A couple of days ago, Ari Shavit wrote a blistering article in Ha’aretz calling for Olmert to step down immediately:
If Olmert runs away now from the war he initiated, he will not be able to remain prime minister for even one more day. Chutzpah has its limits. You cannot lead an entire nation to war promising victory, produce humiliating defeat and remain in power. You cannot bury 120 Israelis in cemeteries, keep a million Israelis in shelters for a month, wear down deterrent power, bring the next war very close, and then say – oops, I made a mistake. That was not the intention. Pass me a cigar, please. …
[T]he day Nasrallah comes out of his bunker and declares victory to the whole world, Olmert must not be in the prime minister’s office. Post-war battered and bleeding Israel needs a new start and a new leader. It needs a real prime minister.
As Israel bumbles forward under the unsteady had of Olmert & Co., now about 24 hours to the Un-sponsored ceasefire, Ynet reports the Arab world has awakened to a new possibility – the total defeat and destruction of Israel. And Hezbollah is declaring victory and has a message for us, as well:
[Ahmed Barakat, a member of Hizbullah’s central council] further stated that none of the Hizbullah leadership was hurt and that the organization retains plenty of rockets and other ‘surprises’ for use the day after victory. He declared that the inventory would allow the organization to operate from afar and doesn’t require proximity to the Israeli border.
Olmert’s government is perhaps the greatest disaster to befall the Jewish people since the Shoah. Let us hope and pray that Olmert & Co. can somehow grow up in time to repair the damage they have done. If not, it is incumbent on the Knesset to force a no confidence motion and bring Olmert down. There is no time left to waste.