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Olmert scandal threatens political storm
AP on Yahoo ^ | 5/28/08 | Matti Friedman - ap

Posted on 05/28/2008 10:34:29 AM PDT by NormsRevenge

JERUSALEM - The scandal enveloping Prime Minister Ehud Olmert could force him from power and throw Israel's fractious political system into turmoil.

If Olmert exits and his government falls, polls indicate that hard-liner Benjamin Netanyahu and his Likud Party are well-positioned to take power. That would likely have serious implications for the government's efforts to negotiate peace deals with the Palestinians and with Syria.

On Wednesday, one of Olmert's key coalition partners, Defense Minister Ehud Barak, said Olmert had to step aside, and he threatened to topple the coalition and go to new elections if he doesn't.

Barak's ultimatum left Olmert with three options:

• Olmert could still hang on. A canny and capable politician, he has already weathered scandals: The new police investigation is the fifth opened into his affairs since he was elected, and he was widely seen to have botched Israel's 2006 war in Lebanon. In the aftermath of that war, Barak issued an ultimatum similar to the one he issued Wednesday but never followed through.

Polls show a poor performance for Barak and his Labor Party if elections are held now, a factor working to keep him in the government. If Barak does carry out his threat to leave and new elections are held, polls show a victory for the Likud.

• Olmert could decide to save his coalition government by stepping aside temporarily. In that case, the country's top job would go to his deputy, Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni. A member of Olmert's Kadima Party, the popular Livni would serve as a caretaker and try to keep the coalition together until Olmert officially steps down or is vindicated and returns.

• Olmert could officially resign. He has said he would resign if indicted, and if that happens, his government falls. Israel's president, Shimon Peres, then would select a lawmaker from Kadima — probably Livni — and give her a chance to form a new government without new elections.

But Livni faces other rivals for the Kadima leadership who will certainly try to oust her once Olmert is gone. Her closest opponent is Shaul Mofaz, a former army chief of staff.

If Kadima fails, other parties, including the Likud, could try to cobble together a coalition out of the remnants of Olmert's government. If none of those attempts succeed, the country could hold new elections, currently scheduled for 2010.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Foreign Affairs; Israel; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: israel; olmert; politicalstorm; scandal; threatens

1 posted on 05/28/2008 10:34:30 AM PDT by NormsRevenge
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To: NormsRevenge; Alouette; Salem; SJackson; All

BUSTED ITTTT


2 posted on 05/28/2008 10:35:23 AM PDT by SevenofNine ("We are Freepers, all your media belong to us, resistence is futile")
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Defense Minister Barak says Olmert must step aside ap on yahoo

Israel's Defense Minister Ehud Barak, center, addresses the media during a news conference at the Knesset, Israel's parliament in Jerusalem, Wednesday, May 28, 2008. Barak on Wednesday issued a tough ultimatum to Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, saying he would use his considerable power to topple the coalition government if the Israeli leader does not step aside to face corruption allegations. (AP Photo/Baz Ratner, Pool)

3 posted on 05/28/2008 10:36:40 AM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed ... ICE toll-free tip hotline 1-866-DHS-2-ICE ... 9/11 .. Never FoRget!!!)
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To: NormsRevenge

Pray for a coalition of Likud with National Religious and Zionist smaller parties. Israel’s only hope.


4 posted on 05/28/2008 10:36:42 AM PDT by SolidWood (Refusal to vote for McCain is active support of Obama. Period.)
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To: NormsRevenge
That would likely have serious implications for the government's efforts to negotiate peace deals with the Palestinians and with Syria.

by wanting to give control of the golan heights to syria, olmert is like some insane cult leader trying to lead israel in a mass suicide.

5 posted on 05/28/2008 10:43:01 AM PDT by kingattax (99 % of liberals give the rest a bad name)
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To: NormsRevenge
The MSM certainly seems worried that Israel isn't going to continue to commit national suicide. It just brings tears to my eyes seeing how flustered they are that Olmert might not be around any longer to give away the store.

"Show me just what Mohammed brought that was new, and there you will find things only evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached." - Manuel II Palelologus

6 posted on 05/28/2008 10:47:54 AM PDT by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: NormsRevenge
Gotta love those radical, hard-line positions.

