08.05.2011 04.Ijar, 5771 Tag 19 des Omer
A state which wallows in its disasters and is addicted to threats has no greater disaster than the momentary closing of the aerial route in and out.
A new national disaster broke out over the weekend: Several hundred passengers got stranded at Ben-Gurion International Airport. Main headlines, dramatic live reports, a real catastrophe. Even before anyone had a clear idea of what happened, we had apocalyptic descriptions buzzing through the air – planes could crash, maybe all of the fuel in the country has been polluted, maybe it's a mega-terror-attack? The end was nigh.
The "biological" pollutant was sent to the top-secret lab in Nes Tziona, and then to Germany. Dozens of miserable victims, whose flight was briefly delayed, were interviewed to exhaustion, recounting their woes to a stunned nation, exposing their suffering to all and sundry and threatening class actions. Finally, all that was dwarfed by the horror of horrors: Hundreds of yellow-clad basketball fans, on their way to the Final Four, were now in danger of missing an hour at a Barcelona casino….