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Olmert reveals Israeli concessions

Speaking to Obama’s envoy George J Mitchell, Olmert revealed the details of Israel’s offer to the Palestinians: Jerusalem and Judea and Samaria, minus the settlement blocs. The scheme would uproot 60,000 Jews.

Livni denied she accepted the scheme, though she is on the record conceding to similar border arrangements.

Fortunately, Palestinians reject this plan, and rightly so. A border that includes Israeli settlement blocs but excludes Arab villages would be a drunk’s path, unworkable and indefensible, and a constant source of tension.

Olmert’s plan is not different from previous governments’ plans, including those of Rabin, Barak, and Netanyahu.

It is the nature of negotiations that each side always asks for more, and American negotiators are pressing Israel for still more concessions.

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