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February 4, 2008 - Vol. 9, Issue 22

Popularity Contest; Fixing the IDF; Bordering on Chaos

Popularity Contest: Contrary to many pundits' predictions, the report issued last week by the Winograd Commission that looked into the failed 2006 Lebanon war did not bring about the political demise of Prime Minister Ehud Olmert. Instead, the critical report gave Olmert a bounce in the polls and in the eyes of many bolstered his mandate to lead Israel toward peace negotiations with the Palestinians.