Monday, March 05, 2007

Ask the Expert

Dry Bones cartoon: The Israeli public has NOT lost faith in PM Olmert. The Israeli public never had any faith in PM Olmert.
Yup. The Israeli public has NOT lost faith in Prime Minister Ehud Olmert. The Israeli public never had any faith in PM Olmert.

And now, Israeli State Comptroller and Ombudsman Micha Lindenstrauss is about to publish initial findings of his investigation into the handling of the home front during last summer’s Hizbullah war... (at the same time the Winograd Commission is preparing its report on the mismanagement of the war itself).

Incredibly, Olmert is refusing to cooperate with the State Comptroller's investigation.

"Unlike Defense Minister Amir Peretz and other senior officials, Olmert did not appear in person for his questioning and asked for an extra month to prepare written responses.

The report, said Knesset member Zevulun Orlev, chairman of the Knesset’s State Control Committee, had been held up more than four months “due to the Prime Minister’s failure to cooperate.”

The National Union / National Religious Party Knesset member accused Olmert of “unacceptable, unreasonable and unworthy behavior.” Orlev charged Olmert and his aides with actions which he said “conveys indifference and lack of concern to the State’s citizens as to their fate on the home front, if and when the next war takes place.”

Likud Knesset Member Yuval Steinitz also attacked Olmert Sunday for his failure to cooperate with Comptroller Lindenstrauss, saying Olmert has abandoned the home front three times.

First, he said, Olmert failed to stop the Katyusha attacks on Israeli towns. Second, he failed to declare a state of war which would have helped give civilians the proper support. Finally, he said, Olmert is now also working against Lindenstrauss’s efforts to learn lessons from the war." -more

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