Olmert has fantasized for a while about fixing the international borders unilaterally, and have the US and UN approve! But he has recently received the predictable bad news from the US. The international border will have to be approved by both sides to the conflict. How serious was Olmert? Was it just political talk to get good election results? It may be that the political explanation is correct. It has just been reported that Shas, an ultra-orthodox coalition partner, refused to agree to a mild mention of "reducing the presence of Israeli settlements in the West Bank" in the coalition agreement. It was mild, because the extent was not specified. So Olmert compromised on the language and Shas is joining. Not clear yet what the compromise language is, but it cannot involve a commitment to evacuate settlements. On the other hand, Shas' leading Rabbi had issued a "legal ruling" not to evacuate Gaza. What is the chance he will agree to Olmert's vision? So why deal with Shas? Wonde
Israeli forces shoot, lightly wound Palestinian they say was fleeing security check (Haaretz)
from the article: Ah, where are those Arabs?