Friday, April 27, 2007
Wonderful Country Goes Down with a Nuclear Bang
The hugely popular Israeli satirical news show, ארץ נהדרת ("Eretz Nehederet" or "It's a Wonderful Country"), ended with a bang tonight. Eretz Nehederet was in its third season, and is watched by Israelis of all ages. The show usually pokes fun at whatever news items or personalities had headlined that week, but today viewers had something special in store.
Bumbling Prime Minister Ehud Olmert accidentally fires a missile at Iran, which he promptly blames on the equally disliked Defense Minister Amir Peretz. This of course leads to retaliation, and the show counts down the 59 minutes Israel has until an Iranian nuclear bomb is dropped on the country. The whole slew of characters is brought out: Hezbollah's Nasrallah, who expresses regret at losing his favourite enemy; Arkadi Gaydamak, who offers a space in his bunker for the sake of social justice; the disgraced President Moshe Katsav, who tries to claim it; and Uri Geller, the British-Israeli magician who attempts to stop time.
Very disappointing and insulting once again was the character of Condoleezza Rice. Throughout the show, she has been presented as a finger-snapping, hand-clapping, head-bobbing, street-slanging stereotype. The character is so far from the real thing and so irrelevant to the actual person and her doings that instead of political satire, it's simply racism [relevant footage starts at 2:22].
Since the show ended with a nuclear holocaust, it's unclear whether there will be a fourth season.