Well, things have this week got that bit gloomier still.
|Former Labor Leader and Israeli Prime Miniter, Ehud Barak|
Fractured opposition to Netanyahu
This has meant that the opposition to Netanyahu and his Likud Party has been further eroded and fractured. Indeed, it now means that the governing coalition is now dominated by parties that largely oppose granting major concessions to the Palestinians.
In the cause of a long-term, stable two-nation peace, this latest development does not seem to have helped matters.
The decline of the Israeli Labour Party
They peaked as a single party with the 44 Knesset seats that they won as recently as 1992 but in the most recent elections in February 2009, they won just 13 seats and less than 10% of the vote. This week's split means that they are now left with a rump of just 8 seats.
The Palestinians ended the direct peace talks with Israel at the end of September after Benjamin Netanyahu refused to commit to another long-term settlement building freeze.