The public is confident that Prime Minister Ariel Sharon initiated the disengagement for the good of Israel, rather than because of the criminal investigations against him, but at the same time, a large majority believe that Sharon is corrupt.
For three days this week, the Knesset turned into a piece of reality television - with the enthusiastic assistance of MKs.
The quiet yesterday in the government complex, outside the Knesset, at the junctions and in the settlements, was misleading, of course. An illusion of quiet. The quiet after the political storm, before the real storm.
In desperate need of a new agenda, is Shinui beginning to look in the direction of the left? Yosef Lapid denies it
Rivlin says his unequivocal stance against a referendum began to crack as early as last Sunday when, together with members of the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee, he visited Gush Katif and heard settlers there promise to abide by any outcome of the referendum.
We talked about eradicating terror, says Sharon. We continued Oslo, enthuses Peres. Only Silvan Shalom still has a referendum stuck in his throat
The Netanyahu-Shalom-Livnat axis has exchanged feelers on coordinating their views as the votes on the evacuation and budget grow near, and members of the Likud Central Committee are working to convene a meeting for a vote on a referendum.
A new poll shows that 66 percent of voters from the center and left have no idea what the Yahad Party is.
Unless Sharon decides to postpone the budget vote until March, the moment of truth will occur next month, when everyone will have to face cruel reality.