Sunday, July 16, 2006

There is one person in Israel for whom the war has some positive side effects. We hardly are interested in the sexual-harrassment/blackmail affair involving President Katsav. In the article I read something that made me laugh out loud. It shows that Shimon Peres has a healthy sense of humor:
Shimon Peres was asked this week about the presidency [ in 2007 the ninth president of Israel will be chosen by the members of the Knesset ]. He made a dismissive gesture, as if to brush off, or rather kill, a particularly annoying fly. "I don't concern myself with that," he said. "I don't think about it." He will go on singing the same tune even after he is up to his neck in the presidential race. People who talked to him this week were of the impression that he is taking - how to put it - a very, very great interest in the developments. One of those people asked him if there might not be a problem because of his age ( Peres will be celebrating his 83rd birthday next month ). Anyway you look at it, starting a seven-year presidential term at the age of 83.5 at the very earliest ( on the assumption that the elections will be moved up by about six months ) is a very optimistic step, even for an eternal youth like Peres. So what's the problem, he said, in another year or two, you'll all lose an afternoon because of my funeral.

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