Pranksters Tell Lebanese PM It's All Right To Cry

By Amy Klein

Published August 18, 2006, issue of August 18, 2006.
  • Print
  • Share Share

Israeli civilian and military leaders may not have reached their goals in the war against Hezbollah, but Shay Goldstein and Dror Rafael — the country’s premier radio pranksters — accomplished their mission: a prank telephone call to Lebanese Prime Minister Fouad Siniora.

During their live August 6 broadcast, a day after Siniora cried on television about the devastation in his country, the duo — known simply as Shay and Dror — called the Lebanese leader’s office pretending to be British Prime Minister Tony Blair. They were patched through to Siniora. “Who is it?” he asked.

“This is Shay and Dror and we want to say that we are… we are very touched from yesterday…. When you are crying we are very, very touched. We are Israelis and we were touched by your crying and we want you to know that….”

“Who is speaking?” Siniora interrupted.

“We are Shay and Dror from radio in Tel Aviv, and we are crying with you….” they said again.

This time, the prime minister hung up on them.

“Why did he hang up?” Shay asked, before bursting out in laughter.

Dror later told he Forward that he and his partner weren’t joking.

“We were very, touched, and we really meant it,” Dror said. “It’s comic, but the content is serious.”

Shay and Dror and broadcast live daily on Radio 102FM in Tel Aviv. They always make a prank phone call, usually to someone in the day’s headlines. They often get unsuspecting public figures on the phone, like Cherie Blair (the prime minister’s wife), whom they reached Election Day in Britain. Usually they stick to Israelis, like the time they reached then-Likud lawmaker Tzachi Hanegbi the day that he was indicted for appointing political cronies. The duo wanted to know why he was relaxed enough about the situation to attend a soccer game. Hanegbi stayed on the line and actually spoke to them.

For the past month, Shay and Dror have been calling places in Lebanon. A week ago, they called a Burger King in Beirut and ordered burgers. “Put it inside a Katyusha and send it to Kiryat Shmona,” they told the stunned waiter.

“Response has been very positive,” Dror said. “We try not to do things that hurt people…. We’re calling the people in Beirut to show that that there is something we both have in common. In the end we are all people, and we are all against the same things.” What’s next?

“I don’t know… the Lebanon stuff is getting old,” Dror said.

He paused.

“Do you have any ideas?”






Find us on Facebook!
  • Happy birthday Barbra Streisand! Our favorite Funny Girl turns 72 today.
  • Clueless parenting advice from the star of "Clueless."
  • Why won't the city give an answer?
  • BREAKING NEWS: Israel has officially suspended peace talks with the Palestinians.
  • Can you guess what the most boring job in the army is?
  • What the foolish rabbi of Chelm teaches us about Israel and the Palestinian unity deal:
  • Mazel tov to Idina Menzel on making Variety "Power of Women" cover! http://jd.fo/f3Mms
  • "How much should I expect him and/or ask him to participate? Is it enough to have one parent reciting the prayers and observing the holidays?" What do you think?
  • New York and Montreal have been at odds for far too long. Stop the bagel wars, sign our bagel peace treaty!
  • Really, can you blame them?
  • “How I Stopped Hating Women of the Wall and Started Talking to My Mother.” Will you see it?
  • Taglit-Birthright Israel is redefining who they consider "Jewish" after a 17% drop in registration from 2011-2013. Is the "propaganda tag" keeping young people away?
  • Happy birthday William Shakespeare! Turns out, the Bard knew quite a bit about Jews.
  • Would you get to know racists on a first-name basis if you thought it might help you prevent them from going on rampages, like the recent shooting in Kansas City?
  • "You wouldn’t send someone for a math test without teaching them math." Why is sex ed still so taboo among religious Jews?
  • from-cache

Would you like to receive updates about new stories?




















We will not share your e-mail address or other personal information.

Already subscribed? Manage your subscription.