Olmert: Dream of greater Israel couldn’t be achieved
Israeli prime minister Ehud Olmert has acknowledged on Monday that the Israeli dream of establishing the “greater Israel” and the “Jewish state” were hard to attain.
Those two things [greater Israeli and the Jewish state] couldn’t be found together except in the minds of the psychologically sick people and unrealistic people, Olmert was quoted as saying in a speech he delivered before the foreign affairs and security committee in the Israeli Knesset (parliament) Monday where he also defended his “peace” talks with the Palestinians and the Syrians.
He described the “peace” negotiations with the Palestinians and the Syrians as “serious”, accusing the Israeli rightists of derailing peace efforts in the region and of pushing Israel into war.
“I was among those who didn’t believe in the two-state solution, but I realize now that it was wrong. Most of the Israelis now understand the difference between a two-state solution and the one-state solution where all citizens are equal”, Olmert was, furthermore, quoted as asserting.
He also alleged that he was talking peace with a PA that is interested in peace and doesn’t sanction “terrorism”, adding that the difference between him and the his predecessors is that he doesn’t carry out Israel’s obligation unless the Palestinians completely carry out their own obligations.
Moreover, Olmert defended Israel’s “secret” and indirect talks with Syria, pointing out that the indirect peace talks with Syria had started in February of 2007, and that his predecessors had pledged “painful” concessions in this regard ** Source: Palestine-Info Centre
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