Former ambassador Richard Jones is actually very kind when he calls Tzpi Livni and Ehud Olmert dysfunctional. Unfortunately, from all our US intelligence information I would regard both of them as very personally self-seeking and a detriment to Israel. The Israeli government is dysfunctional. Reforms should include more universal service in the IDF, removal of the “talmud scholars” from public grants, and a more responsible system of representation in government. If Israel is to survive, all factions must pull together. The ultra-Orthodox should recognize that if Israel does not survive they will not have a home anywhere in the world. The Orthodox must find a way of including, as Jews, all those who self identify as Jews. Israeli citizenship should mean a loyalty to the state of Israel and a feeling of deep affection by all Israeli citizens for one another.
Jordan foreign minister says to speak with Kerry on Israel-Palestinian conflict (Reuters)