Ab­bas ad­mits re­ject­ing Ehud Olmert’s peace of­fer

The Jewish Chronicle - - WORLD NEWS - BY JC RE­PORTER

IN A re­cent in­ter­view with Is­rael’s Chan­nel 10, Pales­tinian Author­ity Pres­i­dent Mah­moud Ab­bas ad­mit­ted for the first time that he turn down a peace of­fer from for­mer Is­raeli prime min­is­ter Ehud Olmert.

Speak­ing about the 2008 ne­go­ti­a­tions, Mr Ab­bas said that he “re­jected out of hand” a pro­posal from Mr Olmert un­der which Is­rael would an­nex 6.3 per cent of the West Bank and com­pen­sate the Pales­tini­ans with 5.8 per cent of pre1967 Is­rael.

When ques- tioned about his mo­tives for re­but­ting the of­fer, he said that Mr Olmert had not given him a map of the ter­ri­tory swap be­ing pro­posed, and that he could not “sign some­thing that hasn’t been given us”.

Mr Ab­bas also put his re­fusal down to the fact that he was not an ex­pert on maps, and that it was im­pos­si­ble for him to strike a long-last­ing deal with some­one who was on the point of los­ing of­fice.

T hi s f e a r was borne out, as Mr Olmert was forced to re­sign shortly af­ter­wards over c o r r u p t i o n

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