Perhaps Olmert was idealistic and right of center at one time. However, since his support of Sharon's expulsion of Jews from Gaza, he has not changed one bit. That is to say, he is a sneaky, low life politician without any ideology at all. His only criteria for action is that which he believes will allow him to stay in power longer. If it means sending goons to beat up on Jewish youth who go to peaceful demonstrations, so be it. If it means sending out boys to die in meaningless battles in the last 48 hours of the war in Lebanon, so be it. If it means signing a coalition with Meretz, so be in. And if it means signing a coalition agreement with Lieberman, then so be it. The premise for Tom Segev's article, namely that Olmert is guided by a right wing ideology has is utterly preposterous.
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