actually not a Likudnik. I have never been and I am not likely to be, despite the fact that I have been accused here of being one. My background is from precisely the opposite side of the political and ideological map. Our blue shirts used to have white threads in them, to give you an idea. I asume people who know little or nothing about our history, or those whose knowledge of it began in the 1960s and 1970s do not realize that it is perfectly OK to be a Zionist and a socialist, or a liberal or nothing at all, just a Jewish nationalist. And being a Likud member these days is actually like being a member of any other liberal Zionist political party. As for Olmert, I think things are much more complex than they seem to you abroad, and I would not rush to any judgement about him or anyone else, especially when the enemy is ready to annihilate us. The fundamental dilema that he and we face is still: Our neighbors' intent to do away with the state of Israel which we must confront.
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