Olmert Cites Giuliani in Israel's Hour of Need
This is not a big item in the conventional political sense, but I did find it interesting that Ehud Olmert mentioned Rudy Giuliani in his national address today. Olmert recalled making a condolence call after the 9/11 attacks, and Giuliani pointed to the perserverence of the people of Jerusalem as a model for how Americans should respond to terror.
It's often said that Giuliani seems most necessary in a 9/11 or Katrina-style disaster. As we approach 2008, these crises seem to keep on coming, and if we think 2008 will be domestic policy election we've got another thing coming. Though not an endorsement, Olmert's mention today reminds us that Rudy is already a world leader. And if I may editorialize, he's exactly the kind of leader you'd want to have in trying times like these.
Address to the Knesset by Prime Minister Ehud Olmert
I recall a conversation with Rudy Giuliani, who was Mayor of New York during the terror attacks of September 2001. I called to offer encouragement to him and the residents of New York following the collapse of the Twin Towers, and he replied: "Ehud, if the New Yorkers can withstand it like the Jerusalemites do, then we will defeat terrorism".