Olmert's Unique Negotiating Strategy
Michael FreundMichael Freund served as Deputy Communications Director in the Israeli...
The people of Israel owe a debt of gratitude to Ehud Olmert.
In a speech today to the British Parliament in London, Israel's Prime Minister unwittingly succeeded in summing up everything that is wrong with our nation's policy towards the Palestinians in a mere two sentences.
With nary a trace of sarcasm, here is what Mr. Olmert had to say about his plan to withdraw from most of Judea and Samaria while retaining control over a handful of so-called settlement blocs:
"There was no 'Zionist' reasoning here, as you might be inclined to argue. There is an honest, real will on my part to give a lot and receive little in return."
Yes – you read that correctly. But just in case you didn't, here it is again: "There was no 'Zionist' reasoning here, as you might be inclined to argue. There is an honest, real will on my part to give a lot and receive little in return."
And so, the two key principles upon which Mr. Olmert's policy rests, based on his own remarks, appear to be the following:
1 – no "Zionist" reasoning guides Israeli decision-making
2 – Israel will give up a lot with the aim of receiving little in return
And all this time, we were wondering if the guy knew what he was doing…