The hit TV show 'Treasure Hunt' was revived in Israel today, but with Anneka Rice presenting a slightly different version of the programme.
'We have a couple here, Mr and Mrs Levin from Jerusalem, and they have one hour to find democracy in Israel', she said at the start of the programme. 'They get given clues, and help from me, so let's go! We'll start here at the Knesset, Israel's parliament', and she started jogging on the spot as the couple went into the building. Two minutes later they came out again.
'What a waste of time', Mrs Levin complained, 'not even a tiny bit of democracy in there. But they gave us a clue. 'The Wild West is not as wild as this wild west', what can that mean?' 'Maybe it means the Gaza Strip', her husband suggested, 'that's west of here', and so the team headed into the Palestinian-controlled area, and there they met a shopkeeper, Mahmoud Abbas.
'Democracy here?', he laughed, 'with Hamas in control? Mention that word to them and they'll probably shoot you dead, you're barking up the wrong fig tree. But I've got another clue for you - 'All roads lead to Rome'', and they quickly left, ducking low to avoid the IDF sniper fire.
'Rome? Something to do with the European Union?' 'An unelected European government is hardly democratic', Miss Rice pointed out, 'but here's a hint. 'When in Berlin, do as the Berliners do'.' 'Just a minute!', Mr Levin said, 'Berlin was the capital of Nazi Germany! And if it wasn't for the Nazis, there would be no state of Israel!'
'And since 1948 the Israelis have turned into Nazis, and are treating the Palestinians as the Germans treated the Jews right up til the 1940s!', Mrs Levin added. 'But ... Nazi Germany had no democracy, it was ruled by a tiny fascist elite with a technically-elected head of state. Does this mean that the hunt is over and there is simply no democracy to be found in Israel?'
'Fraid so', Anneka told her, 'you worked it out too quickly, and we've still got 40 minutes of the show to do. Hmm, maybe we could show an episode of the soap opera Gaza City Hospital Ruins, or a film like The Texan-funded Palestinian Airstrike Massacre.'
'Or maybe not.'