Yachimovich's real test began yesterday, on entering the party chairman's office. Like some of her predecessors she might discover that the fun part of her extraordinary journey to the party's leadership was getting elected.
The Labor Party will have a new head, but its body will remain sick; all the symptoms that led it toward the abyss, that nearly vaporized it, are still there.
With elections possibly in the offing, Netanyahu is looking toward the only power base he has: the right. From his point of view, it is too late to switch teams.
Isaac Herzog and Amram Mitzna refused to team up in the Labor leadership race, thus paving the way for Amir Peretz and Shelly Yachimovich to beat them handily.
If elections were held today, a Labor party headed by Shelly Yachimovich would make significant gains.
Shelly Yachimovich and Amir Peretz will hold a run-off for the party's leadership next week.
Although Labor is now a small opposition party, separated from the premiership by 20 Knesset seats and a new socioeconomic reality, this primary could be of national importance.
The United States adopted a black-and-white approach to terror after the September 11 attacks, which boosted Israel and reduced Arafat's cachet.
Polls have Shelly Yachimovich as the clear front-runner.
Netanyahu will most likely let Peres address the United Nations amid the Palestinians' bid for a nation. For the president, this will be a bittersweet moment.