How odd. The Jewish Chronicle is boasting that it has secured funding for Habima from the Israeli foreign ministry. Well perhaps it's not so odd for the State of Israel to be funding a hasbara effort. The odd thing is that it seems like only yesterday (it was in fact yesterweek) that Ilan Ronen, Habima's artistic director, was trying to distance the group from Israel's policies. Now if the appearance at the Globe has nothing to do with the policies of the State of Israel, why has Israel's Ministry for Foreign Affairs decided to stump up the funding?