It is the considered opinion of this blog that Olmert is Israel's most inept Prime Minister consequently Israel's most dangerous threat.I said so before he won that dopey election. It was as if the Israelis decided to take a pass after Sharon went dark and Hamas was elected. Iran's nuclear threats are all the more treacherous under Olmert's fumbling, seemingly clownish incumbency.
I think that toothless UN resolution, leaving their kidnapped soldiers in the hands of a barbaric enemy, executing a half assed war plan (air, sea, no land?), and finally handing over it's security to a bunch of old Frenchman left Israel vulnerable, compromised. Glick questions, "So regardless of whether he is honest or crooked, it is abundantly clear that Olmert is incompetent to lead the country. But what can be done to oust him from power? What indeed and how quickly? It seems to me President Bush needs a courageous partner to fight the jihad not a pale version of an appeasing Chirac .
Glick goes on "Israel's alternative leadership - Binyamin Netanyahu, Moshe Ya'alon, Shaul Mofaz, Yuval Steinitz, Natan Sharansky, Uzi Landau and others - is clear. These politicians are capable of dealing with the many challenges that have only multiplied as a result of the Olmert government's incompetence." I quite agree, Benjamin Netanyahu was my candidate then and he is my candidate now, more than ever.
The World According to Olmert Caroline Glick
In his Rosh Hashana interviews, Olmert said that Iran is the greatest challenge that Israel must contend with today. And he is right. But he apparently has no interest in contending with Iran. Olmert told The Jerusalem Post that he trusts US President George W. Bush to handle Iran for us.
"First of all," he said, "I think President Bush has the courage. This is something that is very important. There is no one in the world today who has greater courage and determination, and a sense of mission about these issues, than President Bush, and I admire his determination and sense of mission."
OLMERT IS right about Bush. He is mission-driven and courageous. But he is not all-powerful. In another month and a half, there will be elections to the US Congress and there is a distinct possibility that the Democratic Party - whose leaders have shown no willingness to pay a price to remove the threat of an Iranian nuclear arsenal - will take control of the Congress.
Bush's political challenges make taking concerted steps against Iran difficult. Moreover, it is a fact that Bush doesn't exert full control over his own administration. In just one example, the State Department and the CIA have been undermining his Middle East policies for the past five years.
In light of this, it is unforgivable gross negligence for the prime minister of Israel - whose country Iran has threatened with annihilation - to abdicate responsibility for thwarting Teheran's nuclear weapons program to a foreign leader.
Israel's nuclear concerns are not limited to Iran. There is also Egypt, which just announced its intention to build nuclear reactors to generate electricity. And as with Iran, Olmert's reaction to the news from Egypt has been scandalous. Right after the news broke, Olmert announced that Israel has no problem with Egypt's plans.
Let us for a moment assume that he is right and that Egypt really has no intention today of using the planned reactors for military purposes. Who can guarantee that this will remain the case after Egypt's aging dictator Hosni Mubarak dies? With the ascendance of the Muslim Brotherhood as a political force in Egypt, next to no one assumes that there will be a smooth transition of power to Mubarak's son Gamal, or to any of his other potential heirs.
Moreover, Bush is making a valiant effort to prevent the proliferation of nuclear technology in the Middle East. By rushing to welcome Egypt's initiative, Olmert swept the rug out from under any potential American move to prevent Egypt from taking what could be its first open step toward acquiring nuclear weapons capabilities. How can Washington now express opposition to Mubarak's move - or to the similar initiative being taken by Turkey's Islamist government - when Israel has announced that it supports Egypt's decision?
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