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.
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.
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
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.