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Olmert defies polls

Ehud Olmert pledged to see out his term as Israeli prime minister, despite record-low approval ratings. “According to opinion polls, I am not
popular. I was and I will be again,” Olmert said in an interview
published Wednesday in the French weekly L’Express. He was referring to
single-digit approval ratings recorded since last year’s inconclusive Lebanon
war and a string of scandals in the Israeli leadership. “I am indestructible. I
have been here for 35 years and I have survived everything,” Olmert added,
referring to his political career.