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They Told Me There Was a Debate Yesterday

I woke up this morning and read the news. Apparently there had been a televised debate on Channel 2 last night, between the three major contestants for the PM seat: Binyamin Netanyahu, Tzipi Livni, and Ehud Barak. Despite being a longtime advocate of such a debate — and as a self-admitted news junkie — I had no idea such an event was taking place last night.

Hosted by Dana Weiss, the so-called debate was in fact a condensed version of three separate mock interviews, where fierce journalistic inquiries were replaced by relatively dull questions submitted by internet surfers via YouTube. In other words, Livni, Bibi, and Barak weren’t debating each other. They weren’t even debating Dana Weiss. They simply answered questions for people who weren’t there in the studio!

Again, since I wasn’t aware of this “debate” last night, I hadn’t watched it, and this account of events is based on news reports who have dryly mentioned the televised spectacle this morning. To my defense, I can say that I knew of such a debate being in consideration, yet personally I didn’t catch any pre-event promos or sensed any hype about it, neither in the blogosphere, on the radio, or in the printed media. I don’t watch televised news much, so I can’t really tell whether this was promoted in advance by Channel 2 itself — though I assume it was.

They told me there was a debate yesterday. So much for a debate.

YouTube Interview

YouTube Interview

Who’s Afraid of Debating?

During a speech yesterday, Kadima chairwoman Tzipi Livni invited Ehud Barak and Binyamin Netanyahu to an impromptu debate. Both her opponents, who were sitting in the audience, declined her surprise invitation.

However, the Avoda (Israeli Labor Party) was quick to respond, and this morning it came out with its own invitation for a series of 3 public debates between the 3 main party leaders.

Will Livni show its seriousness to debate? Or was it a hollow political trick?

Israelis deserve a debate!

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