It is impossible to accurately assess how much damage the latest episodes of racism caused Labour, but at least in two constituencies which include Jewish communities, the party suffered losses.15:39 06.05.16 | 0 comments
"[Livni] will discuss the appointment of the committee, which will include Jordan and Palestinians who maintain relations with Israel." - Haaretz Olmert expects to start negotiating with an country country such as Saudi Arabia, presently hostile to Israel, to show some progress. Unlikely to happen. An Arab League committee is to be appointed to promote the Saudi Initiative, and then a sub-committee to deal with Israel. I expect this sub-committee will include only friendly Arab states, such as Jordan and Egypt, plus perhaps Morocco. The Palestinians will also be represented, by a representative of Abbas who is the designated negotiator even according to Hamas. Olmert will learn what he was told by the Saudis: He does not need to accept the Right of Return and Green Line in advance, but he should start negotiations with the Palestinians (i.e., Abbas). Spending some extra time to get to the starting point, but this is Olmert.