At a press conference called by President Shimon Peres and Prime Minister Ehud Olmert on Tuesday in advance of Peres's trip to Turkey, the media were no less interested in Olmert's prostate problems than in his political prognoses.
Questions centered on how he was coping and what kind of reactions he had received. Olmert preferred not to talk about his condition, saying he had said all that had to be said.
"As you can see, I'm continuing my schedule on an ordinary basis. I had a very hard workout this morning," he said. "I have no other news to share with you about this." Olmert urged people to undergo regular checkups, because early detection can prevent a lot of problems.
He said he had heard that his revelation had influenced a lot of people to go for an examination, and he was pleased about this. "It's important to keep fit," Olmert said. "It's good, it's refreshing and it helps you to keep focused."