Will Israel Be a Better Place With a Prime Minister Behind Bars?

In a region where leaders are replaced only with bloodshed, Israel is the only country that has deposed and imprisoned its former leaders by due process. Yet, Ehud Olmert's conviction should leave no room for complacency.

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For a small group of journalists who cut their teeth on the local Jerusalem beat in the late 1990s, the fact that they can say openly today – without being served for libel – that the powerful men who ruled...