"The true politics of the country is the day to day work of millions of people who love this place, [and] are ready to defend this place and invest in the growth and expansion of the Israeli economy." Ehud Olmert, JPost
That Olmert quotation is from the end of a Jerusalem Post article about New Yorker, Morris Talansky, who contributed very generously to Ehud Olmert's career over the years.
Could it really be that Israeli politicians consider themselves legitimate schnurers, beggar-fundraisers, like those who raise money for poor orphans, hospitals and under-equipped schools?
Could the Talansky scandal be the key to unlocking Olmert's hold on people?
Watch the Talansky interview on Ha'aretz TV. So far, he's doing a good job of protecting himself. The question and illegalities concern what Olmert did with the contributions.
Will the "joke" be on Olmert? He who laughs last...