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Sir, – Regarding “Israelis unconcerned with rise in religious IDF
officers” (September 15), Dr. Reuven Gal of the Kinneret Institute is concerned
that the “growing phenomenon [of religious IDF officers] could raise
predicaments for the military – for example with the possibility of more refusal
Perhaps Dr. Gal should be more concerned by the parallel
decline in officers and combat soldiers – indeed, soldiers of any kind – from
among the decadent offspring of upper-middle-class Tel Aviv-Herzliya. Not long
ago, an IDF statistician quoted in the media said that fully 35% of Tel Aviv area
teens manage to shirk IDF service.
The children of the secular elite are
often spoiled, indolent and so bereft of any comprehension of what Israel is
about that their indifference toward its security is hardly
The subpar birthrate and belated parenting among secular
Israelis versus the high birthrate and early marriage of those who are religious
– coupled with the Jewish illiteracy of the former versus the profound knowledge
and connectivity of the latter – virtually guarantee that Israel’s future is
firmly in the hands of the religious.
If the secular sector is unhappy
about this, it can easily change things by being less self-indulgent, beefing up
the education of its offspring both at home and at school, and, above all, by
making more children in the first place.J.J. GROSS
Jerusalem Yes to
Sir, – As a nurse practitioner, or NP (also known as an
advanced-practice nurse, or APN), one of only two who legally practice in Israel
under US licenses, I was very pleased to see the article about
advanced-patient-care practitioners (PAs and NPs) and the potential they can
play in helping Israel’s desperate medical staff (“Filling the holes in our
health system,” September 12).
I believe more emphasis is needed to
expand the definition of a nurse practitioner, which draws from a more readily
available resource in Israel – nurses.
NPs in the US earn similar
salaries to PAs but have stricter academic criteria – a Masters or doctoral
Many NPs work autonomously and are often not required to have
direct oversight by a physician.
The advanced nursing skills combined
with superior knowledge allows for independent decision-making, more developed
analytical skills and better patient relationships.
NPs work in every
imaginable field, including anesthesiology, primary care, oncology, pediatrics,
surgery, etc., and have been proven with hundreds of studies over decades to be
effective, safe and even loved by the patients they care for.
programs can be certified locally, government recognition of experienced,
professional, foreign-licensed NPs and PAs would help alleviate the severe
shortages in medical care that exist in the country, especially in the
There are already advanced-practice nurses in Israel (although
not officially recognized as such) – midwives, kibbutz nurses and nurse
specialists in pain management, diabetes and wound care. They need to be more
uniformly and formally educated and recognized, and placed in roles where they
can work more independently with established medical teams.
roles from these existing roles may be a start toward a positive change in the
Israeli health care system.ELIANA M. AARON, MSN, APN-C
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(September 8) should not have included the phrase “contrary to its prior
reports.” The Post
regrets the error.