Guns N' Poses

MK Zvi Hendel is not alone. The Iranian foreign minister doesn't like Jews either and is doing his best to block the appointment of a British ambassador who comes from Jewish stock.

1. MK Zvi Hendel is not alone. The Iranian foreign minister doesn't like Jews either and is doing his best to block the appointment of a British ambassador who comes from Jewish stock. The difference between them is that the Iranian wouldn't dare call the British ambassador-elect a "jewboy" (youpin in French, zhid in Polish).

For a Jewish MK to call an Orthodox Jewish ambassador and lover of Israel a "jewboy" is okay, but if it had been the other way around, the ambassador would have been out of here in 24 hours. The chutzpah of this homegrown anti-Semite of ours lies not only in using this nasty epithet, but in having the gall to criticize the ambassador's involvement in Israel's internal affairs. Doesn't Israel and its various extensions shamelessly meddle in American internal politics and decision-making, manipulating public opinion and pit Congress against the president to satisfy Israel's needs? Doesn't Israel decide who is elected to Congress and who isn't?

Not to mention the fact that for the past three decades, Israel has been living off, and been dependent for its security on, the American taxpayer. One has to have a lot of gall to say they have no right to interfere.

2. The navy commando has no luck. It carries out a successful operation and right away there are so many dads, the poor commando is practically left an orphan. Sharon and Fuad were photographed hugging a 120mm. shell, beaming like proud parents leading their eldest son to the bridal canopy.

From the media coverage of the "mission straight out of the movies," we learned that Sharon called the shots while Fuad supervised from his office and the chief of staff flew overhead in his executive Boeing. Then they held a big party in Eilat, as if they had shot down barrels of anthrax and crates of enriched uranium.

What a letdown, after all the excitement, to find that the "navy commando's most brilliant operation of all time" has left the world cold. The architects of this great coup have failed to grasp that when a country with nuclear technology, thousands of tanks and hundreds of planes, long-range missiles and anti-missile missiles, makes a big deal about 50 tons of ammunition (weighing about as much as one tank), it doesn't rate a headline.

Needlessly, they argued over who was responsible for the PR fiasco. Forget the fabulous IDF and the fearless commandos. It was a 15-year old boy who crashed a light plane into a skyscraper in Miami who stole the show, and rightly so. Because that is what interests the world today.

3. "And the world says nothing," wailed Ma'ariv in a gigantic headline - a variant on "the whole world is against us." It's tough for us to accept that we are no longer portrayed as David versus Goliath, but the other way around. Right may be on our side, but in the eyes of the world, the conception is fixed: We are the occupiers and the Palestinians are the occupied.

What did we think? That they weren't stockpiling arms? After all, we did the same ourselves before the state was established, proving that there are some things even a major power can't stop. The British waylaid our arms shipments. They tracked down gun caches and whole factories for the manufacture of weapons on Black Saturday. They arrested leaders of the Yishuv and deported the heads of our "terror organizations" to Eritrea. They imposed sieges and roadblocks and curfews on us. So what of it? Didn't we get a state in the end?

4. Let's say we were sitting in front of the television and heard that the Sri Lanka police had seized a munitions ship of the Tamil rebels. Would we sit there open-mouthed? Would we fall off our chairs? The trouble is that it hasn't sunk in yet: We haven't grasped that since September 11, our conflict has been pushed to the side, and the world is focused on the American agenda, which revolves around the Persian Gulf, Afghanistan, Pakistan and India, Iraq and Yemen, and the global terror organization bequeathed by Osama bin Laden.

The U.S. administration has no solution for our conflict. Because America has no desire to declare Arafat a terrorist, which could harm its relations with the Arab countries it is friendly with, and because Sharon has no constructive ideas on how to end the violence, all the U.S. administration wants is to keep the conflict on a low flame. The main thing is that we do nothing to sidetrack it from its important objectives at this time.

Our PR is not at fault. The problem is our prime minister, who, after all the grand promises he hasn't kept, is left with a national agenda concerned chiefly with his own political survival.