Israel After Olmert

Larry Luxner at the Washington Diplomat deftly handicaps the upcoming battle for the Israeli prime ministership when Ehud Olmert  steps down in September amid corruption charges.  He also includes a good roundup of reactions from Arab bloggers and commentators. Many, while making sure to reaffirm their enduring enmity toward the Jewish state, express grudging respect for Olmert and his decision to ultimately abide by the rule of law.

One Syrian commentator can’t seem to believe that he is resigning over such a trifle as bribery: “Only a few thousand dollars? This is what an Egyptian minister gets in a day or what a Saudi CEO gets in 45 minutes, or a Kuwaiti government official in five minutes.”