Tuesday, October 24, 2006

From bad to worse

In an ominous and under-reported development, Israeli PM Olmert has brought Avigdor Lieberman and his party into the ruling coalition. Lieberman's party is mostly made up of recent Russian immigrants, and they basically favor expelling the one million Arab citizens of Israel. He once advocated bombing the Aswan dam in Egypt. That's not the sort of level-headed guy you would want to be the vice-premier or a Minister of Strategic Threats. He also favors a presidential system, Olmert also signed on to this, though only because it won't happen with the current Knesset.
Haaretz has an editorial that plumbs the depths that Olmert has sunk to in order to preserve his government.


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