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HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, JULY 14, 2017 PAGE 15A From page 1A St. Augustine. He earned his bachelor's degree in Political Science from Florida State University. Prior to joining The Raben Group, Friedman worked as a law clerk in the office of Com- missioner Mignon Clyburn at the Federal Communications Commission. He worked on congressional oversight in the House of Representa- tives Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, and the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Office of Oversight and Investigations. He has also served as a legal intern with the National Legal Aid and DefenderAssociation, and as legislative intern with Sen. Bill Nelson of Florida. Friedman said he is looking forward to playing a key role in JFGO's mission to build and nurture a unified Jewish community. "After spending several years in Washington, I'm thrilled to be returning to my roots in the Florida Jewish community," he said. "The important work done by the Federation extends well beyond our region, and I'm honored to join the dedicated professionals who carry out its mission every day." "My family taught me the importance of a vibrant and active Jewish community, and I'm proud to be playing a role in ensuring the same opportunities that benefited me exist for generations of Jews to come." You can contact Ben Fried- man at From page IA ly shameless part" is that UNESCO is holding the vote in Krakow. "The place where Jews were killed without a burial in Europe is the place where the Palestinians are going to deny the very first Jew- ish burial place," he said, adding, "I would hope that the Polish government, that really tries hard to honor the memory of the Holocaust, would not allow the site of one of the largest crematoria in Europe to be used for an attempt to erase Jews from history." Echoing this sentiment, Fleisher called the vote a "pogrom on Jewish history taking place in Krakow." Unilateral actions and responses While the Oslo Accords call for neither Israelis nor Palestinians to take unilateral actions, the Palestinians "feel that they can do whatever they want unilaterally within the international diplomatic and political scene, without fearing any consequence," Kontorovich said. "The question is whether there will be any conse- quences, and what is the Israeli government going to do?" he said. In May, Israel deducted $1 million from its annual fund- ing to the U.N. following the resolution on sovereignty in Jerusalem. Israel also with- held $2 million from the world body following the passage of anti-Israel resolutions at the U.N. Human Rights Council in March, and cut $6 million in U.N. funding in the aftermath of last December's U.N. Secu- rity Council Resolution that described eastern Jerusalem's Jewish holy sites as "occupied Palestinian territory." Kontorovich said Israel should go further and "cut the last penny to UNESCO," particularly because the U.S. already no longer funds the cultural body. He asked, "How can it be that Israel is contributing to UNESCO, and the U.S. is not?" From page 3A assault, Yonatan Netanyahu, Sayeret Matkal's commander, was fatally shot by a Ugandan soldier. When the hostages were freed, what was your next move? We had a little problem: We needed fuel to fly back home. We came on a one-way ticket! We had planned for a number of options for refueling, and I learned from the command- and-control aircraft flying above us that the option to refuel in Nairobi, Kenya, was open. After about 50 minutes on the ground in Entebbe, I gave the order: "Whoever is ready, take off." I remember the satisfaction of seeing plane number 4, with the hostages on board, taking off from Entebbe--the sight of its silhouette in the night. Itwas then that I knew. That's it. We did it. The mission suc- ceeded. How were you greeted in Israel? The plane with the hostages landed at Ben-GurionAirport, where they were reunitedwith their families. The other three planes remained for a debrief. Here comes Yitzhak Rabin, prime minister of Israel, walk- ing up to me. I had been in my flight suit for 24 hours straight, in temperatures over 100 degrees in the airplane, sweating and smelly, and here walks the prime minis- ter with big open arms. I'm thinking, please don't hug me, he may die from this! He hugged me for what felt like a full minute, and said only "Thanks." What was it like returning to Israel as a hero? After my father's death, I found his letters from Bergen- Belsen that he sent to Kibbutz Mishmar Haemek. The let- ters describe his experiences during the Holocaust, what happened to his family, etc. One of his letters said, "My only comfort is Joshua. He gives me reason to