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Thursday, May 08, 2008

Olmert blames the Likud

Once upon a time, an alleged 'Likud activist' handed out posters of Prime Minister Yitzchak Rabin dressed as a Nazi. Rabin's Labor party - which was rapidly losing support for its Oslo 'peace process' rushed to blame Bibi Netanyahu and the Likud. It later came out that the 'Likud activist' was Avishai Raviv, a General Security Service operative. The General Security Service reports directly to the Prime Minister. But the damage was done. Twelve and a half years later, Netanyahu is widely blamed for 'inciting' Yitzchak Rabin's assassination.

In Israel, when all else fails, blame the opposition for 'dirty tricks' that are bringing about your downfall. That's what Prime Minister Ehud K. Olmert did today.
Aides to Prime Minister Ehud Olmert have told the London-based Arabic-language newspaper al-Sharq al-Awsat that the person behind the new accusations against Olmert is a well-known Likud party activist.

According to the sources, the woman decided to expose the affair at the current time because of the recent diplomatic progress made by the prime minister.

The sources said that the political progress in the region prove Olmert shows great progress in negotiations towards peace, and promise for achieving peace in the entire Middle East, including deals between Israel and all of its neighboring Arab states. Thus, they claimed, the timing of the revealing of the affair was not coincidental.

One of the sources asked the public to take notice of those involved in the affair, who he said have opinions that differ from those of the prime minister.
I don't know which part of this story is the funniest - that they ran to an Arab newspaper to tell this tall tale, or that they're claiming it's a woman when the New York Post and New York Times have both named a man. And as I said this morning, this has nothing to do with 'progress' between Israel and Arab states - it has to do with Olmert's fire sale of the country's assets to the 'Palestinians.'

At 7:00 Thursday Israel time - about half an hour from the time I'm writing this post, the prosecutors are due to meet to decide whether to lift the existing gag order. For those of you in Israel who thought the fireworks were last night, tonight may even be a better show.


At 11:33 PM, Blogger NormanF said...

If they're rushing to blame the opposition for Ehud Olmert's lack of good character, you can bet its even worse than a lot of people think. There's the old saying, "where there's smoke, there's fire." Olmert survived a lot of smoke before. If its indeed a fire, then he's probably good as gone. No wonder the people around him are in a state of panic.


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