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Olmert Blasts US Stance On West Bank Settlements

Former Israel prime minister Ehud Olmert sharply criticized the Obama administration for insisting on a complete halt to housing on the West Bank. Although he agrees the construction of this housing “commands the agenda between the United States and Israel,” he regards it as a mistake because it is “impossible to completely enforce” and will only embitter the situation within Israel and between his country and the United States. He believes Palestinian needs to create an effective government and provide security have no connection to the issue of West Bank housing. Olmert also blamed Palestinian leaders for rejecting his proposal a year ago which dealt with many of their concerns.

Olmert is absolutely correct that Palestinian leaders have lacked a sense of vision and been unable to take risks in order to achieve peace. However, no Palestinian leader today can enter negotiations with Israel if they must accept West Bank settlements as they currently exist. Barack Obama is correct housing must cease and the Israel government has to become realistic of their chance to retain only a small portion of the West Bank. What could have happened last year or ten years ago has no relevance to what must occur today.

Israel Doubts EU Can Solve Gaza Crisis

Israel officials expressed doubt the EU had any concrete proposal that would lead to an end of the bombing in Gaza. An official in the office of Prime Minister Olmert said his nation was not interested in EU monitors, but wanted an immediate end to rocket attacks and guarantees that smuggling of weapons into Gaza would end once and for all. “We don’t need ceremonial forces,” said the official. “What we need is a mechanism that can keep Hamas from rearming and there are regional powers as well as international players who can support such a goal.” However, many EU leaders believe step on is an immediate cease fire and an end to bombing on both sides. Israel Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni made clear: “When Israel is targeted, Israel is going to retaliate.”

It is increasingly clear Hamas made a terrible miscalculation by firing rockets. It assumed Israel would not take any violent reaction. It also assumed the world would prevent Israel from bombing and invading Gaza. Unfortunately, innocent people in Gaza are dying due to these mistakes of Hamas.

Peace- Too Little For Too Long Or Too Late For Peace?

Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and Prime Minister Mahmoud Abbas have been circling around one another for a few years, exchanging words about peace and compromise, but never finalizing anything other than they both have a desire for peace. Now, as Olmert prepares to leave office due to a scandal, he is saying, “in principle, there is nothing to prevent us from reaching an agreement on the core issues in the near future– you don’t need months to make a decision.” Of course, had this been said a year ago, there might now be peace between Israel and Palestine. In 1993, the Oslo accords gave hope of peace, but what was agreed upon somehow got lost in the process of trying to implement the agreement.

Palestinian police have restored law and order to several cities such as Hebron, and IDF forces no longer have to patrol cities such as Nablus and Jenin. The Abbas government has improved in many areas of administration such as in its banking and accounting offices. If Oslo is any example, it proves the importance of following up on agreements by working on implementing details, not grand theories.

Barack Obama has to ensure the United States works with Israel and the Palestinian Authority to ensure the details of peace become a high priority and a reality.

Olmert Praises Bush For Bringing Peace To Middle East!

It is the end of the Bush era and his friends undoubtedly feel the need to make some pleasant remarks to the president about his efforts over the past few years. In his farewell comments to Bush, Israeli Prime Minister Olmert, claimed the United States had helped to create the idea of a two-state solution to the Israel and Palestinian conflict and had ensured that peace was furthered in the Middle East. Perhaps, Prime Minister Olmert is trapped in a time warp, but does he really believe the Middle East in 2008 is more peaceful and secure than it was in 2001? “I’m sure that history books,” he said, “will be written the contribution that you made to the safety and security of many people will be greatly appreciated.”

History books are written by intelligent people who carefully study what happened in order to uncover a sense of reality. Any competent historian already knows George Bush brought terrorism to the Middle East and created chaos in Iraq and other nations of the region. Perhaps, Olmert forgets, former President Bill Clinton proposed a two state solution in 2000 that was more advanced and advantageous to Palestinians than anything that has emerged from the Bush era. If Arafat had accepted that proposal there would be a solution to the Israel-Palestinian conflict.

Jewish Settlers Defies Logic And Judaism On West Bank

Nadia Matar, leader of the radical Jewish settler movement, Women in Green, expressed her anger at Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd who changed his nation’s policy by switching to support a UN resolution calling on Israel to cease building more settlements in the West Bank. However, according to Ms. Matar, “who are you to tell me I am not allowed to build here, in my homeland? Jews are allowed to build in France, in New York, in Australia, but I am not allowed to build here?” She believes the Oslo accords with Palestinians was a “criminal betrayal” of Jews and the peace treaty with Egypt w as a “tragic mistake.” Perhaps, one could smile at the stubborn refusal of Ms. Matar to come to grips with reality, but her attitude is also found among many Israeli citizens who continue believing their nation does not have to compromise.

