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    • Mark Green
    • 29.03.06 | 13:32 (IST)

    Olmert is the Godfather of unilateralism. He seems to think he can decides where the borders should be and what settlements he can keep and the Palestinians will just have to accept his terms. Does this sound like statesmanship? I don’t think so. No matter what Olmert and those who voted for unilateralism feel, their best hope is for a negotiated settlements with the Palestinians. Hiding behind a high concrete wall will not solve Israel's problems in the long run. It’s only a short fix for a very serious conflict. Sooner or later the wall will come down and those hiding behind it will be exposed to reality. Olmert should do the brave thing by calling on the Palestinians to negotiate a settlements based on a full withdrawal to the 4th of June borders and telling Israelis that the 1967 borders are the only game in town. He should not raise the settlers hope by promising to keep what he likes to call 'blocs'. No Palestinians will negotiate with him on his terms.

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    First published 00:00 29.03.06 | Last updated 00:00 29.03.06
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