I'd be one of the last guys to come out waving the banner for Israel's justice system, but the six year sentence handed to Ehud Olmert yesterday for trousering a few hundred thousand shekels in bribes from property developers is not a scene that could possibly play out in any other of the Nations of Virtue.
Former Canadian PM Mulroney got away with considerably more in the Airbus affair. Phoney Tony and the last three US presidents used their time in office to grease the skids of cronyism on a scale that makes Olmert look like a small-time ward-heeler.
But let's give credit where credit is due. This verdict is a victory for the Israeli public and the Israeli judicial system.