Haaretz is surprised, the rest of us perhaps less so..
Ouch – As for Livni, it’s nothing personal but this is not the time for experiments in experience & judgement, I’m more than inclined to agree with the esteemed Minister Boim (Immigration & Absorption, an honored ministry here in Israel for obvious reasons). Livni has made ‘good judgement’ the central plank of her campaign, just as Obama has stateside. It’s a very quaint way of saying there’s not much to base your vote for me on as far as track record is concerned, neither makes a particularly convincing argument to me. In Livni’s case, she has occupied for 2 years a central position of authority in Government, Foreign Minister and one of several deputy Prime Ministers, unfortunately while she may maintain she has exhibited good judgement – Experience shows she has been highly ineffective for Israel thus far. Experience combined with lack thereof in her case, unlike the Illinois rockstar with a blank slate save for community organizing, is working against her.
Rice’s Arrival could spell doom – Olmert / Livni plan leaked
Recent polls show Livni has a 4-5 point advantage over Mofaz, about 38% vs 33%, within the margin of error. But leaks of the deals she has been negotiating with the PA are now surfacing, this could work out unfavorably for Livni. Worse, Condi Rice is flying to Israel in the next two weeks to try and squeeze out a joint statement by Israel & the PA on progress in the Annapolis process, putting the stamp of ‘legitimacy’ on Livni’s efforts thus far well beyond any leaks.
This is fairly nightmarish for Livni, it may result in intense criticism arising from the negotiations she has done thus far, with none of the glory / left wing euphoria over a finished deal that she can campaign on for electoral approval. Saving face for Rice, whom herself is desperate for something positive to attach herself to after a disastrous 4 year State Department stint, could cost Livni the primary.. Most especially if Abbas & the PA react with their usual sour puss face to these initiatives offered by Kadima towards peace, because they already contain some whopper concessions. Mofaz, can stand on the side polishing his M-16 meanwhile. It may be an enviable position in the coming weeks for the sly Shaul (Fox in Hebrew).
UPDATE: PA Rejects Offer Out of Hand
No surprise, the Palestinians are not interested in peace, only trying to break Israel into pieces. 93% + of the West Bank isn’t good enough it seems - 40 years later the palestinians are stuck in a time capsule, keep dreaming and dying.. Suits me fine, instead they can get nothing for the next 40 years, by then we will have settled another 50-60 percent and they can make do with Gaza for all I care.