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  • Olmert acquitted on major criminal charges

    JERUSALEM - Ehud Olmert, a former Israeli Prime Minister, has been acquitted of criminal charges in two out of out three cases in a rare triple trial. Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert emerged from the Jerusalem District Court on Wednesday morning promising this will not be the last the public hears from him. With his trademark smile on his face towards the end of his comments to the press, Olmert  said he felt vindicated by the decision delivered by a "respectable" court. Olmert repeatedly stated "there were no envelopes, there were no envelopes," a reference to the accusations he…

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  • Did Israel offer the Palestinians a "great" deal?

    Thomas Friedman is wrong: the "two-state" deal offered to Palestinian President Abbas by former Israeli Prime Minister Olmert was anything but "great" Thomas Friedman is a hack. But he is an influential hack. So maybe it is worthwhile rebutting a familiar claim he made in his recent column. Friedman is very angry at Netanyahu, for rebuffing Obama's request for three more months of settlement freeze. For some reason, however, he feels compelled to "balance" this with criticism of Netanyahu's Palestinian counterpart, Mahmoud Abbas. Since the circumstances really are different, Friedman dredges up another affair entirely, arguing that former Israeli Prime Minister…

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  • Between the Lines (6 Oct): Yesterday's news today & the real news

    Headlines: Yesterday’s new today > This is a news roundup, but do the newspapers necessarily publish news? This is yet another day when the Yom Kippur War protocols capture the headlines, without revealing anything significant about that war that we didn’t already know. Israel was caught by surprise despite sufficient intelligence? Jordan was a secret ally? Israeli leadership considered extreme measures? These are just about the best known facts about that war. > Is the city of Lod in the grip of a crime wave? There have been 8 murders this year in a city with a population of 74,000,…

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