Will Olmert Invite Netanyahu into his Government? Why is Bibi so Silent?
<body><div id="article"><tr><td height="28" valign="middle" width="184"></td><td valign="middle" width="185"></td></tr><h1>Will Olmert Invite Netanyahu into his Government? Why is Bibi so Silent?</h1><p><center><img height="184" src="/files/pictures/f23e908be2838281492b47e43db91bd2/original.jpg" width="300" /></center>May 3 (EIRNA)-- Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert has, for the moment, managed resist calls for his resignation, with the help of signals from Washington and the European Union that it would "doom" the peace process, despite the fact that there is no peace process to speak of.</p><p>There is now speculation that he could invite Likud Party Chairman Benjamin "Bibi" Netanyahu into his government, a development that would surely please Vice President Dick Cheney, one of Bibi's most important patrons.</p><p>Despite her demands that Olmert should resign, Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni's failure to present Olmert with an ultimatum has given him a reprieve, at least for now.</p><p>Olmert told his Kadima Party Knesset faction that he will stay on to "fix" the mistakes outlined in the devastating report of the Winograd Committee on the government's conduct during last years' war in Lebanon.</p><p>Olmert also said he will work to "strengthen" his coalition, which generally means inviting another party,-- likely the Likud. In this context Israeli commentator Aluf Benn, writing in today's Ha'aretz, suggested Olmert might offer Netanyahu the post of finance minister.<div class="right_image"><img height="151" src="/files/pictures/313db5f083b7991ff76ef45dcd78880b/original.jpg" width="100" /></div></p><p>"He might offer it to Likud Chairman Benjamin Netanyahu, who regards himself as Mr. Economy," Benn wrote. "The same Netanyahu has kept an especially low profile since the release of the Winograd report last Monday." The implication is that Netanyahu has kept mum on the Winograd report because he is waiting for an invitation to join the government.</p><p>Livni's change of heart on sinking Olmert might have to do with the following: Israeli sources told EIR that Israeli media report that the Bush administration does not want to see Olmert fall.</p><p>Additionally, EU foreign policy head Javier Solana told the European Council of Ministers that if Olmert's government collapsed "it would constitute a death blow to the peace process...."</p><p>Opposition to Olmert is running high. This afternoon a mass demonstration led by bereaved parents who lost sons and daughters in Last summer's Lebanon war will take place in Tel Aviv that will demand Olmert's resignation.</p></div></body>