Sir, – In view of the looming shortage of physicians in
Israel, especially in the field of anesthesia, the proposal to license
physician’s assistants should be welcomed by all, including the Israel Medical
Association (“Ministry to view physician’s assistants, nurse practitioners as
medical professions,” July 23).
For more than 40 years I performed much
of my surgery with the help of highly competent nurse anesthetists. Knowing that
a board certified anesthesiologist was but seconds away from my operating room,
I never had any cause to fear for the safety of my patients.
Jerusalem The writer is a retired retina surgeon
Sir, – Recognition for
physician’s assistants is welcome news in solving the country’s medical manpower
issues. Yet roadblocks remain in the certification of experienced physicians who
have passed US medical exams.
I made aliya in March 2011.
Israel Medical Association reviewed my credentials (22 years as a physician, 15
of them as a specialist) and in June of that year recognized me as a pediatric
I applied to the Health Ministry for a license. I
was interviewed in February 2012. This was followed by six months under
observation (histaklut) at Sheba Medical Center, lasting through December, after
which three department heads recommended that the ministry grant me a
In July 2012 the Knesset Labor, Welfare and Health Committee
voted to make US-licensed physicians exempt from the Israeli licensing process.
The Health Ministry said it would wait for the Knesset to make this
This past June I attended an international pediatric pulmonary
conference in Spain, where – representing Israel – I was awarded a prize for my
research. But my Israeli license was not yet in the mail.
continue going to the hospital just to keep in touch. I have no official
direction or salary. My husband, who left a lucrative position abroad, says we
should go back to where “we all belong.”
So far I have resisted, but he
With reference to “US rejected Netanyahu’s request to free Pollard ahead of
negotiations with Palestinians” (July 23), it seems that Jonathan Pollard, who
has served 28 years of a life sentence and did not murder anybody, will not be
released, although 82 Palestinian terrorists who murdered Israelis are likely to
be let go. Is this justice?
Sir, – President Obama has asked
(or should I say demanded) that Israel release Palestinian prisoners, many of
Jonathan Pollard has killed no one. In fact, he may even
have saved lives.
MURRAY S. GREENFIELD
...as well as peace
– Regarding “PM: Government will pass referendum law” (July 23), I say let us
have a referendum now: 1. Do we release prisoners before talks? 2. Do we talk if
Jonathan Pollard is not released first? Let the people decide, since it is our
country and our lives on the line every day.
Sir, – May I suggest to our prime minister that before he enters into
negotiations with the Palestinians, he consult the Bible, especially the
writings of the prophets. He will find on numerous occasions that they said, “Do
not put your trust in the nations of the world because in time of need they will
Sir, – On
reading “Father drowns after rescuing his two teen sons off Ashdod beach” (July
23), one might be expected to comment how sad this is and how brave the father
The drowning is indeed a tragedy, but when are parents going to wake
up to the fact that taking their families to beaches lacking lifeguards
endangers their lives? So many lives are needlessly wasted because of
irresponsible behavior and carelessness.
Sir, – How sad that an esteemed New York-based director snubbed an
invitation to an Israeli film festival when she could have personally tested her
charges of “Apartheid,” “occupation,” “privilege” and “walls” (“Film director
Mira Nair boycotting Haifa festival,” Arts & Entertainment, July
Perhaps the theme of Nair’s film The Reluctant Fundamentalist
applies to her as “embroiled in a conflict with [her] American dream [of
fairness and openness],” plus her being held hostage to falsity by the trauma of
historic Hindu, Sikh and Islamic confrontation in her native
Hopefully, the invitation is open and no one will boycott, divest
from or sanction Nair’s interesting stories or swallow unfounded
A Sacks fan
Sir, – Shmuley Boteach’s
criticism of Chief Rabbi Lord Sacks (“The chief rabbi who would not fight
Israel’s enemies,” No Holds Barred, July 16) was mean-spirited.
Sacks has inspired our community and country while remaining a steadfast Israel
advocate. His tenure is a story of communal transformation. Historians will note
the explosive growth of Jewish schools, which most British Jewish children now
attend. They will talk about synagogues that exude vitality in leadership,
programs and services.
They will talk about huge achievements involving
women in communal life.
Lord Sacks was the first to identify and oppose
“new anti- Semitism.” Student leaders applaud him for helping them combat
In his column, Boteach ignored the chief rabbi’s
centrality in changing the law to prevent the arrest warrant abuses he
Lord Sacks has consistently raised the BBC’s Israel coverage
with its senior leadership.
Historians will also discuss the chief rabbi
who achieved nearly two million YouTube hits for his recording that celebrated
Israel’s 60th Independence Day, and talk of the chief rabbi who led national
street parades and mass London rallies celebrating Israel.
They will note
the remarkable story of the chief rabbi who, when the world accused Israel of a
“massacre” in Jenin, toured media studios and called it a libel well before the
facts became public. People still quote his Trafalgar Square “Israel I am Proud
of You” speech, which lifted an entire community from the gloomy depths of the
Vision, commitment and action define leaders. Through these
qualities Lord Sacks will continue to have enduring impact upon the Jewish
London The writer is chairman of the board of trustees
of the Jewish Leadership Council
Here for you
Sir, – Regarding “Fresh out of
Foreign Ministry, Ayalon joins private ‘hasbara’ field” (July 12), many of us
who already know quite a bit about Israel, who care and want to keep up with the
latest events, are concerned. Perhaps the “something new” might instead involve
branching out to improve hasbara for those who are uninformed or hardly
I suggest harnessing our energy and social connectivity.
Prepare and design tools for us to spread positive news in our
Reach out to us, find us, and trust that we will move things
along. To merely offer us another website or series of YouTube videos is not
really hasbara at all.
It is more of the same, with little new
Plainview, New York