Israeli forces committed a host of egregious war crimes during the month-long invasion, including targeting civilian areas and infrastructure and using banned weapons, such as phosphorus and cluster munitions.
While the vast majority of casualties were Lebanese civilians, at least 1,200 killed and 3,600 wounded, Israel paid a very high price for the ill-advised invasion, losing some 120 soldiers with many more severely wounded and maimed for life. The Hezbollah resistance succeeded in knocking out Israeli warships, helicopters, and scores of tanks.
In December 2006, however, it all seemed to be forgotten when Olmert visited the White House and European capitals where he was treated with unusual deference by the most powerful politicians of the western world.
In Rome, where Olmert met Italian Prime Minister Romano Prodi and Pope Benedict XVI, a television camera caught Olmert telling Prodi exactly what to say before a press conference.
Olmert with Italian Prime Minister Romano Prodi at Villa Madama in Rome
THE ISRAELI DICTATES
The footage, taken by an Israeli cameraman, shows Olmert telling Prodi to mention the international community's demands that the Hamas-led Palestinian government recognize Israel, renounce terror, and respect signed peace agreements.
"It's important for me that you emphasize the three principles of the Quartet, that they are not negotiable, that they are the basis for everything. Please say this," Olmert instructed the submissive Italian prime minister.
Olmert also asked Prodi to recognize Israel's status as a Jewish state, a position which would preclude and negate the fundamental Palestinian demand that the millions of displaced refugees and their descendants be allowed to return to their land and homes.
"I have heard you say something about the Jewish state," Olmert prompted the subservient Prodi, the former President of the European Commission.
At the press conference, the servile Prodi dutifully performed as instructed: "Every peace process must go through a renouncing of violence, recognition of the state of Israel, recognition of past agreements and, I must add, also the recognition of Israel as a Jewish state," Prodi said.
Olmert, whose military massacred hundreds of Lebanese women and children, including scores of innocent civilians in the biblical village of Cana only four months ago, asked Pope Benedict XVI to urge Christians to protest scientific inquiry into Zionist claims about the number of Jews killed over 60 years ago in Europe, according to Israeli officials.
Earlier, during a visit to Berlin, Olmert gave a television interview in which he admitted that Israel possesses nuclear weapons. Israel's nuclear activities are unlawful and have been conducted outside the purview of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty and the International Atomic Energy Agency.
WHO IS OLMERT?
After his party, Kadima, won the election on March 28, 2006, Olmert became Israel's prime minister. His first two months in office were described as "the most criminal period" in Israeli history.
"Talking peace and drumming up support for his realignment plan of settlement, Ehud Olmert's 8 weeks in power proved to be the bloodiest, deadliest and the most criminal period of the 58-year-old state of Israel," Duraid Al Baik, foreign editor of Gulf News wrote in his article, "Olmert: The criminal who peddles peace."
"Since he was sworn in as the 12th prime minister of Israel on April 14, the Israelis have killed more than 50 Palestinians and injured around 200 almost at a rate of 1 killed and 4 injured per day," Al Baik wrote. "The new prime minister has set a record, surpassing the one established by his predecessor Ariel Sharon during the bloodiest days of the Palestinian uprising or intifada."
Although the controlled press in the United States ignores Israeli war crimes, Olmert's criminal links demand to be exposed because of his intimate connection to the convicted Israeli criminal who controlled airport security and passenger screening operations at Boston Logan Airport on 9/11.
This connection is just "the tip of the iceberg" – the most visible part of the Zionist criminal network behind the false flag terror attacks that ushered in the criminal aggression known as the "War on Terror."
Although Zionists exert incredible influence on U.S. politics, Zionism itself remains a political philosophy woefully misunderstood by the majority of the U.S. population. Although President George W. Bush and his war cabinet are clearly controlled by Zionists and are advancing their agenda, an agenda promoted and supported by nearly every member of Congress, Zionism and its bloody history are subjects most Americans know virtually nothing about.
While American universities offer courses in practically every subject imaginable, a college curriculum offering a critical examination of Zionism and its history is not to be found.
The public's general ignorance of Zionism is compounded by the controlled media, which grossly distorts and misinterprets Zionism to make this un-American philosophy appear to be something positive and benevolent. The history of Zionist terror and ethnic cleansing, something most Israelis and Palestinians are well aware of, is utterly unknown to most Americans, primarily due to academic and media censorship.
After the false flag terror attacks of 9/11, which the evidence clearly indicates involved Israeli intelligence agents, and with more than 150,000 Americans engaged in costly and disastrous wars in the Middle East, Americans can no longer afford to remain ignorant of Zionism and its goals.
WHAT IS ZIONISM?
Zionism developed as a political movement alongside Communism in the late 1800s in the Jewish communities of the Russian Empire. In towns with large Jewish populations in Lithuania, Poland, Byelorussia, and the Ukraine, Zionism became a nationalistic movement for Jews. The Communist and Zionist movements were closely linked from the beginning.
The religious-political ideology of Zionism led Jews in search of a national identity to begin speaking and writing Hebrew, a reconstituted language which had not been spoken for thousands of years.
In the Soviet Union, Jews were considered a national group and Jewish "nationality" was denoted in Soviet passports. The Soviet dictator Josef Stalin even established the Jewish Autonomous Region of Birobidzan in 1934 with Yiddish as the official language.
Although the Eastern European Jews known as the Ashkenazi are not of Semitic origin, but largely descendents of Slavic and Asiatic converts to Judaism, Zionist zeal led them to misidentify themselves as "Hebrew," when, for example, they immigrated to the United States.
The primary objective of political Zionism has always been the formation of a purely Jewish state in Palestine, something which never existed. The fact that Palestine was already inhabited by Palestinians, the rightful owners of the land and descendents of Jews, Arabs, Greeks, and other races in the Holy Land, was something radical Zionists refused to accept.
