Tuesday, November 3, 2015

The Crembo Response!

All over Israel today, people are laughing and smiling…

It’s a bit ironic because honestly, we’re going through some rough times. A man who had moved here weeks ago was just stabbed. He’s 71 years old. And an 80 year old woman was stabbed too. Barbaric. Enough, after days and days of similar attacks, to bring a civilized nation to its knees in pain and anger.

And yet, late in the day, we got word that a plane was heading into Ben Gurion International Airport was in trouble and needed to make an emergency landing. That means fire trucks and ambulances were scrambled; the airport went on high alert.

This isn’t very common but it isn’t that rare and so we take a deep breath and wait for news that the plane landed safely. It came soon enough…but there was a catch.

The plane came from Dubai on its way to Amman (some reports say it was low on fuel…note to engineers: check the gas tanks before take off).

And so the jokes began…Dubai doesn’t recognize Israel – how then did its pilots know where to land?

Many people remembered the old joke about a Syrian pilot (pick any Arab country you want), asking someone to help them – he ignored an offer from Israel and kept asking neighboring countries until the situation became so desperate he had no choice.

Finally, he turned to Israel and accepted the help. The Israeli air-controller than told them pilot to repeat after him, “Yit'gadal v'yit'kadash sh'mei raba.” [First words of the mourner's prayer in Hebrew]

Several people referenced that joke (and no, Israel would never do something like that in a real emergency…just a joke) today as we laughed at a pilot who could fly past Israel time after time until today, they needed help.

And other jokes were added in to Facebook until the final joke turned out not to be a joke at all. Ground crews took snacks to the waiting passengers aboard the plane from Dubai.

Next to bamba (a peanut-flavored snack), Israel’s favorite dessert for kids is crembos…and there’s the joke that got all of Israel laughing.

In the middle of stabbings and shootings, firebombs and stonings, rioting, ramming and more, Israel smiled because we’ve got humanity…in letting them land versus just telling them to take a hike until they recognize us; in scrambling ambulances and firetrucks to ensure that if the landing didn’t go well, our emergency forces were nearby to help.

And more, we’ve got a sense of humor. I doubt anyone on the plane will ever realize the joke and in a way, that’s the best part of all. Crembo is a winter treat…one that makes kids smile.

Crembos…I love it!

And some comments.

Credit to:

Me: I want to congratulate the pilots of a plane from Dubai to Amman who had to make an emergency landing on a country that doesn't exist on the map. Talented they be...

Me: Yo, Dubai!!!! Hello???? A little to the left...yes, that's right, ...yes, fly right over JERUSALEM...yes, yes, lower your wheels a bit over Modiin...you're doing just fine...oh, that flag with the blue star...just ignore it...keep going, fly, fly...wait, you see Tel Aviv? Okay, keep going....yes, go...go...wait, do you see the sea? Good, good - now land!

Tamar: Do Krembos have calories if they are eaten in a country that doesn't exist?

Chana: The Krembo is an attack of Zionist dental terrorism!

Dov: There was also the case this past week where 2 athletes of no known country or origin [Israeli athletes forced to compete without showing their national flag] won medals in judo in Dubai. Could all this point to some pattern?

Seth: If they had delivered Bamba, the UN would have condemned Israel for engaging in chemical warfare.

Liliana: OMG! Krembo? Really, you guys, Krembo? Now they will all apply for Israeli citizenship!!

Ron: OMG! Made with occupied chocolate and apartheid creme, yet surprisingly delicious! 

Reuven: Milkys would have been an even friendlier gesture. 

Anyone have any other wonderful comments to share?

1 comment:

Lynne Marton said...

Paula, I think this comment of yours wins - hands down!!!
"Me: Yo, Dubai!!!! Hello???? A little to the left...yes, that's right, ...yes, fly right over JERUSALEM...yes, yes, lower your wheels a bit over Modiin...you're doing just fine...oh, that flag with the blue star...just ignore it...keep going, fly, fly...wait, you see Tel Aviv? Okay, keep going....yes, go...go...wait, do you see the sea? Good, good - now land!"

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