Olmert: Knesset Must See Joint Declaration Before Summit

Olmert tells AG any significant document must be brought for approval if it contains important decisions.

Prime Minister Ehud Olmert has informed Attorney General Menachem Mazuz of his intention to present any joint declaration consolidated with the Palestinians for approval in the Knesset, Haaretz learned on Monday.

The prime minister told the attorney general in a letter that "Every document which expresses Israeli commitment to a significant political-military matter? will be brought before the Knesset?. in accordance with the accepted practice of the State of Israel and as the government of Israel has been doing for generations with regard to significant political documents."

Olmert said it was too early to estimate the results of negotiations with the Palestinians or even what such a joint document would look like.

Given these variables, he wrote, he could not yet say if the document would be fitting to bring before the Knesset. However, if a joint declaration does include considerable Israeli decisions with regard to the state and the region, it will be brought before Knesset.