Such is Israeli politics…
Israel's Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu has backtracked on his call for early elections – they have now in fact been cancelled.
This morning, after the Coalition Chairman at the Knesset had already approved the dissolution law with it's first reading, it was announced that Mr. Netanyahu has come to an arrangement with a unity Government by inviting the Kadima party.
This is the political party started by Aerial Sharon and with whom Ehud Olmert was Prime Minister. This is the entity that lead the opposition under Tzipi Livni who is now out of her party leadership and politics altogether.
The dramatic and unprecedented move came after a night of drama and effectively pushes the next Israeli elections to November 2013.
The Kadima Chairman, Shual Mofaz will be the only Kadima minister in the government. Israel's controversial Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman was apparently in on the move and has stayed silent throughout the media flury all day.
Mr. Mofaz, who was Chief of Staff – Israel's top military commander before entering politics, will be appointed Vice Premier and will be member of all security forums.
Certainly a unity government will find it easier to operate against Iran if necessary.
And thus with this change of direction Mr. Netanyahu has silenced the political opponents, thrown their parties into the meat grinder, and has proven that he may well be Israel's most divisive, and yet talented, politician.
Middle East Correspondent