Yisrael Medad
Analyst and commentator on political and cultural issues.

Measuring Distance for the State Department

The State Department’s deputy spokesperson, Mark Toner, declared this week in connection with the new construction in the Shiloh Bloc that

this settlement’s location deep in the West Bank, far closer to Jordan than Israel,

He is, I will admit, correct.

Here’s a roadmap (no not that one) from Shiloh to Fatza’el, where a friend hails from, quite near Highway 90, the Jordan River Valley road,

and the distance is almost 27 kilometers.

To Jerusalem, at the bottom, this distance from Shiloh, is 46 kms and if no roadblocks, firebombs and stones, not to mention regular traffic problems, it’s about a hour.

To Elad, in the west, near the Green Line, the trip, due to the road network, is 85 kms. or so.

Once the rail line is finished, time-wise, we’ll be there to the former, and by then long-forgotten Green Line, almost in no time, we trust.

And as a rocket flies, Shiloh acts to make sure those dangerous armaments stay far away from Israel’s main population centers.  And that’s quite an important “distance” measurement factor.

One more thing, as I’ve told almost every single journalist who has interviewed me here in Shiloh, my community village is not far or distant from anything.

It is right in the middle of the Land of Israel.  We are not “deep in the West Bank”.

That is its main geographic factor.

Remember that Mr. Toner, and State Department officials in Washington and in Jerusalem (even if you cross off “Israel” from press releases and move Mt. Herzl cemetery to Tel Aviv).

About the Author
Yisrael Medad, currently is a Research Fellow at the Menachem Begin Heritage Center in Jerusalem and Deputy Editor of the English Language Anthology of Jabotinsky's Writings. American-born, he and his wife made Aliyah in 1970. He resides in Shiloh since 1981. He was a member of the Betar Youth Movement World Executive and is a volunteer spokesperson for the Yesha Council. He holds a MA in Political Science from the Hebrew University and is active is many Zionist and Jewish projects and initiatives.
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