continue." The reason I mention this letter is because, 30 years later, when I returned from Entebbe, my father hosted a party for me. Family and friends were all there to celebrate the success of my mission. My father was in a great mood. I know what he was think- ing, a Holocaust survivor. His son at the time was a lieutenant colonel in the Israel Air Force and had just flown thousands of miles in order to save Jews. It probably added 10 years to his life. Originally blogged from The Israel Defense Forces. From page 5A soldiers or checkpoints. I have written about honest journal- ists who have reported that they move freely from Pales- tinian city to Palestinian city without Israeli interference. Former Mideast envoys whose lives are dedicated to creating a Palestinian state may not like to acknowl- edge it, but 26 of Israel's 27 checkpoints are not in "Palestinian territory," re- stricting the "movement" of Palestinians--they are at the border between Is- rael and PA-controlled terri- tory. The purpose of Israel's checkpoints is the same as the checkpoints that are lo- cated at every airport in the world--to make sure that passengers aren't carrying any bombs, guns or other weapons with them. Briefly "controlling the movement" of people passing through a checkpoint does not make Israel an "occupier." All of us--presumably even Dennis Ross--must wait in line, empty our pock- ets and take off our shoes before we're allowed to get on an airplane. That doesn't mean we're being oppressed, restricted or occupied. They are the normal precautions that every country takes to protect itself. Surely Israel, the world's top target for ter- rorist attacks, has the right to do likewise. Stephen 3I. Flatow, a vice president of the Religious Zionists of America, is an attorney in New Jersey. He is the father of Alisa Flatow, who was murdered in an Iranian-sponsored Palestinian terrorist attack in 1995. From page 5A fluential leaders such as Dr. Mukund Mody of the Overseas Friends of the Bharatiya Janata Party and Kamal Dan- dona of the Indian National Congress of America, which backs the ruling party in New Delhi, have pushed for better Indo-Israeli relations." Like many other countries, India also believed that im- proving ties with Israel would ingratiate the country with the pro-Israel lobby in the United States, which would then support policies favor- able to New Delhi. The policy shift was also related to fears that Pakistan might be the country to benefit if it were to tilt toward Israel. India also hoped to take advantage of the shared interestwith Israel in preventing Pakistan from becoming a nuclear power. Keshavan noted that the Rao government had nothing to lose domestically because his party could not count on the Muslim vote anyway and the opposition supported the establishment of full diplo- matic relations with Israel. The Arab states were also in no position to protest after the participation of Syrians, Jordanians, Lebanese, and Palestinians in talks with Israel at the Madrid confer- ence in 1991. On Jan. 29, 1992, India announced it would establish full diplomatic relations with Israel. A few months later, the two nations signed an agree- ment to increase cooperation between Indian and Israeli industries. An agreement was also initialed to allowAir India and E1 A1 to operate flights between the two countries and to promote tourism. Today, trade is booming. India is Israel's ninth leading trade partner. Exports have risen from $200 million in 1992 to $4.2 billion in 2016. In the past decade alone, Israel's exports to India have risen a total of about 60 percent. Israeli companies with representative offices or manufacturing plants in India include Teva, Netafim, Check Point, Amdocs, Magic Software, Ness Technologies, Israel Aerospace Industries, Elbit, Verint, Mobileye and HP Indigo. Military cooperation is espe- cially robust,with Israel selling billions of dollars' worth of weapons systems to India. The Indian Navy makes port visits in Haifaand the IDF and Indian military have engaged in joint exercises. In June, for example, pilots from India joined coun- terparts from Israel, the United States, Germany, France, Italy, and Poland in the largestaerial training exercise ever held in Israel. Israelis can be found throughout India, as it has become a popular tourist des- tination, especially for Israelis following their army service. The number of tourists from India has also increased dra- matically, with 40,000 Indian nationals vacationing in Israel in 2015. Following the visit of Prime Minister Modi, Is- raeli-Indian relations can be expected to grow ex- ponentially in a variety of spheres. Can you think of a more powerful rebuke to the BDS movement than the strengthening of ties between