Fuzzy math

Sir, – Hussein al-A’raj, director of Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas’s bureau, implied that Israel takes up more than three-quarters of “historic Palestine” (“Abbas defends UN bid in letter to Obama,” October 17).

Actually, the Palestinians should be negotiating with King Abdullah for land, not Israel, because Jordan is located on more than three-quarters of the original Mandate for Palestine.

STEVE KRAMER
Alfei Menashe


Reverse jump

Sir, – On page one of The Jerusalem Post on October 17, former minister Tzachi Hanegbi, who resigned after being found guilty of perjury, refers to his past experience in the IDF’s General Reconnaissance Unit (Sayeret Matkal).

He said that if your parachute doesn’t open, you have to go back and jump again immediately to fix the situation rather than wait (“State appeal against Olmert could cloud Knesset run”).

Other than using a reserve parachute to safely descend I fail to understand how one can jump back up into the plane put on another ‘chute and jump again. Maybe he used rewind!

MEIR FACTOR
Betar Illit


Deri double standard

Sir – Your editorial (“Deri’s danger,” October 17) requesting that former Shas chairman Arye Deri not be allowed to run again for office because of his past misdeeds, was to the point.

I anxiously await your next editorial about our present day sensation, Ehud Olmert. His past has not exactly been a beacon of moral rectitude.

As your editorial so cogently stated: “The question to be asked, though, is whether what isn’t preventable by strict legalistic criteria is perforce acceptable by civic standards.”

Touche.

AVIGDOR BONCHEK
Jerusalem

Sir, – Although sophomoric in style your editorial statement regarding Arye Deri was right on target.

Sadly, he is only one of the center-left “cavalcade of convicts” which includes former minister Haim Ramon and former prime minister Ehud Olmert.

I hope that the electorate which these men are counting on can get past their visceral dislike of Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and chose candidates untainted by criminal acts or betrayal of the public trust, men and women worthy of representing the Israeli voter in the coming Knesset.

REUVEN GENN
Karkur


Guiding forces

Sir, – The beautifully worded editorial on Hadassah’s Centennial, described graphically the great organization which Henrietta Szold fashioned (“Hadassah’s birthday,” October 16).

Her influence on two people in particular should be recalled on this milestone anniversary.

The first is Nathan Strauss, for whom Netanya is named and who brought pasteurization of milk to the USA and then the world.

He came to the fore, with Szold’s encouragement, and after his brother and sister-in-law went down on the Titanic, and contributed the major portion of the money so the first two Hadassah nurses could come to Eretz Yisrael and so the “milk” stations could be built here.

The second is Rebecca Affachiner, an attendee at the first meeting of Hadassah in 1912 and a board member of the organization selected in March 1912.

Now known throughout the world as the “Betsy Ross of Israel,” she made aliya in 1934 inspired by the Szold philosophy.

On May 14, 1948, she flew her handmade Magen David flag, which she had fashioned from a bedsheet and colored with crayon, from her porch on Jabotinsky Street in Jerusalem across from what became Beit Hanai.

Her dramatic act was another which raised the spirits of the new nation, a spirit which motivates Israelis until today.

DAVID GEFFEN
Jerusalem

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