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Jerusalem Post - - OBSERVATIONS - Jaffe Yossi Tova Ber­lin­ski Pe­leg-Bilig, Elli Jac­que­line, • By GREER FAY CASHMAN Yair Stern, Ne­tanyahu, Ben­jamin Amit Se­gal, Brakel, Shankman, Mel­loni, Alexan­der Steve Paul Mor­ris, Alon Goshen-Gottstein, Al­berto Brian Blum’s Ke­mal Okem Shai Agassi, Jeremy

It’s not ev­ery day that one gets to meet a fe­male artist who makes no se­cret of her age, maybe be­cause she’s lived such a long life. De­spite the in­crease in the num­ber of peo­ple who are liv­ing longer, it’s still quite an achieve­ment to pass the triple-digit line, which is what Pol­ish-born

has done. Now aged 102, she is hav­ing a ret­ro­spec­tive ex­hi­bi­tion of her art, though the gallery prefers to call it a trib­ute ex­hi­bi­tion. It opens to­day, Fri­day at 10 a.m. at the Artspace Gallery, 5 Hatz­fira Street, Jerusalem. Ber­lin­ski is sched­uled to ar­rive at 12 noon and will spend an hour talk­ing to peo­ple who come to see her art. The ex­hi­bi­tion will re­main on view on Satur­day, from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m., and on Sun­day, from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Ber­lin­ski was born in Oswiecim (Auschwitz) in 1915, and im­mi­grated to what was then Pales­tine in 1938, only two years be­fore the Nazis es­tab­lished their largest con­cen­tra­tion and ex­ter­mi­na­tion camp in her home­town. She was an ac­tress with the Cameri The­ater, and stud­ied art at the Beza­lel Academy. Her work has been shown at the Is­rael Mu­seum, the Her­zliya Mu­seum of Art and in many group and solo ex­hibits in Is­rael and abroad. She was awarded the Jerusalem Prize in 1963, and the Mordechai Ish-Shalom prize in 2000 in recog­ni­tion of her life’s work and her unique con­tri­bu­tion to art.

IN AP­PRE­CI­A­TION of the gen­eros­ity of Is­raeli-Amer­i­can busi­ness­man and phi­lan­thropist who has been par­tic­u­larly gen­er­ous where Jerusalem’s Great Syn­a­gogue is con­cerned, the syn­a­gogue’s choir mas­ter,

and his wife, hosted a buf­fet lun­cheon for him last Satur­day in the sukka in their apart­ment.

For­tu­nately, the bal­cony leads straight from the lounge-din­ing room, but the sukka was not large enough to ac­com­mo­date the fe­male guests – and even the males ate in ro­ta­tion in the sukka be­cause there were just too many peo­ple, in ad­di­tion to which fresh plat­ters of food kept ap­pear­ing on the ta­ble. De­spite the hot weather, what needed re­plen­ish­ing most was the cholent. CEO of the Jerusalem Sym­phony Orches­tra, which is one of many or­ches­tras con­ducted by Jaffe, was one of only two men who came bare­headed, but nonethe­less, al­beit in jest, asked Jac­que­line Jaffe if the spread was kosher.

Pe­leg-Bilig, who is on a fre­quent com­mute be­tween the US and Is­rael, with homes in both coun­tries, is a grad­u­ate of the Haifa’s Tech­nion-Is­rael In­sti­tute of Tech­nol­ogy. He served for five years as the se­nior elec­tron­ics en­gi­neer for the re­search cen­ter of the Is­raeli in­tel­li­gence ser­vices and then served as the sci­en­tist for that depart­ment in the US. He worked at the Is­raeli con­sulate in New York, while con­tin­u­ing his stud­ies for an MSc de­gree in elec­tri­cal engi­neer­ing at the Polytech­nic In­sti­tute of Brook­lyn.

In 1977, Pe­leg-Bilig was awarded the Is­rael De­fense Prize and was sent many times to Iran dur­ing a pe­riod when re­la­tions be­tween Iran and Is­rael were very close, and was as­signed to help Iran de­velop its tech­no­log­i­cal de­fense ca­pa­bil­i­ties. De­spite the fact that the two coun­tries were so friendly to­ward each other, Pe­leg-Bilig had strong mis­giv­ings about shar­ing Is­rael’s know-how with a Mus­lim coun­try. “What if they turn against us one day?” he asked Aharon Yariv, who was then in­for­ma­tion min­is­ter and one of Is­rael’s lead­ing ne­go­tia­tors with rep­re­sen­ta­tives of the Arab world.

