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  • And now, the fake news

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    March 22, 2008 | 10:58 pm

    The Jewish Journal‘s annual Purim cover is out now, and it’s got a few gem jokes that reference news of note mentioned here in the last year. There’s Eliot Spitzer and the whore of Babylon,  the U.N.‘s response to continued rocket attacks on Sderot and, of course, Ann Coulter and The Perfect Jew. My favorite “headline” though is about Israeli PM Olmert’s ridiculously low approval rating. (Truth to be told, his approval rating spiked in July to, gulp, 8 percent.)

  • ‘Olmert’s fatal flaw is arrogance’

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    February 3, 2008 | 2:37 pm

    The good news about Ehud Olmert is that he is not a willful murderer of Israeli soldiers. The bad news is that he is the most inept and arrogant Israeli prime minister in the country’s history.

    That’s the opening salvo of a scathing short report by Yossi Klein Halevi in The New...

  • Peace in the Mideast remains an illusion

    By Arthur Cohn

    January 10, 2008 | 7:00 pm

    President Bush's historic visit to Israel and the Middle East can only delay the inevitable disappointment.

    Why? It follows the enormous anticipation of the Annapolis conference

    in late 2007 -- a conference the overwhelming majority of Israelis believe failed. Since then, the...

  • Messianic rabbi: Olmert should be ‘hanged from the gallows’

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    January 9, 2008 | 4:50 pm


    In a major blow to a decade-long campaign to play down divisions within the Chabad-Lubavitch ultra-Orthodox movement, the sect’s Israeli leadership appears ready to publicly distance itself from a significant messianic strand within the movement.

    The unexpected development...

  • ‘Two-state solution’ faces a hornets’ nest

    By Leonard Fein

    December 6, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    In the aftermath of the surprisingly upbeat Annapolis meeting, all the talk's about a two-state solution. The unwary may suppose that as soon as the domestic problems within Israel and among the Palestinians are resolved, the movement toward such a solution will be quite rapid. After...
  • Letter from France:  An incendiary TV news report’s truthfulness is on trial

    By Shirli Sitbon

    November 29, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    Something unusual happened in the small 11th Appeals courtroom of Paris on Nov. 14. The footage used for a September 2000 report by French TV on the death of Mohammad al Dura in the Gaza Strip was screened and examined by a judge in a slander trial against an Internet site that had...
  • Will Annapolis momentum spur a regional thaw?

    By Leslie Susser

    November 29, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    Ehud Olmert and Mahmoud Abbas may have bridged the necessary gaps to issue a joint commitment to pursue peace, but their words in Annapolis revealed the substantial distance they have yet to travel.

    President Bush announced the hoped-for agreement early in the day on Tuesday, saying...

  • Prospects for results from Annapolis seem dim

    By Leslie Susser

    November 22, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    Days away from the Annapolis peace parley, the glaring weaknesses of both the Israeli and Palestinian leaders are raising significant questions about the long-term viability of the renewed peace process and the consequences of failure.

    Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, who may have...

  • Briefs: Rice says Abbas can do, Peres talks Turkey, Olmert suspected

    November 15, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    Rice: Abbas a True Peace Partner

    Condoleezza Rice told thousands of Jewish communal activists that the president of the Palestinian Authority is a true partner for peace. The U.S. secretary of state, addressing delegates in Nashville at the General Assembly of the United Jewish...

  • Can Olmert and Abbas deliver at high-stakes Annapolis summit?

    By Leslie Susser

    November 8, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    In the final run-up to the Annapolis peace parley, leaders on all sides are emphasizing the burning need for success and the potentially huge price of failure. Although the focus is on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, all the main players see it as only a small part of a much bigger...
  • Briefs: Cancer helps Olmert poll numbers, Mrs. El Presidente in Argentina—still good for the Jews

    November 1, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Olmert's Popularity Buoyed by Cancer

    Ehud Olmert's disclosure that he has prostate cancer edged up his approval ratings. A poll commissioned by Yediot Achronot after Olmert's surprise announcement Monday found that 41 percent of Israelis "appreciate" his performance as prime...

  • Israel pushes world-wide diplomatic offensive to stop Iran

    By Leslie Susser

    October 25, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    In a major policy change, Israel has launched a high-profile diplomatic initiative to thwart Iran's nuclear ambitions following President Bush's warning that a nuclear Iran could produce World War III.

    Over the last several days, Prime Minister Ehud Olmert embarked on whirlwind...

  • Briefs: Olmert tells OU Jerusalem not negotiable; Temple Mount digging may cause problems

    October 18, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Olmert to OU: Jerusalem Not On Table

    Prime Minister Ehud Olmert promised Orthodox Jewish leaders that Jerusalem is not up for discussion in forthcoming negotiations with the Palestinians.

    In response to a letter from the Orthodox Union (OU) insisting that Olmert not cede portions of...

