Thursday, November 08, 2007

Remind You of Something?

Does this story David Grossman Refuses to Shake Olmert's Hand remind you of something?

Writer David Grossman refused to shake Prime Minister Ehud Olmert's hand in a prize ceremony in Jerusalem Wednesday. Grossman received the Emet prize for achievements in arts, science and culture, from the AMEN Fund, which is sponsored by the Prime Minister's Office. 11 prize winners will share $1 million between them...Grossman only shook hands with Prize Commission Chairman, Judge Gavriel Bach, and one other panel member, and then took a step back and stood in place, as Olmert glowered at him.


Here: Soldier ousted from his IDF unit for not shaking hands

But then it was a rightwinger who refused to shake Dan Halutz's hand because of Halutz's involvement with the Gush Katif evacuation, now it's a left-wing icon.

Will he be ousted?

4 comments:

Carl in Jerusalem said...

Don't hold your breath waiting for Grossman to be ousted. But then, you knew that....

Ruchie said...

Ah yes, such courage not to shake Olmert's hand. But let's not forget that the Emet prize is first and foremost just that - a prize, money. Grossman didn't forego the meney, did he. And the press kind of ignored that aspect of the affair, didn't they. And Hananel Dayan, his prize - $1,500 - for being an outstanding soldier has not yet been delivered to him...

yoni r. said...

I think in most armies in the world, isulting your commanding officer, not to mention the head of the army, will get you chucked out. Private citizens are not bound by such rules. (That aside, I still commend the soldier.)

YMedad said...

As a former soldier, I can tell you that there is no shaking of hands in any army. It's the salute that is instead of a handshake. So, again, the handshake is a civilian act which, as a soldier, I don't think he was obliged to do.