"Please don't shower rockets onto our shopping centers. Thank you in advance for your patience and consideration."
7 posted on 05/28/2008 10:51:20 AM PDT by Question Liberal Authority (DRILL HERE. DRILL NOW. PAY LESS!)
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To: SolidWood

Amen. I sure will.


8 posted on 05/28/2008 10:51:42 AM PDT by Marysecretary (.GOD IS STILL IN CONTROL)
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To: NormsRevenge

Bibi doesn’t take any crap from the MSM or the palestinians. Anytime a rocket is launched from gaza into Israel, an artillary barage should return fire to that general location. I don’t care if they are firing from civilian areas. Hamas is the elected leaders of gaza. Let them deal with it.


9 posted on 05/28/2008 11:03:08 AM PDT by Proud_USA_Republican (We're going to take things away from you on behalf of the common good. - Hillary Clinton)
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To: NormsRevenge
>That would likely have serious implications for the government's efforts to negotiate peace deals with the Palestinians and with Syria.

Hello? If Olmert is out so is his government.
They need to start “negotiating" peace deals after smashing their enemies in a crushing defeat, just like we “negotiated” with Spain, Germany and Japan.

10 posted on 05/28/2008 11:03:33 AM PDT by bill1952 (I will vote for McCain if he resigns his Senate seat before this election.)
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To: NormsRevenge; Salem; SJackson; Alouette; SunkenCiv; Ancesthntr; goldstategop; montag813; ...

I have a fourth option: Real Israelis get fed up with Olmerde, drag him out of the P.M.’s residence and deport him to Gaza to live out the rest of his days with the Amalekstinians he’s so eager to appease and make kissy-face with. P.S., He has a sign glued to him that says “Fatah are my best buddies”. That should go over real well with Hamas.


11 posted on 05/28/2008 11:04:22 AM PDT by Convert from ECUSA (Hillary, Obama, McCain. Curly, Larry, Moe. Decisions, decisions.)
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To: bill1952
just like we “negotiated” with Spain, Germany and Japan

I think you mean Italy. Franco's Spain as a neutral power had diplomatic ties with us, and we negotiated a lot with him during the cold war.

12 posted on 05/28/2008 11:18:57 AM PDT by SolidWood (Refusal to vote for McCain is active support of Obama. Period.)
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To: NormsRevenge
If Olmert exits and his government falls, polls indicate that hard-liner Benjamin Netanyahu and his Likud Party are well-positioned to take power. That would likely have serious implications for the government's efforts to negotiate peace deals with the Palestinians and with Syria.

AP wishes. They think it would be wrong to let the people freely vote for their government, because they admit that the voters might want Likud--as indeed they did when they first voted Sharon into power in the last election these manipulators have permitted.

Better to have a corrupt crook stay in power, so he can continue undermining Israel and helping the Palestinians.

13 posted on 05/28/2008 11:25:16 AM PDT by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: SolidWood

I think you mean Italy. Franco’s Spain...

As in The Spanish American War.


14 posted on 05/28/2008 11:32:43 AM PDT by bill1952 (I will vote for McCain if he resigns his Senate seat before this election.)
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To: bill1952

I see. Sorry then, with Germany and Japan I thought this was about WW2. :)


15 posted on 05/28/2008 11:46:57 AM PDT by SolidWood (Refusal to vote for McCain is active support of Obama. Period.)
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To: NormsRevenge

oh no!!!!! Olmert might lose and we might end up with Bibi!!!! Heavens Forbid!!!

Sounds just like the NY Times over here. Excessive handwringing that the Elliot Spitzer of Tel Aviv might not just lose but also lose power for liberals (insert panic here).

Olmert has been a disaster from the beginning. Nobody asked for him. Nobody is voting for him. Nobody will miss him. He was a VP for Sharon and without Sharon he would still be a mayor and not in a position to be the first person to ever defeat the Israeli military.


16 posted on 05/28/2008 11:47:14 AM PDT by bpjam (Drill For Oil or Lose Your Job!! Vote Nov 3, 2008)
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To: SolidWood

Yeah, but I see now that I wasn’t very clear with my post.

