Wednesday, May 09, 2007
Posted by Daniel Greenfield 9 Comments
As Shimon Peres has 'officially' announced that he is running for President-- the smear campaign has accordingly begun targeting Rabbi Lau-- his likely opponent in the race.
Labor MK Shelly Yachimovich, who had been heavily involved in framing President Moshe Katzav, warned Rabbi Lau not to run for the presidency stating, "He shouldn’t consider running." If he does run, she said, “incidents from the past” would come to light. Yachimovich did not explain what she was referring to, saying only that “things it’s better not to have revealed.”
Unsurprisingly the "revelations" involved charges of sexual harassment-- the very same thing that had been leveled to bring down President Katsav. The corrupt ruling coalition of Kadima and Labor are now acting as little better than organized crime. Determined to plant Peres in the President's chair-- they are using every ruthless and dirty trick to get him there.
Olmert and the rest of the Kadima Mafia attempted to force the Presidential vote to no longer be secret, so that MK's could be properly intimidated into voting for Peres. That means demonstrating that they can smear and destroy anyone who gets in their way. Yachimovich's threat is another demonstrating that the ruling coalition has stopped even bothering to pretend that they're anything more than mobsters.
Haaretz-- the organ of Labor, Israel's left-- ran an editorial titled "Rabbi Lau is unworthy", oily threatening; "One might have thought it sufficient for two presidents - Ezer Weizman and Moshe Katsav - to have ended their tenures in shame to convince Rabbi Israel Meir Lau to avoid proposing himself as a candidate for the position." One might have thought that the unnamed Haaretz editorial page editor was auditioning for The Godfather in this scene.
But Haaretz outdoes itself even further as its conclusion bemoaning the use of a secret ballot ,flatly warns, "The president will be elected by secret ballot in a few weeks, but the secrecy should not facilitate the selection of an unworthy candidate. If the country's MKs once again choose a president whose shortcomings are known to them, it could spell the end of the institution of the presidency. Rabbi Lau should refrain from presenting himself as a candidate, in order to avoid the ignominy. Each of the other candidates is better and more worthy than he."
Yes the 'ignominy." If the MK's don't fall in line this time and put Peres in office, we'll just absolish the entire institution of the Presidency and bring Rabbi Lau down anyway. We framed the President and brought him down because he beat Peres last time. This time if we don't get our way, we'll just dispose of the entire office. That is how gangsters talk and think.
The opening of the Haarez editorial nobly states, "it is appropriate for the head of state to express in his character and his record the values to which the state aspires..." And of course who better expresses the character of the state with his record than Shimon Peres who never once won an election and who narrowly escaped prison and who was despised by every single of his own political allies from Ben Gurion to Rabin.
No doubt once Rabbi Lau has chosen to "avoid the ignominy" of being framed by the gangsters currently running the country-- it'll be discovered that the other worthy candidates besides Peres have between them raped half of Tel Aviv and Shelly Yachimovich will step forward to claim that they all told her their stories. Just as when Moshe Katzav's brother stepped forward to defend him-- it was suddenly discovered that he had sexually harassed women too.
With Olmert and Kadima's exit demanded by the vast majority of the country, this gang of criminals continues to hang on to office by their fingernails, while ruthlessly threatening anyone who would remove them and restore the law of order. Allowing them to place Peres on the President's chair would create a severe obstacle for any future Israeli government. It would be the equivalent of making Jimmy Carter the permanent United States ambassador to the UN-- it would give Peres an enduring forum to use to support Arab terrorists and undermine Israel's efforts to fight them.
But they aren't even bothering to disguise what they are anymore. Consider the latest unreported scandal in which the police released a videotape, claiming that these were the instructions given to the police to use restraint during the forced evacuation of Amona.
As can be seen on this screenshot however-- the date on the video shows that it took place over a month after the events at Amona. In response to the revelation, did the police withdraw the videotape or issue an apology or state that there was a misunderstanding? Like I said, they're not bothering to pretend anymore.
Instead the Press Secretary for the Police in Yehuda and Shomron warned Dr. Itzhak Klein, who had pointed out the date discrepancy, that "his complaint bears a frankly provocative nature and slanders the good name of the police" and warned that legal action could be taken against him.
Like I said, they're not even bothering to pretend anymore. The only place left for the Kadima \ Labor leadership and its allies in the police force and bureaucracy is a prison cell.