Israel is making a strategic mistake by fighting with President Barack Obama, former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said Sunday at The Jerusalem Post conference in New York City.
"It is not a good strategy to fight with the president," Olmert said. "Israel needs to support and respect the president and not fight with him."
Booed by the crowd, Olmert said that Israel needed to make concessions to the Palestinians in peace talks in order to gain legitimacy in the international arena. Olmert also said that Israel did not need to hold on to Arab parts of Jerusalem under a future peace deal and in order to retain a Jewish majority in the Israeli capital.
"I am not certain that when we talk about Jerusalem and the indivisibility of Jerusalem do we mean in real terms and how significant it is for the future of the State of Israel and the Jewish character of the city of Jerusalem that Arab parts that were technically added to the city limits will forever remain part of Jerusalem," he said.