Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert began testifying on his own behalf at his trial on corruption charges. Olmert told judges in Jerusalem District Court Tuesday on the first day of the defense phase of the trial that "I am fighting for my life here and nothing else."
This time there are maps -- not that they necessarily help. After the collapse of the Camp David talks in 2000, the Israeli and Palestinian sides bickered about who had offered what, and the competing historical narratives were adopted by either side and around the world. This time, the proposed territorial concessions that former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and Palestinian negotiators discussed are visible in living color -- in a set of leaked Palestinian Authority documents published by Al Jazeera.
Whenever I find myself among large groups of Jews, I have to ask myself this question: How much of the Kool-Aid should I drink?