Olmert’s last gasp
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.