Peretz showed poor judgment in his one-day, left-right coalition gambit, but now he has eaten humble pie and gotten a rap on his knuckles from his Labor colleagues. Olmert has no choice but to form a coalition with Labor in spite of Peretz, who will either learn the political game or be replaced. Any other talk is futile. The pensioners won't make any trouble if their just demands (and they are just) are met. Meretz, I hope, has been sufficiently chastened, and it certainly won't want to endanger the present political constellation. The haredi (ultra-fundamentalist) parties are the problem. By nature, they lean towards the religious right; but they need money to support their parasitic yeshivas (rabbinical seminaries) and their multi-offspring families. So they will forego their Torah-true principles for 30 pieces of silver (more like 300 million). So we secular, Zionist (= apartheid, colonialist, jew-banker) Israelis must be prepared for several years of religious coercion.
Palestinian foreign minister filed report to ICC over torching of Duma home (Haaretz)
from the article: Katsav to summon Olmert on Thursday to form government