Tuesday, August 07, 2007

Transfer by any other name is still transfer

Ha’aretz is reporting this:
Prime Minister Ehud Olmert is examining a new framework for peace in which Israel will propose transferring to the Palestinian state areas equivalent to 100 percent of the territories conquered in 1967.

Israel will suggest to the Palestinians to conduct negotiations for adequate territorial compensation from Israel's sovereign territory, in exchange for settlement blocs amounting to about 5 percent of the West Bank's area.

Israel is also examining various options of exchanging settlement blocs with Arab community blocs within Israel, in agreement with the residents. An agreement on this issue would enable Yisrael Beiteinu, headed by Avigdor Lieberman, to remain in the coalition.

So just how is Olmert going to convince Israeli Arabs they should leave their homes and go live under the thugacracy of the Palestinian Authority? I just have this suspicion it will be a real hard sell.

Anyhoo, Arutz Sheva is reporting that Olmert is having a fit of denial:
(IsraelNN.com) The Prime Minister's Office issued a strongly worded statement refuting a front-page report by Haaretz claiming a secret withdrawal plan had been formulated by Shimon Peres and Ehud Olmert.

"In response to the main headline in this morning's Ha'aretz, we do not know of any plan as described in the article," the statement said. "We would like to clarify that such a plan has not been considered, nor is it being raised for discussion in any forum."

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