Every once in a while, a certain event reminds me of a certain quote.
The latest of these occurred this morning, while reading about the ridiculous treatment the Turkish ambassador to Israel was given by foreign ministry officials. Click here to see a short video clip (in English) of what it’s about, and to see the pictures from the meeting itself with the ambassador.
But this is how Haaretz tells the story:
Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon summoned the Turkish ambassador in Israel for clarification regarding a recent television drama depicting actors dressed as Shin Bet officers who kidnap babies… During the meeting, Turkey’s ambassador was seated in a low sofa, and facing him, in higher chairs, were Ayalon and two other officials – an arrangement carried out at Lieberman’s (the Foreign Minister) orders.
A photo-op was held at the start of the meeting, during which Ayalon told the photographers in Hebrew: “Pay attention that he is sitting in a lower chair and we are in the higher ones, that there is only an Israeli flag on the table and that we are not smiling.”
Are you kidding me? Is this guy serious? “Pay attention we’re not smiling”?!?!?!? How old is this guy? Six? That’s what first popped to my mind, how childish Ayalon’s behaviour is. But actually, I think it’s not only childish – there’s something even more primitive, maybe medieval.
And THAT’s when Pulp Fiction came to mind…
It’s late in the film, and Butch has just saved Marcellus from being raped by Zed and his buddy.
Butch: You okay?
Marsellus: Naw man. I’m pretty fuckin’ far from okay.
Butch: What now?
Marsellus: What now? Let me tell you what now. I’ma call a coupla hard, pipe-hittin’ niggers, who’ll go to work on the homes here with a pair of pliers and a blow torch. You hear me talkin’, hillbilly boy? I ain’t through with you by a damn sight. I’ma get medieval on your ass.
Now, I understand there’s a lot of tension between Turkey and Israel these days. Not only that, I think Turkey has a lot to answer for. But is there really a need to stoop so low? That’s what Ayalon did, basically. He got medieval on dat ambassador’s ass…