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Monday, May 05, 2008

And ANOTHER Olmert scandal?

Haaretz reports this morning that Prime Minister Ehud K. Olmert used his office as Prime Minister in an attempt to further the 'art career' of his moonbat wife Aliza (pictured with Olmert).
In the summer of 2005, Olmert presented an exhibition in New York to which dozens of wealthy and influential people were invited. The invitations were allegedly issued by Rachael Risby Raz, the foreign affairs advisor in Olmert's bureau when he was minister of industry, trade and labor. Invitations for a dinner were printed on official ministry stationary.

The Olmerts stayed at the exclusive Peninsula Hotel in a $2,500-a-night suite, for only $500 a night on the say-so of the hotel chain's Jewish billionaire owner Michael Kadoorie. A pro-Israel group headed by a former Likud activist, Sharon Tzur, paid for the room.

The Prime Minister's Office responded that Risby Raz was a personal appointment and could therefore assist Olmert in matters unconnected to the ministry. The PMO also said the invitations to the exhibit were issued by the museum, not by Risby Raz. Olmert's bureau conceded that 10 invitations were issued on official paper, and regretted this error. The PMO said Tzur's group paid for his accommodations because he was asked to meet with various public figures.
Ironically, just six weeks ago Bibi Netanyahu was lambasted in the press here for letting a rich Jew from Manchester pay for a London suite for him in the summer of 2006 so that he could defend Israel's actions in Lebanon (which is what he spent his summer 'vacation' doing). Netanyahu was severely criticized for taking his wife and young son along - at his own expense. You can bet that the media will treat Olmert much more leniently.


At 11:28 AM, Blogger NormanF said...

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At 11:28 AM, Blogger NormanF said...

Up until now, Israel's Leftist-dominated media has protected Olmert because he seemed to be one of them and was implementing their agenda. It may not be as forgiving if due to his various legal troubles, he doesn't carry it forward. In the end Olmert may find his biggest enemy may not be his political enemies but the Israeli media in a fit of pique bringing out the knives for him to end his career.

At 10:27 PM, Blogger JoeSettler said...

Or perhaps, he was laundering political payoffs through his wife's "art" sales.

See this for my theory and samples of the "art".


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