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Deal That Died Almost Brought Mideast Peace
IBD Editorials ^ | October 25, 2011 | DAVID IGNATIUS

Posted on 10/25/2011 5:41:19 PM PDT by Kaslin

To the catalog of missed opportunities for peace in the Middle East, we can add a tantalizing if also depressing chapter: Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert's secret offer in 2008 to create a Palestinian state that would feature international control of holy sites in a divided Jerusalem — a concession many Israelis have said was impossible.

Condoleezza Rice discusses the Olmert proposal in her new memoir, "No Higher Honor." She writes that as she listened to Olmert's plan during a May 2008 visit to Israel, she asked herself (and the emphatic italics are hers in the text):

"Am I really hearing this? ... Concentrate. Write this down. No, don't write it down. What if it leaks? It can't leak; it's just the two of us."

As Rice tells the story, Olmert developed a comprehensive plan, which he presented secretly to Mahmoud Abbas, the president of the Palestinian Authority, in the summer of 2008. By September, the details of Olmert's offer included:

• Israeli transfer of sovereignty of 94.2% of the West Bank to the new Palestinian state. He offered additional swaps of land, and a corridor linking the West Bank and Gaza, that would bring the total Palestinian land area to 100% of the pre-1967 borders of the West Bank.

• A formula for dividing Jerusalem that would give Arab neighborhoods to the Palestinians and Jewish neighborhoods to Israel, with negotiators working out the status of mixed neighborhoods. Each country would have Jerusalem as its capital; there would be a joint city council with an Israeli mayor and a Palestinian deputy mayor.

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TOPICS: Editorial; Foreign Affairs; Israel
KEYWORDS: antichrist; bible; bush43; condi; condirice; falsepeace; israel; olmert; palestine; prophecy

1 posted on 10/25/2011 5:41:20 PM PDT by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin
There will not be peace in the middle east while there are muslems and Jews.
2 posted on 10/25/2011 5:47:33 PM PDT by mountainlion (I am voting for Sarah after getting screwed again by the DC Thugs.)
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To: Kaslin

There can be no peace where there are Muslims


3 posted on 10/25/2011 5:48:30 PM PDT by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Happiness)
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To: Kaslin

olmert. SPIT!!!


4 posted on 10/25/2011 5:49:00 PM PDT by MestaMachine (obama kills)
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To: Kaslin
1.) It would not have brought peace.

2.) I would not let the "international community" have control of a lemonade stand. There is not a thing they have touched that they have not screwed up.

5 posted on 10/25/2011 5:55:00 PM PDT by Harmless Teddy Bear (*Philosophy lesson 117-22b: Anyone who demands to be respected is undeserving of it.*)
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To: Kaslin

I doubt very seriously if a deal like that would have bought Mideast peace. In fact, it would probably have brought the next holocaust that much closer.


6 posted on 10/25/2011 6:02:04 PM PDT by Mr Ramsbotham (Laws against sodomy are honored in the breech.)
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To: Kaslin
Name one bully in all history who was long appeased by concessions.

Any land given to the Palestinians becomes a down payment.

7 posted on 10/25/2011 6:04:22 PM PDT by stormhill
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To: Kaslin

Olmert was a traitor, just like Rabin.


8 posted on 10/25/2011 6:06:06 PM PDT by montag813
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To: Kaslin

Most of the world will never understand. What is coming is false peace. When I read articles like this it shows how blind the world is. So the fact that it “failed” is not “depressing”. But when it does eventually come, yes it will seem to work astoundingly well, for 1,260 days. Tony Blair spends a good part of his time working on this.


9 posted on 10/25/2011 6:07:55 PM PDT by F15Eagle (1 John 5:4-5, 4:15, 5:13; John 3:17-18, 6:69, 11:25, 14:6, 20:31; Rom10:8-11; 1 Tim 2:5; Titus 3:4-5)
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To: Kaslin

This “deal” just didn’t go far enough. Now if Olmert had guaranteed that every Israeli family would off themselves with poison and cleanse the land of Jewish blood, Abbas might have gone for it.

As for Lil Miss Condi?

Shoulda stuck to playing piano.


