What Do You Know of Lincoln, Ms. Livnat?

The culture minister couldn't see the parallels between the Academy Award-winning story she loved and the stories behind the Israeli documentaries she shunned.

“History repeats itself, first as tragedy, second as farce,” wrote Karl Marx. The letter sent by Culture and Sports Minister Limor Livnat, in response to a protest letter by four professional organizations representing Israeli filmmakers, could be described as an example of such a historical farce, were we not talking about the State of Israel’s culture minister ‏(which makes it tragic‏).