Skip to comments.Op-Ed: A New Middle League: Trade Peres for David Blatt
Posted on 06/10/2014 3:28:50 PM PDT by Eleutheria5
With the rumored move of Maccabi Tel Aviv basketball coach David Blatt to the NBA, a whole new arena of activity can open up for outgoing President Shimon Peres.
One can only imagine the press conference:
Maccabi Tel Aviv announces the signing of our new coach, the illustrious Shimon Peres. Mr Peres, please, explain your views on the world of sports".
Coach Peres: "It is with great honor and happiness that I accept this new assignment. After all, to be welcomed by the Euroleague champion, perpetual winner of the Israel League Cup - and here am I, the perennial loser ..
Of course, even coming off a winning season, as new coach I expect to make some changes to Maccabi and the world of sports. First, theres the nationalism thing: Russians rooting for CSKA, Spaniards for Real Madrid, Israelis for Maccabi; this has to stop.
"People turning into fanatic patriots for their home team- its not a healthy phenomenon. From now on, Russians will root for Milano, Tel Avivians for Belgrade,etc.- or else I send in the Shin Bet.
"And then theres this territorialism and sense of proprietorship. If poor Belgrade or CSKA cant afford a forward like Blu, or a guard like Hickman, why stand on formality and contract: well just give them a Blu or a Hickman.
"And if they dont have a nice big stadium like Nokia, were going to be generous: its theirs for the taking. Do you think we Israelis are tight-fisted with our national assets? Just try me on the Negev for an international soccer field for Bedouin players. While Im at it, I might even arrange a transfer of some of those incessantly noisy Nokia drummers (its easier to transfer Jews than other fans).
(Excerpt) Read more at israelnationalnews.com ...
It gets even better after the excerpted quote above.
He is a holdover from the Socialist Bund days. Should have been “retired” from public life decades ago.