The Jewish Chronicle - - Comment&analysis -

I was sad­dened to read Nathan Jef­fay ( Is­rael’s shock­ing lust for lux­ury, Oc­to­ber 23) den­i­grat­ing Is­raeli politi­cians for their lav­ish ex­penses claims. Politi­cians should be the “brains” and not a “drain” on so­ci­ety.

To­day’s spend­thrift politi­cians are in sharp dis­tinc­tion to many Is­raeli pro­fes­sion­als.

I speak from ex­pe­ri­ence of the med­i­cal pro­fes­sion. My hus­band and I have just re­turned from Is­rael af­ter al­most 3 months stay due to his emer­gency hos­pi­tal­iza­tion in Bikkur Cholim and Sha’arei Tzedek.

They worked un­tir­ingly and un­stint­ingly without ex­pec­ta­tions of per­sonal ben­e­fit or gain. We pal­pa­bly felt that they had our gen­uine wel­fare at heart.

They are the real politi­cians, fos­ter­ing peace and good­will for the greater ben­e­fit of so­ci­ety through their life-sav­ing work, without any dif­fer­en­ti­a­tion be­tween Is­raelis, Arabs, Chris­tians etc. Their eth­i­cal skills and diplo­macy are only to be ad­mired.

If only the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity would recog­nise and ap­pre­ci­ate this out­stand­ing at­tribute more fully. Flora Frank Franck­lyn Gar­dens, Edg­ware

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