July 13: Readers react to Olmert verdicts
The glee exhibited by supporters of Ehud Olmert may soon be proven to be misplaced.
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Sir, – The glee exhibited by supporters of Ehud Olmert (“Olmert acquitted of
central corruption charges in two cases,” July 11) may soon be proven to be
misplaced. This is in view of the fact that the former prime minister still
faces the possibility of a sentence that says his conduct constituted moral
turpitude, plus the additional and very formidable charge of bribery in
connection with the Holyland complex.
The saddest part, however, is the
assessment by many politicos and media personalities that Olmert’s conviction on
breach of public trust is merely a technicality or unpleasant.
appear that we have some way to go before we can be described as a “light unto
Sir, – Is Israel the only Western,
enlightened country that considers a guilty verdict of “breach of public trust”
and “preferential treatment of a close friend” just a minor aside, and not a
culpable crime against the electorate? It is no surprise that politicians are
ranked so low in the esteem of the public.
Sir, – Do
I understand correctly that the court decided the double-billing for Olmert’s
trips was not criminal because it was not a consistent pattern? Has a new
version of the Bible come out, and if so, what is the exact wording? Is it “Thou
shalt not steal more than occasionally?” Perhaps it’s “Six days shalt thou steal
and on the seventh day rest from thy thievery.”
MARK L. LEVINSON
Sir, – With regard to “Lador: I’m proud to be part of this system” (July 11), we
are not proud of him being part of this system.
If he does not have the
civil courage and decency to step down, then it is time the minister of justice
shows him the way out.
In addition, it is high time the proposed law of
installing a supervisory committee above the attorney- general is made law in
order to restore a minimum of credibility to this important judicial
Sir, – I personally would like to thank
State Attorney Moshe Lador. He did us a great service. Where there’s smoke,
Just because Olmert was acquitted does not mean he is not
corrupt and guilty.
The judges just liked his color better than that of
someone like Aryeh Deri.
Sir, – I’m so relieved to know
that Israeli judges can be bought and paid for, especially with corrupt money.
Now we really are like every other country!
Sir, – If
Steve Linde (“J’accuse!,” Comment, July 11) thinks Ehud Olmert’s saving grace is
that “he came very close to reaching a peace agreement with the Palestinians” by
splitting Jerusalem, then your editor-in- chief’s naiveite is
Olmert is an opportunist if there ever was one. How did so many
corruption charges “accidentally” happen? Being found not guilty for lack of
evidence does not mean innocent. It means, as Olmert himself said, that he had
very good lawyers.
And he was found guilty of a crime that can bring a
jail sentence. This is not exactly being squeaky clean.
I, for one, hope
the Holyland case will restore some fresh air to the Holy Land.
Sir, – In 2011 the Post ran semi-regular columns by Tzachi
Hanegbi, at the time a convicted criminal, as well as by Ehud Olmert, now a
convicted criminal. Laudably, though, it appears the practice was stopped, as I
haven’t seen a column by either for a while.
I hope you will continue to
have the good sense to refrain from giving a platform to criminals who pose as