to move the peace process forward by making the decisive breakthrough a Labour PM would definitely have made by now. Why does the Israeli Government Defense Minister and former PM Ehud Barak, have to even persuade PM Netanyahu to do the right thing? This simply boggles the mind. The current Labour ministers are absolutely correct to state that they would quit this coalition government by April (that's even too far off in my opinion - it should be by Tu' Vishvat ), if nothing significant develops. Just as a postscript here, last night at a house New Years gathering over coffee and cake, we spoke about this ME political impasse and not one person, but myself of course, had faith that a peace agreement could be achieved - not even a mother, who was a daughter of Holocaust survivors and who's son is also a candidate for MIT. Everyone had a different excuse or reasoning that a peace agreement is inconceivable. This kind of uncertainty about the future for our community is unwarranted when logically the steps towards an agreement are possible if there's a will to resolve the dispute.
Roadside bomb kills five border officers in western Iraq (AP)
from the article: Despite public denial, U.S. officials tell Haaretz: We're angry at Barak