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Editorials ................................ 4A RITA__ --" ,I,11,.I,,11 ....... SA i| q 16"1 ....... MIXED ADC 320 ...... 6A ! TO: SMALLTO,hJN PAPERS i7270 F ...... 7A 5026 CALIFORNIA AVE SW SEATTLE WA gB136-120B ...... 8A FLORIDA JEWISH INk.... o .... ......................... 9A Classified ................................ 2B Amos Ben Gershom/BPH Images Benjamin Netanyahu (1) speaks with Ehud Olmert during the swearing-in of Netanyahu's new coalition in the Knesset in Jerusalem on March 31. Netanyahu continues balancing act By Uriel Heilman (JTA)--The warnings from Israeli pundits and foreign observers alike came almost as soon as Israeli Presi- dent Shimon Peres picked Likud's Benjamin Netanyahu to form the next Israeli government. The message was clear: Don't forsake the pursuit of Arab-Israeli peace and risk isolating Israel on the world stage. Sowhen Netanyahu addressed the Knesset at his swearing-in ceremony March 31, observers were listening closely for signs of where the new prime minister intends to lead his country. "Israel always, and today more than ever, strives to reach full peace with the entire Arab and Muslim world," Netanyahu said. "We do not want to rule the Palestinians." At the same time, however, Netan- yahu carefully avoided any endorse- ment of a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The challenges facing Netan- yahu's new government are clear, if formidable: steward Israel through a crippling global economic crisis; prevent Iran from going nuclear; contain threats to Israel from Hamas along its southern border and from Hezbollah along its northern border. But as with his statements over the past few months, Netanyahu's =arefiticulationJn. his inau- gural address left uncertain where he stands on the most contentious issue in Israel, and between Israel and governments overseas: the pursuit of a two-state peace deal with the Palestinians. Even Talmudic scrutiny cannot fully elucidate Netanyahu's ambigu- ity on this point. "Under the permanent-status agreement, the Palestinians will have all the authority necessary to rule themselves," Netanyahu said, at once suggesting that he will pursue Israel-Palestinian peace but indicat- ing through omission that statehood for Palestinians might not be the end result. A later line--"I say to the Palestin- ian leadership that if you really want peace, we can achieve peace"--both gives the impression that Netanyahu is willing to make peace, but also leaves the door open for the prime minister to sidestep final-status ne- gotiations if he deems the Palestinian leadership not ready for peace. Ron Dermer, a senior adviser to Netanyahu who told JTA he will be the new government's director of communications and policy plan- ning, said Netanyahu's position vis-a-vis the Palestinians is not so different from that of Israel's allies. "The Palestinians should have Netanyahu on page 19A 14-letter worct for crossword maven? See your Heritage Grid geeks, unite. Starting this week, there's something new inside the pages of the Heritage: We're now running the popular Jerusalem Post crossword puzzles written by David Benkof on page 6. If you're a cruciverbalist (the answer to the clue in our headline), we've got your number--whether it's across or down. Ever since the documentary "Wordplay" came out a few years ago and revealed the subculture of the language-obsessed, crosswords have been cool. And there are practi- cal benefits for fans as well: Recent university studies have claimed that intellectually stimulating activity can potentially stave off brain diseases such as Alzheimer's. Crosswords, the studies showed, are particularly well-suited to the task. According to the Web site of the American Crossword Puzzle Tourna- ment, "the first crosswords appeared in England during the 19th century. They were of an elementary kind, ap- David Benkof parently derivedfromthewordsquare, a group ofwords arrangedso the letters read alike vertically and horizontally, and printed in children's puzzle books and various periodicals. In the United States, however, the puzzle developed into a serious adult pastime. "The first known published cross- word puzzle was created by a jour- nalist named Arthur Wynne from Liverpool, and he is usually credited as the inventor of the popular word game. December 21, 1913 was the date and it appeared in a Sunday newspaper, the New York World. Wynne's puzzle differed from today's crosswords in that it was diamond shaped and contained no internal black squares. During the early 1920s, other newspapers picked up the newly discovered pastime and within a decade crossword puzzles were featured in almost all American newspapers. It was in this period crosswords began to assume their familiar form. Ten years after its rebirth in the States it crossed the Atlantic and re-conquered Europe." David Benkof is a writer, teacher and crossword puzzle maven living in St. Louis. He is the author of the high school textbook "Modern Jew- ish History for Everyone," andwrites a biweekly column in the Jerusalem Post, where he is also the crossword puzzle editor. He has had two puzzles published in the New York Times, as well as in several other newspapers. He says he plans to make aliyah soon. We invite our readers to enjoy Benkof's puzzle every week--and to recharge their little gray cells at the same time. Federation slate of officers and directors The Jewish Federation of Greater Orlando has announced its proposed slate of officers and at-large members for the 2009-2010 year. The following individuals have been nominated and elections will take place at the Jew- ish Federation of Greater Orlando's board meeting on Wednesday, May 13. All members of the Jewish Federa- tion of Greater Orlando are invited to attend. These board members and officers (and those of the Jewish Community Center) will be installed at a later event, the Community Celebration (formerly known as the JointAnnual Meeting) on May 27. For more infor- mation, call 407-645-5933, ext. 237. Nominees for 2009-2010 officers of the board: President of the board Ian Robinson First vice president of the board, who shall serve as chairperson of the planning committee Rhonda Pearlman Vice president of the board, who shall serve as chairperson of the programming committee Elaine Silver Treasurer Debby Gendzier Secretary Jeannie Leavitt Immediate past president (parlia- mentarian) Neal Crasnow Nominees for 2009-2010 at-large directors: Hope Kramer Jodi Krinker Brian Margolis Burg Photographix lan Robinson Mike Masur Adam Scheinberg Michael Soll About the Jewish Federation of Greater Orlando The Jewish Federation of Greater Orlando has been building commu- nity in Central Florida for more than 60 years, The Federation is dedicated to strengthening Jewish identity, en- ergizing the relationship with Israel and meeting human needs locally and globally. The Federation is the gateway to the Jewish community of Greater Orlando and around the world. For more information about the Jewish Federation of Greater Orlando, visit the Web site at www. orlandojewishfed.org. Heritage Human Service Award Heritage Florida [ Jewish News is ac- cepting nominations for the 2009 Heri- tage Human Service Award until Friday, May 8. "For more than 20 years, individuals who have made major, voluntary contribu- tions of their talent, time, energy, and effort to the Central Florida community have been honored with the selection and presentation of this award," said Jeff Gaeser, editor and publisher of the Heri- tage. As in previous years, the award will be presented at the Jewish Federation of Greater Orlando's Community Celebration (formerly known as the Annual Meeting) at 7 p.m. on May 27 at the Hebrew Day School. According to Gaeser, "Each recipient chose their own path, but made considerable and long lasting contributions to the Jew- ish community. Nominees for the 2009 award are individuals who do not look for recognition but perform tikkun olam--repairing the world--out of internal moti- vation." Lyn Payne Heritage editor and publisher Jeff Gaeser (1) presented the 2008 Human Service Award to community leader Burt Chasnov. Let us know your choice for the 2009 award by May 8. Nominations should be e-mailed or typed on 8 1/2 x 11-inch paper and sent by mail. Included should be the name and phone number of the nominee, a documented list of his or her accomplishments, and the name and phone number of the nominator(s). Submit the nomination in- formation by May 8 to Heritage Florida Jewish News Human Service Award, 207 O'Brien Road, Suite 101, Fern Park, FL 32730 or e-mail news@orlandoheritage. com (in subject line add "Human Service Award").