Thursday, February 18, 2010

The Press Conference

A Play in One Act
By A Friend

The Scene: The Ministry of Defense, Tel Aviv
The Characters: A Reporter; an Israeli Spokesman

Reporter: Did you have anything to do with the murder of Mahmoud al-Mabhouh?

Israeli spokesman: We all have something to do with everything in the world. Read your Spinoza.

Reporter: So you don’t deny that the Mossad killed Mabhouh.

Israeli spokesman: You just did not deny, I did not deny or not deny anything.

Reporter: I don’t understand.

Israeli spokesman: Maybe the only thing to understand if you are a terrorist is that wherever you are in the world, even in room 230 of the Bustan al Rotana Hotel, you can’t escape the consequences of your actions.

Reporter: Did you just tell us the room number of the hotel suite where Mabhouh was murdered?

Israeli spokesman: I was speaking as a hypothetical. If I can add another hypothetical: Certain intelligence agencies are informed regularly of these kinds of actions and it would behoove them to stop talking or other people can talk.

Reporter: Are you threatening the chief of police in Dubai?

Israeli spokesman: Are you?

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