I was not particularly pleased to learn that my dear TIMES OF ISRAEL is partnering with the New York JEWISH WEEK. Not that there is anything wrong with the New York weekly paper. It has a good staff under the leadership of its editor, Gary Rosenblatt.

My concern is that Americans generally like to take control of things. They have their own values and concerns which are not always akin to those of us Israelis.

The TIMES OF ISRAEL is a distinctly Israeli newspaper with a wide global interest in news. Its editor and staff are Israelis, many of them former Anglo-Saxons, and they write with an Israeli heart and an Israeli soul.

American Jews, well-meaning as most are and devoted to Israel, cannot experience our pains and our conflicts. They do not live with the fear of daily terror and the threat of annihilation that is a peculiar part of our Israeli society.

The New York JEWISH WEEK covers local American and international Jewish news and is widely read and respected.

But I am concerned of what its influence will be on our TIMES OF ISRAEL. I would not like to see us being swallowed up by a foreign press. I would not like to see us surrendering our policies to those of another editor overseas.

I cannot know how many other Israeli readers share my concern, but it does worry me.

Our respected editor, David Horowitz, is a wise man and he surely knows the reason for this new adventure in partnering.

I wish hatzlacha raba (great success) to our editor and wonderful staff writers and I do look forward to continue being a part of this new partnership.

Is there a Jewish way of keeping one’s fingers crossed?