New Year Message to
This time last year our brothers and sisters in
Whatever Mr Olmert may have lacked as a leader, he made up in heaps of pure chutzpah and utter contempt for his people. He brazened out the most damning indictment of Winograd’s initial report. He made light of mass demonstrations calling for his resignation. He spurned poll ratings lower than the margin for error. He thumbed his nose at the justice system by reinstating his convicted friend as a top minister within weeks of finishing his soft community service at a riding school in the
Despite the unpleasant reality of Olmert’s continuing hold on power - with the connivance of coalition parties corrupted by cabinet posts, perks and grants - there have been many reasons to be cheerful. It has been a relatively quiet year in which the economy and shekel have continued to strengthen. With the exception of the January attack on a bakery in E
All this has to do with other positive developments, not of Olmert’s making but rather forced upon him. There is the appointment of Gabi Ashkenazi as a strong and charismatic chief of staff to lead the IDF in its re-training and new direction. And, for all his faults, new labour leader Ehud Barak is clearly a safer pair of hands to hold the defence ministry. You can be sure that if war breaks out again before the next election, Mr Barak w
A fitting message to the world for our 60th year of statehood.
Wishing you and all our wonderful people a Shana Tova