FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 16 2011
UPDATE: MANY PEOPLE HERE IN SOUTHERN ISRAEL ARE WONDERING THIS MORNING WHY THE IDF MOVED THE IRON DOME BATTERY AWAY FROM ASHDOD . . . AND WHY IN THE WORLD IT WAS ANNOUNCED IN THE MEDIA.
Your humble servant thinks that you might alternately recoil and enjoy some of the morning’s more interesting quotes which indeed range from the dangerous to the nakedly ridiculous.
First the dangerous:
Quote 1: Egyptian Prime Minister Essam Sharaf speaking yesterday on Egyptian state television:
“The Camp David agreement is not a sacred thing and is always open to discussion with what would benefit the region and the case of fair peace, and we could make a change if needed.”
The bottom line: The Egyptians have every intention of at least changing the peace treaty with Israel if not abrogating it outright.
Quote 2: Turkish Prime Minister Recep Erdogan ranting in Tunisia yesterday:
“Israel cannot do whatever it wants in the Eastern Mediterranean . . . Our navy attack ships can be there at any moment.”
Bottom line: Erdogan’s increasing bellicosity is dangerously painting him into a corner in which he will be forced to militarily engage Israel in order to save face.
And now the nakedly ridiculous:
Quote 3. Yulia Berkovich, Kadima MK speaking last night to a crowd including Kadima Leader Tzipi Livni at a Kadima Rosh Hashana party:
“Tzipi Livni, you have failed. You must quit! . . .I say the emperor is naked.”
Bottom line: Tzipi Livni’s days as Kadima leader are numbered. A new poll out yesterday has a resurgent Labor party capturing more seats in the Knesset than Kadima if an election were held tomorrow.
Quote 4: Raffe Gold, a social media manager, discussing yesterday why he intends to join a thousand other naked male and female Israelis at the Dead Sea tomorrow to pose for a picture and video by Spencer Tunick (famed American ‘nude installation designer’):
“I am doing it because I believe strongly that Israel is the only country in the Middle East that could have a mass-nude shoot. This photo shoot is not just about freeing the human body but freeing the human spirit and allowing us to express ourselves, which is what Israel is meant to stand for.”
‘Bottom’ line (poor pun intended): This sounds very Arab ‘springish’ to me. Maybe mass-nude demonstrations might be beneficial for Arab countries in the Middle East. Can you imagine a Tahrir Square in Cairo filled with . . . or thousands of naked Syrians . . .? Maybe even Gaza would be a better place if . . . all right, your humble servant has gone far too far in his feeble attempt at humor.