Former Israel Prime Minister Ehud Olmert unfortunately became involved in several illegal activities which compelled his resignation. During his concluding months in office, Olmert worked for peace with Palestinians and creation of a viable two state solution. Unfortunately, at that time President Abbas of the Palestinian Authority blew an opportunity for two states. The arrival of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has crushed any effort to peace.
Olmert spoke about the need to partition Jerusalem in order to respect the rights of Palestinians. He argues it is too late to create a unified Jerusalem. “No Israel government since 1967 bass done even a smidgen of what was needed in order to unify the city in practical terms.” Insistence on an “Israel Jerusalem” leads only to ‘tragedy” in the words of Olmert.
It is time to recognize that Jerusalem belongs to three religions, and establish a governance process that recognizes the importance of all to have a voice in how the city is governed.