Ehud Olmert: Proximity Talks Are Not the Way to Middle East Peace

Former PM says real agreement must come with consideration for what the state needs, not what the public wants.

 

Former prime minister Ehud Olmert
Former prime minister Ehud OlmertArchive
Former prime minister Ehud Olmert said Tuesday that he did not believe the Israeli-Palestinian proximity talks were the right vehicle for achieving peace in the Middle East.
 
"Any alternative to direct talks is less good," Olmert told an audience at the Einav Cultural Center in Tel Aviv.
 
The former prime minister said that he had made a number of far-reaching proposal to the Palestinians during his tenure, adding that the Palestinian Authority most likely regretted not having accepting those offers.
 
"We don't need a referee between us and the Palestinians," he said. "If we are not really willing to make excessive concessions, it is better that we don't make it seem like we are on the track for a serious agreement."
 
"In order to change the reality, we need a leadership that dares to make decisions, a leadership that doesn't think about what the public wants, but what the state needs," he added.