Ehud Olmert

Olmert’s Palestinian Failures

| March 26, 2009

Ehud Olmert failed to move Israel forward either in confronting or negotiating with the Palestinians. He lurched from unilateralism, to
negotiations, to military conflict with the Palestinians, and failed in all three tracks. His failure to deal effectively with Hamas is the most serious.

Shelve the Shelf Agreement

| March 26, 2008

The Olmert-Livni “shelf agreement” concept for Israel-Palestinian peace is strategically illogical and tactically ill-considered. It has no foundation in negotiation theory; and incautiously assumes best case scenarios. It would not end the conflict because the Palestinians would proceed to bargain with Israel for additional concessions, and Israel inevitably would be forced to forgive the Palestinians on needed reforms.

Centrism in Israeli Politics and the Olmert Government

| June 7, 2006

Israeli society is often conceived of as deeply divided, characterized by profound chasms separating many sectors of society. The victory of the centrist Kadima Party in the 2006 Israeli elections suggests that Israel is far less divided than presumed. Kadima’’s victory indicates the existence of a strong political center in Israel. The success of Israel’’s new government may depend on the prime minister’s comprehension of this fact and his ability to build upon it.