The armed conquest and ethnic cleansing of Palestine was promoted in the 1930s by Vladimir (Ze'ev) Jabotinsky, one of the most militant Zionists. In 1937, Jabotinsky, born in Odessa, established the Irgun, a terrorist organization linked to his New Zionist Organization (N.Z.O) and the Betar youth movement.
The Jabotinsky ideology maintains that the Jewish people have exclusive rights to all the Land of Israel, which it claims extends from the Nile of Egypt to the Euphrates River in Iraq.
OLMERT AND JABOTINSKY
Ehud Olmert is an ideological child of Jabotinsky. Olmert's father, Mordechai, joined the right-wing Herut movement and the Irgun, then led by the notorious Zionist terrorist Menachem Begin. This movement evolved into the extreme far right Likud party.
Olmert's intensely right-wing family lived on a cooperative farm called Nahalat Jabotinsky. As a child, Olmert was a member of Betar, Jabotinsky's militaristic youth movement. Begin, the hard-line Israeli prime minister who held the credo "In blood and fire Judea fell; in blood and fire Judea shall rise," referred to Olmert as "Ehud, my son."
Olmert, a member of Israel's parliament since 1973, became mayor of occupied Jerusalem in 1993, and oversaw 10 years of illegal Israeli settlement and expansion. The occupied territory that Israelis now claim as Jerusalem extends from Bethlehem in the south to Ramallah in the north and nearly to Jericho in the east.
In the racist ideology of Jabotinsky Zionists like Olmert, there is simply no place for the Palestinians in the Land of Israel: "There is no choice: the Arabs must make room for the Jews of Eretz Israel," Jabotinsky wrote. "If it was possible to transfer the Baltic peoples, it is also possible to move the Palestinian Arabs."
The Israeli barrier wall that surrounds the Palestinians of the West Bank is an idea taken straight from Jabotinsky's 1923 book, The Iron Wall: We and the Arabs.
"Zionist colonization, even the most restricted, must either be terminated or carried out in defiance of the will of the native population. This colonization can, therefore, continue and develop only under the protection of a force independent of the local population – an iron wall which the native population cannot break through."
Olmert has provided weapons and training to support the "private army" of Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas in order to foment a civil conflict between Palestinian factions. Abbas is viewed by many Palestinians as a quisling working with the Israelis against the elected Palestinian government led by the Hamas party.
Among Olmert's terrorist actions prior to his aggression of Lebanon was the frequent shelling and bombing of civilians in Gaza. Eight members of one family were killed on the beach of Gaza in a particularly egregious Israeli terror attack on June 9, 2006. This blatant act of Zionist terror was followed by usual Israeli denial of responsibility although their armed forces had been shelling the Gaza Strip at the time the family was hit.
Mark Garlasco, a military expert working for the U.S.-based Human Rights Watch, was the first independent investigator to reach the scene of the crime. Garlasco found shrapnel from a 155 mm artillery shell. "My assessment [is] that it's likely that this was incoming artillery fire that landed on the beach and was fired by the Israelis from the north of Gaza," he said.
OLMERT AND ATZMON
Olmert, who has a long history of involvement in Israeli financial crimes, was indicted on charges of aggravated fraud, falsifying corporate documents, and violations of the tax code and Party Funding Law from crimes committed when he was the party treasurer for the Likud party in 1988.
The Likud fundraising scandal culminated in the March 1996 conviction of three Likudniks, including Menahem Atzmon, Olmert's co-treasurer. As the party treasurer, Olmert was indicted in the Likud crimes but received special treatment and was acquitted.
During the 1970s Olmert had worked in the law firm owned by another Atzmon, Uzi Atzmon.
Menahem J. Atzmon, Olmert's co-defendant and ally, was convicted in Israel but went on to become the founder and head of International Consultants on Targeted Security (ICTS). This Israeli-run company is the owner of Huntleigh USA, the airport security firm that ran passenger screening operations at the airports of Boston and Newark on 9/11.
Huntleigh USA is a wholly owned subsidiary of ICTS, a Netherlands-based aviation and transportation security firm headed by “former [Israeli] military commanding officers and veterans of government intelligence and security agencies.”
Atzmon, convicted in Israel in 1996 for crimes committed with Likud party fund raising schemes, and his business partner Ezra Harel, took over passenger screening and security at the Boston and Newark airports when ICTS acquired Huntleigh USA in 1999.
United Flight 175 and American Flight 11, which allegedly struck the twin towers, both originated from Boston's Logan Airport, while United Flight 93, which purportedly crashed in Pennsylvania, departed from the Newark airport. Atzmon, a convicted Israeli criminal, is the CEO who also controls and operates the German port of Rostock on the Baltic Sea. The bus that blew up at Tavistock exploded outside the London office of ICTS.
Some 9/11 victims’ families brought lawsuits against Huntleigh USA claiming the security firm had been grossly negligent on 9-11. While these relatives have the right to know what the Israeli security company did or did not do to protect their loved ones on 9-11, Huntleigh, along with two other foreign security companies, was granted congressional protection in 2002 and will not be called to account for its actions in any U.S. court.
Atzmon, a convicted criminal, political ally and co-defendant of Israel's Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, was directly responsible for passenger and airline security at Boston's Logan Airport, whence the two airliners which struck the World Trade Center originated. His airport security firm is a prime suspect in the false flag terror attacks of 9/11.
Olmert's relationship with Atzmon and his responsibility for Boston's airport security on 9/11 is a conspicuous tip – completely ignored by the controlled press – of the Israeli and Zionist criminal network involved in the terror attacks that started the so-called "War on Terror."