The last time Condi was here, she convinced Ariel Sharon to relax restrictions on Gaza and the Palestinians.
There were good humanitarian reasons, and she was persuasive.
(She’s smart and attractive, and Ariel is on record as saying so.)
Anyway, the pressure on the Palestinians was off. Things got better.
They elect a Hamas government, fire rockets into Israel, kidnap Gilad Shalit, and start a war with Israel.
Israel responded by putting the pressure back on. Heavy pressure.
Things got quiter. Not quiet, but quiet-er.
Condi has come back, and, like last time, she’s convinced the Prime Minister (Ehud Olmert) to relax restrictions on Gaza and the Palestinians.
There are good humanitarian reasons, and she is persuasive – although Olmert has never said how attractive he thinks she is.
So, the pressure on the Palestinians is off. Things will probably start to get better.
Let’s hope for better results this time.