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    • Tosefta
    • 30.03.07 | 14:41 (IDT)

    Olmert`s behavior is surprising in view of the unprecedented opportunities for peace deals. He rejects Syrian offeres to negotiate, and rejects a Palestinian offer (by Abbas and Hamas) to negotiate with Abbas on a deal to be followed by a referendum, and backed by the Arab world. Unbelieveable. How can one understand this? When Olmert came to power he was interviewed about general views. He was asked which Israeli Prime Ministers he admired most. The answer: Yitzhak Shamir. This was very surprising. Shamir is one of the least respected PM, known for saying no to every diplomatic move. He tried to keep what he had, by hook or by crook, even lying to the US and have Jim Baker recite for him publicly the White House`s telephone number: "When Israel is interested in peace, she should call this number". (Shamir saw the eruption of the First Intifada, birth of Hamas, and Jordan giving up on the West Bank.) What Olmert said he admired was Shamir`s determination and steadfastness in pursuing his goal (of not moving). Now, Olmert came to Power wishing to turn the "wall" into a permanent border with the approval of the world. Perhaps that is what he is still pursuing. He will not take the Saudi "bait", and instead try to prove to the world that Gaza still contains terrorists. Of course, Gaza will explode again at some point if nothing moves. That may be the plan. "Back to the future".

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    First published 00:00 30.03.07 | Last updated 00:00 30.03.07
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