Grapevine: A teenage hero

Aside from all the official reasons for his current visit to Lithuania, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is on an unofficial roots trip.

August 23, 2018 22:59
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The hero of the day among Israeli communities living along or near the Gaza strip is 15-year-old Uriah Hatzroni who lives on Moshav Yated, which is under the jurisdiction of the Eshkol Regional Council.

Hatzroni, sent a three-page typed letter to United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres in conjunction with International Youth Week. In the letter, Hatzroni introduced himself and explained what it was like for youngsters in his area to live under constant threat of rockets and incendiary kites coming from Gaza. The letter was sent to the Israel mission at the UN with a request that it be transferred to the secretary-general. It was received by Israeli Deputy Ambassador Noa Furman, who agreed to pass it on to Guterres. Hatzroni also wants to present a letter to Nickolay Mladenov the UN emissary to the Middle East, who has demonstrated an understanding of what the residents of the South, especially the children, are experiencing. He wants Mladenov to meet with him and other youngsters from the area to hear how their growing-up years have been affected by missiles and red alerts. Hatzroni was assisted by Yitzhak Eldan, a former chief of protocol at Israel’s Foreign Ministry, who these days takes high school students enrolled in young diplomat courses to meet their peers and parliamentary leaders in other countries. According to Eldan, many of the residents think that the letter to the UN secretary-general and the resultant publicity that it generated internationally have been more effective than any demonstration in Tel Aviv’s Rabin Square.


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