Kadima is trying to threaten the Labor party to remain in the coalition headed by Olmert. If Olmert leave, they big bad wolf will be brought in.. What is the chance that Likud agree to join with Olmet? Polls show that if elections are held today, Likud will receive 30+ seats (they now have 12) and become the ruling party. Kadimah will lose more than half its seats and Labor will remain where it is now (perhaps +2 seats). Why should Likud help Olmert recover by postponing the elections? Chances are that if Labor leaves, Kadima will replace Olmert (perhaps by Livni) so it can avoid new elections. And Livni or Peres will be anxious to bring Labor back so they can advance the peace process stalled by Olmert. Labor should get out of this dead government.
Clashes between IDF and protesters in Bethlehem and East Jerusalem (Reuters)
from the article: Barak poll shows most Laborites content to stay in coalition