In the last few weeks, Abbas could have signed an peace agreement, which Olmert would have put in a public referendum. Then, Netanyahu would be legally bound to follow it once he took office. Instead, Abbas announced that he did not want to sign an agreement with an Israeli PM out of office, and turned Olmert's offers down. It's just like 2000, when Prime Minister Barak offered far-reaching concessions, which Arafat rejected out of hand. If he was unhappy, he could have negotiated and proposed a counter-offer, but instead he just flew home. Arafat rejected Barak, and ended up getting Sharon. Abbas rejected Olmert, and got Netanyahu.
Turkish prime minister to form interim government with at least 2 Kurdish ministers (AP)