The fact is Israel never elects a government. The party that gets more votes than the others wheels and deals until it can get a patchwork stitched together that will allow it to call itself a government, no matter how unlikely a combination it is. Then it wobbles by until the following election which is usually early. If this concoction has a strong leader it can work. More of the public voted for a comatose Sharon represented by Olmert, and for a Labour party that had the tiniest chance of changing for the better under an untried new leader, than for any of the other choices. Just shows you how uninspiring the choice was. That is the really worrying part. Where are the wise men? Surely not all in hi-tech or writing their memoirs!
Law expanding definition of terrorist activity passes first Knesset reading (Haaretz)
from the article: ANALYSIS: Wider assault needed to head off war of attrition