More Allegations in Olmert Corruption Case

Prosecutors in Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert’s ongoing corrpution case have added taking cash bribes from a U.S. businessman to Olmert’s ever-expanding list of allegations:

State Prosecutor Moshe Lador, speaking at a Supreme Court hearing, said investigators suspected New York businessman Morris Talansky had given Olmert “dollars, in cash and in envelopes, during brief meetings from time to time”.

Olmert’s attorneys were petitioning the Supreme Court to reverse a lower court’s decision to hear preliminary testimony from Talansky, currently visiting Israel, before he returns to the United States.


Police have said Olmert is suspected of taking “significant sums of money from a foreigner or a number of foreign individuals over an extended period of time”.

A judicial source said the sums involved totalled hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Really, the only question that serious foreign policy thinkers should bring up about this case is: Why are the Israeli prosecutors so anti-Israel? Don’t they know that if they bring down the Prime Minister, then that will bring about a media frenzy that will embolden Hamas, weaken the Israeli public’s resolve and allow Iran to take over the whole Middle East?

I’ll bet they don’t wear flag pins, either.

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  1. steveplunk says:

    Huh? Why not just make your point instead of playing around?

  2. Hoodlumman says:

    I think Alex is trying to link supporters of Israel in their fight against terrorism as people who are ok with corruption.

    Helluva stretch there, Alex. Don’t pull anything.

  3. I’ll bet they don’t wear flag pins, either.

    No, even implicitly being required to wear a Star of David has a rather dubious pedigree.

  4. Michael says:

    No, even implicitly being required to wear a Star of David has a rather dubious pedigree.

    Oh the implications this has on Alex’s satire, and the analog of this satire, are both disturbingly deep. Very good charles.

  5. A cheap shot at a cheap shot.

  6. glasnost says:

    I’m still waiting to find out what Olmert supposedly did in exchange for all this money. Until then, given his profound enemies, I don’t really buy any of this – sounds like the sort of impromptu donations made by lots of American Jews to lots of Israeli politicians.

  7. Elmo says:

    I giss noone tole Alex, that if you’re already on the masthead …. you don’t actually have to troll?

    Whaddya say we all chip in and buy him a frosty forty ouncer? (Or two).

    Signed .. flag on my hat, my car, en mi casa (and tattoed in my heart).

    Sing it with me now [a one and a two] … Mine eyes have seen the glory ….