Ehud Olmert speech 311.
(photo credit: Yossi Zamir)
Former prime minister Ehud Olmert praised the recent socioeconomic protests on
Sunday in his first comments on the matter since housing demonstrators pitched
tents in Tel Aviv two months ago.
Speaking at the Conference on Regional
Cooperation organized by Vice Premier Silvan Shalom, Olmert expressed solidarity
with the protesters and their demands.
“It was impossible to not get
emotional at the sight of the masses that got together and made their voice
heard in a restrained and responsible way,” he said. “I heard the voices and
identified with the emotions. This was a demonstration in favor of a
The Likud responded by bashing Olmert and blaming him for
many of the socioeconomic problems.
“It is strange to hear such comments
from a former prime minister and finance minister who didn’t lift a finger to
solve any of the problems faced by the middle class that the protests are
about,” said the head of the Likud’s response team, MK Ophir Akunis.