The Dire Straits War

In the press conference today, defence minister Amir Peretz suggested the war be called “Bein HaMetzarim War”. The bein hametzarim days are the three weeks between the fasts of the 17th of Tammuz and the 9th of Av (today is the 2nd of Av). This is similar to, but much better than, my suggestion.

As for the English name, although a strict translation would be “Between the Straits War”, my suggestion would be to make it simpler and call it “The Dire Straits War”. After all, the Dire Straits are my favourite band…

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