But a senior Israeli minister struck a less cynical and abrasive tone
than usual in a briefing with foreign media representatives in Jerusalem on Oct 14, saying he was not so pessimistic about the chances of success.
Everything he said about Ringo was exactly right, particularly the abrasive tone
he showed in so many TV interviews over the weekend also, picking up on his "it's work" comment.
did nothing for the Marriage of Figaro overture, but made Gershwin's Girl Crazy overture and Lehar's Count of Luxembourg waltzes sound very glitzy.