It seems that Israel's Prime Minister Ehud Olmert is doing everything to keep his power of office. For this he will 1. do anything for publicity. 2. do anything to de-rail the peoples' and investigators attention from his 6 or 8 scandalous investigations - and 3. do anything he can to retrieve his historical legacy from the mire of these investigations.
Recently, we see Olmert up to his neck in criminal investigations and wonder:
*How did he and his collaborators, both in the Kadima Party and partners outside of Government seemingly get away with so much misfeasance and malfeasance of office for so long?
*How is it that the GSS (General Security Service), i.e. the Shabak, didn't know They pretended they did not have a clue. Or did they know and choose to stifle their professional responsibilities?
*Did Mossad and Shabak Directors also know but choose to either do nothing or, in fact, force Olmert to obey their directives - especially in evicting Gush Katif/Gaza and Northern Samaria?
In parallel, it is no secret that Super Powers like the U.S., Russia and other influential nations - Britain, China, France - keep detailed accounts of their leaders. The process is not only to predict likely actions but to compile dossiers on things their leaders do not want known. With such information, one nation could easily blackmail another nation to comply with whatever they want.
Israel's leaders have too often been caught at illegal behavior and, therefore, are too easy to blackmail. Arik Sharon was about to be indicted for a number of illegal deals when he had his strokes.
*Did the CIA, FBI, NSA and dozens of other U.S. Intelligence Agencies have the goods on Sharon? Probably.
We should all remember the infamous files of J. Edgar Hoover on government officials/politicians which he used like a subtle whip to have them do as "he" thought best.
*Do you recall Kurt Waldheim who kept his secret of being an SS officer as he controlled the U.N.? But, the Soviets knew and pulled on his leash whenever they wanted certain agreements or lack of action by the U.N. Security Council.
Ehud Olmert was a twisty lawyer and is being charged with many illegal things for which he was ashamed (or should have been). He was the perfect target for blackmail once he reached the highest office in Israel. Even before the current scandals broke to the general public, he was already malleable to orders coming from President Bush, Secretary Rice and the pro-Arab U.S. State Department - which further complied with various "wishes" emanating from Saudi Arabia, Egypt, etc.
Ehud Olmert, in his July 30th speech of "almost" resignation, said he "made some mistakes" which was like he was a naughty child saying "I'm sorry Mommy for breaking your dishes". What Olmert broke was the security and sovereignty of the Jewish nation. He misused the power of office like a tyrant, both for personal gain and to fulfill the orders of foreign nations who were protecting their own interests - not Israel's.
*Do you remember Elhanan Tannenbaum, an Israeli businessman who went to Lebanon to close a deal and was taken hostage? Reports intimated that he was a drug dealer.
*Why did Sharon trade 450 Terrorists to get him back?
*Where did the money go when Tannenbaum was in a position to help old friends among the politicians of Israel?
Of course, this would be speculation and hearsay since Tannenbaum was never brought to trial.
*One does wonder if Israeli high-ranking politicians and/or judges were on a drug payroll?
*Is this why Olmert didn't invade Lebanon soon enough or deeply enough to defeat Hezb'Allah in 2006?
*Was he getting and/or does he still want to get Syrian and Lebanese drug money pouring out of the poppy fields in Lebanon? He is known to like getting envelopes of cash. Who is paying him now?
*Is this perhaps why Ehud Barak, when he was Prime Minister, precipitously withdrew from Lebanon? Were Israeli troops possibly getting in the way of the Opium/Heroin Poppy Harvest?
In America, Al Capone one of the biggest Chicago mob bosses and had Police, Judges, Senators on his payroll. Their job was to keep Capone out of prison for his various crimes of bootlegging liquor during Prohibition, also prostitution, protection rackets, loan sharking, murder and every other crooked vice that existed.
Unfortunately, Israel apparently has some of the same vices, plus some level of illegal drug use and traffic, so
*Who at the political level is being paid off?
*Also, who are known as "takers" able to be blackmailed into obedience?
Presently, we watch PM Olmert and his Kadima Gang maneuvering to stay in power as long as they can. Why should they spoil a good thing of their big salaries and perks, etc.?
Other things I wonder about:
*Will Shimon Peres as President issue a quick pardon for Olmert, in order to cut off further investigations of his (Peres') own illegal dealings?
*Who knows where these various 6 or 7 Police investigations against Olmert could lead? Many politicians do not want to be identified as having taken bribes. (Who would?) Some may have gotten specially lucrative deals in business, monies that may have never been reported to the tax authorities.
*Would high ranking individuals like DM Ehud Barak or even President Peres himself turn up in someone's black book of clients?
In a prior article, I speculated as to whether Olmert and his Kadimites might even now be shredding documents, clearing computers of their hard drives and insuring that there is no evidence left behind. Some will recall when Olmert was Mayor of Jerusalem he ordered all the files destroyed on illegal Arab/Muslim buildings in Jerusalem. These buildings would have been demolished but Olmert cleaned the blotter of their existence plus insuring sufficient time had pass so no legal action could be taken.
*Why would the Mayor of Jerusalem shield illegal Arab housing?
*Was it for money?
*Did Olmert want Jerusalem compromised for a future division of the Jewish Capital City?
*Was he being blackmailed by the pro-Arab U.S. State Department?
*Or was he merely following the earlier Rabin-Peres plan to use Highway #1 which divided Jerusalem into East and West in preparation for re-partition?
After Olmert made his TV speech that he would resign (after Kadima picks his successor sometime in September) suddenly Israelis and other accommodating Leftist Media started to run stories about his inability to pursue certain "piece" deals he has been negotiating with Mahmoud Abbas of Fatah and Bashar Assad of Syria. This question was answered when his chief negotiator for surrendering the Golan Heights to Syria suddenly tendered his resignation. "But" he would stay on and continue his work under some unnamed date in the future.
It seemed to me that Olmert has started a deliberate dis-information campaign about how he no longer needed to be watched so carefully because he was now a lame duck Prime Minister.
*Is he really?
Perhaps the story goes something like this: While everyone ignores him and speculates on elections (a favorite Israeli sport), Olmert is in deep collusion with Condi Rice to complete what they started - as follows:
As Prime Minister, Olmert seems about to issue a proclamation that Judea and Samaria are officially no longer part of Israel and are to be completely turned over Abbas' Palestinian Authority.
In another proclamation from the office of Prime Minister, Olmert may issue a document of "quit claim" (or merely a verbal proclamation) to award Bashar of Syria the Golan Heights, down to the shores of the shrinking Kinneret.
With another kingly flourish Olmert then could agree to a dual Israeli/Palestinian or Jewish/Muslim government in Jerusalem.
Since this would be in collusion with the "lame duck" President Bush and Secretary Rice regime, no doubt, along with the European Union, the U.S., E.U., U.N. and Russia (the so-called Quartet) would quickly ratify Olmert's proclamations as binding - without any approvals by the Israeli people or the Knesset. Israel would be "caught by his (Olmert's) tongue".
So, as you can see, Olmert and the Kadima crowd, along with Bush and Rice need to keep things quiet until the verbal trap is sprung. Olmert must adopt a posture of weakness and, of course, the Leftist Media and NGOs in Israel must assist in the illusion.
This shame could be ended IF the Knesset decides it's best for the nation to dissolve the Government and immediately go to elections. But, what may be good for the nation may not be good for the current Knesset as they continue to receive their bloated salaries, expenses and other perks. Yes, indeed, better to stay employed and let the nation be endangered.
There are many other questions - but, that's enough for now.