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PAGE 20A Lieberman From page 1A the allegations. He argued that it was only natural that Barak was handling the settlement issue, since as defense minister he was formally responsible for the occupied West Bank and everything that goes on there. Although that is the case-- the West Bank is under the Israel Defense Forces' Central Command and the civilian coor- dinator of government activities in the territories, both of which fall under the defense minister's purview--it is unlikely that any other foreign minister would have been sidelined to the extent that Lieberman has been. Reflecting just how much he is feeling the heat, Lieberman offered another, more dubious explanation for Barak's role: He claimed that as a settler (Lieberman lives in the West Bank settlement of Nokdim) it would be a conflict of inter- est if he were to deal with the settlement issue. "I would not want to be blamed for deliberately under- mining negotiations with the Americans," Lieberman said. He also made light of Sar- kozy's call for his ouster. "People sometimes say un- necessary things," Lieberman said. "I see it as an unfortunate slip of the tongue." Israeli commentators do not seem convinced, expressing increasing skepticism over Lieberman's ability to make a significant contribution to Israeli foreign policy. There are even signs of an incipient campaign for Lieber- man's ouster. The left-leaning Ha'aretz daily has taken the lead with a string of anti- Lieberman cartoons and com- mentaries, including an online editorial headlined "Sarkozy is right--Lieberman must go." Award From page 1A became active in the Orlando community. His business endeavors range from a dairy farm and army/navy surplus store in the 1940s to govern- ment work in the 1950s. He then ventured into the office furniture and warehouse business and finally into the mini warehouse industry. In the mid-1980s, Shader became active with JFS. He became a board member in 1986. He was vice-president of programming and chaired fundraising initiatives for JFS. He also was a member of the National Association of Jewish Family and Children's Agencies. Harvey Massey has owned and operated Massey Services since February 1985 and has more than 46 years experi- ence in all facets of the pest management industry. In addition to operating his business and serving his industry, Massey is a highly respected, active and visible community citizen, whose volunteer involvement spans decades. He has led a variety of community-based organi- zations including United Arts of Central Florida, Florida Citrus Sports, and the Orange County Arts and Cultural Affairs Task Force. He has received numerous awards, including the Jewish National Fund's Tree of Life award, the Leukemia Society's Ser- vice to Mankind Award, and Junior Achievement's Spirit of Achievement Award. An ardent supporter of educa- tion, Massey is a member of the Rollins College President's Leadership Council. In March 2009, hewas named Volunteer oftheYear for the East Central Region of the Florida Eco- nomic Development Council. The George Wolly Com- munity Leadership Award was created in 2001 to honor the memory of George Wolly, an individual who dedicated himself to building an agency that would meet the human services needs of all people in the Orlando community. Barry Kudlowitz,executive director of Jewish Family Services, says, "Both Stan and Harvey exem- plify the conviction of George's vision of community volun- teerism and commitment. We are truly proud to bestow this award on this year's recipients." JFS is currently compiling information pieces for their Evening of Valor program book. If you would like to send congratulatory words in honor of Stan or Harvey, spon- sor an ad in the program book or learn more about Evening of Valor, contact Es Cohen, director of development, at 407-644-7593, ext. 241. "On the eve of the renewal of negotiations with the Pal- estinians and perhaps with Syria, too, Israel needs all the support it can muster from the international community," the editorialists wrote. "It is im- perative to replace Lieberman with another foreign minister, who will benefit from an open door in the world's capitals." During the campaign, Li- eberman stirred controversy by calling for mandatory loyalty oaths to the Jewish state in abid to curtail IsraeliArabs' political rights. After the campaign, he declared the Annapolis peace process null and void. So why did Netanyahu ap- point so controversial a figure to the Foreign Ministry? Lieberman's party, Yisrael Beiteinu, is the third largest in the Knesset. During the coalition negotiations in the spring, Netanyahu was afraid that Lieberman might form a government with Livni's HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, JULY 17, 2009 Kadima, thereby denying Ne- tanyahu the premiership. His fears were compounded when Lieberman, in the middle of coalition negotiations, sud- denly took off for Moldova, leaving everyone, including Netanyahu, guessing. The tactics helped prompt Netanyahu to offer Lieberman the coveted post of foreign minister to lure him into the coalition. While Lieberman has been sidelined overseas, both Netan- yahu and Barak have been try- ing to keep Lieberman happy and