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Israel Warms to Peace Initiative

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Posted on Apr 2, 2007
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Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert

Responding to a Saudi peace proposal, Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert has invited all Arab heads of state to meet in Jerusalem for talks. Israel had rejected similar proposals, but Olmert now takes a different view, saying a multilateral meeting would be “worth the effort.”


Los Angeles Times:

Olmert made it clear Sunday that his reservations about the terms demanded of Israel had not softened. But his openness to a regional summit was unexpected, given Israel’s skepticism about the plan and its historical aversion to multilateral peace talks in which the Jewish state would be outnumbered.

“It is not essential that the things they will say and the things we will say will be identical at this stage,” Olmert said. “But the actual holding of such a meeting, where they could present all their ideas and we could present our ideas, is certainly something worth an effort.”

Israel rejected the Saudi plan when it was first proposed. Israeli leaders have said they are willing to give up land for peace and allow the creation of a neighboring Palestinian state but would never agree to a full return to the 1967 borders. They have rejected the return of refugees to what is now Israel, saying the new Palestinian state should be the refugees’ homeland.

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By Kol Klink, April 3, 2007 at 7:01 pm Link to this comment
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Olmert’s approval rating in Israeli polls is at 3% and has lingered in that range since the failed attempt of Israel to wipe out hezbollah in his recent war against Lebanon. Had Israel won a decisive victory in that conflict I believe that we would have already seen US and Israeli initatives against Syria and Iran.

Once Israel was led by savy and brilliant strategists. Now its led by corrupt officals that have a striking resemblance to those that are supposed to be leading the US but are also failing miserably.

Israel faces not only a militarily intractable position but a demographic problem as well. Simply put, the Muslims are out producing the Israelis in numbers of new children by a wide margin. When Israel allowed settelers to occupy palestinian land the problem grew worse because of intermarriage between Israelis and Palestinians.

Israel decided to stop this demographic problem by opening their country to Russian ‘Jewish’ immigrants. What they got was some Russian Jews and some Russian Mafia. The Russian mafia quickly took control of the Israeli government by simply buying it, much as is done in America by ‘corporate interests’.

Now Israel is as dysfunctional as America. Israel has AIPAC and the neo cons pushing for an attack on Iran and Syria while Israel rots from within. The only way for Israel and the US to retain some influence in the mid east is for a genocide against the Muslim citizens to be carried out on a scale not seen since the time of Alexander. Even a military action as horrendous as that is not likely to succeed in the long run any more than the US invasion of Iraq has succeeded in the long run.

The neo con ‘Project For A New American Century’ has lasted even less time than Hitler’s ‘Thousand Year Reich’.

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By Matt, April 3, 2007 at 2:31 pm Link to this comment
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Doesn’t anybody remember how the US and Israel made nice toward Iran as they were preparing for the invasion, destruction, and occupation of Iraq?

Divide-and-conquer is the only game the neoconservatives and judeoconservatives know how to play. Peacemaking is just a ruse for buying time.

Olmert is pushing like mad for the US to attack Iran on a massive scale. This is an insanely destructive and evil enterprise that cannot in any way be squared with the notion that Olmert is some sort of peacemaker.

Therefore, as to this apparent peacemaking gesture regarding the Saudi plan, we must assume that it is only a temporary posturing, designed to pacify- for now - Israel’s Arab neighbors, while the US and Israel finish preparing to commit a mass murder of Iranians.

Olmert and the US neocons must reason that once Iran is destroyed, they can then afford to resume their full-throated belligerency towards the Arabs, killing (with any luck) many millions of them in the process of further “regime change”.

Olmert is still the utterly vile pig he always was.

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By Matthew Dodson, April 3, 2007 at 1:34 pm Link to this comment
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I hope, I hope, I hope.

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By Fadel Abdallah, April 3, 2007 at 12:25 pm Link to this comment
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I agree with Quy Tran’s comment about Olmert,“Once a cheater, always a cheater!”

To this I would like to add that Olmert’s words are intended to be a “kiss of death” to king Abdullah’s efforts, assuming that it is a genuine strategic offer.

His saying that he would never agree to a full return to the 1967 borders, and his rejection of the return of refugees to what is now Israel is a no starter, making his offer hollow and meaningless, and certainly rejected by the Palestinians in particular and Arabs in general.

Most likely this is the intention of this fox’s statement which sure will be rejected or ignored, giving him another propaganda line to say, “You see! I offered Arabs peace, but they rejected it.”

Additionally, making the issue as a huge conflict between tiny Israel and the 350 million Arabs is in itself a ploy to continue gaining support for Israel and evade peace with those concerned, namely the Palestinians.

For a long time, the Arabs as regimes, have washed their hands from the Palestinian problem. Only when they saw Iran helping the Palestinians, they became alerted and want to become relevent for the sake of appeasing the Arab masses and giving themselves a new lease on life for their corrupt regimes.

A very sad and complex story indeed!

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By Stephen Smoliar, April 3, 2007 at 9:59 am Link to this comment
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I was more interested in the analysis that Christoph Schult had this morning at SPIEGEL ONLINE, which gave me an opportunity to think through my own analysis, that addresses questions of motive, rather than logic:

http://therehearsalstudio.blogspot.com/2007/04/loose-cannon-that-hits-desired-target.html

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By Quy Tran, April 2, 2007 at 7:37 pm Link to this comment
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Once a cheater, always a cheater!

Could we beleive this guy and his administration?

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