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Kenyan-Born Lonah Chemtai to Represent Israel in Rio Marathon

Thursday, July 21st, 2016

Lonah Chemtai, 26, member of the renowned Kenyan athletic tribe of Kalenjin, is Israel’s most accomplished female long-distance runner, and, having secured her Israeli citizenship just before the deadline, will represent Israel in the 3000 meter hurdles race and in the marathon competition at the Rio Olympic games this summer.

Chemtai arrived in Israel in late 2008, to work as an au pair for the children of Kenya’s consul to Israel. Eight years later she is married, to her Israeli trainer Dan Salpeter, and the couple has a six-months-old baby named Roy.

“I am very proud [to represent Israel] and I hope to achieve a new personal best time,” Chemtai told Reuters.

Chemtai’s personal best time of 2:40 for the marathon is relatively slow, compared with the world’s fastest runners — Paula Radcliffe ran the London Marathon in 2:15:25 on April 13, 2003. But in Salpeter’s view, “a personal best in Rio very much depends on the conditions, which can change from day to day, so it’s hard to know. … But Lonah still has tremendous potential to improve greatly over the next 10 years and even beyond.”

Chemtai is not worried about running the marathon, which she says “is not hard,” but after Rio she plans to focus on track events and hopes to represent Israel in the 10,000 meters race at the 2020 Tokyo Games.

Israel’s team for the Rio games, with 47 athletes (there may be even more) is the largest-ever Olympic delegation to carry the blue and white flag. From 1992 to 2008 Israeli athletes have one medals in every Olympic, and then, at the London 2012 games, the Israeli team came home empty-handed, so hopes are naturally high for medals this time.

Chemtai grew up in a village in western Kenya, where she says the natural conditions for running are better than in Israel, with its heavy humidity in the summer. “I prefer training in Kenya but I have to follow what the coach says,” she relates. “In Kenya there are a lot of [running] partners and there is high altitude, not like here.”

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Definition of Insanity: Failed Negotiators Trying Yet Again

Thursday, August 8th, 2013

Twenty years after Yitzhak Rabin attempted to conjure arch-terrorist Yasir Arafat into a worthy partner for peace, it seems we have not learned the necessary lessons from the past.

As the “peace process” continued to hit bumps along the way, Israel and its American ally attempted many different variations, all of which led to the same failed result. Perhaps the problem with Israeli-Palestinian conflict negotiations lies not with the process but with the people involved in representing the parties at the table.

In most professions, when one fails at his job and leaves the project in question in chaos and disarray, he is not asked to keep working on the task at hand. Not so when it comes to the “peace process industry.”

Saeb Erekat is the main representative for the Palestinian delegation. He has held this position in one form or another since 1991 and has not brought the Palestinians one inch closer to peaceful coexistence with Israel. More troubling, it is clear he never really revised his radical views about the Jewish state. During the second intifada, Erekat accused Israel of massacring 500 Palestinians in Jenin, completely ignoring the facts showing that one-tenth of that number had been killed and most of those were armed terrorists. As recently as 2007, Erekat denied the possibility of the Palestinians ever recognizing Israel as a Jewish state.

Representing the United States at the latest round of talks is former ambassador Martin Indyk. Like Erekat, Indyk has been a major player in the peace industry since the early 1990s, and he also can point to zero achievements in bringing peace and prosperity to our region. On the contrary, when Indyk served as the American ambassador to Israel during Prime Minister Netanyahu’s first term, he was known for his disparaging attitude toward the democratically elected government of Israel.

Since leaving public office, Indyk has revealed his true political leanings. Until his recent appointment by Secretary of State Joh

n Kerry, Indyk chaired the International Council of the New Israel Fund (NIF), an organization that has refused to stop funding groups that call for boycotting Israel.

Finally, we are left with Israel’s chief negotiator. Compared to Erekat and Indyk, Justice Minister Tzipi Livni is a relative newcomer to peace negotiations. Nevertheless, she too has endured countless hours of negotiating with the Palestinians. Most troubling, her views do not represent the majority of the current government and are at odds with the average Likud voter, not to mention the Israeli public, which sharply spurned her in the recent elections.

While serving under Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, Livni offered the Palestinians more than 95 percent of the historic Jewish heartland of Judea and Samaria and the unprecedented division of Jerusalem – an offer that was ultimately rejected by Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and Erekat.

As a father of three small children, there is nothing I want more than to believe that the latest round of talks will lead to true and lasting peace. But we all know that a definition of insanity is the endless repetition of the same experiment in the hope of obtaining a different result. Therefore, all sides should end the insanity and appoint negotiators who have not failed us in the past and who truly represent the best interests of the people they aspire to represent.

(JNS)

Danny Danon

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