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PM Olmert To Israel– Face Reality!

Prime Minister Ehud Olmert upset some right wing Israelis by making clear to the nation of Israel they have been living in a dream world for years and it was time to face reality of the need to surrender territory in exchange for peace. “If we want to keep Israel Jewish and democratic, we need to give up parts of the homeland we have dreamed about for generations and(mentioned) in our prayers, even Arab neighborhoods of Jerusalem , and to return to a 1967 Israel with certain amendments.” He insisted the decision to accept reality is imperative and can not be put off by demagogues who promise to fight on and on. “The moment of truth has arrived,” he said, but, unfortunately too many Israelis prefer believing the rhetoric of defiance instead of the reality of peace.

President Shmon Peres echoed the feeling of Olmert and urged Israelis to carry out the dreams of Yitzhak Rabin who died because he believed in peace rather than empty promises and assurances the status quo could go on indefinitely.

Hamas Uncertain About Future Relations With Israel

A senior official with Hamas indicated his organization was confused concerning future relations with Israel because of that nation’s uncertain governmental structure. Foreign Minister Livni has been attempting to organize a coalition government which would continue efforts of the present Olmert government regarding the Palestine issue. Mahmoud al-Zahar said the Hamas offer of a truce was not canceled, but since ‘there is no one to talk about this proposal with on the other side” it leaves issues unsettled. He indicated the concept of a long term truce was a “project that can be developed when there are intentions” on the other side.
The late spiritual advisor of Hamas, Ahmed Yassin, suggested a twenty year truce without any recognition of the Israel state.

A few days ago, Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh agreed to accept the idea of a Palestinian state within the 1967 borders. It is now apparent all Palestinian leaders and Arab nations are willing to accept a truce with Israel based on the 1967 borders. The ball is now definitely in the court of Israel.

Hamas Accepts 1967 Israel Border

Hamas leaders told former President Jimmy Carter they are prepared to accept the 1967 borders of Israel although they refuse at present to recognize the existence of the Israel nation. The statement by Khaled Mashaal in Damascus ammounted to a tacit acceptance of Israel’s righ to exist alongside a Palestinian state. Mashaal also said a future Palestinian state must have Jerusalem as its capital. “We agree to a (Palestinian) state on pre-67 borderes with jerusalem as its capital with genuine sovereignty without settlements but without recognizing Israel. Mashaal added: “We have offered a truce if Israel withdraws to the 1967 borders, a truce of 10 years as a proof of recognition.

The only response of the American State Department was from Tom Casey, a spokesperson, who said: “the bottom line is Hamas still believes in the destruction of the state of Israel. They don’t believe Israel has a right to exist.” Carter has been attacked by the Israel government, the Bush administration, and right wing supporters of Israel, but the real bottom line is that Carter has secured a statement from Hamas of a willingness to co-exist with Israel for ten years. One can assume if such co-existence succeeds for ten years, it may well endure into the future.