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Tuesday, June 13, 2006

Olmert's convergence consolidation realignment surrender and expulsion plan is dead

Ehud Olmert's convergence consolidation realignment surrender and expulsion plan is dead. An obituary appears in this morning's HaAretz:
In light of the international opposition to further unilateral steps by Israel, the government has begun to draft an alternative plan that would essentially convert Prime Minister Ehud Olmert's unilateral convergence plan into a bilateral move carried out in conjunction with Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas.

According to the plan now being drafted by the Prime Minister's Office and the Foreign Ministry, Israel would propose to Abbas that they reach an agreement to establish a Palestinian state with provisional borders in Gaza plus about 90 percent of the West Bank. The provisional border in the West Bank would match the route of the separation fence, [so much for those of you who bought into the government's 'the fence is not necessarily the border' bull dung. CiJ] with one exception: Israel would retain security control over the Jordan Valley.

In this way, Israel hopes to present the convergence plan as an implementation of Phase II of the road map peace plan, thereby acceding to the demands of appeasing the United States, Jordan, Egypt and others that Israel resume negotiations with the PA under the road map.

Under this proposal, the parties would proceed to Phase II without waiting for the completion of Phase I, which calls for dismantling the terrorist infrastructure.
In other words, under Olmert's opening offer - which will only get worse - the past six years of violence would cost the 'Palestinians' about 5% of the 'West Bank' and they still would not have to dismantle the terror organizations. The 'negotiations' will be with the feckless, powerless Abu Mazen, who is incapable of carrying out any agreements he does make.

For this over 1000 Israelis - mostly civilians - have died?

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