"We must strive and hope that at the end of the year, the list of influential people.. will be headed by PM Ehud Olmert." - A. Schocken I am afraid Mr. Schocken the depth of Olmert's ineptitude. Anybody who can rush to war while setting unachievable goals ("dismantle" Hizballah, no UN force anymore, unconditional release of hostages), is not merely inexperienecd; he lacks the most basic talent in statesmanship. And the same is true for Peretz. These people need to be replaced before they cause more damage. Fortunately, Olmert is likely to be indicted for corruption, and Peretz will be removed soon as Labor leader. Here is a program for the next group of leaders: 1. Make peace with Syria. The Syrians offered it to Sharon (following Hafez Assad moves). Syria at peace will kill Hizballah, and get Meshal and other Palestinian rejectionists out of there. Cost: The Golan. 2. Make peace with Lebanon. They want it, and nothing will stop it now. 3. Make peace with the Palestinians. Abbas wants it, and Hamas was about ready to join the Prisoners' Document, essentially adopting Fatah positions. Cost: Nearly all/all the Territories. 4. Make peace with all Arab states, as per the Saudi plan. 5. Iran, having been pushed out of the region, looks elsewhere to cause trouble. Iraq and Afghanistan will keep them and the US busy. Israel is no longer of central interest to them.
U.S., allies conduct 1 air strike in Syria and 11 in Iraq against ISIS militants (Reuters)
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