Haaretz is very optimistic this morning: Olmert can cobble together 70 MKs (out of the necessary 61) to authorize an agreement with the Palestinians that would give them 100% of the West Bank including land swaps so that some Jewish settlements would remain Israeli, and some towns of Arab Israelis would become Palestinian. I think they're right that were such an offer on the table, a large majority of Israelis could be convinced to support it, if they thought it would bring peace. I've never heard that the Israeli Arabs slated to be re-defined into Palestine would be willing to accept this, but who know? Life can be full of surprises.
On the other hand, it was only yesterday (!) that the very same place in Haaretz - the top of page 1 - told the opposite story. Yesterday they were informing us that
The Palestinian Authority's security organizations are unable to assume security control of cities in the West Bank, Prime Minister Salam Fayad told senior Israeli officials during recent meetings. Fayad told Israeli officials that the PA's security forces are unable "to impose law and order in the West Bank at this time."
How do we align yesterday's pessimism with today's optimism? I have no explanation, save to suggest that we'll definitely hear more about all this - oceans of ink, they used to say - before... well, before we hear even more about it.