By later today we should know what Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert has decided to do. According to reports, Olmert at first decided he would fight off those within his own party, Kadima, who wanted him to step down but, since yesterdays cabinet meeting, it looks as though he has been discouraged from resisting further and has no alternative but to allow a primary spill to replace him.
However, such action may be too late to avert a general election. The Knesset, Israel’s parliament, is set to vote next week, 18 June, to dissolve itself; a move that will trigger a general election. Recent polling has shown that, if an election were to be held in the near future, Benjamin Netanyahu, leader of the extreme right-wing and neoconservative Zionist party, Likud, together with its ultra right-wing nationalist allies, would win.
A Netanyahu win will mean disaster for the Palestinian people and for the wider Middle East region. The ultra-hawk Netanyahu is itching to have a go at the Iranian regime and is determined to see the fruition of a Greater Israel that includes the Gaza Strip, the West Bank, Golan Height, the Shebaa Farms and even the south of Lebanon up to the Litani River.
One can only hope that all this doesn’t happen while Bush and Cheney are still around in the White House!