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Wednesday, May 02, 2007

Yitzchaki, Livni threaten to quit if Olmert doesn't

Ehud K. Olmert may go home before nightfall.

Coalition Chairman Avigdor Yitzchaki - a protege of Ariel Sharon who has no particular loyalty to Olmert - has threatened to resign if Olmert does not resign by the end of today.

A cabinet meeting that was scheduled for tomorrow has been moved up to this afternoon at 4:00. At the meeting, Foreign Minister Tzipi Feigele Livni is expected to tell Olmert that if he does not resign within a 'reasonable' time, she will resign. She is to hold a press conference after the cabinet meeting.

Meanwhile, Bibi Netanyahu is pushing for the entire cabinet to resign (after all, they all bear responsibility according to the Winograd report.

And 'defense minister' Amir Comrade Peretz's office is denying a report that he will resign within hours.

Stay tuned for more....


At 3:09 PM, Blogger Michael said...

Good news, for a change.
Who's in the wings to replace them, and how do we get new elections?

At 5:38 PM, Blogger Dave in Pa. said...

If Olmert does resign, does that mean his coalition would get to pick a new PM? Or would there be an election?

Personally, I don't claim to know much about Israeli politics, but I'm most impressed with Netanyahu. At least he and his party don't seem so besotted with leftist denial of reality like Olmert & Co.

I think that had Netanyahu been in office during the Hezbollah War, he'd have gone along with US advice to attack Syria, as well as implementing the military's contingency plan for a proper ground attack on southern Lebanon.

America would have backed Israel to the hilt, which would have meant a Hezbollah-less south Lebanon, and Syria defanged of most of it's military, with perhaps even fall of the Alawite regime.

Iran would have had to choose between complete humiliation or overt full scale involvement. If they chose involvement, the US would have then intervened militarily, destroying their nuclear weapons sites, much of the Revolutionary Guard and their intel and secret police infrastructure. It could have even triggered a revolt against the Mullah dictatorship and brought about it's fall.

It could have changed the Middle East into a far less dangerous place for Israel, the US and Coalition allies, the budding democracy in Iraq AND Afghanistan, within the space of a couple of weeks.

What might have been!

Comments on this anyone?


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