One of America’s most popular daytime talk show hosts, Dr. Phil McGraw, coined a very popular saying: “you either get it or you don’t”. And Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert still apparently doesn’t seem to get it as the Winograd Commission’s final report considers him largely responsible for the outcome of the 2006 war in Lebanon. Speaking at the recent Herzelia Security Conference, which took place at the Daniel Hotel in Herzelia Petuach, the Prime Minister said that although lessons can be learned from the 34 day war:
” I am not sorry about the critical decisions I made as prime minister – neither those related to the fighting in Lebanon, nor those related to other events.”
There you have it. This guy just doesn’t seem to be bothered by the fact that many reserve soldiers, including officers, are calling for him to step down, and parents of slain solders are camping out in front of the Knesset holding signs saying for him to go home.
Olmert has managed to wheel and deal himself into staying in power for nearly two years, much longer than many expected him to. Continuing to gloss over his past deeds, Olmert said the following in respect to reports that people close to him have been criticizing his manner in handling the conflict, and its aftermath:
“I would like to add, from the bottom of my heart – I appreciate and respect the determination and courage, the sacrifice and willingness of our fighters, both regular and reserve, soldiers and officers alike, company commanders and regiment commanders. And if anyone posed as my ‘confidant’ and said otherwise, he is not my confidant”.
Speaking of confidants, it is a wonder that he still has any, even in his own political party. U.S. President Bush asked government officials here to support Olmert during Bush’s recent Israel visit. But as many have said after the President’s two and a half day visit to Israel and the West Bank part of the Palestinian Authority, that nothing really was accomplished by the visit; and no sooner had Bush left the country than Gaza Palestinians began to bombard Israel’s southern regions with their Kassam rockets.
American real estate tycoon Trump, who plans to build a mega skyscraper near the Diamond Exchange in Ramat Gan, said the following in regards to Bush’s visit”: “He (Bush) had some great photo sessions and some nice luncheons, but nothing else was really accomplished”.
Trying make himself look successful, Olmert also stated that not “any political party or personal consideration” will deflect him from making an agreement with the Palestinian Authority. O.K, if that’s the case, what is he really doing in regards to a so-called “agreement”, especially when a third of Gaza’s residents are pouring into Egypt to find food (and other stuff like Katyusha rockets, perhaps?). Just who the hell is the Palestinian Authority anyway?
Mr. Olmert, I’m afraid you really don’t get it!
January 26, 2008 at 12:34 pm
Well, with 5 posts on the same topic, you better heed these words, Mt. Olmert!
January 26, 2008 at 9:24 pm
Being a prime minister is a tough job, especially with all the criticism that comes with it. BUT, you would think that after all this time he could tell the mood of the people who are frustrated and very vocal about it, that he would be clued in that there is something wrong. You should have enemies for doing the RIGHT thing, NOT the WRONG.
January 27, 2008 at 7:50 am
In Israel’s parliamentary system, there has to be a 2/3 majori8ty
vote of no confidence in the Knesset to bringn down the governemtn.
WE arn’t as bad as Italy – yet, but wer’e getting there.
January 27, 2008 at 7:10 pm
I can’t help but to think there are greater forces [than the people] at work here. What could the message be?
BTW, Happy liberation day! Below is the link to that book I sent a few years ago, The Gift of Life. Was just sharing it on Haaretz and thought of you.