zaterdag 3 april 2010

"Volgend jaar in Jeruzalem" schaadt vredesproces

Een vervolg op de DryBones cartoon?

"Next Year in Jerusalem" Deemed Unhelpful by Obama Administration (satire)
March 23, 2010 By The Associated Press  Shana Habbab  (AP White House Correspondent)
(AP) — An unidentified Israeli official has confirmed that private discussions between President Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu included a strong request from the President that the upcoming Passover holiday not include the familiar refrain of "next year in Jerusalem", citing the passage as provocative and unhelpful for future peace talks.
The Administration suggested replacing it with "next year in peace" or "next year in Israel", but leaving the final wording up to both the Israelis and Palestinians.
Netanyahu is said to have balked at the request, indicating that the refrain dates back well before the UN Partition of 1947.  The Prime Minister reportedly attempted to diffuse the situation by noting that the declaration lacks any political significance, adding that most people living outside of Israel just "say the words without having a real desire to live anywhere in Jerusalem." He further explained that, "at most, they would like to come for the Passover holiday, but only staying at one of the hotels located in western part of the city."

3 opmerkingen:

  1. As the blog to which you link, I object to the fact that you ommitted the word "Satire" which was part of the title. That is a courtesy which you owe to a source from which you copy material.

    It is a mystery to me how so many readers on both sides of the issue actually believed this post was true.

    I did not write this piece. It was contributed by the very able satirist, Andrew Bloom.

    Yerachmiel Lopin,

  2. Corrected, but the satire seemed obvious to us! (We got it by email without satire in the title...)

  3. Thank you for getting it and my apologies for intuitively getting it.

    Alas a Rabbi in NYC sermonized about this ill advised Obama initiative and piously intoned "If only I could say this was satire."

    You guys restore my faith in good judgement and in people with a good sense of humor. A belated Happy Passover.

    Yerachmiel Lopin