They're talking. Who's listening?
After a seven-year break in Israeli-Palestinian negotiations, the Israeli prime minister is once more in talks with the Palestinian Authority chairman over Jerusalem, the refugees and final-status borders. A plan for the division of the land and an Israeli withdrawal from the West Bank is being formulated once more...
...The media is almost totally ignoring the talks between Ehud Olmert and Mahmoud Abbas, focusing instead on summer stories dealing with amusement parks and the airport, and on the periodic clashes between the religious and the secular and between Justice Minister Daniel Friedmann and Supreme Court President Dorit Beinisch.
What's going on here? Are the public, the media and the politicians relying on Olmert and believing that he'll strike the best deal for Israel...perhaps the prime minister is simply not publicizing his political moves, in an effort to lull his rivals into complacency until he establishes facts on the ground?
...Second, it's easier to make progress in the political process when the right and the settlers are dormant and the coalition is calm.
So far, no significant details from the face-to-face meetings that have taken place between Olmert and Abbas have been leaked, [wrong. see here]