olmert has been convicted of a crime, but is it a felony? according to english common law and american statutory law, there are two classes of crimes -- misdemeanors, where a lower level of punishment applies, and felonies, serious crimes which carry serious punishment. murder and embezzlement are clearly felonies, but is breach of trust? probably the best distinction in the israeli would be the so called "kalon" -- crimes of moral turpitude which would be the equivalent of felonies, and crimes with no kalon, as appears to be the case with olmert. truth to tell, i wouldn't vote for olmert for hall monitor. but if he's the only pol, as he appears to be, who has even the slimmest chance of extracting israel from the political mess in which it finds itself or the worse one we'll be in if bibiyahu gets another term, then he just might get my support for prime minister.
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from the article: No to Olmert