AB: "The only question is how long he can continue to march this way in no-man's-land, until the indifference turns into disappointment - which will increase the danger of a flare-up with the Palestinians, or could once again ignite the internal debate." Of course. If Olmert starts talking to Abbas and it becomes transparently clear that he has no interest in anything other than talk for the sake of talking, then OF COURSE the Palestinians are going get fed up, and they are going to explode. WHY WOULDN'T THEY, once it becomes obvious that TALK isn't gonna get them anywhere? Abbas would be a dead man. Hamas will take power in the West Bank, and it will be a 3rd intifada - this time IRAN feeding the fire. Lotta people will die. And for what purpose? So that Olmert can keep his sorry ass in the Big Chair for a little while longer? Excuse me if I don't think THAT gain is really worth the cost.
Russia says kills six suspected militants in North Caucasus (Reuters)
from the article: Policy in no-man's-land