Israeli publishes obituary for State of Israel

Wednesday, March 21, 2007 |  by Staff Writer
One Israeli resident wrote a death notice, mourning the fate to which the nation has fallen.

“In sorrow and grief we announce the passing of our beloved State of Israel,” read the obituary published in Ha’aretz newspaper Tuesday with his angry and final attempt to bring about a change.

Shmuel Gonen, a 60-year-old resident of Kiryat Ono, described the nation as a “banana republic.” Gonen expressed his disappointment with the lack of accountability as the country’s leaders stand trial for one thing or another.

“The government offices are like ping-pong tables; ministers don't last more than three-four months in office, nothing can be done at this rate. There are Knesset members who act like they are in the circus.”

Gonen also strongly criticized Israelis who complain, but don’t do anything to try and change the situation.

“I don't want to sound like someone who is grieving the establishment of the State of Israel, the State is strong and we have been through a lot of suffering, but it is a pity that pure blood is spilled in wars and road accidents. There are people who give their souls and spirits, and there are low-lifes running the State,” he concluded.

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