The New York Times had to dig deep to find an Israeli who would side with the demands of the Palestinians and criticize Israel for trying to head off a United Nations declaration of a Palestinian State. To try and give credibility to the author the Times simply refers to him as a former Prime Minister. It does not mention that he was forced from office for committing crimes.
The only man who fits this profile is Ehud Olmert. Olmert, who offered Abbas everything, (including the right of return) and was rebuffed expects people to believe that for some unexplained reason Abbas would take Olmert’s sweetheart deal that Abbas rejected in the past. That deal includes:
“The city of Jerusalem would be shared. Its Jewish areas would be the capital of Israel and its Arab neighborhoods would become the Palestinian capital. Neither side would declare sovereignty over the city’s holy places; they would be administered jointly with the assistance of Jordan, Saudi Arabia and the United States.
The Palestinian refugee problem would be addressed within the framework of the 2002 Arab Peace Initiative. The new Palestinian state would become the home of all the Palestinian refugees just as the state of Israel is the homeland of the Jewish people. Israel would, however, be prepared to absorb a small number of refugees on humanitarian grounds.”
Olmert also criticizes Israel for not giving in to all of the Palestinian demands.This is a shameful display by Olmert and the New York Times.