  • Briefs: Sukkah at UC Davis vandalized; Poll: Israelis want united Jerusalem

    October 11, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Sukkah at UC Davis Vandalized

    Anti-Israel statements, including "End Israeli Occupation" and "Free Palestine," were spray-painted on the inside of the sukkah at the Chabad House at UC Davis. Rabbi Shmary Brownstein, co-director of the Chabad House, said in an interview with the...

  • Olmert straddles line between hawks and doves

    By Leslie Susser

    September 27, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    With the planned Middle East summit in Washington less than two months away, Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert is caught in an ideological battle between his party's doves and hawks.

    Who prevails could have major ramifications for Israel's prospects of peace with the Palestinians....

  • Briefs: U.S. House approves Iran divestment; Olmert real estate deals probed; Barghouti seen leading

    September 27, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    House Votes to Sanction Iran

    The U.S. House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly on Tuesday to toughen sanctions against Iran. The Iran Counter-Proliferation Act bans American firms from using foreign subsidiaries to bypass current sanctions against Iran's energy sector; bans...

  • Briefs: Olmert numbers rise after mystery Syria raid, Bolton backs Iran attack

    September 20, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Poll: Olmert Boosted by Syria Raid

    According to Tuesday's Yediot Achronot survey, 35 percent of Israelis rate Prime Minister Ehud Olmert performance as "good" following the reported Sept. 6 strike against a strategic military target in northern Syria. Sixty-three percent called...

  • Olmert to forfeit Jerusalem’s Old City?

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    September 18, 2007 | 6:18 pm

    The word from Israel Insider is that ever-popular Prime Minister Ehud Olmert has agreed with PA chief Mahmoud Abbas to hand over the Old City.

    The independent Palestinian news agency Maan published a Hebrew document late last week that purports to represent the “principles”...

  • Olmert won’t take the American approach to prop up Israeli governmental structure

    By Leslie Susser

    September 8, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Under pressure from a key coalition partner, Prime Minister Ehud Olmert has promised to pass legislation for a stronger and more stable government. But Israel will remain a parliamentary democracy and will not adopt the American-style presidential system some reformers have been...
  • Everybody into the bomb shelter!

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    August 23, 2007 | 1:43 pm

    The most interesting part of my trip to Israel two weeks ago was not my meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, but having Shabbat dinner with the Bar-On family, a household of kibbutzniks living along the Gaza border.

    Daily life in the western Negev region within the...

  • Briefs: Hebron settlers removed, Olmert plans land swap, Romney backs off Hezbollah

    August 9, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Illegal Hebron Settlers Evicted

    Israeli security forces evicted Jewish settlers who had taken over disputed properties in Hebron. Thousands of soldiers and police descended on the West Bank city Tuesday to remove two Israeli families squatting in abandoned apartments. The evictions...

  • Olmert downgrades aid from American Jews

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    August 9, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    [JERUSALEM, Aug. 8] "You are not to directly quote the prime minister," Ehud Olmert's press handler told a group of American Jewish journalists I've been traveling with this week.

    This directive came today as we sat in a conference room in Olmert's Jerusalem offices. It seemed a...
  • My meeting with Israeli PM Ehud Olmert

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    August 8, 2007 | 8:11 pm

    JERUSALEM, Aug. 8—“You are not to directly quote the prime minister,” Ehud Olmert’s press handler told a group of American Jewish journalists I’ve been traveling with this week.

    This directive came as we sat in a conference room in the leader of Israel’s Jerusalem offices. It...

  • The Second Lebanon War—one year later

    By Leslie Susser

    July 5, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    One year after the Second Lebanon War, Israel's northern front is quiet, U.N. forces are patrolling the border area and Hezbollah fighters have been pushed back deep inside Lebanese territory.

    That's the good news.

    On the other side of the equation, Prime Minister Ehud Olmert is...

  • Sharm summit talks expose the devil in the details

    By Leslie Susser

    June 28, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    How to turn the disaster of the Hamas' capture of Gaza into a political opportunity was the main focus of this week's four-way summit in the Egyptian resort town of Sharm el-Sheik.

    Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, Jordanian King Abdullah, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and...
  • With Hamas out of the West Bank, Olmert sees new peace push

    By Leslie Susser

    June 17, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    With a new government emerging in the West Bank, one without Hamas, Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert believes that Israel and the Palestinians can resume peace talks from where they left off when Hamas swept to power in national elections 18 months ago.

    Hamas' violent takeover of...
  • Incumbency aids Olmert in surviving party ‘coup’

    By Leslie Susser

    May 10, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    By all accounts, Prime Minister Ehud Olmert should have been history.

    The Winograd Commission's interim report issued April 30 on last summer's second Lebanon War could not have been more scathing. The paragraph on the prime minister's responsibility for the failures and...
  • What now after Winograd?

    By Dina Kraft

    May 3, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    With "failure" officially stamped on Ehud Olmert's management of last summer's war against Hezbollah in Lebanon, the question is: What happens now?

    The Israeli public, deeply critical and hungry for blame, may yet stop short of ousting the unpopular prime minister because of a lack...
  • Olmert's approval ratings

    By Steve Greenberg

    May 3, 2007 | 8:00 pm

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