Realignment is no longer on the government’s agenda

Monday, September 04, 2006 |  by Staff Writer  

Prime Minister Ehud Olmert has renounced the realignment plan for the settlements of Judea and Samaria, which was the major issue for him and his Kadima Party in the past elections. From his words in the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee today, it seems as if the plan has been effectively suspended.

“What I saw was right a few months ago has changed. The priorities of the government have changed because of the war in Lebanon.

Olmert sent Syria a strong message saying that “Israel’s deterrence power against Syria has not been eroded, but has actually grown stronger. The Syrians understand that we restricted our use of force in Lebanon, and if we will need to face Syria, we will lift those restrictions.”

Olmert added that Syria is not a partner for negotiations because of its behavior and the cover they give to terror organizations who act against Israel.

Olmert also rejected the call for a National Investigative Committee and said it will work for many years and will erode the army and the government.

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