Members of the Likud rebels asked Knesset Speaker Reuven Rivlin last week to join them in quitting the Likud and forming an independent Knesset faction.
Issac Herzog has declared a revolution in the Housing Ministry: All outstanding tenders have been frozen and will be reexamined. The settlements' budget party is over.
Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's "disengagement government," enjoys the support of the majority of voters, according to a poll carried out on behalf of Haaretz by Dialogue on Wednesday.
The internal revolt against Sharon has crossed the point of no return. It is no longer opposition to the disengagement; it is a direct challenge to his leadership.
Had Rabbi Shalom Yosef Elyashiv decided somewhat earlier to allow United Torah Judaism to join the government, and the new Labor ministers were already enjoying themselves in their new offices, the first blowup between the designated deputy prime minister, Shimon Peres, and Foreign Minister Silvan Shalom would have taken place today.
Wednesday's Likud convention will be the death knell for Ariel Sharon's most memorable election promise: To reinstitute primaries in the Likud.
After Labor's central committee vote last week, it became clear that the party's chairman was the big loser.
What could topple the new government? How will Omri Sharon compensate Likud activists for the loss of the Interior Ministry? And why did Labor forgo the tourism portfolio?