Gabi Ashkenazi is still the right man in the right place at the right time and he should be given a fifth year as the IDF chief of staff.
With two veterans of the Sayeret Matkal commando unit at the top of the pyramid, how is it that neither of them asked the obvious question: 'Do we know who is on the boat?'
Wars between generals over IDF chief position have always been slimy, and, like a snake, should be crushed as they rear their heads from the grass.
It's the Palestinians' turn to prove they are able to discuss peace in direct talks.
Hamas may have slackened the leash or, of greater concern, be testing the range for future targets and that if it feels it is being left out of the party with the approach of direct Israeli-Palestinian talks it may seek to torpedo it.
The way things look now, it doesn't seem that Bibi can extend the freeze even as a "confidence-building measure" without a revolt by the extreme right and part of Likud.
One of the characteristics of Israeli politics today is that the nation's leaders hate or love their colleagues less. They're more focused on public opinion polls and back-room deals than political relationships.
Peace will not happen until the PA restores Gaza to sanity and the Netanyahu government neutralizes the fanatic settlers who are liable to drag us into a civil war.
Since his rise to power, Lieberman has crafted a double image, on the one hand he is a force strengthening the Likud, on the other he is virtually the only statesman with a sober, long-range view.
The random way the state prosecution gets hold of a minister and makes his life a misery for years does not solve anything. The solution is to fix rules under which everyone is appointed based on merit.