November 20, 2015

Abbas admits rejecting Olmert's offer of peace in 2008 -- would an agreement have stopped cycle of violence?

Igal HechtIsrael Correspondent

The Times of Israel is reporting that Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas admits that he rejected a 2008 peace offer from then Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert.

Amidst the continued violence and loss of life in the Middle East, the worsening and emergent threat of ISIS, I review the many missed opportunities for peace in the Middle East.

One wonders what would the Middle East look like had Abbas agreed to Olmert's offer? Would ISIS exist? Would Syria fall? Would the ongoing cycle of violence and senseless death in the Holy Land continue?


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commented 2015-11-20 18:48:33 -0500
Of course they said no, their idea of peace is all Jews committing suicide.
commented 2015-11-20 18:17:23 -0500
if Arafat had the guts and brains to agree to that peace treaty with Israel what again could/have been so different. we will never know, because the Islamic puke have taken over any chance of peace in the middle east, so today we do know. crush islam.
commented 2015-11-20 15:48:18 -0500
@stephen Eisenberg – Watch the video before commenting!
I don’t recall any mention of Syria or ISIS having anything to do with Abbas.
Stop the hate!
commented 2015-11-20 15:45:31 -0500
Short answer, NO! A significant portion of Palestinians are taught to hate from birth; They can not be salvaged by the time they hit puberty.
commented 2015-11-20 14:44:34 -0500
Unfortunately, Igal Hecht makes the usual mistake of linking what is going on in Syria and the rise of ISIS to Israel. These events have a life of their own and are distinctly separate from Israel. If anything all the North African Arab unrest began with Obama’s Cairo speech, and then spread to the Middle East.

To be honest, the offer by Omert was not that good a deal for Israel, but a great deal for the other side.
commented 2015-11-20 13:44:40 -0500
What would happen if there could be a ME Peace agreement? Do they really want it?. Is it that generations of ingrained hatred and conflict make it impossible to embrace any real peace, first towards Israel, or amongst all ME neighbours? I doubt it. No matter what happens in Israel, sects will continue their conflicts within other ME regions, it is as if best to stay with what is familiar rather than experience an unfamiliar world with no conflict and peace.
commented 2015-11-20 13:28:13 -0500
Ain’t that the truth?