PM: Only Delusional People Still Believe in Greater Israel

Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said yesterday that only people suffering from delusions still believe it is possible to hold on to the greater Land of Israel, territories Israel captured in the 1967 Six-Day War.

Speaking at a Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee meeting, Olmert denied committing to concessions on the Golan. However, he said, it is clear what Syria wants to get as part of any peace deal.

MK Yisrael Katz (Likud) asked him how he explained Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Mualem's statement that Israel has promised to withdraw from the Golan. Olmert replied that he did not have to comment on everything.

MK Limor Livnat (Likud) responded that what was actually delusional was that a prime minister at the end of his political career could receive envelopes with cash and hold talks on the return of the Golan Heights.

Livnat was referring to the ongoing corruption investigation against Olmert, who is suspected of receiving illicit funds from an American businessman over a number of years.

Later on in the committee session, Olmert denied holding talks with Hamas, despite Vice Premier Haim Ramon's claim to the contrary last week.

Olmert also stated that the notion of Israel becoming a state "of all its citizens" was gaining traction among elites in the United States. This wold mean a one-state solution whereby Palestinians receive Israeli citizenship.