The Mel Brooks Option
A solution for the oft-bombed gas pipeline between Israel and Egypt
In the course of just over a year, the gas pipeline between Egypt and Israel (as well as Jordan) has been bombed fifteen times. The most recent incident took place yesterday morning when the pipeline was attacked near El Arish in the Sinai. Since April, according to reports, there have no exports of gas to Israel and Jordan, causing the cost of electricity to rise by as much as 20%.
In thinking of how to handle such a conundrum and with diplomatic and security possibilities limited, The Scroll has decided to take matters into its own hands. The solution we’ve come up with would be called The Mel Brooks Option. It’d entail the creation of a fake Rock Ridge-style gas pipeline to lure in attackers to the wrong place. (Whether or not, they’d be blown up is a decision we’d leave to the experts.) Given the hot-button nature of the issue of taxes in Israel, the toll booth would be optional:
Calls placed by The Scroll to Mel Brooks’ representation were not immediately returned.
The former Smiths star wraps himself in the degel in Tel Aviv
Daily rate: $2
Monthly rate: $18
Yearly rate: $180
WAIT, WHY DO I HAVE TO PAY TO COMMENT?
Tablet is committed to bringing you the best, smartest, most enlightening and entertaining reporting and writing on Jewish life, all free of charge. We take pride in our community of readers, and are thrilled that you choose to engage with us in a way that is both thoughtful and thought-provoking. But the Internet, for all of its wonders, poses challenges to civilized and constructive discussion, allowing vocal—and, often, anonymous—minorities to drag it down with invective (and worse). Starting today, then, we are asking people who'd like to post comments on the site to pay a nominal fee—less a paywall than a gesture of your own commitment to the cause of great conversation. All proceeds go to helping us bring you the ambitious journalism that brought you here in the first place.
I NEED TO BE HEARD! BUT I DONT WANT TO PAY.
Readers can still interact with us free of charge via Facebook, Twitter, and our other social media channels, or write to us at email@example.com. Each week, we’ll select the best letters and publish them in a new letters to the editor feature on the Scroll.
We hope this new largely symbolic measure will help us create a more pleasant and cultivated environment for all of our readers, and, as always, we thank you deeply for your support.