President Truman with
"The BUCK STOPS here"
sign on his desk
Former Israeli prime minister Ehud Olmert at the Jerusalem district court, Tuesday. An Israeli court acquitted Olmert on two key corruption charges and found him guilty on a lesser count.
|Photo credit: Flash 90
In its verdict, the three-judge panel unanimously accepted Olmert’s defense that he thought his private trips were paid for by frequent flyer miles, and not via a Rishon Tours slush fund. The judges said there was no evidence that Olmert methodically took the leftover money from double billing groups for other trips abroad.
“The evidence did not prove beyond a reasonable doubt that [Rishon Tours] received money for Olmert,” Judge Musya Arad said of the Rishon Tours verdict.
Olmert’s assistant, Shula Zaken, however, was found guilty on charges of fraud and breach of trust in the double billing affair. She had maintained her silence under questioning over the affair. (complete article)
The next awful bit of chutzpah is, davka, by an MK I had voted for, Ketzele of Ichud Le'umi, National Union. Two clarifications first:
- There's a big difference in the American and Israeli political systems. In the United States you must choose between two candidates. Neither may be all that great, so you vote for the lesser of two evils.
- In the Israeli system there are many political parties; each has a different ideology and a rather mixed slate of MK hopefuls. It's sometimes possible to actually find a party with a platform and candidates you agree with and want to see in office.
Being that Ketzele is a devoted chossid to Rabbi Melamed, and I'm not, there was always a fear in the back of my mind that Ketzele had been planted in NU, sent on a "mission" by his Rebbe. And now the cat's out of the bag, so to say, because Ketzele is presenting Rabbi Melamed's "we have a price" law to the Knesset. I
And the last bit of chutzpah for the day is well-described in Ruthie Blum's article, Talia Sasson's chutzpah . Talia Sasson and Peace Now consider themselves the experts in Israeli Law and morality. They are having very public fits that a government commission came to the opposite conclusions of their extreme ideology.
The Government Report, clearly explained in English by Arlene Kushner, makes it very clear that there's nothing illegal about the Jewish communities in the Lands liberated as a result of the 1967 Six Days War.Peace Now director-general Yariv Oppenheimer — like a true rebel-robbed-of-a-cause-by-reality — put on his best pout-face for the TV cameras when asked about “The Report on West Bank Settlements,” commissioned in January by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
Oppenheimer accused the committee appointed to investigate the legal status of unauthorized Jewish building in Judea and Samaria of having a political agenda — you know, a right-wing one.
His indignation over the 89-page document — prepared over the past six months by former Supreme Court Justice Edmund Levy, former Foreign Ministry legal adviser Alan Baker and former deputy president of the Tel Aviv District Court Tchia Shapira — was nothing compared to that of legal eagle Talia Sasson, however. And it’s no wonder.
Sasson is the author of a similar report conducted in 2005 at the behest of disengagement Prime Minister Ariel Sharon. Her findings, however, were the opposite of those handed over to the government this week.
The findings are stunning and constitute a major victory for all who believe in the right of Jews to settle the land (emphasis added):The total chutzpah of the Left in their pseudo-intellectual-academic posturings and demands that the infinitesimal eighteen years from the Israeli Independence War cease-fire agreement to the 1967 Six Days War should be the dominant "reality" of Jewish Land Rights has no basis legal or otherwise.
"According to international law, Israelis have a legal right to settle all of Judea and Samaria, at the very least the lands that Israel controls under agreements with the Palestinian Authority. Therefore, the establishment of Jewish settlements [in Judea and Samaria] is, in itself, not illegal."
"The lands that Israel controls under agreements with the Palestinian Authority" refers to Area C under Oslo, which is under Israeli civilian and military (security) control. This includes every Jewish community and the Jordan Valley: