Olmert’s last gasp

The Jewish Chronicle - - Comment & Analysis -

Is­raeli prime min­is­ter Ehud Olmert’s trip to Moscow this week had some­thing of the smell of des­per­a­tion about it. In his last gasp as premier, could he re­ally have been hop­ing to pull a Rus­sian pledge on mis­sile sales to Iran out of the bag? He could cer­tainly have done with a big for­eign pol­icy achieve­ment to save some of his rep­u­ta­tion as he limps along in his last lame duck days. Ab­sent mir­a­cles, Olmert has al­ready failed to make good on the An­napo­lis pledge to present at least a par­tial agree­ment with the Pales­tini­ans by the end of this year. The in­di­rect talks with Syria are an en­cour­ag­ing track to pur­sue, but still in its very early stages. It looks like Olmert is set to spend the last months of his term as unloved and ir­rel­e­vant abroad as he is at home.

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