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Thursday, January 17, 2008

Israel - America's Greatest Ally; News Update

Israel supporter says downfall of Olmert gov't imminent

Jim Brown
January 17, 2008

Christian Zionist Jim Hutchens says the withdrawal of a right-wing Israeli party from Prime Minister Ehud Olmert's coalition government is more evidence that both the left and the right of the political spectrum in Israel do not approve of the direction Olmert is taking the country.

Minister of Strategic Affairs Avigdor Lieberman announced Wednesday he was pulling his Israel Beiteinu party out of Israel's coalition government because Prime Minister Olmert is negotiating with the Palestinian Authority over the so-called "core issues" -- which include the division of Jerusalem, the final status borders, and the influx of descendants of Arabs.

Jim Hutchens, president of The Jerusalem Connection International, says Lieberman's departure foreshadows a further decline of the Olmert government.

"The Shas party, which is also part of the coalition -- Prime Minister Olmert's coalition -- will probably follow suit on this," he predicts. "Now there are a couple of other political parties that are standing in the wings, one is a religious party -- highly religious -- that would share the same views in regards with the core issue discussion that I think Avigdor Lieberman has taken."

Hutchens notes Olmert's approval rating has been in the single digits for months now, and it is just a matter of time before his government collapses. And from a Christian Zionist standpoint, he says, that "bodes well," because the division of Israel is not in keeping with the promises God made to the Jewish people regarding their land.

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