So Goodbye Mr Olmert


By Daniella Peled
July 30, 2008
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He held on, and held on, and held on - and then all of a sudden Olmert let go of power in a hastily-arranged, surprise press conference.

"I believe with all my heart in my ability to continue to serve, the same as I believe in my innocence," he told Israeli prime time news on Wednesday night.

Well sorry mate, precious few people agree with you on either point.

As Olmert plummets through the rapid descent of his last few weeks in office, it is fair to say that no-one is sorry to see him go. Everyone is tired.
 
Olmert had one of the more stable coalitions in Israeli history. Surely he could have done so much?

But how will he be remembered - for the Second Lebanon War, a disaster of incredible proportions? For overshadowing Israel's much-anticipated 60th anniversary celebrations with the corruption allegations against him?

It's no wonder that even his former supporters are breathing a sigh of relief.

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joemillis

Thu, 08/07/2008 - 14:20

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>>But how will he be remembered - for the Second Lebanon War, a disaster of incredible proportions? For overshadowing Israel's much-anticipated 60th anniversary celebrations with the corruption allegations against him?<,

Whatever happened to presumption of innocence?

No big fan of Olmert myself, but credit where it is due... Unemployment down Growth rate stable. Israeli hi-tech flourishing The removal of Imad Murghniya The bombing of the Syrian nuclear facility

>.It's no wonder that even his former supporters are breathing a sigh of relief.<<

But not for long, since the imminent return of Bibi and his far-right friends is rather scary.

>>Everyone is tired.<

They should sleep more, then. And they should also read Shalom Auslander's excellent piece in the Guardian on blogging "Just because the bloggers are tapping away like laptop Mozarts doesn't mean they've got anything to say"

And could someone please sort out the formatting of this, since not everyone knows HTML code.


mikeo

Mon, 09/22/2008 - 16:16

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Ok Mughnyia got it on his shift, but I suspect Meir Dagan had a hand in it too!
At last Olmert has performed his greatest Public Service. Let us hope for an even stronger PM
Perhaps a National Unity Government including Bibi, Mofaz, Barak (Ehud not Obamah!) ans perhaps even Tzipi. We certainly need a National Unity Government to deal with Iran and its nuclear ambitions.

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