The outpost issue will be coming to a head shortly, hopefully with less trauma for all than the last time.. Two of the side support pillars of our government stand on diametric opposites. Personally, I’m running out of time on my prediction, I predicted the government would topple by the end of January 08, and now the Winograd Lebanon War report is scheduled to be released at the end of the month – If my prediction comes true I’ll have pegged it a bit too early it seems..
Barak and settlers reach deal on outpost evacuations (Haaretz)
Defense Minister Ehud Barak has reached an agreement with leaders of the settlement movement for the peaceful evacuation of 18 outposts in the West Bank, sources close to the minister told Haaretz.
The sources warned that Prime Minister Ehud Olmert’s “rash” intention to forcefully uproot an outpost near Ramallah may jeopardize the deal. The prime minister’s associates said that the accusations against him were “intolerable.” Olmert himself said Sunday that not evacuating outposts was “disgraceful.”
Barak’s associates claim the defense minister was angered by an article in Yedioth Ahronoth, last Friday, quoting sources close to Olmert as saying that the prime minister is distrustful of the understanding between Barak and the settlers. The paper said Olmert is determined to evacuate Migron.
“Olmert is acting with the same frivolousness that characterized his behavior in the Second Lebanon War,” Barak’s aides said, adding that Olmert was “endangering efforts to achieve an evacuation without violence.” [...]
On the flip side, is Israel Our Home leader Lieberman who is flirting with pulling his seats from the coalition because of similar ‘frivolousness’ by Olmert on the issue..
Sources say Lieberman gearing up to quit gov’t (Haaretz)
Strategic Affairs Minister Avigdor Lieberman is preparing to resign from the government, sources from his party, right-wing Yisrael Beiteinu, said on Monday. According to the sources, Lieberman, who also serves as Vice Premier and chair of Yisrael Beiteinu, will hold a press conference on Wednesday to announce his decision. Lieberman will convene the Yisrael Beiteinu secretariat on Tuesday evening, following a meeting earlier in the day with Prime Minister Ehud Olmert. [...]
Lieberman alone is not enough to topple this shaky govt, Shas will also need to be on-board and United Torah Judaism and other right of center parties will need to resist the handout temptations offered by Olmert to sign up for the coalition. Either these yokels are serious about ending the Kadima mandate or they ain’t, but if it’s going to happen the next 4 weeks are the zone..
More worrying, Lieberman seems to have becoming the leader of a new right coalition on his mind, elevating himself over the Likud and national poll favorite Bibi Netanyahu. If the right stands a chance, a more unified spirit will be necessary than we’ve seen from them so far that’s for schizzle.