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When is Ariel Sharon's Funeral Scheduled for?

The question is more crucial than it seems.

Ehud Olmert and the ruling Kadima party is only in power under the legal fiction that he is serving as a temporary replacement for Ariel Sharon. Of course Sharon is not going to go back to being Prime Minister but as long as he's lying in the hospital with occasional health updates, the fiction is maintained, however poorly. Should Sharon actually be buried though, the legal fiction would take on entirely new realms of twisting the law.

Olmert and Kadima's problem is that their entire existance and power is based on Sharon. To remain in power they need Sharon in the hospital, but after a few days of constant health updates the public tunes out. Like every form of entertainment, a media circus needs something new to top it. Succeeding surgeries on Sharon didn't do it. Olmert's administration has been a disaster and now with the sentencing of Sharon's son, one of Kadima's top figures and an MK, Olmert and Kadima very badly need the distraction and circus of the funeral of a Prime Minister. Reproducing the circus of the Rabin funeral and memorials before the election would provide Olmert with a stage to ramble on about Sharon's legacy and pass himself off as the inheritor to that legacy.

The irony is that Sharon's funeral is badly needed to give Olmert and Kadima legitimacy but at the same time a funeral would dispose of their legal legitimacy to be in power. Look for the funeral to be scheduled very close to election time when Olmert and Kadima stand to benefit the most and when it is too late for any legal petitions to remove Olmert from power.


  1. Anonymous16/2/06

    You're a brainy guy Knish.
    Nice dissection on this deal.
    Hits the nail directly on the head.
    Good blogging . Keep em coming

  2. Anonymous16/2/06

    I agree 100-percent Matt. It's rare to find a writer who is accurate, tells the truth no matter how painful and stinging it is, and yet someone who remains compassionate and even advocates for the innocent victims of violence and gives them a voice.

  3. Anonymous17/2/06

    When you find such a writer, please let us know!

  4. Anonymous20/2/06

    once again an anonymous writer makes a squeak , or a belch you cant really tell with these guys.
    If you dont like this guys writing, why are you here reading it moron??


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