Says the author, Olmert "is finding it difficult to persuade the Israeli public and international community that his government seriously intends to reach a settlement with the Palestinians and is willing to pay the price " etc. etc. Trying to convince the international community? That's the "half-right" part, but his responsibility is not to that community, and their interests do not coincide with Israel's own. Olmert's obligations are to the country he claims to lead. And he has not convinced the Israeli public that he is working on *their* behalf, protecting *their* security and *their* interests. The Israeli public has close to zero confidence in Olmert's leadership. Benn talks of "paying the price", but what the public sees, aside from corruption and general incompetence, is the arming, training and funding of the nation's enemies, and concessions based policies that give short shrift to the nation's fundamental interests.
Police disperse hundreds in brawl in Kafr Manda, northern Israel (Haaretz)
from the article: He prefers to fall on his sword