So Funny It Hurts: Satire in My Survival Kit for Israeli Coalition Negotiations

How does one deal with the mind-numbing politics of this country? With the hard-biting, endlessly entertaining satire of 'State of the Nation,' a brilliant show on Israel's Channel 2.

Now that we are finally at the end of the negotiations to form Israel's next coalition – an alternately mind-numbing and entertaining six-week period when party leaders negotiate in the media through leaks, trial balloons, fantasy scenarios and character assassination, while the real poker game takes place in secret – it is good to remember how we maintained our psychological balance during the election campaign...