Olmert: Israel must withdraw

From JTA:

Israel will have to leave the West Bank and eastern Jerusalem, and compensate Palestinians for settlement blocs in a peace deal, Ehud Olmert said.

“In the end of the day, we will have to withdraw from the most decisive areas of the territories. In exchange for the same territories left in our hands, we will have to give compensation in the form of territories within the State of Israel,” Israel’s prime minister said in an interview published Monday in Yediot Achronot.

It is the first time Olmert has been so specific about what he believes a peace with the Palestinians will look like. Yediot pointed out in the article that Olmert did not go so far in his statements when he was firmly in office and not the caretaker head of a government in transition.

Yes, interesting that he didn’t say this when he actually had power. This is like an awkward night out with unassertive friends. Everyone wants to get ice cream, but no one wants to admit they want ice cream because they’re afraid that no one else wants it. So everyone stands around wanting it and not getting it because no one’s willing to put themselves out there and say that they want it.

Godot’s not going to show up, people. Someone has to make a move.

3 Responses

  1. Isn’t this roughly the Kadima platform?

  2. I think Kadima believes that Israel should keep East Jerusalem, so he’s going a little farther than the official platform. More importantly, though, Kadima hasn’t made much of a move to actually implement their own policies, at least in regard to the West Bank.

  3. There’s something that confuses me about East Jerusalem, though. Although I’ve seen the mechanism criticized, it was one of the things Barak offered at Camp David.

    As far as Kadima no implementing the policy, that’s true – but I’m not sure I ever expected anyone to do that within just a few years. It’s a terrible feature of democracy that it rarely bows to the will of a single leader.

    Of course, the failure to even freeze settlements was enough of a disappointment, so maybe I shouldn’t split hairs. And I have my own ideas about the way to begin change in Israel.

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