Gideon Levy, the self-appointed Moral Compass of Israel and appointed by others Baron of deceit industry, pleasantly surprised me lately. By the headline of the article (pay wall): Mutiny in the Israeli Stasi: exposing the occupation's worst filth.
The piece is referring to the scandal with the intelligence unit 8200 (roughly similar in its role to NSA or British GCHQ):
Forty-three former members of Israel Defense Forces intelligence Unit 8200, including some officers, wrote an open letter to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and top military officials, saying they would refuse to do reserve service because of Israel's `political persecution' of the Palestinians.But this post is not about the scandal itself: 8200 can very well defend itself and its actions, even if some reservists, hardly employed by the unit these days, got a Haaretz-inspired conscience.
Nope, this post is narrowly focused on the imagery used by Mr Levy: the comparison of 8200 to Stasi aka Ministerium für Staatssicherheit. Some people, including (possibly) the serving and retired 8200 soldiers, may take offense. I, on the other hand, see it as a sudden turn for the better in Mr Levy. After all, what is Stasi compared to its predecessor, the infamous Gestapo aka Geheime Staatspolizei? This delicacy and softness so openly displayed by Gideon Levy who could but didn't - doesn't it fill your lungs with fresh air?
So, in the spirit of high holidays, openness to new acts of kindness and brotherly love: who shall I compare our Gideon to? To a summer day? Nope, too fancy and highfalutin for the case?
Or, maybe, go the Hebrew way and compare Gideon to a steed in Pharaoh's chariots? His eyes to doves and his two breas... nah, it may be interpreted wrongly. Let's take a look at his picture:
The soulful look, the face, deformed by years upon years of lying, the mouth (closed in this picture, so he is not lying at the moment). So who, or what can be used for comparison?
Or, possibly, that one?
Dunno. Your assistance will be appreciated.