20 June 2006

A musical, some religion and a mystery

Ynet tells a yarn that could become a basis for a four-five acts musical comedy. Follows the list of selected participants:

Hananel Dayan: a snot-nosed youngster who refused to shake the hand of Chief of Staff.

The soldier cited the fact that his family was evacuated from Gaza during last summer's disengagement as the reason for his refusal to acknowledge the army chief's gesture.

Dan Halutz: a battle hardened hero and the current top dog of IDF, who decided, for some unfathomable reason, to make a big production of not being allowed to shake the above mentioned youngster's hand.

Sergeant Hananel Dayan, the decorated Israel Defense Forces soldier who caused a furor last week when he refused to shake hands with IDF Chief of Staff Dan Halutz "to protest the expulsion" of settlers from the Gaza Strip, was expelled from his unit.

Nobel Prize winning professor Yisrael Aumann who thought that this historic case demands an opinion of a first caliber scientific mind.

"There is a Bolshevist trend here. It must be opposed through all means and with all our strength," said Aumann.

And, of course, a politician (you cannot do without one): MK Arie Eldad of a staunchly rightist opinion.

During the meeting, Knesset Member Arieh Eldad (National Union-National Religious Party) welcomed Dayan's act, saying: "He guaranteed his life in the world to come."

Since I cannot do anything about music (childhood trauma, do not ask, please), I shall at least give you an outline of a libretto:

  1. A stupid, but principled, youngster - $1
  2. A Chief of Staff in a tantrum - $2.50
  3. A politician who discovered afterlife - $1.80
  4. A Nobel pricewinner going bonkers - priceless
Now, where is the mystery I have promised? There is another quote from the same MK:

Knesset Member Eldad said: "We came to honor Hananel... There is a deep rift between the people and the army. But we are being drafted into the army, we want the State of Israel to go on. I'm not willing to give up on the State and the flag. It is ours and we won't give up until they leave."

And the mystery is in the last statement: who are "they" that are supposed to leave? The people? The army? The State? The flag?

The first person to come up with the correct answer shall receive a Bolshevik repellent (spray, consult your physician before use). I am already using it since reading that quote by the professor. Probably I caught a few Bolsheviks somewhere or other, my body is itching all over.