1. The demonstration which I attended on Thursday night was important precisely because it had mostly secular and left wing attendees and the keynote was struck by Meir Shalev.
2. We have all attended enough right wing demonstrations to know that they do not carry the public and the media, even though they make us feel more comfortable. On the other hand, the media was all out in favor of this demonstration and maximized its effect (whatever that may turn out to be).
3. If any minister resigns, the government carries on, but if the Prime Minister resigns the government falls. That means new elections unless a new government can win a vote of confidence in the Knesset. It is the best chance of replacing the government.
4. Olmert will not willingly resign unless his health forces him to occupy the bed next to Sharon. However, if his cohorts believe that their political careers are in great danger of going down with his, enough of them will abandon him to force him out.
5. From the day he became PM all of Olmert's actions and words have been only to keep himself in office. He had no time or interest left for anything to benefit the state or its people. For only one example, nothing has been done to stop kassam rockets on Sderot or to protect its buildings and population. If he did nothing about THIS, then what did he do?
6. Olmert's most essential advisers are his PR people. They rely completely on Orwellian double-speak. They believe that you can fool all the people all the time. On a professional level there must be sneaking admiration for the Chutzpa it took to coin the phrase, This government made the mistakes so this government will correct them.
7. We should not make the mistake of putting any reliance on Olmert's Betar background. We have learned over the years that many Betarim turned into the worst enemies of the movement.
8. We may not be able to elect the exact leaders we would prefer, but we must get rid of this bunch before they drag us all down to destruction.