UPDATES 7 pm Israel time Tuesday:
IDF soldiers reportedly came under fire along the Gaza border fence earlier this afternoon. There are no reports of any casualties. Your humble servant wonders if the Netanyahu government has asked President Morsi of Egypt to check on the situation? After all, he is ridiculously in charge of the security of southern Israel.
Negotiations are reported to soon begin between Turkey and Israel over compensation to the families of Turkish terrorists who were killed on board the Mavi Marmara. The Turks are demanding “tens of millions” of dollars. Your humble servant wonders why the families of those IDF soldiers brutally wounded by the terrorists are not demanding compensation from Turkey?
IDF Chief of Staff Benny Gantz, in his new role as tourism minister, announced yesterday that it is all right for Israeli tourists to visit the Golan Heights. According to the ever absurd Gantz, the situation there is “normal” and not expected to deteriorate. This announcement comes after an IDF outpost was hit by gunfire a few days ago, and Israel responded by destroying a Syrian army position.
Qatar has announced today that it is establishing a $1 billion dollar fund for “East Jerusalem”–which it says is the “capital of Palestine.” What a joke. Not only is there no Palestine, there is also no “East Jerusalem”. Jerusalem is the undivided capital of the state of Israel and will eternally remain so.
The issue is clear.
Should the Israeli Foreign Ministry use an unrepentant Israeli draft dodger as the spokesman for the state of Israel?
That draft dodger is none other than Israeli supermodel Bar Refaeli–who has made an advertisement for the Foreign Ministry’s public relations campaign touting Israel’s technological innovations.
As soon as Bar Refaeli’s involvement in the campaign became known, the IDF army spokesman sent this message to the Foreign Ministry:
“I wish to turn your attention to the negative message that could be delivered to Israeli society. The choice of a representative who did not serve in the military as an official presenter on behalf of Israel, conveys the message that we ignore and forgive evasion of enlistment, and encourages identification, among youths of both sexes, with the success of those who did not enlist.”
The simple fact is that Bar Refaeli married a close family friend in 2007 in a sham marriage in order to receive an exemption from military service because she did not want to interrupt her modeling career. After receiving the exemption, she immediately was granted a divorce.
In response to the current controversy, Bar Refaeli commented: “I don’t regret not enlisting, because it paid off big time. That’s just the way it is, celebrities have other needs.” She went on to crow about her celebrity status: “You can use the clip for the Foreign Ministry or drop it, but my Instagram feed has more readers than Yediot Aharonot [Israel’s most popular newspaper].”
As for the Foreign Ministry, its spokesman replied to the IDF in this way: “Bar Refaeli is considered one of the most beautiful women in the world and she is widely recognized as Israeli. There is no reason to dredge up the past when we are dealing with a public diplomacy campaign of this kind.”
There is no reason to dredge up the past?
There is every reason to dredge up the past. When your humble servant watched the mindless applause given by Israeli leftist students to President Obama’s delusional speech in Jerusalem last week, he reflected on just how infected Israeli society has become by the “celebrity syndrome”.
Whatever happened to values? Whatever the heights of Bar Refaeli’s celebrity, she should be unceremoniously dumped from the Foreign Ministry’s public relation campaign. Her appearance in that campaign is an insult to every Israeli who has proudly served or is serving this country.