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Yesterday, Ehud Olmert’s out going press secretary came to a not too startling revelation. He said that the press is out to “get” the Prime Minister. Usually when a politician makes that kind of statement I take it with a grain of salt. It’s only their way of deflecting bad press. However in Olmert’s case, I suspect that he is right. The press IS out to get him, but they will have to wait in line with most Israelis and most of us in the Diaspora who love Israel. I would suspect that he is popular in the Arab states; after all he is the most ineffectual, weak-boned Prime Minister that Israel has ever had. Along with putting Israel in danger with his policy, Omert has put Israel in danger with his mouth. Today the Jerusalem Post published the top ten most unfortunate things to come out of the PM’s Mouth.

Here are Olmert’s 10 biggest doozy’s according to Gill Hoffman of the JPost:

  • To German television (Dec 11, 2006): Accused Iran of working to get nuclear weapons like “America, France, Israel, Russia.”
  • To high school students in the Knesset regarding Israel’s kidnapped soldiers in Lebanon (Dec. 4, 2006): “I hope they are alive” and that a prisoner exchange would merely decide whether the soldiers “remain in captivity for a bit longer or a bit less.”
  • To same high school students before leaving to a meeting with French Socialist Party Presidential Candidate Segolene Royal: “I have to go to a meeting with the one who needs to be president of France.”
  • To US President George W. Bush (Nov. 13, 2006): “We are very much impressed and encouraged by the stability which the great operation of America in Iraq brought to the Middle East.”
  • To Israeli journalists accompanying him to Washington, declining to support IDF Chief of Staff Lt.-Gen. Dan Halutz (Nov. 13, 2006): “I haven’t read the criticism of him.”
  • To multiple interviewers ahead of Rosh Hashana (Sept. 22, 2006): “A prime minister has to run a country, he doesn’t have to have an agenda.”
  • To multiple interviewers ahead of Rosh Hashana regarding his $1.2 million condominium on Tel Aviv’s Sheinkin Street and his real estate transactions that are being investigated (Sept. 22, 2006): “I just have one three-bedroom apartment in Tel Aviv.”
  • To the Associated Press (Aug. 2, 2006): “The outcome of the operations in the South and the North will ultimately lay the foundations for movement in the framework of realignment.”
  • To students at National Defense College (Aug. 1, 2006): “The face of the Middle East has changed pursuant to the significant accomplishments in the last three weeks achieved by the state of Israel, the IDF and the people of Israel.”
  • To Kadima activists in Rishon Lezion (March 8, 2006): “The question of who will win this election has already been decided

The late US President Harry Truman once said:

Men make history, and not the other way around. In periods where there is no leadership, society stands still. Progress occurs when courageous, skillful leaders seize the opportunity to change things for the better.

Clearly Israel needs a leader who has the skill and backbone to seize the opportunity. A change agent for a better. It is just as clear to a population much broader than the working press that Ehud Olmert is not that leader. That is why Mr. Press Secretary, we ARE out to get him !

One More Thing:
To all of this blogs visitors and to all of my freinds in the Blog world, A Gutten Shabbos and a Chag Chanukah Samayach.
-Sammy

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