A Pocket Guide to the Situation

Now Barak's saying what Charles de Gaulle said when he resigned from the presidency - he remains at the country's disposal. Although I haven't treated Barak well in my column, I believe and even hope he'll return as defense minister.

Ehud Barak. His record as defense minister is excellent - even his rivals admit that, though they add it's a shame he's not a mensch. His loyal aides when...