Olmert’s World: And the National Leadership Alternatives to It…

Column One: The World According to Olmert, by Caroline Glick (Jerusalem Post)

“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.

These men must bury the hatchets that divide them, rally around Netanyahu’s leadership, bring down the government in an no-confidence vote and lead this country to victory and safety. One needs only to look at the world according to Olmert to see what hangs in the balance.” [...]  Click here to read more.

Shabbos War News…

Bibi Endorses Olmert/Abbas Meeting with Shalit Still in PA/Hamas Terrorist Hands…

Bibi Encourages Olmert to Meet Abbas, by Gil Hoffman (Jerusalem Post)


Commentary;

For those of you who thought that Bibi was any different, smarter, better in self-image or better for the Jews, this should pretty well nail that coffin shut. MB

Excerpts;

Prime Minister Ehud Olmert received a surprising endorsement on Thursday for his plan to meet in upcoming days with Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas: Opposition leader Binyamin Netanyahu feels the same way.

Olmert told Army Radio he would meet with Abbas regardless of whether kidnapped Cpl. Gilad Shalit was released, because Abbas supported releasing Shalit.  [...]  Click here to read more.

How Sincere was IDF Chief Rabbi Weiss’s Retirement Speech?

Outgoing IDF Chief Rabbi: No New Disengagement

Full Text;

Outgoing IDF Chief Rabbi Brig.-Gen. Israel Weis said that there will never be another disengagement, Radio Kol Hai broadcast on Thursday.

During a farewell party at the College for Civil Administration in Glilot, the rabbi said that “our future existence depends on the eternal pledge to never again conduct a disengagement or convergence.”

For more background, click on these two additional reports;

Chief Military Rabbi: Gush Katif Sacrificed in Vain? [...]  Click here to read more.

Friday War News…

Car Bomb in Rishon L’Tzion

Full Item;

“Police report that a car bomb did explode near or in front of 98 Herzl Street in Rishon L’Tzion. A senior police commander reports that the blast was terror related; stating it appears the one fatality is the terrorist. At least two people are in moderate condition and others light.”

Hebron: IDF Troops Wound Palestinian Gunman


Israeli Air Strike in Gaza kills Two

Excerpt;
“The Israeli military… had targeted people suspected of involvement in firing rockets into Israel.”
 [...]  Click here to read more.

Atonement: But, “We Have Learned Nothing” and Keep Repeating the Same Strategic Failures…


For the Sin of False Oaths, By Israel Harel
(Haaretz)

Excerpts;

The War of Independence had an objective and was given a name, and the name suited it. The people who planned the Kadesh (Sinai) Campaign and Operation Peace for the Galilee, had, for better or for worse, set strategic objectives ahead of time. The Six-Day War, the war with the greatest accomplishments in the field of all Israel’s wars, was not given an official name, even post factum.

The Yom Kippur War was also named symbolically, rather than due to the war’s objective. Israel was indeed overwhelmingly surprised, and all the efforts of the civilian and military leadership were initially directed simply at an attempt to save the country. But after two weeks of fighting, when the enemy stood defeated, lacking the ability and the will to fight and disarmed of most of its weapons, we could have (had we defined for ourselves clear national objectives, which need not necessarily be formulated during the height of an existential war) dictated arrangements that would have guaranteed, on Israel’s terms, our national security for generations to come.  [...]  Click here to read more.

Philanthropist Steps into Void Left By Regime’s Deliberate Failure to Compensate Gush Katif Refugee Families …

US Philanthropist Covers Grocery Debts of Gush Katif Expellees

For context, click here, here and here.

Full Text;

An anonymous American Jewish couple has covered the debts of hundreds of Gush Katif expellees, arranging to pay their outstanding grocery bills in a Nitzan mini-market belonging to Yossi Avitan.

Avitan reports the average family had a bill of NIS 5,000, telling reporters when shoppers came to the store; they were shocked to hear they no longer had a pending tab.

The identity of the philanthropist couple is not being revealed, but during the war in Lebanon the couple also purchased flack jackets and other supplies for soldiers, in addition to coming to the assistance of hospitalized victims of the war and others in need.  [...]  Click here to read more.

PM: I Hope to Meet Abbas in Coming Days; Olmert Regime Credibility Not Worth a Plug Nickel…

PM: I Hope to Meet Abbas in Coming Days

Excerpts;

Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said in comments broadcast Thursday that he hopes to meet Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas in the coming days.

Asked in an interview with Israel Radio when a summit with Abbas was likely, Olmert said: “I hope in the coming days, I hope. I, in any case, asked him. I told him that I would be happy to meet with him.”

The prime minister also reiterated that he would not free any Palestinian prisoners, not even as a goodwill gesture, until Hamas releases kidnapped IDF soldier Gilad Shalit.  [...]  Click here to read more.

Does Massive Terrorist Weapons Smuggling into Gaza Surprise You?

Terrorists Smuggling Anti-Tank & Anti-Aircraft Rockets into Gaza

Commentary;

Does this report come as a surprise to anyone with common sense and logic? Why don’t Olmert and Peretz get it then[rhetorical]? And if Diskin and Halutz feel soo strongly about it, what are THEY doing about it?? Aren’t we all kind of tired of a bunch of meaningless babble and rhetoric? MB

Full Text;

GSS (General Security Service/ Shin Bet) Director Yuval Diskin and IDF Chief of Staff Lt.-Gen. Dan Halutz told members of the cabinet that the Rafiah border from Egypt is wide open, and terrorists are regularly smuggling anti-tank and anti-aircraft rockets into PA (Palestinian Authority) controlled Gaza. [...]  Click here to read more.

Thursday War News…