Yariv told him that Iran was sup­ply­ing Is­rael with vi­tal in­for­ma­tion about ac­tiv­i­ties in the re­gion, and there­fore Is­rael had to re­cip­ro­cate. Un­for­tu­nately, Pe­leg-Bilig’s con­cerns were not mis­placed. He had been cor­rect in his fears for the fu­ture, he told the as­sem­bled guests.

EV­ERY COU­PLE of years there is an in­ter­na­tional con­fer­ence of Jewish jour­nal­ists in Jerusalem where most of the par­tic­i­pants ei­ther edit or write for Jewish pub­li­ca­tions. How­ever, on Sun­day, Oc­to­ber 15, there will be a Chris­tian Me­dia Sum­mit at the Is­rael Mu­seum, where par­tic­i­pants will be ad­dressed by Prime Min­is­ter

who will also par­tic­i­pate in a Q&A ses­sion.

BE­ING A po­lit­i­cal pun­dit is al­ways dan­ger­ous be­cause it is so easy to be wrong – es­pe­cially in Is­rael where sit­u­a­tions change so rapidly. Ne­tanyahu will in the near fu­ture again be ques­tioned with re­gard to the cor­rup­tion cases in which he is sus­pected of be­ing in­volved. There are many Is­raelis who found him guilty even though none of the cases has yet been brought to court, and there are many oth­ers who be­lieve that he is not guilty. It has al­ready been de­ter­mined by the le­gal author­i­ties that some of the sus­pi­cions are un­founded, but even so, there are prophets of doom who are pre­dict­ing the im­mi­nent demise of Ne­tanyahu’s po­lit­i­cal ca­reer. For some years now, there have been sus­pi­cions about the prime min­is­ter and he has been sub­jected to lengthy in­ter­ro­ga­tions – but so far he has proved to be a Te­flon man. Noth­ing sticks.

Time will tell whether he will con­tinue to be a Te­flon man, but mean­while the chief po­lit­i­cal cor­re­spon­dent and com­men­ta­tor for Chan­nel 2, will next week give a brief­ing on his take of Is­rael’s cur­rent po­lit­i­cal sit­u­a­tion. The event will be held in the lounge of the Jerusalem Press Club on Tues­day, Oc­to­ber 17, at 10 a.m. His brief­ing will touch on the in­ves­ti­ga­tions, along with pos­si­ble sce­nar­ios in the event that the prime min­is­ter has out­worn his Te­flon, and will also re­late to se­cu­rity is­sues, along with var­i­ous other is­sues con­cern­ing politi­cians on both the Left and the Right. Se­gal also writes a weekly po­lit­i­cal col­umn for Makor Ris­hon and hosts a weekly talk show on Army Ra­dio. He has law and po­lit­i­cal science de­grees from the He­brew Univer­sity and Univer­sity Col­lege of Lon­don.

ALSO TAK­ING place in the Jerusalem Press Club lounge is one of the ses­sions of the Nam­ing the Sa­cred Con­fer­ence, which will be co-hosted by the Kon­rad Ade­nauer Stiftung, the United Na­tions Ed­u­ca­tion, Sci­en­tific and Cul­tural Or­ga­ni­za­tion (UNESCO), the Eli­jah In­ter­faith In­sti­tute, UNITWIN Net­work in Global Phar­macy Ed­u­ca­tion De­vel­op­ment, and Fon­dazione per le Scienze Reli­giose Gio­vanni XXIII (FSCIRE). The ses­sion deal­ing with UNESCO res­o­lu­tions on Is­rael will be held on Thurs­day, Oc­to­ber 19, at 11 a.m. The main thrust will be the con­tro­ver­sial res­o­lu­tion on Jerusalem. In ad­di­tion to

di­rec­tor of KAS speak­ers will in­clude

UNESCO Chair for Tran­scul­tural Stud­ies, In­ter­re­li­gious Di­a­logue, and Peace, Univer­sity of Ore­gon; Vic­to­ria Univer­sity of Welling­ton, New Zealand;

con­fer­ence co-or­ga­nizer, Eli­jah In­ter­faith In­sti­tute, Jerusalem; and

con­fer­ence co-or­ga­nizer, FSCIRE, Bologna.

Any­one wish­ing to at­tend one or both of these events should regis­ter not later than this com­ing Sun­day at the fol­low­ing email ad­dress: info@ jerusalme­press­club.com/.

