Bus company won't allow anti-Olmert ads

Sunday, November 25, 2007 |  by Staff Writer

Israel's Egged bus company on Sunday decided not to allow a grass roots movement to purchase advertisement on its buses blasting Prime Minister Ehud Olmert for going to an international peace summit with the intent of negotiating away Israel's biblical heartland while he is a suspect in no less than three corruption investigations.

The advertisement banners, which read "Olmert is running from the police to Annapolis," were to appear this week on 1,000 buses in Jerusalem and other parts of the country.

A spokesman for SOS Israel, the group that attempted to purchase the advertising space, told Ynet that the campaign's purpose was to "emphasize the absurd situation whereby prime ministers who are under investigation try to escape their predicament by embarking on diplomatic adventures."

The Israel Police at the weekend announced that it would not move forward with a possible indictment against Olmert until after the US-hosted Middle East peace summit.

SOS Israel and others previously accused Olmert's predecessor and mentor, Ariel Sharon, of so vigorously pushing for a withdrawal from the Gaza Strip to escape the corruption scandals in which he had become mired.

A spokesman for Egged said the campaign was cancelled after it was determined the message would "divide the nation."

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