Ari Shavit

ONWARD SOLDIERS: Israeli leader Ehud Olmert reads a statement at the start of a January 11 cabinet meeting. He has rejected calls, even from his own cabinet, to accept a cease-fire for the conflict in Gaza.

Olmert’s Insistence on Continuing Gaza Campaign Highlights Dangers of Hubris

Early in the third week of the Gaza war, Ehud Olmert’s old self took over. No statesman in his right mind would have said what Olmert said in public January 14 about President Bush and Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. Not to mention a statesman serving as prime minister of a country supported by the United States.

Sharon Says He Is Ready For Painful Concessions

There are some matters regarding which we will be ready to take far-reaching steps. We will be ready to carry out very painful steps. But there is one thing that I told President Bush a number of times — I made no concessions in the past, and I will make no concessions now, or ever make concessions in the future, with regard to anything that