It is also ad­vis­able to check on the morn­ing of the event whether there have been changes. Some­times an event is post­poned or can­celed, and this is very frus­trat­ing for peo­ple mak­ing the ef­fort to at­tend, if they have not been no­ti­fied in ad­vance. Is­rael,

PREDICTIONS THAT tra­di­tional li­braries would be­come ob­so­lete in a dig­i­tal era, as peo­ple in­creas­ingly read e-books on Kin­dle and other de­vices seem to be pre­ma­ture. The al­lure of the printed page has not yet dis­ap­peared, nor has the de­sire to have the writer of a book af­fix his or her sig­na­ture plus a few words of ded­i­ca­tion to the pur­chaser. Thus, in re­cent weeks, there has been a glut of book launches by au­thors liv­ing in Is­rael. In ad­di­tion to books by He­brew writ­ers, there have been quite a few in English, Rus­sian, French and other lan­guages. Com­ing up on Thurs­day, Oc­to­ber 19, at 7:30 p.m. at AACI head­quar­ters, 37 Pierre Koenig, Poale Zedek, Jerusalem, is new book, To­taled, which tells the story of the rise and fall of Bet­ter Place, suf­fer­ing a bil­lion-dol­lar crash af­ter its founder and one­time wun­derkind, whose bat­tery-op­er­ated elec­tric cars could guar­an­tee that there would be no car­bon emis­sions to pol­lute the air, dis­cov­ered that he was ahead of his time and that Is­rael was not ready for him. More­over, he couldn’t fight Big Auto and Big Oil. TURK­ISH AM­BAS­SADOR

has a very busy time ahead of him. On Oc­to­ber 29, he will be host­ing a re­cep­tion mark­ing the 94th an­niver­sary of the Procla­ma­tion of the Repub­lic of Turkey, and on Oc­to­ber 31, he will be at­tend­ing the mega event mark­ing the 100th an­niver­sary of the Bat­tle of Beer­sheba. The Turk­ish na­tional day re­cep­tion has al­ways been a huge af­fair, with, at its peak, some­where in the range of a thou­sand guests who were eas­ily ac­com­mo­dated on the back lawn of the Turk­ish res­i­dence. This will be Okem’s first Turk­ish na­tional day re­cep­tion since pre­sent­ing his cre­den­tials in De­cem­ber 2016.

As im­por­tant as this event is, there is in a sense greater sig­nif­i­cance in the event on the last day of the month, be­cause it demon­strates the abil­ity of the vic­tors to honor the van­quished, and of former en­e­mies to be­come friends. On De­cem­ber 31, the Ot­toman forces were de­feated by the Aus­tralian and New Zealand Light Horse Reg­i­ments. Nonethe­less, Aus­tralia and New Zealand have made their peace with Turkey and es­tab­lished friendly diplo­matic re­la­tions, which soured some­what in June of this year when the Turk­ish gov­ern­ment de­faced and par­tially de­stroyed an An­zac mon­u­ment to the Aus­tralian and New Zealand forces who were dec­i­mated by the strate­gi­cally placed mem­bers of the Ot­toman Army shortly af­ter their ill-fated land­ing in Gal­lipoli.

The text in­scribed on the mon­u­ment in An­zac Cove is be­lieved to have been writ­ten by Mustafa Ke­mal Ataturk, the found­ing fa­ther of the Turk­ish Repub­lic. The orig­i­nal text, which can also be found on mon­u­ments in Aus­tralia and New Zealand read: ‘Those heroes that shed their blood and lost their lives – you are now ly­ing in the soil of a friendly coun­try. There­fore rest in peace. There is no dif­fer­ence be­tween the John­nies and the Mehmets. You, the moth­ers who sent their sons from far­away coun­tries, wipe away your tears. Your sons are now ly­ing in our bo­som and are in peace. Af­ter hav­ing lost their lives on this land, they have be­come our sons as well.

Fol­low­ing ob­jec­tions from both Aus­tralia and New Zealand, Turkey un­der­took to re­store the mon­u­ment, but with an amend­ment to the text. IS­RAEL’S MAN in Ger­many,

though sta­tioned in Ber­lin, is grad­u­ally get­ting to know lead­ing fig­ures in other parts of the coun­try, and was re­cently in Frank­furt to meet with the city’s mayor and trea­surer and jour­nal­ist and pub­lic re­la­tions con­sul­tant who he says, are “great friends of Is­rael from a great city.”

Jews have lived in Frank­furt longer than any­where else in Ger­many, with a his­tory of close to 900 years. The Jewish Mu­seum in Frank­furt is the old­est in­de­pen­dent Jewish Mu­seum in Ger­many, and was opened on Novem­ber 9, 1988, by then-chan­cel­lor Hel­mut Kohl to mark the 50th an­niver­sary of Kristall­nacht, the Night of Bro­ken Glass, which was the pre­cur­sor to the Holo­caust.

(Twit­ter)

AM­BAS­SADOR TO Ger­many Jeremy Is­sacharoff, flanked by Frank­furt Mayor and Trea­surer Uwe Becker (left) and jour­nal­ist Clau­dia Korenke.

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