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Olmert uses US Congress speech to warn Palestinians of unilateral border move
Cat : Israel and Zionism
Date : 2006-05-25 15:43:00                      Reader : 340
If UN is not respected, then article 7 of UN charter must be applied . Any borders depass 4th June, 1967, is a criminal illegal act and against international law !!


Associated France Press (AFP) 25/5/2006

Olmert uses US Congress speech to warn Palestinians of unilateral border move


by Ron Bousso
WASHINGTON (AFP) - Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert addressed a joint session of the US Congress and urged Palestinians to renew peace negotiation or else face unilateral Israeli moves.
"I extend my hand in peace to Mahmud Abbas, elected president of the Palestinian Authority. On behalf of the state of Israel, we are willing to negotiate with a Palestinian Authority," he said.

President George W. Bush on Tuesday hosted Olmert for a summit during which they discussed in length Olmert’s plan to withdraw Israeli settlers and troops from vast areas of the occupied West Bank, while retaining several large settlement blocs in the Palestinian area.

During the summit, Olmert praised Abbas as a "genuine" and "sincere" partner for peace.

But on Wednesday Olmert reiterated Israel’s demand that the recently formed Hamas government recognize Israel’s right to exist and renounce violence as a precondition for any peace agreement.

"In a few years they could be living in a Palestinian state, side by side in peace and security with Israel," Olmert told members of the Senate and House of Representatives.

"But no one can make it happen for them if they refuse to make it happen for themselves."

The newly-elected premier repeated Israel’s commitment to the US-sponsored roadmap to peace -- which calls for a negotiated settlement with the Palestinians -- but said Israel will not wait forever.

"Our deepest wish is to build a better future for our regions, hand in hand with a Palestinian partner," he said. "But if they refuse, we will not give a terrorist regime a veto over progress, or allow it to take hope hostage."

"Should the Palestinians ignore our outstretched hand for peace, Israel will seek other alternatives to promote our future and the prospects of hope in the Middle East."

The support Bush offered to Olmert’s predecessor Ariel Sharon was vital for the success of Israel’s withdrawal of settlers and troops from the Gaza Strip last year. And Olmert on Wednesday sought Congress support for his ambitious plan in the West Bank.

"The next step is even more vital to our future and to the prospects of finally bringing peace to the Middle East. Success will only be possible with America as an active participant."

Among the audience in the House chamber was Vice President Dick Cheney, Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff and Senator Hillary Clinton.

In his speech, Olmert also urged the United States and the international community to act "now" to resolve the Iranian nuclear threat.

"If we don’t take Iran’s bellicose rhetoric seriously now, we will be forced to take its nuclear aggressions seriously later," he said.

"This challenge, which I believe is the test of our time, is one the west cannot afford to fail.

"The international community will be judged by its ability to convince nations and peoples to turn their backs on hatred and zealotry."

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