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My heart bleeds cold borscht over the downfall of liberal hero Olmert

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Former Israeli P.M. Ehud Olmert

Former Israeli P.M. Ehud Olmert

Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert has been convicted of corruption charges linked to a giant Jerusalem construction project. Here’s Al Jazeera‘s report. Here’s the Times.

I am glad to see Olmert go. He is an overpumped blowhard who is more about B.S. and corruption than politics and peace.

Olmert who warned about an apartheid struggle if Israel didn’t make peace… Olmert who was published in the New York Review of Books, “The Time Has Come to Say These Things.”

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.

Ira Glunts

Ira Glunts is a retired college librarian who lives in Madison, NY. His twitter handle is @abushalom

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  1. Krauss on March 31, 2014, 1:56 pm

    I was smiling the whole time while reading this. Very well written, funny and, most importantly, true to a tee. As with the best sarcasm, you never who is the worst: the criminal or the supposed peaceniks boosting him in perpetuity.

  2. Hostage on March 31, 2014, 2:11 pm

    If they just wanted to put him in jail, they could have easily done as much by simply conducting an independent investigation of Operation Cast Lead – and they would have won some political capital in the process. This and the Winograd Commission are part of his comeuppance from his Zionist brethren.

  3. DICKERSON3870 on March 31, 2014, 6:22 pm

    RE: “Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert has been convicted of corruption charges linked to a giant Jerusalem construction project… They say the prosecution is asking that Olmert serve at least one year in prison.” ~ Ira Glunts

    MY COMMENT: He deserves to get a hell of a lot more than one measly year in prison for helping to create the god-awful Holyland eyesore*.

    * SEE: “Former Israeli PM convicted for corruption in the ‘Holyland apartment complex deal'”, Reuters, March 31, 2014

    [EXCERPTS] An Israeli court convicted former prime minister Ehud Olmert today for accepting a six-figure sum in bribes linked to a real-estate deal, probably ending any prospects of a political comeback.
    Olmert, a centrist credited internationally with working towards a peace settlement with the Palestinians, had denied wrongdoing in the Holyland apartment complex deal, which took place while he was in his previous post of Jerusalem mayor.
    Two years ago, the veteran politician was acquitted of most of the major charges brought against him in separate cases involving his links to a U.S. businessman – corruption accusations that forced his resignation as premier in 2008. After what was the first bribery conviction of a former head of government in Israel, Olmert, 68, could face up to 10 years in prison. A former president, Moshe Katsav, has been serving a seven-year prison term for rape since 2011. . .
    . . . Olmert was among 13 defendants in the Holyland case, which revolved around the construction of a hulking, hilltop housing project widely regarded as Jerusalem’s worst eyesore. One of the accused, Shula Zaken, was Olmert’s former long-time aide who last week offered to turn state’s witness against him.


  4. Daniel Rich on March 31, 2014, 7:43 pm

    Late last night I realized I keep looking at the IP conflict as if it’s a chrysalis and I wondered, ‘What will it finally be? Will it become a breathtakingly beautiful butterfly or a malicious, mutated monster?’

    Deep down in my heart I already knew the answer, for it is so crystal clear to see…, it is, unfortunately… the latter…

  5. wondering jew on April 1, 2014, 1:07 am

    Ira Glunts doesn’t so much hate Olmert and corruption. He hates liberal Zionism. The war of ideas, Ha!

    • ziusudra on April 1, 2014, 2:44 am

      Greetings yonah,
      How did olmert get convicted so late in the game?
      Do the high echelon zios fear of his peace perspectives
      now that nitwit-jahu’s Goebbels propaganda is souring?

    • justicewillprevail on April 1, 2014, 7:12 am

      He is just pointing out the absurdity of claiming to be liberal whilst being a zionist. Like claiming to be a liberal apartheid supporter, liberal warmonger, or liberal land thief. It’s just a front for public consumption and a way of faking concern for the people you have robbed and delegitimised. Funny, isn’t it?

    • eljay on April 1, 2014, 8:54 am

      >> He hates liberal Zionism.

      Liberal Zionism may be a “kinder and gentler” form of Jewish supremacism, but it’s still supremacism. What’s to like about it?

    • puppies on April 1, 2014, 11:54 am

      @Friedman – Corruption in Azriel is a good thing.

    • ziusudra on April 1, 2014, 12:05 pm

      Greetings yonah,
      … hate……
      Why are zionists &/or World Jewry forever verbalizing hate & antisemitism of the globe against them?
      I can’t imagine any Journalist stooping to kindergarden vocabulary, they have mature arguements facing you & yours.
      You can’t get anyone to feel guilty about not agreeing with the conditions of the zio nazi governments against the Falesteeni since the 30s.

  6. anthonybellchambers on April 1, 2014, 8:38 am

    It is a matter of extreme regret that corruption is so rife in Israel however it pales into insignificance compared to the way the vetting of every member of the US congress by the Israel lobby has corrupted the process of democracy, the American Declaration of Independence and the Bill of Rights.

    • hophmi on April 1, 2014, 11:24 am

      “It is a matter of extreme regret that corruption is so rife in Israel”

      I think what’s a matter of extreme regret is that your primary reaction to the conviction of a former Israeli Prime Minister is extreme regret, since he’s going to jail for something that is basically business as usual in every other country in the region. Israel, fortunately, has a independent justice system that prosecutes its leaders if they do bad stuff. I’m not even sure the US can match Israel’s record on prosecuting its elected representatives for corruption.

      • Woody Tanaka on April 1, 2014, 1:12 pm

        That’s amazing, hoppy. A work of art. To put so much anti-Arab racism, whataboutery, and Zionist exceptionalism in a comment on a corrupt Israeli politician going to jail is quite amazing. But I guess for you, Israel and Israelis need defending, regardless of the merits, so you might as well make a show out of it…

      • Hostage on April 1, 2014, 1:41 pm

        Israel, fortunately, has a independent justice system that prosecutes its leaders if they do bad stuff.

        The panel of independent legal experts tasked by the UN with following-up on Israel’s criminal investigation of Olmert’s role in planning and directing Operation Cast Lead noted that the Israeli cabinet also has a system for circumventing that independent justice system.

      • justicewillprevail on April 1, 2014, 2:27 pm

        Hoppy, isn’t that bucket of whitewash emptied yet? You must have a factory for the amount you indiscriminately spray around here.

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