The Olmert Affair: Israelis May Be Disgusted, But Some Arabs Are Impressed

Israelis may be disgusted by the scandalous allegations swirling around their prime minister, but, on the bright side, the mess is garnering kudos for the Jewish state from some usually hostile quarters.

The Jerusalem Post reports:

Israel’s friends, however, are somewhat less cheery about the situation. The New Republic’s Martin Peretz looks back fondly on the good old days when Israel’s past public servants who seemed less inclined to use their offices for personal enrichment.

Meanwhile, Yossi Klein Halevi, writing for The New Republic online, argues that Olmert (and the larger corruption among Israel’s leaders) “represents a political culture that, left unchallenged, threatens to destroy Israel from within.”

How did Israel’s leaders fall so low? Klein Halevi ventures an answer:

Hat tip: Marty Peretz

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