in the loop. For example, immediately after his most recent meeting with special U.S. Middle East envoy George Mitchell on the settlements, Barak phoned Lieberman from London to update him. The last thing Netanyahu and Barak want is for Lieber- man to bolt the coalition. As long as Livni remains unin- terested in joining the govern- ment, Lieberman's departure could topple the government. In that context, covering for Li- eberman as foreign minister is a small price to pay for keeping the government intact. All this could change, of course, if Lieberman, who has been under intense police inves- tigation for months, is indicted for corruption. That would leave the Foreign Ministry up for grabs and could spark new coalition discussions between Netanyahu and Livni. If Livni remains uninterested, her No. 2, former Defense Minister Shaul Mofaz, might break ranks. For weeks, Mofaz has been openly critical of Livni for not joining the Netanyahu gov- ernment. If he is offered the prestigious Foreign Ministry post, Mofaz would have no qualms about breaking away from Kadima to take it. At this point, however, any scenario without Lieberman is purely theoretical. Soccer From page 1A be returning to competition after studying for her master's degree. A midfielder for Penn, Tracy said in a phone interview just prior to leaving for Israel that she didn't know what position she would play for the Maccabiah team. Her 2005 U.S. squad won a silver medal in a field with only three teams. The field has doubled this year. Tracy says she missed a lot on the first trip and wants to "take it all in" this time--the country of Israel and the people. But the best part about the second time around? "I'm really excited to be sharing the experience with my brother," she says. The two haven't seen each other much in the past couple of years, what with Tracy studying in Washington and Josh playing for Duke University in North Carolina. Josh, a midfielder and defender, will captain the Blue Devils in the fall. "As we've gotten older, we haven't had much time togeth- er," Josh says. "It's a good op- portunity to hang out. I haven't seen her play competitively in a long time." Participating in the Maccabiah Games, he says, is "almost surreal." "Just the experience of play- ing in Israel alongside all these great players and fellow Jews is awesome," he says. Josh says he can never understand what his grand- parents had to endure. ."I have a tremendous amount of respect for what they've been through," he says. Obama From page 2A the economy of the world. Meanwhile, the American economy is in shambles. Obama should remember God's promise to Abraham, 'Those who bless you will be blessed, and those who curse you will be cursed.' God runs the world, not Obama." A serious percentage of American Jews seem to be to be tiring of it all. According to an American Jewish Commit- tee poll last year, the number of Jews feeling "very" or "fairly distant" from Israel has grown to 31 percent, nearly one-third of American Jews. When the poll was released, sociologist Steven Cohen told the JTA news service that the AJC numbers reflected his sense that "the intermarried and children of the intermar- ried are dragging down the Jewish people's commitment to Israel," he said. "Commit- ment among the in-married is as high as it ever was, but we are moving to two popula- tions." And yet, Rabbi Charles Sheer, in-married, Orthodox, describes himself as "some- what on the left," skeptical of the settlement movement. Nevertheless, he has a daugh- ter and three grandsons on the West Bank--make that four, a new grandson, Nadav Yosef, was born in May. Efrat's "natural growth" just grew by one. In 2005, Sheer, a New York- er, had loving but passionate disagreements with his West Bank son-in-law, Avi Abelow, about the Gaza withdrawal. Abelow was the producer of "Home Game," a highly acclaimed documentary, sympathetic to the settlers, about the last "annual" bas- ketball tournament in Gaza's Gush Katif;a tournament that ended with everyone losing their homes. "Looking back, Avi was right," said Sheer. "Israel gained nothing. Withdrawal turned out to be a total disaster." Sheer says he still favors land for peace, but not land for "suicide." Even "the most liberal left-winger has to see," he said, "that after the withdrawals from Lebanon and Gaza, you'd have to be meshugah, it's committing suicide," for Israel to weaken itself in return for nothing but a promise, an almost mes- sianic belief in the reversal of Arab attitudes. The rabbi, who contributed financially to Obama's cam- paign, now has mailed a letter to the White House protesting the "heavy-handed" pressure that's "putting the screws to Israel alone." Sheer now thinks Obama's policyborders on the "abusive. I'm both disappointed and frightened by it." Yossi Klein Halevi never thought of himself as a "set- tler." He and his wife have lived for more than 25 years, and raised three children, in the Israeli capital, the same Jerusalem that Obamaalways said would forever be "uni- fied," until he said it wasn't. Halevi, a senior fellow at the Shalem Center, and author of "At the Entrance to the Garden of Eden: A Jew's Search for God with Christians and Muslims in the Holy Land," said, by telephone, that "Israelis