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Friday, November 2, 1984

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agan as an alternative to prayer
in the schools is, incidentally, ad-
vocated by the Lubavitcher Re-
bbe.
Mr. Mondale served as vice
president under the Carter Ad-
ministration and was said to have
the most power of any U.S. vice
president in office. It was this ad-
ministration that forced Israel to
give up the Sinai Peninsula, al-
most half of its land then, for a
piece of paper. President Reagan
has supported Israel's right to
protect and defend itself by going
into Lebanon, as he stated in the
second of the Presidential de-
bates, and it was only a few weeks
ago, when Israeli Prime Minister,
Shimon Peres, said upon speaking
of the incumbent President, that
"Israel has a good friend in the
White House." This is, indeed,
true as President Reagan is the
only U.S. President to recognize
Israeli settlements on the Israeli
West Bank as legal settlements.
As Jews, we have seen what
President Ronald Reagan, Repub-
lican, has done to aid our home-
land, the land of Israel. It is, with-
out a doubt, our undeniable re-
sponsibility and duty to have this
continued. For us, on Tuesday,
Nov. 6, there is only one candi-
date, Ronald Wilson Reagan.
Let's re-elect President Reagan
into office for a second term and
help secure a safer Israel!

Debbie K. Schlussel

Teenage representative,
17th District Republican Committee

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Several ads in last week's
Jewish News supporting the re-
election of President Reagan
prompted me to write and ask
whether American Jews are vot-
ing only for their pocketbooks this
year. Short term gratification will
not sustain us when the national
debt and balance of trade become
unmanageable. It is easy to use
Jesse Jackson as a smokescreen,
but Mondale dissocated himself
from Jackson's anti-Semitic re-
marks while Reagan continues to
embrace Jerry Falwell's and Jesse
Helms' versions of patriotism.
As an American Jew, I am ex-
tremely concerned about the Re-
publican rhetoric which rein-
forces the belief that if one is not a
"good Christian," one is not a
"good American." Have my fellow
Jews become so comfortable that
they no longer care about the de-
stitute and handicapped who are
suffering under the policies of the
current Administration? Do they
want the likes of James Watt and
Anne Burford protecting our
drinking water? Selective percep-
tion is at work when people sup-

To our
- readers •



port Reagan as a great champion
of Israel while forgetting that he
sold the AWACS planes to the
Saudis and members of his Ad-
ministration call the Syrians
"moderate." •
Are they willing to buy Madi-
son Avenue's "great com-
municator" for another four years
without asking about what he
communicates?

Marlene Gitelman

Mystery man
is identified

I am happy to identify the "un-
identified Israeli official" who was
pictured in a 1953 photo with
David Ben-Gurion and Alex Taub
in the Purely Commentary of
Philip Slomovitz last week about
the history of Technion.
The man is Prof. Yochanan
Ratner (1891-1965), the Russian
Jew who studied architecture in
Germany and became professor of
architecture at Technion in 1929.
He taught at Technion the rest of
his life.
The valuable History of Techn-
ion — The Story of Israel's Insti-
tute of Technology by Carl Alpert,
dekribes Ratner's historic role in
the development of Technion, the
Yishuv in Palestine during World
War II and the Haganah prepara-
tions for the War of Independence.
Alpert wrote, "As the Nazi
troops advanced across North Af-
rica toward Egypt the mood in the
country stiffened. The Jews were
under no illusion as to what would
happen if the Nazis ever broke
through and reached Palestine.
Top secret plans were drawn up
for- every contingency. Prof.
Ratner was in charge of the prep-
aration of the Haganah's emer-
gency.program whereby the Jews
would, under such circumstances,
be withdrawn into a defensible
area on Mount Carmel and would
there make their fighting stand
against the enemy."
Ratner became a general in the
Israel army and served as Israel's
first military attache in Moscow
when Golda Meir was Israel's first
ambassador to the Soviet Union,
1948-1949.

Max Gill

Regional Director,
American Technion Society

Siljander's anti-
Wolpe letter

I have just read the press dis-
patch quoting Rep. Mark D. Sil-
jander's admonishment about
sending "another Christian to
Congress" in place of a colleague
who is Jewish. Rep. Siljander de-



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