The Phone Call
Maybe I'm overoptimistic, but this time it feels different. Unlike the convoluted complications of the Mueller Report, the Tr*mp-Zelensky phone call is easy to understand — easy for people with only casual interest in the news to think about. It might be enough to convince Pelosi and the Red State Democrats that impeachment isn't so bad an idea.
No matter where the drone attack on the Saudi oil installations was launched, everybody knows Iran was responsible. That, of course, is what the Iranians intended: their layer of deniability was paper thin. They showed the Saudis how vulnerable they are, and upped the ante on Tr*mp, who now is forced to choose between tanking his re-election chances with a war nobody wants, or looking like a wimp to his base. Yes, Our President has been having a bad week.
If Avigdor Liberman manages to keep the ultra-Orthodox parties out of the ruling coalition, he'll have done one good thing in his life. Benny Gantz is moderate only by comparison to Bibi (and, maybe, Liberman), so if he successfully forms a ruling coalition, it won't make much difference to anybody outside of Israel – nor to the Palestinians. Still, it does provide the prospect of Bibi going to jail.