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.