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Dov Shurin

When Sharon became comatose, Olmert became prime minister, on the pretext that the “Rebbe” Sharon would have wanted his closest follower to replace him.

That’s when I said to my wife, “How do you like that! Remember when I said, ‘You’ll regret that smile’? Boy, is he smiling now.”


Of course, I didn’t realize that the term “The bigger they are the harder they fall” perfectly described what God had in mind for Olmert.

Olmert recently stood before Judge David Rosen, who proclaimed him guilty of bribery and of being a liar whose “entire line of defense is implausible.” I doubt Olmert was smiling at that point.

And now that Shula Zaken has become a state witness against her former boss regarding previous accusations of giving and accepting bribes, it’s likely Olmert will have many years behind bars to remember and regret his gloating smile after the Kahane verdict.

He might even imagine that I’m smirking now when I remember how I was refused a press card by his administration, which used my famous composition “Zachreini Na” (“Remember Me”), a song of Samson’s revenge, as “clear proof” that I was a danger to state security.

Mr. Former Prime Minister turned convicted criminal, I ask you to zachreini na – please remember me! It was I who warned you that one day you would regret the way you smiled after torpedoing Meir Kahane’s political career.

And I truly wish you good luck. You’ll need it now that you’ve played your last card and lost.

Meanwhile, my wish for Am Yisrael is a full deck of the cards of righteousness and a chag sameach.


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Dov Shurin is a popular radio personality and the composer and producer of several albums. He lives with his family in Israel and can be contacted at His Jewish Press column appears the third issue of each month.


  1. Olmert has left behind so much stink and destruction; no doubt many, many people are glad that, better later than never, he got at least 10% of what he deserved. The smirk may still be frozen in place, but politically he is now a corpse and lots of his friends are now afraid of any posthumus association with him. May his diet in jail be an essential part of the punishment.

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