Analysis Amid Endless Chatter on Syria's Chemical Weapons, Israel's Defense Minister Emerges as the Responsible Adult

While former Premier Ehud Olmert and other politicians have been prattling about various issues, including Assad's arsenal, Ya'alon dealt quite deftly with the media uproar over the surprise IDF exercise in the north.

Things are not going so badly these days for former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert. He received a partial acquittal in his first trial, and now the prosecution finds itself in dire straits in his second trial - concerning the Holyland housing project affair - following the death of its star witness, Shmuel Dechner. During a break in trial hearings, Olmert met recently with British donors to Israel and declared that...