The hidden question - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • Fortuna Benmayor
    • 28.10.10 | 12:52 (IST)

    The hidden question is not best summarized by the "third-world-country" picture. Israel is not a third-world country, but a country that in the last decade has seen a president charged of rape, Prime Ministers charged of bribery, too many state officials entangled in foul business. When you see the kind of "psychological scanning" that goes on at Israeli embassies for Aliyah applicants, you don't see a low bar, but no bar at all. The hidden question is, in my opinion best summarized as a lack of a bar of honesty and competence, stemming from desperation like a person drowning. As if declining an Aliyah applicant would be disastrous, and not the other way around. As for the IDF, if after Winograd, after the infamous Goldstone, and after what's being popping out from Ashkenazi's High Command there is no clean-up, you can say that the IDF may have superb technology, but mediochre standards. And that's truly worrying, because the IDF is not an army, it's the core melting pot of Israeli society.

    from the article: Has Israel become a third-world country?
    First published 01:54 28.10.10 | Last updated 01:54 28.10.10
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