So it turns out, perhaps to no one’s great surprise, that Israel and Pakistan have had a relationship for years. 10 to be exact. And yet, after 10 years, do they recognize us? Well, word from the Pakistani foreign ministry is:
If Israel is moving forward in this connection and the dream of a sovereign Palestinian state comes true then Pakistan can also reconsider its decision regarding Israel recognition.
10 years and that’s what we get. *sigh*. Pakistan is like the stud of all countries: how many guys out there have managed to keep a partner interested for 10 years without ever acknowledging their existence?
One might actually wonder if they are all that interested at all. According to About.com, #6 on the lists of signs that ‘he’s just not into you’ is:
He’s not clear about your status with friends and family:
Does he tell you that you’re his girlfriend but say something different in front of friends and family, like we’re just close friends?
Hmmmn…notice a similarity? Muffti hopes Israel won’t stay up all night waiting for Pakistan to call as well.
Alternatively, perhaps Pakistan is just a little insane. Having an imaginary friend is not per se a sign of insanity, but having one for 10 years straight is a little weird. According to ‘Ask the Expert’:
…Although we know that even normal children may develop such imaginary companions, this is usually regarded as pathological in adolescents and young adults.
But there is one shining light:
However, one study (Seiffge-Krenke et al, J Adolesc 1997 Apr;20(2):137-54) found that socially competent and creative adolescents with good coping abilities were particularly prone to create such a very special friend.
So perhaps we are just a coping strategy for Pakistan.
In any case, it’s nice to know that you can do good things, even if your partner pretends you don’t exist. Luckily for Israel, her self-resepect never depended on what others thought of her. For more on the story see Jpost, Ha’aretz and Jang.com.