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Israeli diplomacy is stone cold dead

First, examine this photo from Israeli newspaper Yediot:

Here’s Israeli blogger Didi Remez offering the background:

Yesterday (January 11 2010,) Deputy Foreign Minister Dannay Ayalon gave the Israeli public a tangible demonstration of what his Minister, Avigdor Lieberman, meant when he told 150 ambassadors convened in Jerusalem that “the era of groveling is over.” Ayalon summoned the Turkish ambassador to reprimand him for an instance of non state-sponsored incitement on Turkish TV. This is what ensued, according to a report in this morning’s Yediot:

“When the ambassador was finally asked to enter the room, his hosts instructed him to sit on a low couch opposite the higher chairs in which they were seated. The hosts, Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon, Foreign Ministry Deputy Director General for Europe, Naor Gilon, and Ayalon’s office director, David Segal did not smile at their guest and refused to shake his hand. When the photographers suggested a handshake, the Foreign Ministry officials refused. “That is precisely the issue,” said Ayalon. Ayalon made sure that no one could have any doubts that the humiliation of the ambassador was anything but deliberate: “The important thing is that people see that he’s low and we’re high and that there is one flag here,” he said to the photographers.”

Alon Liel,  a former Israeli Ambassador to Turkey, wondered on IDF radio this morning where this new school of diplomacy would escalate to next: “ordering the ambassador to get on his knees an crawl across the room?”

So, Israel is being run by school children with serious attitude problems.

9 comments ↪
  • the new rome

    Desperation makes people do silly things.

  • Jacob

    There's an unconfirmed report that the Turkish government has summoned the Israeli ambassador to the foreign ministry in Ankara, where they plan to flick him with wet towels and call him names like LOSER!

  • 'The era of groveling is over' said Lieberman.

    You really have to wonder whether this guy who landed in Israel in 1978 really is in touch with reality or lives completely in a 'strongman's dreamland' of his own making: when has Israel ever 'groveled'? Bullied, yes. Attacked, yes. Oppressed, yes. Expelled, yes. Demolished houses, yes. Assassinated, yes… but 'groveled', Avigdor?

  • the new rome

    Israeli diplomacy has always been necromonic

  • Kevin Charles Herber

     

    It's not even original.

    J. Edgar Hoover used the same BIGGER CHAIR manoeuvre, 'cos his small physical presence was a worry to him.

    In Ayalon & Lieberman cases, I'd say it's their collective intellectual shortcomings that drive their BIG CHAIR strategy…pathetic really…but not surprising.

    Israel…murderous one day…remarkably stupid the next.

  • Karl

    Ayalon has already apologised. Is there anyone in charge in Israel???

    I had to laugh when I saw this photo – a friend of mine recently went to a workcover meeting with his boss' wife and she sat on a stool. Now the deputy foreign minister of Israel is copying her petulant behaviour! At least she didn't apologise…

  • From a source deep inside Zion, it appears that the Lieberman – Ayalon duette is being sidelined by Barak. L/A can play in their own little sandbox, where they can't do too much damage.

  • Don

    Israel can do without Leiberperson , and the world can do without Israel . Neither are sufficiently sensitive to take the hint .

    L'person , I'rael  – piss off , you are anti-humanity – both of you . Piss off .

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