contributions from all sides of the political spectrum still resonate today.The Land of Israel
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Deliver me, I pray Thee, from the hand of my brother, from the hand of Esau; for I fear him, lest he come and smite me, the mother with the children.”-Genesis 32:10 (Machon Mamre Online)
“The seal of G-d is truth”- Talmud: Tractate Sanhedrin 64a
“Those who cannot debate, defame.” – Rabbi Meir Kahane (of blessed memory)
I recently authored an article entitled, “Esau Rising: The War Against The Jewish Soul,” for The Jewish Press, where I detailed the growing threat of the Hayovel missionary organization in the Shomron. As I had hoped, I provoked a reaction from two of the pivotal players who have been aiding and working with this organization and its leader, Tommy Waller; namely, David Haivri of the Shomron Liason Office and Yisrael Medad, who responded to my article in the form of a blog post on Arutz Sheva, Fuchs Descending. A not terribly clever title which riffs on my own title, Esau Rising”…. You get the point. (I had to resist the urge to counter with “Medad’s Madness.”) Personally, I am pleased that I evoked such a reaction. It means I got under his skin.
Yisrael Medad’s Arutz Sheva profile notes that he has “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.” Needless to say, he was not happy with my article and he accused me of “falsehood and misrepresentation.” Not only are Medad and his ilk involved in terrible halachic prohibitions, he has the gall to respond with such brazen falsehood, despite the tremendous documentation which exposes (for those who want to do the research) that the Wallers are evangelical missionaries. This article will respond to Yisrael Medad on a point-by -point basis, his comments being italicized. As I hope to show the reader, there is no doubt that Hayovel is a missionary organization, and that they would not be where they are today, were it not for individuals like David Haivri and Yisrael Medad.
Before I start, I would like to recommend the following websites as excellent sources for information on missionary activity in Israel, including the Waller family and Hayovel. I would be remiss if i did otherwise, since they are the most prominent players exposing this horrific phenomenon. Their work is a tremendous sanctification of The Almighty’s name in the face of an unprecedented desecration. I leave it to the intellectual honesty of the reader to do the research, weigh the evidence, and decide for themselves.
As I see it, any intellectually honest Jew or righteous gentile will be blown away with what is going on in the Shomron. Ignore the carefully crafted statements of the Medads and Haivris of the Jewish community, who try to portray parve images of the Wallers. If you check out these sites and process the damning information, you will see what is going on. To do otherwise would be akin to saying that ISIS is not crucifying and beheading people, despite the plethora of video footage of atrocities.
Point #1: Medad starts by citing a paragraph from my article and then responding:
Donny Fuchs: Our many spiritual foes desire our souls. They wish to convert us. Many religious Jews recognize the danger of the former, but not the latter. They have forgotten centuries of mass slaughter from those who merely wanted us to fall on our knees and kiss the cross.”
Medad responds: Who is the “they”? Is it possible that there are non-Jews who seek to assist the Jewish People, and more specifically the rights of Jews in the Land of Israel? Is Fuchs not capable of distinguishing between those Christians who wish to convert and those who do not engage in missionary activity? Or does he negate all Christians?Donny Fuchs
The headlines roll out, the journalistic warfare continues, and the Jewish State once more is cast in the starring role of “evil, Apartheid empire.” This time the story is that Israel is forcing the Arab Palestinians to ride separate buses from the ones Jewish Israelis ride.
The reality is exactly the opposite – there are no “Palestinian only” buses. Instead, with its new bus routes, Israel is reducing crowded buses, attempting to relieve ethnic tensions and security concerns, and is assisting Arab Palestinians enter Green Line Israel to work. But we’ll get to the facts – which exonerate Israel from “Apartheid” charges – in a minute. For right now you can rest assured that despite efforts to cast the Arab Palestinians in the role of Rosa Parks, a closer fit would be to cast the purveyors of this latest attack as peddlers of the Big Lie.
First, the hysteria:
One headline, from the magazine formerly known as Newsweek, and now known as – more accurately – the Daily Beast, “West Bank Buses Only the Latest in Israel’s Segregated Public Transport,” and one from the uber-leftist +972, “Israel’ new ‘Palestinian only’ segregated bus line,” and even the Israeli news media outlet YNet fans the flames: “Ministry launches ‘Palestinians only’ buses.”
The claims are exactly as you would expect them, and made by those whom you would suspect. For example, Jessica Montell is the director of the anti-Israel, pro-Arab B’tselem Rights group. “Creating separate bus lines for Israeli Jews and Palestinians is a revolting plan,” Montell told Army Radio. “This is simply racism.”
And the far-leftist political Meretz party chairwoman Zahava Gal-On reamed Transportation Minister Israel Katz, demanding that he “immediately cancel the segregated lines in the West Bank. Separate bus lines for Palestinians prove that occupation and democracy cannot coexist,” she said.
What are the facts?
First of all, all Israeli citizens are permitted to ride all Israeli transportation vehicles, whether they are Arab, Finnish or Lithuanian, Jewish, Muslim, Christian or Buddhist.
Second, any non-citizen of Israel, just as is the case with every other country in the world, has to show identification when entering Israel’s official borders – it is true for American citizens entering Canada and Mexico, just as it is the case for citizens of the Palestinian Authority who wish to enter Israel.
Third, Israeli citizens who live in Judea and Samaria pay taxes, a portion of which subsidize the transportation infrastructure and vehicles, whereas Arabs who live in the PA towns do not. In fact, taxes paid by Arabs in Israel are turned over to the PA to support their infrastructure, which includes – or should – transportation services for their residents.
One consequence of the preceding points is that the Israeli bus lines travel from and to all areas in which tax-paying Israeli citizens live – from Jerusalem to Shilo, from Tel Aviv to Efrat, and so forth. The Israeli bus companies do not stop at, for example, the Arab town of Ramallah, just as they do not stop at non-authorized Jewish towns such as Givat Har-el.
WHAT IS NEW?
The bare fact: the Israeli government added two bus lines (so far, there was overcrowding on Monday, March 4, the first day the service was instituted, and the Transportation Ministry said more buses will likely be added) that will serve Arab Palestinian towns with transportation into central Israel. The Israeli bus lines previously did not stop in towns controlled by the Palestinian Authority. Despite the efforts of BDS advocates, there are tens of thousands of Arab Palestinians who work in different parts of Israel. Arab Palestinians with work permits would previously have to travel first to a place where the Israeli buses stop, or would be dependent on the much higher-priced Arab buses to get into central Israel.
So why the hysteria? Because some see this as an evil plot to segregate Jews and Arabs. But non-citizens are not entitled to use Israeli public transportation into central Israel without showing border identification, and prior to the provision of these new bus lines, Arab Palestinians were dependent on transportation services by “pirate” (Arab, by the way) companies which charged the Arabs far more than the Israeli lines do.Lori Lowenthal Marcus