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Purim in Dubai

Since the coverage of the visit to Dubai by certain foreigners is sometimes bordering on the comical, and the apparent quick exit to Iran by some of the above mentioned foreign nationals, a little Purim levity is called for. On a serious note, I’ll be glad to have the Mossad borrow my name to kill some Hamasnik. It would hopefully be a greater contribution to the security of Israel than all of those weeks I spent reading books (shhh) while on miluim (army reserve duty). Here are a few thoughts that I had about this episode. I’ll add more as they come to me. In all seriousness, these people put their lives on the line and we should all thank them for it. Now for some jokes.

1. Maybe this really was a destination wedding? People came from all over the world to stay in the same hotel, there was lots of sun, people played, or pretended, to play tennis. It sounds like one to me.
2. Who gets all of the frequent flyer miles? That is probably one of the biggest downers of using an alias.
3. Seeing that there were a large number of young men and women who very well may have been Jewish, could this have been a trial run by a new competitor for Birthright?
4. How about a Srugim-like show about young men and women who work in the Mossad. Word on the street is that they are making an Israeli-version of the Office, well, do I have an office for you.

Update: This article from the London Times makes a nice Purim connection.

On the official website of Mossad, Israel’s spy agency, is the biblical verse from Prophets, 11:14 — “where no counsel is, the people fall, but in the multitude of counsellors there is safety”. Unfortunately, so many of its “counsellors” seem to have been caught on CCTV, wearing wigs and other disguises, that it was as if an early Purim carnival was being held in Dubai’s hotels and airports.

Update II: They have way more friends than I do.


One Response to “Purim in Dubai”

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    The frequent flyer joke is a longtime favorite of former CIA director Jim Woolsey. See, for instance,




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