I AM STILL HERE

The Jewish Chronicle - - COMMENT&ANALYSIS -

The au­thor of a let­ter which refers to me ( JC, Septem­ber 28) talks of “the late” Elie Schalit. I have not reached the stage of “late”, al­though the Jewish God has, to date, given me no less than 86 years. The writer also de­scribes me as a one-time Be­tar mem­ber. My fam­ily and I were the equiv­a­lent of gen­eral Zion­ists al­most be­fore the first Congress in Basle, and we were al­ways Ha­gana, not Be­tar mem­bers. To clar­ify, Gen Yaa­cov Dori ap­pointed me as the West­ern-Hemi­sphere Trans­port Chief, firstly for the Ha­gana and then, af­ter in­de­pen­dence, for the en­tire Is­raeli Defence and Civil Es­tab­lish­ments. Af­ter the War of In­de­pen­dence, I pro­ceeded to broaden Is­raeli en­try into com­mer­cial ship­ping. Elie Schalit Col­bert Group, Cae­sarea, Is­rael Please note that in­di­vid­ual let­ters can­not be ac­knowl­edged. Let­ters may be edited. The email ad­dress for cor­re­spon­dence is: let­ters@thejc.com. All cor­re­spon­dents are re­quested to sup­ply their postal ad­dress, even when writ­ing by email.

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