Israeli Students: Remove PM's Portrait

Ad Feedback - JERUSALEM, Israel - A group of Israeli high school students sent a letter to principals nationwide asking them to remove Prime Minister Ehud Olmert's photograph from their schools.

"The moral standards represented by the prime minister are not a model for emulation," the letter stated. "The kind of 'accountability' shown by the prime minister in the wake of the Second Lebanon War is not the kind of accountability we should be educated for," the students wrote.

"If you wish to make an educational statement to your students, you may remove the prime minister's photos from your office and from the school's hallways. There is no law requiring you to post the photo of a man suspected of criminal activity above your head," it read.

"We are certain the act will contribute to the morality of prime ministers and ministers today and in the future," it stated.

Roi Gifman, a high school student from the Golan Heights and a signatory of the letter, spoke about the office of prime minister to YNet news.

"The [office of a] prime minister is a distinguished thing, like a king. It carries the highest status among the people of Israel today," Gifman said.

"I'm not going into the affairs pertaining to him and whether he is guilty or innocent. Yet the mere fact he is being probed and all the reports about the perks, wealth and cigars do not make him a moral role model," he said.

"We must also not forget the Winograd Commission's conclusions [assessing the government's handling of the Second Lebanon War in the summer of 2006]," he added.

Source: YNet news

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