In 1972, there were 1182 Jewish settlers in the West Bank, today, there are about 282,00. Prime Minister Ehud Olmert has come the full cycle and now accepts the need for compromise and evacuation of the West Bank if Israel is to achieve lasting peace. If people like Ms. Matar have power, Israel is condemned to another fifty years of fighting and anger and killing.

Israel PM Denounces Discrimination Against Arabs!

Prime Minister Ehud Olmert entered office with a reputation of being conservative and an opponent of making large concessions to Palestinians. His experiences with attempting to forge peace for his society has increasingly made him aware of how Israel is unable to confront the reality of the world in which it lives. Religious and right wing conservatives believe Israel can go on indefinitely ignoring the need for compromise, and refusing to recognize there must be a return to the 1967 borders. Olmert has also become painfully aware that Arab citizens in the state of Israel are not treated equally with Jews. “For sixty years there has been discrimination against Arabs. This discrimination is deep-seated and intolerable” he recently proclaimed. He made the remarks at a meeting which is attempting to provide equal access to public service to Arab citizens.

Naturally, right wing fanatics who insist all problems are caused by Arabs, attacked Olmert for selling out his nation. World Likud leader Danny Danon denounced the prime minister for failing to ignore, “efforts of the Israeli Arab leadership which is doing everything in its power to undermine state security.” These are the same type of remarks made by Bush/Cheney/Rumsfeld about anyone who dared challenge their decisions.

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.

Obama Makes Nice With Israel Leaders

During the recent presidential campaign, Republicans attempted to portray Barack Obama as hostile to Israel and that if elected it would mean the end of the Jewish state. Yesterday, Obama reached out to Prime Minister Olmert and discussed with him ways of dealing with the current impasse in resolving the Israel-Palestine conflict. Both “agreed on the need to continue to advance the peace process, and this, while safeguarding the security of Israel.” Obama, from day one, has made clear his desire to see reconciliation between Palestinians and Israel and that most probably requires compromise on the part of both groups.

The very Jewish organizations who spread their filthy lies about Obama as an “enemy of Israel,” and now shouting praise over his selection of Rep. Rahm Emanuel as his chief of staff. William Daroff of the United Jewish Communities, which was not that fond of Obama, said “Rep. Emanuel is among the sharpest political tacticians and policy makers that is on the scene in Washington D.C.”

Hopefully, supporters of Israel understand Obama seeks a peace agreement that meets the needs of all parties, not just those of Israel.

Olmert Talks Honest- Ignored By Supporters

Israel Prime Minister Ehud Olmert’s comments that his nation had to accept the reality of 1967 borders and a Palestinian presence in Jerusalem has been greeted by silence or disbelief among many political leaders in his nation. However, European Union envoy Marc Otte, told the Jerusalem Post, Olmert’s comments represented political courage. “Everyone who has been engaged in the negotiations is bound to come to that sort of conclusion. I am encouraged that the Israeli leadership is willing to face the challenges.” Unfortunately, Foreign Minister Tzip Livni, who most probably will become the next prime minister said she did not feel compelled to agree with the Olmert proposal.

There were some initial claims that Palestinians had rejected Olmert’s proposal but Otte said there was no validity to that assertion. At least one Israel leader is dealing with reality rather than with rhetoric.

Livni Opposes PM Olmert’s Palestinian Peace Plan

Israel Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni made clear she opposes efforts by Prime Minister Olmert to reach a peace agreement with President Abbas of the Palestinian Authority. She told French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner, “I do not believe in far-reaching proposals and an attempt to expedite matters, especially in light of the political situation.” Olmert told the French foreign minister of his frustration because Abbas would not agree to his proposal which indicated a desire to accept the 1967 borders which has been a goal of Palestinian leaders for years. Livni’s argument is that Abbas could not agree to the Olmert offer due to opposition within Palestine, and she added, “the political situation in Israel also does not allow it to be signed.”

The best that Livni can offer is “let us not allow dates or political changes to stand in our way. The point is to understand the required concessions in order to conduct a correct process.” Perhaps, Livni is hoping John McCain will win the election and then support any Israel plan regardless if it has any chance of being accepted by Palestinians.

Israel could use a Nelson Mandela in charge of the government.