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The End of Olmert

Posted by shanamaidel on July 31, 2008

Ehud Olmert, Sao Paulo, 2005, Courtsey of WikiCommons

Ehud Olmert, Sao Paulo, 2005, Courtesy of WikiCommons

This feels like such dragged out old news.  Why did this not happen say a year ago?  More?

Basically, just like we all knew, he’s corrupt, and therefore won’t run.  Actually turn that into a can’t run.

Much like any major politician who gets too drunk on power, Olmert is slowly getting caught in a trap of his own making.  The police are slowly closing in on what are essentially corruption charges.

Why would anyone run under these circumstances?  Just to prevent another slightly more popular party (in an already too fractious party system) from taking power?  His popularity has been shrinking daily, so that seems like  quaint idea too.

Watching the Israeli government play politics, especially at moments like this, makes me feel like I am watching a badly run Tammany Hall.

At least with the resignation, could we at least move into a well run Tammany Hall before we get into the post-corruption period?


One Response to “The End of Olmert”

  1. Oyster said

    It never ceases to amaze me the level of corruption possible in Israel, yet at the same time, it has such a well-regarded judiciary. Seems so disjoint to me…

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