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“Storm in pajamas”: Maariv reports US concerned by age of Flotilla investigation commissioners

The makings of a farce:

[Commission member Shabtai] Rosen’s long list of credentials did not help endear him to the Americans, who were embarrassed by the photograph of him reading material while wearing pajamas with his Filipino by his side. The photograph also got him trouble with the immigration authorities who decided to raid his home to check the legality of the two foreign workers who assist him. They turned out to be legally employed.

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Storm in pajamas

Eli Bardenstein, Maariv, June 22 2010 [page 6; Hebrew original here and at bottom of post]

US administration official recently said that they were disappointed by the composition of the Turkel Commission formed to examine the flotilla events, mainly because of the advanced age of its members. “We got up in the morning and saw the pictures of commission member Shabtai Rosen, with him having no understanding that he must not be photographed in pajamas and with a Filipino nurse to boot, because it looks terrible,” they told Israeli officials. “This is no way to build confidence. We feel that you’ve pulled one over on us and that’s frustrating. We agreed it would be a serious composition, and instead we got a geriatric commission.”

It should be pointed out that the photographs, which were shown in both Ma’ariv and Yedioth Ahronoth last week, were with Rosen’s full permission. The professor invited the photographers to his home and chose to be photographed there.

The Turkel Commission was appointed after lengthy negotiations with the Americans, and elicited public criticism after it was made public because of the ages of its members: Shabtai Rosen, 93, Amos Horev, 86 and Yaakov Turkel, 75.

“Age is a matter of genes, it shouldn’t get in the way,” said Amos Horev in response to the criticism.

Horev, who served in the IDF as Chief Armaments Officer and as the Head of the Logistics Division in the General Staff, was appointed after his retirement as President of the Technion, and the the Director of the Mossad still  listens to his advice attentively, even with veneration.

Rosen’s long list of credentials did not help endear him to the Americans, who were embarrassed by the photograph of him reading material while wearing pajamas with his Filipino by his side. The photograph also got him trouble with the immigration authorities who decided to raid his home to check the legality of the two foreign workers who assist him. They turned out to be legally employed.

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  1. June 22, 2010 at 12:26

    ““Age is a matter of genes, it shouldn’t get in the way,” said Amos Horev”
    Age is genetic? Seriously, it’s hereditary? Oh no, does this mean that one day I might turn 50 like my parents have? I mean, it’s happened to both of them, that means I’m pretty much toast!!

    Sorry for the snarkiness, but I think we may have to worry about more than just age in Horev’s case… :\

  2. June 22, 2010 at 14:57

    “with his Filipino by his side”… ? Is this honestly how people in the Israeli MSM refer to other people– like lap-dogs or “little black Sambos”?

    • June 22, 2010 at 15:48

      Thanks, Helena. It’s amazing how easily one becomes accustomed to this kind of language.

  3. June 22, 2010 at 15:29

    Well, in current Israeli colloquial usage, ‘filipini(t)’ is the usual name for someone who cares for an elderly person, regardless of their country of origin or ethnic background. It’s not negatively loaded or derogatory, either. It’s also not really polite, I’d say…

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