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VISIT THE IICC

Yonah Jeremy Bob’s ar­ti­cle on the Is­raeli In­tel­li­gence and Her­itage Com­mem­o­ra­tion Cen­ter (“In­side in­tel­li­gence,” June 29) was ex­cel­lent and very in­for­ma­tive.

Your read­ers might be in­ter­ested to know that, here at the AACI Ne­tanya, we have been tak­ing groups over the last few years to the IICC.

As one can­not visit as an in­di­vid­ual, this is a won­der­ful op­por­tu­nity to go and see and hear from the re­tired (or not, as the ar­ti­cle im­plied) mem­bers of our se­cu­rity ser­vices. We started a few years ago as a one-off, but the wait­ing list af­ter each trip means we are still go­ing.

To hear from some­one who was at En­tebbe or on Op­er­a­tion Solomon is a hum­bling ex­pe­ri­ence. Kol hakavod to all who serve and are still serv­ing to keep us all safe.

NATALIE GREEN

Ne­tanya The writer is the chair­man of the Ne­tanya AACI.

AL­TER­NA­TIVE TO COR­RUP­TION

In his lat­est col­umn, “Can Ab­bas re­vive Israel’s Left” (June 29), Daniel Gordis first men­tions that the Is­raeli Left has been out of power for a decade-plus, but blames it on the Pales­tini­ans, who he notes are not yet ready to make peace. His so­lu­tion: he en­cour­ages the Is­raeli “Left” to of­fer an al­ter­na­tive – a “re­al­is­tic and com­pelling vi­sion” – for a peace to come (when­ever), con­ve­niently ig­nor­ing that he pre­vi­ously spent most of his col­umn prov­ing that there is no peace part­ner, and won’t be for years.

I have a sim­ple ques­tion for Gordis: Why the sole fo­cus on the (lack of a) peace process? Since we all pretty much agree that the Pales­tini­ans don’t want peace, why doesn’t the La­bor Party or some­one else run on a plat­form that of­fers al­ter­na­tives to the Likud’s eco­nomic pol­icy?

While I am in fa­vor of free en­ter­prise (or cap­i­tal­ism), we all know that the govern­ment is do­ing quite well eco­nom­i­cally (wit­ness the very strong shekel), but many fam­i­lies end the month in deficit. We all know that the price of cot­tage cheese is still too high and that other foods and ap­pli­ances cost much more in Israel than abroad.

Two pages later, Fleur Has­san-Na­houm writes an Ob­ser­va­tions piece on “The well-be­ing of Israel’s chil­dren is not a pri­or­ity for the Health Min­istry.” We all know, ac­tu­ally, that the pri­or­ity of the Health Min­istry is to en­cour­age smok­ing, so her ar­ti­cle only fur­ther high­lights what’s wrong with the min­istry.

I ask: Isn’t it time for the so­called Left to give up its delu­sions and run on a plat­form that will en­cour­age greater ef­fi­cien­cies, less cor­rup­tion, higher ex­ports, and – yes – higher pay for teach­ers, etc.?

I hope our next elec­tion will of­fer an al­ter­na­tive to the cor­rup­tion leak­ing through the Likud and to its satel­lite par­ties that min­i­mize the im­por­tance of ed­u­ca­tion and work.

BARRY LYNN

Efrat

EX­PEND­ABLE FOD­DER

Hav­ing at­tained un­der­grad­u­ate and MBA de­grees in busi­ness man­age­ment, I un­der­stand quite well the need for any en­ter­prise or ac­tiv­ity, in­clud­ing health­care ser­vices, to im­ple­ment sound fi­nan­cial prac­tices. Nev­er­the­less, fo­cus­ing solely on the eco­nomic as­pect of any en­ter­prise, to the ex­clu­sion of all other con­sid­er­a­tions, will in­vari­ably cause the en­ter­prise to stray from its mis­sion and ob­jec­tives.

As noted by Jerusalem city coun­cil­lor Fleur Has­san-Na­houm in her Ob­ser­va­tions piece, en­tan­gle­ment into the po­lit­i­cal and fi­nan­cial is­sues anent Hadas­sah’s Pe­di­atric Hema­tol­ogy-On­col­ogy unit has caused the lead­er­ship (?) of the Health Min­istry and of Hadas­sah-Univer­sity Med­i­cal Cen­ter to lose sight of the very con­stituen­cies the unit is sup­posed to heal and pro­tect.

How does us­ing the ju­ve­nile can­cer pa­tients’ lives as ex­pend­able fod­der in a po­lit­i­cal agenda dif­fer from the prac­tices by the Ha­mas pow­ers that be in Gaza of plac­ing chil­dren’s lives at risk?

And given Health Min­is­ter Ya’acov Litz­man’s un­abashed haredi po­lit­i­cal al­le­giances, do his ac­tions and in­ac­tions in the mat­ter not also widen the gap of mis­trust in Is­raeli so­ci­ety, thereby ex­ac­er­bat­ing a dis­unity at a time when Israel needs con­sen­sus?

KAL­MAN H. RYESKY

Pe­tah Tikva

STOP FAN­TA­SIZ­ING

Daniel Gordis has got it all wrong when he writes, “It’s not the Is­raeli Left’s fault that it’s dead. Some­one killed it.” In fact, the Is­raeli Left com­mit­ted sui­cide by stick­ing to a pipe dream that has proven to be false: the Pales­tinian de­sire for peace.

Just as a build­ing rest­ing on a faulty foun­da­tion is doomed to col­lapse, an ide­ol­ogy or the­ory based on a flawed and mis­guided premise will even­tu­ally be shown up as a myth­i­cal em­peror with­out clothes, prov­ing that “you can’t fool all of the peo­ple all of the time.” In or­der to sur­vive, the Left needs to face real­ity and not wal­low in fan­tasies.

BERYL RATZER

Ne­tanya

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