Hacks can’t spin away Olmert’s shameful record

Following the news that former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert arrived in Australia, I submitted the following (unpublished) letter to the major papers:

It is revealing that Israel’s former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert swung into Australia virtually unannounced this week and was given a “warm welcome” by the Parliamentary Speaker. Olmert is currently under investigation over serious corruption charges, led his country into the disastrous Lebanon war in 2006 and launched an aerial and ground assault on Gaza in December last year. The UN, under distinguished judge Richard Goldstone, recently released a report that found Israel and Hamas should investigate serious allegations of war crimes during that conflict.

Olmert represents an Israel that understands only one language: violence and occupation against its neighbours.