Thank you for your reply - bill


17 posted on 05/28/2008 11:51:38 AM PDT by bill1952 (I will vote for McCain if he resigns his Senate seat before this election.)
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To: Convert from ECUSA; AdmSmith; Berosus; dervish; Ernest_at_the_Beach; Fred Nerks; george76; ...
In the aftermath of that war, Barak issued an ultimatum similar to the one he issued Wednesday but never followed through. Polls show a poor performance for Barak and his Labor Party if elections are held now, a factor working to keep him in the government. If Barak does carry out his threat to leave and new elections are held, polls show a victory for the Likud.
Thanks C from E.
18 posted on 05/28/2008 12:03:43 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/_______________________Profile updated Monday, April 28, 2008)
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Storm? They'll have an election, that's not a storm.

19 posted on 05/28/2008 12:05:09 PM PDT by SJackson (It is impossible to build a peace process based on blood, Natan Sharansky)
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To: SolidWood
"Pray for a coalition of Likud with National Religious and Zionist smaller parties. Israel’s only hope."

My prayers are to the One who is truly Israel's only hope. I don't put much confidence at all that any particular coalition can get Israel out of the mess its in. The systemic problems of government, the splintering of the country along political, social and religious lines, the iron-fisted left wing grip on media, academia, beauracracy and the courts are just the main categories of obstacles.

Truly, I believe that the extent of Israel's blunders in the last 20 to 25 years are nothing less than biblical in nature. It's as if G-d blessed the State of Israel until something went terribly awry after the 6-day war. From there, the leadership has done every stupid thing imaginable and some things unimaginable. For a people reputed for intelligence this makes no sense save for Divine intervention or, better put, Divine withdrawal of blessing and guidance.

What does it mean? I don't know, but I'll try this guess: G-d is saying: "OK, I gave you back the land, I crowned your military with miraculous victories and the land with abundance. And how did you thank me? You threw off the yoke of Torah, claimed all the glory of your accomplishments as your own and began to ignore me completely in all your affairs. I have to remind you and all the Jewish people, that they are nothing without Hashem (G-d). By bringing you to the very brink of disaster, perhaps you will turn to me as you did on the shore of the Red Sea with earnest repentance and sincere devotion. Then, and only then, will you be saved and then, and only then, you will know that it was all from me and always will be."

20 posted on 05/28/2008 12:19:18 PM PDT by JewishRighter
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To: JewishRighter

Excellent points, my friend!


21 posted on 05/28/2008 12:36:33 PM PDT by Convert from ECUSA (Hillary, Obama, McCain. Curly, Larry, Moe. Decisions, decisions.)
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To: NormsRevenge

Expect Bibi to be back in the saddle and Iran’s Mullah’s and President Nutjob to be peeing in their pants.


22 posted on 05/28/2008 1:37:29 PM PDT by Biggirl (A biggirl with a big heart for God's animal creation, with 4 cats in my life as proof. =^..^=)
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To: NormsRevenge

Bibi, you better have both your cellphone and blackberry ready.


23 posted on 05/28/2008 1:47:02 PM PDT by Biggirl (A biggirl with a big heart for God's animal creation, with 4 cats in my life as proof. =^..^=)
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To: JewishRighter

Thank-you for making my day. In the end you got to have faith.


24 posted on 05/28/2008 1:53:55 PM PDT by Biggirl (A biggirl with a big heart for God's animal creation, with 4 cats in my life as proof. =^..^=)
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To: bpjam

...And also the beginging of the end for Kadima, which was a joke for Isreal from the begining. This scandel must be causing the great PM’s, those who are no longer in the world to be spinning in their graves bigtime during this 60th aniversary year for Isreal.


25 posted on 05/28/2008 1:56:56 PM PDT by Biggirl (A biggirl with a big heart for God's animal creation, with 4 cats in my life as proof. =^..^=)
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To: JewishRighter

I agree with you 100%. Israel is doomed unless we return to our Jewish heritage. Without HaShem, we are nothing. Without Judaism, we have no reason to exist, let alone live in Israel.


26 posted on 05/28/2008 3:42:35 PM PDT by forkinsocket
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