Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Election call in Israel?

I have no idea if I will be able to blog about the latest potential turn of the screw in Israeli politics today or not. It really all depends on timing – not mine but Labor leader Ehud Barak’s. The NY Times sums up the possible scenarios nicely:
JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Defense Minister Ehud Barak may call on Prime Minister Ehud Olmert to step down from office or temporarily suspend himself after the latest testimony in a bribery case, Israel Radio reported on Wednesday.

It said Barak, a senior partner in Olmert's governing coalition, was due to make a statement after U.S. businessman Morris Talansky testified on Tuesday he gave Olmert cash-stuffed envelopes including personal loans that were never repaid.

Barak, leader of the left-wing Labour party, was considering forming an emergency government with the right-wing opposition Likud party that would leave out Olmert's centrist Kadima party, said the radio.
Or it may all be a big hoopla over it nothing because I do have some trouble believing Barak would chose elections at a time when his own party's support by the Israeli electorate is still rather weak.

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