I'm not sure if this is the first time this has happened in Israel (or anywhere else), that a prime minister is elected in a "primaries". I know that in England, Brown replaced Blair without an election, but I've never heard of a situation where a prime minister in Israel is replaced by someone through a primaries without there being a general election. Am I the only one who sees something wrong with that?
Even Shimon Peres declared elections after Rabin's assassination.
I can't understand what kind of a mandate does a politician have to rule a country if he was never put to a general election vote. Olmert will be out tomorrow, not a moment too soon. Whoever will replace him, from the same party, should declare a new election and disperse the Knesset (parliament). The same holds true to Brown in England. In a democratic society, there's no room for a "selected" ruler - only an elected one. (At least Obama will be held to a general election, despite being "selected" at the primaries).