"I don't see any way to argue that Israel's position is improving" states an important truth. I've long had the feeling that Israelis may well come to a point of looking back and realising that the moment when they refused to accept the results of the Palestinian election was decisive, that they then took the wrong road and every subsequent step along that road has carried them further away from where they needed to be, for their country's future. Wolfensohn is absolutely correct about the relative importance of I/P in the scheme of things ... Condi Rice has latterly recognised this and it's behind Bush's statement about a 2-state solution (whether Bush grasped what he was actually saying is quite another matter!). Abrams is simply a spoiler ... not thinking about the future at all but simply carrying on as presently.
Iraqi police fire tear gas as thousands of protests burst into Green Zone, storm Parliament (AP)
from the article: 'All the dreams we had are now gone'