Chasing rainbows and making absurd concessions: all in a day’s work for Ehud Olmert. “Olmert: Peace has never been closer,” from The Associated Press, July 13 (thanks to all who sent this in):
PARIS – Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert declared Sunday that Israel and the Palestinians have never been closer to making peace.
To help build confidence between the two sides, Olmert agreed in a one-on-one meeting with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas to release an unspecified number of Palestinian prisoners held in Israeli jails, an Israeli official said.
Abbas, who met with Olmert at the French presidential palace ahead of a summit of European, Middle Eastern and African leaders, also sounded a positive note about the troubled peace talks, saying both sides were “serious and want to achieve peace.” The two men met with French President Nicolas Sarkozy before sitting down together one-on-one.
“We have never been as close to a possible [peace] agreement as we are today,” Olmert told reporters before the three leaders entered their meeting….
As a “gesture” to Abbas, Olmert “agreed in principle” to release some of the thousands of Palestinian prisoners it holds, Regev said.
Why does Abbas never have to make any “gesture” to Olmert?