12
Jan
10

I’ma get medieval on your ass

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…

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14 Responses to “I’ma get medieval on your ass”


  1. 1 Keren
    January 12, 2010 at 10:50

    Excellent on the pulp fiction analogy!!!!!

  2. 2 Shelly
    January 12, 2010 at 13:08

    Also worth noting: The Turkish ambassador is sitting in the corner!
    In my day, the “olden” days, being sent to the corner meant that you were very very naughty.

  3. 3 Carlo
    January 12, 2010 at 14:24

    Charlie Chaplin got there first in the “Great Dictator”. Remember the scene in which Heinkel (Hitler) and the Mussolini character attempt to outdo each other by each in turn ratcheting up his barbershop-type seat.
    If such spoilt-childishness represents current Israeli “diplomacy”, the outlook for the Middle East is very gloomy indeed.

  4. January 12, 2010 at 16:51

    Good one Ami. Except I would add that in medieval times the turks and the Jews had much better relations than they do today. So while borrowed from the european context “lets get medieval on their ass” means putting them in the Iron Maiden (rock on!), in its Middle Eastern context to get medieval is to get some coeixsistence going 🙂

  5. January 12, 2010 at 19:23

    btw, remember how danny ayalon, as our ex-ambassador to Washington, recommended Jews to re-think voting for Obama in the democratic primaries?
    http://www.jpost.com/servlet/Satellite?cid=1201070769195&pagename=JPost%2FJPArticle%2FShowFull

  6. 6 Ami Kaufman
    January 12, 2010 at 23:18

    Keren – Thanks!

    Mom – Those Turks are naughty, I’m tellin ya. Especially dem whirlin dervishes…

    Carlo – I love that scene… And nice to have you on board! 🙂

    Roi – Point taken 🙂 Maybe it should be “I’ma get Bronze Age on your ass”… 😉

    Noam – I try to forget he was an ambassador. Oh, and Mazal Tov on running the Tiberias Marathon!

  7. January 13, 2010 at 03:21

    Does Israel expect the Turkish government to censor its television for political content?

    It’s pretty abominable but it’s nothing we haven’t seen before in “Delta Force” or “Missing in Action.”

    Maybe we should send Chuck Norris to Turkey to sort it out.

    • 8 Ami Kaufman
      January 13, 2010 at 07:24

      Isn’t he busy doing info-mercials?

      • January 13, 2010 at 08:25

        yeah, but this isn’t anything he can’t handle. Besides, he’s making enough money off of “Walker, Texas Ranger” residuals to worry about selling those nautilus machine knock-offs.

        Get Chuck in there. He’s an evangelical so he really hates the Turks.

        (Just to clarify, I don’t hate the Turks no matter what kind of bullshit tv shows they have.)

  8. 10 Ami Kaufman
    January 13, 2010 at 09:03

    Carlo – this is for you 🙂


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