Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, speaking at the annual memorial ceremony for first Israeli Prime Minister David Ben Gurion, compared the current considerations that confront Olmert to those facing Ben Gurion.
"I allow myself to think of Ben Gurion's loneliness, those days in which he faced the burden of historic decisions. Only at those junctions in which the right leader meets an evasive window of historic opportunity does the leader know to grab history firmly by the horns and change its course. Ben Gurion had no intention of letting such an opportunity slip away," he said. (Roni Sofer)