Israel and a country of 1.3 billion people? Dr. Mitchell Bard is the author~editor of 24 books including the 2017 edition of "Myths and Facts: A Guide to the Arab-Israeli Conflict," "The Arab Lobby," and the novel "After Anatevka: Tevye in Palestine." From page 12A to absorb a large number of refugees, he said such a state would likely assimilate them in a cautious and gradual manner. "They will not be able to do it alone, and therefore inter- national aid and assistance is a must," said Michael. Origin of the refugee issue The refugee issue was born when six Arab armies invaded Israel during the War of Inde- pendence. The Arabs aimed to immediately eradicate the state of Israel following its declaration of independence in May 1948, and to expel the Jews living in the land. Kedar explained that dur- ing the war, many Arabs living in Israel "fled back to their original countries, but were kept in refugee camps by the local states in order to return them back to Israel one day." Today, those Arabs and their descendants consider them- selves "Palestinian refugees." The refugee problem exists not only in Arab states, but also in PA-controlled terri- tory, according to Kedar. "Even Palestinians from Nablus did not absorb their brethren who ran away [in 1948] from Hadera, in north- ern Israel, since there is a cultural problem in the Arab world to absorb refugees, even if they are from the same country," he said. "The problem is called tribalism." Kedar said the PA "is not a solution for anything; it is the problem." From page 14A of translator Zumoff, mixes magic realism, satire and even a bit of autobiography, reflecting the author's ex- perience of living in Soviet Moldova, Moscow, Jerusalem and New York. Sandler's work often centers on the disrupted world of Eastern European Jews who have been scattered to foreign lands, and the title novella is a perfect example: a Coney Island encounter between a Brooklyn-born woman and a Moldovan Jew- ish immigrant, two children of Holocaust survivors raised in very different societies. "Swell" (Lee Boudreaux Books) by Jill Eisenstadt In the wake of9/11, a Jewish man and his non-Jewish wife move their family from Man- hattan's Tribeca to a house in Rockaway, Queens, that his father buys them on the condition that the father gets to live there--oh, and that the wife converts to Judaism. Also, the house is haunted. Sounds crazy, no? But this kooky setup for Eisenstadt's third novel is only the back- drop for the cast of characters she unfurls, including the 90-year-old former home- owner who murdered her son on the premises, plus the ex- lifeguard and firefighter who witnessed it (and has a secret of his own). "The Weight oflnk" (Hough- ton Mifflin Harcourt) by Ra- chel Kadish At 576 pages, Kadish's third novel may not exactly be light reading, but it will be deeply satisfying to anyone who enjoyed Geraldine Brooks' "People of the Book." The story traces the narratives of two women in London who are separated by more than 300 years, yet are tied together by the discovery of a cache of Jewish documents that were penned in the 17th century--but by whom? A heated race by modern-day academics to solve a mystery unfolds into a historical epic that transports readers back to the days of Shakespeare, Spinoza and the Great Plague, uncovering some rich details of Jewish life in the 1600s along the way. "The Worlds We Think We Know" (Milkweed Edi- tions) by Dalia Rosenfeld After two decades of pub- lishing fiction in journals and racking up a series of writing awards, Rosenfeld-- who made aliyah two years ago--has debuted her first collection, winning praise from contemporary Jewish literati such as Cynthia Ozick and Gary Shteyngart. The 20 touching stories bounce between the U.S. and Israel, from the kosher co-op at an Iowa college, to the streets of New York, to a Jerusalem retirement home and beyond. The collection explores the intersections of American, Israeli and Jewish identity, with a sometimes haunting sense of history and always a current of wry humor. "Yitzhak Rabin: Soldier, Leader, Statesman" (Yale University Press) by Itamar Rabinovich More than 20 years after Rabin's assassination, this new biography is by one of his closest aides--Rabinovich served as Israel's ambassador to the U.S. during Rabin's final years as prime minister. The compelling tome adds new layers to the story of one of Israel's most well-known and admired leaders, thanks to original research and unique personal recollections. Most interestingly, the author of- fers new insights into Rabin's relationships with leaders such as Bill Clinton, Henry Kissinger and King Hus- sein of Jordan, as well as a sophisticated analysis on the repercussions of his murder that echo to this day. o