Israeli novelist Etgar Keret plays diplomatic correspondent for a day, when he covers Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s meeting with Italian President Silvio Berlusconi in Rome. His account appears in the Israeli daily Haaretz.
Keret is on a mission, spurred on by his wife, to find out what practical steps the prime minister is taking to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. He is not encouraged by Netanyahu’s responses to his questions.
The story begins with the novelist packing his bags for Rome:
The flight to Rome leaves in the middle of the night. When I finish packing my small travel suitcase, my wife gives me a scrap of orange notepaper. It isn’t meant for me; it’s for the prime minister. It reads: “Mr. Benjamin Netanyahu, I beg you do everything in your power to bring peace, for the sake of the future of our children and yours. Thank you, Shira.”
I find this amusing, and she is offended. “What are you thinking?” I ask her. “That Bibi is like the Western Wall? That you can stick a note into a crack in him somewhere, pray a little and he’ll bring peace?”
To read the complete story, go to: Haaretz.Â (Editor’s note: Two paragraphs are repeated near the end of the story.)