The white knuckles don't refer to the shattered nerves of the Israeli people but to the appearance of the hands of Olmert and the other incompetents who lead Israel. They absolutely, resolutely, totally, unreservedly, you'd-better-believe-it, will NOT let go of those comfy, prestigious, important chairs in their ego-flattering, access-to-all-sorts-of-perks-and-privileges offices. These lulus will NOT resign, folks. There's no dignity or grace in any of Israel's third-rate politicos. They want POWER and will have to be dragged kicking and screaming from office.
Palestinians report IDF airstrikes on Islamic Jihad targets in southern Gaza Strip (Haaretz)
from the article: ANALYSIS: Olmert and his gov't are unfit to run the next war