The dry facts
Sir, – The front-page article “Embassy personnel in Amman to return after weekend” (September 16) said: “Several hundred protesters outside of the embassy in Amman called on Thursday for Jordan to cancel the peace treaty with Israel.”
I, for one, hope it will. Then we will not have to give it the huge quantities of our dwindling asset – water. In a burst of breathtaking stupidity, that was what we paid (and continue to pay) for the treaty. Every year the level of the Kinneret gets lower. How much water are we sending away from our arid country? We who questioned the wisdom of such an agreement asked what would happen if, God forbid, we had a real drought? No problem, was the answer – we will just buy water from Turkey.THELMA JACOBSON
Petah Tikva Cancel the invitation
Sir, – Your suggestion (“Obama, visit Israel,” Editorial, September 16) is inappropriate as it doesn’t deal with the issues.
Jews in the US need to decide whether President Barak Obama’s policies
during his first four years fundamentally assisted Israel or were
detrimental. A short stay, producing nothing more than platitudes, would
prove nothing and should be given no more weight than an election
campaign ploy to reverse falling Jewish support.BERNARD SMITH
Sir, - My impression of the general tenor of your editorial is that
President Obama is being encouraged to come to reconnect with the Jewish
community in the US, a relationship that seemed to suffer a severe
setback during the recent special congressional elections in NY.
Am I to infer that The Jerusalem Post
is encouraging Obama’s reelection
in 2012 without even knowing who the alternatives might be? RICHARD JACOBS
Sir, – Your editorial is totally misguided. Obama’s animus toward our
state has been manifested over and over. He was here when he was a
candidate, yet that didn’t endear us to him.
The only purpose of a visit now would be for him to impress American
Jewry into voting for him again in 2012. That should be the last thing
we encourage.AVIGDOR BONCHEK
Perils for Israel
Sir, – Prof. Shlomo Slonim’s “Obama, the ’67 lines and Jerusalem” (Comment & Features, September 14) is right on the mark.
The focus in this article, understandably, is on Jerusalem, with Shimon
Peres and the late Yitzhak Rabin being cited as having spoken out on the
city’s legal status as Israel’s united and undivided capital. But it is
instructive to note that Peres, in a recent book, also came out against
a Palestinian state having the 1949-67 armistice lines as its border,
noting the perils such a state would pose for Israel.MOSHE AUMANN
Sir, – We gave up our claim to Judea and Samaria when we, as a nation, signed the Oslo Accords.
This was followed by a much graver disaster in 2000, when Israel offered
to divide Jerusalem at Camp David, a point Shlomo Slonim overlooked.
True, we could claim that in view of the innumerable Palestinian
violations of existing peace accords it is our right to consider all
these agreements as nonbinding.
Unfortunately, the world has already decided that there will be a Palestinian state.
This we cannot change. All that is left for us is to negotiate the boundaries.
We are not in a position to demand anything from the US.
The smartest thing we can do and the best we can expect is to put
forward an alternative plan that reflects our red lines on Jerusalem and
national security, and hope and pray the US can sell it to the rest of
the world. I prefer not to think of the alternative.
Sir, – Shlomo Slonim says “it is necessary to analyze what (Obama’s)
pronouncement calling for talks to start on the basis of the June 1967
But he does not go on to explain that the reference to “1967 lines” is
in fact to the 1948 armistice lines, and not those resulting from the
I think you will find that many outside Israel understand the reference to “1967 lines” refers to those resulting from that war.
It would benefit Israel in getting its position understood if the
reference by all future commentators were “pre-1967 lines” so that no
one would be under any misapprehension as to the dire position that
would leave Israel in.TIM SIMON
Those old textbooks
Sir, – During the recent protests for social justice, we heard many
demands on the government to change its budget allocations. One aspect
never mentioned would cost the government nothing but would provide
significant savings for every family with children.
Families spend a fortune on textbooks. Unlike previous years, however,
books from last year cannot be handed down or passed on. The explanation
given is that they are “new editions.”
This absurd situation hides inefficiency and a lack of professionalism
in our education system, and merely provides additional wealth to
Changes are urgently needed.STUART AND HASJA PALMER
Sir, – Considering all the problems in the healthcare system of this
country (like strikes, shortages and brain drain), one would think the
Health Ministry would welcome immigrant healthcare professionals from
the West with open arms. Unfortunately, this is not the case. In fact,
it’s the opposite.
I worked as a dietitian in the US for over 20 years. I have a bachelors and a masters degree.
I successfully completed an accredited internship program and passed the nationwide exam to become a registered dietitian.
I am also licensed to practice in Illinois. However, this is apparently not sufficient for an Israeli license.
A “friend” at the ministry said the law states that my diploma must have
the word “nutrition” on it. For some unknown reason, the University of
Illinois granted all dietitian students a “Bachelor of Science Degree in
Human Resources and Family Studies.”
That was the name of the school in 1984 when I earned my degree. The
school has since broken up into smaller schools and the degree is now
called a “Bachelor of Science in Food Science and Human Nutrition.”
The associate dean at the university was kind enough to write a note
explaining that the degree I received in 1984 is comparable to the
degree in food science and human nutrition that is awarded today. The
course of study is the same. I was even told by the director of a
program here in Israel that the course of study I completed was
comparable to the course of study here.
My “friend” at the ministry was not impressed. He demanded that a new
diploma be made for me that says “Bachelor of Science in Food Science
and Human Nutrition.” The associate dean at the University of Illinois
explained that my diploma is a legal document and cannot be altered 27
I have been working on this since I made aliya in 2009. I am at risk of losing my jobs because I lack an Israeli license.
I am not alone. I know two English doctors who have had problems with
their license. The physiotherapist at the hospital where I work is
having trouble, and many nurses are having difficulties, too. Is this
the way to treat professionals who took large pay cuts and left their
family and friends to pursue their dream in the Land of Israel? Talk
about social injustice! Are there any tent communities left that I can
join? SUSAN COOPERSMITH