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Messiah's Donkey

Israel, Ma'ariv

By Erel Segal

Olmert, Diskin and Dagan are yelling “Fire!” in a crowded theater. 


Translated by Viktoria Lymar

Edited by Steven Stenzler


3 May 2012



The hostility of Diskin, Olmert and Dagan to Netanyahu and Barak deranges their mind: because of it, they have revealed to the world the cards Israel keeps for the struggle against Iran.


Admit the truth: would you buy from Olmert a used car? Scooter? Toaster? Anything? Would you rely on the word of the man of envelopes and criminal charges1? On the prime minister who headed to the Second Lebanon War without a slightest idea how to end it? The great leader whom the Winograd Commission2 determined not worthy?

In an interview he gave to the CNN correspondent Christiane Amanpour, Olmert clarified that he does not trust Netanyahu in regard to striking Iran, or in his vague formulation pretending to be witty: “I am worried because I'm not the one who has to take the decision. Someone else has to take a decision. And you have to have full trust in the judgment of those who have to take the decisions and you could understand from what I said that maybe something in my trust is lacking.3 

While Benjamin Netanyahu as the chairman of the opposition completely backed the Olmert government during the Second Lebanon War and Operation Cast Lead [Gaza war – T.N.] in the tour of publicity interviews around the world, Olmert is ignoring the emergency of the hour, the complicated campaign against Iran, and coming forward in an unprecedented way against the elected government. Breaking all the codes. Olmert, consciously, supplies excuses to the sluggish West. 

His subtext is similar to that of Yuval Diskin warning about the messiahs from Akirov [Towers] and Caesarea4. Ahmedinejad is rational and sane compared to insane Netanyahu and Barak. That is not just a serious and reckless statement, but rather a disgraceful behavior, even because of the fact that Netanyahu buried his father on that day. But Olmert’s drive took over him.


There Is a Limit to the Freedom of Expression


A poker game with the devil is going on now in the world. Who’s going to blink first? Diskin, Dagan5 and Olmert can be analogized to a person looking over the shoulder of the poker player and disclosing in speech his hand. The distinguished gentlemen will not necessarily stop an Israeli attack, but their words are certainly endangering the American and European diplomatic effort against Iran which is celebrating the circus of Israeli babble. Diskin, Dagan and Olmert understand very well the meaning of psychological warfare and its importance. In spite of this, their animosity to Netanyahu and Barak prevails over their judgment.

Let’s assume for a moment that they are right, and indeed, Netanyahu and Barak are driven by a historic messianic conception and a strike on Iran is a recipe for disaster. Are they helping the diplomatic effort with their announcements? After all, actually, they are dropping the stick from the stick and carrot equation. If public opinion really neutralizes the possibility of attacking Iran, then what? The Iranians will get off the idea of developing the nuclear bomb because of Dagan’s beautiful eyes and Olmert’s flowing forelock? 

In the Israeli “Ex” gallery, there stands out for the better former chief of General Staff Gabi Ashkenazi. Despite the bad blood between him and Barak, Ashkenazi proceeds with practicality. He is not shooting into the APC carrier but backing the government. He too is opposing the offensive, but not ruling it out as the last option. Tzachi Hanegbi6 has also risen above narrow partisanship and sectarianism and asserted: “I disagree with Diskin. One can rely on the Prime Minister and the Defense Minister in the Iranian subject… They have experience, they know hundred or thousand times more from what Diskin knows on this subject matter.”

In one of the rulings on the freedom of expression issue, the American Supreme Court Justice, Oliver Wendell Holmes, established that the freedom of speech does not grant the right to shout “Fire!” in a crowded theater. Olmert, Diskin and Dagan are yelling “Fire” in a crowded theater.


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1. Ehud Olmert – former Israeli prime minister; accused of corruption, - including indictment on obtaining by fraud under aggravating circumstances, fraud, breach of trust, falsifying corporate documents, and tax evasion (three of four cases)… 

2. Committee of inquiry into the events of military engagement in Lebanon 2006


4. Former Shin Bet head Yuval Diskin harshly attacked recently PM Netanyahu and Defense Minister Ehud Barak: "Our two messiahs – the one from Caesarea and the one from the Akirov Towers [the former has a residence in prestigious resort spot Caesarea, and the latter lived in fancy Tel Aviv's Akirov Towers until not long ago – T. N.] – are unfit to hold the reins of power.”

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5. Former Mossad chief

6. Prominent Israeli politician lawmaker and security expert; held a number of important posts.