As Americans say this may be a good cop/ bad cop situation, Olmert has to say what he thinks Americans want to hear but Barak can speak from a position of non-appeasement, making it hard for useless concessions to be forced on Israel. If not this shows Barak is surely running for PM, and will compete with Netanyahu's positions. It is a brilliant move lumping Olmert, Ramon, and Livni into a position of being weak/out for their own interests/against the security of the state. Livni will have no chance to ever be PM having become so tainted by her role in Olmert's government.
Egypt says verdict in Al-Jazeera case expected Saturday (AP)
from the article: Barak: Israel shouldn't appease U.S. president with one year left