DE LA MARMELADE EN PALESTINE or MARMELADE VS SUGAR
«C’est comme un rendez-vous avec un diététicien. Les Palestiniens maigriront, mais ils ne mourront pas », a confirmé un peu plus tard Dov Weissglas, directeur du Cabinet du Premier Ministre lors d’une réunion avec le chef d’état-major des forces de défense israéliennes, le directeur du Shin Bet et des généraux et fonctionnaires. Un éclat de rire général parmi les participants a répondu à cette nouvelle et cruelle forme d''humour juif à la sauce Marie Antoinette.
To reply to the triumphal election of the Hamas party, Israelis authorities decided to close most border points between Israel and Palestine, a move that considerably hindered Palestinian exports and farmers. Fruits and veggies are rotting in their cases or on the vine but apparently Israeli authorities do not care. During a visit by some Israeli officials checking on the efficiency of these measures, Mrs Ruhama Avraham (above pic), israeli vice-minister of the Interior, was told that the measures dramatically raised the cost of living for people in Gaza and the West Bank : sugar's price coming from Israel, she was told, is six times as high as the strawberries plants sold by the Palestinians farmers.
Mrs Avraham then came up with a quip that will not go down well in History :"If they can not afford sugar, let them eat marmelade." Some days later during a meeting with the Israeli Defense chiefs of staff and other high civil servants, her colleague Dog Weissglas, chief of Cabinet of the PM, added : " It is like an appointment with a dietetician, Palestinians will lose some weight but they won't die." General laughter erupted at the saying of this comment that reminded me of Marie Antoinette, Queen of France, asking to the PM why the people of Paris were protesting. Told that they did not have bread, she replied : "Let's give them some brioche."