JERUSALEM (Mar. 5)
The Labor Alignment (Labor-Mapam) Knesset faction had one of its stormiest ever meetings in the House last night with sharp differences of opinion aired over the Maale Adumim issue and last Sunday’s partisan settlement attempt at the site. But the greatest uproar at the faction meeting was generated not by a hawk, nor by a dove–nor indeed by any ornithological species–but by a small mouse which made a fleeting appearance in the faction committee room.
Former Chief of Staff Haim Barlev (now Commerce Minister), eagle-eyed, stalked the rodent expertly and delivered it a hefty kick which left it sprawled lifeless. Buxom ex-Rafi Knesset member Matilda Ghez, however, was not calmed by the ex-Chief of Staff’s heroism, and she ran screaming across the room to cower panic-stricken in the opposite corner. Even when Barlev held up the corpse as proof that the danger had passed. Ms. Ghez found it hard to recover her cool. Barlev said expertly that the mouse seemed small and young and that its parents were probably somewhere on the legislature premises.