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Wednesday, January 03, 2007


In a new poll issued by the Dahaf polling service, Prime Minister Ehud K. Olmert has reached a possibly unprecedented low. Nearly five months after last summer's war, only 1% of Israelis think Olmert is doing a "very good" job, and 77% rate him as "very bad" or "fairly bad."

But the attack is more than just dissatisfaction: it's personal. 69% of Israelis believe that Olmert's leadership skills are "not good." 62% think he doesn't deal with pressure well. 74% believe that his "decision-making process" (is there one?) is "unsatisfactory." 60% do not have a high opinion of his integrity - and that poll was not taken this morning.

You might be wondering if there is anything Ehud K. can do to improve the situation. 45% said that their opinion of Olmert would improve if only he would fire Amir Comrade Peretz from the Defense Ministry. But don't look for that to happen before the Labor primaries in May.

The real problem here is how to get rid of Olmert without getting stuck with Tzipi Feigele Livni.


At 10:21 PM, Blogger Gershon said...

What's the Faigele all about?

At 9:53 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Can't this pathetic performance just end and the clowns go home? for crying out loud, just go away. Nobody can be that stupid to not realize by now how incompetent this troupe is.

At 10:51 AM, Blogger Carl in Jerusalem said...


A tzipi is a feigele, no? I have to have some nickname for her - I use her often enough.


I wish it could. The problem is that after Netanyahu fell in 1999 and Barak fell in 2001, the geniouses in the Knesset decided that our problems are that we directly elect the Prime Minister and that we change governments too often. So they got rid of direct election of the Prime Minister and made it almost impossible to change governments. Even if Olmert LOSES his coalition and cannot do anything, the only three ways the government can fall are the budget fails to pass by March 31 (forget that - it passed last night), a bill to dissolve the Knesset makes it through the ordinary three-reading and approval by committee legislative process (and if it fails in any of those it cannot be re-introduced for six months, so you don't do it unless you are sure it will pass), or sixty-one MK's agree on someone else to replace Olmert (hell will freeze over faster).

The best hope for getting rid of Olmert is that he gets indicted on corruption charges and is forced to suspend himself or resign (see Ramon), which is why I keep highlighting the corruption charges. But if that happens, we will likely get Feigele anyway, so nothing will change.


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