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  12/5/2012, Kislev 21, 5773

Der Spiegel: Olmert Convinced Germany Not to Oppose PA

Germany planned to vote against the Palestinian Authority’s bid for United Nations recognition as a “nonmember state,” but decided to instead abstain from voting after hearing what former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert had to say, Der Spiegel reports.

Olmert showed sympathy with PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas and his decision to go to the UN, so “Merkel decided not to go along with what Netanyahu wanted this time,” the paper said.