Olmert: It is delusional to believe in ‘greater Israel’

Monday, May 26, 2008 |  staff writer

It is delusional, in the current situation, to cling to a vision of ‘Greater Israel,’ according to Prime Minister Ehud Olmert who spoke to the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee on Monday, shedding light on his reasoning for discussing the giveaway of the Golan Heights and West Bank.

“Today we face the choice between Greater Israel and a Jewish nation – the two are mutually exclusive. They only exist together in the minds of deluded fantasists who misconstrue reality,” he said.

The prime minister said secrecy was of the utmost importance surrounding talks such as ceding control of 91 percent of the West Bank to the Palestinians and giving the Golan Heights to Syria.

“I initiated this move in February 2007, with a record of four predecessors who went to Damascus and committed to painful concessions, and let no one put me to the test on proving those commitments – they are all accounted for.”

“I was one of those who thought the two-state solution was wrong, but that was a mistake,” he said regarding the Palestinians. “Most today understand that the choice is between two states for two peoples or one state in which all have an equal right to vote.”

Knesset Member Limor Livnat said that the only thing delusional was a prime minister at the end of his political career who can receive envelops of cash and hold talks on the return of the Golan Heights, referring to an ongoing investigation that Olmert took bribes.

Parliamentarian Effie Eitam said the committee would not fall for Olmert’s “cunning” words: “His slickness will be of no help to him, we all remember how he brought Hamas to Gaza and Hizballah to Lebanon and now he is plotting to bring Iran to the Golan Heights. He must be stopped, in the political arena and perhaps the criminal one.”

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