Care for newborns
Sir, – It is indeed a great tragedy when a healthy newborn baby dies, and very unexpected when the infant is cared for in a professional hospital nursery under the eyes of experienced neonatal staff (“‘Healthy’ baby born 2 days ago found dead by nurses,” December 26). However, when one views the situation in hospital nurseries, with a small staff attending a large number of babies, it is obvious that the infants cannot be checked and watched constantly.
Many hospitals offer mothers “rooming-in,” the option of having the baby by their side night and day. When a mother has her baby by her side she will be aware of any changes that indicate a call for help. In addition, family and visitors can help her and keep an eye on the baby when she is resting.
Many mothers, however, are discouraged by their family from opting for full rooming-in because of the need to rest after the birth. As a childbirth educator, I discuss this in my classes and suggest that it is far more tiring to get up at night and go to the nursery to feed the baby than to notice the infant’s first awakening sounds, pick him up and feed him, and then return him to his cot.
During a visit to Israel more than 15 years ago, Dr. Marsden Wagner, who was then head of the Maternal and Infant Department of the World Health Organization, expressed surprise that Israeli hospitals still had neonatal nurseries for healthy full-term babies. He claimed that most European hospitals had abolished the system, that all examinations and procedures were done at the mother’s bedside and that adequate staff circulated in the rooms so that the mothers could ask for help when needed.
Perhaps it is time that this recommendation is implemented.WENDY BLUMFIELD
Sir, – We are informed that despite the recent increase in terrorist attacks, Israel is expected to go ahead and release a third group of convicted Palestinian prisoners early next week as part of the deal that led to a resumption of Israeli-Palestinian talks (“Israel scheduled to release 26 convicted terrorists next week as planned,” December 25).
Many government ministers, including the prime minister himself, have spoken of the importance of Israel keeping its promises. Even right-winger Uzi Landau, our tourism minister, stressed that “commitments entered into needed to be fulfilled.”
With all this talk about honor and integrity, what gets overlooked (perhaps deliberately) is the fact that the agreement specified that 104 prisoners be released in four batches, and that each release be contingent upon progress being made in the peace talks. Since it is clear that no progress has been made, with the Palestinians showing no flexibility whatsoever, the argument can certainly be made that Israel is under no obligation to carry on with the releases.
US President Barack Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry approved of the releases, which is probably why Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu is going ahead with them. Yet they embolden the Palestinians and signify weakness on Israel’s part.
It seems to me that Netanyahu should act in Israel’s best interests rather than kowtow to America and abide by the agreement – which means discontinuing the release of terrorist prisoners.RHONA YEMINI
Sir, – Here’s a suggestion for the upcoming release of Palestinian prisoners from Israeli jails.
Usually, freed prisoners are bused out in the middle of the night to avoid the spectacle of murderers giving the victory sign to cheering crowds. How about sending them out during primetime on buses festooned with advertisements for new homes in Judea, Samaria and Jerusalem? Then we can all enjoy the media coverage of the cheering crowds.NAOMI SANDLER
JerusalemToby on peace
Sir, – Reader Toby Willig (“Readers react to events, statements concerning peace process,” Letters, December 26) wrote a most comprehensive explanation of what a peace process should look like. If I could, I would appoint her to sit down with US Secretary of State John Kerry on his next visit and talk with him about reality.NAOMI STAIMAN
Sir, – Toby Willig gives many reasons why there shouldn’t be a Palestinian state, but then writes that Secretary of State John Kerry and President Barack Obama “have to realize that it is not the US with which Israel is making peace.”
This doesn’t go far enough.
The most direct way for us to prevent a Palestinian state is for us to say loudly and clearly that we, notwithstanding the position of the US, will never agree to a Palestinian state that intends to destroy us.BARRY LYNN
Efrat A man, a plan
Sir, – Israel should offer the Palestinians a state, with boundaries that Israel can accept.
This state will be supported for a time with Israeli money and developmental expertise.
An Israeli governor shall remain in place along with an elected Palestinian council as long as the Israeli money and development initiative continue.
At such a time as the Palestinian state has evolved into a functioning, politically and morally acceptable position, Israeli money shall stop and its governor shall no longer serve.SANFORD PARIS
Cincinnati, Ohio‘Distortzia’ of tongue
Sir, – I was most gratified to read Eli Pollak’s “The unhappy birthday” (Media Comment, December 26). At long last, someone other than myself has dared to point out the growing distortion of both the Hebrew and English languages that has hit us over the past few years.
On August 13, 2012, I sent my first complaint to various Knesset members and ministers, the written and electronic media, teachers, universities and other institutions, with a list of about 100 words of what I call Hebrish.
Interestingly, no one has yet sent me an answer or even just a polite acknowledgment of receipt! I am now sending you this list in alphabetical order. Few of these words are understood by my Israeli-born, Hebrew-speaking family (husband, daughters, sons-in-law, grandchildren), friends and neighbors.
A: Agenda, applicatzia, attractivi, aspect, audition, ambiantz
B: Breakdown, boost
C: Criterionim, constellatzia, combinatzia, cadentzia, conseptzia, constitentzi/ot (by then-Labor party leader Shelly Yacimovich on the Channel 10 news), conventuali, credit, catastropha, campaign, correlatzia
D: Dramati, differentzia, delay, dillemot, drastit, deadline, dominanti
E: Elita, ettica, expositzia, empatia, elegantit, escalatzia, extremitisim, elementim, execute
F: Formali, favoritiot, focus, fiasco
I: Indoctrinatzia, inquisitori, inishiativ, indicatzia, item, issue, indicativi, institutel, ideologist
K: Kol hacredit
L: Legitimi, legitimatzia
M: Motivim, motivatzia, moralli, moderni, manipulatzia
N: Normativi, normativim, nuanzim
O: Optimim, optziot, obsessivli, ortentiot (by Channel 1 news anchor Geula Even)
P: Potentzial/im, prosedulariot, personali, privilagiot, paradoxit, practika, presentatzia, perspectiva, program, provocatzia, potentzialim, periferia
R: Radicalim, relevanti/ot, regulatzia, record, resolutzia/ot
S: Situatzia, spetzifi, stress, sectoralit, selectzia, speculatzia, statisti, subjectivit
T: Trend, tioretit, temperaturot, trigorim, timing, tolerantiot V: Variatzia/ot, viboratzia, virali, vindicatzia
U: Ultimativit TRUDY GEFEN