Messrs. Naomi Chazan (above) and Tzipi Livni (below)
What is it about the hacks who write about the happenings in the Middle East that causes them to be confused about the genders of Israeli politicians?
Some years ago, Anthony Loewenstein, of no particular fame other than that he was once apparently rejected by Fairfax as a potential cadet reporter, infamously described the Kadima Party's Tzipi Livni as being of the male gender. The gaffe, one of many, simply confirmed Mr. Loewenstein's low credibility when discussing Israeli politics.
So what do we make of the Age's Ruth Pollard who wrote the following in a piece today about the surprise announcement of a coalition between the Israeli Likud and Kadima parties:-
Netanyahu's power play all about securing home front
The new coalition leaves ''an opposition so sparse that it cannot really be effective'', warned Naomi Chazan, a former deputy speaker in the Knesset and president of the New Israel Fund.Naomi Chazan is a senior political figure in Israeli politics and she is definitely not a "he".
He said there would be much more street action: ''It will be the people against the government more because they will have so few voices in the official arena.''
So how is it that the head of Fairfax' Middle East could possibly get her gender wrong?
Perhaps he needs to get his eyes tested? :)