In Israel, PM Olmert is under severe pressure to give up his office and make room for either Livni or new elections, or both. As in many other places on this globe - I am thinking, among others, the UK, different places in Africa, and, no joke, Bavaria - the man in power has difficulties letting go. And of course, this also happens to women (remember that incident with Heide Simonis in the German county of Schleswig-Holstein?). Good politics does not necessarily have to be good for the state anymore, let alone the people, it seems, but should primarily be good for the office holder.
Sometimes I am truly sad that I can't say more on this topic, since I am not planning on becoming a politician any time soon, and it's oh so easy to criticize when you do not have to do it yourself. It's not like I envy you guys, it's just that I think there must be a better way ;-).
Talking to the young father in Israel (who is now father of two, congrats!) the other day, we talked about the political situation in IL and he seemed worried that old warhorses like Netanjahu or Barak may be elected yet again if there were new elections. I am not even going into what this would probably mean for the thing people still call "peace process". However, if only, say, 30 percent of the Israeli public thought like this and went for the one alternative, Livni, she will become the next prime minister. Not all hope lost - yet.
Apart from political changes which may be coming (or not), this blog has changed a little bit, too. You can now download a list of my publications from the left sidebar, as well as go straight to my XING-profile (which is part English, part German) by clicking on the logo there. Also, you can now find this blog under another address, www.christianefroehlich.de, which is so much easier to remember, isn't it?