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Page 4. HERITAGE. Florida Jewish News. May 2. 1980 Editor's Desk By Oene 8&srn, ]lditor & Publisher I Please Keep Politics Out Of Middle East Peace Talks We wish President Carter would stop using Israel's politicians to help win him reelection. Here he is, mired near the bottom of popularity polls, trying ever so hard to use his incumbancy to win renomination (which he undoubtedly will). But he is facing an extremely stiff challenge from a Republican whom most pundits said earlier this year didn't stand a chance of winning but is bettering his chances because of Carter's own ineptness. Carter brings over the charismatic and popular Egyptian President Anwar Sadat in a two-part "summit" to resolve the Middle East autonomy stalemater. But Sadat is a scene-stealer and gets most of the publicity. The next week it is Israel Prime Minister Begin's turn. Now Begin doesn't come across the TV screen as well. And the American public. including the Jewish American constituency, is not all that happy with Begins settleme'nt policies. So, it should be a winning week for the President, right? But President Carter pulls another of his famous "boo-boos." During the Carter-Begin talks, he invites Israel's opposition leader, Shimon Peres, to Washington. Peres, who is determined to become Israel's next prime minister, has differing views than Begin on the settlement issue, and Carter knows this. Plain and simple, it was crude pressure by Carter to bring Begin around to his conception of Palestinian autonomy. Or was it Carter's aim to make it more difficult for American Jewry to put its full support with Begin, thereby gaining points with our ethnic vote that he has been slowly and surely losing? Just why did Carter meet with Peres? We didn't see Begin meeting with Ronald Reagan or John Anderson or Ted Kennedy. Or could it be that Carter is trying to help hasten Begin's downfall with the hope that Peres -- or even Ezer Weizman -- can be installed as 'Expo'Prornises to Be All Fun on Sunday Coming up this Sunday is probably what will be the largest gathering of Orlandoans. to a Jewish celebration -- the Israel Expo. It will commemorate Israel's 32nd anniversary as a modern Jewish State. For the first time, it will be held at Rollins College and promises to outdo any past year's Expos. Expos are held on alternate years here and includes all sorts of entertainment, samples of Israeli arts and crafts, foods, books and music. There will be singing and dancing, exhibits and I contests. The students will participate in Expo, too, for the first time. But so will many, many others. It could be that .5,000 people will visit the Expo grounds in front of the library (inside the field house if it rains). We would suggest that you bring the entire family, come early (it opens at noon) and stay late (5 p.m.). You can't help but have fun. It isn't every day that you can attend a nation's 32rid birthday party. 00Dry00olLes the new Israeli prime minister in time support to Carter before our own national election? Weizman, {he in the ruling Herut Party, even chose the Begin was in Washington to call for his quit right now, admit failure and bring elections. And Weizman, if you will already made some controversial support for President Carter's We enjoy observing the complicated both Israel and the United States. But directly involved in any way in which power in Israel. Nor do we wield any whatsoever in whether it is Begin, Weizman, Yadin or Chaim Pupick who minister. Our involvement lies only in the Jewish State. We do have a stake in American stake! So we wish our president would mixing in Israeli politics, and keep the leaders out of ours. HERITAGE welcomes and encourages letters to the editor, but withhold your name il you so request Please limit letters to limilations, we reserve the riqht to edit letters if necessaQ/ Send Icters to PO Fern Hark, tL 32730 Explains 'Sparse At Federation Board To The Editor: I would like to personally express my appreciation to you for the fine statement of support and confidence that you have given me for the job that I have done as Executive Director of the Jewish Federation. However, the running of this community has been purely a team effort. Without the -- constant and phenomenal support of our Federation's current President, Marcia Kerstein. and our com- munity's Campaign Chair- man, Sonia Mandell, the successes that you attributed to me would not have been possible. The growth of a community is totally dependent on its development of fine and dedicated lay leadership. This community has some of the best. I would like to make an additional comment in reference to your reporting of the budget deliberations of our Federation. You used a term "sparsely attended" describing the Board's participation at the meeting. Although you were factually correct. 34 out of the 61 Board members were in attendance, I would like you readership and our community at large to understand that those they have elected to be on the Federation Board fulfill their responsibilities. Federation Board is made up of those elected by the general membership and those appointed by our community's agencies, organizations and synagogues. Of the 32 members elected by our community of Directors and our J.wsh or 24 were is certainly number elected have res comes when attendance by our org Of the 29 positions, there in attendance important This 34% agency, organization led to the "s turnout of Board. There- are Board who like to do organizational on our would not like However, organizational that do attend may be the change. I publicly members of Board a communi organizations gogues, to appointments those who general seeing "sparse important Influencing 21,000 Jewish readers each week i Orlando, Daytona Beach and Space.Coast cit Florida. Published by Heritage Central Florida, Inc., 207 O'Brien Rd., Fern Park, Fla. 2nd clas sl at Fern Park and other mailing offices. Subscriptions: S I 1.00 per calendar ($I .00 more to the rest of the U S.) and thereafter. Mailing Address: P.O. Box 742, Fern Park, FL GENE $TARN, Editor & Publisl' EDITORIAL: Associate Editor, Barbara PRODUCTION: Elaine Starn. Rachel Scott ADVERTISING: Vici Rock.  Phones: (305) 834-8787 orl Members: American Jewish  Jewish Telegraphic Religious News SerulcUl