Jeers stifle Olmert's speech
As protesters heckled inside the Reynolds Club and out, the Former Israeli Prime Minister gave a speech meant to last only 20 minutes. It took one-and-a-half hours.

By Burke Frank
Published: October 16th, 2009

Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert struggled to make himself heard over a cacophony of protests in Mandel Hall Thursday, in what became more of a free-for-all than an international policy lecture.

Dozens of protesters inside the auditorium, and over 100 more outside, voiced their fury at alleged war crimes committed by Israel in Lebanon and Gaza during Olmert’s tenure. Meanwhile, Olmert articulated a two-state plan for peace in the Middle East, which has Israel sacrificing nearly all of the West Bank, Gaza Strip, and Golan Heights land occupied since the Six Day War in 1967.