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Israel recoils at Olmert testimony, but he's not out yet

Israeli commentators skewered Prime Minister Olmert after American businessman Morris Talansky's emotional testimony on Tuesday that he had given the prime minister tens of thousands of dollars over the years.

Labor Party leader Ehud Barak on Wednesday called on Olmert to step aside, but he didn't set a deadline for pulling out of the coalition government, which allows Olmert to hold on, something he'll be able to do until someone figures out how to position themselves as heir-apparent.

Barak knows that he and his party are polling very poorly with Israelis and would likely not emerge in any early election with enough seats to form a new government.

Read Nissenbaum's blog on Wednesday's events at Checkpoint Jerusalem.

Read the complete story of Tuesday's testimony.

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