Report: Former PM Olmert met with PA President Abbas in Paris

Olmert allegedly stated that "Abbas is a great political leader."

September 22, 2018 21:25
Former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert is seen in Jerusalem District Court

Former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert is seen in Jerusalem District Court. (photo credit: REUTERS)


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PA President Mahmoud Abbas met with former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert in Paris, Palestinian media reported on Friday evening. 

The former Israeli leader called Abbas a "friend" and claimed that had he, Olmert, not been sent to prison in 2015 for bribery charges, peace between Israelis and Palestinians would be an established reality, the Palestinian News Agency Wafa reported.

"Only Abbas can [bring about a two state solution]," Olmert reportedly said. "We are in the midst of negotiations towards achieving this noble goal."

Abbas met with French President Emmanuel Macron on Friday and stated that the Palestinian leadership is willing to begin confidential or public peace negotiations with Israel.

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