Yes, I was going to comment on the photograph, too, and then discovered your post. But I interpret it differently. Of course, it has been chosen by Haaretz from among many other photographs and so it might more be Haaretz that wants to convey a certain meaning. My interpretation is personal. The photograph shows: Condi almost pulls Olmert's hand towards her while keeping her face up and telling him something. Her facial expression and the finger on her left hand are a stern teacher's gestures who from her powerful position tries to tell a student to be compliant. This could explain Olmert's retreating gesture: A PM looking for emancipation. Within the framework of the present issue, a message could be: The US want to avoid Israelo-Palestinian agreements which are not in accord with American designs.
from the article: Haniyeh blasts Rice for bringing 'perilous vision' to Middle East