Wednesday, July 30, 2008
Olmert Says Buh-Bye
This is long overdue.
Israeli PM Ehud Olmert finally pulled the trigger and announced that he will that he will not run in the upcoming Kadima primary and will resign from office from office as soon as Kadima's primary is over, to allow the new party leader to attempt to form a coalition.
In typical form, Olmert lashed out as his political opponents, accusing them of 'mudslinging'. Of course his multiple indictments for corruption,the ridiculous concessions to the Palestinians and the enormous increase in Hamas and Hezbollah's threat to Israel on his watch would have nothing to do with it.
Don't think this is a sacrifice for the common good on the part of Olmert. Like everything else about him, it is self-serving and calculating to an extraordinary degree.
Here's how it works: the Kadima primary is September 17th. After a new party leader is chosen, they have the right to attempt to form a coalition government,even if it means bribing the Arab Knesset members,labor or the far Left parties.They then have to submit it by October 26th to Shimon Peres,the President.
If the new Kadima leader is unable to make enough sleazy deals to keep the status quo in power by then, Peres can grant them another 90 days to form a government; after the 90 days are through, if there's still no coalition formed, a general election is scheduled, thus potentially allowing Olmert to remain in power until March 2009.
As long as he still occupies the post of Prime Minister,even as a lame duck,he is capable of binding Israel to agreements detrimental to its national security, and even influencing the corruption cases against him.
True to type,Olmert cares nothing for the fact that Israel is facing an existential threat from Iran with an increasingly narrow window to do anything about it. He could care less about the military buildup by Hamas on Israel's south by Hamas,which Yuval Dishkin and every member of Israel's Security establishment are warning must be dealt with before it gets out of control.
Any leader who really cared about the people of Israel would have recognized that his mandate was over a long time ago,and resigned to let new leadership take over and deal with these matters..but not Olmert.
He's a special type of animal,a foul parasite that will keep inflicting his host until the last possible moment. And he's being aided and abetted by the current apparatchniks in Kadima and Labor who are conniving to keep their positions and stifle the voice of the Israeli people, no matter what damage it ultimately does to the country.
When the Israelis finally do have elections ( and I can't imagine why they haven't risen up and driven these cockroaches from office yet)I'll be extremely disappointed if they fail to take their revenge at the ballot box.