July 31, 2008, - 1:47 pm

Right on the Money on Olmert – My Late Father’s Words Still Ring True

By Debbie Schlussel
In March 2006, my late father, H.L. Schlussel, MD, wrote a great column on Ehud Olmert and Israel’s capitulation to its enemies on this site: “One Little Lamb & 3+ Bad Wolves: A Short History of the Mid-East Peace Process”. His words on Olmert are, sadly, as accurate today as they were then:

[T]he brilliant Benjamin Franklin said, “Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for lunch. Liberty is a well-armed lamb contesting the vote.”

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Ehud Olmert: Israel’s Visionless Acting Prime Minister

Attacked his Own Citizens

(Amona Attack Photo Courtesy of Sultan Knish)

Israel’s current “temporary” Prime Minister, Ehud Olmert, is a visionless political hack, who was a former Mayor of Jerusalem. His most noteworthy act, since becoming Prime Minister, was to send mounted police against unarmed children in the Jewish village of Amona. In this action, there were 200-300 casualties. Two members of the Israeli Parliament, both ex-Generals, were rendered unconscious. One of them sustained a fractured hand, and the other a possible fractured skull. (Disturbing photos at Sultan Knish.)
In a speech before the left-leaning “Israel Policy Forum,” in July 2005, Olmert stated, “We are tired of fighting, tired of being courageous, tired of victories, tired of defeating our enemies.”
With a guy like this leading the charge, can Israel survive? Doubtful! The leftist journalist, Ari Shavit, wrote in the left-wing newspaper, Ha’aretz, that Olmert’s victory in the upcoming Israeli elections would be “the beginning of the end.”

Yup. Unfortunately, the new guy (or gal) will be just as bad.
Read the whole thing.

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4 Responses

There’s some news that Olmert is going to give up Golan Heights to Syria:
http://www.infoisrael.net/cgi-local/text.pl?source=2/a/iv/310720081

Norman Blitzer on July 31, 2008 at 2:03 pm

“Those who are compassionate towards the cruel will find themselves being cruel towards the compassionate”
With friends like Olmert, who needs enemies like Hamas,Hezbullah,Islamic Jihad, and Fata?
I wouldn’t count on Livni to bring about salvation to Israel. In fact, she worries me more than Olmert to a certain extent.I’d say we should disband the Knesset altogether. Its nothing more than a Parliament of venal selfish feckless and useless goons which says a mouthful of most politicians these days.

American Sabrah on July 31, 2008 at 3:18 pm

Olmert is terrible and your father was right on the money. Ben Franklin is my favorite American. BUT–Ben Franklin never said that quote! It’s first cited in print from about the late 1980s or the early 1990s. I discussed the origins of the quotation on the American Dialect Society listserve:
http://listserv.linguistlist.org/cgi-bin/wa?A2=ind0701D&L=ADS-L&P=R3027&I=-3&m=31740

barrypopik on July 31, 2008 at 9:41 pm

I agree with American Sabrah; bad as Olmert is Livni is likely to be worse. She’ll have a higher approval rating than Olmert because she isn’t mired in scandal, and thus will quite likely be able to make worse concessions, if that’s possible.

c f on July 31, 2008 at 11:13 pm

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