How long before Olmert is indicted? Will he try to eliminate Israel as a country before he is told he must serve time? Will he attempt to put us so far into a war that he feels he can declare marshal law?
I am trying to figure out what would make a man become such a traitor to his country and his people.
Is he being paid a large sum to sell Israel to the Arabs? What is the going rate for Jewish blood, a mother’s tears, an injustice secured?
What is the price of a man’s soul?
by Hana Levi Julian
(IsraelNN.com) The Cabinet has approved a request by Prime Minister Ehud Olmert to free 441 Palestinian Authority terrorists as another "good will gesture" to PA Chairman and Fatah leader Mahmoud Abbas (Abu Mazen). All could be free by Friday, after the list is reviewed by a ministerial committee.
Shas Minister of Industry, Trade and Labor, Eli Yishai voted against the plan, as did Yisrael Beiteinu (Israel Our Home) Minister of Strategic Affairs, Avigdor Lieberman. Transportation Minister Shaul Mofaz, a former Defense Minister and member of Olmert's own Kadima party, also voted against it.
The Prime Minister met with the PA Chairman Monday afternoon in another attempt to bring the two sides closer together on an agreement prior to the Middle East summit schedule for early next week in Annapolis, Maryland.
Despite the fact that Israel has released hundreds of other terrorists this year, and granted amnesty to hundreds more, the PA was dissatisfied with the "gesture," having handed Jerusalem officials a list of 2,000 prisoners it wanted to be freed.
A vow repeated by the Prime Minister not to allow the construction of new Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria was also not enough to satisfy PA officials, despite Olmert's reference to Israel's commitment to the Road Map plan.
"Let's be honest," he told cabinet ministers. "We committed ourselves in the 'Road Map' not to build new settlements. There will be no new settlements and no land confiscations [from PA Arabs]," Olmert was quoted as saying by spokeswoman Miri Eisin. He also reiterated his promise to destroy hilltop outposts built without government approval, but gave no timetable.
Chief PA negotiator Saeb Erekat called Olmert's declarations "nonsense" and said the Prime Minister "has to understand he either declares a full settlement freeze in all occupied areas including East Jerusalem, or it's nothing."
The PA has also insisted that Israel halt development within established communities that have existed for decades in the region. "If Olmert does not halt 'natural growth' then nothing has changed," said Abbas aide Nabil Abu Rdainah.
The tussle with the PA over freedom for terrorists and a "freeze on settlements" is taking place against the backdrop of the rapidly advancing Annapolis summit, scheduled to take place early next week.
A senior Fatah official said the PA will demand the Jewish State sign a promise at the Annapolis conference to release all of the more than 10,000 Arab security prisoners and terrorists being held in Israeli jails.
Some Israeli officials are hoping to put off the conference, or at least prevent the Prime Minister, Defense Minister Ehud Barak and Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni from attending.
In a letter sent to U.S. President George W. Bush this week, National Union/National Religious Party Knesset Member Aryeh Eldad demanded that the summit be postponed due to the investigations against Olmert.
"The Israeli Prime Minister is suspected of corruption and does not enjoy the Israeli public's support," wrote Eldad. "His hands are tied and therefore the conference is destined to fail."