A third Palestinian state
Sir, – Every once in a while, someone comes along who
cuts through the nonsense by telling the simple truth about
Such a one is David Haivri (“Correcting the mistakes of the
past,” October 22), with his assessment of Gaza being a Palestinian state with a
democratically elected government.
One may also add that actually there
are now two Palestinian states, the second one being Jordan, which comprises 78
percent of the original League of Nations mandate meant for the Jewish homeland
and which has a population which is 89% Palestinian, although Jordan is ruled by
a Hashemite minority. All Jewish inhabitants were expelled from Jordan after
The latest peace effort involves establishing a third Palestinian
state between Israel and Jordan.
The central priority of this effort
seems to be the clearing out of as many Jewish settlers as possible in order to
make this Palestine be as big and Jew-free as possible.
formal acceptance in principle of this proposed third state by Israel, there has
been absolutely no acceptance of Israel as a Jewish state by the
That’s because the Palestinians want a state on what is now
Jericho, Vermont The state, not the ideology
Larry Derfner (“Forcing Arabs to be Zionists,” Rattling the cage, October 21)
claims that Zionism is a political ideology, and that a democratic state cannot
demand loyalty to a political ideology.
Israel cannot and should not
demand loyalty to Zionism – from Arabs or from anyone else. But it can and
should demand an expression of loyalty to the state, which was founded as
Zionist but which allows non- or anti-Zionists to vote and sit in the
Jerusalem Not all shrinks are the same
Sir, – With
regard to “Bill to allow psychotherapy by non-clinical psychologists moves”
(October 19), as a clinical psychologist in practice for over 30 years and
having sat on the Board of Examiners in Psychology in Canada, I believe that
there are three points that need to be addressed.
First, not all clinical
psychologists are psychoanalytic in their orientation. Many of us are
As such we use cognitive behavior therapy and other short-term,
solution-focused, evidence-based treatments to address issues such as anxiety
Second, there are psychologists other than those trained
as “clinical psychologists” who are very well qualified to treat specific
problems. In addition to training clinical psychology students, in the past I
have supervised those, for example, with developmental and neuropsychological
backgrounds in a hospital setting.
Those with the proper training can
make excellent therapists.
Finally, and most important, the title
“psychologist” refers to a licensed professional. In order to call yourself a
clinical psychologist you must have completed very stringent criteria, including
but not limited to thousands of hours of inpatient and outpatient assessment and
therapy, an internship, qualifying exams and, depending on the degree, a
rigorous doctoral dissertation.
Many members of the the lay community do
not know the difference between a psychologist, a psychiatrist (who has a
medical degree and who can prescribe but may or may not do psychotherapy) and
someone calling themselves a psychotherapist.
Many, many people who call
themselves a psychotherapist lack any formal training. Anyone can call
themselves a psychotherapist, including your neighborhood bartender or
Psychotherapy is not a regulated title at all.
all three (psychologist, psychiatrist, psychotherapist) may “practice
psychotherapy,” their training is very different.
As such, it is
extremely important that, in this day and age, those going for counseling ask
their “therapist” what their training is: What degree do they have? What
experience do they have in treating your specific problem? Are they licensed by
their professional licensing board? Having a professional degree is one
important criterion; but having recognized training, for example, in working with
children, providing bereavement counseling or doing sex therapy is equally as
important, as sadly, not all “therapists” have formal training in the area in
which they practice.
You should have a comfortable working relationship
with the professional you see and should always feel free to ask questions about
their training and experience, as you are an important partner in your own
mental health care.DR. BATYA L. LUDMAN
, Psy.D.FT Licensed
Ra’anana Oh so oversimplified
Sir, – The opinions of
moderate Ray Hanania expressed in “Lonely, oh so (increasingly) lonely” (Yalla
peace, October 19) oversimplify reality and exaggerate the significance of the
building of Jewish housing to that of a deal-breaker.
True peace between
Jewish Israel and a future Palestinian state depends upon the desire of
Palestinians for real peace, and not for simply a means to acquire land without
a lasting commitment to cease all aggressive and terrorist actions.
lack of recognition by the Charter of the PA for a Jewish state to exist is, for
example, a greater deterrent to a future peace, and should be viewed as such by
all who would bring peace to the area.MICHAEL WASSERMAN
Chicago Privilege abused
Sir, – Regarding “Israel marks national awareness day for
handicapped parking” (Online Edition, October 17): The scene is the Jerusalem
Mall. A late-model SUV zips into a handicapped parking spot. The young driver
hops out of the vehicle and bounds toward the mall.
Full of righteous
indignation, I am convinced he is yet another hoon flipping at the law against
illegally occupying a spot reserved for the handicapped. Lo and behold, the
vehicle sports a large parking permit sign on its windscreen.
How can the
authorities guard against this misuse of a permit that should be used
exclusively for the handicapped who are actually driving or being driven?
Jerusalem Brilliant casting
Sir, – What brilliant casting! To have
Jewish Miss Daisy played by the PLO pinup girl Vanessa Redgrave is a stroke of
genius (“What drives Alfred Uhry?,” October 24). Can we expect a film bio of
Ben-Gurion in which Ahmadinejad gets to play the hero? Or a Menachem Begin bio
starring Osama bin Laden?
Jerusalem Gimme some pageantry
– It is generally recognized that the Guards at Buckingham Palace in London, on
duty to guard the Queen, are a superbly trained decoration. Few people realize,
however, that they are at the same time among the best soldiers in the country,
in the same way as the Royal Horse Guards are the top-grade tank
Being an Israeli as well as being British, I naturally wish for
nothing but the best for Israel, and hence my disappointment when I see the
“guards” at Beit Hanassi.
I do not for one moment doubt that they are
first class at their job, but not only are they not in smart uniforms but they
are not in a uniform at all, neither military nor police. They are dressed so
very casually that at first sight, until one gets used to them, they could well
be mistaken for potential gangsters equipped with submachine guns.
not suggest that they wear red jackets and bearskins, but I can see no reason
why they should not not wear the uniform of the army or police.
would do their job just as well, but they would look so much more appropriate as
the President’s Guards.NEVILLE C. GOLDREIN, C.B.E.