All, How weird. Abbas wouldn't respond to Olmert's offer. Now he wants to re-open negotiations on the basis of the Olmert offer. Why doesn't Abbas tell Mitchell what his counter-offer would be based on the Olmert position. My understanding is that Olmert spent over a year negotiating with himself. He came up with 3 offers in a row (each more generous than the last) without ever receiving a counter-offer from Abbas. Clearly, even with Obama, Europe and the Islamic world in his corner, he doesn't want to start negotiations.
UN chief condemns Palestinian toddler killing, urges calm (Reuters)
from the article: Olmert: Abbas never responded to my peace offer