The Laurel-esque (as in Laurel and Hardy) former Prime Minister of Israel Ehud Olmert has finally gotten tough --- not on the annihilationists, but on the current Prime Minister.
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.
He would do well to just fade away. It's interesting that Olmert did say (in 2006): "Iran is the greatest challenge that Israel must contend with." And now Olmert is criticizing Bibi? Netanyahu's leadership casts a giant shadow over Olmert, a historical lilliputian.
I am curious to the reaction of Israeli pundits like Dr. Barry Rubin, who fiercely rebuked me for my fierce criticism of Olmert. I was right, of course, so I am keen to watch Rubin pivot on this.
‘I Will Not Shut Up’: Netanyahu Defiant After Predecessor Calls His Criticism of Iran Nuke Deal ‘Declaration of War’ on U.S. The Jerusalem Post, December 1, 2013
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu in Rome, December 1, 2013. Photo: Amos Ben-Gershom/GPO
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and his predecessor Ehud Olmert battled over Israel’s Iran policy Sunday, with Olmert slamming Netanyahu for “waging war” against the US administration and Netanyahu responding that he would speak out loudly when Israel’s security is at stake.
“As opposed to others, when I see that interests vital to the security of Israel’s citizens are in danger, I will not be quiet,” Netanyahu said in Rome in a clear reference to comments Olmert made earlier in the day.