At least thus far, the coalition partner’s in Ehud Olmert’s current government seemed poised to remain where it is, even after the release of the Winograd Report — which criticizes the government for its actions and decision-making in the Lebanon War.
I strongly support President Bush’s efforts to get some kind of deal track set between Abbas and Olmert on a negotiated two-state solution between Israel and Palestine. In the current climate, Olmert is probably the best leader Israel has, perhaps other than Foreign Minister Livni, who might be able to deliver politically on a peace arrangement.
There are a lot of obstacles that have to be overcome in the next 11 months, but at least the Winograd Report is in the past now.
— Steve Clemons