Friday, April 10, 2009

Mazel Tov! We have a government

Mazel Tov!
We have a new government. It has more ministers than the one formed by King David, but there are times when there is no other choice – I suppose.

Since we have more ministers than ministeries to offer, I am left wondering how come we don’t have a Health Minister.
Maybe we don’t need one. We can all do fine with the Head Psychiatrist alone.
King David had a ‘wine treasury minister’; maybe we should have one too. It will complete the Head Psychiatrist job and then we would and could most certainly do away with the Health Minister.

I am curious about Mr. Lieberman, our new Foreign Minister. I wonder what he will do next, being part of this –most probably – very short lived government. In the past he has shown a lot more cooperation and flexibility when sitting in a position with the government than when campaigning to get it.
I heard he was once a bouncer, I can’t remember if in the former Soviet Union or here in Israel but a juggler would have been more appropriate.

In any case, I suppose right wing voters are happier than the others. My heart goes out to them.
I would like to remind them that, as I said in my last post, Mr. Begin signed the peace agreement with Egypt which resulted in the Sinai to be returned to Egypt. Minus the Gaza Strip, of course. Late President Saadat was a very smart and intelligent person.
In 1991, Prime Minister Shamir went to Madrid and started the so called Middle East Peace Process. Whatever that was supposed to be.
Then came Ariel Sharon and withdrew from the Gaza Strip taking all the settlements out and creating an even deeper division line among Israelis.
Last, Mr. Olmert went for the Annapolis version of peace and almost succeeded in his proposal to withdraw from East Jerusalem and the West Bank. Almost.

We will wait and see what happens next.

By the way, I have a question: is there any other country with colored borders? I have green lines, blue lines and even red lines. If you know of another country that has them, please let me know.

Thank you
Anna Maria

Friday, March 27, 2009

Who did you vote for?

So, who did you vote for?

If you are not a native born Israeli, or been living and dying in this country for a zillion years, and haven't been following closely the crazy politics we have - you voted wrong.

You see, here things are different. For example: we start working on Sunday when the rest of the world sleeps and our last day working day is Thursday when for the rest of the world is the middle of the week.

So is everything else, including politics.

If you are left wing inclined and were one of the three Meretz voters, you committed a fatal mistake. You may have done worse and voted for Mr. Barak and the Avoda party.

If you are right wing oriented and voted Likud, boy are you in trouble!

You see, if you are right wing, you are supposed to want to keep the "territories" as you want to keep Tel Aviv. Well, in fact it was the Likud party headed by the late Mr. Begin who signed a peace agreement with Egypt. There went the Sinai, Yamit and Sharm-A-Sheikh!!

Tou want the "territories" to stay? Don't vote Likud or to the right of this party.

You voted left wing? Now look what you've done!! Mr. Barak is joining the coalition with no less and- no kidding - Mr. Avigdor Liberman.

As of today, we don't have a new government yet but let me assure you whatever comes out of the negotiations, you and I are not going to be happy.

Stay tuned, I will keep you posted.

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