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A spokesman for former-prime minister Ehud Olmert on Monday confirmed the details of documents released Sunday which detail Olmert’s “Package Offer" to Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas in August 2008.
During an interview with Army Radio, Jacob Galanti confirmed that Olmert had reached final agreements regarding settlements and Jerusalem. "He did not leave any subject open," Galanti said during the interview.
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He also confirmed that Olmert had agreed to a proposal that would have seen 1,000 Palestinain refugees given the approval to return to Israel over a space of five years. This would have resulted in a total of 5,000 refugees whose entrance into Israel would have been based on certain criteria and humanitarian grounds.
When asked why the agreements were not
eventually signed, Galanti could not give a specific reason but did
explain that elections in both Israel and the US may have had an effect
on the breakdown of negotiations. He said that a verbal agreement had
been reached and specific maps were discussed, however "I still do not
understand why the Palestinians did not sign at the end of the
Regarding reports that Israel had warned the Palestinian Authority
Operation Cast Lead, Olmert's communications chief said that he could
not confirm if this was true.
Nir Barkat on
Monday also reacted to the plan regarding Jerusalem, and reiterated that
the capital needs to remain united and can not be divided.
has Jewish and Arab residents, secular and orthodox. We need to take
care of all our residents and need make sure that development of the
city continues," Barkat said during an interview with Army Radio.
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