LIFE IS all about choices, and it seems that television personality Gadi Sukenik, a former news anchor at Channel 2, made the wrong choice when he agreed to host the controversial television show Polygraph. The program antagonized so many viewers that it became a subject of debate at the Knesset Education, Culture and Sport Committee. While Polygraph, produced by Reshet, may do well in the ratings, it will apparently cost Sukenik dearly in income. According to a report in The Marker, Leumi Mortgage Bank, with which Sukenik has a $600,000, three-year contract to be the show’s presenter, has been embarrassed by the unsavory nature of the show and the publicity which it has received, and is therefore in the process of cancelling its arrangement with Sukenik. That would deprive him of $400,000 in promised earnings. Of course, only Sukenik, his lawyer and the legal representatives of the bank know what’s in the fine print of the contract. If there is no conditional clause related to his other professional activities, the bank may have to pay him off, even if it decides not to use his services. It’s questionable how the bank can afford to pay so much to a celebrity for sticking his face in its commercials, but is still hanging onto assets deposited before World War II by European Jews who did not survive the Holocaust.

WHILE ON the subject of Holocaust survivors and their heirs, Yaron Enosh, who conducts a daily program on Israel Radio in which listeners searching for long-lost relatives or friends call in, is still inundated with requests from people trying to make contact with loved ones and childhood friends 63 years after the end of the war. Lawyers entrusted with the estates of Holocaust survivors who died without leaving a will are also calling Enosh, hoping to find relatives of the deceased. In recent months, Enosh has added an additional corner to the program in which Hashava, a Tel Aviv-based organization (whose official name in English is Holocaust Victims Assets Restitution), provides a short list of names of Holocaust victims who left no wills and whose relatives, if they exist, could be beneficiaries of their estates. The program, though heart-wrenching, has borne fruit both in terms of family and friends reunions and locating beneficiaries of deceased estates.