don't want to hear the word 'peace' anymore from Arab leaders. Israelis finally caught on that when Palestinians say peace they mean peace without a Jewish state ." Israel wants peace and legitimacy as a Jewish state. "Based on his Cairo speech, Obama doesn't have a clue why Israel is legitimate. We?re not Hospital From page 2A here because of the Shoah," the justification cited by Obama, explained Halevi. "We fight the way we fight because of the Shoah. We may bomb Iran because of the Shoah. But we're legitimate because we're an indigenous people returning home," home to Jerusalem, to Elon Moreh, to Efrat, to Hebron, sputed though they may be. "There are no more one-way Israeli concessions. That's fin- ished. The majority of Israelis would accept a temporary suspension of all building in the territories," said Halevi, but "what we need in return from the Arab world are a simultane- ous and tangible granting of legitimacy and normalization. What we need from Obama is to honor previous American commitments, Until Obama does that, I see no reason for Israel to honor previous com- mitments or to make any move, pendently. Both reported that the only Christian hospital in Gaza, A1Ahli, was used during the war and did not receive a scratch. Al Ahli is financed by the Church of England. Outside the city there is also small medical center supported in part by the Near East Council of Churches that was destroyed during the war. One of the Palestinians demanded to know where the money from the Greek telethon went. Asked who decided that the telethon money should out to be fictitious, the president of ERT/NET, the TV station that broadcast the program, Vangelis Pana- gopoulos, told JTA that"ERT does not organize these things but simply provides the time slot. The event was organized by the Gen- eral Confederation of Greek Workers'--Greece's main trade union organization-- "and the Foreign Ministry." Reached by JTA, a spokes- man for the General Con- federation of Greek Workers said, "Ask the Greek Foreign Ministry and [Foreign Min- ister] Bakoyianni--they know." During the telethon, the known as TEE, announced that it would rebuild the hospital for free. Yet in a phone conversation with JTA, TEE said it participated in the telethon under the impression that if there were a project to build, the union would build it. No "Christian hospital" was mentioned, the union said. But a statement released by the TV station the day after the telethon specifically said that "The [Christian] hospital, which will be de- signed from the start by the engineers of the TEE, will provide its services to people in the area." Asked about the subject JTA, Greece's ambassador to Israel, Nikos Zafiropoulos, denied knowing anything about the matter and said the Greek Consulate in Je- rusalem handled all matters in the West Bank and Gaza. Five days later a Greek financial newspaper, Ker- dos, published a small item requesting proposals for a project to be funded by $1.67 million raised in the telethon. It was the first public acknowledgement that the Christian hospital claim had been a lie. "A project is being sought in Gaza to be financed by the money raised from l]l-II].iNi:Y[i.hiitlii| tha turiedlwl uno]ql] n oenginers iir:eclll e,i]lWi[ ill anlce mit[ilig  wit L th S ioliq.iiii T._el:i:n organized last February by the Technical Chamber of Greece and another nine trade union organizations in cooperation with Greek Public Television," the item read. "A delegation of the bodies involved will visit the area in the near future in order to decide where the 1.2 million Euros raised for a project that will provide substantial services to all the area's residents will be allocated." No one was taking respon- sibility for the situation. The spokesman for the Greek Foreign Ministry, Gregory Delavekouras, said, "Along with the Ministry of Health, it was our inten- either to the Palestinians or the Americans. "The perception in Israel," said Halevi, "is that Obama is wimping out when it comes to the world's dicta- torships, and is getting tough with only one country--and that's us. Israelis don't like that. There is a growing sense of con- tempt for Obama's weakness," perceived in his dealings with Iran and North Korea. "There have been some devastating cartoons in Israeli newspapers, one had Obama dressed like a scarecrow with birds shaped as missiles and rockets, laughing and sitting all over him. His slow response to what was hap- pening in Iranwas a major blow ... the accumulated damage to his credibility here has been enormous. So if there's a show- down, most of the Israeli public will stand with Netanyahu." Reprinted with permission from the New York Jewish Week, tion to raise money for the restoration of schools and hospitals, and more specifi- cally for the medical center," he said. Delavekouras could not say how the "medical center" morphed into "the Christian Hospital of Gaza" on TV. One thing is certain: In a six-hour telethon loaded with Israel bashing, the Greek public was deceived that money contributed would go to rebuild a Chris- tian hospital destroyed by the army of the Jewish state. What remains unclear is whether organizers deliber- ately perpetrated the fraud or the telethon had fallen into the deception by accident. mn ------