Friday, March 29, 2013

Prisoner X: Loose Ends

1) Murder by another name?

"It was after 8 pm when warders on duty at the Ayalon prison in Ramla, an inland town south-east of Tel Aviv, realised that Zygier hadn't been spotted in his cell for more than an hour. Monitored by 3 surveillance cameras, the supposedly suicide-proof cell in wing 15 was originally built to house Yigal Amir, the right-wing fanatic who assassinated then Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin in 1995. Divided into 2 parts, the cell's larger area contains a bed, a sitting area and a kitchenette, while the smaller section is a washroom equipped with a shower and toilet. When the guards finally entered the cell at 8.19pm, they found Zygier's body hanging cold and lifeless. 'Our job is to isolate him, not to keep him alive', said one of the guards who attended the scene." (How life of spy Ben Zygier unravelled, Jason Koutsoukis, Sydney Morning Herald, 25/3/13)

2) What the...?

"Julie Bishop, the Coalition spokeswoman on foreign affairs, said on Monday that the Minister for Foreign Affairs, Senator Bob Carr, should ask Israel whether Mr Zygier was using his Australian nationality as a cover when he was working as a Mossad spy. 'If Mr Zygier was using his passports while working for Mossad, and that use was approved, I would expect the Australian government to be registering a protest with the government of Israel,' she said."

OMG, did she really say that? I can't believe it! Register a protest with Israel?! You don't register a protest with Israel ever, OK? You don't even raise so much as an eyebrow.

You treat the Adorable Hunk the way He's become accustomed, right? You snuggle up to Him, take his hand in yours (having first detached it from his M16), and whisper sweet nothings into His (admittedly tin) ear.

Things like:  Hey Honey, "the Coalition will never forget that you're a country under existential threat in a way that is beyond most Australian's experience and understanding."

Or, Hey Sexy, you're "a bastion of civilization," you know that?

Or, Hey, Darls, I just want you to know that I have "a complete and unshakeable commitment to your security," OK?*

Frankly, I don't know what's got into Jules these days. I mean she wasn't always like this. Back in 2010 she never said boo on the above subject. She was all excuses, like: "It would be naive to think that Israel is the only country in the world that has used forged passports, including Australian passports, for security operations."**

Maybe she's just trying to ape Julia's "feisty woman" performance. Someone should maybe tell her it doesn't seem to be working for the PM.

[*See my 22/8/10 post Wake in Fright...; **See my 14/8/10 post Bishop: 'Israel Could Do Anything'.]

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