Olmert says releasing Barghouti is not an option (tovah lazaroff and jpost.com staff, Nov. 12, 2006, THE JERUSALEM POST)

The release of imprisoned Tanzim leader Marwan Barghouti is not an option, Prime Minister Ehud Olmert told reporters during his flight to Washington, DC to meet with US President George W. Bush. […]

In the interview, Olmert breathed new life into the realignment plan, which would see Israel retain highly populated settlement blocs within Judea and Samaria and relinquish isolated areas. Until now, analysts had assumed that Olmert had dropped the plan.

But on Saturday he said it could still be on the table, with some modifications.

“After the fighting in Lebanon, and also the failure of the Palestinians to cope with continued terrorist attacks, I have second thoughts about the ability to accomplish the two-state solution through realignment. It is definitely not dead but it has to be reexamined,” said Olmert.

According to a government source, Olmert might be willing to give up 90 percent of the West Bank.

Except that Mr. Barghouti is the only Palestinian with the political and moral authority to accept that land for peace, so the Israelis will release him.


  1. PapayaSF says:

    This seems wrong to me for three reasons: 1) As far as I know, most Israelis would be happy to accept a real land for peace deal. They just don’t trust the Palestinians to keep their side of the bargain, and for good reasons. 2) What makes you think Barghouti would offer such a deal? 3) What makes you think the radical Palestinians would allow him to live if he did?

  2. Orrin says:

    (1) Which is why they shouldn’t offer, just present the fait accompli.

    (2) He already has.

    (3) They mightn’t. He’d hardly be the first not to get to enjoy the fruit of his labors.

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