The Nudnik File

Nudnik - n. U.S. colloq. Esp. in Jewish usage: a pestering, nagging, or irritating person

Friday, August 11, 2006

Apparently, the US and France have reached a compromise on the ceasefire resolution and the UN Security Council will take up the matter at 3pm Eastern Time, with a possible vote this afternoon. The Resolution seems to be pretty much the same as I wrote about last night. It will be up to Israel to decide what to do, since most likely Hizbullah will (at least at first) abide by the ceasefire - they have achieved their strategic goals.

Ari Shavit is absolutely right that if Olmert accepts this ceasefire he should resign immediately.
Ehud Olmert may decide to accept the French proposal for a cease-fire and unconditional surrender to Hezbollah. That is his privilege. Olmert is a prime minister whom journalists invented, journalists protected, and whose rule journalists preserved. Now the journalists are saying run away. That's legitimate. Unwise, but legitimate.

However, one thing should be clear: 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.
|| Nudnik 2:37 PM
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