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FLORIDA JEWISH E www.heritagefl.com Year 34, No. 17 December 11, 2009 Kislev 24 5770 Editorials .... II111111111 111:.111. 111111111111111111111111111111111111.* 16"1"**  MIXED ADC 320 3"0" sMALLTOVq pApERS 17270 F ALIFORNA AVE SW 5026.CC.  ,oA Oi36-120B .................. 8A SEAl I Lc ,,'" 9 - - ocene Around ......................... 9A Classified ................................ 2B 84 Pages Orlando, Rodda Single Copy 75 Abir Sultan/Flash90/JTA Israeli Minister of Interior Affairs Eli Yishai (!) met with Noam Shalit Dec. 2 as Shalit continues to lobby cabinet ministers for a prisoner swap. "t .; ,- Israelis want Shalit to come home, whatever the price required !y Dina Kraft TEL AVIV (JTA)--In promos for an upcoming Israeli television special on Gilad Shalit's family, the captive soldier's parents are seen viewing the Hamas- made video of their son for the first time. In the promo, Shalit's mother, Aviva, is seen wide-eyed, cupping her hands over her mouth. A small smile curls on the face of Shalit's usually reserved father, Noam, the most public face of the family's 3 1/2-year struggle to bring home their son from the Gaza Strip. The special, called "Family in Captiv- ity," taps into the raw emotions and sympathies for Shalit in this small country. Those sentiments are behind the strong public support for a potential prisoner swap thatwould return Shalit in exchange for the release of nearly 1,000 Palestinians. There is some national debate on the issue, but relatively little agitation against a deal, despite the lopsided nature of the exchange and the potential security and political liabilities it could bring. "Bringing Gilad Shalit home is going to cost human lives," wrote Ari Shavit, a senior columnist in Ha'aretz. "We do not know how many, we do not know their faces, we do not recognize their names. But we can assume that they walk among us." Yet despite outlining some of the deal's downsides--motivating terrorist groups to kidnap more Israeli soldiers and civilians, the destabilizing effect it could have on Palestinian politics by boosting Hamas' standing--Shavit argues in favor of a deal. "When it comes to Gilad Shalit, Israel has lost its senses and good judgment. Every possible mistake has been made," Shavit wrote. "Gilad has become an ob- session, a focus for a national pathology. Perhaps to get well, we 1teed to draw a line through what was and give up. To become itself again, Israel needs to get Gilad Shalit home." The campaign to bring home Shalit, led by the highly visible actions of his family and a grass-roots drive in Israel and around the world, has stoked Israelis' sense of communal empathy in a country where most families see their sons and daughters drafted into the army. Israel has a history of making large- scale prisoner swaps in order to secure the return of even small numbers of captive soldiers, including cases where soldiers Shallt on page 23A Ahmadinejad: Israel can't do a 'damn thing' about Iran nukes JERUSALEM (JTA)-- Iranian President Mah- moud Ahmadinejad said Israel cannot do a "damn thing" to stop his coun- try's nuclear program. Ahmadinejad made the statement Wednesday, Dec. 2 in a televised speech, Reuters reported. He called the International Atomic Energy Agency's resolu- tion approved last month censuring the country's nuclear activity "illegal" and said it came "under pressure of a few superfi- cially powerful countries." The IAEA resolution called on Iran to halt construction of a recently disclosed underground nuclear enrichment facil- ity. In response, Iran's parliament approved the construction of 10 new uranium enrichment sites. When President Obama announced at the G-20 summit in Pittsburgh this summer that Iran had built a secret nuclear plant in Qom, southwest of Tehran, he was followed by a visibly angry French President Nicolas Sarkozy and an unusually harsh British Prime Minister Gordon Brown. Sarkozy was particu- larly pugnacious when he spoke, warning the Islamic Republic that it had until December to come clean on its nuclear weapons program or face punish- ment. The usually reserved Brown accused Iran of"se- rial deception." U.S. and European of- ficials also stood shoulder to shoulder this year-in Geneva in talks with Iran JTA Mahmoud Ahmadinejad about its nuclear program, ternational talks in 30 That multilateral meet- years where American and ing with Iran in Geneva Iranian delegates spoke to represented the first in- one another directly. 'Havinagala' at COS celebrates Adlers Congregation Ohev Shalom is'Havinagala,' a gala celebra- tion of the 50 years Rabbi Rudolph and Rose Adler have served the congregation and the Orlando community. The event takes place Sunday, Feb. 21, 2010, at 5:30 p.m. at COS. In 1960, John F. Kennedy became the 43rd President by beating Vice President Rich- ard Nixon. "The An@ Griffith Show" debuted in October and the Pittsburg Pirates beat the New York Yankees that same month in the World Series. Burt Lancaster won the Best Actor Academy Award for "Elmer Gantry" and Elizabeth Taylor won Best Actress for "Butterfield 8." The Grammy RecordoftheYearwas"Theme from A Summer Place" by Percy Faith, and the Song of the Year was the theme from "Exodus" by composer Ernest Gold. "The Jack Benny Show" won the Emmy for Outstand- Rabbi Rudolph and Rose Adler ing Comedy Series. The Soviet Union shot down a U.S. U-2 spy plane flown by Gary Powers, the first oral contraceptive was made available, we danced to the twist, and the 23rd Adlers on page 23A Holocaust Center to honor Graham On Thursday, April 29, 2010, the Holocaust Memorial Re- source and Education Center of Florida will be hosting its annual Dinner of Tribute. The dinner, the Center's largest fundraising event, offers an opportunity to honor an indi- vidual who has made a signifi- cant contribution to the well- being of the community. This year's honoree is Senator Bob Graham, Florida's two-term governor (1979-1987) who also served for 18 years in the United States Senate. This "tireless worker for peace and justice," is now concentrating his ef- forts on the newly established Bob Graham Center for Public Service at his undergraduate alma mater, the University of Florida. The UF Center, known as the Bob Graham Center for Public Service, is housed in the university's College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. It provides students with opportunities to train for future leadership posi- tions, meet current policymak- ers, and take courses in critical thinking, language learning and studies of world cultures. On Feb. 9, 2008, Pugh Hall was dedicated on the UF campus--funded by Iongtime friend and fraternity brother of Graham, Jim Pugh, and his wife Alexis--and serves as home to the center, as well as the university's oral history and African and Asian languages programs. Bob Graham's campaign trademark was to work a full, eight-hour day at various jobs that represented Florida's constituents. He began his Workdays in 1974, teaching a semester of civics at Miami Carol City Senior High School. Following that teaching expe- rience, he performed 99 addi- Senator Bob Graham tionalworkdays just in time for his 1986 successful campaign for U.S. Senate. More recently, he served as a Senior Fellow at Harvard University Kennedy School of Government for the 2005- 2006 academic year, and now serves as chairman of the Commission on the Prevention of WMD proliferation and ter- rorism. In the Spring of 2009, Bob Graham published a book titled "America, The Owner's Manual: Making Government Work for You," which teaches citizens how they can partici- pate in democracy in effective ways. The DinnerofTributewili be held at the Rosen Plaza Hotel, 9700 International Drive in Orlando. Cocktails will begin at 6 p.m., and the dinner at 7 p.m. Advance reservations are required; contact the Center at 407-628-0555 or go to www. holocaustedu.org for details on sponsorship options. Those participating at the $5,000 level and above will receive an invitation to a private reception with Bob Graham prior to the dinner.