No penalty for failure

By Moshe Arens
January 1, 2008

Here a prime minister whose failure has become apparent can be brought down in parliament at any time. So why did this not happen in Israel? Why is Olmert being supported by an iron-clad coalition that does not fracture regardless of his failure?

It is the result of an unfortunate set of circumstances. The largest party in the Knesset and the centerpiece of the coalition is Kadima, a non-existent party, whose Knesset delegation was appointed by Ariel Sharon and Olmert and whose MKs have no chance of appearing again after the next Knesset elections. Their consciences may bother them that they have become the instrument that keeps a failed prime minister in office, but they are in no hurry to put an end to their political careers.