Academy awards 2000

Published in The Jerusalem Post on January 30, 2000

I want to thank the Academy of Politics for giving me the opportunity to

award its annual prizes for political plunder, knavery and

frolic-at-the-citizen’s-expense to this year’s cunning winners.


And the January 2000 winners of the highly-dubious citations are (the

envelope please…):



Herzog, Mr. Always-Seems-So-Squeaky-Clean, who now, it is revealed —

isn’t. “Bougie” Herzog pulled a fast one with his outrageously illegal

non-profit association shell-game on behalf of prime ministerial

candidate Ehud Barak, but Justice Goldberg has now caught him. Awarded

for masterful success in the trickery – the vast dissimulation helped

get his boss elected.


WHAT DOES HE REALLY KNOW AWARD to Ehud Barak, who knows for certain that

the non-profit associations he knew absolutely nothing about – did

nothing wrong.


MAPAI IS BACK AWARD to Labor MK Dalia Itzik, who has zealously reverted

to the classic Mapai tactic of attacking as illegitimate anybody who

dares censure the ruling Labor elites.


First, she accused Amiram Bogat, the Registrar of Non-Profit

Associations who started the investigation into Bougie and Company, of

impartiality because he has a kipah on his head and lives over the Green

Line. Then, she hysterically tore into Justice Goldberg for “lack of

judgement”. Then, she fumed away furiously at Attorney General Elyakim

Rubinstein (another kipah) who had the “temerity” (!) to order a

criminal investigation against the Holy Labor Establishment.


NATIONAL TRANQUILIZER AWARD also to Ehud Barak. Barak has put everybody

in this country, including the right-wing, to sleep. I know of no-one

else who could actively negotiate the return of the entire Golan Heights

to Syria, continue land transfers to the PA in the West Bank, advance

talks Arafat on Palestinian statehood and refugee rights, and de facto

hand-away parts of Jerusalem – without whipping-up a frenzied and

furious public reaction! From Barak’s perspective, an outstanding




Settlements, for being the first and most enthusiastic to jump on the

‘dump Ezer Weizman as President’ bandwagon. Five years ago, when Weizman

publicly called on Rabin and Peres to slow the Oslo process and was

criticized by the Left for intervening in diplomacy, the settlers

vocally argued that “it is a mitzvah to support the President”.


LOOK GUYS, NO HANDS AWARD to Rabbi Ovadia Yosef for proving that he can

still run the party and bring home the bacon without Aryeh Deri. Despite

Yossi Sarid’s huffing and puffing, Rabbeinu Ovadia got his bankrupt

school-system millions from Mr. Barak, nice and clean, at taxpayer

expense. The Supreme Court can order the Ministry of Education to

enforce curriculum content guidelines in Shas schools – order all it

wants – but in Shas they’re overcome with hysterical laughter.


NINE LIVES AWARD to Shimon Peres. He just knows that if he hangs on and

hangs around Israeli politics long enough, it will pay off somehow. The

Presidency perhaps, or maybe he’ll get to negotiate a free trade accord

between Israel and Iran. Keep dreaming, Shimon.


NOW YOU SEE THEM, NOW YOU DON’T AWARD to Chief Rabbis Yisrael Lau and

Eliahu Bakshi-Doron, who have simply disappeared, taking the Chief

Rabbinate with them. The Chief Rabbinate? What is that? Have you heard

from it lately? Perhaps the spiritual leaders had what to say on our

spiraling poverty, crime, violence, corruption, and sexual immorality;

but if they did, I missed it.


ELASTICITY AWARD to IDF Chief-of-Staff Shaul Mofaz, whose amiable

pliability is serving Prime Minister Barak well. If Barak needs the

Golan to be expendable, Mofaz is there to explain that it is. Can the

IDF unilaterally leave south Lebanon without security penalty? Mofaz

will be there to back that up too, when necessary. He sure knows what

side of his bread is up for buttering.


SPIT IN YOUR FACE AWARD to Yaacov Weinroth, the pitbull attorney of

choice for our senior politicians who get caught. This haredi hired-gun

hates the press, yet is a master of media manipulation on behalf of his

clients. He despises the secular legal system and its leading lights,

yet excels at maneuvering within it. An angry, conflicted man, I think,

which is all the more reason to have him on your side.


NATIONAL UNITY AWARD to David Tartakover, the hate-filled sculptor who

emblazoned “killed by a kipah-wearing Jew” on the Yitzhak Rabin memorial

plaque he designed for Tel Aviv. Just so that future generations will

know how evil and politically delegitimate all kipah-wearing Jews are.

This award comes with free membership in the Klu Klux Klan and several

other bigoted groups.


PULITZER PRIZE to the Israel Police for publishing, that is leaking,

more news than any one journalist could possibly report. Narcotics,

homicide and forensics used to be the most important police departments.

Now, it is the Israel Police News Department (with a direct feed to

radio straight from the investigation room).suggested sub-headline:

Prizes awarded for political plunder, knavery, hypocrisy and frolic-at-the-citizen’s-expense.

David M. Weinberg is a think tank director, columnist and lobbyist who is a sharp critic of Israel’s detractors and of post-Zionist trends in Israel. Read more »
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