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Wednesday, January 09, 2008

Olmert the charlatan

Former Knesset speaker Ruby Rivlin (the guy with the white hair in the picture at top left) has Prime Minister Ehud K. Olmert pegged to a tee. (Hat Tip for picture: David in Houston, Texas - and no, that is not David with Ruby Rivlin).
Appearing recently before the Meretz Party faction, Prime Minister Ehud Olmert was asked by Yossi Beilin about his radically changed political views - so radical that he's now genuinely willing to divide Jerusalem. Not missing a beat, Olmert replied that his term as Jerusalem's mayor had reshaped his political outlook and made it clear to him that Israel could not keep Jerusalem united and indivisible.

Nonetheless, Olmert's revamped views did not prevent him from joining the Likud's PR team ahead of the elections for the 14th Knesset. Nor did they restrain him from enthusiastically promoting that now-famous victory slogan: "Peres will divide Jerusalem."

Olmert - the man who leveled the accusation over dividing Jerusalem; who swore loyalty to Jerusalem; who was Yitzhak Shamir's right-hand man and spared no effort to be considered Jerusalem's shield and protector - is now declaring, if allusively and equivocally, that a united Jerusalem means the end of the State of Israel, no less.


The Oxford Dictionary defines "charlatan" as "a false pretender to knowledge or skill." Such behavior is found in baseless statements, in undertakings without budgetary backing, and in declarations made in the face of diametrically opposite deeds.

It's not easy to write, but the prime minister is acting like a charlatan, fooling the nation, and changing his mind with a juggler's skill.

The Israeli ship of state is sailing stormy seas, and desperately needs a safe harbor; but Olmert is not the captain who can steer it to shore, and certainly not safely. The Labor Party, which has tasked itself with ending Olmert's rule following the damaging conclusions of the Winograd report, has grown used to its role as an on-the-shelf party that's taken down and used occasionally. Time after time, Labor plays into Olmert's hands, completely abandoning its status as an alternative, and as a party in power.

This is a wake-up call for Knesset members of all factions: In the past we failed to anticipate the shock-waves Israel would sustain under Olmert's "guiding hand"; we failed to grasp the severity of the problem. Let us avoid future bitter regrets.
Rivlin is right. Olmert must go.


At 9:24 PM, Blogger NormanF said...

If Olmert does go, there are a few in Kadima would like his job. He's probably safe until President Bush leaves town. Then the political infighting will begin.


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