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Tuesday, 26 February 2013


Mannie Sherberg
Great question! Who knows what pearls of wisdom will drop from the mouth of the Serpentine Spellbinder? My guess is that he probably will give a speech in Jerusalem without ever mentioning that Jerusalem is the capital of Israel. It's not difficult: he can say something as simple as "It's great to be here in Jerusalem" -- and let it go at that. Or he can avoid mention of Jerusalem entirely -- and refer only to "the Holy Land" or "this land sacred to three faiths" or something equally anodyne -- and then go on to whatever else he wants to say. That's what serpentine speechifiers do all the time: they snake their way around controversial subjects by falling back on rhetorical stupefacients.
I just hope that at the end of the press conference in Jerusalem, a reporter (picture someone looking somewhat like Peter Falk) says: "Mr. President, just one more thing: what country are we in right now?"

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