Prime Minister Ehud Olmert took the opportunity during his speech at the opening ceremony of the Knesset’s winter session on Monday to invite Lebanese Prime Minister Fouad Siniora to meet with him directly and without any mediators to talk about peace between the two nations.
Siniora was quick to reject the offer and responded by saying that “Lebanon will be the last Arab country to sign a peace agreement with Israel.”
During his speech Olmert also referred to the peace signals coming from Syrian President Bashar Assad and said that Israel wants peace with Syria but it will not negotiate with a leader like Assad who supports terrorism and hosts the headquarters of terrorist organizations.
As to the Palestinians, Olmert said he is intending to take advantage of every opportunity to renew negotiations with the Palestinians and called on Palestinian President Abu Mazen to meet with him as soon as possible.
Olmert also announced his wish to act towards changing the system of government in Israel and to adopt a constitution. In addition, Olmert said he is working on expanding the coalition. He also said he will do everything in his power to bring back the kidnapped soldiers.