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One thing we have no shortage of in Israel is people who think they are above the law. For instance, time and time again my wife and I have had words with someone smoking in a place designated as non-smoking. It seems that the laws are taken as mere “suggestions.”

 

People are also constantly trying to “cut corners”, in order to get things done quicker (but more often than not, less effectively).

 

Take former Israeli Prime Minister and current Finance Minister ‘Bibi’ Netanyahu for example:

No stranger to the burning issues of the day, Israel’s Benjamin Netanyahu was really fired up during a radio interview on Sunday.

 

“Can’t you smell the smoke?” an Army Radio reporter suddenly asked Netanyahu, the finance minister, as they spoke about a recent controversial decision to replace Israel’s army chief.

 

“What do you mean?” Netanyahu, well known in Israel for his penchant for cigars, shot back.

 

“Your cigar is on fire. The one inside your suit jacket. Minister Netanyahu, you are burning up,” the reporter replied, his voice rising in urgency in the interview conducted outside the cabinet room before its weekly meeting.

 

“Eh?” said a flustered Netanyahu, a former prime minister with a reputation as a master of the soundbite.

 

At this point, Housing Minister Isaac Herzog, also on his way to the cabinet meeting, came to the rescue.

 

“Bibi, throw it on the floor. Throw it — that’s right,” Herzog said, using the former prime minister’s nickname.

 

Emergency over, the reporter asked Netanyahu why he had put a lit cigar in his jacket pocket.

 

“Smoking is forbidden here,” Netanyahu said.

 

“But why a lit cigar?” the reporter insisted.

 

“I didn’t know it was lit,” Netanyahu replied.

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David Lange

A law school graduate, David Lange transitioned from work in the oil and hi-tech industries into fulltime Israel advocacy. He is a respected commentator and Middle East analyst who has often been cited by the mainstream media
Picture of David Lange

David Lange

A law school graduate, David Lange transitioned from work in the oil and hi-tech industries into fulltime Israel advocacy. He is a respected commentator and Middle East analyst who has often been cited by the mainstream media
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