Palestinian terrorists today expressed frantic concern for Prime Minister Ehud Olmert's health following media reports he would hold a news conference announcing the diagnosis of a medical ailment.
At the news conference, held at 1 p.m. Jerusalem time, Olmert told reporters he will undergo a surgical procedure in the coming months to remove the early stages of a "cancerous tumor" in his prostate.
Olmert told the packed news conference he would continue with his duties as prime minister and will not undergo chemotherapy or radiation. He said the tumor was detected 10 days ago during a routine checkup, shortly before a trip to Russia.
The prime minister's doctors said the microscopic tumor was very treatable and the surgery was not urgent.
Prior to the press conference, television channels and radio networks today dramatically announced Olmert would disclose an unspecified illness.
Following the reports, WND's Jerusalem bureau received calls from almost a dozen terrorists, including senior leaders, asking whether the online news agency had any information about Olmert's illness and expressing concern for the prime minister.
The terrorists were all members of the Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigades, the declared military wing of Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas' Fatah party. The Brigades, together with Palestinian Islamic Jihad, took responsibility for every suicide bombing in Israel the past three years and has carried out thousands of shootings, grenade attacks and rocket launchings aimed at Jewish civilian population centers.
"I don't want him to leave office or die before he has the occasion to follow through with his promises of granting amnesty," said one leader of the Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigades.
He may be the only Jew these terrorists do not want to see dead.
I have complained about Olmert time and again on this blog. He is too eager to give up strategic sites inside Israel.
I hope he is alright and makes a full recovery from whatever health issues he has. I also hope that he changes his beliefs that if he gives in to the terrorists, they will suddenly stop wanting to kill the citizens of Israel.