As Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert resigns from the government – and Haaretz editorialises that the young country has never seen a worse premiership – this telling exchange between Olmert and a former cashed-up friend is revealing:
ISRAELI PROSECUTOR: Please go on and tell us what you mean by “intense relationship” [with Israeli prime minister Ehud Olmert].
MORRIS TALANSKY: I really loved the man. I really did.
ISRAELI PROSECUTOR: What was Prime Minister Olmert’s attitude toward you?
MORRIS TALANSKY: He loved me.