Prime Minister Ehud Olmert celebrated his 61st birthday this weekend. This is his first birthday as a Prime Minister.
Olmert celebrated his birthday with his family at the PM’s residence in Jerusalem, and his children all gathered for a special dinner. During the weekend Olmert received numerous wishes, flowers, and phone calls from Israel and abroad. Among them were members of his staff, ministers, and close friends.
On Tuesday his staff is planning to celebrate his birthday with a cake. There will not be a surprise party because Olmert has already “passed the age of surprises.”
Olmert was born on September 30, 1945 in Binyamina. The last year was the most important and tumultuous of his life. Within less than a year, he received the powers of the prime minister due to the hospitalization of Ariel Sharon, won an election with the Kadima party with a promise to promote the realignment plan in the West Bank. But then reality struck and the country found itself at war which ultimately eroded Olmert’s credibility and brought his popularity down to an unprecedented low.
His aides hope that this year will be a good one where he will be able to rehabilitate his standing among the public.