The new Likud – more rightist than ever – will allow the PM little flexibility. He is probably the most liberal and moderate figure to remain on the list.
Likud MK Haim Katz, also a powerful trade union leader, has thousands of Israel Aerospace Industries employees doing his bidding.
The defense minister realized that his chances of keeping his post after January's election are increasingly slim, and chose to leave the military headquarters with his head held high.
Three polls conducted in the immediate wake of Operation Pillar of Defense show that the favorites are losing ground while other candidates make surprise gains. But everything is going to change when Tzipi Livni announces her return later this week.
The prime minister has been bending over backward trying to balance between his desire to appeal to the political center and the growing rightward inclination of his party members.
No one is predicting that the Palestinians in Gaza will stop using rockets, but they will probably seek new forms of weaponry. What will they choose?
On Yisrael Katz and others.
It is premature to assess whether the cease-fire is good or bad for Israel, but the winners and losers are already clear.
With the Israeli offensive in Gaza, the generals of Israel's public relations say they are 'ruling Facebook' and 'winning on Twitter.' Deserting the Internet is not an option, but Israel has to acknowledge its limitations. Hasbara can achieve at most a tie.
Latest election poll results show Likud, Yisrael Beiteinu merger was a bad idea.