10 posted on 10/25/2011 6:16:32 PM PDT by mkjessup (Is Herman Cain the best conservative candidate? If you say "no", then tell me who IS!!)
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To: GeronL
They do not want peace. Wild dog's are wild dogs, will until the end of time be wild dogs. Just the way it is. God's decision.
They are stuck somewhere in the 9th century, with no desire to leave it.
Show me the latest Arab to win any recognition for advancing Physics, Music, Medicine, Engineering, or just about anything, short of new ways to blow themselves up killing innocents in the process.
11 posted on 10/25/2011 6:16:44 PM PDT by reefdiver ("Let His day's be few And another takes His office")
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To: reefdiver

They might win a Nobel for Suicide Bombing Physics with enough research...


12 posted on 10/25/2011 6:19:21 PM PDT by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Happiness)
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To: mountainlion
You're right, this is idiot fantasizing and wishful thinking from Condi Rice. No wonder the Bushies made no progress in resolving the impasse. Morons at the wheel. Dead on arrival is a better title.
13 posted on 10/25/2011 6:23:25 PM PDT by hinckley buzzard
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To: mkjessup

Condi told the Jews she knew Scripture claing she was the daughter and/or granddaughter of a priest (sic) as I recall. She even spoke of labor pains of a New Middle East in ignorance. She truly has no clue at all. Click on my earlier posts of today to see what Tom Daschle and John Edwards did several years ago.


14 posted on 10/25/2011 6:26:06 PM PDT by F15Eagle (1 John 5:4-5, 4:15, 5:13; John 3:17-18, 6:69, 11:25, 14:6, 20:31; Rom10:8-11; 1 Tim 2:5; Titus 3:4-5)
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15 posted on 10/25/2011 6:26:49 PM PDT by musicman (Until I see the REAL Long Form Vault BC, he's just "PRES__ENT" Obama = Without "ID")
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To: F15Eagle

Claiming


16 posted on 10/25/2011 6:31:42 PM PDT by F15Eagle (1 John 5:4-5, 4:15, 5:13; John 3:17-18, 6:69, 11:25, 14:6, 20:31; Rom10:8-11; 1 Tim 2:5; Titus 3:4-5)
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To: Kaslin

Israelis have learned that signed agreements with Palestinians lead to Israeli concessions but not peace.


17 posted on 10/25/2011 6:50:07 PM PDT by Zhang Fei (Let us pray that peace be now restored to the world and that God will preserve it always.)
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To: Kaslin

Even if Israel disappeared tonight there would still be no peace in the middle east.


18 posted on 10/25/2011 7:17:28 PM PDT by philetus (Keep doing what you always do and you'll eventually get what you deserve)
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To: Kaslin
May history record this as,

“Mr. Know-It-All leads the Know-Nothings”.

“What a mistake!”

What an understatement!

This guy's entire administration can be summed up in that insight.

Next year's election cycle ought to be “interesting” to the point of being unprecedented.

What will he and his party run on?

Certainly nothing domestic.

He trumpets his foreign policy “coups” without reference to anyone else, and most all of these “coups” have involved little more than killing.

How can he hype the future, given his past?

If the repubs don't rip this guy non-stop from the get-go, then the party needs to go the route of the Whig party, and be replaced by something that has a more robust future - like the American Tea Party!

CA....

19 posted on 10/25/2011 7:23:57 PM PDT by Chances Are (Seems I've found that silly grin again....)
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Thanks Kaslin.

Israel wants peace, Moslems want murder. Moslems do not, will not, and have not ever negotiated in good faith.


20 posted on 10/25/2011 7:24:20 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (It's never a bad time to FReep this link -- https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: hinckley buzzard
What part of "Olmert developed a comprehensive plan" don't you understand?

It wasn't Rice's plan. It wasn't W's plan. It was Israel's plan!

21 posted on 10/26/2011 3:17:09 AM PDT by newzjunkey (Republicans will find a way to reelected Obama.)
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No Condi, you were never close to peace. The palestinians have no interest in peace, which is why the offer, like Camp David, was turned down.

22 posted on 10/26/2011 5:24:06 AM PDT by SJackson (Haven't changed the environment, just take a bath. Eat a piece of chocolate. You need one. Michelle)
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