Friday, 19 February 2010

Tennis in Dubai

Israeli female Tennis number 1, Shahar Peer was barred from playing in the Dubai Open a year ago - I blogged about it here.

Following the justified fuss about the matter, the Dubai authorities had no option but to issue her a visa and allow her into the country to take part this year.

Now, if you've been paying attention to the news over the last few days, you might be aware of the fuss that (allegedly) Israeli Mossad operatives have caused in Dubai, with the assassination of a top Hamas-nik.

Irrespective of all the speculation, Israel's official position - such as it is - can be summed up by Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman's statement of "official ambiguity" in relation to the Mossad's involvement - or not - in the matter.

Fair enough - but this position seems to be wilfully undermined somewhat by a tweet on Twitter by the Israeli Embassy in the United Kingdom: "You heard it here first: Israeli tennis player carries out hit on Dubai target".

According to the Guardian story, the tweet apparently refers to Ms Peer beating the No. 1 seed in this year's Dubai Open and proceeding to the quarter finals of the tournament, as the attached link reports.

Apparently. And they wonder why Hasbara doesn't work.

Side issue: I'm I the only person to notice the startling physical resemblance between Meir Dagan, head of Israel's Mossad, and George Costanza, the hapless fictional star of American TV programme Seinfeld? Readers, we deserve to be told the truth...



2 comments:

Adam Ehad said...

I followed your link to that particular tweet and it no longer exists! I would be interested to know if it was just an unfortunate choice of words or if some young employee at the embassy was simply in a mischeavous mood. I'm swayed towards the second possibility by the rest of the tweets on the UKIsrael page, which seem to be more about dissing people's beards that with actual hasbarah...

Goy said...

The tweet was taken down after the negative publicity that followed. I suspect that it was the work of someone who allowed his sense of humour to get the better of him.

Incidentally, I hope that you are looking after your passport :-)