Wednesday, July 30, 2008
Culture of Self-Destruction
We in Israel never had a better leader than Ehud Olmert,a man who brought us peace in the north with the murderous Hizballah, and in the south, with the no less murderous Hamas. We never had such a peaceful period in the Shomron than with Olmert. But Olmert was persecuted and tortured from the first moment he became Prime Minister, he was opposed during the Lebanon war and mass demonstrations demanded a State investigation to force his resign. He survived that first period of venomous attack, and then started an attack on his secretary, about some free tickets she received - a terrible crime in this super-moral country. Olmert had purchased a nice house in Jerusalem some ten years ago, he had to produce all the documents and bank accounts how he paid for it, and if the price was not too cheap. The police then demanded Olmert's diaries and researched each item trying to dig up some dirt. They found that some years ago Olmert had registered a sum received from an American Jewish supporter. The police then corraled the poor old man and interrogated him for days on and on. The old fellow became totally confused and contradicted himself every half an hour, but by then Olmert was embroiled in a police investigation of tremendous publicity, and he said that it was impossible to concentrate in hosting Condolizza Rice, the President of the United States, and recently Barak Obama who visited here. This night he said he is resigning.
There is lately such a hate and venomous environment of critique and destruction against our leaders that the country is basically leaderless. No leader survived inthis country for a full period he was elected, all of them had to leave in the middle, attacked by the ferocious dogs of the Ministry of Justice and the Police. Even the old impotent President Moshe Katzav was embroiled, of all things, in a rape accusation. He had to resign and he may go to jail -on the basis of the unreliable testimony of his former secretary, a woman that has accused before several other men of similar attacks. I think of Athenian generals, who after the war were judged by public assemblies and many of them, punished with death. I would have liked Olmert to finish his period, we never had such a quiet time long time ago.