As I understand the Israel-Palestinian negotiations carried out by Israel's last prime minister, Ehud Olmert, Mr. Olmert conceded to the Palestinians more than was then, or is now, Israel's negotiating position, including but not only the entry to Israel of descendants of Arabs who in 1948-49 fled or were expelled in war from Israel. That offer of Mr. Olmert was rejected by the Palestinian side. For at least three reasons, the current Israeli coalition government doesn't expect any breakthroughs in the near future. First, the Palestinians didn't accept Mr. Olmert's unprecedented negotiating generosity. Second, in all the past negotiations over the years, the Palestinians have never veered from their initial negotiating position, that is, they haven't negotiated at all. And third, MR. Olmert's negot. position is not the position of this elected government.
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