One thing about Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, he does know how to Flip-Flop. Take last year’s Lebanese war. He said no cease-fire until he gets the Israeli soldiers back. Then it was no cease-fire until all of the Hezbollah missiles are all gone. That was followed by no truce until there is a strong peace keeping force..finally he ended with no cease fire till next Tuesday. Yes Olmert is a man of conviction as you can see by the story below:
by Hillel Fendel
(IsraelNN.com) War-bereaved families are angered at the Prime Minister for planning not to show up at memorial ceremonies. MK Ariel says Olmert, who now wants to ‘strengthen’ Abu Mazen, called in ’94: “Don’t give them guns!”
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MK Uri Ariel (National Union) says that Prime Minister Ehud Olmert’s promise last week to enable Fatah to bear arms in order to “strengthen Abu Mazen” does not jibe with Olmert’s call in 1994 not to give guns to the Palestinian Authority.
At the Sharm el-Sheikh summit last week between Prime Minister Olmert, PA Chairman Abu Mazen (Mahmoud Abbas), Jordan’s King Hussein, and Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, Olmert promised to enable Fatah to carry weapons. In 1994, however, when the implementation of the Oslo process was just getting underway, Olmert was one of those who signed a petition calling on then-PM Yitzchak Rabin not to give guns to the Palestinian Authority. The Rabin-Peres government of those days felt that the arrival of tens of thousands of PLO terrorists into Judea, Samaria and Gaza, and the need for them to instill law and order and assert their authority over anti-Oslo elements, justified Israel’s giving them thousands of guns. Rabin said at the time, “Fatah will fight Hamas without [the restrictions of] the Supreme Court and B’Tzelem.”
MK Ariel, who served at the time as Secretary-General of the Council of Jewish Communities in Judea, Samaria, and Gaza, notes that Olmert was only one of the many Knesset Members who objected to this approach. He gathered the signatures of no fewer than 68 MKs who objected – including current Acting President Dalia Itzik, ex-Labor Party chief Amir Peretz, current left-leaning Housing Minister Meir Sheetrit, and Olmert.
The petition they signed read, “Giving weapons to Arabs who took part in the murder of their own brothers and of Jews is an unethical act, and is an unjust endangerment of Jews and Arabs.”
MK Ariel admits that the circumstances have changed since then – making it even more wrong to give them guns now: “Before the Oslo Accords, it could have been claimed that we should experiment with strengthening the Palestinian moderates against the extremists – but today, after 1,500 Israelis have been murdered in terrorist attacks, it is clear the experiment has failed. Now that we have given them guns and they were turned against us, it would be madness and total folly to try this ridiculous recklessness again.”
MK Ariel says he plans to show the document with Olmert’s signature at every Knesset session dealing with the topic of arming the PA.
Families Say Olmert is “Insensitive”
Meanwhile, families of soldiers who fell in the Second Lebanon War are furious at Olmert for their own reasons. In the midst of planning memorial ceremonies to mark a year since their sons’ and husbands’ deaths, they were informed by the Prime Minister’s Bureau that Olmert would not be able to attend. Defense Minister Ehud Barak and others will be there, however.
Several parents shot off a sharp letter to the Prime Minister, attacking his insensitivity and asking how they can educate their children to respect their national leaders. They also bring up the fact that three months ago, when inviting the public to return to visit the north, Olmert called the war a “distant memory.”
The letter states, “Has our nightmare turned into such a distant memory for you that you – the man who decided to go out to war – don’t even see the need to honor the memorial ceremony with your presence? We thought that you would find the opportunity to apologize for that remark – but this has not happened… If you still retain even a bit of shame, you must be there and look deep into our eyes – and you will see people who have not given up loving the State for which they gave up that which is most precious, and who believe that worthy leadership without ulterior motives will soon return to our lives.”
“How will we be able to educate our remaining children when we see that the man who sent their brothers to war is an insensitive person who tramples the feelings of the bereaved families?”
Eli Ben-Shem, Chairman of the Yad LeBanim soldiers’ memorial organization, says that he accepts Olmert’s decision. He says that the costs of safeguarding the Prime Minister at the event would be unduly excessive, and that Olmert will be present at the official state memorial ceremony.