I am glad to see Olmert go. He is an overpumped blowhard who is more about B.S. and corruption than politics and peace.
We must reach an agreement with the Palestinians, meaning a withdrawal from nearly all, if not all, of the [occupied] territories.
So Peter Beinart, Jeremy Ben-Ami and David Remnick have lost their champion: the good reasonable Israeli who was an unreasonable right-winger and now sees the light.
Don’t worry, Beinart and Ben-Ami will find someone to replace Olmert soon enough. Possible candidates: Yair Lapid, Tzipi Livni, Yitzak “Buji” Herzog (he’s a bit light on the right-wing cred). And here is another outsider– and don’t laugh, you just never know– Benjamin “Bibi” Netanyahu. (Two of the candidates are among the “Killer B’s” I cited in a post at the site).
I just checked the Hebrew press. It is the lede everywhere. Ha’aretz has this on top on its Hebrew website:
“Ehud Olmert: Former Prime Minister, Repeat [Serial] Offender [Criminal]. “
They say the prosecution is asking that Olmert serve at least one year in prison. Gee, my heart bleeds cold borscht for Olmert. That means he may be in prison for the next J Street Conference. His shoes will be difficult to fill.