What a waste of potential.
What a waste of intelligence.
What a waste of human resources, human lives during Olmert's reign as Prime Minister.
I remember telling a visitor from abroad when Olmert was still Mayor of Jerusalem:
"Olmert will be Prime Minister. He's the best administrator in Israeli politics."
I was right about both things. The only two things I didn't know were:
- Ehud Olmert was/is corrupt.
- Ehud Olmert would transform himself into Left wing Peace Now fan.
I'll never forget, about ten months after Olmert became Prime Minister, someone said to me:
"There should be elections soon. Olmert has been in office so long. Isn't it time?"
"It would be nice if there were elections, but actually, he has been Prime Minister for less than a year."
"Couldn't be. It feels much longer than that."
Consider that we have had our two least successful wars during Olmert's reign, and the coverage of his corruption charges make the Israeli media "read" like a a cheap sensationalist tabloid.
Caroline Glick considers Olmert "the worst prime minister Israel has experienced to date." I disagree. The other Ehud, Ehud Barak was even worse, and unfortunately, Barak is back. It took the Israeli public less time to get rid of Barak and his reign of terror. Arab terrorists were attacking civilians all over the country. But Caroline is right in that Israelis have a rediculously, dangerously short memory.
Because of Olmert's Revisionist Betar background, the Israeli establishment never warmed to him, no matter how anti-settlement and pro-"peace at any price" he became. For that reason, he may find the gate blocked if he tries to return.
Contrary to Olmert's statements, he wasn't "...just a "step" away..." from peace, but if he had remained true to his original pro-Land of Israel for the People of Israel, Betar ideology, and if he hadn't been corrupt, he would have had a chance to be our greatest leader.