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Olmert to make dramatic announcement this evening

Amnon Meranda
Ynet [1]
Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Prime Minister Ehud Olmert will make a dramatic announcement to the public on Wednesday at 8 pm. Hee summoned reporters to his residence, and the address will be made from there.

The prime minister became enraged with the actions of the coalition and the Labor Party earlier in the day, and has previously threatened to dismiss ministers who vote against the government’s directives, but it is unclear whether his announcement will pertain to this matter.

Earlier Wednesday Olmert spoke out against Israeli’s tendency towards grumbling. “From a nation of yea-sayers we have become a querulous nation that grumbles about almost everything.”

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Olmert was speaking at a Round Table Israel convention, held at the Knesset. Other participants in the convention included government, civil, and business representatives.

The prime minister spoke of the need for prioritization in a state with limited resources. “I want to define realistic expectations. We are neither the richest state in the world nor the easiest state in which to live,” said Olmert. He called for the definition of “the State’s functions, what it does, and what it must do.”

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