Barukh Binah
policy fellow, writer and former ambassador

The Boring Cabinet

I have written political limericks for a number of years. Israeli politics provide me with many opportunities to express my disdain of the lowly level of party-political performance.

Those beasts are born in Hebrew, but sometimes I answer a friendly demand for an English version. Here is the English version of my late limerick, which was printed as a “letter to the editor” in Haaretz (June 23, 2021). I tried to respond to the sudden quiet and apparent efficiency of the new Bennet-Lapid government, à la “no drama Obama”. They seem to me as a group of people who simply come in to give us a day of work:

Behold, there’s a cabinet meeting tonight

With not a single defendant in sight

Indeed, it is such a bore

Putting the country to snore

Hey, this decorum is simply not right!


… And here is the original Hebrew version:


שׁוּרוּ, הַבִּיטוּ וּרְאוּ:  יְשִׁיבַת מֶמְשָׁלָה,

וְאֵין אֲפִלּוּ נֶאֱשָׁם אֶחָד לְהַתְחָלָה.

מֶמְשָׁלָה מְשַׁעֲמֶמֶת,

הַמְּדִינָה מַמָּשׁ נִרְדֶּמֶת!

אֵין סָפֵק. הַהֲגִינוּת הַזּוֹ הִיא תַּקָּלָה!


More to follow, eventually.


About the Author
Ambassador (ret.) Barukh Binah is a policy fellow at MITVIM, the Israeli Institute for Regional Foreign Policies. He is also a member of the Foreign Policy Forum and of Commanders for Israel's Security. He has served in a variety of diplomatic positions vis-à-vis the United States, including Spokesman in New York, Consul General in Chicago, Deputy Head of Mission in Washington DC and Deputy Director General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Jerusalem,  heading the North American Division. He also served as Israel's ambassador to the Kingdom of Denmark. in 2017 he published a poetry book, "it only seems like healing", and recently published his book, "Sonia McConnel and other Stories"
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