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
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.
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
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!
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.
anxiously await your next editorial about our present day sensation, Ehud
Olmert. His past has not exactly been a beacon of moral rectitude.
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
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
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
Sir, – The beautifully worded
editorial on Hadassah’s Centennial, described graphically the great organization
which Henrietta Szold fashioned (“Hadassah’s birthday,” October 16).
influence on two people in particular should be recalled on this milestone
The first is Nathan Strauss, for whom Netanya is named and
who brought pasteurization of milk to the USA and then the world.
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.
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.