Prime Minister: Unilateralism policy has been a failure, remember, Olmert a year ago was so inspired by the disengagement that he was going to do it again, that was his main campaign plank. In fact, if the war in Lebanon had not occurred he may have gone ahead with it.
What does this say about the government? Why did he think that unilateral withdrawals would work? In essence, Rabin, Barak, Sharon, and Olmert are all experimenting with our lives at stake.
Olmert has now run away to China to get some applause and get away from from his problems in Israel. When he comes back it looks like he will be facing a criminal probe regarding his conduct in the Bank Leumi sale. In addition, the Jerusalem Post reports State to open criminal probe on Olmert that there are at least 2 other examinations involving criminal allegations against Olmert.
One has to do with his purchase of a private home on Cremieux Street in Jerusalem's German Colony. He is suspected of having bought the home for hundreds of thousands of dollars below the market price. In turn, he allegedly promised to use his influence at city hall, where he had served as mayor, to increase the contractor's building rights.
Another case involves allegations that Olmert made political appointments in the Small Businesses Authority when he served as Minister of Industry and Commerce under prime minister Ariel Sharon.
When there is smoke there is usually fire. There is no doubt in my mind that Olmert is very corrupt and that these are just the tip of the iceberg. It is amazing how such a loser was elected and not surprising that 77% of the people think he is doing a bad job and that 60% believe that Olmert is corrupt ( Some fascinating poll numbers about Olmert).